[SINGAPORE]: Da Paolo BistroBar

In celebration of Singapore’s 51st National Day, Da Paolo BistroBar, a contemporary dining destination located amid the cluster of colonial bungalows in Rochester Park, has taken an innovative touch to complement its Signature Pastas. Chef Kip Fatt has taken a novel contemporary spin on the familiar classic Singapore Curry Laksa. Bar Manager Farhhad pairs with an exotic twist on the popular Iced.

Singapore Laksa Pasta

Homemade Tagliolini, Slipper Lobster, Fresh Cockles, Laksa Leaves

The mere mention of fragrant Singapore Laksa starts to excite one’s tastebuds. Da Paolo BistroBar’s rendition of Singapore Laksa Pasta ($29) packs a lot of flavour. Handmade egg tagliolini binds perfectly in a freshly reduced Laksa sauce akin to a flaming Sicilian sunset. This rich and aromatic sauce begins with pan seared slipper lobster in olive oil till golden brown and a generous portion of well cooked fresh cockles in the savoury and scrumptious Laksa broth. Although full bodied, the sauce is light and aromatic. Garnished with freshly chopped laksa leaves to add that kick. The secret is the perfect balance of lemongrass, chilli, laksa leaves and savoury fresh seafood of slipper lobster and cockles.

There is a gluten­free* pasta option for an additional $3.*Gluten­free pasta is prepared in the same kitchen as regular pasta. Traces of gluten may be present.

Iced Chendol Rum

Spiced Rum, Malibu Rum, Coconut Milk, ‘Gula Melaka’, Nata de Coco

Iced Chendol, sold by roadside vendors in the past, has become a quintessential dessert in Singapore. Not overly sweet, Da Paolo BistroBar’s Iced Chendol Rum ($16) is served in a traditional Boston glass mug. Shaved ice is flavoured with Spiced Rum and Malibu Rum. The subtle woody tones complement the delicious taste of coconut milk and a tinge of smokiness from the palm sugar. Sweet and savoury, the golden­brown palm sugar mixes well with the ice and infuses a sweetness to the cocktail. Nata De Coco ups the ante and adds the crunch to the tropical finale.

Singapore Chilli Crab Pizza

Sardinian Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Soft Shell Crab, Crab Meat, Homemade Chili Sauce, Egg, Coriander & Crispy ‘Mantou’

Chilli crab is among Singapore’s greatest culinary heritage; the king of all crab dishes. This supremely satisfying staple involves dipping fried or steamed mantou buns, to soak up the comforting sauce – a delightful blend of stir­fried tomatoes and sambal chilli paste, thickened with ribbons of beaten eggs.

Da Paolo PizzaBar’s Singapore Chilli Crab Pizza ($32) embodies this seafood delight with freshly made

Sardinian Tomato Sauce and home made sweet chilli sauce. This delicious pizza is an unpretentious interpretation, topped with a sunny­side­up egg to augment the flavour and texture reminiscent of the sweet yet savoury, slightly spicy and supremely satisfying Chilli Crab dish. The delightful crispy and crunchy

Mantou strips perfectly complement the generous portions of crabmeat and soft shell crab.

There are Gluten­free pizza options available for an additional $5.*

*Gluten­free pizza is prepared in the same oven as regular pizza. Traces of gluten may be present.

All prices quoted are subject to prevailing GST, and where applicable, 10% service charge.

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DBS Marina Regatta

#MBSMarinaRegatta

 Welcome to Singapore’s First Pop-up Urban Beach where you can bring your family and friends over for the weekend. My first time too. It’s back bigger and better this year!
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The highlight for DBS Marina Regatta besides the themed dragon boat will definitely be the 5-stories high inflatable water slide. A must-not-missed activity! Don’t forget to bring a change if you intend to go for it. photo IMG_2473_zpsiwnwodan.jpg photo IMG_2477_zpsu863k5q0.jpg

Kids can learn kayak and stand up paddling at the pop-up pool. photo IMG_2480_zpsux7s9ijo.jpg

Chow House at The Promontory, one stop centre to ease your hunger! photo IMG_2489_zps1bgc07wz.jpg

Where we spent the evening in the sun having mojito popsicle and banana rum sorbet. Madly awesome! photo IMG_2543_zpsoj7nqd4d.jpg photo IMG_2501_zpst2s9jmkm.jpg

Thank you IG @phonemenon for clicking this! This is a wet game and I’ve no choice but to put away my cellphone for once. photo IMG_2545_zpsjxqrzhb0.jpg

…. and I did it! photo IMG_2546_zpsdsaa5dzk.jpg

Partner in crime and I both drenched! So yeah .. please gear to change into your dry outfit if you are up for the thrill because its all worth it! photo IMG_2569_zpsvlrftfat.jpg

Also, DBS Marina Regatta has local band playing for the night pumping up the music and partayyy! photo IMG_2523_zpsdcja83zm.jpg

It opens from 11am to 10 pm on May 28 & May 29 , June 3 and June 4. Admission is FREE! Head over to kick off your fun weekend!

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Passport to Greater Benefits!

Moving from one destination to another is never hard for anyone in Singapore. Being known as one of the most convenient cities around the world, many places are easily accessible by public transportation and it’s pretty easy to move about in Singapore regardless of whether you are a local or a foreigner.

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In order to ease the congestion during peak hours, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has launched the Travel Smart Network for commuters in July 2014. Here is where you can learn to travel smart!

  • Travel Smart Rewards

Let me share with you what Travel Smart Rewards is all about. With Travel Smart Rewards, you will get to earn reward points each time you commute via MRT or LRT on weekdays.  On top of that, travelling during the morning off-peak trips (decongesting hours) will entitle you to higher points!

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For your information, commuting during the morning off-peak period means tapping in between 6.15am-7.15am & between 8.45am-9.45am (applicable for weekdays only). In short, each km travelled on weekdays earns you 1 point on your Travel Smart Rewards, but travelling during the decongesting hours helps you to earn at least 3x the points and up to as much as 6x; depending on your status!
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Achieving Gold/Platinum Statuses entitles you to a monthly lucky draw of $1500. Else, commuters can use the points earned to win cash rewards from the ‘spin the wheel’ game on www.travelsmartrewards.sg or get $1 for every 1000 points collected.

 Benefits of Travel Smart Rewards

 photo IMG_6535_zps1mt5suf8.jpg  photo Untitled_zpspmcpvs4u.jpg photo IMG_0109_zpsjrwjopmd.pngAvoiding human congestion during rush hours will be a remedy to kick off a stress-free day.

  • Free Pre-Peak Travel
    Free Pre-Peak Travel scheme has been extended till 30 June 2016. This is how it works… Free train rides for fellow commuters who tap out before 7.45am; applicable to the listed 18 designated stations as follows:

*Bayfront, Bras Basah, Bugis, Chinatown, City Hall, Clarke Quay, Dhoby Ghaut, Downtown, Esplanade, Lavender, Marina Bay, Orchard, Outram Park, Promenade, Raffles Place, Somerset, Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer.

But for those individuals like me, dreading to get myself off bed and not making it in time to tap out before 7.45am, fret not! You will still be able to enjoy a $0.50 discount off your train fares if you tap out between 7.45am to 8.00 am at the aforementioned 18 designated stations. Well, at least there’s additional buffer time for some savings!

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LTA encourages fellow commuters to travel early to avoid all congestions and travel more comfortably in a less crowded environment.

Benefits of Free Pre-Peak Travel
Eventually, Free Pre-Peak Travel encourages me to obtain a healthier lifestyle too! I tend to get out of bed earlier to hit the gym or a quick workout before going to the office just to avoid the rush hour.

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On top of that, I managed to grab breakfast promos too as I reach early in the CBD! So much of savings can be done on top of savings on the commuting fare!

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Alternatively, there are lots more places where you will be able to grab breakfast promo and KFC is one of them for as low as $3! The best thing is…KFC is everywhere (Be it in the CBD or heartlands)!!

    • Off-Peak Pass

Off-Peak Pass is offered to those whom are willing to travel during the off-peak hours.

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Cardholders of the above travel/concession cards may purchase the applicable OPP at any TransitLink Ticket Office, Passenger Service Centre, Add-Value Machine or General Ticketing Machine.

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Benefits of Off-Peak Pass

How does unlimited travelling during off-peak hours on weekdays and the entire day on weekends and Public Holidays sound to you?

 photo IMG_0162_zpsavlcryil.jpgTravel like a boss! How often do you get to choose your seat?

 photo IMG_0101_zpsgps77c4k.pngDoesn’t it feel good to be the first in the queue with lesser crowd or congestion?

To sum it up, LTA has created an interesting Youtube video on the above mentioned schemes! Watch the video below to find out more about the four hacks on saving money and travelling comfortably on Public transport in Singapore!

Travel Smart Day
LTA is organising an event on 23 June 2016 to encourage more people to Travel Smart! Free morning snacks (1000 sets – first come, first served basis) will be given away coupled with a separate workout segment for fitness enthusiasts; so why not pop down to Asia Square before your work that day and find out more about travelling smart?

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When?
Thursday, 23 June 2016
7am to 10.30am.

Where?
Asia Square, The Cube (Level 1 Outdoor Concourse)

Who?
Gracing the event will be Mrs Josephine Teo (Senior Minister of State, Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Ministry for Transport) Corporate representatives of Travel Smart organisations will be there to participate in a workout segment. The event is open to general public like yourselves too! (Please see below!)

What?
Visit Travel Smart booths and get tips on how to Travel Smart. Go early to get the complimentary morning snack (while supplies last)!
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I’ll be visiting the event and I hope to see you there too!

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Instameet at Harry’s Bar, Boat Quay

//#sgig

@SGIG Instameet for the month was held at Harry’s Bar, Boat Quay. Alongside, Harry’s Bar launched their enticing new menu and its pretty exciting to share the experience with fellow Instagramers!

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Harry’s Bar serves signature cocktail like Eye Candy ($16.00). photo DSC_0661_zpsijprzgh1.jpg

Soy-Glazed Beef Cubes photo DSC_0662_zpsbrery3em.jpg

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Mushroom & Truffle Oil Flatbread photo DSC_0671_zpsmmzqbxaw.jpg

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Fillet o’Harry photo DSC_0675_zpsrytarr0o.jpg

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You may opt to for outdoor tables too. photo DSC_0678_zpspitsugbo.jpg

Crispy wings dressed with Harry’s Bar house blends of spices. photo IMG_0984_zps13xrauoi.jpg

Oh, and please allow me to share how this picture came about. Harry’s Bar is running a social media contest. I hope this interest you as much as I do. By participating in this contest, you will be in a running to win $100 of dining credits. To participate, simply post an Instagram shot when dining at Harry’s Bar using the hashtag #HarryDiningSG from now till June 5th 2016. For more details, please log in to www.harrys.com.sg or simply stalk Harry’s Instagram account (@Harrysbarsg).

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Fell for this mocktail, Peach Cooler, served with Peach and Mint. Very refreshing and indeed it soothes the hot and humid weather in Singapore.

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Also, do download Harry’s SG App as members will be able to enjoy much more exclusive privileges to celebrate the new menu. As you download the Harry’s SG App, you will be awarded with $20 dining voucher (valid till 3 July 2016).

Harry’s Bar has  20 outlets islandwide who serves a wide range of high quality beverages and food! A good place for meet ups and catching up with friends.

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Old Boys Gallery

Hunting for a cozy corner or a hideout? Here is one! Old Boys Gallery, located at Kampong Bahru, caters for those who’d love to catch up over a drink or two or perhaps more!

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Old Boys Gallery offers more than 50 types of beers from all over the globe.

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The interior attracted me much. Its painted and decorated with vibrant colours which make the whole ambiance very alive. The artsy-fartsy designs and wall graffiti makes the gastropub a gallery.

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Manster Burger *beef ($17.90), served with bacon, egg, caramalized onions, cheese fresh greens and fries.  photo DSC_0613_zpsldtzjsqe.jpg

One of Old Boys Gallery’s signature is their Bah kwa Risotto. Yup, it may sound different as the risotto blends into a Chinese cuisine but the difference turns it into a unique and yummy signature.

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To all the burger lovers out there, Old Boys Gallery offers Belly Good Burger ($18.90). This is such a promising burger! At a glimpse its indeed fattening, but when you sink your teeth into this stack of burger (which consist of pineapple, bacon, onion ring, sunny side up, melted cheese, fresh vegetables and …. braised pork belly!) you will just forget about diet. Its a juicy combination and rich in flavours.

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When spam fries are too mainstream, OBG serves SPAM CHIPS ($9.00).

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Aside from spam chips, Old Boys Gallery serves Chilli Beef Fries ($13.90). The chilli beef fries consist of chilli beef with kidney beans, fries topped with nacho cheese, mayonnaise and Parmesan cheese. Yumz!

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… and my ultimate choice is Potato Head ($7.90) ; sweet potato fries with curry mustard dip! Simply awesome! photo DSC_0629_zpsgc9ojrs5.jpg photo DSC_0632_zpsklsrwi82.jpg

OBG Wings taste pretty good too! It brings back a lot of child hood memories just cuz the wings are marinated in MARMITE! Madly in love with their wings! Well, its served in 3pcs or 6pcs.

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On top of all, here comes the highlight of the day. DESSERTS, easing all sweet tooth since ever! OBG serves three types of desserts. Earl Grey Cake with Lavender cake ($7.90) is one of classic signature.

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Coconut Cake with gula melaka ($7.90) tastes a little local but pretty good! photo DSC_0641_zpsbemsidt8.jpg

Devil’s Double Chocolate ($9.00) is sinful! It tops with ice cream when its served! photo DSC_0637_zpsvpsuinur.jpg

 

Old Boys Gallery
67 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169371
Tel: +65 9187 0756
Opening Hours: 11.3oam to 11.00 pm (Mondays to Saturdays)

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