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Dining | Lunch in CBD with The Entertainer

The Entertainer is an application for the mobile phone which is filled with 1-for-1 dining, travel, leisure and beauty & spa services offers. Sounds like an essential app on your phone? YES it is!

When I looked though the list of merchants for 2015 at which I can use the app, I can’t help but feel like going to all of them! Some are popular merchants that I frequent already, so it is an icing on the cake that I now have the privilege of enjoying the same item but at half the price with the 1-for-1 offer. And the others are those that I would like to try.

Anyway may I bring you back to how useful The Entertainer app is for an average working adult, like ME!

The central business district, a.k.a CBD, is the commercial and business centres of any city, Singapore included. The concentration of banks in the CBD also makes it a financial district. In Singapore, the CBD spans two MRT stops from Tanjong Pagar to Raffles Place.

Food does not come cheap in the CBD due to prime rental rates but with the Entertainer app, I found a sizable number of eateries in the CBD that I could use the app, but the below 3 are my favorites for lunches as they aren’t too heavy and are healthier choices for me!

Nothing But Green

Nothing But Green is an organic cafe which offers a selection of organic and natural alternatives. Aimed at encouraging diners to make informed decisions on eating food that is natural or organic and cutting down on processed food item,  this cafe serves up food items like soups, sandwiches, salads and Asian delights.

The Entertainer App Offer:  Soup, sandwich and salad.

Prices: From $4.80 for a bowl of soup to $12.80 for a smoked salmon sandwich.

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Address: 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #02-102 Singapore 081007


Sushi Burrito

Sushi Burrito is a healthy Japanese fast food restaurant that offers a broad selection of freshly rolled burrito sized sushi rolls. Sushi Burrito recreates the sushi eating experience by serving healthy and delicious meals on the go. Each Sushi Burrito has a great balance of carbohydrates, fresh Japanese ingredients and 40% of mixed greens,  and even an option that has no rice, making it perfect for those on a no carbohydrates diet.

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The Entertainer App Offer: Japanese Salad and Half Sushi Roll

Prices: From $4.90 for a salad to $7.50 for half a sushi roll of Grilled Unagi topped with bacon bits

Lunch for two is only $7.50, which works out to almost like a meal at the economic rice stalls except you get to enjoy premium quality ingredients, great greens and a less oily lunch.

Address: 100 Tras Street 100AM Shopping Mall #01-06 Singapore 079027 and 62 Collyer Quay OUE Link #02-12 Singapore 049325


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Bergs prepare their patties and sauces  in-house with their menu peppered with Asian inspirations of spices and tropical fruits. A lunch at Bergs will leave you feeling satisfied and all ready to finish the day’s work in full steam. A huge selection of gourmet burger awaits you at Bergs and if you are on a low carbs diet, you could request for the sesame buns to be replaced with lettuce leaves.
The Entertainer App Offer: Main menu item, which means anything on the menu!
Prices: From $9.50 to $18.50 for a double patty burger.
Lunch for two will comfortably cost $15.  But if you are feeling really hungry and have the stomach for the double patty burger, The BFB, with bacon, egg, cheese and pineapple sandwiched within the buns, it will still be well below $10 per person!
Address: 137 Amoy St #01-01 Far East Square  Singapore 049965

The above three eateries are not the only places available in the CBD. You will be pleased to know that there are more than 70 vouchers that are available on the app in the CBD alone. From swanky Italian restaurants to delectable dessert stalls to fast food outlet, there is a choice for every craving and budget level.

The Entertainer app is only S$60 with an early bird discount since the year has just began.  If that is not enticing enough, until end Feb, users of the promo code 2015ALVIN can enjoy a further 10 per cent discount on top of the early bird price. That means The Entertainer app costs S$54 for the whole year!

Just for you reference, since I got the 2015 app, I have already utilized 4 vouchers, saving S$65. So the earlier you have the app, the more you can save and not to mention the more of different eateries you can try!

Hop over to Alvin’s Blog to see a graphical explanation on how to download and use the app.

Download the Entertainer now!

The discount code 2015ALVIN is valid until end Feb 2015 and the Entertainer 2015 app expires only at the end of 2015.

Thank you for dropping by!

Live & Love Life,

Everest

Around SG | One for One deals with The Entertainer App

I got my hands on The Entertainer App in August this year and in these 3 months, I have used the app for 1 for 1 meals, drinks and dessert and almost used it for a hotel stay in Thailand if not for the full occupancy in the hotel.

I can’t rave enough about this app and how much savings it has brought for me and my family and friends except to show you what I have used it on.

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I tried new eateries, consistent favourites, satisfied my sweet tooth and scrumptious hotel buffets. All these amounting to great savings of more than SG$200. The image below are the redemptions that I have made with my app.

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A significant amount of disposable income is spent on food for many Singaporeans due to our work and lifestyle habits. And having The Entertainer app  gives you access to 1 for 1 deals, helping you save money when you dine out.

The 2015 edition includes more buy one get one free vouchers to an even more exciting array of dining, travel and lifestyle deals. More than 1,000 merchants are on board, with over S$100,000 worth of savings! Highlights include Au Petit Salut, Wendy’s, Toby’s Estate, Spa Artisan, True Fitness, and Banyan Tree.

Best of all, the price has been reduced to just SG$60 for the app and SG$75 for the book to offer a better value for our customers!

The Entertainer Singapore app retails at SG$75 but get it before the end of December at an early bird price of SG$60. It is available for purchase on the website (www.theentertainerasia.com) or via your appstore. Link here.

Quick math, I used my app for two hotel buffets which added up to savings of SG$80. That alone is savings enough to cover for the cost of the app! The location of the merchants are scattered all over Singapore and Orchard has a good mix of types of food for you to choose from  for its 1 for 1 deals.

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What are you waiting for?

Purchase the app purchase on the website (www.theentertainerasia.com) or via your appstore. Link here.

 Stand a chance to win yourself The Entertainer App by sharing or commenting on this post!

Live & Love Life,

Everest

Around SG | The Entertainer X The Pelican

Weekends are great times to hangout with friends and family over food and drinks.

The_Pelican_The_Entertainer_2But sometimes we do run out of places to visit where we can get a good meal and get a great discount, like 1-for-1 deals.

Fret not when you have The Entertainer on hand, literally as it is an app on your phone.

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For the month of August, The Pelican | Seafood Bar & Grill  are offering The Entertainer members unlimited 1-for-1 Belvedere cocktails when a voucher for a main course is used.

You can purchase The Entertainer One Month Mobile subscription at only SGD19 for the month of August.

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Just after one dinner at The Pelican, you would have saved SGD19 after the purchase of the 1 month subscription to The Entertainer.

Imagine the savings you would have from these 1-for-1 deals with the many other food outlets participating in this subscription.

Below are a handful of the many food outlets to choose from:

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I went for the 1-for-1 Marriott Buffet dinner deal just last week and would love to try their Hi-Tea Buffet soon! More on that another day. The_Pelican_The_Entertainer_3Enjoy the lovely ambiance and view from The Pelican | Seafood Grill & Bar.

To purchase the subscription of The Entertainer for 1 month, click here, key in the discount code of “@everest” to enjoy the promotion rate of SGD19. Promo is valid until 1 September 2014.

The Entertainer Singapore One Month Mobile Product is priced at just SGD 19, which gives you access to all 770+ buy one get one free offers for Singapore’s hottest restaurants, nightspots, informal dining, spas, activities, attractions and more – for one month from the date of activation. With 3 vouchers per merchant, you can visit the Entertainer’s partners more than just once or include your family and friends in the 1-for-1 fun!

Thanks for dropping by & happy dining!

Live & Love Life,

Everest

Travel | Buffet Lunch at Pyramid Tower Hotel

We walked past the Atrium of Pyramid Tower Hotel on the first evening we were there and peered over to see the spread not before checking out the prices.

At RM55++ per person, it was worth a try and also a good way to spend the afternoon and a strategic way minimize our shopping time as we could stay there till about 4pm.  ;)

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The buffet spread has a good selection of local cuisines from Malay to Chinese to Indian and some western dishes.

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PH decided that he still needed a good plate of chicken rice to fill up his stomach before his game.

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There are chefs stationed at various stations to prepare local food of your choice, ranging from Wanton Noodles, to Roti Jala and Lok-lok.

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With delicious cakes and New Zealand ice cream to end the meal and coffee to cleanse the palate, it was a great way for us to spend the afternoon in a relaxed fashion before heading to the mall in the attached building for more retail therapy!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Restaurant Fatty Crab, Kuala Lumpur

In this trip to Kuala Lumpur, I stayed on the outer ring of Kuala Lumpur in Bandar Sunway. And when it came to dinner plans, I searched for somewhere where it is more easily accessible from where we stayed as we didn’t want to be caught in some heavy traffic and be faced with parking woes if we drove into Kuala Lumpur city dinner.

Also as we were going to have dinner late, I had to make sure that the place we have our dinner closes rather late too.

So in my hotel room, while waiting for the Beebops’ event to end, I found Restoran Fatty Crab. For the benefit of my readers that are not familiar with the Malay language, Restoran is the Malay spelling for Restaurant.

We arrived at 10pm at night and there was a short queue to be seated with two groups of people ahead of us, we waited about 15 mins for our table. If you arrive at dinner time, I gathered that you could have a pretty long wait of about an hour or more.

Not surprising for a restaurant that has won Best Seafood in Time Out KL’s foor award for four years. (Read about it here)

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Once you are seated, the staff will come up to you and ask you for only the chicken wings order.

For the order for the rest of the food, someone else will come along shortly.

It was a thoughtful move to have us munch away on our chicken wings while waiting for our main dinner course to arrive as it was a wait of another 20mins before our food arrived. But that didn’t feel so long when we were engaged in conversation over wings and drinks.

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To be honest, there isn’t much variety on the menu and everyone was there for the crabs. But we ordered some fried rice to fill up the guys’ stomach.

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The fried rice doesn’t look mouth watering with it’s lack of ingredients but it is surprisingly tasty and has the smokey wok taste, commonly known as Wok Hei. The rice grains are loose and moist making it a perfect texture for fried rice.

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There are only a handful of choices for the methods of cooking the crabs.

At Fatty Crab, their signature dish is sweet and sour which we ordered together with steamed crabs.

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The steamed crabs were a little lack lustre as it was a little cooked leaving the flesh to be dry and not so sweet.

For the sweet and spicy crabs, it was actually a little odd in the first few mouths of the gravy. Maybe it was just a very unfamiliar taste and the taste bud was trying to look for something to identify with but there was none.

But dip the toasted crispy slices of bread into the brownish gravy and you just cant stop!

The taste of the sweet and sour sauce is really addictive and I can see why it is a favorite for many as it is so unique a taste that they keep returning for this indulgence.

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Our bill for 4 people came up to RM174.70.

It is definitely worth a try as I have not tasted anything quite like this sweet and sour crab.  But with a wait of more than an hour, you might just want to consider having it for supper instead.

Address:

No. 2 Jalan SS 24/13, Taman Megah, 47301, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, 47301, Malaysia

Opening times: Tue-Sun, 5.30pm-11.30pm

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Diet | Lunch Boxed

My week got a little busier and I didn’t manage to post daily. And with what little time I have in the night, I made my lunches for the rest of the week. Yippeeee… Daily home cooked lunch is the best!

Wednesday Lunch: Fried Quinoa with Kailan, Portobello Mushrooms and grounded chicken with a sliced hard boil egg.

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Thursday: Baked Salmon with Portobello Mushrooms with Lemon Juice with blanched french beans and baby kailan drizzled with Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

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 Colour Splash Marination of Dory Filet: Tumeric, Curry Powder & Cheyenne Pepper.

Use a pinch of salt to make it more flavourful but I am trying to reduce my salt intake so I didn’t add any.

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Friday: Baked Portobello Mushrooms with Mozarella cheese, baked marinated dory fillet and blanched Chinese Spinach drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

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Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Diet | Tasty Beefy Dinner

Today I had my lunch with an addition of an omelette from the economic rice stall. I was very busy at work and when I had some time on hand to snack as I was feeling hungry from my hectic afternoon. I reached for my planned snack of edamame and some raisins that was on my desk.

Planning for your meals and snacks help to limit all the likelihood of eating something that is not quite on your plan of clean eating.

And dinner was a meal deliciously prepared by Beano as I over to her place after work.

Home made beef patty with cheese centre, sauteed french beans and mash potatoes with spring onions!

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Lunch for tomorrow has been cooked. But I think my dinner is most probably gonna be taken outside as I will checking out on a friend who just gave birth!

Thanks for dropping by.

Love, Everest

Diet | Sometimes it doesn’t go as planned

Argh.

Lunch was as far as I got with clean eating.

I had whole wheat bread and ham sandwich for breakfast.

Salmon with Brocolli and Quinoa for lunch.

I forgot to take a picture of it.

And the rest is history…. In a bad way.

Chocolate for snacks.

Fried Chicken for Dinner.

Yes I am remorseful and my lunch is prepared.

Slice of Salmon. Fish meat with minced pork balls. Baby Spinach.

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How did you Monday munch turned out? Hope it is better than mine!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Dining @ Holiday Inn Resort Batam

Holiday Inn Resort Batam is located about 20mins car ride from the city centre and there aren’t many food options in the near vicinity considering that the nearby Waterfront Ferry Terminal seems abandoned. So it is almost inevitable that you will have another meal there besides breakfast.

Let’s start with the first meal of the day! The breakfast spread is not huge but in my opinion it does have sufficient choices from the Indian, Chinese to Western breakfast choices.

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Muesli and cornflakes mix  & crepe with honey.

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The daily bakes.

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Condiments for your porridge breakfast.

Most of the time, we take the ferry at about 4pm back to Singapore and we usually choose to stay in the hotel and explore the premises like going for a steam bath, sauna, head to the gym or swimming in the pool. This leaves us without much choice but to dine at the hotel eateries during lunch.

The veranda area facing the pool is a nice place to sit down for a meal enjoying the breeze, nicely sheltered from the scorching afternoon sun and possibly a view of some hunk or babe at the pool. ;-p

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I had a Chicken Curry Pizza while Elaine had Ayam Bakar Bumbu Kecap.

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I forgot to take a picture of my pizza so the above picture is as close as you can see the details which does have a generous serving of chicken.

We ended our meal nicely with a cup of coffee each.

In my recent trip, we tried the buffet lunch at the Chinese restaurant in the hotel, Dragon Inn Restaurant.

The buffet was less than SGD18 per pax and we decided to give it a try since it was affordable for a buffet, which was only available on weekends.

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The presentation of the items look pretty alright except that the fillings of the dim sum items are filled with lots of flour making it very starchy and needless to say not very tasty as there isn’t the usual meat nor prawns you can find in any regular dim sum. The individual items were larger than normal sized dim sums and it really make it so hard to eat something which is so starchy and tasteless and have such a hard texture. It is like eating a big hard bland fishball.

I would honestly not suggest you eat at Dragon Inn Restaurant’s buffet unless you don’t care much for taste and you would just want to fill yourself up cos this buffet really fills you up but satisfies none of your dim sum appetite.

There is a dinner BBQ buffet held on weekend nights at the veranda by the poolside which I have not tried, which I should endeavor to try it on my next trip there. Maybe you can let me know how the food is if you have eaten there before!

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

Travel | Things to eat in Batam

In a weekend getaway in Batam is almost impossible to miss having these two food choices. With cost of living in Batam being lower, food is more affordable and it is almost impossible to feel hungry with the choice available.

EAT AT AYAM PENYET RIA

 We have Ayam Penyet in Singapore too but what better country to eat it than the country of origin Indonesia! This outlet is located on the second floor of shopping mall Nagoya Hill Mall.

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Between the both of us, we ordered a serving of Ayam Penyet each, mine without rice. ;) A Gado-gado for sharing and an avocado juice for me and teh botol for Elaine.

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And this adds up to IDR57,750 which is approximately SGD6. (1 SGD = IDR 9,500)

Good price for such a filling meal right?

There isn’t much difference in the taste of the food but the chilli was much spicier than the one in Singapore and the serving of chicken is about 30% smaller than that of Singapore’s size but taking into account the price differential, it is still cheaper to order another serving and get more chicken for a cheaper price than in Singapore!

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EAT AT A&W

I love A&W. Curly fries, Root Beer Float, Coney Dog, Fried Chicken and Ice Cream Waffle!

This fast food chain needs no introduction right? Unless if you were born in the late 1990s you would not have much encounter with it in Singapore.  So give it a try the next time you are in Batam! Actually there is A&W in Johor Bahru too. But that is for another post another time. ;)

I never fail to sit down to grab a bit every time I visit Batam. Be it a meal, snack or drink, I will definitely order something just to satisfy myself that I am not missing out on any chance to indulge in this rare A&W opportunity!

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Strangely, despite the number of times I go to A&W, I only have these two pictures in my archives. I will endeavor to take more pictures next time!

The A&W outlet I went to is located on the second floor of Nagoya Hill Mall. If I am not mistaken, there are also outlets at Batam Centre and Mega Mall but I personally have not been to these outlets.

DRINK TEH BOTOL

Translated to English it means Bottled Tea. *duh*

It is a popular Indonesian drink of sweetened Jasmine Tea sold in bottles. The birth of this drink was a rather accidental attempt to transport the tea to different locations for test tasting. The big pots which cooked the tea resulted in spillage along the way and the solution was to bottle the tea in glass bottles.

At first taste, it taste a little weird. In the sense that the Jasmine taste in the tea was very distinct and strong, but halfway through the bottle you will slowly like it and before you realise it, you will be ordering it the next time you need a drink.

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See Elaine is as much in love with this tea as I am!

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If you think you will miss it too much when you return to your home country, fret not! You can get Teh Botol in plastic bottles, in set of 6 tetrapaks or sachets of pre-mix in the supermarkets located in almost all shopping malls. There is even a less sweet version for the calorie conscious. Remember to grab some packets of Indonesian Instant Noodles, Indomie when you are in the supermarkets!

DRINK COCONUT JUICE

After a hot day of sightseeing, what better way to rehydrate with the natural isotonic drink, Coconut Juice! I kid you not! Coconut juice contains electrolytes which hydrates the body better than plain water and works the same as canned isotonic drinks like 100plus or H2O minus all the refined or artificial sugars and other chemicals.

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We were walking along the busy streets heading to Batam City Square and came across this street vendor selling coconut juice and many locals were also there grabbing a quick gulp.

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I am not very familiar on how to choose a coconut which has soft flesh. I attribute it to luck that my coconut had more flesh than Elaine’s!

Each of the coconut costs about SGD1.

Many tourists to Batam have praises for the seafood quality and pricing but for some reasons we just never got to eating a seafood dinner until recently at Barelang. And I would be sharing this experience in another post.

Thanks for dropping by!

Love, Everest

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