Durian and Curry are both my well-loved flavours, but combining both into one dish? It's honestly my first. Curious, excited yet slightly doubtful were my reactions when I found out about the existence of Durian Curry at Som Tam, a modern Thai fusion restaurant located at Orchard Central.
But if you're not a fan of durians, don't click away first! Som Tam offers a promising range of mouthwatering Thai delicacies, and I'm not even kidding, they tasted fantastic!
The drinks already got us excited with such colourful and vibrant tones, perfectly ready for the 'gram. Phones come first, don't they?
From my previous experiences, sad to say, I tend to have this impression that colourful drinks = overly sweet taste. But it wasn't the case for Som Tam. The drinks were pretty refreshing, especially the Blue Cha with Coconut ($6.80). It had a really similar taste to the freshly opened coconuts at Jumbo or Long Beach Seafood restaurants, except that this is way prettier. You can't go wrong with coconut drinks at a Thai restaurant most of the time.
Avocado's Shake ($7.80) was also on my favourite list. While the avocado taste was quite subtle, it was a great combination with a hint of chocolate syrup. I was still sipping on it at the end of the meal even though my tummy was almost filled to the brim.
Other hipster drinks include Rainbow Perrier Ice ($6.80) and Purple Rain ($6.80) which were equally instaworthy. I love how the ice cubes were so colourful!
Thai Souffles Steamed Egg ($10.80) looks like the simplest dish but what a surprise! The eggs had a hint of sweet and sour Tom Yum flavour but without the spiciness. Such a simple delicacy but easily one of my favourites of the day. If you find it a little too salty, I suggest mixing it with white rice.
Thai Style Grilled Squid with Mentaiko ($18.80) was topped with a generous amount of decadent mentaiko, resulting in a perfectly chewy texture and a creamy finish. I could really taste the mentaiko, unlike some places which don't give as much toppings. There's also a subtle spiciness to the mentaiko that adds on to the rich flavour of the dish.
Massaman Curry with Roti ($23.80) is quite a flavourful dish, and good to share between 2-3 pax. If you're hoping to enjoy a spicy dish, this might be a slight let down in terms of spiciness kick, but it would be great for those with lower spice tolerance. The curry is rich and fragrant, and most importantly, the chicken was very tender and I could easily tear the chicken apart for sharing.
I also didn't have to deal with the mess since the prata are all in bite sized portions. I highly recommend adding the salad to the prata and chicken as the sweet tangy sauce balances the curry really well, and adds some crunch to it.
Lastly, let's move on to the biggest star of the day - Black Chicken Curry with Musan King Durian ($26.80)! It's quite an unconventional and interesting combination to begin with, and it is rather difficult to even imagine the outcome of the taste. Accompanied by a huge dollop of durian paste, you can choose to mix it into the curry for a more distinct durian taste or leave it out if you prefer the milder flavours.
If you find this dish a little too quirky and slightly confusing, just see it as any other sweet and salty dishes. I was a little taken aback by how the two opposing flavours could blend so well together, creating a seamlessly delicious bowl of curry. No doubt it's an interesting and unique dish, but the taste got a little overwhelming towards the end of the meal, and I would suggest ordering this for sharing, perhaps leave it to the last so that the durian doesn't affect your palate for trying out other food.
Even if you're not really a fan of Durian, do give this dish a try! Who knows it might change your perception of durians!
Anyone else likes the typewriter sound like I do? Not sure if it's a strange fetish but I've always enjoyed listening to the sound of keyboard as I type away on my computer aggressively. #ASMR?
Gone are the days when people use typewriters for typing documents. Inspired by this concept, the Lofree Four Seasons Mechanical Keyboard is cleverly designed to create a colourful and retro look to match with our tech gadgets in the modern days of the present.
It comes in 4 seasonal colours - Aestival Blue (Summer), Autumnal Grey (Autumn), Hibernal Black (Winter) or Vernal White (Spring), which are simple and versatile with a touch of glamour.
Before you doubt its usefulness, ask yourself: What is the amount of time you spend on mobile or computer gadgets daily?
Personally I would say, most of the time except for eating, sleeping, baking and going out.
I tend to avoid using my phone at home, simply because it's a lot more inconvenient to type on such a small screen. I like how Lofree keyboard allows me to switch easily between multiple devices conveniently - including Mac, Android and Windows OS. It is especially helpful when I need to reply to my baking enquiries and have to type out a huge chunk of message!
The layout of the keyboard is also designed similarly to a Mac built-in keyboard, which allows Apple users like me to adapt to the keyboard very quickly without trying to figure out the buttons.
In case you were wondering about the main difference between a normal keyboard and a Lofree Four Seasons keyboard other than the design itself, every single button contains Gateron blue switches, which requires lighter pressure to actuate the switch.
In other words, you don't have to strain your fingers repetitively when you type. And it's pretty sturdy too! #plusspoint!
The steps for bluetooth pairing is convenient and took me only one try to figure everything out, with special thanks to the instructions printed out on the wrapper. I'm prolly less willing to dig out the manual instead.
I also prefer rounded corners/ circles over square-like buttons as they are more comfortable to type on, and also looks a lot more aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
The only thing I would love if it has an added function to slot in my phone or tablet at the front! But since I am mainly using it in my room, it wouldn't be an issue for me.
Bangkok is not short of unique animal cafes and Pooltime Racoon Cafe proved this point well! Obviously this has to be in my travel itinerary because I need to fill up my list of the different types of animals I have interacted with. Raccoons are not easily available anywhere else especially in Singapore so this was a rare opportunity for me to experience playing with Raccoons. Pooltime Cafe wasn't located near the popular areas, but Grab is really convenient and cheap, hence it wasn't really a problem for us.
We arrived shortly after their opening hours and we might just be the first customers as it was completely empty. The theme was kept to minimalistic pink, blue and white colour tones and it was quite relaxing to chill at this cafe with a cuppa coffee. Judging by the lack of customers (not sure if its because of the non peak hours), this cafe is rather underrated in my opinion, and it could be due to the lack of online exposure as compared to other prominent cafes, such as the husky one.
Even with such a sleek and simple marble design, instagram opportunities were not lacked of. I was quite surprised that bf ordered the Pooltime signature milkshake (150 baht) instead of his usual favourite - Iced chocolate. But that means YAY, more pretty photos for me isn't it? I never really fancied artificial coloring/ flavouring in my drinks so the taste was pretty normal, but thankfully it wasn't overly sweet like others.
A single ticket costs 150 baht per person, and you get to play with the raccoons for about 15 minutes. If no one is waiting in line, they might extend the time for you. I was told by the FB admin that you are also allowed to requeue after 15 minutes of playtime and there won't be additional charges!
Looks like I've got a matching outfit!
Pooltime Raccoon Cafe Menu
Due to safety and hygiene reasons, the raccoons are not allowed to roam around the cafe freely and there is a segregated play room for us to interact with them on the second storey.
We were also given some snacks to feed to the raccoons. It was rather difficult to snap a photo because they would snatch the food from your hands very quickly.
They are also really active and enjoy climbing around. Playful little raccoons!
While it might not be as happening as some popular animal cafes, it is a really good experience for those who wants to interact with animals other than the usual dogs/ cats/ rabbits. Pooltime Cafe is also a cosy place to chill with your friends and of course, to take plenty of selfies. (We sppotted 2 girls sitting nearby and they were busy taking OOTDs in the cafe). Overall, it was an unique experience, and I'm just wondering why there were not a lot of people.
The Flame Cafe, well known for their 4 tier Pagoda steamboat along Tai Seng, has a hidden and underrated lunch menu that is worth travelling down for. We have previously tasted the Ayam Lemak Chilli Padi Pasta, and the taste still lingers at the back of my mind till now. They have recently launched a new Western Ala-carte menu with a wider range of mains, appetizers and desserts!
Honey Lemongrass Cooler, Roy Rogers, Fizzy Rasp
These signature drinks are probably not easily found in other restaurants, give them a try if you're feeling adventerous! I was drawn to the Fizzy Rasp although Roy Rogers sounded really unique. Fizzy Rasp was a delicious mix of citrus Orange Syrup and fruity notes of Apple Raspberry. Roy Rogers is a combination of coke, cherry and grenadine. The cherry taste might be overpowering to some, so it depends on your preferences and liking towards cherry flavour, but it's not for me. Honey Lemongrass Cooler was a refreshing drink with a hint of sweetness from the honey.
Battered Fried Calamari
The lightly battered fried Calamari was a great appetizer to start off your meal. Not overwhelmed with seasoning, the texture was also great and I didn't feel like I was going to have a sore throat after eating a few pieces.
The first bite of the carbonara caught me by surprise as I wasn't expecting such a rich and creamy texture. I had a fair share of carbonara from other places which were either too dry or bland in flavour. But this plate of pasta was close to perfection for my tastebuds.
Despite the underwhelmed mussels which were slightly overcooked, I was still rather pleased with the overall dish. Where else can you find such fantastic carbonara for such an affordable price? To be honest, I would totally order this dish for the same price even without the mussels. Not to mention, it was pretty filling in a good way.
Rendang Beef Burger
Skip the usuals and start digging in this unique Rendang Beef Burger (comes in Chicken too). I love the mix of tenderness and chewiness of the fats which was a seamless combination for my kind of patty. The Rendang sauce was not exactly the "BAM, in your face" kinda level, but I actually preferred it that way as I don't usually fancy overly strong flavours. It tasted pretty sufficient to my expectations and I really enjoyed the burger.
The Salmon steak, matched with citrus and tangy sauce, tasted refreshing. Most importantly, the salmon was fresh and tender. No matter how flavorful the dish is, a piece of salmon cannot be saved if it is overcooked.
Green Tea Mousse Cake
For the Matcha lovers! A delicate treat served in a wine-glass lookalike, layered with green tea mousse, yoghurt and OREOS. It was a pleasant surprise to have a mixture of flavours in one dish. The matcha was also not overly sweet, although it still has potential to be improved in terms of "matcha-ness".
The Banana Fritters, a lovely crispy treat for both adults and children! Bf claimed that it would suit chocolate ice cream better but I felt otherwise, the vanilla ice cream drizzled with chocolate sauce was a perfect balance to the sweetness.
If you're working around area, do pop by their restaurant to try out their really affordable dishes which has great taste and standard! Otherwise, you have to try their 4 tier pagoda steamboat if you haven't already done so!
The Flame Cafe
73 Upper Paya Lebar Road
Centro Bianco #01-01
Contact: 6282 0251
This is a food tasting invite, but all opinions are of my own.
You paid a whopping price of about $100 for a Disneyland ticket, but with the snaking long queues, it is almost impossible to visit every attraction/show when the park is only opened from 10:30am to 7:30pm (Time varies slightly).
Here are 5 tips that I recommend if you wish to maximise your time at Disneyland based on my personal experiences.
Pick the Correct Date
Visiting the park during peak season is not recommended, unless of course you don't really have a choice. My family and I went to HK Disneyland last year during Chinese New Year and because of the CNY visiting practices, there were not a lot of people, at the very least there will definitely be less locals. My friend and I also went there in May and the park was considered quite empty, in fact I didn't even have to queue for some rides! I tend to avoid weekends too, for the same reason. Tourists' visits are inevitable though.
Regulars would know by now that fast passes are available for a few attractions. Unlike other theme parks such as Universal Studios, these fast passes are available for the public on first come first serve basis, and you won't have to purchase anything. Just insert your main ticket into a Fast pass machine and a Fast pass will be given straightaway.
Feel free to return to the ride between the stated time duration e..g 11:00-12:00. They can be rather strict about the time so don't be late even by a minute! It surely feels good to be ahead of the queue isn't it?
Prioritise and Plan Ahead
Are you only interested in the scary rides? Or more keen on performance and parade? It's important to think through before even stepping in to the park, or you'll spend more time deciding where to go than queuing for the rides. Parades are not really my kinda thing, and I'd usually give that a miss unless I happen to pass by one of the performances in between my rides.
Some of the main performances are worth watching, and it's a waste if I happen to miss it. For such shows, I usually plan ahead and queue at least 30 minutes ahead of time to get a good seat. In fact, seats do run out for some performances! You wouldn't want to spend so much on the ticket and realise that you're not maximising the most out of it.
Get a Head Start
The park usually opens earlier for people to shop and dine, but they will block out the area towards the attractions. Be kiasu and stay at the head of the line. When the park officially opens, go towards Tomorrowland first, grab a fast pass at Iron Man attraction and queue for Space Mountain just beside, or vice versa (Usually about 10 minutes waiting time at this point). After Space Mountain, go for the next popular attraction that is nearby.
Just before the fast pass is due for your next ride, head to another land to collect your fast pass ticket for another attraction. If you're in a group, get the fastest person to do the job and meet at the same point. This allows you to maximise the use of Fast passes.
By lunch time, I would have completed about 4 main attractions that usually have relatively long waiting time.
Use the Disneyland app
I'm impressed, after all these years they finally created a Disneyland app that has a detailed view of the map, including showtimes, character appearances time slots and allows you to track waiting time for the rides. With the app, you may not even need the map brochure, which can be rather inconvenient to take in and out of your bag. (Although I must say it's a good alternative to a fan/shades if the weather is way too hot)
Checking the waiting time on the app allows you to preplan your next ride just in case the one you wanted to go for has a longer waiting time. Well, at least you have your queuing time to check on all these information before making any decisions!
I guess that's about it! There might be a few more kiasu tips here and there but here are the main ones to get you through your Disneyland visit! Thanks for reading! ;)
Royal Albatross has always been on my bucket list for a romantic dinner date with my boyfriend ever since I found out about the attraction. If you don't really fancy formal candlelit dinner but still prefer a sweet and unique experience with your other half (just like me), Royal Albatross's Sunset Sail City Lights will be a great alternative to celebrate your special day together. Perhaps a good opportunity to pop the question too? Better make sure it's a yes, otherwise you'll be stuck on board with nowhere to run.
Before your romantic dinner, you can even bring your date around Sentosa for a full day of leisure and fun, good idea isn't it?
Known for one of Singapore's top attraction, Royal Albatross is a stunning 47m 4-masted 22 sail super yacht that is an excellent choice for hosting private events, corporate functions, birthday celebration and even surprise proposal parties. The ship also resembles an old-world pirate ship in its modern form, don't you feel like being in a Pirates of the Caribbean movie?
After embarkation, the ship sailed around Sentosa Island, St John's Island and towards the Marina Bay before turning back to Sentosa, with the whole journey taking about 2.5 hours.
Forget about wearing any fancy shoes to show it off during your dinner, because they will have to be removed prior to boarding the ship. I left my shoes in a cabinet at the docking area and received a number tag to retrieve them after the dinner.
Surprisingly, there wasn't a slightest discomfort in being shoeless on the ship as the floors were made of a special marine cork material that is soft and comfortable. It also minimises any chances of slipping during wet weather. In case you are concerned, shelters will be provided if it really rains (hopefully it won't!).
If you're thinking about hosting a private party with your friends, the Grand Salon has the perfect posh and luxurious ambience to fit your needs. As grand as the name sounds, we were really impressed with the venue, no wonder Royal Albatross is known for being the largest luxury charter yacht for celebrations.
Private guest cabins are also available for overnight charter, adding a whole new level to your staycation experience with your partner. Imagine sailing out to the calm oceans to view the starry night with no disturbance from anyone else, how romantic and peaceful.
If you wish to experience staying in the guest cabin without chartering the ship overnight, special private dining arrangements can be made instead. There is also a customisable ambiance mood lighting within the cabin, making your dinner more romantic than ever.
I was told that requests can be made to dine at the Grand Salon instead. While the luxurious setting and indoor comforts made me considered about it, I changed my mind realising that I wouldn't be able to enjoy the scenic views. We were ushered to our table on the foreward upper deck shortly after, where we could enjoy our dinner with a breathtaking view.
Add ons such as Mast climb and taking the helm can also be arranged in advance if you are up for a new challenge. There are two different types of dinner packages available.
Gold - Dinner Buffet (Free seating at the Grand Salon)
The Gold package is more recommended for those who prefer a causal but unique dining experience whereas the Platinum package is more suited for couples who are looking for something more formal and romantic.
We were definitely not short of entertainment as we enjoyed the cruise accompanied with live acoustic/ Jazz music. You can even request for songs or even dedicate a song to that special someone.
Sunset Sail City Lights Menu (Platinum)
The welcome drink was quite interesting, it tasted sweet and salty with a splash of caramel popcorn flavour.
While the food was amazing, I have to admit that the portion was not exactly sufficient for my monstrous appetite. Some girls may find this portion perfect, so it really depends on individuals. Well, I guess you might not want to fill your tummy to a 100% just in case of any seasickness. Special mentions to the French chicken roulade and buttery mashed potato! I was pleasantly surprised as I expected myself to enjoy the beef or seafood more. The chicken was so smooth and tender like it was almost gliding down my throat. The rest of the dishes were seasoned really well, not too overpowering or salty. I'm almost salivating as I'm going through this post right now. Not even kidding.
Dessert was a combination of sweet and sour. It was definitely a treat for me as I savour the treats while enjoying the city night view with a cool breeze. There were seats placed along the side of the ship for us to enjoy the cruise in a different way. As underwhelming as it may seem, I was pleasantly surprised that it was actually really enjoyable to chill and enjoy the scenery, especially when you're beside your loved one.
Get your cameras ready as the ship sails past Sentosa Island where you can enjoy a glimpse of the spectacular outdoor night show - Wings of Time.
This experience was truly an unforgettable one, and I am really glad to be able to tick this off my bucket list. For couples who are looking for something more adventurous yet romantic instead of the usual movie/ restaurant dates, this will be a excellent choice. For guys who wish to impress your girlfriends, surprise her with a romantic date at Royal Albatross. Just ensure that the both of you are not prone to seasickness, or just pop some medication beforehand if you really have to.
It is surely worth considering if you want to enjoy an experience that is not found elsewhere in Singapore.
I can't believe I just bought myself a Nintendo Switch! I have to admit that I wasn't really interested in the Switch when it was first launched. After my friends bought the game, I was more receptive to find out about the console and realised its benefits that I have never really considered back then. And I have absolutely no regrets! (At least for now)
I used to have Playstation, Xbox and Wii at home when I was younger. But my first ever console which I bought with my own money was the new 3DS XL. That excitement was real, even shopping for clothes/make up doesn't beat this.
With increased orders and a busier schedule, life can be a little mundane after a while. Not that I don't enjoy my current life (I might actually be at my happiest peak where my career is growing and I'm in a happy r/s), but you just need that little extra spark in life and also an extra hobby for our dating time, if you get what I mean.
Lazada is currently offering a great deal - $399 with 1 year local warranty (The best I've seen so far apart from the Ezbuy $165 promotion which was gone in less than a second). If you have a Shopback account, you can earn additional 1% rebate too.
It was initially a solid decision for me to get the grey console as I didn't fancy bright colours. But after seeing the striking red and blue consoles everywhere online, I started to regret a little as the grey seems too dull in comparison. While red/blue is more popular and might actually be easier to resell in the future, I did consider the fact that the colours might be too distracting for my eyes while I am playing the game. I might also be convincing myself because I have already placed the order..
To cover up that mini regret, I bought myself a Mario pouch to protect the console and the cartridges. SO CUTE RIGHT?
After comparing prices over the different platforms such as Carousell, Shopee, Lazada, I found some good deals for the first 3 games that I bought - Overcooked ($42), Fifa 18 ($47.90) and Mario Odyssey ($65.50).
Overcooked is a recent game that I've played at Playnation and it's seriously so addictive! It should be quite popular as I've seen many people playing the game too. If you haven't tried, it's basically a game where one person cuts the ingredients and another will control the cooking. Friends can team up together to complete the order within a certain timeframe. Surprisingly, the single player mode was actually really fun too, and of course way more challenging.
Mario Odyssey was bought out of curiosity as it was known to be 1 of the best-selling games. And of course, I did a little research about it and found out that it was similar to Super Mario but with a 360deg perspective as compared to the classic Mario adventure games. I'm loving the game so far and it's a excellent single-player game especially if you love solving challenges. It really makes you work your brains, but maybe not too much such that you are still able to enjoy it as leisure.
Fifa 18 was bought for my bf to play at my house while he is waiting for me to finish up my baking stuff. I do enjoy the multiplayer mode, but I have yet to try it on the switch as we were busy playing Overcooked recently.
If you are playing single player mode on the TV, you can attach the controller onto your Joycon grip. Alternatively, you can purchase the Switch pro controller (Wired or wireless) for a better grip. The wired controller ranges from $36-50 in shops.
It's a good investment if you find that the joycon is too small for your hands. Since my hands are pretty small, I find it manageable to game properly.
It took me a while to find the HDMI input on the TV as my TV is stuck to the wall and the spacing is quite tight. Other than that, the switch dock is pretty easy to set up.
You can create a few Nintendo user account so that the game can be saved separately and there won't be any clashes. I created a cute dino (Yoshi) for my profile whereas my bf took the T-rex icon!
I feel like the Nintendo Switch is a really good investment as compared to the Nintendo 3DS because its like a perfect combination of the 3DS and Wii, where you can easily play games on your console or on the TV.
Gaming may also get boring after a while if you're only playing it alone. The Switch has multiplayer functions that allows you to invite friends over for a fun gaming session. I don't see a strong reason in getting Xbox or PS4 because of the switch's portability, unless of course there are certain games offered in those that Switch doesn't have.
I was hoping to see more fighting games (Tekken, Marvel vs Capcom, Injustice) in Nintendo Switch and especially the Pokemon games like Pokemon Sun & Moon. They have recently announced a new Pokemon game coming out in November 2018. Not much details have been given yet apart from their official trailer, and it seems similar to Pokemon Go which I do not fancy much at the moment. But I am definitely to curious to see how the game will work out! Who knows I might get my hands on one! Other than that, I have been enjoying my switch so far! ;)
Gaston Luga backpacks have always caught my attention due to its classic and minimalistic design, making the bags a great accessory for most occasions. While I really loved their previous launches, the bags were still quite big for my size, though I have to credit that they were indeed awesome for travel or school purposes. When Gaston Luga finally launched the Classy Mini for petite girls like me, I was excited! This design is easily my favourite out of their entire collection.
Measuring about 20 x 30 x 7 cm, the Classy Mini is a mini version (like a little sister) of the Classy collection. Perfect for petite girls like me!
While I usually carry tote bags on certain days if I need to dump in a whole load of stuff in for convenience, I do prefer cute and simple backpacks when I'm a little dressed down, yet I want to look presentable especially if I'm heading to Town. I usually avoid carrying backpacks when I'm wearing a dress, but because of its cute size, the Classy Mini matches most of my outfits.
In this case, I was wearing a white lace crop top with denim shorts.
The Classy Mini is small and handy, allowing me to pack my daily essentials like my phone, wallet, bottle, lip product, tissue, cardigan and occasionally even my Nintendo Switch! The bag also includes inner pockets for small loose items. I can foresee myself using this bag more often now!
Bonus point? It looks insta-worth for your OOTD! Don't you agree with me too?
If you have dilemma issues and cannot decide on which colour to get, the bag is actually customisable with different coloured flap tops - Black, Pink, Burgundy or Brown. Before you are concerned about the additional price you have to pay, every Classy Mini purchase will come with an additional flap top of your choice!
I chose the colour Brown due to its versatility for most looks as compared to the rest. The bag with the brown flap actually looks quite cute with a simple flowery dress. I wore it for my dinner cruise at Royal Albatross last Friday and thought that it's quite a great alternative to handbags if you are going for a semi casual style.
Do not be mistaken by the complex strap at the front of the bag. The bag opens and closes with a magnetic clasp instead. I understand the pain of having such difficulty to take out items from your bag, and thankfully this bag doesn't give me that kind of hassle.
Gaston Luga bags are not only ideal for personal use, they are excellent for gifts such as Christmas and Valentine's Day (Additional gift packaging will also be available upon request)
You can enjoy 15% discount with my promo code "monice15" and that's not all!
On top of that, it is always FREE SHIPPING + additional 20% off as tax rebate (non-EU country).
A $199 bag on Gaston Luga website will actually only cost you $135.32, so much savings!
It has been a really long time since I've stayed in hotels when I travel back to Hong Kong to visit my relatives. Serene was casually telling me that she hasn't been to HK yet and I was like, why not we go together? I can bring you around. (Not that I know the place so well, but at least it was somewhere I felt comfortable traveling without my bf/family). It was my first trip with a friend after all. And language barrier wouldn't be an issue.
We searched for Expedia deals and snagged a great deal at only $851.20 for 2 pax inclusive of 5D4N stay at Dorsett Mongkok and a return flight with Scoot. Sounds really reasonable to us! We didn't want to spend too much on accommodation and this boutique hotel seems really neat and clean from the reviews/ photos.
Thankfully, the hotel was only a 5-min walk away from the nearest station - Olympic. Come out of Exit B and walk to the HSBC Tower 2-3, head down the escalator, cross a small road and continue walking down (there will be a few roads to cross along the way), when you reach a mall, turn left and walk straight till you see a petrol station, the hotel is down at the corner.
When we arrived at the hotel lobby, it was packed with a group but check-in was a breeze. We left our luggage at the concierge and headed out for our lunch.
Since it is a boutique hotel, the lobby is rather small and there is only 1 shared toilet cubicle at the corner, which might be an issue during peak hours.
They have a candy bar which is opened from 6-7pm daily! We enjoyed some of the sweet treats on our last day of the trip, while unglamorously repacking our luggage at the lobby (Thank god there weren't any guests around)
The room was relatively small and we only had space to place our luggage at the window area. If you have more than 2 medium luggages, there wouldn't be much place to fit in. Despite the size, the room was quite cosy, neat and clean (meeting my basic requirements). The toilet was however designed to have an open concept. While there were tinted glass separating the room from the toilet, it was slightly translucent and the sliding door didn't have a lock, perhaps the concept was more suited for couples. It really depends on how comfortable you feel about your privacy.
The bed was also really comfortable, which was really important for me. I ever stayed in a hotel that gave me backaches. Gosh. I'll never return there again. I also love that there was a huge mirror near the door + another one at the bed area where we had plenty of space to do our makeup. PLUS POINT! I totally feel the pain when hotels don't have full length mirrors or dressing area #superimportant
Basic amenities were adequate for us, but I was quite annoyed that our hotel slippers were thrown away during housekeeping and they forgot to replace a new pair for us. Their excellent service however made up to it as they were always responsive to the calls and sounded quite friendly as well.
Staying at Olympic station (Tung Chung-Hong Kong MTR line) makes it really accessible to many areas including Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360, Tsim Tsa Tsui, Central, Mongkok and Sheung Wan (If you need to go to Macau) (Basically the main bulk of our itinerary). Not forgetting, it was really near the airport as compared to other places! We also had direct mini van or buses to Tsim Tsa Tsui and Jordan (where the Australian Dairy Milk Company and Mak's Noodle is!)
Another huge point is that Tai Hing and the supermarket is just located at a mall nearby. We had milk tea every single day because Tai Hing has the best milk tea so far. I've tried so many others and they just don't make the cut.
When we booked Dorsett hotel through Expedia, we didn't really consider that Olympic station was such a convenient MTR station, and we only found out when we were at HK. What a pleasant surprise!
If you don't intend to spend a lot on accommodation especially when traveling with friends, I highly recommend Dorsett Mongkok mainly because of its accessible location, coupled with its friendly price and a comfortable environment to stay in.
I have blogged about a few animal cafes before but Big Dog Cafe Bangkok was so far the best I have been to. Located just opposite the new Rod Fai night market, this makes it easier for me to plan out my itinerary as we can visit the market after the cafe. Really living up to its name, Big Dog Cafe really has a lot of big dogs! And when I mention big, I mean really big! This dog below kinda reminds me of the dog in Little Mermaid. Correct me if I'm wrong!
Big Dog Cafe was really helpful with my Facebook enquiries and me being paranoid, I also made a reservation in case of the crowd.
I was honestly quite impressed by the number of dogs they have in their cafe, but instead of crowding all the dogs together, the dogs take turn to come out to the play area for about 15 minutes and they will head back indoors for their rest.
While this dog cafe offers an extensive range of food from small bites, drinks to even main dishes, we didn't order any food and settled with drinks instead (Got to save our tummy for Rod Fai Cafe). Bf ordered coke while I chose Vanilla thai milk tea. INSTANT REGRET. Even with a 100% Koi/ Gongcha sugar level tolerance, this was wayyyyy too sweet for my taste buds. I cringe with every sip I take in. They might have added in a little too much vanilla essence I guess.
Thankfully, the super adorable dogs made up for the disappointed drink entirely. I just cannot get enough of how huge and fluffy these pups are!!! I think he's called Solo! (What a cute and unique name). And he's actually one of my favourites!
This cafe makes the experience a whole lot better by offering to help us take photos as well. Apart from enjoying time with these cuties, photos are really important, at least for me!
WARNING: Photos spam ahead!
We bought some dog treats, obviously to lure them over HAHA.
Big Dog Cafe is currently on the top of my favourite list! It was also a bonus point that we didn't have to order the minimum amount in order to play with the pups. If I'm not wrong we paid about 200+ baht per person for the entry fee, and that's really reasonable and cheap as compared to True Love Neverland!
Can't wait to be back next year!
Big Dog Cafe
82 Soi Ratchadaphisek 10, Lane 7, Khwaeng Huai Khwang, Khet Huai Khwang, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, Thailand 10310