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Starker Bistro @ Katong Square

Food hunting in the east? Look no further when it comes to Katong enclave. Located at Katong Square, Starker Bistro is the perfect place to usher in the weekend. Continue reading “Starker Bistro @ Katong Square”

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A Memorable 7th Tag Team Birthday Party

A little busy. Yet extra special. This sums up our exciting week!

This week 27 Aug 2016 it’s Lil M’s seventh birthday party and we are so excited to be sharing it with you.

Birthdays are not always a big celebration in our family. For our girls, one big birthday party during Kindergarten(K1/K2) & another big one in Primary 1. Alright, at least for now. We want our girls to look back on the photos and remember those special moments. This year Lil M wanted her birthday party to be held at a location where it’s big enough to invite her whole class, kindy friends (whom she missed), school mates…(Omg!) and she is able to Run with her friends, play/challenge and it’s not ‘babylish’.  We scouted the whole of east area, literally looking high and low for a venue that is fun for both boys and girls (inviting the whole class, party cannot be too girly) and narrowed on Tag Team@ECP. Continue reading “A Memorable 7th Tag Team Birthday Party”

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Tanjong Katong Road: Nan Xiang Chicken Rice

Nan Xiang chicken rice at Tanjong Katong Road would not be unfamiliar to many people. Many a time, I passed by Nan Xiang during the evenings and often saw crowds spilling outside the coffeeshop waiting for their turns to make orders. Continue reading “Tanjong Katong Road: Nan Xiang Chicken Rice”

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The Red House Katong: Heavenly Wang Cafe

This was the well-known Katong Red House Bakery, which was first set up in 1931 and closed down in 2003. The earlier generations would speak fondly of the good old days and the beautiful memories this place brought to them.

Continue reading “The Red House Katong: Heavenly Wang Cafe”

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East Coast Road: 227 Katong Durian

It’s the peak season for durian again. If you are not aware, the typical season for durian feasting occurs between June to August. The supply of durians this year seem to be better than last year. Over in social media, we saw Kampung durians selling for as cheap as $2 each over in Chong Pang market. How I wish there is such a sale over in Katong! Well, it doesn’t make any economic sense to travel from the far east to the north just to taste the $2 durians. We will make do over here at 227 Katong Durian located at East Coast Road. Continue reading “East Coast Road: 227 Katong Durian”

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Joo Chiat Road: Filipino Fiesta Restaurant, Authentic Filipino Food

Tucked in a little corner of Joo Chiat Road is a restaurant called Filipino Fiesta that sells authentic Filipino food  from all over the Philippines at affordable prices. Yes, you can call it wallet friendly.  Continue reading “Joo Chiat Road: Filipino Fiesta Restaurant, Authentic Filipino Food”

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Discovering Katong: Staycation Review @ Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong

Katong has come a long way from its early days when it was filled with coconut plantations. While these plantations have since become a story of the past, Katong has continued to thrive as a vibrant neighbourhood filled with the charm of Peranakan culture. Pre-war shophouses, colonial bungalows, hip cafes, many culinary choices and exciting hotel accommodations are what you can expect to experience in this tourist attraction.

We had our staycation at newly-opened Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong and here’s our review:

Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong

Nestled in the heart of Katong and Joo Chiat district, this 451-room Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is newly-opened! Built to cater to value-conscious travellers who want affordable accommodation, this hotel offers a perfect respite after a busy day of exploring city.

We arrived at the hotel lobby and were served by the friendly and hospitable staff.

Visitor Information booth.

Spacious indoor area for hotel guests to chill out.

More chill out spots at the outdoors too.

Hotel Rooms

There were 4 of us and our stay was made even more pleasant with the addition of connecting room.

While the rooms are relatively smaller, we were fine with it as each room was filled with the necessities to make our stay a pleasant one.

A great night’s sleep can’t be completed without a comfortable bed. We were pleased that Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong has catered to this need nicely. Our bed was comfortable and there were choices of soft and firm pillows.

Hey, a cute little corner at the side of the bed for you to chill out 🙂


The bathroom was certainly clean and well-maintained. Towels and soap were sufficiently supplied. Guessed our only gripe was that iron was not found in the room.

The shower gave good pressure as well.

A wind down spot – beverage making.

It was a lovely touch by the hotel to introduce Smart TV in the rooms. While the hotel may not have a swimming pool, we were well-entertained by their Smart TV and the attractions in the vicinity.

Amenities and Facilities

Hotel Inn Express Singapore Katong offers no-frills amenities and facilities for its hotel guests. They include a fitness centre, self-service business centre, a meeting room, a laundry room, free and fast Wi-Fi, Free Express Start Breakfast or a Grab & Go option.

Self Service Business Centre with iMac desktop stations for guests to use.

If you have little cravings, the hotel also offers Grab & Go option.

Free Breakfast

Good morning, let’s head to the Great Room for our free Express Start breakfast. The selection of breakfast includes carrot cake, baked beans, sausages, scrambled egg, pastries as such.

We were particularly fascinated by this beverage machine. Very cute!

Nearby Attractions

Nothing beats staying in a hotel that offers strategic convenience for everyone. Let’s take a look at what’s in store in this great location:

Take a dip in the waters and explore East Coast Park. You can read our blog on 10 kids friendly activities at Big Splash here.

Embark on an adventure in Marine Parade with heritage trail. Read our blog on exploring the Joo Chiat / Katong famous architectural attractions here.

In mood for shopping? Do you know there are no lack of shopping centres in Katong. Read our blog on 12 shopping centres that shape Katong here.

Parkway Parade Shopping Centre

I12 Shopping Centre. Located next to Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong.

Feeling hungry? Too many dining spots to recommend in Katong. Read our blog on a small eatery by the name of KL Shao Roast located at Katong Plaza which you might want to try out here.

Many Attractions, A Great Place to Stay

Styled with understated elegance, cosiness and affordability, Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong is here to offer you a totally fulfilling experience.

If we enjoyed our stay here, so will you!

Congratulations to InterContinental Hotels Group on the opening of this 451-room Holiday Inn Express in Katong!

Address: 88 East Coast Road, Katong, Singapore 423371 

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