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!

 

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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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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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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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Recipe: Ginataang Laing

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Ginataang Laing

Ginataang laing is made usually from taro leaves cooked in coconut milk. “Ginataan” means cooked with coconut milk. Taro in Tagalog/Filipino is gabi leaves. But we can also use sweet potato leaves as another variant.

Ingredients:

2 tbsp cooking oil

1 tbsp garlic, minced

1 med. sized onion, minced

ginger, minced

½ kilo sliced pork loin (You may also use Spanish sardines)

1 kilo dried gabi (or fresh sweet potato leaves)

4-5 cups coconut milk

shrimp paste (bagoong)

salt to taste

3-4 pcs siling labuyo (red chili pepper)

Instructions:

  1. In a casserole, cook meat.
  2. Sauté garlic, ginger and onions together with the meat.
  3. Add the gabi leaves.
  4. Pour in the coconut milk (gata). Bring to a boil then simmer  for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the red chili pepper, shrimp paste and salt. Simmer for another 10 minutes.

This is best served with fried fish like galunggong, tilapia or tulingan. Enjoy!

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Product Review: Nivea Soft Moisturizing Cream

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Most of you may be unaware that I am currently under medication. And the effects of this medication includes severe dryness to the extent of scaling of skin in some areas. Honestly, my skin condition frustrates me a LOT but I still have to program my mind not to think about it too much because stress prolongs my sickness and worsens my skin condition.

A few months ago, this skin dryness is only present on my body, arms and legs, but now my face has started to experience scaling due to severe dryness. I can’t help but to worry especially that I am a working mom that I have my routine of going out for work and be exposed to people. I keep on researching on what I could do about this condition and the last one I’ve read is to put on moisturizers to prevent my skin from drying. Honestly, I used to hate moisturizers and think it’s only for “old” people. (Or am I really old now? Haha!) But I think right now, this is what I REALLY need.

I went to a drugstore in the mall earlier and looked for a moisturizer that I could use on face at an affordable price but a trusted brand for years. I found Nivea Refreshingly Soft Moisturizing Cream (Face, Body and Hands). I picked a bigger container, 200ml, which costs around Php200+ (Sorry, I have short term memory loss! Haha!). In addition, the label also shows it has Jojoba oil and Vitamin E. (I’m not yet familiar with the benefits of Jojoba oil, but I’ll definitely search for it later.) It has a screw-type cap container and sealed with foil inside (Make sure it’s not tampered and check it before buying).

Ingredients:

Aqua, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum, Myristyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Stearic Acid, Myristyl Myristate, Cera Microcristallina, Glyceryl Stearate, Hydrogenated Coco-Glycerides, Simmomdsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lanolin Alcohol (Eucerit), Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Dimethicone, Sodium Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum

So, if you are allergic to any of these ingredients, DO NOT BUY/USE. But if you are not familiar to which ingredient you are allergic with, try applying in a small part and observe.

The first striking feature of this moisturizing cream is being light textured. It’s not thick and not watery. It’s just on a right consistency. It doesn’t leave too much scent behind. I mean, it smells good but not over powering.

I tried applying it on my face generously, allowed my skin to absorb it and let it dry for a few minutes. It feels very light on skin without the sticky feeling. For the first try, I can say that this definitely helps on the dry patches on my face from my medication. It’s really good for moisturizing dry spots and it’s definitely soft when applied on rough patches on your skin.

That’s all for now, I’ll get back to you on the following weeks for the progress with this moisturizer. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday! Continue reading

Jolly Kiddie Meal’s GULP N’ GO TUMBLER

Hello Jollibee meal fellas!

 

Back-to-school promo isn’t done yet with our favorite Jolly Kiddie Meal! Instead of toy freebies, they are giving away lunch pack items for our kiddos:

 

  • Gulp N’ Go Tumbler
  • Bite Buddies Utensils
  • Lunch-A-Bowl

 

Among these, I have a personal favorite for my kids… It’s the:

 

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You can get this freebie from Jolly Kiddie Meal’s Chicken-Rice combo for only Php 122! I prefer this best because kids can bring and use it anywhere we go (shopping, play dates, etc.). Plus, it has a no spill rubber inside the lid. Take a look:

 

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Not only that, the whole gang is complete in one tumbler!

 

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It’s really easy to use:

  1. Turn the cap in a counterclockwise manner to open.
  2. Pour water or your favorite drink into the bottle then close, and you’re ready to go!

 

Please note that it is NOT advisable to put hot liquid because it’s not a glassware. But DO NOT put in the freezer as well.

 

And because I have two kids, buying two items is always a BIG consideration. So, it’s been two consecutive lunches at the office that my meal is a Jolly Kiddie Meal. I bought one for my eldest yesterday and one for my youngest son today.

 

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I can’t wait to show them my “pasalubong” so I sent the photos via Messenger. My simple happiness is seeing their happy faces. Sooooo lovely!

 

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Haven’t had lunch yet? You may want to consider having Jolly Kiddie Meal for lunch. Then give the freebies to your kids and wait till you see their happy faces. 🙂

 

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BubbleMan: An Eco-Friendly Dishwashing Liquid

I keep endorsing BubbleMan because I really LOVE this particular dishwashing liquid!

I have always used this brand (since I’ve known BubbleMan dishwashing liquid), it’s formulated to be eco-friendly and never did I become disappointed with the way it cleans our dishes and my son’s toys.

I have allergic reactions to most of laundry aids and BubbleMan came as my solution. And as I always say, I SUPERRR LOVE the way it SQUEAKY cleans everything!

This is like a MAGIC IN A BOTTLE! It has a fantastic formula that helps you clean your dishes EFFORTLESS. This product doesn’t leave streaks unlike the dishwashing paste I used before. It dissolves grease perfectly! It has a GREAT sustainable action of grease removal and really perfect even if you’re in a hurry because you can rinse it off easily.

Know more about BubbleMan dishwashing liquid on my blog… Continue reading

Mobile Game Review: Bakery Story

I could say I’m an “addict” of mobile games, but I SUPER HATE game requests and notifications on Facebook. They are annoying. They fill up most of my notifications that I find a hard time browsing the important ones. And I hate it when there are new game requests from my Facebook friends that I need to restrict or block again so as it won’t be included in my notification feed.

 

Hey, friends, we do not have the same tastes on mobile games and apps. I don’t want to be rude or something but I can browse and install any game I would like to play. You can suggest a good game but please DO NOT FLOOD my notif feed requesting to play with you on a particular game/s OVER and OVER!

 

Okay, this shouldn’t actually be a rant, rather, I would like to share would you one good mobile game that I’ve been playing for the past 2-3 months. It’s called BAKERY STORY.

 

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This ONLY an online game. Meaning, you cannot play without an internet connection. The TOP thing I like about this game is that you can have online friends who can play with you and help you accomplish your goals without asking or requesting to gain friends from Facebook.

 

As seen from the title, this is a baking game in which you design your own restaurant or café and bake food, brew drinks,  etc.

 

And as mentioned, you can add friends online through the game itself who obviously like, play and have interest in this game, too. They are also real people playing the game from different parts of the world whom you can chat or interact with through wall posts. You and your friends can accomplish the goals of the game by requesting parts (like materials in building an oven) and sharing in-game gifts. You get a summary of these notifications every time you log in to the game.

 

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It’s up to you if you’ll either accept or decline the requests. Of course, I usually do accept so that my requests would also be reciprocated. It’s a give and take thing.

 

On the baking side, you get to enjoy various baked goodies and drinks as well as earn awards and get promoted. Some little accomplishments that keeps you going in the game…and crave for MORE. 😃

 

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The only “hard” thing about this game is earning much money for expansion. (Option: install other Storm8 games to earn gems to be used for the expansion.) But for me, it’s tolerable because that is what keeps you going on playing this game, right? Otherwise, if you can instantly get all you need for expansion and all, you can finish the game in no time and what’s next? Uninstall right away? Or give comments and feedbacks that the game is so easy to finish and that there are no more expansion updates or whatsoever? Think.

 

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It’s a user-friendly, easy to play and understand game. It’s a healthy escape from your daily routines. I could say, it is both entertaining and challenging. It can be played by kids and grown ups…uhmm..like me. Haha!

 

My only suggestion for now… I hope you can choose in which counter you would like to put your baked goodies especially if you have different designs of counters. Like dimsums for dimsum counters, or wherever you would freely like to put them. Other than this, I’m perfectly fine with the game. I will not delete it…so far. Haha!

 

If you are encouraged by my post, feel free to try it too. 😊 HAPPY PLAYING!

 

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