Good Ice Kachang So-So Cendol @ The Lookout, SICC Thomson on 27Dec2016

cendol at eagles lookout, sicc thomson

cendol at the lookout/the eagle, sicc thomson

after the scrumptuous great-value lunch at silk, we adjourned to the lookout/the eagle for some drinks.

my OPS friends still fixated with cendol.

the server at silk told us the best is actually bobo chacha, but it is not available most times. she got them to inform her whenever they have bobo chacha, so she can order it.

anyway, today no bobo chacha as well.

my friends ordered cendol. the coconut milk was thick. the gula malaka though was the usual thin hawker centre type, totally mediocre, and no kidney beans…

way way below the standard of four seasons cendol (the best!) la!

& also not comparable to old town white coffee cendol.

ice kachange at eagles lookout, sicc thomson

ice kachang at the lookout/the eagle, sicc thomson

i was the only who took ice kachang.

it was much better than most hawker centre ice kachang, including the one at adam road food centre. & they have double the amount of ingredients, and generous serving of syrups & evaporated milk.

too big a serving actually, with this no need lunch actually.

c.h.e.f andy

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the lookout/the eagle

Great 5pax Lunch with OPS Friends @ Silk Restaurant SICC Thomson on 27Dec2016

peking duck = S$26 for 2 eats

peking duck = S$26 for 2 eats

had great 5pax lunch with my OPS friends at silk on 27.12.2016.

was just here for dinner last friday with my brother & sil.

i ordered the 1/2 peking duck again.

the peking duck was competent, & the second eat crispy noodles was quite excellent, so at S$26 for 2 eats (2 dishes), it is like a must order for me. 🙂

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

i ordered the medium garoupa fillet.

there was like 10 fish cuts so 2 serving each. it was an impressive dish my friends like.

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

garoupa fillet with cloud fungus, lily bulbs, sweet peas = S$24 for medium

a great reparation.

& the sides were good quality – cloud fungus, lily bulbs & sweet peas. 🙂

black bean auce bittergourd with pork ribs

black bean auce bittergourd with pork ribs = small for S$16

for the black bean auce bittergourd with pork ribs, i ordered small for S$16.

first time i ordered this dish here. it was very well done, very tasty & tender pork ribs & bittergourd was great too. this the favourite dish for all.

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

i ordered medium claypot froglegs. another very tasty dish.

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

claypot froglegs = medium for S$24

all the dihses very good standard, well presented & tasty.

only thing the service here very average.

shredded duck meat crispy noodles - second eat for peking duck

shredded duck meat crispy noodles – second eat for peking duck foc

& the foc second eat, shredded duck meat crispy noodles. my friends really liked this. & me too.

there was no service charge & sicc members got 15% discounts. so net for me including tea & appertizer (S$2each) was S$94, a very good price for 5 really good dishes.

though i have been here a few times already last few months, i still like this place as much. will be back soon!

c.h.e.f andy

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Silk Restaurant
Address:
Singapore Island Country Club, 180 Island Club Road, 578774, (Thomson)
Contact:

Operating Hours:

Weekdays (Lunch) 11:30am – 2:30pm
Weekends & Public Holidays 11:00am – 2:30pm
Dinner 6:00pm – 10:00pm daily

Restaurant is closed on Mondays except on the eves of public holidays and public holidays.

Dress Code (Lunch): Casual – Round-neck shirt and bermudas allowed (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)
Dress Code (Dinner): Smart Casual – Collared T-shirt/shirt with long trousers and covered shoes (Shorts, slippers and flip flops are NOT allowed)

Our Usual Great BBQ Dinner @ Aburiya Yakiniku on 26Dec2016

jo karubi - prime ribs

jo karubi S$16.90 – prime ribs

went with wife to our usual haunt aburiya yakiniku for jap style korean bbq on 26.12.2016. ^^

enjoy it everytime!

jo karubi - prime ribs

jo karubi S$16.90 – prime ribs

we had the S$16.90 jo karubi – prime ribs.

jo karubi - prime ribs

jo karubi – prime ribs

it was very good as usual.

falbourful, nice lemon on seasalt dip & another beef sauce dip. 🙂

kurobuta platter

kurobuta platter _ S$25.90

we order the kurobuta platter which we like.

i like all the 4 meat cuts, from belly to jowl to collar & ribeye.

kurobuta

kurobuta

pork cooked a bit more.

kurobuta

kurobuta

nicely charred & very flavourful.

kurobuta

kurobuta

shiokalicious la!

bibimen

bibimen S$11.90

we took the bibimen which wife likes and i too. lots of pork & other ingredients.

bibimen

bibimen S$11.90

mixed well with gochujang.

kimchi chigae

kimchi chigae

we also like the kimcji chigae.

not too salty, very tasty, & good serving of kimchi, tofu, mushrooms & some belly pork.

enjoyed the dinner a lot.

c.h.e.f andy

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Mediocre so-so Coffee @ In & Out Cafe at Bigbox on 26Dec2016

cafe-at-bigbox

cafe at bigbox

after lunch at joo seng teochew muay, my OPS friend drove us to bigbox for a cuppa.

nice ambience, i think it was the in & out cafe at level 2.

ks-bought-our-s2-90-americano-s3-30-regular-coffee

S$2.90 americano & S$3.30 regular

coffee actually so so.

the S$2.90 americano was an expresso shot with added water.

the server explained that the S$3.30 regular coffee (left most on photo above) had the same amount of coffee but prepared differently & tasted stronger??

anyway mediocre so-so coffee, considering you can get a cappuccino at mcCafe for S$2.90.

c.h.e.f andy

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In & Out Cafe

Good Braised Duck So So Teochew Muay @ Joo Seng on 26Dec2016

lunch at joo seng teochew muay

lunch at joo seng teochew muay

my OPS friend parked his car at the public parking next to court, so it was quite convenient walking over from bukit timah hill, hindhede drive after our walk.

after 1.5hrs 3.75km walk up & down bukit timah hill, we were looking forward to having frogleg porridge at g7 sinma.

unfortunately g7 sinma forgleg porridge not open till 12pm.

it was 11am, so we walked over to joo seng for some teochew muay instead on 26.12.2016. ^^

braised duck S$13 - very good

braised duck S$13 – very good

the duck, a portion for 4pax, for S$13, was very good.

duck was soft, tender & the braise was very tasty, “pang” (fragrant).

just for the duck, this one at joo seng was better than the salty & not “pang” duck at ye shanghai we had 0n 7.4.2016.

chilli shark meat

chilli shark meat

the chilli shark meat was ok.

shark meat is a bit flat & tasteless, not as good as stingray. i guess the preparation & dish was ok, quite ordinary.

this minced pork failed

this minced pork failed

the minced pork was very poor.

no comparison at all with shi le yuan.

teochew fish cake ok

teochew fish cake ok

teochew fish cake was ok, i had better.

sichuan veg ok

sichuan veg ok

sichuan veg ok, nothing to talk about.

heng chye with ikan bilis

heng chye with ikan bilis

heng chye with ikan bilis was good, tasty & sweet.

chap chye

chap chye

chap chye was so so, sugar sweetness, had much better.

my OPS friend bought lunch. price was S$34 for 5pax. quite ok overall. minus the duck, S$21 for the other 6 dishes i would say on the expensive side.

certainly ye shanghai a lot cheaper & mostly better sans the duck.

c.h.e.f andy

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Joo Seng Teochew Muay

Rail Corridor & Bukit Timah Hill Walk with OPS Friends on 26Dec2016

enter rail corridor at greenleaf view amsterdam apartments

enter rail corridor at greenleaf view amsterdam apartments

my OPS friend organised a walk at bukit timah hill this morning 9am on 26.12.2016. ^^

5 of us going.

rail corridor walking map

rail corridor walking map

friend arranged to meet at the visitors’ centre.

i was expecting a full carpark at 9am so thought of going from jln bingka or king albert park.

looking at the map, might as well walk from greenleaf view.

i started a little late about 8.15am, so was about 10mins late at the visitors’ centre.

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

rail corridor

a pleasant walk along the rail corridor.

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

drainage project diversion - rail corridor

drainage project diversion – rail corridor

soon i arrived at the place where they were doing drainage project & diversion work.

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

the path was dry before this part.

but because of the heavy vehicles & rain, there were muddy parts, so some long jump obstacles enroute. 🙂

rail corridor

rail corridor

joggers

joggers, mostly foreigners

a few joggers.

rail-corridor8

long jump obstacles -muddy caused by heavy vehicles

more muddy parts.

rolling stock

rolling stock at the bukit timah railway station

rolling stock

rolling stock at the bukit timah railway station

singapore to woodlands sign

bukit timah railway station – singapore to woodlands sign

some rolling stock & the signage were what’s left of the bukit timah railway station.

paved road on the right to bukit timah road near king albert oark

paved road on the right leading to blackmore drive to bukit timah road, king albert park station

10km

10km signage

nearing the bukit timah crossing.

rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

view from rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

view from rail crossing over bukit timah & dunneran road

crossed the bridge over bukit timah & dunnearn road.

rail corridor

rail corridor

jln bingka - can park here & walk

jln bingka – can park here & walk

jln bingka is a convenient place to park & walk.

i knew i would be about 10mins late, the time required from here to the visitors’ centre.

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

jln anak bukit flyover

anak bukit flyover

passed the PIE anak bukit flyover.

going down to hindhede drive

going down to hindhede drive

& arrived at the track leading down to hindhede road (on the right) soon after.

hindhede drive

hindhede drive

hindhede-drive2

hindhede drive

the entire hindhede drive was parked with cars.

from carpark towards bukit timah hill visitors centre

from carpark towards bukit timah hill visitors centre

it’s a short walk form the public carpark to the visitors’ centre.

carpark was full as expected

carpark was full as expected

carpark was full at 9.08am, quite expected.

3.33km from greenleaf view to bukit timah hill visitors centre in 46mins

3.33km from greenleaf view to bukit timah hill visitors centre in 46mins

the 3.33 km walk from greenleaf view along the rail corridor to bukit timah hill visitors’ centre took about 46mins.

bukit timah nature reserves guide

bukit timah nature reserves guide 

we took the moderate route 3, which goes by the south view path, then cave path.

nice walk

nice walk 

it’s a nice walk, now a wide maybe 2m laid path, just reopened in oct2016 after a 2-year restoration & enhancement.

cave path

cave path 

we passed the south view hut. next section is the cave path.

the cave

the cave 

passed the barricaded cave.

here are some intrigues about the caves.

pond

pond

undergrowth

undergrowth

nice walk

nice walk

hand holding = muscle memory from primary school

hand holding = muscle memory from primary school

hand holding = muscle memory carryover from OPS primary school. 🙂

nice walk

nice walk 

after passing the catchment hut, we walked up the steps leading back to the road.

reaching the last flight of steps to summit

reaching the last flight of steps to summit

the last flight of steps to summit 

the last flight of steps to summit 

which leads to the summit steps.

the 2 ladies took the road around to the summit bypassing the steps.

to the summit stone & pavilion

to the summit stone & pavilion 

reached the 162.63 summit. constant queue but managed to take some group photos at the summit stone. ^^

the summit & telecomm tower

the summit & telecomm tower

there are 2 telecom towers.

why is the telecom tower sengget?

going down

going down 

we walked down the paved road.

the sky

the sky 

took a shot of the sky through the canopy. 🙂

monkey in somebody's garden

monkey in somebody’s garden 

a friend was saying why there were no monkeys along the trail??

because they were busy rummaging the treasure gardens of the private houses along hindhede drive!

3.75km round trip up via south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill in 1.5hrs

3.75km round trip up via south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill in 1.5hrs 

the round trip journey up via route 3 south view path & down the paved road at bukit timah hill was 3.75km & took 1.5hrs.

view of tower from overhead bridge crossing over to the courts side

view of tower from overhead bridge crossing over to the courts side 

my smart friend parked over at the public roadside parking next to courts & accessed directly to hindhede drive across the overhead bridge.

here we had a nice view of the telecom towers.

a very fun & relaxing walk on a boxing day morning. time for some nice makan!

c.h.e.f andy

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bukit timah hill nature reserve 

Location

End of Hindhede Drive

GET DIRECTIONS

Nature Reserve Information

How to get there

By bus: 67, 75, 170, 171, 184, 852, 961

Alight at Jalan Anak Bukit Road, opposite Beauty World Centre (Bus stop ID: 42109), or

Alight at Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre (Bus stop ID: 42091)

 

By MRT: Alight at Beauty World MRT Station, take Exit A

 

Nature Reserve Opening Hours

7 am to 7 pm daily

 

Exhibition Hall Opening Hours

8 am to 5.30 pm daily

 

Carpark Opening Hours

6.30 am to 7 pm daily (No overnight parking)