went to fort soliso & did the skywalk this morning on 9.2.2022.^^
toured the canons, soldier quarters, surrender chamber
afterwards stroll the coastal trail & then the imbiah trail.. nice morning nice walk..after that we decided to cycle
we access the cycle path from fort soliso & cycle to pleasant beach
chill & had old chang kee curry puff, warding off the Java mynah lol!
shortly thunderstorm luckily we managed to get inside pleasant beach carpark..
got back to fort soliso cable car station & bought a co nut drink
river wonders outing with mr k on 26.1.2022.^^
great time with grandson on 26.1.2022^^
many different specie of fishes..congo, nile ganges mekong yangtze – arapaima, sawfish, giant catfish, ray, electric eel ..also crocodile, manatee..
also saw red panda and of course the giant pandas kai kai & 5mth baby le le
le le sleeping & turned the other way
& nicely choreographed show with monitor lizard iguana otter pelican cabybara etc 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
my OPS friend organised a walk at bukit timah hill this morning 9am on 26.12.2016. ^^
5 of us going.
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.
a pleasant walk along the rail corridor.
soon i arrived at the place where they were doing drainage project & diversion work.
the path was dry before this part.
but because of the heavy vehicles & rain, there were muddy parts, so some long jump obstacles enroute. 🙂
a few joggers.
more muddy parts.
some rolling stock & the signage were what’s left of the bukit timah railway station.
nearing the bukit timah crossing.
crossed the bridge over bukit timah & dunnearn road.
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.
passed the PIE anak bukit flyover.
& arrived at the track leading down to hindhede road (on the right) soon after.
the entire hindhede drive was parked with cars.
it’s a short walk form the public carpark to the visitors’ centre.
carpark was full at 9.08am, quite expected.
the 3.33 km walk from greenleaf view along the rail corridor to bukit timah hill visitors’ centre took about 46mins.
we took the moderate route 3, which goes by the south view path, then cave path.
it’s a nice walk, now a wide maybe 2m laid path, just reopened in oct2016 after a 2-year restoration & enhancement.
we passed the south view hut. next section is the cave path.
passed the barricaded cave.
hand holding = muscle memory carryover from OPS primary school. 🙂
after passing the catchment hut, we walked up the steps leading back to the road.
which leads to the summit steps.
the 2 ladies took the road around to the summit bypassing the steps.
reached the 162.63 summit. constant queue but managed to take some group photos at the summit stone. ^^
there are 2 telecom towers.
why is the telecom tower sengget?
we walked down the paved road.
took a shot of the sky through the canopy. 🙂
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!
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.
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!
End of Hindhede Drive
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)
drop by at hong wen mutton soup at bukit timah food centre on the way to meet a friend on 10.4.2015.
apparently the stall previously from beauty world centre has been around for decades.
closing time was 2.30pm & i was there nearer 3pm, anyway the owner served me the last bowl before shuttering the stall.
it should be good, unfortunately it was the worst mutton soup i had tried. will never come back again!
the soup was tasteless except for slight unnatural sweetness of herbs. usually this is balanced by the savoury & robust flavours of the mutton so the soup should be smooth, herbal & very tasty & intense, everything that this was not.
i asked for mutton & stomach. the mutton was soft. there were few for S$5, and basically tasteless even with the chilli.
currently for the chinese mutton soup i have tried, chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 is head & shoulders above the rest.
the 2 stalls at whampoa, yu ji (宇记) chinese herbal mutton soup (羊肉汤) & Herbal Mutton Soup @ Stall #01-75 Whampoa Drive Food Centre were both good.
the stall hougang jing jia mutton soup at old airport road was until today the poorest of the lot. but still better than this one!
met an old schoolmate for early lunch at old airport road hawker centre 11.30am today 2.12.2014. 🙂
it’s strange. old airport road is such a famous eating place, but i can only remember once i came here with another friend probably 5 years back & he introduced me to a beef noodle stall. it tasted nothing like the hong kong 牛腩面 stalls. i must have been here some other time but there was nothing in my recollections.
this friend comes here like once a month so he gamely walked me round the hawker centre, pointed to the famous hokkien mee stall (no queue yet), past the lor mee stall (already like 15 people in the queue), the fish head beehoon stall (about 6 in the queue).
we ended up at the hougang jing jia mutton soup stall. i went to get 2 bowls 牛杂 mixed rib, tripe, tendon (S$6 each) & he queue for a char kuay teow (S$4 加料 with added ingredients of prawns & squid).
it might be that my expectation was a bit high. i was expecting like chai chuan you 柴船头 @ bukit merah view standard. or at least the standard of yu ji@whampoa market or the other stall #01-75 at whampoa market.
but this hougang jing jia mutton soup was quite a let down actually. something was not quite right about the taste. soup was not as flavourful. i felt the meat was overcooked & too soft not the texture i like for mutton ribs and not as tasty, and chilli was simply too dilute.
for me, this was not comparable at all with the other 3 stalls. my favourite is chai chuan you 柴船头 @ bukit merah view but i like the 2 whampoa stalls too.
the dongji char kuay teow was good. very good wok hae. and S$1 加料 for all that added ingredients of prawns & squid was just incredible. this must be the most value-for-money S$4 char kuay teow.
still, my friend prefers this dry char kuay teow, but i prefer the wet one at hai kee teochew char kuay teow at telok blangah with lots & lots of cockles added – 加料.
we ought to be full by then. but my friend wanted to show me the 2 good wanton mee stalls which were just few stalls away from each other. 1 was closed, so we shared 1 bowl from cho kee. 4 wantons were good, soft, skin held together & tasty. char siew was good, and most importantly noodles was qq & taste was good.
for me i felt the chilli was not spicy enough. this was about same maybe slightly less tasty than the wanton mee at KPT coffeeshop 401 hougang ave 10, S530401, and for me the best wanton mee was still kok kee previously at lavendar food square (not sure where it moved too), & the one at temberling road & red ring wanton mee were pretty good too.
later we drove back to my place for coffee.
i totally forgot my coffee meeting with another friend at commonwealth mrt koufu at 3.30pm on 2.12.2014. after i sent my friend out to bus stop & got back, only when i checked my phone which was charging that i realised i was very late. anyway i managed to get to koufu 45mins late & we had a good chat.
my wife was not back for dinner & this friend was free so we went together to try out joyful palace, a coffeeshop at clementi ave 3 (clementi central locality). i had seen the economic rice when passing & wanted to try this.
i had the steamed fish. it was probably the cheap vietnamese pangasius, a cheap catfish, the common supermarket sutchi fillet. i also had the belly pork & spinach.
the fish was very good. of course it was not fine dining restaurant standard, but it was equal or better even than what you get at zi char places. the belly pork preparation was not my preferred braise, a bit sweet sauce, but it was really good standard. very nicely done. spinach was quite fine.
& it was just S$4.50! and for that price & the quantity i had, this was excellent actually. 🙂
after cycling at east coast park, we went to serangoon gardens to use a groupon voucher at relish, but relish was closed for private function, so we wandered to serangoon gardens food centre on 19.11.2014. 🙂
i recalled some friends were talking on whatsapp about bakchormee here, the stall where the guy used to clank his wares (no longer since he moved here).
there were 3 bakchomee stalls, but i managed to confirm with my friends that it was seng kee (胜记) bakchormee. actually the many messages & feedback were quite negative, especially regards the S$9 fish maw soup, but since we had not tried before, we decided to go for bakchormee rather than other food. 🙂
there was no queue at 12pm on a wednesday & i was bale to pick up my 2 bowls of S$4 bakchormee immediately (i was not going to take the S$9 fish maw soup after those feedback). after me though there was a queue of about 4 to 5, and the only one of the 3 stalls to have a queue.
that should have been promising, however the results were very disappointing. i would say the bakchormee was totally mediocre, can probably get better from any coffeeshop or hawker centre.
for us, the main failure was the chilli. i went to ask for more chilli. chilli looked potent but it had no taste no kick. my wife’s mee kia (thin noodles) was still qq, my meepok was becoming soggy.
the ingredients were quite good, with teepor (dried flatfish/sole) & her kilo (fish dumplings), mushroom sauce, liver, lean meat etc.
the soup also looked promising, but the taste was again disappointing, whereas the soup at 6th avenue jalan tua kong meepok tar was so tasty.
anyway, the whole experience was just “no shiok”. no comparison with 6th avenue jalan tua kong meepok tar or for that matter sunny fishball noodles also at 6th avenue, jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar in bedok, tai hwa bakchormee at crawford lane, ming fa upper thomson etc.
i had ice kachang & my wife took the soursop jelly. ice kachang was not to my taste (i like it sweet with more syrup & evaporated milk like at adam road food centre). the soup sop was good but the jelly was not the soft type.
my friends told me on whatsapp later that the duck rice & 猪杂汤 is good here. will try them next time. 🙂
had early lunch with a friend at bukit merah view hawker centre on 14.11.2014.
i was taking my usual (S$6 mutton + tripe) from chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤, so was not planning to blog & did not take photos.
it was about 1145am & i had to drive 1 round the parking lot but was lucky enough to chance on a taxi exiting a lot. 🙂
i was just as lucky as the queue was very short, just 3 persons ahead of me. my lucky day! 🙂
my friend took the chilli beef noodles (红油牛肉面) from another stall 好满意小笼包. he was exclaiming that the beef was so very tender, the best he had taken from a hawker stall!
we decided to order a S$4 xiaolongbao (小笼包). 6 dumplings, <1/2 the price of restaurants & it was good, very much restaurant standard, comparable even with crystal jade lamian xiaolongbao. i did not try the spicy dumpling (红油抄手), but i will go back & try soon. 🙂
had simple zi char dinner with wife & daughter last evening at forture restaurant at old holland road on 25.10.2014. 🙂
went there about 6.50pm. luckily i found a parking lot in front of restaurant. the place was 90% filled with many tables of western expat families.
it was very popular eating place. for me that’s a good thing really, that expats, western & others, were enjoying nice local zi char food. there would always be concern if some dishes would be adulterated, but it didn’t really affect the dishes we ordered much (maybe the cuttlefish kang kong sauce & the satay sauce).
we were lucky we were served like in 5 mins. not always the case & place was quite packed.
the thai curry fish head was really good. it was tangy, sweet, very tasty, lot of vegetables. it was a large 1/2 angkoli (red snapper) fish head. the nonya song fish head at keng eng kee, also S$25, i had on 9.6.2014 came close. the sauce was thicker, same tangy sweet flavours but a red snapper head was always going to be better than song fish head for curries.
we like the hor fun here & occasionally “tapao” (did a take-out). usually wok hae (pan flavours) very good. this time it was ok average.
we ordered the “jill her eng chai”- cuttlefish with kang kong (S$10). the kang kong was very good. the cuttlefish was good, came with an unusual sweet sauce (looked & tasted just like yong tau fu very red colour sweet sauce). it was not the usual sambal. i didn’t mind it actually but i guessed the usual sambal should be better.
the satay were very good, very tasty & not dry or tough. the sauce was watery & a bit sweeter than most satay sauce (to cater for expat diners maybe?) but still nice. I thought this was a very good satay if only they served a usual better sauce.
the dinner for 3pax was S$45 exclude drinks. it was not cheap but not expensive also, just the going price i guess.
went to immigration checkpoint authority (ICA) to take passport size photo today.
i applied online for passport extension but my scanned photo for e-submission was rejected. anyway it’s about time i took some current day photos. heard from b-i-l that the studios outside now charged S$22 for 8 (or maybe 12) photos, and better off for me just to go to ICA & pay S$5.50 for 4 photos. that’s what i did, and no hassle.
was planning to skip lunch as i have a kaiseki dinner at GOTO this evening. but since i already parked, and i have not been to this stall for the last maybe 10years and the time 11am looked promising, i decided to walk over to tai hwa bakchormee @ blk 466 crawford lane. this the original stall from hill street 1932.
i joined the queue at no.7. no one ordered like 5 bowls or packets, so i got my bakchormee in just over 15mins.
a very pleasant surprise. the stall proprietor was very polite & friendly, not the usual nazi chef! 🙂
well, the S$5 tai hwa bakchormee was good. 🙂
noodles were qq (al dente) and tasty mixed in the sauce. ingredients minced pork, pork balls, pig liver, soi kao (fish/meat dumpling) & tipoh were good. i thought this style bakchormee had mushroom sauce, but there was none, just the very nice vinegar, chilli sauce taste. very good. overall i think i like the bakchormee at ming fa bakchormee upper thomson a bit better. close fight anyway.
but after all these time, i think i now prefer the S$4 jalan tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue. & don’t think i will wait 1/2 for this tai hwa bakchormee.
a friend bough lunch today on 17.10.2014. 🙂
we went to whampoa drive food centre to try the chinese herbal mutton soup. we had both taken mutton soup from the other stall yuji (宇记), just a few stalls away on the same back row of whampoa food centre, and also the at chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤 @ bukit merah view, and wanted to compare notes. 🙂
we had a small S$8 mixed mutton soup 羊杂汤 PLUS a S$7 large mutton rib soup.
it seemed to me that there was no a great deal of difference between the 2 stalls at whampoa – this one & yuji (宇记). the mutton balls (not my favourite) seemed better than yuji, the ribs & tendon were good, & not much of tripe, same as yuji. quantity wise, S$8 here & S$7 at yuji also not much difference.
the mutton rib soup had a lot more mutton (of course). the soup was good both here & at yuji. 🙂
for me, overall chai chuan tou 柴船头 offered much better satisfaction, a lot more shiok! the tripes were the large pieces type & quantity wise i think more for a S$6 (large) serving, and the mutton ribs were tastier. the soup was very tasty but maybe slightly less sweet herbal taste & more robust mutton taste? not sure…reason to go back to chai chuan tou 柴船头 again. haha! 🙂
went with wife to 6th avenue jalan tua kong to eat meepok tar.
the stall was back after renovation of good good coffeeshop some months back. to me, it was as good as before, nothing changed. i had it in july and enjoyed as much.
now, got high tech, so we have a light buzzle when noodles were ready. not bad!
to me, there are 2 things special about this style of meepok tar. 1 is the very spicy chilli, really shiok! the other is the sliced pork & prawn. here everything is done quite perfectly – noodle was qq, chilli potent, fish balls bouncy & lots of minced pork (in the very tasty soup too) & also a few pieces of lar pok (crispy lard)…..just compared that with the mediocre amigo bakchormee we had at changi village food centre,
we biked 35km from east coast lagoon to changi village food centre & back early morning on 21.9.2014.
so wanted to try out the hawker food at changi village food centre. turned out to be a huge disappointment.
my wife went first to get her food & came back with bakchormee some 15mins later. she bought from the stall with the longest queue “amigo”.
this amigo bakchormee was really mediocre, which really meant it was quite poor by comparison, far below the standard of 6th avenue jalan tua kong, lau lim @ bedok simpang, ming fa @ upper thomson etc. even the other stall sunny meepok tar at 6th avenue was better. the noodles were not QQ, and the chilli & flavours were what can i say, mediocre! 😦
there were 4 nasi lemak stalls. i decided not to queue at “mizzy corner” the one with longest queue. but my short queue (i was the 4th in the queue) at malay stall sri sujana turned out quite long as 2 before were buying 4packets & 5packets. the man was very naggy at every customer. service was poor & not cheerful. 😦
that would be ok if food was ok, but it was not! rice was poor and did not have the fragrant coconut flavours. & sambal chilli the most important ingredient was outright bad & odd tasting. it was salty & like having tau jeoh??? not sure can call it sambal?? to me rice & chilli were like the backbone of good nasi lemak, & both failed completely. 😦
otah was bad, the chicken was quite ok to good, the ikan kuning was ok. this was really poor c/w both stalls no.1 & no.2 nasi lemak at adam road food centre.
i will never eat from this stall again.
the only thing good was the ice kacang & soursop from top drink & dessert, & it was very good, so luckily i had that, otherwise the whole experience would have been a complete let down, very sian!
not sure if we would eat anything the next time we cycle here, probably just have ice kacang & soursop.
i came to whampoa drive food centre with my sis recently & i had the hoover fish soup & 幸福潮州小食 pig trotters.
i saw then there were 2 stalls with mutton soup so decided to try out yu ji (宇记) chinese herbal mutton soup (羊肉汤) on 19.9.2014.
i ordered the 4 in 1 mixed soup which had mutton balls, mutton ribs, tripes & tendons, small portion for S$7.
the soup was good. the portions were ok overall. mutton balls not good. there were hardly any tripe, very tiny pieces & not many. the mutton ribs were ok. there was 2 pieces of mutton leg so quite a bit of tendons.
comparing with the very shiok S$6 mutton soup at Chai Chuan Tou 柴船头羊肉汤 at blk115 bukit merah view, i have to say that 柴船头羊肉汤 is still better. it had a lot more mutton ribs & they were more tender & tastier, and there were a lot of nice tripe pieces. but it was a 2 in 1 which had only mutton ribs & tripes, so quantity wise maybe quite comparable & tendons are more expensive & yu ji’s tendons were very nice & generous portions. 🙂
anyway this is definitely a stall i would come if i come to whampoa market.
went with sis & b-i-l to watch chinese operatic performance at nkf centre on 6.9.2014.
we went earlier at 6pm to have dinner at whampoa hawker centre. we all love hawker food! 🙂
there was the usual long queue for hoover rojak. the liang zhao ji 梁照记 duck rice stall was closed.
the next stall, 幸福潮州小食, seems to be popular with teochew pig trotter jelly (猪脚冻) & shark jelly (鲨鱼冻). i wanted more to eat the pig trotters and looking at the trotter jelly it didn’t look that great, so i ordered just the pig trotters & fish maw soup. think i will go back one day to try both the pig trotter jelly (猪脚冻) & shark jelly (鲨鱼冻).
the pig trotters were very good. everything was right about this pig trotter – good gelatinous texture (in teochew we say “kar kar”), cooked just right, & tasty. just compared the above photo with that of the quite poor ones i had at the famous han jia bakuteh, pork leg at east coast lagoon food village on 4.7.2014.
the S$4 fish maw soup was a good deal, 3 fish maw, 2 fish balls, 2 pork balls, lots of minced pork & 2-3 think sliced pork. very good! 🙂
my sis came here to take her favourite fish soup at hoover fish porridge. she ordered 1 bowl of sliced fish soup & 1 bowl of fish head soup, S$12 including 2 bowls of rice. the sliced fish soup was sweeter & ok amount of fish. i usually like fish head but the quantity was quite small & not so much meat vs bones.
for me, i didn’t think much of this fish soup. it was ok but just like any fish soup. also fish soup not my favourite dish.
dinner for 3pax came to S$21.50, so about S$7pax, quite ok.
after dinner i saw 2 chinese herbal mutton soup stalls. i would want to try them next time.
i want to come back again! 🙂
this mutton soup stall at blk115 bukit merah view is my favourite chinese mutton soup place, which is NOT saying much as i don’t know many mutton soup stalls & i had not ate here for quite many years (the ones i had taken more recently were the excellent kambing soup at bahrakath @ adam road hawker centre).
in fact, i can only remember 1 other very good mutton soup stall, which is the one at amoy street food centre. i think i also tried one along smith street many years back but no impression really. and talking about it now i recall another mutton soup stall at berseh food centre where i took the fu he turtle soup recently, but also not much recollections of the taste.
anyhow today, 2 friends suggested to have 羊肉汤 at bukit merah view. but some of us already planned to go tan ser seng at geylang 21 to have turtle soup. luckily 1 friend called TSS & found out that thursday is their rest day, so 2 of us decided to join the mutton soup gang instead, making up 4pax. 🙂
i was at the carpark at 1120am, the LED signboard said FULL alamak! 😦
fortunately turnover was fast & i got my parking lot almost immediately. the 2 friends who were earlier were already in the queue (about 4th in a 10+ person queue which grew), smart guys. we ordered 3 bowls of meat + tendon and for me, 1 bowl meat + tendon + stomach. i did not take rice.
wa….it was really shiok! didn’t miss 羊肉汤 until then as i relished the really tasty broth & the excellent meat, stomach, tendons with the chilli. i must have this again! 🙂
the queue continued to be 10+pax, and my friend said if you came after 1.30pm, likely everything was sold out, and no more liao!
anyhow, few of us are going to tan ser seng turtle soup next wednesday, so maybe i will come back to this later in sep.
a lot of late nights & day zombies lately. 🙂
went to a friend’s place to watch the germany – argentina world cup finals at 3am 14.7.2014. we arranged to meet at 10.30pm for supper then back to friend’s place to watch a movie. that would bring us nicely to 3am to watch the WC finals. 🙂
i supported argentina though it was an uphill task. both sides had good chances, however argentina lacked good finishers. messi was heavily marked & mostly in midfield with several lightning dashes down the right flanks but there was no centre forwards to receive his crosses & pullbacks – angela di maria was injured, aquero was not game fit & missing his speed & touches, gondola higuain missed a sitter & badly fluffed a superb lavazzi’s cross with an offside goal! & manual neuer the german goalkeeper smothered palacio’s once chance. anyway, in the end i guess the best team won! 🙂
before the WC finals we watched zero dark thirty, a multiple award winning film (oscar, bafta, golden globe etc) about the hit on osama bin laden. it was a good movie but for me it was not among the best & it was also hard to follow (need to read up first to understand the movie).
for supper, we had the famous xingji soupy bakchormee, see video here.
we also had the ngoh hiang & orh luah.
xingji soupy bakchormee was every bit as good as featured in the video. it was very different from the mushroom sauce tai wah bakchormee, very shiok songfa bakchormee, and the teochew meerpok tar at jalan tua kong lau lim bedok simpang, & jalan tua kong 6th avenue meepok tar etc.
the ngoh hiang was a disappointment! 😦 sausage was poor & ngoh hiang not tasty.
likewise the orh luah was poor, much worse than the orh luah at east coast lagoon food village.
the jalan tua kong meepok tar is back at good good coffeshop 6th avenue! renovation over. 🙂
noodles now S$4. picture looked good, noodles was qq, chilli was good & ingredients were good, but it was quite salty. 😦 otherwise it was fine, still good. 🙂