04 March 2015

Red Inn Court (Penang)

I traveled with Yuni on a budget trip to Georgetown, Penang. It was my first trip with her and to Penang too. We made our reservation at Red Inn Court as their room rate fitted our budget. The hostel is conveniently located in Georgetown, along Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling.
How to get there?
Address: 35B & 35C Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Georgetown 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Take Rapid Bus 401 at the bus stop just outside the airport. Bus fare costs RM 2.70 per person.

Alight at the bus stop opposite Jetty and walk about 10 minutes to the hostel. If you miss the bus stop to alight, the bus makes a roundabout and eventually ends up at the Jetty Terminal.

We were greeted by friendly staff when we reached the hostel. Our room was located on 2nd floor and we weren't allowed to wear our shoes to our room, thus we had to leave our shoes at the 1st floor.
Stairs were a bit narrow and steep when we walked up to our room.
We booked the room with Queen size bed and bathroom en suite.
Otherwise, you'd have to use the common bathroom.
 Unfortunately, the TV was not in working condition due to some technical issue.
Do remember to bring your own shower items (Shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, etc)
Computer was available at 1st floor for checking my emails.
One plus point about this hostel is that the bus stops nearby (right outside the church) has shuttle buses that travel to 2 different destinations (towards Jetty Terminal and towards Komtar) which I find it very accessible for us.
When we asked the whereabouts of some attraction places, the staff provided us the information and shared about the free shuttle bus service. Thanks to the staff, we then knew that we could actually take the free shuttle bus to some places conveniently!

The hostel also provided us with free refill of water.
You can also purchase can drinks at 1st level.
Breakfast was provided to us at no additional cost.
You'll get to choose from bread and jam, nasi lemak, fruits, etc. There's free flow of coffee and tea.
Early birds like us, got to eat the nasi lemak (while stock last).

04 February 2015

Antoinette (Penhas Road)

It has been a while since Mayu left for the States. We had a few meet-ups and one of them was the dinner at Antoinette that is located at Penhas Road. It didn't dawn upon me that such a restaurant was opened in the area. Antoinette contains elegant interior and furniture that set the romantic atmosphere. I was mesmerized by the exquisite pastries near the entrance.
We ordered one main course, one savory crepes and one french thick pancakes.
Ballotine de Poulet a la Grandmere
(Roasted chicken leg roulade a la chasseur with pomme puree and seasonal vegetables)
Concorde
(Roasted chicken with bacon and creamy morel mushroom sauce served on the side)
Savory Blinis with Smoked Salmon, French Butter, Sour Cream and Salad
Chocolates
Macarons and Petite cakes
Strawberry Shortcake
Cosmo cake
Angelique
Chloe
Antoinette
How to get there?
Address: 30 Penhas Road (off Lavender Street) Singapore 208188
Tel: +65 6293 3121

By Car -
  • Along Kallang Road, turn left into Horne Road, turn right to Penhas Road and park at the kerbside carpark lots.
  • Along Lavender Street towards Balestier, turn left into Penhas Road and park at kerbside carpark lots.

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 07371 (Aft Kallang Road) / 07379 (Bef Kallang Road) - Bus No. 13, 61, 67, 107, 107M, 133, 141, 145, 175, 961, 961C
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01311 (Lavender Stn) - Bus Stop No. 2, 7, 12, 32, 33, 51, 61, 63, 80, 107, 107M, 133, 145, 175, 197, NR7

Nearest MRT Station: Lavender

Opening hours
Mon to Thurs: 11am to 10pm (Last order at 9.30pm)
Fri and Eve of PH: 11am to 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Sat: 10am to 11pm (Last order at 10.30pm)
Sun & PH: 10am to 10pm (Last order at 9.30pm)

Other outlets
Antoinette at Palais Renaissance
390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, B1-08/09/10C Singapore 238871
Tel: +65 6735 6392
Opens daily from 11am to 10pm

Antoinette at Mandarin Gallery
333A Orchard Road, Mandarin Gallery, #02-33/34 Singapore 238897
Tel: +65 6836 9527
Opens daily from 11am to 10pm

28 January 2015

Intercontinental Hotel 洲际城市酒店 (Singapore)

My friends and I stayed over at Intercontinental Hotel and we enjoyed our stay! The hotel is located next to Bugis Junction where we could shop and return to the hotel room at our convenience. The outdoor pool is also great for a swim in the morning as the building next to the hotel, sheltered the pool from the scorching sun. 
Checking in the hotel was a breeze and we were given the room on the highest floor. Hooray!
The hotel provided great service that ensured our stay was a good one.
We encountered some issues and called the concierge a few times for assistance.
Their staff were friendly and ready to serve us with a great smile.
Room is equipped with nice amenities.
Spacious bathroom with bathtub provided.
Many TV Channels to choose from.
Magazines are available for your reading too.
How to get there?
Address: 80 Middle Road Singapore 188966

By Car -
  • Along Victoria Street, turn right to Middle Road and turn left into Intercontinental Singapore Hotel carpark

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01039 (North Bridge Commercial Cplx) - Bus No. 7, 32, 51, 61, 63, 80, 145, 175, 197, 851
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01119 (Bugis Junction) - Bus No. 2, 12, 33, 130, 133, 960
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 01112 (Opp Bugis Junction) - Bus No. 7, 12, 63, 80, 175, 197, 851, 960, 980

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis

21 January 2015

I'm KIM Korean BBQ

안녕하세요 I'm KIM! A Korean BBQ restaurant opened at School of The Arts, offers buffet style BBQ at affordable prices.

The restaurant is spacious and could accommodate 70 persons or more.
It consists of many ventilators on the ceiling so we won't smell that bad after the BBQ.
Let's get started!
Waiting for it to heat up, we went to get some meat and other food.
Wide variety of meat such as the spicy pork collar, pork belly, bacon, garlic chicken, marinated ribeye, beef roll, beef short ribs and many more. And the meat are well marinated.
I prefer the Signature Volcano Chicken. Thumbs up for the spicy taste!
We got the prawns, golden mushroom, kimchi and fresh lettuce.
The restaurant provides potato wedges, chicken nuggets, sweet potatoes, chicken wings, rice rolls, tteokbokki (rice cakes), japchae (glass noodles), buchimgae (pancakes) and potato salad.
And free flow of non-alcoholic drinks (ice water, lime juice, mango juice, rice punch and korean barley tea)!
What's essential for me is the garlic, chilli and onion to go along with the meat.
What's Korean BBQ without the alcohol? We ordered the Makkoli! 
Chris suggested adding a little Makkoli to the ginseng chicken soup and it tasted good.
Help yourself to the soups - Seaweed soup, Ginseng Chicken soup, Kimchi soup and Mushroom soup.
Ice cream are sold near the cashier.
We had the Boonguhbbang (Red Bean Ice cream Sandwich), Melona (Melon Bar) and the Bbongddah (ice cream in tube).
Affordable prices
How to get there?
Address: 1 Zubir Said Drive, School of the Arts #01-04/05/06/07 Singapore 227968
Tel: +65 62387218 (For reservation)
I'm KIM Korean BBQ Facebook

By Car -
  • Along Orchard Road, turn left to Zubir Said Drive and park at School of the Arts (SOTA does not have Motorcycle Parking)
  • Alternatively, park at PoMo, The Cathay or Plaza Singapura (about 10 mins walk)

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 08079 (School of the Arts) - Bus No. 64, 65, 131, 139, 147, 166, 857
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 08058 (MacDonald Hse) - Bus No. 64, 65, 139
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 08057 (Dhoby Ghaut Stn) - Bus No. 7, 14, 16, 36, 77, 106, 111, 124, 128, 162, 167, 171, 174, 175, 190, 502, 518, 700, 972

Nearest MRT Station: Dhoby Ghaut

Opening hours
Mon to Fri: 11.30am to 2.30pm (Last order at 2pm), 5pm to 10.30pm (Last order at 10pm)
Sat & Sun/PH: 11.30am to 10.30pm (Last order at 10pm)