RC ‘Annual’ Event – OktoberFest @ Dallas

Last yr I din went for their OktoberFest organised at Magma, but joined in this yr round after knowing so many kakis going. This yr’s OktoberFest was however late cos the next day is November liao @_@

According to those who attended last yr’s one, this yr though location was better, but it lacked of wat an OktoberFest should offer.

The restaurant consisted of 3 levels. Top level was mostly catered for functions/events with balcony looking towards the waterfront, of which our function was. 2nd level was for fine dining while the open-aired ground level till the verandah was where bar drinking was.

The traditional beverage during this German fest was none other than beer. Here we were only offered Stella Artois.

Traditional festive food like pork knuckle and sausages weren’t in sight. Wat we had instead were these, in which they looked more like wat were offered at common hotel buffet spread but with lesser varieties, or simply catering buffet …

clockwise from top:
spicy prawns with mango saisa – sweetness from mango and slight spice from the crunchy prawn combi was good
cold mussel in basil tomato sauce – nothing special actually but at least tasted good
salad station dressing (tomato, cucumber, carrots, capsicum, lettuce) – a common salad dish
smoked salmon with horseradish cream – same as the mussels, nothing special

clockwise from left:
beef steak with pepper sauce – old cow … unchewable …
fusilli tuna in spicy tomato & olive sauce – sweet, spicy and sour, quite an appetitizing dish with such mixture, which we went for 2nd BIG helping 😀
seasonal vegetable – just normal dish … nothing special
baby pork ribs with pineapple barbeque sauce – very tender, taste extremely good with the sweety pineapple bbq sauce … finger licking good =P
root beer chicken – oh! I din know this nice dish was cooked with root beer until I got the menu from my rc coll, cos no taste of root beer at all. and we almost mistaken it for bb pork ribs as they were placed side by side 😛
pan fried snapper with oliver and caper butter sauce – cun remember this taste =P … but dun think it was any bad cos other than the disappointment from the beef steak, the rest were very deliciously good.

cream of mushroom – this was very very yummy!!! it was full of mushroom taste. the whole pot was even empty completely, but luckily they had it refilled, and that was how BIG the 2nd helping came up to =P

And of cos, other than those above, they served fresh fruit platter, array of mini french pastries, assort bread rolls and butter, and pineapple & chicken salad.



their pastries were rich and soft … esp the chocolate cake with melting chocolate on top.

Beverages like soft drink, coffee and tea were free flow. But the cappuccino I ordered was badly presented. So bad so that I din bother to take any pix of it. Just one sip and I push it away. It was totally badly brewed which maybe due to the rush and mass orders from us. My grp was actually waiting for my drink to arrive before we set off hm.

Post-Event

I had been telling the others that this october feast (they called that this yr) was good. But after writing up this entry, I realised that it wasn’t really that fantastic about this event =P Mostly probably ‘blinded’ by the nice atmosphere with good waterfront view and the fun companions around … as always ^___*

light ups @ bridges from both ends of boat quay


light up @ Cavenagh Bridge


light up @ Elgin Bridge

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RC ‘Annual’ Event – OktoberFest @ Dallas

Wasabi Tei Again!!!

The trio were back here for … oh I cun even remember how many times. I guess CL and NL worse still cos they were here many times more than me 😛

We were on time this time round and were already 3 grp in the queue. As the diners inside the restaurant were all couples, finding empty seats of 3 were rather difficult. We had to let the gal (alone) behind us overtake us instead since they don’t allow us to wait for extra seat inside the restaurant, which was what I hate of, and it really back me off sometimes when I thought of that.

Luckily the lady boss seemed to be in good mood, or since we were so ‘obedient’, she indirectly signal to the other 2 couples when she told us to wait for those seats.

Other than usual orders of unagi set and chawamushi, we added sashimi and chicken set.


Sashimi Set (S$25)
very freshy sweet and not too fatty … but they dun seems to serve scallops in this set anymore … the crisis had hit them too?


Grilled Chicken Set (S$8)
NL and I shared both the unagi set and chicken set.
though the chicken set served with teriyaki sauce was very tender, it was still only a dry side.
both of us still preferred the unagi set 😛

It really made me think twice of going there again under this kind of unusual situation. Only the unagi and chawamushi will make me return though 🙂

Wasabi Tei Again!!!

40 Tips for Better Life?

I just read an email on this … and I replied too 😛

1. Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day. And while you walk, smile.
i only smile when I was day-dreaming while walking =P … dangerous hor 😀

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
that’s easy! but pls dun come talk to me huh!

3. Sleep for 7 hours.
have been lacking of that recently 😦 … it seems wasted to sleep the nite away leh …

4. Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
energy I have but lazy …
enthu but gena crashed many times …
empathy? yes, I always do that but I need that too 😦

5. Play more games.
games? ban lat considered? 😛

6. Read more books than you did in 2007.
hmm … from 2 books a yr to 3 books ok? 😀

7. Make time to practice meditation, yoga, and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
yoga, yes!

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
every sunday with my Little Prince … so ppl below 70 means …

9. Dream more while you are awake.
wah! i’m an expert man! (refer to 1) =P

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
hmm … I need these 😦

11. Drink plenty of water.
sometimes only 😀 … guess I should intake more liao …

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
hehehe … always do that leh … talk nonsense is easy =P

13. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
oh! contradicting … hmph! that’s wat ppl will smile at mah …

14. Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner with his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
I tried … and am still trying …

15. Don’t have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
yes! rite man! but sometimes it’s easier say than done … try though …

16. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
yap! agree!

17. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
oops! am doing the opposite! @_@ how?!

18. Smile and laugh more.
siao meh! cannot talk gossip … how to laugh?

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
hmm … pondering thoughts …

20. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
oh izzit? ** sigh **

21. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
ya … that’s the best thing to do at times …

22. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
it can be hard sometimes but then I dun really have such 深仇大恨之念 la …

23. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about. Don’t compare your partner with others.
whao! I always dun but sometimes jealousy just strike without warning lor …

24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
p(~__^)q gambatte!

25. Forgive everyone for everything.
I guess it depends on situation ba …

26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
then why we so concern wat 1st impression we give during interviews har? =P

27. GOD! heals everything.
it’s depends on how u believe him I guess. all within the mind …

28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
who wants a good situation to change 😀

29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
hmm … is it better to have just 1 or 2 frens while the rest are acquaintance? I hate to hear “acquaintance only” … **sigh**

30. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
ya … I’m doing ‘spring cleaning’ everyday =P

31. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
hmmmm … true … it kills … when my blood boiled away …

32. The best is yet to come.
I waited very long liao :-\

33. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
and eat up! hehehe …

34. Do the right thing!
oops! I din know I did the wrong thing =P

35. Call your family often.
they call/sms/email me often instead … but I dun 煲电话粥 one ley …

36. Your inner most is always happy. So be happy.
yes : ) … though there are sad moments too … just dun spoil my happy mood can liao 😀

37. Each day give something good to others.
candy anyone?

38. Don’t over do. Keep your limits.
hmm … I very auto one lor … sensative mah …

39. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
when I leave office in a good state of mind, I should thank too 😛

40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about.
put here not enough har?

In conclusion, looks like I still need rooms for better life 😛

So how about urs?

40 Tips for Better Life?

A Visit To Mt E

Finally we got to see S’s new born bb boy. That made me missed the then newly borned 小王子 who is coming 1 next mth.

The rest dun dare to carry the still very fragile bb, but I loved to cuddle them ^____^

And so, as usual, I had to transfer the bb onto their arm one by one while they were seated down. MF’s bb gal was just few mths old and so guess she had enough 😛 AL mah … she scared to have a 3rd one?! hehehe…

A Visit To Mt E

New Chef of the Day

妈咪 could finally rest for this sun, cos the chef for today is T.

He was unfortunately had a great fall as all 5 of us were heading for hm, braving thru the storm rain after buying the necessary stuffs for the dinner.

Embarrassing to say, the daughters of this hsehold could hardly cook. Luckily the son-in-laws were able to, and they seemed to love so 😛

And here’s some updates on 小王子 …

New Chef of the Day

Big Karaoke Session @ Spore Indoor Stadium

I was back here after near a yr later … with 2 other friends … for a concert of another fav. artiste of my ‘era’ 😀

Of the 22 songs sang, only 4 were canto which I wished there were more 😦 But nevertheless, her soft and smooth vocal almost drove me to dreamland.

Surprisingly, she spoke in fluent mandarin most of the time, with english sometimes. The only time when she spoke in cantonese was to her hk fans, recommending them to take hainanese chicken rice.

Her performance stage was simple, but the big animated LCD screen made a great backdrop.

There was no special guest, only her bands, backing vocalists and dancers who were given great exposures. Even her hairstylist came on stage, promoting his newly opened salon at NAC as well.

The whole concert was enjoyable as if in a big karaoke session. Everyone around us were either seen moving towards the rhythm or singing along with her. Esp the time when she simply pointing the mic towards the audience (至少还有你). I could sense the touchness in her as was in me 😛

The concert should have ended at 10.15pm, but with 2 unexpected encores, it finally ended at 11pm after the song, I Swear. Some audiences were seen leaving for the exit after the 1st encore.

1st encored song (4th canto song)

With the experience of neck aching sitting at the side block, I had opted for blocks facing straight to the stage instead.

As the concert ended, we headed off to Kallang Theatre planning for a game of bowling, but the lane was only available after we had nicely settled down at Kallang McDonald, and were ‘stucked’ there for 3hrs 😛


when was the last trip here? 10yrs ago? hmm…

It had really been a long time since I stayed out so late ^____^

So now, who’s concert next? Emil Chow?

后记

Careless me actually deleted this file away assuming it was properly transfered from the thumbdrive to the hard disk, without knowing that both files of the same naming were with different contents. This entry was retyped after few failure attempts of recovering the deleted file 😦 Luckily my memory works better than the machine :-\

Big Karaoke Session @ Spore Indoor Stadium

Free Treat @ Wah Lok

After viewing the hotel rooms, 4 of us were invited to dine at Wah Lok with recommended dishes from the staffs.


breaded chicken with prawn … chicken meat was tender and crispy while the prawn tasted crunchy … fresh la …


nicely brewed old cucumber soup … best when drink it hot ^__^


asparagus wrapped with maw … crunchy asparagus and nice stock … not too thick or watery …


almost similar to the breaded chicken one but this time round was breaded fish … nice too …


real big pork rib … tough to cut and with super salty char siew sauce … we even gave our feedback to them so u can imagine …


ee fu noodle which look and taste more like hokkien mee to me … another salty dish … dun quite like …


the mangoes were very sweet … I din intend to take pix of the fruits, but the rest ‘forced’ me to complete with that as well @_@


custard tart with icing on top of the crust … cripsy and sweet, but guilty filled with each mouthful 😛

Overall comment for this dinner was … not to my liking. They were far too salty so kinda spoilt appetite. Moreover all the meal sets in their menu weren’t that cheap, so I had higher expectation. I was however looking forward to another treat. Dim sum at the same place, which was highly recommended.

Atmosphere was good though and with friendly staffs. One of my hokkaido trip tour mates was said to work there as a chef, and I happened to see him, though in suit sitting near the entrance bidding goodbye to us, but he dun recognise me 😦

Free Treat @ Wah Lok