Pump Station 1965 Bistro & Bar: Yes, It’s Still Surviving

Booked an early dinner (5pm) via Eatigo for 50% off at Pump Station 1965 Bistro & Bar at Punggol’s Container Park. 5pm is actually the best time for dinner on a weekend. The place is quiet (even their TVs aren’t switched on yet) and there aren’t many people. I wanted to try the Pork Belly Spaghetti, him the Unagi Don and Charcoal Grilled Yakitori Chicken Thigh.

We shared a Coke which was served with a mason jar filled with ice cubes and a black plastic straw.

Final bill after the Eatigo discount: $25.14 (there’s 10% service charge but not GST)

The pork belly is supposed to be “melt-in-mouth” according to their menu but it really wasn’t. Some fatty bits were delish but the rest were a little tough. Still… what a fun combo: spaghetti with pork belly and “shao xin wine”.

The unagi don was fab – onsen egg was delicious, so was the unagi. And the kimchi was a welcome addition. The chicken yakitori side dish was good as well.

Staff weren’t expecting me though my reservation was for 5pm and I was punctual. The lady, supposedly Thai or Vietnamese, even wanted to seat me outside where it was SO HOT. 🙄 I said I’ll pick my own table inside, thanks. 🙂

If you’re asked to sit out there under the sun (against logical thinking and your wishes), go ahead and order Fucking Hell Lager ($11). Hahaha!

After the meal, we went to check out Hai Bin and wow, there have been some changes since our last visit:

Check out that hugeass black tub! Also the nets aren’t paper nets this time. But they are small and not ‘deep’ enough. So trying to catch the fish with them is a back-breaking task.

Other kiddos were happily fishing out plastic fish from the inflatable pool.

Strangely enough, LOTS OF PEOPLE are prawning at Hai Bin on a Saturday afternoon. Even though there’s no more patin fishing here, it seems the business has not been affected. In fact, more people are coming here for prawning. 🤔

Hope your weekend’s going well too! 🙂

Commons @ Our Tampines Hub: Decent Food, Not-so-great Service – A Pity!

Commons our tampines hub

Darling told me there’s a Fave deal for Commons at Our Tampines Hub, which included a main, a drink and ice cream. It all cost just S$13.90 so we bought two vouchers. I had the shellfish spaghetti while he had the avocado Kraftwich.

I found that the garnish wasn’t very fresh:

Commons our tampines hub review

But as long as the shellfish is fresh, I’m good. 😉

Buy the Fave deal while it’s available 😉

There was also a couple at the table next to ours who did not get the Fave vouchers but who were most intrigued by what we’d ordered. Every time something was served up – whether it be a main, or drink or dessert, the guy would look in our direction and tell his wife to do the same. She’d turn all the way to face us and not look away even when I was clearly staring back at them. They’d even openly discuss our choices. 🙄 First time I’ve met fellow diners who are so buay paiseh.

Lady, your clothes tag is sticking out:

Fix that first before staring at my food 😛

And as for my darling’s avocado Kraftwich…

Our Tampines Hub Commons

It was served with a side of potato wedges. Decent. And the avocado appeared to be very fresh. A pity the staff did not provide a knife. He ate with spoon and fork as it is terribly difficult to get the attention of the staff. Even placing our order was tough. And it wasn’t even the ‘peak hours’ for dinner as we’d arrived at 4.18pm. If you follow the instructions on the signage, and wait to be seated by the staff, you might have to wait for a long time. Just step right in.

As for drinks, they were served after the mains, which is weird. I had the peach soda as lychee soda was unavailable and he had the apple basilic soda. Mine was good but his might as well have been detergent. It tasted really odd and yucky! The server also asked if we wanted straws only after serving the drinks to our table. Sure would. 😅

Thankfully, the ice cream by Udders did not disappoint. I had Awesomely Chocolate and he had Mango. A good contrast. Very small cups with very long spoons. Things are done in a strange manner here:

Would we dine here again? With a Fave deal that’s as good as today’s, yes! If we have to pay full price, with service charge and all, nope nope nope. 😂

Tenderbest @ 608 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5

Rewarded myself with a Happiness Set ($9.50) at Tenderbest after a hard day of work. 😅 There’s absolutely nothing like fried chicken and fries, eh? The set comes with 2 free sides – I picked fries and coleslaw and added an additional side of mashed potato for $1. *I don’t know if you have tried this before but fries dipped in mashed potato are really yummy! Try it if you haven’t! 😀

So… as shown in their menu pictures, the set *should* come with a chicken drumstick, a wing and a thigh portion. Unfortunately, what I was given was wing, thigh and breast (which I dislike). To my darling’s absolute horror, I walked back to the Tenderbest stall and asked for a chicken drumstick as per their pictures. The two guys were happy to accede to my request, much to the amazement of my D. 😀

Like… come on… how can it be a Happiness Set if I don’t get the drumstick which makes me happy? 😉

So… my thanks go to the good folks who ensured my dinner was not a disappointment. *I’ll hafta try their potato salad side next time.

At this coffeeshop, it appears that all the stallowners are Muslims, the tabletops are all green in color and alcohol consumption is not allowed here. Pretty cool, really.

Two Chefs @ 410A Sin Ming Ave

It’s been raining every single day. Gosh. Unlike yesterday, when we had Two Chefs for lunch, today, I’m just gonna write about what we had yesterday. 😂 At Sin Ming, I’d say weekday lunches are a pleasant affair. Good, prompt service. Dishes served up quickly (I guess there are more than two chefs). And the food’s good here.

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Prawn Paste Chicken ($8 for 6 pcs)

功夫排骨 ($12)

Kailan w/garlic ($10)

Seafood soup ($5)

Rice: 50cents

Total: $36.50 for lunch for 3 pax

The Kailan is ridiculously expensive, as is the case at all zichar stalls I’ve been to. $10! The prawn paste chicken costs just $8. Madness. But the pork ribs are good! Served with a side of onions, it’s just perfect.

I’d skip the soup next time. For seafood soup, I think it is rather bland.

But my favourite dish at zichar stalls is the prawn paste chicken. This one doesn’t disappoint. Just the right level of crispiness and absolutely no blood within. Will order more of this next time. 🙂 I had such trouble stopping at 2. But since there are only 6 pieces and 3 of us… 😅

Two Chefs is definitely worth a visit during the current rainy season. Park at the HDB multi-storey carpark and head downstairs for the makan.

I have nothing else to add except that this is making me more hungry than I thought it would. Time to cook myself some lunch…

Sushi & Sashimi from Don Don Donki

Previously, on my way to Muay Thai class, I dropped by Don Don Donki at City Square Mall and found that their sushi is actually priced pretty affordably. Promised myself I’ll be back to buy them. 😀 Today, I was actually supposed to be at Jewel, catching 2 movies at Shaw and then meeting my pals for dinner. But since they’d informed me of a change of plans, I stayed home, did housework and then took the train to Farrer Park MRT station to get to Don Don Donki. Haha! Yes… I’d travel just for food!

The sashimi platter (8 slices) costs $9.80. Not terribly cheap but the salmon maki is going at only $3.80 per tray! It’s stuffed with chunks of salmon! A pity that the rice is a little hard… like it’s been in the chiller for too long? (I’ll remember not to put them in the fridge after getting home next time)

Then there’s honmaguro with uni ($10.80 for 3 pieces). Interestingly, their soy sauce packets come from Japan BUT the wasabi is made in China. No kidding. Have a close look next time you get these!

Don Don Donki is at B2-05/6/7/17/18 of City Square Mall.

*Do download the Donki app and sign up as a member to earn points with each purchase. 🙂

Ajisen Ramen @ Changi City Point

I wanted to add “Only the service is good” in the title of this post. Haha! It perfectly sums up how I feel about this ramen place at Changi City Point. Ordinarily, I don’t get ramen cravings while in Singapore as the standards here are, shall we say, way below that in Japan. To me, it’s a bit of a waste of money to pay for ramen here when you can get a much much much better bowl of ramen in Japan (just save the money for your next trip) for the same price. However, there is one very important ‘woman’ in my life who knows just how to get ‘her’ way, by whining non-stop about something, and knowing I’ll give in, just to shut ‘her’ up. So Ajisen Ramen it was. And the Fave deal for Volcano Ramen was bought.

*Actually the Fave deal allows for only gyoza as the side dish but the staff served my maki first so it ended up in the picture above. For $13.85, you get Volcano Ramen and gyoza, with lemon tea.

I went for the Iberico Ramen instead as the pictures were most alluring:

And here it is…

I think the broth is decent. And Ajisen is generous with the toppings. But overall, ramen here still pales in comparison with the ones you get in any random eatery in Japan.

And the gyoza is something else altogether…

When it was served, I noticed one had already been ripped open. And neither the chef nor the servers flagged this as an issue? Hmm.

Dry. Unappealing. Insincere.

I don’t know why we even bother visiting ramen places in Singapore.

Oh wait.

I know why. ‘Cos of this super whiny ‘woman’ in my life. (@_@)

*Apart from the Fave deal, my meal cost $18.71. *gulp*

I. Am. Not. Going. Back.

How should business owners get staff to take pride in their work?

Should we do away with all these restaurant chains and have individual small businesses helmed by bosses passionate about what they do? Like little hole-in-the-wall sushi places in Japan? I wish we could.

GrabFood’s $1 A-One Dried Scallop Porridge Promo w/FREE Delivery

Sis contacted me yesterday, excited about the $1 GrabFood deal she managed to snag at 2pm. I’d already had my lunch so I wasn’t tempted to place an order for porridge even though (1) it’s from A-One and (2) it’s only $1, without any delivery fee. So I set an alarm for 2pm today. Sis told me the portion may be rather small for some big eaters, so I decided I’ll order 2 portions. If you have more people at home, order more portions! 🙂 The first order arrived in about 20 minutes. The other took about an hour. Don’t ask me why.

As the porridge seemed lukewarm, I decided to heat it up via steaming…

I also added an egg plus parsley (one of my fav herbs). When it was ready, I also added some pickled green chili which I have in a jar at home. 😀

It’s actually decent, for a $1 meal delivered to your doorstep. There are some fish slices, braised peanuts, some cuttlefish. I’m not certain I actually saw or ate dried scallops but I’d think there are small pieces in there. Ha!

I’m told the promo ends this weekend. So set your alarm for 2pm daily if you’d like to order the porridge deal.

Not sure why my 2nd order, placed moments after the 1st, took so long…

Arrival time changed multiple times…

Finally came by at 3.03pm. By then, I’d steamed and eaten the first bowl of porridge *burp*.

All I can say is… don’t skip lunch for this. (1) You might find the portion size too small, when you’re starving from not having had lunch and (2) It might take an hour to reach you. *wink*

TPG’s Irresistible Offer Of FREE Unlimited Data

Yes, I’ve gotten myself one of their SIM cards. Free mah, why not? One of my initial reservations was that I had to use a credit card when signing up with them, though there would be no charge. But I am not fond of sharing my credit card details, knowing how easily they can be sold on the digital black market. With a friend’s help, I signed up for TPG’s offer of a free year-long trial and collected my SIM card from Shaw Centre last week.

After you’ve signed up at their website over at tpgmobile.sg, you can check where you should go to collect your SIM card. It’s based on your postal code. Mine meant I had to go all the way to Shaw Centre – which is not the place you go to for movies, but the less popular building next door.

If you were wondering, my pal offered to let me use his credit card since he’d already used it to sign up – for himself and for his parents. What an awesome friend! And he also advised me to head to the collection centre between 3pm and 5pm to avoid the crowd. Indeed, when I arrived, there were only 3 other people in the queue and once it was my turn, I got my card in under a minute, I think. It was THAT fast.

I thought I had to bring some proof of residential address like a mobile phone bill or something. But, no, all the staff needed was my IC. They didn’t even need to see the confirmation email.

So far, it’s pretty awesome. With a new mobile number (I have a spare phone at home too) it means I can sign up for new user offers like with GrabFood, which I’ve blogged about previously. Use code FREEFOOD for $18 worth of… free food.

Yesterday’s dinner was from Chick N Grains by WZ:

Chipotle bowls at buy-2-get-1-free

I have to say that they looked more appetising in the pictures over on GrabFood but oh well… it’s FREE! 😜

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Live Till Age 85 & Above & Your Chances Of Getting Dementia Is 50%!

I did a quiz on Sunday evening and aced it all, except for one question about our chances of getting dementia at age 85 or above. The quiz happened at a roadshow near Punggol MRT Station. It was right next to a mini bazaar but wasn’t extremely popular, as you would have probably guessed. It was organised by LIEN Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Disease Association, or ADA.

One of the volunteers pointed out to me this particular info board which states that “1 in every 2 persons aged 85 years & above has dementia”. So if you and your spouse live till 85 and beyond, my goodness, it’s highly likely one of you would have dementia. And in my books, I think the one with dementia is the “luckier” one. The caregiver is, arguably, the one who suffers a lot more.

As I’d completed the quiz, I was given a chance to spin the wheel and win a prize. The yellow triangle represents the top prize, I believe, and that’s what I got! 😊

A copy of ‘All That Remains’ by James Tan. It is a graphic novel about dementia that is based on true stories! It also ends with tips on how to care for people with dementia.

If my memory serves me well, in about ten years or so, we’ll have some 100,000 people with dementia right here in Singapore. An absolutely mind-boggling figure. And unlike diseases like diabetes, people can’t manage dementia themselves. Family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues, etc, will all have to be willing to chip in.

Hopefully, with more of these roadshows, we’ll become a more inclusive society and better equipped to care for a growing number of people with dementia.

Review: Pietro Ristorante Italiano @ 12 Jalan Kelulut

Didn’t even know a ‘Jalan Kelulut’ exists till we made a lunch reservation via Eatigo (50% discount *whoots*). It’s in the Seletar Hills area, where there’s lots of landed property but, unfortunately, very few diners. It was a Sunday, at 12noon, and there were only 3 tables (including ours) with guests? Hmm. Interestingly, Pietro appears to be part of the group which also manages Ice Edge Cafe which I absolutely adore. That day, we had the Spaghetti Aglio Olio ($25) and Hawaiian Pizza ($22). Water is complimentary, so props to them for that.

The pizza has an incredibly thin crust so the 8 slices did not prove overwhelming for the 2 of us to finish. The pasta was decent – had lots of olive oil and also some chili padi, which is great.


The food is decent. Nothing to shout about but at 50% discount, nothing to complain about too.

What was disconcerting was when one of the waiters walked by really quickly with a question of whether we wanted an iced water or a warm water refill. My usual response, when people are in such a hurry and when my mouth is full, is to pretend I did not hear the question at all. I didn’t even bother looking up.

My darling, being the sweet and responsive fella he is, immediately said he wants warm water, and one tendril of cheese nearly made its way back to the plate. 🙄 Good grief. Just ignore the waiter!

We were also seated next to a guy who sounded like he had TB. He was coughing really badly. So I just wanted to hurry and finish my meal and get out of the restaurant.

Because the restaurant is pretty big, they try to seat diners as close to the kitchen as possible so… maybe… they can serve you quickly. But when business is, shall I say, not so good, you should seat diners closer to the entrance to your restaurant so it gives people walking by the confidence that “hey, there are people dining here so maybe I should too”. If they can’t spot your current diners and/or think this place is deserted, they’ll just walk on to the next eatery.

It’s unlikely we’ll be back. We definitely prefer Ice Edge Cafe. 😀

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Pietro is @ 12 Jalan Kelulut, Singapore 809030

Tel: 6484 5528