Friday, December 26, 2014

Review: Buffet City International Buffet Restaurant | Tanjong Pagar

Merry Christmas y'all! I hope it has been a wonderful Christmas spent with your loved ones and lots of food! 

My mum wanted to go out for a meal for all 6 of us. For the past years, we would go to the airport to have a meal and then enjoy the decorations. (Yes we are the typical Singaporean family who goes to the airport for fun)

After some recommendations from her friends, we found Buffet City International Buffet Restaurant. At first I was like eh? I've only heard of Buffet Town. After googling, I found out that it was a halal buffet place. I couldn't find any blog reviews on this place so I relied solely on HungryGoWhere. 

A lot of restaurants usually jack up their prices during the festive season and it doesn't make sense for us to head to a place to eat at $80/pax when it is only $30+/pax on a normal day. Buffet City's price was like $27.80 for a dinner on a normal weekday and $29.80 for festive period so.. why not give it a try? There's also a 10% discount when you pay online. 

Called them to make a reservation and surprisingly, there is no problem considering how I only called like 3 days before Christmas.

It's located at Tanjong Pagar Community Centre. We parked at Pinnacle @ Duxton. We reached at 5.30pm and it was quite empty. But people started trickling in at about 6.30pm. I was quite surprise about the huge crowd though..

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Sushi was bad. Very very dry and tiny. No sashimi! I was so disappointed there wasn't any salmon. I know I shouldn't have too high an expectation but given that I had Rise buffet a few days ago, I can't help comparing.

We stuffed ourselves with the chilled prawns, black pepper crabs and chili crabs. The chilled prawns were big. I usually am very lazy and won't peel prawns but I ate the most number of prawns today. The curly fries were nice! Reminded us of A&W fries. Other than that.. nothing much to shout about. The ice cream were very soft. The soup for laksa was not hot at all. Felt rather unsafe because there's coconut milk in it. Just a personal opinion. It's rather cramped when there's a crowd because all the chairs were touching each other and it gets very troublesome when someone wants to move in/out. 

There were free-flow drinks as well. Forgot to take a shot of the drinks station but there were mainly cans of soft drinks for you to take, as well as hot drinks like teh-tarik. The staff refilled the food rather fast. Service-wise, there were not a lot of waiters around for a public holiday. Plates hardly get cleared and with a small space, we had to clear our own plates sometimes. However, they were really helpful and polite. 

When asked for an opinion, A said "This is a place I will come back only IF I want to have buffet during a festive season with a $30 budget and all other places are fully booked"

Good: Cheap for a festive season, prawns, black pepper crabs, crayfish, chili crabs, fries. Polite staff
Bad: Very limited food options, small space, food was so-so

Verdict: Not for fussy eaters. Come only when you're on a tight budget during festive season.

Buffet City International Buffet Restaurant
101 Cantonment Road #01-04 Tanjong Pagar Community Centre Singapore 089774
+65 6410 9084
Lunch: 11am - 2.30pm
Dinner: 5.30pm - 9pm

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

My Roaccutane Journey (Day 134)

Past: My Roaccutane Journey (Day 12)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 20)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 32)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 40)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 50)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 69)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 77)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 93)

Sorry for the lack of updates! Have been a little too busy and neglected this little space. It's been more than a month since my last post on my face so let's see how I've been doing..

There are no active pimples on my cheeks now.. which is good. Now I just have to get rid of all the scars. The scars on my right cheek looks pretty bad though :( One pimple just popped out like yesterday right on top of my lips. Accidentally scratched it in my sleep and oh boy, I was wide awake after that. Hurts like shittttttz.

About to finish my third box of Roaccutane which means I need to go for a blood test soon! Argh. My body natural reaction to needles penetrating my skin is to faint. Hopefully, I wont faint this time round..

Monday, December 8, 2014

Heap Seng Leong Coffee Shop | Butter Coffee

The boy and I decided to go for a different breakfast last Sunday morning. Instead of poached eggs and latte, we went for soft-boiled eggs and guyou kopi (butter coffee) at Heap Seng Leong!

Heap Seng Leong is located at an inconspicuous corner of Block 10 @ North Bridge Road. It felt like time has come to a stand still in this coffeeshop. I spotted the elderly uncle in his white singlet and blue draw-string pants which seems like his trademark outfit.

Heap Seng Leong
Heap Seng Leong

We came here for the butter coffee that I've been hearing a lot about. I personally don't like oily stuff eg. pork lard, fatty meat. So I was actually a bit apprehensive to have butter in my coffee. We ordered a guyou kopi and added toast and soft-boiled eggs to complete our breakfast. 

Heap Seng Leong

While waiting for our food to arrive, I was looking around and hey, the orange payphone! It still works, because an elderly man came in with his hands full of 10c coins and made a few phone calls. It was quite a sight because we don't see this anymore! They also had a few containers of sweets and biscuits. 

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The younger uncle came with our guyou kopi first. The layer of butter melted rather quickly. By the time the toast and the eggs came, it was just a layer of liquid butter on the top.

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Surprisingly, I couldn't really taste the butter. There was hardly any butter taste in it. However, the coffee was creamy with the addition of the butter and the coffee was very smooth. 

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The uncles seemed rather nonchalant as I walked around, taking a few shots. Perhaps there were too many of such sight that they don't bother anymore. I talked to the younger uncle and found out that this shop has been here for at least 40 years. He has been there for 20 years. Did not manage to ask more as he was busy and I didn't want to disturb him.

Heap Seng Leong

There is also a stall selling fried noodles, carrot cake, and porridge. The porridge was sold out when we were there so we had a plate of fried noodles ($3). The auntie prepares each plate separately. That is to say if there are 2-3 orders of fried noodles, she will prepare one at a time. Every plate requires her to go to her huge fridge to get some prawns out before she throws them into her wok. It seems troublesome for her, but I guess it is to ensure the freshness of the ingredients.

I hope that this coffee shop will be here to stay for the next 10 years. It's definitely a place I will visit again and I hope that my future kids will be able to experience this.

Heap Seng Leong
10 North Bridge Road #01-5109 Singapore 190010
Operating hours: 4am - 8pm (daily)

After a satisfying breakfast, we walked around the area and there were lots of cats! :D

We ended the day at McPherson where we collected my anniversary present from the boy - Instax Share Printer! :D

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bandung, Indonesia 4D3N (Day 4)

First: Bandung, Indonesia 4D3N (Day 1) 
        Bandung, Indonesia 4D3N (Day 2) 
        Bandung, Indonesia 4D3N (Day 3) 

We started our last day with breakfast at the hotel. To our surprise, the menu changed! Based on past reviews on agoda, they don't change the food so it was a good change though there wasn't much improvement.

Brata came to pick us up for our pampering session! We only hired him for a trip to the airport but he kindly volunteered his service because we were suppose to do our manicure the day before but because they couldn't accommodate us, we had to return another day and he felt bad. Furthermore, it was a distance away from our hotel.

I did manicure/nail art for both hands and feet. The price for nail art is based on the different designs. Do note that the price listed is for 2 hands, not per finger! My nail art design was.. IDR45,000 (SGD4.50) and the polka dot design for my feet was IDR35,000 (SGD3.50) Total price came up to less than SGD15! 

A did manicure too :D Just basic cleaning and scrub and he loves it. Heh.

Since we were at Jln Riau, we decided to go over to HummingBird Cafe which was very much raved about.


To get to Humming Bird Cafe, head to Jl. Progo...

 There's quite a number of cafes along this stretch of road. Feels like our Tiong Bahru.

It was filled with teenagers, young adults and families. 

The Early Riser menu ended by the time we reached so we only had these choices (above). After we made our order, we saw there were mains like pasta and chicken served to other diners. We didn't get any menu with that at all! Felt a bit cheated though.

I'm very ashamed to say that I totally forgot what we ordered. But it was decent and relatively cheap compared the cafes in Singapore. The milkshakes were very very thick and sweet. It's worth a visit though! But there are many nice-looking cafes around the area so perhaps if you're adventurous and want to take the road less-travelled, go for somewhere else! 

Popped by a few factory outlets in Riau, the popular ones like Heritage and Secret.

I didn't really find anything nice though. Even if there were any, they don't have it in my size! >:( We basically just walked around for time to pass by. 

In Bandung, you can see a lot of roadside balloon sellers. According to Brata, these balloons are at SGD1, which is freaking cheap (to us). Like, where in Singapore can you get such helium balloons? A normal rubber balloon can cost 30c, some shops charge $2 for helium. That's $2.30 already!

Wanted to go for foot massage at the only place but it's fully booked. :( Massages are not that readily available as compared to BKK.

Brata brought us to a snacks shop to get some snacks before heading to the airport! Check-in at the minuscule airport was painfully slow because there were so many passengers but so little space. 

There were very limited parking space at the airport. What they do is they just park somewhere even if it means blocking other cars. If the car inside needs to get out, the parking attendant would just push the car in front. Organized mess FTW.

Dinner was at Solaria. Just your usual fried rice. We unknowingly ordered milkshake again. Hahahaha. Too much too much. 

And it was time to say goodbye to Bandung! The 4 days were great and it was a much-needed break!

A and I were down with food poisoning right after we came back from Bandung though. He got severe diarrhea the day after, and I ran straight to the toilet early in the morning 2 days later. Full-blown food poisoning with vomiting, diarrhea and fever for me. After this episode of food poisoning, turns out a few of my colleagues all returned from Bandung with food poisoning =X

Nevertheless, it was a great first visit to Indonesia!