Yomoda Soba

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Yomoda Soba
435 Orchard Road
#04-53 Wisma Atria


http://www.japanfoodtown.sg/stores/yomoda-soba/

https://www.facebook.com/YomodaSobaSingapore/


Tempura Seiro Soba Set
Tempura Seiro Soba Set (SGD $23)

Hurricane's Grill

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Hurricane's Grill
Shop 433
Level 2, Harbourside Shopping Centre
Darling Drive
Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Australia


https://www.hurricanesgrill.com.au/

https://darlingharbour.hurricanesgrill.com.au/


Barbecue Meat Platter (AUD $105 / SGD $111.30)

Silkari Suites Chatswood

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Silkari Suites Chatswood
88 Archer Street
Chatswood
Sydney
New South Wales 2067
Australia


http://www.silkarihotels.com.au/


Spacious & Convenient Serviced Apartments

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Visited: Mar-2017
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: -
Service: 7
Value for Money: 8
Spent about AUD $160 / SGD $170 per person.
- $170 Accomodation 3D2N
- $0 Room Service


Nearby Attractions: Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour, Sydney Convention And Exhibition Centre, Cockle Bay Wharf, Sydney Chinatown, Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney Fish Market, The Rocks, Sydney Tower, Sydney Chinese Gardens, Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, Pyrmont Bridge, Sydney Monorail, Hyde Park, ANZAC War Memorial, Australian Museum, Museum Of Sydney, Powerhouse Museum, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Royal Botanic Gardens, Taronga Zoo, The Star Casino


Hotel Facilities: Paid Wi-Fi, Conference Rooms, Laundry Service, 1 Lounge (Lobby Lounge), Cable TV, Fully Equipped Kitchenette, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Internet Surfing, Meetings


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Introduction
Located about 40 minutes drive away from the Kingsford Smith international airport in Sydney, the Silkari Suites Chatswood is a spacious, modern serviced apartment, conveniently located admist the self-contained town of Chatswood. Perfectly positioned, its location is near enough to the city centre, yet far enough away that it's removed from the hustle and bustle, and the crawling traffic jams of the city. Instead, Silkari Suites Chatswood benefits from its relaxing surroundings, and is suitable for both business and leisure travellers, especially those in groups.



Ambience
Ambience at Silkari Suites Chatswood is clean, modern, functional, almost sleek. The polished, shiny marble decor lends an air of elegant sophistication, as do the modern furnishings with wavy, smooth lines. A large, plush teddy bear greets you at the entrance, along with warm complimentary muffins. Tucked away in a quiet street, the area is calm and unhurried. With its spacious, brightly lit corridors, the place looks huge.



Room
Rooms at Silkari Suites Chatswood are the highlight. The spacious, brightly lit rooms are comfortable and cozy. Beds are large and soft, there is both a living area and dining area, as well as a fully equipped kitchenette. A combination washer and dryer is provided, though I find this not so efficient as a dryer. Bathrooms are clean, spacious, and stocked with bespoke bathing amenities, made with green tea. The dual televisions offer cable channels, as well as free movies which feature Australian stars.



Food
Food at Silkari Suites Chatswood is non-existent, as the place does not have an in-house restaurant or cafe. Instead, staff are able to assist you to purchase food from nearby stalls around the area, but because it's so convenient, you're much better off going out to eat yourself, or cooking in with the fully equipped kitchenette within each apartment.



Service
Service at Silkari Suites Chatswood is decent, if encountered. There was little need for us to interact with staff, but when we did, staff displayed professional, polite courtesy. They greeted us along the hallways, and were helpful with requests. The only drawback I experienced was with parking; we needed to draw a pass from the lobby staff, drive the car out, then return the pass, which is an inconvenient approach to parking. And this is on top of having to pay for parking. Otherwise, decent service standards here.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Silkari Suites Chatswood are very limited. Despite marketing materials which mention a gymnasium, we discovered it has since been converted into a meeting room. Besides this, the only other facility here is their rooftop garden, which allows guests to hold barbecues, and offers a view of the small town of Chatswood. But where Silkari Suites Chatswood stands out is the close proximity to the town; there are shopping malls, schools, restaurants, bars, cafes, pharmacies, hospitals, churches, even a little Asia district, all within walking distance. And it's a short drive to the city centre of Sydney. Love the location, and the peaceful surroundings. Would return again if possible.



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Silkari Suites Chatswood 01 - Dining Area

Silkari Suites Chatswood 02 - Living Room

Silkari Suites Chatswood 03 - Bedroom

Silkari Suites Chatswood 04 - Bathroom

Silkari Suites Chatswood 05 - Kitchenette

Silkari Suites Chatswood 06 - Washer, Dryer

Silkari Suites Chatswood 07 - Sleeping Area

Silkari Suites Chatswood 08 - Rooftop Garden

Silkari Suites Chatswood 09 - Conference Rooms

Silkari Suites Chatswood 10 - Exterior Facade





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Big Fish Small Fish

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Big Fish Small Fish
50 Punggol East
#01-K35 Container Bistros @ Tebing Lane


https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Fish-Small-Fish/809452475860926


Fish And Crisps

Wine Universe Restaurant

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Wine Universe Restaurant
9 Raffles Boulevard
#01-107 Millenia Walk


http://www.wine-universe.com.sg/


Cheese Fondue Moitié-Moitié Set
Cheese Fondue Moitié-Moitié Set (SGD $29)

Pin Si Kitchen

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Pin Si Kitchen
60 Yishun Avenue 4
#02-V1 SAFRA Yishun

9 Sentul Crescent
#05-01 SAFRA Punggol


http://www.pinsi.com.sg/


Meal

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar

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Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar
200 Middle Road

https://www.hotelgsingapore.com/dining/ginett


La Côte De Boeuf Bone-In Prime Rib
La Côte De Boeuf Bone-In Prime Rib (SGD $120)

The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck

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The Kitchen By Wolfgang Puck
65 Airport Boulevard
Level 2, Changi Airport Terminal 3 - Departure Transit Lounge


http://www.changiairport.com/en/shop-and-dine/dining/the-kitchen-by-wolfgang-puck.html


Rigatoni Alfredo
Rigatoni Alfredo (SGD $25)

Mocha Coffees And Conversations

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Mocha Coffees And Conversations
6-9 Devashish Business Park
Bodakdev
Ahmedabad 380054
Gujarat
India


https://www.facebook.com/Mocha.Ahmedabad/

http://www.mocha.co.in/


Chicken 65 (INR ₹225 / SGD $4.80)

Gordhan Thaal

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Gordhan Thaal
Sapath Complex
Sarkhej - Gandhinagar Highway
Bodakdev
Ahmedabad 380052
Gujarat
India


https://www.zomato.com/ahmedabad/gordhan-thaal-satellite


Thali Gujarati (INR ₹300 / SGD $6.50)

Top 5 Ahmedabad Attractions

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Top 5 Ahmedabad Attractions

All photos in this post were not shot by me, and are credited to their respective sources.


City: Ahmedabad
State: Gujarat
Country: India

The former capital of the state of Gujarat in India, Ahmedabad today remains an important economic and industrial hub. The place is known for its strong education, medical, sports, and technology industries. Despite having few tourist attractions, Ahmedabad has a long cultural history, and a wide variety of festivals such as Uttarayan, an annual kite-flying event held every January.

Here are the Top 5 Tourist Attractions to visit in Ahmedabad, 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. Adalaj Vav Step-Well
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Located in the village of Adalaj, close to Ahmedabad in the Gandhinagar district of the state of Gujarat, the Adalaj Vav Step-Well is the finest example of its kind, which are common throughout West India. In ancient times, these places provided water for drinking, washing, and bathing, and were also venues for colourful festivals and rituals. Built with sandstone in the Solanki architectural style, the structure is 5 stories deep and shaped like an octagon, with intricate carvings adorning the walls.



2. Sabarmati Ashram
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On the banks of the River Sabarmati, in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, is the Sabarmati Ashram. As the main residence of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the India independence movement, the place has strong cultural significance, and the government has since preserved and converted it into a museum. Spanning 5 galleries, with artefacts related to Gandhi such as his teachings, paintings, photographs, letters, books, relics, and more, the museum offers insights into his life work.



3. Hutheesing Jain Temple
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The best known temple in Gujarat, India, the Hutheesing Jain Temple was constructed in 1848. Commissioned by a wealthy Ahmedabad trader and his wife, the double-storied structure was built during a time of famine, and its construction employed hundreds of skilled artisans, keeping them employed and fed for over 2 years. It is beautifully adorned with exquisite, ornate carvings and sculptures, capped off with unique ridged domes. As one progresses into the area, the artwork becomes increasingly complex, yet maintains a dignified beauty without confusion.



4. Jama Masjid / Jumma Mosque
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The Jama Masjid / Jumma Mosque is the most splendid of its kind in Ahmedabad. Built in 1424 within the old walled city and originally intended for private use of the ancient sultans of Gujarat, the sprawling complex is noted for its use of Indo-Saracenic architecture, which combines styles from India and Victorian England. The main prayer hall has over 260 columns supporting the roof and its 15 domes, making a walk through the hall a beautiful maze of light and shadows. Also located nearby is the Bhadra Fort, with its palace, clock tower, and the Teen Darwaza triple gateway.



5. Calico Museum Of Textiles
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The Calico Museum Of Textiles showcases the rich history of the textile industry in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, and is among the foremost textiles museums worldwide. Highlights here include exquisite handmade pieces from the courts of the royal Mughal empire, exhibits on textile making techniques, elaborate tribal garments, festive clothing, and regional embroideries of the 19th century. As a private museum belonging to the Sarabhai family, advance reservations are essential as visitors are limited to 20 people per day.





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Ahmedabad Street Food

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Ahmedabad Street Food


Ahmedabad Street Food and the larger cuisine of the state of Gujarat stands apart from the other cuisines in India, with its special distinctive characteristics. Being largely vegetarian, there is a noticeable lack of meat and seafood here, and what little there is usually consists of either chicken, fish, or prawns / shrimp. However, they have an extensive and varied list of vegetarian dishes, many of which are unique. Taste profile of most dishes here also tends to be more sweet and salty than elsewhere in the country.

Bread Pakora
Bread Pakora

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite

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Courtyard By Marriott Satellite
Ramdev Nagar Cross Road
Satellite Road
Ahmedabad 380015
Gujarat
India


http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/amdcy-courtyard-ahmedabad/


Luxurious Hotel With Excellent Service

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 9
Visited: Mar-2017
Ambience & Setting: 9
Food & Beverage: 8
Service: 10
Value for Money: 8
Spent about INR ₹40,000 / SGD $845 per person.
- $745 Accomodation 5D4N
- $100 Room Service


Nearby Attractions: Calico Museum Of Textiles, Sabarmati Ashram, Adalaj Vav Step-Well, Hutheesing Jain Temple, Jama Masjid, Sidi Sayed Mosque, Bhadra Fort, Lokayatan Folk Museum, Kankaria Lake, Kamla Nehru Zoo, Jhulta Minara, Lalbhai Dalpatbhai Museum, Veechar Utensil Museum, Auto World Vintage Car Museum


Hotel Facilities: Business Centre, Paid Wi-Fi, Conference Rooms, Gymnasium, Laundry Service, 3 Restaurants (MoMo Cafe, Bayleaf Restaurant, Java+), Swimming Pool, 1 Lounge (Executive Lounge), Cable TV, Vehicle Rental Service, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Work Out, Internet Surfing, Meetings, Swimming


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Introduction
Located about 50 minutes drive away from the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad, the Courtyard By Marriott Satellite is a modern, luxurious 5-star hotel with excellent, personalised service. Near several major shopping malls and tourist attractions, the Courtyard By Marriott Satellite is well positioned as both a leisure and business hotel. They are also one of the few places in the state of Gujarat, India, which has a licensed liquour store.



Ambience
Ambience at Courtyard By Marriott Satellite is clean, brightly lit, modern, and comfortable. The lobby feels spacious because of its open concept and high ceiling, exuding a sense of sophisticated luxury through the sleek white marble and wooden panels. Tasteful artwork, portraying snippets of everyday life, adorn the walls, while a water feature serves as the base for a flower arrangement, which changes daily. At each level, a shoe polishing machine is available for use. Wifi throughout the hotel is fast and stable, though this comes at a price.



Room
Rooms at Courtyard By Marriott Satellite are clean, spacious, and comfortable. The warm wood and white tones of the room are relaxing, and the cable television has a wide variety of movie channels. The bathroom is spacious, with a standing shower that has both shower and rainfall options. Staff keep the room well stocked with amenities, and the lighting, phone lines, and wifi in the room work great. However, my in-room clock constantly displays the wrong time, and the multi-plug power sockets can be a little loose.



Food
Food at Courtyard By Marriott Satellite is mostly provided by the MoMo Cafe. The chefs produce excellent, tasty Indian and Gujarati cuisine, these dishes are consistently well-executed and delicious. The Western options are alright, passable enough, though limited in variety. However, I love that chefs are able to take special, off-beat requests, and execute special dishes not in the menu. Very pleased with the creativity and skill in making these special requests. I also like that staff are enthusiastic in showcasing their cuisine, and will readily soffer recommendations. They also regularly check for feedback throughout your meal, and will offer additional suggestions. Memorable.



Service
Service at Courtyard By Marriott Satellite is excellent, top-notch. Among the best I've ever experienced in any hotel. Staff are warm, friendly, efficient. Walk by them in the halls, and they'll greet you. Linger, and they'll ask if they can do anything to assist, or check for feedback on your experience. They acceded to several special requests I've had, and performed them efficiently. They remember you, and make efforts to personalise the experience. Feels totally comforable, well taken care of, and pampered even. Absolutely love the service here, completely memorable.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at Courtyard By Marriott Satellite are decent enough. The gymnasium is well equipped with a variety of workout machines, and spacious enough for several people. The swimming pool is a decent size, with a small whirlpool, and offers a good view of the city. Birds are kept away from the pool by a mesh netting, which stretches all the way from the roof to the pool. Conference rooms are large and well-equipped, though they lack small size meeting rooms, unless you include the business centre. Also, I notice there isn't much entertainment options for children. Overall, I loved the experience at Courtyard By Marriott Satellite, and would return again.



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Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 01 - Exterior Facade

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 02 - Bedroom

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 03 - Bathroom

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 04 - Gymnasium

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 05 - Swimming Pool

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 06 - Conference Rooms

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 07 - MoMo Cafe

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 08 - Private Room

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 09 - Garden

Courtyard By Marriott Satellite 10 - Ballroom Doors





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Ahmedabad Shops

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Ahmedabad Shops

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

Younique Designer Studio

Ahmedabad Shopping Malls

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Ahmedabad Shopping Malls

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


AlphaOne / Ahmedabad One