Traveling to Melbourne City

It was another 3-4 hours car ride to Melbourne City. Thank God the route we took back was different since it was a straight road all the way. It was the first time I am driving in a foreign land and I love the experience! The roads were really clean, non-congested and we can even view the lovely scenery along the way.

Lovely sky and sunset along the way! :D

After returning the rented car, we went to explore Queen Victoria Market! You can shop here for fruits, veggies, local and imported gourmet foods as well as souvenirs. The government might be redeveloping that area soon, so do visit while it enters into a major overhaul!

Heard that the donuts are fantastic and I had to join in the queue to get them! :D

Boss approves! :)

We spotted many graffiti art along the streets and this is one of them! How artistic!

We spent the rest of the night at Crown Casino. Won quite a bit! Can’t wait for my trip to Perth in November! :D

Check out my other posts on Melbourne:
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:heart: Road Trip along Great Ocean Road
:heart: Johanna River Farm and Cottages at Great Ocean Road, Melbourne
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The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar

The Royal Mail Restaurant & Bar is located at Ascott Raffles Place in the CBD area. With its newly revamped menu, we had a great night of sampling their very first revamped cocktails and British-inspired bar grubs menu.

The heart of the restaurant showcases an array of spirits and wine displays that is charming and eye-catching. Here are the bartenders who were busy preparing the cocktails! :)


With the new concept, the team has whipped up 15 new cocktails with quirky and cheeky names – Old Fashioned Spice, Timeless English, Agent 006, Foam Party, Wrong Side of the Bed, A Day of Summer, Billion Dollar Margarita, Lovestruck Ginny, Moulin Rouge, Plum Job, Dear Cupid, Tina Funfetti, Apple of My Eye, Chocolate Dream and Be My (Man)go. As much as I would love to try all of them, I didn’t had the chance to. :(

Apple of My Eye (S$18)
Muddled Green Apple Slices shaken with Vodka, Frangelico, Sour Apple and Egg White for a frothy finish

Agent 006 (S$18)
Muddled Lime Juice, Sugar and Mint leaves, with Rum and Lychee Juice and a burning stream of Bacardi 151

Plum Job (S$18)
Sour Plum Powder shaken with Vodka and Sprite, garnished with Sour Plum for a lingering taste

Wrong Side of the Bed ($18)
A shot of Espresso shaken with Vodka, Kahlua and Baileys

Chocolate Dream (S$18)
Shaken Baileys, Kahlua and Vodka poured onto a swirl of Chocolate Syrup, topped with Roasted Marshmallows


Classic Corn Tortillas with Tomato Salsa, Sour Cream, Cheese Sauce and Beef Ragout (S$12)

Cubed Beef (S$28)

Razor Clams & Squid (S$20)

Straight Cut Fries with Truffle Mayo (S$12)

Margherita Pizza (S$14)

Vanilla Creme Brulee (S$8)

The restaurant and bar also boasts a series of awesome promotions from Mondays to Friday, 6pm till closing!

Monday – $5 Dry & Dirty Martinis
Tuesday – 1-for-1 House Pour & Premium Wines
Wednesday – 1-for-1 All Whiskeys by the Glass
Thursday – $20 for 3 Bottled Beers and 1-for-1 Bottled Ciders
Friday – $10 Sparkling Wine for a glass and $18 for 2 glasses

Happy Hour is from 5pm to 8pm and there are also $10 Signature Cocktails and $15 1-for-1 House Pour Spirits. Guess I need to revisit together with the hubby soon! :D

Ending the post with a photo taken with BFF and Alene! :)

The Royal Mail
2 Finlayson Green
Singapore 049247
Tel: (65) 6509 3589

Selecting an Interior Designer/Main Contractor/Package Interior Designers

Selecting an Interior Designer/Main Contractor/Package Interior Designers

I guess this is the one of the hardest decision to make – should we engage an Interior Designer/Main Contractor/Package Interior Designers? Do proper research especially on forums (i.e. Renotalk), there are bound to be reviews for various companies. Ask around, listen and take note of their reviews. Look out for positive recommendations. Work around your budget and decide on the time and your commitment. Chances are, help is much needed since most of us do not have prior knowledge to the renovation jargon and it takes a lot of time and effort to micromanage the renovation. Engage someone that you can trust to help you do so.

Set a Budget

Speak and meet up with at least 3 firms. I prefer meeting up with them to observe their body language, attitude and service. Call me paranoid. Decide on the items that you wish to be quoted on and compare. Give them about 10%-15% lower than your real budget because chances are, they will quote much higher. Check that the firm you had engaged is not GST registered, avoid paying the taxes if you can. They could have included the taxes into the quotation and marked up the price even higher. Spend the extra money on other things if possible.

Interior Designer/Main Contractor/Package Interior Designers

So who should you exactly engage?

Interior Designers (ID)
These are the designers who have an eye for detail. They would give tips and advices on making your entire house aesthetically pleasing. They charge for their recommendations and advices, 3D drawings, changes in the layout plan, their ideas, etc. Their quotes are usually customized according to your needs. They would usually recommend all sorts of ideas and these take up a huge portion of your budget.

Engage if… You do not where to start from and have no idea what styles or themes you want. You need someone to recommend, plan a theme and micromanage the project for you.

Main Contractors
These are the people I dread dealing with as they are usually older, rough, and would tell you that your ideas are impractical. IDs usually engage them, so it saves you money if you go to them directly. I have a few contacts but I have read horror stories about other people’s experience with them. So I am keeping my options open.

Engage if… You know all the renovation jargon. You have all the contacts for electrician, plumbers, suppliers, etc. You know it when that uncle is trying to smoke you.

Package Interior Designers
Probably the in-between I would say. They usually have fixed packages for the types of flat that you own. You might have seen them at roadshows. Based on your requirements, you can add in additional items and they will quote you accordingly. Slightly cheaper than IDs, they can help to micromanage the renovation as well. They may not have the best ideas but you can pay more to have premium service or be assigned to a more senior designer.

Engage if… You have an idea on the styles and themes that you want. You need someone to micromanage the project for you.

Shortlist & Decide

Take your time to select one that you are most comfortable with. Most importantly, make sure that the one you engage is reliable, has lots of experience and great portfolio, good attitude and gives you an affordable package.

Good luck hunting! :)

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