Coyote Tex-Mex Bar & Grill Tasting Session

September 29, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Coyote Tex-Mex Bar & Grill Tasting Session
320 Tanglin Road

Opening Hours:
Tue - Fri: 11am - 10:30pm,
Sat - Sun: 9am - 10:30pm,
Closed Mon



http://www.coyote.com.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Heat Branding, Coffee & Cravings, Dan & Esther's Food Haven, and Fundamentally Flawed.



Wings Platter (SGD $65)

Equilibrium Restaurant

September 27, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Equilibrium Restaurant
15 Stamford Road
#01-86 Capitol Piazza


http://www.equilibrium.sg/


Le Bombette (SGD $16)

Mercado Spanish Food Market Tasting Session

September 26, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Mercado Spanish Food Market Tasting Session
50 Market Street
#01-23 Golden Shoe Complex


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 8am - 7:30pm,
Closed Sat & Sun



https://www.facebook.com/mercado.singapore/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Heat Branding, Her World, City Nomads, Coffee & Cravings, and Fundamentally Flawed.



Create Your Own Bowl (SGD $16.50)

Vita Italiana / Your Italian Butler Tasting Session

September 24, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Vita Italiana / Your Italian Butler Tasting Session
38 Mosque Street

Opening Hours:
Tue - Sun: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch), 6pm - 10:30pm (Dinner),
Closed Mon



http://www.vita-italiana.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Chope, Chubby Botak Koala, Purple Taste, and Little Tiny Sun.



Carbonara

Bloom's Taxonomy

September 22, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Bloom's Taxonomy
Written & Researched by: Ivan Teh RunningMan

The Bloom's Taxonomy is a set of 3 hierarchical models, used to classify educational learning objectives into levels of complexity. Also known as the 3 domains of learning, Bloom's Taxonomy covers learning objectives in the domains of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor.

The 3 Domains Of Learning, Source Credits

Plentyfull

September 19, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Plentyfull
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-79 Millenia Walk


http://plentyfull.com/


Smoked Lamb Merguez Sausage (SGD $28)

Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café

September 15, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Stuttgart Blackforest Boutique S-Café
141 Middle Road #01-01

9 Bras Basah Road
#01-01 Rendezvous Hotel


http://www.scafe.com.sg/


Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte / Black Forest Gâteau Cake (SGD $12)

Grissini, Food Capital, Tempo Tasting Session

September 11, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Grissini, Food Capital, Tempo Tasting Session
392 Havelock Road
Level 1 Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel


Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 12pm - 2:30pm (Lunch), 6:30pm - 11pm (Dinner)
Sunday: 12:30pm - 3:30pm (Brunch), 6:30pm - 11pm (Dinner)



https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/grand-copthorne-waterfront/grissini/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from HungryGoWhere, The Arctic Star, Purple Taste, Epicurious Caniggia, Chubby Botak Koala, Madame Chewy, Hazel Diary, The Ranting Panda, Honey Bee Sweets, Eat Dream Love, The Food Chapter, Jennifer Yeo's Lifestyle Blog, and Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow.



Grissini / Breadstick, Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise

Kenhiru Japanese Restaurant Tasting Session

September 08, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Kenhiru Japanese Restaurant Tasting Session
56 Cairnhill Road

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 2:30pm (Lunch), 6pm - 10:30pm (Dinner)



https://www.facebook.com/56kenhiru/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from HungryGoWhere, Fundamentally Flawed, and The Arctic Star.



Kaisen Don (SGD $28.80)

Lewin Terrace Tasting Session

September 07, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Lewin Terrace Tasting Session
21 Lewin Terrace

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 3pm (Lunch), 6:30pm - 11pm (Dinner)



http://lewinterrace.com.sg/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Heat Branding, Pinky Piggu, Hazel Diary, and SG Food On Foot.



Japanese Wagyu Beef Steak, Nippon-Rossini Style

Fidel's Cafe

September 06, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Fidel's Cafe
234 Cuba Street
Te Aro
Wellington 6011
New Zealand


http://www.fidelscafe.com/


The Cubano (NZD $18 / SGD $18)

Spruce Goose

September 06, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Spruce Goose
30 Cochrane Street
Rongotai
Wellington 6011
New Zealand


http://www.sprucegoose.net.nz/


Spruce Goose Restaurant Wellington Crumbed Fish And Chips
Crumbed Fish And Chips (NZD $23 / SGD $23)

Top 5 Wellington Attractions

September 05, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Top 5 Wellington Attractions

City: Wellington
State: North Island
Country: New Zealand

The capital of New Zealand, Wellington is also the cultural center of the country, a hub of the film and special effects industry. Known for being the city with the strongest wind speeds, Wellington is widely regarded as one of the world's most livable cities. The area is notable for its large Maori and Pacific Island communities, the indigenous population of New Zealand.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Wellington, 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. Museum Of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa
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The Museum Of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa in downtown Wellington is considered the country's national museum and art gallery. Broadly classified into 2 sections, focusing on the past, and the future respectively, the museum houses over 2 million artefacts, curated over 150 years. The exhibits span art and photography, history, Pacific cultures, natural environment (fauna and flora), and Maori culture. Highlights include the world's largest specimen of a rare colossal squid, Gallipoli The Scale Of Our War, and the treasured stone Pounamu.



2. Mount Victoria Lookout
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Rising 196 metres above sea level, the Mount Victoria Lookout offers stunning panoramic views of Wellington, the city, harbour, airport, and beyond. A fantastic hiking trail, the area also features the New Zealand National War Memorial, and a memorial to Richard Byrd, the American aviator who made the first flight over the South Pole. Part of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy was filmed here, in particular, the 'Escape from the Nazgul' scene where the frightened hobbits hid from the Black Riders in dense forest undergrowth, while on the road to Bree.



3. Space Place At Carter Observatory
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Named after Charles Rooking Carter, the Space Place At Carter Observatory is the longest serving national observatory in New Zealand. Located at the top of the iconic Wellington Botanic Gardens, this space museum features a digital planetarium, and a exhibition centre showcasing the origin and scale of the universe, as well as the role of star clusters for the Maori and Polynesian cultures. Night viewings of the constellations via the Thomas Cooke telescope are held thrice weekly for the public.



4. Red Rocks Reserve
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The Red Rocks Reserve is an outdoor coastal walk along the coast of Wellington, well known for its unique geology. Steeped in Maori history, the area was formed by undersea volcanic eruptions, with iron oxide giving the rocks their vibrant amber red colour hue. The place is also a gathering point for a New Zealand fur seal colony, comprised of bachelor males who were unsuccessful in courting a female. There are historic gun emplacements and lookouts spread along the coastline, and the clear night sky offers fantastic views of the stars. I even spotted a shooting star during my visit here!



5. Zealandia
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Formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, the area now called Zealandia is a protected natural area in Wellington, New Zealand. A large self-contained habitat, it showcases natural, native flora and fauna, which may be difficult to spot elsewhere. These include plants like the towering evergreen rimu / dacrydium cupressinum, the large vibrant tree fuchsia / fuchsia excorticata, or the mousehole tree / ngaio / myoporum laetum whose leaves repel mosquitoes and sandflies. Rare native birds such as the flightless and noisy takahe, the sturdy and curious weka / Maori hen, the shy little spotted kiwi bird, or the honey eating stitchbird / hihi may be seen here.





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Wellington Street Food

September 05, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Wellington Street Food


Wellington Street Food is largely influenced by the cuisine of England, British English cuisine. Another large influence on cuisine is Australia. As a large portion of New Zealand is agricultural, a heavy emphasis on food in Wellington is placed on sustainably sourced, fresh ingredients from local farms. Increasingly, Southeast Asian and Asian cuisines are also becoming more popular, with more options for Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Japanese cuisine.

Lamb Shank

Rydges Hotel

September 04, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Rydges Hotel
75 Featherston Street
Pipitea
Wellington 6011
New Zealand


https://www.rydges.com/accommodation/new-zealand/wellington/


Business Hotel In The Business District

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Visited: Sep-2016
Ambience & Setting: 7
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $370 per person.
- $270 Accomodation 4D3N
- $100 Room Service


Nearby Attractions: Museum Of New Zealand / Te Papa Tongarewa, Courtenay Place, Cuba Street Mall, Mount Kaukau, Mount Victoria Lookout, Wellington Botanic Garden, Matiu / Somes Island, Wellington Zoo, Space Place At Carter Observatory, Massey Memorial, Plimmer's Ark, The Beehive Parliament Building, Zealandia, Wellington Cable Car, Frank Kitts Park, Queen's Wharf, Brooklyn Wind Turbine, Wrights Hill Fortress, Red Rocks Reserve, Princess Bay, Museum Of Wellington City & Sea, City Gallery, Katherine Mansfield House, Colonial Cottage Museum


Hotel Facilities: Business Centre, Free Wi-Fi, Conference Rooms, Gymnasium, Laundry Service, 1 Restaurant (Portlander Bar & Grill), Swimming Pool, Sauna, Cable TV, Games Room, Kitchenette, Lobby Lounge, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Work Out, Internet Surfing, Meetings, Swimming, Sauna, Cooking, Games


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Introduction
Located about 20 minutes drive away from the International Airport in Wellington, the Rydges Hotel Wellington is a sophisticated 4-star hotel in the city, offering a unique combination of harbour views and city outlooks. With its location in the business district, comfortable amenities, and modern business facilities, Rydges Hotel is well poised to serve business travellers.



Ambience
Ambience at Rydges Hotel is clean, simple, modern, and minimal. Bright marble tiles against dark wooden panelling in the lobby, spotlit grey walled corridors against a vibrant carpet, minimal decor. Functional but not very attractive, and somewhat confusing.



Room
Rooms at Rydges Hotel have a small, but cozy and well laid-out floor area. The beds are comfortable and clean, the large working desk doubles as a dining table, and the small kitchenette is functional. The bathroom is spacious and clean, well stocked with amenities. Felt the wardrobe is small, and the heater takes up quite a bit of space. I also wish there were more cable television channels available.



Food
Food at Rydges Hotel is provided by the award-winning Portlander Bar & Grill. Dishes are hearty, large in portion, with good taste. Rustic, down to earth, made with fresh ingredients, simple execution, but big on flavour. The variety of items at their buffet breakfast is small, not very worth it, but the lunch and dinner menu here is extensive. Prices are comparable to most other restaurants in town.



Service
Service at Rydges Hotel is friendly, but not very memorable. Staff are able carry out requests, but don't go out of their way in personalising or creating memorable experiences. Seems to operate with cold, mechanical efficiency, they hit all the right notes, but there is no sense of warmth.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Rydges Hotel is limited. While I commend the fast, stable wifi internet connection, there is little for non-business travellers here. The conference rooms and meeting rooms are well equipped and clean, and there are many events held here, a good testimony to Rydges Hotel. The indoor swimming pool is heated, but the gymnasium is barely even worth mentioning, with only a few pieces of exercise equipment. Several hairdressers are located just beside the hotel, and within walking distance are several waterfront restaurants, a supermarket, and the Railway Station.



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Rydges Hotel 01 - Exterior Facade

Rydges Hotel 02 - Bedroom

Rydges Hotel 03 - Bathroom

Rydges Hotel 04 - Living Room & Kitchenette

Rydges Hotel 05 - Swimming Pool

Rydges Hotel 06 - Gymnasium

Rydges Hotel 07 - Sauna

Rydges Hotel 08 - Conference Room

Rydges Hotel 09 - Portlander Bar & Grill

Rydges Hotel 10 - Lobby Lounge





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Wellington Shops

September 04, 2016 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Wellington Shops

Some examples of the shops in Wellington, whether along the streets or within the shopping malls.

Wishbone



Some notable ones include:
BurgerFuel, a popular gourmet burger restaurant chain throughout New Zealand, with an automotive theme
Monsoon Poon, a popular restaurant in Wellington that serves Southeast Asian food, well-known for their signature spicy dish called Firecracker Chicken
New World Supermarket, a full-service supermarket chain established in Wellington in 1963, with over 130 outlets across New Zealand
Prince Barbers, a traditional men's grooming shop in downtown Wellington
Z Harbour City, a petrol station and convenience store with outlets across New Zealand
The Co-Operative Bank, with over 30 branches throughout New Zealand, this bank's goal since its founding in Wellington in 1928, is to create prosperity for its customers




Bay Audiology


BurgerFuel


City Pharmacies


Istana Malaysia Restaurant


Istana Malaysia Restaurant


Istana Malaysia Restaurant


Istana Malaysia Restaurant


Istana Malaysia Restaurant


Istana Malaysia Restaurant


Jacques Hair Design


Monsoon Poon


Monsoon Poon


Monsoon Poon


Monsoon Poon


Monsoon Poon


Monsoon Poon


Monsoon Poon


New World Supermarket


New World Supermarket


New World Supermarket


New World Supermarket


New World Supermarket


Prince Barbers


Trenery


Wellington Seamarket


Z Harbour City


Zibibbo


The Co-Operative Bank




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