Restaurant review: The Equinox

Restaurant: The Equinox

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Location: 2 Stamford Road | Level 70, Equinox Complex, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore 178882, Singapore

The scene

I love taking photos and told my friend that I wanted the best view of Singapore, so he booked us dinner for 2 here at The Equinox restaurant. This is a very classy place and the ambiance is just perfect – dim lights with candles on each table. It was also beautifully decorated and well-ventilated. The place is very cozy and comfortable too.

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The service

When we arrived at the venue, we waited for the receptionist for about 4 minutes because she was entertaining some guests to their seats before us. My friend booked us window seats because that’s ultimately the best view ever! Oh, that’s an additional S$20 too!

Service was pretty good. The waitress was attentive and would frequently ask us if we still need anything. The servers would give us bread rolls while we waited for our meals. ( we were so FULL after the second meal ;D )

The food

Food was really great! I love everything about it! I could still remember telling my friend, “OMG, this is so good.” , “This is so delicious!” or “ The Black Truffle Butter is the best!!!”

Here’s what we ordered:

Appetizer:

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Wagyu Tataki, Bonito Braised-Turnips, Grilled Leeks, Truffle Ponzu Scallop

Main Course:

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Sea Bass, Cooked in Paper Bark, Saltbush Gremolata, Baby Vegetables

Seared Scallop, Mussel and Broad Beans Minestrone, Calamari, Chervil Oil

From The Grill:

Creekstone, Grain Fed Prime Angus, U.S.D.A 28 Day Aged – 225g Tenderloin

The Sauce:

Black Truffle Butter (THIS IS THE BEST. I highly recommend you try this)

The Side:

Steamed Broccolini with French Fries, Ginger, Garlic, Chilli

Drinks:

Sprite and Earl Grey tea

Do the math: Additional charges – Miscellaneous + 10% Service Charge + 7% GST

The price

Very expensive but so worth it! Go give it a try! *wink*

The dress code

Remember it’s a classy restaurant, so please wear semi-formal attire.

Overall rating: I give this restaurant a 10/10!

Given the chance, I would definitely go back here! This place has the best view of Singapore especially at night! You would see The Singapore Flyer, Marina Bay Sands, The Esplanade, etc in all their glory! Hahaha.

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Of course, don’t forget to bring your trusty camera and take lots of great photos!

Nothing but great memories! 🙂

I can’t thank my friend enough for bringing me here! He made one of my dreams come true!

Thanks for reading my review!

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She has it all

She’s been there all the time. Her famous smile unwavering. Her stare, oh so captivating! Maybe you need to take a shot or two.. Or maybe more.. to show your everyone back home that you’ve seen the most visited, most parodied work of art, and most talked about painting in The Louvre. You put up your camera and started to shoot. (heads of other tourists pops into view) Uhh excuse me, I need to get closer. No flash please!

Ah yes! That’s Mona Lisa, the half-painted portrait of a woman by non other than Leonardo da Vinci, the Italian artist. Bravo Maestro! 🙌

I was blessed to be able to visit the majestic Louvre in Paris and of course, Mona Lisa was on my itinerary! 

Selfie with Mona Lisa. Perfect shot. No one beside me. No hands, head or any other body part of tourists in this photo. Hahaha. Successful selfie indeed.  


Compared to other huge paintings inside the Louvre, Mona Lisa’s portrait was just small and of course, heavily guarded… You have been warned. 

Anyway, very interesting portrait. Had a wonderful experience too!💁

I am finally here in Switzerland!

One of my dream destinations is to visit Switzerland and see the beautiful Swiss Alps! Well, believe it or not, I am here!!! So blessed to have this wonderful experience of a lifetime. Enjoy some of my Switzerland photos! 🙂

My ride while touring Engelberg 🙂

MOST AWESOME RIDE EVER!!!!! (SO happy, hence the all caps. HAHA)

 Authentic Swiss Cheese!!! Take your pick!!!

Softest and thinnest sliced meat ever! hahahaa! Devour them all! 😛

I’m on top of the WORLD!!!! ❤

Swansea Beach

It is summer time here at Wales, UK and I’m loving every minute of it! Had a long walk at the Swansea Beach. The longest beach walk ever in my life. Hahaha.. My legs hurt but it was such a great experience. Passed by a lot of seaweeds, weird-looking worms, pretty shells and crablets!

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

St. Paul’s Cathedral, London taken near the Millenium Bridge.
Trivia: One famous UK group filmed one of their music videos here ❤

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#throwbackthursday : Wicked in Manila 2014

My wonderful experience : Watching WICKED in Manila! This is one of the BEST! Loved all the cast especially Glinda (Suzie Mathers) She portrayed her role so well and she was so funny!! Laughed all the way.. 💕

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Have you watched Wicked yet? 😄

Love,
SarahMay 👒

Hiding place 101

Lots of dogs roam around in our area. If you’re a cat, and you’re spotted by a dog..you’ll be bullied by that dog and his companions!! But don’t worry, I’ve been observing this cat and it’s fierce enough to defend itself. It also found a long dark tunnel as her hiding place. Hence the cute photo here. 😃

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Caption: Stay away. This is my place! Haha Meow. 🐱

Love,
SarahMay 🌸

Bonding over Korean food

Been craving for Korean food since I saw my Korea photos so I suggested to my brother that we eat at SILLA Korean Restaurant in Tomas Morato circle near Timog side. This is my third experience here and I can say it is authentic Korean food.. Close enough to the Food served in Seoul, Korea!! 😍 The owner who sits behind the counter is really a Korean and Koreans do eat here so thats a good sign. 😄

Here’s what we ordered:

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Dolsot Bibimbap in Hot stone

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FREE appetizers!!! Yummy!!

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Ansim Bulgogi that we opt to cook ourselves! The sauce was really tasty! And the beef was soft enough.

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Mandu soup with dumplings!

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Tteokbokki -spicy rice cake

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Seriously cooking the bulgogi. Haha

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The restaurant from the outside.

Hope you liked it!

Love,
SarahMay 🌸

Throwback Thursday! ♥♡

It’s throwback thursday or hashtag -》#tbt in Facebook and Instagram. Well, then. Here’s my share of #tbt: Photos in HongKong Disneyland! I still get giddy and excited when I remember all my memories with the Disney characters since I was a little girl. Disney has indeed become a part of our lives!♡♥

imageHong Kong Disneyland Welcomes All of Us!!! YAY!

image                                 My favorite Disney pens!

                                   L-R: Minnie Bride, Pluto and Minnie Mouse

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Stuff toys overload. Gaaaaaahhhh image

I felt like these Winnie the Pooh stuff toys were calling to me, “Adopt Me Puhleese!”image

Holy Land trip 2013: Church of the Nativity

 I was privileged to visit Bethlehem which in Hebrew means “House of bread”, it has many biblical associations reflecting a tranquil, pastoral existence. As its name signifies, in antiquity the district was known for its fertility and for the cultivation of its fields and terraces.  But the event which took place here and transformed the course of history was that “Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea”. 

In the New Testament, Luke 2:7 it said, “And she (Mary) brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Over this cave-like manger, traditionally Jesus’ birthplace, arose the Basilica of the Nativity.

In the fourth century, Emperor Constantine constructed a large church, piercing a hole in the cave roof for the faithful to look down into the holy place, then erecting an octagonal altar over it. Around two hundred years later, Emperor Justinian rebuilt the Basilica much as it is seen today, and put up a mosaic pediment of the Magi in Persian dress. In 614, the Persians destroyed almost all churches in Palestine. But this church was spared because of the mosaic scene of the Nativity with the Magi in Persian dress. Thus, the Church of the Nativity is the oldest church in the Holy Land, and probably also of the world!

The Door of Humility. Main entrance to the church.

The entrance to the Basilica of the Nativity was low and small to allow for easy defense and to prevent intruders on their horses from entering the church. 

The pillars inside the church The interiors of the church Cute little girls posing in front. Their moms caught us taking photos of them, so they asked their daughters to look at us and smile! Sweet! 🙂 

On top of the entrance to the Grotto showed the carved image of Mary and Baby Jesus with Joseph below.

The crowded entrance to the Grotto of the Nativity. 

I patiently waited even if I’m almost squished by these people. LOL. 😄

Almost there!

Two entrances lead to the cave which has a rectangular shape (35 feet by 10 feet). But now, one is used for entrance and the other for exit.
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 I was able to have a SOLO photo without anyone blocking it. Thanks to my friend, Yvette for taking this! 😀

Thank you God for sending Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ here on Earth to save us from our sins! ❤

The Grotto of the Nativity, is where a silver star overlies the spot that marks the traditional spot believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. It bears the Latin inscription “Hic de virgine Maria Jesus Christus natus est -1717”– meaning: “Here Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary -1717.” 

The altar above the Grotto of the Nativity.
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Constantine’s 4th century mosaic floor rediscovered in 1934.

These lovely girls holding their camera came up to me,  I saw them and asked, “Do you want me to take your photos?” They said, “No. We want to take photos with you.” So here’s our photo in my camera (plus on theirs too). These girls were having their educational field trip in Israel. I forgot the name of their school because it was so hard to pronounce. 😛

Where was it found in the Bible?

Check out: Luke 2: 4-7 

New King James Version (NKJV)

Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,

to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.

So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered.

 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

TRIVIA: IN 2012, THE CHURCH COMPLEX BECAME THE FIRST PALESTINIAN SITE TO BE LISTED AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE BY THE WORLD HERITAGE COMMITTEE AT ITS 36TH SESSION ON 29 JUNE. IT HAS ALSO BEEN PLACED ON THE LIST OF WORLD HERITAGE IN DANGER AS IT IS SUFFERING FROM DAMAGES DUE TO WATER LEAKS.

Photography by ME: Sarah May Tanhuanco

Additional sources: The Holy Land – Palphot.