Picnic Perfect! – How To Plan A Perfect Picnic?

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Picnic Perfect! – How To Plan A Perfect Picnic in Singapore?

How to plan a picnic in Singapore?

How to plan a picnic in Singapore?

Picnic is definitely one of my fave weekend activities. I mean what’s not to love about sitting out in nature and enjoying the food and company of the day? I just had a picnic session with my family and it was  so fun and meaningful to spend quality time with your loved ones.

Some may find it a hassle to pack all the things needed and prepare all the food for the picnic. But it can be kept really simple. Picnic is nothing more than choosing a great picnic location, inviting a good group of people, bringing something to sit on, and packing some food and drinks, as simple as that. And of course, praying it doesn’t rain on that day!

 

1) Plan the picnic venue

This is essentially the first thing you need to do. And good news is, you can practically picnic anywhere you like! Some of the things you might want to consider are the accessibility and the amenities available. If you have little ones, you might need to find a venue where restrooms or bathrooms are easily available. If you have pets, you might need a venue that is pet-friendly.

Some of the popular and favourite picnic spots in Singapore are

Botanic Gardens

East Coast Park

Marina Barrage

Hort Park

Macritchie Reservoir

Bishan Park

 

2) Plan the food menu

photo credit to Food For Thought

What’s on your food menu depends largely on how elaborated you want it to be. You can prepare simple food like sandwiches, salads, cheese and fruit platter at home. Or you can also buy picnic-friendly food such as sushi, bread, pizzas etc.

And if you are lazy to prepare all the food, it can be a potluck session where everyone bring their own food to the picnic. We call this BYOF (Bring Your Own Food)!

If you are planning a picnic at Singapore Botanic Gardens, I have another tip for you! Food For Thought at the Botanic Garden outlet actually allows you to ‘rent a picnic basket’ and customize the picnic menu and they will prepare the food for you. The cost starts from $42 (for 2 pax) and it requires a $50 returnable deposit. They really know how to make picnic hassle-free!

 

2) Packing For Picnic

Now the only thing you need to do is to pack up your basket and head to your picnic venue for an enjoyable picnic with your loved ones.

To make things easier for you, I have designed a picnic packing list and you can download and use my picnic packing list to make sure you have it all. Fits a A4 printing size. I spent an hour to do this and I hope you find it useful :)

Picnic packing list

Picnic packing list

 

The Assembly Ground

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This café-hopping fever goes on and on with new cafes opening every month.

This time round, I went to The Assembly Ground at The Cathay.

The Assembly Ground

The Assembly Ground

For those who are thinking of making reservations might want to take note that they only take in bookings for big groups. I assumed to be 6 pax or more because they rejected our reservation for 3-4 pax. But, they assured us that it is not difficult to get a seat during dinner hours on a weekday.

I ended work early and went there at around 6.45pm. True enough, I got a table immediately. I like the set up of the cafes partly because I am into industrial loft design. And you can see this industrial feel in my house which will be ready next month.

The Assembly Ground

The Assembly Ground

I was so so so hungry while waiting for my friends and I was so glad when they finally came!

Check out The Assembly Ground menu

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The food choices are not a lot and I was quite disappointed that they did not have Portobello Mushroom Cheese Sandwich or any other sandwich except for the Roast Beef Melt Sandwich on that day. And, I DON’T EAT BEEF….sobs sobs.

In the end, I settled with Eggs Benji ($16) which is poached eggs with honey baked ham with hollandaise. Clare ordered Rosti Omelette ($14.50) and Hui ordered Scrambled Eggs ($12) with smoked salmon and we ordered Truffle Mushroom Soup ($9.50) to share!

The Assembly Ground Menu

The Assembly Ground Menu

The Assembly Ground Menu

The Assembly Ground Menu

 

The mains are not one of the best that I’ve eaten but it is not bad though I hope they will give a bigger portion. I don’t fancy their truffle mushroom soup as it is kinda foamy.

And what’s a meal without desserts? I am not a desserts person until recently. Don’t know why but I will suddenly crave for something sweet especially when I am stressed or loaded with too much work. No wonder people say ‘STRESS is DESSERTS spelt backwards’ lol

We tried Earl Grey Lemon Pound Cake and Thai Milk Tea Pound Cake. I can’t decide which I like better but I find that a little too sweet for my liking but I like the moist and dense texture of the pound cake.

Earl Grey Lemon & Thai Iced Tea Pound Cake

Earl Grey Lemon & Thai Iced Tea Pound Cake

All in all, I like the décor and cosy feel of the café and I will be back again to try their Portobello Mushroom Cheese Sandwich and Green Tea Latte.

 

 

The Assembly Ground
The Cathay #01-21/22/23

2 Handy Road, Singapore 229233

Tel: +65 67333375
Opening Hours: 10.30am-10pm (Tues-Sun), Closed Mon, kitchen closes between 3-6pm

Nearest MRT: Dhoby Ghaut MRT

Family Picnic at East Coast Park!

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It’s been long since our family gather for an outing! It’s always hard to arrange because everyone has a busy schedule and it is hard to find a day when everyone is free.

And finally, we managed to set aside a day for a picnic session at East Coast Park!

It’s not full attendance but still, it didn’t deter us from having a fun.

My older cousin prepared some simple sandwiches and croissants. I didn’t eat any because I just met my girlfriends for afternoon tea before I joined them. Check out how my little cousin Xann enjoyed the food :)

Picnic in SIngapore

Picnic in SIngapore

I’ve prepared some DIY kites (leftover from my craft workshop event) but alas I forgot to bring some crayons or markers to decorate. So we flew a plain white kite! Rather surprised that the wind at ECP is strong enough to fly my kite.

And then, my siblings and I decided to go cycling. Rented a bike for 1 hour and the rate is about $7-8 per hour. Off we go……..

Cycling at East Coast Park

Cycling at East Coast Park

I really enjoy cycling at East Coast Park as long as the weather is not too hot. There was one weekday evening that JM and I went cycling out of no reason and we both enjoyed this great activity!

By the time we finished cycling and cleaning up, we are all so hungry and went to eat Mootaka for dinner. Shall share more about my first time eating Mootaka next time!

Shall end off with the group picture we took using a selfie stick. Yes, a selfie stick! Haha i always think it looks retarded to use a selfie stick but I must say it is really useful when you want to take photo of a big group!

picnic group shot

picnic group shot

Money Saving Tips for New Singapore HDB Home-Owners

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My house renovation is starting this week! It’s kinda exciting and we’re anticipating to see how our design comes to realization.

We’ve decided against engaging an interior designer as we have a pretty clear idea of how we want our HDB home to be. And i don’t think I’ll need external help in deciding which colours to use for the walls, flooring, cabinets etc.

I am particularly excited to see how the study room will turn out. It’s a concept we got from our Seoul trip months back.

By handling all the design and planning ourselves, we actually saved quite a lot (but of course with good negotiating skills). This is what we call trade time for money. Below are some useful money saving tips that might be useful for new HDB home-owners who have just collected their keys!

money saving tips for new homeowners

save money with these renovation tips

 

Money Saving Tips for New Home-Owners

1. Use contractor instead of interior designer. If you have a design/theme in mind, you can look for ideas online and show it to your appointed contractor. By using contractor, you save more than 20% which is alot since it is going to be five-figure sum. Check out Pinterest (it’s free to sign up) as I got some of my inspirations from there. You can also check out some local renovation /interior design magazines for ideas and snap pictures of the things that interest you.

If you are looking for a contractor, do drop me an email / message and i will share my contractor’s contact details with you.

 

2. Negotiate to get the best price. No matter whether you are using an ID or contractor, always bargain. It doesn’t hurt to do so and there’s only upside. Probably the only downside is that the ID or contractor will hate you. We managed to cut the quoted price further by about 15%!

 

3. Buy electrical appliances during SALE! Great Singapore Sale is a good period to buy electrical appliances and mattress. And not forgetting Philips Carnival (once or twice a year if i am not wrong). We’ve bought Philips air fryer, hairdryer, food steamer, rice cooker for less than $500.

 

4. Get pre-loved furniture or electrical appliances. I must first say that i don’t really like to use 2nd-hand things and i have never used any 2nd hand things before. But, i was offered a free fridge and super-branded vacuum cleaner for free and they have been used for less than a year, so why not? I rejected the book shelves though. If you have any property agent friends, they might have expat clients moving out and do not want to bring back these things. You can actually buy from them or get them for free. We got them for free because JM’s sis served expat families mainly and there was this family who is moving back to their country after a 1 year stint here.

 

5. Get your lightings/furniture from Taobao.com. It is really a treasure where you can get things at half the price in Singapore. It has almost EVERTHING you will need – from lightings, furniture to even toilet bowl. Yes, we got a toilet bowl from Taobao!

 

6. Be active on the Facebook page of your BTO project or at least be active reading the posts by others. Many a times, people share money-saving tips and they organize bulk orders so everyone can save together.

 

7. DIY your furniture. It’s not just about saving money but it’s kinda fun to make your own furniture or decorations. We’ll be making our own study table and i will be doing the graphic design for the artwork to be hung on our wall. It will be a proud moment for us to see our masterpieces in our home!

 

HDB Home Renovation

I will share pictures of the renovation process, end results and the total costs subsequently.

Thanks for reading :)

Seoul Trip (with Downloadable Travel Bingo Game )

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I’m back from Korea trip for awhile already and I must say it is one of the most awesome trip. I want to go again pleaseeeeeeee!!

Korean trip - Korean BB@

Must eat – Korean BBQ at Pal Saik

I did research and planned the entire trip myself. Came up with a Travel Bingo game to make the trip more interesting and fun. And when I posted on my FB page and instagram, I got so more likes than ever and a few friends started to pm me and ask me for my itinerary.

things to do in Seoul

Travel Bingo – things to do in Seoul

And I’ve decided to upload the updated Things To Do in Seoul Travel Bingo  so you can download and print. Recommended to print on kraft paper for aesthetic purpose.

You can award yourself with more shopping funds or a good food if you manage to complete 3 lines on your bingo card.

If you are travelling to Seoul soon, hope you find this Travel Bingo interesting and enjoy yourself in Seoul!

 

We love Seoul

We love Seoul