Moving My WordPress Blog to NAHMJ.COM

Hi NAHMJ’s Reader,

Finally, I have decided to create NAHMJ.COM after a long procrastination. I am in the midst of setting it up. This is an heads up to all. I am targeting to complete the move by 30 Apr so that NAHMJ.COM will be up and running on 1 May.

Meanwhile, all my new posts will be at NAHMJ.COM instead. The old posts will be up soon.

* Update 22 April 2015
My NAHMJ.COM site is now up with new blog posts. I will be moving my archived posts over in the days to come.

 

Cheers

NAHMJ (Michelle)

Le Spa At Chun Tin Road, Upper Bukit Timah

I was invited to experience a 90 minutes massage session priced at $90 with Le Spa located at 16 Chun Tin Road, at Upper Bukit Timah. I was pretty excited as I enjoy massage but I could hardly find one which, in my opinion, is good enough. As most masseuse did not have enough strength to exert a good enough pressure. Thus, I never really enjoy at the end. Nonetheless, I still accepted the invitation and hoping it will be good.

Le Spa Entrance
Le Spa Entrance

Though the address is 16 Chun Tin Road, the entrance is by Yuk Tong Avenue. Enter via the glass door and turn right, you will be greeted by a flight of stairs, leading to the 2nd floor where Le Spa is perched.

Counter
Counter

When entered, you will find a soothing lobby with a friendly staff welcoming you to Le Spa.

There were quite a number of individual rooms for massage and the corridor were pretty oriental in design.

Interior View
Interior View

I was led to a room with a simple but comfortable massage bed. Nothing fanciful. Cabinets were provided for you to put your belongings.

A masseuse entered and her name is Gigi. When she started, I could feel enough strength exerted onto my body and through out the massage, the right amount of strength was given. From the massage on my body, she could tell me which part of my body I am having aches and pain and she seems to have helped to relieve lots of the aches, especially on my shoulders which I have most problems with.

Massage Room
Massage Room

At the end of the session, I was relieved of the aches and my body felt lighten and a cup of Ginger Tea was served.

Though everything was simple, no fanciful Jacuzzi, neither bath was provided at the end of the massage but I truly enjoyed the session. In a nutshell, this is the best session I have ever experienced so far.

The good news about Le Spa is that it is run 24 hours, you can pamper yourself any time round the clock, at your convenience and at a very reasonable pricing. Beside the outlet at Upper Bukit Timah, the other outlet is located off Club Street (Gemmill Lane).

Le Spa
16A Chun Tin Road Singapore
Tel: +65 6222 6805

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/lespasingapore?fref=ts

Opening Hours

24 Hours; Closed on Chinese New Year
[Preferably to book 2 days in advance.]

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opposite Beauty World Centre along Jalan Anak Bukit or along Upper Bukit Timah Road 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852, 961

– alight before or after Upper Bukit Timah along Jalan Jurong Kechil 61, 77, 157, 173, 174, 174e, 970, 985

Rating: 8/10

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Arts At HDB Void Decks

Some where in the East, there are 2 blocks of beautifully decorated with painting by the Social Creatives. It is a non Government group, who wanted to, I suppose make our homes with better visual impact.

By Social Creatives
By Social Creatives

I learnt about it and decided to pop by to view the arts. There is a block with Vincent Van Gogh series of painting on each pillar.

Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh

You can spot some of his famous painting such as Starry Starry Night, Starry Night Over The Rhone, Cafe Terrace At Night, just to name a few.

Vincent Van Gogh Series
Vincent Van Gogh Series

Besides these, there are some other paintings

Trees
Trees

Such as the trees and the sunflowers

Sunflower
Sunflowers

And the fishermen. It might be a representation of Singapore while it was a fishing village. This also reminded me of the readings in the gospel.

Fishermen
Fishermen

These are only a fraction of the art creation. You can find more.

Finally, where can you find them? At the void deck of Block 56 and Block 57 Pipit Road.

Where?

Void Deck of Block 56 & 57 Pipit Road

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line – MacPherson station

By Bus:
– alight at ITE Campus along Circuit Road 40, 61, 63, 63M, 65, 66, 135, 154, 155, 158

– alight opp MacPherson Secondary School 61, 63, 63M, 65, 66, 135, 154, 158

Yogart Artisan Yoghurt At Burlington Square On Bencoolen Road

Yoğart Artisan Yoghurt located at the ground floor of Burlington Square, adjacent to Sim Lim Square has its shop front facing the side of La Salle.

It offers both Frozen Yogurt (froyo) and Popsicles. And Waffles too.

Popsicles
Popsicles

There were 4 flavours for Popsicle; Mango, Yuzu, Berry and Chocolate.

Toppings & Sauces
Toppings & Sauces

I tried both the Froyo and Popsicles.

Yogart has a similar approach to Ilao Ilao. It has a Bliss (termed Sanum in Ilao Ilao) which you will choose 3 fruits, one bites (equivalent to crunch in Ilao Ilao) and a sauce.

The available fresh fruits were Watermelon, Kiwi, Rockmelon, Blueberry, Strawberry and Mango. While Bites available were Oreo Crumbs, Caramelised Cookie, Digestive Cookie, Almonds, Granola and Nuts & Oats Cookies. Lastly the sauces available were Dark Chocolate, Rum & Raisins, Coco Bianco, Summer Berries, Pretty in Pink and Tangerine.

If you don’t prefer the Bliss, you could opt for Small Cup (1 or no topping), Medium Cup (2 topping) or Large Cup (3 toppings).

I went for the Bliss. I chose Digestive Biscuits with 3 fruits of Watermelon, Rockmelon and Mango and lastly the sauce was Pretty in Pink (a Guava sauce)

Bliss
Bliss

I find the entire creation a little on the sweet side. I prefer it a little more sourish.

Yuzu Explosion Popsicle
Yuzu Explosion Popsicle

I am always attracted by Popsicle and I tried the Yuzu Explosion. The Popsicle was creamy, smooth and a little more sweet than sourish. I wouldn’t mind it a little more sourish while sweetness level remains.

Yogart Artisan Yoghurt provides a good alternatives to the froyo scenes with nice creamy, smooth froyo and popsicle to combat our sweltering weather.

Yoğart Artisan Yoghurt
175 Bencoolen Street, #01-56 Burlington Square Singapore 189649
Tel: +65 6238 0135

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Yo%C4%9Fart/839114106151360?fref=ts

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1200 to 2100; Sunday 1200 to 1800

Getting There

By MRT: North East line – Little India station

By Bus:
– alight opp Burlington Square along Bencoolen Street 64, 64, 131, 139, 147, 166, 857

– alight opp Prime Centre along Middle Road 56

– alight after Sim Lim Square along Rochor Canal Road 23, 48, 57, 66, 67, 170, 851, 960, 980

Rating: 7/10

Capitol Cafe at The Working Capitol On Keong Saik Street

Capitol Cafe is within the roof of The Working Capitol, a coworking workspace with desk for rental, for a day ($50 per desk) or for a month ($750 per desk).

I hopped over to the Capitol Cafe for lunch on a weekday.

Food and Drink Menu
Food and Drink Menu

It has a very limited food menu, with mainly bread items. I must say, it has the most boring menu. And I only spotted 2 cakes; a Carrot Cake and a Brownie.

Beef Pastrami Sandwich
Beef Pastrami Sandwich

I still proceeded to order a Sandwich, Beef Pastrami Sandwich on Ciabatta for lunch. It was a simple sandwich with melted cheese and tomato slices on one side of the bread and mustard spread on the bottom half, sandwiched with beef pastrami and lettuce. The bread proved too tough for my jaw.

Cappuccino
Cappuccino

The coffee seems to be a blend. I was surprised by the strong flavour notes of both dark and milk chocolate, nutty and berry. It was a medium to low acidity and a full body cuppa.

Capitol Cafe has a pretty huge space with good spacing between the tables. As it doesn’t offer much munch, I feel that it is a cafe more for a coffee when you feel like it. And maybe a good space for working too as it provides free Wifi.

Capitol Coffee
1 Keong Saik Street Singapore 089109

Opening Hours

TBC

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:
– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 7/10

Royal Noodle (皇帝面) At Circular Road

Royal Noodle (皇帝面) fit for the king. It is located along Circular Road.

Interior
Interior

Interior is simple with homogeneous tables and chairs under warm lighting.

Order Chit
Order Chit

Menu is simple too with purely noodles and four variations; namely, soup or dry and with spicy or non-spicy.

Everything is self-service from ordering to collection of food. First decide on what you want and whether you want set. Take an order chit which is found on the table.

Set Meal
Set Meal

For the set, beside the noodle, you need to chose a side and a drink. Once you are done, proceed to the order count; order and pay and you get a buzzer. When ready, it will buzz and proceed to the collection counter at the other end to get your food.

Dry Spicy Noodle
Dry Spicy Noodle

I tried both the dry and soup version. The noodle is absolutely delish. I relish in the bowl of simple noodle. It was eggy and flavourful. The soup is rich and tasty too. The rest of the ingredients are really less of an importance. But I still would prefer if there are some greens.

Non-Spicy Soup Noodle
Non-Spicy Soup Noodle

For the side, its a pity that they have mainly fried stuff, only the braised meat is non-fried. It would be awesome if they could offer a vegetable selection in the side.

Sugarcane Prawn
Sugarcane Prawn

The sugarcane prawn was cripsy and filled with prawn sweetness.

Braised Pork
Braised Pork

Braised Pork was pretty well braised, with pretty enough herb and spice, though it could be better.

Braised Egg
Braised Egg

And lastly the Braised egg. My first tried was rather tasteless. On the second occasion, it was so much better. Personally, I still think the braised could be improved.

I am not a noodle fan, but I enjoyed the noodles tremendously. One of the best.

Royal Noodle
27 Circular Road Singapore 049383
Tel: +65 9669 9994

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/royalnoodle/

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1430, 1830 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT:
– North-South line or East-West line – Raffles Place station
– North East line – Clarke Quay

By Bus:
– alight at Prudential Tower along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 700, 971

– alight opp AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e

– alight at OCBC Centre along Church Street – 186 , 970

– alight at OUE Bayfront along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 700, 971E

– alight at Clarke Quay Station along Eu Tong Sen Street 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 190, 197, 851, 961

– alight opposite Clarke Quay Station along New Bridge Road 2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190

– alight at Boat Quay along South Bridge Road 51, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197, 851, 961

Rating: 8.5/10

BOCA Portuguese Restaurant At Bukit Pasoh Road

BOCA Singapore is a Portuguese Restaurant located at Bukit Pasoh Road. I hardly am exposed to Portuguese cuisine so I went with a pretty open mind with no expectation.

The first time I have Portuguese food was several years ago when I was in Macau but I could hardly remember what the taste was and worse what I have eaten then.

This Portuguese Restaurant, BOCA, has a very small menu with only about 4 starters, 6 mains and 3 desserts for selection.

We ordered 2 starters, 2 mains and 2 desserts for sharing.

The first starter was Octopus Salad ($24). The octopus was tender with its natural sweetness retained. It is certainly refreshing and appetizing.

Salada de Polvo a Marinheiro (Octopus salad) - Octopus, red onions, capsicum, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar
Salada de Polvo a Marinheiro (Octopus salad) – Octopus, red onions, capsicum, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil, vinegar

Our second starter was the Flamed Chorizo ($25). You get to admire the flame before enjoying the chorizo. Though it was a little too salty but we enjoyed it. This dish is certainly rich and strong in flavour.

Chourico em chamas (Flamed chorizo) - Chorizo flamed grilled in brandy
Chourico em chamas (Flamed chorizo) – Chorizo flamed grilled in brandy

For our mains, both were served at the same time. First, we tried the Octopus ($38). We kind of regret ordering 2 Octopus dishes as we wasn’t Octopus fan.

Polvo a Lagareiro (Lagareiro" octopus) - Grilled octopus leg, paprika, cherry tomato, spinach, baked potato, extra virgin olive oil
Polvo a Lagareiro (Lagareiro” octopus) – Grilled octopus leg, paprika, cherry tomato, spinach, baked potato, extra virgin olive oil

A must have in Portuguese restaurant is the Bacalhau ($28). There were 2 others Bacalhau for selection. Basically, with different ingredients mixed with the codfish. The portion was a little too much for 2 and it was a pretty rich dish with onions and oil making it a little too heavy for 2. If there is a little green to tone down the taste, maybe it would have been better. Nonetheless, it was certainly delish. We felt that this dish is very much an acquired taste.

Bacalhau a Braz ("Braz" codfish) - Bacalao, onions, egg, parsley, potato chips, green olives
Bacalhau a Braz (“Braz” codfish) – Bacalao, onions, egg, parsley, potato chips, green olives

Last part of our meal was the desserts. First, the Vanilla Custard ($15) was creamy and smooth. With the Passionfruit, an extra sourish was added to balance the sweet custard.

Leite creme com farofias flutantes em nuvem de caremelo (Vanilla custard, egg white "clouds" in caramel)
Leite creme com farofias flutantes em nuvem de caremelo (Vanilla custard, egg white “clouds” in caramel)

Next on the list, which is also the last, is a must try; the Portuguese Egg Tart ($4.50 each). The tart was flaky and buttery while the egg custard was rich, smooth, creamy and flavourful. I was comtemplating to have a second tart.

Pasteis de nata (Authentic Portugese Egg Tart)
Pasteis de nata (Authentic Portugese Egg Tart)

We enjoyed the delish food served at BOCA Singapore. The service was warm and friendly. I like especially the turquoise blue wall with porcelain swallows. Food served was swift too though it was fully booked that night, and it was a weekday when we dined at the restaurant. I would highly urge you to make a reservation before going down, or else you might be disappointed.

BOCA Singapore
6 Bukit Pasoh Rd Singapore 089820
Tel: +65 6221 0132

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Boca-Singapore/424998484314105?fref=ts

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday 1200 to 1400, 1800 to 0000; Saturday 1800 to 0000; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station

By Bus:

– alight before the Pinnacle @ Duxton along Neil Road – 61, 166, 197;

– alight at Pearl’s Center along Eu Tong Seng – 54, 124, 143, 147, 166, 190, 851, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

– alight opp Pearl’s Center along New Bridge Road – 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961C, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28

Rating: 8/10