Road Trip: Altitude @ Singapore

10 September 2012


Road Trip: Altitude @ Singapore


At 282 meters above sea level atop the One Raffles Place building (formerly OUB Centre), the world’s highest al fresco bar has an unobstructed view of the city from three bars and restaurants combined – – 282 and City Golf (61st floor), Stellar (62nd floor) and 1-Altitude Gallery & Bar (rooftop).


The bar takes pride in its triangular gallery which gives guests the rare opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of 20 significant landmarks located in all directions from Singapore’s financial district.
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Lovely Brunch at Café Epicurious, Singapore

13 August 2012


Lovely Brunch at Café Epicurious, Singapore


“[Chime Plays] Next Station, Marsiling.”


Thirty-five minutes by my lonesome self aboard Singapore’s very efficient train system on a cool sunny Saturday morning.


It was 9 AM. Too early to feel famished. I was already oh so looking forward to having Saturday brunch with Ayn and Drei at one of the most raved about breakfast restaurants in Singapore. We have a reservation at Café Epicurious at 10:30 AM.


“Epicurious is a cafe which represents the best of casual dining in Singapore: home-made, reasonably priced food, friendly, unpretentious service, presented in a unique style that represents personal eclectic interests.”


Looking at the train map, I was three train stops away from my next destination, the Choa Chu Kang station. Inside looking out, I was in the residential zone of Singapore – – not so many tall skyscrapers, but there were several schools, houses, vast lush vegetation, and tens of sports courts all around. Not much to see. Time to play iPhone Hotel Dash.


Got my phone out. 1 message from Ayn. Message received 30 minutes ago. Oh, we’re meeting at Newton station instead. Had to go 14 stations back. Fast. And so another lone adventure begins. Goodie. Another step towards becoming a true blue cosmocrat (cosmocrat: a global citizen who could move freely throughout the world, embracing and exploring new experiences).


“[Chime Plays] Marsiling Station. ????. Please mind the gap. (English) ????? (Chinese) Berhati-hati di ruang platform. (Malay) ??? (Tamil)”


Off the train. Off to figure out by myself how to go back. Tap out. Check. Coins. Ticket. Tap in again. Check check check. And I was on my back to the city. I texted Ayn back, asking her to wait for me.


A few minutes past 10. Ayn and Drei were already waiting for me at the Newton station. I told them quickly how my Singapore MRT adventure went. This Café Epicurious better be good and worth my Saturday morning adventure.


10:30 AM. Saturday. Rail Mall. The Rail Mall is home to dozens of quaint and cozy cafés and restaurants.

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Dining in the Michelin-star-awardee Din Tai Fung @ Singapore

28 October 2012


Dining in the Michelin-star-awardee Din Tai Fung @ Singapore


My bucket list includes dining in a Michelin-star-awarded restaurant.


What is a “Michelin Star”? The term “Michelin Star” is a symbol of fine dining quality. The first Michelin guide book was published in 1900 to encourage “road tripping” in France by anonymously reviewing restaurants via a three-star system.


Michelin awards 0 to 3 stars through anonymous inspections by reviewers. Reviews are based on quality, technique mastery, personality and consistency of the food. Michelin awards are food-based, not reviews based on interior décor, table setting, nor service quality.


Michelin Stars are defined as:

  • One star – A very good restaurant in its category
  • Two stars – Excellent cooking and worth a detour. First class cuisine of its type.
  • Three stars – Exceptional cuisine and worth a special journey. Often extremely expensive, and with an extensive wine list.


To cross out “dining in a Michelin-star-awarded-restaurant” from my list, we went to Din Tai Fung when we were in Singapore for dinner.


“Michelin Star” awarded and ranked Din Tai Fung as one of the world’s Top Ten Best Restaurants. This Michelin-star-awareded restaurant has its roots dating back to Taiwan 40 years ago. Din Tai Fung was awarded one Michelin star by the Hong Kong and Macau 2010 edition of the Michelin Guide.


“Din Tai Fung’s cuisine is all about harmony. Utilising the freshest ingredients paired with a relish for simple cooking styles, the recipe selection is never too rich or heavy on the palate, and is a fresh welcome given the increasing preference for healthy cooking. With a wide selection of enticing dishes, diners are destined to tuck into flavourful creations that burst into delight with each and every bite.” —


As soon as Din Tai Fung’s guests enter the restaurant, they are greeted by the metallic sculpture. This is where the Din Tai Fung’s journey begins.
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