Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Marine Life Park | Adventure Cove Water Park | Resorts World Sentosa

ABBEY:  This the second water park that we visited in Singapore. Adventure cove is in Sentosa Island. Alight at Waterfront station and then walk your way to the Maritime musuem; a little bit more and then you'll reach Adventure Cove. The fee is $29 per adult and $20 for a child. Lockers are priced at 10 and 20sgd for a day. The largest is big enough to store items of a 3-4pax-group just like we had. 

Before getting wet we strolled the park and posed for snaps. There are 6 water attractions aside from the dolphin and sting rays shows. First is the wave pool, Bluewater Bay. As usual the people will flock once the wave comes in then will disperse once the waves are gone as well. In this water attraction are the cavannas (rent is 128sgd). It has curtains on all sides for privacy and has its own shower. But you can have a free cavanna at Seahorse Hideaway just across the Bluewater Bay. 

Then we tried Dueling Racer. In this you will ride a foam board and slide headfirst. You will be pitted against an "opponent" on the other track. First one to plunge and finish wins. We also tried Riptide Rocket. You will be taken up thru a conveyor then you'll plunge onto the slide. This process repeats for 3 times. Looks like you are in a roller coaster ride. After that, we went to Pipeline Plunge and Tidal Twister. These rides will send you twisting and turning on great speed which is thrilling.

I was excited when I knew that we'll be snorkling. Rainbow Reef offers a chance to any swimmer to interact on 20,000 colorful fish. Sadly sea water got inside my goggles making me panic. But it was a good try. The water is cold and deep. For other people who doesn't want to snorkle, you can buy fish food for a dollar and feed them at the edges of the water tank. We bought corndog and hotdog sandwich for lunch on a food cart. But Adventure Cove also has the Bay Restaurant for more choices. You can also easily find a table within the park. After lunch we relaxed on Adventure river. It tours you along the theme park and gives relaxation while lying down on your lifebuoy. The last 2 attractions we tried are Whirlpool Washout (giant water drain) and Spiral Washout (giant funnel). 

We didn't try the Splashworks as we don't know how to swim :) It is the part of the park where you can dive as the pools are 4 meters deep. You can have your balancing act on a balance beam or cross a tightrope. Last stop is the big bucket tree house. We waited until the bucket fills up and enjoyed the water splash above our heads. 

Swimming apparels and souvenirs are available at Reef N Wave wear at the park's entrance. This is a good way to quench the heat of summer.

WILL: My birthday is on summer and school holiday, and yearly my mom celebrated it with a big splash... Literally splash. It is somewhat an event to look forward to, not only by my siblings but also by mom's employees' family. So here in Singapore, I brought that, now not only for my birthday but also for our wedding anniversary.
      Some people think that Singapore is a boring place, do you feel it too? Well for me and my husband, we always see to it that every month we will be going somewhere we never been in Singapore. So on month of April, we say hello to Sentosa's new family attraction... The Adventure Cove.
      I am so excited for that 8th of April, not for me to swim but to fulfill my adrenaline side needs. I am ecstatic to the slides featured in their website.
      We bought the ticket for $29 each. We rented a one big locker for $20 and as soon we locked our things, we started to roam around to take photos and make a plan where to go first, but when Chat saw the Rainbow Reef she immediately asked if she can swim with 20000 fish. I agreed and Abbey joined her, not more than 2 minutes Abbey asked the lifeguard for help and he was taken out from the water.
     We went to our lockers and put in our camera. I am here for the slides so I am so excited to take some adrenaline rush slides. Firstly we went to Dueling Racer, Abbey and Chat wants to back-out but they are already in the queue and I keep on telling them that they can make it...that they will enjoy each and every ride. Actually this slide is shorter than the one in Splash Island. Its our turn and I told both of them to go first, to make sure that they will slide down. Hehe.
     Then we tried the first hydro-magnetic coaster...the Riptide Rocket. It really made me screamed and my heart pumped up a lot. This is really fun. Whirpool Washout, Pipeline Plunge, Spiral Washout was covered. We then take the opportunity to play with the waves at Bluewater Bay.
     As our tummies protesting, we decided to eat some hotdogs and take our food and soda at Seahorse Hideaway. There we watched the kids having fun with fountains.
     I want to accomplish something so I want to conquer one of my fear. Fear to swim with the fish. Well, I failed. Not more than 2 minutes in the water, I yelled for help. Help to take me out from the large sea water aquarium.
     As we waited for Chat to finish her date with school of fish, we look on around at Splashworks. After that, we decided to checkout the Adventure River. This is really a nice thing, the best part is when the sting rays seems hitting on me. The same sting ray keep on following me.
     Like a child we waited for the water to rush down on us at the Big Bucket Tree House. Before packing up, we decided to ate some snacks and walked our way to the second floor to for us to relax and see the dolphins from above. Half an hour we already packed and ready to go to 8 Noodles located at Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

8 Noodles (Dine on 3) at Sentosa Island

ABBEY: After soaking on the pools of Adventure Cove and when the rain started to fall, we headed to 8noodles at Siloso Beach. Right timing to sip a hot bowl of soup on a cold weather. 

Although I ordered Hakka-Style Braised Minced Pork Noodles, a dry noodle, they still give me a delicious soup to complete my meal. The noodle is firm and the sauce is tasteful. Each serving is big but costs around SGD16. It took a while for our food to be served maybe because we're too early to dine, but its worth the wait.

I enjoy putting shrimp paste on my noodle so much that allergy started to kick in ;) It was manageable though. We took snaps on their veranda and went home.

WILL: It was the celebration of my 30th birthday so I want it in some sophisticated and yet affordable place to pig out. Since we will spend whole morning at Sentosa, it is better to look for a diner inside that island. Before that day I searched and searched until I finally found the 8 Noodles located at Shangri-La's Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa. 
      After our water splashing at Adventure Cove, around 5pm we alighted at the Beach Front station of the tram and boarded the bus to Siloso Beach. It rained that time so the noodles and hit soup will he great. 
      We sat, we ordered and we burped! I ordered the Pork Rib Noodle Soup. I was astounded as the waiter put our food one by one. They have a big serving, one order can accommodate two hungry tummies. 
      Time to linger in, their soup is so delicious that all I want to do sipped it directly out from the bowl. Haha! The noodles is nicely done, al dente, the way I like. And the most unforgettable pork ribs... it seems that the cut was from a dinosaur, haha, the ribs is huge and the meat is so tender, I really don't need to exert an extra effort to take it from the bone, the pork taste awesome just compliment with its soup. 
      Chat ordered for Homemade Wanton Noodles Soup and she gave me some of her dumplings, it is delicious also. :) 
      This place is a great find. Thanks to Noodles 8, you can contact them 63711019 / 65 6371 1010 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nana's Green Tea at Plaza Singapura

ABBEY: We got a 1 lunch voucher on Nana's cafe and we claimed it on their branch at Plaza Singapura. It was a Japanese restaurant and they promote green tea on their menu. They serve main menu like chicken and pork, crepes, desserts like ice cream and drinks. 

The voucher that we had is a set lunch; meaning food and drinks included at a price of 13.90sgd. The price for a main course is 12 to 15sgd and a drinks starts at 6sgd. So It was true treat for us :) 

I tried their Chicken Teriyaki Don matching with chocolate. The hot chocolate has a rough texture but it was delicious. I never thought green tea and chocolate will go along well. 

We left the place full and satisfied.

WILL: This one of the famous cafe in Japan and people of Singapore is very awesomely lucky to have it here. The newly renovated Plaza Singapura welcomed Nana's Green Tea  
      I am an avid fan of Japanese cuisine and I really love green tea. When Abbey won the giveaway from AiMakan, I am more delighted than him. Ha! 
      We really set a date to redeem the set lunch, we availed two sets of lunch which costs $13.90 and I ordered usual whenever dine in a Japanese restaurant, the Chicken Cutlet Curry Don partnered with Matcha Kuromitsu Latte. They also served it with the most tasty miso soup I had ever sipped. Excellent service also.
      I fell in love instantly to this restaurant. Obviously, we will be coming back for more. :) Thanks to AiMakan for the set lunch voucher!  

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Company You Keep Singapore Preview

ABBEY: It was a story of unsolved murder case caused by group so called "activists" (Weather Underground). A local reporter, Ben (Shia LaBeouf), who wants to have a big scoop of news dive in to get into the story deeper. 

One of the members were arrested (Sharon - Susan Sarandon) and an interview with her was the start of Ben's run. As he goes for his quest, he met Henry Osborne and truth comes in pieces from other people involved in the crime. 

Eventually the puzzle was being solved and mystery was unravelled. 

WILL: Okay it is just a movie, but the film runs from a aggressive reporter that outwit the FBI intelligence. 
      I admit it, when I saw the movie trailer in cinemas I really want to see this, very persuasive. 
     Nick cleared his name and get back to his home with his lovely daughter. 6/10 not so exciting but you will think and ask a lot of "why?" 
     Thanks to Shaw Online for giving us a chance to see it first here in Singapore.   

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Heinz (Singapore) Tomato Ketchup Blended with Balsamic Vinegar

ABBEY: I don't like the taste of tomato ketchup as it was too sour for me when I was a child. Maybe because I was just used to dip my fries or chicken in banana ketchup. It is also "part" of the sauce recipe of spaghetti in Philippines. Some people really use it for that purpose. 

But as I grew up I get accustomed to it and began to like tomato ketchup. Here in Singapore we preferred Heinz. I can't wait to tickle my taste buds when Wilma told me that we won 4 bottles each of Heinz tomato ketchup with balsamic vinegar. And I thought how sour was that? :) 

We tried it in fried pork liempo and it was delicious. The sourness of vinegar and sweetness of tomato is a good match. As usual just like any other tomato ketchup, the aftertaste is rusty but wine-like-taste. 

WILL: Balsamic vinegar marry tomato and vowed to be together for forever, haha, and their baby is Heinz Tomato ketchup blended with Balsamic Vinegar. Good choice tomato, good that you accept balsamic vinegar's proposal now we are enjoying the taste of your product. ;) 
      Heinz promoted this and as a lover of each of their products I am very excited to have a bottle of 4. We both won and take home bottles. 
      The taste is extra-ordinary. Love the extra kick of sourness. And for saying thank you to Heinz, we ask our friends to take some of the bottles and so they can try this new innovation. Before we ran out ketchup, we always check if Heinz is on our weekly list. Each bottle costs $3.40. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Fried Garlic-Lemon Double-Stuffed Chicken Recipe

2 boneless and skinless chicken breast 
cream cheese
cheddar cheese
bread crumbs
1/4 butter
1 lemon
minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil

1. Cut the chicken horizontally and season it with salt, pepper and minced garlic, set aside. 

2. Melt the butter in a sauce pan, squeeze in half the lemon in the pan. Turn off the heat.

3. Place the seasoned chicken into the pan to absorb the buttered lemon. After 5 minutes, stuffed the meat with desired amount of cheddar and cream cheese.

4. Close the breast then dip it into the bread crumbs.

5. Turn on the heat of the previous pan, put two table spoon olive oil, sprinkle some basil, squeeze in the other half of the lemon and the remaining minced garlic then fry the chicken in a low heat, approximately 10 minutes each side. 

ABBEY: Wilma told me that she'll cook for dinner. Whenever she cooks I know it is special. I was not wrong. 

She cooked chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and zested with lemon juice. It was delicious. The saltiness of cheese complements well the sourness of lemon. It was crunchy as it was covered with bread crumbs and then fried. 

Even our housemates said it tasted great :) 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Outram Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha Restaurant

ABBEY: When Wilma went out with her colleagues from her former company they dined out here, Outram Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha Restaurant. She likes soup and she'll give you straight-out comments whether it tickled her tastebuds or not.

This hawker shop covers 4-5 stalls. Once there, an attendant will give you a checklist for ordering. Specify what you want to have and how many. I dined here twice (Austria's visit and Wilma's) but I ordered the same; pork spare ribs. 

Wilma thought me how to eat the bread roll. Cut it  into bite-size pieces and dip it in dark soy sauce and then in the bak kut teh soup. A cup of rice will suffice but a cup of soup is not. You can have as much soup as you want as it is unlimited :)   

A bowl of bak kut teh starts at 4sgd; depends which part of pork you order. Bread roll is a must-try as well as 4-5 bowls of the soup :) The diner is located at the hawker center below PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex.

WILL: Bak Ku Teh is one of the famous food here in Singapore but only few perfected it for diners satisfaction. 
      Have you been in Tanjong Pagar Port or are you a foreign talent that have a appointment with Ministry of Manpower, why not make a stop at this well-know restaurant? This is just located at Tanjong Pagar Plaza. You will easily spot them as they always packed of people with hungry stomach. 
      Hey this is just below our office, so one time when Abbey went at our office we go straight there for dinner. 
      Youtaio is a complimentary doughnut served, omg, I can eat a lot of this, but don't forget to dunk it first in the oozing complimentary soup. :)
      We ordered two bak kut teh for not more than $7 each and a cup of rice. I love hot, peppery soup. I can eat with rice alone. The pork is so tender that meat will surrender is clinging on the bones by just poking it with a chopsticks. 
      This is a great place for you to send your tourist. ;) 

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Singapore Maritime Week 2013

ABBEY: Wilma got a long story when she went to Singapore Maritime Exhibit on Vivo City last 2012. She told me that she was teary-eyed as she was dreaming of Philippines to be that bigtime in maritime industry. But in reality, it'll take maybe forever to be in that position. 

We went to Plaza Singapura and it happened that the exhibition was there. We went to it and I was amazed how this city-state became a prime in international trading. 

It displayed models of cargo ships that travels across the globe for business. In there also are models for oil rigs; the number one commodity in the world. You can get souvenir postcards as well as key chains. Along the exhibit is the T-shirt design contest. They were beautiful and eye-catching; but sadly there were no replicas for sale. Twas an informative and fun exhibit.

WILL: As I was educated by the history and humble beginning of now the busiest port of world, I am always on the look for next Singapore Maritime Week. 
      Last year, Singapore flaunt how they begin to dream, now, 2013 the Singapore Maritime Week flashed to the public how  successful the O&M (Offshore & Marine) engineering services this little island have. 
      They really want to tap and update as many people they can as MPA build three exhibits... In VivoCity, NEX Mall and the main is where we went, at the Plaza Singapura. They also ask students from different schools to design a shirt. So sad they do not have pieces for sale. 
      Well, we are so great that even we do not memorize the answer at the question, the people behind the counter gave as some cute keychains of Ponzi. :) 
      Next time! We can't wait :)