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District 10 Bar & Restaurant

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District 10

Do you like going to the Robertson Quay area? Aside from the fact that it is somewhat inaccessible by public transport, I love going to Robertson Quay. It has a different vibe to it, and every trip there always makes me feel as if I could be in another street in some other country. There are many restaurants in Robertson Quay but most of them tend to be on the pricier side. There are of course value for money restaurants if you know where to look and District 10 Bar & Restaurant is one such place. I can imagine that just by looking at the decor, you would would expect this to be one of those pricier restaurants, but the great news is that District 10 is surprisingly affordable!

Parking is a breeze here because there is a humongous car park at UE Square, or if you’re lucky you can also snag a parallel parking slot by the side of the road. We were there on a Saturday at 12 noon, which means that the weekend brunch menu as well as lunch menu are both available. I like it that lunch dishes are also available because there’s really only so many eggs benedict you can eat on a weekend these days now that so many cafes have lined the streets of Singapore.

Pandan-Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup  $9   (3)

Pandan-Coconut Pancake with Gula Melaka Syrup  $9

We started off with this pancake dish. I must admit the green colour takes some getting used to, and just based on the name, it feels as if you are eating dessert. But make no mistake, this is a breakfast dish. and a pretty good one I might add. The pancakes are thicker than normal, and doesn’t disintegrate so easily when put in the mouth. I actually like that more than the normal thin pancakes. Must try this if you don’t know what to order!

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Gift twice with Cadbury chocolates!

It’s going to be Christmas soon! Have you started buying your Christmas presents yet? I know I haven’t so I’m really going to need some tips for last minute Christmas shopping! Chocolates are definitely something I buy every year as Christmas presents. I know, some people think that they are boring and not creative, but I like to think that giving a small bag of chocolates to each and every one of your colleagues is a meaningful thought to do, rather than to not buy anything at all. And trust me, a jar of chocolates in multi-coloured wrappers will add a festive mood to any room!

Cadbury Chocolates

If you’re going to be buying chocolates, you can consider Cadbury chocolates because Cadbury will be launching its “Joy of Giving” campaign from 1 November to 31 December, donating S$1 for every S$15 purchase of Cadbury products. All proceeds (up to S$30,000) collected from this campaign will be donated to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (SPMF) – Cadbury’s community partner.

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As part of the “Joy of Giving” campaign, the popular Cadbury Joyrider will be making its appearance to the public again from 21 November, 2013, beginning at the heart of Singapore’s business district – Raffles Place. The public will be able to hop on the Cadbury Joyrider Bus for free, which will bring everyone on a fun-filled journey into a mythical and joyful land of Cadbury – known as Joyville.

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Cat’s Attic Cafe

OMG, have you heard that a cat cafe will be opening in Singapore very soon? I can’t wait to visit Neko no Niwa when it opens in a few weeks’ time! If you’re a cat lover but don’t have a kitty to call your own, a cat cafe’s the next best thing!

I visited a cat cafe when I was in Seoul recently. It was the 1st time I had ever visited a cat cafe and it was one of the highlights of my trip! I find it really amazing that all the cats in the cafe are so docile and don’t mind you petting them even if they are sleeping. The cats that live in my neighbourhood are much more aloof and if they’re not in the mood for pats, then they don’t even look at you! Worse still, they might raise their tail at you!

Cat's Attic Cafe (18)

This cat cafe that I visited in Seoul is called Cat’s Attic Cafe and is in the Hongdae area. It’s less than 5 minutes walk from the Hongik University subway station, I think Exit 8 is the one to take.

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Pierre Gagnaire Seoul, Lotte Hotel

*Invited tasting*

When it comes to fine dining, I think the French win hands down. Really, of all the grand, fine dining restaurants I’ve been to, the ones I’ve enjoyed the most happens to be the French restaurants.  So I was really happy to be invited to lunch at the exquisite Michelin-starred Pierre Gagnaire in the posh Lotte Hotel.

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Pierre Gagnaire Seoul is located on the top floor of Lotte Hotel just across the popular Myeong Dong shopping district. If you want to splurge during your holiday in Seoul, or just want a romantic night out, Pierre Gagnaire would certainly be a fine option. I was amazed at how spacious the restaurant was as the few tables in the restaurant were all widely spaced. It was a pity I could not get a better shot of the restaurant as it seemed a tad rude to disturb the ambience by standing up to take pictures.

View from Pierre Gagnaire

The view from Pierre Gagnaire is fantastic.You can see the uniquely shaped Jongno Tower in the distance, as well as the tallest building in the picture, the SK building. The height limit for buildings is actually lower than this. Wonder what they did to be able to construct their building to such a height.

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DMZ / JSA Tour (Panmunjeom)

If you’re planning to visit South Korea, and Seoul in particular, you have to spare some time to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). It is the only way you can step on to North Korean soil, in relative safety so to speak. Of my entire 8 day trip to Seoul, this was undoubtedly the highlight of the holiday. If you’ve never been to the DMZ before, I highly recommend cutting down on the shopping and pigging out that you undoubtedly plan to do, and take some time to visit this historic and surreal place!

Freedom Bridge (1)

Freedom Bridge at Imjingak – It is a former railroad bridge which was used by repatriated POWs/soldiers returning from the north.

South Koreans are not allowed to visit the DMZ, so if you are a South Korean, you can consider being a tour guide, it’s probably the only way, apart from being a soldier! In fact, tourists have to sign up in advance with licenced tour agencies. Security is extremely tight and no one is allowed to veer away from the tour group once you are inside the Demilitarized Zone.

We signed up with KTB tours, taking note that they had English speaking guides. The tour we signed up for was for a full day tour, however there are half day tours as well. Ours included a trip to the War Memorial of Korea, Imjingak where the Freedom Bridge is, lunch, entry into the demilitarized zone (DMZ), and the highlight of it all, entry into the Joint Security Area (JSA aka Panmunjeom) which is where you can step on to North Korean soil. The entire trip took about 8 hours.

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