Birthday Outing with Hubs (20 October 2014)

For Hubs’ birthday this year, we just went out to spend some personal time.

We went to Bugis Junction.

We ate at one of the new japanese ramen stall.

Fried Tofu with Sakura Shrimps

Fried Tofu with Sakura Shrimps

Fried Sotong Balls and Beancurd Skin

Fried Sotong Balls and Beancurd Skin

String Bean Stir-Fry with Sotong and Miso Sauce

String Bean Stir-Fry with Sotong and Miso Sauce

After lunch we went over for desserts at Awfully Chocolate.

Chocolate Lava Cake

Chocolate Lava Cake

I am glad that a simple meal is sufficient to satisfy the Hubs.

Cruise to Malacca (15 – 17 Oct 2014)

I went for a short cruise trip with my in-laws.

We met early in the afternoon, then we had late lunch and we went for our early check in. Then we waited around till it is time for us to board the cruise.

We went on Star Cruises Superstar Gemini this year. Our boarding time is at 8.30pm. Right after boarding onto the cruise, we went straight for dinner in the chinese restaurant, Dynasty Restaurant.

These are the main dishes available on the buffet line.  (L-R): Roasted Pork Belly, Fried Fish with Soy Sauce, Stir Fry Prawns with Marrow Melon, Sea Cucumber Stew, Steamed Chicken, Lotus Root and Pork Rib Soup, Honey Cha Siew, Stir Fry Greens and Winter melon with Abalone Mushrooms

These are the main dishes available on the buffet line.
(L-R): Roasted Pork Belly, Fried Fish with Soy Sauce, Stir Fry Prawns with Marrow Melon, Sea Cucumber Stew, Steamed Chicken, Lotus Root and Pork Rib Soup, Honey Cha Siew, Stir Fry Greens and Winter melon with Abalone Mushrooms

Dessert Table

There is a separate table which have all the different desserts.
(L-R): Chocolate Cream Cake, Pandan Cake, Cream Puff, Cream Caramel, Butter Cake)

After dinner, we went to explore the ship as this is the first time we are on board Superstar Gemini and it is my in-laws’ first cruise trip.

Subsequently, we also went to look at the choices available in the buffet line in another restaurant, Mariner’s Restaurant.

Hawaiian Pizza, Hotdog, Teriyaki Chicken, Squid, Tofu and Papadum

Hawaiian Pizza, Hotdog, Teriyaki Chicken, Squid, Tofu and Papadum

After that supper, the cruise started moving out to sea. I went back to the room to turn in for the night while my husband and his parents went to explore the bars and the jackpot machines.

On the second day, we woke up early for breakfast. We went to Dynasty for the breakfast and popped by to the western food restaurant, Bella Vista, to explore their spread as well.

Fried Mee Sua, Fried Pork Oatmeal, Steamed Chicken Feet, Fried Prawn Dumpling, Fritters and Soy Bean Drink, Baked Char Siew Puff Pastry, Egg, Char Siew Bao, Seafood Dumplings

Fried Mee Sua, Fried Pork Oatmeal, Steamed Chicken Feet, Fried Prawn Dumpling, Fritters and Soy Bean Drink, Baked Char Siew Puff Pastry, Egg, Char Siew Bao, Seafood Dumplings

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3 min Eggs and Bacon at Bella Vista

After breakfast, we went back to the room to wait for our time to get off the cruise to Malacca.

We need to change to a smaller boat which will bring us into Malacca’s pier, and the journey was pretty shaky, but still acceptable.

Once we reached land, we took a cab down to Jocker Street which is around a 5 min drive and we went straight for lunch.

Chicken Rice Balls with Steamed Chicken and Innards

Chicken Rice Balls with Steamed Chicken and Innards

After lunch we went to shop for some local goodies in San Shu Gong, then we board another cab to go to Makorta Mall for more shopping. We also sat down for tea break there as we are tired from all the walking around and shopping in the mall.

Fruity Macaroons and Chocolate Affogato

Fruity Macaroons and Chocolate Affogato

After tea break, we walked and shopped some more, before heading back to the pier to board our boat ride back to cruise. Once we are back to the cruise, we changed into our swimming attire to enjoy the jacuzzi and pool on the cruise. We had to get out of the waters as it started to rain soon after. We are exceptionally glad that we were back on board rather early as the sea got rather choppy once the rain and wind comes along. We had the window rooms so we were able to see how shaky the boat gets when they are coming back to the cruise ship.

After some rest and bathing time, we headed for dinner. We wanted to eat at Dynasty, but we were too late by the time we reach that there were no more tables, so we went to Bella Vista first for some food before heading back to Dynasty for more.

Tomato Salad and Italian Bread, French Onion Soup, Crispy Roasted Duck and Coup Denmark

Tomato Salad and Italian Bread, French Onion Soup, Crispy Roasted Duck and Coup Denmark

Ngor Hiang, Fish Head Curry, Poached Garden Green, Stewed Pork, Wok Fried Prawn, Fu Yong Egg, Gong Bao Chicken, Braised Sea Cucumber and Black Mushroom

Ngor Hiang, Fish Head Curry, Poached Garden Green, Stewed Pork, Wok Fried Prawn, Fu Yong Egg, Gong Bao Chicken, Braised Sea Cucumber and Black Mushroom

After the dinner, it is time for the Special Performance with the Lion Men Crew.

My husband participated and won some gifts for me.

After that we went back to the room to rest, we intended to watch the movie marathon, but we fell asleep in the room instead and missed the movies.

The next morning is the last day we were on the cruise. We woke up in time for breakfast, my in-laws prefers the spread in Dynasty, and so we went there for breakfast.

Rice Roll with Prawn, Fried Prawn Dumpings, Char Siew Bao, Fried Udon Noodles, Century Egg Pastry, Prata with chicken curry, Egg, Fritters with Soy Milk

Rice Roll with Prawn, Fried Prawn Dumpings, Char Siew Bao, Fried Udon Noodles, Century Egg Pastry, Prata with chicken curry, Egg, Fritters with Soy Milk

After breakfast, we went to settle our bill and collect our passports, then we rest in the room till it is time for disembarkment. And before long, we are back in Singapore.

I enjoyed this trip with my in-laws, we know that we have brought them to some places they have never been before, and it is a first experience for them on a cruise. We enjoyed the food available on board the ship and the room we were staying in. I felt that this trip was very short, and I will prefer a longer trip the next time round.

We intend to go for another cruise trip with friends and family next year. ^.^

Sakura Charcoal Grilled and Shabu Shabu (10 October 2014)

As my hubs wasn’t working that day, we decided to go some where for dinner which we have not gone before.

We decided to try the Sakura Charcoal Grilled and Shabu Shabu in Marina Country Club.

Grilled Yummies

Grilled Yummies

We reached there rather late, paid, get seated and started grabbing our yummies for both the steamboat and the grill.

There is quite a fair portion of food options for the grill, but the options for steamboat I only saw those Yong Tao Fu items (Fish balls, sotong balls…), kinda disappointing. And the grill took quite a long time to cook the food, so if you are hungry, this isn’t a good choice.

The food isn’t too bad, and since this place is halal, muslim can enjoy the food here as well.

There are cooked food available as well, but I am too hungry to focus on taking photos. =p

Although the restaurant is in Punggol, it isn’t the easiest to go when you do not have a car, there is a shuttle bus service as well, but I think I will not go again unless there are easier methods to go in.

Manhattan Fish Market (10 October 2014)

I was informed that my colleague was leaving the company after the ending of her contract, so that day during lunch time we decided to go for lunch at Manhattan Fish Market.

There is lunch set promotion as well, so it isn’t too expensive.

We went to the branch in Hougang Mall as it is the closest to our work place.

Garlic Herb Mussels

Garlic Herb Mussels

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

This is the final meal I had with her alone. It was a nice time with nice food. =)

The food options in Manhattan Fish Market isn’t a lot, but I feel that their quality is not too bad, so it is a good place for some nice food. Their service is also prompt and quick as well.