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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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Marutama Ramen

Marutama Ramen. It seems that most people fall into 2 distinct categories. They either love Marutama Ramen, or they hate it. The people who hate it, invariably call it expensive maggi mee. I happen to be in the category of people who LOVE Marutama Ramen. I think it tastes way better than maggi mee (even though I love maggi mee very much). The broth is flavourful, robust and packs a spicy punch if you ask for the chilli version. The noodles are really springy and light, rather than the plasticky chewy square types you get elsewhere. Don’t forget to order the Japanese egg, which is a MUST.

Sadly, most of my colleagues don’t think much of Marutama Ramen, which was why I haven’t been indulging in it for more than a year. Last week, I met up with some JC friends who all belonged to the same category as me. I’m glad to say that everything still tastes the same. And the long queue of hungry diners that drape along the corridor, yep the queue has not diminished in length. I believe we waited 45 minutes before we managed to get in through the door. They won’t let you in either if all of your party have not arrived.

I know of a trick to somewhat circumvent that. Say you have a party of 4 and only 3 have arrived. Just tell them you want a table for 3. Obviously, they still have to give you a table for 4 because there’s no such thing as a table for 3. Employ this trick at your own conscience. In any case, Marutama Ramen isn’t a place to sit and chat. Once the wait staff see that you have finished, they have no qualms asking you to settle the bill and leave.

Marutama Ramen (2)Marutama Ramen Dumplings




Marutama Ramen

The Central @ Clarke Quay

3 Eu Tong Sen Street


Tel: +65 6534 8090 (if you can read Japanese)

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