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Universal Studios Singapore

The power of time. I went to USS a year ago, and now I’m back with another group of friends!



I love the Hollywood and New York area the most. That’s due to my fetish for the States!



The Revenge of the Mummy ride… after taking it twice last year I completely forgot how scary it felt like. Now the feeling got refreshed in my mind. Help! Body-shaking experience.

This ‘pharaoh’ or whoever you call it accidentally stepped on my foot when we were about to take the picture. I was waiting for him to at least apologise… but I don’t think it’s their policy to do so, seeing his permanently stern look plastered on his face.



We had lunch at Loui’s, located at the New York area. This self-service restaurant serves Italian food and their specialty features the 20-inch pizza. I regretted so, so much not ordering it. Even though the 3 of us couldn’t have finished it I still wanted to try it so much. Having a 20-inch pizza on your dining table is hell’a cool. Well, that was my biggest regret of the day.



 I ordered the Spaghetti with Meatballs ($9.80) and the tomato sauce was great, but the meatballs weren’t the best I tasted. Please blame it on IKEA’s specialty meatballs. You can also choose to have Spaghetti with Sausage ($9.80).

Mozarella sticks! Crispy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside. It would be even better if the cheese is even softer, close to the extent of melting in your mouth.
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Other dishes include the Beef Lasagna and some cakes as well. Somehow I feel guilty not trying the oreo cheesecake as it was big and looks great. Somehow food looks a little more appetizing in bigger portion sizes.


I really felt like restaurant hopping around all of them in USS because some of them looks great as well.

We were told by kind waiter at Loui’s that the new Transformers ride opening on 3 December 2011 will be having a technical rehearsal/sneak preview today, so of course we had to try that out. The ride brings you on a 3D journey in a ‘car’ and moves you about. Unfortunately I have mild motion sickness and the jerkiness was too much for me to handle so I didn’t feel good. But it’s supposed to be thrilling and the 3D effects creates the thrill, so don’t get the wrong idea from me.


Upon much conviction from my two other friends I finally took the Cylon side of the Battlestar Galactica since they affirmed me that it was not as scary as the Human. Woah. I did not dare to open my eyes at all. The 360 degrees turns were rather scary. There were like sudden gushes of strong winds hitting you and you feel your face being slammed down. However I can now claim that I SURVIVED IT!


We visited the Hershey’s and Garrett’s stalls outside the theme park. Amanda decided to get the customised Hershey’s chocolate syrup bottle on which we get to take a photograph there and be featured on the label. I feel like a model.

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Thanks Amanda & Rebecca for the great day. Happy birthday Rebecca!


EwF by Everything With Fries + Botanical Gardens II + Dialogue in the Dark

It was a great, great day out with two of my closest primary school friends. It’s been a year! 🙂


Alright so I met Guo Xuan at the MRT platform, and he wasn’t happy about me being 7 minutes late. Ok but that didn’t become that much of a great deal anymore, since Yi Xian ended up 24 minutes late. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone so late before. But anyway, it was depressing to see both of them taller than me now. Boohoo. We headed to Holland Village and had lunch at Everything With Fries.



This is quite a casual restaurant serving western food in affordable prices. After today’s lunch there, my verdict is that you gotta try this place! For starters, Guo Xuan and I had the One Egg Soup ($4.90). Even though the egg broth tasted a little weird for me, I would still say that the dish is itself a unique one. I especially love the deep fried egg white in the middle of the dish which makes it superb.


For Mains, I had the Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwich ($9.90) along with Yi Xian. Every main course at EwF comes with coleslaw or baby caesar salad and a fries which you can choose to either have it shoestring or straight cut, and they come in 5 different flavors: garlic & herbs, sour cream & onion, curry, original, vinegar. I chose shoestring fries with sour cream & onion.

The sandwich was rather tasty, what with the bread toasted to a perfect crisp, and the ham and melted cheese being fused into a great item especially suitable for brunch. The caesar salad was crisp too, and sprinkled with an enriching seasoning which I can’t make out of. The sour cream and onion fries were more disappointing, as they start to taste bland to me after a while. Guo Xuan tried their fish sandwich and said that it was really really nice. Now I kind of regret not having it.

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The serving sizes there were more than adequate for us, and we felt quite full after the mains. But nothing is complete without desserts. Ah. I ordered their most popular dessert item over there, the Nutella Tart ($5.90). Now listen. It is the best slice of cake I’ve ever had in my life so far. GX and YX should regret not having it. Being a huge lover of nutella, this cake was the best for me. It had oreo biscuit for its base which was incredible. The cake is purely nutella-based and is even better than scooping out nutella from the jar and eating it.

40 Lorong Mambong

Holland Village

Tel: +65 6463 3741

Sun-Thurs: 12pm-11pm

Fri-Sat/Eve of P.H.: 12pm-1am


After that we were hesitating about where to go next. YX’s suggestion of Bukit Timah Hill put me and GX off. Apparently I do not like to get up close with animals and it just didn’t sound appealing. In the end we ventured off to the Botanical Gardens since it was a couple of stops away. GX, being a fan of kiddy stuff, suggested to go into the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. However it was unfortunately only accessible to children below 12. A fail.



Under the sweltering heat, we were unable to continue walking to the other end of the gardens, so we sat on a bench and rested for a moment, till we decided to visit Dialogue in the Dark. The entrance fee is 12 bucks and bookings have to be made in advance. As GX was using my phone to make the booking, he said “Crystal” when asked for his name. And I think the entire staff of helpers there at Ngee Ann Poly is spreading this joke around. It is basically an entire experience/journey in the dark for an hour. You cannot see anything at all, so you experience how it is like being a blind person for an hour. We were given a walking cane each and assigned to a visually impaired guide who will help and guide us along the journey.


It is a pretty cool experience, even though it was scary not knowing where to walk at all. Throughout this trail we will “visit” places like a forest, market, hop into a boat ride, roads, and at last come to a bar where we can buy drinks. Unfortunately for us the cookies have already been sold out so we all opted for lemon barley. Note that this is still in complete darkness. Then we will sit down and have a short chat with our guide, before we finally see light. We only get to see our guide after the entire thing, which is a pretty good arrangement as you don’t know what to anticipate.


Booking Hotline
(+65) 6460 6222Fax Number
(+65) 6467 6606
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Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Block 5 #01-03
Singapore 599489

Singapore Botanical Gardens

I couldn’t live my life being kept behind bars at home.

Thought I would bring my cammy to a place to photograph, so I ended up at the botanic gardens. Unfornately, I explored less than half of the gardens because my mom was complaining, so I may be going there again soon. No adventure comes half-done to you.

Photos courtesy of yours truly

The path to choose


 Red lustre

I love such flowers that stand out and hit you from nowhere. I literally run to them when I catch sight.

 One fine day

 On a bench

 Bird of paradise

 Mixed skies

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 A guy

I love the American famillies having their family days there. I love how they do team sports together. And I didn’t capture the guy on purpose…. well maybe for my sole purpose.

 The garden

After some nature trekking, we had dinner at Casa Verde in the gardens. I didn’t have a good dining experience. Almost all the tables were reserved and the waiter led us to a table at which, two huge dogs were resting beside. Don’t find me fickle minded or sensitive, but I dislike the prospect of being too near to animals. And I am not someone who squeals about how cute a dog is for every dog seen on the street. But anyway, we got another table in the end.


The Italian Herbs Roasted Chicken I ordered was quite ordinary, and I would just call it a normal-roasted-chicken if I could. I regretted not ordering the pizza or pasta there because after looking around at other customers’ tables they really looked delightful and more popular…


I was kind of miffed that I didn’t get to have dessert at Casa Verde, so on my way home I went to Starbucks to satisfy my sugar craving. Finally got myself a Starbucks card, as I realised that I’m becoming their addicted fan. Got home two whoopie pies (American cake/cookie/pie that looks like a macaron) – the classic vanilla and cookies and cream, since I’ve never tried them before. I would describe them as sweet cakes – mmm.


Punggol Park Connector + Punggol Promenade + Lorong Halus Wetland

This entire lane comprising of areas of Sengkang and Punggol interlinked together may just be your new spot to destress. This is quite a new piece of land developed near a waterway leading to the Serangoon Harbour that few of heard of.

Optimising your time with work is great, but with the school holidays approaching, why not use this time to make peace with nature?

For those living in the Sengkang area or even in the Hougang area, you can easily access this playground of nature via a connector leading away from Punggol Park. Then, it is about a 2 kilometre to the Punggol Promenade, otherwise known as Tebing Lane.

Over here, you can expect to find cafes, restaurants and other facilities like for billards, fishing and soccer on the upper deck. The lower deck is for people who are jogging and/or strolling, as well as those sitting on the benches and just watch life pass. For Punggol residents, you can access this area via the Riviera LRT station, it’s just a 3-minute walk.IMG_1712



A few hundred metres from there, you can cross over a red bridge and expect to find Lorong Halus Wetland Reserve. I didn’t get to walk and snap pictures there since the sky was darkening and a slight drizzle was approaching.

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