Friday, May 23, 2014

30 cents delicacies for 81 guests at new The Clifford Pier, The Fullerton Bay Hotel.

This would be rather interesting to some of you who might be working or happen to be at The Fullerton Bay Hotel area on 3 June 2014 (Tuesday).

The Clifford Pier, a restaurant that just recently opened at The Fullerton Bay Hotel will be offering a selection of Singaporean delicacies at 30 cents each to the first 81 guests who dine in from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm.

The Clifford Pier
(Photo courtesy of The Clifford Pier)

It's the 81st anniversary of the Clifford Pier and the restaurant is located at where their pier is. Looking at the photo above, it's totally different from what it used to be in the 1930s! Maybe some of your grandparents will have photos of this place long ago!

Many of our parents used to say that their food used to cost 10 cents, 20 cents and it crept to the prices that we pay today. Just for one day (3 June), many of the dishes will be back to 30 cents.

The Clifford Pier
(Photo courtesy of The Clifford Pier)

So what can you eat there for 30 cents? Here's the list.

The Pier’s Heritage Dishes (30 cents per dish, excluding taxes)
  • Rickshaw Noodles (U.P. $18) Stewed Hokkien noodles with bok choy and anchovies
  • Soup Kambing (U.P. $15) Spiced mutton soup with crispy shallots and scallions
  • Teochew Porridge (U.P. $19) Rice porridge, braised peanuts, steamed fish, salted duck egg, pickled mustard greens and preserved turnip omelette
  • Fried Carrot Cake and Sweet Soy Prawns (U.P. $16) Wok-fried turnip cake with prawns in sweet and spicy soy sauce
  • 6 Crispy Shells Ubin Kueh Pie Tee (U.P. $15) Crispy shells filled with shredded fragrant turnips, Ubin’s prawns and fresh herbs

The Pier’s Beverages (30 cents per glass of beverage, excluding taxes)
  • Virgin Red Lantern (U.P. $14) Cucumber, lime, watermelon and sugar cane juice
  • Bandung (U.P. $8) Rosewater infused with evaporated milk and ice
  • Chin Chow (U.P. $8) Shredded grass jelly and fresh soy milk drink

The 81 diners will be determined on a first come first served basis from 11.30am to 2.30pm on 3 June 2014.  So it's for those who are free or working in the area. (or those who loves to queue.... ;-) )

The Clifford Pier
80 Collyer Quay,
Singapore 049326

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Save $ by using 'Buy One Get One Free' coupons with The Entertainer.

It's a big yellow smiley! What's that? That is the logo for The Entertainer app.
(I wonder why they choose that as the icon, but it's probably because it will bring a smile to your face too.)

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This post is here because it's an offer that The Entertainer has offered to readers. I use it myself, so I think for the majority of readers in Singapore, it's worth considering. You can try it out for $19 (they just reduced it to $15) and see if it's good for you. Details right at the end.

The Entertainer was founded in Dubai in 2001 and you probably know them for their Buy One Get One Free offers for dining, leisure, wellness, entertainment and hotel accommodation. It used to be on hard-copy and you need to tear the coupons before hand before you dine out.

You are probably like me, you do everything on your mobile phones. You want to access things on the go. You would probably screen capture something and then send it to your various Line or Whatsapp chat and 'jio' your fellow friends or family for 'makan'.

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Look at both my mobile phones screen above. Can you spot the Smiley Face? The Entertainment app is available on iOS App Store, Google Play and Blackberry World. (I don't use a blackberry, so I don't have a screen capture)

There are over 900 offers, how are you going to search for it?

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On the hard-copy version, you can search the index page. For the mobile version, you can search for offers based on proximity, new offers, monthly specials etc. Much simpler on the mobile for me!

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One example is this offer by Laksania. Laksania is a social enterprise setup. Let me talk more about them. Their social mission is to help those with mental or physical disability gain employment. They employ the marginalised and help them earn a living using their own efforts.

By the way, their laksa is quite delicious too!

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You can see the deals on offer with the pop up. If you already have a subscription, you can use it.
If not, there's a great deal now on. You can buy One Month Membership to trial it!

One of the reason that it's good to be on mobile is that you can go to a place impromptu!

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Just the other day, the wife wanted some Japanese and we went to En Japanese Dining Bar. We thought we recalled The Entertainment App has an offer. We checked and they said yes, we can use it here.

Around 2 months ago, a group of friends and I went out and we were dining at Skyve Wine Bistro. Someone had the Entertainer subscription then and he said he will be generous and share the coupons with us. So we used 3 Free Main Course coupons for the 6 of us. Our dinner that night was halved for our main courses. You can say we were quite impressed. You can check with each restaurant how many you can use.

I know some of you will systematically use up all the offer. That will ensure you have even more savings. There are quite a long list of restaurants here that will complement other existing cards that gives you discounts. We eat out quite a bit and we use various cards and apps to get discounts. You know dining out in Singapore isn't exactly cheap.

Do your maths, you might find that it might save you quite a bit if you are going to eat out at certain places. You can download the App to see what restaurants, night spots, spas, hotel stays you will be using and then decide.

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One year's subscription costs SGD95. Depending on the restaurants you go to, you might just get discounts more than SGD100 after 1 or 2 visits at some really high end restaurants. If you go to the more moderately priced restaurants, you probably need 3-5 visits.

Some of you might say, what about a trial version? I don't want to pay SGD95 now until I have used it and find it good. Guess what? There is now a One Month Mobile version for only SGD15.
You get over 750 buy one get one free vouchers to try out for SGD15!

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You can go to the URL to read more about it.
It shows you the full mechanism of redeeming and using the coupons too.

Finally, here's an offer for readers.

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(Update: it's now SGD15!)

If you enter @keropokman when you purchase the Entertainer Singapore One Month Membership, (like in the image above), the Entertainer will conduct random draw from now till 30 June 2014 among their customers who are using @keropokman as the promo code. The winner will get the full version of the app for FREE.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs, St Regis Singapore.

It was one of those days that the wife and I happened to take leave on a weekday. We don't have a helper at home, so the day was meant for me to do the household stuff that is more labour intensive. Maybe also this OCD husband needs his taps polished and grout lines in the bathroom to be 'white' and thinks the wife can't do a good job. When the Grohe taps in the bathroom and kitchen had been nicely polished and grout lines visibly clean it was already past 1 pm. (obviously we did not wake up that early just to do housework)

The other eye sore that I had to do for the day before the wife gets angry. The stack of newspaper that I have been stacking on one of the tables at home. As I was clearing them, I was flipping the makan section and saw that Sheraton has a unique Japanese Afternoon Tea. I tip toe to the wife showing her the article. I have worked hard enough today, let's go, I treat you. She gladly agreed and said she'll call and see if there's a table. To our horror, it seems that many people in Singapore don't need to work, the place is fully booked! It's the 2nd time in 2 weeks that we wanted to book something at Sheraton and it's fully booked. (We found out it's because of the various 1-for-1!)

Disappointed, sweaty and hungry, I was clearing my bag and saw the Supper Club card that was given to us sometime back. Basically it gives us discounts, if you are interested you can read it here. We haven't been using it, and suddenly remembered the wife mentioned that she wanted to go there for Afternoon Tea. I dangled the card at her and she smiled. Yes yes, let's go. Wait, let me call first, don't want to have 2nd disappointment for the day, she said. Oh yes, there's space for 2 of us. It starts at 3 pm.

So to 'tong' until 3pm, we opened our chocolate fridge and yup, indulged in some chocolates. Then showered, clean up and then we left the house.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

I tell you, after a morning of polishing, I saw fine lines on this teapot and I wanted to polish it!
It's clean and a few tiny lines outside doesn't matter, I had to tell myself.

The afternoon tea here is called "The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea".
We saw the tea menu and it had a nice selection of Black, Red, Green and White Tea. There are also tea blends. They source their tea from TWG. The Mrs had the Pai Mu Tan and I had Emperor's White Garden Tea.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

This is what greets you when you enter Brasserie Les Saveurs. It's cakes and all kinds of sweets that reminds me of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

Oh look, it's a Stairway to Heaven!

Since I started with Joseph the musical, let me name more songs. Are you a Led Zappelin Stairway to Heaven person? Or Neil Sedaka Stairway to Heaven person? Or are you like me the Korean Drama Stairway to Heaven Drama person?

Ok, back to the food.....

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

No, we did not start eating desserts and cheeses first. It was too beautiful to miss. I took photos first because everyone, almost everyone was walking around with the mobile phones taking photos of themselves and their food. So it's the best time to take without looking weird!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

They have a selection of western, Asian and local sweets and savouries for you to indulge.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

Guess what I spotted? If you have been following me on Instagram, you would know I have a soft spot for Curry Puffs! They are not hand twirled for the corners, but this vegetarian curry puff was really quite nice. It had the soft gooey flowy kind of texture inside. I think they don't serve it daily. Everything changes depending on what the pastry chef feels like making.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

If you are a scones person, you probably want to come here and have your afternoon tea here. 4 kinds of scones served on that day. I like the cranberry scones while the wife likes the pesto scones.

They rotate the flavours of the scones too. The Duck and Orange Peel scones were not available that day. Someone said the bacon ones were good too. Another time perhaps.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

If clotted cream's not for you, (it's not for me, the wife loves it) there's the honeycomb drip honey!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

Or choose from 10 different jams / conserves.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

Yes, I like my honey and lemon curd.
(ahem, yes this statement applies to my dining companion too and she's reading this.)

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

On the menu we saw the 'big' word used to describe this.
Presenting the "Quintessential Three-Tiered Silver Stand"!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

On the silver stand there's the Pot Pie, Soup and Quiche of the Day and also with the classic finger sandwiches. That's our pot pies and the carrot soup. Nice warm carrot soup, something I can try to replicate at home!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

Here's a peep into the Pot Pie. It's chicken and mushroom and quite aromatic and flavourful.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

The quiche of the day, I could not really catch what the serve staff said, but tasting it, it's mushroom and we smell a bit of truffle too.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

Two mouths of rice for the day came from the sushi. I can survive without rice for days, but when I saw the rice, I thought I will still have a bite! They serve the sushi in half portions! What an excellent idea!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

They had live stations with someone making crepes and waffles as you order it.
Who can resist not ordering waffles?

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

I always pick the chocolates here. The one with the SR initials is the 64 Manjari Chocolate Ganache and is one of my favourite. White Chocolate with Sicilian Pistachio is nice too!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

This made me laugh. I was thinking of having Chai Tow Kueh (Asian Carrot Cake) in the morning, but got to eat this Carrot Cake instead.

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

I took one of this because it's pretty. Yes, admit it, there are things you pick to eat because it's beautiful and you know people will be tempted on Instagram! LOL!!!

Afternoon Tea, St Regis Singapore

This last photo because I love ice cream / gelato and I can help myself to as many scoops of it.
The Yuzu sorbet is really really good. Help yourself to 2 scoops or more if you like it!

Something happened when we were asked for the bill. Something that was common when we were growing up, but seldom nowadays. Remember the old times that our parents used to foot the bills of their friends if they happen to dine at the same place. It happened to us. The wait staff said: "Sir, Mr S has foot the bill for you." So 'pai seh', but thank you!

The afternoon tea here is priced at $48++ per person Sundays to Fridays.
On Saturdays, there's a Tea Dance and it's $58++.

Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs
St Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Singapore 247911

Tel: +65 6506 6888

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