Tuesday, August 15, 2017

WTS Travel Bus - Singapore to Kuala Lumpur (Booked at CatchThatBus)

ABBEY: It’s my first time going to Kuala Lumpur. Yey! My wife planned that our entry to the city is thru a bus. We purchased a couple of tickets online for 70SGD and our seats were reserved at WTS Travel busline. It will leave Jurong at 11:59PM on a Friday. 

We were at front of Big Box and hopped on the bus and few minutes only we were headed on our way. We really started travelling at 2AM after the immigration ceremonies (and it’s a weekend). We arrived at TBS Terminal Bersepadu Selatan 6:30AM Saturday. We have 2 stopovers but we preferred to sleep. 

The commute is ok and smooth, and cold :) The driver always ensure that we’re complete before going off.


WTS Travel Bus - Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
WTS Travel Bus - Singapore to Kuala Lumpur 




WILL: I am keeping an eye on the schedule of busses from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur for months. Yes with “S”. We are waiting for Abbey’s leave to be approved, but when the office schedule was updated, the bus I want to ride on is fully booked. On that, we went on based on our denoted time of departure and landed to WTS Travel. 

This bus is just a “meh”. They only provide what is a necessary. A comfortable chair that you can recline and sleep to and an aircon. That’s it. No usb plug for you to charge, no tv, and meal to snack on. But our driver is exquisitely kind. 

Our driver goes extra mile, he waited for us in front of customs Malaysia Customs Gate and gather us around. He accompanied us to our bus parking lot. Unlike other passenger experiencing the agony of checking one by one the plate number of the busses parked. 

Thanks WTS for making our very first travel to KL by land comfortable. 

You can see all the bus operators schedule and prices at CatchThatBus.com

Have a safe trip to all.

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Online Coach Booking - WTS Travel
(E) enquiries@wtstravel.com.sg

CatchThatBus: Book Bus Ticket Online Malaysia Singapore
(A) 306 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park Office Campus
(E) sales@catchthatbus.com





Monday, August 14, 2017

Element Kuala Lumpur - Luxury Studio & Suites

ABBEY: You’ll be able to enjoy perks and discounts if you’re a member of SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest). What do we got for our stay at Elements? First, a 500MYR room rate with king-sized bed with a view; complete with spa shower, wide screen tv, internet and includes breakfast. For another 60MYR, it was upgraded to a room with skyline view. 

Element Hotel knows how to pamper their guests. Upon filling up the reservation form, we specified if we can leave our bags early in the morning so our day-tour will be light. Then the day itself, we were able to check-in by 7AM. Wow, earliest check-in I had. 

The room is clean and the toiletries smell good. I was refreshed after my shower. After a long day, it was time to rest. The bed is very comfortable and the pillows and linens are soft. I dozed off in no time. 

The morning meal is great. Lots of choices; laksa, nasi lemak, sausages, grilled tomatoes, bacon, eggs, cold cuts, and fruits. 

They also have gym and swimming pool at 39th floor which we used before checking out. It was a wonderful experience. I would like to commend their staff for superb service.





WILL: Abbey, a proud member of SPG (Starwood Preferred Guest) took the opportunity to book on KL’s newly opened hotel, the Elements Kuala Lumpur by Westin. Being a member, you can get a slight difference at the price of a room BUT you will have for sure to get a special treatment.  

Element’s lobby is at the 40th floor and their rooms starts from 41st to 53rd floor. Our upgraded room is at 52nd. Abbey, upgraded the room and he is expecting that our bathroom may have a bathtub, but it didn’t. They provided a pleasant array of toiletries. The shampoo and body wash are fantastically fragrant. They supply lotion too!

It is facing the Petronas Twin Towers but another p building blocked one of those. Argh! The pillow and bed is so soft that it moulds and hugs our body to a good night sleep. Oh! They do not have bottled water on their fridge but they have a filtered tap water for you to enjoy their complimentary tea and coffee. Their tv is usb ready, you can charge your phones in there. 

Don’t forget to visit their gym or try their free yoga sessions. The indoor saline pool excites not only the adults because of the view of Petronas but also the kids too. 

Trace restaurant is open for a buffet breakfast and of course we indulge at Local food. I am so full, I forgot to take some granola treat and soya milk. Haha! 

Overall, we truly enjoyed our stay. Hey! One more thing. We push our luck if we can make an early check-in by 7am through SPG website and when we reached the Element Kuala Lumpur by 8am, our room is there waiting for us. Satisfied and happy couple here! 

Thanks Element Kuala Lumpur! Thanks to all smiling staff! We love you!


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Element Kuala Lumpur - Luxury Studio & Suites
(W) www.elementkualalumpur.com
(A) Ilham Tower, 8 Jalan Binjai, Kuala Lumpur, 50450, Malaysia 
(T) 603 2771 3388   
(E) reservations.elementkl@elementhotels.com 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sabio By The Sea at Quayside Isle (Sentosa Island)

ABBEY: After a heavy brunch at Miska, we went to Sabio by the Sea (still at Quayside Isle) for coffee and their famous dessert; Salty Butter Caramel Lava Cake.. 

I got a cappucino. The taste is not that strong but creamy. I enjoyed the dessert specially when the filling flowed down like lava after the cut. The caramel was not too sweet which is ok for me and it really went well with the ice cream.


Sabio by the Sea at Quayside Isle - Menu 
Sabio by the Sea at Quayside Isle - MEnu





WILL: We walked down the Quayside Isle on intention to make some spaces for our dessert. Yes! I won’t waste my time and $2 bus fee not to try the well known house signature dessert of Sabio by the Sea... the Pastel de Mantequilla Salada Carmelo de Lava or Salty Butter Caramel Lava Cake. 

All is offering Chocolate Lava so, this is a new thing to explore to. 

We partnered the Caramel Lava Cake with hot drinks. Tea for me, coffee for Abbey! Gosh! On instant, it was written in my fave list. Haha! 

Go on take your date here at Quayside Isle. You will never forget the experience.


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Sabio by the Sea @ Quayside Isle
(W) http://www.dhm.com.sg/sabio/
(H)  3–10PM
(A) 31 Ocean Way, #01-02 Quayside Isle (Sentosa)
(T) 6690 7568 


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Miska Cafe at Quayside Isle (Sentosa Island)

ABBEY: My lovely wife planned this brunch date. We visited Miska at Sentosa Cove. You can catch a bus going there at Harbourfront Bus Interchange. 

The view is great and relaxing; yacht, smiling people and sunny weather. 

I got Doner and Rice. The chicken and veal is tender and moist. I eat them without the sauce (as I didn’t want the taste) and its good. I like the rice. The butter on it made me crave for more.


Miska Cafe Menu

Miska Cafe Menu






WILL: Husband’s brain is quite stressed. Why? He is joggling shifting job, 2 trainings, my constant reminder of blogposts, and family affairs. And one day, he blurted out “I want to go to a beach and relax!”, haha! 

I cannot provide that request, why? No more leave is available for me. All used up! Bleh! And to accommodate that Abbey’s wish, I told him that I set-up a mystery date place. Tandaannnn! He wanted to feel sea breeze, We went to Sentosa’s Quayside Isle.  It is just beside W Hotel. 

We took taxi from Harbourfront bus Interchange and alight at right after the parking spaces of yachts. 

We dined at Miska Cafe. I went for Falafel! The size is a shocker. Their serving is for giants. Haha! I inly finished half and Abbey is so full that he do not have the audacity to take some of it. Two thumbs up for Miska’s Falafel. 

Keep an eye on their alcoholic promotions. Booze and food plus beautiful scenery equals total relaxation.


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Miska Cafe @ Quayside Isle
(W) www.miskacafe.com
(H) 10AM – 10PM
(A) 31 Ocean Way, #01-07 Quayside Isle (Sentosa)
(T) 6339 0903

Monday, July 31, 2017

Shakshuka Easy Recipe - Middle Eastern Egg Dish

Ingredients:
2 large onions (cubed)
5 medium tomatoes (cubed)
1 small can tomato paste
Chilli pepper flakes
Salt and pepper
Eggs

Mix tomatoes and tomato paste. Put salt, pepper, and chilli flakes as per your preference. Set aside.
In a pan, saute the onions. Once it changed color, put the tomatoes and saute for a couple of minutes.
It will release water and have it almost dry.
Create small holes and crack the eggs there.
Put a lid until the eggs are cooked.

Served with rice, bread, or pita.

Shakshuka Easy Recipe -  Middle Eastern Egg Dish
Shakshuka -  Middle Eastern Egg Dish 

VERDICT
WILL: Sometimes, all we need is a simple meal.

And that is reason why Abbey cooked Shahouka that day. Less than 20mins it is all ready! Imagine? A nutritious and yet tasty food only costs you only two main ingredients. Egg and tomato. 

Thanks Abbey for exploring different cuisine to light up our daily dinner. :)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

umisushi at Waterway Point

ABBEY: It is a lunch out and we decided to go for Umisushi (Waterway Point branch). I had Tori Teriyaki Bento for SGD 7.40 and a serving of sushi. 

You can use NETS, credit card or cash for payment. You’ll be having a new experience if you pay by cash as you will put the payment like in a vending machine. That’s cool. 

I like the side dishes that comes with the bento. The chicken is moist and taste sweet and really goes well with wasabi and soy sauce. That fixed my Japanese food craving.

Tori Teriyaki Bento
Grilled Saba Bento


umisushi at Waterway Point - MENU

umisushi at Waterway Point

WILL: That was holiday, and I craving for a Touch of Japanese cuisine. So we headed to Waterway Punggol to explore what umisushi offers for lunch. 

I want rice and we decided to get a bento meal. I ordered Grilled Saba and Abbey went for Tori Teriyaki (Grilled Chicken) for $7.70. I grabbed some sushi too. 

My grilled mackerel is awesome. This the perfect alternative for beef or chicken. I love every bite of it. One thing, Umisushi’s wasabe is not as smooth as other’s. Sad. But the food is tasty, you will forget their “lack of intense” wasabe. And I don’t wonder why Abbey bought 2 bentos of Saba last Monday for us to have a mini celebration.



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umisushi at Waterway Point
(W) http://www.umisushi.com.sg
(H) 8am - 10pm
(A) 83 Punggol Central, #B2-02
(T) 6254 5118 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bacon Omurice Easy Recipe

1 Bulb of Garlic (Minced)
10 Strips of Bacon (Cut into Small Pieces)
3 Cups of Cold Rice (From Fridge)
3 Eggs 
1 Cup of Grated Cheese
Salt and Pepper to taste

Fried Rice
1. Cook the bacon as crispy as you desired.
2. Take out the excess fat from bacon and add the minced garlic.
3. Add in the cold rice and saute as you would fried rice.

Omelet
1. Beat the eggs, pour salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 2 minutes.
2. Lower down the heat and put on top the grated cheese.
3. Cover your pan. 

Mold the rice using a small cup and cover the rice with your cheesy omelette.


ENJOY!


Bacon Omurice 

VERDICT
ABBEY: After my omurice surprise, Wilma “retaliated” with her version. 

Fried rice with bacon, and eggs with cheese. Wow. It really felt good at the tummy. Sorry not sorry. I need to indulge myself with that lovely bowl of rice. I was very full. 

It is delicious and great to wake up with after a week’s work. 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

PocoLoco Microbrewery – Italian Restaurant For Less

ABBEY: Still lazy to cook after the US trip, we dined at PocoLoco (Science Centre) and also to catch up with Chat. 

For appetizer, we had Funghi. The mushroom are flavorful, well seasoned and delicious. For my main, I had Lasagna di Pollo ($12.00) fresh from the oven. I think I burnt my tongue as I was too excited to eat it. Not too much to be said on that but the serving packs a lot of chicken. 

PocoLoco is a microbrewery. And since me and my wife don’t drink beer, we made Chat drink their concoction of Seaweed Barley Malt.

PocoLoco Microbrewery Jurong
Verde Beer
PocoLoco Microbrewery at Jurong

PocoLoco Microbrewery
Funghi

PocoLoco Microbrewery
Gnocchi wit Pesto Sauce 

PocoLoco Microbrewery
Lasagna Di Pollo

PocoLoco Microbrewery
Lava Dessert

PocoLoco Microbrewery
Beer Menu

PocoLoco Microbrewery
Menu

WILL: After our “Yes! Yes! Yo! sa Chicago” visit, we meet-up with ever loving Chat. We went to their home at Lakeside and for dinner, we hailed taxi to our way to PocoLoco. This diner is located above the Snow City and don’t be surprised of the woody smell. 

PocoLoco has its own brewery and Chat likes beer and on that we get Verde (Green Colored Beer - $7) for her. I got Gnocci in Pesto Sauce ($11). Abbey ordered Funghi ($6) as appetizer and we add up Lava for dessert. 

Firstly, I love their Gnocci. Homemade for real. Funghi, their sautéed mushroom is simple but superb. Chocolate Lava, well, I can eat two more of those. 

Be sure to send an email or call or chope your seat. They are always fully booked. Why? Even this is one of the cheapest Italian restaurant in Singapore, they doesn’t compromise the taste of the food they serve. 

What are you waiting for? Sms your gang and try this restaurant.



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PocoLoco Microbrewery
(W) https://pocoloco.com.sg
(H) Mon-Thur: 12pm–3pm & 6pm–11pm / Fri-Sun: 12pm–3pm & 6pm–12mn
(A) 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Level 2 
(E) enquiry@pocoloco.com.sg


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Magic Wok Thai Restaurant (E!Hub Downtown East)

ABBEY: We got hungry after attending a financial literacy seminar. We went to E!Hub Downtown East and surveyed the mall to dine in. 

We found Magic Wok. We were lucky that when we walked a table was available. Else guest should have a reservation. 

I tried the Basil Minced Beef with Egg for S$6.80. Wow, it was sweet, spicy and delicious. Serving is appropriate for the price and really filled me in.

Magic Wok Thai Restaurant (E!Hub Downtown East)
MENU

Magic Wok Thai Restaurant (E!Hub Downtown East)
PAD THAI 
Magic Wok Thai Restaurant (E!Hub Downtown East)
Basil Minced Beef with Egg

Magic Wok Thai Restaurant (E!Hub Downtown East)
#03-101

WILL: 
We decided to explore Pasir Ris area after our seminar at Tampines. We took MRT and walked our way to E!Hub Downtown East.

We roam around the mall and saw a little signage of Magic Wok. It is situated just around the corner of 3rd floor. 

There are no people when we arrived but only one table doesn’t have the RESERVED sign. We were ushered to our seats and after few minutes, the diners started swarming in and the queue started to pile up. We also observed that there are Food Panda delivery men taking pack meals. OMG! I asked Abbey, what is this restaurant? The food should be great! 

My order, Phad Thai, is only S$4.80 and yet the serving seems to be for two people. It is savoury. It seems that you were transported to Thailand in a snap! No wonder why there is a queue and delivery men pouring in to take online orders, and we are so lucky to get a table. The ONLY table. 

This is one of the best Thai Restaurant I have tried. It beats the fancy restaurant that only can offer is a name. 

We’ll be back here for sure!





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Magic Wok Thai Restaurant (E!Hub Downtown East)
(H) 11AM – 10PM
(A) 1 Pasir Ris Close #03-101

Monday, July 24, 2017

Omurice and Vegetable With Japanese Curry Recipe

Ingredients :
Cooked rice (preferably a day-old)
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tbsp margarine
3 eggs (yolks and whites separated and whisked)
Instant Japanese curry.

In a pan with little oil, fry the eggs. Let it rest and cut it to strips. 
In the same pan, melt the margarine and put the garlic then rice.
Lay out food wrap and knit egg strips alternately.
Put a bowl of rice on top. Seal the wrap until the egg-rice forms a globe shape.
Unwrap the egg-rice and place in a center of a bowl.
Put curry on the side and serve. Enjoy.




VERDICT
WILL: “Uwi ka na, dali!”, and on that cue I know, there is something waiting for me at home waiting to unfold!

Once I entered our flat, Abbey immediately assisted me to direct to our room. I want to go to the fridge but he blocked me and offered me that he will get it for me. From there, I know there is something in that kitchen. Ha! 

After I changed, hubby is waiting for me at the dining table, then a bowl of well crafted Omurice and aroma of curry surprised me. 

The Omurice is a picturesque. I hate to destroy it by my spoon. But that’s food. So I got to eat it. Sorry. 

The texture of egg at top of the rice is incredible. It went well with the vegetable curry around it. 

Please, husbands! Surprise your wives too! They deserve it! 😍

Saturday, July 22, 2017

LiHO Singapore - The Delicious Cheese Tea

ABBEY: Once Gong Cha was replaced by Liho, a new fad began. And that was cheese tea. Yes, liquid cheese. At first I wondered what would be its taste. My first cup was a Cheese Mango Smoothie. 

Cheese is good; salty and sweet. Mango taste like from artificial flavorings. Three ways to drink: You can sip the cheese on top, poke a straw and taste your preferred flavor below the cheese or mix them. A cup costs 6.90 SGD, only 1 size for smoothie. I like their Cheese Ovaltine Smoothie. It reminds me of Gong Cha’s Golden Ovaltine with creamy cheese on top.

Room for improvement though: Kindly get a good estimate of the demand on your stores. I visited your Waterway Point branch twice. First, no cheese. Second, got cheese but no smoothie.

Liho Branch at Cathay Cineleisure Orchard

LiHO Singapore
Cheese 'n' Choc Smoothie
Cheese Mango Smoohie  
How to Drink Liho 


LiHO Singapore - The Delicious Cheese Tea - Menu


WILL: Liho took over Gong Cha! Huhuhu! Yup all Gong Cha’s branches in Singapore were overhauled by new Liho and by its new offering. 

Yes! They still offer drinks but this is a rebellious change. Why? Have you tried to put cheese on your tea or chocolate shake? Hmm, everybody is curios (yes that includes us) and that curiosity builds up a long queue and caused cheese to beout of stock for weeks. 

I tried Cheese ‘n’ Choc Smoothie and Cheese Ovaltine Smoothie. The result, I got addicted to Cheese Ovaltine Smoothie. The salty and sweet taste shook up my tastebuds and I keep on craving for this. It is $6.90 per serving. Expensive but it makes me happy! 😝

Try it! You will love Liho as you loved Gong Cha. :)


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LiHO 里喝 Punggol
(A) #B2-K10, Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, 828761
(T)  11AM–10PM



Friday, July 21, 2017

Spectra – Light & Water Show - Marina Bay Sands

ABBEY: Spectra replaced Wonder Full light and water show at Marina Bay. But it seems it didn’t surpass the latter. 

We watched its first show but the climax died down at the end and expecting that there is something more when it ended. I was hoping that the centerpiece will somehow go for fireworks or get lights with water spray, but it just changes light. 


It lacked story and excitement.



Spectra – Light & Water Show - Marina Bay Sands



WILL: Wonder Full bid goodbye to its audience for this year. But some ending makes a way for a new beginning. So Spectra came to life. 


We where there to witness the premiere of this show and every audience is expecting a lot on this new MBS water and light show. 

We were awed by the colorful lights but there is a missing piece on that show. Hmm, maybe because Wonder Full have a story and Spectra is all about displaying of lights. 

Anyways, thank you Marina Bay Sands for this free Water and Light Show!

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Spectra – Light & Water Show - Marina Bay Sands
(H) Sunday to Thursday – 8pm & 9pm / Friday & Saturday – 8pm, 9pm and 10pm
(A) 10 Bayfront Avenue (Event Plaza)

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Kallang Ice World at Leisure Park Kallang

ABBEY: We went to Kallang Ice World so our visitors can show and enhance their skating skills on ice. 

For S$17.50 we got a two-hour playtime. Skate aides/guides in form of bent metal bars are free. I hope they can also have for adult my size (almost 6ft). 

If you want to maximize the time, make sure to change fast and hit the rink as soon as you can as the time starts ticking by the time of your entry. This also includes if the resurfacing happens during your stay. 

Please keep your ticket and don’t lose it. Else you’ll be charged for a full payment before you go out. 

The good thing about the place it is enclosed and not much crowd will see you fall or do your stunts. :)

Kallang Ice World at Leisure Park Kallang
Skating Rink and Metal Bar 

Kallang Ice World at Leisure Park Kallang
Fee List 


WILL: This will be the second time for us to ice skate. And this time, we have enough time to linger around on a plate of snow. 

Kallang Ice World is way better than The Rink of Jurong. Why? Firstly, the skaters have more privacy. Second, the metal bar is free for use. Third, it is not that crowded. 

So please be reminded to bring your own socks and mittens or you can buy it at the counter. The fee is $S17.50 for two hours and the cleaning of the ice arena is included in that 2-hours. 

I enjoyed skating here. But please be careful or you will end up seeing doctor because of strains.


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Kallang Ice World
(H) Sun-Thu: 10AM-10PM / Fri-Sat & Eve of PH: 10AM-12AM / PH: 9AM-10PM
(A) 5 Stadium Walk (Level 3)





Sunday, July 16, 2017

Singapore Island Cruise - St. John's Island, Kusu Island, & Lazarus Island

ABBEY: Make sure you plan well when visiting the Kusu / St. John's / Lazarus islands. Singapore Island Cruise is the only ferry company that provides this service. Purchase ticket for SGD18.00 at their office at Marina South Pier. 

Take note of the ferry timings else you need to wait for a couple of hours for the next one. First stop is St. John’s and Lazarus island. This is a perfect place for picnic and spend sometime at the beach. The water is more serene at the back of the island (with reference from the ferry dock). 

Then next is Kusu or turtle island. It is more of a pilgrimage place as there are 3 temples on it. So be quiet to show respect for the people who are praying. 

For the island tour, wear light clothing, pack food especially water to avoid dehydration. There are no shops on the islands. 

Go ahead, book your tour and explore other islands of Singapore.





Singapore Island Cruise
St. John's Island, Kusu Island, & Lazarus Island
FERRY SCHEDULE

WILL: In this life full of stress and anxiety, sometimes all you need is vitamin “sea”. But where to go to escape a “city-life” here in Singapore, beside Pulau Ubin? Aha! Island hopping! 

Who told you that Singapore has only 4 islands (Main Singapore, Pulau Ubin, Sentosa, Jurong)? Singapore has 63 and in one day, we visited another 3 of those. 

We alighted at Marina South Pier MRT station just parallel to Cruise Center. We bought a ticket for S$18 at Singapore Island Cruise. Please be on time or you will end up waiting for an hour or two for the next boat. 

The journey is enjoyable and fast. In no time, we reached St. John’s Island. You can have a picnic at this site. There are tables and benches and emerge yourself to see the busy city from another perspective.

Connecting with that is Lazarus Island. It is not Boracay, it is not Phuket, it is Lazarus Beach. Calm sea water and white sands stuns me and Abbey when we saw this hidden gem of Singapore. :) Tsk! Unlucky of me, I didn’t brought swimsuit. So what we did, we soaked our feet into the water to somewhat detoxify our body. 

We went back to St. John’s Island to catch the boat to our next destination...Kusu Island. 

Kusu is sacred place. Some people go here for their pilgrimage. At the back of Chinese temple, you can find also a beach but not as good of Lazarus but the difference is, there are some cottages here for you to put your belongings and sleep not under the scorching heat of the sun. Oh! There is a wishing well too! 

In this trip, please bring your own food and drinks. No hawker or anyone in there to sell you something. Put on your sunscreen protector! :) 

Visit the islands! It is worth your time!


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Singapore Island Cruise
(W) http://www.islandcruise.com.sg/
(A) #01-04 Marina South Pier
(T) 8am - 4:45pm