habitat @ honestbee review

What is Habitat @ Honestbee? 

habitat@honestbee redefines supermarket shopping into an experience. it’s a nearly fully automated shopping and dining concept.

How to get there?

From pasir panjang mrt (circle line CC26), walk around 10 minutes to reach mapletree business park.

You will need to download the honestbee app (no worries, they have free wifi) to enter using “beepass” which is a user-unique QR code which you scan at the gantry area.

Inside the place!

How to make a purchase?

Simply scan the barcode using the app and link a card for payment! You can scan on the spot or they can do it for you at the checkout area (simply push in the cart and pay, then collect at the collection point when ready to leave). So easy. However, I can easily imagine older consumers who can be frustrated by this as they only accept online mode of payment e.g. Mastercard/Visa.

I bought some items on sale, such as the $0.90 unrefined cane sugar (500g), bak kut teh flavour ($0.50) and akataya unsweetened green tea ($0.65).

Fish and chips is something highly raved, so we decided to get ourselves a Red Tilapia Fish ($12.90). It was large enough for 2 pax or even 3 for smaller eaters! It was better than most fish and chips in Singapore!
Early birthday celebration for Marcus who is sad to turn 26 😛 this is Le Goma (Sesame Cake) ($9). Very pricey, but quite unique and decent taste wise. Don’t think I will repurchase. The coffee place next to it, Hinoki, looks really good!
Secret bar??????

What happens when you opt for their cart checkout!

I really enjoy honestbee’s attention to detail, and it’s a pity they are embroiled in all their debt now. I like that even the toilets are interesting, and that it is a good place to chill during the weekends. I have left out some other interesting details, so YOU can go there and discover for yourself. 🙂 Cheers!

 

[Review] My First Experience with 65daigou

Preliminary notice:
This is NOT a sponsored post. The reason why I am spending some time to write a review is to share honestly my experience with goods and services such as 65daigou. I am in no way affiliated with 65daigou; I am simply putting in my two cents into the big wide world of the internet to help others in deciding whether they want to consume certain goods and services or not, especially with the flood of sponsored posts everywhere that tend to skew consumers’ opinions and ideas about products and services.

If you would like to take a look at them, feel free to browse my food reviews and other reviews.

65daigou’s Taobao Buy-for-me Service

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65daigou is one of the most renowned concierges in Singapore for ordering and shipping items from Taobao over to Singapore with ease, to bypass the need for a Taobao account as well as the confusing and long procedures of purchasing and shipping. However, I’ve only made my first transaction with them recently (Dec 2015). In the past, I’d always relied on either my friends or carousellers who were conducting sprees. I soon grew desperate when I realised that the carousellers were offering either steep shipping fees, slow replies, or inconvenient collection and/or payment options.

On to the important points and details: this was my first time ordering from 65daigou, and I used SEA shipping instead of AIR shipping or EXPRESS AIR shipping.

DATES, COST & CONDITION OF PARCEL

I sent in my orders on 7 Dec 2015 and paid via bank transfer on the same date. They were also able to confirm my orders on the same date within a few hours, which was great. My items took about 1 week to arrive at China’s warehouse from the sellers’ locations. Then it took a few days to “prepare to ship”. The shipping to Singapore itself took about 1.5 weeks. Eventually, my items arrived and I paid the agent and shipping fees via bank transfer and confirmed my delivery method on 29 Dec 2015. I was able to collect my items at the designated location on 30 Dec 2015. All in all, the entire procedure took 21 days i.e. 3 weeks.

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The items I ordered – 4 phone cases and 10 pieces of undergarments came up to 0.44kg.

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I didn’t order much as this was my first experiencing purchasing from Taobao via 65daigou, and I had read my fair share of bad reviews about their service. I have to say that I am pleased overall with the smoothness of the entire transaction. I would be converting to 65daigou from now onwards.

If I have to nitpick, a slight misgiving I had was how I didn’t receive any email or SMS notification about the arrival of my parcel in Singapore, ready for collection, even though I indicated to receive a notification about the arrival of my parcel via email. It just so happened that I had been religiously stalking the status page in the recent few days the parcel was due to arrive.

The items arrived in good condition – there were no defective items, though 2 out of the 10 undergarments were of the wrong size, but that was not an issue to me as they were still wearable. The parcel was packaged in a compact manner while still offering protection via bubble wrap and minimal padding (though the main item itself is most probably packaged by the sellers themselves). I believe that 65daigou had allowed for the removal of excess packaging that I had come to expect of my Taobao parcels. That was a pleasant surprise.

Feel free to leave a message below should anyone have any queries 🙂 I would be happy to help. I may be providing a combined taobao haul review soon, as I am planning a second purchase with 65daigou, so stay tuned (I will even be providing the links to the items!).

[2019 Update: 65daigou is now rebranded to ezbuy. Ezbuy has been steadily gaining popularity over the years, even as Alibaba tried to curb it with the introduction of Direct Taobao or through heavily promoting Lazada.]

[Food Review] Itacho Sushi (Bugis)

Address: #B1-05, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street, 188021

After the slightly dismal trip to National Gallery, we went to Itacho Sushi at Bugis Junction for lunch. In the end, I paid in total about $12 for a bowl of chirashi (specifically, sakura jyu which was priced at $10.40) and 1 piece of salmon (smoked, I think, but I don’t recall the price. Either way one can work out mathematically the actual price of the salmon given 10% svc and 7% gst). Which is pretty affordable in terms of eating Jap food!

Free flow hot green tea was provided with a minimum purchase of $10, which we appreciated deeply. Service staff were attentive and polite, giving greetings to customers upon entering and leaving the establishment. We only had to signal for a cup refill once, which was perfectly permissible.

Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Itacho sushi. However, I have tasted better smoked salmon sashimi elsewhere at around the same price (Genki Sushi and The Sushi Bar are fine examples). As this is my first time having chirashi don, I can’t say for sure about comparison with other food outlets out there currently, but it was pretty decent. I didn’t really enjoy the white fish inside it though because it tasted too fishy, but that’s a personal preference.

It would be more affordable to visit Itacho Sushi during lunchtime compared to dinnertime – my $10.40 don was ordered under one of their lunch sets. While I would definitely visit this place again for lunchtime catchups and such with friends, I would not be back during dinner hours. Another point to note is that the booths tend to be rather constrained and not very spacious, and I felt that the air-conditioning could be improved (it felt a teeny bit stuffy, perhaps because we were seated in a corner of the restaurant, but it was okay for me because I am okay with such conditions).

Service: 4/5
Food: 3.5/5
Location: 4.5/5
Price: 4/5
Overall rating: 4/5

 

[Food Review] Two Chefs Eating Place 双厨菜馆 (Commonwealth)

ADDRESS
116 Commonwealth Crescent
#01-129
Singapore 140116
This is the only photo I have, unfortunately.
This is the only photo I have, unfortunately.


In clockwise direction starting from the top:

  • Golden Mushroom Beancurd 金针菇豆腐 ($8)
  • Deep Fried Oat Prawns 麦片虾 (Medium Sized $20),
  • Vegetable with Egg, Salted Egg and Century Egg 三蛋时菜 (Small Sized $8),
  • Butter Ribs (Medium Sized $12)

    Summary:

I would most likely not come back here again. The butter ribs did not live up to the rave and were too tough sometimes, but I appreciated the unique concept. I enjoyed their oat prawns which were fragrant, tender and crispy all at once albeit a tad too salty for my liking. People who like their food sweet and salty (重口味) would most probably enjoy visiting this place. Compared to other zichars that I have tried before, this stall’s flavors tend to be on the heavier side.

Location: 3/5 

Either take Bus 105 from Commonwealth MRT and alight 2 stops later at Blk 39, or walk there. It’s a walkable distance. At least Commonwealth is sort of central.

Taste: 3/5

There were hits and misses and the stall is pretty overhyped. Too savory for my liking. They probably added quite a bit of MSG because I felt pretty thirsty afterwards.

If I were to order again, I would order the oat prawns and golden mushroom tofu, and try their drunken cockles and some other dish.

Service: 3.5/5

Not particularly good, not particularly bad, nothing much to mention about. We were 3rd/4th/5th in the queue and we arrived at about 8pm (!). We waited for about 15-20 minutes before getting a table.

Ambience: 3.5/5

Compared to other hawker experiences elsewhere, this place is a tad stuffier than most, especially if you sit in the centre or closer to the stall. A bit cramped. But great if you sit further away from the stall, especially the tables which are closer to the open air.

Price: 4/5

We paid $50 for our 4 dishes and 4 bowls of rice. That came up to $12.50 per person for 4 dishes, excluding drinks which were also normal hawker food pricing. Decent.

Overall: 3.4/5
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[Would likely not come back again unless someplace near/at Commonwealth]