Noel Boyd

Blogger, Emcee & TV Host.

Noel Boyd

Blogger, Emcee & TV Host.

Noel Boyd

Blogger, Emcee & TV Host.

Noel Boyd

Blogger, Emcee & TV Host.

Noel Boyd

Blogger, Emcee & TV Host.

Sep 16, 2014

The Heineken Cities Festival

The Heineken Cities Festival held a fortnight ago at Club Street was as epic as it gets! Heineken did everything imaginable to ensure they threw the mother of all street parties. So why did they decide to close an entire street to throw a party? Well the Heineken Cities Festival was to celebrate the launch of the 6 Heineken City Edition bottles named after the top cities of the world. Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, London, New York, and Rio de Janeiro.

The road closure brought back good old 'Singapore Swing' nostalgia. I remember those parties used to be so much fun as we danced down Orchard Road. That's exactly what we did at the Heineken Cities Festival! In a nutshell, this was an urban festival with different city experiences to allow consumers to discover the world in Singapore!

My Nuffnang family and I at the event!

The roads at  Ann Siang Hill and Club Street was closed for the Heineken Cities Festival


From left to right: Zoe Raymond, Sheila Mandy, Ang Geck Geck and myself

Me and my London edition bottle...

My neighbour and business partner Bernard Solosa Jr

Zoe Raymond! She's hot!


The Limited City Edition Heineken bottles comprising New York, London, Amsterdam, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai and Singapore will be available at all bars which serve Heineken island-wide till end September, while stocks last. The special Singapore edition of the Heineken Cities series will be exclusive to Singapore and will retail between $12 to $18 each, along with the others in the series.

There were 6 zones at the festival. Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai, London, New York, and Rio de Janeiro. I personally loved the London zone!

Shanghai Fan Dancers

Shanghai would not be complete without pretty ladies in cheongsam!

Buskers in London...

High energy break-dancers in New York City!

Hello New York!

DJ Rae on the decks!

An artist working on his Amsterdam mural. I loved this!

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro!

It isn't  Rio de Janeiro if you don't have Samba dancers!


Yep, there you have it. My experience at the Heineken Cities Festival! Please visit www.heineken.com/openyourcity for more information. Thank you for a fabulous night Heineken! You sure know how to throw an epic party!

Aug 27, 2014

My ALS #IceBucketChallenge!


My friend Deva nominated me for the #IceBucketChallenge! Challenge accepted! I nominate Billy Berry from Ghost Files Singapore, Alice Sim from Chevy's Bar and Bistro, Nana Karia from the band Knotty Soul and my sister Shyanne Browning.

http://www.alsa.org/

Aug 3, 2014

T.A.Z Cafe & Bistro


There is a new cafe in my neighbourhood! It's pretty cool actually. It's a cafe where you can bring your dogs. They serve good food such as Fish n' Chips, prawn paste chicken (picture below) and Cajun Chicken.


So animal lovers come on down to T.A.Z Cafe and Bistro. It's at 10 Jalan Leban! 

Opening hours: Mon-Sun 11am-10pm

Jul 30, 2014

Momma Kong Review

Even my seafood allergies couldn't keep me away from Momma Kong's. I've read a lot of positive reviews about this restaurant and a good friend of mine raves about the food. Singaporeans are crazy about chilli crab after all. I had two questions on my mind... Who is Momma Kong and how good are her crabs?

So when I was invited to review Momma Kong's, i found myself waking up excited on a lazy Sunday morning. I just told a small lie. I woke up with a hangover, stared at my phone calendar then I got excited after seeing the review reminder on my calendar. Yep!

Let's get down to the review...

The Restaurant

I expected the restaurant to be big. What I got instead was a small intimate area. That's awesome! I dislike big restaurants. My mindset is the smaller the restaurant, the better the service. More about the service later... Momma Kong's has a computer station that allows patrons to surf the web. If you have kids with you and they are being a handful, you know where to send them. Problem solved thank you very much!

The Food

Tofu Chips - $6
These Tofo Chips are less sinful than french fries but they taste so good! I love the homemade sambal belacan too. It's got the right level of hotness!

Pan Seared Scallops - $14
I could taste the freshness of the scallops with the first bite. These babies are topped with crispy bacon and served with asparagus.

Grilled Squid - $14
You have no idea how much I love squid. The good folks at Momma Kong's have got this dish spot on! It's so yummy. OMG! Just thinking about this dish makes me drool...


Crab Bee Hoon Soup - $38
I've never been a soup person so it would do justice if I rate this dish. What I can tell you the soup is milky and it's served with rice noodles.

Red Chili Crab - $38
This is Singapore's favourite crab dish. The almighty Chili Crab! Momma Kong's version isn't spicy. Instead the sauce has a certain sweetness to it which would suit any palate. 

Fried Mantou - $3
What is a crab feast without mantou? Just so you know, Momma Kong's serves steamed and fried mantou. Aren't the buns pretty? Well they aren't just pretty. They taste really good too! It's $3 for a set of two.

Black Pepper Crab - $38
This was my favourite dish of the night! I loved everything about this dish. It had the right amount of pepper, the crab was fresh and the sauce was worth dying for!

The Service

I love the attentive service at Momma Kong's. The servers greet with a smile and they are pleasant to talk to. If you dread shelling your crabs, you'll be glad to know that they will do it for you. It'll cost you $10 but you'll have clean hands. How awesome is that?!

Reservations

Get this, there are people making reservations for 2015. Imagine that! Please call 6225-CRAB(2722) or visit Chope.

Islandwide Delivery

What do you do if you can't get a reservation? Get their awesome food sent to you of course! Momma Kong's has teamed up with FoodPanda so you can order via the FoodPanda app. Visit www.mommakongs.com for more information.

Jul 21, 2014

Guide to Choeung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh

I have been staring at my screen for the past hour wondering how to write this post. How do I fit my emotions into words? I will do my utmost best and hopefully you will understand how I felt on the 17th of July 2014.

I knew visiting Choeung Ek, otherwise known as the Killing Fields, would be emotionally draining. It is the site where more than 20,000 men, women and children were brutally executed. These innocent people were executed by their own kind. Yes. Cambodians killed Cambodians. And get this. The mass graves at Choeung Ek are just 129 of 20,000 that have been found by researchers!

The entrance fee to Choeung Ek is US$6.00 per adult. This entrance fee includes an excellent self-guided audio tour which is available in 15 languages. I do not know how it sounds in other languages but the English version was well done. I could hear the pain in the man's voice each time he spoke about the Khmer Rouge regime.

The first thing that hit me when I entered the gates of Choeung Ek is the sadness that hangs in the air. As I walked around the mass burial site, I learnt how the victims were killed. While some were shot in the head, others were deemed unworthy of a bullet so they were killed by other means. Some had their throats slit open while the rest were bludgeoned to death with weapons such as axes, changkols and hammers.

This commemorative stupa is filled with the skulls of the victims...
This display contains recently found fabric and bone fragments. Each time it rains, some fabric and bone fragments do surface. To me, it's like as though mother nature is helping the deceased to be found.

Pictured here are shorts that belonged to a child.





As many of you know, I am a paranormal investigator on a web TV show. I hear voices more than I see things that ordinary people don't. As I was approaching this mass grave, I thought I heard children laughing. Mind you, I had my audio tour headphones on. My initial thought was "Don't these parents know how to control their kids in a place like this". I removed my headphones and looked around. While I heard soft laughter again, there were no children in the area! Then I realized what this mass grave was. It was a grave for women and children.

People from around the world have hung bracelets and friendship bands on the poles.

I broke down at this tree. The Khmer Rouge would slam the heads of infants on this tree to break their skulls. 



Thousands of skulls are on display in the stupa. 




Words cannot describe what I think of the Khmer Rouge regime and their leader Pol Pot. Between 1.7 to 2.5 million Cambodians died between 1975 to 1979. How is this even right?! What was the world doing while this genocide was taking place?

I urge you to visit Choeung Ek and the S-21 Prison when you visit Phnom Penh. Only then will you truly realize what the Cambodians have gone through and why they are still struggling till this day.