Inaniwa Yosuke @ WISMA

There is a Japanese Steet at Level 4 of Wisma Atria Shopping Centre. This was the first time that I went there, and we went to dine in Inaniwa Yosuke. There was a one for one promotion before 7 pm. Hence, 2 set menus cost $18.90 before taxes. I do not know when would the promotion end. Regardless, there is also a 10% discount for everyone who signs up as a member on their app. This is limited to the first time that you used the app. 

Let's now focus on the food. We ordered the Sliced Pork and Curry Rice bowl set menus, and we decided to have 1 hot and cold udon to try as well. The udon is the star. The udon is not your usual thick and chewy type. It's still chewy, but it's thinner than normal. On top of that, there's a wheat aftertaste to it. The hot udon is served in a bowl with a very light broth. The broth is pretty much tasteless to me. It's not something that I enjoyed. The cold udon is so much better than the hot one. You eat the cold udon just like cold soba. Dipped the udon into the sauce and slurped the udon.

这是我第一次去Inaniwa Yosuke用餐。 Inaniwa Yosuke 位于Wisma Atria购物中心4楼。刚好,那晚有一对一的促销活动。2套菜单的费用为18.90新元。促销会何时都能结束哦。餐厅以天妇罗餐厅而闻名。

我们点了猪肉片拌饭和咖喱饭套餐。我们也点了一份冷和热乌冬面。乌冬面是这件店的主角。乌冬面偏薄。冷的乌冬面比热的好吃多了。

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Now, let's move on to the rice bowl. Let's talked about the curry rice bowl. It's sweet and slightly peppery. They are very generous with the sauce, so much as that every grain of rice was coated with sauce. Honestly, I felt like I was having porridge and maybe because of their generosity, the dish is too rich for my liking. I had to keep drinking tea to wash down the taste.

我们来品尝咖喱饭碗。 它甜而略带辣。 每粒米饭都掺上酱汁。 老实说,我觉得我在吃粥。这道菜太浓厚。 我不得不喝茶啊!

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As for the sliced pork rice bowl, I decided to not eat the rice as there was too much carbohydrate for a meal. The pork slices were very thin, similar to those that you would use for steamboat or Shabu Shabu. Surprisingly, the pork tasted sweet. I had to add in the grated ginger, but it didn't help to balance the taste. 

至于猪肉片拌饭, 猪肉片非常薄。 猪肉吃起来有点甜。

 
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Overall, I am quite disappointed by all the dishes, but on second thought I am someone who prefers ramen over udon. On top of that, the restaurant is famous for their tempura set. I did not try that as I could not take prawns. Hence, my review may be biased. Nevertheless, if I have to choose 1 dish that I like, it would be the cold udon. That's the most enjoyable dish that I have out of all the dishes, and I would definitely recommend the cold udon only.

Let me know if you have a different opinion about this restaurant. Feel free to comment and share the post. That’s all for now. 

总的来说,我对所有的菜肴感到失望。然而,冷乌冬面真的不错。

如果您对这家餐厅有不同看法,请告诉我。 随意评论和分享帖子。


Address: 435 Orchard Road #04-45 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, 238877

Flying Through NYC

It had always been on my bucket list to take a helicopter. I wondered what it is like to be in one. New York City has a special space in my heart. Hence, during my second time to the big apple in 2017. I made it an absolute must to take a helicopter ride in this magical city.

There are a lot of helicopter tours available in NYC. There are equally expensive. Just Google and there would be plenty of options. It's best to find one that matches your budget.

乘坐直升机一直是我的夢想。 纽约在我心中有一个特殊的位子。 因此,在我第二次去纽约,我绝对必须乘坐直升机。

纽约有很多直升机之旅。 同样昂贵。 最好找到符合自己的预算。

 
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My friend and I decided to go with https://heliny.com/tours. It covered most of the attractions, and the ride is about 20 minutes. It cost around 240 USD excluding flight fees. Here are some tips, check out Groupon and Viator for the offers. I remembered booking our tour via Viator. Secondly, make good use of your New York Pass or New York Sightseeing Pass! You can quickly get about a 15% discount when you book the tour with these passes.

When we were in Big Apple, we decided to bring forward the ride by a day because we were around the area. Secondly, the day happened to be very clear, and weather forecast predicted that it's going to rain the next day. Thank goodness we did that. We were fortunate. We managed to change the reservation. We got a clear view from high above. And guessed what, it did rain on the next day. I was really thankful! I can't imagine my disappointment if I went on a rainy day.

However, I did have a slightly sad experience, as I was not given the window seat. Seats are assigned as it's part of the safety procedure. They need to spread out the weight evenly so that the helicopter would not be lopsided. I decided to put my phone away and immerse myself with the experience. The view was spectacular.

That was not the ideal seat as you can't get to take as many photos or videos as you wish. You can't see much at times because your partners on both sides would be blocking the views with their cameras. It sucks, but you could still enjoy the scene and the ride by looking around. Personally, I think that the best seat is the beside the driver. Nothing is blocking your view. You can see everything.

Anyway, if you wish to take the tour during the slight breezy day, fret not! This helicopter ride had the smoothest departure and landing. It was way better than some of the plane flight that I had taken. I am a sensitive person, and I experienced motion sickness easily. However, I do not have an issue with this.

我的朋友和我决定使用 https://heliny.com/tours。它覆盖了大部分景点,车程约20分钟。费用约240美元,這不包括航班费。以下是一些建议,请查看 Groupon 和 Viator 的优惠信息。我记得我們通过 Viator 预订车程。您也可以使用 New York Pass New York Sightseeing Pass 预。您可以获得15%的折扣。

当我们在Big Apple时,我们决定馬上改变了行程,因为天气预报预测第二天会下雨。 我们很幸运。那天很晴朗。我们从高处能看到很美的景色。第二天真的下雨了。謝天喜地。

然而,我還是有一點的小失望。因为我没坐在靠窗的座位。為了安全起见,我們必須坐在指定的座位。他们需要均匀地分散體重,这样直升机不会不平衡。我决定把手机拿走,让自己沉浸在体验中。景色非常壮观。

雖然这不是理想的座位,我无法拍摄照片或视频。有时看不到風景,因为伙伴們都会用相机阻挡景色。 我认为最好的座位是驾驶员旁边。没有什么能阻挡你的視線。 

无论如何,直升机的出发和降落最顺畅。我很容易晕厥。但是,我对此没有任何问题。


Here’s a short clip of my trip in New York City in 2017.

这是我2017年在纽约市旅行的简短剪辑。

That’s all for today!


Man Man Unagi Japanese Restaurant @ DUO

I always wanted to give this restaurant a try because there is a queue outside it even on regular days. When Brenda asked me out for my birthday, I decided that this is the perfect chance for me to give Man Man a chance. (Thank you Brenda!) Honestly, I was pretty excited.

我一直想参观这家餐馆,因为即使在常规日子也有人排队。当Brenda约我庆祝生日时,我觉得这是一个很好的机会。 (谢谢 Brenda!)

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On the day that I visited the restaurant, there was no queue. The queue started to form during dinner time. Brenda and I arrived maybe 15 minutes earlier than the dinner crowd. I am happy not to queue. Both of us ordered the unagi and salmon belly rice bowl. Personally, I prefer a mix of meat.

On top of that, this is one of the cheaper options on the menu. The speciality of this restaurant is the Unagi. Hence, the price point of the food here is slightly steep. Moreover, I observed that the restaurant at DUO is somewhat small, I think this may be one of the reasons that contribute to the queue.

在我去餐厅的那天,没有人排队。队列在晚餐时间开始形成。Brenda和我早到15分钟。我很高兴不必排队。我们俩都点了鳗鱼和鲑鱼肚饭。

这是菜单上更便宜的选项之一。这家餐厅的特色菜是鳗鱼。因此,这里的食物价格略高。此外,我观察到DUO的餐厅有点。我认为这可能是导致排队的原因之一。

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The uniqueness of the dining experience is that you could enjoy your meal in 3 different ways. Ask the service crew for help if it's your first time dining there. They would suggest that you divide the bowl into quarters so that you could try the 3 different styles and have 1 more portion of your favourite choice.

First, you can try the original version; meaning you could have the rice bowl as it's served to you. I could taste the salmon and unagi, but there's nothing impressive about it. Personally, this option was pretty bland.

用餐体验的独特之处在于您可以通过3种不同的方式享用美食。如果您是第一次在那里用餐,请向服务人员寻求帮助。他们会建议你将碗分成四分之一,这样你就可以尝试3种不同的款式。最后的一份,您可以随配搭。

首先,您可以尝试原味版本。我可以品尝鲑鱼和鳗鱼,但没有什么令人印象深刻的。这个选项非常平淡。

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Next, I added in the garnishes and shredded seaweed. This option was better, as the garnishes added an extra crunch and fragrance. I like this.

接下来,我加入了配菜和海藻。这个选项更好,因为配菜增加了香味。我喜欢这个配搭。

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For the third part, I added in the broth, which was yummier than the soup. Overall, it looked and tasted like porridge. I would recommend this on days that you feel sick and want something tasty.

对于第三部分,我添加了汤。总的来说,它的外观和味道像粥一样。

 
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It's apparent that I preferred the second method. However, I don't find anything special about the food here. The unagi, which is the star of the dish, tasted pretty average. I don't see the hype. I doubt I would crave for this. Nevertheless, there are some rumours that the branch in Chinatown served better food. Hence, if you wish to try Man Man Unagi, I would encourage you to go to the one in Chinatown.

Comment below and let me know if you have tried this before. Feel free to share the post.

我喜欢第二种配搭。但是,这里的食物没什么特别的。鳗鱼是这间餐厅的明星,但味道相当平均。然而,有传言称唐人街的分店提供更好的食物。因此,如果你想尝试Man Man Unagi,我会鼓励你去唐人街。

如果您之前尝试过,请告诉我你的评价。

x, Esther


Address: 7 Fraser St, #01-48 DUO Galleria Singapore, Singapore 189358

How to Apply for the SSEAYP Programme and Survive the First Interview?

I was in need of a break and a change in 2015. I decided to apply for the Ship for Southeast Asia and Japanese Youth Programme, fondly known as SSEAYP. I remembered vividly that I sought advises about the application process from Anthony. He was a former participant of the programme and sat on the SSEAYP International Board then. He happened to be a facilitator for one of the plans on board too. He advised that it would be good to have a testimonial to go with the application. I supported my file with 2 letters of recommendation; 1 from Anthony and 1 from my former boss.

I would suggest attending the information session as well to have a better understanding of the latest installment. During the sharing session, there was the emphasis on “flying the Singapore flag high”, “you are representing the country” and “once in a lifetime experiences”. It may be a good idea to use the SSEAYP language too. This acts like a sprinkle of fairy dust in your statement as it sounds more personal.

在2015年, 我决定申请东南亚青年船(SSEAYP)计划。我记得从安东尼那里寻求有关申请程序的建议。他曾是该计划的参与者,然后坐在SSEAYP国际委员会。他也是其中一个计划的推动者。他建议我有一份推荐信。我准备了两封推荐信支持我的档案; 一个来自安东尼,另一个来自我的前任老板。

我建议参加信息会议,以便更好地了解最新计划。

 
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Here’re some tips for the application process:

1. Be Neat!

I remembered using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill up the Application form repeatedly. It was a painful process as the file was not user-friendly. I printed out the document and used my neatest handwriting to fill up the form, and that was 3 years ago. I hope that you could now easily use software to fill up the form. Nothing pisses off an administrator if he/she can’t read what you are writing.

2. Check your documents before submitting!

Check that you have all the documents before submitting. You may have to forfeit your chance for any missing documents. You may want to note that it’s not the administrator's responsibility to tell you that you have missed out a paper. Your application may just be rejected.

以下是申请流程的一些建议

1.要整齐!

我记得使用Microsoft Word和Adobe Acrobat Reader重复填写申请表。 这是一个痛苦的过程,因为该文件不方便使用。 我打印出文件并使用我最好的笔迹来填写表格。这是3年前的事。 我希望您现在可以轻松使用软件来填写表单。

2.提交前检查您的文件!

在提交之前检查您是否准备好所有文件。 管理员没有责任告诉您忘了一些文件, 因此您的申请可能会被拒绝。

HOW TO SURVIVE THE FIRST INTERVIEW?

Before the first interview, we were told to dress comfortably, preferably in pants and covered shoes. This is an obvious clue that there would be some hands-on activities during the interview. Around 50 youths turned up on the day of the event, and indeed we were split into teams for team bonding exercises. We even had to come up with a performance by the end of the day. In the midst of all the activities, the National Leader (NL) and NYC representatives would be giving you eye power, in other words, observing you. I would assume you know what to do, right?

The interview is similar to almost every other job interviews. Why did you join the programme? How could you contribute to the team? Blah blah blah... They could direct a question to the party too. The keyword here is TEAMWORK! Learn to agree to disagree.

第一次访谈

在第一次面试之前,我们被告知穿着舒适,最好穿着裤子和鞋子。 这是一个明显的线索,在面试过程中会有一些实践活动。 活动当天约有50名年轻人出现。 国家领导人(NL)和纽约市代表都会观察您。

面试与几乎所有其他面试相似。 为什么你要加入该计划? 你能为队做出贡献吗? 等等。。。。。。 他们也可以向党派提问。 这里的关键字是TEAMWORK!

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Anyway, every country has different sets of criteria and ways to shortlist the ambassadors for the programme. Whatever that I wrote in this post is about my batch only. I am sharing my experience. From what I heard from other youths were that, for some countries, only 1 person would be shortlisted to represent their province/city/state. Over the years, even the format changed. For some years, only the finalists are required to go for the teambuilding exercise. Time has changed.

Application for SSEAYP opens annually. In Singapore, the programme is administrated by the National Youth Council (NYC). Details are available on their website.

Hope this post has been useful to you. Feel free to comment and share the post.

每个国家都有不同的标准和方法来列出该计划的大使。 我在这篇文章中写的是关于我的经验。 在新加坡,该计划由全国青年理事会(NYC)管理。 详情可在其网站上获得。

希望这篇文章对你有用。 随意评论和分享帖子。

x, Esther


Best Memories of SSEAYP

I am here to share about my experience about the Ship for Southeast Asia and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP). It is opened to youths, age 18 - 30, from Southeast Asia and Japan. It's similar to an exchange programme, but everyone would stay on the ship, fondly known as Nippon Maru, and cruise over the deep blue ocean. Every year, each of these countries would send around 27 youths. Of course, we get to alight from the ship and visit institutions and homestay.

I was from the 42nd batch, and I represented Singapore. Psst... I joined this programme 3 years ago. SSEAYP was indeed an interesting and fun one to go!

我在这里分享我对东南亚青年船(SSEAYP)的经验。 来自东南亚和日本的青年,年龄18至30岁,都可以参与。 它类似于交换计划,但每个人都会留在船上,被称为Nippon Maru,并在深蓝色的海洋中巡游。 每年,这些国家都会派遣大约27名年轻人。 当然,我们从船上下车,并访问机构和寄宿家庭。

我来这第42批。在2015年,我代表新加坡参与了这个活动。 SSEAYP确实是一个有趣的活动!

Why did I join this programme?

The number 1 reason why I joined SSEAYP was due to JAPAN! I had always wanted to visit Japan but never had the chance. The total cost of travelling to Japan can be quite hefty. Hence, when I knew that I only need to pay SGD900, and I get to visit Japan and other SEA countries. I am sold! It’s a perfect deal! Secondly, I needed a break. Everything fell into place nicely. Hence, I decided to submit in my application.

为什么加入这个活动?

我加入 SSEAYP 的第一个原因是 - 日本! 我从来没有机会去日本,因为前往日本的总费用非常高。 我也想休息一下。 因此,当我知道我只需要支付 SGD 900; 能到日本和其他国家旅行, 我决定在报名这个计划!

SSEAYP - 最美好的回忆

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直到今天,我最美好的回忆之一就是创造和营销。 因为我来自企业传播团队,所以我有机会概念化和设计一些营销计划。 从这次经历中,我意识到了自己的能力。

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Being in the middle of nowhere

One of the great things about this programme is that it's hosted on a ship. Hence, maybe 60% of the time, you would wake up in the middle of nowhere. Every other day, you get to listen to the sound of the wave, enjoy the sea breeze, sunrise, sunset and all the beauty that nature could draw. I managed to catch the milky way too on one of the nights. It’s also a great chance to imagine yourself as the lead in “Eat Pray Love”.

在海中央漂泊

该计划的一大优点是它托管在一艘船上。 因此,有60%的时间,你都会在不知名的地方清醒。 每一天,你就可以听到海浪的声音,欣赏海风,日出,日落。。。。。。 我也看到了银河系。 这也是想象自己是 《美食、祈祷和恋爱》 的女主角的好时机。

Making new friends from different countries 

The best part of the programme is that you would get to make new friends. No doubt you would have fun with another. Some of the people who you met on board may turn out to be a friend for life.

结交来自不同国家的新朋友

该计划的最佳部分是你可以结交新朋友。 你在船上遇到的一些人可能会成为终生的朋友。

These were some of my best memories in SSEAYP and in life. Everyone would earn different experiences. I would love to hear from you what’s your best memories in life. Feel free to write to me or comment in the link below.

I would be sharing more about SSEAYP so stay tuned!

这都是我在SSEAYP和生活中最美好的回忆。 每个人都会获得不同的经历。 我很想听听你生命中最美好的回忆。 请随时给我写信或在下面的链接中发表评论。

我会分享更多有关SSEAYP的内容,敬请期待!

x, Esther