Wednesday, October 1, 2014

So this is Scotland

Been away to Scotland for a holiday. Really beautiful places. Here are some teaser photos of some of the places we visited. Not your typical tourist places though. Anybody wanna guess where these places are?

Review of the places, the food and the country coming up in the next few blog posts here and here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Koh Grill and Sushi Bar

There this place at Wisma within the Food Republic food court that always have a super long queue. Every time I go there, I can't help but marvel at the queue outside Koh Grill and Sushi Bar. But I have no patience to queue up and I wished there was a way in without queuing. Unfortunately they do not accept reservation. Or so I thought. But it turns out a friend has a connection and so one evening we hitched a ride on her connection and finally got to experience the magic of Koh Grill.

Koh Grill is a typical Japanese food outlet. Its label its menu with "Shiok" for those food that is it house speciality but of course everybody in the knows come for its maki or more precisely, the Shiok Maki of which they have several variations.

Are they really that good? Let just say I can go back and eat this many time over and over again without getting sick of it. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Singapore Garden Festival 2014

I have been going to the Singapore Garden Festival for the past few years. Usually it is held indoor at Suntec City but this year they decided to have it at Garden by the Bay South which was pretty cool or so I thought.

I first went on a Tuesday with a group. It rained early in the afternoon but by they time we got there, the rain had stopped and the sun was out. Which was the first problem. It was hot. Freaking hot especially with the crowd. So we avoided the outdoor exhibits which was a pity. To ensure that the plants survived the heat and rain, there was also a huge air condition tent to house the rest of the exhibits. But no matter how big it was, it was still much smaller than Suntec. And there was a series of a pavilions and not all of them were air conditioned which means we were subject to the heat. 

One of the outdoor garden display with the air con tent in the background
Another of the outdoor display
The orchids exhibits and contest area were housed separately in the Flower Dome but here again the exhibit area was so much more smaller than Suntec. The orchids were displayed together and there were queues everywhere to see them.
We have to queue (foreground) to go in for a look at the winning orchids entry
The main display for the orchids was in this structure where they planted the orchids all the way to the top on  the inside of this structure. Unfortunately one had to queue to go in and see the orchids.

And this is what the inside looks like. 

So I think they should move the show back to Suntec. If they really want the connection to Garden by the Bay, then maybe hold it at MBS and people can walk over to the Garden if they so wish.

Anyway, here are some photos of some unusual looking flowers from this year Festival and from the Flower Dome.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tiger Orchid

Mother Nature seems to be having fun with Singapore the past months. First there was this flower bloom all over. Then came the Tropical Swallowtail moth. And now there is this Tiger Orchid blooming all over Singapore.

I first heard about the blooming in the papers. Before that I swear I never even seen a single stalk here in Singapore. Then I saw it at MacRitchie Reservoir, a place that I go so regularly and yet have never seen it before. And suddenly I have friends telling me where they seen it. 
One of the beautiful Tiger Orchid at MacRitchie Reservoir
And on Saturday morning, I saw a big clump at Upper Peirce Reservoir, another place that I go so often and yet never seen the plant before.
The Tiger Orchid at Upper Peirce Reservoir
Some may ask what so special about the Tiger Orchid. After all, there are plenty of orchids in Singapore. Well the Tiger Orchid is supposed to be the biggest orchid plant in the world. Not the flower but the entire plant. And it flowers like maybe once in 5 years.

And the just concluded Singapore Garden Festival has a whooping 300 kg plant on display. Each stalk is approximately 2 metres long. How that for big!
The Tiger Orchid at the Singapore Garden Festival


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