Kin Kin Chilli Ban Mian from Kuala Lumpur (建记辣椒板面)

After hearing from the news that Kin Kin Chilli Ban Mian from Kuala Lumpur has arrived in Singapore and create a hype in the town, my girl friend and I decided to give this a try. Knowing the fact that people are queuing up to 5 hours just to get a taste of the legendary Ban Mian, I still try my luck to get in the queue for a taste of it. Luckily, the queue wasn’t that snakey long and took us only a while to place our orders and get a seating.

First to arrive on our table was the freshly handmade fishball soup ($3.50). At the first bite, it tasted tenderlicious and does not have the usual pungent taste of the fish. Despite the fact of being a fishball lover, the overwhelming taste of MSG in the soup has partially ruined the dish. Perhaps Kin Kin might have lived up it’s name for the popular dried Ban Mian and that is why they are not putting in much efforts for the soup base. Or just that it is happening in this Singapore branch ?

Here comes our signature dried Ban Mian ($5.00)!!! The Ban Mian looks so delicious that you can’t wait to taste it. Together with their famous dried chilli and with some stirring of the poached egg, ikan bilis (anchovies), meatballs and minced meat, the dish is finally ready to be consumed. While you see the egg yolk oozes out over the noodles, the magical moments of yolk and chilli crossed path and blended within the noodles. However, due to the egg yolk, the entire bowl of noodles’ texture has in turn transformed into a state of coagulation. To our disappointment, the whole dish seems to be a bit not too appetising to our visual enjoyment now. At the first taste, the fiery hotness of the chilli flushed through our taste bud. No doubt the strong taste of the chilli, the noodles still seems pretty tasteless. Well, looks can be deceiving at times.

Conclusion

Although the Ban Mian as a whole does not live up to my expectations, the fiery hot chilli was still able to compensate for the blanched noodles. I will give my Ultra-man cross for this dish in Singapore, but may still give it a second chance by trying at their KL main branch.

534 MacPherson Road
Singapore 368220

For those interested in trying at their Malaysia branch, below is the address:

40 Jalan Dewan Sultan Sulaiman Satu, KL

What has NTUC got for you on your Birthday Month ?

April will be my birthday month and I have received an eNewsletter from NTUC for the treats. Beside special discounts for food and travel, there is also special birthday promotions for those having birthday on that month. Below are the summary for those members. If you are a non-member yet, you can sign up from NTUC website easily, but do take note that there is a monthly fee for the NTUC Link Card

RN Spa

COMPLIMENTARY 1 SESSION OF GINGER BODY POLISH (DURATION 30 MINS / U.P. $85.60)
A warm gommage made of fresh ginger powder and a healthful concoction of otherAsian herbs to soothe all body aches and tension in gentle kneads.

OR

TOP UP $18 NETT FOR 1 SESSION OF GREEN OCHA BODY MASSAGE (DURATION: 60 MIN / U.P. $214.00)
An Asian fusion massage blended with powerful, age defying green tea oil to soothe body aches and renew skin texture.

Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
17 Cavenagh Road #B1-01
Singapore 229616
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri – 11am to 7.30pm, Sat, Sun & PH – 10am to 6pm

Terms & Conditions

  • Offer is valid for female NTUC members during their birthday month only.
  • By appointment only. Please quote NTUC2014BD-RN when making your appointment.
  • Please call 6238 6890 for booking of appointment
  • Please present NTUC Card and NRIC/Employment pass for verification purposes.
  • The Management of RN Spa reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions governing the redemption at any time without prior notice.
  • Valid till 31 Dec 2014.

Chrysalis Spa

CHOICE OF ONE (1) COMPLIMENTARY SPA TREATS:
  1. Award Winning Whitening Therapy (U.P $498)
  2. Acne Pimples Away (U.P $338)
  3. Sparkling Eye Therapy (U.P. $268)
  4. Lymphatic Slimming Cellulite Bamboo Therapy (U.P. $198)
  5. Milla Seeds Power Removal Treatment (U.P $150)
  6. Bust Detox (U.P $338)
AMK Hub #03-26
53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Singapore 569933
Tel: 6481 9270
Orchard Central #08-13
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6884 9636
IMM Mall #02-42
2 Jurong East Street 21
Singapore 609601
Tel: 6567 5393
Tampines Mall #02-26A
4 Tampines Central 5
Singapore 529510
Tel: 6587 3310
Operating Hours: Mon to Fri – 11am to 9pm, Sat, Sun & PH – 10am to 7pm
Terms & Conditions
  • Valid customers aged 25 years and above who have not visited Chrysalis for the past 12 months.
  • Applicable for both female and male
  • Limited to one redemption per customer only; multiple redemption by customers is not permitted.
  • Advance booking is required.
  • Please quote NTUC Birthday for appointment.
  • Please present NTUC Card and NRIC/Employment pass for verification purposes.
  • This privilege is non-transferable and strictly non-exchangeable for cash or products
  • The Management of Chrysalis SPA Pte Ltd reserves the right to vary the terms and conditions without prior notice. 

Spa Elements

CHOICE OF 1 BIRTHDAY TREAT AT $18 (WORTH UP TO $190)
  • De-stress Body Massage (60 min)
  • Customised Spa Facial (60 min)
  • Spinal Check + Chiropractic Adjustment by experienced Doctor
ION Orchard #B1-30
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801
Tel: 6738 3788 or SMS 9059 8188
The Cathay #03-19
2 Handy Road
Singapore 229233
Tel: 6738 8008 or SMS 9056 8088
Terms & Conditions
  • Promotion is valid only during Birthday Month
  • Please present identity card and valid NTUC Plus!Card for verification
  • Strictly limited to one-time only redemption per customer only, no multiple redemptions are allowed.
  • Surcharge of $10 applies for weekend and PH appointment
  • This promotion is exclusive to NTUC Members and is non-transferable and non-exchangeable for cash.
  • The management reserves the right to change the promotion without prior notice.
  • Offer date valid till 31 Dec 2014. 

Beyond Beauty

$18 FOR MALE AND FEMALE PREMIUM TREATMENT OF EITHER:

  • Premium Royal Swedish Body Massage (60 mins worth $240), or
  • Treatment of Bird’s Nest Facial (60 mins worth $240)
Orchard central #04-14
181 Orchard Road
Singapore 238896
Tel: 6332 8333
Roxy Square Shopping Centre II
50 East Coast Road #01-109
(Opposite Parkway Parade)
Singapore 428769
Tel: 6348 8333
Serangoon Garden
1 Maju Ave
#02-15/16/17/18, myVillage
Singapore 556679
Tel: 6337 8333
Thong Teck Building #01-01/02
15 Scotts Road,
Singapore 228218
Tel: 6336 8333
Raffles Place Malacca Centre
20 Malacca Street #11-00
Singapore 048979
Tel: 6858 8333
Orchid Hotel Singaore
1 Tras Link #02-03
Singapore 078867
Tel: 6438 8333
Tampines Junction
300 Tampines Ave 5 #07-02
Singapore 529653
Tel: 6363 8333
Terms & Conditions
  • Valid till 31 Dec 2014
  • By appointment only.
  • NTUC Card and NRIC/Employment pass must be presented upon redemption.
  • Promotion is valid only during Birthday Month
  • Promotion is not valid in conjunction with any promotion or discount.
  • Strictly one redemption per customer.
  • The management reserve the right to change the terms and conditions governing this promotino without prior notice.

Latest Promotions from NS Safra Card

Pampering Spa Indulgences at $38 NETT at Spa Rael

Choice between Shiatsu Body Massage (60 min, U.P $214) or Glyco Skin Rejuvenation (90 min, $342.40)

*Redeem your treatment from Monday to Thursday , between 11am and 4pm to enjoy a further discount of $8 off.

By appointment only. Call them at 6732 9633.

VALID UNTIL 31 JUL 2014.

Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scott Road
www.sparael.com.sg

Terms & Conditions

  • Strictly for Singaporean, Singapore PRs, Employment Pass and Dependant’s Pass holders only, aged 21 years and above.
  • By appointment only, Please quote SF1974-SR when making your appointment.
  • Only permissible with NRIC or FIN and SAFRA membership card. Promotion is non-transferable.
  • The Management of Spa Rael reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions governing the redemption at any time without prior notice.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to avoid reduced treatment time. 
  • For customers who have not visited Spa Rael in the last 12 months.
  • Not valid for existing package holders.
GET A CHOICE OF ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING SPA TREATS AT $38* EACH
($38* FOR SAFRA MEMBERS; $48* FOR PUBLIC)

  • 60 minutes Safari Full Body Massage (Choice of Aroma/Swedish/Balinese/Javanese/Deep Tissue)
  • 30 minutes Pure Earth Divine Face Spa
  • 30 minutes Rebirth Detoxifying Face Spa
  • 30 minutes Nature’s Face Lifting Therapy
SAFRA Jurong (Level 3)
Tel: 6790 1661
enquiries@masego.com.sg
Terms & Conditions
  • Prices before 7% GST.
  • Advance booking is required. Please call 6790 1661 and quote SJ-NS14 for an appointment.
  • For first-time customers to Masego The Safari Spa, 21 years and above.
  • For Singaporeans / Singapore PRs only.
  • One redemption per person only.
  • The Management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions of this offer without prior notice.

Las Vegas Trip – Landed in San Francisco Airport for Flight Transit

Finally, after a seven hours of flight from Singapore to Korea Incheon and again twelve hours of flight, we arrived at San Francisco airport, transiting again to Las Vegas. The body clock is totally out of order right now, as it is midnight in Singapore, but day time in USA. The worst part of it was there was many turbulences throughout our flight to San Francisco, there wasn’t much chance we could get a good rest. First thing of all after landing, find a place to smoke…..

A hard ride for hardcore smokers, staying on plane for more than 10 hours without a smoke. Unfortunately, there wasn’t a smoking corner inside the airport and we have to exit from the waiting area to outside. At last a breath of fresh air outside the airport. Really cool weather. Seems like there are upgrading the airport at the moment. Perhaps a new control tower at the back ?

Queuing up and re-entry into the airport really exhaust me. After a day long of flight without a good rest, I am starting to feel fatigue, but how could I sleep in such broad daylight ? Yawns. Transit flight to Las Vegas is slightly delayed so better close my eyes and take a power nap.

Boarded the plane and just another one hour we will be reaching Las Vegas, ending my twenty over hours of ride in the high skies. Nice weather, hope the flight too will be good.

Believe this ? Virgin America really found a good way to package their plane. Cool lighting. What is more cool is their own Virgin America safety video, really creativity way to catch one’s attention. Good bye San Francisco, I will back again for my one day stopover soon. 

Chengdu’s China Lane (宽窄巷子)

China Lane is a historical and cultural district of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. The entire area is generally classified into three different streets that run along in east-west direction and the moss northern lane to the most southern lane are named Kuan Xiang Zi (Wide Alley), Zhai Xiang Zi (Narrow Alley) and Jing Xiang Zi (Roadway Alley) respectively. These alleys used to be the residence area for the famous Eight Banners during the Qing Dynasty. Since 2007, Chengdu has started to transform the alleys, relocating more than 900 households and over 50 courtyards. Furthermore, the government has done 30,000 square meters floor restoration and building alteration and repair and incorporating a 11,000 square meters underground parking facility. It was reopen in 14th June 2008 and consist of many cultural dining, leisure shops, etc.

While the alles has formed a cultural showcase to the ancient Chengdu tourist destination, it eventually won the “China’s creative industry projects Achievement Award in 2008 and Commercial pedestrian street with Chinese characteristics n 2009. Below are some photos of the 3 alleys which I took during my very short trip.

Jing Xiang Zi Alley (井巷子)

Zhai Xiang Zi (窄巷子)

Kuan Xiang Zi(宽巷子)

Chengdu’s Shopping District – Pedestrian Street (步行街)

Chengdu's Shopping District - Pedestrian Street (步行街)

Sitting right in the centre of the shopping parade square was a statue of Mr. Sun Yat Sen, the political figure that has direct influence in the China revolution.

Chengdu's Shopping District - Pedestrian Street (步行街)Small cafes are littered around the corners of the shopping district, providing shoppers a place to rest their feet before continuing their shopping spree.

Chengdu's Shopping District - Pedestrian Street (步行街)
Chengdu's Shopping District - Pedestrian Street (步行街)

Long stretch of shops lined along both side of the street while there are sights that more shopping centres are upcoming with the current construction. Meanwhile if you have noticed, most of the brands which they are selling are domestic brands except for a few shops like MacDonalds and Giordano. Hotels are shelved together with the shops as well so it is easily accessible for tourists to stay in the city without worrying about shopping and food. Prices for fashion are not that expensive, especially since winter seasons are ending soon, there are a lot of clearance sales ongoing. 

Leshan Gu Shi Xiang Beef Restaurant 乐山古市香翘脚牛肉

This restaurant has been promoted as an Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), which mainly focus on their aspects of culture. While the main culture this restaurant is keeping is the traditional dish that they are making with beef and cow’s internal organs.

During the 1930s, when poor people are not well fed and their body was in very weak condition. There was one physician, by the surname of Luo empathy on the scene of these poor people decided to gather herbs to concoct medical soup for these people. In the meanwhile, he saw that those from rich families are throwing away the internal organs of the ox away and he thought it is a waste that these are not being eaten by anyone thus putting the internal organs into the medical soup and boil together. To his surprise, the soup tasted fantastic and with the help of the herbs, it aids in curing and prevent illness in these poor people. Soon after, words spread and people from all over came to taste the soup. While the poor people are not well educated, they crossed their legs while eating the dish thus the name “翘脚牛肉” was formed.

翘脚 = Crossing of legs
牛肉 = Beef