SATS Premier Lounge

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I have to catch a flight at 9.20am and left home very early to avoid the jam to the airport. I would have grab a quick breakfast if not for a complimentary access to the lounge, blessing from the DBS Altitude card. This card came with a priority pass with two complimentary access to many lounges all over the world (see here). In fact, there are quite a few travel friendly credit cards that provide lounge access as well (see here). However, as far as I’m concern, I still prefer the Altitude over the rest because its annual fee can be waived if a minimum amount is charged to the card per year. At 25,000, it is quite doable if all the combined family expenses are charged to it. So the travel benefits and air miles really comes with no additional cost.

Anyway, here’s what I enjoyed for free.

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Lunch at The Line

I heard several good recommendations about The Line Restaurant at Shangri-La Hotel but never had a chance to try it till today.

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First the seafood and cold dishes

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Next, the meat.

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The Indian section, my favorite.

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Then the Laska

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Finally, the desserts

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Overall experience, food is food, spread is great but come at a cost.

Lunch at Indochine, Gardens by the Bay

With kids in school, my wife and I found time to have an early valentine’s day lunch at Indochine, Gardens by the Bay. There’s a minimum spending of $80 per pax but I wonder how the restaurant will enforce this.

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Lemongrass cream of mushroom

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Tom yam lobster broth with asian herbs

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Roasted lemongrass french corn-fed chicken

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Steamed lemongrass cod & tiger prawn

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Garden salad

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Tropical fruit platter

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French raspberry cheese cake

Lunch at PeraMakan

There are always many excuses to have a good lunch. Today, we went to the PeraMakan at Keppel Club to celebrate a successful project closure.

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Beef Rendang

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Nonya Pork Ribs

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Nyonya Chap Chye

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Ikan Garam Assam- Fillets of red snapper in spicy Garam Assam gravy, served with ladyfingers & brinjals.

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Otak otak Makanan Laut- Unique to PeraMakan, fish, squids & prawns in a rich spicy paste, grilled on a kunyit (turmeric) leaf.

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Itek Tim- Salted Chinese mustard stewed with pork trotters and duck in a rich broth.

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Bakwan Kepiting- Minced pork balls filled with bamboo shoots and crab meat in rich pork & chicken broth.

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Durian Chendol

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Bubor Cha Cha

Christmas dinner @ Azur, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport

This is my second time at Azur but the first time for Christmas dinner. But most surprising is seeing the sashimi and a quick check with NEA website provides the assurances.

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Usual seafood selection

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Meat selection

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Salad station, my favorite.

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Noodle station

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Simple carbo

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and Christmas special pastries

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And fruits

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The food is nice but the selection is quite limited for the price.

Lunch at Sabio by the Sea

This is my first trip to Sentosa Cove. I had long heard about the restaurants and wanted to explore them. Finally, found time to sample one with my wife.

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Interesting layout and decorations

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There’s many drinks, mainly wine which not quite what we can take. So we just settle for simple ones. Next up, the hot tapas.

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Calamares a la Plancha- Pan-fried calamari

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Champinones al Ajillo- Garlic mushrooms

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Verduras a la Parrila con Aceite de Oliva- Mixed grilled vegetables with extra virgin olive oil

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Gambas- Grilled red leg prawns served with miso mayonnaise

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Atun a la Parrilla- Grilled tuna steak served with chachouka

After the lunch, we had a nice stroll back to the car park.

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The food is nice, just too little calories for me… as usual.

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