Golf Lessons from Learningcourses.com.sg [Sponsored Post]

Golf has been my main sport since I was young, when I first picked it up in Secondary School, and continuing in Junior College and University where I was actively involved in the Golf Committee.

After starting work, it has been some time since I’ve headed down to the golf course for a round of 18 holes, and I’ve been longing to hit the green again with my friends. I was searching for golf lessons to refresh my golf skills once again and I find that learningcourses.com.sg is an excellent website to search for various different courses to pick up!

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I managed to find Star Golf Academy’s golf lessons package via this website. Star Golf Academy is based at Tanjong Rhu (Marina Bay Golf Course), which is just 10 minutes from my house and is the perfect location for me! They have a beginner package, consisting of 10 lessons for as low as $380. Given my prior experience in organising golf lessons for NTU students, this is actually a very competitive rate for small group coaching! Beginner Rates

For golfers with some prior experience at the driving range, but wish to have the flexibility to be coached on the golf course itself, there is an intermediate package available too! This package also has a small group size, and is probably suited for those that want just a few sessions to perfect their swing. You can check out Star Golf Academy’s website here for more details. Intermediate Rates

Personally, I’d go for the hourly private coaching with a Local PRO. This one-to-one coaching with a professional seems to work very well with my friends, and they said it’s the fastest and most effective way to correct a swing. I’ll probably go sign up and give my reviews here afterwards Hourly Pro

Learningcourses.com.sg also has many other different kinds of courses listed, and there’s a handy searchbar to find what you need. I was looking for language courses and as expected, many options were available!

There is a very cool feature – you can “chat” with a support assistant to ask any questions when you are on the website! No need to send an email and wait a few days for a response. Save your time and get a reply instantly! I used this function myself and am very pleased with the response from their customer service.

Last but not least, there’s no additional charges when signing up for courses via this website, so no harm checking it out and you might just find something you like.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

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Maldives Trip 29th September – 3rd October 2014

I am lucky enough to make the trip to Maldives before it’s fully underwater. Time is running out people; paradise is sinking. I was really glad that Tigerair (budget carrier) now flies to Male and I can fulfil my dream beach vacation!

Airplane Shot

I planned my accommodation at Adaraan Prestige Vadoo.

http://www.adaaran.com/prestigevadoo/

Basically our criteria was that it has to be a water villa, because we’re likely only going there once in our life and we didn’t want to stick with the usual hotel rooms on land. Our other criteria was that it must not burn a hole in our pockets. As enticing as the pictures you see on Instagram, the hefty price tag of those high-end water villas cost upwards of USD$1,500 per night.

After some research on Agoda, we chose the most affordable/discounted water villa that we liked from the pictures. Word of advice: if you book Bed & Breakfast option, do bring food (except pork) there to munch on for some meals. Each main course costs about USD$30-$40 per person, so I’d suggest going for the all-inclusive full-board option if you are going to eat and drink a lot.

Water Villas

Our cosy island was small, and it takes us about 15 minutes to walk around the perimeter, with the water villas being an extension accessible via a wooden boardwalk. We were given a warm welcome and were so impressed by our accommodation for the next 4 nights!

Bedroom

My favorite feature was the plunge pool right outside our room, which has a breathtaking view of the sunset. We could also take the wooden stairs from our villa down to the house reef just below us. It was really quite a luxury like no other I’ve experienced.

Plunge Pool

Staircase

Because it rained for some of days, we were chilling around most of the time in the comfort of our room and relaxing. It really helps that they provide wifi in the room so we could stream shows while having our meals in bed.

They have a swimming pool, which we visited twice because it just felt right to have fries and drinks delivered to us by the poolside.

Swimming Pool

Poolside

The service staff at Adaraan Prestige Vadoo is excellent, and our butler was kind enough to help us secretly decorate our bed on our monthversary, when we were having a special Japanese dinner. I mentioned special because we were the only 2 people there, and we found out the Japanese restaurant was not inside the all-inclusive package, hence none of the other guests eat there.

Decorated Bed

Their food portions were HUGE, and I was so happy with the serving size. The quality is alright for the exorbitant price, but I guess with a monopoly they can charge whatever price they want and get away with it. I certainly remembered paying $6 for a bottle of water.

Pasta

An activity that I enjoyed there was snorkeling! I would wake up early in the morning to jump into the house reef below and snorkel with the fishes (before it rains). The fishes here are a bit slower, and some of them even swam up to me & let me touch them. It’s a pity I don’t have an underwater camera to capture the beauty under the sea.

Snorkeling

On the last day, it was with a heavy heart that I had to leave the island, but I am also happy for the wonderful memories created during our vacation.

Japanese Restaurant

 

Beach

Love you!

Korea 2014: Hongdae, Trick-eye Museum, Jimbilbang

Concluding the last of my Korea trip posts with Hongdae!!

I’m sure many Singaporeans have heard about Hongdae; known for its fashion, clubbing, and the arts. I come here for a totally different reason. The cat & dog cafes!

The Bau Haus Dog Cafe is located at

Jeil Bldg. 1F, 394-44 Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, South Korea

It is just a stone’s throw away from the Hapjeong station Exit 3 or 4, and it’s on the ground floor so you don’t have to look too hard for it. We love this place because the dogs are full of enthusiasm and love! We bought a packet of snacks and immediately those big doggies come surrounding us and salivating all over our clothes and belongings.

Salivating Dogs

**Do take note to avoid buying treats if you do not like dog saliva all over you. There are plenty of dogs but the star of the cafe would definitely be the Alaskan Malamute.

IT IS HUGE. The big guy there had to manhandle the dog to control it.

Alaskan Malamute

Thankfully it’s also quite lazy and doesn’t pounce on people.

My favorite dog is a Corgi, and there were 2 that day! I’m not sure if they are resident dogs because they are in a separate area from the bigger dogs. I was playing with this cute boy and I rolled him around onto his back. His short legs rendered him helpless.

Cute Corgi

Corgi

Pardon my string of animal posts, but I’m going to recommend a cat cafe next!

Cafe Giocat (지오캣) is located near Hongik University station on the 3rd floor of

2-6, Wausan-ro 21-gil, Mapo-gu, Seoul

It recently changed its name to Ycat cafe if I’m not wrong, but the cats inside are still very cute and fluffy!

My favorite is the munchkin. When you carry it onto high ground, it looks so helpless with its short legs.

Helpless Munchkin

Munchkin

My advice is to use the simplest of playthings to get the cat’s attention. This stick for example, captivated all the cats to play with me.

Cat Stick

For those of you who are bored of seeing pictures of animals by now, there’s another thing that’s famous in Hongdae – Trick Eye Museum!

http://trickeye.com/trickeye_eng.html

I know there’s one that opened at Resorts World Sentosa recently, but it’s much smaller as compared to the original in Seoul!

The one we went to is also near Hongik University station, and the entrance looks like this.

Trick Eye Museum Entrance

Our ticket price also includes entry into the Ice Museum, which we DID NOT anticipate going into and were severely under-dressed. We lasted a total of 5 minutes inside the sub-zero freezer of a room before we came running out.

Ice Museum

I guess there will always be complaints about too many people taking their time to pose for photos at strategic angles, but we realized it’s mostly crowded because of a tour group. Once their tour-guide chased them all away because they needed to “move on to the next location”, we had the entire museum to ourselves and could revisit the older exhibits to camwhore.

Sexy Bitch

Floating Man

While we were in the vicinity of Hongdae, we wanted to try some authentic Korean Fried Chicken and Beer. We know it’s a staple before clubbing so there has to be some restaurants serving them nearby, so we ventured around and saw this!

Korean Fried Chicken

This has got to be the real deal because nobody there seems to speak english and the students drinking are mainly drunk. Bingo! We had much difficulty trying to order fried chicken, although I pointed to our neighboring table to ask what they were eating (it looked like popcorn chicken covered in sauce) but the waitress insisted it wasn’t chicken. We ended up with a full fried chicken in front of us and beer + soju. It was heaven.

Fried Chicken & Beer

It’s about the discovering of places like these that makes food taste better.

Lastly, the place to relax and unwind after all the shopping and eating in Seoul.

Yongsan Dragon Hill Spa (드래곤힐스파 (용산))

http://www.dragonhillspa.co.kr/

This jimjilbang is probably the first one you hear about, and plenty of foreigners come here. It is relatively huge spanning a few floors, and there is a gigantic resting area on the ground floor to meet up and eat tea eggs or drink lemonade.

Dragon Hill Jimjilbang

The guys and girls have to go to separate floors for the spa. Once inside, you have to be fully naked and walk around nude with all the other guys like it’s the most natural thing in the world. I tried the scrubbing massage for the first time in my life, and I forgot to see how much dead skin came out after 25 years. My masseur was probably disgusted, because he immediately went to take a shower afterwards…

Michelle tried to win the An Pan Man, as was made famous by The Return of Superman child-star Sarang. Let’s just say this machine ate up a lot of our money too…

An Pan Man

Anyways, I hereby conclude the end of my Korea Trip 2014 posts! It was a tiring but fun trip, and I wish to explore other parts of Korea next time I go back. As always, feel free to ask me any questions you might have and I’ll try my best to answer.

Seoul Thank You

Thank you!

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Do check out my other posts from Korea 2014 Trip

Korea 2014: Myeongdong, Edae, Sinchon

Korea 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Namsan Tower

Korea 2014: Gangnam, Everland, Caribbean Bay

Porcuprints & Co.

With the proliferation of the internet era, many of us have not put pen to paper when keeping touch with our friends and loved ones. It is so much easier to type an SMS or email to send your well wishes, and most of all it’s instant and free! This ease of communication is convenient, but often loses its sincerity in the delivery.

Through observation of mine and other’s Facebook accounts, we can see the Great Wall of “Happy Birthday” posts once a year from friends that we hardly keep in touch with. The intentions are good, but these flood of posts are no different from another. Truth is, most of them probably know of your birthday through a timely notification.

Here’s the solution.

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Korea 2014: Bukchon Hanok Village, Cheonggyecheon Stream, Namsan Tower

Possibly the most “cultural” part of our holiday, we visited the traditional houses at Bukchon Hanok Village (북촌한옥마을). It’s quite a far walk away from the nearest Anguk Station, but luckily they have a tourist information stand with detailed maps available to guide us to the famous sites.

Bukchon Hanok Village

There are actually residents still staying in these houses, and I think it’s very disruptive to their life when hordes of tourists descent upon their door steps to take photos and snoop around.

Wall Patterns

But since we’re there already, we kept our volumes down and happily snap away. I like the wall patterns outside their houses.

Another famous tourist attraction just nearby is Cheonggyecheon (청계천) stream. We began right at the start of the stream and strolled along, dodging busy office workers and trying not to fall into the water. There were a lot of people having their lunch beside the stream, picnic-style, which I thought was pretty cool.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

They have rocks placed in the stream for you to cross over from one side to another. Inspired by Gen & MS’ wedding shoot, we took quite some effort to capture the photos here, and obstructing a lot of people genuinely trying to get to the other side.

Rocks at Cheonggyecheon

The stream is more than 8km long, and obviously we didn’t walk the entire stretch.

Our last scenic destination of the trip is at Namsan Mountain. N Seoul Tower, also known as Namsan Tower, is the highest point in Seoul at 479m above sea-level.

Namsan Tower

We took a cable car ride up the mountain from Myeongdong Station, and the walk up to the cable car station itself was a KILLER. It was pure 15 minutes of upslope climbing, and we were sweating by the time we reached the base cable car station.

Once there, we were more interested in leaving our lock behind at the foot of the tower, than going up to the observatory itself.

Namsan Lock

Don’t worry if you’re not prepared and came without a lock. A store at the bottom of the Namsan Tower sells them together with marker pens. Also over here, we saw more “creative” confessions written on handphone cases. A bigger surface area, and who’s to say that’s not permanent huh.

Wall of locks

There were already thousands of locks secured on the railings, and we’re left with the option of putting our lock on other couple’s locks.

It is all sweet and lovey dovey. Therefore if you’re single or traveling in a single-sex group, my advice is to avoid this area for your own sake.

We found love in a crowded place

As you can tell by now, our trip was really just eating and shopping. Not much I can post about regarding the cultural highlights of the trip.

I do want to emphasis on the next (and last) post, which will probably be one of the most interesting one for me!

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Click to read my other posts on Korea 2014

Korea 2014: Myeongdong, Edae, Sinchon

Korea 2014: Gangnam, Everland, Caribbean Bay

Korea 2014: Hongdae, Trick-eye Museum, Jimbilbang

Malacca Trip: 12th July 2014

Sacrificing sleep and a much needed rest after my ICT, we drove off early Saturday morning on our road-trip to Malacca. We set off at 5.30am, and the traffic was smooth the whole way with no hiccups at both immigration checkpoints.

Truthfully, we reached Malacca so early (before 9a.m.) that most of the shops weren’t open. We did do a bit of research, so we headed off to have our Dimsum breakfast at Jalan Tukang Emas.

The place is called Low Yong Moh Restaurant, and a prominent landmark will be the mosque that’s directly opposite it.

Low Yong Mou Restaurant

It’s quite crowded when we went, probably because they only open for the mornings, and do take note they are closed on Tuesdays.

We found the 肉包 (Meat-bun) and 叉烧包 (Char Siew Pork-bun) to be above average and juicy, and their 排骨 (Pork Ribs) are good, but the other Dimsum items that they serve didn’t really impress.

I believe the most popular dish that comes to mind when people speak of Malacca will be the Chicken Rice Balls. The authentic original stall is Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, which you can easily recognize by the queue of hungry people in the hot sun.

Chicken Rice Balls

This was at 9.30a.m. in the morning. We were still full from breakfast so we decided to give this a skip. They are known for having the rice shaped into balls, instead of serving it in a bowl. I remembered their chicken to be tough/dry, and the chicken rice balls were only special for the shape it came in, so that’s also partially why we decided to save our stomach space for other delicious Malacca food.

We had our fix of the Durian & Nonya Chendol at 60 East & West Rendezvous.

East & West Rendezvous

The durian puree that was topped onto our Chendol was so good! We were so full by 10.30a.m. already, but we persevered on.

Durian Chendol

Irresistible for the summer-time heat.

We were strolling along Jonker Street to explore around and digest our food. However, we caught a waft of some Laksa fragrance emanating from somewhere along the road. There were no alternatives but to follow our nose and we arrived at Jonker 88 for more food. It’s just next to the Statue of Datuk Wira Dr. Gan Boon Leong, Malaysia’s most famous bodybuilder. They have Assam Laksa, and Nonya Laksa here. It’s absurd to make a choice, so we ordered both to try.

Assam Laksa

This is the sour Assam version.

Nonya Laksa

As compared to the more familiar Nonya Laksa.

Both are good! We wished we could order another bowl of their Baba Chendol, but alas, our stomachs were exploding before it was even noon.

As our sole purpose there was to eat, we made it a point to try the Mille Crepe at Nadeje, located on the outside of Mahkota Parade Shopping Mall.

Mille Crepe

My verdict: I got sick of the cream very quickly, and maybe it’s the hot weather or the countless other things we ate, but I very much prefer the green tea mille crepe at Lady M.

We went to jalan jalan down the scenic Malacca River that’s just a stone’s throw away from Jonker Street, and it reminds us a bit of the Singapore River.

Malacca River

There were classy restaurants by the river, but I guess their peak hours are at night. The whole place was relatively empty and quiet.

Fast-forward some bowling to burn time at Mahkota Parade, we ended up at Aunty Fatso (Restoran Madam Fatso) for dinner! Their address is Jalan Melaka Raya 30.

Aunty Fatso

There is no menu, and Madam Fatso (yes she is real and she’s there) will sit down with you at the table and take your orders. I guess most are regulars and there’s simply no need for a menu. The Cheese Prawn Bee Hoon (RM50) is Slamet’s recommendation and it’s definitely a must-eat!

Cheese Prawn Bee Hoon

 

The emotions you get when eating this will be from shiok –> sinfully guilty –> couldn’t care less because it’s so damn good.

This was wiped clean, together with the Kung Bao Frog Leg that we ordered. Do go early on weekends if you want to avoid the dinner crowd. This place gets packed by 7.30pm and the food takes a long time to come.

After dinner, we bid selamat tinggal to Malacca and drove back to Singapore.

It was a a great food-cum-road trip, and I think there will be plans in future for more weekend-trips to explore Malaysia~