Explored Gardens by the Bay…finally!

Yesterday I met up with Yaone, a friend I knew from Twitter. She said she got some angpao recently so she promised to treat me out. Hooray for people who share their blessings ūüôā

We were supposed to have a snack at SEVENTH HEAVEN, an ice cream shop but lo and behold, they already ran out of ice cream when we got there. And to think I was already looking forward to devouring this:

SEVENTH HEAVEN’s THE MATRIX (photo courtesy of curiosityfillsthecat.blogspot.sg)

We went to Bakerzin instead, a shop that specializes in desserts. Lately I’ve been craving for waffles so I ordered their Warm Waffle with Cream Cheese Ice Cream and Strawberry Drizzle.

To be quite honest, the waffle was a bit of a letdown. The waffles were warm alright and crispy. The ice cream though, which I supposed jacked up the price, was not something worth writing home about. It made me miss even more the waffles sold off sidewalks in Seoul. Yaone, on the other hand, tried their Irish Cream Souffle and she said it was very delicious.

After food and conversation, we were off to exploring! The surrounding gardens requires no fee but tickets are required for the Super Trees, Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. Since it’s already night time, we opted to just visit the Flower Dome. Lucky for us, the lady at the ticker counter gave us these fancy angpao envelopes in celebration of the Chinese New Year!

Flower Dome was huge! Curiously though, plants with just leaves outnumbered those with flowers. Must be the season or something. There were about two floors. The first floor houses the plants from daisies to hibiscus to roses to so much more while the second floor featured cactus and African trees.

And then, just as we were leaving Gardens by the Bay, we were greeted with this sight:

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Yes, that is a giant baby suspended in mid-air.

Actually, it’s a massive white-painted bronze and steel¬†sculpture¬†by British artist Marc Quinn. Named Planet, the sculpture¬†has been donated for permanent display at the Gardens by Mr and Mrs Putra and Imelda Masagung. According to an article from Huffington Post,Planet¬†is one of Marc Quinn’s most important works. The sculpture, which is a depiction of the artist’s infant son, appears to float above the ground and is a technical tour-de-force. It has been shown internationally to great acclaim in the¬†Beyond Limitsexhibition of contemporary sculpture at Chatsworth House in 2008, and in the exhibition¬†The Littoral Zone¬†at the Mus√©e Oc√©anographique de Monaco in 2012.”

With that, seems a day trip to Gardens by the Bay is in order. Until the next adventure!

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For the Love of Yakult

Earlier today I posted this photo on my Facebook and Instagram accounts and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of feedback it garnered. I was so stoked to find out that many share my genuine adoration for this bottled wonder called Yakult!

the stuff dreams are made of

I was also oh so pleased to discover that not only do Yakult comes in a slightly bigger size (100ml as compared to the 80ml being sold in the Philippines) but that it also has different flavored variants! Score!! Apparently, Singapore is the only country in the world to have this privilege.

So far, I’ve only tried the green apple variant and it was tangy. Tomorrow, I’ll taste test another one as I’ve been following the so-called one bottle per day rule. But to be honest, there’s nothing I would like more than to consume a jug of Yakult each and everyday.

Such a shame Yakult couldn’t come in bigger servings. But according to this feature article, there’s a reason why Yakult’s serving size is restricted to its current form:

According to data from Yakult’s companies in¬†Malaysia¬†and¬†Australia, the cultured milk drink only comes in small bottles to avoid contamination.

“A smaller bottle is more hygienic. A larger bottle that is not finished might be kept open, thus a bigger risk of infection with other bacteria,” Yakult Malaysia said.

“Opening and closing a larger bottle on numerous occasions can result in a decrease in the number of live probiotic bacteria due to the introduction of various air-borne bacteria. This is undesirable because bacteria have the potential to compromise the quality of Yakult,” Yakult Australia said.

One small bottle is enough to keep people healthy each day so there’s no need to sell Yakult in bigger servings, the two companies said.

“If Yakult were provided in a larger bottle, people may drink more than needed, and while this is not harmful at all, it can be more expensive,” Yakult Australia said.

On a final note, lemme just say how adorable Yakult Singapore’s website is. For comparison, here’s the OHP of Yakult Philippines:

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And here’s for Yakult Singapore:

sgCute! Mr. Yakult, let’s be friends!

Foodgasm!

Tonight’s dinner was spectacular enough to merit a blog post. It’s my sister-in-law’s birthday so in celebration, we tried out the international buffet at Melt – The World Cafe in Mandarin Oriental Singapore.

Before being distracted by the food selection, I was particularly impressed with the hotel’s elegantly futuristic interiors.

photo 1And then it was time to attack the buffet tables! True to its promise, Melt does offer a multi-cultural culinary feast. But it was mostly Asian – from sushi to tandoori to char siu.

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I skipped all that though and headed straight to the seafood section. After piling up prawns, scallops and lobsters on my plate, I spied on the cheese selection which immediately made me do a double take. As in literally. Right after finishing up my plate, I went back for a second helping of DIY cheese platter. I had manchego, camembert, brie de meaux and some goats cheese. To round it all off: crackers and grapes. Too bad, we didn’t have wine.¬†

Finally, dessert! There were fruits, rice cakes, waffles, cakes, and some other assortments that I got familiar with thanks to hours of watching MasterChef. As I was already stuffed, I just contented myself with 3 kinds of mousse, panna cotta and strawberries and marshmallows dipped in chocolate. Yes, I know that is still quite a lot.

Given another chance though, I would totally linger longer in the chocolate fountain and then order piles and piles of waffles topped with fresh ice cream. Heck, if I could I would bring home the chocolate fountain in a heartbeat!

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Needless to say, I would sleep tonight with a more than satisfied tummy and a stupid smile on my soon to be bloated face.