Seattle Pike Chowder

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Seattle Pike Chowder at Tanjong Pagar Center, 8 September 2017

Finally got a chance to try the Singapore outlet of “Seattle Pike Chowder” at Tanjong Pagar Centre! The set above – New England Clam Chowder in Breadbowl with Salad is priced at SGD14.90. You can choose to top up SGD1 for a glass of iced tea, but please check with the server what is the flavour of the tea for that day.

I’ve had this when I was in Seattle back in 2014 when I did a road trip in the West Coast of USA. I remembered it was quite yummy. And I must say “THANK GOD! The export to Singapore didn’t make it any worse.”

Usually, the food would taste better in their country of origin. Take “Pablo” as an example. The one in Osaka is the REAL Thing! The one in Singapore? Don’t even bother to queue or try it. It will tarnish the reputation of Pablo in an instant!

I’m going to try out their Lobster Roll next time I visit Seattle Pike Chowder!

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Chiangmai & Chiang Rai 4-8 Jan 2017

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Wat Phra Singh, Khantoke Dinner, Hot Spring in Chiang Rai, White Temple, Blue Temple, Black House, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, What Phra That Doi Suthep, Walking Street

Went on a 5D4N trip to Chiang Mai from 4 to 8 January with my 2 BFFs to kickstart a wonderful year ahead!

Good times seems to pass by rather quickly and it has been a very enjoyable trip!

On 4th January, we went to visit Wat Phra Singh which is about 20mins walk from our accommodation – At Ease Bijou Place. After which we walked to Old Chiangmai Cultural Centre to have our Khantoke Dinner. The dinner started at 7pm, and they will refill the food in the bowls every now and then. From 8pm-9pm, there will be dance performances in the courtyard and the stage! It was a real eye-opener for us!

On 5th January, we woke up super early to take a day trip to Chiang Rai with a local tour operator. It was stated in the email when we did the booking that it was an English Speaking tour, but when we boarded the bus, we were shocked that it’s almost filled with PRCs!!! This must be the start of the nightmare!

We visited Maekhachan Hot Spring first after a rather ‘intense’ 1.5hr bus ride since the traffic condition was really bad on a weekday. The little PRC girl beside us ate so much junk food that she vomitted halfway! ARGH! Luckily we reached the White Temple in another 1.5hrs. At the White Temple, it was packed with people! The temple looked pretty yet gory! There were rather weird paintings in the temple where photography is forbidden. I saw Batman, Transformers, and even Thor amongst those Buddhist paintings! hmm….

We had lunch at the food court opposite the White Temple. After that, it was another half an hour journey to the Blue Temple, which is known to the locals as “Wat Rong Seu Ten”. The temple was rather new, according to the tour guide, and the sculptures were very pretty!

The last place on our 1 day tour was “Baan Dam -Black House Museum” which is the house of the National Artist Dr. Thawan Duchanee. It is filled with lots of strange art works I must say. Maybe most artists are eccentric.

On 6th January, we went for a morning half day tour to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary where we fed and bathe the elephants! We were allocated to Camp 8 where there were 6 elephants in this camp. A gentle reminder for those who were interested in visiting Elephant Camps around the world : PLEASE ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO ELEPHANT RIDING IN THE CAMPS! The elephant’s spine is not ready to support the weight of humans even though you may see that they are large and sturdy! In fact, the seat they placed on top of the elephant is already 100kg! Imagine if two people ride on the elephant and each weigh more than 50kg, the poor elephant has to support more than 200kg of load on its body! That’s a torture!!! Furthermore, elephants’ feet are so soft they shouldn’t be used for trekking! Do you know that you can hardly hear any noises when the elephants made their way to the jungle? This really shows how soft their legs are!

So PLEASE DO NOT RIDE on elephants in future!

On 7th January, we used UBER to go to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is on the mountain top! Our UBER driver was kind enough to wait for us at the car park area so that he can send us back to the main city. We were supposed to be able to get a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city from the temple, but it was foggy… so we can’t see anything. But the temple was packed with people since its the weekends. To get to the top of the temple, get ready to climb up a flight of 100 steps to reach the entrance!

In the evening, prepare for some shopping and bizarre crowd at the Walking Street. They sell almost everything at the walking street – Food, Souvenirs, Toys, etc… The street is very packed but you can get very nice and cheap street food along the way!

There’s so much to see in Chiang Mai that I think 5D4N is not enough! Perhaps we should go back again another time!

Spotty – my neighbourhood kitty!

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Spotty is a gentle kitty, so please be kind to her as well!

Meet Spotty! This kitty is very gentle, and is not afraid to come up to strangers to rub her cheeks against your feet!

Spotty used to be a pet of someone in the neighbourhood, but when they shifted, they abandoned her 😦

Spotty was injured and can’t sit properly. A kind-hearted Malay uncle fed the 5 stray cats around this block and even gave Spotty a cardboard to sleep on. We contributed by giving her a used t-shirt as a blanket. It was raining and rather windy for the past few months, hence, we were afraid that Spotty would feel cold. Someone threw her cardboard and the used t-shirt away, but we came back with another one!

Pets are not toys! You don’t throw them out of the house just because you no longer have room for them! They are living things and need to be taken care of. If you don’t have that kind of time for commitment, don’t keep a pet to give it away later on! Worse still, abandon it!

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Santa is gone… here comes the Giant Rooster for Chinese New Year!

It’s only 5 days after Christmas but the Chinese New Year decoration is already up in Chinatown!

There are many chickens along this stretch of roads, and I can’t help but think of the “Why did the chicken cross the road?” jokes as they really seem like they are ready to jump onto the roads and dash across it!

Keep a lookout for the giant Rooster, as well as the smaller chickens and chicks by the roads! Don’t count your chickens before they hatch! and make sure they cross safely to the other side where the Force is strong!

IKEA Restaurant

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Fried Chicken Wings, Swedish Meatballs and Siew Mai at IKEA Restaurant Tampines

Needed to do some groceries shopping at GIANT, so took the free shuttle bus from Tampines MRT Station to get there and stopped at IKEA for dinner before it gets crowded!

The standards of the fried chicken wings and swedish meatballs have gone down the drain for quite some time, but it’s the ‘comfort food’ we will usually order when we go to IKEA restaurant. The Jumbo Siew Mai, however, caught us by surprise.

It’s SGD1.60 for 2 pieces, so we thought its alright to just buy and try. We were glad we did it as its actually quite yummy! One more comfort food to add to our list next time we visit IKEA Tampines!

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It’s been one of those rare occasions when all 5 of us are together!

The 1-for-1 promo at Yunomori Onsen and Spa will end this Wednesday, which is why there’s such a long queue today at 7pm!

Actually the onsen is quite affordable even without the 1-for-1 promo as you literally just pay one price to gain admission, and you can stay there for as long as you want. Going to the cafe, resting at the “Resting Rooms”, getting a massage, and dipping into the baths and hot steam room as often as you like! Not a bad way to relax and ‘kill time’!

Believe it or not! After the onsen, you will feel so relaxed that its going to be a good night’s sleep today! おやすみなさい!