Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Giveaway - Singapore's First-ever 10 minutes Escape Room Missions @ U Escape

[Giveaway]

What can you do in 10 minutes?

Sometimes we arrive a little too early for our appointment, yet we can only wait. How about spending that 10 minutes at Singapore's FIRST INTENSE Escape Room mission!?

U Escape, Singapore's newest Escape Room in town has launched their first-ever ten-minute Escape Room missions for those who are looking for some quick thrills and proof of their mental prowess! This is also a good opportunity for first-timers who may want to get a feel of Escape Rooms before they commit an entire hour of fun!

We recalled how much we enjoyed our 60 minutes escape room mission at U Escape as we ran against time, counting down from minutes and seconds! I can imagine how nerve-wrecking it will be to solve the riddles and escape in 10 minutes!


(Credit image source: U Escape)

Priced at $6 per person, Five types of mission. 1 to 3 players per team for each mission.  

Mission 1: Operation Firefly 
(Our inside man has got some really important information, code named Firefly. Your mission is to bring Firefly back within the 10 minutes window)

Mission 2: Hit List
(One of our agents, code named The Skull, was killed in the enemy territory. It is believed he was a double agent working for both sides. His loyalties were unknown. Retrieve The Skull's Hit List diary, a notebook believe to contain the names of people he was tasked to assassinate, before the enemy gets their hands on it!)

Mission 3: Hell's Gate
(There are ORBS code named "Hell's Gate". ORBS is believed to be an unknown technology able to open a gateway to another dimension. We cannot let the enemy have this. Find and secure all four ORBS!

Mission 4: King Solo
(There is a key that will open the gates to King Solomon's Treasures, which we have found to be located in the Szechuan area in China. Find the key and bring it back to mission control)

Mission 5: Raven's Tale
(We believe the enemy will be instigating an attack on our lands. We can get you into the heart of the territory where we believe the plans re stored in a SAFE. You have 10 minutes to find it, remember everything and get out of there!)

Keen to try out the missions? It only takes 10 minutes! Make your way down to U Escape at Plaza Singapura if you still have some time while waiting for a movie hall to open, waiting for a friend or simply just wish to have some fun!

U Escape
Address: Plaza Singapura, #07-08A, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839

GIVEAWAY

Good News! We have 5 pairs of tickets (valid till 30 October 2016) for you to try out an INTENSE mission at U Escape so that you will know where to go the next time you get stuck waiting at Plaza Singapura. Be one of the 5 Lucky Winners for this Giveaway! Each winner will receive a pair of tickets.

To stand a chance, simply
1) Like BPDGTravels Facebook page
2) Like U Escape Facebook page
3) Leave your name and email address on BPDGTravels Fanpage Entry or on this blog post "Comments" section. Share with us which mission you will like to take on!

Leave me a message once you have done for the above on our blog post. 

Details:
* Giveaway ends Friday, 7th October 2016, 2359hrs (Singapore time)
* Winners will be drawn randomly and announced on Saturday, 8 October 2016 (Singapore time) on BPDGTravels fanpage and via email.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe @ Aljunied

[Review]

Earlier this month, we had a pleasant dinner at Spicy Thai - Thai Cafe at Aljunied. Specialized in North-Eastern Thai cuisine, it has a wide variety of dishes on its menu at an attractive price. Located within the heartlands, Spicy Thai has earned its regular base of customers and the restaurant is usually packed during the weekends.    


There are seating within and outside the restaurant. Simple decor and great for gatherings among family and friends.


We ordered some refreshing drinks to compliment our meal. 
(Organic Wheatgrass - $4, Ice Thai Tea - $2.50, Thai Bandung - $2.80)

The piping hot fish maw crab meat soup is tasty with the fish maw soft and chewy. We only find it a little too salty else it would be a nice dish to go with rice.

(Fish Maw Crab Meat Soup - $28)

I asked the children to vote for their favourite dish and this was their pick almost immediately. I thought they may not like the dill within the omelette but to my surprise, they LOVE it! Did a Wikipedia search on dill and apparently, it belongs to the celery family. Dill is known as 'Lao Coriander' in English and 'Phak Chee Lao' in Thai. Apart from being an ingredient in Thai style omelette, it is also commonly use in soups and curries. This is definitely our must-order dish if we visit again.

Thai Dill Omelette (Cha Om) - $10

Another personal favourite of ours - BBQ Pork Belly. Pork belly has always been our family's top favourite dish on the list. Love the sweetness and its juicy tender meat. Plus, the meat is cooked over charcoal, which leaves a fragrant aroma and taste in our palate. Every bite is so delicious that we could not stop grabbing for more. It is a must-try!

(BBQ Pork Belly - $18)


When it comes to kangkong, we prefer it to be stir-fried with sambal. At Spicy Thai, we experienced another way of savouring the leafy vegetable. It looks like a pot of tempura from afar and our kiddos are very receptive to this dish. If you find it not shiok enough, dip it in their special thai sauce to invoke your tastebud!

(Deep Fried Kang Kong with Special Thai Sauce - $10)

This is a very interesting Otak dish served in a coconut husk. You can find prawns within and every scoop of otah is spicy yet satisfying. 

Thai Style Otak (Hommok) - $18

Sometimes, I really hope I am able to take more spice as I am missing so much! The Lala Bee Hoon taste so delicious but I am only able to savour some as it is a little too spicy for me. Give it a good stir to let the sauce thoroughly absorb through the beehoon! Lots of lala within and it is a wonderful dish to share among family and friends.

(Lala Bee Hoon - $18)

Another must try dish! The sea bass meat is tender within and crispy on the outside. Goes perfectly well with rice and I love the sweetness! Next time, I would love to try out the steamed sea bass or catfish! 

(Deep Fried Sea Bass with Mango Salad - $Seasonal Price)

After a round of shiok, hot and spicy food, I am definitely looking forward to dessert! Time to chill my tongue!

Love the colours of the Thai Red Ruby which is sweet and crunchy. 
(Thai Red Ruby - $4)

Among the warm dessert, this is my personal favourite. I like the sweetness and softness of the tapioca that melts in my mouth. 
(Tapioca with Coconut Milk - $4)

Overall, we had a very satisfying meal at Spicy Thai. Most of the dishes are to our liking and the pricing is attractive. If you like Thai food, Spicy Thai is a nice restaurant within the neighbourhood estate where you can enjoy good authentic Thai cuisine.

Spicy Thai
Address: Blk 115, Aljunied Avenue 2, #01-35, Singapore 380115
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpicyThaiThaiCafe

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Forest City (森林城市) @ Johor Bahru

During the September school holidays, we drove up to Johor Bahru to check out the swimming pool and water sports at Forest City. In case you are wondering what is Forest City, it is Southeast Asia's largest mixed-use green development in Malaysia, Johor, near Singapore by Tuas Checkpoint. The island is mostly made up of reclaimed land and it i

How to get to Forest City?
We tried to locate Forest City on our GPS but wasn't successful. If you are driving in, better luck would be to rely on Google Map. Alternatively, once you cross the checkpoint via Tuas Second link, look out for the brown or big green banner along the road indicating the directions to Forest City.

Swimming Pools @ Forest City
Currently, there isn't much shopping/dining/accommodation open to the public yet. Nevertheless, the view of the vast sea line, sandy beach and swimming pools is enough to attract us to cross the border and have a day trip to Forest City.

WELCOME TO FOREST CITY!

We were greeted by the cute mascots representing different states in Malaysia. 

The swimming pool is surrounded by lustful greenery at the backdrop.

The pool is not very deep and there is a sandy area leading down to the waters. Be careful though as you walk down as there is a little slope downwards and you might miss it and slip. 


Mini pool area with a big Swan float. :) I thought it would be nice if the float is at the bigger pool

Children swimming pool - it was closed for maintenance during our visit. We were a little disappointed but our kiddos did not mind missing it as they prefer the bigger pool. 

Infinity pool - Our favourite spot. We were there on a weekday and we had the entire pool for ourselves! A perfect spot to catch a glimpse the beach and soak in the waters to play and relax. 

Infinity Pool


Naturally, we spent most of the time at the infinity pool. The weather was good and it was quiet. Away from the crowd, we enjoyed its serenity and peace. 


Family shots with the white swan. 



Beach @ Forest City
After taking our shower, its time to take a stroll by the beach. 一起去看大海咯!



View of the beach @ Forest City

 I love the sculptures scattered around the beach. Picture perfect against the sea view. 


Hi! I am finding Dory! Any 'fish' spotted her?

 Gigantic crabs on the beach! 



Denver & Gladys definitely know how to relax their body and mind. Lying down by the beach, looking out into the vast sea and feeling the sea breeze, kick start our stayacation to a wonderful time.
 

Sports Activities @ Forest City

While having fun at the pool, do not miss out the sport activities (Wet & Dry) by Cape Cabana Sports Centre (at the pool bar counter).

Although it indicates its daily operating hours from 10am - 6pm, that day, we waited till 11am before seeing the staff setting up the play equipment.


Pricing is pretty attractive. 
1) ATV (RM30 for 20 minutes ride)
2) SUP (RM20 for 20 minutes, RM60 for 1 hour)
3) Water Walking (RM15 for 10 minutes) 
4) Jet Ski ((RM90 for 20 minutes, RM220 for 1 hour)
5) Banana Boat (RM20 for 15 minutes, RM40 for 30 minutes)

Water Walking is conducted at the infinity pool. Hence, if you wish to spend some time at the pool, best to arrive earlier.

We decided to go for the ATV (All-terrain vehicle)! After purchasing our tickets by the counter, we made our way to the beach. We were lucky there there wasn't a queue as it will be pretty hot to wait for our turn under the scorching weather.


Helmets on and we picked our ATV! Even though the kiddos and I don't have a license. The staff quickly guided us on how to operate the 4-wheeler.


We bought 2 tickets for 4 of us to ride. (2 pax per vehicle). As Gladys is 10 years old, she is allowed to drive the ATV with an adult as the passenger! Its so COOL and our first to ride on the beach!


Denver took me on the ride. It was a little bumpy at first, but everyone got the hang of it after the second round!


I must say it wasn't easy to snap a photo while both vehicles were on the go. :) 

Still we managed to take some great pictures for remembrance.

Everyone had a great time and we could only wish there was more time!

General Information

- Parking is FREE (during our visit)
- No restaurant or eateries open during our visit. However, there are kiosks/stalls selling food/drinks.
- Prefer visit on weekdays as there is lesser crowd.

Swimming Pool

- For the month of September, usage of swimming pool is FREE! However, this is only for a limited time only. Check out Forest City Facebook Page for updates or enquiries.

- Registration is required at the reception counter (near Changing Room) for swimming. After registration, you will receive a voucher where you can show it to the life guard before proceeding to the pool to swim.

- Staff will check that everyone has a proper swimming attire during registration. Hence, do not attempt to jump into the pool in tshirts or shorts. Remember to bring along your swimming attire and towels.

- Swimming pool operates from 10am to 5pm.

Changing Room

There are lockers in the changing room where you can put your valuables in while you swim.

The shower room is very clean and shower cream is provide in each cubicle! All you need to do is bring your own towel and clothing to change after shower.

In the ladies changing room, hair dryer is also provided! 

Sports Activities

- Keep yourself hydrated at all times.
- Apply sun block if you are taking part in the outdoor sport activities.
- Bring along some cash with you if are planning to join the activities. This prevent trips to and fro to the locker/changing room.

FOREST CITY 森林城市
Address: Jalan Forest City 1, Forest City, Pulau Satu, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
GPS: N01.33398, E103.59174

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival @ Gardens by the Bay

Mid-Autumn Festival is a special festival for us as it is also the day that Hubby & I held our wedding customary. This year, we celebrated the festival earlier with the children at Gardens by the Bay to see the dazzling display of handcrafted lanterns and enjoy a sumptuous meal at Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant.



For the month of September, Friends of the Gardens get to enjoy Majestic Bay's Special Set Menu at S$188 nett! Valid with minimum of four people, terms and conditions apply. This is a pretty good deal and we are excited as its our first time dining by the Marina Bay waterfront. Apart from the magnificent view, the children were engross catching Pokemons while waiting for the food.  You may like to know there are 62 PokeStops and 5 PokeGyms hidden around the Gardens!

Cute Pokemons aside, delicious food always captivate our attention. Let's see whats on the Special Menu!

Delicious greens to start our meal.

Majestic Bay Trio Combo : Crispy Silver Fish, Thai Style.

Majestic Bay Trio Combo : Wasabi Black Fungus Salad. 

Majestic Bay Trio Combo : Pickled Baby Cucumber with Grapes

Double-boiled Chicken Soup with Cordyceps Flower, Huai Shan and Dried Scallops 
Sweet, fragrant and not too oily. Lots of nourishment within a bowl.

Crispy Catch of the Day, light soya sauce. 

Slow Cooked Whole Abalone with Homemade Tofu and Broccoli Flower in Truffle Oil 

Voted as our favourite dish on the menu. The tofu is exceptionally tender and tasty, compliment with the abalone topping. One serving is definitely not enough. :) 

Pineapple Fried Rice with Scallops and Pork Floss.

Sweetness within every grain and the generous topping of pork floss is popular among adult and children. Give it a good mix and I can have at least 3 bowls of rice.

Majestic Signature Kopi Crabs.

Crabs is one of our favourite seafood dish. Our girl thought it smell like popcorn when it was first served. I thought it smell like caramel, but it was Coffee!? Definitely our first time trying out Kopi Crabs. After setting the crabs on blaze, and giving it a good stir, we can finally dig in!

We licked the sticky outer layer which is sweet. The scent of coffee is not over-whelming and the crab meat is fragrant and tenderly fresh. It tasted a little like marmite crab but much better in taste. However, I still like my crabs to be a little 'wet' with more gravy or sauce. Butter with salted egg or Chilli crab is still my personal favourite. :) 


Dessert: Steamed Peach Bun with Lotus Seed Paste & Fresh Baked Walnut Cookies

Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Address: Flower Dome, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-10, S018953

Our tummies were filled with satisfaction and it is time to admire the lantern display! We made our way to the Supertree Grove and am dazzled by the beauty of the lanterns, inspired by the stories of the moon in Asian folklore.

Chang Er - The beautiful Chang Er who took the pill of immortality and floated towards the moon.  


Jade Rabbit - also known as the Moon Rabiit, was bestowed with the gift of immortality for its selflessness and generousity towards Man. Often portrayed as a companion to Chang Er.


The Eternal Woodcutter - Wu Gang, the legendary woodcutter who lives on the moon. 

The Matchmaker - Yue Lao, the God of Marriage and Love. 

The Ten Suns - Long long ago, 10 suns caused the Earth to scorch under the blazing heat. Hou Yi, shot down every sun till there was just one.

Colonnade of Lights at Supertree Grove is amazingly gorgeous. 4000 colourful lanterns in a myriad of colours and design took the stage. Some lanterns are decorated by the community. 

Catch the Cultural performances at the Supertree Grove and there are craft booths, story telling, food street and more!

Thank you Gardens by the Bay for the lovely invite and we had a good time! Mid-Autumn celebration @ Gardens by the Bay will be ending this coming Sunday. So, make your way there if you have not make plans for the coming weekend.

Mid-Autumn @ Gardens by the Bay
Date: 3 September 2016 – 18 September 2016

Giant Lantern Display
Time: 7pm – 11pm
Location: Supertree Grove

Colonnade of Lights
Time: 7pm - 11pm
Location: Supertree Grove

Craft Booths
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Location: Supertree Grove

Food Street
Time: 6pm - 1030pm
Location: Colonnade (Supertree Grove)

Storytelling
Time:
Mon to Fri, 8pm to 8.30pm
Sat & Sun, 6.45pm - 7.30pm, 8pm - 830pm

Cultural Performances
Time:
Mon to Thurs, 8pm - 845pm
Fri to Sun, 7pm - 7.45pm, 8pm - 846pm

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