Thursday, September 27, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
东西什么都变了，唯一不变的似乎是月亮。那又圆又大的月亮每年都会中秋时准时出现。 谁说它善变的？它应该是善变中最可靠的东西了。。。怪不得男生都要指着月亮说它代表他的心，似乎在暗示他是花心男人中最可靠的一个了。 与其但愿人长久(我觉得在这时代不太现实)还不如但愿人月两团圆，千里可以共婵娟吧。
看，弟弟的公司竟然送一人一盒万豪酒店(Merriott Hotel) 的双黄月饼慰劳。羡慕...
Sunday, September 23, 2007
The "ang mo" was no where to be seen (not that I am there to see him anyway), instead an middle age auntie and uncle was tending the stall. The stall is not your usual hawker stall. It was renovated very nicely and even has an computerised touch screen cashier (Cool hor?).
Their ice cream looked quite decent. One scoop cost $1.80 and two scoop cost $3. I asked if I can have two scoop of different flavour ice cream. The uncle answered quite friendly:"ok, charge you $3 lah. " (Isn't 2 scoops cost $3? Don't understand what he meant. )
Anyway, I asked for Green Tea and Chocolate. The strange thing is that he served 4 scopes of Ice Cream instead of 2. I wondered if it was due to the small ice cream scoops that he had to serve 2 scoops as one instead. The presentation is quite disappointing. I was hopping to see paper cup or something, instead it was the polyester foam bowl...
Green Tea was very mild and the flavour can be easily missed. There was bit of ice in the ice cream which makes it quite amature. The chocolate flavoured one was good though. It was very thick and creamy. Overall, I would give them 3 stars, partly due to the hot and dry weather yesterday. The cooling sensation deserves an extra star .
Besides ice cream, the shop also sells waffles with chocolate dip - $1.80 and fondue. The chocolate dip was also served in polyester foam cup too. Duh...
Verdict - Can try if you are curious
Thursday, September 20, 2007
It is pale pink in colour and layered with fresh cream and lychee bits. The lychee bits have been soaked in vermouth (Not sure if I spell it correctly.) The alcohol doesn't taste too strong and in fact is very mild only. I love the lychee flavour, which make the cake taste very light and refreshing. It is just nice, not too sweet. After eating, it left a very mild lychee flavour in your mouth.
I am giving it 3 stars for its uniqueness, but I think it can be further refined. For example, there can be more lychee bits in the cake. I am sure for $35 dollars they can certainly put more instead of this much. The lychee flavour (maybe and the alcohol) can be stronger by a little more. I would also improve the cake texture and presentation. The cake is a bit mushy and they left the crust of the cake intact. I thought most of the patissier would cut them away. It is not very pleasant to see the skin of the cake on the sliver tray. The design should be classier.
In fact, I don't just comment for the sake of commenting. I do know how to bake cake and make gateau. Maybe next year, I shall make one for myself. It will certainly not cost more than 35 dollars. :)
Verdict- Can try as it is unique but not strongly recommended.
I was quite surprise when I received a lot well wishes from my friends. Some of them are those whom I seldom keep in touched with, but they still remembered my birthday. Even my busy colleagues manage to spare some time to wish me Happy Birthday!!! I am really very touched. I never thought they would do that. This make me feel very guilty. Especially, I was quite moody and easily irritated for the past week.
Crap... My colleagues told me that Pine Garden is more famous for their Cheese Cake. Argggggh...
As there are more people recommending Pine Garden's lychee martini cake and it was even featured in ST's Urban, so I decided to give it a try. According to the Urban's article, Pine Garden is a neighbourhood cake shop that is located at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10. I have no idea where is the place, so early in the morning I had called them up to ask for directions. They are located at Blk 529, Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2369.
I was told to take bus 88 and to alight at the fourth bus stop. Hmm, bus 88, an auspicious start.
As directed, I got off at the fourth bus stop. However, Blk 529 was no where to be seen... If there are any HDB or LTA officers reading this, please simplify the roads and streets of Ang Mo Kio!!! Goodness, besides naming the roads with confusing avenue numbers, they have additional street number what and what. The signs were so useless and I was so lost...
Called back again to ask for directions. They asked if I would buy a lot from them, before directing me on the right track. Am thinking to myself that the cake better worth all these trouble. The only plus point of getting lost was finding a Singapore Pool store. I thus stopped to buy some Toto for tomorrow's mooncake 5 million draw. This might be a blessing in disguise. Hee Hee.
After 15 mins of walking, I finally found the shop. To my horror, it looked very neighbourhood. I mean I expected it to be neighbourhood, but not so ancient looking loh. I started to worry that the cake might not taste nice. Urban's recommendation should not be so bad, or is it? Honestly, there were a lot of customers buying mooncakes when I was there. If their products were bad, it would not have attracted so many people, isn't it... Well, I reckon I wasn't going to walk off without buying anything, so I decided to take a risk.The cake look very "normal". It frankly speaking doesn't look like it cost $35 dollars. However, the packaging is nice though... Look classy.
Sneak preview of the cake. Yes, below is the lengendary Lychee Martini Cake, which cost $35 dollars per kg. Instead of using lychee as decoration, they used strawberries instead. I wonder why? (Will post later to comment on the taste. Stay tune. )
For those who wish to go there, you might want to know that it is directly opp Blk 451 and is near the Cheng San Market. :) You can call them as well to ask for directions, they, although busy (there are always second line ringing when I called them) erm... still quite friendly.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The shiny shiny dome of the mosque-like decoration shimmers under the sunlight.
Such foodstalls are a common sight along the street.
100 years ago, who would have thought that Temasek, the then-fishing village would evolve into this big Cosmpolitan city?
Yes, if you noticed, the decoration used Selamat Hari Raya as greeting instead of Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri. In that case, have the organiser have made a mistake? Well, I checked the Wikis, while Hari Raya Aidilfitri is the official greeting, Selamat Hari Raya is more commonly used by Malaysia and Singapore's Muslim, so technically they are not wrong either... Maybe there is no wrong or right, it is a matter of preference...
Do you think it is...? 不是吧？连这也要分传单，打广告？
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
逛街第一站当然是到四马路的观音庙祈福，希望一切都会顺顺利利的。 接着，我便到Bugis Junction去看看有没有喜欢的包包和钱包。目前上班用的包包是好朋友几年前生日时送的。我觉得它开始破旧了，所以想换个新的。 结果，逛了整间BHG(以前的Seiyu)，我都看不上心怡的包包，只好放弃，改天再战。
不过，今天也不是没有收获。我买到了一个Braun Buffel的钱包。我一直很喜欢这个德国牌子因为觉得皮的质料很不错，而且手工很精细。 那款钱包是我很久以前就已经看中了，觉得它的设计简单，但文案有点特别。我一直在考虑要不要买，难得今天又有20%的折扣，我便马上买下了。我还是觉得这个时候的我不适合买Coach，况且我不是很喜欢Coach钱包的设计(Too bulky)。
除了钱包，我还买了Chanel's Precision Eye Tonic。我一直在寻找可以减轻黑眼圈的眼膏，因为觉得自己的黑眼圈可以媲美熊猫了。在Herworld读到它的功效不错，有效减轻黑眼圈(另一款绝对有效的眼膏是$218元)，价钱算是适中的，所以便买来试。(会再告诉大家有没有效果)
Monday, September 17, 2007
As I have guessed, they were giving out lollypops!
The green and white stripes lollypop had a sticker of the company to inform people who are they from and there is also a removable discount voucher card on the stick. I thought it is much more effective way of attacting people compared to giving out pamphlets.
The only problem with this publicity is that I thought the company had made a mistake with their choice of color. I mean without telling you the company name, who would you think of when I mentioned green and white? Yes, you would have probably thought of Starhub - second largest Telco in Singapore right? My friend had thought that it was from Starhub.
Then at Plaza Singapura, we saw this...
It is a real coffin (of course empty) and even has flowers stands beside it. You might asked aloud: "Why is there a coffin at the shopping centre?"
It is a publicity teaser for the movie - Death at a funeral. This is how far would people go to grab some of your attention... It was stated as a british comedy movie and sound funny. I might want to go and watch it.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Then we went to Coach to take a look at their wallet. I am thinking to change one, but not sure if I can bear to spend that much on wallet. I saw one white embossed coach logo wallet that I quite like, but it cost $375 dollars. Should I be splurge once for myself? Then I worried that it would get dirty easily. My current buffel leather wallet looked gray and green after half a year, which pains me. My orange coin pouch is becoming a bit dirty too. I will cry out loud if it happens to that $375 coach wallet.
Furthermore, I just heard from one of my friends that there may not be a pay increment at all. Immediately, the news affected my mood again. I should really save up more rainy days. Sad... Is not as if I didnt work hard at all. I worked hard and do my best for every tasks given to me. Some of them can argued that I am not doing important things and most of them are "easy" job, but I didn't purposely chose to do easy work, did I? I did what was given to me isn't it? Just because it is sheltered and less stressful, I should pay the price for stability? Hai~
Anyway, we went for dinner later at Waraku. The selection there is amazing and I really think that their quality is better than Ichiban Boshi.
Seven of us ordered the following food:
Hotate Cream Udon
Ms Foong's selection. We had a scare when we saw the noodles, it comes in a basin practically. The portion is huge !!! The Udon is springy and taste wonderfully creamy with the sauce. Luckily she did not finish it, cause it is really fattening.
For a moment, we thought we are in the wrong restuarant. It taste more like Korean Kimchi stock than Jap.
My Katsu Curry Don
The katsu was surprizingly thick, about 1.5 cm in diameter. Goodness! Could have been better if the meat was more juicy. I guess my colleague, Isabel would love this. :)
Northie's Teriyaki Don
Unlike most of the teriyaki that we have eaten, this look more authentic and grilled.
For dessert, we have the traditional ocha ice cream served with azuki beans and mochi.
and Ocha Ice Cream Cake
No different from the ice cream...
放大假的第一天， 我和许久没见的中学朋友们出去玩了。说到这里，我挺内疚的。 我平时爱搞自闭，常拒绝出席聚会。虽然如此，他们还是很关心我，让我好感动。 从中学开始算起，我们已经认识11年了，昨天聊聊的当儿，发现我们都好怀念在中 正分校读书的那段日子。
既然是华校前身，我们的华语程度也相对的比英文较好。学校老师很多都是校友，除了英文和一些科学老师，其他老师的英语都怪怪的。他们都会写英文，但是发音不标准。我记得我的班主任，Mr Tan是用华语教数学的, 而且他的华语还带有浓浓的潮洲音。最记得他说的一句名话(在劝我们专心读书，不要搞恋情时)"你们现在这样早熟，以后就早烂。。。"
前晚下班后，我和同事们-Oreo与Isabel到Clark Quay 开眼界。 对此行， 我们三人有如乡巴佬进城般的紧张和兴奋。我因为上次和朋友到那里去玩过，所以就充当导游带两位“单纯”姐姐们去玩。好笑的是我这半桶水竟然只知道那些Pub 和 Bar在那里，却不会从地铁站走去那里。最后还得劳驾Oreo带路。
一到了那里，显然的我们几个开始感到不自在。可能是人数单薄，加上衣冠不符合夜店街的标准 - 几乎全部的人都打扮得非常时髦， 不是闪闪的名牌衣服，就是抹上时下最流行的装。我们穿着端庄的上班服， 有点像老师在Pub做突击检查，寻找失踪的坏学生一样，非常的格格不入。
我先带着姐姐们先绕了绕夜店街一圈，边走边介绍那些著名的夜店。 尤其到了Clinic外头，我们便开始讨论那里的设计。 虽然没有想在那里喝东西，但迷信的依思贝拉看到了轮椅改装的座位和看似停尸间的装璜，频频摇头，要我们赶快走掉免得占上秽气。
走着走着，我们的自信心也开始下降，竟然有点自卑起来。我们本来很想到其中几家时髦的夜店玩，但却被看起来很势利的保镖们吓着了。尤其到了MOS外头，我们被那势利的气氛搞到很尴尬，决定还是别进去的好。但是我们的奇装异服，想必已引起一些人的注意。于是，Isebel灵机一动，马上大声的说：(叫我, 还随便帮我取了个英文名字)“ANITA， 你怎么会忘了车子停在那里呢？是不是停在外边？快走，我们去拿车。。。” 我们三人便装着若无其事般的慢慢走掉。
最后在决定要放弃或是勇敢的进去其中一间店时，我们看到了一些穿着工作服的女人从BARFLY走出来。 我们当时仿佛看到了希望，马上鼓起勇气向前寻问是否有座位。原以为我们会遭到冷眼，想不到那女接待员只是问了我们是吃饭还是喝东西而已，便让我们上去。 我们三人终于找到落脚之地。
那里气氛不错，水酒的价钱也挺大众化的。 在某时段还有来自拉丁美洲的LIVE BAND表演。 每天的6点到10点半，Martini 还one for one, $10。
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
她诚恳, 面带笑容的回答：“好好好。。。” （赚到，平时也没见她跟记者说那么多个字…Hee Hee.. ）
我很喜欢这首歌曲所营造的气氛。听的时候很舒服，会让人想起好多的往事。 这是她生完孩子复出时的第一张专辑主打歌。 尤其歌词里的“你快乐于是我快乐”，很符合她为了自己所爱的人，只要他们快乐，她自己也会快乐。
“没有别的想法 只放纵一下， 就当没发现美好背后的虚假”
Don't Break My Heart
99年的演唱会上，她唱了当时的老公(窦唯)写的歌曲， “Don't Break My Heart”。两人第一次在台上合作，窦唯打鼓，她唱歌，让我印象深刻。
95年的演唱会上, 她在自己的第一场演唱会上翻唱偶像邓丽君的名曲。 这首歌完全展现她唱现场的实力。我也很爱在Karaoke唱这首歌，不过当然不能跟她们比较。 ：)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Friday, September 7, 2007
昨天读到了帕华落帝离世的新闻感到好可惜，觉得世上又少了一把好声音。刚才读帕华落帝的基本资料发现原来他最经典的歌曲是"Nessun Dorma"，"No one shall sleep tonight", <<公主彻夜未眠>>。
Pavarotti's last performence at Turin Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony 2006 - Nessun Dorma
Pavarotti - Ave Maria (My Other Favourite Song)
Although I am not a Chirstian, but I love the song as it always calms me down.
The Three Tenors - Nessun Dorma
The world's famous three Tenors singing Pavarotti's signature song. I thought the last part was quite funny. All of them held on to something as if it will help them project their voices. Hee Hee.
The Three Tenors - O Sole Mio
Pavarotti and Spice Girls - Viva Forever
I thought he look shocked/amused when Posh started singing.
Pavarotti and Mariah Carey - Hero
Pavarotti and Liza Minelli - New York New York
Lyrics of Nessun Dorma
"Nessun dorma" is an aira from the final act of Giacomo Puccini 's opera Turandot . Princess Turandot proclaimed that no one in her kingdom shall sleep. They shall all spend the night attempting to find out the name of the unknown prince, Calàf, who has set the challenge that if his name cannot be found out, the cold Princess Turandot will marry him. Calàf sings, indicating his certainty that their efforts to discover his name will be in vain. (Taken from Wiki below)
Il principe ignoto
Nessun dorma! Nessun dorma! Tu pure, o Principessa,
nella tua fredda stanza
guardi le stelle
che tremano d'amore e di speranza...
Ma il mio mistero è chiuso in me,
il nome mio nessun saprà!
No, no, sulla tua bocca lo dirò,
quando la luce splenderà!
Ed il mio bacio scioglierà il silenzio
che ti fa mia.
Voci di donne
Il nome suo nessun saprà...
E noi dovrem, ahimè, morir, morir!
Il principe ignoto
Dilegua, o notte! Tramontate, stelle!
Tramontate, stelle! All'alba vincerò!
No one shall sleep! ... No one shall sleep!
Even you, O Princess, in your cold room, watch the stars, that tremble with love and with hope.
But my secret is hidden within me, my name no one shall know ...
No! ... No!... On your mouth I will tell it when the light shines.
And my kiss will dissolve the silence that makes you mine! ...
The Chorus of women:
No one will know his name and we must, alas, die.
Vanish, O night! Set, stars! Set, stars!
At dawn, I will win!
I will win! I will win!
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Saturday, September 1, 2007
1. Grilled Asparagus Bacon Wrap
Not really Thai Food, but the asparagus came from Thai ! I followed Jamie Oliver's recipe for this. Try not to overcook them as asparagus will turn yellow.
2. Braised Seafood Tung Hoon (Glass Noodles)
My favourite dish. I used prawn stock to braise the tung hoon. You almost taste the prawn in every mouthful. Yummy !
3. Fried Petai and Lady Fingers with Samba Chili
I love hot and spicy food. Usually when cooking dishes like this, I will use more chili. Not for the faint hearted.
4. Creamy Thai Green Curry
I brought packet coconut milk to cook this. I think I used a bit too much. Taste too thick. Nevertheless, it is still nice.