SIN/KL 2014: On a plane to Singapore!

November 29, 2014

See these excited faces? Off to Singapore!

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An uneventful flight with Scoot, followed by a short day in Singapore. Getting to Moon Hotel (stopping at Tekka Market in Little India for food on the way), resting and having a late but delicious dim sum dinner at Swee Choon!

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My mom finally had a taste of Swee Choon’s amazing Salted Egg Yolk Custard Buns that we’ve been raving about. Other favourites definitely included the Portugese Egg Tarts and Red Bean Paste Pancake.

Now I’m really craving dim sum…

SIN/KL 2014: Vietnamese dinner at From Bac to Nam

November 28, 2014

Across the street from Outrigger Resort, as part of Burleigh Gold Coast Motel, was Bac to Nam Vietnamese Dining.

It had been a very long time since the three of us visited a Viet restaurant (nothing beats home cooked food right?), but we were all intrigued and decided to give it a try.

The first thing we liked about the restaurant was its unique name. Bac to Nam means ‘North to South’, alluding to a menu that includes items from North, Central and South Vietnam.

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Upon entering, the restaurant was dimly lit with nice ambiance and lovely, traditional décor. Resembling a hut with wooden tables and benches, with simplistic containers for utensils and napkins.

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Around the walls were canvases of scenes from Vietnam, some of which we have even personally visited.

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Mom got Vietnamese Prawn Fried Rice ($16) – generous amount of prawns and well seasoned. Good Vietnamese iced coffee too!

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Michael chose Chili pork with rice ($17) that he really enjoyed.

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And I got Pork belly with homemade sauce and rice ($18). The pork belly tasted homemade, succulent with crispy crackling and accompanied by a subtle sauce.

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Portions smaller than expected, but good home-style food, not to expect anything fancy or extravagant. We had an enjoyable night but did find the menu to be quite a bit more expensive compared to Vietnamese restaurants in Brisbane. They are licensed now as well so you can enjoy a beer with your food!

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SIN/KL 2014: Gold Coast for a night

November 28 2014

Hello friends!

With end of year exams finally over, we were more than ready for vacation!

To start, Michael and I were taking my mom to Singapore and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) for a week, Nov 29 to Dec 06. Related blog posts to this trip will be titled with “SIN/KL 2014” 🙂

It would be my mom’s first visit to Singapore and the first time in Malaysia for all three of us. We had hoped that Mike’s parents, as well as his Aunt Patsy and Uncle Dan would also be able to join us. Unfortunately, the cost of airfare was too high for their dates of availability.

Taking advantage of Singapore’s budget airline, Scoot, we had to fly out of Gold Coast Airport, about an hour’s drive from Brisbane.

We booked a night’s stay at Outrigger Resort in Gold Coast for a good night’s rest without rushing to catch our flight the next morning. For around $115, it was exactly what we needed: clean, spacious, with a pool, numerous restaurants along the street, and less than 5 minutes to catch the bus directly to the airport.

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Easy check in, now off to find some good dinner!