Sunday, January 1

Oriole

Hello (:

We thought it would be good to start 2017 on the right foot (literally) so we took a walk to & at Bukit Batok Nature Reserve before heading to Oriole for a wonderful lunch! The lighting was almost non-existent at Oriole so we had to use our flashlight, which explains why the lighting in this photo is very harsh.


In 2017, we will strive to do what we can to make it a much better year compared to 2016 (: #goodvibesonly

Happy New Year! (:

Wednesday, December 28

Tiong Bahru Market

Hello (:

We didn't travel this holiday so we made it a point to go to places that we seldom go to during term time and one such place is Tiong Bahru Market, a hawker place that I used to frequent a little more when I was a kid! (:

The place has cleaned up quite a bit and some stalls have changed hands but I think the general feel is the same (: We have been there twice and both times I chose to queue for noodles because I'm more of a noodles than rice person (:


The famous lor mee has a shark nuggets option so if you want the full experience, you can opt for the shark nuggets! =P The sauce is not too viscous nor is it too salty and it really complements the noodles well (: I can see why people think that this ranks as one of the best lor mees around.


The fishball noodles were unexpectedly good partly cos the noodles were slightly al dente and also cos the sauce was very tasty! (: I would have this again any day but I don't think I'll be willing to queue for so long for this again! (We went around 1ish pm and the queue for this bowl of noodles was 20-25min long)

All in all, I think Tiong Bahru Market is worth repeated visits and we can't wait to get back to try other dishes! (:

Enjoy what's left of the holidays and Happy New Year in advance! (:

Sunday, December 18

Food Trail from Hillview to Coronation

Hello (:

We decided to spend this December holiday in Singapore because we wanted to explore our new neighbourhood a little as well as to figure out how best to do things at home so that we will be all set and ready for 2017 when it comes! (:

So apart from doing lots of cleaning and experimenting in the kitchen, we have also been visiting the nearby places for quick meals. One of the new places that we've been to is called Klang Bak Kut Teh and it serves the dry kind of bak kut teh (see top right of pic below). LC likes it and we introduced Klang to our friend and he liked it too so I am guessing it's not too bad a place to go to if you want to give the dry BKT a try (:




We are also fortunate enough to live not too far from Spruce, so we can always head there (on a non-rainy day) for some western/ brunchy grub (: I personally like it when it's less crowded cos it won't be too noisy, so early brunches on weekends or brunches on weekdays are preferred.




Once or twice a month, we have this insatiable craving for good indian food and we always head to Karu's at Sime Darby (next to KAP MRT station) to satisfy our need. Our family has been eating at Karu's for at least a decade and their food never disappoints. You really have to try it! (:




On not-so-good days, I always go to Atlas for my favourite pancakes! I know some/ most people find their signature pancakes a little too sweet but I absolutely LOVE it, especially on a bad day. It really is my antidote and it makes me feel a teensy bit better (: On other average days or on days when I don't mind overpaying for cafe food, I go to Atlas to try the other savoury items on their menu:



Oh and we recently made an unexpected discovery! Lana Cake Shop actually sells astoundingly good carrot cake! It can possibly rival Cedele's in my humble opinion. You should try it to judge for yourself (: 



Alright that's all for our food adventures thus far (: We'll continue to update this space when we are free but for now, we'll try to indulge in other activities (e.g. watching tv series and movies) that we do not have time for during school term. Have a good week ahead, everyone! (:

Friday, December 2

Malacca Retreat

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I went to Malacca with my CCA kids and colleagues earlier this week and I must say that this retreat is not like the rest that I've been to, but it was still great overall! (:

What's most interesting about this retreat is that I got to try food that I usually will not eat/ don't get to eat! One of these dishes is the Hakka Taro Paste Balls also known as 'suan pan'. It's this chewy almost mochi like savoury ball made of taro and flour and it's actually pretty addictive! Heh



The other dish that I got to try, which apparently is all the rage in Malacca at present, is Cheese Beehoon with Big Prawns. Our guide told us that the stall owner charges based on the number of prawns ordered, and he gives us beehoon for free! Guess the cost of beehoon is negligible. Heh. This is definitely one dish that needs to be shared because you can get gelat pretty quickly! It really taste as it looks so expect something rich and creamy (and peppery) when you eat this! (:


The last pic doesn't feature an exotic/ novel dish but it does show how small the egg mcmuffin is! I was stunned when I saw downsized my breakfast was! Hahaha Oh well, at least it tasted the same -- that's one reason why I'll always patronise Macdonalds no matter which country I go to cos I can always trust their consistency! (:


Alright that's all for now (: Have a good weekend everyone! (:

Friday, November 25

Coyote

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The past few days have been really draining cos of endless meetings and feeling pretty bummed cos a good friend is stuck in an emotional quagmire. I really cannot wait for all the meetings and school-related things to come to an end at the end of next week so that I can finally just do my own things.

In the mean time, here're two (badly taken) photographs of our starter and dessert at Coyote, which was actually great (: I didn't take photos of the mains cos it was evidently too dark and I couldn't get a good shot. I really think that having good food with people who matter really help to uplift one's spirits; there are few other activities that come close to providing similar temporary relief.




In any case, I shall just press on and make the best use of my time so that I can get to enjoy a little bit of hols in December! (:

Have a good weekend! (:

Thursday, November 17

Rong Fu Ji Seafood Steam Pot

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My good friends and I went to Rong Fu Ji for dinner last night and it was a pretty fascinating experience, partly because it was our first time trying out a steam pot meal. Needless to say, we weren't prepared for the facial-like dining experience! I was prepared to be marinated by the smell of the food (you know, like what happens when we have Korean BBQ) but thankfully, this wasn't that bad! (:

Food wise, the seafood was fresh though I thought the portions were quite small. The main gripe that the 3 of us had was that the porridge could only be eaten at the end of the meal rather than together with the rest of the food, meaning we had to finish all the food on the upper layer before we could access the porridge! We asked the waitress why this was the case and she said that the porridge takes a longer while to cook, so oh well! Disappointingly, we had expected the porridge to be more flavourful but it was kinda bland though the texture was alright.

Here're some photos of the 2 pax set that we ordered, which costs $78! As you can see, the quantity of food is definitely not enough for 3 so we ordered extra beef and an extra vegetable platter!





We were nicely filled after we had eaten our extra servings of food and promptly retreated to Coffee Bean for dessert. Great times (:

Have a good rest of the week!

Monday, November 7

Oven-ed

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We finally got our oven fixed so we can start using it to cook our meals or bake things! (: I think baking's gonna be more challenging than cooking cos we need to be precise so I'll probably only try that when the weekend comes along. For now, we're enjoying the (relatively easy) process of cooking with the oven! It's really quite simple -- just decide what you wanna eat and throw everything in. Tada! (:



Shall finish up whatever that I'm doing and go to bed! (: Have a great week ahead! (: