The Library (Secret Bar)

May 31, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Library (Secret Bar)
47 Keong Saik Road

Passwords To A (Secret) Speakeasy

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 6 / 8
Service: 6
Value for Money: 7
Spent about SGD $25 per person.


Styled in the vein of underground prohibition bars in the United States Of America, The Library (Secret Bar) in Keong Siak Road is an experience unlike any other. Outwardly, the unmarked, no signage facade looks unassuming, and unless you're looking for it, you wouldn't even know there was a bar here. Step in to The Library (Secret Bar), and staff out front pretend not to know what's here, unless you state that you wish to enter the bar. You'll then have to provide a password, then pass through a hidden door into a red lighted room full of mirrors, then pass through another hidden door to finally reach The Library (Secret Bar) proper.

Ambience at The Library (Secret Bar) is a styled after the underground prohibition-era bars of old, with retro industrial vibes, dim mood lighting which leaves the place mostly in darkness, and hard metal finishings on the bar. Books and trinkets adorn the shelves, like a dusty abandoned library, while plush comfortable booths line the rough cobblestone walls. Ambient jazzy tunes fill the small bar, and despite meaning to look like a run-down, hard place, it's actually rather pleasant.

Service at The Library (Secret Bar) is decent. Staff out front keep up the facade that there isn't a bar here, so they don't greet you upon entry, only asking for the password. If you don't have the password, which changes weekly (check The Study's facebook page for it), you'll have to either sing a song, dance, or tell a joke. Once inside, staff are friendly and quick to seat you and take orders. They'll knowledgable enough to make recommendations, though the menu helpfully lists all the ingredients for each cocktail. The Library (Secret Bar) staff are also efficient at clearing after customers leave, and will offer goodbyes.

Food at The Library (Secret Bar) is limited to a small selection of snacks and appetizers, more bar food type. As befits its theme, the food is mostly American cuisine. They have a wider selection of drinks here, and a good range of creative house cocktails. Prices are decent for a bar, most cocktails cost SGD $23, and snacks are about SGD $16. Overall, I would return again to The Library (Secret Bar), as it's a novel experience, and also more relaxing compared to other bars in the area.


Visiting The Library (Secret Bar) is an experience itself. Hidden behind a library facade (hence the name), behind a mirrored room with red lighting, getting in requires providing the bouncer(s) with the correct password, which changes weekly. Failing which, entry can still be gained if you sing a song, or tell a joke.

The Library (Secret Bar) Exterior

The Library (Secret Bar) Interior

The Library (Secret Bar)

Red Mirror Room

The Library (Secret Bar) Seating

The menu is hidden behind various quirky covers, ranging from comic books / graphic novels, to joke / humor books, to proper literature, in homage to the secretive nature of the bar, as well as referencing its academic name.

The Library Secret Bar Menu Cover Fill-In-The-Blanks

The Library Secret Bar Menu Cover Comic

The Library Secret Bar Menu Cover Jokes

The Cheese Toastie (SGD $9) features gooey, melted manchego Spanish cheese, enhanced with truffle oil and a fragrant garlic aioli, sandwiched between 2 slices of crisp, toasted bread. The texture is smooth, gooey, buttery, with a fragrant, earthy aroma. Much better than it's described, highly recommended!

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The Cocktail The Library Brand - Essence Of Speakeasy (SGD $23) is a potent, nearly medicinal, mixture of smoked genever, maraschino cherry, dry curacao, and speakeasy essence... wholesome, bitter sweet, and strong, this is a man's drink.

Cocktail The Library Brand - Essence Of Speakeasy 01

Cocktail The Library Brand - Essence Of Speakeasy 02

The Cocktail Rum DMC (SGD $23) is a sweet, fruity concoction, a mixture of walnut infused rum, cachaca, cynar, fresh lime juice, maple syrup, orange essence, and a candied walnut in an orange peel pocket... refreshing, light, and zesty, this is perfect for long, slow sipping.

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The trio of Wagyu Beef Sliders (SGD $16) feature hand formed, savoury and juicy wagyu beef patties, topped with fresh lettuce, sauteed onions, smoked fatty bacon, crisp shallot rings, and a secret savoury, sweet, and tangy burger sauce, sandwiched between fluffy burger buns. Excellent taste and texture, you get the crunch of the shallots, followed by the salty bacon, then the juicy, tender beef. Lovely as an appetizer to share, or even as a main!

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Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015

May 23, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015

Singaporean Food Influencers Gather For The 1st Time

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Visited: May-2015


The 1st ever, inaugural Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) was held on 23-May-2015, at Lime House in Jiak Chuan Road. Inspired by similar conferences held in Australia, the 1st ever gathering of Singaporean food influencers was organised, and attended, by passionate Singaporean food bloggers and instagrammers.

Food And Socialikes Connect 23-May-2015

While on the way to Lime House, I spotted some awesome graffiti street art in the alleys along Jiak Chuan Road!

Graffiti Street Art Along Jiak Chuan Road

Graffiti Street Art Along Jiak Chuan Road

Grateful to Lime House for letting us use their 3rd Floor Lime Lounge for Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015. Great event venue, spacious enough for all 50 over delegates, plus over 10 speakers and organising committee, with enough space for an admin corner and a pop-up coffee kiosk by Kafve Coffee and Gentlemen's Coffee!

Lime House - 3rd Floor Lime Lounge

Well planned and packed event, with 3 talks and 3 panels! And a whole host of sponsors, without whom, this event wouldn't be possible!

Programme For Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015

Sponsors For Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015

Dixon Chan, the CEO Of Burpple kicked off the 1st talk of the day, speaking on how technology has changed the way we share information about food.

Dixon Chan, CEO Of Burpple

We had a workshop by Alex Ortega, a Mobile Photographer, who shared tips and tricks on taking fantastic looking photographs with a smartphone, as well as with a traditional DSLR camera. He also demonstrated several of his techniques.

Alex Ortega, Mobile Photographer

The purpose of life and blogging, and how bloggers can use their media and social influence to aid the wider community around them, was the 2nd talk of the day, delivered by Dr. Leslie Tay (ieatishootipost), a well known Singaporean Doctor, Author, Blogger, Photographer, and Speaker.

Dr. Leslie Tay (ieatishootipost), Doctor, Author, Blogger, Photographer, Speaker

Wong Hoong An, a Singtel Director & Founder Of HungryGoWhere, delivered the 3rd talk of the day, sharing on how social media influenced both restaurants and diners in the past, and how present trends in social media affect them today.

Wong Hoong An, Singtel Director & Founder Of HungryGoWhere

We had 3 panel discussions, covering topics as broad as the impact of social media on the restaurant business, plagiarism and the rights of bloggers, as well as future trends of social media. Panellists for the day included Maureen Ow (Miss Tam Chiak), Journalist; Bernice Tan (Hungry Bunny), Lawyer; Daniel Ang (Daniel Food Dairy), Associate Lecturer; Seth Lui (Sethluicious), Marketing Consultant; and more.

Maureen Ow (Miss Tam Chiak), Journalist

Bernice Tan (Hungry Bunny), Lawyer

Daniel Ang (Daniel Food Dairy), Associate Lecturer

Lime House kindly sponsored not just the venue, but a hearty, tasty Jerk Chicken Sandwich for breakfast, and a sweet, fruity Coconut Mojito Mocktail for the after-party. Kafve Coffee was brewing throughout the day, churning out aromatic cups of coffee made with coffee beans roasted by Gentlemen's Coffee. A blend of Columbia, Guatamala, and Ethiopia Sidamo, with a macho robust body, soft floral aroma, notes of dried raisin and cocoa, with a milk finish.

Pop-Up Coffee Kiosk By Kafve Coffee And Gentlemen's Coffee

Jerk Chicken Sandwich By Lime House, Latte By Kafve Coffee And Gentlemen's Coffee

Coconut Mojito Mocktail By Lime House

Soon Huat kindly sponsored a Bento Meal for our lunch, an economy rice with various ingredients. Our challenge for the photography contest was to turn this simple looking takeaway box into a drool-worthy piece of art.

Bento Meal By Soon Huat

The Palette Knife kindly sponsored a trio of desserts for our tea, including a Rock Melon Mousse With Biscuit Crumble And Melon Glaze; a Lemon Cheese Cake With Cookie Base And Citrus Glaze; and my favourite, the Chocolate Caramel Mousse, Moist Chocolate Cake And Feulletine Base.

Dessert Trio By The Palette Knife - Rock Melon Mousse With Biscuit Crumble And Melon Glaze, Lemon Cheese Cake With Cookie Base And Citrus Glaze, Chocolate Caramel Mousse, Moist Chocolate Cake And Feulletine Base

With several other fellow bloggers at Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015, had a great time!

With Hannah Chia (Hannah Chia Food Trail), Shermaine Helen Alyssa Lau (Little Tiny Sun), Hazel Lam (Hazel Dairy)

With Bernice Tan (Hungry Bunny)

With Adam Shah (The Halal Food Blog)

With Tiara Lim (Her Pen And Fork), Jennifer Yee (Jelly Loves Food)

Big thank you to the Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015 Organisers, including Derrick Tan (SG Food On Foot), Aries Ong (Iron Sage), Nicholas Tan (Storm Scape), Aaron Nathanael Ho (Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow), and Nicole Poi (Pinky Piggu). Thanks to all the time and effort put in to plan and organise this, you've made history!

Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015 Organisers, Source Credits

Thanks also to all the sponsers, including Alfero Gelato, Brand Cellar, Cold Front Co., Dancing Chef, The Entertainer (Mobile App), Fiji, Fullerton Hotel, Garden Picks, Gentlemen’s Coffee, Huiji, Kafve Coffee, The Laughing Cow, Lime House, Miam Miam, Oceans Of Seafood, Soon Huat, Spicy Thai Thai Cafe, Sunrise Bistro & Bar, The Palette Knife, and Win Win Food Singapore.

Goodie Bag From Sponsers

Garden Picks Classic Nut & Berry Mix - Baked Almond, USA Walnut, Roasted Peanut, Cranberry And Green Raisin

Garden Picks Honey Mustard Soya Crisps

The Food & Socialikes Connect (FSCSG) 2015 conference was a success! Looking forward to more!


Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM)

May 22, 2015 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM)
2 Conservatory Drive

Opening Hours:
Tue - Sun 10am - 7pm, Closed Mon
Visitation By Scheduled Sessions Only

Admission Fees (In SGD $):
Adult: $16
Senior (60 Years Old & Above): $13
Child (3 - 12 Years Old): $13

Estimated Visiting Duration:
1 - 3 Hours

List Of Star Attractions (Must See):
Plants Section
Molluscs Section
Arthropods Section
Dinosaur Bones Section
Prince, Apollonia, & Twinky Diplodocid Sauropod Skeletons

List Of Main Attractions (Good To See):
Reptiles Section
Fish Section
Birds Section
Mammals Section
Landscape Walk & Cabinet Of Curiosities
Towards Animals
Water To Land
Tropical Rainforest
Marine Cycles

List Of Other Attractions (For A Complete Experience):
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum Exterior & Surroundings
Life Section
Fungi Section
Singapore Today
Mangrove, Swamps And Dryland Forest Section
Beach To Land Forest
Phylogenetic Garden

Small But Family Friendly Museum Of Biodiversity

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Visited: May-2015


While the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) opened its doors to the public in April 2015, making it the 1st permanent natural history and Southeast Asian biodiversity exhibition in Singapore, its history actually dates back to 1878 and the establishment of the Raffles Museum. Inheriting the vast Zoological Reference Collection (ZRC) from their predecessor(s), which comprises over 566,000 catalogued items and over 1 million specimens, the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) has on display about 2,000 items from this collection at any time. The exhibition is spread across 15 zones, arranged in sections that represent the major branches of the Tree of Life, tracing the history of life on Earth.

The 1st level of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is the Biodiversity Gallery, which showcases the majority of exhibits, a large portion of them being mounted or taxidermied animal / insect specimens. Some of these can be a little unsettling. The journey begins through the Life Section, which showcases the various branches of the Tree of Life. This leads into the Plants Section and Fungi Section, which has rather interesting exhibits such as the 10 common trees in Singapore with accompanying cross sections, and herbarium sheets. The Changi area of Singapore is thought to be named after the Changi Tree (now extinct), whose remains are displayed here. The Molluscs Section features a colourful variety of mounted shells, very pretty!

I liked the Arthropods Section of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM), in particular, their collection of crabs, presented in rather memorable ways! Of the 4 multimedia and interactive sections; which include Towards Animals, Water To Land, Tropical Rainforest, and Marine Cycles; the last 2 exhibits stood out the most for me, with their videos on marine life and cute flying mammals. Highlights of the Fish Section include the rare coelacanth and mobula rays, while the Birds Section has fascinating birds-of-prey and frigate birds. At the Mammals Section, look out for the side by side comparision between skeletons of an ape and a man, as well as the mounted specimen of the rare golden babirusa.

The 2nd level of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) is the Heritage Gallery, which traces the history of the museum's collection in the Landscape Walk & Cabinet Of Curiosities. Be sure to look out for the largest leatherback sea turtle ever seen in Singapore, the longest black marlin, and the Asian brown flycatcher. The Singapore Today section showcases the geology of Singapore, as well as the ongoing conservation work being done. The main highlight of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) however, has to be the Dinosaur Bones Section, with its display of near complete skeletons of dinosaurs, including the star attraction of a trio of diplodocid sauropod skeletons affectionately named Prince, Apollonia, & Twinky, who are believed to be from the same herd!

If you're planning a visit, do note that admission fees are SGD $21 for adults, and tickets must be purchased online through SISTIC before arrival at Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM), as tickets are not sold on-site. Also, admission timing is by scheduled sessions, of 1 and a half hours each, so you have to pick a time slot when purchasing tickets. This is to prevent crowding within the museum, as well as to maximise their visitor's enjoyment. However, once you've entered Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM), you've free to remain inside as long as you want, but do allocate between 1 - 3 hours of viewing time. I recommend showing up about 15 minutes before your allocated time however, as staff will typically let you in early, but you may be refused entry if you're too late.


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