Lunch @ Hai Di Lao Hot Pot, 海底捞火锅

I always like steamboat or hotpot and I long heard of Hai Di Lao at 313 Somerset. Finally, I have a chance to try it today. Many people have told me that its always crowded and queues are long. But for lunch, its not that bad.

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The waiting area is huge and I can really imagine the crowd of hungry, waiting diners waiting for a seat.

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There’s even a play area for children! 

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But its lunch time… ^_^

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I gone ahead and help myself to the the dessert and sauces bar only to realise later I have to pay $4.

Anyway, here comes the soup…

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and the food…

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Live handmade noodles … also $4 for one long long strand of noodle.

And let’s get started!

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Overall the experience is good, the food is nice though a little on the expensive side.

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

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NDP 2015 Aerial Display

This is the first time 50 aircraft will take part in the aerial display at the National Day Parade to celebrate Singapore’s 50th Birthday. Naturally, I wouldn’t want to miss this great opportunity to photograph the majestic metal birds and there are many opportunities to do so, at each of the many rehearsals on Saturday.

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The planes’ flight path is actually from ‘behind’ the MBS towards the Padang where the main spectators will be. But with my children, the new financial centre is easier as its not so crowded. So here we are, waiting beside Custom House.. along with the rest of the eager crowd.

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And here come the planes and action!

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State Flag fly past by a CH-47 Chinook helicopter and two AH-64D Apache helicopters

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Salute-to-Nation by 20 F-16s to form a ’50’

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Another Salute-to-Nation by six F-16s Black Knights

And more aerial flypast.

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Two S-70B naval helicopters, two AS-332 Super Pumas, two AH-64D Apaches and two Chinooks in “Arrowhead” formation

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A C-130 transport aircraft and two Fokker 50 (FK-50) Maritime Patrol aircraft in “VIC” formation

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A KC-135 tanker aircraft, a G550-Airborne Early Warning (AEW) aircraft and four F-5 fighter aircraft flying in close formation

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4 Black Knights executing the “Criss Cross” manoeuvre with smoke trails and two Black Knights executing a near-vertical climb

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A solo F-15SG doing a combat turn and near-vertical climb with afterburners

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21-Gun Salute, as well as the aerial and naval displays. Look the crowd!

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

Orchids at Singapore Botantic Gardens

Thanks to all those who put in the hard work to get our Botanic Gardens into the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites!

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After savouring the Peking duck, I brought my parents to the Botanic Gardens because my mom love orchids and when she got to know of the event, Botanical Inspirations Orchids of Singapore Botanic Gardens & Their Heritage, she asked to see them and here we are!

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Doubt I knew how to appreciate orchids like my mom… and at least I love the variety and colours!

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

Lunch at the Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant

Quite a number of people had long recommended me to try out the Peking Duck at the Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck Restaurant and finally found the opportunity to bring my parents to give it a try.

The duck is brought out to be cut up beside the patrons’ table.

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And the duck slices were placed into a plate with a figurine duck head.

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It is best taken with some sweet dark sauce and wrapped up with cucumber and some poppiah skin.

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The main point of eating the Peking Duck is chrispy skin, not its meat… as these went into some noodles make the best of it.

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Besides the duck, we had other dishes too but only some greens look photogenic enough for this blog.

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The Peking Duck is great… but other dishes are way too greasy for our tastes.

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens

Walk around School of Art, Design and Media in NTU

I was told about the many unique architectures in NTU, so decided to go down and have a look, beginning with the School of Art, Design and Media in NTU.

On the way to the building

Staircase down to the building

Mirror image from the glass wall

A look from the grass roof, great cooling concept.

Taken with Olympus E-5 with zuiko 7-14 uwa and 8mm fisheye lens.

OCBC WaterFest @ the Sportshub

I’ve read about the OCBC WaterFest and its list of water events for children to try out. But when I went there with my young children, we didn’t make it very far beyond the wet bouncy castle.

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Before we could check out the various booths and activities, they spotted the wet play area.

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Though we didn’t explore much but at least they had real fun!

Taken with Sony Alpha a5100 with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens