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What to eat at East Coast Park – Seafood Centre

I had the opportunity to visit East Coast Park yesterday afternoon. East Coast Park is so different on a weekday as compared to the weekends. With hardly anybody around, it was such a joy to be out there under the blue skies, enjoying the sea breeze as the trees gently sway in the dappled sunlight. I felt truly blessed to have the opportunity to enjoy this moment, even if fleeting.

Took a walk to the East Coast Park Seafood Centre area, previously known as the UDMC Seafood Centre. They even have their own Wikipedia link, although it doesn’t seem to be very updated. It was pretty quiet there except for McDonalds.

McDonald's @ Seafood Centre

Yes, did you know there is a McDonalds’ still at East Coast Park??

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I don’t think many people know that McDonald’s has moved from the Marine Cove area opposite Marine Parade, to the Seafood Centre area opposite the Bedok/Bayshore flyover. What a pity, because you can see the absolutely wonderful views from the alfresco area of McDonalds. One day I’m going to bring my laptop here and order a huge cuppa and just blog away. The views are so much better than what it was previously, in fact the previous McDonald’s didn’t really have a view if you think about it. Such an idyllic place, just as well it is a secret!

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Stewords Riverboat Santa Fe Tex-Mex Grill

*Media Invite*

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This has got to be one of my more unique media tasting locations, how many times does one get to dine on-board a boat? It was fun looking through all my pictures again and I wish I was amongst the sea breeze and blue-skies again!

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My food blogger turned bimbo beauty blogger pose for a second before we boarded the ship!

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Chicken Beef Fajitas Half-Pound $27

Have you tried Tex-Mex food in Singapore? Apparently it’s not all that common here according to our host for the evening, Daryl Saw, the Business Development Manager and also son of the owner of Santa Fe and Stewords Riverboat. Santa Fe was amongst the 1st to introduce Tex-Mex cuisine in Singapore when they first established in 1999. I tried to throw up a couple of names such as Chili’s and Planet Hollywood, where I recall I had Fajitas and quesadillas. It seems those are not really authentic “Texan Mexican”, as “Tex-Mex” isn’t as spicy. Ah well, I’m really not an expert in the area of Mexican cuisine or Texan cuisine and their variations so I will just leave it as that.

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East Coast Park Aerial View

Took some pictures of the East Coast Park area today. I love looking at the vast expanse of water. There is a sort of calming effect, just looking out at something so blue and unblocked. Once in a while, I need to come here, to get away from the built up areas of Singapore. I know, the numerous ships dotting the sea reduces the picturesque quality, but still, this is about as good as it goes in Singapore.

It was also interesting to see the rain pouring down in the city area. Marina Bay Sands was just a grey blur in the distance. Yet at the Changi area, it was as bright as can be.

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The McDonalds area of East Coast Park. Looks different from up here. There was some news recently that their rentals may not be renewed? Wonder what’s the latest news with that.

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You can see the rain coming in in the distance. Wonder what it is that causes the orangey sky.

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You can hardly see Marina Bay Sands in the rain.

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Yet bright as can be towards the Changi direction. Singapore may be small, but it’s still large enough to experience different weather in different parts of the island!

It would be wonderful to live in a condo and wake up to such views every morning. Unfortunately, since the East Coast Parkway Expressway is parallel to the East Coast Park and sea, the better your view of  the sea, the louder the noise of the expressway! The drone of the cars is quite audible. I have no idea how people living right next to the expressway tolerate the noise. They must have learnt to weed it out. I can’t imagine how I would do that, or if I would want to do that in the first place. I gues the best way is to choose a condo block that is not nearest the expressway. Yes the views will be blocked, but you still get some bits of view and much lesser sound. And don’t let me even get started on how dusty and dirty it must be to live next to the expressway. I wonder if people living next to the expressway go to the doctor more often?

The place I live at happens to face a small playground, and there are no major roads nearby. It’s pretty peaceful at night and I like it this way.  I can have my windows open at night and I often poke my head out to enjoy the cool night breeze. Still, Singapore is noisy compared to New Zealand. Lying in bed at night in New Zealand, it was so pitch black I couldn’t even see my hand. And get this, for the 1st time in my life, I realised my phone had a low buzz sound, audible because there were no cars around for miles.  In all the years that I’ve had a mobile phone, I’ve never realised it buzzed!

Capella Sentosa

Here are some pictures of Capella Hotel at Sentosa Island we took when we were having afternoon tea at The Knolls. It is a really nice looking hotel. Most of it is new but I believe the 2 wings that face the driveway are old buildings steeped in history. These buildings were around during World War II during the Japanese Occupation.  But they’ve done it up so nicely that the whole place looks so posh, you would never have guessed its history.

Capella looks really peaceful. If I had some spare dough rolling around and wanted to spend some time in utter relaxation, this seems to be a good place to do so. I have to admit, Singapore doesn’t provide the best of sea views, but if it’s a Singapore sea view you want, you definitely won’t go wrong with this. Just don’t mind the oil tankers in the distance.

The staff here are extremely polite. When we got to the lobby, the doorman personally walked us all the way down to The Knolls, which was a good 1 minute away. I did however encounter some bad service when the waiter tried to polish the tables next to us. The whole restaurant was practically empty, why did he have to choose such an inappropriate time to spray his detergent or whatever, when we were eating at the next table?

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Too hot to sit outside during the day, but I’m sure it’ll be nice after 5 pm. I wonder if it’s possible to watch the sunset from this side.

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Capella Sentosa (6) All these seats face the sea, but the plants and trees are pretty tall so you might have to stand in order to get a better view.  

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As much as I like rest and relaxation, I am not one to lie on the deck chair all day. That’s what the Partner likes to do. For me, the pool is way toooooo inviting. I like to swim and splash around. I have no doubt that I would be one of those people who would try to push the water off the edge of the pool and into the grass down below.

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The check-in area. It looks so pretty and tasteful. I love it when decor and furnishings are able to lift my mood.

Bob's Bar Capella Sentosa Bob’s Bar – Indoor seating area

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Bob’s bar – Outdoor day beds (that are probably only ever used at night)

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Capella Singapore | 1 The Knolls | Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297 | +65 6377 8888 |

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