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Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro Esplanade Theatres By The Bay Singapore

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro Esplanade Interior

I’ve been a big fan of Singaporean prawn noodles ever since I had the amazing one in The Lobby Lounge in the Shangri-La Hotel here and I have to say that the prawn noodle in Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle is even better! Situated in the Annexe of Esplanade Theatres on the Bay, they have a menu that consists of their signature prawn noodles with fresh wild caught prawns in three different sizes, as well as seafood hot pots, rice dishes, soups and side dishes. They even have a kids size portion of prawn noodles on their menu.

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro Esplanade Menu

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro Esplanade Drinks Menu

On a recent visit there, I had the Prawn Noodle Soup with Medium Sized Fresh Wild Caught Sea Prawns ($12++) as unfortunately their weekday set lunch menu is not available on Fridays although it is advertised as being available on the Esplanade Theatres on the Bay website. The set lunch is actually pretty good value as you get a small prawn noodle, choice of either kailan or a chicken cutlet as well as a homemade drink all for only $15++.

Anyway I was very happy with my bowl of noodles, the broth was very complex, full of prawn flavour and extremely moreish, the prawns although supposed to be medium sized were bigger than I expected and the Wah Kee Signature Thin Egg Noodle that I chose (you could either select Kway Teow, Yellow Noodles, Thick Bee Hoon or the Signature Thin Egg Noodles) were nice and chewy and was a good choice with the soup. Crunchy pieces of fried lard generously topped the noodles and helped enhance the flavour of the soup. All-in-all a very delicious bowl of soup noodles!

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle and Bistro Esplanade Medium Size Fresh Wild Caught Sea Prawn Noodle Soup

I have to say that service at Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle was outstanding, the lady who served us was extremely warm, friendly and courteous, she made lunch there a very pleasant experience!

Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle
Address: Esplanade Theatres On The Bay, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
Tel: 6327 9187
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 2pm, 5pm – 10pm, Saturday: 11am – 11pm, Sunday: 11am – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

 

Bellamy’s Organic Free Samples For Babies

Bellamys Organic Free Baby Samples Singapore

Bellamy’s Organic, a producer of natural infant formula and baby food have free samples of selected baby products available to parents of babies over the age of 6 months. To request your free samples, fill in the form on the Bellamy’s Organic website and they will be sent to the postal address you provide.

Violet Oon Restaurant Review – Bukit Timah Singapore

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore

Violet Oon’s restaurant in Bukit Timah serves authentic traditional and modern Nyonya cuisine. From a slightly shabby looking entrance, you’ll step into a cosy restaurant with interiors that exude Peranakan heritage charm.

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore Restaurant Interior

What I tasted during my meal there last week was almost exceptional. We were the first to arrive at the restaurant when it opened at midday and by 12.30pm the restaurant was full, mostly with locals and expats living in the vicinity. We ordered the Meatless Meatballs Rendang ($15), Buah Keluak Noodle ($24) and the Dry Laksa ($24) to share between three of us.

The Meatless Meatballs Rendang and Buah Keluak Noodle came out first. The rendang sauce of the Meatless Meatballs Rendang was amazingly tasty and full of complexity. My mouth is watering at the thought of it! It was very moreish and the “meatballs” were actually made out of walnut and cheese braised in spices which practically melted in the mouth.

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore Meatless Meatballs Rendang

The Buah Keluak Noodle is a very unique dish, one that I haven’t had the pleasure of eating before. I’m a big fan of Buah Keluak which for those who don’t know, is the poisonous seed of the kepayang tree made edible by fermentation. It is a Peranakan specialty usually served with chicken but in this case the Buah Keluak is used to make a sauce infused with spices, minced prawns, chilli padi and coconut milk and it’s served with spaghetti. Although the spaghetti was slightly overcooked, the sauce itself was delicious.

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore Buah Keluak Noodle

Shortly after we had polished off both dishes, the Dry Laksa arrived. Delicious and flavourful, it’s a must for laksa lovers! For added spice and flavour, the sambal (chilli sauce) given to you at your table is great mixed into it with a squeeze of fresh calamansi.

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore Dry Laksa

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore Sambal and Calamansi

To finish, we each had a Singaporean coffee and shared a slice of Kueh Beng Kah ($10). I had a Kopi VO C ($5) which is made from Violet Oon’s own signature blend of premium Arabica and Robusta beans which are roasted with margarine and caramelised to produce its unique flavour. It is brewed and percolated using traditional methods and then evaporated milk is added to it. Served with a cashew nut cookie, it was strong and full of flavour and had a mild sweetness but not too sweet for those who usually prefer their coffee without sugar.

Violet Oon Restaurant Review Bukit Timah Singapore Kueh Beng Kah and Kopi VO C.

The Kueh Beng Kah was absolutely delectable, probably the best tapioca cake I’ve ever had. It was topped with gula melaka (palm sugar) syrup and served with coconut milk on the side to balance out the sweetness. Yum!

Service at Violet Oon Bukit Timah is warm and friendly, they made us feel very welcome and we spent a relaxing two and a half hours there. Definitely a place I’ll be visiting again.

Reservations for Violet Oon Bukit Timah can be made using Chope and they also accept Chope vouchers where you can save 10% on food and drinks there!

Violet Oon Singapore (Bukit Timah branch)
Address: 881 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 279893
Tel: 9834 9935
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10.30pm, Monday: Closed

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Violet Oon Bukit Timah, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the restaurant or if you have any questions!

Sunshine Childhood Playland Review – Northpoint City Yishun

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun

Probably my favourite children’s indoor playground in Singapore out of the one’s that I’ve visited so far, it may be a little out of the way but it’s very worthwhile going to. Located in Yishun’s Northpoint City shopping centre, slightly hidden away on the 2nd floor of the South Wing, Sunshine Childhood Playland has several different play areas to keep your child occupied for hours on end.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Ball Pit And Slides

Quite commonly found in most indoor playgrounds, there is the usual ball pit with slides as well as a huge screen where you can throw the balls at to hit the targets, in this case the fish! xD

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Ball Game

There are pretend shops including a supermarket, bakery and doctor’s surgery as well as a merry-go-round!

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Merry Go Round And Shops

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Inside Pretend Supermarket

They have a variety of different ride ons (a lot more than what’s in the photo below) so your child can explore the extensive area within Sunshine Childhood Playland on one of them.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Cars And Ride-ons

There is an artificial snow area in which the “snow” is actually very tiny plastic balls that is apparently safe to play with (I’m not sure how safe it is for babies and toddlers that put everything in their mouth though). In this area you can find a range of toys as well as a mini slide ideal for smaller kids.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Snow Area

There’s a separate toy room with an assortment of educational toys as well as lego and even a mini grand piano. The large tv playing nursery rhymes and songs may be distracting for the younger ones though as they usually end up mesmerised by the screen instead of playing with the toys!

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Toy Room

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Mini Grand Piano

 

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Foam Building Blocks

There’s also a small foam block building area, a swing and a trampoline.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Trampoline

Just outside Sunshine Childhood Playland, there are several UFO catchers and motorised vehicles but you have to pay a separate fee for these machines.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun UFO Catcher Machines

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Motorised Vehicles

For those who have older kids that don’t need adult supervision inside the play area, there is a counter with chairs available so you can sit and relax with a coffee or even bring a packed lunch or your laptop to work on whilst keeping an eye on your child at the same time. Only one adult is allowed with each kid inside the play area complimentary (additional adults have to pay $5), but they allow any number of people to wait in the seating area.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Seating

There are cubby-holes for you to put belongings and shoes in as no shoes are allowed in the play area (socks must be worn) or you can use one of the lockers to lock up your possessions.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Northpoint City Yishun Lockers Shoe Boxes

Admission prices start at just $10 for unlimited playtime for toddlers on weekdays which is excellent value and babies 12 months and under can go in free! They also offer memberships and value passes. For the full price list, click on the photo below.

Sunshine Childhood Playland Yishun Northpoint City Price List

Sunshine Childhood Playland is pretty quiet on weekdays compared to the weekends where it can get quite busy as well as on school holidays. The staff are generally friendly and helpful and they also tidy and sanitise the place frequently. Just as a word of caution, if your child is quite young, be careful of the foam wall next to the mini grand piano as when my toddler was playing with the piano, another child managed to push the entire wall down but fortunately I managed to prevent it from hurting my kid as I was standing over him, it is actually quite painful though if it falls on you! Besides that though, children will really love playing in Sunshine Childhood Playland, there’s so much to do that they won’t want to leave!

Sunshine Childhood Playland
Address: 930 Yishun Ave 2, Northpoint City #2-181/182, Singapore 769098
Tel: 64550566
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 10.30am – 9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10.30am – 9.30pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Sunshine Childhood Playland, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!

 

Free ClassPass 2 Week Trial: Free Yoga Classes, Cycling Classes & Much More!

Free ClassPass Two Week TriallClassPass is a new app that recently launched where you can access thousands of different fitness classes from yoga to crossfit to boxing in some of the top studios in Singapore as well as globally. They are currently giving a free 2 week trial for new users where you can take up to 9 different classes worth $99! To claim your free trial simply sign up here.

Free Children’s Indoor Play Area: PIP’s PLAYbox – Esplanade Singapore

Free Children's Indoor Play Area PIP's PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore

PIP’s PLAYbox is a gem of a find as it’s the only completely free dedicated indoor play space in central Singapore complete with all the facilities including a nursing room and children’s toilet. Slightly hidden away on the fourth floor of Esplanade Mall, the entrance is actually outside on the roof where you can see a shoe rack just next to it for leaving your shoes as no shoes are allowed inside.

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Entrance Door

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Shoe Rack And Seats

There’s also an area just under the staircase leading up to PIP’s PLAYbox where you can park your buggy.

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Stroller Parking

On entering PIP’s PLAYbox you’re required to register your details. This is just a precautionary measure for contact tracing purposes.

With floor-to-ceiling windows to let the natural light in, it is the perfect environment to get creative in the arts and crafts area or curl up with a book in the reading corner where you will find plenty of books by Singaporean writers and illustrators.

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Arts And Crafts Area

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Reading Corner

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Books By Singaporean Writers And Illustrators

There are wooden blocks, stacking rings and a train set available to play with as well as cupboards and doors to open and explore which the little ones will love doing!

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Books And Toys

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Cupboards And Doors

There’s also a small loft area which kids can climb up into and peer out of the little windows.

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Loft.

 Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Loft Upstairs

There are nooks and crannies to hide in, cushions to relax on and beautiful murals and artwork everywhere to help cultivate your child’s appreciation for art.

 Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Artwork

Outside, you’ll find a small playground which your child can enjoy running around in. It’s not your standard outdoor playground though but it has a ladder to climb and mirrors to look at.

 Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Outdoor Playground

Also, in conjunction with Esplanade’s festivals and series, PIP’s PLAYbox hosts a range of activities throughout the year from storytelling sessions to self-guided craft activities.

They have a club called PIP’s Club which children of 12 years old and under can join completely free. Benefits of being a member include discounted tickets for select events at Esplanade, special promotions and giveaways, access to partner promotions, bi-monthly newsletters with fun and educational content, exclusive invitations to events and special activities as well as priority booking for parent-child workshops. You will also get a PIP Explorer Passport where you can collect stamps to redeem prizes as well as deepen your child’s connection with the arts.

As PIP’s PLAYbox is completely free all year round, they accept donations to help keep the place running. You can also support them by purchasing some PIP’s Club merchandise at the reception area.

Free Childrens Indoor Play Area PIPs PLAYbox Esplanade Singapore Donation Box

PIP’s PLAYbox is a very clean and safe place for children to play freely and is throughly cleaned and sanitised three times a day!

PIP’s PLAYbox
Address: Level 4, 1 Esplanade Dr, Singapore 038981
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 6pm (closed for cleaning 2pm – 3pm)

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of PIP’s PLAYbox, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review or if you have any questions!

GROW Baby Milk Formula Free Sample

Grow Baby Milk Formula Free Sample

Formulated for babies, toddlers and young children, GROW milk formula contains complete nutrition to support brain development, immunity and growth. Get a free 900g sample tin of either GROW Baby Stage 2, GROW Toddler Stage 3 or a sample pack of GROW Preschool and School by simply filling in the form here to request yours! If you request a sample tin of GROW Baby Stage 2 or GROW Toddler Stage 3, you’ll receive a voucher in the post which you can use to claim your free tin at your nearest participating supermarket. Vouchers and sample packs will be sent out around a week after you’ve submitted your request. Offer ends on the 30th June 2019.

Kidz Castle Children’s Indoor Playground Review – Compass One Sengkang

Kidz Castle Childrens Indoor Playground Review Compass One Sengkang

On a recent visit to Compass One shopping mall in Sengkang, I was happy to find that a new children’s indoor playground, namely Kidz Castle, had opened on the third floor. Indoor playgrounds are fairly scarce in the northeast so this new addition seems to be quite popular with the local residents as a place where young children and toddlers can burn off some energy.

Similar to the indoor playground chain Happy Castle, which has playgrounds that are covered in hawthorn seeds, Kidz Castle is also covered in hawthorn seeds which are not only safe for children to play with but the smell of the seeds is said to improve digestion and blood circulation.

Kidz Castle, although it only covers a small area just outside the library, it manages to fit a Wendy house (playhouse) with slide, tunnel, toy kitchen and various other bits and bobs that the kids can play with. It can get a little bit cramped if there are more than 6 or 7 children in the playground at a time but if you go during the weekdays it’s rarely crowded.

Kidz Castle Childrens Indoor Playground Compass One Sengkang Price List

Prices start at $5 for 15 minutes of playtime which is hardly worth it when it’s just $10 for one hour. A one day pass is $30 or you can get one of the packages if you think that you’ll be taking your child there often. It’s definitely a handy place in central Sengkang for children to play in on rainy days. Currently as a special opening offer, they are giving one extra hour free with all packages!

Kidz Castle
Address: 1 Sengkang Square, Compass One, #03-29, Singapore 545078
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm, Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays: 10am – 10pm

Hope you’ve enjoyed my review of Kidz Castle, please feel free to leave a comment below with your own review of the indoor playground or if you have any questions!