Jan 24, 2013

Low Cost Cruises and Last Minute Deals

When it comes to searching for low-cost holidays, a cruise might not normally spring to mind. In most cases, cruise holidays are typically a little more expensive than your average beach break - and that's because you get so much more with a cruise. Aside from the opportunity to wake up to a new destination every morning - which is a huge selling point in itself - you'll also get stacks of other highlights such as professional evening entertainment, inclusive first-class cuisine and the use of fantastic onboard facilities too. It's like several holidays rolled into one.

It seems fair then to expect to pay a little extra for a cruise holiday. But happily for those of us who love a good bargain, there are plenty of deals and discounts on offer to help make it that little bit easier on the pocket.

First off, check out the range of last minute cruises available. Just like any package holiday, as the departure date of a cruise draws near you'll often find the prices dropping significantly, which is designed to help sell off those last few cabins before the ship sets sail. After all it's better for the cruise operator to fill cabins with paying guests - even if they only paid a fraction of the cost - rather than letting the space go empty.

This is a great tactic and one that can easily be applied to the full spectrum of mainstream cruise operators and liners. So whether you fancy a luxury non-stop voyage around the Caribbean islands with Royal Caribbean International, a two-night mini cruise or a stint on the lovely Norwegian Epic, the chances are you'll always find a last-minute deal to tickle your fancy.

What better way to get your holiday off to a flier than with an adventure-packed cruise that's not only several holidays rolled into one, but cheaper-than-average too? Perfect.

Jan 8, 2013

Kimpura Japanese Restaurant, Greenbelt 5

It was a treat from a good friend slash bonding moment to catch up on some chikas that extended to Cafe Breton and lasted till wee hours.

It was my first time to dine here on a misono table. You need to reserve it ahead because most of their customers prefer to sit around this table where the chef cooks the food right in front of them.The only disadvantage here is that, you'll smell like some grilled food afterwards. 
Kimpura Japanese Restaurant
Dining around the Misono table
I know that Kimpura is one established authentic Japanese restaurant that has been around the same time as I am. They now have a branch in Greenbelt 5 where we dined.

We picked from the menu some beef, squid, prawns, tofu and then the chef came over and  positioned himself on our misono table to cook these in front of us. I paid attention how meticulously and masterfully he handled the cooking on the teppan grill.

The Chef cooking Teppanyaki style
We were also served ahead some appetizers to munch on and some miso soup while we wait for the main course. We also ordered kani salad and tuna sashimi to complete the menu.

Kani Salad
Kani Salad
The squid was perfectly done, my benchmark of a good cook, it was easy to bite and yummy, same with the beef , the tofu and the prawns. The manner they were cooked and tasted clearly differentiate the authentic from the ordinary.
Grilled Squid
Grilled Squid
Tuna Sashimi
Teppanyaki cuisine
Teppanyaki cuisine
Around the Misono table

I would love to dine here again anytime soon, the modern interior, the authentic taste and feel of  the Japanese cuisine,  and the warm service, all summed up the reasons to visit the resto the next time around. Hmmm, I wasn't able to take note of the prices because my friend took care of it, but I feel that they were reasonably priced.


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