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Friday, January 12, 2018

[Media Invite] CNY Buffet Dinner at Amara Hotel

In about a month's time, we will be ushering the Year of the Dog.  Look at this yusheng which is arranged nicely in the shape of the dog, isn't this very creative?  In fact, I find the doggie face looks really cute too!  =)

On the 15 February 2018 from 6pm at Amara Hotel's Grand Ballroom, the one-time reunion dinner is opened to all guests celebrating this Lunar New Year’s 2018 Earth Dog. 

The reunion dinner is followed by a sumptuous line-up of culinary haven with affordable 8-course menus which guests can choose from. The Golden Prosperity at S$68++ or Joyous Abundance at S$88 per person with a minimum of six persons per table.

For that extra posh and private dining experience, guests can take up the Imperial Fortune reunion package at S$1,888++ for a table of 10 persons. Each room comes with a fully equipped family karaoke system. The menu comes with dishes like sea urchin, black chicken ginseng soup and cod fish.  We tried the karaoke while we were having our dinner in the Grand Ballroom, it was fun!

Chilled Angel Hair Pasta with Truffle Oil and Kombu

Drunken Chicken

 Cucumber with Sesame Dressing

Homemade Beetroot Salmon

Homemade Mandarin Orange Salmon

Hot Selection
Vegetarian Treasure Pot (Pen Cai)
For a change, you may want to try vegetarian pen cai.  I think this is an interesting alternative from the usual pencai even for non-vegetarian.

Black Pepper Crayfish

Smoked Duck with Camphor and Tea Leaves (Whole)

Roasted Chicken with Spicy Sichuan Sauce (Whole)

Beef Bourguignon

Dessert Station
Instead of having durian desserts which are becoming very common, Amara Hotel introduces a variety of Chempedak desserts instead.

Chempedak Cake

Chempedak Butter Cake

Chempedak Agar Agar

Chempedak Swiss Roll

Chempedak Pudding

Chempedak Crème Brulee

During the media tasting, we had the special Pomelo Tangyuan.  On the actual reunion dinner on 15 Feb 2018, the Tangyuan (glutinous rice ball) will be sprinkled with edible gold leaves to mark the customary occasion.

The highlights are the lion dance performance where the rambunctious lions will perform “Cai Qing”- the plucking of the greens and guests can get pictures with the adorable God of Fortune mascots distributing gold ingots of chocolates.

CNY F&B Promotions (1 Feb – 2 Mar 2018)

Element and EOTS (Element on Tras Street)
(6 -12 years)
Reunion Dinner
15 Feb 2018, Thu
 6pm – 10.30pm
Mon – Fri
12pm – 2.30pm
Mon – Sun
 6pm – 10.30pm
Sat – Sun
11.30 am – 2pm
2.30pm – 5pm

Thanks Lindy for the invitation and Chef Charles for keeping us so entertained during the dinner.

Amara Hotel Singapore
For reservations on the reunion dinner at Grand Ballroom:
call: +65 6879 2598

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Day 1 in Khao Yai

We spent 3 full days in Khao Yai and I booked taxi services for the first and third day through this agency:  Thai National Parks.  One full day of taxi service is quoted at 3600 baht (around S$144) which include pick-up from/ return to Bangkok hotel.  The service can start as early as 6am and ended till 6pm from any Khao Yai attraction.  Afterwhich, the driver will send you back to your hotel in Khao Yai or Bangkok.  On the first day, the driver picked us from Pathumwan Princess Hotel (located in Bangkok MBK) at around 6.45am after we were done with an early breakfast at the hotel.  As I indicated my interest to go to the sunflower fields, the agent suggested to me to go to Saraburi Sunflower Field.  We did and I had blogged about it in my previous post:

I had booked a winery tour with PB valley at noon.  We reached Khao Yai around 10.30am so the driver - Mr Somkid drove us to one of the attractions that we had listed in our itinerary - "The Bloom".  The place wasn't as big as I had thought it would be and you could cover the whole area by foot probably within an hour.  

Our next destination:  PB Valley  (Need to book the vineyard and winery tour in advanced)
The tour is conducted 5-times daily at 9am, 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 3.30pm and 
takes about 75 minutes.
The rate for above tour is 320 Baht/Adult and 250 Baht/children.
Children under 4 years are free of charge.

We got to sample 3 types of wine.  Cheers!  =)

After the tour, it was already past lunch time.  As such, we had our lunch at the PB Valley restaurant.

We were seated near to the window so this was our view from our table.
 Grape Juice and Passionfruit drink.

After a good lunch, we proceed to our next destination:  Primo Piazza.  We reached there around 3.45pm.  Again, the place is not very big and we spent around an hour here which included some time spent at a cafe.
The highlight for this attraction is that you can get to feed alpaca.  The had increased the admission fee from 100 baht to 200 baht though.  

Next, we went to "The Chocolate Factory".
 It is not quite a factory but more of a shop that sells chocolate products and also a cafe.  We bought some chocolate and cakes back to our hotel.  We ate some during the night and we put the leftovers on the table in our room.  The next morning, we found lots of ants in our sweet food.  So sad.  :(

It was already around 5.15pm by the time we were done with "The Chocolate Factory" and we told the driver that he could drive us to our hotel.  However, the well-manner driver told us that he could still drive us to one more location - Piazza Palio.  

Basically, Piazza Palio is a nice little "village" modeled after Italy. You can find many shops, restaurants here and of course, it offers a nice backdrop for those who love to take OOTD.  The place was rather quiet when we were there on a Monday late afternoon.  Many shops were closed.  

 As we were still full from our late lunch at PB Valley, we didn't eat here.  
  Finally, we checked into our hotel at Khao Yai - Le Monte after spending almost 12 hours out.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Sunflower Fields @ Saraburi, Thailand

Just came back from a week of holiday in Thailand.  Instead of spending the whole week in Bangkok, we spent 3 full days at Khao Yai.  The blooming seasons for sunflowers normally starts in December till January.  The local tour agency that I booked my tour with suggested to us to visit the sunflower fields at Saraburi as the blooms in those small fields scattered in Khao Yai were not very impressive yet.  We agreed and topped up 300 baht for the driver to make a stop at Saraburi before heading to Khao Yai.  Saraburi is about 2.5 hours drive from Bangkok.  We spent our time snapping photos of the beautiful sunflowers.  This was also my first time visiting a sunflower field so we took tonnes of photos.  Immersing ourselves in the field of sunflowers was really delightful!  =)

A sunflower with cool shades.  =)

These stalks of sunflowers are taller than me!