Wednesday, December 24, 2014

♨ Brunch at Forty Hands, Tiong Bahru Singapore

So I was in Singapore and met up with Lisa
of course, Forty Hands in Tiong Bahru again this time
as we did not get to dine here the last time we were here
too crowded during weekends!

I'm excited to see more and more cafes / bakery bubbling up 
in a fairly normal housing estate - Tiong Bahru
especially this Yong Siak Road, where most of the cafes are hidden here
(as well as a nice cupcake shop - Plain Vanilla Bakery)

Before we go into Forty Hands (I wonder whether they really have 20 staffs LOL)
We were in Open Door Policy cafe during our last visit
just opposite to Forty Hands 
had brunch there, and it was fairly yummy too =)

Forty Hands is not a huge cafe
but it is cosy and nice
especially the coffee fragrant that hits you once you enter the cafe
with a mixture of toasties scent too
damn, i'm so owned!

Main Entrance
 The cafe is basically divided into 2 parts
a cooler air-conditioned front half
and the not so cold other half at the back

the backyard
the frontyard =)
Started off with a cup of Mocha ($6.50)
which tasted more coffee than mocha
but it was okay, not too bad =)

Their brunch menu is from 8am - 4pm daily 
and we choose Salmon Hash ($19) from the brunch menu
it includes poached salmon, creamy potatoes, mustard sauce
fries & toasts to dip in the sauce

it was actually quite filling
quite nice too
generous portion of salmon square-chunks in the sauce

Salmon Hash ($19)
and we choose another menu from the Toasties section
Truffle Mushroom ($12.50)
it's a toast with mushrooms, truffle mushroom puree plus wild rocket leaves
simple and good, especially the crunchiness of the toast
(I'll come back to try their Jamaican Pork Toast next round!)

Truffle Mushroom ($12.50)
 and as a side,
we ordered Smokey Fries ($9)
which was served with homemade lime ketchup
well then, the fries were well done
but it tasted like a normal fries to me though
maybe because my senses were filled with the truffle mushrooms LOL

Smokey Fries ($9)
In all, it was a great brunch date with Lisa
I will definitely come back again
really love the ambience of this cafe
nice, cosy, comfy.

My Ratings :

Food : 4 / 5
Price : 4 / 5
Ambience : 4.5 / 5
Service : 4.8 / 5 (efficient)

Forty Hands
Blk 78, Yong Siak Street,
Tiong Bahru,
Opening Hours : Tuesday - Sunday : 8am - 7pm 
(closed on Mondays)
Phone : +65 6225 8545

Monday, December 15, 2014

District 21, IOI City Mall Putrajaya

Joining the hype of District 21 located in IOI City Mall, Putrajaya
We are finally here!!
We reached here very early, at 9.45am
super kiasu
fearing it will be a crowded Sunday
but we were glad that it was okay! 

A little bit about District 21 first =)

District 21 is a apocaltic themed adventure park
where you can jump, ride, fly, scream, basically almost everything
It has 11 adventures, which I will write about later
as well as 8 function rooms where you get to party here!

Main Entrance
Ticket Counter

Basically you "order" your ticket here
and then collect & pay it at the Checkpoint counter
quite efficient =)

We paid RM55 per person as they are having opening promo now
and they do have family package too
RM165 for 4 tickets (RM41.25 per pax), applicable to all adults / children
more info on tickets, please visit their website here
and the reception actually encouraged us to follow their facebook news
more updated over there (District 21 Facebook Page)

the ticket is a multiple entry ticket
you can go in and out a few times in a day without purchasing a new ticket

Walking in....

The Adventures are :

1. Power Station (Rock Climbing etc)
2. Roller Glider
3. Go Pedal (similar to Go Kart)
4. Pump Track (Cycling)
5. Low Ropes (for kids)
6. Launch Pad (Trampoline park)
7. The Maze
8. Free Fall
9. Sky Trail
10. Tubby Ride
11. Carousel 

Map to Everything!
 So, let's start with The Maze!
It does really look attractive
I mean, who doesn't like a hanging school bus & long slides?

The Maze, with slides
 oh of course, a selfie with the spiderweb ball =)

and another view of The Maze!

At the entrance of The Maze
they provided us with grip gloves
(Gloves and stockings are already included)

So let's crawl in here!

Entrance of The Maze!
 The first part of The Maze
a bit stuffy at first
but it's okay! It was quite fun!
I kind of wished I wore long pants instead
some of the crawling part did hurt my knees
but not too bad, not too bad =)

Crawling up The Maze
 Then you crawl into a gym ball cage
where you crawl in from the upper part
and have to seek the way out, which located lower at the cage!

a little Hello from me & my sister! 


More climbing and crawling
sweating already!

OK! Time for a rest before we take the slide down
Below my feet is the spider web adventure
where you actually enter from the bottom
and find your way up to this globe before you can take the slide down
quite fun I would say

 After that we climbed up the school bus
and took the other slide down
which I REALLY LIKE that slide
fast and furious *laugh*

Next, the Launch Pad
it is actually similar to the Jump Street in PJ 
(which I will blog soon, hopefully)
but here, you don't get instructors
and this is mainly most of our "rest station"
after all the exhausting activities
(socks are provided here!)

Launch Pad - Trampolines
 Next on, Tubby Ride!!
My sister initially chicken out this ride
as when you were seated down in the tube
you actually see no track in front of you
that's the fear! BUT, it was FUN after 3-4 rides! haha!

Tubby Ride
 Coming up, The Free Fall!
I don't know where I get the courage from
I'm quite a chicken person but yeah I tried it
well, it is only 1.5 storey high
but the act of convincing yourself to jump down is
my most ungraceful moment ever
(I pulled the crew's gloves down because I held his hand involuntary when I jump down LOL)

Free fall, once in my lifetime is more than enough =P

After that right, when I see lots of little kids happily free fall
I feel myself a bit useless la
*quietly swear I won't do this again in my life*

Right up, Go Pedal & Low Ropes 
Low Ropes is similar to Sky Trail (see below) but for kids
and Go Pedal is basically a non-challenging pedaling GO-Kart
which you don't get to compete with anyone because they only have one adult car
but try pedaling it at full speed
it was FUN especially when you speed the corner!

Go Pedal & Low Ropes
After that, here comes Pump Track
Here, riders are provided with a bike, helmet, knee & elbow pads
you basically cycle through bumps, jumps & berms
the main key to success is to stay focus literally
if not it's quite easy to fall (i think)

Gears on!
Focus focus!
After all that, we headed on to Power Station
where all the climbing challenges!
They have various rock climbing
some are available for you to compete with your partners
and some only works with teamwork!

Power Station
 and this is Leap of Hope =P
LOL you climb up the ladder 
stand on the platform
and WHOOSH jump and HUG it!
it is actually not as scary as you think
because the safety gears will pull you to the giant bolster 

Leap of Hope
 and this, very important teamwork
One partner will stand on top
and another will try to build it higher and higher
current record is 12 blocks
we tried the 13th but I fell when I pass the blocks to my sister
quite hard to break the record though

Building blocks - teamwork!
 and this fake buildings
is where you climb up each of every one till the highest one
and JUMP down
of course, it is not as bad as the free fall
but takes courage to jump too

and this is probably one of our favourite!
you basically climb with your partner
and each of you have to hit a button
in order to open up your partner's climbing steps

Teamwork too!
 and last but not least,
the Sky Trail!!!!
we waited this till 3pm
and the crews said they normally open only in the afternoon
because there is not enough staffs to supervise this in the morning

The safety gears
 and me, before my adrenaline rush
I certainly did not expect I will have gastric pain after the whole trail
too stressed out LOL 

Prepare to go!
 it was quite tiring and scary 
I'm afraid of heights so I'm quite scared
some of the challenges need a lot of arm strength
which I have depleted most of them in the Power Station LOL

I quietly took some pics from the top
when I was taking my breath at the platform
mind the height
scary sial
and all the hanging ones are quite shaky
but they are certainly secured =D

I find the hardest to complete is the tyre one
the tyre kept swinging and you have to use a lot of arm strength
and a lot of confidence

and how about a bike ride on a rope hanging in the sky
the thought of it is already scary enough
I can't imagine I completed it haha!

Lastly, the Roller Glider
which sad enough we don't get to experience it because it was under maintenance now!
but probably is a good thing LOL
if not I'll die of heart attack maybe 

and that's all!
Overall I think District 21 has did a great job
this is definitely something new in Malaysia
and it is definitely worth the RM55
the staffs were friendly and helpful
highly recommended!!

tips : bring along a few ringgit to buy water when you are thristy
As lockers were provided, but its a one off locker
so you have to pay RM2 every time if you wish to lock it back after you unlock it
and I would love it more it there is a free water machine provided =P

ps : go in the morning to avoid long queue!

District 21 from the outside

District 21
IOI City Mall
Lebuh IRC,
62502 Putrajaya.
Tel : +6(03) 8328 8888
Currently not available for online booking
Opening hours : 10am - 10pm (Daily)

Parking : in the mall (currently free parking)

Friday, November 28, 2014

♨ Wild Honey - Brunch , Scotts Square Singapore

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and we decided to pamper ourselves with nice brunch before a shopping day!
happy to find another nice brunch place here, near to Orchard Road

Wild Honey, Scotts Square, Orchard Road
(5-7min walk from Somerset MRT station)

we went there quite late in the afternoon
so it wasn't packed with people
apparently if you go earlier, you might need to wait for a seat

Inside of Wild Honey
and our Mocha to kick start our day!
well, Mocha was not bad, satisfying much.
But I wouldn't say it was the best ever though =P

They have quite a vast selection of food in their menu
mostly ranging around $20-40 dollars

English Breakfast ($25)
including pork sausages, bacon, baked beans,grilled tomato, brioche, potatoes...

It tasted like any typical english breakfast out there
not bad actually
and the bread was soft, "fluffy" and fragrant!

English Breakfast ($25)

and this is Caribbean ($20)
Coconut waffles with fresh passion fruit creme 
served together with baby bananas, mangoes 
& passion fruit syrup (thumbs up!)

I love the passion fruit syrup!
It was a filling breakfast meal 
the waffles were well done
and the mangoes and bananas were sweet!

Caribbean ($20)
Ratings :

Food : 4.2 / 5
Price : 3.5 / 5
Ambience : 3.8 / 5
Service : 4 / 5

will definitely come back to try more!

Wild Honey
Scotts Square (3rd floor)
333A, Orchard Road,
Tel : +65 6235 3900
Opening Hours : 9.00am - 8.30pm
(except Fri & Sat : till 9.30pm)

(5-7min walk from Somerset MRT station)

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Malindo Airlines Review

Today is my first experience of taking Malindo Air from KL - SG
Usually I take airasia / tiger airways as they offer cheaper fares
but this time around Malindo offered the cheapest fare
(KL - SG is their new route)
so I thought, why not give it a try

According to their website
they offer a few things which is not offered by other airlines
1. Extra legroom
2. In flight entertainment
3. On-board Wifi
4. Free Snacks
5. Free 15kg baggage allowance

and I'm actually quite excited to try out this plane

The plane is very new, you can feel it when you get seated
and the leg room was quite impressive.
As someone who is almost 175cm tall
will long huge legs
look how much more space I have for my leg!

In flight entertainment! (with USB ports)
various games, short drama, documenteries etc
makes my short 1 hour flight feels like 20minutes LOL
Touch screen quite sensitive also =)

and the on-board wifi & roaming is only for Boeing 737-900
which is not available in this plane

and free refreshments!
its simple but I'm contented enough haha!

 The only downfall is they don't have in flight magazines
which is one of my favey thing to do on a plane!

Well although a lot of the facilities provided are not available in this flight to sg
but consider the price that they offered
I really think it is worth it
and a lot more comfortable
the take off and landing were smooth
at least no loud weird engine noises LOL
(you know what I mean if you experienced one before)

Will definitely fly with Malindo again in the future!

♨ Magnum Cafe, Mid Valley KL

After almost 2 weeks from the day of opening
I decided to join the hype
But, on a wonderful monday afternoon, very odd hours
the queue was still quite remarkable. LOL.

We waited almost 15min to get into the cafe
then probably another +/-15min to get our orders done
Tips : ask one of your friend to CHOP a seat first whenever you see one
if not you will have to sit outside / stand while you indulge yourself in magnumland!

The queue from inside starts here
it basically goes one circle before you can place your orders

So for self-crafted magnum icecream
it is RM9.90 (fixed price)
you get to choose either a chocolate or vanilla ice cream
one coating
and 3 toppings
I actually asked whether we can go for 4 or 5 toppings
and the cashier said after 3 toppings, you need to buy another ice cream =P

They have wide selection of toppings
some are for more adventurous customers
eg : chilli as topping LOL
(yet to try it!)

The toppings selection counter

White, Milk or Dark choc to coat your Magnum

Pour your selected toppings onto the ice cream
 and tada! 
here's my ice cream
chocolate magnum coated with milk chocolate
topped with
1. pretzels
2. popcorns
3. rose petals

I personally think the rose petals gave the ice cream quite a unique taste
just that you probably get rose petals stuck in between (all over) your teeth LOL

and my friend's
vanilla ice cream with milk chocolate coating
topped with 
1. potato chips
2. oreos
3. chocolate balls

tried both of these and I think the white one is much better
(not as sweet as chocolate)
my choc one was a bit too sweet, and too overwhelming =P

of course, they have other menu as well
quite interesting also
maybe I will go back and try!

Ratings :

Food : 3.8 /5
Price : 3.5 / 5
Service : 3.5 / 5
Ambience : 3 / 5

*another upcoming Magnum Cafe - IOI City Mall*

Magnum Cafe Kuala Lumpur
Mid Valley Megamall

Toppest floor (near to cinema)
Opening hours : 10am- 10pm