Fancy Luxurious BKK Hotel Under $100 – The Salil Hotel Sukhumvit 57

Date of Travel: July 2017

So we planned another trip to BKK (rather last-minute, I have to admit) because we needed to get new suits for J – that was actually the main purpose of the trip, so you can imagine how much shopping time I sacrificed.

If anyone is interested, we got them done at Jesse & Sons – they were slightly pricey, but undeniably good. My time waiting at the couch was also made more bearable with free coffee/whiskey – brownie points.

Because I wasn’t going to get much shopping time, I had the full say on our accommodation choice (that’s a lie, I was always going to do the research anyway), so I searched till I found a good pretty one at a reasonable okay price.

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Here’s more about it!

 

LOCATION

One of our concerns – since we wanted to be relatively close to the tailors. Also, we did not have any intention of going into town area like Siam or even Platinum, and preferred to do some cafe-hopping this trip.

The Salil Hotel was conveniently situated at Thonglor, walking distance from the Metro Station. If you are up for a short walk, you can even walk 1.4km to Emporium Shopping Complex and shorter to J Avenue. There were tons of cafes in the area, either walking distance, or super cheap Grab ride away.

At the entrance of the street there’s a minimart (for your late night snacks!) and just below the hotel itself  there are several street vendors selling really good food. We actually bought from them a few times (delicious Tom Yum) and brought it up to the room to eat in comfort.

Overall, super happy with the location and convenience of the place!

ROOM

Not gonna lie, the pictures on hotels.com of the rooms were the main reason I booked this hotel. I’m shallow like that.

I even got the slightly better room (Deluxe Suite) because of the pictures, and man… it was worth it.

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Imagine the number of photos J had to take hehehe

The room was very spacious and extremely well designed (in fact, the whole hotel was very pretty). It had everything I wanted – a nice comfortable robe, bathtub which you could watch the TV from (since you could look into the room while soaking in hot water), a lounging area…

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TV while Soaking = awesome

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Plushy lounge corner

I was further impressed with the microwave and availability of bowls, plates and utensils. This made our meals awesome since we could reheat them and place them in proper bowls and plates.

They also gave complimentary snacks and coffee/tea –  mmm!

SERVICE

The only con I would say was the pushiness of the staff. When we were trying to book a transport to our tailor, the hotel staff kept insisting on bringing us to a different tailor (which I am sure they work with to get commission). Despite us saying that we already know our tailor and would just like to go there, they spent a good 15 minutes telling us how their contact was the best, everyone went there, would definitely be better and cheaper etc.

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When they relented and got us a car to go to the tailor (despite us wanting a metered taxi), even the driver tried to convince us to go to their tailor instead. We were half afraid he would drive there anyway!

From then on, we booked our transport with Grab. (Grab, you are amazinggggggg) We also did not want to have further interactions with the counter staff from then on!

Meh.

HOTEL

Despite the ugly-ish service at the start, the rest of our stay was ok, and the beautiful hotel made up for it. Stepping in, we were really wow-ed by the décor – not gaudy at all! On the last day, we even found some time to have a quick coffee at the Hotel Café. Pretty right?

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The Lobby

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Their Secret Garden-style Cafe.

They also had a nice pool and little gym which was nicely maintained! It was a chill place to be at.

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I didn’t go there just for pictures – I swam too! #JustSaying

PRICE

The most important question – how much did it cost? Under $100!! Yes, even for the deluxe suite. WHUTTTTT. All that luxury sure does not look like it would cost below $100. In fact, it was about SGD $96/night – not bad right?

Even though I’m sure you can get pretty accommodation in BKK for a much lower price, but this level of comfort (plus the hotel is quite new, I believe) for below $100 is worth it.

Tip: When my friends tried to search it up, it cost them about $120 – so I guess if you want it below $100, you’ll need to book in advance.

CONCLUSION

The Salil Hotel had everything you could want – in style! I’m a sucker for instagrammable places and this hotel really hit the right notes with its design and colours. For the location, comfort, price and pictures, it’s definitely worth a stay. So spread the word and share with your travel kakis!

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xoxo

CulinaryOn: Your Next Couple Bonding / Team Bonding Activity in SG!

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Forget testing your relationship with another Ikea Project – CulinaryOn’s Cooking Academy is the next date idea which will teach you both life skills AND teamwork skills. Lucky for me, (and unlucky for J) we got to experience an awesome session with the CulinaryOn team learning how to cook various fancy dishes with cheese!

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Ever since moving in together, I’ve taken cooking more seriously. After all, it is a way of making sure my man is well-fed, content and still healthy (omg, i feel so domesticated now). That means lesser nights of one-pot pasta with sausages as the main ingredient and more attempts at 三菜一汤 (3 veg 1 soup). Once in a while the rice ends up undercooked and crunchy and the sambal veggies a tad too salty, but overall it’s been a great experience. So when we had the opportunity to attend a class at CulinaryOn, I did not hesitate at all! Experimenting at home in the kitchen is one thing, but learning technical skills from experienced chefs (not just YouTube chefs) is definitely not to be missed! Here’s why you should definitely check it out:

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Maybe I should get some cute aprons for my home…yes?

 

Facilities

CulinaryOn prides itself on the whole experience, including the environment and equipment. I was super impressed with all the equipment they had! Each “station” had an induction stove, drawers with all the tools we needed as well as a legit mixer. As each station had only 4 people, all of us had plenty of opportunities to be hands-on and complete the tasks while still having fun.

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My station!!

The spacious studio also had a central area with large stoves, ovens and basins to wash your hands clean! The place was comfortable and well air-conditioned (so it never got too hot) – perfect for classes and corporate events. Thumbs up to not sweating in front of your date!!

 

Chefs & Crew

Chef Carmen (the main chef) was awesome! She was funny, engaging and super thorough. Even though there are a few stations working at the same time, she and her team constantly came around to check (if our risotto was cooking well) and explain to us more about the techniques.

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Pretty Chef Carmen 😀

The staff were super efficient at helping us clear away used bowls, ensuring that our tables were clean and safe at all times. They also encouraged us to mingle and engage with each other, resulting in a really fun workshop.

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Our Risotto in progress

 

Learning Experience

What I loved the most was how much I learnt during the workshop. We made Risotto from scratch, which became Sicilian Arancini (we rolled the risotto into balls what were deep fried – YUM), Pizza Quattro Formaggi (pizza topped with 4 cheeses) and Chocolate Cake with Mango & Ricotta!

These are things that I would not attempt at home, just because of how difficult it sounds (and how long it takes haha). But I was amazed at how we managed to cook risotto and even make pizza dough from scratch! At the same time, it was not too technical or stressful – the team made our lives simpler by providing us ingredients which are already measured out and did the heavy-duty steps like deep-frying and baking the pizza in the oven.

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Our Arancini balls ready to be fried

 

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Haha guess which pizza is mine and which is J’s

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Am i Cheese-Bae yet?

By the end of the class, we were all hungry af, and couldn’t wait to dig in into our creations! Trust me, the food tastes so much better because of the hard work we put in. Just look at the finished products!

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Sicilian Arancini

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Pizza Quattro Formaggio

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Chocolate Cake with Mango & Ricotta!

 

Conclusion: 4 words – Check it out today!

At the end of the day, it was a super meaningful experience for both J and I to work together and learn together. Even though he made an ugly pizza, I was really proud of him for being willing to learn and try new things. lol! Through this experience, he also acknowledged my hard work in cooking dinner for him (awwwwww).

For couples looking for a meaningful date activity, or colleagues looking for a fun team bonding timethis is definitely the place to visit. Your stomachs will also surely not be disappointed!

P.S. You also get certificates after 😀

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#achievementunlocked

Check out their classes and book here 

 

Hope you enjoyed this post, spread the love and share please!! 😀

XOXO

 

Edge, Pan Pacific Dinner Buffet Review – Must-Go!

Date Visited: May 2017

Buffet: Hooked@Edge Dinner Buffet (Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Mother’s Day was around the corner and celebrations always meant buffets for my family (that’s why my diet plans never worked out). Since it was the choice of my mom, that meant that the buffet needed a good range of Asian food (we always know someone who goes to hotel buffets and only eat stuff like laksa, chicken rice etc right – that’s my mom)

This time, Edge @ Pan Pacific was chosen and it BLEW MY MIND, and my diet too ya.

Here’s my review & items you absolutely must try in this buffet!

VARIETY

Variety was UHMAYZING, ok? Usually buffets tend to be strong in a certain cuisine (eg. Asian) and so-so in the others, or overall not bad, but very few options of each cuisine. Edge was crazy good.

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Satay

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“Flying” Soba

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Crab Briyani? YAS.

Western, Italian, Local, Asian, Japanese … all there. And except for one or two dishes (the paella looked very watery and soggy), everything was ON POINT and worth them calories.

Seafood

The selection of seafood is supposed to be one of the main highlights of this buffet, and for someone who don’t usually enjoy cold seafood, I ate SO MUCH of them. That was how good it was.

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The Alaskan King Crab was easily the star of my night – the meat is so naturally sweet that I couldn’t stop eating. They refilled it really fast too – bonus points!

They had a whole selection of seafood – clams, oysters (freshly shucked), crayfish, flower crab – I’m loss for words at how good they were!

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Shucking Oysters in front of you!

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Just a small section of this area..

This section alone made my night worth it – if you enjoy seafood, this is definitely the place to be. Enjoy more of that Alaskan King Crab!

Local Delights

Another favourite of mine were the elevated local delights available, such as Nyonya King Prawn Laksa and Crab dishes,

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Salted Egg Yolk Crab

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Manadatory Chilli Crab (with mantou too!)

Service

Service was good, for a place that was fully packed. It was never too difficult to get the attention of a waiter, and they would frequently come by to clear our plates. No piling of plates in the middle necessary.

Live Stations

They had many live stations, with chefs to prepare you the dish right in front of you – from laksa, to grill, to pasta and sashimi, of course! Personally, I love live stations – they add a personal touch to my meal, instead of paying a pretty sum to have all the food mass produced and left out there for me to pick through.

Note: Squid Ink Pasta – must try!

Desserts

This is also another important factor for me – I’ve got a sweet tooth. So if the dessert section sucks, it’s a no for me. (another reason why my diet fails)

The dessert section at the Edge was good, with local desserts (Kueh Lapis, Kuehs) to cakes and chilled desserts (Creme Brûlée, mousse..).

They also had a fondue station, and a waffle live station with ice cream. Not bad indeed. I even spied some durian dessert (which I regrettably did not try, as J was looking green when I suggested it).

 

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Strudel

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Rainbow Kueh Lapis

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Assorted Cakes

 

Cost

Not going to lie, it was a hefty cost at $88++ per pax, which was over $100 after GST. However, that being said, the price was comparable to quite a few other buffets out there, and the spread was immensely better.

Was it expensive? Yes.

Was it worth it? Hell Yes.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a buffet to wow someone, or eat to your heart’s content, this is definitely it. One tip: walk through the whole buffet before you start grabbing food, so you can prioritise. There is simply not enough stomach space to be random here haha!

Please don’t miss out those Alaskan King Crabs – it’ll be your biggest regret.


XOXO,

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Hotels.com discounts, cashback and travel deals galore at ShopBack!

Ever since I’ve gotten a place of my own, money has been flowing out like water on renovation, appliances, furniture and cute things I probably don’t need but may look amazing in the house. Sounds familiar? Lol! This is probably why I’ve been trying my hardest to find cheaper alternatives, and save more.

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This means going to the wet market for groceries, comparing prices before I buy things and asking “Do I REALLY need that?”. Omg, adulting is TOUGH.

So anyway, recently I’ve tried out and learnt the joys of Shopback. Even though I’ve heard about it from way back, I never got around to trying it out because I thought it would be too complicated. But now that I have – there’s no turning back! Let me tell you more.

How it works

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Landing Page

Basically, Shopback gives you cashback when you shop THROUGH them. So all you have to do is to head over to their website, find the merchant you want to buy from and click on it. You will be redirected to the merchant’s website and when you make your purchase, you will get cashback!

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Practically me – every part of the month

Travelholics – REJOICE!

If you are a travel-holic (on a budget) like me, this is definitely one platform to get familiar with. I usually book my hotels from Hotels.com to get the rewards and better prices. This time, I tried using Shopback too!

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This means, in addition to my rewards on Hotels.com, Shopback gives me 6% cashback! And sometimes there is even Hotels.com promo codes for me to use. Free discount why not take right?

Did it work? Yes it did!

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I did it! Yessss

After I made my booking (one night’s stay in Bali), it took a few days before the pending cashback showed up! It’ll only be redeemable after you complete your travels.

Not bad right? They also have attractive cashback for popular travel sites like Booking.com, Expedia, Jetstar and more.In addition to that, they have cashback promos every now and then here, with special increased cashback rates for a certain period of time! So make sure to look out for those.

Click here for the latest travel deals.

Shopaholic? That’s cool too!

If you look at the screenshot above again, you’d realized I decided to shop too. Since I was looking for a birthday present for a girlfriend, I decided to use Shopback too. 5% cashback – why not (:

They have cool cashback deals for Lazada, Asos and Shopee, and if buying your groceries online are your thing, they have cashback for Honestbee too!

Conclusion

Now that I’ve used it, I must admit it’s pretty idiot-proof and simple. If clicking a couple more times will save me 5%, I’d do it – wouldn’t you? Try it for yourself and tell me which are your favourite merchants on Shopback!!

d’Good’s NEW Darn Good Durian & Coconut Skillet Pancakes (Must-Try)

Date visited: March 2017

 Durian lovers, stop whatever you are doing and appreciate this for a moment.

 

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Durian & Coconut deutsch skillet pancakes

That’s right, d’Good Café has launched new menu items and one of it is this glorious Durian & Coconut Skillet Pancake ($13). Generous amount of D24 pure durian flesh (legit, guys!) with creamy vanilla ice cream and housemade coconut sables (crunchy bites) topped with palm sugar syrup.

MMMMMM

The hot skillet pancake goes extremely well with the creamy durian flesh and cold ice cream – together they are super creamy but light, with textures from the pancake and the sables.

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Don’t miss this!

 Conclusion: Must-Try. Even J, who doesn’t like durian grudgingly said it was not bad 😀 Score!

Other new items to check out:

 

Bonito Benedict ($14)

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If you are bored of the usual Eggs Benny and Eggs Benny Royale, here’s a new item for you to try. It’s Japanese inspired and reminds me of Takoyaki Balls!

There’s loads of bonito flakes, Japanese mayo, Worcestershire sauce and sesame dressing – super addictive.

Clams with Seaweed & Caviar ($16)

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Definitely going back for more of this!

Another of my FAVES! The clams are delicious and savoury, and the pasta tastes super light and addictive. The toppings of seaweed and caviar give it the yummy umami taste. I couldn’t stop eating this dish!

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If you are not into seafood, there’s also a new Kimchi & Shabu Shabu pasta ($16) available too! *Kimchi & Shabu Shabu pasta only at Holland V. outlet.

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Kimchi & Shabu Shabu Pasta 

Baked Escargots in Shells ($13)

*Only at Taka outlet

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Six extra-large escargots from France served with garlic butter and fresh herbs – the seasoning is really delish, remember to eat them with the garlic toast as well!

So many delicious items to try, so little time – head over to d’Good today to check their new menu out! Don’t forget to try their specialty teas and cold brew too! I had this Cold Brew infused with Lavender Earl Grey, and it was great!

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Creamyyyyy 

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Club Room Stay at Oasia Novena – Worth It? Read and decide!

Date of stay: March 2017

Since it was J’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with a luxurious-ish pampering staycay, to get his mind off work and away from all the crazy house reno, wedding, planning stuff.

I decided then on Oasia Novena because it looked peaceful and quite luxurious, and had a good location (near food, yay!) without an exorbitant price tag. At the very last minute, I decided to get the Club Room (for the first time) for extra pampering.

With the club room, we were to have Club Lounge access – a private lounge and pool area with refreshments and snacks, as well as a nice room with a bathtub!

Did we enjoy the staycay? Yes.

Was it worth it? Hmm.

Let me share more and you can decide on your own.

 ROOM

The room was slightly on the small side at 25sq-meter. No complaints there though, as it looked really good and was comfortable, just a little less walking space than we expected.

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Pretty much the view of the room from the entrance (toilet to my right, TV and table in front of the bed)

Although there were some reviews of people not getting a bathtub, I’m glad we got a room with one!

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Yay!

Club Room Perk: Complimentary in-room selection of healthy beverages.

This was actually 2 packets of coconut water, 2 sparkling water and 2 bottles of normal mineral water in fridge. Really? We were hoping for a little minibar or even free chips, but I guess that’s not counted as healthy at all. Haha.

Other Club Room Perks: Cable TV Channels (yes, loads of Harry Potter movies to keep us entertained), Nespresso coffee, premium bath amenities… so this was alright, and while really nice, nothing much to be wowed over as well.

CLUB LOUNGE

This was actually the only reason why I would consider getting a Club Rooms again. The club lounge is on the 22nd floor with indoor seating and an outdoor pool area with more seating options.

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Even coffee and chips can look instagrammable!

I loved that we could chill there with unlimited coffee/tea and some snacks (peanuts, tapioca chips..). It made me wonder if this was what I had been missing out all my life. Lol. Okay, but seriously, it was quite good. The staff there are attentive, and don’t judge when you pig out on a bowl of chips. Plus the coffee they make is quite good.

 

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Mini burgers

They also had cocktail hours from 6pm – 8pm where you can get free flow cocktails, red and white wine along with some light bites.

 

YASS.

The light bites were even quite fancy, and we had that for dinner (not really because we were cheap, but because of such a late check-in, more on that later!).

The other thing I really loved was the pool area – a pool and heated Jacuzzi without the massive crowd. Yes.

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Jacuzzi View

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The cold pool

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Of course I had to take some pictures… lol

Because of the cold weather (it was pouring), we stayed mostly in the heated Jacuzzi, which was heavenly, and amazing at night! Love love love.

 

 

SO WHAT’S MEH ABOUT IT?

Okay, so on the website it stated that a Club Room perk was “priority check-in”. In my mind, that’s pretty awesome itself, because what better way to start a relaxing staycay than to skip the long queues of people checking in and out and having a expedited check-in?

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Screenshot from their website

When we arrived, we asked around for the priority check-in, only to be told that it doesn’t exist anymore. Whut. 

We were ushered to join in the queue and I was a little annoyed. When it finally got to our turn, I asked again about the priority check-in and the concierge said as well “Oh, we don’t have that anymore. That recently changed.”

While she was saying that (I kid you not, WHILE she was saying that), there was an Ipad displayed right next to me encouraging guests to upgrade to a Club Room with one of the perks being “priority check-in”. Okay.

To this date, it’s still featured on the website as a benefit of getting a club room. Now looking back, it’s probably not THAT big of a deal, but it was rather disappointing to have the expectation of a fuss-free priority check-in but being told to join the crowd.

*Another perk of Club Room – guaranteed either early check-in or late check-out. (Being Singaporean, I requested for both, lol)

But the thing that happened was that our room wasn’t ready, and would only be ready at 5pm. It was around 2.30pm at that point of time, so that meant at least 2 hours of waiting.

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However, they agreed to let us have a late checkout at 5pm the next day, and we could wait it out in the club lounge with coffee and snacks. Pros and cons, I guess? There were also quite a few guests waiting impatiently there, and occasionally going to check with the staff whether their room was ready. Again not a big deal,, but a rather disappointing start.

PRICE

So was it worth it? I guess it boils down to the price.

The Club Room on Hotels.com (which I do almost all my bookings on) was originally $340, but had a discount at that time of booking to about $280. I’m not sure about you, but that’s on the higher side for us, as we don’t usually spend that much on a staycation.

CONCLUSION

I am still quite undecided if it was worth it, to be honest. Spending that much (for me), I was expecting the weekend to be a little smoother, from a priority fuss-free check-in (that was promised) to a comfortable-slightly luxurious stay.

So it started off shaky with the definitely-not priority check-in, super late delay, but it got slightly smoothened by the late check-out and club lounge perks. So I guess it’s like GPA – once your first semester kind of screws up, even though your subsequent semesters’ GPAs are good, you probably won’t get a stellar cGPA at the end.

Maybe I’ll just stick to normal rooms from now?

 

What do you think? Was it worth it or not?

 

 

 

Bali’s Most Instagrammable Villa – Cloud Nine Estate

Cloud Nine Estate: Jalan Rsi Markandya 2. Banjar Sebali. Desa Keliki.

Date of Visit: February 2017

Guys, this is definitely NOT a sponsored post in any way, but I just had to share this gorgeous villa with everyone (though a little reluctantly, because I’m definitely looking forward to going back there, and I don’t want them to be fully booked or have their prices increase haha).

Since we travelled there in February for a pre-wedding photoshoot, we were looking for somewhere a little more luxurious (but still affordable) to stay at, so as to complete the whole happy experience. My good friend recommended Cloud Nine Estate long ago, but it was slightly out of budget so I never got around to treating myself.

Until this trip.

Let me tell you, it was so worth it.

It’s literally a little piece of heaven in a quiet corner of Ubud! Every corner was gorgeous and so carefully put together. Most importantly, it was so instagrammable.

The villas are exquisitely crafted with designer pieces, which are, at the same time environmentally conscious. Okay, let me stop gushing about it and show you some pictures.

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The Villa Compound

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My favourite spot to lie and look out into nature

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Even the sofa looks like this!

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LOCATION

It is nestled inside a quiet village of Ubud, about 25-30 minutes away from Central Ubud. You can either contact them to arrange the transport for you, or get a driver to take you there!

Be sure to keep your eyes wide open when you are nearing the villa, there will be a small sign at the side of the road with “Cloud Nine Estate”. Then you have to get off and walk down the steps to the villa. I love that it’s so tucked away from everything else!

Tip: It is quite a distance away from any convenience stall, so if you love snacking, stock up on snacks before you head there!

THE VILLA

They have 3 villas for you to choose from – Star Cloud Villa, Lotus Cloud Villa and another villa which is made of 3 suites (Anjali Suite, Tara Suite and Dewi Suite) which can be booked separately or together.

I stayed in Lotus Cloud Villa, which I absolutely adored. Every nook and cranny was like a dream come true! Even the cutlery were instagrammable, heh!

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Spent the afternoon on this swing bed!

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Instagrammable Bed

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See what I mean? haha!

Even though they had a shared pool (I usually prefer villas with private pools), but since there were only 3 villas in total, there were no issues at all. I went down at least twice, and had the whole pool to myself – I could even nap and float on my unicorn! Oh, and take loads of pictures.

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Unicorn!

FOOD

Yes, the most important for all Singaporeans – how about food?

Firstly, breakfast and tea are provided free of charge. And not just any breakfast or tea – beautiful breakfast and tea.

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Tea time 😀

You get to choose from a menu for breakfast daily (they come by to take your orders in the evening) and there are options like Eggs Benedict, Pancakes and local delights. You can also have coffee/tea AND juice.

They also provide coffee, tea and daily fruits in the villa for you!

For all other meals, they provide you with a variety of different menus that you can choose – Italian, western, local. They will take your order and it will be delivered to you in one hour! In my opinion, the prices were good, and the food was delicious. Just don’t be stupid like us and order ice-cream. What were we thinking, seriously?

WHAT TO DO

I was a little worried that we wouldn’t have anything to do (with me being hyperactive) but once I got there, I did NOT want to do anything.

I lounged around outside, inside, on the sofa, on the bed, by the pool….

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They have a ukelele and yoga mat for you to use..

You can opt for tours (which they will help you arrange), or private yoga classes at the villa itself. You can also go for a long walk in the gorgeous nature. We tried going for a short walk around the area and saw pretty rice terraces, but nothing much.

Another awesome thing you should do is get a massage. Just 5 minutes away from the villa, there are 2 well-known (apparently Ubud’s #1 and #2) spas. We went to Ubud Traditional Spa which was #2 and known for its technique.

It cost about 195,000 IDR for an hour, and although it was a great great experience, I still prefer my go-to spa for Ubud – Jaen Spa.

SERVICE

The service at Cloud Nine Estate was unbelievable – the owners stopped by to check if everything was going well and the staff were extremely conscientious.

They would stop by daily to clean the villa, and another time nearing the evening to do a “turn down” . Anytime we called for assistance or enquiries, they would immediately come over to the villa to talk or help. I felt extremely pampered!

PRICE

So what’s the damage? Prices for the Lotus Cloud Villa starts from SGD$227 per night! Yes, it’s pricier that what I would normally spend on accommodations – but it’s totally worth it.

In fact, I regretted only booking 2 nights there. Most of their customers usually book for a week – and I can totally see why! I’d love to spend a week unwinding in the midst of nature in this peaceful, zen and beautiful villa. #totalgoals

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My dream house for real

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Peace out

Go ahead and book it for your next holiday, you’re welcome!

Watch the vibes here:

 

Farm To Table (Tanjong Pagar Centre) – Fresh Produce at Damn Good Prices!

Did you know that Tanjong Pagar has a new shopping mall right at the MRT called Tanjong Pagar Centre?

There are quite a few cool F&B places there (plus retail too!) like Cocorica Plus, Food Anatomy, Japan Rail Café and Seattle Pike Chowder– perfect for people who work in the CBD area looking for lunch options!

However, what really impressed me the most was this marketplace called Farm To Table – a place specialising in fresh Australian produce, which are air-flown to Singapore.

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Love the vibes!

When I think about quality Australian meat and fruits, I normally associate it with a hefty price tag. I mean, quality is very important, but cannot be pay $20 for premium apples right? Even if my stomach feel shiok, my pocket will cry.

WRONG!

To be frank, what drew me into the store was this sign.

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Really???

Like any bargain-hunting auntie, my bargain-radar was alerted quickly and I automatically went in to join the fray. Oh my, juicy BIG red strawberries and delicious blueberries at only $10 for 3 boxes? Yes please.

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These babies are clearly on another level than what I’m used to.

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Look!!

Other than strawberries, they have many types of produce – both organic and non-organic. Whether you are looking for quality Angus beef or wood-roasted salmon, they have it all!

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Omg. Meat.

In addition to those, they also have specialty produce like these gorgeous Australian Mangoes and Rock Melons, as well as a wide variety of vegetables (even Kale!) and herbs to choose from.

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These look unbelievably good!

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Literally your dream pantry!

I also noticed that they have set up a little corner with samples for customers to try new produce daily- what a great idea!

This place is definitely an absolute gem in my opinion – with really affordable fresh produce (especially with the promotions) that are of great quality. Share it with your friends and family, don’t forget to stop by and indulge in some strawberries!

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XOXO

Yogurtland from USA is here in Singapore! (Must-Try)

Date visited: December 2016

Address: Suntec City Mall #B1-165/166  (Near the fountain of wealth)

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As much as I love a good scoop of homemade ice-cream, frozen yogurt is my go-to treat on a hot day! Light, tart, refreshing and low-fat, what’s there not to like?

In fact, during my one year stay in North Carolina, fro-yo was one of the popular hang-out places for my friends and I. I loved the HUGE fro-yo stores with rows and rows of different flavours that we could mix and match however we liked. There would also be a toppings bar with everything from granola, nuts to sweets and chocolate. In fact, after I came back to Singapore, I often lamented that there was nothing quite like that experience here, since most fro-yo stores serve the yogurt in fixed cup sizes and charge per topping.

So as you can tell, I was pretty excited to be invited to Yogurtland’s opening in Suntec!

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Me with my masterpiece!!

Yogurtland is literally your dream fro-yo shop – they have over 200 unique and customized flavours which they rotate, serving 8 flavours in the shop at any one time. The yogurt base is imported right from California (where they use fresh and pure California milk without antibiotics or added hormones), and they have some really unique flavours sourced from all over the world.

We got to try flavours like Belgian Chocolate (made from delicious chocolates from Belgium), Sumatra Coffee, Dragon Passion Tart and Kiwi Raspberry Sorbet. My personal favourite was the Belgian Chocolate and Original Tart!

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We had to try all 8! 😀

Less yogurt, more toppings? Up to you!

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Toppings GALORE

If you feel like having 10 toppings on your fro-yo, go ahead! They don’t charge by topping, so you can literally put whatever you want on it. #notjudging

Lactose Intolerant? Fussy eater?

Everyone has something here – there are sorbet options for those who are lactose-intolerant, and gluten-free options too.

Affordable!

Having these treats wouldn’t burn a hole in your pocket either – they charge by weight and it’s only $3 per 100g! That’s really super reasonable – and a great incentive to indulge.

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What are you waiting for? Hurry head down to check it out and get yourself a large cup of fro-yo! #dontsaybojio

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Bali Sights Part 2 – Hidden Gems You Have To Visit!

Date of Travel: November 2016

It’s been awhile since Part 1, which I wrote about the touristy sights in Bali (Ubud) which I was definitely not impressed with – too much crowd, too high expectations. So I’ve finally gotten around to writing about Part 2 (amidst my crazy renovation planning and ROM shebangs) – the two hidden gems YOU HAVE TO VISIT!

  • Melasti Cliff (Ungasan Cliff)
  • Green Bowl Beach

#1. Melasti Cliff / Ungasan Cliff

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What a breath-taking sight!

After getting super disappointed the day before with all the touristy touch-and-go sights, we spent the night doing some thorough research and digging before we found this spot – and everything seemed too good to be true!

I mean, hidden cliff…gorgeous blue waters… and no one to disrupt your me-time? That’s just too amazing! 

Getting There. This was the only hard part as it was not well-known amongst the drivers. We had to use our google map to navigate the driver – thankfully he was super willing to take the adventure with us!

(We used Mano +62 856 3778 685, who charged us 550,000 IDR for the day and drop-off at airport! Amazing guy, let him know you got the contact from Jeremy!)

Costs: No entrance fees! Nada. nothing! 

It was amazing! Once you arrive there, you will see the cliff overlooking the gorgeous gorgeous blue waters below, and the winding roads on the right.

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Tier 1 of the Cliff view!

If you are feeling more adventurous, there will be a flight of steps which you can climb up to a clearing!

It’s definitely manageable, so don’t worry about the climb! Once you get to the top, you’ll have to go through some shrubs (and rocks) to get out to the clearing. THEN, you’ll have arrived to the top of the cliff.

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Legs dangling over the edge – I was just a tiny little bit scared too haha!

The view here is UH-MAY-ZING. Better than anything you’ve seen.. and the best part? You’ve got it all to yourself. 

On the far right is the Banyan Tree Ungasan Hotel – if you are feeling atas go ahead and drop by there for a meal or stay! If you have extra time, head down to the beaches too, you definitely won’t regret it.

#2. Green Bowl Beach

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From what I’ve heard, this beach used to be a private beach to a resort. But after a natural disaster hit, the resort was never restored and the beach became accessible to the public.

Getting There. Definitely use Google Maps too! You will need a driver, as it’s hard to get there on your own.

Costs: Small entrance fee (5,000 – 15,000 IDR)

*Climbing down: When you arrive, you will need to climb down a long flight of steps (about 300 steps!!) so it will take some effort. I strongly recommend you to get some drinks or ice cream from the shop at the top before you start, and just enjoy the climb down. The climb back up will be more painful, fyi haha!

Tips: The only thing I didn’t like about the beach was the peddlers who WILL harass you. At the top, some old ladies will try to convince you for massages (say no! I’ve read that they are a rip-off) and on the beach itself, quite a few vendors will stalk you and harass you, to the point of not leaving until you buy. Be very firm, don’t give in, and make sure someone stays with your belongings, or if there are any others around, you can politely ask them to help keep a lookout!

Bring beach towels, water and snacks, or you might have to buy some (at a higher price) from the ladies!

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So worth it

Other than that, this place is phenomenal. There are small caves for you to sit under and relax in the shade. The waters are clear and refreshing, and the beach is clean!

What more could you ask for?

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Heading to Bali soon? Don’t forget to check out these places, I hope you’ll love them as much as I did!

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XOXO