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myVillage evening visit

Made my 2nd visit to myVillage on Saturday. I was hoping to catch the sunset before having dinner at Shin Kushiya. We made it just in the nick of time. The traffic towards Serangoon Garden was quite horrendous. It was the inch and jerk type, I was almost quite sure the sun would have set by the time we got there.

Check out the photos I took here!

I didn’t know if we could actually catch the sunset on the roof of the myVillage mall, but apparently you can. The minute you get out of the escalator and onto the roof, the last of the sun’s rays hit you. Alas, it was pretty cloudy so I couldn’t get good pictures.

As I previously mentioned, being able to have rooftop access is pretty cool. Yeah it’s not the roof level of Marina Bay Sands, but the 3rd floor roof top of myVillage has its own charms. For one, you’re away from the hustle and bustle of the roads below. You still get to overlook most of the buildings in the vicinity, as they’re even shorter! You can get a really good view of the sky and the stars at night, cloud cover pending.

There’s also another cool spot which I bet hardly anyone knows about. It’s so secluded yet cool and romantic I wonder if I should share this secret with anyone. Right next to Shin Kushiya is an automatic door. Step through it and you’re on a ledge right outside the mall. The ledge is very narrow and long. I suppose it’s a smoker’s stop of sorts but no smokers were there. The night lighting made it quite interesting. I would post a picture of it but once again, my camera failed on me. Remember to let your camera assimilate to the humid temperature first before taking off the lens cap after coming from an air-conditioned place!!!

Not all the shops were open when I was there on Saturday. Apparently myVillage will be having its official opening ceremony this Sunday 20th February 2011. Check out the details at http://myvillage.sg/. Also check out my post on my 1st visit to myVillage as well as the blogger’s invite to myVillage and Shin Kushiya.

myVillage Mall at Serangoon Gardens

myVillage

Finally had a chance to visit the myVillage mall at Serangoon Gardens yesterday, even though I have known of its existence 2 months back, and in fact, walked past it once. Was invited down by the mall management for a special blogger’s “get to know myVillage” session. The evening was amazing. myVillage really is a charming little mall with personality. The mall even has 2 mascots called Marley and Jules, inspired by the 2 adjoining roads Maju Avenue and Farleigh Road. I mean where else in Singapore can you find such a cute and interesting concept?

The owners of the mall wanted myVillage to blend in with the Serangoon Garden’s laid back vibe, and have people living near there feel as if this is an extension of their backyard. In this aspect, I think myVillage has done a wonderful job. Just look at the signage itself, can you see the words in there? These are handwritten “my”s by over a hundred people living or working in the area.

The roof top is lovely as well. At this point, it’s just wooden flooring and some plants but I think the management plan to install a seating area. From the roof, you can look out over the roofs of the houses nearby. The area is so peaceful, I wish I could have stayed up there longer, just to stare into the sky and imagine away.

I feel quite jealous of the people living near Serangoon Gardens! I want Bedok Point to be like this too! Where’s my property agent….

myVillage

1 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556679

http://www.myvillage.com.sg

Marina Link Mall

I think I caught the mall bug from Tiny Island, I went mall visiting today. First to Marina Bay Sands, then to the newly opened Marina Link Mall. In contrast to the crowds at Marina Bay Sands, Marina Link Mall was a total ghost town. I’m not surprised either. It’s a good 10 to 15 minute walk from Marina Bay Sands and is next to the new Marina Bay Financial Centre. It’s Sunday today so there are no office workers to patronise the place. I’m surprised it’s even open. If I wasn’t in a mall hopping mood, I would have just stayed at Marina Bay Sands.

The new Marina Bay Financial Centre is cool. The sea views from the offices must be fantastic. I should know since I used to work in one of the Shenton Way buildings facing the sea. One big blue expanse of sea, the sight was enough to calm your nerves on the most stressful of days. The view will only get better when the gardens by the bay are completed. What a pretty picture. The banks and big businesses know it and have offices there.

Here are some pictures I took of Marina Link Mall. Maybe I should return again on a work day when the shops aren’t empty. It would be nice to feel the buzz of the lunch time crowd, especially if I don’t have to go to work!

Fruit Frolic

Pain Reliever Fruit Juice

I had a fruit juice from Fruit Frolic after my 15 minute trek to Marina Link Mall. This concoction of lime, orange, pineapple and some other fruit is supposed to relieve pain. Well I don’t know about that but I think one of my resolutions for 2011 is to eat more fruits. Instead of coffee every morning, I shall strive to have a fruit juice instead. Fruit itself would be better but hey, baby steps!

Madison DeliMadison Deli Menu

Madison Deli – Heard that the owner felt a lack of New York styled sandwiches in Singapore so he set up Madison Deli to fill the gap. I do love checking out new delis and cafes for their sandwiches. That’s another 2011 resolution I have, to eat more sandwiches and salads for lunch. Going to decrease my intake of fried noodles, white rice and cooked food.

Yamakawa Super

Yamakawa – Store selling Japanese snacks and drinks

Swiss Bake

Swissbake – Similar to Cedele in that they have lots of European breads here. There is also a Cedele at Marina Link Mall.

Four Seasons Gourmet Market

Four Seasons gourmet market – They sell a lot of organic stuff here. They also have a lot of interesting food items not available in the usual Cold Storage or NTUC. You can get things like pheasant pate here and rabbit.

Pel-Freez Rabbit

Rare bit of rabbit. Rabbit is a very healthy meat you know. Don’t believe I’ve tried it before but I will soon. Daniel Boulud @ Marina Bay Sands offers rabbit for dinner and the Partner is quite keen to go. Hardly see rabbit in Singapore, and today alone, I’ve encountered it twice. Wonder if it is because of the upcoming Rabbit Year? Don’t bother with buying the gold rabbit ornaments or rabbit toys, eat more rabbit!

Alli Oli Spanish Deli & Cafe

Alli Oli Spanish Deli & Cafe – Another deli/cafe! Opened by the Four Seasons Gourmet Market.

There are many more stores and restaurants. You can get here via the Raffles Place MRT station.

Bedok Point is open!!

Bedok Point, or Bedok Mall, as some would call it is finally open! Bedok is now civilized! This has got to be the smallest mall ever. From the back door, you can see through to the front door! Most of the shops aren’t open, and there is a sickeningly strong turpentine smell there, especially in the basement and the 3rd floor. It’s less strong on the 1st floor due to the air coming in from the entrances I suppose. I marvel at the people who are able to eat there. Still, the smell didn’t deter the throngs of people checking out the Mall at 9pm at night.

We had a cup of coffee at the Killiney Cafe, but luckily that was near the back entrance so it was fine. While we were there, Killiney generated some kind of burnt meat smell, I hope it’s not going to be a permanent thing.

At this point in time,  the restaurants that are already open include the following:- Killiney Cafe, NYDC, Pasta Mania, Mos Burger. I see that Gong Cha will be opening soon. I wonder if it will see snaking queues like their branch at Raffles City. My father is super excited about the Sushi Tei too. I’m just happy that finally we have a kopi place we can go to in Bedok without having to start up the car.

Click on the image below to see the full list of tenants and shops. Where is Bedok Point? You can see it from the MRT train while travelling to and from Bedok and Tanah Merah. It is at the former Changi and Bedok Theatre site. If you are at Bedok MRT, just follow the same direction as the trains going towards Tanah Merah and you will reach it in less than 5 minutes. Or click here to see directions to Bedok Point.

Bedok Point Tenant Directory

Latest Update as at 6 Jan 2011: Most of the shops and restaurants are now officially opened. The only 2 big businesses not yet opened are K Box Karaoke and Paradise Inn. There is no more paint or turpentine smell anymore. Mall feels clean and tidy, although ventilation can still be improved. You can sometimes get a whiff of the cooked food smell at certain restaurants, but given that the Bedok Point Mall is largely a mall of restaurants, this I suppose is to be expected. The Gong Cha here even has a small sitting area. click here for Frasers Centrepoint Mall’s website for an official list of the shops, restaurants and tenants  at Bedok Point as well as phone numbers.

I asked the staff helping with the renovations when Paradise Inn will open. They told me Paradise Inn will officially open on 17 January 2010 at Bedok Point Mall.

Click here for my subsequent review on Bedok Point’s Sushi Tei.



ToTT Store (Tools of the Trade) – Review

So I did make it to ToTT over the weekend. It was mighty cavernous I must say. It was so spacious as compared to the Sia Huat Store in Chinatown. Everything was laid out nicely and neatly shelf after shelf, complete with name labels and prices.

I was hoping to find a Pantry Magic lookalike but on a larger scale, but it was not to be. There was very little cutesy, colourful spatulas, spoons, bowls, baking moulds and stuff. The things are also not cheap, so it’s not like an outing to Ikea where you can just indulge in buying items you know you’re probably never going to use. It’s still basically what Sia Huat sells at Chinatown except it looks a bit more sophisticated. The place would be great for business owners who want to find kitchen equipment such as a huge rice cooker to cook rice for 100 people. But if you ever require any particular kitchen equipment or cookware, your best bet is still to go to Sia Huat, but it would be a very utilitarian looking version of it. I don’t think they have that many cookbooks for sale either. If it’s cookbooks you’re after, you’re best going off to Borders, MPH or Kinokuniya.

ToTT’s still worth a visit though, especially if you live around the area. For one, they have this really interesting concept where you buy some cookie dough, decorate it and bake it there and then in the special kitchen. I was there and overheard the kids commenting on just how strange it was to be doing baking there.

Then there’s also the cooking studio, and the Bistro. We had lunch at the Bistro while we were there. Prices were pretty affordable. The Bistro looks like the Ikea canteen, but let’s just say that I don’t think Ikea will be fretting over lost business in the cooked food department. 

ToTT - Salmon

Baked Salmon – So So.

ToTT - Baked Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

 Baked Chicken – The chicken was quite nice, even if a little dry. They were also very generous with the mushrooms in the mushroom sauce. I liked the amount of raisin put within the coleslaw, and I liked the crunch of the slaw.

ToTT - Egg drop soup with Quail Egg

 Egg Drop Soup with Quail Egg – This was definitely a let down. Even the staff knew that and were recommending the mushroom soup. There was a surprise hardboiled quail’s egg in the soup so that was a nice touch. And they certainly are generous with the seaweed too.

ToTT - Mushroom Soup

Mushroom Soup – This was very nice for a $2.50 soup. It was creamy and thick. Only issue, it was not hot, but I suppose that boils down to teething problems at all new places.

You can order these under the ala carte menu, or you can get the set menu where you choose a mains, soup and free flow soft-drink. You can only choose soft drinks if you take the set menu, which we thought was a bit dumb. We wanted coffee, and coffee is $1, while soft drink is $1.50. Go figure.

ToTT Store

896 Dunearn Road 01-01A
Singapore 589472
Store Operating Hours:
Mon -Sun: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Tel: 62197077

http://www.tottstore.com

http://www.tottstore.com/files/Bistro_menu.pdf

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