Sunday, August 15, 2010

Show me your teeth!

National Dental Centre called me after a much-anticipated two years wait. There is finally an orthodontist specialist-in-training who needed a patient for his/her final year project and I  was that “lucky” patient. I sincerely hope he/she is the “A” student of the batch and the end result will be a very satisfactory one. (*Finger crossed*)

Maybe this time round with the help of the braces, I will be able to slim down more and become healthier. I heard my friends telling me horror stories about braces. Ulcers will be a “stable” in the mouth. I will not be able to chew anything hard or sticky. I will also need to pack a toothbrush, a teeth picker and floss to remove drags which will often stuck in the between the wire. Oh yes, the tightening of the braces wire will also give me headache and jaw pain… Talking about the price one has to pay just to get a beautiful smile.

Nevertheless, I am willing to endure that no matter how hard the process can be. Unknown to many, all I want all these years was really to smile showing my teeth. A simple action which many people can do without much thoughts, but yet I can never do that.

I am very conscientious of the gaps between my teeth that I hardly smile… I even developed a smile which hardly required me to show my teeth. To people who “read” body language, I could be seen as pretentious or that I have got something to hide. Also because of the lack of smile on my face, there are many people had thought that I looked fierce. Well, for the record - I am fierce, but more towards rude people.

I am going to ask whether they allow me to choose colour of the wire. I kinda of like white or shocking pink colour. Hmm… Maybe not green cause they will looked like permanent drags of vegetables stuck in between my teeth. How about lucky red?

Yeah! Maybe this coming Christmas, I could smile showing my braces.

*Grin* *Grin*

Coincidentally, Lady Gaga had a song called “Show me your teeth”. The lyrics is not really about teeth though… I like the line “No one is perfect

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Durian Mousse

Yummy Durian Mousse from 717. Quite nice. Can taste the bits of durian meats in the mousse and there is a small piece of sponge cake in the middle. One comment though what is with the green and yellow cream on top? I think they are unnecessary.

I am in a bit of “Eat, Pray and Love” mood recently. Ok, no love yet, but definitely praying a lot and eating for comfort. I am in serious need for relaxant.

Happy days!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Happy 45th Birthday Singapore!!!

May Singapore be peaceful and prosperous always!

Here are my favourite National Day Songs:

Home by Kit Chan. I agree that there is no place like Singapore.

I believed this is my dear friend’s favourite song as well – One People, One Nation, One Singapore.

What do you see?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

C is for Crabs!

It is time to know your ABCs.
The letter of the day is C.
C is for Crab!
What is crab? Well, there are many types of them, I learnt from Sheng Siong Supermarket. They ranges from different prices.
Starting from the Cheapest, we have flower crabs. These are sea crabs and they cost pretty cheap at $2.50 per piece.
Usually, when I saw them in market or supermarket, they are dead. Amazingly, Sheng Siong sell alive ones… Hmm. Do be more careful with these crabs, apparently they can cause allergy more readily than normal crabs. Some poor quality one have ammonia taste too…
Hoho, next up Indonesia meat crab. They cost slightly more than the flower crab, at $3.50 per piece.

There they are. They have greenish gray shell. If I am not mistaken, they are mud crab and they do not live in the sea. I am not sure why they throw them in aquarium like the above.
Well, moving along the prices going further north too. Here we have Candian Jumbo King Crab. They cost a whopping $52.80 per KG. My god…

They looked the cousins of the flower crabs, but I reckon they should taste better. If not, how do they justify the price? Anyone tasted them before? Are they any nice?

Yes, we are now at the battle of heavy weights!  The Alaskan King Crab cost $148 per piece!!!

Remember Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch documentary? Well, they are fishing for these Alaskan King crabs at the Baltic sea. In my opinion, they looked like some creatures from outer-space…
While I seldom eat crabs (couldn’t bear to kill live animals for food), I do want to try these someday!
Da dah! You have reach the most expensive crab. The Australian King Crab cost a staggering $400 per piece!  Wow…

And the above photo shows the most expensive crab at Sheng Siong supermarket. It looked meaty. I supposed it tasted quite nice too. Anyone knows why it is so expensive?

It looked mean too on second look…

That’s all kids. Now you know your ABCs…

Friday, August 6, 2010

Are Models Stupid?

As much as I hate to say this – there are pretty and smart girls out there…

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Reviewing - The September Issue

I bet you all didn’t know there is this facet of me…

I had been writing this review since last year, but was unable to complete it somehow. I decided to just clean up and post whatever which I had written.

Though  “fat”  and  “fashion” does not rhymes, but in recent years, under the  influence  of fashion-related TV shows i.e. America Next Top Model, Project  Runway,  Ugly  Betty  and The Devil Wears Prada, I have taken a keener  interest  in  Fashion.  Not that I have become more stylish as a result  (on  the contrary I have none to speak of), but I have grew more curious about the industry.

2009 seems to be a year dedicated to powerful women in the fashion industry. Earlier showing in Singapore, there was the movie “Coco Avant Chanel”. A movie supposedly about Mademoiselle before she became the legendary “Coco Chanel”. I too had wanted to watch it but did not manage to do so before it went down. Then after that, there was the documentary movie “The September Issue”.

Directed by RJ Cutler, the man who made the documentary titled “The War Room” which famously documented the Clinton’s (Mr Clinton’s) presidential campaign. The September Issue talks about how Vogue editor team worked on and published the largest issue (to date) of magazine in September 2007. Interestingly, the movie also gave a rare insight of how Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of America’s Vogue, run the magazine.

This movie can’t come at a better time, I feel. “The Devil Wears Prada” book was supposedly based on her. There were much speculations on whether she is really as the “devilish” or hard to work with as portrayed in the book/movie. This movie captured her at work, letting us to judge for ourselves on what kind of a person she really is.

Like Anna described herself, she is a very decisive person. I can definitely see that quality of her in the documentary. Anna knows what she wants and articulate her likes and dislikes to her staff clearly. So decisive she was that she will not hesitate to take out a millions dollars worth of photo shoots if it will not work in the magazine. 

She is also very goal driven person. Her father suggested to her that she should be editor of Vogue when she was young and amazingly she never derailed from her father’s wishes since then. Of course, there is also the pageboy bob haircut which she had stick to for decades. I am very amazed by her determination. How many of us can really stick to one thing and hold onto it till the end? It takes a lot from a person to do so.

Despite all the notorious criticisms of her, many of the staff at Vogue had worked under her for years, some even decades. In her own words, if she is really that bad of a person, then her staff must be a glutton for punishment.

While many people had known her to be cold (not sure if it was inherently a Brit thing), but she does have a warm side.  Other than Anna Wintour – The Editor-in-Chief of Vogue, she is also a mother.

I remembered most vividly of the scene where the director interviewed Anna’s daughter, whom she affectionately called “Bee”. Director asked what Bee would like to do as a career which she promptly replied that she is interested in Law. As Bee was elaborating, the camera turned towards Anna. Despite remained smilingly, there is a disappointing look in her eyes. Anna had hoped that her daughter would want to become an editor of Vogue like herself. Perhaps sensing the disappointment from her mum, Bee knowingly turned and apologised to her mum before she continued to elaborate on her choice.

I also remembered the movie ended with interview scene with Anna where she was first asked on what she thinks is her strength, which she had replied “Decisiveness”. When asked of her weakness, she replied in a somewhat resigned smile “My children”.

There is no doubt that Anna Wintour is a talented woman. She had helped to launch many famous designers’ career. That is an unrivaled contribution to the fashion industry. However, it was always conveniently overlooked by others. At times, I cannot help but to wonder whether criticisms were directed to her because of her gender. Would people still be so critical of her if she is not woman?

What do you think?

Check out the official trailer of The September Issue