Monday, May 31, 2010
One of the rare footage of Faye singing other artist's songs. She listen to Carpenters when she was young...
I love both of them!
Thursday, May 27, 2010
Meet this 2-year old Indonesian toddler named Ardi Rizal who needs to smoke 2 packets of cigarettes per day! Apparently, he was given his first cigarette by his Father when the boy was just 18-months-old. Shouldn't the father give him some lollypop rather than a cigarette?! Now, he throws a tantrum when his parents refused to give him one…
His father was even quoted saying that 'I'm not worried about his health, he looks healthy”.
Good lord, this is a pandemic waiting to blow up if something is not done to correct the situation now.
Read the detailed news here.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Wow… I saw this Pringles flavour at Watson one day – Blueberry and Hazelnut. Quite a bold flavour, I must say for a savoury potatoe chips.
Of course, I do noticed that Pringles has been cultivating quite a lot of exotic flavours recently, perhaps in an effort to gain a larger market share.
However, Blueberry and Hazelnut should be in cakes or chocolates, not chips, my friend and I conservatively thought.
If we may suggest some new flavours – how about mayo, vanilla, mustard, tuna sandwich, lime, balachan, chili crabs, foie gras, truffles, mushroom soup, carbonara, red wine, mojito!
Saturday, May 15, 2010
You are supposed to grin them in circular motion to release the aroma of the sesame seeds. Indeed, just a few grinds, we could smell the sesame seeds, waffling towards us.
In case, I did not mention the set comes with unlimited serving of rice and miso soup.
Price is slightly on the high side, but they are giving you unlimited service of rice, cabbage and miso soup which made up a satisfying meal.
Tonkatsu is perfectly fried and the meat is tender and moist. Our favourite is the prawn and crab croquette which tasted so light and creamy.
One important thing to highlight is their services. It is also very well-thought out. The waitresses is always on the prowl, asking whether we need more cabbages, rice or soup. Tea are always topped up without asking and they almost do it with a very pleasant manner. It is quite an experience if only all other Singapore eateries had such services.
While we were there, we noticed a lot of their patrons were Japanese. I supposed they should be quite authentic.
Must try but go early. They do not entertain pre-booking, so be prepared to queue.
Friday, May 14, 2010
詞：林夕 曲：謝霆鋒 編曲：梁翹柏
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Yup. This is the hotel which we stayed in – iHotel. It is quite clean and the amenities are quite good, I must say. However, as with all things with Batam, it is also surrounded by undeveloped plots of land.
The back of hotel is this plot of land with nothing on it which looked rather miserable. It looked like it was caved out from a hill or something.
However, then a short walk down the paved path, it will lead us to our only entertainment source…
Out of nowhere, a modern building named “Nagoya Hill” sprang out yet again among another plot of undeveloped land.
I must say the mall design still looked modern. Don’t you think it looked like Bugis Junction? Toilets are usable. There are also lot of stores and eateries…
I can’t help but to feel slightly gloomy at the look of the Christmas Tree decoration.
While the back of the hotel look bare, the front is surprising good. Paved roads with neat trees and shrubs are decoration.
At least some parts of Batam looked very developed. Yup, there is the prominent sign of A&W.
Ok, iHotel had a very nice pool I must say. I can’t swim sadly, but my friends did. I did walk around in the baby pool though, splashing around.
Ok. Here is me, doing a bit of “sun tanning” while reading a book. This is how obsessed I am with study… I brought a course reading book to holiday to get a headstart. To think, I still missed the A by two marks… Mr Arty One…
Yes, laugh your head off. I have not only covered my legs with towel, but also my arms and head. There is a saying in Chinese - 一白遮三丑, which meant pale-coloured skin will hide one’s flaws. Already flawed, I must preserved whatever I have to look presentable at the very least. Keeping myself as pale as possible is the minimum I can do to myself. (I must say I am getting darker though…)
Saturday, May 8, 2010
I need a change of routine. I am too stressed out. I think I am developing an unhealthy obsession with studies that it affects my emotional well-being. My face break-out recently. I never had that before throughout my life. It has always been smooth and clear. I am not sure how to salvage it.
School also devastated me recently that I could not bring myself to be happy. I shall not detailed what had happened as I am still sore to write about it. I just want to say – hesitation is one’s biggest obstacles to success…All topics are equal, but some are more equal than others. Take it by all means, but make sure you have got what it takes to develop it (which I seriously doubt so). I am trying very hard to convince myself that it was God’s will and that it might not be that bad afterall. (Praying hard and key word is “convince”…)
I want to break-free! I need to transfer some of that obsession to something else. Influenced by the TV show – Escape to River Cottage by Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall , I tried my hands at gardening. For the benefit of those who do not know who he is, watch the video below. My brother and I are currently quite “obsessed” with the show “Escape to River Cottage” and “River Cottage Autumn”, which are showing on Asian Food Channel.
Not that I have a garden (I wished I had), but I am keen to grow some herbs outside the corridor. I had ginger and pandan leaves growing now. They hardly need any effort from us, just water regularly and occasionally top up some soil, mother nature just take care of everything else. They have grown so well.
Recently, I also planted some tomatoes, dill, chilli from seeds and they sprouted days ago. I was so delighted seeing those little pair of leaves appearing from the soil. They have made my day~! I haven’t been so happy. I hope they will grow into mature plants.
However, I need to remind my mum to be gentle when watering them. Not that I want to complaint, but she often drowned the seedlings with water-fall like motion of rice water. Which seedlings can survive that kind of tsunami?
Encouraged by the growth of young seedlings, I sowed corn, chives, sweet marjoram, garlic and Japanese cucumber yesterday. I hope to see shoots soon.
If only they allow us to rear chicken in HDB, I would have got myself some chicks. For now, I guess I have to work harder or to secure a windfall from Singapore Tote Board, so that I can buy a piece of land somewhere remotely in Singapore to fulfill my farming dreams.
In the meantime, I shall continue with my “Always look on the bright side of life” therapy. My dear friend send me the lyrics to encourage me earlier on. It was exactly how I felt – life just bullying me again…
Can’t help to go into school mode after watching this video. There is reference of Christ in the video. There are “cross” which we often associate with Christ. Secondly, those people are posed in the crucifiction position. Although they are dressed in various style, but they all look like various incarnation of Jesus. It is almost like Jesus preaching to you to look on the bright side, I must say. Instead of feeling pity for them, there is a sense of magnificent and peace when the camera pan to show the row of crosses on the plain.
Lyrics of Always Look on The Bright Side of Life
Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say.
Some things in life are bad,
They can really make you mad.
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle,
Don't grumble, give a wistle!
And this'll help things turn out for the best...
(the music fades into the song)
...always look on the bright side of life!
Always look on the bright side of life…
If life seems jolly rotten,
There's something you've forgotten!
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing,
When you're feeling in the dumps,
Don't be silly chumps,
Just purse your lips and whistle -- that's the thing!
And... always look on the bright side of life...
(other start to join in)
Always look on the bright side of life...
For life is quite absurd,
And death's the final word.
You must always face the curtain with a bow!
Forget about your sin -- give the audience a grin,
Enjoy it -- it's the last chance anyhow!
So always look on the bright side of death!
Just before you draw your terminal breath.
Life's a piece of shit,
When you look at it.
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true,
You'll see it's all a show,
Keep 'em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you!
And always look on the bright side of life
Always look on the bright side of life
*Feeling better already…
Friday, May 7, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
I will write about this recently opened tea shop which served delicious iced-tea in a later post.
However before that, I just want to continue this “Picture speaks a thousand words” series. Every picture transmit meaning, or so I learnt.
When I saw this drink, I was immediately reminded of someone who was once so close but yet now so far.
We have not seen her for a long time. It almost led us to suspect that she is hiding from us.
Cold are the days without you around…
Still worry that you might missed the flagged pathway and got lost. That is mission impossible… The temple can be easily seen on the left of the pathway.
Actually, Loyang Tua Pek Gong temple is famous for granting devotees with winning 4D numbers. In this picture, we see another ox statue with miniature 11 other zodiac animals. Those numbers scribbling are not vandalism, but devotees’ 4D numbers. They are scribbled there in hope that deity will bless the numbers and grant them a fortune.
We often read news of religious conflict in many countries. In Singapore, we are fortunate that people in a way understand each other’s religion practises and remained tolerant. Here in the temple, there is actually a small Hindu temple
Like the one at Waterloo Street, there is no restriction as to who can enter the Hindu temple. As long as one wishes to make a prayer, he/she can just enter the temple and pray (without footwear).
So if you happened to be at the East area next time, do drop by and visit the temple.