THROUGH THE LENS: Singapore’s 50th National Day Parade + Staycation @ AQueen Hotel

*slaps forehead*

Geez… this entry was supposed to be posted in August but obviously procrastination and a sheer lack of time got the better of me. Usually when a post sits in “draft” mode for too long, I would just forsake it as it would have been outdated by the time I remembered its existence. But this is unlike the many others that had ended up in the trash because it is about the country I have spent all my life in. So I’m not going to let the year slip away without any mention of her huge milestone.

As many of you know, 2015 is a momentous year for all Singaporeans (and those who have resided in Singapore long enough to call it home) as we celebrate the nation’s golden jubilee, or SG50, as it is branded nationally. It is also a year of grief as we mourned the death of our beloved founding father Mr Lee Kuan Yew who had been with us every independence day celebration until his passing. But in the interest of keeping this post about the joyous occasion, I shall leave out the unhappy bits and spare you the agony of reading yet another tribute to our late Minister Mentor.

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When Singapore separated from Malaysia in 1965, many doubted that such a small country with no natural resources would survive. But we did, and we are still going strong after 50 years! So of course having gone through so much over so many decades, the National Day Parade (NDP) this year which served as the main commemorative event had to be different. Celebrated with tremendous fanfare, the campaign began as early as January last year with numerous companies adopting the SG50 branding for their marketing activities and providing consumers more than a year-long of SG50 deals and promotions (enjoyed the 50% discounts while they lasted XD ).

SG50 deals may have ended but there is still a wide selection of online discount codes, deals and coupons to the best Singapore’s online shopping sites available on Picodi Singapore!

Check out picodi.sg for the best offers from your favourite stores!

(psst… I see cheap air tickets)

And to make the celebration even more memorable for me, boyfriend and I won tickets to the parade at the Padang on the actual day (there were also a few sessions of public rehearsal prior to that for those who couldn’t get tickets to the actual event) after umpteen years of unsuccessful balloting! It was our first actual-day NDP experience and on top of that, at one of Singapore’s significant historic sites on her 50th birthday! I couldn’t believe how lucky we were! 😀

Tickets collection at Marina Square, June 2015

We collected our tickets at Marina Square some time in June!

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How our tickets look like! We were so thrilled to be receiving the tickets for the Padang instead of at The Float@Marina Bay!

I LOVE SINGAPORE ❤

Here’s what went down on that day.. in pictures!

NDP props

Behind those elevated seats were the props to be used later during one of the performances

Stairs to the Padang

To be honest, the make-shift stairs leading to the spectators’ seats were kinda scary

Boyfriend and I

My companion and I! Made the right choice to go sans-makeup on that day because the sun was BLAZING above us!

NDP stage

The elevated stage on the Padang

Overlooking the former Supreme Court

Overlooking the former Supreme Court. “Majulah Singapura” is the theme for NDP2015

Emcee

One of our emcees for the event

Opening act by The Sam Willows

Opening act by The Sam Willows

The crowd dressed in red and white

The crowd dressed in red and white, our national colours

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Members of Parliament

The arrival of Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong

The arrival of Emeritus Senior Minister, Mr Goh Chok Tong

The arrival of Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong

The arrival of Prime Minister, Mr Lee Hsien Loong

Ministers were all smiles as they waved their flags

Ministers were all smiles as they waved their flags

Mr Lee Kuan Yew tribute

A tear-jerking tribute to the late Minister Mentor Mr Lee Kuan Yew. Couldn’t hold back my tears when the footage was flashed on the screen. Although he was not with us at the parade, his seat was left vacant in honour of his memory and occupied by a sprig of yellow orchids. We miss you dearly, Mr Lee.

The performances began!

The performances began!

The ship that brought Sang Nila Utama to Singapura

The ship that brought Sang Nila Utama to Singapura

And then, Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore

And then, Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore

Vintage parade

The start of the vintage parade which re-enacted segments of the street parades that took place in the early 1970s

Vintage parade

More of vintage parade. Police officers in knee-length khaki shorts and knee-high socks.. haha, those were the days!

People's Association

People’s Association in the early 1970s!

SIA air stewardesses and trishaw riders

Singapore Airlines (SIA) air stewardesses being ferried by trishaw riders, as depicted in SIA’s olden TVCs

SIA fly-past

A fly-past by an SIA plane! If you’ve travelled with SIA this year, you should have seen our flag printed on the body 🙂

Uniformed groups

One of my favourite segments of NDP – the actual parade! A record of 37 contingents marched as a representation of the five points of Singapore’s total defence policy this year!

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

Contingents from social organizations and business firms

The Guard of Honour contingents

The Guard of Honour contingents

The Parade Commander

The Parade Commander

PM Lee standing on the saluting dais

PM Lee standing on the saluting dais

Awaiting the arrival of the President

Awaiting the arrival of the President

President Tony Tan standing on the saluting dais

President Tony Tan standing on the saluting dais before the parade inspection

State flag flypast

State flag flypast as we sang the national anthem…

A "50" formation flypast by the RSAF

A “50” formation flypast by the RSAF

President Tony Tan waving to the crowds

President Tony Tan waving to the crowds

More aerial display

More aerial display

More aerial display

More aerial display

As the skies had turned gloomy, the Singapore Armed Forces Parachute Team (Red Lions) had to cancel its NDP jump. Ahhhh, we were so disappointed! I believe they were, too, after rehearsing for so long! But obviously, safety first.

LEOPARD 2SG MBT

The mobile column display followed next, featuring the LEOPARD 2SG MBT

NOTE
Despite my efforts to ensure accuracy of the assets’ names, they may still be incorrect so please feel free to inform me should you spot any mistakes!

BIONIX II AFV

BIONIX II AFV

FLB (L)

FLB (L)

UNIMOG RID

UNIMOG RID

SPYDER

SPYDER

All Terrain Vehicle & K-9 DT

All Terrain Vehicle & K-9 DT

MUV

MUV

SMC

SMC

FCV & CSI VEH

FCV & CSI VEH

HMV

HMV

Stefanie Sun

Homegrown talent Stefanie Sun comes on stage to sing a medly of 2 past NDP theme songs – We Will Get There (2002) and One United People (2003). I was so excited because they’re my FAVOURITE theme songs!

Performance by the Singapore SOKA Association

Performance by the Singapore SOKA Association

The Singaporan identity - Ice Kachang

Possibly the highlight of the event, the showcase of the Singaporean identity which saw the People’s Association incorporating 12 large lighted props such as this 3.5m-tall Ice Kachang float into their lively dance routine

At the same time, theme songs of old local television shows such as English sitcom Under One Roof and Mandarin variety sketch show 搞笑行动 (Comedy Night), as well as of iconic campaigns like the Singapore Kindness Movement played in the background. Hearing those songs was a real blast from the past as I recalled watching these shows on television when I was really young! It’s something today’s generation will not understand because… who watches the telly these days? 😆

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#SoSingaporean words and phrases which only Singaporeans can understand. Why you so blur like sotong (squid) leh? Hahaha!

Mascots

Durian, Chilli Crab, and Water Wally. Food and mascots we Singaporeans grow up with

Changi Airport

Changi Airport, the best airport in the world!

Corrinne May

Corrine May appeared on the Toa Payoh dragon playground (a popular playground design in the past – so nostalgic!) to sing NDP 2010 theme song, Song for Singapore. A truly touching song :’)

SG50 balls

The audience got to play with the giant SG50 balls that were bouncing around!

LED troopers

500 primary school students lit up the venue with their LED costumes! How cute!

Stars

The stars from our flag!

JJ Lin

JJ Lin’s turn to perform this year’s NDP theme song, Our Singapore.

LED lights

The LED lights on the costumes turned white!

Kit Chan

And finally, Kit Chan makes an appearance to sing our all-time favourite National Day theme song, Home!

Pledge recital

Together, we recited the pledge. Felt so much pride!

Perhaps due to bad weather (it started to drizzle a little towards the end.. bummer!), there weren’t a lot of fireworks at the grand finale but that’s fine with me because to me, fireworks are overrated. What made the parade really enjoyable and entertaining were truly the performances. Not a single time did I feel bored throughout the 2-hour show! 🙂

Most white-collar workers here had a long and restful break in the the days leading up to 9 August (Sunday) because our President had declared 7 August (Friday) as a special one-off SG50 public holiday. So evidently, SG50 was of utmost significance to everyone in Singapore. In addition to the ongoing money-savers, our main public transport operators also provided free bus and train rides for the very first time on National Day! The news came as a big surprise because as public-listed companies, they are profit-driven and should technically be anticipating the increased earnings and returns on a public holiday (with extended service hours). Instead, they had put side their commercial interests to commemorate this special day! Knowing that it was going to be even more crowded everywhere due to this reason, boyfriend and I had booked a staycation at Aqueen Hotel Jalan Besar to get to the city faster.

Aqueen Hotel

Aqueen Hotel is a new establishment, having opened its doors only in late 2014. Upon arrival, what struck my eye was the hotel’s unusual facade which kinda reminded me of Iluma (what Bugis+ was known as before adopting its present name). Located within 10 minutes walking distance from Farrer Park MRT station (inclusive of the long pedestrian waiting time at the traffic lights opposite City Square Mall), it has, no doubt, taken up an excellent spot surrounded by many well-known eateries such as Scissors Cut Curry Rice (美芝律剪刀剪咖喱饭, just directly opposite the hotel) and Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant (a 5-minute walk away).

Aqueen Hotel reception

Aqueen Hotel reception

Aqueen Hotel lobby

Aqueen Hotel lobby

We booked a non-smoking twin room with a queen bed (the most basic room) through Expedia, which we found was a lot cheaper than booking directly with the hotel. Boyfriend paid a total of S$116.31 for a night as compared to about S$180+ for walk-in booking. And mind you, it was a last-minute decision to have a staycation and what’s more, on a public holiday. Of course, breakfast was not included for that kind of price. No biggie – there were so many other affordable dining options nearby!

Our room

Our room

The room we got was really tiny with limited space for walking. I would recommend going for a bigger room if you’re claustrophobic (or carrying a huge luggage). It was mainly in hues of grey, brown and white so there’s nothing to write home about. But I liked that it had a full-length window that allowed sunlight to spill into the otherwise sombre room.

The bed

The bed

Overlooking Jalan Besar Plaza

Overlooking Jalan Besar Plaza

The mini pantry!

The mini pantry!

Shower head

Shower head

I can’t comment much on their amenities since we only stayed there for a night. But I think this room is pretty decent for the price we (or rather, my boyfriend) paid. If you’re yearning to try some delicious and affordable Singaporean delicacies (Chinese, Malay and Indian cuisine available in the vicinity) without having to walk a distance, this is one hotel you should definitely consider!

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

AQueen Hotel (Jalan Besar)
230 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208906
Nearest MRT station: Farrer Park
Tel: 6426 0999
Click here to visit website

Staycation at Naumi Liora

Hey everyone!

Planning a birthday celebration for your boyfriend can be really tricky especially if you’ve been with him for years. No matter how creative you are, there will come a time when you’d completely run out of fresh and unpredictable ideas to surprise him. Having dated mine for close to 6 years now, it was one of the biggest struggles I faced while trying to think of ways to make his birthday memorable a few weeks back. From portrait painting to handmaking a Pooh plushie (his favourite cartoon character) to taking him out for a luxurious meal, I had practically done everything my brain was capable of coming up with for the past 5 years.

But this year, after exhausting my brain cells, I decided to be lazy and ask him what he wanted for his 29th birthday directly. It was a no-brainer question. After all, we’ve been together for so long. I knew he had always wanted another staycation but apart from the dreaded packing process and the unnecessary money spent which could be put aside for our year-end trip, I hated to be away from my own bed. Hence I tend to avoid that subject. But since it was already his final year of his 20’s, I relented on the condition that he jointly organised the staycation with me 😆

(Plus a surprise gift – a Braun Buffel wallet – presented to him at midnight of his birthday. Yeah, couldn’t resist buying a present for him in the end #byebyemoney)

We shortlisted a few hotels and finally settled on Naumi Liora, a four-star 3-year-old boutique hotel smacked right along Keong Saik Road near Chinatown and Outram Park MRT stations. What caught our attention was its oriental-themed interiors, its 24-hour gym as well as its close proximity to amenities like cheap foot reflexology parlours (at People’s Park Complex) and hip eateries such as Lime House and Three Buns (review comin’ up after this). Ann Siang Hill is also not very far off from the hotel as it’s just a walking distance away.

Hotel Naumi Liora

Hotel Naumi Liora @ Keong Saik Road

Naumi Liora corridor

Naumi Liora corridor

Comfy orange guest chairs near the entrance

Comfy orange guest chairs near the entrance of Naumi Liora

Relaxation corner near the registration counter

Relaxation corner near the registration counter

We were greeted with a lovely scent and an array of tidbits when we entered the hotel lobby. Called The Nibbles, the little snack bar offers a great selection of complimentary treats which guests can help themselves to anytime of the day. There were crackers, jelly, miniature ice cream (choices may change from time to time), hot beverages and even alcohol (chargeable though) to wallow in when hunger strikes in the middle of the night. These snacks are also replenished daily to ensure optimal freshness.

Newspapers to keep you in the know about what's happening in the world

Newspapers to keep you in the know about what’s happening in the world

Nibbles

Complimentary nibbles

Ice cream

Ice cream. Not from a well-known brand but it was still quite nice according to my boyfriend 🙂

Coffee machine which also serves Milo, Mocha, Cappuccino, Latte and Teh Tarik

Coffee machine which also serves Milo, Mocha, Cappuccino, Latte and Teh Tarik

Vodka

Vodka

More alcohol

More alcohol

Payment was made using credit card at the time of booking but the money was not deducted from the bank account until we arrived at the hotel reception desk for check-in. We were also told to place an additional deposit which would be refundable upon check-out (to cover any damages caused to the hotel room).

Being a small boutique hotel housed in a 155-year-old heritage shophouse, there was only one (slow) elevator servicing 79 rooms across all three storeys. Our Liora Quaint room (the cheapest one because we’re poor students 😥 ) was a window-less room located on the uppermost floor. The corridor leading to it was narrow and dimly-lit with blue-tinted lights, sometimes giving me the creeps when I had to take the elevator down to the lobby alone.

Liora Quaint

We had the choice of a Queen bed or 2 Super Single Beds in this 15-18sqm room

Work desk

Work desk

Hangers

Hangers

Electrical sockets on both sides of the bed, plus a pair of complimentary bottled water

Electrical sockets on both sides of the bed, plus a pair of complimentary bottled water

Lovin' the hotel's generosity: here's 4 more cans of complimentary canned soft drinks in the refrigerator

Lovin’ the hotel’s generosity: here’s 4 more cans of complimentary soft drinks in the refrigerator

Oh what's this? Is this a wardrobe?

Oh what’s this? Is this a wardrobe?

No, it's the bathroom!

No, it’s the bathroom!

Body lotion and soap

Body lotion and soap. Shavers, toothbrush, toothpaste and other bathroom necessities available upon request

Shampoo and body wash but of course, we brought our own

Shampoo and body wash (replenished daily as well) but of course, we brought our own

At S$140 per night, the room met my needs and expectations and was more spacious and comfortable than I thought. I loved the high ceiling that created a light and free atmosphere and the relatively strong Wi-Fi signal (even though it was only two bars of coverage at most throughout our stay). But the television reception was very weak and the picture quality of all channels was poor and grainy. Boyfriend also wasn’t very pleased with the type of shower faucet used in the bathroom. He was expecting the same ceiling-mounted shower head he saw on other blog reviews (which in fact is only available in Liora Porch, the highest range of rooms in this hotel) but was given the standard kind -_- Well, he has no one to blame but himself for not making sure before booking the room 🙄

Another perk of staying in Naumi Liora is the free access to its 24-hour fitness room as mentioned earlier. In order to avoid the morning crowd (assuming that there was any), we usually go to the gym during unearthly hours like 1 or 2am to burn some fats. The fitness room is hidden beside the stretch of hotel rooms on the ground level (turn left the moment you exit from the lift). It’s pretty small with only one set of every common exercise and workout equipment so unless you don’t mind waiting for other people to be done with the machine you want, you should only go there during weird timings when it is guaranteed to be vacant.

Naumi Liora gym

For more privacy, you may even LOCK the door as you work out. But of course, it can always be opened by any hotel room access card from the outside hahaha

Bottled water and towel

Wow at the hospitality of the hotel. Free-flow of bottled mineral water and clean towels for everyone who uses the gym!

Weights of all sizes

Weights of all sizes! I can only lift the lightest one sadly. Damn weak sia me 😦

Fitness ball (reflections don't count) and yoga mat

Fitness ball (reflections don’t count) and yoga mat

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One treadmill and elliptical trainer (yes only one. The other is merely a reflection on the mirror hehe). There’s also a stationary bike at the other side, not shown in this picture. All of them are equipped with a TV screen 🙂

I hardly work out in the gym but after this experience, I still prefer to jog around in the park where I get to bask in the morning sun and enjoy the natural breeze and greenery.

As the hotel does not have its own dining room, breakfast is served at two separate places along the same street until 10am everyday. Based on reviews, if you have opted for Western style, you would receive coupons for The Study beside the hotel. However we, perhaps being guests of a lower-range room (don’t know about you but the clear-cut difference in treatment doesn’t quite jive with me here because I don’t like to be deprived of the freedom to choose when it comes to food 😳 ), didn’t get to choose so we were automatically given Asian style. Therefore our breakfast for both days were fixed at Tong Ah Eating House (a coffee shop) just three shops down the walkway outside the hotel, which… okay lah, was quite good too 🙂

Breakfast coupons

Breakfast coupons

Tong Ah Eating House

Tong Ah Eating House

We got to pick between two popular Singaporean breakfast choices – Nasi Lemak and the traditional Kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs. Tourists who are planning to accommodate at Naumi Liora may consider opting for the Asian style to have a taste of what the locals eat for breakfast 🙂

Nasi Lemak

Nasi Lemak with Iced Milo

Very fragrant rice and meaty fish

Very fragrant rice and meaty fish

Kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs with a cup of Teh

Kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs with a cup of Teh. Kaya was thick and sweet!

Ended up only eating half of it because boyfriend accidentally poured too much dark sauce :cry:

Ended up only eating half of it because boyfriend accidentally poured too much dark sauce 😥

I personally enjoyed the meal a lot and it’s honestly one of the most generous portions I’ve ever had for a hotel breakfast. Seeing how pathetic the spread of food for the Western style is on other reviews, I’d most likely opt for the Asian one anyway so alright I forgive you Naumi Liora 😛

View from the hotel lobby

View from the hotel lobby

Next up, I will be reviewing Three Buns where we dined at on boyfriend’s birthday so stay tuned!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Naumi Liora
55 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089158
Booking: (+65) 6403 6003
Enquiries: (+65) 6922 9000
Email: iora.aide@naumihotels.com
Website: http://www.naumiliora.com/

Staycation at Hotel Clover 769

Hey everyone!

Last Thursday marked the fifth year since my boyfriend and I got together and to celebrate that special day, boyfriend booked a room at a boutique hotel among the many quaint shophouses at Kampong Glam (Bugis) so that we could hang out ’til late that night without having to worry about our transport back home. He also wanted to take a break after his five-week practicum and since school is reopening the following week, he thought it’d be great to have a staycation this week before both of us get busy again!

We have stayed at numerous starred hotels (local and overseas) and we really enjoyed the experience because of the nice deco, room service and the comfort of the beds. We have even taken pointers from how the rooms are designed for our future home and the best inspirations have got to be from boutique hotel which rooms are about the same size as the bedrooms of HDB flats today. I swear, if we are financially fit to stay in hotels every week, we would!

Boyfriend stumbled upon Hotel Clover 769 while browsing Agoda and was attracted by the relatively low rates ($150/night after discount) for a four-star hotel near the city. He booked it immediately without seeking my consent -_-

The hotel is located about 10 minutes away from Bugis MRT station. To get there, you have to go by exit B of the MRT station (towards Golden Landmark) and walk straight ahead until you see Santa Grand Hotel. Turn right into the small road and you’ll see the two-storey Hotel Clover sitting on the other end.

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Definitely not as bright as depicted in the picture but yes, that’s how it looks like. The hotel looks a little run-down from the outside but it’s really not the case! 🙂

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Hotel entrance

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You will be greeted by a range of vintage memorabilia

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You can be rest assured about the cleanliness of the hotel (not literally.. you know, some hotels are meant for quick rendezvous, right?) because all occupants are required to check-in and register for the room. I didn’t know about this policy so I went without my identity card. But they were pretty flexible and accepted my student EZ-Link card because it also indicates my IC number.

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Found at the entrance of the corridor towards all the rooms

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Another piece of vintage ornament

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This place is filled with inspirational quotes (on walls) lol. I love the typeface, so artsy fartsy!

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The brightly-lit corridor

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Our room! It’s the first room along the corridor

Hotel Clover offers four types of room: Clover Single, Clover Select, Clover Plush and Clover Lavish. The first two are the smallest rooms in the hotel (but still rather spacious for two occupants) without window while the last two are more roomy with windows. The best is, no doubt, the Clover Lavish which has an outdoor Jacuzzi. We opted for Clover Select and was pleasantly surprised by the room layout:

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The mini bar. It has the usual essentials such as a safe box, hangers, good quality teabags, a kettle and plenty of cups with teaspoons. Hair dryer is also provided in the first drawer below – something I really appreciate because I hate requesting for it from the concierge coz I’d be obliged to give tips. #miser

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A TV big enough to watch from the bed

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There is a foldable table top at the bottom of the TV. Great if you’re planning to do some work on your laptop!

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Our double bed, crumpled because boyfriend decided to lie on it before this photo was taken.

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Right beside the bed hung two (vanity) mirrors on the wall! Now you know who slept on the left side of the bed! 🙂

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Simple yet elegant ornament on the wall to remind you where you are!

Now let’s check out the gorgeous toilet!

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There are two water sources for showering, one of which is ceiling-mounted! Can you see it in the picture? Boyfriend loves this kind of shower head coz he likes to imagine himself “singing in the rain” rofl. But I don’t unfortunately. I prefer to have full control of the water direction, so detachable shower heads (also in the picture) for me any time!

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The sink!

Oh by the way, the toilet door has no lock. So be sure to only sleep in the same room with someone you trust 😉

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Bedroom slippers made of THICK, QUALITY, STRUCTURED fabric (can’t tell what exactly that is) that won’t spoil so easily. I’m so impressed. It’s probably the best bedroom slippers I’ve gotten so far. (Psst, took one pair home)

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The only decent picture of us.. and boyfriend’s signature pose lol

I went to bed at 4am as I was immersed with tuition lesson preparation (yes, still had to work the next day) and got up at about 9am for breakfast! I expected breakfast buffet like any other hotels but when we went to the dining area, we were told to choose between “Western” or “Asian” breakfast. Puzzled, we took a quick glance at the buffet table and saw only bread, condiments, cereal, beverages and utensils there. So yes, the young chef was definitely going to make us breakfast! We chose the Western one.

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Cereals and beverages

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Branded teabags which can also be found in the room’s mini bar

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Bread and a small toaster. There are also three kinds of cheese (far left) to go with your toast.

We were excited because even at the cheapest hotel we had been to, breakfast was self-service. But when the food came, disappointment took over. The portion was miserably small for any adult, especially my boyfriend who is a pretty big eater.

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Western breakfast consists of a sausage, four potato wedges and a decent scrambled egg

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Trying to make the food look good coz the taste is a letdown

This does not justify the long waiting time of 10-15 minute, honestly. Furthermore, the potato wedges were served cold and the others were not steaming hot. They were in fact lukewarm which could suggest that they were already prepared beforehand. So what was taking them so long? Moreover, the kitchen was just right beside us :\

The breakfast didn’t leave boyfriend’s tummy satisfied so he asked if he could get another serving of sausage and eggs (he hated the wedges and gave some to me) but was told that each patron was only entitled to one breakfast plate. Feeling famished, he offered to pay for it but the hotel staff quoted him S$20++ just for ONE sausage and some scrambled eggs. Are you kidding me?! That’s tantamount to daylight robbery! Of course, we weren’t out of our mind so we politely declined the purchase. In the end, we had to fill out stomach with Honey Stars and orange juice (plus some pasta from Pastamania afterwards).

Anyway, the breakfast they served were of mediocre standard because they were served near-cold. They weren’t generous with the portions especially with that four sad-looking wedges over there, but that’s okay because they were so cold stiff and dry I wouldn’t want anymore of them. Most of the patrons left the dining area with only half of their portions eaten. I also caught a glimpse of the Asian breakfast on someone else’s table. It’s a rice dish which I’m sure is more filling than the Western one, but the taste could be equally bad because many people didn’t finish it as well.

I wouldn’t call that dining area a restaurant too because they don’t serve lunch and dinner. In other words, the dining place would be closed after they are done with breakfast at 10.30am. They had very limited tables and chairs as well so I’m not sure if it would fit everyone if the hotel is fully booked?

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Indeed, my hungry belly was telling me to be displeased

I’m certainly very satisfied with our room but I wouldn’t say the same for breakfast. 😦

UPDATE: They have improved their breakfast! Scroll all the way down for pictures! 🙂

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Saw this on our way back to the room. I have no idea what “The Powder Room” is but it must be somewhere cool to have its name listed on the wall. And that Er Hu is real! (Coz itchy-hand Boyfriend went to strum it)

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There is this relaxation corner beside our room! The roof isn’t covered (I think) so it’s open air.

All in all, it was a great staycation if not for the awful breakfast. I wouldn’t mind going back again but I will definitely prepare my own breakfast next time! I’d give this hotel a 3.5/5.

Hotel Clover was also recently featured on Groupon. Damn, we would have saved so much more if we had seen it! 😦

**UPDATE**

We decided to give Hotel Clover another chance (at our own expense)! We went back again in November and this time, it was for a birthday staycation.

And I’m glad they’ve improved their breakfast drastically since our feedback. Food came way faster than before too!

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Western breakfast! They added baked beans, ham, an extra sausage and more greens!

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This is so much better!

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I got myself Asian breakfast this time and looking at the Western one, I kinda regret my choice hahaha.

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Likewise, they added more greens and I think the sausage is new too! LOVE the runny egg! However I wish they told me it was going to be Bee Hoon (I thought it was gonna be rice) because I don’t really like Bee Hoon 😦 Still, overall taste was great!

Let’s take a look at their buffet table.

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This has no change. Not that I complained anything about it the first time haha.

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They added fruits to the buffet table! Whoopee!

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Open concept kitchen! Just right next to us.

Also worth mentioning is the excellent hotel service (which has been commendable since our first stay there). Our initial room had very weak Wi-Fi coverage so I requested for another room, which the concierge gladly complied! Everything was settled within 10 minutes. And we love our new room – it’s so bright and convenient (it’s the very first room near the entrance) and of course, the Wi-Fi signal was superb!

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The TV strategically covering the window because our room was on the ground floor and anyone walking past would be able to look in haha.

It’s always encouraging to know that business owners are listening and are constantly improving based on customers’ suggestions. With that, I will definitely be going back again!

Alright, that’s all for this post! Thanks for reading 🙂

Hotel Clover 769
769 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198737
Main: (+65) 6340 1860
Fax: (+65) 6340 1869
Email: sales@hotelclover.com.sg /
enquiries@hotelclover.com.sg
Website: http://hotelclover.com/