Elephants Theme for Christmas 2011 in Singapore

This year theme for the Christmas light-up in Singapore is about elephants. I was at Orchard Road on a Saturday evening and it was crowded with people. As I was walking along the pavements, I could see statues of elephants on display outside the malls. The elephants theme was chosen in support for the protection of elephants around the world. I think the elephant statues were really beautiful – every one of them is unique and colorful. These colorful elephants will be on displayed and eventually be auctioned off in a private auction in Janauary 2012, with some of the proceeds going to The Asian Elephant Foundation and Wildlife Reserves Singapore Conservation Fund.

Personally, I liked the blue elephant as it is very stylish and artistic. The green elephant is also very attractive as it has flowers, animals and green grass painted on its body. If you have the time, take some time to view all these elephants before they are gone. There are lots of people taking photos with these elephants especially on weekends; so you have to be patient to get good shots of these colorful elephants.

I liked this Blue Elephant.
Colorful Painted Elephant
Artistic Elephant Statue
Beautiful Elephant Statue



The Chicken Rice Shop in Johor Bahru

I went to try out a chicken rice food outlet in City Square Johor Bahru. The name of the shop was called The Chicken Rice Shop – which is a chain of hahal chicken rice food outlets in Malaysia and Singapore. This Chicken Rice Shop served chicken in many styles – steamed, braised, BBQ and roasted; and besides chicken, there are many other types of food that are also available in the menu – such as beef stew, vegetables, curry chicken, tofu and even wanton noodles. The shop was rather crowded that day as it was a public holiday but I was still able to get a table within minutes.

Roasted Chicken DrumstickChinese Vegetable Soup

When I looked at the menu, I saw that it was more value for money if I ordered the set meal instead of choosing from the Ala Carte Menu. So I placed an order for a Noodle Meal ( RM14) and a Chicken Rice meal (RM15). Both of these meals came with a free drink, 2pcs Nyonya Pai Tee and a desert; but the Chicken Rice set came with an additional free soup of the day and Ipoh Bean Sprouts. I have made a change from normal chicken portion to a drumstick chicken which cost an additional RM1. In addition I had also ordered a bowl of Saito Fish balls and a bowl of Special Penang Chai Boay ( spicy mixed vegetables).

Saito Fish Balls.
Ipoh Bean Sprouts

The photos that I have taken didn’t turned out to be very clear – I was using an Apple Iphone to shoot it. Anyway, the roasted chicken was quite lean and tasty. The chicken rice was rather average. I did not enjoyed the noodles – the noodles were rather sloggy and the chicken meat was hard to chew.  The bean sprouts was slightly overcooked and taste sweet ( MSG or sugar added ). The Saito fish balls was just average – I definitely have eaten better Saito fish balls in Malaysia. The best food that I liked the most was the bowl of Special Penang Chai Boay ( spicy mixed vegetables). The vegetable soup was spicy,sour and hot – it was rather unique in flavor.  The free soup of the day was a vegetable soup – quite pleasant. The 2 pcs of Nyonya Pai Tee was cold but crispy – nice but not worth ordering extra. And lastly the free desert was simply a simple mixed fruit cocktail which you can also buy from the local supermarket.

Special Penang Chai Boay
Penang Hot and Sour Mixed Vegetables soup

If I do come again to The Chicken Rice Shop, I know what to order – just the Chicken rice set meal and the bowl of Special Penang Chai Boay ( spicy mixed vegetables). Perhaps I would also try out the wanton noodles, Gado Gado and Laksa.

Nyonya Pai Tee
Cocktail Fruit Desert
Curry Chicken Noodles
Sliced Green Chilli
Red Chilli Sauce and Ginger Sauce