Saturday, February 25, 2017

Across zones

It's quite interesting (and tiring) to travel across the time zones. Started off my trip at 8.30 am in Dubai and arriving in Bahrain at 8.30 am. Feels like I earned about an hour off. 

My first Emirates ride....


Seats are much more spacious than Sq! 

Arriving in Bahrain in another 10 mins, not sure what to expect. Dubai has been very kind to me.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Hello from Dubai!

Initially, I was worried about being in Dubai. First trip to a Middle East country after all. But it was uncalled for. Dubai is not only safe, it's a beautiful place.

Roads are wide, buildings by buildings, beautiful architectures, cooling weather and amazing people. All so kind, polite and friendly. Incredibly helpful folks! 

I love it here!

My Starbucks with a great view!



Do as the locals do!

After a long day of meetings today, my local partners brought me out for dinner!

We were at this place called the Souk Madinath near Jumeirah. The place is beautiful!


We did drinks at Starbucks prior to dinner and it was Starbucks with a view! 

Dinner was at a restaurant next door where they brought me for Arabic food! 



Al fresco coz the weather was just too good! Like a chilling 19-20 degrees?

We were first served some crackers...


And they even ordered shisha for me!


Lol! Don't know if I did it right but the grape taste was good!

The restaurant even provided Arabic cloaks if you are feeling cold....

the cloaks totally converted our outfits to be so apt with the restaurant theme!

They ordered a eggplant dip to share.... 


this was sooooo good! great dip! the egg plant is smashed till like humus and the pomengrante center added a crunch. so good!

Vine leaves wrapped rice...

rather interesting dish! its a bit sour, probably due to some vinegar seasoning. the rice in the middle is soft, i quite like it!

Arabic salad... 


it was quite a spread!


a warm soup for the cold weather...

lentil soup!

chicken with some wrap like thingy... 


and mutton kebab...

i typically don't take mutton but theirs is so good!

great place with a very lovely view!


Dubai is such a wonderful place! its very different from our initial perception.

Importantly, the shops are open till so late! Cheesecake factory opens till midnight and service is impeccable!

Went over for supper!

Loaded baked potato tots


this is pretty good! the inside is with bacon and cheese!

Mac and cheese balls.....

this is so good! the cheese and macaroni is all loaded inside the deep fried ball... 

we probably went a bit too far on the cheese tonight, went for a 4 cheese pasta.... 

for starters, i don't like penne. the 4 cheese was still not cheesy enough. In that the cheese taste isn't the strong tasting kind of cheese, felt more like the cheddar kind.

for dessert, tonight we chose the amores and it is sooooo good! the marshmallow was truly melted and the cake is moose like cheesecake.... 




Sunday, February 19, 2017

First visit to Greyhound Sg with the Seafoodies

It's funny really. Crabby was in Bangkok over the past few days and she landed up at Another Hound Cafe (which in my personal opinion is no good) and seeing it on instagram, I told her to move, move over from the Siam paragon one to the right one at Siam centre. Alas, she didn't manage to and that was strike one for her.

The very next day (yesterday), she found the correct Greyhound cafe (at chitlom) but Duno if it's the branch or she ordered the wrong items, she was not pleased with the items. Strike two.

I insisted the items at greyhound was good so she decided for our meeting today, greyhound at paragon singapore would be it! Sadly, while it's the right concept of greyhound, still a strike three of sorts.

Always been a big fan of greyhound in Thailand for its food and very reasonable pricing. Variety is great and so is taste. It's a must visit for every trip! So when greyhound opened in Paragon, it's also a must visit! But the prices are not awesome - hoping that if the food still is, can kam jit bak (close one eye) on the pricing. 

But well, some hits and misses. 



Chicken wings. Decent, a little salty but not bad..


Tom yam soup...


Decent as well but no punch.

Complicated noodle...


This was good. Like in Bangkok. 

Scallop fettuccine in pesto sauce....


This is still as good as in Thailand but price point is much higher.

Tonnes of crabmeat fried rice that should be renamed to just crabmeat fried rice. Where got tonnes?


Taste wise it is ok but definitely not as tasty as the Thailand version.

To add on, they didn't bring over the Crab meat pasta in pink cream sauce. That is oh so good and also another must order in Thailand.

In fact few days prior, Kerry whom I introduced the greyhound to in Thailand also visited greyhound sg. She also tried to enquire about why they didn't bring in this dish and she got a very good response from the manager who kindly said they will review or even joked about placing a special order for her. We know it's a joke but it's pleasant the tone and the way they handled it. Kudos to that manager, building a good relationship and making customers to want to revisit.

When I tried to ask with the manager on duty  today, the reply I got was that I don't know my Greyhound menu well. That am I sure it's a greyhound menu item? That during his 2 weeks or 2 months internship at greyhound he never ever saw this item. Sarcasm at its best.

I'm sorry but mr Caron Ong, operations manager of greyhound Sg, I think I know my greyhound menu well enuff considering that dish is a must order every time I visit greyhound. And I tried it at greyhound Siam centre and greyhound emquartier. So I really don't know which one u did your internship at.

But I also realised there was no point debating with him. 

It was another short but fruitful catch up with the seafoodies. Many life milestone updates by some.. totally like sex and the city, Sg version...





Had to rush off at 3pm for my manicure. Sad to say nail haven will be closing their Chinatown shop and back to be home based. The two ladies who help out fiona are so good! Hate to see them go! 

Took some last pics at the shop with them....



A last minute manicure before my work trip tml!


Love the design! 

Met up with Wendy for dinner and headed to that braddell frog leg porridge place.







Their frog leg porridge is really very good. The frog leg in jiang cong is so fragrant and the legs are big. 

The sting ray is also thick.

Most importantly they are also very cheap! Great recommendation by Bel and Bree! 

Some of the veg dishes are only $5 a plate.

Oh must try the butter sotong, so good! 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bel's birthday surprise 2017

Because bel had been ultra sweet during my birthday and she likes to surprise people at their home so we had to return the favour. Know what they say about love language? People like to receive how they give!

It's way in advance to do it today but had to do it today coz I will be away on her actual birthday.

We showed up at her place while she was sleeping.... or should I say napping....



Prior to getting in...







Happy birthday in advance siao char bor! Stay the craziness and the sweet chirpy u!