What to do (and eat!) in Singapore?

by 5:12:00 PM

It's been a while since I've gone to Singapore (I think it's been more than 2 years since my last visit) and finally I got the chance to visit this lovely country once again last month. If you follow my Instagram, I bet you have known about my short trip there as I've shared bunch of delicious and appetizing food. (in form of picture, for sure.. lol)


I went to most of the touristy places (as expected) and I was pretty satisfied with my short but enjoyable trip. In case you are hesitating to go on solo trip to Singapore, well you don't have to because Singapore is well known as one of the safest city in South East Asia. It's really easy to get around the city as they had great transportation scheme. (MRT, Bus, etc) As long as you can speak decent English (or Mandarin) then you're good to go!



Now let's get started with the guide, shall we?

#1 Relive your childhood memories at Universal Studios Singapore

I visited Singapore during its rainy season which might be good or bad, the good thing is it's not super hot and humid, but you might get drenched if you don't bring umbrella everywhere. I have to say that I'm pretty lucky because it wasn't raining at all when I went to Universal Studio Singapore. (can you imagine if it's raining?) I enjoyed most of the rides (especially the extreme rides) and I manage to ride almost all the attraction because it was not super crowded during my visit.

There are several rides (mostly the extreme ones) that didn't allow you to bring any luggage with you, in case you are going there alone, don't worry because they provide free locker for certain period of time (usually around 30 minutes, but it will be adjusted according to the waiting time for respective rides) to store your belongings.

Make sure to note the time for each street show as well!

How much?
Adult - S$74
Child - S$56

How to get there?
You can take MRT to Harbour Front station (Vivo City) and take Sentosa Express for S$4

Tips?
Avoid weekend and national holiday!





#2 Enjoy local delicacies at Lau Pa Sat
Cereal Prawn

(Have you ever tried stingray-based dish before?)

I was introduced by a friend of mine (thanks Jasmine!) to this place called Lao Pa Sat, it's basically a gigantic hawker centre with huge selection of food. I tried one of the iconic dish called BBQ Sambal Stingray, which is basically grilled stingray topped with chili sauce. It tasted indescribably delicious and had nice texture without being overly spicy!

How much?
S$10 - S$50 for Food

How to get there?
You can take MRT to Telok Ayer station and walk

Tips?
Avoid crowd during lunch or dinner time

BBQ Sambal Stingray

#3 Beat the heat with good Soft Ice Cream!
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Have you ever imagined the humidity of Singapore during its sunny day? It will make you sweat for good enough that you will crave for something cool and refreshing. Therefore, soft ice cream is the best way to beat the heat! I tried the Green Apple Ice Cream and Chocolate Ice Cream from McDonalds (which is not available yet in my country) and both tasted pretty decent especially considering it's only around 1 dollars!


The best ice cream that I've tried in Singapore probably goes to this Hokkaido Melon Soft Ice Cream which is sold by humble stall near Merlion Park. It was seasonal flavor and the auntie was generous enough to give me huge amount of soft ice cream for only 5 dollars!

Hokkaido Melon Soft Ice Cream

How much?
S$1 - S$5

How to get there?
You can find it on all McDonalds in Singapore

Tips?
Enjoy it while it's cold!

#4 Devour more food at local food court!
Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

I always love everything in Singapore including its delicacies, it was my first time trying Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee and I'm sold! Everything inside the plate was literally heavenly good and I love the idea to add oily chili sauce to elevate the flavor. The Char Kway Teow tasted pretty decent despite being too oily.

How much?
S$5 - S$10

How to get there?
You can find it on most of the shopping mall in Singapore

Tips?
Make sure to bring the food on your own!

Char Kway Teow


One thing that I love from travelling is that I could find a lot of unique or strange snacks that is not available yet in my country. I managed to buy one pumpkin pudding flavored KitKat and I freaking love the unique flavor!


How much?
S$2 - S$20 depends on the type of snack

How to get there?
You can find it on most of the shopping mall in Singapore

Tips?
Make sure to consider whether you can bring those snacks along with you!

Cute and Fat Kitten!

I think that's all that I could share about my last short trip to Singapore, I hope the information will be helpful to you and don't hesitate to contact me if you would like to ask anything, I'll be happy to help!

See you on my next trip!

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Thai Xtreme (Mall Taman Anggrek, Jakarta)

by 8:47:00 PM


Thai Xtreme (or also known as Thai Express) is an authentic Thai restaurant located at Mall Taman Anggrek. The restaurant might be one of the oldest restaurant that survived in F&B industry in Jakarta, they established their first outlet in 2003 with the name of Thai Express (you might have heard about the brand in Singapore and yes it's the same restaurant). They change the name to Thai Xtreme due to several reason, but all the food and quality remains the same.

Interior
Interior

The restaurant itself is not super big, but it was spacious enough to accommodate up to 60 people. The interior has been revamped with a little bit of trendy touch that gives off cozy atmosphere. Despite being the old player in the industry, I could see that customers still come and dine at the restaurant. (which is great!

Let's get started with the food, shall we?

Pineapple Seafood Rice (IDR 68.5k)
Pineapple Seafood Rice

Pineapple Seafood Rice is basically Thai style fried rice with seafood and pineapple. The best way to eat this dish is to mix everything inside the plate along with the authentic Thai chili sauce. It tasted super rich as it had combination of sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavor. Perfect!

Pineapple Seafood Rice

Pandan Leaf Chicken (IDR 59.5k)
Pandan Leaf Chicken

Pandan Leaf Chicken is one of the signature Thai cuisine which is marinated chicken wrapped with pandan leaves and then grilled to perfection. The chicken was tender and perfectly marinated, it tasted a little bit sweet and fragrant thanks to the pandan leaves!

Tom Yum Seafood Soup (IDR 49.5k)
Tom Yum Seafood Soup

Their Tom Yum Seafood Soup is a little bit special as it might not be the same as what you've ever had. The broth was clear instead of red and creamy and it tasted quite spicy and had strong flavor and aroma. Definitely perfect for a cold day!

Steamed Tapioca (IDR 26.5k)
Steamed Tapioca

Another signature Thai cuisine which is basically cassava topped with creamy tapioca. It tasted a little bit salty and sweet at the same time.

Sour Plum (IDR 26.5k)
Sour Plum

Looking for a good, healthy and sour drink? Sour plum might be perfect for you as it had everything you want in one package!


Thai Iced Tea (IDR 24.5k)
Thai Iced Tea

Their Thai Iced Tea was exceptionally great as they clearly made it in a correct way instead of instant way. (just look at the foam!) It was not overwhelmingly sweet and filled with ice.

Overall, I had a great dinner at Thai Xtreme, the food tasted delicious, the place is nice and the service was great. It's good to see that they could maintain the consistency and authenticity of their food despite being one of the senior in F&B industry in Jakarta. I wish best of luck for Thai Xtreme and thanks for having me!


Thai Xtreme 
Mall Taman Anggrek, Lantai 4, Jl. Tanjung Duren Timur 2, Tanjung Duren, Jakarta
(021) 5639087

Cilandak Town Square, Lantai 1, Jl. TB Simatupang, Cilandak, Jakarta
(021) 75920331

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 22.00

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Kintan Buffet (Puri Indah Mall, Jakarta)

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Kintan Buffet is Japanese yakiniku "All You Can Eat" restaurant under Boga group which also manages Shaburi, Bakerzin, Paradise Dynasty, etc. Despite being a newcomer in the F&B industry in Jakarta, I could see that the restaurant was mostly packed even during weekdays.

Buffet
Interior
Interior
The restaurant itself is quite big and spacious, the interior was mostly decorated with wooden furniture that gives off Japanese vibe,

They currently have four selections of buffet package which consists of Regular Buffet, Kintan Buffet, Premium Kintan Buffet and Special Wagyu Buffet. The price range starts from IDR 158k - IDR 458k for lunch (Adult) and IDR 188k - IDR 488k for dinner (Adult) with lower price for kids and senior.

Buffet Selection

The buffet selection is complimentary for all package, there are soup, salad, fried rice and varieties of fritters. Unexpectedly, I found their potato wedges to be one of the best potato wedges that I've ever had in Jakarta, it had perfect texture and perfectly seasoned!

Meat
Meat
Meat

Depends on the package that you have chosen before, you might have different selection of the meat for the menu. I do suggest you to take the Kintan Buffet package at the very least to enjoy many selections of meat.

Grilling Meat
Meat on Fire!

The yakishabu was delicious, it was thinly sliced and lightly seasoned with pepper to perfection (and the good news is, yakishabu is available for all package!). Gyu Tan is another meat to be noted due to its deliciousness and it's available from the Kintan Buffet package onward.

Grilled Yakishabu
Yakishabu

Overall, I had a wonderful dinner at Kintan Buffet, the food tasted delicious, the service was great and the place is nice. I wish best of luck for Kintan Buffet and thanks for having me!
Kintan Buffet
Puri Indah Mall, Lantai 1, Jl. Puri Indah Raya, Puri Indah, Jakarta
(021) 5822459

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sun : 10.00 - 22.00

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