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5 Things Travel Teaches you That You Won’t Learn in School

Travelling Life Lessons

Travel is the best education there is out there. Sure, you learn all sorts of important skills in school, there’s no discounting that, but travel offers you life experience in leaps and bounds. The lessons you discover about yourself, others and the world while traveling are incomparable to what you learn while sitting in a classroom. From weekend trips to month-long stays to a year of backpacking, there are life-defining moments etched into your journey when you leave the comfort of home to step into the unknown.

Here are 5 things you’ll learn while traveling that classes in school won’t teach you.

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18 Cafes in Singapore’s Residential Neighbourhoods

Neighbhourhood Cafes Guide

A few years ago, the idea of cafes opening at residential neighbourhoods was simply farfetched and almost impossible. Fast forward to today, cafes are sprouting in these unassuming neighbourhoods – mainly because of cheaper rental – and we are certainly not complaining because everyone has its own charm and they are lovely and cosy in their own rights.

Here is a guide to 18 cafes that have opened in the quaint residential neighbourhoods around Singapore.

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Patty & Bun Burger London

Smokey Robinson Burger

Messy, greasy and fingers-licking good, Patty & Bun’s Smokey Robinson Burger (£8.50) is the perfect burger. It comes with everything you need in a burger – caramelised onions, bacon, smokey mayo, cheese, tomato, lettuce, and a beef patty which is cooked to perfection. We wolfed it down within minutes. It was, hands down, the best burger that we have had in London.

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Singapore’s Best Lobster Rolls

Singapore Best Lobster Roll

So the lobster roll trend has finally hit our shores! We have been waiting for this day to come, and the only times we could ever satisfy this craving used to be those holidays to New York City and London. But gone are those days when we’d pin so hard for a good lobster roll fix and had to sleep off the craving, because much to our delight, more restaurants in singapore are rounding up their menus with their own renditions of this ever popular dish. Or snack. Whichever is more appropriate, depending on your appetite. One is definitely not enough for us.

Now, why is lobster roll so popular, you may wonder. We’d tell you exactly just why – chunks of juicy lobster meat doused in mayonnaise that sits within a toasted buttered brioche, every mouthful bursting with sweetness from the fresh flesh; how do you even go back to normality once you’ve had a good lobster roll?

It took us a while to sum this post up, because we wanted to try the popular ones in town before we present you this list that you should bookmark. We went on a trail to scout for the best versions, and here, we share with you the best lobster rolls in singapore that you must try:

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Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant’s Aburi Sushi

Rakuichi

Our usual go-to Japanese restaurant in the Novena neighbourhood is Tomi Sushi Bar, but when we were in the area last week, we wanted to try a new place for a change.

Located at the ground floor in the same building as Oasis Hotel, Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant has been around for a few years, and while we have noticed its branch in Dempsey Hill before, we never thought of trying it now until now.

Man, we’ve been missing out. Its much-lauded aburi sushi deserves a special mention. The Tokubetsu Set (S$28.60) – includes a salad, an assortment of 6-piece aburi sushi, stir-fried fish head with teriyaki sauce, seafood & vegetable tempura, miso soup, and sesame ice cream – is extremely value-for-money. There are also cheaper lunch sets like saba shioyaki, shake teriyaki and katsu don at S$18.60.

Rakuichi Japanese Restaurant
#01-05, Oasia Hotel
8 Sinaran Drive
Tel: +65 6659 6683
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Novena

#01-22, 10 Dempsey Road
Tel: +65 6474 2143
Daily: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Orchard

Travel with Peace of Mind with ACE Travel Insurance

Ace Travel Insurance

So you’ve booked your flight tickets and you are ready for a holiday. There are always many errands to run, work to see to, and things to pack before you board the plane. But is there something you might have missed out on your checklist? Did you pen down ‘travel insurance’?

Now if you are thinking it is not necessary, think again. Do you have a guarantee that nothing will go wrong on your trip? Travel insurance is one favour we should always do for ourselves.  Whilst many unforeseen circumstances can prove very costly, travel insurance these days, on the other hand, is very affordable. So getting yourself insured is the right thing to do.

Ace Travel

And then we are down to choices. There are aplenty in the market, and we have our own preferences too. One of them that we have personally bought before is ACE Travel Insurance for its affordability, and various levels of coverage.

In this post, we will share with you more about why you need travel insurance, and an amazingly irresistible deal – with 40% OFF single trips – that is limited for only a few days from 27 Aug to 3 Sep 2014.

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Seasonal Tastes’ Themed Night Buffet Dinners

Seasonal Tastes Dessert

Seasonal Tastes at The Westin Singapore has recently launched its themed night buffet dinners. Themed nights always mean more excitement and something special to look forward to, and with six different themes every night from Monday to Saturday, we just granted ourselves plenty more reasons to visit Seasonal Tastes again and again.

Mondays is Mama Mia Pasta Night. Go with a completely empty stomach, for you will be in for a treat – expect nothing short of a dream-like range of handmade pasta prepared with different sauces.

On Tuesdays, we pay homage to the Executive Chef’s roots with German Classics making a guest appearance. Crispy pork knuckles, farmer’s meatloaf, braised veal shank, bratwurst, kassler and sauerkraut… You get the idea. Go on and make your reservation!

We are big fans of Seasonal Tastes’ pastry chef, for she never fails with her divine creations, and the dessert buffet is always something that we look forward to the most. Wednesdays are ladies’ nights, with a dessert shrine – featuring sweets like profiteroles, mini cakes, cupcakes, macarons, and a berry pink chocolate fountain – that is specially set up with the ladies in mind. Go on, indulge in those sweets with your girls. We won’t tell.

Celebrate Thursdays with a Thai feast and enjoy favourite dishes like Thai green papaya salad, phad Thai with prawn and chicken, tom yum goong, and Chiang Rai-style steamed jumbo prawn.

Seafood buffet

Fridays are for T.G.I.F and for everyone to get together and catch up. What better way to welcome the weekend than to spend it with treasures of the sea? Seafood Nights at Seasonal Tastes come with the freshest selection of crustaceans like lobsters, crabs, prawns, mussels and freshly shucked oysters, and we trust you know that you should not miss this for the world.

Not forgetting the guys, Saturdays are your days to get your pals to pig out on carving and roasts. The chefs have prepared a fine selection of tender roasts – such as cold roast beef, crispy pork belly with cauliflower puree, slow-roasted beef prime ribs and BBQ beef short ribs – that will satisfy the carnivore in you.

Seasonal Tastes’ themed night buffet dinners at The Westin Singapore are priced at S$62++/pax for Monday to Thursday, and S$75++/pax on Friday. Diners enjoy complimentary per entry parking from 6pm onwards (Monday to Friday) and all-day (Saturday to Sunday).

Seasonal Tastes
The Westin Singapore
12 Marina View, Level 32 Asia Square Tower 2
Tel: +65 6922 6968
Email: [email protected]

This post is brought to you by The Westin Singapore.

Tian Kee & Co: Old-School Provision Shop-Turned-Cafe Singapore

Tian Kee Co

Like going back in time and stepping in to an old Singapore; so surreal, with hints of nostalgia.

Tian Kee & Co is nestled within the old estate of Dakota, and its rural setting exudes an old charm that is so rare in the present Singapore. When we first drove past the unassuming block of low-rise flats, we saw a lovely sight – simple but traditional-looking monochrome signboard, wooden high table and seats, and ceiling fans. We knew we were going to like this retro concept.

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Maxim’s Group is giving away a Free 3D2N Trip to Hong Kong

Urban bakery

Last week, we shared about a facebook contest by Maxim’s Group whereby readers get to win a free 3D2N gourmet trip to Hong Kong, and it is really encouraging to see all the entries so far.

To recap, Maxim’s Group is giving you a chance to try your hands at being a food critic, and win a 3D2N FREE gourmet trip for two to Hong Kong and dine at our favourite Maxim’s Group restaurants including simplylife, M&C Duck, and Maxim’s Palace.

The trip is on 24 to 26 Sep 2014 and it includes return air tickets to Hong Kong for two guests, two nights hotel accommodation, a welcome dinner at The Square (One Michelin Star restaurant), as well as dining coupons (for two) to designated Maxim’s Group restaurants.

Lobster dumpling

It is really easy to win this contest, and it takes no more than 10 minutes (depending on how fast you can compose a good write-up). All you have to do is to take part in Maxim’s Group Facebook contest.

  • Like Maxim’s Group on Facebook.
  • Go to Maxim’s event page www.facebook.com/events/1489288271315267 and click “Join”
  • Choose the dish that you want to try the most from this Facebook album. Send the photo and a short write-up of 50 words – on why you want to try the dish – via private message to Maxim’s Group Facebook Page.
  • Two winners (from Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore) will be selected based on the creativity of the short write-up. A representative from Maxim’s Group, renowned food critic Hsu Tien Lin and I will be the judge of the contest.
  • The contest will run from now till 31 Aug 2014 (11.59pm Hong Kong time).
  • Results will be announced on Maxim’s Group Facebook page on 5 Sep 2014.

This post is brought to you by Maxim’s Group.

The Tastemaker Store Singapore

Tastemaker Store

The Tastemaker Store is like a mix of new and old. Sitting within the old estate of Bukit Ho Swee, it is a clean space that is well-utilised and furnished with a very understated flare. Long lamps and potted plants hanging from the ceiling spell the character of the cafe, and light retro tracks fill the lovely space with a comforting touch of the 70s.

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Why you should make restaurant reservations with HungryGoWhere Online Reservations

HungryGoWhere Reservations

Making a restaurant reservation sounds like a foreign thing to do here in Singapore, but it is a huge trend in Western countries. Getting a table at the popular and best restaurants are usually tough when you do a walk-in, and that is why everyone relies on prior reservations to guarantee their seats.

And we are really heartened to see this trend taking flight in Singapore. There are aplenty restaurant reservation options, and even more reasons why we should pick up this habit. For one, we have recently implemented HungryGoWhere Online Reservations on our website, and you may have noticed the red box at the end of posts that feature participating merchants.

HungryGoWhere Online Reservations (book.hungrygowhere.com) is a really useful system and one that we trust, and we share with you the various reasons why you should use it too.

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Singapore’s Best Baked BBQ Pork Buns

Best BBQ Pork Buns

With chunks of juicy, sweet yet savoury BBQ char siew encrusted in a soft and pillowy golden bun baked to perfection, a bite of Baked BBQ Pork Bun is enough to send you to heaven.

No matter how big a dim sum menu is, this is one dish we always look out for, one that we have to order. It puzzles us why many dim sum restaurants in Singapore do not serve this dish, but for those that we have been to and fell in love with, we want to spread the joy of biting into a good Baked BBQ Pork Bun. Here is our take on 5 of Singapore’s Best Baked BBQ Pork Buns.

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Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific Singapore

Hai Tien Lo Pan Pacific

With so many new restaurants opening in Singapore every week, it takes a good restaurant to survive amidst the competitive market, and an even better one to continuously stay at the forefront of the industry. Hai Tien Lo at Pan Pacific Singapore is one of them.

A stalwart in the local dining scene, Hai Tien Lo sets high standards for quality Cantonese cuisine and remains one of the best Chinese restaurants in Singapore. It is the kind of place where you go for a smart yet casual luncheon with your business associates, to have dim sum with your friends during a gathering, or to celebrate your family member’s birthday.

Hai Tien Lo

Since joining Hai Tien Lo in 2004, Chef Lai Tong Ping has taken on the duty of lifting the restaurant to greater heights together with his team of chefs. It is no mean feat to straddle the line between sticking to classic Cantonese cooking and coming up with new and innovative creations to satisfy the ever-growing demands of diners.

To celebrate Chef Lai Tong Ping’s 10th anniversary at Hai Tien Lo, he has created ‘A Glorious Decade’ – an sophisticated six-course menu (S$108/pax, minimum of two guests) which showcases his signature hand-crafted creations, the dishes that best represent the cuisine and food philosophy at Hai Tien Lo.

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11 Things You Never Knew About Eggs

Eggs Fun Facts

Eggs are not only rich in protein, but they also contain B-complex vitamins. Although there has always been debates over their effect on heart problems, recent research has shown that moderate egg consumption—up to one a day—does not increase chances of contracting heart diseases.

Also, the majority of the eggs fats are ‘good’ fats (monounsaturated) of which are essential for a healthy balanced diet. Eggs are something that we eat almost every day, and we all know that they are delicious. And we need them in our diets. Here are 11 things you never knew about eggs, including some fun facts and its health benefits.

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