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Back for another update on Fiji and I know this is taking a while! Have been spending most of my time at work and finally got down to edit the photos. A couple more entry before Fiji travels come to an end. 

Continuing from the previous entry, we had a day out at Nadi and headed to Sigatoka River Safari at 8am in the morning for its River Safari ride. I don't think I'm someone who is able to take 360 rides or drop-down rides etc but I do enjoy very much enjoy high speed rides or 360 turns. I googled before we set out for the day and was already looking forward to this as I personally enjoy rides like this (you'll experience 360 turns via the jet boat rides) – this reminds me of the Shotover River ride I had in New Zealand Queenstown. 

The Sigatoka river ride was also another way for people to travel to the village (Fiji is known for the village tours). This is part of the Sigatoka tours by the way – you can easily book via their website here. In a nutshell, the tour we had covered these:

Bus ride to the Sigatoka Jet boats port with a guide along the journey sharing about the history of the area and the history of the villagers along the valley road
On board on the jet boat with the captains for our sigatoka river ride with commentary stops along the way and learning more about Fiji history and the history of the Sigatoka Valley
Village tour where we met the village guide, locals living in the village, village head and we experienced a traditional Fijian kava ceremony etc
Lunch at the village 

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Meet our Sigatoka River Safari guide, Clare Ann Steele. She was certainly very attentive, has an absolutely warm personality and took care of us during the entire trip. Thank you Clare x

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Where we enter the jet boats

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The village 

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Again, very thankful to have our trip planned by tourism Fiji and we were definitely very well-hosted by everyone we met. Thanks to these lovely people, we got to learn so much about Fiji within those few days and had such a great time x


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June

TWENTY

0206 HRS

Fiji #5 | Bebe Spa at Outrigger Fiji

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Wearing the back cut out maxi dress from Klarra.

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And the stay continues at Outrigger Resort..

Outrigger is also known for its spa and the spa is located in a separate location at a hill top. The spa is called Bebe Spa and to quote their exact words, ' Bebe spa floats majestically above Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort on a plateau known to local villagers as Vakalomalagi Hill – Heavenly Hill. Surrounded by deliciously lush, undulating landscape, this location is at a breathtaking altitude offering the purest ocean views.' I certainly agree – the view I had from above was spectacular.

One could possibly walk up to the spa but I reckon that would probably take almost 15 minutes, whereas the hotel provides buggy service to bring you up to the hill.

We were invited to the cocktail evening on that very day we arrived, and it was located right beside Bebe Spa at their members' area. There were tapas and champagne served – it was really lovely. We spent the evening enjoying them amidst the lush scenery while getting to know Fiji better. Thank you very much for the kind hospitality, Outrigger Resort ;)

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May

TWENTY

0105 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #4 | Outrigger Resort

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We shifted and stayed in 4 hotels altogether during the week in Fiji.

The next hotel we left to after Sau Bay Fiji was to Outrigger Fiji. Outrigger is a 5 star resort located in the heart of Fiji's Coral Coast and is set on a white sand.
Everyone we met along the way knew about this resort and had good comments about it.
It is in fact a chain of resorts, situated in Hawaii, New Zealand, Guam and Australia too.

We felt very welcomed into the resort and for sure, service never fails in Fiji. The room we had was facing the beach and we spent the evening watching sunset from our room before we went off to explore the compound and have dinner. Sunset was absolutely beautiful with the purple sky..

Did i also mention we tried Kokonda (the last picture) for the first time?

We heard about this dish since the start of our trip and this is a traditional food in FIji. it's a cold dish (more of an appetizer), made up of raw fish marinated and soaked in citrus juice over night, and then served inside a bowl of coconut milk. We had this dish a couple of times at different places and it seemed to have a few ways to go about preparing it. If you are staying in the outrigger, do try it at the fine-dining restaurant there. I do enjoy this dish and will absolutely have it again if I see it.

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May

TWENTY

0905 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #3 | Sau Bay Fiji

We had a three-night stay at Sau Bay Fiji and this place is quite a hidden gem I must say.

Sau Bay Fiji is a private luxury boutique resort nestled on a shore and surrounded by virgin rainforest. It's not a huge compound with about 4-5 cottages + a safari tent cottage (this was really cool) and I actually think that's the beauty of this place. Quaint, cozy, very private and safe. 

One great thing about Fiji is you could experience a whole range of activities from soft adventure to extreme sports. At Sau Bay, it wasn't just a stay, but you could easily go for hiking (there is climb just behind the resort where you can explore the nature and see the sun rise/set etc), kayaking, snorkelling, sailing & scuba diving. The resort has a private boat to take you anytime. Besides that, it also offers village tours which we wanted to experience very much. In case you are thinking if there's any other things to do in Sau Bay, they do have in-house masseuse and you'll love the view from the spa house (pictures below).

 

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The cottage where we stayed.





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Perfect day to hide in the shade to read a book.




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Walking down to the other cottages.



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In Klarra's v-back romper.

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The common area for drinks, breakfasts and chilling out. There's a bar there as well.


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Daily homemade bread and love this.




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Homemade breakfast with eggs of your choice – love how everything can be customized and how flexible the hosts were.

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The safari tent which can accommodate a family of 3-5 people.

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Wearing Klarra's slit front maxi skirt.

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Spot that heart shape formed by this tree, one of the favourite spots for couple & wedding shoots.

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Both Nigel and Carol own four lovely dogs who kept us company during our walks <3

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Walking by the beach with this little one. Wearing the stripe shift dress from Klarra.

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This is where the massage/spa house is and look at that beautiful uninterrupted view of the ocean and mountains.



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Wearing a maxi slit skirt from Klarra but this time in my favourite blush tone ;)

Sau Bay Fiji is owned by a very lovely couple named Nigel and Carol. They were such great hosts with impeccable service and we had nothing to worry about. Both of them made sure we got to experience Fiji to the fullest within the short span of time, had everything arranged from head to toe and that we were well-taken care of.

Nigel and Carol also made sure that we met the other guests and vice versa – it was a joy making new friends and it definitely made us even more comfortable knowing who were our neighbours during the stay. The other guests staying at the resort were recurring customers and we have heard how much they loved coming to Sau Bay for a respite and how beautiful a place it was for diving. Not forgetting, I could see Sau Bay Fiji as a lovely place for weddings, honeymoon or a couple/family get away if you would like somewhere quiet and private. I'm very confident you would get the best service from Nigel and Carol ;)

I grew fond of this place, the people, and left the place feeling a little sad. If I were to highlight what's best apart from the beautiful resort and how clean it was, it has got to be the amazing service. Nigel, Carol and the others such as Bella, Emily etc from the resort, new friends from Australia, and California such as Jim, Rhonda, Jon etc made our stay there fun, beautiful and memorable (bummed that I didn't manage to capture a photo with them). The people were very genuine and I definitely hope to see them some day in the near future x

If you would like to find out more about Sau Bay Fiji, do click on the below:
http://www.saubay.com/
https://www.facebook.com/SauBayFijiRetreat/
http://www.booking.com/hotel/fj/sau-bay-fiji-retreat

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April

TWENTY

1204 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #2 | Taveuni

Tourism Fiji has planned an itinerary which covered two main areas of Fiji, the earlier one was Nadi (where the international airport is located at) and the other was Tavenui.

Tavenui is the third largest island in Fiji, and is known to the the 'garden' of Fiji. Because of the islands’ tropical South Pacific location, Fiji consists of various rich natural resources, rainforests and mineral resources. Many crops and plants can only grow there due to the soil being volcanic in origin and central parts of the island receive very high rainfall rates too. With that said, that has supported the island's agriculture very much. This island is also popular with tourists, reasons being that it has great diving spots, bush walks and waterfalls.

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The domestic flight from Nadi to Tavenui took about an hour half and we sat in a propeller plane. The plane was small and could sit approximately 18 people and I probably had the best (and most exciting) seat – just right behind the driver. The crew had to take our weight as well as the luggage's weight and everything was measured rather accurately. It was a cozy ride and you wouldn't miss any of your flight mates. It was also quite an experience that we arrived at the airport early and we could just hop on to the earlier flight to our destination.

Tavenui only has one airport named Matei Airport. Very interesting airport that has a little canteen there with limited assortments, some classic and essential accessories as well as homemade tea snacks.

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We were picked up by the resort's driver and together with a group of new friends (who happened to be staying in the same resort as we were), we were to Bouma waterfall next.

Bourma waterfalls, also known as Tavoro Waterfalls, are a spectacular series of three waterfalls nestled within the Bouma National Heritage Park. They epitomise the 'garden island', where Taveuni is famous for. The first waterfall was an easy stroll, which took us about 15 minutes to get there. The challenge came when we continued to the second one – which took us about 45 minutes. We had to cross a river to get there and the paths could be rather rocky. But we had a good view of the park and sea as we went, so definitely no complains for that. We didn't carry on to the third as it was getting quite challenging in terms of strength and stamina.

We took about 2 hours to complete the hike and I enjoyed it very much. I would definitely recommend this as part of itinerary if you are visiting Taveuni.

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Meet Jon, our new friend from California.

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Our stay destination was at Sau Bay Fiji Retreat – a beautiful private resort which we stayed for three nights. I'm excited to share with you visuals of this resort and how the stay went. Will be back in the next post for more!

17

April

TWENTY

0404 HRS

Fiji Travelogue #1 | Nadi

Bula ;)
 
This was the first word I heard when I arrived in Fiji and it was said in an enthusiastic way by everyone we met along the way.

The word 'Bula' actually means 'Life' and it's used as a greeting for hello as well as to imply wishes for continued good health and happiness. The Fijian people are extremely warm, friendly and I'm very surprised by their genuine hospitality and enthusiasm. Almost everyone waved and smiled without hesitation as we travelled on the roads and we definitely felt very welcomed.

Anyway, mummykins and I had the opportunity to embark on a travel journey arranged by Tourism Fiji with the help of Nuffnang, and we were happily whisked away to this beautiful place. Just to give some background of the place, Fiji is an island country in the South Pacific Ocean, an archipelago of more than 330 islands with capital being, Suva. (taken from Wikipedia).  If I were to associate any popular travel neighbours, they would be Australia and New Zealand.

Population of the country is approximately 800,000 and people in Fiji speak Fijian and also speak English language very well. Currency is Fijian dollars and if you are curious about the exchange rate, as of now, SGD1 = FJD1.53.

Our flight to Fiji was long. We took a flight to Hong Kong for 4 hours, had a 5-hour transit and followed by a 10-hour flight to Fiji, Nadi International Airport. So all in, we took about 20 hours to arrive in Fiji but I must say we were very well-taken care of during the transits (thanks Tourism Fiji!).

And part of the reason why I'm excited to share the travel posts of Fiji is because Fiji Airways has just been launched (on April 6) in Singapore! You will be happy to know that going to Fiji from Singapore is a breeze now – it's a direct 8-hour flight.  

I'm very glad to know of this because after being in Fiji, I really think Fiji has a lot to offer. Shan't go on too much in words and will let the pictures do the talking ;)

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'Rosie Holidays' is one of the best travel agencies to contact if you would like someone to plan your trips for you. I've to say their service was amazing and for each car ride, wifi was available too.

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Our first stop was breakfast at 'Taste Fiji'. Gotta love freshly baked breads and always love having eggs + toast for breakfast. Service was great – people we met were absolutely friendly. And if you take a closer look at the above picture, what is uniquely Fiji are the crunchy chips. They seem like Yam chips but they aren't – they are sliced and fried breadfruit (do try this if you are there!). Breadfruit is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family (Moraceae) originating in the South Pacific and is as a staple food in Fiji as well asmany cultures. From my understanding, boiled breadfruit is a famous main meal in Fiji.

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Wearing Klarra's Asymmetrical T-back dress. I do like the high neck cut in front and I always think Asymmetrical dresses help to give the illusion of longer legs ;)

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Tourism Fiji had arranged an itinerary which allowed us to experience different stays during our trip and so we had our first stay at Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa.

Sofitel Fiji is located beachfront on Denarau Island with all rooms overlooking the South Pacific sea. True enough, we had a room with an unblocked view of the sea and a great view of one of the main (gorgeous) pools. We also had a pampering spa session arranged by the hotel at So SPA right after check in. Our stay at Sofitel was just one night and it was a pity that we couldn't experience the pool because it was pouring shortly after our Spa session. But the good thing was the resort has restaurants and bars for us to enjoy as we explore the compound. They had seats in the lobby by the bookshelves with books for you to read as well.

In anycase, we had a lovely dinner hosted by Michael Bell from Sofitel Fiji. Dinner was at V Restaurant, the fine-dining restaurant located in the hotel compound. The quality of our meal and the service were great, and if were to look at the last picture above, that's Mahi Mahi -  a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish found in off-shore temperate, tropical and subtropical waters worldwide (source: Wikipedia) and is a popular fish in Fiji.

It was definitely our pleasure to have met Michael on our first day of the trip because he shared so much with us on the interesting things of Fiji – especially the culture. Looking forward to share more in this space, and for now, I'll end it off here x

10

April

TWENTY

1204 HRS

Bangkok Getaway

 
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Marble <3

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Wearing the v-neck textured dress from Klarra.

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It was a beautiful weekend spent in Bangkok.

Dean booked a weekend stay over at one of his favourite hotels – Sofitel So Bangkok and off we went. Lucky us had a complimentary upgrade to the suite and full member facilities, so we did have a ball of time that weekend – thanks Sofitel So!

Before I go on, meet Dean :) I did a brief introduction of him on my Dayre previously and thought I'd share some facts about him here as well.

Dean is from Macedonia, a country located in the central Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe (near Greece), with approximately 2 million population. The country uses Macedonian Denar (MKD) as their currency, people speak Macedonian and if you know the country, you would know that it is one of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia – from which it declared independence in 1991. Macedonia is also a landlocked country (meaning it's entirely enclosed by land, or whose only coastlines lie on closed seas).

I met Dean in Singapore early last year at a seminar and we've kept in touch since then. He is based in Bangkok (still is) since I met him and to be honest, I was initially wondering if it would be difficult with the distance. I've not experienced any relationship out of Singapore and this was a first. The good thing is that Bangkok is not that far from Singapore and it's pretty easy to get flights around. Besides that, am thankful for technology which allows us to have free calls every now and then which definitely helps a lot with communication.

Anyway, taking about Bangkok, try Kuppadeli if you are around Asoke area! It's quite a nice place with good quality food. Dean knows I love visiting new places and we aim to visit at least one during each Bangkok or Singapore trip.

Kuppadeli

219/1A The Pride – Asoke Towers, Sukhumvit 21,
Khlongtoey Nua, Wattana,
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
Phone:+66 2 664 2350

Keeping the write up short and am prepping for bed now. One of 2016 resolutions is to sleep + wake u early (aiming at before 12am and 7am respectively) and I'm intending to keep to 70% of the promise *cross fingers*. With that said…..

Goodnight guys x

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March

TWENTY

0903 HRS

Italy | Rome

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19

February

TWENTY

1102 HRS

Let’s Save the Queen

Sponsored Post

Am happy to embark on a new campaign with STRIP recently.

STRIP has always been my go-to for body beauty services it's IPL Ace is one of my favourite treatments of all times. I've done this treatment for 6 times previously and results were indeed quite amazing. Just started another 6 session package and say hello to cleaner, better skin care routine ;)

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What's interesting recently is that STRIP embarked on a campaign to save the world’s dwindling bee population. I always think it's important for companies and business to carry out Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives to give back to the society and am really happy to be part of this meaningful campaign of STRIP's!

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Came to understand this campaign more from Sherby when I went for my treatment previously. Thought I'll share a little as it's quite interesting to know:

STRIP being known of its waxing services since 2001 recognizes the importance of bees – not just because that there wouldn’t be wax without bees, but because as keystone pollinators, they are responsible for propagating a third of the world’s food crops.  STRIP has also been sharing videos and visuals on various facts about the importance of bees and I personally feel it's important for us to know so we would know how everyone can play a part. With this in mind, it helps to create a sustainable income for these small-batch beekeepers and in turn, provide them with the resources to build a sustainable environment for the bees.  Just so you know, Strip is buying organic sunflower honey, beeswax candles and other bee-related products from bee farms around the world.

#StripSavesBees 

Here're some items featured as part of the campaign:

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The beeswax candles and tote bags with bee slogans are being sold at $15 each. The jar of honey from South of France would be given to customers if you spend $600 or more in a single receipt in STRIP stores. Do look out for those free fridge magnets and customized tissue packets as they are specially prepared for you in their stores.

Here’s also a special promotion for you if you are reading this! Quote “BeatriceTan” on STRIP's online booking site and you can enjoy the following:
IPL Brazilian at $68 (U.P. $642) or the IPL Boyzilian at $88 (U.P. $963)
*Promotion is valid till 30 March 2016. Other terms and conditions apply. Valid for new Strip customers only.

Hope to see you joining in for this campaign as well and save the bees together!
#StripSavesBees 


Strip Singapore 

Find out more: www.strip.com.sg/sg_en 
Online bookings: ow.ly/VUoPB 
6337 8747

2

February

TWENTY

1102 HRS

London | Restaurants, bistros & Cafes

I'm back for a new update ;)

Here's another list of cafes/bistros that I've visited and there are a few favourites which I went back quite frequently during my stay there. Without further ado, here're they:

1. Cafe Laville
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One of the all time favourite places – an Italian/Mediterranean bistro with you dine in a glass-fronted building overlooking the canal in Little Venice. I've went back quite a few times, some times for food and some times just for coffee.This place has such an amazing view and you will enjoy the tranquility when you're there. Apart from that, they serve pretty decent food as well.

It's a 5-10 minutes walk from Edgware Road tube station so it's quite easy to get to if it's not raining. Would definitely recommend you to visit this place.

Cafe Laville
453 Edgware Rd, London W2 1HT, United Kingdom
+44 20 7706 2620

2. The Muffin Man Tea Shop  

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I was told this is the go-to place for most Singapore airlines cabin crew and it was also recommended by my cabin crew friend, Melissa. Loved the old English vibe of this entire place and I went back too many times. You've to try their scones because they were simply divine. Do opt for the clotted cream and honey, this duo goes the best with the scones in my opinion. They serve breakfast sets as well and I loved their food – very homemade and unpretentious.

The Muffin Man Tea Shop  
12 Wrights Ln, London W8 6TA, United Kingdom

3. Fernandez & Wells
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Located at Soho area, this coffee shop is one of my favourites. I love the window seats and this is a nice place for an afternoon read.

Fernandez & Wells
73 Beak Street London
W1F 9RS United Kingdom

4. Honest Burgers
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My favourite is still shake shack but I remember this to be one of the best burgers I had in London. The rosemary chips are a must try too.

Honest Burgers
4A Meard St, London W1F 0EF, United Kingdom

5. KOYA
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As google says, simple, cafe-style Japanese for udon noodles and small plates served at communal tables. This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants and you've to try the cold udon!

Place is rather small and there's always a queue during peak hour. Best to go slightly earlier or later than dinner time as they don't take in reservations.
50 Frith St, London W1D 4SQ, United Kingdom

6. SAID dal 1923
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If you are a fan of chocolates, you have to visit this place.

SAID dal 1923
41 Broadwick St, London W1F 9QL, United Kingdom


7. Ottolenghi

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A must try in London. The Salads and desserts are freshly made everyday. They have a few outlets and it's always crowded during peak hours.

Ottolenghi
13 Motcomb St, London SW1X 8LB, United Kingdom

8. Timberyard
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This is one of the bigger coffee shops around which serves artisan coffees and teas, plus breakfasts, soup and sandwiches. This place is usually filled with people reading and studying. I remember visiting this place on a weekend and it was very crowded. But place is huge and turnover was quite fast so it shouldn't be a problem with seats!

Timberyard
1-67 Old St, London EC1V 9HW, United Kingdom


9. Bone Daddies

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My favourite place for Ramen – very tasty, flavourful soups and a pretty heavy meal I would say. This place also opens till late at night and quite a fair bit of people visit this place for supper.

Bone Daddies
31 Peter St, London W1F 0AR, United Kingdom

10. The Breakfast Club
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One of the most talked-about cafes there between Singaporeans. I love the food there, very unpretentious and homely. I would recommend the pancakes and the breakfast club smoothie. Queue is crazy at peak hours as well so I would suggest you to visit at non-peak hours.

The breakfast Club
33 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8EU, United Kingdom

11. Burgers and Lobsters
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Nuff said ;)

I always had to queue before I get a seat and just before I left to come back to SG, I got to know they opened a new outlet at Oxford street area – which was pretty quiet at that point of time. if You might want to check that outlet out!

Burgers and Lobsters
6 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JE, United Kingdom