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5 Things Your Waiter Wants You To Know

Waiter

Have you ever served in a restaurant before? Or wondered what is it like to be one of those wait staff with big trays? How long are they on their feet each day, and do you think they have it easy?

Waiters are very noble beings. They wake up each day with a common purpose – to bring their best service to your table. Many times, we may have taken them for granted, and they really deserve more appreciation and respect; appreciation from customers, and respect from their employers.

We spoke with a few friends in the industry, and have them share with us some hidden messages they wish to share with customers so as to help make their workplace a better one, and for them to be motivated to serving you better.

Here are 5 things your waiter wants you to know:

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Guide to 24 Cafes in The West of Singapore

Cafes in West Singapore

These days, we don’t need to travel out of our neighbourhood to get good food and desserts. Cafes are spouting out everywhere, and we are definitely not complaining. We have cafes at every district in Singapore, and no one gets left out.

The West of Singapore may not be a favourite part if you do not reside there, for it is pretty far out from the main areas and can indeed get a little out of the way. But because we are such fans of artisan places and cosy spaces, we would travel just for a slice of rainbow cake or a good cuppa, yes?

If you are a resident of the West, this post might not be of much surprise to you anymore (or is it?), but if you are from everywhere else, this should spark some venturing out and give you some ideas on where to eat out at next.

We will update our list from time to time, but for a start, here are 24 cafes in the West of Singapore to check out:

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35 Reasons To Love London

London Travel

“It is difficult to speak adequately or justly of London. It is not a pleasant place; it is not agreeable, or cheerful, or easy or exempt from reproach. It is only magnificent.”

Simply only magnificent, and nothing less indeed.

London is our favourite city in the world, and it is a favourite for many too. It is not difficult to understand why, for the British city has so much to offer and is so very live-able. Wake up to amazement every day, live it up like the Brits, and go to bed each night thanking all your lucky stars that you are in London.

London Trafalgar

Here are 35 reasons to love London, and it is but the tip of the ice berg. You have to set foot in that part of the world to understand why it is home for so many.

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Celebrate Christmas with Orange Clove Catering

Orange Clove Christmas

It is the time of the year again when our mailboxes would be greeted by endless questions from our readers, and one of the most common of them all? “Which caterer would you recommend for a private party?”

We used to not know how to reply such questions, until we found faith in Orange Clove - a proud winner of “Best Corporate Caterer” and the Overall Winner for Singapore Prestige Brand Award – Promising Brand Category. We’ve heard so much about them, and friends have always sang praises of their service and quality. We’ve sampled, and we now understand why they are a perennial favourite when it come to catering. Whether it is a corporate celebration or an intimate Christmas party with your family and loved ones, Orange Clove will make you the hero for your party and event, with its Christmas menu providing options that will fit every tastebud and budget.

Christmas Log Cake

Throwing a party for a big group and have yet to start on the planning? Not to worry because Orange Clove will come to the rescue and make you the hero for your party and corporate events. This year, Orange Clove has come up with three different Christmas menus that range from S$25/pax to S$45/pax.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Perth

Perth Beach

Ah, Perth. It’s not quite the bustling metropolis that is Sydney, nor does it boast the quirkiness of Melbourne’s coffee connoisseurs and music lovers – but don’t be too quick to brush it aside. The laidback capital and largest city of Western Australia has its own quiet charms, endearing characteristics and, of course, one of the best climates in the country.

If you’re not yet convinced by the short five-and-a-half hour flight time and affordable fares to hop on a plane, check out our list of the Top 10 things to do in Perth.

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Christmas Dining 2014 at Millenia Walk’s Restaurants

Millenia Walk Christmas

We always love a good mall that has varied F&B options, so that whenever we are in the mood for, there is something we can turn to and count on for a satisfying meal. Millenia Walk is one of those. Strategically located in the heart of Singapore, with many hotels and attractions in the vicinity, Millenia Walk is your answer to lunch meetings, coffee breaks and more.

They have a list of understated F&B outlets who are always introducing new goodies and seasonal features to reward your taste buds, and this Christmas, we have a line-up of specials to share. From simple snacks to gastronomical meals to sassy sweets, they are about to entice you with festive treats and promotions.

There are also vouchers to be won and prizes to walk away with, so read on to find out the best of Millenia Walk’s Christmas dining 2014 and the surprises that await you this Christmas!

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La’ Coffee – Traditional Kopi and Toast in a Modern Cafe

La Coffee Kaya Toast

Kaya toast and eggs is the nation’ favourite breakfast combination. Together with an aromatic cup of local-style coffee or tea – or what we affectionately call kopi or teh – it is the simplest form of comfort food and one that we will never get sick of.

Whenever we dine at YaKun or Toast Box, we’d wish for an operator to reinvent the environment of a toast-and-eggs joint with a modern and cafe-like take. So when we heard about La’ Coffee - located next to Old Hen Coffee Bar in the Rangoon Road neighbourhood - we headed down on its first week of operation to check them out.

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Grand Hyatt Singapore WEEKEND 24 Staycation

Grand Hyatt WEEKEND 24

Just like food and fashion, we have our favourite brands when it comes to hotels too, and we know those names are the ones that we can count on and turn to whenever we need a good night’s sleep.

Hyatt is definitely on our list, and no matter which part of the world we are at, it is one brand that we can resonate with. The Hyatt brand is well-received and ever popular for their consistency in delivering the best experience to their esteemed guests.

We are not going to be overly fancy describing our stay at Grand Hyatt Singapore, because just like the brand prides itself, the experience is nothing but an honest and sincere one; no frills, just a classy execution for your enjoyment. Grand Hyatt Singapore has also just launched its WEEKEND 24 – an exclusive staycation package that lets you check-in at any time, and check-out one full day (24 hrs) later.

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5 Reasons Why Maxim’s Palace is Our Favourite Dim Sum Restaurant in Hong Kong

Maxim's Palace dim sum

Hong Kong is known for many things – the iconic Peak, postcard-worthy Hong Kong’s skyline, the vibrant nightlife and entertainment scene at Lan Kwai Fong, as well as the one thing that truly defines Hong Kong, at least for food lovers – dim sum.

Maxim Palace

A trip to Hong Kong is not complete without having a dim sum meal or two. Or as many as you can. There are countless dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong, and while the choices are mind-boggling to say the least, we love Maxim’s Palace for they offer the most quintessential Hong Kong dim sum experience. It ranks top for its authenticity by retaining its practice of serving dim sum on trolleys – the good ol’ traditional way.

Here are 5 reasons why Maxim’s Palace is our favourite dim sum restaurant in Hong Kong and why you should go there for yum cha when in the city.

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Stateland Cafe’s Red Velvet Waffles

Stateland Red Velvet Waffle

Located on Bali Lane, Stateland Cafe has been making a name for itself for its waffles. Served with a scoop of ice cream, and topped with homemade cream cheese glaze, the Red Velvet Waffle (S$14.90) indeed lived up to its name.

Thick yet fluffy, with the red velvet base combing well with the cream cheese glazing – this is one waffle that you have to try if you are on a hunt for the best waffles in Singapore.

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Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters Singapore

Pacamara Coffee

It is a clean state of white.

Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is one of the new kids on the block, but not that new if you are familiar with OZ Specialty Coffee. Formerly located at the other part of the Upper Thomson neighbourhood, the brand has undergone a major revamp and repositioning and now sits proudly as Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters at the edge of the busy stretch of Upper Thomson. It is a much bigger scale, with a proper dine-in space because they serve more than coffee and desserts now.

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Guide to Cafes in Rangoon Road Neighbourhood Singapore

Rangoon Road Cafes

Rangoon Road is one of those areas that we’d love to think of as the “last frontiers of Singapore”. In our memories, we grew up knowing Rangoon Road as one laid back neighbourhood scattered with coffee shops, little eateries and workshops. When one thinks of Rangoon Road, Ng Ah Sio and Founders Bak Kut Teh come to mind.

However, the neighbourhood is more than just bak kut teh. While Rangoon Road may not have evolved much, it is no less quaint and lovely. Today, many new cafes have opened in the neighbourhood and it is hardly a surprise given the strategic location.

Here is a guide to cafes in the Rangoon Road neighbourhood.

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The Westin Singapore Turns One – Enjoy Staycation, Dining and Spa at S$1*

Westin Seasonal Tastes

Time really flies. Since our first trip to The Westin Singapore, we have become regulars at the hotel over the past year. The Seasonal Tastes continuously introduces new creations to its buffet lineup, while Cook & Brew feels like home whenever we want to have some comfort food and chillout with friends. And we know that we can always count on Heavenly Spa by Westin™ when we are in need of a pampering treat.

It has been an exciting year at The Westin Singapore and as part of its 1st anniversary celebrations, it is offering SPG members an insider access to The Liverpool Football Legends. Calling it an insider access is an understatement; it is an invaluable experience that money can’t buy.

Football fans will be thrilled to know that The Westin Singapore is the official hotel for the match between Liverpool Football Legends and a top selection of Singapore football heroes on 15 Nov 2014, and SPG members can use their Starpoints® to bid and meet the Liverpool legends to play golf, dine together, travel on the team bus, VIP seats to watch the match and mingle at an exclusive after-party.

Westin First Anniversary

That’s not all. There will be a series of activities that will be taking place at the hotel during November to reward distinguished guests of The Westin Singapore.


Sleep Well at S$1*: From 1 Nov to 30 Dec 2014, book a minimum stay of 2 nights and enjoy the third night at an unbelievable rate of S$1++. All guests who stay at the hotel on 12 Nov will receive a mini football signed by the Liverpool Legends. For the first 50 bookings for stay on 15 Nov, guests will receive a pair of tickets to catch the Liverpool Football Legends in action. For reservations, please go to TheWestinSingapore.com

Eat Well at S$1*: Dine at Seasonal Tastes in November and enjoy your next buffet dinner at S$1++. For those who are working in the business district, hop over to Daily Treats for S$1++ deals on sandwiches, soups, fruit salads, coffee, tea and juices. They are your best bets for a quick fix. To make your reservation at Seasonal Tastes, please call +65 6922 6968 or [email protected]

Feel Well for S$1*: The Westin brand is all about wellness and having a healthy and balanced lifestyle. When you go for a 90-minute treatment at Heavenly Spa by Westin™ in November, revel in a 25-minute Energize Scrub for just S$1++. For reservations, please call +65 6922 6977 or email [email protected] Terms and conditions apply for all promotions.

To find out more, go to TheWestinSingapore.com/firstanniversary, ‘like’ The Westin Singapore on facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

This post is brought to you by The Westin Singapore.

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