D’Best Skill Fishing At Pasir Ris: Price, Catch Rate, Things To Note

Update: (1/3/18) Caught only 1 fish in the 3hours. So that’s a $50 fish ($45 for the 3 hours, $5 for the prawn bait) πŸ˜› The water seemed very dirty and fish didn’t seem to want to bite.

d'best fishing pasir ris

Recently, we had a good harvest at D’Best Fishing in Pasir Ris Park, even though previous visits involved poor catch rates and ‘donations’ of fish from other fishing ‘shifus’. That day, we took home our very own catch of 3 ‘pomfrets’ and 5 larger fish (snapper and seabass, I believe). And he even caught one very small fish that he insisted on taking home (I would have released it back into the pond. LOL) And this was done within 3 hours and using just 1 rod which we shared. So I’m trying to wrap my head around this bountiful harvest and figure out just what it was that made this fishing ‘outing’ so different from the earlier ones.

*If you’re wondering, it costs $45 for 3 hours of ‘Skill Fishing’.

#1: The weather and day of the week

pasir ris fishing

It was a rainy day so by the time we were done fishing, we were thoroughly drenched. We were so ill-prepared that besides an umbrella, we didn’t have much else to shield us from the rain. Meanwhile, other anglers had raincoats, boots, etc. Amateur much.

But the rain also meant that few people wanted to come fishing, and this means less competition. There’s obviously a limited number of fish in the pond so the fewer ‘experts’ there were fishing next to us, the better for us. πŸ˜€

And on the topic of quantity, this time round, we popped by on a Friday afternoon, right after lunch at the newly-opened Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre next door. I might be wrong but I’m guessing the operator releases more fish into the ponds on Fridays, since more people might pop by in the evening after work, and also early in the morning on Saturday.

#2: Ponds just got topped up with fish from the fish truck

skill fishing at pasir ris park

There’s this truck carrying fish that will back into the park and offload lots of fish at a certain time of the day. But the new additions to the pond will take a while to get used to these unfamiliar surroundings. You’ll see the fish sink to the bottom like rocks once they hit the water. They don’t show signs of life till much later.

So if you spot the truck, it’s a good idea to wait a while before commencing fishing. We were prawning then, and since we had the entire place to ourselves, it was a really good prawn harvest too.

The corner where he’s standing has a death trap too. Lines usually get snagged here…

pasir ris prawning

#3: Avoiding ‘death traps’ is key! Prevent fish from escaping or the line from snapping…

pasir ris park fishing

I’ve circled the wooden platform and the ‘structure’ you’ll find in the middle of ponds. If fish you’ve already got hooked swim under that platform in a desperate bid to escape, you can almost say goodbye to this catch already. He even broke a rod when that happened and had to pay the $10 penalty.

As for me, another fish I’d almost gotten swam round the circular structure in the middle of another pond and bye bye… I should have released my hold on the rod. πŸ˜›

I don’t know why but that circular structure in the middle of ponds gets fishing hooks stuck to it… and it’s almost impossible to release. So make sure you avoid it.

#4: Movement

I watched an ‘uncle’ fishing and noticed he dragged the line across the pond in a sort of ‘darting’ fashion, the way I’ve seen small fish move. I guess it makes the bait seem ‘alive’ and prompts the big fish to snap at it. Anyway, this technique appeared to really work for me. The bigger fish on this trip were caught by me but, of course, with his help as I’ll share in the next point…

#5: Teamwork

It’s best to work as a tag team. One person gets the fish hooked and brings it close to the surface, while the other person helps pull the line (and fish) out of the water. There are very few people (I’ve seen) who can do both tasks themselves and get the fish out successfully.


Seafood prices tend to go up when CNY is approaching so it made a lot of sense to head out and catch our own prawns and fish. πŸ˜€

fishing in singapore

homecooked fish

steamed pomfret



MAKER UNO: Your Robot Pet With A Motion Sensor

Motion Sensing Robot

I spent an hour today learning how to make this robot pet you see in the picture above, and I consider it an hour well-spent. This Maker Uno project turned out to be even more difficult than learning to program and fly a drone. I have zero knowledge of circuitry and things like motion sensors, breadboards, and even jumper wires! (>_<) So it was certainly an intense hour. Once the robot is assembled, though, it can move forward on its own and once it detects an obstacle in front of it, it reverses. Apparently, the sensor uses echolocation (like bats do) to measure the distance between itself and the obstacle. How cool is that?!

Here’s what it looks like when all the wires are in the ‘right’ place, and before I stick everything together with tape:

Maker Uno Singapore

If you think it looks like one big mess, yup, I think the same way too. πŸ˜€ But it’s really cool – when you connect it to your laptop or a powerbank via USB, the wheels start turning immediately.

Now I just have to figure out the coding portion for the Maker Uno, and dress up my robot pet! πŸ˜€Β 

Learning To Program A Drone Was Fun, Even In A Class Full Of Kids

airblock singapore

I’ve always wanted to fly a drone so today, even though it was really awkward being an adult participant in a class with kids less than a third my age, I relished the opportunity to get a hands-on session with the Airblock. It’s a really cool drone with 6 removable parts so it can be transformed into various shapes. The Airblock can fly (obviously), be a hovercraft, and also work on water (but that we did not try). It’s entirely crash-friendly because of the material (EPP, which is like styrofoam). I liked this class even more than the Micro:bit one.

If you want to find out more about the Airblock, you can check out its Kickstarter page, where they got funded over 800K when the initial goal was only 100K! *It’s actually from this Shenzhen company calledΒ Makeblock – they make lots of cool stuff.

Here’s what the box looks like:

airblock review

Pros: Great practice tool for kids to learn about drones and how to program one. Crash-proof. Relatively cheap. Parts can be replaced if damaged without having to get a total overhaul.

Cons: Battery takes very long to charge but gets depleted fast. Blades actually come off (sometimes) during a crash, and can be a pain to find. It’s not very consistent – flight path may not go the way you programmed it.


You can easily order your own Airblock online. While it launched on Kickstarter for just USD89 (super early bird price), it now costs over S$200. I found it selling for $269 on Lazada and $260.75 on toytag.


I’m totally amazed at what young children are learning these days. And us adults have to really keep up. It helps that things like drones are such fun to play with. And you can even use it to teach principles of physics. So tempted to go buy a drone now. πŸ˜€


minions meet n greet nex

I got to meet the MINIONS last week! πŸ˜€ And I’ve only just gotten down to blogging about it as I’ve caught the most horrible cold. Thankfully, I enjoyed my favorite ice cream at Swensen’s before I fell ill. πŸ˜€ If you want to go for the Meet & Greet with the Minions, you have to pop by Serangoon NEX tomorrow (or Saturday or Sunday) 1.15pm or 7.15pm. I am such a big fan of the minions! I brought my minion plush with me, and you’ll see him in a little bit.

When I brought Bob to the Despicable Me movie previously, the very cute Shaw Theatres uncle at Seletar Mall pointed at Bob, who was in my arms, and said I’d need to get a ticket for him. πŸ˜€ We had a good laugh thereafter. Such human interaction is so necessary… I fear for the day we’ll be watching movies without meeting any cinema staff. Anyway, when you pop by NEX, there’s more than just the Meet + Greet*.

*Redeem a photo pass with $30 minimum spent in one receipt. Photo passes are limited to 50 passes per session. Each pass admits a family of 4.
 All passes are available 1 hour before each session from the Atrium, Level 1. Strictly 1 pass per shopper/NRIC per day.

The kids were going WILDΒ with the fun song and games…

nex christmas 2017

My photographer pal asked me whether I’ll be game to get up on stage and jump and dance around to entertain the kids in the audience. Hats off to them, man! I think I’ll pass… πŸ˜€

Don’t miss the final 3 days to catch the Minions!

minions singapore meet and greet

Trying Swensen’s Combo Meal with my pal, Bob…

swensens nex

What I enjoyed most on that plate were the “rainbow potatoes”. There’s also grilled turkey, snail sausage and tempura prawns. I should have asked them what’s in that snail sausage. πŸ˜€ Recipes found online include pork, but Swensen’s is halal, right? πŸ˜‰ So… it’s anybody’s guess what’s in that sausage.

I’ve always been a fan of Swensen’s Sticky Chewy Chocolate ice cream though I have to say the Sundae was a tad disappointing because of the small portion size…

swensens sticky chewy chocolate

Catching & Cooking Prawns + Yabbies

Prawning in Singapore review

Ooh I so wanna go prawning again soon! πŸ˜€ Last week, we were happily prawning when it began to rain, and then it stopped, and then it started raining again. Bummer. However, in those 2.5 hours or so, we managed to catch 24 prawns and 2 yabby / yabbies (however you want to spell it, but basically it’s a kind of crayfish). We used just 1 prawning rod, and took turns, so I’d say the catch was pretty decent despite the weather. AND I managed to catch a prawn with a tag that won us a 1-hour free prawning session, which we’ll redeem next time! Woohoo! πŸ˜€ I wanted to barbecue the prawns on the spot but he wanted to have them cooked at home, and I usually give in when it comes to food (also ‘cos he claims to like my steamed prawn dish).

Anyway here’s a short video showing an uncle who’s a real pro at catching prawns, how we caught our first yabby on this trip, and the mini prawn / yabby feast we had at home:

I steamed the bigger prawns with Soup Restaurant’s samsui chicken ginger sauce and panfried the majority of the prawns with their sambal sauce. So delicious! πŸ˜€

Sambal prawns singapore

As for the yabby, I really didn’t know what to do with them, but I figured that since the underside of the crayfish looked quite filthy, the best thing to do would be to clean them as best I can then drop them into a pop of boiling water to thoroughly disinfect while cooking them. And you might actually be able to convince yourself that it’s lobster flesh you’re eating. It’s firmer than the prawns, but really, the dipping sauce you use is the key.

how to cook yabby


Truth be told, it IS rather cruel to catch and grill prawns on the spot as you’re skewering and grilling them while they’re still alive. What we did was freeze them at home first and cook them the next day for dinner.

But I guess what keeps us going back to prawn is the thrill of ‘hooking’ a prawn and then successfully getting it out of the water. Yup, there are times when prawns manage to escape, and nothing’s more painful than watching your huge catch escape just before it’s out of the water surface. (>_<)

10 Cool Things To Do At Our Tampines Hub

our tampines hub

I popped by Our Tampines Hub this week and totally fell in love with their library (I’m crowning it the best library in Singapore :D). This time, we did not return to Clip ‘n Climb (where we met CNA’s Suzanne Jung previously). Instead, we explored Our Tampines Hub a bit more and found interesting spots that make us want to return again soon. πŸ˜€ Here are some cool (and some chill) things you can do at Our Tampines Hub…

#1: Book One Of Their BBQ Pits

our tampines hub barbecue pit booking

There’s everything provided: BBQ station + sink next to it, benches all around for your guests and there’s even a vending machine for drinks just a few steps away so you’ll only need to bring food! To book one of the barbecue pits at Our Tampines Hub, simply pop by the Public Service Centre personally or use the OnePA booking portal. *They even have halal BBQ stations so make sure you state your preference. πŸ™‚ I’m guessing the view will be awesome at night, especially when there’s a football match going on!

#2: Jog Round The “Never-ending” TrackΒ 

our tampines hub jogging track

The jogging track is open from 7am to 12 midnight daily, and spans approximately 1.1km but walking round that track, it seemed to us as though it goes on forever! πŸ˜€ Pets aren’t allowed though. Shower facilities are available at the Community Auditorium on Level 3 between 7am and 10pm daily.

#3: Visit The Library That Spans 5 Floors!

our tampines hub library

From level 2 to level 6, you’ll be amazed at how big the library is and also at how instagrammable it is. I love the area at level 2 (you see above) where you can grab a book or magazine and sit facing the football field. #bestviewever

I agree with Chloe:

best library in singapore

#4: Have A Dip In The Pool(s)

our tampines hub swimming pool

Do note that the pools are closed every TUESDAY for maintenance! We were there on Tuesday! πŸ˜€ The pools are open from 6.30am to 9.30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and 8am to 9.30pm on Thursday, Saturday and Public Holidays! It’s confusing, I know. πŸ˜›

#5: Enjoy A Game Of Football

our tampines hub football field

The field’s really huge! This isn’t even half of it! I would really love to pop by again when there’s an actual match going it. Where can I find details of that happening?! πŸ˜€

#6 Check Out The Plants At The Eco-Community GardenΒ 

our tampines hub eco-community garden

I saw lots of aloe vera, pumpkin, bitter gourd, papaya, etc. There’s even the Tempinis tree, from which the Tampines town got its name. Apparently, the trees grew in abundance here but had to make way for the construction in this area in the late 1970s.

#7: Chill Out At A Beanie Zone (There’s More Than 1)

our tampines hub beanie zone

And if you’d like to study, there are lots of study corners tucked away in so many parts of the building. No need to study at Starbucks or McD and get the stink eye from other patrons who want your seat! πŸ˜€

our tampines hub study corner

#8: Jio Your Friends For A Game Of Badminton

our tampines hub badminton hall

The hall’s HUGE too. And if your friends are feeling lazy (just like me), haha, there’s Teo Heng KTV to head to…

our tampines hub teo heng ktv

#9: Engage In ‘Cultural Cosplay’ At The WEARHouse

the wearhouse our tampines hub

The WEARHouse (like, warehouse, geddit?) has an extensive collection of over 3,000 pieces of multi-ethnic costumes and props. There’s everything from the Chinese Cheongsam to the Peranakan Sarong Kebaya. Want to dress up as the Samsui Woman, Coolie or the Yesteryear Policeman? πŸ˜‰

#10: Catch A Free Movie Screening Or Performance

our tampines hub movie screening

There’s a 3-day Movie Marathon starting tomorrow. Blockbusters like ‘War of the Planet of the Apes’, ‘Despicable Me 3’, ‘Boss Baby’, etc, will be screened! You can even fill your tummy first at the hawker centre right behind the stage.

Check out Our Tampines Hub’s Facebook page for more! πŸ™‚

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay *Sneak Preview*

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay is into its fourth edition this year and from 1st to 26th December, you’ll get to experience the magic of seeing the all-new 13m tall luminarie Christmas tree, the tallest-ever Spalliera (the 7-storey centerpiece light sculpture at the heart of the fairground) and a host of other activities, including 19 carnival games and rides, skating under the stars ($8 per child, $10 per adult), Circus Abyssinia ($8 per child, $12 per adult), SAVOUR’s Gourmet Village and Wine Market, and more!

I went on the media tour on the 31st of October, which I felt was a little too early to check out the decorations, as the Italian guys were still in the midst of setting it all up…

christmas wonderland 2017

It almost felt like ‘Christmas’ in the ballroom where the media launch was held though πŸ˜€

christmas wonderland singapore 2017

Work in progress…

christmas wonderland gardens by the bay

The good thing about attending the preview, though, was that we got to try the food first. SAVOUR’s main gourmet village at the Christmas Wonderland will feature celebrity chefs from award-winning and Michelin-starred restaurants. But prices will start from a mere $6.

christmas gardens by the bay

christmas wonderland food

I got totally thrown off by this next dish. I thought it was some kind of chocolate-coated marshmallow thing… but the texture was so weird. My pal went to check on the ingredients and came back to say it was “turkey liver”?! I’m not sure if he was kidding, or had gotten two dishes mixed up, but I was ready to regurgitate what I had swallowed. πŸ˜›

christmas wonderland review

Everything else was safe to eat… and tasted ok. πŸ˜€

savour christmas wonderland

christmas wonderland savour

christmas wonderland singapore

Tickets start from $4 and get pricier the closer we get to Christmas!

*Entry to Christmas Wonderland is complimentary for up to 3 children under 0.9m with every paying adult.

Book online and save $2 per ticket:


*All pictures in this blogpost are courtesy of Hearted Moments PhotographyΒ πŸ™‚

Run For Good: Balloon Run 2017

Balloon Run Singapore 2017

[ Pic not taken by me. My “rep” took this πŸ˜€ ]

October 1st appears to be an auspicious date – so many events happening today. While I was meditating under an imaginary mango tree at the Space Out Competition, he was completing a 5km run at the Run For Good: Balloon Run 2017. I’d signed up for both events and only realized much later that there’s a scheduling clash. So he went for one, and I went for the other. LOL. #Teamwork

While there are many environment-related concerns because of the use of so many balloons for this run, I have to agree with the organizers that the sight of balloons (especially such colorful ones) really helps make people feel happy. That brilliant balloon rainbow for the start / end point is so cute!

I like the strap attached to the medal as well. And he also brought back a floral balloon sculpture for me. Aww…

Balloon Run medal

The race cost just $12 per pax, with the money going to charity. It’s easily one of the most affordable races and they aren’t stingy with freebies either.

He received Wall’s ice cream (if it’s sponsored, THANK YOU WALL’S!), water and a banana.

Balloon Run Singapore

[ Pic not taken by me. My “rep” took this πŸ˜€ ]

After the Durian Run, and now the Balloon Run, I really cannot wait to find out what other fun Run will take place next. So exciting! πŸ˜€

Media Preview: Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar 2017

Singapore red cross international bazaar

Ambassador of Ukraine to Singapore, Dmytro Senik, holding an item commonly found in homes in Ukraine. It is said to be able to ward off the ‘evil eye’ and bring good luck πŸ™‚

The Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar happening this Saturday will have 50 stalls selling food and products from all over the world, together with games booths and a full day of performances! Make sure you mark your calendar and make your way down to Suntec Convention Centre as this bazaar is for a good great cause! 100% of proceeds from the bazaar will go to the Singapore Red Cross’ local humanitarian programmes. I went for the media preview today where folks from the participating embassies showcased some of the merchandise that will be made available at the bazaar on Saturday.

There was the Kabsa (a traditional Saudi rice dish with meat) from the Embassy of Qatar. Too bad it was all under cling wrap or I’ll be able to tell you if it smells good. Looked delicious though! There’ll also be coffee, sweets, costumes etc on Saturday. So make sure you swing by their booth.

embassy of the state of qatar

And here’s some merchandise from Brazil. Expect Havaianas, sweets, tshirts, etc…

red cross bazaar 2017

I bet the stall from the Koreans will be very popular. What with the kimchi, kimbap, korean wine, lacquerware and… LANEIGE products. πŸ˜€

This is just a sampling; head to the bazaar on Saturday for the real deal:

singapore red cross bazaar

From Bangladesh, there’ll be food (samosas, briyani), fashion, jute bags, leather and porcelain items. From Egypt, look out for theΒ hieroglyphics stencil (I think they’re so cool!) From Poland, there’ll be honey, picnic mats, cookbooks (even in Chinese!). At the Sri Lankan booth, you’ll find lots of premium Ceylon tea from 4 of the big brands.

I tried the chocolate from Ukraine – it’s really good. Also on sale will be cookbooks, some toys, design kits for children, and lots of other knick-knacks…

ukraine chocolates

Bring an empty stomach as there’ll be international cuisine and uniquely SG buys (pastry, ice cream, etc). Indulge in some henna painting or get a balloon sculpture, and definitely enjoy the cultural shows put up by the folks from Greece, Indonesia, Japan and Sri Lanka. There’ll also be a dog show, magic show and a cheerleading show!

MediaCorp artiste, Ya Hui, will also make a special appearance as SRC’s new ambassador. There’ll be a mini auction of her prized possessions and an autograph session for those who have purchased the limited edition Singapore Red Cross bears.

Do give SRC your support as funds raised go towards supporting the disabled, the elderly and the vulnerable members of our community through residential and day care, transport aid, food aid, elder aid, first aid and humanitarian training, etc. πŸ™‚

singapore red cross international bazaar 2017


Singapore Red Cross International Bazaar 2017

23rd Sept 2017 (Sat) Suntec Convention Centre L3 Concourse

10am to 6pm

Admission is FREE!

Coupons for sale at redcross.sg. Call 6664 0500 for more information.

Volunteering at SPD Singapore

spd singapore

The SPD used to be called ‘Society for the Physically Disabled’ but in 2014, it was renamed to SPD (Serving people with disabilities since 1964). Last week,Β I went to the SPD headquarters for an afternoon of Art & Craft with some of SPD’s clients.Β The SPD HQ is located at 2 Peng Nguan Street (very near to Books Actually)! πŸ™‚

I’d thought it wouldn’t be too much of an eye-opener since most of us are used to seeing people with disabilities around – on trains, in malls, and even living in the same block as us. What I wanted to learn was how to react when I meet persons with disabilities. Do I proffer help with pushing wheelchairs, for instance? Do I look in their direction or do I look away (so they don’t think I’m staring at them)? Have there been things I’m doing wrong when interacting with them? (I really wanted to hear from their perspective)

And it was truly an enriching and informative session. I learnt a few things I never knew before. There were the basic stuff such as terminology: use “wheelchair user” instead of “wheelchair bound” and “persons without disabilities” instead of “normal”.

Here are 4 main takeaways from that afternoon:

#1 Ask before helping.Β Instead of immediately helping someone with their personal belongings, ask them if they’d like your help first. Don’t touch their guide dogs. Do not push or touch the wheelchair without first asking the person.

#2 Allow the person to hold your elbow.Β This is something I’ve been doing incorrectly the entire time. I’ll hold the arm of someone who’s unsteady on their feet (e.g. the elderly) instead of letting them take my arm. Somehow, I just instinctively reach out and help steady the person. But what I should be doing is to let the person hold my elbow while I walk half a step ahead of the person. So I definitely learnt something new. πŸ˜‰

#3 Take the escalator if you can.Β  While the lifts are an easy way for us to get to another floor, the lifts are the only way for people with disabilities (especially wheelchair users) to get to the next floor.

#4 Face the person you’re speaking to. When interacting with deaf and hard of hearing individuals, face the person when you’re speaking and do not obscure your face. If you’re a teacher or lecturer, do not speak while facing the whiteboard or else your student cannot read your lips.


There’s a social media campaign going on right now, where you’ll see videos of persons with disabilities and how, for instance, the use of technology helps them engage a lot better with their family members and the people around them. It’s certainly heartening to know how technology helps give a voice to those who might otherwise be ‘voiceless’. Those of us who don’t have disabilities will have to be more patient around them and extend our help but definitely not pity as these individuals have talents, passions and admirable attitudes towards Life.

I also like how the SPD, which used to serve only people with physical disabilities, has opened its doors (so to speak) to people with other kinds of disabilities. There are various types of disabilities – developmental (e.g. autism, down syndrome, cerebral palsy), sensory (e.g. deafness, visual impairment), physical (e.g. muscular dystrophy, paralysis, stroke, spinal cord injury). SPD’s staff strength is about 300+ (if I remember correctly) and their facilities are well-equipped. The washrooms, for instance, look nothing like the toilets for wheelchair users in shopping malls. The ones in SPD are really spacious, with lots of railings and grab bars, supports even behind the toilet seat, etc.

If you’re keen on volunteering at the SPD or other related organisations, check out this list of activities: