We realised after devouring our creation, the fried shallot toppings were way pass its expiry date.
Thursday, 24 December 2009
We realised after devouring our creation, the fried shallot toppings were way pass its expiry date.
Friday, 18 December 2009
At 6.30am local time, as I stood waiting at the bus stop I couldn't help but miss the woollen scarf and leather gloves I left at home.
When I looked out of the window at 10pm last night, it was snowing heavily and everything was mono-toned. A little scary, but kinda pretty that way:
This was taken at 6am this morning, when morning's just broken.
Monday, 7 December 2009
Monday, 23 November 2009
I'm glad to have discovered a shop by Geylang MRT Station that serves pretty good Penang Laksa.
When served up, the colour of the gravy is much too orange, the gravy too thick. It's also the wrong kind of noodles - authentic ones from Penang have noodles that are glassy, tad thicker and more Q. This one uses our laksa beehoon. These fussy details aside, you'd have to agree it's a darn decent, almost hard-to-find Penang delicacy, one of my favourite food.
The Prawn Mee here is just as good, if not better. A rich tasty broth with your choice of noodles, it makes for a real satisfying meal.
At just $3 per bowl, go ahead and upsize ($4) or order both if you're indecisive and greedy like me.
Address: No. 76, Lorong 25A Geylang, Singapore 388258
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Saturday, 14 November 2009
No it's not another Air France tragedy. Just foul weather. It's a shame the weather's rubbish when I'd like to go shopping. It's 3:16 in the afternoon. Instead I'm wallowing in the room watching really old TV Play version of Alice In Wonderland.
This picture is taken from my room. Look still, but the trees have been threatening to fall over all day. Feel chilly just watching them sway.
Met Office predicts several days of stormy weather. I'm going home Monday night.
The hawker centre was quiet with most stalls closed for the day but there was a crowd and they were all savouring the same messy soupy item, the centrepiece of every table. As if standard protocol, one potato joined the queue at the stall, the other went to pick the soup ingredients out of a wide variety into our very own metal basin.
Be prepared to wait around 45 minutes before you sit down with the steaming hot pot of fresh YTF. When ordering, specify your choice of carb (we had beehoon dry that comes with crispy toppings and sauce), then indicate if you'd like green vegetables, fried anchovies and chilli padi - yes, fiery hot ones - in your soup.
The above pictured was shared by 3 potatoes and cost about $20
Verdict? It's not the most refined food presentation, neither the finest of culinary skills. It's a mass of freshly prepared ingredients all cooked the same way in the tasty pork stock. Yet there's something about the dish that's really inviting. I'll be back soon.
Shun Li Yong Tau Foo is located at:
Henderson Market / Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, Block 116
Opens 11pm – 4am (or until sold out)
Close on Mondays
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
- The Count (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
2 cups plain flour (subsituted 1 cup with organic wholemeal flour)
2/3 cup cocoa powder (this is nice. never substitute cocoa)
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened (I used 3/4 cup)
1 1/2 cup white sugar (used 1 cup in my recipe for semi sweetness)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups chocolate chips (in this case 1 1/2 chocolate bar smashed into bits)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (I used a lone neglected pack of almond flakes instead)
Monday, 2 November 2009
For 3 days we savoured traditional Nonya delights, popular Malaysian hawker fare, never-before Satay in communal gravy, had one two many Chendols. We amused ourselves nightly at the singing contest that was held at the famous Jonker stage in remembrance of a certain 30's Chinese singer Zhou Xuan.
We stayed at a lovely guesthouse by the river right behind Jonker Street called Heeren House. Will try to book Puri next time.
Photo album here. We're planning to go again.
Saturday, 10 October 2009
London is getting colder. It is autumn, I haven't seen any sight resembling its beauty - just wet, cold, winter-transitioning climate.
One such Friday a few of us decided to head out to Leicester Square and catch a musical. We went for Chicago this time, one I've been meaning to watch. Discounted, 30pounds for one of Cambridge Theatre's beat seats. I'm happy as a bird despite the rainy evening.
The story circles around feisty showgirls Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, set in the 20s Chicago where big bands holler and scandals loom. A witty sizzling tale of men, women, cheating, murder, and fame. The UK cast were brilliant, and I especially adore the voice of Linzi Hately who played the demanding role of Roxie.
It was a captivating 2hr 20min. Though there were no massive props and wardrobe changes, I didn't feel that the musical was anything less of a gripping and highly entertaining performance.
The official UK site.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Monday, 7 September 2009
If cats hear noises 8 times louder, you can imagine the agony all 3 cats at home had to endure for many days. They all scurry around finding places to hide.
Pictured here, Saffi hid under the duvet in an attempt to mask out drilling noises. As I peeped, she looked nothing but wide awake and frus. When noise subsided/ during lunch time she came out and slept like a log. Sometimes you see her wondering around the flat, looking up at the ceiling where the drilling was taking place.
Poor thing... I hope she's caught up with all that sleep debt since.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
The drive to Cotswold along the highway was smooth and it took just a couple of hours from Heathrow. Famed as the "Heart of England" and the biggest of England's 40 "Area of Outstanding Beauty", Cotswold is made up of little villages and towns many built with limestone. One of my favourites is Bourton-on-the-Water, where a beautiful stream with stone bridges lines the quaint village.
Another one is Chipping Campden, an old town made rich by wool trading in the middle ages, now known for its artisanal presence.
I appreciate the fresh air and the tranquility. It was a truly idyllic getaway... the pictures do no justice to the beauty of the area. You've got to be there to experience true old England!
Friday, 29 May 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
We took our little Subaru R1 (or was it the other way round?) to KL on May Day and stayed two nights. It's been awhile since I last visited the capital of Malaysia and it's always been a food tour more than anything - I missed the Ampang Yong Tau Foo above all. I wanted to ta paw. Armed with a little GPS device on the iPhone we made our way to places for food.
However with comparison, Penang is still the leading foodie's paradise. Geographically, Penang and JB should swap place.
Saturday, 23 May 2009
In the 5 days we managed to visit temples, night markets, national museum and other tourist attractions, conquered the skyscraping Taipei 101, took tarins and buses up north to the waterfalls and 'old streets', invaded the popular shopping places in the city, experiemented the must-try local snacks. At the end of each eventful day our limbs are tired, but our bellies and shopping bags full.
Friday, 22 May 2009
When he met up with Coca-Cola's Music Director later, he wrote on a napkin "I'd like to buy the world a Coke", where Billy Davis replied that if he could buy the world something, it'd be a home with peace and love to share.
I saw this ad once again on the UK tv recently. It was a programme about 'memorable tv commercials' and interviewed one of the lip-synching youth as she relates how they were gathered and taught the song over a few days and then the recording begun.
The ad that changed the world in 1971:
I'd like to buy the world a home
And furnish it with love
Grow apple trees and honey bees
And snow white turtle doves
I'd like to teach the world to sing
In perfect harmony
I'd like to buy the world a Coke
And keep it company
That's the real thing
What the world wants today
Is the real thing
Tuesday, 12 May 2009
It is official. This new gadget is going to replace my good old Sony Vaio which remained a trusted work machine (obviously grey and silver in colour for that purpose) and the latter will be inherited by my 14yr old nephew.
Sniff. The memories.
Is it normal to feel sentimental over hardwares and appliances? As a kid I take my Sony walkman everywhere as if it was my life line. Once my brother and I had a tiff - ok, for he wouldn't let me watch my channel on the tellie, said something hurtful then completely ignored my feelings even after I had spilled my bag of popcorns (then I liked them sweet) - I stormed into the room, grabbed his AIWA walkman and smashed it on the ground. Mean, I know. I do regret and am still very sorry. But that got his attention.
I also develop feelings for mobile phones. My first, a hand-me-down from the above-mentioned distressed brother, was a very sleek black Ericsson. Alright, that having compared to the previous generation of water-bottle type Motorola. I use my phones for a long time and subsequent ones I kept nicely in their boxes, some still with original protective covers intact.
We all have said something memorable over our phones and have waited and stared at them, haven't we?
There are also sentimental feelings for rice cookers, televisions, etc. But I am digressing.
Here are some pictures to bring us back to the point:
Monday, 11 May 2009
If you have an idea for a project that will have a positive impact on animal welfare here in Singapore, you can apply for one of six grants (maximum $1,500 each) at the Singapore Animal Welfare Symposium (SAWS) 2009.
Last year, nine grants were awarded in 2008, for a range of projects including producing educational children's books on animal protection, making a documentary on animal welfare, raising public awareness on the illegal wildlife trade and sterilising stray cats.
More information here: www.animalwelfare.sg
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
When I first heard the song Crying I was a mere primary school kid. It was my brother (then in his early teens) who told me that voice belongs to k.d. lang. Curious it didn't bother me at all that I couldn't figure out whether she's a boy or a girl (although I was surprised to learn during that time - also from my brother - that the singer of Fast Car is indeed a woman).
The 80s' version recorded by Roy Orbison featured a duet with k.d. lang and there's a black and white video you can find on youtube.com. That being one of the most memorable duet in history, it's k.d. lang's voice that kills me. That concert she did in Singapore in 2005 reminded me what a charming and heart-breaking singer she is. Watching her sing 'Crying' live took me back in time to the eighties, how I stopped doing whatever I was doing and quietly watched her from the back of the tiny HDB living room, completely mesmerised by the emotions powered through her pipes.
Try as I might, I can't recall the programme that was broadcasted on our national tv - could it be Grammys? A concert tribute to Roy Orbison? Anyhow, I found this one on youtube where she performed live in Sydney, with tour-accompanying guitarist John 5 (ex guitarist with Marilyn Manson).
Her latest album Watershed is good but previous ones are more memorable. Hymns of the 49th Parallel is so brilliant, it hurts.
Tuesday, 5 May 2009
Will you worry about that late credit card payment? Losing your job? The well-being of your pets? The errand that needs running? Will you worry about the people worrying about you?
If there's nothing in your isolation except for your phone, who will you call and what will you say?
Are we afraid of dying because of death? Or because we haven't done what we ought to do? Will we have time - and finally courage, to make arrangements for our ageing parents, find our pets a good home, sort out benefitiaries, tell our friends and family how much we love them, declare your feelings to the crush of your life, or to even say goodbye?
I let myself wonder and then I panicked. The worst thing to carry with you when you die is not virus, debt, or pain.
Since most of us can't plan our deaths, does that mean regrets are inevitable? Even though we've all heard the saying, will we ever live today like it's the last?
Saturday, 18 April 2009
Thursday, 9 April 2009
So I've been having salads and breads with avocados. Very yummy. And then I remember the fat content of an avocado in the midst of devouring it, I looked it up on the internet:
1) Avocados have a high fat content - about 20 times the average for other fruits. A typical avocado contains 30 grams of fat, but 20 of these fat grams are health-promoting monounsaturated fats, especially oleic acid.
2) Oleic acid helps lower cholesterol. Tests have shown that subjects consuming avocados for a week (that's me!) had significant decreases in total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, along with an 11% increase in health promoting HDL cholesterol. Oleic acid has also been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, prostate cancer as well as oral cancer.
3) Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate and copper. Avocados also contain more potassium than bananas, and Potassium helps regulate blood pressure and reduces risk of stroke.
4) Anti-oxidants addicts alert: avocados are also a very concentrated dietary source of the carotenoid lutein; it also contains carotenoids such as zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, plus significant quantities of tocopherols (vitamin E). We all know this is good for skin, nails, hair, eyes...
There, enough reasons to go grab those green goodies now. But if you have a latex allergy, you may very likely be allergic to avocados!
Wednesday, 8 April 2009
First there was the apple cinnamon variety, then came the idea of putting buttery crumbs on top so it's like apple crumble muffins. 'Pink Lady' apples peeled and chopped, and Wendy (who's also my taster) let me use some of her freshly grounded cinnamon powder.
The second lot, I made chocolate almond version. Many almonds, not enough chocolates. Damn those Hersheys chips that went way past its expiry, I had to manually smash and break half a bar to get chocolate chunks but still not enough!
In a desperate attempt to make the third variety more chocolatey, I added extra cocoa powder to the remaining mixture and used them as toppings. They were dark so I sprinkled some instant oats to make them look cute.
These were made with 100% organic wholemeal flour for a healthier option and they should fill you up better. I'm a fan of wholemeal so the taste was fine for me. But I think they don't rise as well? Will try a mix to find out. Also, minis are tricky so I'll make large ones next time. The apple cinnamon lot turned out to be most popular.