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Swissotel Merchant Court Staycation 2018

It’s no secret that we love going on staycations. If I could, I would check into a new hotel every month. Even the toddler loves staycations. At one point in time, it was quite dangerous to even mention the word “hotel” because then he’d launch into a big tantrum if you didn’t take him to one straight away! Given that it’s going to be peak season for staycations in December, here’s my review of Swissotel Merchant Court to give you some idea of where to staycation next.

Swissotel Merchant Court Birthday Staycation

We previously stayed in Swissotel Merchant Court back in 2016, when Edward was still a baby! There are many things that we really like about Swissotel Merchant Court. First of all, the colour scheme. I really love the bright yellow hues, it just makes you feel so joyous and welcomed. The rooms are always very well-appointed. And for me, location location location. It being smack next to Clark Quay Central as well as Clarke Quay MRT station makes it so convenient. There are lots of restaurants to choose from, lots of shops. And even if you don’t want to spend a single dime, Clarke Quay is a great place to just chill by the steps of the river and people watch. And for Pokemon Go players, Clarke Quay is teeming with PokeStops and mons!

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The Joy of Toys at Clarke Quay Central

Finally had the chance to visit The Joy of Toys located at Clarke Quay Central Mall. I’d heard about it a couple of months back and found the concept to be quite attractive yet pretty unique in Singapore. It’s a wonder why there aren’t more of such indoor children’s play areas around.

Ok when you think of a children’s indoor playground / play area, you tend to visualise one where there are many slides, ball pits, tunnels etc for the children to run about and explore, aka gross motor skills type of play. Think Cool de Sac, Kids Amaze, The Polliwogs etc. There will also be a small area with fine motor skill toys and pretend play toys such as lego, puzzles, play kitchen, dolls etc, but these tend not to be the highlight of the business.

The Joy of Toys is quite different. There are no slides and tunnels. Per their website, they offer

  • Structured Play sections focussing on manipulatives, construction, as well as competitive games. These include developmental toys, family games and brain teasers.
  • Open-Ended Play sections encouraging pretend and role play. These include miniature play, doll play and food play.

There are a lot of wooden toys, and the whole area, especially the toddler area is furnished in a very pleasing and soothing way. While I was at the toddler area, I suffered from room envy and wondered more than once why I am not able to create a playroom looking like that for Edward.

The Joy of Toys (3)

What’s the difference between the toddler play space vs the main play space?

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Spice World Hot Pot opens in Singapore–Fancy a meat dress doll or a mala Teddy Bear / Hello Kitty?

It’s no joke, the number of hot pot restaurants that have been opening in Singapore of late. Just this week, I attended 2 media tastings of new hot pot restaurants. Well, Spice World Hot Pot from China will certainly make you sit up, not least from the spiciness of its mala hot pot broth. If it doesn’t creep you out, order the barbie doll dressed in wagyu beef, or how about a mala Teddy Bear / Hello Kitty sitting in your soup broth?

Spice World Hot Pot, founded in 2003 is one of China’s top 10 global hotpot brands. The Sichuan mala broth is its signature soup broth. No artificial flavouring, MSG or flavour enhancers are used, and instead, the soup bases are first brewed in Sichuan China using deep forest peppercorns from Hongya farmlands, chillies from Guizhou and Sichuan, before being further processed in Singapore.

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Yes you eyes are not fooling you, that’s literally a Teddy Bear shaped out of mala soup and beef oil. For the luxury of watching Teddy or Hello Kitty slowly melt into the broth, it will cost you an additional $9.90. Might be worth the price if you have many Instagram followers, and let’s be frank, it’s actually quite fascinating to watch poor Teddy plop into the soup and dissolve away….

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Swissotel Merchant Court Blue Potato Restaurant–This under the radar poolside restaurant rocks!

When you think of Swissotel Merchant Court, you will think of the famous Ellenborough Market Cafe, and it’s very popular durian pengat. I have been hearing about this durian pengat for more than a decade from people who swear by it. But you won’t be faulted for not knowing that the hotel also boasts another great restaurant known as the Blue Potato. I don’t think many people know about this restaurant, and it doesn’t help that the restaurant is next to the swimming pool, meaning you will only chance upon it if you are going to the pool! And even so, at first glance from the opposite end of the pool where most people are, it looks like just a simple pool bar rather than an al-fresco restaurant serving proper restaurant food.

 

Blue Potato Restaurant at Swissotel Merchant Court

That’s a pity because the food we tried at Blue Potato was fabulous. In particular, I was very impressed with the refreshing and generously portioned salad, as well as both the mains. I’m really very pleasantly surprised to discover this restaurant for the first time despite my having been to Swissotel Merchant Court several times.

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Blue Potato -Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad (1)

Fresh Berries and Avocado Salad with mixed greens, hazelnuts & raspberry vinaigrette $18

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[Chinese New Year 2015] Quayside Seafood Restaurant

Chinese New Year 2015 reviews

If you’re looking to celebrate Chinese New Year with a bit of a difference in terms of view and cuisine, you might just want to consider Quayside Seafood. Truth be told, I don’t think I’ve ever dined al-fresco style at Clarke Quay by the river before. I’ve wanted to many many times, but the restaurants were either full and I had to sit indoors, or I somehow ended up at a restaurant facing the inner fountain courtyard. So it was really pleasant to finally be able to experience dining al-fresco by the river, with a Chinese menu to boot! It was surprisingly cool and not humid at all.

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There are tables for 10, and there are also booth seats for smaller parties. This is about as picturesque as it gets in Singapore!

Quayside Seafood Salted Egg Yam

Quayside Seafood Salted Egg Yam

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