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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Besides these, there are some other paintings
Such as the trees and the 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.
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.
Void Deck of Block 56 & 57 Pipit Road
By MRT: Circle line – MacPherson station
– 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
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.
There were 4 flavours for Popsicle; Mango, Yuzu, Berry and Chocolate.
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)
I find the entire creation a little on the sweet side. I prefer it a little more sourish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
By MRT: Northeast and North-South Line, Outram Park Station
– 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
Royal Noodle (皇帝面) fit for the king. It is located along Circular Road.
Interior is simple with homogeneous tables and chairs under warm lighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The sugarcane prawn was cripsy and filled with prawn sweetness.
Braised Pork was pretty well braised, with pretty enough herb and spice, though it could be better.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.