Haven in the City

Being busy is now part of everybody’s life. But it was never wrong to stop and take a break. Let’s unwind and take a breather. Let’s visit Gardens by the Bay.

The Supertrees Grove.

You can walk around and see many fascinating stuff. Like this “floating” sculpture—Planet by Marc Quinn.

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A close-up of the Canonball Tree.Kriscel Go 2013 Singapore-145

If you don’t have anything to do at night, you really have to stay and wait for the light show (OCBC Garden Rhapsody.) It so surreal.

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You should also visit the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest while waiting for the light show.

FLOWER DOME:

These flowers looks like fairies.Kriscel Go 2013 Singapore-153

This flower is so cool. It’s leaves are grey and only the flowers have a colour. Looks photoshopped  but it’s not.

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CLOUD FOREST:

Btw, it’s cold inside the dome since they are mimicking the Cloud Forest.

If I have to choose between the two domes, I prefer the Cloud Forest just because it’s dope!

For more information about the Gardens by the Bay, visit their official site.

Lazarus Island

My sister bought a coupon to celebrate her birthday on a yacht at a cheap price. So, Riding on a yacht. Let’s crossed that out of my bucket list. And we’re heading to Lazarus Island as part of the package. Lazarus Island is one of the Southern islands in Singapore.

The place is really serene and relaxing.

A panoramic view of the island.

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Panoramic view of Lazarus Island

We had our dinner at the island as well. So it was dark already when we got back. It was quite an experience, an unforgettable one.Kriscel Go 2013 Singapore-170

 

Singapore: Week 2&3 (Food)

 

I compiled the things I’ve eaten during my 2nd and 3rd week here in Singapore.

CHINESE:

Of course, Din Tai Fung. You can’t leave Singapore without eating here. Except if you are from Taiwan.

 

For the weight watchers, Soup Broth Asia offers dishes that is prepared without MSG and they put calorie count in each dish. Try the Yam rice. Yummeh!

JAPANESE:
Tajiyama, a Japanese charcoal grill Yakiniku restaurant. You have to try their Eat-all-you-want Wagyu Beef menu. So good! ❤

Ajisen Ramen

Ichiban Sushi
Chicken Teriyaki with Miso soup + Hot green tea.
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Ramen Play

And some Japanese Soba from Cold Storage.
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THAI:
Absolute Thai at Johor Premium Outlet.

Our food:

WESTERN:
Boston Clam Chowder from The Soup Spoon. They also sell their soups in this handy packs. Just need to re-heat them in microwave or stove.
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High Tea Buffet at House, Barracks & Camp. They have lovely food and interior—very homey and relaxing.

KOREAN:
All-You-Can-Eat Buffet at Seoul Garden


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DESSERT/SWEETS:
Ci Gusta! A gelato and yogurt place located at Anchorpoint Shopping Centre. Their gelato is too sweet for my taste though.

Twelve cupcakes, they offer a lot of flavours. And I heard that this is one of the most popular cupcake shops here in Singapore.

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd is LOVE! The soya just melts in your mouth and the sweetness is just right. Soya goodness!! Kriscel Go 2013 Singapore-60

Singapore: Week 1

My first week in Singapore.

Trying out the famous Chili crab at Crab Party.

Our food:

For Snoopy lovers, you can check out the Charlie Brown Cafe at 313 Somerset.

One of the must-try restaurants here in Singapore is Marché.

Our food:

I also got to try out BBQ party at one of the condominiums here.
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Lunch at Holland Village with a friend. First time to try Nasi Lemak, and it was YUM! Thumbs up for 363 Katong Laksa.

I got to visit the famous Botanic Gardens.

Hello there cute animals!

If you want to feed these lovely creatures, they have a capsule machine that dispenses fish food for S$1. I’m not sure how many I purchased, but I’m sure it’s a lot. Lol

 

Cactus and bonsai area. Weeee

There’s also a possibility that you’ll come across a Monitor Lizard. We’re lucky enough to spot one and it was BIG!Kriscel Go 2013 Singapore-36

Botanic Gardens is big, spent the whole afternoon exploring the place. Quite tiring given the weather is humid. It’s Singapore after all. But this place is lovely. Worth the visit and sweat. Lol

 

K-bbq in the South

I love Korean food so much!! There’s not a week I’m not craving for it. So my friend and I tried out Sariwon Korean Barbeque Restaurant in BGC.

Korean side dishes is love. Weeee! But I wish they were refillable as most Korean restaurants offer.Kriscel Go 2013 Sariwon-3

Jeonju Bibimbap (P300.00)

Japchae (P350.00), is good for sharing.

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We got free dessert. Yey! It’s called Sikhye─a traditional homemade sweet drink with malt and rice. The taste is light and refreshing, a great way to end a meal.

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Verdict: 4/5 (The experience was great and I really love their food. I would go back and dine here again if I have the chance. Just make the side dishes refillable! Lol) And it’s a bit pricey.

Address: 7th Ave, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Operating Hours:
Monday to Sunday
11:00am to 11:00pm

Coron, Nature’s Paradise

This entry is long overdue! I was supposed to post this months ago. So, my friends and I went to Coron, Philippines in mid of August.

If you are nature-lover slash beach lover slash island-hoppers slash divers or those sun-worshiping adventurer. Any of those description that fits you, you have to go here! I promise you won’t regret it.

Upon arriving from the airport, it took us about around 45 minutes to get to the city. We headed for Coron Village Lodge to leave our things before going around town. The lodge is pretty decent for a budget-friendly accommodation. My priority for lodging is that it is clean. The package we got includes 4D4N lodging with two breakfast plus 3-day tour for P6230/person or about 142USD. Aside from the occasional power and water shortage, everything else was good.

Day 1
We stroll around Coron Municipality before heading off to the sea port. We set out to climb Mt. Tapyas. A total of 700+ steps, which was really worth climbing when you reach the top and see the view.

At last!We made it. WOOHOO! Among our friends, the 4 of us were the first to reached the top.

Don’t forget to bring some water—you are going to need it. Or you can just from the vendors around the area. A bottle of water costs around P25. One of them took our photos at the peak of the mountain. He even asked us to pose like this. Too cheesy…

Mt. Darala

FYI, tapyas is a Cuyunon term which means “sliced from the whole.” According to the locals there, the Japanese used this mountain as a hiding place during the World War II. And when the Americans discovered it, they bombed it so a part was chipped off ergo the name Mt. Tapyas.

We dropped by Maquinit Hot Springs before having dinner. Unfortunately, I have no photos because I didn’t bring my camera with me, too scared to get it wet. You can go to this link for some info about it.

We had dinner at Bistro Coron. I suggest eating here when you’re in Coron. Their food is really nice. I ordered Mexican Chicken for P205.

Day 2Dicantuman Beach

First stop, Dicantuman Beach. The island was somehow have an “exclusive” feel to it. There were no other tourists but us—it’s like having our own private island. LOL We took a swim first while waiting for our lunch which Kuya Butchoy, our guide, cooked.

What is an island-hopping without the famous coconut. The spoon Drew’s holding was made out of the coconut husk.

Coconut

Exploring the island

And after having lunch, we’re off to the famous Kayangan Lake. It is one of the seven lakes in Coron and it is saide to be one of the cleanest lake in the Philippines. I don’t dare argue with that as the water is so clear that it’s like there’s no water at all. This place have that enchanted vibe to it. Like you can feel the place is somewhat magical. You’ll know what I’m saying when you go there. Definitely one of the best places I’ve been to.

Dinner at Manneken Pis Restaurant. My order was their homemade burger steak for P210. Nothing beats homemade patties.:)

We saw a newly opened coffee shop—Dad’s Coronzy Coffee and Tea. We took the liberty to try it out.

Dad's Coronzy

Day 3
We were not able to follow our itinerary because of the bad weather which included the Pass Island, Siete Pecados and Lusong Shipwreck. We had to spend the whole morning in another island called Banua-Atwayan.

Luckily, the rain stopped in the afternoon. So we’re able to got to Barracuda Lake. You first have to hike up and down before reaching the lake. The hike was nothing compared to Mt. Tapyas though. The water was as clear as the Kayangan Lake and the place was serene. After that we’re off to Marine Coral Garden. It was AMAZING! Like wow! Sadly, I don’t have an underwater camera so I can’t show you how beautiful the corals underwater was. Remember to visit this place when you go to Coron.

Coral Garden
Last dinner in Coron is at Santino’s Grill. I forgot my things at the lodge. (What’s happening to me, I keep forgetting my camera!) Anyway, this restaurant is famous for their baby back ribs, and I now I know why. It is one of the BEST ribs I’ve tried! Falls of the bones kind of ribs. Yum!!

Day 4
Last day of our trip. We went to Sea Dive Restaurant for brunch. I got the Sea Dive Tapa plus French Toast. Before heading to the airport, we bought some souvenirs first. And of course some cashew nuts.

Sea Dive Tapa

Hope to see you again Coron!!!

Don Day!

Korean food never fails to make me hungry. Just by watching Koreans eat makes me crave for Koren bbq all the time! Good thing there’s an affordable K-bbq nearby our house. DON DAY KOREAN RESTAURANT is just along Malingap St. in UP Teacher’s Village right across Pino Restaurant. Don Day’s the interior is the typical ones you see in koreanovelas: long wooden tables and chairs and grills. It makes you want to order Soju. Lol

You have to try their Samgyupsal buffet (on top of the unlimited pork strips, you can also take already cooked food like japchae, gimbap, miyeokguk (seaweed soup), pancake and many more) and this only costs for P300. Not bad right?

On a side note, their restroom is clean, well, it is a plus factor for me since I am fussy when it comes to public restrooms.

If you have inquires, you can contact them through these numbers (02) 435-0528, (0905) 301-6208. And here’s the map just in case you are not familiar with the place.

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