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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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2Six Cafe @ Katong Square

2Six Café is pleased to announce the official opening of their outlet, conveniently located besides I12 Katong Mall, at Katong Square on 7 August 2016!

Why 2Six? Simply put, this is a café where two to six or even more persons can get together. The new 2Six Café unveils a no frills dining concept where diners can chill out and connect with each other. Continue reading “2Six Cafe @ Katong Square”

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Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy: Wave Cafe $5.10 National Day Special!

Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy’s latest National Day promotion would certainly strike a chord with food-lovers. The Wave Cafe is dishing out Singaporean delicacies at $5.10 per set as we celebrate Singapore’s 51st birthday.

That’s right, it’s just $5.10 and it’s limited from 5th to 9th August. Let’s take a look on the menu for each day. Customers may choose to top up additional $2.00 for a Popsicle and $1.50 for a canned Soft Drink or Coffee/Tea. All prices unless stated as nett are subject to service charge and prevailling government taxes. Continue reading “Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy: Wave Cafe $5.10 National Day Special!”

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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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Parkway Parade: Heniu Teppanyaki, Japanese Cuisine

We are not a teppanyaki fanatic but happened to try it out at over a weekend. Located at the basement of Parkway Parade where the Food Republic is, Heniu Teppanyaki is sure to deliver the best sizzling experience and provide a feast for your senses. Continue reading “Parkway Parade: Heniu Teppanyaki, Japanese Cuisine”

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Dunman Food Centre: Heng Heng Prawn Mee Soup

Dunman Food Centre is one of the popular hangout for food-goers in the East. Personally, I like this food centre not only because of its wonderful food selection but also because of its cleaniness. Continue reading “Dunman Food Centre: Heng Heng Prawn Mee Soup”

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Marine Cove: Babalicious, It’s Simply Delicious (Family Friendly Restaurant)

Now that Marine Cove is opened to public, it’s no surprise that throngs of people would pack the place especially during the weekends. We visited Marine Cove during the night and felt it was very much better to explore the playground during this timing. No scorching sun and best of all, with newly opened eateries there, it’s perfect family bonding time. Continue reading “Marine Cove: Babalicious, It’s Simply Delicious (Family Friendly Restaurant)”

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KFC Again – My Experience with This Staff at KFC Outlet

You must have read the recent news on KFC after staff accidentally locked 5 customers inside outlet, causing a bad dining experience for the diners at Novena Square. We had another “experience” today while dining at Parkway Parade outlet.

I had a craving for KFC meal and made an impromptu trip to the outlet at Parkway Parade and queued up for a 2 piece meal. There was a queue and two staff were serving the customers.

One of the queue cleared and a male staff by the name of Reiner invited me over to take my order. I didn’t think much of it and made my order. While tending to me, Reiner kept addressing me as “lao ban” or “老板” in Chinese. I was just an ordinary customer, no difference from the rest and was  obviously surprised by his gesture. I observed him and he delivered more than what any customer would expect within the space of 3 mins:

  1. Addressed me as “lao ban” or “老板” throughout the order (I don’t think I deserve it)
  2. I requested for chilli sauce and he provided me with chilli and tomato sauce (in case I need it)
  3. Reiner handed me a leaflet of KFC coupons for me to use in future orders (saving my pocket)
  4. Greeted me to enjoy my meal and have a nice day before I left (makes my day)
Reiner in red uniform with his Assistant Manager, Eden, definitely WOW our day!

You think that’s all, folks.

We left the outlet satisfied by his exemplary customer service. Just when we were getting ready to eat, I noticed a pink post-in note on our KFC meal box.

“Thanks you for choosing KFC as your meal. Hope I have WOW your day!” From Reiner (KFC PWP) 🙂

OMG, it’s not easy to find a customer service staff who is just earning a simple living to exhibit such enthusiasm and positiveness in his job. He takes so much pride in being a KFC staff! We are so blessed to be served by him.

A lesson learned today – take pride in whatever we are tasked to do. Our little actions can go a long way to make someone’s day. Thank you Reiner!

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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 🙂

Bathroom

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 highly-recommended cafe by the name of Streets of London located at Katong Point 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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