Sunday, November 23, 2008

A local getaway at the Ritz-Carlton

Three weekends ago, E and I went on a mini-weekend break at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia (our stay was gratis, but I can't publicly divulge how we got this deal). Our room was really nice -good size, and with a marvellous view of Kallang Bay and the Sheares Bridge section of the ECP highway. One of the highlights was the bathroom, with a huge bathtub which shared the same view as the main bedroom area although a major letdown was that such a luxury class hotel didn't provide bath salts or bubble bath.

It was a wonderful break for us. We borrowed movie DVDs at the Esplanade Library to watch in the hotel, and ate lunch at Tomo Fine Dining (more on that in a later post). I also renewed my magazine subscriptions during the SPH Women's Fair which was coincidentally being held at Marina Square that day and came away with tons of free gifts (high quality beauty products) as well as a voucher for a free facial at a Sothys salon, which I promptly went for the same day (salon located at Millennia Walk).

So, all in all, an extremely fruitful and (very!) low cost getaway.

Baan Rim Pa, Phuket

Just a final (extremely belated!) post to round-up the Phuket trip, on Baan Rim Pa, one of the most famous restaurants in Phuket, specialising in what they call "Royal Thai Cuisine". Baan Rim Pa is located just up from Kalim Beach, on a rocky outcrop with stunning views overlooking the Andaman Sea. It used to be the founder's house, but has since been converted to a group of three restaurants (Baan Rim Pa, on the highest floor which is at the same level as the main road; Joe's Downstairs at the second level, a modern restaurant focusing on Australian cuisine; and Da Maurizio, an Italian restaurant which is at the lowest level right on the rocky outcrops).
Mindful of our earlier miscalculation for Mom Tri's, we made sure that we arrived in good time at Baan Rim Pa to get an eyeful of the sunset (my earlier photo of the Phuket sunset with the fishing boy was in fact taken sitting on those rocks you see in photo above, I also caught a hermit crab but decided to free him.).
The ambience was romantic in a retro way, with creeping vines, live piano music, and dim lighting. Food? Good, but not spectacular for the price we paid - about 100 SGD for three dishes, including tom yam goong, steamed fish with lemon and garlic, green duck curry. Oh well, the stunning sights made it worth our while.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Back to Blogging

Sorry about the radio silence on this blog. I was dealing with some personal matters and did not have the mood to cook or try new restaurants. Now that I am feeling better, new posts will be out this week!