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April 23, 2016

Bangkok Village Thai Restaurant, Johor Bahru…love the vibe and look

There are many things I am not good at; secrets is one of them. I do what I do out of a compulsion to find out stuff and then bellow annoyingly about it. So if I do find one I’m hardly likely to keep quiet about it.

Bangkok Village Thai Restaurant is a startlingly good Thai eatery in JB. The menu is extensive, reasonably priced and packed with flavour. The Thai Lemon Steamed Siakap arrives in a savoury sauce that makes you open your eyes wider. Although not every dish live up to my wildest expectations – let’s be honest – I’m paying for the atmosphere.

The place has a glorious garden setting, so spacious and beautiful. Absolutely love the vibe and look of this restaurant.

Bangkok Village Thai Restaurant is hidden 30 minutes away from the JB CIQ, but it well repays the effort and taxi fare to get there.This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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January 23, 2016

Pollen, Singapore…Ridiculously photogenic food

Pollen is the younger brother of Pollen Street Social in London, the Michelin-starred brainchild of culinary alchemist Jason Atherton. This is as impeccably elegant and sophisticated a restaurant as you will find. I was equally impressed with the feel of the place and the front-desk welcome.

The main action, however, is in the open-plan dining room, one whose design is confident, with natural light, huge mirrors on the wall of one side and greenery outside. It’s not every day you can give a restaurant five stars for design and atmosphere, but Pollen’s intimately romantic room is irresistible.

The dishes were sublime. There were no low points – only a competing series of highlights. The masterly BBQ Iberico pork presa, baby leek, chicory, apple, sage polenta was a beautiful sight. The delicious subtlety and artistry butternut and saffron risotto, sunflower seeds, honey croutons, aged parmesan and the Angus beef short rib, celeriac, truffle potato, caramelized onions, too, looked just as gorgeous.

Pollen is simply brilliant. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

 

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September 8, 2013

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore…should be on everyone’s bucket list

Gardens by the Bay is absolutely beautiful and a great fun place to spend the entire day. Be sure you buy the passes for BOTH Flower Dome and Cloud Forest. We were completely surprised at how magnificent and interesting both the gardens were. I had no idea of the extent and beauty that it held.

I have to say I was totally amazed when I went through the exhibit! It was huge! The The gardens themselves were lovely, well designed with mature flowering shrubs, trees, and well positioned sculptures, every square inch is beautifully landscaped with many colours, varieties, fragrance and mixtures of trees and plants from around the world. The breath-taking 8-storey stepping waterfall in Cloud Forect makes me feel like I was walking in the jungle. The floating walkways were a bit too much for me – with  my fear of heights – I gave it a miss.

There is an educational look at the effects of climate change and global warming – which was totally absorbing and mesmerizing. It was beyond fascination.

Singapore is hot and humid 365 days a year. This place is the only place I can enjoy a nature walk in a climate-controlled airconditioned dome.

Overall, a great day, learned a lot while enjoying it!  A visit to Gardens by the Bay should be on everyone’s ‘bucket list’! This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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