Jul 30, 2011

Street Food @ Plaza Singapura

Because of the NDP Preview 2011, it's been a long walk in the city due to road closure. Joling and I didn't have dinner since 6pm (food at Marina Bay Sands are too pricey, including those at the food court), from Marina Bay Sands, we've to walk all the way to Promenade MRT Station, and traveled from there to Dhoby Ghaut Station.

We quickly rushed to Plaza Singapura from the station before it's closed for some food. Upon exiting to Level B2 of the plaza, we starved like crazy and decided to just settle down there for any food.

We bought some from 동대문 Dong Dae Mun Seoul Street Food and some from Wow Tako.

The shop assistant of Wow Tako kept shouting "Tako 3 dollar, Tako 3 dollar, Tako offer...". I think she just didn't want any leftover so she did that, but seriously it's so annoying and she pronounced 'Tako' as '打狗 (dá ɡǒu)', so it's like "打狗 3 dollar, 打狗 3 dollar, 打狗 offer...".
A lot of people from China are still pronouncing English by replacing it using Chinese words, like 「beautiful - 彪特否」, 「congratulations - 坑刮出來的屎」(Reference: Mandarin Chinese Accent English 中国式英语 2:00-2:05 in YouTube).
And now not only English, they pronounce Japanese using Chinese words as well. Haiz...

As you can see, there're round standing tables so you can eat while standing (which I don't think is healthy), which is pretty convenient and 'Japanese'.

Teriyaki Chicken Stick 烤雞肉串 ($2.80) and Boneless Chicken Breast 烤雞胸 ($3.50) from DDM Seoul Street Food

5 pcs of Takoyaki ($3) from Wow Tako

68 Orchard Road
#B2-41 (Wow Tako), #B2-42 (DDM Seoul Street Food)
Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Jul 29, 2011

Gong Cha 貢茶

We finally reached HarbourFront Stn from Punggol. Since we're already at VivoCity, it's reasonable to get ourselves each a cup of drink at Gong Cha after the walk for whole day.

We found ourselves so stupid that we're searching up and down for the queue number on the receipt and couldn't find it and kept peeping on others' receipt to find out, until we saw the instructions on the collection desk. LOL~~
CONCLUSION: The queue number is the last two digits of the receipt number. For my case, it's 34. (Why do they have to make it so complicated? Unless they have orders from more than 100 different customers at one time.)

The shop is located near to the Sentosa Broadway at Level 1. No more than 100 customers there right?

Milk Tea w Pearl 珍珠奶茶 ($2.50) and Fresh Milk w Herbal Jelly 鮮奶鮮草凍 ($3.40)

Buying Fresh Milk w Herbal Jelly is another thing that made me feel stupid. Because of the crown symbol at the side of it in the menu, I thought it would be special, but it tasted really ordinary and Joling said to me, "Just buy a Dutch Lady fresh milk plus few pieces of 龜苓膏, nah, your $3.40 'Fresh Milk w Herbal Jelly'". Rather, the $2.50 Milk Tea tasted even nicer.

VivoCity #01-111
1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist

Frienzie Bar & Bistro @ Punggol

After taking a stroll around Punggol East, we decided to have early dinner at Frienzie Bar & Bistro.
We even chose to dine at the smoking area because of the scenic Sungei Serangoon, although we don't smoke.

Spaghetti Aglio Olio Chicken - Mild Spicy ($11.90)

Frienzie Fish and Chips ($11.90)

Orange Juice ($4.50) and Iced Lemon Tea ($2.50)

Double Trouble Scoop Ice Cream ($3.90)
One thing that I would like to comment is:
the songs that's played were so freaking weird, I couldn't tell the genre, but it's spooky and it sounds like some background music of some minor ethnic groups offering tribute to their God or what. *Displeasure*

As expected, food over there are pretty pricey and prices are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.

However, it's quite a pleasure to dine while enjoying the wind and view of Sungei Serangoon.

Frienzie Bar & Bistro
10 Tebing Lane #01-02 Punggol,
Singapore 828836

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist


Punggol LRT Station
Punggol is the second place I planned to bring Joling to, upon her trip to Singapore this time.

My inspiration came from friend's Facebook photo which I browsed through, and with some guidance on the way to travel there by reading people's blog, I believe we're able to reach that particular district of Punggol, at my very first time.

We took bus to HarbourFront Stn and it's my first time taking a terminal-to-terminal (HarbourFront Stn to Punggol Stn) ride on MRT, as well as my first time travelling on the Punggol LRT.

LRT Station: Riviera LRT Stn
Bus Stop: Opp Blk 166A
According to the blog I read, Riviera LRT Station is the nearest stop, so we reached there by travelling on the Punggol LRT. Then turned right after tapping out, because obviously there's the wilderness side without the HDBs, then walked down the staircase and saw the bus stop Opp Blk 166A, the nearest one to Riviera LRT Station on one side.

Walk along the Punggol East (road) towards the southwest direction and you'll reach Tebing Lane where you'll definitely see a Chinese temple.

The Chinese Temple @ Tebing Lane
I remember the blog I read mentioned this Chinese temple which we wouldn't miss while taking our way there, but we're a bit lost - whether should we turn into Tebing Lane or proceed our way to Punggol Field.

My instinct told me to turn into Tebing Lane, which was proved to be correct when we saw Popeyes from far, and soon we reached the most remarkable spot - @PUNGGOL.

Behind that area, there's a river called Sungei Serangoon, and along it there's a pathway to walk, jog, cycle and skate on.

Rice plants

Sungei Serangoon

One can consider to bring an umbrella along while walking along the pathway without shade.


We took our way towards northeast and at the edge there's this Serangoon Bridge, which is built across Sungei Serangoon and linked to the Lorong Halus Wetland.

Lorong Halus Wetland

We didn't explore into the deeper side of Lorong Halus Wetland, instead we took our way back to the 'mainland' and got back to the @PUNGGOL area to have dinner at Frienzie Bar & Bistro.

I had a pretty similar thinking as the one after we traveled to Chinese Garden - this rural side of Singapore is so worth visiting owing to its inherited natural beauty, as well as a surprise that there's one such place in a big modern city like Singapore.

For more photos, please check out my photo album "Punggol" on Facebook.

Javin Tham, PMP, PMI-ACP, CSSBB Musician | Engineer | YouTube Coverist