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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Cherry blossoms 

Lovely cherry blossoms in my recent travel to Hokkaido, Japan. 😍💕🌸 


They are just too beautiful 🌸😍 
All photos are mine. Check out my instagram @sarahmaytanhuanco 

Roman Forum, Roma

I just love Rome and its beautiful ruins! So this is what it feels like in the ancient Roman times haha. These are ruins of several important government buildings at the center of the city of Rome. The Forum Magnum or simply called the Forum has been the most celebrated meeting place in the world, in all history. It has been the site of processions, trials, gladiator fights, and venue for public speeches. Simply majestic!!! 😍🏰

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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!!!! ❤

Pause and appreciate.

It’s been awhile since I was able to stroll and walk around the place where I live in. Many times I’ve been too occupied with a lot of things that I tend to neglect and appreciate my surroundings. This 2014, I wanted to take things slowly and appreciate the beauty of nature and of course -the blessings that God has given me. So that’s what I did.

I’ve been living in this place for almost 6 years already and will soon be moving out again. My visitors always tell me that this place looked like a vacation place in the middle of the city! Indeed this is true! You can’t really find a lot of trees in the city, what more – a big tennis court and basketball court just beside my house!!!  It’s been such a blessing to be able to live here with my family. I remind myself that God’s plan for me is always THE BEST! I can’t thank HIM enough! 🙂

Where I stand

From where I stand. Feels like autumn. 🙂

houses

Kind of reminds me of the houses in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Road less traveled

The road less traveled. It’s true.

Sunset

I call this “The Burning Bush”. Amazing sunset plus the tree outside my bedroom window. How awesome is that? 🙂

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Electrical wires. Just before sunset.

Road less traveled

Dog’s eye view.

Did you enjoy the short tour? Was there a time you forgot to appreciate the simple things around you? What did you do? Share your thoughts! 🙂

Let’s learn to live our life to the fullest and take time to appreciate!

Oh! And Happy Chinese New Year 2014! 

Photography by YOURS TRULY 🙂

Inspirational: The Focus of Your Plans

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Proverbs 16:3 “Commit to the Lord whatever you do,  and He will establish your plans.”

♥♡ Lord, please deepen my walk with you. I seek to know Your will, so that I may let go of my own plans ans make Your priorities my priorities. In Jesus Christ’s name. Amen. ☆★

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

The Atlantis

Hello!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve been blessed by God to visit this awesome place! It was indeed BEAUTIFUL! DubaiI would definitely go back in DUBAI! So much fun! 🙂

P.S. Will post more photos if I have free time from my Graduate Studies (thesis mode), teaching load, … etc. haha

Holy Land trip 2013: The Western Wall

Isaiah 56:7

” Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,
And make them joyful in My house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
Will be accepted on My altar;
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

THE DIVINE PRESENCE NEVER MOVES FROM THE WESTERN WALL

Me and the Wailing Wall at the back 🙂 I was excited and ready to talk to God! 🙂

The Western Wall is a holy place for the Jews. It is located in Jerusalem, a city in the modern day country of Israel. Today, Jews from all over the world go to pray at the Western Wall. Many pray for peace, in a land that has seen many wars.

The Western Wall is all that is left of a great Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The first Temple was build about 3,000 years ago by the Jewish king, Solomon. For over a thousand years, the Temple was the place where the Jews went to worship. Twice, it was attacked and pulled down, but each time it was rebuilt. The Western Wall was one of the outer walls of the last Temple.

After it had been built for the third time, the Temple was finally destroyed by the Romans. It was never rebuilt.

Jerusalem is a holy city for three religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Jerusalem is important for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Christians believe that Jesus Christ died there on the cross and rose again from the dead and went to heaven. For Muslims, Jerusalem is a holy place too. They believe that the prophet Muhammad travelled there. He made a miraculous journey from a place called Mecca. They believed that he was lifted up to heaven from Mount Moriah.

People of many different religions have lived in and around Jerusalem. Other people moved in and their families later became the Palestinians.

Children also came to sing songs and pray!

Today, the Western Wall is also called “Wailing Wall”. Many Jews made a holy journey or pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall. They cried at the destruction of the Temple and prayed for a time when Jews could worship freely there. Now, the Wall is treated as a great open-air synagogue.

Jewish men are praying at the Wailing Wall.

Women pray in a separate area next to them.

If you look closely at the Wall, pieces of paper are folded and tucked into the cracks between the huge stones. When people visit the Wall, many Jewish people or tourists write down prayers and wishes. They slip them into the Wall, hoping that their prayers will reach God especially quickly from there. 🙂

That’s me praying to God. I cannot control myself as tears flowed down my face. I cried a lot that day (good thing I was wearing shades!). Why? Because I was very thankful that God sent His Son, Jesus on Earth to die for us in order to save us from our sins. Because of Christ, we have HOPE and a New Life. Without Him, our life would be meaningless and worthless.

I was also blessed and thankful to be able to travel all the way to HOLY LAND and happily declare

“I HAVE WALKED WHERE MY JESUS WALKED.” ❤ 

When departing, the custom is to walk backwards away from the Wall.

Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah services are also held at the Western wall. When Jewish boys are 13 they can become Bar Mitzvah, and when girls are 12 or 13 they can become Bat Mitzvah. It means the boy or girl is starting to become an adult. This is a very special and exciting time for the whole family. Sadly, I wasn’t able to witness these services that day. Hmmm.. maybe in the future! 🙂

Above the Wailing Wall, you can see a beautiful golden dome. It is part of a Muslim place of worship called the Dome of the Rock, built on Mount Moriah. It is a reminder that Jerusalem is a holy city for people of several religions.

Some important reminders when visiting the Western or Wailing Wall:

Please respect the sanctity of the site. Wear appropriate head covering especially for men. Make sure you are dressed modestly. Refrain from conversion or other disturbances to worshippers. During Sabbath and other Jewish festivals: smoking, photography and cellphone use are strictly forbidden.

Photography by ME: SarahMay Tanhuanco 🙂

New post will be up soon: The Wailing Wall

Wailing wall

Photography by: Sarah May Tanhuanco (me)