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Savour Comfort on a Plate at CREATURES

Savour comfort on a plate at CREATURES, a modern-day café set in the culturally rich conservation area of Desker Road, once Singapore’s oldest and notorious red-light district which is now home to old-time shopkeepers, backpackers, and small modern offices. Love the ‘chill-lux’ habitat – a cosy and lush green interior tastefully spruced to remind you of both home and Eden. Even the washroom is so nicely decorated! Now get ready to enjoy intimate home dining experience as the owners reinterpreted favourites with an Asian flair, and you might be happy to know, without the MSG :) As a start, we ordered the 5-SPICE ROAST PORK & RICE BROTH ($23) to share. Slow-roasted pork belly, served with sambal chilli, which is very good, sweet sauce and wolfberry rice broth to help reduce the saltiness of the roast pork if you find it too salty. TRUFFLE FRIES ($12) Shoe-string fries in truffle oil, parmesan cheese and parsley BABI PONGTEH ($20) Instead of dipping your French Baguette aka Jiam Tao Roti with curry, try it with the slow-cooked …

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Chir Chir 치르치르 Korean Fried Chicken at Somerset 313

I’ve heard quite a few of my friends telling me about this Chir Chir Chicken which serves yummy Korean Fried Chicken, and since there isn’t any queue when we arrived at 5pm, just before the long queue starts to form, we decided to give it a try. I wouldn’t say it’s a very spacious restaurant as most of the seats are quite closely packed. Probably they are trying to save more space for more customers. As it’s our first time there, we are not sure if the food portion is big and how much food we should order. So we decided to get a Salad and a Spicy Chicken to test test first. haha~ Mango Salad ($11.90) was served first. Personally we find the mango salad average and the only thing I like from the salad is the Mango. Not a must to have but good to have if you prefer something less heavy. Next the main! Spicy Wings! with Sweet Potato and Fried Toppoki ($28.90). This got to be our favourite. A combination of spicy and sweetness …

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Tian Kee & Cocopy

A Weekend in the Dakota Neighbourhood

Because of the SEA Games’ Nila Run sometime ago, my friend and I headed to Kallang to collect our race packs. We ended up looking for nearby cafes to explore as well. First on our list was the Instagram-famous Tian Kee & Co., followed by the lesser known Brawn & Brains on Guillemard Road. Tian Kee & Co. Converted from an old provision shop, Tian Kee & Co. is located in a quiet corner of Dakota Crescent. Despite the sweltering heat, there were many people there on the day we went. We ordered the rainbow cheesecake, two lattes and a “Half Day Breakfast” to share. Coffee was decent, but what I really love was the rainbow cheesecake. It was light, not gelak like how dense cheesecakes can be. This is their signature dessert. If you head to the café in hot weather, I’ll advise you to eat the rainbow cake fast because it melts into a puddle when it gets warmer! The Half Day Breakfast could be better, though. Both the potatoes and egg weren’t …

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[Recipe] Home-cooked Korean Bibimbap

Korean cuisine is always one of my favourite and one of the dishes which i loved the most is bibimbap. I love mixing my food together. Whenever I order the Chap Chye Peng from the hawker, I will mix them up and eat. So today, i’m going to share my recipe on how to cook Korean Bibimbap at home. Trust me, it’s super easy~ Quantities depends on how much you are cooking for. This recipe is good enough for 5 pax. Here are the ingredients that you’ll need. Lean Pork Carrots – sliced Cucumbers -sliced 4 Eggs Bibigo Korean BBQ Sauce Bibimbap Sauce Rice (for a healthier choice, I uses brown rice instead) After you’ve sliced the lean pork, add in approx. 2 – 3 tablespoon of Bibigo Korean BBQ Sauce. If you like it to be more spicy, you can add in additional one more tablespoon. mix it well :) Add some seasoning like sesame oil, pepper and a bit of light soya sauce to the eggs for your omelette. After you have all the …

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Oberstrasse at Kitchener Complex

Kitchener complex is located just right behind V Hotel at Lavender and it’s only less than 5 mins walking distance from Lavender MRT station. When I visited the place, it’s rather new as there are still a few shops undergoing renovation (but im sure it’s all ready by now). Located at the ground floor of Kitchener complex is where you can find Oberstrasse, a cafe which serves breakfast, lunch and sometime dinner. Do check their facebook on opening hours before paying a visit. Love the modern rustic ambience :) and the open kitchen concept as well! We ordered Luncheon Fries, $5.50 as our sides and it taste really good with the chili sauce. For mains, we have Grilled Chicken Chop with Baked Potatoes, $9.50. Whole chicken thigh nicely grilled and topped with caramelized onions and served with cajun baked potatoes and mesclun salad as sides. Chicken was average and I was hoping that it can be more juicy. We also tried the Aglio Olio, $9.50 and it taste not too bad. Garlic taste can be stronger …

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GastroSmiths, so far the Best Food served in the Cafe

Gastrosmiths was known as The Humble Loaf, which used to be located at B1 of Katong Shopping Centre which i didn’t visit before. Previously serving mainly simple sandwiches, cakes and coffee, Gastrosmiths is currently located along Beach Road and Tan Quee Lan St, serving dishes and desserts with a slant towards French, Italian and Japanese influences. I guess it’s one of the longest time we spent browsing through the menu, though there’s only one A4 page, but every single item on the menu looks soo damn good! We’re really having a hard time deciding on which to order. SO, we grab hold of the super friendly, and cute waiter for his recommendation. I must say, I love his recommendation as they’re all so good! while waiting for the food, let me take a selfie :P This is one really unique mains that we had for the night. Thick flaky cod that has been cooked lightly in chilli oil, fried misua cooked in dashi stock and tossed in homemade kimich puree and finished with sweet mirin. …

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Alila Villas Uluwatu, 5 Star Luxury Villas Resorts in Bali

Bali is one of my favourite destination wherever I’m looking for a short relaxing trip, as I love the slow paced environment there and especially when you are staying in a nice villa, you can simply do nothing but chill in there. :) I’m really lucky to be hosted at Alila Villas Uluwatu, the 5 Star Eco-Friendly Luxury Villas Resorts in Bali. Everything seems so surreal and it feels like I’ve just landed into another paradize, one which is away from the world and a place where I’m sure I can relax and recharge ;) Located on a clifftop plateau along the southern coastline on the island’s Bukit Peninsula, Alila Villas Uluwatu in Bali is just 30 mins drive away form the International Airport and 15 mins from Jimbaran Bay. The hotel lobby Enjoy the panoramic views over the Indian ocean while enjoying your meals in the restaurant, by the pool or at the sunset cabana where you can hold events and wedding at. Be ready to indulge all your senses in the signature fine-dining …

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Spend the Perfect Valentine’s Weekend in Vietnam with VIETJET!

Valentine’s Day is just a month away. Before you know it, you’ll be struggling to get a reservation in that popular restaurant you love or even placing a last minute order of that overpriced flower bouquet. With just a click of a button, you can book a trip for two to discover the romance of Vietnam with Vietjet and capture moments of a lifetime with that special someone. Vietnam will captivate you with some of the very best romantic spots that Southeast Asia has to offer with its breathtaking beaches, lush countryside, rich history, colourful culture, tantalizing cuisine and cosmopolitan vibe. Couples can now escape from the hustle and bustle of this commercialized day and celebrate their love in peace and tranquility. Take advantage of Vietjet’s great value-for-money airfares from Singapore to over 10 magnificent cities of Vietnam via Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh, Hue, Da Nang, Quy Nhan, Nha Trang, Buon Ma Thuot, Phu Quoc Island, Thanh Hoa and Da Lat. Vietjet presents to you with a beautiful selection of …

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carvers & Co cafe along east coast road katong

Carvers & Co along East Coast Road

Looks like Katong is getting more and more vibrant nowadays with cafes, pubs, massage parlour, shopping malls and hotel. One of the cafe that caught my attention got to be Carvers & Co. They served different menus on weekdays and weekends for both lunch and dinner. So there’s something different whenever you visit the cafe on different days ;) Menus are pasted onto old books which is a good way to recycle them. Deep fried sweet potato chips which can get so addictive… Anchovy Pasta Beer battered fish and chips Dark chocolate tart served with ginger nut and fresh cream which I think is really good ;) Not forgetting to order a cup of latte brewed with beans from Common Man Coffee Roasters. Or you can choose to grab a bottle of beer to go with the roast meats, their signatures. Carvers & Co is a cosy-bistro cafe, with the intention of encouraging parties and groups of people to connect over hearty meals and comfort food. So probably you might want to try this place for your next …

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Dutch colony coffee co at frankel ave siglap

Dutch Colony Coffee at Frankel Ave

Frankel Ave? Where is it at? That’s the first question that I asked my friend when he told me about visiting this cafe at Frankel Ave. It’s actually located at Siglap and it’s accessible by bus. So here we are at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. The moment i step into the cafe, other than going WOW~ the other thing that came across my mind was it looks a little similar to Wimbly Lu, with the extension at the back covered with a glass rooftop with daylight lighting. Definitely a photographer favourite area as daylight lightings makes your photo looks great :) Self service and place your order at the counter. Free flow of ice water available. We ordered a red velvet cheesecake and Raspberry White Chocolate Bundt with 2 cups of latte. Actually i quite like this red velvet cheesecake but my friend don’t really like it as he prefer his. which i think is not bad too lah~ haha! They do conduct workshops that you can register for in the Cafe too! In general, i …

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The Best of 2014 on Darren Bloggie

It’s the last day of 2014 and Darren Bloggie would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone of you for the support given throughout the year.  Here’s a recap on some of the posts which you might’ve missed for the year of 2014! Darren Bloggie in Hat Yai with Tigerair! Cruise with Superstar Virgo to Malacca [Day 01] Capturing Hong Kong with Sony QX 100 : Novotel Hotel, Dim Sum & Shopping Be Healthy and Stay Healthy Zalora X Darrenbloggie Lookbook Collaboration Vol 01 Ronin Cafe, Hong Kong Street [VOLUME 01] Memories are Made of These, Travel Photobook Collaboration with Samsung The Tastemaker Store, Cafe In the Neighbourhood Setting the Stage with Wedding Acts : Romantic Wedding by the Cliff in Bali GLOW2NI8HT Birthday Staycation at W Singapore Sentosa Cove Happy New Year and look forward to an exciting year on Darren Bloggie in 2015! *ps do subscribe to the newsletter to get latest news and promotions just for you readers! :)

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[Photo Post] Brown & Cony Visit Gardens by the Bay on Christmas Day!

I’m sure those close friends of mine would know that I’m quite a fan of the LINE characters, and I just couldn’t resist to bring my two figurine, Brown and Cony out to the Gardens for some photoshoot, especially with the beautiful decor in the Flower Dome for Christmas. So.. Brown and Cony went pak-tor-ing in the Flower Dome on Christmas Day. :P Yuletide in the Flower Dome @ Gardens by the Bay will end on 6 Jan 2015. For more information, visit

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Staycation at W Hotel Singapore Sentosa Cove

GLOW2NI8HT Birthday Staycation at W Singapore Sentosa Cove

Trying to get this post out before the end of 2014 since it’s about my birthday staycation, which is in late July this year and… yes, I know i’m kind of slow in getting this post out. HAHA! If you have notice, I will have a theme for my birthday staycation every year. RELAJARSE, Party like a KPOP Star, Summer Blue, Fintage1986 for the past few years, this year the theme is GLOW2NI8HT where everyone will have to be in their NEON glowing outfit! :D

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Supply & Demand @ OrchardGateway

Not long ago, my friends decided to bring me out for dinner as I was kinda down and they brought me to this restaurant hidden in a corner at the newly opened Orchardgateway, Supply & Demand. From what my friend to me, it’s not easy to get a seat there as it’s always full and you need to make reservations online. If not, be prepared to queue up to more than an hour for a seat. We’re lucky as we didn’t wait for long, approx 20 mins on that day, though my friend made a booking online and only to know that he booked the wrong date LOL!

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[News] First Hotel JEN by Shangri-La debuts in Singapore

Brand new 502-room hotel at Orchardgateway showcases revolutionary ‘Jen’ hotel hospitality concept Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore, the first of a new ‘Jenre’ of fresh, friendly and fuss-free mid-range hotels by Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd, opened its doors to the public in Singapore. The opening is the first in a major initiative to launch the Hotel Jen brand in nine key gateway cities across Asia Pacific by March 2015.

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Three Years in a Balloon

A few weeks ago, when my friends and I drove past Upper Paya Lebar Road, I caught sight of a yellow signboard with the words “Three Years in a Balloon” outside a shophouse. Being a sucker for cafes, I was excited and googled about it. I found out that it was a newly opened café, operated by the same people behind Wimbly Lu. Three Years in a Balloon specialises mainly in desserts such as cakes, waffles and ice cream. I also found out that it was only open on weekdays until 7.30pm. I don’t get home before 10pm usually (the café was near my home) so there was no way I could make it after work. Still, the hipster in me wanted to try the café – try it before everyone knows about it! – so I made up my mind to find a free afternoon to visit it. So here I am!

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Whale & Cloud – Many will seek but not all shall find

I guess this cafe is one of the most secretive cafe that i’ve ever know. Just like what my title says, many will seek but not all shall find. Phew~ we are the lucky ones to find it :) It’s located along Niven Road but you will not be able to see any store front nor a big sign saying CAFE HERE. Here’s a hint to you, there’s this blue door located along this stretch where you will need to knock on it. Locating this door isn’t hard but getting into this blue door, you might need some luck. If someone opens the door for you, you’re lucky today. If not, then sorry, you will have to come back again another day as seats in there are really limited.

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