Hihi! I am Serene Heng:) I was born on 22 December 1988, a huge baby who weighed over 9 pounds. I grew up in a humble house, raised by my adorable parents. I have two elder sisters, 4 nieces, 1 nephew, and 1 rabbit. Hahaha はじめまして。 どうぞよろしくお願いします！
2015 Resolutions1) Learn how to swim
2) Learn to speak the Japanese language
3) Go for dance classes
4) Take part in Oschool Dance Recital
5) Help my P6 students do well for PSLE
6) Decent savings in my bank
7) Run 100km by 2013
`°•.¸¸.•°` Tuesday, July 16, 2013 `°•.¸¸.•°`
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I haven't wore makeup or dress up to work for quite a while now, so when Jojo dated me out last week, I was very thankful! I finally had a chance to doll myself up and look pretty. Hahaha. Though I work near town area and have to walk through Ion everyday to take train home, I never really had the chance to shop there. So Jojo and I decided to dine and shop at Ion that every day.
It was a packed weekend and all restaurants were crowded. We walked passed this Japanese restaurant with attractive ramen models placed outside the door. I went there once before and thought the food was decent. Nothing fanciful but it was still acceptable. They had a open kitchen concept so you could see the chefs preparing the food. I decided to give it a second try but I totally regretted it afterwards.
The Hokkaido Ramen restaurant, Men-ya Kaiko, is located at Ion Food Hall B4-54, the first restaurant on the left if you take the escalator directly in front of Orchard MRT station.
When I went there for the second time with Jojo, I knew I would never return again. One of the most important thing to me about dining out is the level of hygiene uphold by the staffs. When the food was served, I picked up my utensils and had a shock. The chopsticks and spoon were oily. If I were eating in a hawker center, I could understand why the utensils weren't cleaned properly. But this was a restaurant located within Ion Orchard! I couldn't be bothered cleaning the utensils using tissue because the oil stains won't go off. I had to request for a set of disposable utensils instead.
Despite our smiles, I was really not satisfied with the food.
We ate and shopped and took a train down to Bishan Coffee Bean, our favourite place for HTHT. Hahaha.
Hawker food tastes better than the ramen I had.
Speaking of which, let me show you what's nice.
Seng Kee Bak Kut Teh 肉骨茶
Chong Boon Market & Food Centre
Blk 453A Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
This is one of Papa Heng's favourite Bak Kut Teh. They have been using their signature blue bowls for as long as I can remember. The soup is refillable for free so we can just sit there the whole day drinking it because the taste is just so good. Best of all, it came at a fraction of the price I paid in the Japanese restaurant. The hawker can be extremely crowded especially over the weekends, so do come arrive earlier. Like wise, parking your car can be a problem as well.
Hello my loves.