Sep 25, 2021

Wheeler's Yard

In this era with no one posting their throwback photoshoots in front of the iconic blue garage doors of a cafe, I still hadn't visited Wheeler's Yard 😅, and finally I had, so let's start with some typical shots at the entrance.

Joanne and I had dinner there her sister and the boyfriend, thanks to his invitation and Burpple deal. We also seized the opportunity of dining out together, as it was 2 days before the updated COVID-19 measures for stabilisation phase taking effect from 27 September onwards, where dine-in is only allowed with group sizes of up to 2 fully vaccinated adults.

There's a BlueSG parking spot at 103 Jalan Rajah which is a 2-minute walk away from Wheeler's Yard, so I drove Joanne there on a BlueSG car. There's also a shortcut from the carpark where you walk along Whampoa River and enter from the back entrance of this bicycle workshop cum cafe.

The Burpple deal entitled us to choose from the following set at $24:
  • Choice of 2 mains
    • Vegetable Rice Bowl
    • Miso Pork Belly Rice Bowl
    • Sakura Ebi Pasta
    • Chilli Crab Paste
    • 60°C Chicken Breast
  • Choice of 2 drinks (upgrade to hot long black or hot latte at $2 each)
    • Iced Lemon Tea
    • Iced Ginger Lemonade
So we basically doubled that for 4 pax.

Here are some snippets of their full menu.

Miso Pork Belly Rice Bowl
with homemade pickled cabbage, onsen egg, sesame seeds, spring onions

Sakura Ebi Pasta
Spaghetti, dried sakura shrimps, ebikko, onsen egg, seaweed strips, garlic, spring onions

60°C Chicken Breast
Sous vide chicken breast, grilled corn, roasted hazelnut, shio kombu, homemade mashed potato, hazelnut milk foam

Iced Ginger Lemonade | Iced Lemon Tea

28 Lor Ampas
Singapore 328781
Tel: (65) 6254 9128

Opening hours:
Tue - Fri: 11am - 3pm & 5:30pm - 9pm
Sat - Sun: 10:30am - 9pm

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

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

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

Sep 11, 2021

Mandarin Orchard Singapore

Level 26, Main Tower
Joanne's birthday and our anniversary are less than a week apart, we celebrated these two occasions somewhere in between these two dates with a one-night staycation at Mandarin Orchard Singapore, in conjunction with the September school holiday with Joanne's MOE special staycation promotion. We also added the Meritus Club Lounge access to our booking (it's only $50 for two guests, one of the best decisions we made).

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 systems as the receptionist wasn't even aware that we've added the Meritus Club Lounge access to our booking. But the receptionist was courteous and apologized for that.

Bookings of swimming pool and gym are made upon check-in, for a one-hour duration each. We didn't get to swim in the end because the only available slot is 1-2pm on the next day, which wasn't ideal as we've made other plans after checking out.

Booking Details Price (SGD)
Premier Room - King Bed
Teachers Day - Exclusive offer for MOE Sports Club and Staff (1 Night)
Exclusive access to Meritus Club Lounge for Two $50.00
Taxes and fees $30.09
Total $200.09

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

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

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.