25 October 2012

Xin Mei Le Rou Gu Cha (Bak Kut Teh) 新美乐肉骨茶

Hidden gem among the Korean restaurants along the stretch of Tanjong Pagar road. "Accidentally" found this place and was very satisfied with their food. Besides their Bak Kut Teh, they have other dishes which are very worth trying such as their Curry Fish Head. You will just keep going back for their Curry Fish Head!
How to get there?
Address: No. 90 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088511
Tel: 6226 3290

By Car –
  • Coupon parking along the roadside, Duxton Road, Wallich Street, Tras Street and Peck Seah Street 
  • Or park at the open carpark along Duxton Hill

By Bike –
  • Coupon parking in the alleys along Tanjong Pagar Road or open carpark along Duxton Hill
  • Alternatively, park in the Multi-Storey Carpark at Tg Pagar Plaza (FOC)

By Public Transport –
  • Alight at Bus Stop 05429 (Bef Wallich St) / 05421 (Aft Craig Road) - Bus No. 80, 145

Nearest MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar (Exit A, 10-15 mins walk)

Opening hours
Mon to Sat: 11am to 10pm
Sun: Closed

  • Claypot Bak Kut Teh (Meat is very tender)
  • Prawn Sauce Chicken Wings
  • Curry Fish Head
Definitely must taste the Bak Kut with the dark sweet soya sauce!
Curry Fish Head
I will definitely go back for more.

*Last Updated on 25 August 2013.

19 October 2012

Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice 美芝律剪刀剪咖哩飯

Used to be known as "the old place / 老地方" but now the name had changed. But definitely, this place is well-known for its curry rice and most importantly, the food is good.
How to get there?
Address: 229/231 Jalan Besar Singapore 208905

By Car -
  • Coming from ECP, exit Rocher
  • Coming from CTE, exit Moulmein, drive towards Lavender Street
  • Park along Jalan Besar Road, Kitchener Road or Petain Road (Coupon parking) 

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop 07319 (Aft Allenby Rd) - Bus No. 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 130, 139, 147, 857
  • Alight at Bus Stop 07231 (Bef Tai Hoe Hotel) - Bus No. 21, 125, 130

Nearest MRT Station: Farrer Park (15 mins walk from City Square Mall)

Opening hours
Daily from 11am to 3.30am

Less than S$10 per pax (Depends on how much you've ordered)

13 October 2012

CrazyWorld Cafe 疯狂世界 (CLOSED)

Incoporating music and design concept into the cafe, a cosy cafe that serves western food, taiwan beer and nice waffles. A really nice place to chill out with friends.

How to get there?
Address: 24 Temple Street Singapore 058569
Website: http://www.crazyworldcafe.com

By Car (Coupon Parking) -
  • Along South Bridge road, turn left into Erskine road, park at Maxwell FC carpark
  • Along South Bridge road, turn right into Spring Street, park at carpark beside Buddha Tooth Relic Temple & Museum
  • Along New Bridge road, turn left into Temple Street, park along roadside carpark lots

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop 05189 (Opp Sri Mariamman Temple) - 166, 197
  • Alight at Bus Stop 05269 (Maxwell Road FC) - 80, 145
  • Alight at Bus Stop 05013 (People's Park Complex) - 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 80, 143, 190, 197, 851, 961, 970
  • Alight at Bus Stop 05039 (New Bridge Center) - 2, 12, 33, 54, 63,124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970

Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown / Tanjong Pagar (10 - 15 mins walk)

Opening hours
Tue to Thurs: 12 noon to 10.30pm
Fri: 12 noon to 12am
Sat: 1pm to 12am
Mon: Closed

*Café ceasing operations in March 2013.

10 October 2012

Johor Bahru City Square

Located just a stone's throw away from Singapore, the shopping mall is quite popular among Singaporeans travelling to Malaysia for a short weekend shopping trip.

How to get there?
Address: Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Tel: +607 2263668
Website: http://www.citysqjb.com

From Singapore to Johor Bahru:

By Car/Bike - Drive towards Woodlands Checkpoint (CTE, SLE) and head towards JB Sentral
*Prepare Touch & Go card/Cashcard / Bliss card or pay cash for parking

By Public Transport -
  • From Queen Street Bus Terminal (Nearest MRT Station: Bugis)
    • SBS Bus No. 170 (45 mins to Singapore custom, use Ezlink card/cash)
    • Johore Express Bus (30 mins to Singapore Custom, travel by expressways, pay by cash $3.30 per adult, $1.50 per child)
    • Causeway Link Express Bus (CW2)
      • About 30 mins to Singapore Custom, travel by expressways
      • Adult price - S$3.30
      • Return from Johor Bahru, Adult price - RM3.40/S$3.40
    • Taxi (Check with the driver on the pricing, about $12 per pax)
Queen Street Bus Terminal is located next to The Church of our Lady of Lourdes.
Suggest to bring small notes to buy the bus fare.
  • From Kranji MRT Station (Take at the Bus Stop opposite the MRT Station, about 15 mins to Singapore Custom)
    • SBS Bus No. 160 or 170 
    • Causeway Link Bus (CW1)
  • From Woodlands MRT Station (15 mins to Singapore Custom)
    • SMRT Bus No. 950 (From Interchange)

Nearest MRT Station: Bugis / Kranji / Woodlands

*Remember to tap your ezlink card or keep your bus ticket when you alight at Singapore Custom, you'll need to tap your card or show the ticket to take back the same bus after Singapore Custom towards Johor Bahru Checkpoint. It's the same when returning to Singapore.

What's there at City Square?
  • Food
  • Karaoke
  • Movie
  • Games Arcade
  • Shopping
  • And of course, more shopping!
City Square expanded! There's a new building next to the existing one and more shops are opened in the new building such as Adidas, Pandora, Sephora, etc.

Travel by bus will cost less than RM10.
Bring about RM100 - RM200 for other activities.
JB City Square shopping mall has money changer if you need to change currency.
You could also shop at KSL City Mall which is nearby.
Updated as at 20 June 2015.

07 October 2012

Sembawang God of Wealth Temple 三巴旺财神庙

Popular among devotees praying for the seek of wealth and impressive God of Wealth statue, standing at 28 feet tall. Will only be able to view the statue on 2nd floor during special occasion (usually is on the 1st day of Chinese New Year).
How to get there?
Address: No. 28 Admiralty Street Singapore 757611
Tel: 6555 3040
Website: http://sembawanggodofwealth.sg

By Car -
  • Seletar Expressway (SLE) Exit towards Woodlands Ave 12 & 10
  • Park along the roadside as long as it doesn't obstruct the traffic.

By Public Transport - SMRT Bus No. 962

Nearest MRT Station: Sembawang (Take Bus No. 962 from Opposite Sun Plaza)
Operating hours
Sembawang God of Wealth Temple - Daily 24 hours
Matsu Temple - 6.30am to 8pm
Qing Shui Zu Shi - 6.00am to 7.30pm

Besides the God of Wealth Temple, there are also Matsu Temple (马祖庙) and Qing Shui Zu Shi (清水祖师) located nearby. This area consists of 3 different temples. Remember to bring at least S$20 to buy the praying items.

04 October 2012

Dal-In Korean BBQ Restaurant 달인

"Dal-In/달인" refers to "Expert". Recommended by my friend, so my guess is that this restaurant is expert in cooking Korean food.
How to get there?
Address: 17 Boon Tat Street Singapore 069618
Tel: 6225 1006 (For Reservation)

By Car -
  • Coupon parking along Boon Tat Street
  • S$1 per 1/2 hourly - Mon to Sat: 8.30 to 5pm
  • S$0.50 per 1/2 hourly - Mon to Sat: 5pm to 10pm, Sun/PH: 8.30am to 10pm
  • Alternatively, park at the nearby open carpark at Amoy Street

By Public Transport -
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 03041 (Opp PWC Bldg) - Bus No. 186, 970
  • Alight at Bus Stop No. 03021 (Prudential Twr) - Bus No. 57, 131, 167, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 542, 543, 548, 549, 550, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 563, 564, 565, 569, 700, 761, 971E 

Nearest MRT Station: Raffles Place or Tanjong Pagar / Telok Ayer

Opening hours
Mon to Fri: 11.30am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 2am
Sat: 5.30pm to 10.30pm
Sun: 11.30am to 10.30pm

Usually, my orders are:
  • Jajangmyeon (자장면 - black soybean paste noodles) or
  • Jjambbong (짬뽕 - spicy noodle soup)
With additional charge of S$3 per order for dinner orders as these are meant for lunch orders.
Comes with banchan (반찬), so it's always very filling after the meal.

S$20 - S$30++ per pax (depends on your order)