Garden by the bay

Published April 27, 2013 by rainbow28

A day before my birthday, hubby initially planned to go Pulau Ubin but due to rain, we ended up at Garden by the bay with one of my nieces.  It was really a beautiful place where we keep snapping photos.  Using both camera and iphone. 

No words can describe the beauty, except photos.  Even hubby focus on the flowers more when taking photo for us.

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Sharing the photos I took that day.  Hope you guys like them as much as I love them.  🙂

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Strawberry and it’s smooth and glossy looking.

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The flowers I love the most but not sure what is the name.  keke….

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A very beautiful and romantic mini garden to take photos at.

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A mini waterfall.  A bigger one at the entrance of Cloud forest but it’s not well taken so I won’t be uploading.

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Adorable cactus.

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It only cost S$20 for 2 convervatories.  We only went to Flower Dome and Cloud forest.  For Safra, Passion card, NTUC Plus members, you get to enjoy 10% off.

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Resort Holiday – Bintan Nirwana

Published April 12, 2013 by rainbow28

Since hubby is taking a week leave, we might as well fully utilise it. We booked a night stay @ Bintan Nirwana. And how much I wanted to tell you, I regretted it!! Regret for not staying longer!! It was a fun stay there although there is a small bit of hiccups. Immediately when we’re home. Hubby suggested to go again following week. haha…. Of cos, we did not.

Took train from Boon Lay to Tanah Merah. Followed by taxi… We reached there as required, 10am exactly. After getting our boarding pass, we went for bfast @ Killiney. Expensive food is secondary, the staff were not friendly at all. Anyway, we are lucky we need not face them daily.

Journey to Bintan by ferry is only an hour. Smooth ride… Fell asleep…. Reached! Cleared custom, boarded the land transfer to hotel. Checked in… Before we went to our room, we went to check out a few thingy. Fireflies tour, shuttle services…. And we were in a rush to take the next shuttle bus to our first destination ~ Pasar Oleh Oleh… Off to our room…

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Shocked! The ceiling fan were on… The tv were on… The bed were messy… Someone not yet checked out? Or something in the room? Hb called the front desk and inform them about this issue. We don’t want to wait cos we are rushing out. Grrrr….. On the way out, we saw the guy who helped us checked in. He apologised and told us they will give us another room but is 2 single beds. Well, we don’t mind. We’re here for the resort, not the bed right? haha….

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Haiz…. We still missed the shuttle bus. Damn! But, the guy told us out of goodwill, they will engage their own private driver to send us there but we have to come back on our own. Deal! Nothing much at this Pasar Oleh Oleh… A few cafes, a few shops selling their local stuffs, a few spa salons and mini supermarket… Someone there told us there is a hawker centre walking distance around there. We went…. I must say the food don’t suit us and we did not bring our rupiah. Back to Pasar Oleh Oleh…

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Decided to have lunch at one of the cafes. Set lunch ~ S$48 (not yet include 10% service charages & 11% gov tax) for 2 pax. I must say, the crab is so mini but admit that the meat is plenty and fresh. Soup were yummy due to msg. On the whole, it’s still satisfactory lunch. And we are allowed to change 2 dishes in the menu.

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The restaurant we had our lunch.

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Bought our tickets to return to hotel. S$5 per pax (unlimited ride for the day). A pity we used once only. Walked around the place while waiting for the bus. Probably it’s weekday, it’s rather quiet. But I like such peace.

Back to hotel, went to our newly allocated room. They have helped us transfer our luggage to the new room. Ths is how the room look like.

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Laze on bed watching tv… Hubby entertained himself with Candy Crush! Time pass slowly and it’s an hour behind SG. Love it! haha…. 3pm, we changed to our swim suit. Only at this place do I dare to wear my bikini. keke…..

Exploring the beach…. We found micro mini crabs & oysters. Amazing how they dig hole to hide when we went nearer. Beautiful beach but spoilt by some oil spillage. Wasted…. And I had some oil stuck to my foot and slipper. Had a hard time getting rid of them. Hb taught me to use sand to rub it off. Luckily it works. Smart hb!

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Shortly after that, we went to dip in their infinity pool. As I just do hair color, I did not really swim for fear of getting my hair wet. Just soaking… Paradise… Overlooking the sea…. The wind from the sea… Cool…. And they have a pool bar in the middle of the pool.

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Around 6pm, we went back to room and get prepared for our Mangrove tour to see fireflies… Excited… I’ve never seen a real fireflies before… The thought of it feels romantic. We took a shuttle bus to registered at Pasar Oleh Oleh before they send us to another place to take a boat out. And only 2 of us with the tour guide on the boat. The trip included a bottle of mineral water per pax is S$38. We were given life jacket to wear too. The mangrove were very dark but it was a starry starry night. The sky were filled with stars… The wind were cold. When the boat speed, it’s so cold and really enjoying… And, we saw fireflies… Lots of them… We went near to them. Hb took one to put on his hand… And we finally saw it upclose. It was an interesting experience.

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We went back to Nirwana in search for our dinner. We decided to dine @ Dino Bistro. The view were nice. The cook suggested we had the outdoor seat. Thanks to him, we had a great view. Food were yummy too. Pizza, pasta & prawn satay. With a small glass of Baileys…

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We went to the beach again. It was high tide and very dark. We sat nearby on those bench. Entertaining our iphone. Enjoying the cooling wind, the sound of waves which sound musical…. Romantic… Yet, we chose to romance with our iphone. Sick people we are. haha….

The next morning we went to the ‘Coffee Shop’ for buffet bfast. We were spoilt with choices. Fantastic bfast.

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After our sumptous bfast, we went to resort centre by their internal shuttle bus. I wanted to try Rifle shooting. S$9 for 25 shots. I can aim and not bad oh. I hit the target on my first shot. Missed a few though. Some targets were very small. It was fun.

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We walked around to explore a bit. Saw the elephant! And horse which I did not managed to get a good pic.

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We took the same bus back to our resort. Hb & I were the only passengers initially. But soon, a couple joined us from Mayang Sari resort. While passing by the kelong restaurant, the driver asked if we want to take pics there, he can give us 2 mins. I happily replied sure, thank you and hopped down the bus. Nice nice beautiful place. The next trip, I shall be back there for dinner.

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The bus driver were friendly. He told us about the mini zoo near our resort which we can explore and we did. Goat, snake, talking parrot, vulture….

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Back to room to pack and checked out. Once checked out, we lost the wifi…. Sob sob…. Had lunch at Dino Bistro again. We only ordered Pizza. View while having lunch…

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A few more cool stuffs @ Nirwana.

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And the bus fetched us to ferry terminal. Our ferry is at 2:35pm (indonesia time). Bye Bintan… I will miss you and I will be back too.

Genting Trip Apr 2013

Published April 10, 2013 by rainbow28

7 April 2013 ~ 10 April 2013

Although this is not my first trip to Genting but I shall blog about it since I deleted my previous blog.  So, it’s something new for this blog.  🙂

As this month is our birthday month.  Both hubby & I were given free room @ First World Hotel.  And so happened that he is clearing his leave, he took a week leave from work.  We booked our coach for Sunday morning departure.  Total, we spent 4 days 3 nights there.

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Woke up around 5am to get ready as we are required to reach Boon Lay Shopping Ctr at 6:30am.  The coach departed at exactly 7am.  By 8:50am, we reached Yong Peng.  Had something light as bfast.  A fish burger consider light?  haha…..  I did not finish it, just ate the fillet inside.  Not really nice.  Shall make a note not to order that anymore.  Blacklisted.  Watched movie on coach and by 12:40pm, we have reached Genting.  Check-in was a breeze.  We used the machine to check-in.  Before 2pm, we already out hunting for lunch!

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We settled our lunch @ Pizza Hut.  This time, they have cheese powder.  Wonderful.

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After lunch, we bought movie ticket for the night, GI Joe – 3D.  RM20 per tix.  And around 4pm, we went back to nap.  Nap?  haha…  Ya, nap.  The weather is sunny.  Although not as humid as Singapore, it’s still warm there.  I expected it to be cold.

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After a powerful 2 hours nap, we went out to look for dinner.  We really sleep after eat, eat after sleep.  Note to myself, to go on strict diet when back home. 

Our buffet dinner, a must have when we are in Genting.  Lots of variety of food.  You get to choose from Western, Japanese, Chinese, Local & Asian.  Desert bar is great, this round they even have an ice cream counter.  Rainbow cakes….  Yummy~

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After dinner, we went back to First World for movie.  Sadly, it’s such a boring movie to me. 

We try not to wake up too early in the morning.  This way, we can play till late, skip our bfast.  Our day 2 lunch, we tried Kenny Rogers.  Had their muffins too. 

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Dinner, my bro came to look for us and treat us dinner @ Causeway Bay.  No pic.  We had set meal for 4 pax.  After dinner, we went to watch ‘Freeze 2’.  We’ve got free tickets for the performance.  Not as interesting as previous magic show.

Day 3 lunch ~ we chose Nyonya Colors cos they have free wifi.  haha….  Had nasi lemak, chee cheong fun & soft boiled eggs.

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We watched ‘Ghost Child’.  Verdict, it’s not even scary.  A waste of time.  A small world, we saw hb’s ex colleague with his wife in the cinema. 

We went back for the buffet during dinner.

Last day came fast.  Probably we were enjoying ourselves with food and lots of gambling.  I had a bit of luck in slot machine.  I tried to search the web on how to win slot machine, the answer is, don’t play.  haha…. 

Our bfast for last day, ‘Hou Mei’.  And 3pm, our coach departed from Genting back to Home Sweet Home.

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Melt in the mouth German Cookies

Published April 6, 2013 by rainbow28

# Recipe from Small Small Baker.

It’s been such a long time since I last baked this cookies.  As I’m meeting my cousin for dinner, I decided to bake for her as her birthday is coming!

Woke up early and look through my flour.  Realised I’m short of potato starch.  Went to nearby 7-11 but they no longer sell.  Arghh….  Lazy to walk to Jurong Point NTUC and it’s raining.  Last resort, went over to mil place and she only left with a bit.  But she said she will be going out, so get her to buy a packet for me.

I made colorful ones.  Those in pink really taste like strawberry as I’ve used Strawberry paste.  Yummy! 

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Ingredients

125g butter
40g icing sugar,
sifted
125g potato starch
80g superfine flour (I use plain flour, tried
out both 50g and 80g, both good)

Method

1. Beat butter and icing sugar till fluffy and lighter in colour.

2. Sift in potato starch and flour, mix to form a soft dough.

3. Roll into small balls (about 2cm in diameter), arrange on lined baking pan and press lightly with a fork (dip the fork in water after each press to prevent cookie dough from sticking to the
fork).

4. Bake in preheated oven at 170 deg C for 15 mins, upper rack (need not bake till cookies turn brown).

 

Chocolate Chiffon Cake

Published April 5, 2013 by rainbow28

# Recipe from Nigella.com

Yes!  I baked 2 items today.  While waiting for the potato starch to reach home.  I decided to give this recipe a try.  My verdict, I omitted the frosting, thus not sweet at all.  The chiffon rise nicely and fluffy.  But I find it abit too dry.  I still prefer my old recipe which I learnt from Sugar Inc.

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Ingredients

2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cream of tartar
1 pinch of salt
1 ¼ cups sugar
½ cup cooking oil
5 large egg(s)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

Method

  1. Sift flour, cocoa, sugar, bicarb, baking powder, salt and 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar together.
  2. Separate eggs and mix together, egg yokes, water, vanilla and oil, beat this with a fork and add to dry ingredients, mix well and set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites until white and frothy and then add ½ teaspoon cream of tartar. Beat until white and peaky.
  4. Pour the batter mixture into the middle of the egg white mixture and gently fold two together. Do not beat!! (it should look like chocolate mousse)
  5. Place in oven for 1 hour at 160*
  6. Cool in pan upside down (hang the cake), when cool then turn out to ice. (do not grease pans!!)
  7. Icing: Mix 1 pkt icing sugar, 125 grams butter, 2 tablespoons cocoa (heaped), milk/cream cheese (to make a nice soft icing)

 

Strawberry Muffins

Published March 31, 2013 by rainbow28

# Recipe from a book I saw from Expo – Popular Sale.  But I’ve forgotten the title.  This is suppose to be a Cherry Muffins but I only have strawberries.  Favourite!

I was feeling bored and decided to bake around 9pm.  Making myself perspire like nobody biz. 

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I tried to decorate with frosting but failed.  My frosting too watery.  End up, got to use strawberry to hide the imperfection.  keke….  Lousy me….

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I like the taste of the muffins.  Not too buttery and just right sweetness.  And this round, no overflowing at all.  Phew~ So going to bake this again.

Ingredients:

75g butter

75g caster sugar

2 eggs beaten

75g self raising flour

1/2 tsp Almond extract (* I used Vanilla Essence)

110g candied (glace) cherry, chopped (* I used strawberries but I did not candied them)

Frosting:

75g icing sugar

2 tsp hot water

Methods:

1. Beat butter & sugar till light & fluffy.

2. Gradually add the eggs alittle at a time and blend well.

3. Sift in flour & gently fold into the mixture with almond extract & cherries.

4. Spoon into the paper cup & bake for 12 – 15 minutes or till golden.

5. Preheat over @ 180 degree.

Frosting method:

Sift icing sugar into a bowl & stir in enough hot water to make a thick frosting.  You may search the web for better methods though.

The no knead bread

Published March 25, 2013 by rainbow28

# Recipe from Steamy Kitchen.

I’ve been thinking of baking this for a long long while.  I do not have the pot to withstand the heat of my oven.  Finally, I bought a claypot from NTUC. 

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Ingredients:

3 cups bread flour
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon fine table salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

Covered pot (five-quart or larger cast iron, Pyrex, ceramic, enamel…something that can go into a 450F oven.)

Methods:

1. Mix dough: The night before, combine all ingredients in a big bowl with a wooden spoon until the dough just comes together. It will be a shaggy, doughy mess. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit 12-20 hours on countertop.

2. Shape & preheat: The dough will now be wet, sticky and bubbly. With a wet spatula, dump the dough on a floured surface. Fold ends of dough over a few times with the spatula and nudge it into a ball shape. You can use your hands if you like, just keep your hands wet so that the dough does not stick. Place a large sheet of parchment paper on counter. Plop your dough onto parchment paper. Lift parchment paper up with dough and place into a large bowl. Cover bowl with a towel. Let it nap for 2 hours. When you’ve got about a half hour left, slip your covered pot into the oven and preheat to 450F.

3. Bake: Your dough should have doubled in size. Remove pot from oven. Grab the ends of the parchment paper and lift entire wobbly dough blob out of bowl into pot. Doesn’t matter which way it lands. Shake to even dough out. Cover. Bake 30 minutes. Uncover, bake another 15-20 minutes or until the crust is beautifully golden and middle of loaf is 210F. Remove and let cool on wired rack.