What is Izakaya

The dining style of Izakaya has been long known to be liken to a taverns or pubs. However, there are some differences. In traditional Japanese context, people sit on tatami mats or low chairs and dine from the tables. Some will prefer to sit by the bar. There are still some who will just be standing while drinking. Customers are often given towel to clean their hands.

Izakaya dining

Photo courtesy of Kanpai Izakaya and Bar

Izakaya Culture

It is a culture to share the food in Izakaya dining. Some Izakaya places offer the buffet style dining where you pay a fix price per person for all you can eat and drink. Usually such style of eating will be within a few hours or dinner time.

Izakaya Food

The food items in Izakaya dining is normally small items like Edamame, Karaage, Kushiyaki, Sashimi, Agedashi dofu, Yakitori and Tsukemono. You can say that it’s like tapas of mezze, but its more substantial that these. For drinks, they are usually alcoholic drinks like Shochu, Sake, Japanese Beer, Wine and Whiskey. Many of these foods are designed to be shared.

Izakaya food

The Trend of Izakaya

As the tradition goes, it’s a down-to-earth place where men and women drink sake and beer after work. Many places now offer more drinks option like cocktails and wines. Interior design of the Izakaya outlets are becoming more stylish then before as well. The popular Akachochin “Red Lantern” which are traditionally displayed outside the dining area are usually displayed. However, you can see these lanterns are also displayed in non-Izakaya Japanese restaurant too. As the time goes, people don’t follow so closely to the traditions anymore.


There are many Izakaya places in Singapore although majority are Japanese restaurant. One of the Izakaya that recently just opened is located at Holland Village. It’s a place where lots of people local or expatriates would like to hand out after work. You can see the whole street is closed for cars after 6:30pm and the entire street is like a pub street. People flood the small outlets to enjoy beer, with light food. Kanpai Izakaya & Bar serves great tasting and affordable Izakaya that goes with a range of nice Japanese beer, Sake, Shochu and wine. With its new opening, there are many promotional offers as well. The latest offer was 30% off from the menu. Here are some photos of the outlet. View more here.

Japanese Izakaya Singapore

Photo Courtesy of Kanpai Izakaya & Bar

Most people may not know the difference as most Japanese dining serve almost the same food. Izakaya dining is in a way not a full Japanese food restaurant and more of a place for small bite and drinks. Hope this article gives you a good insight.

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Rivercove Residences – A New Executive Condominium in Seng Kang

Rivercove Residences is to be built in Anchorvale Lane, in Seng Kang, Singapore. This executive condominium is expected to be out for sale by early 2018. EC condo is only eligible for Singaporean and permanent residence, but is known to be very hot property when it comes to property interest. This location is near to many schools and entertainment and its developers, Hoi Hup Realty and Sunway Developments are both well-known developers that have built many good properties in the past.

Rivercove Residence is built on prime location at Anchorvale Lane

Rivercove Residences was a hot bid among many developers. With 16 developers participated in the bid for the property since 2013. With 7 to 9 as average bidders for EC in Singapore, this EC was sold at an impressive S$240.95 million to the joint venture between Hoi Hup Realty and Sunway Developments. The competitiveness of the bid on this site for Rivercove Residences EC is a sure sign of growth of this prime location. The launch date of Rivercove is not yet confirmed but is projected to be around late 2017 early 2018. The size of the land to Rivercove Residences will be built on will be within the 678,600 sq ft of land.

Rivercove Residences Location

Register Interest for Rivercove Residences to be the first to ballot for your prime unit

To buy newly launch condominium or executive condominium, the process is very standard. When you hear developers or agents announcing the launch, you better be faster than anyone else. The first come first serve rule stands and if you are behind others, the chance of getting the earlier queue to ballot will be slim. If you don’t book the unit before others, you tend to get the leftover. Therefore, it is best to engage an agent who is experienced with new launch to update you on the latest movement of this hot property launch.

Be prepare before purchasing the EC

Get as much information as you can to prepare yourself for the purchase. Consult with a banker to get an idea how much you are eligible to loan. Check that you have all the requirement to get an EC condo. Once you are very sure about your eligibility, you can budget for the property. Based on market price, you will know the estimated price for the executive condo. Plan the budget in advance and how big you want to buy. Most of the time, smaller unit tend to get sold on the first day of property launch. This is because many property investors tend to buy it and rent it out as a form of investment.

Determine what is your intention to purchase Rivercove Residences. If you want to buy for your own stay, you have to be sure you are able to finance the property. It’s a long-term commitment, talk to a real estate agent and work out your loan eligibility with a banker prior to making a decision. Once you are fully aware of these, you will be able to make good property purchase decision. Note that on the day of property balloting, you will not have much time to consider. When you queue is called, you will be given a few minutes to make a decision which unit you want to buy and place a deposit immediately. That is why, making the initial research for your financial capability to purchase the property is paramount. If not, you can risk having a huge financial loss. Withdrawing after making a deposit payment of property purchase can mean part of your deposit will be forfeited. I am sure, this will be the last thing you want happening to you.

If you want to learn more about Rivercove Residences executive condominium, you may visit the official site here to get in contact with the real estate representative for help. Register your interest and be invited to the launch. Get advice how you can prepare yourself prior to the launch, like checking your eligibility and getting banker’s advice.

I wish you all the best and good luck on your property hunt!

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Gardens By The Bay

Singapore Tourist Attraction – Garden By The Bay

Gardens By The Bay, is situated at the southern part of Singapore, just behind Marina Bay Sands. This is a very beautiful place where you can see giant trees and dine at the top of these giant trees. One of the famous restaurant that allows you to have full 360 view of the garden is SuperTree. There you can see just about anything within a few kilometers around the vicinity.

gardens by the bay Singapore

You can simply just walk around at night to enjoy the brilliant view of the night scene or practice some creativity with your camera. Any camera can give you a great shot if you get the angle right.

How To Get To Gardens By The Bay

Location: 18 Marina Gardens DriveSingapore 018953, Singapore 

If you are taking a public transport, you may take an MRT and alight at the station at Bayfront MRT station. From there you can walk by the sky bridge to Gardens by the bay within 5 mins.

Events in The Garden

Many events happens there during festive seasons like Christmas, New Year eve and other special occasions. There are usually fireworks nearby during the countdown for new year. Therefore, you probably get to see firework in the sky from there. For those driving, there is a large parking space just below the park. However, when it is very crowded, you may take quite a while to exit as there aren’t many exits in the basement car park.

The Atmosphere In The Garden

Why do I like there? I think this place event though its mainly man made, it gives people a magical feeling, with background music playing and the blinking of the lights makes you want to just sit there and enjoy the atmosphere. It is a perfect place to mingle with friends and love ones for dinner around there and also having some wines. I particularly like the roof top drinking outlet where you can sit back, have a sip on the wine and see the surroundings. This drinking outlet is just at the top of SuperTree, where I mentioned earlier.

There is another place in the gardens by the bay, where you can go just before evening. The Flower Dome. This place contains lots of rare and beautiful flowers from around the world. It is very cool and nice when you enter. This is to keep the flowers fresh and preserved. You can take lots of photos there as its allowed. You can spend a fair bit of time in there are its pretty big too.

flower dome