Archive for May, 2011

Movie Preview – Animals United 3D!

*Movie Invite*

Was privileged to be invited by OMY to the preview of Animals United 3D on Monday. I am on a roll, haven’t watched a movie in nearly one year, and suddenly I’ve just watched 2 movies in the span of 4 days!

Was quite excited about the invite because the movie was screened at the new and improved Shaw Theatres – Lido. Lido Theatres went through a seven-month and S$20 million “re-imagining” and now boasts a total of 11 halls including one featuring Singapore’s first and only IMAX’s Digital Theatre System! Lido looks so different from what it was. It looks classier now and there is a nice seating area for you to admire the view of Orchard Road as well as watch trailers and wait for friends. The McDonalds or was it KFC is gone, and so are most of the other eateries. What’s left seems to be the pop corn stall. The ticketing area has also moved to the left side when you emerge from the escalators. Where the ticketing area once stood is now quite empty. I really hope they do something with that space.

Another thing that got me excited was the fact that the movie was in 3 DIMENSION! This will be a first for me. While I’ve been to the IMAX at the Science Centre and Universal Studios, I’ve never really enjoyed those experiences. Kinda felt nauseated. I am so glad to report that the quality of the Animals United 3D is really beyond my expectations. The resolution is fantastic and it’s practically like watching a normal movie, just that the characters pop up and are more realistic.

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Movie Plot wise, I shall not reveal too much. It is based on a 60 year old German children’s classic, The Animal’s Conference and it took 3 years for the movie to be made since it is in 3D. Suffice to say that it is about a group of animals that live on the Okavango Delta in Botswana, one of the last untouched natural paradises on earth. They go about trying to save their homeland from the evil clutches of materialistic humans, and of course, they ultimately succeed. It’s a storyline that’s not hard to follow, and interestingly, we want the animals to win, even though we’re the evil humans ourselves! Good movie to bring the kids, so that they will learn about the importance of conservation and the perils of pillaging Mother Earth like what we’re doing now. While the storyline is predictable, the 3D effects, the cute meercat and the vegetarian lion do make up for it!

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*Special thanks to OMY and Shaw Theatres for the movie invite!*

Animals United 3D

Run Time : 93 Minutes

 

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Hosted on the Patio

There aren’t that many restaurants and chill out places in the Pasir Panjang area so we were all quite happy to chance upon the existence of Hosted on the Patio. It’s so tucked away in a former old school now turned office block (I think) that unless you work there, you would not know it existed!

I’ve been to Hosted on the Patio a number of times for lunch. It’s a pretty cool place. Right at the entrance, there is a little swing to greet you. There are some al fresco seats but obviously sane people will not choose to sit outside in the mid day heat, especially when dressed in office clothes.

I will blog about lunch at Hosted another day. Instead, I shall blog about our drinks and nibbles session last week. Last Wednesday was one of my colleague’s last day at work so she hosted us to drinks at Hosted. Here are some of the pictures of the bittersweet event. Happy for her that she is moving to a better place, but sad that I’m losing a close colleague who has been with the company for 13 years!

Hosted on the Patio -  (5)

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In the evening, it becomes lovely to sit outside. The cube tables can be rearranged into any configuration that you like to suit the size of your group. The staff are really patient and will help you to shift stuff around on request.

Hosted on the Patio -  Rambutan Freeze

Rambutan Freeze $9 – Rambutans blended in with the ice. Good for a hot day but just a tad too sweet for my liking. I don’t really know where the red colour comes from either.

Hosted on the Patio -  Lychee Freeze

Lychee Freeze $9

Hosted on the Patio - Angus Tenderloin

Angus Beef Tenderloin $18

Hosted on the Patio - Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly

Crispy Kurobota Pork Belly $14

Hosted on the Patio -  Garlic Prawns with crusty bread

Garlic Prawns $16

Hosted on the Patio -  Pizza Skins

Pizza Skins $8 – Yes you heard right. Fried pizza base. Quite good actually. Tastes like chips, just more substantial. And they come with side dips which are pretty good too.

Hosted on the Patio - House Chicken Wings

Fried Chicken Wings $12 – Fried with prawn paste. Tastes very good. Of all the appetisers, this is the best in my opinion.

Hosted on the Patio - Hoegaarden

One for One beer from 6 – 8pm!

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Quite cool to have an office above a bar. Anytime you feel stressed can come down for a drink and go back upstairs happy. Better still, invite your boss to join you and you don’t have to go back to work.

Hosted on the Patio

Mon – Thu:     11:30am – 2:30pm  |  6:00pm – 11:00pm
Fri – Sat:         11:30am – 2:30pm  |  5:30pm – 12:00am
Sun:                Closed

Happy Hour:   6:00pm – 8.00pm (Mon – Thu)

991B Alexandra Road #01-10
Singapore 119970

Tel: (+65) 6276 7337
Fax: (+65) 6276 7336

Email: bookings@hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg

http://www.hosted.sg/menu.html

Beef Ball Mee Pok

When I first discovered the existence of Gar Lok Eating House’s Beef Ball Mee Pok from fellow blogger Creating Objective’s website, I was like “I have to try this out no matter what”. I mean it looked so good! The prominent strands of yellow mee pok contrasted so well with the voluptuous looking beef balls.

I hear that the beef ball noodles here is very famous. It’s evident when you see the pictures of the numerous TV variety programmes that have featured them, pasted on their stall front. I’m no expert at beef ball noodles but here’s my take. Visually of course, I loved them. Taste wise, I found the beef balls to be slightly lacking in flavour and also just a little dry. The noodles however were pretty tasty. I ate quite a lot of it before I even started on the beef balls. Towards the end, the noodles somehow got a little soft, perhaps thanks to my lengthy photo taking, or perhaps in part due to the bottom bits of noodles lying in oil. The chilli provided tasted like the type you have when you eat chicken rice.

Okay to cut to the chase, here are the photos.

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Front view of the beef balls

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Back View of the Beef Balls….

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Beef balls with chilli

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The beef balls are actually placed in the soup. For photo taking purposes, I took them out.

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Curry fish from the stall next to the beef ball stall. Costs $4, which is a good price, but fish was just average.

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Click on the left photo to see the prices of the beef ball noodles. They have tendon ball and sliced beef noodles as well. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried tendon balls before. I love old school kopitiams. Hope to visit more in time to come.

Workers' Party Headquarters

Whaddya know, when I was devouring my noodles, from between the pillars where I was sitting, I spied a hammer logo. From another angle, I only saw the signboard saying Lighting House. So I thought it was a shop selling lights and other household tools. But as you can well see, it’s the Workers’ Party’s Headquarters! No I didn’t see Sylvia Lim or Low Thia Khiang, but it would be quite a treat if they had been sitting at the next table eating some noodles!

 

Gar Lok Eating House

217 Syed Alwi Road (S)207776

Google Maps Directions

Win a Tiger Beer Island Escapade for you and 14 friends!!

You know, when I was tasked to write about my previous island getaway, I was literally stumped. Come to think of it, I’ve only been on 3 island getaways. Those were memorable experiences, but the part that got me hesitating was because those were all before my DSLR days! How to blog when there are no photos!

My 1st island escapade will always be etched firmly in my mind. It’s an experience that perhaps even money can’t buy. It was a “getaway” in all sense of the word. Back then 15 years ago, there were no handphones, no emails, no internet, hell not even a telephone! What kind of hotel is this, you may ask. Well, welcome to Outward Bound School on Pangkor Island in Malaysia! They even took away any books or papers we brought so that we would be fully focussed on the OBS activities!

It was definitely a back to basics “holiday”. We went trekking all over the island, finally pitching our tents by a secluded beachside. Forget about hot showers. We bathed in the river and we cooked dinner by the campfire. Going to the toilet was no easy feat. You had to dig your own toilet using the changkol (spade/hoe)!

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Okay lah, the hole needn’t be this big!

The so called secluded campsite proved to be otherwise when the monkeys stole our food and ate them right in front of our eyes. But despite it all, it was still great fun because I was with a bunch of classmates I adored. It didn’t matter that the monkeys stole our food. It didn’t matter that we could hear rats scuttling nearby as we slept in the sandy tents. Firmer friendships were forged under those circumstances and the memories have lasted even until today.

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to relive that experience again. After having enough food and drink (yes this time round I want to gorge!) by the campfire or barbecue, I want to be able to sit by the beach, with the waves just lapping at my toes. Close friends by my side staring out in to the dark sky and counting the millions of stars with me.

You know what, I recently found out that this could actually be a possibility!

Create Your Very Own Private Island Escapade with Tiger Beer!

Tiger Beer has recently come up with this amazing contest whereby the DAMN LUCKY winner will be able to enjoy this TRIP OF A LIFETIME to Nikoi Island. The winner will also be able to choose 14 of his favourite friends to accompany him or her on this amazing trip! Is this crazy or what???

The 15 hectare Nikoi island located 8km off Bintan, if you do not know, is touted as one of the most stunning islands in this region. It is ringed with white sandy beaches and coral reefs of spectacular colour and diversity and a coastline studded with magnificent white granite boulders. A spectacular pool has been built in amongst the granite boulders and is set high above the sea such that it overlooks one of the prettiest beaches on Nikoi and has uninterrupted views over the South China Sea.

Just take a look at these stunning photos!

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

There is only one resort, a 15 villa resort, on Nikoi Island, and Tiger Beer will be taking over the entire island for 3 days and 2 nights just to create this beautiful holiday for the lucky winner! The winner will get to decide exactly how he wants the place to be decorated such that it will truly be a unique holiday experience. The winner will also get to choose the type of party to be organized during the Island Escapade:-

  • ‘Beach DJ Party’ or
  • ‘Beach BBQ’ or
  • ‘Beach Camp Fire Dance’

Oh my, it’s quite hard to choose! I would dearly love to have the camp fire, but can I also have the BBQ? But a beach party with my very own DJ playing all the songs that I like would be so cool!

And that’s not the end! There’s going to be FREE FLOW of Tiger Beer for the winner and friends! Free flow leh!!! Drink till you’re siao, but of course, everyone must still drink responsibly!

Now can you imagine why this trip of a life time is worth a cool $50,000? Imagine the bragging rights that comes along with this win. It’s priceless!! You’ll be the talk of the town and king/queen amongst your friends for a very very long time! People will all be lining up to be your friend from the time you win until the day you depart for the holiday!

Some more photos to whet your appetite in case you’re still hesitant as to how good this all is…. Or you could go to Nikoi Island’s website to find out more.

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

Nikoi Island

 

So, the question is, how does one snag this coveted prize?

From 1st April to 31st May 2011, simply purchase $30 of Tiger Beer in a single receipt and enter your information in Tiger Beer’s Facebook Page. Purchase Tiger Beer at all participating bars, hotels, clubs, entertainment venues, restaurants, all major supermarkets as well as 7-Eleven, Cheers, Fairprice Xpress, Caltex and SPC outlets. However, the promotion is open only for persons above 18 years old. Receipts will need to be retained in order to claim the prizes.
For more information, log on to www.facebook.com/TigerBeerSingapore.

Don’t hesitate anymore. Go get yourself $30 of Tiger Beer and join the contest. And if you win, just remember that you first saw this on 365days2play and bring me along too!!!!!

*This post was written as part of a contest entry for Asia Pacific Breweries (Singapore).

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe – Revisited!

Today marks my 4th visit to Dann’s Daily. Although I have a policy of not visiting the same place too often (so that I have more stuff to blog about), we really like going to Dann’s for their excellent coffee. If you’re living in the East, this is probably the only place nearby to get a good cuppa without having to go all the way into town. And of course, my parents in particular love it at Dann’s for the healthy fare.

They are always having daily specials, and one of today’s specials was the Durian Steamed Cupcake going at $7!

Dann's Daily - Durian Steamed Cupcake

This is the 1st time I was trying their steamed cupcake. To be frank, I was rather apprehensive about the “steamed” part as I am so used to baked cakes. The texture of the muffin turned out to be pretty okay and a little heavier than the usual cup cakes. The lady boss told us that the muffin is choc full of durian puree! But in my opinion, the thing that took the cake was the durian cream piled on top of the cup cake. It was SO GOOOOD. It had just the right amount of sweetness, it was light and fluffy and tasted like fresh durian. I mean it’s basically fresh durian puree with zero sugar added. Even the cupcake part has very little raw sugar used. So simple yet so good when the real stuff is used! If I go to Dann’s again I’m going to ask for more of the Durian cream!!

Dann's Daily - Vegetarian Curry with Wild Rice (2)

Dann's Daily - Vegetarian Curry with Wild Rice

Curry of the Day with Organic Brown & Wild Rice $10 – This is a vegetarian curry, comprising of tau pok, tau fu, tau kee etc. You know how the usual types of curry makes you feel like you’ve sinned after having a big bowl? This curry doesn’t give you that feeling. It’s light and refreshing and still packs a punch despite it having almost no “bad” ingredients. A well balanced curry that had just the right combination of ingredients. I dipped my sandwiches in them and it was good! All the ingredients are in the right proportion.

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice (2)

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice (3)

Closer look of the Wild Rice, which you can also order on its own for $6. I like brown rice so I’ve no problems eating this, but I guess it would take some getting used to for those who are accustomed to white rice.

BTW, I recall a time when I was younger and I loathed brown rice. We got that rice from NTUC and it’s almost reddish in colour. I suspect a lot of Singaporeans developed a dislike for brown rice after eating that brand of rice. Try switching to different types of brown rice and you may actually find yourself developing a taste for it!

Dann's Daily - Wholewheat seafood pasta in creamy sauce

Prawns Creamy Whole wheat Pasta $12.50 – Ok while I like brown rice, I realise I don’t much fancy whole wheat pasta. Find the pasta to be stiff and rough and a little unwieldy on the fork. They just refused to twirl! Maybe Penne instead of Spaghetti would be better. The prawns were quite good, had a nice crunch to them. Cream sauce was okay, would have preferred it to be slightly heavier to cover the roughness of the whole wheat pasta. On the whole, a very healthy pasta dish.

Dann's Daily - Wild Rice with Fish and Veggies

Dann’s Daily Special Fish with Wild Rice – I love the fish that Dann’s daily serves, be it with their rice or in their toasties. The fish is always so flaky and flavoursome. You know how fussy I am with fish. 

Dann's Daily - Fish Soup

Fish soup $8 – Fish tasted fresh and was accompanied by a rich yet light broth. Comfort food for a dark and dreary day.

Dann's Daily - Prawn and Avocado Toastie

White Fish, mushroom and cheese toastie $5 – Very nice, fish was once again very tasty. Mushrooms used were shitake I believe. I could have done with more cheese, as I just love overloading my sandwiches with cheese. I thought I would still be hungry after having this for lunch, but surprisingly I was rather full after this.

Dann's Daily - Kaya Toastie (2) Dann's Daily - Chocolate Toastie

Kaya Toastie $4 and Chocolate Toastie $4 – Kaya was quite ordinary. As for the chocolate toastie, I was already expecting something along the lines of Nutella. And everyone knows how sweet Nutella is, so I was fairly disappointed. Being the sweet tooth that I am, I wouldn’t order this again but I guess this would appeal to people who like chocolate for the chocolate taste and not the sugary sweetness oops… Also, considering that the toasties with savoury fillings cost only $1 more, I’d rather order those instead.

Dann's Daily - Alkaline Water

KYK Alkaline Water – This alkaline water is used in the dishes as well as for you to drink when you’re there. I don’t know much about alkaline water but these days the health experts all seem to be talking about it.

Dann’s Daily Pescetarian Cafe
20 Eastwood Road
#01-06 Eastwood Centre
(It is facing the bus-stop and the main road, and is opposite Bedok Food Centre)
Singapore 486442
Tel: 6449 1355

Opening Hours:
Tue to Sun
9am – 9pm
(Closed on Mondays)

Dann’s Daily Website

Click here to see my previous review on Dann’s Daily as well as pictures of their cafe latte.

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