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Bedok Mall is opening on 3rd December!

*Latest Update as at 12 Dec 2013: Bedok Mall is already open and super crowded, I really wonder where the people have come from! And it feels like more than  90% of the shops are already open for business. From what I saw today, places like Starbucks, ToastBox, Tim Ho Wan, Poulet, Itacho, SK Jewellery, G2000, Charles & Keith, Faces of Spade etc are open. But FairPrice Finest will only be open on 14 Dec 2013 onwards!

Really long queues at all the popular restaurants! Eg by 6.30pm, Tim Ho Wan already had a snaking queue outside their restaurant, and by 7pm, you would have had to wait at least 15 minutes or more at Itacho sushi!


Amazing news! For those of you who are living in the East, rejoice because Bedok Mall will be opening on 3rd December! Yes, even though the mall still looks half complete, the insides must be already all spruced up and ready to invite the Christmas shoppers!

Some fun facts about Bedok Mall

  • Already 100% leased
  • 200,000 sqft or approx the size of Junction 8
  • About 200 shops spread across 3 floors
  • Approx 250 carpark lots (doesn’t sound like a lot!)
  • Bedok Mall’s basement 2 is linked to Bedok MRT
  • Bedok Bus Interchange will be above the Bedok Mall
  • Bedok Residences condo will continue to be built even after Bedok Mall opens

Bedok Mall and Bedok Residences

Picture courtesy of CapitaMalls Asia

Christmas Celebrations!

There will be a 4m Christmas tree at the basement made out of 2000, recycled plastic milk bottles bringing festive cheer to all shoppers. Don’t forget to go there to get the free lollipops, popcorn, balloons and check out the roving fairies, contortionist, Santa Claus and SNOW!

Shoppers stand to win $100,000 worth of prizes in the CAPITASTAR Star Shower Game. Goodies include umbrellas, Christmas gift wrappers and CapitaVouchers.

And save the date for 21 December when Bedok Mall will be open until 2.40am and will give away $30,000 WORTH OF CAPITAVOUCHERS to lucky shoppers!!!!!!

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ToTT Cooking Class– Knack with Knives

The other day, I chanced upon a contest on ToTT (Tools of the Trade)’s Facebook. In order to win a free “Knack with Knives” class, all one had to do was to write about a close shave with knives and lessons learnt. I thought, hey I can do that, so I entered the contest. Bam, done in less than 5 minutes. And guess what, my efforts paid off and I got a golden ticket worth 98 bucks!!!

Photos all taken with the iPhone since I figured wielding a knife together with my trusty DSLR would be a tad cumbersome…

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (5)

The knife in the picture is what is known as a Chef’s Knife. This is the knife that will be used for most of your slicing activities. Another knife I would highly recommend buying is the serrated knife. It has a ridged blade to cut through food with skin such as bread. We never used to have a serrated knife in our kitchen, but during the period when I was fervently baking lots of bread, we bought a serrated knife as it was a pain to cut the bread with the chef’s knife. I usually ended up flattening the bread because a normal chef’s knife just wouldn’t slice through the tough skin!

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (9)

Chop chop chop, dice dice dice. There is a nifty way to cut onions such that you won’t cry. Chop off the top, chop the onion in half, then kind of flay it without cutting through the bottom. The bottom still holds all the pieces in tact, which then makes it easier for u to dice the onion. According to Chef Ming, the bottom holds the highest amount of tear causing chemicals, so only cut that off last.

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class (7)

Tomato condiments for the bruschetta we were making – onions, tomatoes, basil, garlic

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With a serrated knife, you can slice up the bread really thinly.

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Voila, the finished product!

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Chef Ming from Jam explaining the ins and outs of using knives.

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Chef Jeremy from Jam slicing and dicing

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Other participants. Btw, I really want to get myself one of those wooden island trolley thingies. It’s so convenient to be able to chop wet food near the sink or dustbin, and after that wheel it to the cooking stove. Anything that cuts down preparation time for me is fantastic.

Tools of the Trade - Knack with Knives cooking class

Coffee and tea for the participants. Not that you have time to drink it once the cooking gets fired up.

The class was totally worth my having to wake up at 8.30am! I really enjoyed myself very much. Although I still feel that $98 is very steep a price to pay for a 2 hour hands-on class, unfortunately cooking classes, especially hands-on ones, are pricey. The affordable ones which are less than $50, held at the Community Centres, tend not be hands-on. If you have spare dough and have entertained the idea that you might like to learn cooking, I would highly recommend doing it. Just take at least 1 class to get your adrenalin pumping. After that, you can rely on cook books if you are self-motivated. I assure you the dividends will pay off when you enjoy the fruits of your labour in time to come.

As a proof of how much I enjoyed the class, I went back home and diced up all my asparagus, mushrooms, onions and garlic for dinner. This would normally have been done by the Partner, while I disappear somewhere and pretend to be busy.

See my previous review on the Tools of The Trade Store as well as the ToTT Bistro.

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.oooh-jam.com

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.

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