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January 4, 2017

The Battle Of Dessert: We Get The Message…

Filed under: FOOD,PHOTOGRAPHY,Rasa Sentosa,Rasa Sentosa Food,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Back in December of 2013, family Kiwidutch stayed in Singapore on a stopover visit before flying on to New Zealand.

Himself and our Singaporean friend “Velvetine” made a day trip to Pulau Ubin Island whilst the kids and I rested at the hotel.

Staying here regularly as repeat guests, and the kids impressing the lifeguards with their swimming skills, we are now on first name terms with several of the hotel lifeguards,  especially Joseph who remember us well from previous visits.

Joseph is the man who helped organised some very special transport on an earlier trip so that I could go out for dinner on the beach with the rest of the family:  Dune Buggy to the Rescue!

After Himself and Velvetine got back from their trip, and rested a while whilst telling us all about their day,  Himself then disappeared into the shower and we all got ready for a nice dinner in the Rasa Sentosa restaurant.

We laughed at the sign that advised guests to be aware the floors were slippery,  whilst a tropical downpour deluged the terrace the sign was on. We were all entertained by the pea hens before heading to the restaurant too.

Our kids adore the buffet arrangement here, but Little Mr appeared to be a little confused about the order of the menu and was not amused when we said that his main course may not consist of items solely from the desert section.

He managed to keep a self-served icecream because it seemed a waste to just let it melt on the plate, but the marshmallows and cookies were removed until he had eaten some pasta and cucumber , but even those were a few spoonful’s at best. As the saying goes, this kid “lives on the smell of an oily rag”.

Eventually he settled on (of all things) buttered toast (really kid?) I know I know, as far as our kids eating habits are concerned Himself and I constantly feel like we lost the battle. The roast pork, seafood, vegetables, salad, rice, soups… so many other things to choose from, all rejected. Frustrated that he could not instantly get his own way, Little Mr got hold of a handful of small biscuits / crackers that were in the shape of alphabet letters and arranged them into a “You may get it and now” message whilst he demolished his toast.

Yes, he ate rather a lot of the unwanted biscuit/ cracker letters too… oh well, we were all jet lagged and sometimes with kids you have to pick your battles. Kiwi Daughter did better, trying bok choy and eating fruit before also heading off to the desert section with a grin. marshmallows on sticks would be dipped into a chocolate fountain or a few other sauces, Little Mr presented me with a “flower” made out of the marks on the plate from his left over chocolate sauce. Sadly, typical kid, the marshmallows were not part of the gift. We all enjoyed the band, who we also know from previous visits and Kiwi Daughter delighted over the creme brulees in their tiny little dishes.  Rested and refreshed it was then time to head on to New Zealand.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 22, 2012

More Monkey Business On Our Last Day in Singapore…

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Rasa Sentosa,Rasa Sentosa Food,SINGAPORE — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s our last morning in Singapore, we wake up early and head off to breakfast, the sun is just up and there’s a hazy tropical mist enveloping the harbour.

I can just make out the forms of ships, but as the sun rises the haze begins to evaporate so after sorting out most of the bags in the room we leave the room to bright sunlight: Himself and the kids heading  for the the pool and me for a little walk around as per my physiotherapists instructions, camera in tow of course.

All of a sudden I become aware of movement on the balconies to my right… monkeys! … and lots of them too, and they appear to be making their way to one specific area.

Someone has put food out on their hotel balcony table and word has apparently travelled fast in the local primate community that breakfast is to be had on the fifth floor.

I watch in amazement as the monkeys appear to defy gravity as they move with ease from one floor to another, even a very young monkey, considerably smaller than the rest makes a leap upwards from the floor below covering a space more than double it’s body length and with nothing apparent to grab on to.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It disappears from view for a split second into the small space between the balconies and emerges by the railings of the balcony one floor higher before scaling the wall to include himself in the breakfast party going on on the balcony next door.

The rest of the day is quiet, the kids opt to spend as much time in the pool as possible. Our flight goes almost at midnight so we’ve arranged for a later checkout than normal and will even have time for an early dinner here at the hotel.

We’ve learned from past experience that the kids will be tired when we leave for the airport and that eating at the airport when it’s their usual bedtime will not be a success (Little Mr. having fallen asleep by the time his order arrived).

Both will be fast asleep on the plane before the first meal arrives so a relaxed early meal at the hotel will make a smooth start to the long journey ahead. Both kids opt for the  pizza Kiwi Daughter had here before, Himself and I go after our favourite dishes.

All too soon our bags are being loaded into a minibus and we are getting inside to go to the airport…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

November 16, 2012

Pippy Pizza Anyone?

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

We’ve had a long day visiting Melaka but now it’s evening and we’re back to the Rasa Sentosa.

Everyone is starving hungry so the kids are even willing to fight their tiredness for the treat of a mega quick dip in the pool before dinner.  We hadn’t realised it before but the Silver Shell restaurant also has a Children’s Menu.

Kiwi Daughter spies that there is Pizza available so is instantly happy and for Little Mr. we ask one of the chefs if it’s possible to get some plain boiled spaghetti with a little cheese on top and a few chicken nuggets on the side.

The chef was most happy to oblige and soon both kids were  tucking into their favourite dinners. (Little Mr. especially thought he’d won the lottery because  I severely disapprove of commercially prepared chicken nuggets at home, preferring to make my own so that I know what’s in them).

He was so hungry that he didn’t really want to wait for his food to have it’s photograph taken, covering it with his hands… so I did the old “Oooooh look over there!” trick and he fell for it and I got the one and only shot I needed.  Ah ha… a full ten second delay before he was happily eating.

Kiwi Daughter had a giggle when her pizza arrived, it’s the same mega thin crust that we love from Trapizza a little way down the beach (the Rasa own Trapizza too) but she thought it looked like it has “Pippy Langkous” (a.k.a. “Pippy Longstocking”) pigtails sticking out on each side.

This discovery caused the kind of hysterical giggles that kids ( and probably especially overtired ones) are famous for, you know the sort, way too much laughter in proportion to the joke… but never mind, we were dining late and were sat in the corner so I don’t think we offended other diners.

Dinner this evening ended up being more of a business than leisure affair as we raced to get Little Mr. fed before he fell asleep in his food. The inevitable happened just after Himself bought our desserts from the buffet to the table… Little Mr was awake but wanted a cuddle in my lap when Himself left the table and had nodded off before he came back so he slept in my arms during dessert and Himself carried him back to the room after dinner. A happy end to an excellent day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

 

January 7, 2012

Watching the Pro’s and Taking Notes… Crepes

Filed under: PHOTOGRAPHY,Rasa Sentosa Food,Restaurant and Cafe,Reviews — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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At the Silver Shell Cafe at the Shangri-La Rasa Sentosa Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, there are several cooking work stations in view of the patrons. The idea is that certain parts of the menu such as omelettes, crepes etc are made to order upon request, and that you can watch everything being made.

I didn’t order a crepe but I was very interested in watching  so that I could learn how to make them so thin when someone else did… so here is a step-by-step view of how a professional chef achieves a beautifully thin crepe.

I was brave enought to ask if I could take photographs but not quite brave enough to ask for the recipe …

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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