I was ogling at the beautiful array of sandwiches at Petit Provence, except that it was past dinner time already so I didn't dare to buy. So I made my own crude version for breakfast this morning.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
I was "suay" enough to have encountered a few specimens. Two of them in particular were rather offensive. Specimen No 1, returning from London where he complained that he could not get a job there "because of the locals there not wanting to give him jobs after his Masters, prefering their own people or other Europeans" (I think his results are not that exemplary enough, and hello, you are foreign talent there. Since when do people welcome foreigners? Just see what happened to the Red Indians after they welcomed the white settlers. *roll eyes*). At the sushi restaurant, when we first met him after he came back, he began moaning and groaning of the lack of respect for personal space in Singapore. "Those aunties", he ranted, "stood so near me on the train. They don't respect personal space. In England, people are gracious, they understand personal space. People are polite there, not like Singapore so uncultured... blah blah" I stopped listening and reached for the sushi going past on the conveyer belt.
The second fugly Singaporean? Quite fantastic as well. So we were having dinner (hmm, all my conversations seem revolved around food) last week, and he decided that the service was bad because the wait staff refused to seat us at the comfortable seats. Reason given to him was that they wanted to reserve the seats for a table of ten, but later they split up the seats for different parties instead. Not sure what he said to them, but they were very slow with the service. In fact, they served water to the tables next to us but not to us, which was quite horrible since I have a nasty sore throat. Do not worry because he took revenge at the payment counter. When they offered him discount coupons (I find it intriguing that apologies for the service are preprinted on the coupons, which is very telling), he said, "No. That would necessitate my coming back here, and I don't want to."
I agree with him on that but not what he said during dinner. My companion opined that service in Singapore was horrible, and that he had experienced excellent service in Australia. I was surpised. I mean service is bad, service is bad. Implies don't go back to the restaurant. What does it got to do with the country?
He reluctantly acknowledged that he did encounter some unpleasant experiences in Australia, but said that the locals wouldn't bully you if you don't feed the stereotype. Another friend didn't do well academically here and has decided to move to Australia to further his studies. He has informed me that he would not likely return after graduation.
Frankly, I was also very annoyed by that Neil Humphreys' column last Saturday about how glad he was to come back to Singapore where people were uncaring. Where does he get off, slagging off Singapore when we have provided him a home? Instead Singapore ends up as excellent fodder for him to bitch about in his books and articles. To him, as well those persons who think that foreign countries are so much better than Singapore, I would like to say,
"If you think that the foreign country is so great, stay there. Don't come back." (I notice that Neil Humphrey, who is English born, has migrated to Australia with his family. Goodbye and good riddance. But it seems that he is still slagging us off...)
I am sick of them picking on the country that they live in, or even worse, are born in. I am not expecting nationalistic fervour, but if you cannot even appreciate the country you are born in, then move on and find one you can be loyal to.
Monday, January 25, 2010
It was during a lazy afternoon discussion that I learn belatedly that now the Singapore Police Force is showing the passing rates of Class 3 candidates under private instructors.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Was bored. Went prawning (haha). Very inhumane cooking of drunken prawns where I clutched the slippery bodies gingerly with tongs while desperately trying to cut off their feelers and horn(?). Cleaning and cooking them is not worth the fishing experience.
Saturday, January 23, 2010
5 eggs (~65g)
2 egg yolks
200g caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
220g low protein flour
1 tbsp milk powder
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsps corn oil
50 ml orange juice
80g mixed peel
1. Whisk egg batter ingredients until fluffy. Fold in flour ingredients evenly. Add peel ingredients and mix well.
2. Arrange paper cups in cake moulds. Pour batter into the paper cups. Steam for 20 minutes.
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I have no comments on the video, due its political sensitivity. But I do find the culprit very creative and eloquent, despite the blatant "LOOT"ing of an original music video.
Monday, January 18, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
So my recommendations for Korean BBQ in Singapore:
(1) Jang Shou Korean Charcoal BBQ
Portions are ok (at least they are honest, not like other restaurants that spread out the meat to simulate a generous portion), Flavor is excellent, Service is excellent and Kimchi generous. Actual charcoal flame.
(2) Hansang Korean Family BBQ Restaurant
I like their pumpkin rice, which is cooked painstakingly. Portions are ok, Flavour ok, service ok, kimchi rather generous. They top up when asked.
(3) Togi Korean Restaurant
Very family style and authentic (well they have mostly Korean staff). Food is not bad but filling. Most affordable of the lot, I think, so also the most crowded and smallest. Feel the entreating eyes of strangers boring on you as you eat. Service is definitely a miss, because they cannot cover all the tables quickly enough. It's every man for himself.
(4) Su Korean Cuisine
Don't go there when they are busy... service is hit-and-miss sometimes (the staff are polite but slow to respond at times), value for money because they have set menus, Flavor is ok, and they give fruit at the end of the meal. They hide the good stuff, so remember to ask for your favorites.
(5) Hyang To Gol (my team went there for my birthday last year)
Portions were ok, Flavor was ok, Service was Outstandingly Terrible and Kimchi was stingy (you have to pay for second round).
(6) Shillawon Korean Cuisine
Value for money cos they have buffets, not really authentic Korean unless you order the ala carte, the buffet is more like Seoul Garden...buffet is varied at least.
(7) Crystal Jade Ginseng Chicken & BBQ
Not worth rating, too unmemorable (maybe except for their Ginseng chicken which was not bad) and EXPENSIVE.
I am coming for Chang (Dempsey Road) soon.
We went for Chang already!! Read about the visit here.
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Anyway, what was intriguing was when we came out of the concert hall and encountered this window scene.
God of Fortune hanging out at the Singapore River. Now this is not a commonplace sight. Haha. Everyone had fun taking photos with him, especially that family to the foreground of this photo. I had to wait for every single member of that family, excluding daddy, taking group and individual shots with God of Fortune, before I could get this shot. Anyway the guy was so tanned, he looked more like Judge Bao, commented Town Mouse.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.
Late to bed and early to rise, keeps a twinkle in the eyes.
A thing of beauty keeps you broke forever.
Soup should be seen and not heard.
All's fair in love and golf.
The proof of the pudding is the box it came in.
All work and no play makes Jack a rich boy.
Where there's a will there's a family at war.
Behind every successful man, there's a woman telling him that he isn't so great.
God helps those who are caught helping themselves.
Gossip is the art of letting the chat out of the bag.
Does it improve your English? NO.
Does it make you laugh? YES.
Conclusion? READ IT.
Mutter pasted this stupid article (from a newspaper I bought her no less) on my wall, saying how research showed that people who spent most of their time in front of computers die young.
So today instead of spas-sing out in front watching shows, I am playing DSLite at the beach. Note here: I think I need to attend Bomberman Anonymous. I have been playing that damn game to and fro work on the bus this whole week.
But first the two mice had to find a nice place to nibble at their now cold bentos in peace. I decided that the picnic table in the middle of the grass was a great idea. Very picturesque. Well, that was before the sun came out and fried the two of us as we tried to consume our now warming bentos. What a startling contrast to exactly one year ago, where we nearly froze to death trying to eat our bentos at Mount Komagatake (my camera nearly flew off when the wind carried off the bento cover it was sitting on). Town Mouse opined that I must be hankering after the NSF experience.
We then tried in vain to play Bomberman under the stingy shade of some coconut trees. It was too difficult as the light was in our eyes, making the screen practically painful to stare at, no matter which angle we tilted the console. In the end, I had to contend myself with lying on the bench and admiring how the coconut trees sway in the wind (and watching for errant coconuts falling down). Can you spot the crow in the tree?
We saw a lot of people flying kites at this wide span of land in front of the housing estate on our way back. Ironically I did not see anyone flying kites at the beach or the grass. But we did see some foreign workers having fun playing cricket (looks awfully like shuttle run as they were pretty lousy hitters and spend most of their time missing and running back and forth instead).
What do I think of it? It's pretty dumb, the orange salt doesn't add anything to the taste. I'd rather have my marshmallows instead...
Friday, January 15, 2010
They belatedly realised that it was a sex doll. The man had been a widower for some years, raising his son on his own. Now that his son was studying overseas, the man felt that he was growing older and very lonely. He didn't want to be a burden to his son, so he jumped.
Poor thing, but don't worry, he survived. Now he will die of humiliation instead.
Read full translated article @ ChinaSmack now.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Ich hab es ist ein IE Problem glauben, so Ich downloade Firefox. Es hab gleich Problem???
Denn ich sehe der Website ist JSP...Gott demn.
"Vater, wie Java im die Elektronenrechenmaschine misshandeln Sie?"
"Die Elktronenrechenmaschine ist flau, so ich lösche Dateien."
"Java? Warum löschest du Java?"
Sigh. Ich aufwende mich und meinen Vater dieser Comic.
7 Feb 2010 3 pm
Around the World! - Singapore Ruan Chamber Ensemble
Join the Singapore Ruan Chamber Ensemble for an afternoon of popular favorites from around the world, all arranged for the classical Chinese plucked-string instrument! Established in 2005 by SCO Ruan principal, Zhang Rong Hui, the ensemble comprises of talented young musicians who are winners of national Chinese music competitions and key players of various school and music competitions and key players of various school and amateur Chinese orchestras. Be treated to a selection of enchanting meloies such as under Paris Skies, the Russian folk ensemble piece Fantasy on two Folksongs, as well as the Chinese classical work, A tribute to Yueqin.
7 Mar 2010 3pm
Flavours of Southeast Asia - Hsinghai Art Association
Hsinghai Art Association was established in 1973 and since inception, its Chinese orchestra has participated in numerous national arts festivals and performed with China's National Class One conductors and musicians. For this very special concert, the group takes you on a musical tour of sounds from South East Asia, with popular favorites like keroncong classic Bengawan Solo and Malay Folk Song Suriram. Be entranced by the music of our neighboring countries and let the melodious folk songs set the mood for a restful Sunday afternoon!
Updated Apr 2010!!!
11 Apr 2010, 3pm
Enjoy fresh new takes on familiar tunes such as your favourite Disney Classics, Ave Maria, the Wondergirls' Nobody and more, by Maris Alumni Wind Ensemble.
9 May 2010, 3pm
Mother's Day Special - Chinese Concert
Spending a lovely Sunday afternoon with your mothers at this Mother's Day concert of Chinese evergreen favourites! Xinyao pioneer Hong Shao Cuan and local songstress Felinda Wong will serenade everyone with memorable hits, Chris Wang and Huang Xi from China will delight you with Chinese folksongs, all in dedications to mothers. Hosted by multi-talented Kenn O.
9 May 2010, 7.30pm
Mother's Day Special - English Concert
Join regional veteran artistes Ding Mercado and Babes Conde as they bring you an unforgettable Mother's Day concert! Performing tunes from the 1960s to the 1980s, Ding will turn back the clock with Broadway show-tunes as well as evergreen favourites like Somewhere in Time. Babes will perform some of her original hit songs such as Funny, and other songs of romance. Sit back and take a nostalgic ride back to the good times!
6 Jun 2010, 3pm
Spotlight: Games. Anime. Movies. Encore!
Catch this award-winning band perform familiar tunes from your favorite games, anime and movies. Putting the spotlight on their up-and-comning soloists, the band plays themes from Harry Potter, Princess Mononoke, Howl's Moving Castle and much more! Conducted by Adrian Chiang.
Nibblezware Musical Calendar of Events
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
I thought it is interesting: (grabbed the background -as below- from its site)
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Isn't it bizarre how some China-made products can use images that have no contextual relationship with their product? And who eats steamboat, while conducting a meeting and WEARING A SUIT?
That would be suicidal. Death by water loss, unless one drinks the soup. Haha.
Anyway the original recipe is Yogurt Cupcakes, Pg 36 from "Cupcakes Galore" by Gail Wagman.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
It seems to require you to use a paid account now. Try this instead. http://flvto.com/
Well, the Romanian Government's Foreign Ministry basically informed us that it is not within Singapore's jurisdiction as the "receiving state" to persecute its diplomatic agent, and that it will turn the case to its own Prosecutor's Office. Fantastic, does it mean that the Romanian people are going to pay for the witnesses' trips to Romania?
How come when I read "receiving state", this image from Joey Devilla's "How fanboys see Operating Systems" picture, which I posted earlier, leaps into my mind? With a little change...
So everyone in the world (especially Romania), when you see this guy driving on the road, please jump into the nearest ditch. You will be safer there, even during the monsoon season. The New Paper was very thoughtful to have published his photo, which confirmed his identity (pls see O in this photo).
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Then there was the DJ's account of the five minute long episode, that he witnessed that the woman seemed to enjoy the attention of the first man, sexily gyrating against him as he touched her, before the rest of the men joined in the mass grope. He also mentioned that there were people who went to her rescue when she resisted one of the men reaching into her bikini bottom, such as a girl in a black bikini and also some men, resulting in some scuffle.
Then of course, there was the woman herself... Well, turns out there is a new twist to the whole situation. She used to be a he?! This photo has been circulated on the Net, Facebook and EDMW (one of the first groups to cast doubts on her sexuality).
I am very confused about this. Is it case of bad reporting (she is clearly wearing lingere instead of a bikini as reported)? Also, isn't it still wrong of those disgusting men to molest her, transformer (local term for transsexual) or not! Their objective was clearly to molest the girl. Shouldn't they be persecuted???
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
The Na'vi vocabulary is a constructed language created by a professor at USC, Paul Frommer, and now you can learn it too!!! and be one with the smurfs.
Here's the Learn Na'vi website if you are interested/intrigued enough to learn, where you can download the handbook (in pdf).
Sunday, January 3, 2010
The cheek of the whole thing was that it was first reported in the news (it is now no longer reported in case of diplomatic displeasure .i. ) that this Dr Ionescu, when the media and police interviewed him, said that he had reported that the car was stolen that morning. The car was abandoned at Sungei Kadut. So ironic isn't it, that two taxi drivers picked him up at Sungei Kadut around the time of accident?
The first one couldn't speak English so he alighted, but the second, a Mr Neo said he picked him up that morning and that he had asked Mr Neo for the police phone number where he reported that his car was stolen. Then he flew back to Romania (within three days), for a treatment of diabetes (as if we were some backwater country which doesn't provide diabetic treatment). He says he will come back...
Even if it is not him, isnt' it very unprofessional and undiplomatic of him to run off when a car belonging to his embassy KILLED ONE MAN? As the highest ranking diplomat, he should stick around and make sure that justice is served, isn't it, Dr Ionescu? This reflects very badly on Romania. The government should sent him back to show that Justice should be served, even if the *censored* lawyers up and gets off on diplomatic immunity? After all, who is going to answer to those three men's families, especially to the RECENT BRIDE TURNED WIDOW? And hello, TWO traffic junctions? Was the Suspect, BLIND or PLAIN DRUNK?
An online petition has been established to call the Romanian Government to cooperate with the Singapore Government to investigate this accident. Please help sign. Much Appreciated. =]
I am becoming a huge fan of Lukplus' Coropata, a sugar-and-spice-and-all-things-nice-ly adorable little girl called Himawari (meaning Sunflower, beats me why she is called Sunflower when she is blue-haired and constantly chasing after a daikon or her friends, depending on the level) who you are supposed to help reach her forever friend or Japanese white radish, using really bizarre tools like horseshoe magnets, see-saw, basketball or onigiri etc.
Like I told Town Mouse, it's like Lemmings but less painful cos there is only one little girl (and not a ton of fugly creatures) and a very cute one at that. Warning: do not be conned by the sheer cuteness of the game, as it is exceedingly tricky to get through the levels.
Note to non-Japanese speakers: Do not click on the first item in the main menu, after it appears. It is a long rehash of the exceedingly cute but non-comprehensible dialogue of the little girl and someone off the screen. Click on the second menu item to continue the level where you last left off. I look forward to more excellent stuff from Lukplus!!!
Check out my Coropata for Dummies!
Saturday, January 2, 2010
爱情超人 has some excellent flash files that you can embed in your blog or website. The best part of it all, it provides the embed code. So sweet, nicht wahr?
Check out the great example below:
It is also an excellent laxative, I am finding out, one hour after consumption...
Friday, January 1, 2010
I am still very annoyed about it, since I was the one who started and maintained the blog. But ok, (2) try to forgive. I don't think I can ever forget, because I am very determined to cling onto as many dying brain cells I have. But I will try.
(3) Be less bitchy. I have the honest bluntness of a five year old, but not the toothy charm.
To prove how much I love you all for reading this trashy blog, here's a link I came across when reading up on how to learn Japanese (I should be reading up on learning Mandarin). Have you noticed that Mandarin blogs always align their texts in the centre and the words are always bloody small? Damn, I broke (3) already.