Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas back in 2021 (it’s 2022 now when this post is published!).
Mine started off with a good start with the opening of my biggest Xmas present from the Mister – a Dyson Airwrap aka a 2-in-1 hair dryer/styler! It’s gonna take awhile till I get used to using it but I’m thankful for this lovely present!
I also did an unboxing video just for kicks, my last one for 2021 – watch it here:
Next on is a longggg journey from the East to the West all the way to d’Arena located at Joo Koon for a Christmas lunch at Douraku Sushi under the Tung Lok Group!
We had their $88 Japanese omakase meal (now $98) per person, starting off with these lovely starters of fresh oyster, cucumber with ikura and a homemade sesame tofu which served to whet our appetite for the rest of the meal!
Next up is a sashimi course of salmon, prawn and tuna served with a bowl of miso soup. We really loved the salmon sashimi cut here because it had just the right amount of fats and salmon itself, yum!
This is then followed by another course of negitoro served with more ikura, uni topped with fish roe and my absolute favourite scallop sashimi topped with edible gold flakes – my favourite of the lot!
Next comes the savoury cooked food and that’s when the Japanese rice comes into play as we were served a platter of pork tonkatsu (love the batter!), Wagyu beef and foie gras – super decadent and we just popped the entire thing in our mouths to indulge in the melting goodness, yum!
We ended off on a sweet note with a dessert of sliced frozen fruit daifuku mochi (strawberry and orange) paired with homemade matcha ice cream and red bean. A lovely way to cleanse the palate all in all 🙂
The meal actually comes with a small bottle of house sake which we opted not to go for as we were headed over to Snow City for some fun next. However, this makes the omakase experience quite worthwhile with the whole line up of food that we tried, alongside the sake to enjoy.
If there’s any downside, it would be the far flung location unless you’re staying nearby and/or drive. The good news is that they will be opening a new outlet in the Central area next year so this will make things more accessible to people like me (minus the one hour+ journey)!
Chef Fong, the head chef and creator of the omakase meal you just saw above shared quite a few other tidbits with me including a new menu he’s working on for 2022 as well (hint: related to donburi!) and I’m pretty excited to try it in the future once everything is all ready!
For now, thanks Chef Cash Fong for having us over to enjoy this meal during Christmas – much appreciated and I’ll see you again next year in 2022! 🙂
Moving on next is our visit to Snow City over at Jurong East area since hey..we made this rare journey out here – let’s do an activity around the West and it’s Christmas!
This is one of my Christmas treats to the Mister as well, paying about $52 for 2 pax for a 2 hour play time and a bumper car ride at Snow City on this day. It also comes with free rental of a winter jacket and snow shoes; though you’re free to bring your own if you like.
My suggestion is to bring your own gloves. Else, they are chargeable to rent at $2.20 each if I’m not wrong. Bring socks as well to wear, covered shoes not required as snow shoes are provided as mentioned. You’ll need to be dressed in jeans as well!
Prep $2 for the locker fee to place your stuff. Technically as well, phones and cameras are not allowed once you enter but there are some peeps who still do. They do have photographers all around, however, be expected to pay $25 per photograph ($40 for 2 and $50 for 3) if you want them.
Otherwise, these sneakily taken photos will have to do HAHHAHA.
P.s don’t come with high expectations as the place is pretty small. There’s only a small play area with fake snow, the bumper car and a shooting arena as well as the slides area.
Prepare to queue for all the attractions too. We spent the 2 hours just queueing up for 3 turns at the slides and bumper car respectively before heading out cos we were FREEZING!!
Still, it was quite fun and I’m so glad I spent it together with my favourite person 🙂
To end off our day here, we explored Westgate for abit and ended up having Korean bingsu at Nunsaran Korean Dessert Cafe! No regrets because their choco banana bingsu was the bomb and we enjoyed it very much. 🙂
Finally, it’s a fruits night paired with My Hero Academia as I introduced it to the Mister as a new series to watch. You can kinda cheat by watching a quick summary of the first few seasons (albeit LOADS of details being missed out) like what the Mister did – with me furbishing some bits before watching the first episode of the latest season!
Can’t wait to binge watch with him tomorrow and clear this season before heading to the theatres to watch their upcoming movie release in 2022!!
Gnite and thanks always for reading! Lastly, I also really hope you had a great Xmas last 2021 like I did!
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