Strictly Pancakes

January 29, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Strictly Pancakes
44A Prinsep Street

81 Upper East Coast Road


http://www.strictlypancakes.com.sg/


Sweet Pancakes, Savoury Pancakes, All Great Tasting Pancakes!

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 9
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $17 per person.


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Since 2010, Strictly Pancakes has been serving up... what else? Fluffy, buttery, soft pancakes in all types of flavour profiles, sweet and savoury alike. Strictly Pancakes is sure to leave you satisfied, and wanting more!



Ambience at Strictly Pancakes is akin to an ice cream parlour, casual, laid-back, and hip. With hues of yellow and brown, a large chalkboard framing the counter, modern furniture, and quirky pictures, Strictly Pancakes appeals to the young at heart. It helps that prices are also rather wallet friendly, ranging from SGD $7 - $15.



Service at Strictly Pancakes is friendly and quick. While pancakes are made to order, it only takes about 5 minutes at most, ensuring your order is served fast. The young staff here are chirpy and upbeat, but things still get done professionally. Vey good service.



Food at Strictly Pancakes revolves largely around their signature pancakes, through they do offer sandwiches as well. Toppings range from the classics, to genius inventions by founders Joanne and Eunice. I find the ingredients to be fresh, and of good quality, and that makes a lot of difference when each dish only has 2 or 3 such ingredients. A short stack has 2 pancakes, a medium is served with 3, and a large stack comes with 4 pancakes! Excellent taste as well!


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Clocks - Because Time Isn't The Same Everywhere



Each order comes with a choice of butter and syrup, like the Garlic Herb Butter And Maple Syrup, which is the most popular combination here.

Garlic Herb Butter And Maple Syrup 01


Garlic Herb Butter And Maple Syrup 02



I find the Latte to be rather weak, coffee isn't a strong point for them. Skip this and get other drinks instead.

Latte



The Pancakes With Omelette And Chicken Chipolata features an eggy omelette stuffed with tomatoes and cheese, which makes it quite filling. The chicken chipolata sausage is meaty, with some bite, and is well grilled.

Pancakes With Omelette And Chicken Chipolata



The Pancakes With Scrambled Eggs And Bacon features softly scrambled eggs that are still semi-runny, semi-solid, and just lovely. The bacon is fragrant, with a nice char and lifts the overall taste of the dish.

Pancakes With Scrambled Eggs And Bacon



The sweet classic Pancakes With Apple And Cinnamon And Vanilla Ice Cream has a generous topping of caramalised apples, with some crunch that demonstrates its freshness. The cinnamon syrup is a little thick though, but sweet enough. I also like that the vanilla ice cream is of good quality, it doesn't melt too quickly despite the hot syrup surrounding it.

Pancakes With Apple And Cinnamon And Vanilla Ice Cream



The savoury Pancakes With Garlic Buttered Prawns And Salad is a signature dish here. While rather unhealthy, the excellent melted garlic butter makes a nice coating for the dish, and the prawns are fresh and meaty. The accompanying salad of cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves are fresh and pair well with the sauce.

Pancakes With Garlic Buttered Prawns And Salad






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Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery

January 28, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery
639 Balestier Road


A Taste Of Tradition

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Ambience & Setting: 3
Food & Beverage: 9
Service: 6
Value for Money: 9
Spent about SGD $7 per person.


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Since 1948, crowds have been flocking to Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery for only one thing, the traditional Teochew Chinese biscuit known as Tau Sar Piah, or Bean Paste Biscuit. Handmade daily from scratch, and only available in 2 flavours, salty or sweet, Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery has become so famous that their location along Balestier Road has become synonymous with excellent Tau Sar Piah.

Stepping into Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery is almost like a trip back in time, as the coffeeshop looks almost like it did back in the 80s. Modern ovens aside, the Tau Sar Piah / Bean Paste Biscuit are constantly hand made throughout the day, and part of the appeal is watching them make it as you queue. And yes, the average queue time is about 20 - 40 minutes.

Don't expect a high level of service, as orders are placed at the counter, and the staff pack it for you. There is a trademark grumpy auntie who is constantly grumpy... Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery just wouldn't be the same without her!

While Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery does sell other confectionery, the star is still their Tau Sar Piah. Prices have remained fairly cheap throughout the years, with each Tau Sar Piah / Bean Paste Biscuit costing a mere SGD $0.60. Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery opening hours are from 8am till 4.30pm, Mondays through Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.


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Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery Signage


Loong Fatt Eating House & Confectionery Banner





A good quality butter used in making the crust results in it being slightly oily, but crisp and savoury without being too flaky. The sweet or salty bean paste filling is thick, generous, and non-crumbly. Best eaten when hot, but even after a few days of refrigeration, they still taste good, even if eaten cold or reheated, a sure sign of quality.

Tau Sar Piah Salty And Sweet




Making Tau Sar Piah Salty And Tau Sar Piah Sweet












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Top 5 Denpasar Attractions

January 28, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Top 5 Denpasar Attractions

City: Denpasar, Badung Regency
State: Bali
Country: Indonesia

As the most populous city in the tourist destination of Bali in Indonesia, the city of Denpasar has grown rapidly through tourism, but is also the main business hub of the state. Denpasar hosts multiple attractions, and its cultural traditions and heritage sites are very well preserved because of tourism.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Denpasar, all of which hold important cultural or historical significance. All these are permanent locations which can be visited and viewed at any time throughout the year.


1. Kuta Beach
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Bali is known worldwide for its long, sandy beaches, offering magnificent views of the ocean and skies. Kuta Beach is the most famous beach of them all, even across Indonesia, with its beautiful sunsets, and large waves suitable for surfing. The Bali Bombing Memorial is near Kuta Beach, commerating the 2 infamous attacks in 2002 and 2005. Along this stretch of Denpasar are numerous bars, restaurants, and shops selling all manner of handicrafts.



2. Bali Provincial Public Museum
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The Bali Provincial Public Museum, or Bali Museum, is the oldest musuem on the island, designed in Royal Balinese style, and divided into 4 areas exhibiting over 10,000 artifacts from across Denpasar and Indonesia. Mainly anchored around culture and history, the collection at the Bali Provincial Public Museum includes artwork, ancient inscriptions, statues, textiles, household items, agricultural tools, musical instruments, theatrical masks, weapons, ritual items, paintings and more.



3. Bajra Sandhi Monument
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The Bajra Sandhi Monument commerates the soul and struggles of the people of Bali during the independence of Indonesia. It comprises and outer courtyard, inner courtyard, and a main building, all with carvings and sculptures. The main building of the Bajra Sandhi Monument has 3 levels, offering an exhibition room, small lake, 33 dioramas which trace the history of independence in Bali, and a tranquil viewing platform offering a panoramic view of Denpasar.



4. Puputan Badung Square
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Puputan Badung Square is an urban park in Bali, dedicated to the heroic yet suicidal defense of Denpasar by the local Indonesia rulers against the Dutch invasion in 1906. A statue depicting a man, woman, and child brandishing homemade, yet inffective weapons against the dutch, including jewellery, as reports say the women flung jewellery at the invaders. Puputan Badung Square is a popular place with locals for relaxation and sports, as well as a great place to catch the sunset.



5. Tanah Lot Temple
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Tanah Lot Temple is located on the Tanah Lot rock formation, about 20 kilometres from Denpasar, just off the coast of the Indonesia island of Bali. Tanah Lot Temple is a famous cultural pilgrimage temple, but is also known worldwide for its magnificent view of the setting sun, and multiple spots for scenic photography. The area has become commerialised as a result, and there are a multitude of souvenior vendors and restaurants. The most common drink here is the Es Kelapa Muda, or chilled young coconut.





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Denpasar Street Food

January 28, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Denpasar Street Food


Despite being part of the overall cuisine of Indonesia, the cuisine of Bali / Balinese is rather distinct, being predominately influenced by India, China, and Australia. As such, Denpasar Street Food is a heady mix of international food, although some traditional indigenous food still holds out strongly. As Bali is a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, there tend to be many cooking schools in Denpasar, ensuring the traditional food of the island will continue to grow in popularity.

Food in Denpasar can be found along the streets, in small cafes or kiosks, in mid-range restaurants and fine-dining establishments. Balinese cuisine is defined by the extensive use of fresh fish or seafood as ingredients, and beef is rarely consumed. Common ingredients used in many Denpasar dishes include pork, chicken, fish, rice, soy beans, lettuce, bean sprouts, cucumber, tomatoes, squid, shrimp / prawns, peanuts, coconut, galangal, shallots, garlic, turmeric, ginger, kaffir lime leaves, coriander, cumin, clove, nutmeg, sesame seed, candlenut, pepper, palm sugar, banana, rambutan, mango, jackfruit, chili and more.

Basa Gede or Basa Rajang is a typical Balinese spice mix used in many Denpasar dishes, along with other traditional and popular spice mixtures like Basa Genep and the ever-present Bumbu. These 3 spice mixtures often form the base of many traditional Bali dishes in Denpasar. Because of Bali status as a tourist destination, many food outlets rarely open for breakfast, opting to open during the more lucrative lunch and dinner times, with many staying open till the wee hours of early morning.


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The iconic Bumbu spice paste of Bali is used to great effect in Daging Bumbu Bali, or Balinese Beef Stew. Cubes of beef, or sometimes pork, are slow cooked with garlic, shallots, coriander, kaffir lime leaves, salt, dried shrimp paste / belacan, candlenuts, ginger, galangal, bay leaves, water, tamarind pulp, sweet soy sauce and chili. This results in tender, flavourful meat, which is typically served with white rice. Daging Bumbu Bali tastes even better if refrigerated overnight!

Daging Bumbu Bali 01


Daging Bumbu Bali 02



Named after a musical showtune, Beer Bali Hai is a light, refreshing brew with a golden colour and well-rounded body, perfect for the summery climate of this part of Indonesia.

Beer Bali Hai 01


Beer Bali Hai 02



Mie Ayam Pangsit Rebus, or Indonesia Chicken Noodles, is a one-dish meal of yellow egg noodles, minced chicken cooked in spices, chicken dumplings and kai-lan / chinese broccoli. Seasoning spices used include vegetable oil, shallots, garlic, ginger, salt, pepper, coriander, soy sauce, chicken stock, water and sesame oil.

Mie Ayam Pangsit Rebus 01


Mie Ayam Pangsit Rebus 02



A favourite of Denpasar locals, the Nasi Goreng Pete is essentially fried rice with petai beans, also known as stink beans for their peculiar smell. Beyond this main ingredients, a variety of other items can be added, such as eggs, diced chicken cubes, spring onions, chili, onions, salt, sweet soy sauce and shrimp / prawns.

Nasi Goreng Pete



Pisang Goreng Godoh Gedang, also known as Fried Banana Fritters, are a popular Balinese snack. While similar to the snack found in Singapore and Malaysia, the Indonesian version usually includes a sprinkling of sugar, and then dipped in palm sugar and eaten as a sweet dessert.

Pisang Goreng Godoh Gedang 01


Pisang Goreng Godoh Gedang 02



Kueh Lapis Legit / Spekkoek is also a popular cake / pastry in Denpasar, Bali. It differs from other versions across Indonesia by being slightly more airy and buttery.

Kueh Lapis Legit / Spekkoek






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Dynasty Resort

January 27, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Dynasty Resort
Jalan Kartika Plaza
Kuta
Badung
Bali 80361
Indonesia



http://www.balidynasty.com/


Comfortable Refuge From The Heat, But A Maze Of Corridors


(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Visited: Jan-2014
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Spent about SGD $700 per person.
- $600 Accomodation 4D3N
- $100 Room Service



Nearby Attractions: Kuta Beach, Bajra Sandhi Monument, Bali Provincial Public Museum, Puputan Badung Square, Tanah Lot Temple, Agung Rai Museum Of Art, Alas Kedaton Monkey Forest, Amed Beach, Bali Safari & Marine Park, Bali Bird & Reptile Park, Bali Bombing Memorial Monument, Bali Botanic Gardens, Bali Zoo, Banjar Hot Springs, Batuan Village, Besakih Temple, Biasa Art Space, Blahmantung Waterfalls, Circus Waterpark, Waterbom Bali, Elephant Cave, Gallery Santrian, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Monument, Gedong Arca Archaeological Museum, Gitgit Waterfalls, Goa Lawah Temple, Gunung Agung, Gunung Kawi, Kerta Gosa Hall Of Justice, Kintamani & Mount Batur, Lovina Beach, Museum Gedong Kirtya, Museum Puri Lukisan, Museum Rudana, Neka Art Museum, New Kuta Green Park, Pasir Putih Perasi Beach, Samuan Tiga Temple, Pura Penataran Sasih, Pura Petitenget, Sangeh Monkey Forest, Serangan Island, Sakenan Temple, Taman Ayun Temple, Bali Butterfly Park, Taman Ujung Water Palace, Tirta Gangga Royal Water Garden, Ubud Monkey Forest, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Uluwatu Monkey Forest, Uluwatu Temple, Yeh Pulu, Yeh Sanih Freshwater Springs


Hotel Facilities: Free & Paid Wi-Fi, Conference Rooms, Gymnasium, Cable TV, 3 Swimming Pools (Main Pool, Kids Lazy Pool, Kids Water Zone With Caterpillar Slide), Laundry Service, 6 Restaurants (SEN5ES, H2O, Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant, Gracie Kelly's Irish Pub, Cafe Piazza, Queen's Of India), 4 Bars (Upper Deck @ H2O, D Lounge, Sunset Bar, Sunken Pool Bar), Beach Club, Spa, Fish Spa, Poolside Foot Reflexology, Beauty Salon, Tattoo Artist, Business Centre, Enchanted Garden Kids Club, The Den Teens Club, Lobby Shop, Photography Service, Table Tennis, Doctor On Call, Babysitting Service, Postal Service, Airport Transfer Service, Laundromat, Tailor Service, Bicycle Rental Service, High Flyers Bali Trapeze School, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Internet Surfing, Work Out, Swimming, Hair Treatments, Facials, Beauty Treatments, Spa, Table Tennis, Massage, Playground, Manicure, Pedicure, Reflexology, Tattoo, Charity Activities, Cycling, Flying Trapeze Classes, Photography, Tour Arrangements


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Dynasty Resort


Introduction
Located about 10 - 20 minutes drive from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International airport, Bali Dynasty Resort in Indonesia is a comfortable, casual family resort that is located next to Kuta Beach, within 10 minutes walking distance from Discovery Shopping Mall and Waterbom Bali, multiple international restaurants and bars offering all types of cuisine, and several fashion and beauty outlets. Dynasty Resort itself offers plenty for families to do or see, and a large proportion of its guests are from Australia.



Ambience
Ambience within Dynasty Resort is casual and laid-back. Staff are dressed in traditional everday Balinese clothing, and the decor incorporates traditional Balinese and Indonesian carvings, woodwork, sculptures and paintings amid lush greenery. While brightly lit, the interior of the hotel is huge, and it's easy to get lost the first time you're here. The entrance to Dynasty Resort is flanked by the iconic 'Split Gates' of Bali, with intricate carvings meant to welcome guests.



Room
I stayed in the Deluxe Room at Dynasty Resort. The room is medium-sized, with a small attached balcony overlooking either the pool, or lush greenery outside. There are several amenities like toiletries, ironing board, and cutlery provided. I like that Dynasty Resort folded a cute towel elephant to welcome guests, and that the cupboards and desk are large and spacious.



Food
Food at Dynasty Resort is above average in general. There are a variety of options to choose from, including the default buffet breakfast place SEN5ES, and Cafe Piazza, which serve both Indonesian and International cuisine. There is a distinct lack of a variety of traditional Indonesian of Balinese cuisine in the surrounding area, as most places here cater to the Western tourist demographic.



Service
Service at Dynasty Resort is welcoming and friendly. I noticed that Dynasty Resort is an equal opportunity employer, as the staff includes 'smaller' people. However, staff are rarely on standby to assist, ou normally have to call them at the reception counter, even if you're using the conference rooms. But requests do get carried out quickly, and staff also check on how your experience is going.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities at Dynasty Resort are well maintained and numerous, you practically never have the leave the premises because there are multiple activities everyday. A daily schedule of events is hung in every room, and you can partake in activities as diverse as yoga to trapeze. Furthermore, the beach is just behind Dynasty Resort, and is easily accessible. Areas are allocated solely for kids, or teens. Downtown Denpasar and Kuta are also within minutes of Bali Dynasty Resort.



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Dynasty Resort 01 - Exterior Facade


Dynasty Resort 02 - Bedroom


Dynasty Resort 03 - Bathroom


Dynasty Resort 04 - Swimming Pool


Dynasty Resort 05 - SEN5ES Dining Area


Dynasty Resort 06 - Laundromat


Dynasty Resort 07 - High Flyers Bali Trapeze School


Dynasty Resort 08 - Conference Room


Dynasty Resort 09 - Cafe Piazza


Dynasty Resort 10 - Charity Effort





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Denpasar Shopping Malls

January 27, 2014 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Denpasar Shopping Malls

Snapshots of some of the shopping malls and markets in Denpasar.


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Discovery Shopping Mall
Kartika Plaza Street
Kuta
Badung
Bali 80361
Indonesia


10am - 10pm Daily















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