Staycation Weekend

It all began when I received an email from HYPE Magazine that I have won a one-night stay at the Klapsons Boutique Hotel. Ever since our last staycation, Nigel and I have been planning to go on another. Let us share with you what we did to make the best out of our short getaway.

Klapsons The Boutique Hotel
5 Hoe Chiang Road, Singapore 089316

The star of Klapson's hotel lobby is a sphere shaped reception above waters.

Located at Tanjong Pagar where it's mostly office buildings, there were nothing nearby for us to explore but that was easily overlooked with a lobby so impressive. It is no ordinary hotel when there's velvety chairs, LED installations and a spiral stairwell; quirky and chic! Customer service was good but the only thing I wasn't delighted with was they charge your credit card as deposit so it means you can't get your cash back immediately upon checkout. I would recommend paying cash deposit instead.

The Executive (basic room) was a pleasant surprise. From what I know, rooms start from $390+.  I love the carpet floors, full length mirrors but my favourite had to be the shower! It's so unique and you get to change the light colour or listen to radio just for extra fun. Sure it required some getting used to but just imagine being able to watch TV and chat with friends while showering?! Other cool things in the room include a Nespresso machine and fully automated switches - draw curtains by pressing one button because you are too lazy to move. Is anyone else annoyed by bad quality toiletries? Not a problem in Klapsons because you get Colgate toothpaste and hair conditioner that actually works.

The open concept shower in the form of a cube that also links you into a walk-in closet.

Sweater and dress - both from ASOS | Boots - Dr Martens | Clutch - m)Phosis

Club Street Social
5 Gemmill lane, Singapore 069261

Rustic bar setting with really awesome music - a perfect spot for lazy days.

Claimed as 'the best brunch place in Singapore' by Ladyironchef, we too give Club Street Social two thumbs up. It serves all-day breakfast then converts into a bar at night. I'm no expert in food, but the first bite already gave me the 'I think that's it' feeling. Wild Honey is crap compared to them in all aspects - bad service, ridiculous prices.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs with fontina and chives ($12) + bacon ($4)

Hatched is mediocre after we tried this. The eggs had a great texture and consistency, doesn't taste too buttery and we loved the occasional bits of undissolved sea salt. This was probably the best scrambled eggs I have ever eaten in my entire life.  I will order this again.

Panini: Prosciutto, tomato, mozzarella, and truffle mayo ($16)
The bread was very tasty and crispy, with fillings of ham coated in creamy mushroom sauce. Very delicious, a must try!

Dessert: Nutella bread pudding with ice cream ($12)

Some friends recommended us to try this. While Nigel loved it, I did not find it amazing. It is rich and delicious but dry. The ice cream helped but pretty sure I could do without the dessert. We were too full by then anyway.

Breakfast at The Sleeping Rhino, Klapsons Hotel.

Klapsons is known for its 15-storey sky bar but it was a pity they don't operate during weekends. Otherwise, we could have enjoyed some cocktails while enjoying the city lights. A thing to note: there neither gym nor swimming pool.

Sweater from H&M

POP! In the City II
20th – 30th October 2012 | 10am – 10pm daily
ION Art Gallery, Level 4, ION Orchard Mall, 2 Orchard Turn

"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"

We decided to see some art in town. The temporary exhibition displays some of the most famous artworks by pop artists in the last century. I am new to appreciating art so luckily, plenty of texts helped explain what's going on. It was so inspirational to see what went on in lives of the artists that shaped their unique way of expression. Some artists define art as 'the ability to please'.

Tiffany's signature 'Little Blue Box' by Burton Morris

Last photo at the lobby before we departed! A short getaway provided quality time for us as a couple. We feel really fortunate for the opportunity to do so all thanks to HYPE magazine. I hope this post gave you ideas for your next staycation. Meanwhile, check out the brunch place and art exhibition I highly recommend!

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