X’mas Staycation at BIG Hotel

X’mas Staycation at BIG Hotel

What better way to spend post-Christmas weekend than to have a lazy staycation with your special other? Especially after an exhausting and hectic and (many thanks to you guys,) successful #LASTTBMFLEA the previous weekend, the thought of having a staycation to unwind and recharge was extra-tempting so…

Upon knowing that TBM was invited for a 1-night Executive room stay at BIG Hotel, I instantly pounced at the opportunity. Hehehe!!!!!! No sense of shame but NO RAGRETS.

If you’re a fan of industrial/Scandinavian design, you’re absolutely going to love this place.

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Unlike most other hotel lobbies which tend towards elegance and grandeur, BIG Hotel’s exudes a very cosy and homely feeling. Two words, LOVE IT. Got very comfortable hanging around the Scandinavian-themed living room hotel lobby while waiting for the Special Other (SO) to arrive. I almost fell asleep on the sofa despite the crowd because it was REALLY comfortable. If I were to ever become homeless, BIG Hotel’s lobby would be the first place I head to. Hahahaha no lah just kidding. I hope I won’t ever have to be homeless.

Anyway, the check-in process was swift and hassle-free, thanks to the very efficient hotel receptionist. :)

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Entering our room at 1123!!! Just saying so you can buy 4D.

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The room was rather small (15 – 16 sqm) but it was perfect for 2 pax. The SO and I were pleasantly surprised by how spacious the room felt though. I was also particularly fascinated by how well-designed the room was in terms of maximising space utility.

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Terribly taken photographs lol. But do you see what I mean?? Lots and lots of effort was put in to ensure that the room does not become too cramped.

The sink’s placement was rather unique; it was my first time seeing a sink outside the toilet (Hipsters would appreciate this, I think). I also loved that there was no wardrobe in the room because 1) it really opens up quite a bit of space and 2) one less door for us to knock on when we enter the room HAHAHA you know the old wives’ tale…

My favourite part was the space for the luggages though. Isn’t it ingenious?!? I’m typically a messy person (I’m sure the whole TBM team can vouch for that) but with this allocated luggage space, there was absolutely no excuse to have my belongings strewn all over the place.

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As I mentioned earlier, a lazy staycation. So we spent our whole time lazing in bed and watching TV and switching from channels to channels using the tablet provided. I must say the selection for the channels and movies was pretty impressive.

Side disclaimer: I do not have man-hands. Those hands don’t belong to me.

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You can even switch the lights on/off using the tablet!! So cool right!!! Or is it that I’m very suaku cos I’ve never seen this before?

There was no reason for us to get out of bed with all the amenities and switches within reach, and especially so when the bed is incredibly soft and springy! That’s, of course, unless you need to go to the toilet… (please don’t pee on the bed!)

Eh, okay actually I just remembered that there was a reason to get out.

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… THIS. I CAN INSTANTLY GET ICE JUST RIGHT OUTSIDE MY ROOM!

I’m not weird I just like chewing on ice. Cannot meh?

No room service at BIG Hotel, but can self-service!!!!! The machine dispenses both cold and hot water too, so no worries about having no fridge in the room or being lazy to boil water. Damn convenient!!!!

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Okay fast forward to next morning cos sleeping time was too short (bed was too comfortable so time felt like it flewwww away).

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Breakfast buffet is a top up of $15/pax. Mine was complimentary but we had to pay for the SO’s portion.

To be honest I was a little disappointed upon entering BIG Hotel’s dining area. I’ve always loved hotel breakfast buffets for their extensive range of choices, but the spread here seemed rather limited comparatively. However the food was really good despite the small selection!! I would say the $15 was well-spent :)

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Check out my (healthier) breakfast and the SO’s (less healthy) carb-laden one. Very yumsss I’m missing the grilled tomatoes now…

Went back to our room after breakfast to pack up and prepare for check out at 11am. On our way out, we noticed this:

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HAHAHA love the sense of humour there.

Thank you BIG Hotel for this amazing & rejuvenating weekend staycation. Now I’m back, recharged and full of energy, to deliver to you guys an awesome line-up of TBM XX this year! Stay tuned!! :)

If you wish to experience the same awesome staycation I had, or simply just have enquiries regarding BIG Hotel, please do not hesitate to contact them via the lines/email below!

BIG Hotel
200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980

Main line: +65 6809 7988
Reservation: +65 6809 7998
Sales: +65 6809 7990
Email: contactus@bighotel.com

 

All photos taken using Sony Xperia Z3

Cafe-Hopping @ Bonheur Patisserie

Cafe-Hopping @ Bonheur Patisserie

Bonheur Patisserie, it means Happiness Confectionery in French. They also have a very sweet tagline which is “It’s the little things that make you smile” and we couldn’t agree more! Yes, the round sweet treat named macarons left us grinning from ear to ear. Read on to see more of these photogenic macarons that’s bound to gain you instant likes on your Instagram photo!

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Located in the west over at Pasar Bella, it’s the first shop you will see upon turning in. The ambience and decorations are homely and cosy; macarons of different flavours are placed in different vine baskets in the display cabinet.

Fresh macarons are made in batches throughout the day in the kitchen corner of the shop space. You don’t have to worry about not getting a certain flavour of your favorite macarons as new batches will be baked to replenish the shelves throughout the day.

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There are more than 25 flavors to pick from, ranging from Classical flavors to Asian as well as Fusion flavors! Always something for everyone! We were overwhelmed by the wide array of flavors to pick from. It was so hard to pick just a few sweet gems out of what was available.

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We went on a weekday and there were 4 cuties macarons available for sale. Just look at them! So cute right?! Heard from Chef Baker, Wei Lin, that there will be around 8 characters macarons available on weekends. Every macaron is definitely Instagram-worthy. New characters are attempted once in a while and you can expect new surprises!

Extremely creative and the most popular character macarons is said to be Hello Kitty and Cookie Monster.

In clockwise direction: Hello Kitty (Strawberry), An-pan Man (Bubblegum) , Panda (White Grape) & Alien (Orange). $4.50 each.

An-pan Man (Bubblegum) and Panda (White Grape) are worth a try.

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Bonheur Patisserie’s macarons are slightly bigger than the usual macarons out there, hence they are priced at $3 each. Special flavours such as Thai Iced Tea are $3.50 each.

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Definitely value for money. They are 100% handmade as well, giving each macaron a well defined taste.

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One macaron is definitely not enough given the extensive range of flavours offered, but fret not! A box of 10 macarons will get you a discount of 10%. Buy a box of 16 pieces and get 2 pcs free, so you just pay for 14 pcs! Much more wallet-friendly.

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Best -sellers:

– Milk Chocolate
– Salted Caramel
– Dark Chocolate
– Yuzu
– Seasalt Gula Melaka

Must try flavours:

– Bubble gum
– White Grape
– Matcha
– Nutella
– Thai Iced Tea
– Rose

If you ever need a sugar fix after a long week, Bonheur Patisserie is the place to visit! Grabbing a box of macarons is as good as having happiness in a box.

 

Bonheur Patisserie

200 Turf Club Road
#02-06 Pasarbella
The Grandstand
Tel: 64661498
Mon to Thu: 10am – 7pm
Fri to Sat: 10am – 9.30pm
Sun: 10am – 8.30pm

Nearest Station: Clementi/Botanic Gardens

Instagram: @bonheur_sg
Hashtag them at #bonheurpastisserie_sg to showcase your pretty box of macarons :)