Christmas Wonderland @ Gardens By The Bay
Christmas is round the corner and if you’re travelling to Singapore or you’re staying in Singapore and you do not have any plans in mind over these few weeks especially the weekends, do head over to Gardens By The Bay and have a merry Christmas Wonderland
1. First stop, you can try out the Future Of Us - SG50 finale, located near the entrance of the BayFront Station. The exhibition is an immersive and multi-sensory experience that offers a glimpse into the possibilities of how Singaporeans can live, work, play, care and learn in the future.
The exhibition will call on Singaporeans to share their hopes and dreams for themselves, their family and the nation, and to participate in steering the Singapore journey towards the future. It is the capstone event to round up Singapore’s SG50 year of celebrations.
You should be able to spend about 45minutes in the exhibition where there are a couple of segments for you to walk through. A very interesting exhibition where they will showcase an idea of how Singapore will be developed in the next 15 years. I’m actually not very sure whether we will progress and develop that rapidly and that advanced but I’m sure we will get there. :)
2. Besides the exhibition, there is the permanent resident building the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. which they will have different display of flowers from different countries and seasons. and I’m sure its one of the main attractions that you can go to.
What I’m focusing on is the Christmas Wonderland event being held here. Back for its second year, Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay 2015 spans 35,000 square metres, across four main areas: the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures which begin at the Golden Garden and extend throughout the festival site; the Festive Market at the Supertree Grove; the Fairground near The Meadow; and the Christmas Toyland floral display in the Flower Dome too!
3. Lending a festive air to the Gardens, the magnificent Luminarie light sculptures, delicately handmade by Italian skilled craftsmen using white wood from the south of Italy, will feature an all-new architectural design reminiscent of the medieval period. As many as 56 enchanting sculptures – the tallest towering over 20 metres – will nestle amidst the greenery within the Supertree Grove, Dragonfly Bridge and Flower Dome.
If you have been to Hong Kong and in search of the original Mak noodles, be prepared with a big and expandable stomach. There are so many versions and links to the original Mak Woon-Chi’s creation. I tried linking up and finding out which is the main descendant but in the end, not much results as the stories are very similar. I found the two most popular noodles after Mak Woon-Chi’s. Just a little history, Mak Woon-Chi the pioneer and the one who created wonton noodles brought this delicacy from Guangzhou to Hong Kong.
The recipe hasn’t changed throughout even till the earl 1960s as this dish was served to the then President of the Republic of China, Chiang Kai-Shek by Mak Chi-Ming, a third-generation descendant of Mak Woon-Chi. Now with Mak’s Noodles and Mak Mun Kee’s version, they do have their own share of supporters, each insisting that they are the true originals. Even one of them has started franchise in Singapore, Mak Man Kee and they are opening another branch soon.
Mak Mun Kee Noodle Shop 麥文記麵家
I started off searching for them upon checking into my hotel in Hong Kong, luckily it was within walking distance and to be honest, I was hungry then and couldn’t wait to try out why, why so many people recommended Mak’s. The setup of the eatery is typical of Hong Kong food places. Tiny space with round tables where people would just come in and find a seat which is empty, most of the time, sharing a table with others and it’s also quite a culture especially during lunch hours where people would focus on their food and leave the place.
At 3:15pm, this place still packs with people and I understand now why it is considered the best wonton noodles. I ordered a bowl of wonton noodle soup and the other, dried noodles with shrimp dumplings. The soup has a very strong shrimp flavour which I have yet to taste before. The consistency in the handmade noodles is springy and needs a little effort to bite it off. Generous amount of prawns (one and a half slice of it) are found in each wonton and the texture of the prawn indicates that the meat is fresh and I savour every single bit of the meal. I enjoyed this and love it very much.
Mak’s Noodles 麥奀雲吞麵世家
The other “twin’ of the Mak legacy, is here to show that they meant business too. With an equal busy crowd, this outlet located at Wellington Street is popular as well. The space in the shop is bigger and articles and pictures of their success decorate the front window of the shop. We ordered the usual soup version of the wonton noodles and a plate of 捞(dried version) sprinkled with dried prawn roe and a bowl of wonton soup by itself.
The taste of the soup is comparable with I really couldn’t find too much of a difference, the noodles seems like it has been made off from the same factory of person who kneads it. To me, the捞 version seems to hit on me more and the dried roe acts as a magical powder which enhances the noodles and taste of it. The wonton however, seems like being discounted as it is only wrapped in a full prawn compared to Mak Mun Kee’s.
You can try out their branch in Singapore and see if you like it and if you have a chance to go to Hong Kong, do try out both and see for yourself, which side would you taste buds fall to. Typing this article makes me crave for the noodles once again. I think I wanna take a train down and try out the one in Singapore…
The most sort after itinerary when you’re in Hong Kong is going up to this magnificent view of the sparkling skyscrapers of the Hong Kong Island. If you have only one thing that you can do here, Victoria Peak will be your choice. Many tourists would prefer to visit this attraction towards the evening and you can choose to take the Peak Tram up.
You spend hours taking pictures enjoying a little bit of shopping at the Peak Tower at about 396 metres above sea level. There are a wide array of restaurants and shops and entertainments for everyone but I would like to bring you to attention would be the Italian casual dining at Wildfire+.
Dining at the top is a unique experience and I am fortunate to have one of the best views of the Hong Kong skyline while having your dinner. This place packs a punch as its one of the restaurants at Peak Tower with the best view. A comfortable and less restricted atmosphere where you can dine with your friends casually as you enjoy the wonderful variety of Italian food and why not pop a bottle of sparkling wine and enjoy this lovely evening?
Friendly service staffs who recommended us to some of the restaurant’s specialty like the Wildfire Supreme, a masterpiece pizza which comes in the size of 12” or 24” (fit for a King) which consists of ham, pepperoni, sausage, bell pepper, onions, mushrooms (my favourite!), kalamata olive, spread with their unique tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese! Done in the open-flame, the thin crust pizza, tossed freshly upon order and with an Italian flare from the center to the very edge. All of their pizzas are made under blazing fire, adding the unique charred flavour to them and I guarantee you which ever flavour you choose, the crusts don’t fail.
Having a headache about what to have for our appetizers, we ended up getting the best out of the selection. The Wildfire Appetizer Platter gives you a great start to your dining experience with calamari fritti, smoked salmon (this is heavenly), chicken wing marinated with yummilicious house sauce and quesadilla to balance up your taste bud and ready for the pizzas to be served.
Diners in the restaurant got up from their seats once in awhile whipping out their mobile cameras (I did that too!) capturing moments of the wonderful scenery as they dine merrily, chatting with their partners and friends, and embracing such a beautiful evening. Thank you for such a wonderful evening and kudos to the group of chefs and staffs of Wildfire+ @ The Peak for the lovely meal, 唔該!
Do have a read on my journey of food and travel in Macau and of course Hong Kong during this trip! Have fun reading and do share them around! Cheers!
THE PEAK TOWER
Tel: +852 2849 5123
Address: Shop 2, Level 1,
The Peak Tower,
128 Peak Road,
Mon - Fri 12nn - 11pm
Sat, Sun & PH - 11am - 11pm
When someone asks you about the good food in Hong Kong, what are the dishes that you would suggest? Similar to Singapore, Hong Kong has a great culture of superb food from the streets all the way to fine dining restaurants and Michelin Star eateries. In this article, I will share with you what are the MUST eats when you’re there!
The simplicity of food as you walk along the streets trying out the little stalls tucked in shops along the alleys and pathways. Wonderful bean curd freshly made daily which can be found at Lamma Island, “fish egg” 魚蛋 or rather what we know as fish balls cooked in spicy curry. Or why not try out the dried cuttlefish and shishamo grilled on charcoal and drizzled in special sauce as you walk along the breezy fisherman village in Tai O. Fancy the local drinks Yuanyang 鸳鸯 or 港式奶茶 to cool yourself down which can be found in nearly all eateries.
Dim sum is everywhere in Hong Kong and my top three choices are:
Tim Ho Wan 添好運點心專門店
A popular chain outlet which you can even find in Singapore, Tim Ho wan had earned its reputation as the cheapest Michelin Star restaurant which only the outlets at Mongkok and Sham Shui Po gained those hard-earned one stars.
T'ang Court 唐閣
Top 10 restaurants in Hong Kong, and a two star Michelin award, the real treat for your dim sum fix is here. It is known for the extravagant and freshness, creating local delicacies with luxurious ingredients. You can even enjoy other sumptuous food in this luxury restaurant located at the Langham.
Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮
Come early and enjoy the fresh dim sum and a very cozy environment. You can spend hours catching up with your friends as the service staffs push traditional Dim Sum steam carts around the restaurant. Order and receive your food on the spot.
Porridge is one of the staple foods for the locals and for tourists, many would visit Ocean Empire 海皇粥店. Traditional porridge ingredients like century egg and pork slices, to fresh slice fish and also seafood versions are available on their menu. The other favourite of mine would be fried dough wrapped with rice noodle sheet 炸兩. Sprinkled with spring onions and dashes of light soya sauce, the simplicity of food but not lacking the flavourful tastes and textures.
Pastires and bakeries are widely available in Hong Kong. You can easily get some bread which is conveniently available in most shopping malls or along the streets, small eateries like Kam Wah Café 金華冰廳 for a Po Luo bun (pineapple bun) or egg tarts and dessert shops and talking about desserts, Yuen Kee Dessert源記甜品專家 located at Sai Yuan Lane is one of the popular hangout place for locals especially after dinner and till midnight.
You can order a slice of sponge cake to go with your hot desserts. Yee Shun Milk Company 義順牛奶公司 is another place if you would like some curdled milk for dessert. They have a variety of flavours and it comes with hot or cold ones. How about a ice cream from a mini ice cream van? It’s a good fix to cool yourself down especially I’m there in summer.
Who can forget about roast goose meat and other roasted meat which is one of the must haves when you’re here in Hong Kong. Yat Lok Restaurant 一樂燒鵝 located at Stanley Street, is a must go to have the juicy goose drumstick (depends on availability) and you can have it with rice or their handmade egg noodles. The crispy skin and the fat in the meat is divine and I am totally in love with it! And the other two places where I think they have good tasting roast meat would be at Maxim’s Palace 美心皇宮 as well as Zheng Dou 正斗粥麵專家 which can be located at the Hong Kong International Airport. One of the best roasted pork which I had for my dinner was at Lei Garden 利苑酒家, cozy setting and I have to say their roast goose is comparable too!
Looking for a late night snack or supper? Walk along Temple Street and you should chance upon these two shops, Hing Kee Restaurant 興記煲仔飯 & Four Seasons 四季煲仔飯. In fact there are many such places around Temple Street for you to choose from.
Both stalls have tasty clay pot rice which is cook from scratch upon order and they have sides like fried oyster omelette or seafood like the mantis shrimp in cereal. The difference between the ones in Singapore to those here, they come without any sauces and you can just add in your preferred amount of dark soy sauce.
From breakfast till supper, having local street food to dining in a posh restaurant, you will enjoy the wonderful variety meals in Hong Kong. Be it a short trip or hopping around the area going to Macau or Shenzhen. I am sure you will enjoy the recommendations that I have painstakingly put up for you. Take note and share with me what are your favourite places to eat in Hong Kong and I will try to cover them when I’m back the next time! Cheers!
I will not forget how Hong Kong is being depicted a place to “Eat and shop and shop and eat” (not sure if anyone has seen this commercial?!) A place where great food is around every corner, where you will find wonderful shopping places day and night. I am very sure most of us would have visited Hong Kong before. I shall not bore you with the historical and geographical aspects of this place. It’s a place where you might also bump into a couple of celebrities (if you’re lucky, as I have not even seen one on the streets yet.) and maybe even walked into a street where it’s been featured in one of the scenes in a Hollywood or Hong Kong movies.
You might have read so many articles and blogs sharing about what to do in Hong Kong and I am sure there are many out there who know even more than me. Here, in my humble little blog, I will share with you a little bit of what you can do alternatively, if you are not looking for places to shop or even malls to visit. I shall share with you my short trip to Hong Kong and where I went and perhaps, maybe, it might inspire you to visit these few places the next time you’re there.
Travelling around Hong Kong
The public transport in Hong Kong is similar to what major cities can offer. By foot, with so many links from one famous night market to the next, many would find themselves walking a lot and there are areas with escalators and travellators to ease your sore knees and feet.
There is the MTR (mass Transit Railway), iconic Trams, taxis (which I don’t usually hop on as the rest are sufficient to bring me where I wanna go cheaper) Ferries to cross over to the other side of the island and buses which consist of the usual double decker and the convenient light buses (mini bus).
A place where I would visit every single time when I’m there would be the Wong Tai Sin Temple. The temple claims to ‘make every wish come true upon request’ might have something to do with its popularity. Home to three religions (Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism) its natural setting and beautifully ornamented buildings with the backdrop of high modern apartments give you the serene feeling that time is put to a halt at this very location. It’s a very popular place for prayers, photographs and cultural exchange. Do try to arrive early in the morning to beat the crowd frenzy and I’m sure your prayers will be answered!
Clustered around a section of Des Voeux Road West in Sheung Wan, commonly known as Dried Seafood Street, this is a place where you will be able to buy dried and preserved seafood like scallops and sea cucumber at competitive prices. It is filled with live especially before the Chinese Lunar New Year!
Lamma Island (南丫島), also known as Pok Liu Chau (博寮洲), which is a part of the Islands District, is the third largest island in Hong Kong. A place where you can run away from the bustling city and concrete jungle, immerse yourself into the wonderful nature and some nice seafood. And do you know that famous actor, Chow Yun Fat, grew up in this lovely island?
Tai O is another island that you can get away to for a day at this fishing village. Wonderful villagers who welcome you as you walk around the dirt paths, occasionally walk into the courtyard of someone’s place as they set up make shift stalls selling grilled seafood which is caught locally and dried for later use. Over the years, this place has become one of the main tourist attractions but it is still a place to go to if you prefer a laid back visit and away from modernisation.
Night markets bring live to the city that never sleeps. From the popular Lady Street to the famous Temple Street, who can resist the cool evening weather walking in the market, grabbing cheap bags and accessories, toys for the kids, and even creative souvenirs for your friends and family back home. It’s a place where you can spend hours shopping and I would say it’s definitely much better than our Pasar Malams (night market in Malay) in Singapore.
You should be enjoying yourselves and are you planning to get anything back from Hong Kong? Many would consider ordering roasted goose and some would prefer to get local pastries back. Kee Wah bakery 奇華餅家 suits those who prefers to buy popular Cantonese stuffs back. Beautifully packaged and designed, the products at Kee Wah are suitable for gifts and it’s also available online!
Of course there are so many more places that you can go to and do share with me with the places that you've been to and I can visit the next time. But before I end here, don’t you want to know where I have been for the wonderful good food in Hong Kong? Follow me on my next blog for the Eat Eat Eat Hong Kong!
There are so many foods available in Macau, from the local delicacies like the Portuguese cuisines, to lovely local Macanese food like the pork chop bun and egg tarts. You can certainly find a great variety of choices from noodles to rice and even bite size snacks as you walk along the streets of Senado Square or around Taipa Village.
Wong Chi Kei, located near Senado Square is one of the popular eats around the area. Available in Macau and in Hong Kong, Wong Chi Kei is famous for their handmade noodles which are very different visually comparing to our usual Mee Kia in Singapore. Thinner noodles but yet it packs a good chew to it, with a firm texture and a bite, you know that the handmade noodles had some good beating to it and the process of cooking it, is delicate and requires great skill. Wonton and the shrimp dumplings both had fresh shrimps in it and the dumplings have a mixture of meat and fish for the distinct taste. You can try some other dishes as well and even the pig intestines are yummy!
If the weather is very warm and humid, why not take a break and have a cup of herbal tea to cool yourself down? Tai Sing Kung can be found just before Ruins of St. Paul’s and you can drink it on the spot or even buy a bottle to have it later.
Tai Lei Loi Kei which has an outlet in Singapore is also packed with tourists going for their famous pork buns! There are a variety of pork chop dishes available and here the meat is wonderfully marinated and the generous amount of meat in the small bun makes me wanna chomp it all down!
Mok Yi Kei, a famous dessert shop at one end of the Taipa village food area, you can find huge selections of juices, ice creams (even Mao Shan Wang Durian flavoured!) and one of the popular one is sawdust pudding aka Serradura.
It is actually a layered chilled dessert made up of a sweetened, vanilla whipped cream and crushed Marie biscuits. I would say this is forgettable and not very impressive. How I wish I have chosen the durian ice cream instead :(
Fancy some familiar coffee? The Starbucks outlet located at Taipa Village is in yellow (well the uniform and the logos used in the stall are the original ones)
How about buying traditional biscuits and cookies from Macau? They are also available in Hong Kong too but here in Macau, so many branches and some of them are more than a century old!
Last but not least, how can you leave Macau without having the famous Portuguese Egg Tarts? In my next blog, I will share with you several egg tarts in Macau that you can enjoy and which are the ones which are tasty!
When you’re in Macau, what triggers your taste buds in a mad frenzy would be their tasty pastries and the king of all would be Pastel de nata, Portuguese Egg Tarts, it is available in countries with significant Portuguese immigrant populations. The egg tarts are created with a puff pastry base which holds the wonderful, custard which is similar to the texture of crème brûlée and what defines these tarts from the usual egg tarts would be the caramelized top.
During my trip, I have sampled the 4 different tarts from and each tart, although similar in the baking process, the taste varies and I feel it suits different individuals. Take out your tissue papers and ready to savour (visually) the wonderful pastel de nata from Macau.
Koi Kei Bakery
Famous for the largest number of chain store around Macau, this popular bakery shop besides being famous for its crunchy peanuts and ginger candies, and over 300 items available for you to buy, they have fresh Portuguese egg tarts available at almost all their outlets for you to have. A distinct taste of the old school egg tart puff with a lovely blend of custard mix, I am sure it will fill your tummy as you walk along the busy streets of Taipa village or around Senado Square.
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Fans of Hello Kitty will scream with delight and as you walk towards this lovely outlet, the lovely design and layout of the shop will standout with people taking selfies or even wefies with the famous character, this feline icon gives a new twist to the local delicacies. From meat jerkies (bak gua) to macarons, the branding is everywhere. As for their egg tarts, it’s very unique in terms of the size and the taste. Its pop size egg tarts which the custard is made from Hokkaido milk to give the rich taste to it. The caramel crust on top of it gives you a sweet aftertaste as you continue to pop the next tart into your mouth. Who can resist taking pictures of the lovely presentation of their packaging?! Great effort for service and creativity and you should try it!
R Bar, Hard Rock Hotel
Even on the pastry section for your buffet meals in the hotel, you will find this iconic pastry and when you’re at Hard Rock Hotel Macau, you can try out their buffet selections at the R Bar. Who says that quality of food in a buffet setting would be compromised? The wonderful Portuguese egg tart at R Bar is comparable to many of the shops known for baking it. Rich custard and the taste linger around beautifully.
Lord Stow’s Bakery & Café
The number one and must try Portuguese egg tart is at Lord Stow’s. A queue forms even before the shop opens and luckily that they do have outlets available, otherwise I couldn’t imaging the time spent on waiting for this magnificent pastry. Perfect puff, soft but yet crisp on the base puff and smooth custard which flirts with your taste bud as you let it flow down your throat. The sweet and thin crisp of caramel on top will make you wonder why, why would you have not bought more of the tarts back.
Do give these a try and share with me your opinions of the tastes and I am sure you have some other shops to recommend to me!
Where to get it?
Koi kei Bakery
Hello Kitty Obrigado
Travessa de S. Domingos 5-7A Edf.
Pak Hou, A R/C Macau,
Tel: +853 2835 6543
R Bar Hard Rock Hotel Macau
Level 1, Hard Rock Hotel
Open Sunday to Thursday:
7:00am – 10:00pm
Friday to Saturday & Public Holiday Eve:
7:00am – 11:00pm
Lord Stow's Bakery
“The House of Dancing Water” has been playing to packed houses and stellar reviews and has welcomed over 2.5 million spectators from all over the world since its opening on September 16th 2010. The HKD2 billion breath taking water-based show is a testament to the vision of Mr. Lawrence Ho, Melco Crown Entertainment’s Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and City of Dreams’ multi-day stay strategy, which has catalyzed Macau’s transformation into an all-round tourist destination, ushered in a new era for Asia’s leisure and entertainment industry, and put Macau on the world map for entertainment.
Performed by a strong cast of approximately 80 international performance artists and approximately 160 top production and technical members from more than 25 countries around the world, the production incorporates dazzling costuming, amazing audio and visual special effects, and it will be staged at the ‘Dancing Water Theatre’ designed by world renowned Pei Partnership. This purpose built theatre contains one of the most impressive commercial pools in the world, holding approximately 3.7 million gallons which is more than 5 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and will be one of the largest water-based theatres in the world!
The theatre is not very big and has seats surrounded 270 degree all round and looking around it, you can see the pool of waters, a huge back drop behind it and calculating the height, it should be around 8 stories high (24.5m). Throughout the performance, you can enjoy spectacular lighting effects with the usage of water to create a scene, colours, weather and the 3D images changes as the scenes of the story changes.
The performers must be well versed with gymnastics and able to dive and hold their breaths as they plunged through the pool, somersault across the stage and dance in the waters. Some of them performed stunts on the motorbikes as they charge towards the ramps and crisscross one another with perfect timing.
The props for the stage moves out and up from the deep waters, less than 30 secs, the water filled pool changes to a flat ground and at times rises up like a platform.
Only at the end of the show that I know that the music played throughout the performance is performed live by 4 musicians playing drums and percussion; keyboard; guitar and Erhu.
The House of Dancing Water has received numerous awards and honours:
- China Marketing Excellence Award
- China Branding Excellence Award
- THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for a Live Show Spectacular.
- ‘Gold Prize’ ‘MassMutual Citations for Innovation’ at the HKMA/TVB Awards
- Best Entertainment of Macau from 2011 Hurun Report.
- Best Idea in Web Design at the Markies
- DFA (The Design for Asia) Merit Recognition Award for its design excellence in 2011.
Book your tickets now, enjoy and experience a spectacular performance!
A hotel with an attitude, Hard Rock Hotel Macau entertains guests' dreams of a Rock 'n' Roll lifestyle. The place for parties and entertainment, and you will feel like you’re living the rock star life at the Hard Rock Hotel. The view from the hotel is mesmerizing and for the room, a rock star treatment with comfort and technology in mind for all guests even before you arrive in Macau. Fabulous services provided from the staffs at the Contact Centre, as they promptly guided me and helped me with my queries and reservations. Thank you for all your time and effort, Ryan, Carry, Ana, Jackie, Justin, Rinfred, Ivy and of course Ysabel whom I first got in contact to! Not forgetting the front desk’s Yvonne, Loka, Cindy and Alex for the checking in and out!
Upon check-in, the posh walkway leads you to your room. The room is welcoming and decorated with style, beautiful artworks, luxurious bathroom amenities and fabulous view of the coati strip and the Venetian Hotel. The bed is very comfortable and I love fluffy pillows and the best of it is that the air-conditioning is perfect and quiet. Huge selection of TV channels from HBO to Hong Kong stations. Who wouldn’t love this pampering service by the staffs of Hard Rock?!
The Hard Rock Café and the Rock Shop is one of the places to go for everyone and a must for those who are staying here. The café is famous for their baby ribs with barbeque sauce. Marinated for more than 12 hours, the succulent meat is sweet to the taste of the BBQ marinates and the hours of cooking it locks in the juice and drenches your mouth with every bite. As compared to the one in Singapore, the meat is not as tender but tasty enough for a good meal. The chicken in the Duo Combo is well roasted but the fries are too salty.
Onion rings lover? You should try ordering it and the other appetizer you should try would be Santa Fe Spring Rolls. It’s similar to our traditional spring roll (po piah) but this version is stuffed with spinach, black beans, corn, cheese, jalapeños and many Mexican flavours.
Served with Hard Rock grilled salsa and dressing. You should try it and I’m sure for Mexican food lovers, this is one good taste! Order yourself some drinks and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere of the Hard Rock Café and in the evenings, they have live performances for the dinners!
Hard Rock Hotel boosts one of the best places for great food. From American to the Chinese and you can even find the popular roasted meat restaurant, 深井陳記燒鵝茶餐廳 Sham Tseng Chan Kee Roasted Goose. We ordered a three meat platter with the famous roasted goose meat, steamed chicken and of course, char siew (roasted pork). The healthier version as compare to the ones in Singapore for the char siew but don’t be fooled by the look, it’s really yummy! The chicken tastes just right but slightly oily to my liking and the goose meat is mouthwatering with the tasty tender meat and you will love the tender meat, juices flows out as you bite each time.
They have fried calamari (in strips), the fried dough is mixed and seasoned in their combination of spices which brings out the taste. I love it with the fried bee hoon and fried garlic it’s a beautiful mix of textures and flavours. I suggest you order this as well if you’re here but don’t have it alone, its too much for one to finish. Order a bowl of bee hoon soup to balance out the sumptuous meal and you should be ready for the next one real soon!
What is the next thing that you think off after getting off bed? I’m wanna eat something! Thank god the choices of food are plentiful and I love a hotel which gives me a choice to have my breakfast, buffet style. International breakfast at the R Bar at Hard Rock Hotel is good in quality and you have a variety of choice from the usual cereal bar, cold cuts, to steaming dim sum and egg station.
Wonderful smiles by the staffs as it give you a great start to your day and as you walk around the bar, you will find that the food are artistically presented. The variety of drinks available for a start, the pastries selections will spoil you as you indulged in the fresh bakeries.
The mains and sides are fairly good. from the usual bacon, hash browns, baked beans to the Chinese, fried noodles (and soup ones as well), vegetables, congee and even dim sum.
I'm sure you will have something which you like at the R Bar. Alternatively you can visit the other restaurants at the City of Dreams to satisfy your taste buds.
It’s not all about the food when you stay at The City of Dreams. There is the famous House of Dancing Waters, the world’s largest and most spectacular water-based show. So you want to have a sneak preview of what is this all about? Follow me on my next blog.
Macau, a place where dreams are built and it is very similar if you’ve been to Las Vegas before expect that you will find less Caucasians here in Macau. City of Dreams is a property along the Cotai Strip in the Cotai reclamation area in Macau, China. It is built, owned and managed by Melco Crown Entertainment, formerly known as Melco PBL Entertainment. I am here staying at the Hard Rock Hotel in the City Of Dreams and besides this hotel, there are many others here in Macau where you can choose; Sheraton, Sands, Venetian, Galaxy, Conrad, Hyatt, Lisboa, Casa Real and many many more!
Getting there: You can take a plane and land at Macau International Airport with some budget or international airlines. Alternatively you can choose to com over from Shenzhen, China or Hong Kong via jet ferries at allocated ferry terminals.
If you’re a frequent visitor to casinos (they call it entertainment centres here in Macau), this place is a heaven for you. How about those who don’t gamble, what can you do? You can consider going to places like the hotels stated above, taking pictures of the wonderful designs and you can also do some shopping in the arcades in most of the bigger hotel chains.
Macau is divided into two where the Macau Peninsula and the islands of Taipa and Coloane. The new reclaimed Cotai strip joins Taipa and Coloane together and its consider the new gambling and tourism area since Macau is so densely populated and land is scarce.
Senado Square (Largo do Senado) is a public square in Macau. It is located in the central area of the Macau Peninsula. There are shopping centers and traditional Chinese restaurants around the square. Fashion clothes, famous snacks and the scenic environment make it a famous attraction. Firework displays, lion and dragon dances are usually held on special days such as the Chinese Spring Festival and Christmas! There are also museums and churches to visit around this area and one of them is Ruins of St. Paul’s. Ruins of St. Paul’s stand adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.
Taipa Village, one of the best of Macau attractions, is where the original community of Taipa Island started from, and one of only two traditional "villages" that still exist in Macau. It's a small cluster of narrow lanes and alleys, with old colonial houses along them, painted in hues of yellow, blue, and green. There are many nice shops selling traditional biscuits and also you can find great food places here. If only I have 4 stomachs, I would have visited most of the eateries!
Venetian Macau the world largest casino, is one of Asia’s most exciting entertainment destination, and nowhere else in Asia will you find such a rare combination of facilities, attractions and amenities. Experience shopping with over 350 international shops, be dazzled by the street performers, or take a ride on an authentic Venetian gondola, all at the resort. You will be awed by the beautiful decors and Venice like experience at this grand hotel.
A-Ma Temple. Macau’s name is derived from A-Ma-Gau or Place of A-Ma and this temple dedicated to the seafarers’ goddess dates from the early 16th century. Make a prayer and take some pictures around the temple. There is Macau Tower and Kun Iam Statue along the stretch of coastal line where you can easily spend half a day visiting these few places.
The City of Dreams is a unique integrated resort combining electrifying entertainment, an amazing array of accommodation, regional and international dining, as well as designer brand shopping. With 3 hotels connected, you will be able to find the right choice for you! I have chosen Hard Rock Hotel and I’m so excited to share with you more about the hotel in my blog.
There are many more places to visit and I am sure I will be back next time to cover what I have missed out from. After so much walking and visiting, you must be hungry. Check out my next blog for the foods in Macau!
*Do you know that there are various data sim cards available in Macau for your crazy net surfing and pictures posting hobby?
The moment I got back to Singapore, I’ve been busy throughout the night editing the pictures of the trip for my colleagues, uploading them and tagging every single one of them, follow up with some paper works and attending to my clients’ inquiries. It’s good to feel busy and loving every single min of them.
Well, let’s come back to this place, Pangkil Island. Who doesn’t want a romantic trip out on a private island, with clear waters, superb services from the staffs, and also taking pictures?! Well, you should try Pangkil Island! Pulau Pangkil Kecil is an exclusive tropical island resort located close to the equator. Pangkil Island is a private island and is only rented out as a whole. It is not possible to rent the individual houses (which is call 'Driftwood Palaces') Pangkil is the perfect ‘bucket and spade’ weekend for families with children and even couples who are looking for total privacy. It is also well-suited to corporate team-building events and retreats. The island is ideal for couples looking for a romantic hideaway as well as being the place to celebrate a birthday, a wedding or anything else!
This place offers 9 elegant, accommodations, all of which have unobstructed sea views. None are more than five paces from the beach. Even the tree house has a four-poster bed, fans and electric lights. Pangkil can accommodate between ten and thirty people in comfort, catered for by over twenty staffs! Tell me now isn’t it time to email or call them for a booking?!
Wait there’s more! You can find hammocks around the island for you to chill on a lazy afternoon, music systems at both ends of the island. Enjoy your ballads or clubs songs to suit your mood at different times of the day. They have a swimming pontoon in the sea in front of the Main House. The fresh-water pool is so awesome that it has a page of its own. They even have a pool table under the big house. It is free of charge! But please look after them well during and after play. You can even enjoy hours of massage (which is chargeable) with the resort feel in a hut. How about movie? They have a projector + screen on island. It can be used for meeting or cinema paradiso for adults or kids. While you relax on the nice smooth sandy beach having a movie night would be great!
If you like outdoor activities, they provide volleyball, Boules, Sailing – they have four Lasers (dinghies), Kayaking –6 sea kayaks and a few for beginners. You can go snorkeling (about 10 sets of equipment) and even jogging (the jungle tracks are perfect for this)! Still unimpressed or you are waiting for more?! When the day ends, you lie down on the beach looking up. You will have a perfect view of the sky, enjoying the stars chatting or even having wines and music.
I love it and the 2nd time here is even more fun! Endless ways to spend your days with your friends and family here at Pangkil Island and I can guarantee you that it will leave you with loads of memories!
Cant wait and want to start planning for your trip to Pangkil Island? Gather some friends and start planning! Click here for guide to booking your own private retreat now and feel free to share with me your experience there at Pangkil! Looking forward to hear from you!
Nothing changes from 2 years ago but one thing had changed for sure is the crowd that comes in now has increased. And if you are looking for some authentic Nonya Cuisine, you can come to this place for an enjoyable meal! On did I say that they are Halal certified too for all Muslim friends who wanna try out Nonya delicacies?!
Just a street besides Jonker Street, on can easily come over for their meal halfway through their shopping. A small place which was nicely decorated at the entrance and you can see all the dishes that they offer are and here, I shall share with you what I had for my lunch at Kocik. Something simple, not much of a food presentation but the taste is traditional (ya lacking the pork and lard) and some fond memories of home cooked feel to it.
Chap chye, mixed vegetable stew. Containing 5-6 vegetarian cooking ingredients typically consist of glass noodles, bean curd sticks, black fungus ear, black mushrooms and carrots. Simmered in the stew for several hours and served hot. The vegetable typically melts in your mouth and really brings me back to my childhood days.
Ayam Pongteh (Nyonya Chicken and Potato Stew) which has a slightly different taste to the Singaporean dish and is something you should try to give you a homey feel. Made with chicken, potato and flavoured with taucheo (fermented soy bean sauce) and Gula Melaka (palm sugar).
Nonya-styled Ngoh Hiang (spiced meat rolls) usually contains minced fish, prawns, diced spring onions, water-chestnuts, carrots, onions, seasoned with sugar, light soya sauce, salt, pepper and Chinese five-spice powder and wrapped with a transparent dried soya bean skin. A flavourful item to try out and you should also try the mini Nonya otah (spicy fish custard wrapped with banana leaves). Give it a try!
Cinchalok (fermented small shrimps or krills) omelette unique taste of fresh cinchalok fried with 2-3 eggs, spring onions, sliced onions and chilli. More shiok if you eat it with sambal belacan (shrimp chilli paste)
Walking along Jonker Street under the hot scorching sun, you need something to cool you down and their home made grass jelly drink prepared daily is the way to go and not forgetting Gula Melaka Cendol. Ice shavings with red beans, Pandan flavoured wormlike jelly, atap seed and drizzle with lots of Gula Melaka and coconut milk. Savour the rich creamy milk, sweetness of the syrup and hint of pandan taste. Blissful I would say and there you go! A simple but yet wonderful nonya cuisine experience in Melacca and a must try when you’re there!
Address: Jalan Tun Tan Cheng Lock, 75200 Melaka, Malaysia
Phone: +60 12-377 4732
Hours: 0900hrs - 1800hrs