Expensive but Good – The Coastal Settlement

I heard about this place for quite some time. Ran past it a few times even. All I know about this place was the food was good but expensive. And from the outside, it didn’t look very great. But anyway, stuck for a place to have dinner at 8.30 pm on a Friday night and in the Changi area, found ourselves there after failing to get a parking space at Changi Village.

There was no parking space available here as well but there was valet parking. Thank goodness. So we strolled in. The first thing that hit me was it was quite a big place. What we saw the few times we ran by was just the small little side porch filled with overgrown plants. And the next thing was the many curios and old stuff placed haphazardly all over.

Like these pair of bicycle high up on the wallDSC_0489

Or this scooter on one shelf.DSC_0495

There was another scooter behind this and another one on top.

Then there were the old stuffs like this old manual typewriterDSC_0492

This gramophoneDSC_0493

And a rotary telephoneDSC_0491

Many other stuffs lying around.  Sort of remind me of Ban Mai Chai in Thailand.

Enough of the curios. What about the food? When I said expensive, it really is. For instance, this plate of mee goreng cost $16.00. It did come with 4 fairly big size prawn but still $16?12573884_1283740654973196_8925626677015893659_n

The “pizza” though was fairly decent priced at $23 although I will hesitate to call it a pizza12654195_1283740698306525_4472092777071056715_n

That stir fried wagyu beef on top of a naan like crust. It is definitely not the usual pizza crust. The oil from the beef seeped through and it became quite a messy affair to eat this.

I like the fried chicken wing but they are too small. And cost $14 for 3!12642734_1283740731639855_2838350166839854650_n

Back outside, there were 2 nice cars “parked” along the five foot wayDSC_0497

Unique place to eat with nice atmosphere.  Generally the food is pretty decent but at these prices for local food, I rather continue going to Essen.

 

KTM Resort, Batam

It has been such a long time that I been to Batam. So for M’s big 50, decided to bring her over there for a day of pampering and relaxation. Unfortunately due to a packed weekend schedule, we could not stay overnight and has to be contend with just a day trip.

After looking at the options available, we decided on KTM Resort for a 150 minutes of scrub and massage. Plus hopefully nuaing around the swimming pool and even out the tan lines.

Our first stop after reaching the resort was therefore the Spa Village. To reach there, we have to walk by this nice little row of partially sheltered walkway. Each shelter comes with a large hammock and 2 deck chairs in between. In front is the sea and behind is the pool and a lagoon.DSC_0488

The massage room comes with its own jacuzzi bath tubDSC_0474

And some with single or 2 or 3 beds. The best thing is all the rooms face the sea. And no air con. The room is cooled by fan and the sea breeze.DSC_0478

The therapist are no young ladies but ladies in their mid forties which mean they are more experience. Indonesian massage is more gentle and soothing and relax unlike the type I usually get in Singapore which is more teh sports massage type.

Unfortunately after lunch, it started to rain and because we had no room to check in, we were stucked. The therapist allowed us to take shelter in one of the massage room and we laze around until the sun came out DSC_0486

We went to the pool but barely 10 minutes later it started to rain again and so we ended up in the restaurant until our departure back to Sekupang Ferry Terminal. What a bummer!

The resort looks pretty clean.  The rooms on top of the hill look great. There are water sports available. But other than that, it can be quite boring with just 1 restaurant and nothing much else.DSC_0480

Thaipusam

Instead of shooting wildlife and running pics, for a change I decided to go down for the annual Thaipusam festival. Thaipusam is celebrated on the full moon of the Tamil month of Thai. It is a celebration  of the fulfilment of their vows and thanksgiving festival.

Most of us remember Thaipusam as a festival where brave men poked themselves with long metal spikes and carry a heavy decorative kavadi or pull a chariot with hooks attached to their bodies. 35-DSC06994

The Thaipsum procession starts from the Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple in Serangoon Road and the devotees moved from there to Sri Thendayuthapani Temple in Tank Road.

I looked at the sharp hooks and spikes and wonder how they do it? Seeing all the hooks attached in various forms and ways to their bodies and mouths give me the shivers. Do they feel any pain?

Different piercing on their backs and body48-TPS_7229 45-TPS_7510 17-TPS_7143 20-TPS_7196 09-TPS_7016

Different form of mouth piercing36-TPS_7397 30-TPS_7309 28-TPS_7286 27-TPS_7270 16-TPS_7133 13-TPS_7049

Women and children carry milk pots or Paal Kavadi, a sort of wooden arch. No piercing here although I did see some ladies piercing their mouth.18-TPS_7148 02-TPS_693507-TPS_69951-TPS_7028

A very colorful and visual spectacle. I am glad I took the time to to down to kapo.

Christmas

To everyone out there, friends or otherwise, reading this blog, a very Merry Christmas to you. Can’t give everyone a present but I can do the next best thing – share this beautiful video.

And like Lindsey Stirling said, we should stop to take a look and see the beauty not just in ourselves but in everything that is around us – our environment; nature, the people walking by, the little things that people do and perhaps just perhaps we can spare a thought for all these and take better care of them so that together we can all have a better world to live in.

Blessed Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Mooncake Index 2015

After a 2 years break, my Mooncake Index is back. Sadly reflecting either the poor state of the economy or because I didn’t give my vendors much business, the numbers have dropped to a miserable 2 boxes. Fortunately, there are other sources and so this Mooncake festival ends with a respectable 6 boxes.

Double Yolk  Mooncake from Ritz Carlton given by an ex-colleague6-DSC_0045

Tung Lok Double Yolk Mooncake from Tung Lok courtesy of M’s Boss. 5-DSC_0042

A regular every year –  Li Bai at Sheraton Towers4-20150917_130318

For some reason, M bought these Durian Mooncakes from Goodwood Hotel3-DSC_0029

A first for us. Mooncakes by SIA given by a relatives2-DSC_0027

Last but not least, real traditional mooncakes from Thye Mong Chan. Not purchased by me though but given by a like minded vendor .1-DSC_0010