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Travelogue: Indonesia Bali (Day 3 & 4)

Day 3 was one of the day i super look forward to! Our 3 hours massage day! In-villa spa service by Ziva’s vendor!

I’m so loving my egg bene breakfast with spinach! There’s was nothing much plan on this day except a spa at 11am!

Initially i thought we are going to do it at the outdoor area since the space is bigger and that’s how they advertise too! When the masseur came, they came into the room set up and i was like Hallelujah!  The masseur was friendly and massage was good. However, i didn’t think it was worth it. We booked for 3 hours, they came late, spend a while setting up and most of the time was just waiting time.

  1. Massage
  2. Simple facial (more like light facial massage with cleanser)
  3. Apply facial mask
  4. Waited for 20 mins for mask to dry (meantime, they set up the milk/shower bath then will just sit aside and watch TV)
  5. Wash off mask
  6. Then they disappear for a while – probably go mix the body scrub mixture for us
  7. Apply body scrub
  8. Waited for the scrub to settle (20 mins maybe?), they continue watching TV
  9. Briefly srcub
  10. Then help you up and tell you to go for your milk/flower bath.
  11. They continue to watch TV while you bath..

Wah.. sound so long right?? In the end, the spa ended 1:30pm! 30 mins earlier and minus off the late start (another 30 mins).. so the whole spa was only 2 hours. That’s not all, rmb there was some idle time.. another hour gone.. so the actual hands on was only an hour or so..

I would rather just take a 60 mins massage session really. Or maybe you know what, just go batam to massage!

After my not-very-satisfying spa, we head out for lunch at this chinese restuarant which I’ve been wanting to try!

(image from google)

From the outside, this shop looks perpetually closed. Dono is it food not nice, nobody wana come! We take a deep breath and stepped in!

“Table for two please”

& WOW…. got crowd de leh! The interior was pretty ancient and traditional dynastic feel kinda furniture – go google and you can find plenty of pictures!

We ordered peking duck, dim sum platter, xiaolongbao, fried rice, soup & a dessert (take away).

Wah the food is not bad de! Especially the peking duck! Got imperial treasure feeel! LOL!! Dimsum wise, so-so, can do without. Xiaolongbao was good though.

I will definitely come back here again if I go Bali next time!

Finally it’s the day for our departure!

 

After a hearty breakfast, we head off to the airport to catch our 1pm flight! Thoughout the ride, we were just busy catching pokemon!! LOL, must utilise out wifi egg eh!!!

Vacation is always so short!

Here I am in a flight back to Singapore.

Now for the not-so-nice experience.. So when I arrived SG, I texted in my family group chat to let them know i had safely arrived!! Then my cousin text me separately to ask if there was any surprise on board? I had 2 glasses of coke can that be consider a surprise?? LOL..

 

Apparently my cousin actually made a call to SQ to arrange for a birthday surprise for me but it didn’t happen! SQ confirmed with my cousin that they will arrange a birthday cake but it didn’t came. Nothing on my actual day nor return flight day!

My cousin called back SQ to verify and wanted an explanation why it didn’t happen when they gave their words. SQ now say they didn’t promised anything but only try their best. After investigation (probably playback the past recording), they offered my cousin a service recovery voucher (for me and my mister) BUT later call back again to say they can’t give it to her anymore because they did not make any mistake. -___-

Seriously SQ. If you DID NOT make any mistake like you claimed, why offer service recovery? And if it’s just a goodwill gesture, why take it back after you offered? FYI, we did not request nor insist a service recovery. All we wanted was just an explanation why SQ did not deliver their promise. It was their initiative to offer the service recovery to BOTH the passenger and decided to take it back later saying they are not at fault.

EXCUSE ME?? In case you thought the service recovery is a lot of money, NO. I can’t even buy a ticket KUL. To be exact, it’s only a TWO figure compensation. EHEM.  A lost baggage claim payout is worth more than their service recovery.

Shortly after the incident, I received the service recovery voucher. I guess they decided to honor only HALF of their words. Only I got the voucher but my mister did not get anything (they agrees to send two vouchers).

#SQdisappointment #whereistheexcellenceservice #notSQfansanymore #byebyeSQ #convertingmymilestootherairline #notangryjustdisappointed #continueyourpride

SQ, today you potentially lost 10 customers. It may seems insignificant to you but have you heard of this Chinese saying “好事不出门  坏事传千里”..

All the best to your future endeavor!

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Travelogue: Indonesia Bali (Day 2)

*Ding Dong*

Doorbell rang again .. It’s already our second day in Bali and the chef are here to prepare breakfast in your villa! Freshness guaranteed!

We had Nasi Goreng signature beef burger. Hearty breakfast (although I secretly wish to have breakfast in the aircon room)!

We laid back a lil more after breakfast since no shops should be opened that early..

Yes, I’m totally proud of myself for reading! Spent my morning reading in the villa while hubby watched TV.

Time flies when you’re enjoying me-time!

It’s almost lunch by the time I finish page 2 (eh just kidding).. But it’s really lunch time! We brought our wifi egg and head out to find the highly raved Pak Malen Babi Guling!

It was quite a walk to find it but actually, after you familiarized yourself in that area, it’s actually pretty near eh!

The turquoise ink shows where we walked! we trusted our memory so much we actually overshot!! I was probably a mere 8-10 mins walk, took us 30 mins!! LOL!!! (The fuscia pick shows our return walk!

So here we areeee at the highly raved Pak Malen!

My advise, eat in the restaurant while its hot! We dabao (packed) 2 packet home and later to realise, the fried pig skin is soggy and totally inedible! But it was so much better when we ate there! Conclusion, worth the walk for the lunch but dun bother buying the set back unless you opt out the fried skin (the light beige strip you see in the above picture next to the fork)!

After lunch, we walked back (via the smarter shorter route) and enjoyed a cuppa of ice cream near our villa!

By the time we went back to our villa, it was almost 3pm.. Again, we continue to nua in the room with our snack bought from Pak Malen!

After a while, we got too bored and decided to some sports.. Play water! LOL

We get to spend at least an hour or 2 in the pool with Pizzie everyday! Fully utilized the pool and my floatie! I think my hubby secretly like this floatie idea too!

Around 4-5pm, the door bell rang again! This time, villa crew came by with our afternoon tea cake and it’s tea time again!

Don’t expect 2 tier 3 tier snack selections! You only get a 2-bites size cake and a pot of tea. LOL!! But the chocolate cake was tasty at least!

This trip, we almost stuffed ourselves to another level!

We just had our tea break and shortly (maybe 7pm or so), we went out for dinner at Ultimo!

I was so looking forward to have their bread because i remembered they were so tasty 1 year ago when we first went there.. However, it seems like the standard dropped. The bread wasn’t as tasty anymore.

But the seafood soup is still good! I do recommend that if you haven’t tried before!

For the main course, both of us ordered beef. Mine was with bacon and you can skip that – it’s too well done. FAILED. The other steak which my hubby ordered was still ok.

In case you’re keen to check out their menu, you may click HERE! The first time we went there, the menu was toooo wordy we spent a while looking through it.. This time round, we googled the menu and secretly pray hard that there’s no change in their menu and then we can just pre-order in our mind already!

By the time we’re done with dinner, the sky was already sooooo dark! I’m so glad i was assigned the first villa from entrance! Skipped all the drama of running into my villa like a 500m run!

Ok, this is too drama! Actually it’s all my imagination! My stay in villa up till that 2 nights was pretty safe – no lizard sound or sighting!

Phewww Day 2 ended with a stomach full of food!!

Travelogue: Indonesia Bali (Day 1)

Yay!! Returned to BALI after 1 year to celebrate #DALOVEKNOT anniversary!

This is a love and hate post! I will tell you why later. For now let’s stay focus on the happy event first!! Woohoooo! VACATIONN!!

Just by the look of the above teaser, did it made you wanna go Bali already?

This is my first trip with SQ using my miles redemption! I’m totally elated to hear my waitlist flight got confirmed!

But a lil disappointed no crew realized I was traveling on my birthday – exact day I’m saying! You can tell me about how many XXX number of guest SQ received everyday, how will they noticed or check every guest details.. what am I to them? But.. ain’t excellence service make them different from other airlines? Or maybe it was because I didn’t “pay” for my ticket so I should even be happy I wasn’t being ask to leave the plane due to full flight – not sure if it was even overbooked!

Perhaps I expect too much outta SQ. See too highly of them. -__-

Brought a book along this time round and was hoping to kill time, but time killed me instead! I was fully occupied the whole time – TV, selfies, small talks, meals & still hoping someone would pop by and say “Happy Birthday Ms Eng”.. BUT BO LEH~!!

 

In-flight meal is definitely not always the best meal but it’s never fails to get me excited!

Very soon 2 hours swift past and here we are in the tropical land Bali!

Upon arrival, our villa airport pick up driver was already at the arrival hall waiting. It took so long for our baggage to arrive – more than 30 mins and we thought he probably had left without us!!

The journey from airport to our villa in Seminyak was a mere 30 mins drive (or 40 mins, depends on traffic condition). If you recall in my previous trip, we stayed in Seminyak area too. In fact, this villa location is just along the same street.

DID I EVEN TELL YOU WHERE I’M GONNA STAY?? (my goodness if i haven’t!!)

We had booked ourselves a one bedroom villa in Ziva A Boutique Villa!! We booked via Agoda through Shopback! Never missed the chance to earn rebate!! But you know luck doesn’t always stand on the same side with you! When I tried to book on Agoda, the first night wasn’t available! But i really love this villa and decided still go ahead with whatever available then emailed to villa directly to check!!

Luck came back! Ziva crew was able to arrange a villa for me and combined my Agoda booking with their booking! Vacation saved!!

Ziva only has 10 unit in total – 9 x one bedroom and 1 x three bedroom! I had put in a request for the nearest room to the main recept so that we do not need to walk too far inside and risk lizard dropping dropping on my head! I can’t imagine walking this corridor at night (eek!!)

Without further ado, let me open the door to my vacationnnnn!!!

Just standing outside, i can already hear the birds singing, the tree dancing and the water calling!!!

Now walking into our room, we thought it will be a lil warm inside since it’s a bright sunny day shinning through the full glass room! It turns out, cooler than expected!!

& Ziva was so sweet sia!! still got honeymoon deco and a stalk of roses (I assume it’s for me and not my mister!)

They even got flower bath ready for us! Sweet max – so sweet until I forgot to take a picture of the toilet!! LOL!!

After settling down, we head out to grab our lunch it was almost 4pm by the time we reach Ziva and settle down! Hungry is the only thing in my mind!

We wanted to go Ultimo but it was close for break and only re-open at 430pm. I was so hungry i can’t wait for another 5 mins so we went a lil further down and walked in Char Char!

Regulars in Bali definitely knows to find Char Char! Even first time, Char Char is so hard to miss! The steps alfresco sitting was like their distinctive icon!

We parked ourselves comfortably there and ordered our lunch!

Fruity Coconut drink is super refreshing on such summer days! Quench your thirst, keep you cool!

We ordered Happy Hour Oyster too. Was cheap but not as yummy as what we had in Melbourne! You can skip this IMO.

Sorry for the weird angle, like i said, i was tooo hungry already!

We ordered a prawn aglio olio and a beef steak. Portion was generous but taste wise, I still prefer Ultimo’s pasta. However, the steak was good! we only ordered 100g and we were laughing at ourselves for being a silly customer! 100g and we want it medium rare! The chef must have thought we’re crazy, 100g how to cook M.R.? It turns out, the steak was really medium rare and absolutely tender and juicy!

After lunch, we went supermarket for a quick shopping and head back for a dip as the sun is almost down!!

The best time to swim is probably between 5-7pm, no sun yet still bright! I believe Ziva does have floaties for guest to rent but since we had one, why rent?? Bought my pizza floatie from Taobao and this is probably one of my many best & happiest buy!

In the evening, the villa still very pretty and looks even more romantic with all the warm/orange lights!!

But of course, as the night turned dark, my guts became smaller! (LOL!!!) I had to ask my handsome hubby to make tea for me because I don’t want to startled myself when i see lizard or even hear one!!

Then suddenly(!!), the door bell rang!! It was the crew giving us a pleasant surprise!!

A birthday cake & a heart-shaped anniversary cake!! Wahh.. scored full marks liao!! Briefly mentioned before that I would like to spend my birthday and anniversary in their villa (because i couldn’t get a room on the first night and had to write to them, remember?) and here we had 2 cakes to celebrate!!!

Really, when you expect nothing, you will truely be surprised when there’s one! Thanks Ziva!!

Ended a day with high sugar and I know I will definitely gonna have sweet dream!

Stay tune for Day 2!!

 

 

Back to Qoo10 again because of Secret Key!

It has been ages since I last logged in to Qoo10. My status has dropped from VIP (is there even a VVIP?) to GREEN! LOL! Being a Green is tough! You don’t have much coupon to offset your purchases and the roulette now only allows you to spin 3 times a day!

Can’t maximize the best I’ve got! Nonetheless, I’ll be sharing a few pocket friendly products with you today! Secret Key. They have skincare, cosmetic and makeup tools! I’m not new to SK but was only using their eyeliner previously. Heard so much review about their Treatment essence hence decided to check it out

STARTING TREATMENT AURA MIST (SGD8.90)

7 Miracles on your skin! Exfoliation, smooth skin texture, nutrition, elasticity, soothing moisturizing, even skin tone!

5 Free system! Free from Paraben, animal oil, coloring, mineral oil, benzophenone!

Suitable for user who:

  • wants various skin improvement effects with a single product.
  • wants a mist with various effects which is easy to carry around
  • wants a clean & transparent skin tone
  • has sensitive skin & wants hypoallergenic product

Best use as a step before your essence!

WHAT I THINK? It definitely doesn’t have the most pleasant scent but it is at least refreshing. But again, which mist isn’t refreshing?? For the price you paid (S$8.90), i think this is good enough! Hydrating and convenient!

STARTING TREATMENT PEELING SLEEPING PACK (SGD20.90) 

Suitable for user who:

  • wants soft exfoliation.
  • wants smoother & hydrating skin
  • wants to brighten skin tone
  • has sensitive skin & wants hypoallergenic peeling product

 

It’s really light weight and smells better than the mist! I actually don’t mind using this every night!

STARTING TREATMENT ESSENCE (SGD20.90)

I have not use this yet! But this is the legendary “miracle water” inspired by! How true? I don’t know but I thought it was really cost effective enough to give it a try! Even if it didn’t turn out well, at least can still use it for my hands and legs!!

If you’re interested to get your hands on any of above products, check out below link from Qoo10:

LINK:https://www.qoo10.sg/su/420516162/Q101716446

[$9.50][Secret Key]【Secret Key HQ】◈STATRING TREATMENT LINE 30% OFF◈Galactomyces Essence/Eye cream/Cream/Sleeping Pac

WWW.QOO10.SG

Travelogue: Indonesia Bintan (Day 2 & 3)

I’m never gonna get tired of looking at the above picture i think! LOL! Who doesn’t love vacation!

Waking up to day 2, I took a morning swim the moment i woke up, before sun is fully up and before breakfast even starts,

After a good 30 mins swim, we took a morning stroll to the restaurant for our breakfast. If you’re feeling lazy, feel free to press “0” and get a buggy to pick you up!

I wouldn’t say they serve the best breakfast but at least, it wasn’t so bad that it’s inedible. Pulut Hitam, Mee Soto, Nasi Goreng, Siewmai, Cold cuts, Salad, Juices, etc..

We chose an alfresco seating since the sun wasn’t that glaring (yet) and the view was somewhat romantic!

To make our anniversary trip even more romantic, we took a long walk along the beach while it’s low tide (no guard btw, walk at your own risk!)

Standing at a spot where I know when the tide suddenly rush in, I have time to run up the shore with my pair of short legs!!!! LOL!!!

When the sun is up….. we walked back to our room. Too hot, I will melt! But before i melt, the ice cream mustn’t melt! Woohooo!! Oh in case you finished your snacks, fret not! There’s a minimart (real mini) here where you can get snacks, cup noodle, ice cream, cold drinks, simple medication, sunblock, bikinis, etc…!

Yup, here’s me and my rainbow ice-cream!!!

& since it was really really near my birthday, my mister ordered a steak to share (in-room dining) as my BIRTHDAY TREAT!

In-room dining so far was good. Food was up to my expectation and price was still affordable! In the end, we only finish our snacks but not the cup noodles!

After dinner, we went back to the beach for another evening stroll.. It was windy and quiet.. We had the beach all to ourselves and thankfully, we didn’t fed much mozzie!

Back to the villa, in case, you’re keen to know how dark is the room at night, it’s actually still decently lit up!

The pool still looks so good to take a night swim!! However, do note that it gets quieter at night hence if you’re at the outdoor area, do speak softer, your neighbor might just hear what your conversation is (at least we heard our neighbor’s conversation for the few hours before they went to bed)!

Before you knew it…

It’s time to check out… 😦

Sad but still looking forward because i can have my favourite HOTDOG BUN from BRF!!!!

This marks the end of my 3D2N getaway and I’m totally glad I came! This is definitely a more cost effective resort than Montigo (at least for now)!

If you haven’t read my day 1 post, check it out HERE!

REMARK: Family travelling with children, the villa offers floaties and activities too! However, IMO, it’s not cheap eh! Let me share the price with you after i found the leaflet which i took!

Travelogue: Indonesia Bintan (Day 1)

When you worked hard (I mean extra hard) for a period of time, what reward you most is TAKING A BREAK!

This trip is so relaxing you basically do nothing plans nothing and think only about summer!

HOLIDAY VILLA PANTAI INDAH BINTAN

Came across this accommodation while doing agoda e-window-shopping and Facebook captured my search result then recommended me this place! Did a lil more homework by going through tripadvisor and other travel blog.. I must say this place sure have not been explore much by locals (or perhaps they just didn’t share much!)

If you are reading this blog, let me tell you, you’re in luck! You will not regret reading this and may even start booking this accommodation (but dun expect 6 stars reviews)!

I booked my accommodation on Agoda (via SHOPBACK – earn up to 6% cash back!) The rate I managed to book for a one bedroom villa was about SGD608.00 – 2 nights stay (inclusive of taxes) with land transfer, breakfast and wifi!

Ferry ticket was by Bintan Resort Ferries. It cost about $67 per pax and I booked via Shopback>Easybook too! NOW ALERT: Not all deals found on shopback are best deal! you need to do a lil homework to compare the price. Apparently after I book my ticket, I then realized brf site was offering $1 hot deal ticket but it was too late to realize it! T__T boohooo!

ANYWAY… SOOOON it was time to depart!! Sorry, didn’t take much decent photos on departure.. Didn’t even took anything upon arrival at the villa reception!

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The only photo of the common area I took was probably this alley to my villa!

Clean living room upon entry. Cooling aircon is the best in a country where it’s all-time-summer weather!

What’s waving at me upon entry is the BIG POOL!! you can see the pool from the living room already!

Almost fully equipped kitchen! We brought out microwaveable food, cup noodle, snacks and hosen canned fruits! Trying hard to minimize expenses!

Enough of the living room and kitchen (or pantry area), let’s head over to our bedroom!

Woohoooo! Honeymoon anniversary!!!! The staff here sure take note of casual comment (was just telling them we are going there for our anniversary and woohoooo! so much better than SQ – will share this in another post!!)

Toilet was “outdoor” but dun worry, no one’s gonna peek and it’s all sheltered!

Toilet comes with bathtub and separate rain shower! Super spacious toilet I think I can fit a king bed inside if without the fixture! Probably even bigger than my room!

(pssst, anti-lizard fans, my stay here was very safe, no lizard sound no sight of them too! PHEW!!)

So here’s the exterior of the our villa.. Everything you need was just within a few steps and totally comfortable stay!

Wasted no time, get changed and started to shoot a few insta-worthy pic before i get all messy and unglam!!!

After all the play and swim, we got a lil hungry and started heating up our microwaveable food.

We saved the best for last! In-villa dining! The price for room service food/beverage was still quite affordable but it’s not dirt cheap kind.

Beef burger and Fish & chips! Do try the fish and chips if you have the chance! I thought it was not bad and i love that they actually fried in small sizes!

Day 1 was pretty much about it.. Settling down and enjoying my afternoon under the sun (heat rash after that!! LOL) and not forgetting our FULL-FILLING dinner!!

Stay tune to catch Day 2!!!

DA BIG TUMMY #105 – ABC Soup

The easiest soup I ever prepare!! It’s a 3-steps recipe again: chop-boil-serve! (less than 3 steps as a matter of fact!!)

People has been telling me ABC Soup very easy to cook but I wasn’t really listening! How easy can easy be?? Indeed, after decided to give it try, turns out really easy and fuss-free!

Ingredient (prepared for 7 pax):

  1. 3 Potatoes
  2. 5 Carrots (mine was a small carrot but not mini)
  3. 2 Onions
  4. 1 Radish
  5. 2 Tomatoes (not seen in picture because i added them last)
  6. 500g Chicken/Pork
  7. 1 tsp Crushed White Pepper
  8.  Salt

Like I always mention, these ingredient are just a guide. You are free to change it to your liking! If you don’t like radish, skip it. If you like more carrot, by all means add more. Most video I check out online doesn’t have radish as one of their ingredient but because I like radish, I decided to add 1.

Now you’ve got your ingredient, go ahead and chop them them into pieces. What size? Up to you. If you like it big, chop it chunkier. If you like it bite size, chop them smaller.

NOTE: If you are preparing your ingredient in advance (ie: the night before), do remember to keep your chopped potatoes in a bowl of water. This can prevent potatoes from turning brown. I didn’t thus the brown potatoes. 

We also boiled the meat partially (70% cooked) prior to putting them in the soup pot so that the blood won’t “contaminate” it.

With all chopped ingredients, put them into a pot, fill it with water (1-15 liter, again, it’s up to you) put to boil. Once boiled, turn to low heat and keep it simmer for about an hour to two hours.

Just before serve, don forget to put in tomatoes, salt & crushed white pepper for flavoring, let it boil for another 5-10 mins!

Now you’re now ready to serve your homely ABC Soup!

In case you’re wondering, “isn’t that a fishball???” Yes, we added fishballs for the kids! If you’re wondering again, “isn’t that pork???” Yes, we added both chicken & pork in our soup! I want pork but one of the guest don fancy pork hence chicken for her. 😀

Cooking is all up to your creativity! As long as we don’t get food poisoning end of the day, everyone is your own masterchef!!

DA BIG TUMMY #104 – Blueberry Jam

After 2 post of heavy dinner, decided to prepare a quick and easy sweetie – Blueberry Jam!

This might be too sweet to eat on its own but it taste great with bread or toast!

What you need

  1. 500g of blueberries (frozen pack)
  2. 2 cups of sugar
  3. Half tsp of cinnamon powder
  4. Half lemon (its the juice that we need)
  5. 1 tsp corn starch

How to do it

1. Pour all blueberries and sugar into a pot.

2. Keep stirring until sugar melted. (I thought it was a bit dry initially & add about 1/4 cup water. It will be easier to stir. However, this is not necessary.)

3. Keep stirring. (LOL!!) Feel free to mashed the berries (until you achieve you desired texture/bits) while stirring.

4. About 10-15 mins of stirring, add cinnamon powder (this is optional if you’re not a cinnamon person)

5. Add lemon juice to enhance it & continue to stir for another 10 mins.

6. Add in cornstarch & continue stirring (you can also add water to corn starch first then mix well before adding into the jam. I believe it will incorporate into the pot of jam better)

7. Switch to low heat and let it simmer for another 10 mins or until the jam thickens!

8. Done!

TIPS: I added about 1 tbsp of gelatin powder in the jam because I wanted a gel like texture instead of saucy jam – partly also because my jam is too watery (remember I added water at the start?), cornstarch only thicken it but doesn’t solidify it.

Let it cool (luke warm) then transfer into a jar and refrigerate it!

Tadaaaaaa! I let my mom try it and surprisingly she said it was good! She is not a cinnamon person, so I guess the cinnamon ain’t that strong and blended quite well with the blueberries!

I shall try strawberry jam the next time and share a post with you if it’s successful!