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The Best of Singapore (Part 2 of 3)

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After roaming around Singapore’s rich natural reserve, it’s the city sights that we wandered the next days. First off is the now famous Singapore Flyer. With the construction of the flyer, the country has a new towering landmark next to Merlion. It is currently considered the largest observation wheel in the world; even larger than London Eye. It has a total of 28 air-conditioned capsules that serve as the observation decks. As soon as you get into the capsule, you will be taken into a half an hour tour of the city and its fascinating history. A free radio will be given to the guest and you just have to follow the voice prompt for the narration. No city cab driver is needed to know the bits and pieces of the country. It’s a no-sweat kind of sight-see, truly enjoyable.

As the flyer slowly ascends, you will be entertained by a panoramic view of the entire city and the popular uniquely Singapore milestones such as:





Merlion

Esplanade


Marina Bay


National Stadium

Soon to rise - Casino Park


The inc…

The Best of Singapore (Part 1 of 3)

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We're back from our recent trip to Singapore. I must say that much has changed and progressed in the Lion City since the last time I visited there. To a great deal of delight, the country has a lot of new things to offer. The Singapore Flyerfor instance and the Hop on Hop Off - Duck Tours were another must try experiences. What with the opening of the Universal Studios by January 2010? Indeed, Singapore never ceases to amaze its locals and tourists alike. The country definitely has always something new. That's why undoubtedly; no country is too small to dream big. I've seen this realized from everywhere I've looked in Singapore. But before we can have a taste of any of their new offerings, we feasted on what's available at the moment. So for this photo essay of our Singapore Trip, I tried to capture those that we considered are must haves and a pleasure to do.

The first in our list is the Jurong Bird Park. It’s a large habitat for a varied population of aviary. I…

Singapore Visit

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We're currently vacationing in Singapore. The past 2 days were spent roaming around popular destinations such as Jurong Bird Park,Zoological Garden and Singapore Flyer. The weather is a bit exhausting here. It's hot and humid in the morning then light to heavy rains pour in the afternoon. Hence, it makes it more difficult to sight see especially when you have kids around. Nonetheless, we have to maximize our stay and appreciate the city since it'll soon be the "new home" for us. Here are some photos we can share for now. I'll make the complete post about this trip when we get back. Ciao... (off to Orchard Road).








Starbucks 2010 Planner

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It's a wish granted! After completing 17 coffee stickers, I finally got my Starbucks 2010 Planner. Well, I don't really intend to grab one this year for the reason that the planner 's edition loses its appeal year on year. I believe that the first 2 planners that came out when Starbucks started this annual promo were still the best. Both in look and in functionality. This year, I was encouraged to get one simply because my friend who's working in Starbucks told me that it's only in the Philippines that Starbucks is running such kind of promotion. That means, I can't have something like this in Singapore. When I flipped through the pages of what's inside the much coveted and famous coffee planner, I can't help but wish for more stuffs to be included in the pages. It's really just a plain planner that one can expect. I wish there are some note pages as well. The quality of the paper is nice though.

Luggage Hunting for the KIDS

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Countdown to Singapore

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The beautiful garden landscape in Changi Airport
Our countdown to Singapore had finally started. It’s exactly 46 days to go before we move in to Singapore and we’ve already started our planning a couple of weeks ago. Legal papers are in the works and preparations for the December visit have likewise commenced. Before we finally settle on January, we decided to have a short visit of the country to have a glimpse of what the Lion City has to offer for us. Air tickets and hotel reservations have been purchased and made respectively. For this trip, my preference still went to Singapore Airlines (SIA) for a couple of reasons - more spacious aircraft, more comfortable ambiance, better service and good food. Also, the price is not significantly higher compared to other carriers (PAL). For the hotel, I opted for Traders Hotel further down Orchard Road. It’s relatively far from the most busy part of the bustling Orchard Road so we can still enjoy some peace anytime we want but still accessible …

Beef Linguine - Presto Pasta Night 138

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I noticed that my home page has been well graced by pasta/noodle dishes these past few days. Despite that, I am adding another one today. Certainly because it's Presto Pasta Night (PPN) again! This recipe I'm sharing with PPN is a spin-off recipe of my favorite meat shop - Monterey'sRoast Beef Pasta which they featured in their latest "Beef Up Your Meals - Mini Magazine". They usually have this mini magazine in their store which shoppers can get for free. Everytime I do my shopping in the branch nearest to our place, I always look forward for new copies of the magazine. For time-strapped moms like me, it's a delight to have cooking kits like this which can make your weekly menu planning stress-free. It gives me quick ideas and inspirations to stir up in my own kitchen. This is exactly what happened with this Pasta Recipe. I modified it according to what my pantry has to offer. Gladly, the taste did not disappoint.

What you need: 250g linguine cooked accordi…

Our Taste of Life in Singapore

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It seemed like it was only yesterday that we were unpacking and loading new things to a new place, in a new home. Back in 2008 we decided to move in to a new location for the kids to have bigger roaming space and cleaner ambiance. I even made a post about our new-found home here. Lo and behold! Surprise of all the surprises, it never did occur to me that we will be passing through the same experience again at the same time of the year. Only, 2009 speaks of much height. We are moving to a new country!

I’ve been in deep thoughts these past few days and weeks. I’ve been trying so hard to discern the decision that we have just made. It’s going to be life changing for sure. But there’s no doubt in my mind and in my heart that it’s where I would like us to be. So in January 2010 we are definitely moving LAH!

For the second time around, we will be welcoming the New Year in a new place. There are just too many to prepare and arrange - house hunting, school search, culture to learn, rules to kno…

Pancit Canton - Bihon : Presto Pasta Night 137

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Classic Pancits we normally find in the Filipino's dining table include Pancit Canton, Pancit Bihon, Pancit Palabok, Pancit Malabon, Pancit Molo, Pancit Luglog and Pancit Sotanghon. Fusions of these types have likewise emerged such that we have the likes of Pancit Miki-Bihon and Bam-I. Our typical Pinoy pancit is usually referred to the dry, stir-fried noodles. It's always a delight to be serving pancit especially for those days where you feel the longing for a playful nibble. I personally like the smooth texture of the noodles sliding into the palate. It brings back childhood memories of joyfully eating noodles. Inspired to pass on the experience with the two kids, I prepared Pancit Canton - Bihon for an afternoon merienda (snack).

This version of mine is a mix of different sensory attributes delivered by the squid ball, pork and chorizo (pork sausage). The interplay of these savory notes leave a delightful taste experience in the palate together with the subtle flavor of the …

Creamy Tuna Linguine with Olives

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If there's one thing I'm truly looking forward doing on weekends, it's preparing breakfast for the family. I'm longing for our customary pasta morning treat! Because the kids are pasta lovers, it used to be everyday but since I started working quite far from home, our pasta days were limited. Last Saturday, I made sure that our dining table was once again graced by a new pasta recipe. It's my daughter (who's a big fan of white sauced pasta), who ruled on this particular day. We heartily digged into this "Creamy Tuna Linguine with Olives".

The pasta was topped with green olives to break the satiation factor of the creamy, rich sauce. Since it's blended with seafood, it still felt light in the tummy even if it's cream based.

What you need: 250 g linguine (cooked according to package directions), 225 ml all purpose cream, 1 tsp all purpose flour dissolved in 1/2 cup pasta water reserve, 2 cans tuna in brine or water, 1 small can cut mushrooms, 1 …