Food Discovery – Star Chef Seafood Restaurant @ Gelang Patah

We explored the small town of Gelang Patah for food hunting and this was a trip that we truly relished. Hopping onto a cab, we had no idea what to eat and where to go. Eventually we settled at this eatery by the name of Star Chef Seafood Restaurant.

Star Chef Seafood Restaurant

Aka Restoran Xinming Chu, it is located at 51, Jalan Gelang Emas 1, Taman Gelang Emas, Gelang Patah, Johor Bahru.

Photo Credit: Star Chef Seafood Restaurant

We reached Star Chef Seafood Restaurant for our dinner. As you can see, this restaurant is open concept and has no air-con.

Nevermind that it has no aircon, although we heard some protest from Small M initially.

What We Ordered

Enough introduction of Star Chef Seafood Restaurant. Nothing beats knowing how good their dishes are. Our stomachs are limited, but our appetite is big! This was what we ordered.

Here’s a glimpse of the price list.

Tea – RM $6.

Guessed this was only gripe as we saw a dead red ant on the pot so we didn’t let the kids drink.

Others – RM $9

Vietnamese / Singapore spicy fried mihu x2 – total RM $10

Yeung Chow Fried Rice – RM $5

Three Egg Mixed Bean Curd – RM $8

Clam (lala) – RM $13

Pork Tenderlion with BBQ Sauce – RM $13

Broccoli with Garoupa Fillet(s) – RM $36

Hong Kong Kailan – RM $10

Salted Egg Yolk Crab (x1) + Black Peppered Crab (x2) – RM $94 for 3 crabs

Pipa Tofu(s) – RM $12

Our total bill adds up to RM $216 (SGD $75). We thought the whole meal was very very valued for money.

Star Chef Seafood Restaurant has satisfied so many customers. We were glad to be one of them. You should be here too!

Star Chef Live Crab Fresh Seafood Cantonese Cuisine
Address:  51, Jalan Gelang Emas 1, Taman Gelang Emas Gelang Patah
Telephone: +60 19-772 6606
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Flight Experience Singapore – Real Flight Simulator @ Singapore Flyer

We’re sure every kid will go crazy if they are given the opportunity to fly Boeing 737. When Big and Small M heard we are going to do so, you can imagine how excited they are! Continue reading “Flight Experience Singapore – Real Flight Simulator @ Singapore Flyer”

Beat the Heat – Indoor Rock Climbing @ Climb Central

Never did we imagine we would do rock climbing together as a family. Now that school exams are over, it is timely for us to explore Climb Central at Kallang Wave Mall. We have passed by Climb Central on several occasions and every time, climbers of all skill levels and ages would spend their weekends “conquering” the obstacles. Continue reading “Beat the Heat – Indoor Rock Climbing @ Climb Central”

Itinerary Compilation: Taiwan Travelogue in a Nutshell

We were asked about our Taiwan itinerary by many parents. Well, school holidays are coming and there’s nothing better than for the whole family to explore the best of Taiwan. This is a compilation of our Taiwan travelogue in a glance. All you need to do is to click onto the individual blog title and it will direct you to the blog post. Happy sharing and reading 🙂 Continue reading “Itinerary Compilation: Taiwan Travelogue in a Nutshell”

10D9N Taiwan Travelogue – (Part 10): Day 10 @ Anning Clothing Street 安寧成衣街 and Dream Mall 夢时代

We have come so far in penning down our adventure in Taiwan. Never did we imagine this travelogue would stretch up to 10 blog posts. A word of thanks to some readers out there who were asking us if we are going to continue blogging on Taiwan. And there are still many parts of Taiwan we have yet to visit. Till next time. Hopefully soon?

Anning Clothing Street 安寧成衣街

It was our final day in Kaohsiung and we planned to do some shopping in the morning. We were recommended to visit Anning Clothing Street 安寧成衣 which was reminiscent to Wufenpu 五分埔 in Taipei. It is located behind The Kaohsiung Railway Station,running parallel to Jiouru 2nd Road. The wholesalers feature the latest fashions and accessories. The clothings were real cheap! The best part of Anning Clothing Street was that it is just a few minutes car ride from Kindness Hotel.

The apparels, bags, shoes and accessories being sold in Anning Clothing Street come from China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. Do you know that this is southern Taiwan’s largest off-the-rack clothing market with over 300 clothing stores?

The prices were up to 70% cheaper than standard retail. Some items cost as low as NTD $50!

When you visit Taiwan, remember to bring along a relatively empty luggage as you are going to shop till you drop.

Address:

Anning Street, Sanmin District. At the back of the Kaohsiung Main Station, runs parallel to Jioru 2nd Road.

How to get there:

Take the Red Line to Houyi Station (R12). Take exit number 2 then it is about a 10 minute walk.

Dream Mall 夢时代

The Kaohsiung Dream Mall is the largest mall in Taiwan as well as in East Asia. There are 10 floors of shopping in addition to a B1 and B2 food court/shopping space. Each floor of the mall is designated by type of store and product.  For example, there are mostly children’s stores on the 5th level and sports apparels stores on the 6th level. There is a Japanese Department store at one end of the mall, as well as a Muscle Asia health club, and a large Ferris wheel on the roof.  Another great aspect of the mall is the movie theater complex on the 8th floor.

If you have been to Vivo City in Singapore, this is how big Dream Mall is. We arrived here and headed for the food court which was really huge.

There was a section in the food court specially designed for family and kids to dine. Look at this tea-cup seat.

On the right is a choo-choo train.

We missed Singapore food

Right after our lunch, we explored Dream Mall.

You will be spoiled for choices which level to go! For us, we would be going to the last level to a place where kids love … amusement park 🙂

This is the place where Big and Small M are looking forward to. Honestly, it is a far cry from Disneyland but if you were to think of having an amusement park inside a shopping mall where adults can dine and shop while kids can be entertained, it sounds great.

One of the most famous features of the Dream Mall is this Ferris Wheel. It is the only Ferris wheel in Taiwan that allows both city views and ocean views. After dark, the neon lights from the Ferris wheel continuously changes colors and patterns like the fireworks.

Kids being kids. Big and Small M simply love getting a thrill from the Viking.

Can we go again please?

Rides and more rides!

As it was a weekday, there were not many visitors here.

This means we do not need to queue up for any rides.

And off they go. It looked scary from this angle but rest assured it was totally safe!

They hoped it could be faster though. We guessed the park wanted the riders to ride slowly to admire the views of Kaohsiung.

 Address:
No. 789, Zhonghua 5th Rd, Qianzhen District, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan 806
Direction:
By train -> Kaohsiung KRT -> Dream Mall Shuttle Service:
Take train to Kaohsiung Train Station (高雄火車站) -> Take Kaohsiung KRT (高雄捷運) from KRT R16 Station to KRT R6 Station -> Dream Mall Shuttle Bus (夢時代購物購物中心免費接駁車) at exit no. 3 of KRT R6 Station.

Falling in Love with Taiwan

Going to Kaohsiung airport was a breeze. So easy for visitors as all it takes is to hop onto the MRT to the airport station. We had so many sweet memories for the past one week plus in Taiwan. Many miles were covered and many places were checked.

It will be unjust to say which places in Taiwan are better. To us, every place is beautiful in its own rights. It symbolizes the spirit of Taiwan and the friendliness of its people. We enjoyed ourselves thoroughly.

Memory notes written by a visitor in Kaohsiung International Airport

Video credits to Expedia on travel guide to Kaohsiung. Enjoy planning your itinerary 🙂

Till we meet again. Thank you Ms. Taiwan 🙂

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10D9N Taiwan Travelogue – (Part 9): Day 9 @ Kenting National Park 墾丁國家公園, Eluanbi Park 鵝鑾鼻公園, Longpan Park 龙磐公园, Kai Xuan Night Market 凯旋夜市 and Liu He Night Market 六合夜市

So, we visited Cijin Island 旗津島 in our last blog and thought that would be our only encounter to get near the seas. In this episode, we surprised ourselves with much more places to sight-seeing. But first, we had to check in to our new hotel.

Kindness Hotel

Kindness Hotel is a chain of hotels in the Kaohsiung city. Ideal for fun and relaxation, Kindness Hotel – Kaohsiung Station Chen Chien is located in the Sanmin District area of Kaohsiung. Before booking this hotel, we were looking for one with cheap rates and good review. Looking at a review of more than 9 in Agoda, it didn’t take us too long to consider booking and here we are.

Kindness hotel is not posh-looking and some parts may look dated. However, we think they made it up with their good customer service.

After a long day of shopping, the hotel’s cafe is where you would like to chill out. If you are the hotel guests, free supper (Taiwanese porridge and usual food items) is included every night.

There is this soya-bean ice cream machine at the lobby. It is all-day free flow for the guests.

This is how our room looks like. Decent and spacious in the most important part – our beds! How much we paid for it? S$158.81 for 1 day.

The beds are soft and fluffy. How can they resist chilling out over here?

The view from our hotel room.

Good morning, everyone! Let’s try out Kindness Hotel breakfast buffet. Earlier on, we mentioned of the good customer service. Yes, the hotel staff would walk around the tables to ask the guests how was the food quality and anything they can improve or assist. We thought it was a very nice touch by the hotel. Thumbs up for them 🙂

Look at the spread. It seemed more than a lunch buffet.

Soya-bean milk

Nice coffee-making machine for the caffaine addicts.

We would call this as our brunch. The hotel is not stingy in the food servings. We were really full by the time we finished our breakfast and that would last us till the late afternoon.

Another plus of Kindness Hotel. One of the beautiful things of visiting Taiwan is the availability of bicycles for guests to rent and explore the city.

Our overall experience at Kindness Hotel was pleasant. The room could be better but what’s more could we ask for when the rate was just S$158? This is inclusive of breakfast and supper buffet as well. The hotel is clean and is the kind of no-frills stay many are looking for. This is Kindness Hotel address if you intend to book it.

Kenting National Park 墾丁國家公園

We booked a cab to bring us to the Kenting National Park 墾丁國家公園 in Pingtung. This trip took up to 4 hours travel on the road. This is so because Kenting is located at the extreme southern tip of Taiwan. It is famous for its beautiful beaches and lush vegetation, and plenty of differents corals. Along the way, we stopped at some rest points for toilet breaks.

Exhausted from the long road ride but the smell of fresh air and being near to sea waters brought great respite for us!

Kenting National Park is a tourist attraction and don’t be surprised to see flocks of visitors here. Low mountains and hilly terraces prevail over much of the land in the park, along with rugged high cliffs and sandy deserts. The swimming beaches with yellow sands and turquoise waters are wonderfully suited to recreation, and sightseeing on a scooter or bicycle is highly enjoyable.

Local shops lined up near the entrance. We had seen the best of Taiwan night markets so there was nothing much to shop here.

How good is this! Near to the sand, near to the beach. Head down to Kenting which boasts some of the most pleasant climate in the country. We don’t get such natural wonders back in Singapore. Treasured every bits of our trip.

The wind was so strong and chilly.

A further walk up will bring you to Maobitou Park. As a result of the movement of the waves on the limestone reef coast, the terrain of this area resembles a crouching cat looking out at the sea. The inshore fishermen of Taiwan used to refer to the prominent cape as a nose (“bi” in Chinese). Therefore, it was named “Mao(cat)-bi(nose)-tou (head)” (Maobitou), meaning “cat’s nose”!

Definitely relaxing to laze on the grass patch

 Up next, we are going to get nearer to the waters.

Address: No.32, Ln. 125, Hengnan Rd., Hengchun Township, Kenting

Our driver drove us nearer to the coast.

Where we can get up close to the sea waters. Not a good idea to swim here as the currents were strong. It was winter season and definitely no go into cold water.

One trip but many memorable moments were captured.

Lunch at Kenting

On our way to Eluanbi Park, we stopped by at this restaurant for our lunch.

Ordered the local cuisines. A sumptuous spread of dishes right here.

Eluanbi Park 鵝鑾鼻公園

Eluanbi Park was created in 1982 to provide an appropriate venue for people coming to visit Taiwan’s southernmost point and one of the peninsula’s most notable landmarks, the Eluanbi Lighthouse, also called “The Light of East Asia”. It stands 21.4 meters high and is reputedly the brightest lighthouse in Asia.

The admission tickets cost NT$30 (adults) and NT$15 (children).

However, please note that the park will be closed during typhoons period.

This was the trip that we came to know Taiwanese love dogs so much. Many a times they would bring their furkids out together with them.

Take a stroll in Eluanbi Park. Honestly, it wasn’t that impressive when we entered. If we were to compare with Singapore’s Botanic Garden, it would be far fetch. But wait till we delved deeper into the park and find some really interesting spots.

One of the highlights of travelling overseas is to expect lots and lots of walking. When travelling with little ones, it would be wise to bring along your stroller.

Small M loves this shot very well. It looked so natural.

Visitors can choose to take a trail along the sea to enjoy the sea breeze and view or  explore the Eluanbi Lighthouse.

The famous Eluanbi Lighthouse 鵝鑾鼻燈塔 right here. Another attraction checked from our list 🙂

 The lighthouse was severely damaged on two occasions – during the First Sino-Japanese war in 1894 and allied bombing during the Aerial Battle of Taiwan-Okinawa in 1944.

An exhibition room at the park provides the history of Eluanbi Park.

Eluanbi Lighthouse gives a panoramic and unblocked view of the sea. This place is that serene and tranquil.

This is definitely a place to explore when you are in Kenting.

You should be here too 🙂

Eluanbi Park is open daily from 7 am to 5.30 pm. Hours of operation is extended from 6.30 am to 6.30 pm during the month of April to October.

Address: 946, Taiwan, Pingtung County, Hengchun Township, 鵝鑾里鵝鑾路301號

Longpan Park 龙磐公园

Situated in Pingtung County is Longpan Park. With a wide range of grassland, Longpan is lying between Jiae road and the Pacific Ocean, and is a spacious place for visitors to watch the sunrise, sunset, and the stars. As a coral limestone tableland, Longpan is rich in slumping cliffs, caves, and fissures eroded by rainwater.

It was beginning to rain when we arrived.

Small M’s hair was flying in the wind! These were our adventures in Kenting before making a long road journey back to Kaohsiung. We were supposed to go firefly watching but had to give it a miss as all the kiddos were totally knocked out in the car. We wanted the kids to experience this one of these days. You can also watch fireflies in other parts of Taiwan. Click here to find out more.

Catch a video on Longpan Park 龙磐公园 here:

Address:Jia-E highway, Hengchun, Pingdong County

Kai Xuan Night Market 凯旋夜市

If you are taking the MRT to Kai Xuan Night Market, take the subway Red Line to the R6 Stop.

Walk out of Exit 2. Cross the street heading south and turn left. You’ll be at the night markets within 5 minutes. If you don’t want to walk, there is a free shuttle to and from the station to the markets.

We read in the airline magazine that Kai Xuan Night Market is touted as the largest night market in Taiwan. So we were expecting the “Shilin” atmosphere when we reached here but alas, it was a big disappointment.

The place was big but the stalls were few. Not the kind of thriving night markets we visited previously.

We did a bit of shopping and eating and didn’t spend much time here.

We couldn’t resist these buttered grilled prawns.

The highlight of our Taiwan trip is about eating and eating.

Big and Small M favourite flour balls. Is there any of these in Singapore? We have a craving for them.

Liu He Night Market 六合夜市

The Liuhe Night Market is a must visit market if you are in Kaohsiung. It is located in the heart of Kaohsiung and is easy to get to by MRT. To come here, take the MRT Red Line and alight at the R10 stop or Orange Line O5 stop. It is the famous Formosan Blvd. station. Walk to Exit 11 which is the Liuhe Night Market Exit and you will be at the eastern end of the market.

Our eyes lit up when we arrived at Liu He Night Market. It was bustling with activities and visitors were thronging the streets. Do you know that the market open from 5pm to 6am!

We find the local Taiwanese are very appreciative of street arts and performances. They would slow down and be entertained by street buskers. Fancy singing “Country Road”?

The best thing to do here is to try the local cuisine.

Hot from the oven
This friendly stall owner invited us to try their soft oyster omelette and so we did.

Beef noodles stall.

We ate a lot and now we were craving for desserts.

Slurp down a bowl of warm beancurd in the cold weather. We also met a Singaporean couple visiting Kaohsiung and like us, stayed in the same hotel and travelled by the high speed rail.

This furkid was kind enough to allow us to snap a picture of him with Liu He Night Market in the backdrop.

Liu He Night Market has plenty of spaces for visitors to walk and overall it was a pleasant experience exploring it. If you visit Kaohsiung, never leave without visiting these night markets.

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Play, Eat, Fun @ Mint Museum of Toys {Giveaway Admission Tickets for 8!}

We paid a visit to Mint Museum of Toys recently and had one of our most surreal experiences ever. Imagine being teleported back to our childhood days, surrounded by an amazing array of more than 50,000 pieces of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia, 8,000 of which are on display at the museum. You will be amazed to know they came from more than 40 countries, including Singapore, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, the United States, and even Bulgaria.

Journey Back to Childhood

Sights and colors relating to cartoon characters greeted us when we stepped into the hallway of Mint Museum of Toys. The ambience exhibited an atmosphere of coziness and we knew we were in for a good treat. Literally.

We were hosted by a friendly staff who shared enthusiastically with us about Mint Museum of Toys and the toy exhibits that we could expect to discover here. Here we are, all ready to embark into our journey of discovery.

A Magical Story Behind Each Level

Hey, every level of the Mint Museum of Toys exhibits a different theme. We come to know they are called Collectables (Level 2), Childhood Favorites (Level 3), Characters (Level 4) and Outer Space (Level 5). We are sure you are going to love them! To know the story behind the toys of these levels, click here.

Level 2 is home to one of the largest China-made toy and collectable collection in the world

These vintage toys of Snow White and seven dwarfs dates back to 1930’s!

There is definitely room for a game of hopscotch 🙂

Every Toy Tells a Different Story

These vintage toys look so real. How we wish we can bring them back home! Looking at their manufactured dates and price tags, we realize the Mint Museum of Toys definitely has one of the finest private collections of toys.

Get ready for pictures galore here. Let’s go …

Mint Museum of Toys’ unique collection is valued at over S$5 million, and originates from more than 40 countries. These include Disneyana toys and memorabilia; Character toys such as Astroboy, Batman, and Popeye, Pre-war Japanese toys and Tintin collectables, amongst others. More than half of the collection was found in Singapore and can be regarded as part of Singapore’s heritage.

We come, we snap and collected back lots of memories. Finally, we get our chances to relive our childhood again.

The admission charges are affordable as well.

June Holiday Programme 2016

Mint Museum of Toys has organized a range of workshops during MINT Carnival (28 May to 26 June 2016) to keep your little ones occupied. This June Holidays, join in for one of the museum’s many hands-on workshops happening here at MINT Museum of toys. Learn a new skill and get to bring home your very own hand-made toy. From Robot Clay Art to Build A Kaleidoscope, there’s something for everyone!

So what are you waiting for, sign up for these workshops now!

For more information, please write to register@emint.com or call 63390660.

For advanced registration, fill up our online form

Mint Museum of Toys also has a gift shop at the entrance dedicated for our little ones. We bought some old school childhood games back home as well 🙂

Feeling hungry? Hop onto Mr Punch Public House to satisfy your hunger pangs.

Opening Hours

Monday – Sunday
9.30am to 6.30pm
Last admission at 5.30pm

Public Holiday
Eve of Lunar New Year
9.30am – 4.00pm

First day of Lunar New Year
Closed

Second day of Lunar New Year
Closed

General Enquiries

Tel: +65 6339 0660
Fax: +65 6334 3373
Daily from 9:30am – 6:30pm

If you are unable to get through to our museum, you can also drop us an email at info@emint.com

Location

Mint Shop is situated at 26 Seah Street, Singapore 188382.

Accessibility

Mint Shop is handicap friendly. We have an elevator, and a wheel-chair accessible washroom.

GIVEAWAY!

Special thanks to Mint Museum of Toys, they are giving 2 lucky winners with a set of admission tickets each. Each set of 4 admission tickets is worth S$45 and it entitles entry to 2 adults & 2 children:

Congratulations to our 2 lucky winners – Lynda Chua and Cindy Gan!

All you need to do is:

  1. Like Katong Kids Inc Facebook Fan Page & Follow Instagram: katongkidsinc
  2. Like Mint Museum of Toys Facebook Fan Page & Follow Instagram: mintmuseumshop
  3. Share and tag this blog post to as many friends as you can. Please ensure your account is set to public.Terms & Conditions:
    1. The giveaway is meant for 2 lucky readers worth up to $45 each.
    2. The validity period of the tickets is for one (1) month. It is not applicable with other promotions.
    3. The winner must be agreeable for his/her contact details to be provided to Katong Kids Inc & Mint Museum of Toys.
    4. Judges’ decision is final. Closing date: 20 May 2016.

Please note that all fake social media accounts (eg. Facebook accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will be deemed ineligible to win.