Sep 18, 2021

D'Star Bistro @ SUTD

D'Star Bistro @ SUTD Building 1
Deciding for dine out option is made easy with Burpple, that's how we found D'Star Bistro, offering 1-for-1 deals on Burpple.

D'Star Bistro is located on Level 1 of SUTD Building 1. This marked our first ever trip down to SUTD in Upper Changi.

The ambience was okay, except with two Chinese national students chatting loudly at the arm chair area that we had to change our seats.

Despite being located within the campus of an institute of higher learning, I find the food at D'Star Bistro relatively pricey. Even as a working adult, I doubt I'd come here again if there isn't a decent Burpple deal.

Hazelnut Latte | Vanilla Latte @ $6.00 each

Pescatora Risotto 🥬👨‍🍳 @ $17.00
Prawn | Mussel | Squid | Doryfish | Tomato

Seafood Thai Cream Sauce Pasta 👨‍🍳 @ $16.00
Prawn | Mussel | Squid | Doryfish | Tom Yum Cream Sauce

D'Star Bistro
8 Somapah Rd
#01-102 Building 1, SUTD
Singapore 487372
Tel: (65) 6904 5477

Opening hours:
10:30am - 10:30pm (Mon - Sat)

Closed on Sunday

Sep 11, 2021

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Level 26
Joanne's birthday and our anniversary are less than a week apart, we celebrated these two occasions somewhere in between these two dates at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, in conjunction with the September school holiday with Joanne's MOE special staycation promotion.

As some areas were undergoing renovations at the time of our visit, Mandarin Orchard Singapore would be accessible only via the main entrance and the driveway of Mandarin Gallery. Also because of this, their reception and concierge were relocated to Level 8 of the Main Tower.

So we had to take the lift at Orchard Wing from the Mandarin Gallery main entrance to Level 5, transfer to the Main Tower lift lobby, then proceed to Level 8 for check-in at their reception and concierge.

Due to school holiday perhaps, there's a crowd at the reception, but managed well by the hotel reception team. Only one person is allowed to queue for check-in, so Joanne queued for it and I was escorted to a holding area, basically a meeting room. The "reception" at the reception was bad, and we hadn't got WiFi access there yet at the time of checking in.

The entire check-in process took an hour and Joanne was a bit disappointed with the hotel check-in system as the receptionist wasn't even aware that we added the Meritus Club Lounge access to our booking. But the receptionist was courteous and apologized for that.

Room 2633

Our room faces the west so we got a good view of Ngee Ann City as well as the sunset.

During check-in, Joanne mentioned to the receptionist that we decided on a staycation here to celebrate her birthday as well as our anniversary. In less than an hour after checking into our room, we were delighted to had received a chocolate mousse cake from the hotel staff, free of charge.

Afternoon Tea @ Meritus Club Lounge

Top of the M
The hotel has 2 tower blocks, our hotel room and the reception (Level 8) are located at the Main Tower while Meritus Club Lounge is located at Orchard Wing. We had to take the lift down to Level 5, transfer to Orchard Wing life lobby and take the lift to Level 38/39: Top of the M.

Afternoon Tea

Chicken in Wholemeal Bread
Salmon in White Bread

Hot Item
Seafood Quiche

Banana Moist Cake
Choux Puff

There's where I lost my hotel room keycard, and our efforts searching through the table we're seated at the lounge were fruitless.

God sent a kind staff there informing us that we can just request for a new one at the Top of the M reception without traveling back to the hotel reception on Level 8 of the Main Tower, and yes, we got our replacement keycards for free! Excellent service!

We're back in our hotel room and it's 5:30pm, which means the sun is setting pretty soon, at a few minutes past 7pm. We wanted to make sure we catch a glimpse of sunset at Meritus Club Lounge during the evening cocktail, after we exercise at the gym and come back for a shower.


Located on Level 37, the range of gym equipment there is basic for me. They do have a smith machine though. It's also interesting that the treadmills have individual screens in front streaming movies, a good way to distract while you're running.

Joanne was watching Harry Potter while running on the treadmill.

It's time to suit up and dine in at the Meritus Club Lounge again.

Evening Cocktail @ Meritus Club Lounge

For the free-flow drinks, Joanne and I ordered sparking wine and red wine respectively.

Evening Cocktail

Cold Platter
Smoked Salmon
Smoked Mackerel
Pork Salami
Chicken Mushroom

Cheese Platter

Hot Dishes
Quinoa with Mushroom Spinach Ragout Tomato Sauce
Wok Fried Chili Prawn
Salmon with Capper Cream
Chicken Karaage

Cheese Cake
Swiss Roll

Good night!

Breakfast @ Meritus Club Lounge


American Breakfast Set
Scrambled Eggs
Pork Sausage
Served with tomato, potato, baked bean, and mushroom

Noodle Set
Herbal Chicken Noodle Soup
Trio of Steamed Dim Sum
Soft-boiled Egg

À La Carte
An assortment of Bread and Danish Pastries
Pancake, served with berry compote, maple syrup, and whipped cream

And a few photos of skyline before bidding farewell to the Top of the M.

People's Park Complex

Marina Bay Sands


Orchard Road

Good thing that we managed to request for late check-out at 1pm.

Sep 9, 2021

Chock Full Of Beans @ Changi Village

Iced Latte @ $6.50
I took half day leave on Joanne's birthday, thinking of bringing her out to some random cafe in the east in the afternoon.

Located in Changi Village, Chock Full Of Beans lets you enjoy your coffee in an artistic way - their baristas create 3D latte art upon request (up to 30 minutes waiting time expected).

We ordered a glass of iced latte and requested for the 3D latte art of course. It's done in less than 10 minutes. Joanne couldn't figure what's the animal, when it's obviously a rhinoceros.

We ordered the Salmon Croquettes Benedict from their daily brunch menu. At $17, I feel that it's slightly pricey.

Watch out for the timing and weather before traveling there because it's freaking hot in the afternoon and it won't be enjoyable when it's pouring. A stroll at Changi Beach Park after a meal would be nice with good weather.

Salmon Croquettes Benedict @ $17
Poached eggs, salmon croquettes, asparagus, arugula, crispy capers, hollandaise, lemon-herb sauce

Chock Full Of Beans
4 Changi Village Rd
Singapore 500004
Tel: (65) 8428 8203

Opening hours:
Tue - Thu: 12:00pm - 8:30pm
Fri: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
Sat: 9:30pm - 10:00pm
Sun: 9:30pm - 8:30pm

Closed on Monday