Dazzling Cafe, Singapore

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This cafe’s soft opening on 18th April started with a long queue. I’m not sure about the first day but now they have a queue ticket system. A few days later, my friends and I thought the queue will continue but we were lucky we manage to get to a table on a Monday evening. (Note: For soft opening, they will be open at 11am – 8pm from18 April – 6 June).

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Most of the shops around this cafe are yet to open. So currently there is less light from the building but if you take the seats inside, it’s better.

Their signature design that would capture many photo takers is the rabbit ear chairs. Not all tables have that chair but you get it, you’re lucky. Otherwise like us, unfortunately not so lucky. Sorry no photo.

I knew about this cafe when I visited the shop in Taipei. Their main dishes are the desserts. So let’s start with them.

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Matcha with Azuki Beans Honey Toast (S$19.90)

One of their top dessert (from Taiwan’s top list) is Honey Toast. You get to choose how your toast would be made; soft, regular or crispy. We chose crispy. The crispy toast is served on green tea purée topped with green tea ice cream and Azuki beans covered with a layer of cream and green tea drizzle while finished with a green tea macaron, green tea almond crisps and a few cranberries. Yes, you can see that I have repeated “green tea” multiple times. You will need to really love green tea to enjoy this dessert because its matcha taste is very strong. For me, I am overwhelmed by it. As for the toast, recommended to eat it while freshly made. It will gradually lose its crisp to the ice cream and air. What I like of this dessert is although it’s covered by a layer of cream, the cream does not leave an oily after taste.

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Valrhona Chocolate Waffle (S$12.90), additional Mochi topping (S$2.00) and Bailey’s or Chocolate ice cream (S$2.50)

I look forward to trying this waffle since I missed my chance when I was in Taipei. Flower waffle sandwiched with mochi, topped with cream, chocolate chips, Valrhona chocolate drizzle and Bailey’s ice cream. Accompanying at the side with maple syrup. Valrhona is a premium French chocolate brand, if you’re wondering what it is. It’s enjoying to munch with chewy mochi and Bailey’s ice cream. Its chocolate is not sweet if you have sweet tooth but I liked it. What I least expected but I don’t know if it’s meant to be that way is the waffle is not crispy and aromatic enough on its own. So I suggest that you should eat all ingredients together and it’s still an enjoyable dessert.

Okay, let’s come back to some of their appetizer and main dishes. It’s nothing too fancy but it serves rather good ingredients.

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Mentaiko Spaghetti in Cream Sauce (S$18.90) – chef’s recommendation

It’s a simple dish of spaghetti with cod roe in white wine cream sauce topped with dried seaweed flakes. Although it does not have a lot of ingredients but it’s appetizing because of the cod roe’s crunch and cream sauce’s saltiness.

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Buffalo Wings (S$15.90)

Mmm… Spicy spiced wings. For my poor tolerance level for spiciness, it’s a little spicy but it’s pungent taste could satisfy my taste bud. It’s a try for me.

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Truffle Mushroom Risotto with Freshly Shaved Truffle (S$24.90)

The only risotto on the menu but its name was quite attractive to lure us to try. As describe in the menu, mixed wild mushrooms, red onions, garlic, simmered in white wine reduction topped with fresh black truffle shavings, Parmesan cheese and truffle oil. Fragrantly cooked with pungent truffle and onion taste at every mouth.

Go for a try! or if you’re in Taipei, try it there too! ^_^

Overall rating : 6/10

Location:

Capitol Piazza
15, Stamford Road
#01-85, Galleria,
Singapore

Tel: +65 6384 3310

Operating hours (after official opening):
Monday – Thursday 11.00am – 12.00am
Friday – Saturday 11.00am – 3.00am
Sunday 11.00am – 12.00am

Places to visit in Kuching, Sarawak

The Kuching town is small enough to walk around in less than a day to 2 depending on how much you want to see. Here are some places we went around the town that took us about half a day.

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  • Cat Statue

You cannot miss taking pictures with cat statues in Kuching. Kuching or Kucing means cat in Malay. They can be located at a few inter-junctions but the main one is located in front of the Grand Magherita Hotel.

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  • Chinatown at Carpenter Street

Chinatown, one of the oldest streets in Kuching, welcomes you with an arch facing Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg. This street continuously connects to Jalan Ewe Hai where you many Chinese owned shops, such as shops that sells furniture, jewelries, pawn shop, café and restaurants. The funny thing to me is that if you see a shop selling jewelries, you will see a few more nearby. How competitive.

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  • Tua Pek Kong Temple

Siew San Teng Temple, more famously known as Tua Pek Kong Temple, built in 1770 which survived Japanese invasion time in 1941. It is easily spotted at the inter-junction of Jalan Main Bazaar, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman, and Leboh Temple.

If you wish you make light offering or offer incense, walk through the doorway beside the altar to the back to purchase. Also, inside the temple area, there is an old water well that is now beautifully protected.

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  • Main Bazaar

At the Main Bazaar, you can see many souvenir shops. Sarawak being one of the place that produce birds’ nest and pepper, you can also see many shops along this road selling them as well. The other famous item at this street is the Kuih Lapis (layered cake). The original layered cake is brown in colour but here, they sell them in many different colours, decorations and tastes. You are allowed to try them before buying.

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  • Waterfront

Opposite Main Bazaar shops is the waterfront where there lies a long walkway gives you a chance to stroll by the Santubong River. It’s quite in the morning and a few fruit stalls opens from afternoon. It is the most lively at night when colourful lights light up, restaurants open, and street musicians play. There are also river cruise that give you a short tour to sightsee from the river.

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  • Square Tower

Physically matches its name, was initially a detention camp built for prisoners but was then converted a fortress and then a dance hall. At the time we were there, it is not open for public.

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  • Old Courthouse

At the end of Jalan Main Bazaar, after Jalan Tun Abang Haji Openg, sits on old courthouse that was built in 1874. It now houses the tourist information centre, café, and museum.

In front of the clock tower at the old courthouse, you can view in line the Charles Brookes monument, Square Tower and the New Sarawak State Legislative Assembly Building.

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  • Sarawak Textile Museum

This building being named The Pavilion was previously a General Hospital up to 1947. Now, this two-story building tells the story of textile production in Sarawak with exhibits of old decorative cloths and clothes made using many different types of textile and metal strips. They also show the traditional clothes of different ethnics in Sarawak.

 Operating hours: Monday – Friday 9.00am – 4.45pm; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10.00am to 4.00pm

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  • General Post Office

Being built in 1931 with Corinthian styled columns is now a post office. Its grand outlook stands out to attract from afar with the expectation of it being a museum rather than a post office.

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  • Wall art by Ernest Zacharevic

Located at Jalan Power near the India Street, a group of wall-painted orang utans welcome you to pose with them. Another beautiful art by Ernest, other than those at Penang and Ipoh.

 

Some of the recommended places outside of Kuching town that we didn’t have time to go. It would take about 1 day each.

  1. Sarawak Cultural Village
  2. Bako National Park

There are many more places to visit. For more information, visit the tourist information centre at the Old courthouse or log on to the Sarawak Tourism website.

Mountek nGroove Grip (MT5000D) : Hands free mobile mount for CD slots

Nowadays many of us do not utilise the CD slots in our cars, instead we play music from our phone or USB drive. At the same time, we will wonder how we could mount our phone around the dashboard.

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I find this mobile mount from Mountek very useful to resolve your headache of finding a right place for your phone, at the meantime making use of your CD slots.

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You can purchase this item from forum.lowyat.net, lelong.my or from it’s website at www.mountekmalaysia.com at RM85 (online promo). The box come with the hands free mount, 2 device rest replacements and a brief guide. It’s easy to mount and use. What I love most is it’s mounted in front of my air-cond which can cool down my phone when I operate the GPS.

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Enjoy your freedom!

Gokey 1:32 Cyclone Magnum

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First time getting myself busy with a Cyclone Magnum from Gokey. Let’s see what’s in place for me and how it turns out.

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If you frequently fix models or have the interest to do it, I think investing in a cutter similar to this would be nice to have giving a nice clean cut of the pieces from the attachment. However, you will also need to becareful as it’s very sharp and may accidentally cut too much of the actual piece that you want.

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I was too excited to start immediately without taking a photo of the items that comes in the box. Most of the things you need, should be inside to enable me to get me this far to have a car base with tires.

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There is instructions on the inner side of the box cover. You will also need small philip screwdriver and 2 AA batteries.

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I found that there are some things in the instruction that are not in the box such as the attachment to the back of the car base (instruction 7); and O-ring with small wheel (instruction 8).

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What is left from the box which I’m not sure where to fix it are 2 round pieces and a small steel bar.

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One thing that had scratching my head is this piece. It’s a metal pieces to connect with the batteries. The instruction does not guide how it should be fixed. So if anyone have any idea. Please let me know. Thank you. Anyway, it’s a nice display, though. ^^

Cravings Restaurant, Bandar Mahkota Cheras

An addition to this area, a nice comfy restaurant to spend your lunch, dinner or tea breaks.

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It has Asian food, some tastes familiar to our cultures; Westerns when you have a mood for Americans or Italians; little leaf indicators for Vegetarian diners; and never forgetting our little ones’ appetite for kids meal.

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Wild Mushroom Baked Penne (RM14.90)

Without the little leaf indicator, I would still think that this dish can be suitable for Vegetarian. Although you see just simple ingredients of cheese, fresh button mushrooms, penne and a little garlic in this dish, I have grown to like it to finish it to the last bit because it doesn’t give you the heavy feel of too much cheese or cream. It’s a comeback for me.

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Mario M Burger (RM18.90)

Grilled Portobello mushrooms with caramelised onions and oyster mushrooms sandwiched by lettuce, tomato, and buttered toast burger bun spread with mushroom sauce on lower bun and mayonnaise on top bun. A meat free burger with full of juicy flavours, though a little salty for my taste. So, the bun helps to reduce the saltiness of the mushrooms and onions. A more than a mouthful big burger is served with fries.

Drinks – they do serve some nice looking drinks but so far I have been too full to order one because they provide a bottle of water free. Cakes and drinks would be on my list for the next visit!

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Currently, there’s offer of 20%-30% off on selected menu daily, except for Sundays, kids age 3-12 have kids meal for free for every RM20 spent (other terms and conditions applies).

Overall rating: 8/10

Location:
16, Ground Floor,
Jalan Temenggung 25/9,
Bandar Mahkota Cheras,
43200 Cheras.

Tel: +603 9011 8263

They have another outlet at Cheras.

Cravings Kitchen & Bistro
Tesco Extra Cheras
Ground Floor, Lot G33
No.2, Jalan Midah 2,
Taman Midah, 56000 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: +603 9131 3629