ode to jellyfish

I just couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the jellyfish tanks at the S.E.A. aquarium. I loved the fun lighting of the different tanks that made them glow in different colors. Their slow and changing movements were fun trying to capture on my camera! Enjoy! 🙂DSC_0844DSC_0847DSC_0848DSC_0852DSC_0865DSC_0875

s.e.a. aquarium @ sentosa

I’ve been busy checking things off of my things to do in Singapore list! I’m actually almost done with all the things, which means it’s going to be time to start a new list soon. 🙂

Things to do in Singapore:

1.  Walk the tree tops at Mac Ritchie Reservoir and hopefully see some monkeys!

2. Go to the Singapore Zoo and see the pandas and maybe have breakfast with the orangutans.

3. Try to chocolate dessert buffet at the top of the Marina Bay Sands hotel. 

4. Go to Universal Studios and ride all the roller coasters .

5. Visit apparently the world’s largest aquarium located in Sentosa!

6. Run in a race! (Which I’ll get to do in April.)

7.  Attend the F1 race!

8. Find a really good Korean restaurant.

9. Go bike riding at Palau Ubin (a small island part of Singapore)

10. Ride on the sling shot at Clarke Quay, preferably before dinner.

My friend Petrina got us free tickets for the S.E.A. aquarium and I finally got to go. The S.E.A. aquarium is located on Sentosa at Resorts World.  It opened up last year and I’ve heard such great reviews from everyone who went. They had everything from fishes of all shapes and sizes, coral, jellyfish, stingrays, sharks and even dolphins! The huge glass tank at the end of the aquarium was breathtaking. I could have just sat in front of it for hours staring at everything inside. Unfortunately, my camera battery died by the time I got there, so I didn’t get any good pictures of it. However, I did manage to take a million pictures of the glowing jellyfishes. So stay tuned for another post of jellyfish. 🙂

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desserts @ lady m

I randomly stumbled upon this article about the opening of Lady M here in Singapore. This bakery is originally from NY and this branch is their first overseas opening. After spending an extensive time on their Facebook page and website, I wanted to try everything on their menu! I managed to convince a few friends to come along with me on a Friday night. Since they sometimes sell out of their cakes around 7pm, I made sure we got there early.

We grabbed a quick dinner at Pita Pan across from Lady M, and then made it for dessert before the after dinner rush! After a few minutes of debate on how many desserts we should order, we decided that 1 cake per person would be good. But, we were so tempted to order more! We ordered the Signature Mille Crepes, Tarte a la Mangue, Banana Mille Feuille, and Strawberry Shortcake. My favorite was the Mille Crepes because it was surprisingly good. The outside wasn’t very fancy or appealing, but the taste was amazing and unique. I also enjoyed the fun presentation of the banana mille feuille. The strawberry shortcake and mango tart were good as well.

Next time, I will definitely try the checkers cake and their green tea cake. I need to find a good excuse to go back or order a cake from there! If you are in need to satisfy your sweet tooth or a cafe with high quality cakes, make sure to check out Lady M.

Lady M

Marina Square Shopping Mall
6 Raffles Boulevard
#02-103
Singapore 039594

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symmetry and shopping on a saturday

I’m feeing very thankful for a midweek public holiday. Due to the rain, our plans for Pulau Ubin got cancelled, but it’s aways nice to wake up late, catch up on blog posts, and meet up with friends. I’ve been a bit backed up with my blog posts, but I’ll start cranking them out! 🙂

The other Saturday, Aimee and I checked out brunch at a new place called Symmetry. I highly recommend this place, not only for their foods, but for their drinks and cool ambience. They had the BEST truffle fries and amazing homemade passion fruit iced tea. I got the truffle eggs and Aimee got their breakfast croissant. There was a bit of a queue for brunch, but we opted for the counter and didn’t have to wait!

After consuming a whole bucket of delicious truffle fries in addition to our main dishes,  we managed to head over to Haji lane which is located by Arab street. This unique street has really cute boutiques and stores which gives some life to the monotonous mall scene in Singapore. Even though we didn’t walk away with any purchases, Haji lane is always a fun place to spend your Saturday!

Symmetry

9 Jalan Kubor #01-01 S(199206)

Photos taken from my iphone4s

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Haji Lane & Arab Street

Photos taken from my Nikon d5100, edited with Adobe Lightroom

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brunch @ canopy

Our first book club meeting of the year, a few of us gathered for brunch at Canopy over in Bishan Park a few weeks ago. If you are looking for a brunch place farther north and away from downtown, Canopy is for  you. It’s hidden in Bishan Park along with a few other restaurants.

We met on a Sunday afternoon, and couldn’t get a table inside because we didn’t make reservations, but the outdoor area was just as nice. Luckily it had rained earlier so it was a bit cooler outside and less crowded when we first arrived.  They have a pretty impressive brunch menu. I got the eggs oyaka which was pretty delicious. They have an extensive drinks menu as well. The drinks were a bit pricey, but I couldn’t resist getting the mango blast. After my huge mango drink came out, my friends felt compelled to get one themselves. And ladies, I promise to read the next book club book… 🙂

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Friday Night @ F1

A few weeks ago, I unexpectedly got to attend the Formula 1 race here in Singapore.  My friend Erna got 2 tickets for the Friday night. I was actually pretty excited because I’ve never been before and we got FREE tickets!

The F1 race weekend is a pretty big deal here in Singapore as they shut down many of the streets downtown for the race track and festivities. Also, it’s pretty loud and you can hear the race cars if you are down near the Marina Bay area. Plus, there’s usually a lot of hype with all the concerts that occur. This year Justin Bieber, Rihanna, the Killers, Big Bang  were some of the headliners that performed. I was hoping on getting a TOP or GDragon kpop sighting, but no luck. Oh well, luckily I’m not that big of a fan.

Honestly, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t know much about F1 racing and I have no idea what I’m really supposed to be looking for. We sat at the stands near City Hall MRT, and saw some of the practice runs and the qualifying race. We were prepared with our ear plugs and camera phone in hand. It’s a bit harder getting photos of the cars as they are awfully fast and loud. I didn’t know who I was supposed to be rooting for and it’s really hard to tell who is who.  Other than having no idea what was really going on with the actual racing, it was pretty cool to witness it! There were a lot of booths set up for food and drinks plus stages set up for the concerts. It was a fun vibe and I would definitely go again!

Photos taken from my iphone 4s

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the chocolate bar @ mbs

The chocolate bar at the Marina Bay Sands hotel is a dessert buffet like no other. It is located on the  57th floor,l overlooking the Singapore skyline, and there are 57 different desserts. It costs about $48 per person plus tax and service charges.  Yes, it’s a bit pricey for dessert, but the quality of the desserts and the view are worth it. You do need to make reservations before hand, and try to make them a week or more before. You can make the reservations online here.

The chocolate bar is only open from 8pm-12am. Therefore, eat a light dinner beforehand, because there is plenty to eat at this buffet. There’s a range from sweet to savory items. I loved their collection of cheese and freshly baked breads. I think after all the sugary desserts, I really needed to balance it with the more savory items. From macarons, cakes, lollipops, dark chocolate almonds, and a donut station, it’s hard to decide what to try and fill your stomach with.

The other plus to the chocolate bar is that you get to see the MBS infinity pool area and take pictures there. Obviously, you are not allowed to swim, since it’s only for actual hotel guests. However, this is the one way you can access and see the infinity pool. I definitely recommend coming here when you have out of town visitors. Plus, if you are celebrating a birthday or a special event, they will prepare something special for you. They gave us a cute carrot cake with candle for Erna’s birthday. Now that I’ve done this dessert buffet, I may have to check out the Fullerton chocolate buffet next!

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