A fintastic time at Marine Life Park!!

I wouldn’t consider myself an “animal / nature lover”, but this much I can say:

I ♥love♥ aquariums, and marine life.


My favorite animals of all time are undoubtedly killer whales (essentially they are actually dolphins instead of whales despite the name), and recently.. penguins (because they’re so cute!!! sadly, some killer whales eat penguins hahah). My choice animals are quite different from your usual “dog” or “horse” / insert other land hot favorite animal here. My guess is that people like dogs because they are man’s best friend and horses are fun to ride, these creatures are mostly gentle and sociable. But the very reason I love killer whales is because they’re so rare, different and majestic. I don’t want something I can pet, I want something I could stare at for hours in awe. Killer whales, being apex predators, fit the bill to endlessly intrigue my wild imagination. For the record, I find (almost) all animals incredible in their own way, but marine life just takes my fascination to a whole new level. It’s so unknown, elusive, dangerous and beautiful!

Jet-skiing, snorkeling, whale watching & parasailing always sit on the top of my “Must-Do” lists whenever I travel. Some day I’ll pluck up the courage and learn how to dive. Many days & nights of my life have been spent watching BBC / Nat Geo documentaries about the ocean & all its wonders in utter fascination, alongside Sam, who shares an equal interest. In fact, just last night we were watching one about the great barrier reef! Which totally reminded me… time to share about your visit to the newly opened S.E.A Aquarium & Adventure Cove, Jess!!!

Imagine my delight when I was invited to check out Resorts World Sentosa’s spanking new Marine Life Park (SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove Waterpark) on their very FIRST day of opening!!! I was literally jumping up and down with excitement when I got the news :D I seriously LOVE you, Resorts World Sentosa.

Thank you for so many wonderful state of the art attractions us Singaporeans can be proud to bring our overseas friends to, and to enjoy among ourselves. No one can say Singapore is boring or at a lack of attractions these days, or I’ll kick them in the face with my stiletto.

Entering the The Maritime Experiential Museum! You have to go past this in order to get to the aquarium.

Snippets of Maritime history elaborately decorated along the way!

After a relatively long walk past the museum artifacts, head down this escalator to find the aquarium.

AND WE ARE HERE!!!! ^_____^ 

At S.EA Aquarium, the world’s largest aquarium, featuring over 100 000 marine animals of more than 800 different species!

I was arguably more excited than the hundreds of adorable kids around that day. I noticed that RWS had arranged for special needs’ children to visit the aquarium on the very first day of its launch, I’m assuming either free of charge or at a special rate…. it was heartwarming to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.

The first thing you’ll do at the aquarium is enter this moving tunnel! Like the one at Underwater World…. but kinda better. Which makes me wonder, what would happen to the fate of our good ol’ Underwater World since 1991? 

This marine life park sure gives Underwater World a good run for its money. The admission fees don’t differ that much, but MLP has a whole lot more to offer than UW. It would be kinda sad if UW had to shut down (there’s no point having 2 similar attractions in one place?) but maybe it will be replaced by a brand new attraction that is even more awesome!

A dazzling kaleidoscope of colors. I was informed that most of the coral in their tanks are actually fake. But they look so real!!! I asked why they don’t use real coral instead (I felt a bit cheated) and the reply was that real coral isn’t quite as vibrantly colored as fake ones, and to uproot THAT much real coral just for aquarium viewing would cause a lot of damage to mother nature. That made a lot of sense to me.

They have so many different tanks featuring different species of fishes I couldn’t remember any of their names at all at the end of the day o__o” Only a really big spider crab I wanted to eat LOL.

There was this part where you could walk over a transparent tank built into the ground, and it tickled me seeing a diver struggling with the narrow space constraints at my feet. #LookAtTheFishiesNotTheHumans

I want to snorkel or dive at a real shipwreck some day!!!! I’ve only snorkeled at man made shipwrecks in Australia last year.

Really creepy and icky looking seastars. I hate anything with suction pads oh yuckkk. Starfishes and jellyfishes have been officially renamed as sea stars and sea jellies because it was deemed they were not fishes. -_-”

A little Discovery Pool area where you could touch and pick up starfishes and other funky creatures (try not to grab the fishes lol). Mainly for the kids! Not for the squirmish like me. I like looking at marine life, not necessarily touching them..

Pose for picture for my blog can already ^^;

A giaaaannnttt spider crab that was as big as a child!!!

You know you’re Singaporean when you see this and the first thing that pops into your mind is “OMG CAN EAT ONE???”

My favorite part of the SEA aquarium is “The Open Ocean Habitat”, the world’s largest viewing panel. Its breathtaking sheer size aside, I absolutely adore how thoughtfully planned out the whole exhibit is!

They provide numerous comfy beanbags for people to laze on for as long as they like, marveling at the view in front of them, with soothing instrumental music playing in the background. It’s like you’re transported to another realm. HOW WONDERFUL IS THIS?! ♥

I could spend hours here just chatting with friends, staring at the giant tank in front of me, admiring as sting rays soar through the waters and even read a book here!!! I can’t wait to go back on an idyllic quiet weekday and just spend quality time with myself here.

You’ll spot resting families and happy couples canoodling. Just a marvelous place to be in.

 Doesn’t this look like a painting? The iPhone 5 takes such good pictures!

Wow!!! *In David Attenborough’s super wise British voice* And here we have, a remarkably rare specimen of hairy human legs.

LOL. This actually gathered more attraction than any of the other exhibits… everyone turned their attention away from the fishes and crowded around staring at this man’s famous legs. Everyone’s stupid and easily amused like that.

I have no idea what this is but I found it so disturbing I snapped a photo of it.

A strangely sinister scene compared to all the other happy, bright looking exhibits. Sea urchins look so evil T___T

What made it worse was these fishes that just remained impossibly still in the water… you know how some fishes act like they’re frozen in time and don’t seem to move in the water, at all? Yep, this was one of them… they were just hovering above the sea urchins and the sea urchins sat there oh so ominously. Very creepy.

Speaking of sea urchins, I finally ate my first sea urchin a few weeks ago in this Japanese restaurant which I will be reviewing on my blog soon! It was surprisingly tasty. A really thick, creamy texture to it… similar to foie gras, without the meaty taste and slimier. Easily the most exotic meal I had in my life. Japanese cuisine is out of this world.

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That’s the last of my aquarium pictures! I didn’t wanna show you guys ALL of the exhibits and spoil it for you in case you plan on going (which you totally should). Go check it out in person – they have jaw-dropping stuff! Even if you’re not terribly interested in animals or marine life, I bet you that you’ll find this at least moderately fascinating or inspiring. There will definitely be a thing or two that’ll make you go “Ooooh” and “Ahhh” no matter how old you are or how much of the world you think you’ve seen already!

Because it is located in an air-conditioned indoor environment, it also makes for a fabulous day out any time – when its too hot and sunny or when it is rainy!! Perfect day activity for any day. :D

A shout out to this handsome guy Matt who always makes sure I’m well taken care of and thoroughly happy at these Resorts World Sentosa events – I really appreciate all these awesome days and nights of fun I’ve had at RWS!!

Cute gift shop when you exit the aquarium :)

Thank god we were in a hurry and had to leave for our next destination, other wise I might’ve bought a whole lot of nonsense. I’m a sucker for novelty stuff and souvenirs.

We were about to have lunch, but we just couldn’t resist getting gelato from Bruno’s!!! You’ll see it once you come out of the aquarium. Super yummy! I loooveee gelato so much more than your usual ice cream.

The fun doesn’t stop at the aquarium!!!

Wolfed down a decent lunch before proceeding to get wet at Adventure Cove water park, a short walk away from the aquarium. Remember not to eat too heavy a meal before visiting the water park because some of the slides can get pretty bumpy and intense.

Luckily for us, there wasn’t a big crowd despite it being the first day of its opening!

Which means little to absolutely no need for wasting time queuing. I went back in November, so I’m sure by this time in December, the weekends would be ridiculously packed.

Changed into my swim suit and ready for big splashes!!!

By the way, to people who have seen blog posts of me swimming / doing water activities before… yes, I will forever only one that same dreaded black and white dress swim suit over and over again. It’s the only swim wear I feel comfortable enough in and I don’t have to worry about my stomach jutting out or pubic hair sticking out everywhere, LOL. I believe in this: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. If you don’t have anything worthwhile to show then for gods sake, cover it up.

True story: I used to think posting topless pictures of my boyfriend was kinda obscene so I photoshopped his nipples off some pictures before. I didn’t want other girls looking at his nipples

HAHAH say whaaat?

Entering the Adventure River!

At 620 metres, it’s one of the world’s longest lazy rivers.

This river keeps you nice and cool with a lot of mist sprays and random fountains squirting water at you to minimize the heat and sunburns!

Grab a float, plop on and float away! 

Best way to explore the theme park is to just get off at different river exits. You don’t have to do much walking around in the hot sun.

Water theme parks are such a godsend in crazily warm countries like Singapore!!!!!!

A couple of fail pictures taken with my waterproof camera due to my sunblock rubbing off on the lens, making it all oily and smudgy :/

Into the dark mysterious cave we go!

Sam man whoring it up in front of a mini waterfall inside the cave. :P

And here’s me, cute little innocent demure me… *cough* proud of myself for hardly whoring myself out at all, for there is pretty much zero cleavage or sexiness in this post. I WANNA HAVE REAL SUBSTANCE, Y’KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

By the way, I’d like to stress the photo is warped not because of bad photoshopping (I have better skills than that!), but a consequence of water droplets on my camera lens.

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We got off our floats to take water slides at different points, however security was pretty anal that day and they didn’t allow me to take my camera onto ANY rides at all!! So I can’t show you any first-person POV videos, and there is only so much left I can cover by photos and text. By the way, the last time I filmed myself going down a water slide and put the video up on Youtube, it received over 300 000 views. Lol really.

Check it out for yourself here. The video was filmed in Aquatica, Orlando and to be honest… Adventure Cove does remind me Aquatica quite a bit! What with its elaborate tropical themed / ancient ruins landscaping and the focus on marine life!!! The whole ambience of the place is great – rainforest noises and music resounds along the river with surprising waterfalls along every turn and corner.

There is also a wave pool for bobbing up and down on and the most thrilling ride of all would have to be the RipTide rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. For starters, you don’t have to carry your float up a flight of stairs as most water slides will have you do – this one you actually sit on the float at the start and get slowly lifted upwards! Then comes a series of intense dips and turns. The float you’re sitting on will be propelled upwards and forwards by strong magnets with great force, so essentially its a roller coaster with lots of water and no seat belts. Water WILL be splashing at your face every few seconds, so please, do yourself a favor and do it my way… CLOSE your eyes when you’re on this ride!!!! Closing your eyes on a water slide instantly makes it 10x more fun, and scarier. I screamed and screamed. Go on. Try it.

The only down side to this ride is that the float often tends to overturn and capsize at the end when you pop out of the tunnel and into the pool. Mentally brace yourself so you don’t panic when it happens!

This part of Adventure Cove really sets itself apart from all other water theme parks:

All guests of Adventure Cove GET TO SNORKEL AT THE RAINBOW REEF TEEMING WITH 20 000 FISHES!!!

My eyes popped like this: O______O when I heard about this attraction. I freakin’ LOVE snorkeling, and you’re telling me I can do it absolutely risk-free in a controlled environment without any worries about safety at all?!

 No prior experience necessary, just put on the masks and fins provided by them, undergo a short briefing by the instructor and dive into a world of underwater wonders!

Imagine being surrounded by HUGE schools of fishes like that!!! :D

It was IMMENSELY fun having thousands of fishes coming so close to you!!!! They’re harmless, rather friendly, and so pretty to look at. Some even came so close, they brushed against my feet and I laughed out loud and almost choked on the seawater. I’ve been snorkeling in the wild before, and let me tell you… it is such a hassling and tiring experience to do it in the wild! Taking the boat ride out into the open sea, gearing up, worrying about sharks and jellyfishes (my biggest concern, I’m annoyingly paranoid about them), seaweed getting tangled in your hair, worrying about strong currents and your overall safety in general… Choking on sea water….. The list just goes on. It is also difficult to find such a large amount of different colorful fishes while you’re snorkeling – normally you’ll only get to see such a majestic sight when you’re diving several meters down.

It’s a completely gratifying thing, snorkeling is, but to do it so casually and fuss-free in a relaxed environment was truly enjoyable. Visibility was PERFECT. If you have never snorkeled before you are going to LOVE this attraction because you get to be part of the psychedelic world fishies live in for the first time!!! I saw all sorts of colored fishes – blue, grey, red, black, brown, yellow… they range from super small to pretty big!

Sam and I took around 20 minutes to complete our snorkeling. You will get to see a myriad of fishes such as the yellowfin surgeonfish, blueface angelfish, copperband butterflyfish, and lots more. This attraction is beautifully done. ♥

Back on the lazy river, after snorkeling. Pretty exhausted from a lack of sleep the night before + waking up early for the aquarium + water slides and snorkeling and I was happy to just float along with the current round and round again!

By this time my make up had pretty much gone all over my face making me look like I have raccoon eyes, so…

The rest of my photos were taken like this.

Every few meters, there will be a stationed lifeguard. I was pretty amazed by the number of lifeguard around – seriously, every 5 meters you’ll get one looking all solemn, serious and ready to save your life in case you need em!! Thumbs up for safety precautions. I hope this place stays incident free for as long as possible! More often than that, kids who get into accidents only have their careless parents to blame.

Floating into a tunnel filled with sting rays

Another interactive activity highlight of Adventure Cove allows you to wade in shallow waters and rub shoulders (or submerged knees) with sting rays at selected timings throughout the day. Spots are limited and fill up quickly, so go early in the day and reserve your slot! Sam and I don’t like sting rays all that much (he says: “I eat them with sambal!”) so we gave this a miss, but I reckon its a pretty unique experience that most people shouldn’t pass up if given the opportunity.

The dolphins were not ready for public viewing yet – they’re still under quarantine! It’s a pity we missed them but I will definitely be back again next year. I think they will be introducing dolphin interaction programs as well, where you can get in the water with them! Besides, I swam with amazing wild bottlenose dolphins in the open water of Australia just earlier this year, so that experience has fulfilled my dolphin quota for now. ;)

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Things to note:

• About SEA Aquarium and Adventure Cove: Even though they are now open to the public, they will not be fully completed until next year! Currently, they’re still adding more fishes, and more attractions to enhance the experience even further.

• About Adventure Cove: Lockers are necessary . They’re priced at $10 for a small one and $20 for a much larger one – can be opened multiple times a day.

• There are dispersed food stations, gift shops selling swim wear & equipment, restaurants and a shower facility for your convenience

• Remember to dress in appropriate swim wear and slap on sun screen!

• Adventure Cove and SEA Aquarium admission tickets are priced at $29 for adults, and $20 for children. Each attraction requires its own admission ticket.

• For more information, check out their official websites here.


///To round up my post, the Marine Life Park is a MUST-visit for any visiting tourist or local Singaporean - there’s simply too much fun and laughter to be missed if you don’t go. It makes for a perfect day out with the family, friends or partner. Thanks Resorts World Sentosa for this superb day out!!! I had a fin-tastic time.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Moonstone – Yakitori • Sake • Bar

“I wish someone had taken me on a dinner date here.” 

…Those were the first words that popped into my head when I stepped into this restaurant. If you’re looking for a romantic hide out away from the hustle & bustle but don’t wanna travel too far away from the city, Moonstone is the hidden gem you’ve been looking for.

I mean… just look at it.

Ambience is so important when you’re trying to impress the other party. This certainly impressed me. I fell in love with the open view of Sentosa from the top of Mount Faber!

Lounge sofas facing out into the openness where you can sit around and just chat the night away, beers in hand… a soft breeze in your face, watching cable cars float by. Tell me who wouldn’t love having dinner here!!! Now seriously, why didn’t any guy bring me on a date to a place like this?

…Oh, that’s right. Because I date strange boys I meet from internet games, who happen to live in other countries so that makes this plan kinda difficult.

So anyway. 

Moonstone is a quaint little restaurant/bar perched on top of Mount Faber, serving up Japanese cuisine (mainly yakitori) also offering an extensive selection of sake, beers and whiskeys.

The most unique thing it boasts, of course, is this view you won’t get anywhere else. It made me happy just sitting there basking in all its prettiness, but when the food came I was all the more pleased.

Warning: Do not proceed if you’re vulnerable to sudden hunger pangs, like I am.. For a galore of yummy food photos is INCOMING! I had a truly massive feast here. I know Japanese cuisine is kryptonite to a lot of people so try not to lick your computer screens, its not very good oral hygiene.

Moonstone, let’s see what ya got!

This place has a crazy selection of sake & other alcohol, and I was recommended start off my meal with a “floral beer”Ginga Kogen Beer, $12.

I’d never heard of this beer before and was kinda skeptical about it having a “floral” taste but I was pleasantly surprised by how it does have a distinct floral aroma when you take your first sip! It’s not like tea. Tea tastes like leaves. This actually tastes like a fleeting moment of spring, almost. Girls will definitely enjoy this because of its lighter taste. I don’t mind normal beers like Hoegarden / Heineken / Carlsberg / Corona but when there’s a fruit beer, I’d get it to switch things up a bit. I wish they sold this beer in supermarkets!! It’d be a staple in my fridge!

The first appetizer that arrived on the table was Hiyayakko, $4 - Cold tofu with onions and bonito in ginger sauce

I really liked this! I’m not sure if its because if I was starving or what (indeed I was) but this tofu dish was refreshing, light, and made me even hungrier than before. Which is exactly what appetizers are supposed to do, I guess. The tofu itself is rather pain (duh its tofu) but paired with the sauce and flakes on top, it tasted like agedashi tofu but served cold and more elegant without the sticky chewy skin! Practically zero calories, too.

Aigamo tataki, $12.8 - Smoked duck in sweet sauce and bean sprouts

I was like, “excuse me, where are my bean sprouts?!” and they informed me that they had ran out of bean sprouts. Hmmm. I feel like they should have noted this to me when I was ordering and not after it came, but because I am reviewing this restaurant by invitation from a friend, I didn’t want to fuss over the minor details. Do make it a point to ask them about it if you order this, just in case. I liked the well-paired combination of the mildly sweet sauce and salty smoked duck. I don’t fancy duck in general, but smoked duck is an exception. Would’ve been nice with some crunchy bean sprouts but it tasted good without still, and I’d order this again.

Ika, $10 - Squid with sweet sauce

Even the yummy sweet sauce which many yakitori dishes come drenched in couldn’t save this dish from the overcooked texture of the squid. I don’t mind squid as long as its tender & tasty enough, unfortunately this did not tickle my taste buds at all, and falls into my category of “rubbery squid”.

A couple of yakitori sticks arrived next, and I took the liberty of categorizing them into what I thought were hits, and misses.

The hits in my book!:

From top to bottom:

1) Hotate, $8. Well basically, they are scallops.. I love scallops and have nothing to complain about these, they were okay sized and weren’t overcooked, however I do think the price is kinda out there for 2 pieces of scallops.

2) Bacon roll, $4 - Pork with asparagus. Essentially a fail proof combination. Everybody loves bacon and although I’m not a big asparagus lover, it adds a nice crunch!

3) Butabara, $4 - Pork belly. Salty, savory, slightly tender and juicy… yes please. So simple & good.

The ones that fell kinda short to me:

1) Ebi, $5 - Grilled prawn. It does have a nice charcoal flavor, but the prawn meat itself wasn’t fresh or  robust enough for my liking.

2) Kinoko shake, $4 - Salmon and mushroom topped with cheese. Wayyy too salty because of the smoked salmon and cheese combination, and I generally like salty food!
3) Shake asparagus, $4 - Smoked salmon with asparagus. I still liked the pork version of this better. Grilled smoked salmon doesn’t cut it for me, the texture just becomes all dry and charred instead of the moist and soft texture smoked salmon is known for.

4) Nasu, $3 – Baby egg plant. I couldn’t even finish a whole mouthful of this… it was extremely bland, dry and just meh. I try to be as civil as I can when reviewing food but I honestly thought this shouldn’t even be on the menu, it insults the rest of the decent to great dishes!!!

Shake, $15Salmon with sweet sauce
Gindara, $18 - Cod fish with salt

I wish they were a little more creative with the menu names or descriptions since I’m copying them off directly from their online menu ahah.

I’m quite biased when it comes to salmon because it’s one of my favorite foods. :P I basically worship this king of all fishes. But I have to say.. the skin was a little too burnt and at $15 with the size of its portion, it is not something I’d recommend ordering. Same sentiments with the cod. A good piece of fish, is a good piece of fish. It’s pretty hard to butcher the taste, but at the same time it is also difficult to set yours apart from the others.

Zaru soba, $8 - Cold noodles

I’m no soba connoisseur, I don’t eat it often enough to have much to say about it but this yummier than most other sobas I’ve tried and refreshing in the same way the cold tofu was. I found the process of dipping the noodles into a small bowl of sauce needlessly tedious, but also kinda fun… I’m twisted like that. Lol. Soba fans should order this!

Chasu udon, $9 - Pork belly soup noodles

OKAYYYY this is my favorite item on their menu!!! ♥ I love udon for its chewy texture and this was just perfect al dente slurpy goodness. I’ve never seen chasu udon served outside before, since chasu is usually found in ramen and not udon… this combination is to die for! Why don’t more places have it? The pork belly chunks literally melt in your mouth in a puddle of salty & sweet goodness. Kind of like the ones at Ippudo, but even softer and slightly different.

The thick udon noodles are almost addictive to eat. The soup was perfect to me – not too heavy or light, just perfect. Can I have a bowl of this now pleasseee? If I wasn’t so stuffed from all the yakitory & other food prior to this bowl of noodles I would have finished the whole thing!

Garlic fried rice, $5

Definitely one of the more fragrant bowls of garlic fried rice I’ve had. Each spoonful is light and fluffy with lots of garlic & egg! The portion is also perfect to go with yakitori – neither too big nor small.

Tempura moriawase, $12.80 - Assorted prawn & vegetable tempura

I didn’t attack this dish upon first sight because most tempura dishes fail to impress me. I didn’t even intend on taking a picture of the tempura or reviewing it, at all. Let’s just say I think all fried food is just fried food. Boring, and normally a waste of calories. But after Nicholas insisted 3 times that I should give this a go, this…. this was something else!!!

The batter was super light & crispy, not too oily, and the ingredients underneath that lovely coat of batter were equally awesome. They even had broccoli tempura which was, surprisingly enough, nice. The shitake (mushroom) tempura kinda melted in my mouth the same way the chasu in the udon did!!!

 Love it! :)

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I think by now it is pretty obvious that I like Moonstone’s normal cooked food items a significant bit more than their yakitori menu. I’m really not that big on yakitori in the first place. So if you are, please judge for yourself.

I do wish they served other normal Japanese food such as sashimi and sushi, that would make this a perfect dining destination!! So you know, some stuff I’d totally order again at Moonstone on a whim would be the floral beer, smoked duck, assorted tempura, garlic fried rice, and udon. Ohh the udon! Lucky you guys can’t see me salivating. And can I just say at $9 for a generous bowl of udon.. the pricing is at a steal. I know some items I’ve featured from the menu have been anything but “cheap”, but I reckon you can get real value for money here if you know what to order.

Plus anyway….. at the end of the day, this view and the smile on her/his face when they see it will make your trip up to Mount Faber and the prices completely worth it. :)

Moonstone – Yakitori • Sake • Bar
109 Mount Faber Road, Level 2, The Jewel Box, Singapore 099196
Tel: 62760609

Food quality: 3.5/5 (hits & misses)
Service / Ambience: 4.5/5 (the view! waiters were also efficient & friendly)
Value for Money: 3.5/5 (again it varies, so refer to my review)
Most suitable for: Couple dates. Your girl would love it here.. and it’s really not that expensive. If she’s the weight or diet conscious sort, she can go for the low carb yakitori options! Makes for good dainty meals. Also great for late night hang outs with the buddies & boozeee! This place opens late, with plenty of alcohol options and snacks to choose from. Not exactly a family venue, kids not allowed after a certain timing. It gets crowded during weekends and peak periods so call to enquire or reserve first.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

S-One Expo

Wanna head out on the weekend, but not sure where to head to, or what to do exactly?

Orchard Road, Sentosa, East Coast Park, all those shopping malls and restaurants…. you’ve been to them all. You think you should stay at home. Then you think again, and realize its the weekend, you’ve worked hard the whole week, you deserve to go out and have some fun.

But… where?

How about Germany? Ya. Why not? :D Visit Germany for awhile!
No no, I’m not telling you to take an expensive flight to Germany for the weekend. What I’m saying, check out the S-One Expo

, where Germany arrives in our sunny little island Singapore!!!

The month-long Expo, featuring trade and cultural highlights from Stuttgart and Singapore, opens from Now till 9th December at the scenic waterfront park on Keppel Island.

The S-One Expo is the first of its kind to bring “a slice of Stuttgart” and the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, to Singapore.

During the Expo, you can expect to experience an exciting and refreshing line up of scheduled events & performances showcasing the music, art, cuisines, wines and lifestyles of both Stuttgart and Singapore!
Regrettably, I’ve never been to Germany myself..

It is so far away after all. Seems completely foreign to me, and I’m sure, to many of you as well. I would absolutely love to visit some day though. So this will be an eye-opening experience for me and everyone else who is unfamiliar with German culture!

There’s something to do for every individual at the expo:

Just a couple of the unique attractions available at the S-One Expo!
Artsy kinda person? Learn from the best!
Highlights include weekend cooking and handicraft workshops, where the public can sample authentic Stuttgart recipes alongside Singaporean specialties. Get your cartoon caricature drawn! The public can also learn traditional techniques of cuckoo clock making, and purchase highly prized wooden carvings made from dark woods found in the Black Forest region near Stuttgart at the Christmas Bazaar.

Personally, I am most excited about the German food bit. Lol what a big surprise I know right.

Not only have I never been to Germany, I’ve never even had authentic German food before!!! Here are some glorious looking fresh produce on display and two S-One chefs tossing Spatzle.
The Spätzle is a type of egg noodle with a soft texture. It is traditionally made by hand or with a spoon into shapes resembling “little sparrows” or Spatzen in German. Add a little bit of Emmental and whipped cream and you’ll get a luxurious, creamy version, Kässpätzle (or Cheese Spätzle).

Mmm sounds yummeh!! I love trying all sorts of new and different food and I’ve to sample this. Ok maybe not sample but have a whole plate full of it actually because I am the biggest pasta fan you’d ever know. I could have pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner if not for the fact it was all carbohydrates.

Of course, I can’t miss out another thing I love doing… Baking!!!
Wouldn’t it be fun to take the kids and come learn how to bake and decorate gorgeous looking German hearts with icing tips as you sip on an elegant glass of German wine you’ve never tasted before? They may seem like your normal traditional gingerbread men, but they’re surprisingly different! In German, German Hearts are called lebkuchenherzen. The bakers will talk about the history of this cookie and you get to decorate it afterwards. They range in size from small saucers to large platters and are strung with a ribbon for easy wearing. Of course they are decorated with the obligatory messages of love: “I love you” (Ich liebe Dich), “You’re my sweetheart” (Du bist mein sußes Herzchen) and “I think only of you” (Ich denke nur noch an Dich). You give them to friends or lovers or your family to express your feelings. How  cute is that?! You don’t even have to clean up after your own kitchen… Winning combination.
Speaking of the kids, the S-One Expo is a place not only the adults, but children too will love because there’s family-orientated entertainment everywhere.

Check out the festive atmosphere & vibes:

A huge bouncing dome, fun mascots and pretty Christmas tree lights.

Not a bad way to spend the day with your family & friends to get into the X’mas mood at all! :)

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Grand Lucky Draw at S-One Expo details:
If you’re a bachelor / stomachless / heartless person (lol) and fun times or nice food doesn’t attract you as much, well then I guess a brand new flashy sports car worth thousands & thousandssss would be much more appealing.

Stand a chance to win all sorts of awesome prizes such as German branded home and kitchen appliances and cookware from WMF & Bosch, as well as vouchers and other collectibles, including the attractive top prize being a Porsche Boxster (your eyes do not deceive you. yes, it is inclusive of COE!!! ooh la la!~) and a trip for two to Stuttgart!! I WANT!

All Singaporeans love lucky draws, they sure know us well. You might just get really lucky!

Every $10 spent on F&B coupons gets you a lucky draw slip for a chance to win.  Draw will be held on 11 December 2012.  Winners will be notified by post.

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So…. how DO you get to this S-One Expo??
And no, it’s not at Expo located in the East, please don’t confuse yourself ah. Here’s some helpful directions if you’re coming by public transport:
Have a blast, should you plan on going!! Tell your friends about the fun time you had. And do say hi if you see me wandering about at the S-One Expo, I may just bump into you there because I plan on swinging by when I’m in the area. Admission to enter the expo is free.

Click here for more information, it will lead you to the event’s website!

Auf Wiedersehen!!!! 
(That means Goodbye in German. Look at me, I think I’m all German now.)

xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess
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