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. …
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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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 …
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 …
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! :)
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 http://gardensbythebay.com.sg/christmaswonderland
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
In this volume of the travel photobook, you will get to see the impressive architecture of the University of Sydney, market at the Market City, Taronga Zoo and a nice cafe found in there.
Artichoke is tucked away in the courtyard of Sculpture Square off Middle Road, a small little cafe and bar which is perfect for a chill-lax session with your friends over food and drinks (beer and alcoholic).
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!
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.
*Ps just in case you are wondering, yes the post is about my Hong Kong & Macau trip in Feb this year :P After 3 nights in Hong Kong, we moved on to Macau, the City of Dream! This is my first time to Macau and I have to say that I’m really looking forward to it. We bought the ferry tickets from Hong Kong to Macau at HKD160.00.
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!
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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This Mid-Autumn season, surprise your family and loved ones with new and delectable mooncake flavours available on Qoo10. Pamper yourself with Bird’s Nest mooncakes from Hong Kong’s Wing Wah Cake Shop and enjoy a bird’s nest buffet of six exciting flavours – coconut milk, custard and sweet potato, maple syrup and mocca, rock sugar and pandan, honey and green tea, and mango puree. Durian and mooncake lovers get the best of both worlds with creamy D24 durian mooncakes from durian specialist Lele Durian, guaranteed to satisfy the taste buds of every connoisseur. For Muslim friends in the month of Hari Raya Haji, Halal mooncakes from Bake Mission and Ogilvye Café Gelato are a good gift for sharing bite-sized pieces of Chinese culture. Concocted by Bake Mission’s chef Bruce Lei, the Wu Gu Feng white butter skin mooncakes are filled with lotus paste and macadamia bits for a burst of traditional flavour. Ogilvye Café Gelato offers snow skin mooncakes encasing mango, chocolate, pistachio and durian gelato. A healthier option for weight watchers is the pure sugarless …
Innovative two-part modular camera designed for “freestyle shooting” that captures amazing moments from any angle imaginable Capturing memories on camera will never be the same again with the EX-FR10, Casio’s latest addition to its EXILIM family of compact digital cameras, available in Singapore at the end of September 2014. The innovative two-part modular design enables users to explore a myriad of perspectives and camera angles currently not possible with conventional cameras today.
Located in the neighbourhood of Havelock road, just right below Blk 22 sits this cafe, The Tastemaker Store. Designed with a simple layout which makes one feel at home where you are able to spend an afternoon with your friends and family over an enjoyable meal ;)
Samsung Dream Exchange Campaign After my first trip outside a country in Asia and spending 9 Days 8 Nights in both Sydney and Melbourne, I’m finally publishing my very first travel photo e-book on darrenbloggie.com. All these would not have been possible without my Samsung NX3000 as my wonderful travel companion. Thanks Samsung for helping me to make everlasting memories. Throughout the trip, the Samsung NX3000 never failed to surprise me with the wonders it’s able to create! Not only did the photo quality turn out to be superb (as good as a DSLR camera), colors were vibrant, shutter speed was fast enough to capture real sharp images of moving objects, and most importantly, it performed better than what I would have expected under low light conditions! As there are simply too many photos that I’ve taken which I would like to share with you, I’m breaking them up into different volumes :) Presenting to you, VOLUME 01 : MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THESE, Darrenbloggie’s Travel Photobook Collaboration with Samsung