Friday, July 22, 2016

Restaurant De Junks (懷舊鍋) @ Mount Austin

What drew our attention to De Junks (懷舊鍋) at Mount Austin is seeing the diners cooking their food in the 4-tier steamboat hot pot, or the pyramid pot. Another attraction is the unique retro decorations on the exterior and interior of the restaurant giving it a vintage and nostalgic look. These reasons are enough to invite ourselves into De Junks.


So what exactly does the pyramid pot do? 

1st Layer - Steaming. The topmost layer where it acts as a steamer to steam your food or buns.

2nd Layer - Warmer or Chocolate steamboat. You can put your cooked food on this tier to keep it warm. Alternatively, it can turn into a chocolate fondue where you can did your marshmallow in.

3rd Layer - Barbeque. This layer is where you bbq and grill your meat.

4th Layer - The bottom tier of the hotpot is for steamboat. You can choose to have 2 different variations of soup base. Chicken and miso soup is free but an additional charge of rm5 is required for other soup selections.


De Junks - Pyramid Pot.

Our boy making himself comfortable.

While waiting for our orders to arrive, I was deeply immersed with the displays on the walls. Felt like we have traveled back in time to the old-style kampung days.

Mixing the chilli and sauces to go with our food.

We ordered the Economic Meat Platter for 2 pax at RM50 (~SGD17) which also comes with 2 bowls of rice. The set comes with prawns, chicken, pork, vegetables and corn which is pretty filling.


As we did not order the classic set which comes with marshmallow and biscuit sticks, hence we ended not using the first and second tier of the steamboat. Nevertheless, we were just as happy to grill and cook our food with the remaining 2 tiers.


Adults get to wait for the food to be served while the children do the cooking.

Flower Crab Bee Hoon - RM38 (~SGD13)

To complete our meal, we also ordered Flower Crab Bee Hoon for all to share. The soup is sweet and tasty and comes with a generous serving of beehoon within. We did not order any drinks as we drank up the entire pot of soup.

Our total bill is RM92.40 after 5% service charge (~SGD32). Very affordable and you get to experience and enjoy your food cooked in the 4 tier steamboat hotpot.  Children will love the chocolate fondue while the adults dig in to the meat/seafood.

Restaurant De Junks (懷舊鍋) 
Address: 8 Jalan Austin Heights 8/2, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Giveaway: Family tickets to Alive Museum

[Media Invite + Giveaway]



We are back once again to visit the world of artistry magic at Alive Museum! Located at Suntec City, the largest illusion attraction in Singapore, occupies an area of more than 10,000 sq ft with more than 80 art pieces. Walk closer to the artworks and observe the brush strokes as the art pieces are handpainted by a team of talented artists.

Since their opening in 2014, Alive Museum has added in two new zones - Young@Heart and Live.Laugh.Love. Lets step into the vibrant and colourful zones as we enter the world of illusionary picture-taking fun!

Live.Laugh.Love Zone

You and I equals to LOVE

Siblings rivalry? It is a Love & Hate relationship. > o <

Love is simply being with the one you love

Young @ Heart Zone

Fancy seeing myself in a POP magazine!

Tada! I can balance very well too!

Blossoming like a flower

Singapore Zone

Look out for the splash from Merlion!

What!? I did not expect to be part of the celebration!

View of Marina Bay is definitely prettier from the top

Celebrities Zone

I can paint like Picasso! 

WoW! Look who's here!

Nice to meet you Sir! Thank you for the ticket!

There are also other fun artworks that will perk your creativity and bring lots of bonding time with your family or friends. Even though this is not our first visit, we still enjoyed posing with the artworks. 


Fly like a bird


My Little Mermaid

Want to hop in and join in the fun? Here are some good news!

40% OFF (LIMITED TIME ONLY)
Image Source: Alive Museum

From 27 May 2016, and for a limited time only, you can purchase Alive Museum tickets at 40% off!

Promotional Price
Adult : $15 (UP: $25)
Child : $12 (UP: $20)

HURRY! Don't miss the Special Promotional Offer! More details on http://alivemuseum.sg/news-events/40-off-for-a-limited-time-only/


~ GIVEAWAY ~
HOW ABOUT JOINING OUR GIVEAWAY?


We have 1 set of Alive Museum Family Package (2 adults and 2 children) worth $90 to be given away to 1 winner.


Complete the following steps to join and qualify for the Giveaway!

1) Like BPDGTravels Facebook page
2) Like Alive Museum Facebook page
3) Leave your name and email address on BPDGTravels fanpage entry or on this blog post "Comments" section.

Details:
* Giveaway ends Sunday, 31st July 2016, 2359hrs (Singapore time)
* Winners will be announced by Monday, 1st August 2016 (Singapore time) on BPDGTravels fanpage and via email.

Alive Museum
Address: Suntec City Mall #03-372 (Between Tower 3 & 4)
Operating Hours: 10am - 10pm daily (Last admission at 9pm)
Ticket Prices: $25 (Adults), $20 (Children 3-12 yrs)

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Healthy Eating with Garden Picks' Superfood

With the June holidays over and an over-indulgence of food, it is time to get back on some healthy diet. Garden Picks, the leading online retailer of dried fruits and nuts in Singapore has sent us some packets of Superfood - Superfood Granola (with Chia Seeds), Superfood Granola (with Quinoa), Black Forest Granola, Black Chia Seeds and Organic Tri-Colour Quinoa. I love the way the seeds and nuts are nicely packaged in a resealable plastic, making it easy to store or bring along.


Black Chia Seed

Chia seeds are known to be rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Since we bought our first can of chia seeds, we have been putting the chia seeds into our drinks for consumption. Chia seeds when soak in water expand in size, with a gel-like texture. I usually put 1 to 2 spoonful only as I don't fancy my drinks to be too thick. Apart from putting chia seed into drinks, breakfast cereals or smoothies, it can also be incorporated as one of the ingredients when making pudding or even in biscuits or muffins. For quick meals, I enjoy putting some chia seeds into my cup of milo or milk. The children loves it too!


Chia seeds with milo


Chia seeds with milk

Hearty breakfast or snack with a cup of chia seed milk and chia seed biscuits

Organic Tri-Colour Quinoa

A lovely combination of red, black and white quinoa within the pack. Quinoa (pronounced as Keen-wah) is very nutritious, high in protein, fiber and contains various vitamins and minerals. It is also naturally free of gluten and is recommended for people who are on gluten-free diet. I read up an easy recipe online where many uses quinoa to make fried 'rice'.


Quinoa has a natural coating, saponin which can create a bitter taste. Rinse the quinoa under water to get rid of the coating before cooking. For 1 cup of Quinoa, it is recommended to put 2 cups of water. I put them into the saucepan and let it goes to a boil. Once all the liquid has been absorbed, bring the heat down to low and let it simmer for awhile. Together with the cooked quinoa, I added in some salt, pepper, sesame oil, carrots and eggs. Here is my version of Quinoa Fried 'Rice' which took about 15 minutes to cook.


I must say the tri-colour quinoa brings out the colour of the dish. Since this is the first time we are trying out quinoa, I wasn't expecting a very spontaneous response (especially from the children). These tiny little beads have a natural, earthly taste and surprisingly, Denver & Gladys enjoyed my Quinoa Fried 'Rice' very much and requested that I made more for dinner tomorrow!



Black Forest Granola & Superfood Granola (with Chia Seeds/with Quinoa)

Nuts and dried fruits are healthy options for breakfast and snack time. It goes perfectly well with milk or yogurt and even on its own. Multiple ingredients within the plastic package makes it looks colourful and appetizing. Our girl fancy the Black Forest Granola as there are chocolate buttons within!


I, on the other hand, gave my vote to the Superfood Granola as there is no raisins within, plus it has a saltier taste. 

It feels great to start our day with a healthy meal, and to provide us with the energy boost that we require throughout the day. If you like to take home some packages of nutritious dried fruits or nuts, simple logon to Garden Picks website.  

GARDEN PICKS
Website: www.gardenpicks.com.sg

Disclosure: All comments and opinions are personal and no monetary compensation was received. Garden Picks sent us a  package of Superfood  for review purposes only.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Upside Down Warm House (倒反屋) @ Johor Bahru

Upside Down Warm House (倒反屋) - You may have seen their advertisement on television recently. The latest attraction in Johor Bahru, which opened in May 2016 is another wacky fun spot where families and friends can enjoy a memorable and sensational experience.

Located in Kulai, near to IOI Mall, Upside Down Warm House features 3D and 5D arts in a total upside down setting. Step into the 3-storey house and let your creativity and imagination flows when everything you see is flipped up.


It is pretty cool to see animals, cars, houses, furniture above your head. Suddenly, it seems our world has completely over turned. We have been to 3D Kuso Trick Art and Dark Art 3D Studio which offers 3D art experiences in its own unique way. Adding to our list is Upside Down Warm House which offers photo fun in a complete opposite direction.


Frankly speaking, we were feeling quite lost thinking how to pose with the art installations initially. After a few trials on our own, checking on the sample photos on display and seeking help from the friendly staff, we learnt some techniques and took many funny yet memorable photos together.


Upside Down Warm House looks just like our home, with living room, kitchen, bedroom, toilet, laundry area and more... with the only exception that everything is flipped over. For the sake of photo taking, be prepared to be in any position. From lying down, kneeling, to sticking to the wall, or even jumping. Suggest everyone to wear comfortable clothing and maybe avoid dresses/skirts for ladies.

Living room - Everyone looks like astronauts in space all of a sudden 

Kitchen/Dining - awkward positions to be spotted in the kitchen. 

Hmmm.. What should I cook tonight?

Mom says we should help with the laundry, but we ended doing hand stand push ups on the poles instead. Look how strong we are!

Doing housework looks more fun here! Who has the easiest job!?

Something is wrong with the shower head.... Why no water?

Diving into the tub for a bath

Strange... nobody is on the bed when they are suppose to be.

 Stunts on the bed before bedtime!

Michael Jackson to be? Moonwalk on the ceiling....

Hello Kitty! Here I come!

This is how we fly on the hot air balloons

I am falling......

Do not miss the artworks along the stairways when you are moving up between levels. :)

Apart from the upside down effects, there are also other 3D artworks where you can capture beautiful photos with your love ones in a 'normal' setting.

Let's go! We are Finding Nemo! Uh.... Maybe Dory. :)

Waaa.. Don't eat me!

Hubby gets a kick from Kungfu Panda!



Who gets the last bite?

Thanks for sharing the coke. 


Different reactions with the encounter of the eagle. 

If you are planning to visit, do note that all visitors are required to wear socks prior to entry. Remember to bring along your pair or you can purchase one at RM2 per pair at the counter. It took us about 2 hours to explore all the 3 levels. Photo capturing opportunities are available at every corner, scenes and even the stairways. Release your imagination and energy and there are lots of fun and head cracking experience thinking how your photos will turn out to be once you flip it over.

More photos are available on BPDGTravels Facebook photo album.

Upside Down Warm House (倒反屋) - Rumah Terbalik
Address: 5019, Jalan Kenari 1, Bandar Putra, 81000 Kulai, Johor
GPS: 1.65071, 103.62640

Opening Hours
Open daily (including public holidays)
Time: 9am to 10pm
Entrance Fee
Adult : RM30
Child : RM20
Sock : RM2

Location
When we are finding the location of Upside Down House, our GPS brought us to a different area. Apparently the google map is not updated and many has been leaded to the wrong location. Upside Down House is diagonally opposite of IOI Mall. At the road junction, you will see Metal House, and the shop is just along the road behind it.


Have Fun Posing!

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