Thursday, March 29, 2018

English Afternoon Tea at The Landing Point, The Fullerton Bay Hotel

I was extremely glad to be back at The Fullerton Bay Hotel to enjoy a traditional English Afternoon Tea at The Landing Point! Thanks so much to the hotel for this complimentary gift!

There are two seating time-slots available for the afternoon tea on weekends, and we chose the later timing slot of 3.30 - 6.00pm. I personally felt that it was pretty reasonable to have more than 2 hours of nibbles and tea to keep our bellies full of happiness!

Upon being seated, we were given a drink menu to order from various choices of tea by the pot. I went for the 'Silver Moon', while Baby opted for the signature 'Fullerton Express' tea. Both of these are from the TWG Tea Company, and they tasted lovely.

The atmosphere was great, with a splendid view of the Marina Bay Sands as we were given indoor bar seats next to full length glass windows. Sipping tea on a Saturday afternoon is tops in anyone's book!

During our visit, the hotel was having a special high tea session which had a theme! In conjunction with 'International Women's Day 2018', The Fullerton Hotel held their 'Fullerton Celebrates Women's Day 2018 High Tea', and most of the confectionary and pastries were colored purple!

Although both of us do not really have a sweet tooth, we enjoyed everything immensely. However, we preferred the savory offerings more as we kept requesting for them to be replenished, in place of the sweet ones!

Apart from the afternoon tea set, there is a mini buffet bar that you can help yourself to. There was penna pasta, assorted tarts cuffs and wraps. We were surprised that they offered pasta as part of the buffet spread. 

We had a pleasurable experience on a whole. We enjoyed the food and service very much. The price per pax is roughly SGD50++, but thankfully we had complimentary vouchers! Of course, the experience of the 2 hours of a free flow of nibbles, tea, and chilling out at a great location made us want to come back again on our own in the future, as the friendly service and location was top notch!

The Landing Point
80 Collyer Quay
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
Singapore 049326
+65 6333 8388

Afternoon Tea:
Mondays to Fridays: 3.00pm to 5.30pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: (1st-slot) - 12.30pm to 3.00pm ; (2nd-slot) - 3.30pm to 6.00pm

Monday, March 26, 2018

Ichiran Ramen in Instant Pack + Ichiban Boshi + Osaka Ohsho

During my recent trip to Fukuoka, I stayed at the Hakata area, which is the main transport hub in Fukuoka. Being the traditional home of Japanese ramen, I was fortunate enough to try out the various famous brands available! You can't go wrong with 'Ichiran', as most tourists to Japan will have heard of this Ramen chain. I first ate it in Tokyo, and I loved it so much!! Ichiran is rather popular, and this is shown by the multiple outlets they have island wide in Japan.

While shopping at Don Quijote i.e:- Donki, which is more familiar to Singaporeans, I found that instant Ichiran Ramen was being sold!!! Baby picked up a pack for us to bring home and a box which consists of 5 packets costs about ¥2000 (SGD24). Each box consists of 5 sets of Hakata-styled thin noodles, soup base and chili powder. 

On a random weekend in Singapore, we decided to give the instant ramen a try! While the instant ramen did not taste as awesome as the authentic ones served fresh at the restaurant, it did taste somewhat like the real deal. The texture of the instant noodles was almost on par with the real ramen noodles, but the soup base was lacking in the richness and was less flavorful than the original. Nevertheless, it did bring back memories of dining in Japan to us!

IL and I always ensure that we still have room for desserts after our meal, and therefore we visited Patisserie G which is located at Millenia Walk on a random weekday. We both enjoyed the cakes very much! Thanks for the treat, IL! 

Recently, I went to Osaka Ohsho which is located at Raffles City Shopping Centre during my lunch break with my lunch mate! I had my favorite Scallop Okowa Rice with Gyoza Set. In my personal opinion, Osaka Ohsho serves the best Gyoza in town! Each piece tasted divine, and while writing this entry, I'm reminded that I should probably head down again to get more!

I end my post with RKM's FRI-DATE at Ichiban Boshi which is located at Plaza Singapura. We had a delightful dinner, and luckily our bill was affordable, after we had a partial amount deducted by using CapitaLand vouchers that I had!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

[Kyushu holiday] A day trip to Kokura (Kitakyushu)

Prior to our departure, Baby and I purchased the 5-Day Kyushu Shinkansen passes from JTB, and each pass cost us around SGD250. The pass covered the entire North and South of Kyushu Prefecture. We decided to visit Kokura (Kitakyushu), Nagasaki, Beppu, Kumamoto and Kagoshima from our base point of Fukuoka. With the passes, we were allowed to travel on an unlimited number of rides to all areas on all the local JR train service lines. These included all 'Special Rapid Train' services too!
After having brekkie, we headed down to Hakata JR Station to exchange our JR passes for the actual train passes. The travelling time from Hakata to Kokura took us only 45 minutes.

A disclaimer, if you are using the JR pass to head to Kyushu, note that the pass only works on the Shinkansen train TOWARDS Kokura. You cannot use the JR pass for the Shinkansen to head back to Hakata from Kokura, for reasons I have no idea. This should not stop you from visiting Kokura though, as you can still use the JR pass to use the normal trains from Kokura back to Hakata. The only drawback is you can't use the shinkansen for the return leg hence the travelling time is slightly more.

Upon reaching Kokura JR Station, we walked down to Kokura Castle which was only a 10 minute walk away from the station.
We stopped by to get some Pablo Cheese Tarts to satisfy our sweet cravings. 

Kokura Castle is one of the last few castles left in Kyushu which was built sometime in 1602. It is  located within Kokura City in Kitakyushu. We paid 350yen each to enter the castle, and it contains a small museum. I loved the interesting and interactive exhibits within the castle.

The admission fee is worth paying for. We picked up a souvenir medallion before leaving the castle.

We had lunch at an unpretentious eatery place which serves udon and tendon. I had a simple bowl of udon while Baby had a tendon lunch set. I swear in all my time I have never had a better of udon then here. It was a 'dry-type' of udon, which had chicken and egg in it. The combination of the semi-cooked egg mixed with the udon made it a sort of 'hor-fun' like gravy, and it was amazingly delicious! This was easily the tastiest udon I've ever had in Japan!

Shopping in Kokura is fun, and it is the perfect place to shop in Kyushu apart from Hakata. I loved my shopping hauls from Kokura, as I picked up some earrings, beauty products, a pair of ankle boots from GU, and miscellaneous items from Seria, the 100 Yen Shop.

After a day of shopping and sightseeing in Kokura, we had our dinner at Kyosushi. We settled on sushi and sashimi, and the damage was pretty on the high side, but I suppose it was acceptable after the currency conversion.

Before leaving Kokura, we picked up some local snacks which is only limited to the Kyushu region. We also bought a box of Mentaiko at 1080yen for our indulgence during our entire Japan trip! 

Travelling around in Japan is easy as taking public transport is a breeze too! I took a photo with the 'Conductor', one of the characters from the popular Japanese anime, 'Galaxy Express 999' before taking the train back to Hakata.