There seems to be some talk about the state of our Dolphin Lagoon in Underwater World Sentosa (UWS) some time back.
I saw the pictures in the news online and was appalled and shocked for quite a long moment.
Actually, appalled is an great understatement. I could not get over it – the state of the place, and how sad the dolphins looked. I would not expect to see the state of our Dolphin Lagoon in this state.
“Surely not in Singapore, right?” I thought to myself. The Singapore where everything must look clean and new?
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
I like to eat ramen, Japanese type. Not the Chinese type of la mian. And I like to go to different places, but I just cannot remember their names. Just like I know how to go to a lot of places, but I do not remember road names, I remember landmarks (which can be a bad idea in Singapore because landmarks keep changing!).
So far, I like the one at Central, the one which has pork cheeks. I also like the one at Millennia Walk, the one with a lot garlic, and who is ever so willing to pass you more garlic and a grater for you to grate even more garlic to your ramen. I have a good friend, who has unconsciously become my ‘ramen buddy’. We would go for ramen whenever we meet. But more than a week ago, it was a rare occasion that I went with Mr D to this ramen place instead of my ramen buddy.
We happened to be at Raffles City and since it was nearing dinnertime, we went searching for food. And we chanced upon this shop, near one of the Raffles City exits, facing Chijmes. We decided to give it a try. At 5pm plus, there were only 3 other patrons in the shop.
There were only a handful of items on the menu. What caught my eye was the picture of their signature dish, which shows the ramen being served separately from the broth, and the broth was black. The broth was for you to dip the noodles into, just like eating soba. There were 3 types of broth – white, red and black. The service staff told me that all the broths are pork based. White is the ‘normal’ one, red is spicy and black has sesame and squid ink in it. You can also choose how the ramen is served, ramen together with the broth, or separate.
Mr D went for the white kakuni ramen, which was served like the usual. I chose the signature Tsukemen and chose the black broth. They also had a promotion to upsize your ramen for free, up to 5 times! Being hungry (and greedy), I decided to ask for double portions. Boy, it was too much for me, good thing Mr D helped me with a little! I thoroughly enjoyed the ramen. There was garlic aroma in the broth and though it looks a little oily, it wasn’t heavy on the stomach. I also like the slight aroma of black sesame. Halfway through, I was even worried I would not have enough broth, but I was glad it was more than enough. In fact, while I usually avoided oily foods in general, I drank all the soup in my bowl.
For the white kakuni ramen, the broth was quite flavoured and I did not find it overly salty. In both versions, the noodles were also cooked just nicely. I found the chasu well-flavoured. The egg was good too, but I had hoped the yolk was more runny.
Every now and then, the chefs would shout something loudly and startle me. I have no idea what they were shouting, but the staff were pretty prompt in their service and we did not have to wait long for anything. When we left about an hour later, I realised the place had already been filled up quite quickly.
It’s only now that I am googling to find out the name of this place, that I realised they were just opened for a few days when we visited. Now you guys, don’t rush to go there yet! I don’t want to be in a long queue the next time I am there!
252 North Bridge Road
Raffles City, #01-16 (facing Chijmes)
Contact Number: 6336 6500
Mondays to Sundays, 11.30am till 10.00pm
So, JCube is latest kid on the block at Jurong East. It occupies the land beside the library, where the previous Jurong Entertainment Center (JEC) once sat on.
Back when I was a student, Jurong East Central was one of the places I went to quite often, since it was only a few bus stops from school. And being air-conditioned, JEC was one of the places I would end up in after my classes or ECA. It was a small building, with only a handful of shops, 4 cinemas theatres and an ice-skating rink. Though I eventually took up inline skating years after that, ice-skating had never been my thing. I think it is because ice-skating comes across to me as graceful and I do not want to spoil that image in my head.
These few years, I had been awaiting the rebuilding of JEC, because since I live in the west (northwest to be exact), there aren’t many places around with proper cinemas. We have the new Junction 10, but the place is tiny. Moreover, I have become choosy of cinemas especially more so in recent months, and those in neighbouring estates just can’t make it in one way or other. I thought since we go to the movies so often, I should choose the ones I like best. Sad to say, many of those in neighbourhoods are either in dire need of a facelift, or too dirty (yes, I mean Dirty). And one time, D and I went to a cinema in a mall nearby. It had been years since we visited the place. The artic-cold aircon was very uncomfortable, but what set us laughing was, when the show started, we kept wondering why the curtains were not pulled back fully? Later we realised, it was actually that the screen was so old, it looks tiny in today’s standard. And we vowed not to go there again. Unless of course, they renovate.