Wednesday, October 22, 2014

~ Kranji Heritage Trail - Frog catching at Jurong Frog Farm ~

We hopped by Jurong Frog Farm earlier this month to visit the little amphibians. It has been a year since our last visit and the children love to see how they are doing. Once again, the we bought some feed, hoping to catch the frogs eating. Unfortunately, it seems they aren't the hungry lots and prefer to stay still to rest.

It was Children's Day weekend and we were lucky as JFF opened their "Catch the Frog" pen! All children were invited to hop in and join in a leaping fun while exploring the world of amphibians.

Putting on the gumboots that the farm has provided, the kids had a great time scooping and getting up close with their little friends.

Gladys was a little jittery at first but she overcomes her fears very soon. 

It was a slimy encounter. 

Soon the children were brave enough to grip the frogs with their bare hands. However, we do need to provide the kids a few tips while handling them.

- Be gentle to the little amphibians
- Hold the frogs with 1 or 2 hands at the waist area.
- Do not to squeeze the frogs too tightly even if they are slipping off from your grip.
- Most importantly, do not to throw or drop the frogs. Instead, gently place them back on the ground.

It was a fun, slimy and close-up encounter with the frogs and we will be sure to check the Jurong Frog Farm news page on what's croaking at the farm. ;)

Operating Hours : 
Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday : 9:00am - 5:30pm 
Tuesday to Friday : Strictly by appointment only
Monday : Closed 

Address: 51 (Plot 56), Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 718864

Monday, October 20, 2014

~ Ah Dong Teh House (阿东茶餐厅) ~

It has been more than 2 years since we dine at Tebing Lane (off Punggol East Road). Surrounded by nature and greenery, this little dining hideout has become a great spot for the residents of Sengkang and Punggol to relax and chill. We used to stroll or cycle along the Water Promenade Riverside Walk frequently before we moved. Being back here again definitely brings back a lot of good memories.

While some restaurants (e.g Popeye) remain, we spotted "newer" ones. Ah Dong Teh House (阿东茶餐厅) has been in business in the area for 2 years and gradually garnered its reputation and customer base.

Similar to other Cha Can Ting (茶餐厅) concept, Ah Dong's menu includes Western as well as Local delights. Set lunches are available and it also incorporated XO theme series of dishes which are their specialty. Prices of their main dish range from SGD $8 to $16.

Luncheon meat fried rice plus Ice milk tea for me.

Pork Chop noodles with sunny side up and vegetables for Hubby.

Fish N Cheez for Denver. Our boy often has a preference for western food.

Mac & Cheez for Gladys

Hot milo and tea for us as we savour our food.

Serving portion of the dishes is reasonable and the quality of the food is acceptable. As there isn't a crowd during our visit, we did not wait very long for our food to arrive. The longer opening hours provides diners another alternative location to head to while most of the eateries are closed. It is a nice place for families and friends to get together after a work out at the park for dinner or supper.

Ah Dong Teh House (阿东茶餐厅)
Address: 10 Tebing Lane, #01-03/04
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday (11am to 2am), Sat, Sun & PH (9am - 2am) 
*Last order at 1am

Monday, October 13, 2014

~ Kelong Fishing, Prawning and Crabbing Paradise @ Pasir Ris Town Park ~

Birthday parties need not necessary have balloons, party games or be in an air-conditioned room to be fun. Last month, Denver received a special invitation to celebrate his friend's birthday by the fishing pond at Pasir Ris Town Park. It's been awhile since the kids went prawning and they were definitely thrilled and looking forward to a different experience.

Unlike the fancy birthday parties that we have attended, this is uniquely refreshing as we were welcomed by the clear blue sky, nature and waters. Checking out the site map, the fishing arena spread over a large area providing kelong fishing, lobstering, freshwater prawning, crabbing experience for the public. There is also a mini-mart, snack bar, bistro and eatery if you wish to grab a bite or drink.

House Rules to note

I love the little details that has been installed within the fishing pond to make it so welcoming. The huts and umbrellas to shelter visitors from the sun, little green patches, flower pots and ornaments blended in nicely with the surrounding of the park.

Crabbing and Prawning spots

Despite the hot afternoon sun, Denver and his friends were seated comfortably under the sheltered hut with their rods. While prawning consumes a lot of time and patience, having a group of buddies together took away most of the boredom of waiting. The boys even started a battle to see who will have the most catches at the end of the hour. The excitement and motivation comes whenever someone catches a prawn.

While families and children indulged in prawning and crabbing, you will not miss the fishing enthusiasts with their baits and rods, spending their day by the pond.

The hosts were very thoughtful and treated the children dinner at the bistro where they had cake cutting ceremony soon after. It was a small party affair with a homely touch. The kids sat outdoor enjoying the natural breeze and full view of the fishing pond.

After dinner, they headed to the Pro-fishing pond and received professional advice on how to cast a fishing rod and bait a hook. Looks easy but it took the children a couple of tries before they finally got it!

Gladys casting her rod successfully!

It was Denver & Gladys' very first fishing experience. Although the kids did not have any luck, big smiles were on their faces. Every time their rods started to pull, their hearts and ours raced. Parents were on standby mode waiting to help to pull the rod. It was extremely FUN!

We had an awesome time fishing and prawning. Our kiddos were so immersed that we had a difficult time persuading and convincing them that it was time to leave. Special thanks to the hosts for their great hospitality. This will be one birthday party that the children won't forget.

Pasir Ris Town Park only gets prettier as the sun sets - A little paradise for those who loves to fish and enjoy some peace and tranquility.

Friday, October 10, 2014

~ Canopy Cafe @ Marina Bay Golf Course ~

We chanced upon Canopy Cafe with the recommendation from a good friend. Located on the 2nd level of Marina Bay Golf Course, the Bistro serves a variety of dishes - from Western, Japanese to Local delights. Although the seating are in the open, with no air-conditioning, we do not feel the heat. Instead, we felt inviting by the cool, breezy wind from the surrounding lush greenery.

From the cafe, you can enjoy the unblock view of the only 18-hole golf course which is open to the public.

Marina Bay Sands, Gardens by the Bay and the city landscape sets beautifully at the backdrop.

Hubby and I ordered 2 different sets from the Japanese menu. Each set comes with chawamushi, seaweed soup, salad and rice. Serving portion is reasonable and filling.

Gladys' favourite - Carbonara. Cheesy, creamy and sweet topped with bacon.

The quality and taste of the food at Canopy is acceptable and decent although nothing fancy. I like the variety available on the menu that gives us more choices to select from. What compliment the dining experience was the scenic view and fresh air. It will be a nice place to relax and chill after a long day at work.

Canopy Cafe
Address: 80 Rhu Cross, Singapore 437437
Telephone: 6342 5742 

Monday, October 6, 2014

~ 3D2N Johor Bahru Food Trail - Day 3 ~

Day 3 - Our family had a good night rest and we were ready to go home. Having our own personal transport gives us the flexibility to travel freely which made this food trail so enjoyable. Thanks to 8 Days Boutique Hotel for making our staycation so comfortable and secure.

Before heading home, we stopped by Tong Tong Cross Way Bay Hong Kong Roast Meat (糖糖尖沙咀港式臘) for lunch. The shop space looked fairly new, empty but bright.

Looking through the menu, pricing might be a little competitive. A plate of chicken rice is RM5.5 (~SGD 2). Char Siew and Roasted Pork Rice is RM7 (~SGD 3)

We ordered a platter of mixed Char siew, Roasted pork and Duck meat to share. Overall opinion was the meat was tender, sweet and juicy. Skin of the roasted pork was crispy but we felt it could be crispier. 

One thing to take note is Tong Tong's chilli sauce - which is SUPER HOT! Considering our boy who can take spice pretty well, regretted pouring the chilli over his plate of rice after taking his first bite. It was too overwhelming for him and the next course of action was to gobble down lots of water to flame off the effect. A Yeah for those who can take spice but caution for those who can't.

Roast chicken - a little too oily in my opinion and I will appreciate if there were more serving of cucumbers. Nevertheless, the chicken meat is moist, tender and nicely sliced that is not too thick to chew or too dry and stiff to taste.   

While we felt the price is a little high considering dining in JB, it was a decent meal for all to share and the food tasted alright. If you like to try some roasted meat all under one roof, you may want to give this a try.

Name: Tong Tong Cross Way Bay Hong Kong Roast Meat (糖糖尖沙咀港式)
Location: 125, Jalan Keris Satu, Taman Sri Tebrau, Johor Bahru
GPS: 1.488275, 103.767457

Our final stop - KSL City Mall. Our kiddos had their last minute of fun and indulgence before we end our 3D2N Food Trail journey. If you have missed out where we have been, here's a quick recap.

Day 1: Taman Pelangi, KSL City Mall, Permas Jaya, Senibong Malay Village

Day 2: Permas Jaya, Taman Bukit Kempas, Sutera Mall, TUTA Pasar Malam

Saturday, October 4, 2014

~ 3D2N Johor Bahru Food Trail - Day 2 (Part 3) ~

Our main purpose of this road trip was to explore the other pasar malam (night market) in different parts of Johor Bahru. Every day, certain areas will be cordoned off and mobile food stalls are set up. 

This time, we drove down to hunt for the food at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Pasar Malam (皇后花园夜市). Located within the heart of Skudai, it opens every Saturday, starting from 5pm to about 10pm.

Since we were unfamiliar with the area, we set off early hoping to find a parking lot. Parking was indeed a challenge as most of the lots along the road were occupied. We made a few turns and rounds before settling in an open carpark space near Restoran 777. Safety was a concern as it looked pretty secluded. We found a parking space at the very back of the car park and no valuable items were left in the car. Although it will be cooler and easier to explore the night market in the evening, Hubby and I decided that we will leave before the night falls.  

4:30pm - Since we arrived early, most of the mobile vendors were still in the midst of setting up. It was an extremely hot afternoon and walking along the cordoned road is a "suicidal" act. We hid underneath the shop houses for shelter and waited. If you wish to venture the pasar malam around 5pm, it is advisable to wear light clothing and a cap. Carry a small umbrella will be helpful if there isn't a crowd. 

5:15pm -  Finally, it's time to head out! We tried to keep to the side and walk underneath the mobile vendor's shelter. You can imagine it is even a tougher job for them since they are continuously exposed to the heat from the sun and their stove!

Hubby was delighted to spot the stall selling roasted duck and meat fairly quickly. Unfortunately, that seems to be the one and only we managed to find in TUTA pasar malam. 

Roasted pork is Gladys' favourite and we bought a packet to share and munch along the way.

Glad to see Jia Jia Soya Milk (佳佳冰档) here! We love their soya milk and smooth bean curb when we first tasted them at the Pasar Malam in KSL. It is still as good as ever!

Didn't really fancy the taste of this bun due to the unique taste of the filling. Nevertheless, thought it was pretty interesting.

Popiah for RM1.70. 

The taste is not bad. 

Keeping ourselves hydrated is very important. How about some Dragonfruit juice?

Yummy food on sticks. Just take your pick.
How about gigantic buns?

After walking around the pasar malam, The carrot cake fried by this couple looked most tempting. We ordered 2 packets to take away.  

Even my favourite Chee Cheong Fun can be found here. Auntie was very friendly and packed it nicely for us to bring back to our hotel. 

Every pasar malam seems to have mobile vendor selling sugar cane drinks. Just looking at the pile of sugar cane determines how well the business was. :)

Assorted colourful kueh on display.

Sweet and chewy Muah Chee that melts in Gladys' mouth.

Before leaving TUTA, we had a bowl of Penang Laksa. It's a little too sour and the flavour is too blend compared to the one we had at KSL. 

After a bowl of hot Laksa, it was refreshing and cooling to enjoy a bowl of Cendol. It will be more enjoyable if there was lesser kidney beans within.

In order to ensure we did not miss out any yummy food, we walked around the TUTA pasar malam twice. Here's what we captured along the way. :)

It took us about 1.5 hours to complete the walk through TUTA. If you want to try out the food, remember to keep your tummy empty. For more photos, do visit our BPDGTravels Facebook Album containing a collection of our 3D2N JB Food Trail.

 Name: Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Pasar Malam (皇后花园夜市)
Location: Jalan Perkasa, Taman Ungku Tun Aminah (Estimated Address) 
GPS: 1.509512, 103.650083
(Opens every Saturday, 5pm - 10pm)


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