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Asiatique The Riverfront (Bangkok)

Missuschewy is going to Bangkok on Friday so I decided to rush this post out for her! I was in Bangkok back in July 2012 and I had the chance to visit Asiatique. Asiatique is a modern and humongous lifestyle project located along the banks of the Chao Phraya River. It comprises numerous restaurants, cafes as well as shops selling all manner of goods ranging from bags to trinkets to clothes.

Asiatique is pretty new, so not many people have visited it, even the locals! I only knew about it because my father’s 2 Thai colleagues brought us around. Asiatique used to be the pier which started off international trade between the then Kingdom of Siam and European countries, so you’re stepping into a pretty historic place when you visit Asiatique.

We had dinner at the Ko Dang Talay Seafood Restaurant, which is the 1st restaurant nearest the carpark facing the river. Yes we anyhow whack, but whack correctly we did because the food was very good. Will post about the restaurant in the next post, hopefully. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos and if you’re looking for a spot of shopping coupled with good food in a relatively clean and trendy environment, you can consider Asiatique. Prices are steeper than what you’d find around Bangkok but still good when compared to Singapore.

Oh btw, Asiatique only opens from 5pm onwards and closes at midnight. But don’t go too late because some shops do close earlier than that! Really, I would advise you to go at 5pm because there are so many small shops to browse through! Nice toilets here too (for once!), air-conditioned!

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Aker Brygge

Oslo has a sort of “museum-island” called Bygdøy Island. Well technically speaking, it’s a peninsula, but from the city part of Oslo looking out to Bygdoy, you would think that it was an island. Our Oslo Card allowed us to take the Mini-Cruise to Bygdoy, which I shall comment more in another post. On our return journey, we sailed past the most modern part of Oslo I have seen to date. Compared to the old buildings in the city centre, this was a refreshing change. Hip cafes, restaurants and more shopping centres galore. Kind of reminds me of Sydney. Interestingly, a lot of the Norwegian tourist information websites don’t seem to mention much about Aker Brygge. Maybe Norwegians prefer their history and fjords, and shopping just ain’t that fascinating.

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Lucky people who live here

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The temperature is below 10 degrees Celsius but people still insist on sitting al fresco. The cold is not a worry though because every restaurant provides radiators. See the orangey lights near the roofing? If only we had machines blowing cool air for us to enjoy if we so choose to dine al-fresco in Singapore. It is a waste of electricity I must admit, both ways.

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Normally the tram tracks are laid on the vehicular roads, so there’s no risk of walking in the tram’s path unknowingly. There is an area near Aker Brygge where the tram tracks are laid on non-vehicular roads. It makes me wonder if there have been cases of people strolling along and enjoying the views and suddenly having a tram honk at them.

Nobel Peace Museum

The Nobel Peace Centre and the City Hall are just next to Aker Brygge.

Meatworks

I’ve never seen Meatworks full before in the numerous times that I’ve passed by it. Was a bit skeptical about the food, but when I finally tried it out, I’m pleased to report that they do a pretty good steak! Service was also pretty decent, even though I’ve read several reviews that mention otherwise.

Meatworks  Meatworks - Hanging Tender

The steak that I ordered was the Hanging Tender $26 and it lived up to its name. Every bite was really flavourful yet tender. The only thing I didn’t like was the herb butter which I chose. I think if given the choice again, I would go for the Cabernet Sauvignon Mushroom sauce. Come to think of it, it should have been common sense to order that sauce, but I was kind of hoping that the butter would be special too. But given that the steak is so heavy already, you don’t really want more fats via the butter. On the whole, still one of the best steaks I’ve had for this price range.

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The Partner had the Ribeye. He was looking for grassfed Ribeye, but the only grassfed option was for the Sirloin which he doesn’t like. still, it was a tasty Ribeye and I enjoyed stealing bits of it too. The steak fries were also very good, crispy just the way I like it.

Definitely going to come back again to Meatworks. But a huge grouse is that they don’t serve alcohol! Something along the lines of them wanting to be Halal, so the waitress said. To intensify the pain, they haven’t actually removed the alcohol page from the menu!You have to go to the supermarket on the same floor to get the wine if you need some, and corkage is charged at $20 per bottle. Steak really tastes loads better when you have a glass of wine in hand. And for some reason, I really was hankering for a glass after all that energy spent on shopping earlier. We plodded through without the wine, but certainly for the next round, I will buy a bottle or sneak one in!

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MeatWorks ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn #04-12
Singapore 238801
T +65 6634 0026
F +65 6634 8901
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talktous@meatworks.com.sg

http://www.meatworks.com.sg/

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

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