How to go to Universal Studios from Le Meridien Hotel Sentosa

 

This is a photo blog of the landmarks that you need to remember if you are going to Universal Studios Singapore from Le Meridien Hotel Sentosa.

 

You can ride an express train or take a little time to walk. I suggest you do the second option and enjoy the beautiful scenery. It’s only about 5-10 minutes walk.

 

Let’s go!

 

This is our hotel room. #404

This is our hotel room. #404

 

Since the rooms here are expensive with a security deposit of $100 SGD per night, we had a twin-sharing of hotel room. The front view of our room is facing the big Merlion statue, while the back is a construction site. We decided to let the window blinds down the entire stay because we don’t like some construction men as audience from our room. Haha!

 

The twin-sharing room is not so big enough for two people. It has two beds that are placed very close to each other. The room is not sound-proof. I wouldn’t suggest it as a place for honeymoon (*wink*). However, I would commend the bathroom area, it is very spacious with big bath tub, a separate shower cubicle and toilet. I hope there’s a soft chair/furniture inside if you have to spend sometime doing your make-ups or skin rituals. And ooops, the toiletries are not enough for two people considering it’s a twin-sharing room. So, you still have to call to request for additional body wash, shampoos, etc. 🙂

 

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This is the facade of the hotel. I wasn’t able to take a photo of the next steps above but it’s beautiful. The steps are covered with a bed of bermuda grass replica. A good spot to have photo shoots.

 

From here, cross the street and you’ll get to the Sentosa express station. Straight ahead and you’ll see the SENTOSA letter statue with the huge Merlion at the background. This is the Merlion Plaza.

 

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If you walk a few more steps from here, you’ll see a ticketing office. We stopped here for a while to claim the tickets for our company’s team building to Sentosa island.

 

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Afterwards, go to your right and go down the escalator to the festive walk.

 

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The climate here is hot, just like here in the Philippines. So, I suggest you just wear sleeveless, walking shorts or any light clothing.

 

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And we are half-way there! One more escalator going down and we’re already at Resorts World Sentosa – Lake of Dreams…

 

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Here’s a very, very short video to let you see how beautiful it is. I am so amazed how clean this place is. Although there are so many tourists here, everyone abides the law not to litter.

 

 

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A few more steps and we’re finally at Universal Studios Sentosa, Singapore!

 

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That easy! But if you don’t want to start your day walking, you always have a choice to ride the express train. 🙂

 

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Recipe: Deep Fried Calamares

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Deep Fried Calamari

The word calamari was borrowed into English from 17th-century Italian, where it functioned as the plural of “calamaro” or “calamaio.” The Italian word, in turn, comes from the Medieval Latin noun calamarium, meaning “ink pot or “pen case,” and can be ultimately traced back to Latin calamus,meaning “reed pen.” [Merriam-Webster]

Last Saturday, we celebrated (in advance) my sister’s boyfriend’s birthday (supposedly November 2). It was just a simple dinner at home. We cooked chopsuey and calamares. And then they bought chocolate cake roll. That simple but surely memorable as we consider him as family.

Today, I’ll share with you the deep fried calamares recipe. It’s easy to prepare and quick to cook. Do not prolong cooking as we want the calamari to be soft when eaten.

Ingredients:

squid rings, cleaned (We bought the pre-cut frozen squid rings from the grocery store due to lack of time but definitely the fresh ones would be the best.)

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tbsp garlic powder (I made it 3 because I love this flavoring.)

1 tbsp lemon or calamansi juice

2 large eggs

½ tsp salt

½ tsp ground black pepper

2 cups bread crumbs

cooking oil for deep frying

Procedure:

  1. In a bowl, combine squid rings, garlic powder, salt  and ground black pepper. Marinate for 10 minutes. (A variation for this is milk.)
  2. Start heating the cooking oil.
  3. Coat the individual rings with all-purpose flour and then dip it one at a time in the beaten eggs.
  4. Dredge it with bread crumbs, put on a plate and set aside. Prepare enough batch for deep frying.
  5. When the oil is hot enough, drop individual squid rings for 1 minute on each side.
  6. Remove the fried squid  and transfer in a plate lined with paper towels.

This dish is best served with a tartar sauce. If it’s not available, you can use mayo and ketchup mixture too.

Let me know when you’ve tried it and share the experience with us. 🙂

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Top 5 Extremely Cool Kitchen Toys

Cooking is always fun. It releases stress and brings out the creativity in you. But even though cooking is enjoyable, it would still be better to have some cool and unique kitchen tools or as most call it, KITCHEN TOYS!

 

Here’s the top 5 cool kitchen toys on my wish list:

 

#1 – Butter Cutter

 

Hassle-free, perfect cut of butter! A great tool to start your day.

 

#2 – Burger Grilling Basket

I like this burger grilling basket because it has compartments for each burger patties. There’s no need to flip each burger patties one at a time. How cool is that?

 

#3 – Bread Slicer

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Most of us are struggling in cutting the bread in halves perfectly. I think this cool kitchen gadget is a great tool that resolves this problem. This slicer guide helps the bread to become more stable, thus cutting it in the center makes everything easy.  Plus it’s safer because you won’t need to worry in cutting your palm.

 

#4 – Herbs Slicer

 

This tool makes cutting of herbs easier and faster. This is for the win instead of chopping your herbs with a knife or using an ordinary scissors.

 

#5 – Jalapeño Corer

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This kitchen tool is designed to remove the core of Jalapeño/pepper efficiently.  With this, you’ll be much ready to make ‘dynamite’ food for your friends and family.

 

There’s a LOT of innovative kitchen tools I found on web but for now, these are my top 5. I hope I could receive one of these this coming Christmas. Will you be generous enough? Hahaha!

 

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Recipe: Suman Cassava

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Suman Cassava

Suman is a rice cake originating from the Philippines. It is made from glutinous rice cooked in coconut milk, often wrapped in banana leaves or buli or buri palm (Corypha) leaves for steaming. It is usually eaten sprinkled with sugar or laden with latik.

But this time, I’ll share with you another variant of suman which is made from cassava (balinghoy/kamoteng kahoy). I’m sure you’ll like it as much as I do.

Ingredients:

3 cups cassava, grated

¾ cup brown sugar

¼ cup thick coconut milk or coconut cream

1 cup young coconut (buko), shredded (optional)

banana leaves for wrapping, wilted

Procedure:

  1. Simply mix the ingredients altogether until well-combined.
  2. Scoop ¼ cup  of the mixture and wrap in banana leaves tightly.
  3. Fold or roll to enclose the mixture.
  4. Steam for 45 minutes to 1 hour (or until done).
  5. Remove from steamer and cool down before serving.

This can be eaten during breakfast or merienda (with pansit habhab). Yum! 🙂

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Pre-Christmas Giveaway 2016~

Heyaaa! It’s time to give back to my dearest readers! Are you excited? 🙂
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I’m giving away a BLACK ZIP HOODIE! It’s easy to join. Here’s the mechanics:

  1. Follow me on Instagram: Http://Instagram.com/shari_jansen
  2. Like and repost the below photo on Instagram and tag 3 of your friends with the hashtags #FlipWebToday #FWTChristmasGiveaway
  3. Fingers crossed! A single winner will be randomly picked on November 26, 2016 to receive this BLACK ZIP HOODIE!
  4. To those who joined, kindly comment your name below, IG name and your location. Thanks!

Winner will be posted on my Facebook account, http://www.facebook.com/FlipWebToday. Please note that this giveaway is open to Philippine residents ONLY. Goodluck! 🙂

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Recipe: Sauteed Ground Pork

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Pork Giniling Recipe

Sauteed pork giniling is  my sister’s ultimate favorite food. She can eat tons of rice servings with this viand. I’ll be sharing with you how easy to cook this and how cheap the ingredients are.

Ingredients:

1 pound ground pork (beef is also good)

1 big potato, diced

1 big carrot, diced

1 small red bell pepper, either diced or julienned

3-4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 onion, minced

1 tomato, diced

salt and pepper to taste

cooking oil

1 ½ cup water

Procedure:

  1. Sauté garlic, onion and tomato.
  2. Add ground pork and sauté until it turns brown.
  3. Add carrots, sauté for 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add potatoes, sauté for another 3-5 minutes.
  5. Season with salt and pepper (You may also use “Magic Sarap” if you have.).
  6. Add red bell pepper, sauté well.
  7. Pour in water and bring to a boil until the veggies are cooked.

That’s it! Why don’t you try it this lunch for your family? 🙂

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North Park’s Fried Noodles

Last month (while storm signal #2 is up in Metro Manila), my mom “forced” (Yes, forced. Haha!) us to go to Market Market BGC to go SHOPPING. How cool is that (or crazy?)?! Haha! She really loves shopping, rain or shine, nobody can stop her. LOL! 🙂

 

After battling with the storm going to the mall which is an hour and half away from our home, we finally arrived and as a “bribe” my sister and I got the chance to choose which restaurant we would go for lunch. (Simple joys, food!) So, we picked to eat at North Park restaurant.

 

 

What did we order? We had broccoli in oyster sauce, Yang Chow fried rice, Lechon Macau and of course their very famous Yee Mien fried noodles! All of the dishes we ordered are very palatable but this fried noodles is the “star” of our lunch. 🙂

 

Yee Mien (or Yi Mien / Yee-fu) is a variety of flat Cantonese egg noodles made from wheat flour.  They are known for their golden yellow color and chewy characteristics. The slightly chewy and slightly spongy texture of the noodles is due to the soda water used in making the dough (as opposed to regular non-carbonated water), which was then fried and dried into flat patty-like dried bricks. [Wikipedia]

 

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Fried noodles… 😚

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Since I am not a cook, and my tongue and palate are not good enough, I am not able to distinguish the ingredients behind the flavorful sauce of this fried noodles but it is INDEED very Y U M M Y!

 

 

For only 178 pesos ($3.68) , this Yee Mien fried noodles can be shared by 4-5 persons. Very cheap for an amazing dish! You should try it, too!

 

I’ll try my best to replicate this with my own version and will share with you the recipe soon! I hope it’ll get atleast closer to how it really taste. (Crossing my fingers!)  ‘Til my next food trip, bye!

 

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