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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

THE MERCATO CENTRALE CHRONICLES DAY 3 & 4: FRIENDS AND FAMILY!




His name is "Enzo".. ENsymada & ChoriZO..

    I'm not a night person at all. I don't go out very much at night, and i'm notoriously "antukin". When the clock strikes around 10pm, I begin to yawn like crazy and start spacing out. So as you can imagine, I've never been to any of those "Super Clubs" that people seem to be crazy over nowadays. In fact, if you ask me of what my idea of "Going out at night" would be, The first thing I'd tell you is "Midnight Mercato".

     I haven't been to the night version Mercato Centrale just yet, but I intend to soon. But truth be told, I'm enjoying the morning market a little bit too much, so I don't feel the urgency to go to the midnight version just yet. 

    Rina and I try to go to Mercato Centrale at least once a month, and every time we do,we try to make it an event with friends and family.. Cuz lets face it, with the amazing choices of food, how can you NOT enjoy?

Monday, April 18, 2011

SINGAPORE DAY 3: THE GRAND FINALE AT IKEA!




THE PICKIEST EATER IN THE WORLD AND THE IKEA GRANDE FINALE from richiez168 on Vimeo.


          For our "Last Supper" in Singapore, I scheduled a visit to Ikea. Rina and Chaikka were both eager to check out the awesome furniture they had, but I could care less about their lamps, sofas, and what not. I was there for one thing, and one thing only: The Swedish Meatballs. Little did I know that, with the help of my friend Nina,  I would discover another dessert that I would add to the Best Thing Ever List!



Friday, April 15, 2011

SINGAPORE DAY 3: THE PHANTOM OF THE FOOD OPERA

Constipation is not fun. (kidding)

        After getting rained out in Sentosa, we took a Shuttle bus from the Imbiah Station to take the token trip to Orchard Road. Just like Sentosa, I honestly don't get the big deal about Orchard Road, and why it's a "must see for every tourist". Then again, it could be the bitterness of my wallet talking. I mean, it's got all these High End shops and all, but nothing anything you can't find in Greenbelt 5. (Sorry Fashionistas of the world, but I'm totally clueless about these things, so I mean no offense.)

       As you saw in my Sentosa post, i took pix with almost every statue I could find in Resorts world.. So maybe I shouldn't be one to judge when I saw people taking pictures in front of a Dolce and Gabbana or a Louis Vuitton. 

    To me however, the true awesomeness of Orchard Road is not found on the surface, but four levels below the famed street. At Basement Four of Ion Orchard Mall, is a gastronomic paradise that every food lover should not miss.. Food Opera. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

SINGAPORE DAY 3: THE DEFAULT TRIP TO SENTOSA

Whenever I take a picture with Rina, I always hold her tummy, 
just so our baby knows that he/she is included in the picture.

        When you ask someone about the places to go to in Singapore, it's very likely that he or she would tell you that a trip to the Lion City would not be complete without going to Sentosa. That was the logic of Rina and Chaikka when we set our trek there for Day Three. Considering Sentosa is dubbed as "Asia's favorite Playground", so you can imagine our excitement when I was planning the things that we could do there.

          But looking at the park map that I got from the hotel, and studying the attractions, I was starting to think that Sentosa wouldn't be as fun as I thought It would be, especially since we had just come from the awesomeness of Universal Studios.

        I did bring up that concern to the girls, but they were steadfast in their decision to go to Sentosa. They did have a valid point though.. Everyone they asked said they should go to Sentosa, and how often will they be in Singapore, so why not make the most of the chance. 

      Outnumbered, I just went along for the ride, hoping for the best. 

    Now, I've never been one to say "I told you so!", but... Rina and Chaikka?  If you both are reading this..


   I TOLD YOU SO!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

SINGAPORE DAY 3: ON TOP OF THE WORLD, IN THE SINGAPORE FLYER!



from richiez168 on Vimeo.

          I'm afraid of heights. I think that's why God didn't make me tall. Wait, I take that back. I'm not afraid of heights, per se. I'm afraid of Ferris Wheels. Strange, no? So what exactly would possess me to take a ride on The Singapore Flyer, the tallest Ferris Wheel in the entire world? Well, the girls said they wanted to do it, so I had to man up or be left behind. Besides, the ticket was a package deal with our Duck Tour, so I'd be wasting money if I skipped it.
            And I'm glad I did, because the view of the city was absolutely breathtaking, that every tourist should not miss!        

Thursday, April 7, 2011

SINGAPORE DAY 2: ONE NIGHT AT MAKANSUTRA GLUTTONS BAY

"Glutton's Bay" could very well have been my birthplace.

          I was so sleepy during our Duck Tour drive around the city, that I can safely say that I can't really remember a lot of the things our tour guide said. I can't recall the story of the war memorial, nor do I remember the name of the tallest hotel in Singapore. But what was clear as day, was that he said, "Food Lovers, you can't leave Singapore without going to Makansutra."


        Just like Food Republic, Makansutra was among the many recommendations that my friends suggested to me when i asked for place to eat in Singapore. According to our guide, Makansutra is a popular food center that features a collection of the best "Hawkers" in the country. He had me at "Food Center'.

       This post marks the first time I'm going to be doing a "Video Review". I'm a bit new to this sort of thing so you're going to have to forgive me if it's not any good hehe.. See the video here:

from richiez168 on Vimeo.


Monday, April 4, 2011

SINGAPORE DAY 2: OUR AMAZING DAY AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS SENTOSA!


             As I mentioned in my first Singapore Post, our whole point in going to Singapore was to be able to go to Universal Studios. I think we went at just the perfect time too, because had we gone a couple of months earlier, a lot of the rides would not have been opened yet. If anyone has plans on going to Universal Studios in Singapore, I strongly suggest you head off to their official website and purchase your tickets online. Also, I even more strongly suggest that you avail of the "Express Pass", which allows you a separate lane, away from the peons-err.. I mean, from the other guests of the park. Long story short, If you have an Express Pass, you go to the front of the line. 

         Buying the ticket online cost me SGD$66 + Express pass SGD$30 = SGD$96 or PHP 3,296.79 each. 

         Kinda steep for one day at a theme park, don't ya think (Times two for me cuz i treated Rina)? But the moment you get on that monorail to Sentosa Island, and you see the entrance to Resorts World, The question of "Is it worth it?" suddenly rings into your head one more time. The look of excitement on Rina's face helped answer the question for me. 

        Abso-friggin-lutely.


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