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Design Hub

I’ve been furniture hunting for the new place and checking out all the usual suspects such as Ikea, Park Mall, Courts etc. Been wanting to go down to Tan Boon Liat Building as well in Outram, where I heard you can find indie and retro furniture. Actually, after you’ve seen what other furniture stores have to offer, you won’t look at Ikea in the same way again.

Then we read about this newly opened Design Hub in the Straits Times boasting 45,000 sqft worth of furniture showrooms! Have to go right??? Only issue is, it’s in Tuas, and just about the furthest part of Tuas you can get too before you drop into the sea! We decided to forgo one morning’s worth of cafe hopping and did the cross-country drive all the way to Design Hub. Guess you could call it furniture hopping?

This Design Hub is really cool. First of all, it’s SO SPACIOUS! The building is about 10 storeys high or so, but the showrooms are concentrated on the 1st 3 floors. There was hardly a soul there on that Saturday morning, and even if a hundred more people poured in, you would still have room to run about. The 1st floor comprises mostly kitchen showrooms and huge art pieces, the 2nd floor comprises of a mish mash of furniture such as tables, chairs, tiles, carpetting, and the 3rd floor comprises main bathrooms.

I was most amazed by the bathrooms. One look and I just fell in love with all the designs! They look so “hotel like”! I’ve always maintained the mantra that, all things being equal, we should spend more money decoring our house so that we would not feel the need to spend money on staycations. Of course it’s easier said than done, but really, shouldn’t we all try to spend our money “inside” rather than “outside”?

Devon & Devon Bathrooms and Bathtubs (10)

You’ll never look at bathrooms the same way after you view these bathrooms by Devon & Devon. They remind me so much of hotel bathrooms. In fact, if you read my article on my stay at the Citadines Suites Louvre Paris, you’ll see a striking similarity in terms of design. I’ve no idea what the official name of this design, sometimes I call it “English”, sometimes I call it “New England”. Can someone enlighten me? Love the heater too!!

Devon & Devon Bathrooms and Bathtubs (7)

This is one of my favourite looking bathtub designs! Although it’s smaller in size than what I would prefer, I just love the detailing on the feet, as well as the taps and showerhead! They remind me of old school telephones. I can just imagine the stress melting away with a soak in this bathtub.

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Hotel Clover Staycation review

Staycations are all the rage these days, it makes you wonder why haven’t they been popular all along? I suppose 10 years ago when the oil price was still cheap, one could simply fly away to a distant beach resort to spend the weekend there. But with air tickets costing what they do these days, staycations, aka hotel vacations without leaving Singapore makes sense. It definitely does make good sense to me. I for one do not believe in short weekend getaways. If I have to take a plane to get somewhere, I’m going to stay at least 4 or 5 days.

And we all know how taxing it is to take leave from work. First of all, you have to choose dates which are preferably not during your department’s peak period. The days leading up to the said holiday, you feel like you’re in a pressure cooker, trying to make sure all the work is cleared before your departure! A short weekend staycation takes the pressure off me, as there’s no leave that needs to be taken.

Couple of weeks ago, the Partner and I had a short staycation at Hotel Clover along Hong Kong Street. Hotel Clover is a new budget business hotel. The rooms may be small, I’ll be frank about that, but being new, the rooms and furniture are speckless and clean. The best part about Hotel Clover? That it’s so close to the Central Business District area! It’s located right smack in the middle, where Clarke Quay is on one end while Boat Quay is on another. We had a great time combing the whole of Clarke Quay to soak in the vibes, and only had to take a short stroll back. No need to worry about how long it would take to get a taxi! If we had had another night to spare at Hotel Clover, we would have checked out Boat Quay as well. The stroll along the river at night can be quite romantic.

Hotel Clover on Hong Kong Street Facade

Hotel Clover on Hong Kong Street

Hotel Clover on Hong Kong Street Reception Foyer

Reception Area

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Aurora Salmon from Norway available in Singapore!

Not all salmon tastes the same, that’s what I found out last week after I tasted the Aurora salmon from arctic Norway. So smooth, so flavourful, and so delightful to eat, I have to say that I won’t look at salmon in quite the same way ever again.

What is Aurora Salmon you may ask? Aurora Salmon is meticulously grown in the artic regions of Norway, as compared to Norwegian salmon from waters nearer to the southern parts of Norway. At such high latitudes, this is where the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) can be spotted. The fresh cold clear waters within this pristine environment hold temperatures stable at a consistent average of 3 to 4 degrees Celsius in winter and 5 to 10 degrees Celsius in the summer. This, together with the optimal currents and oxygen levels, ensure the slow growth of the Aurora Salmon, resulting in a higher fat content than other farmed salmon which can take a shorter time to be harvested.

In fact, Aurora Salmon is already one of the most sought after brands in Japan, and now, for the 1st time, you will be able to purchase Aurora Salmon exclusively at all Kuriya Fish Market outlets. The fish is air flown fresh into Singapore within 2-3 days of harvesting, so you can be assured of Aurora Salmon’s freshness.

Aurora Salmon Sashimi Slices (1)

I had the privilege to be amongst one of the first few Singaporeans to taste the amazing Aurora Salmon at the launch of the Aurora Salmon at Kuriya. The pricing is the same as if you were to buy the “normal” Norwegian salmon. With salmon being a good source of protein, vitamins D, A and B12, iodine, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids, the salmon is really our wish come true for great tasting yet healthy food.

I’m not lying when I say these salmon taste different from what I’m more accustomed to. They really do have a deeper flavour and you can taste the richness and fattiness of the flesh! If only I could have the entire tray!

Aurora Salmon (11)

Watching these chefs slice through the salmon was like watching hot knives slice through cold butter. Blink and you miss it! In a matter of minutes, they had reduced the whole salmon into numerous sashimi slices!

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Win $50 shopping vouchers from myVillage!

Filmhouse Festival, a rooftop movie screening at myVillage.sg in Serangoon Gardens will be happening on 15 March 5.30pm! To make visiting myVillage (shopping centre) more fun and exciting, how about we throw in $50 worth of shopping vouchers for free??

Check out my Facebook for details on how to enter. Contest ends 12 March 2014 Wednesday 2359. Easy Peasy!

 

Filmhouse Festival

Chinatown Food Street – Top 5 favourites

Have you checked out the newly rejuvenated Chinatown Food Street by the Select Group? The new Chinatown Food Street is now fully pedestrianized, with a high-ceiling glass canopy shelter and a built-in cooling system! Now you can have local hawker food with the nostalgia of eating right on the streets itself, minus the sweltering heat! And you will soon be able to enjoy free Wifi along all the Chinatown Streets come 28 March 2014.

There are 24 street hawker stalls, 6 shophouse restaurants and ad hoc street kiosks and the operating hours will be from 11am all the way to 11pm daily. Speciality dishes from all major Chinese dialects and different ethnic groups will be featured here from Hakka Yong Tau Foo to Cantonese Dim Sum. And who can forget Indian Roti Prata and Malay Satay, staples of any street side dining?

Chinatown Food Street (4)

Here’s a quick guide on the top 5 favourite dishes we sampled at Chinatown Food Street so you know where to focus when you get there.

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