2020 Story

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2020 Story



Dim Sum Haus

December 29, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Dim Sum Haus
57 Jalan Besar

https://dimsumhaus.com.sg/


Dim Sum Meal
Dim Sum Meal

Zi Char - Quan Xiang Yuan

December 28, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Zi Char - Quan Xiang Yuan
252 Jalan Besar

https://www.quanxinyuan.com.sg/


Fujian Fried Sweet Potato Cake (SGD $22)

Kor Kai

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Kor Kai
1 Maju Avenue
#B1-25 MyVillage


https://www.facebook.com/korkaisg/


Meal View
Meal View

One Farrer Hotel

December 25, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

One Farrer Hotel
1 Farrer Park Station Road

https://www.onefarrer.com/


Wonderfully Spacious Rooms, Good Facilities

(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 8
Visited: Dec-2020
Ambience & Setting: 8
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 8
Value for Money: 8
Budget about SGD $770 per person.
- $770 Accomodation 4D3N
- $0 Room Service


Hotel Facilities: Business Centre, Free Wi-Fi, 2 Restaurants (Garden Pavilion Restaurant, Socieaty By Les Amis), 1 Confectionery (Tarte By Cheryl Koh), 1 Bar (Sunset Bar), Gymnasium, 2 Swimming Pools, 3 Lounges (Lobby Lounge, Skyline Lounge, Garden Lounge), Garden Walk, Adeva Spa, Sauna, Steam Room, Cable TV, Movies-For-Sale, Shuttle Service, Laundry Service, Meeting Rooms, On-Site Parking, Grocery Delivery Service, Music Room, Babysitting Service, In-Room Shopping, Guided Art & Farm Tour, Currency Exchange Service


Hotel Activities: Work Out, Internet Surfing, Swimming, Meetings, Massage, Spa, Traditional Chinese Medicine Treatments, Shopping, Watching Movies, Viewing Art, Farm Visitation


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Introduction
Located about 20 minutes drive away from the Changi international airport in Singapore, the One Farrer Hotel is a towering 5-star urban hotel. Known for their 'hotel-in-a-hotel' concept, which has 4 differentiated accommodation offerings to meet the expectations of different clientele, guests at One Farrer Hotel will enjoy a unique experience depending on which of the 4 hotel concepts they're in.



Ambience
Ambience at One Farrer Hotel exudes a quiet and refined elegance. There is a sense of opulence and culture, with curated artwork, paintings, murals, and sculptures adorning the walls, all created by artists engaged by The Farrer Park Company. Embracing the Greater Asian art culture, the entire complex has over 700 pieces of original contemporary abstract artwork, with unique pieces in each room. High ceilings, warm lighting, marble tiles, and gleaming finishes of gold against wood and metal create a sense of luxury. Cleanliness and hygiene is also taken care of, with regular cleaning being performed, and covid-19 safety measures in place.



Room
Rooms at One Farrer Hotel are large, spacious, and comfortable. I stayed at the Skyline Hotel concept, in the Skyline Studio apartment, which featured a generous floor space (among the largest I've ever seen), expansive city views from the floor-to-ceiling windows, fast wifi, a large working desk, decent cable television with in-room shopping, comfortable king bed and sofa, perfect-view wall mirrors, and an amenities-stocked bathroom with bathtub, dual shower, and closet. Enjoyed how clean and comfortable it was, so relaxing. There's also access to the exclusive Skyline Lounge with private rooftop swimming pool, and up to 3 complimentary pieces of pressing for clothes, per day.



Food
Food at One Farrer Hotel is mostly provided at the Garden Pavilion Restaurant. Fully air-conditioned and set amidst the Garden Walk, with flowy drapes and elegant chandeliers hanging from the ceiling, the large dining hall looks so welcoming. Quality of dishes is passable at best, underwhelming at worst. There's also the Sunset Bar, which provides some of the in-room dining options, here, the dishes fare slightly better. Naturally, the outsourced restaurants are the best, namely Socieaty By Les Amis and Tarte By Cheryl Koh, where you'll get consistently high restaurant quality dining. That said, there's a myriad of food options around the Farrer Park, Little India, and Jalan Besar area, all within walking distance, and you'll be spoilt for choice.



Service
Service at One Farrer Hotel is above average. Staff accord each guest personalised attention, and some actually remembered me by name. They work efficiently, and fulfill requests quickly. Thumbs up especially for the polite housekeeping staff, who are quick and tireless in room cleaning and turnover, checking if guests have further requests. Impressed enough that I gave them a big tip. Restaurant service in-house is somewhat lacking though, leading to long wait times to be seated or served, attributable not to individual staff per se, but an overall lack of manpower during peak periods. The service at the outsourced restaurants fare much better, with sufficient attentiveness and speed.



Facilities & Activities
The facilities and activities at One Farrer Hotel are more expansive than elsewhere. They even have in-house tours of their art collection and farms! Impressed also with the in-room shopping catalogue, though I wish they offered more free movie channels rather than paid versions. For the Skyline Hotel, there's a small but exclusive fitness corner and private pool, but the main hotel has a better equipped gymnasium and swimming pool. The meeting and conference facilities are spacious and well-equipped, no surprise to see 4 weddings over 2 days during our visit. The business centre is a little lacklustre though. The attached complex has convienence stores, and several shopping malls and markets (City Square Mall, Mustafa Centre, Tekka Centre, Little India Arcade) are just a walk away.



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One Farrer Hotel 01 - Exterior Facade

One Farrer Hotel 02 - Bedroom

One Farrer Hotel 03 - Living Room & Working Desk

One Farrer Hotel 04 - Bathroom

One Farrer Hotel 05 - Gymnasium

One Farrer Hotel 06 - Garden Pavilion Restaurant

One Farrer Hotel 07 - Conference Room

One Farrer Hotel 08 - Swimming Pool

One Farrer Hotel 09 - Sunset Bar

One Farrer Hotel 10 - Business Centre


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Christmas 2020

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Christmas 2020

Christmas 2020

Grissini, Food Capital, Tempo Tasting Session 2020

December 23, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Grissini, Food Capital, Tempo Tasting Session 2020
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 Yahoo Singapore, Purple Taste, Where To Eat Singapore, and Ms Hannah Chia.



High Tea Set (SGD $49++)

Grissini Tasting Session 2020 - Christmas

December 22, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Grissini Tasting Session 2020 - Christmas
392 Havelock Road
Level 1 Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel


Opening Hours:
Mon - Fri: 4pm - 10pm
Sat - Sun: 2pm - 10pm



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

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session.
Attended with representatives from Yahoo Singapore, Purple Taste, Where To Eat Singapore, and Ms Hannah Chia.



Gamberi E Caviale

Beast & Butterflies Tasting Session 2020

December 19, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Beast & Butterflies Tasting Session 2020
90 Robertson Quay
#01-00 M Social Singapore Hotel


Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm (Lunch), 5pm - 10:30pm (Dinner)



https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/singapore/m-social-singapore/beast-and-butterflies/

This was an invited media review. I did not pay for the meal during the free hosted tasting session, but I did pay the standard price during subsequent visits.
Attended with representatives from Yahoo Singapore, Purple Taste, Where To Eat Singapore, and Ms Hannah Chia.



Char-Grilled NoBeef Patty (SGD $88++ for 3-course set meal)

Tipsy Bird Gastrobar

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Tipsy Bird Gastrobar
1 Paya Lebar Link
#01-08 Paya Lebar Quarter


https://www.tipsybird.com.sg/


Breaded Calamari (SGD $9)

Shou La Shou Shandong Restaurant

December 11, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Shou La Shou Shandong Restaurant
69 Boat Quay

https://handinhandfood.com/


Minced Pork Meat & Bell Peppers Bun (SGD $7)

The Artisan Creator's (TAC) Coffee

December 10, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

The Artisan Creator's (TAC) Coffee
Online Store

170 Stirling Road #01-1133


https://www.facebook.com/TACcoffee/


TAC Coffee Drip Bag

Fountain Microbrewery Tasting Session

December 07, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Fountain Microbrewery Tasting Session
21 Jurong Town Hall Road
#02-00 Snow City


https://fountain.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 Her Pen And Fork, msginginly, Eat Dream Love, Doris Goh, Alan Woo, Epicurious Caniggia, and Chubby Botak Koala.



Sausage Platter (SGD $32)

Zi Char - Dynasty Fried Porridge

December 05, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Zi Char - Dynasty Fried Porridge
30 Foch Road #01-02

https://www.facebook.com/Dynastyfriedporridge/


Claypot Loh Shu Fun / Silver Needle Noodles (SGD $5.50)

Pin Tea

December 03, 2020 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Pin Tea
Online Store

Various Third-Party Retail Stores


https://www.pintea.sg/


Some pictures / images here in this post are sourced, and credited, to Pin Tea. I am an actual customer of this brand, and personally paid for the products listed here.


Pin Tea Assortment
Pin Tea Assortment