幸福就是。。。小姐 day 之莱佛士坊半日游

Finally the 1st Tai Tai day with BS and SK … oops no … should be 小姐 day, cos someone preferred not to be known as ‘Tai Tai’.

Aiya … ‘Tai Tai’ is just a term I like to use for enjoying an relaxing afternoon eating and shopping away with no time constraint, just like most ‘Tai Tai’ did, while others are working their life away on a working day. BS and SK rarely took half a day off for such ‘luxury’. We need to pamper ourselves sometimes 😀

To say it was a “小姐 day”, it would sounds more suitable as “莱佛士坊半日游” (half day tour @ raffles place) instead.

It all started off with our lunch @ golden shoe carpark. We had 2 choices actually. BS came to know about Greek Terminal Cafe from some programme while SK caught the recommendation on My Blood Type Restaurant from news article(?) These 2 restaurants were located just opp each other. We ended up at My Blood Type Restaurant instead.

We were first greeted with a corner selling health products before we came to the semi-fine dining area. We were asked of our blood type when we sat down, afterwhich 2 different menus were placed infront of us. BS and SK are type ‘O’, while I’m type ‘A’.

Something interesting with their menu was, how much calories, protein, carbo and fat were clearly stated for all dishes. SK laughed that there wasn’t anything she can eat then. But the main priority for both BS and I was … will the dishes be yummy? =P

Going thru the set menu, it was oblivious that there were more choices for type ‘O’ than type ‘A’. Maybe becos the lady boss of the restaurant is type ‘O’ ^_*

It was until then that I knew that it’s better for type ‘A’ to intake white meat instead of red meat. Aiyo! I have been taking red meat more than white meat all the while leh. But will it helps in my slimming plan har? ^_*

I had finally decided on the pan seared red snapper with grilled zucchini and king oyster set (S$25) but was then told that the snapper was out of stock that day and so replaced it with salmon instead. So my fav. oyster is oso suitable for my type \(^ o ^)/

One taste of it we would know it was a healthy bread. It was between bland but light sweetening that came from the spread. Spelt bread I think. But it was nice as the bread was served warm.

When the bowl of mushroom soup first served to BS, I felt a sense of giddiness. It was the smell from the soup after the last bowl was served to me. I declared that I dun like the soup. I dun meant to waste food but I really cun take the smell and taste of this very thickly blended mushroom soup. The lukewarm pure lemongrass drink din help much in getting rid of the taste in my tastebuds.

Well, maybe it was really saving the best to the last, cos the main courses were so nice that we emptied our plates.

BS’ choice of oxtails stew. The oxtails must have been stewed for a long period cos the meat was very tender. The outlook of the dish was very nicely ‘decorated’ too, esp the nicely carved carrot … so cute ^___^

My impression of an ‘artistically displayed’ dish was usually expensive but not fillilng. This salmon dish however proven me wrong. The mushroom was very juicy, esp when it was topped with slight tangy taste from the shredded semi-riped mango(?) The pan seared salmon which was topped with tapioca chips was good. It was fresh and was very filling too.

The feeling was great as we chatted with no time constraint on such an afternoon at such a bz business district area. After browsing around golden shoe, we set off to far east sq to try on the famous teh tarik at Mr Teh Tarik Cartel which we passed by earlier on.

Our first thought was … hk famous stockling tea alike. Ok … not as we never drank teh tarik before 😛 But as compared to the daily different quality teh si I drank every morning, this was very much to my liking. The teh was smooth and not sweet nor bland. How I wish I can have such every morning instead. Anyway I guess we were too crazy to drink hot teh under such a warm place (aircon dun seems to work), chatting away sweatily … hahaha …

Just as we moved on towards the republic plaza, we spotted a temple … or rather I was fascinated by the rooftop sculptures that I suggested taking a look at this temple.

Since we were on this topic. Here’s some pix taken as we came by Thian Hock Keng Temple 天福宫 earlier on. Coincidently, 小妹 and I watched an anime on the Legend of Mazu just few days ago on starhub ch 62, of which we teared towards the end when Moniang (Mazu’s mortal name) died of exhaustion after using all her might to brighten up the lit lantern inorder for her father and fellow fishermen to find their way home from the rough sea.

Like I told them, I had always like anything that has to do with heritage. Esp such old architectures amid the modernised buildings.

It was near to 5pm and so we decided to travel down to raffles city before the peak hour came. Time for me to go in search for dress to be worn on 小妹’s wedding day. But I din get any : (

Our “莱佛士坊半日游” officially ended as I proceeded on for dinner @ xin wang with another couple of friends, Cat and MZ. This time round I din order any extra … I meant drink or dessert or snack, but just purely my fav. stir fried pork rib bee hoon 😀

stir-fried pork rib bee hoon (S$7.90) – still as nice but I would prefer more fatty meat.
I was totally full after this meal … hahaha …

borsch soup (S$2.90) – very flavoury taste

stir-fried seafood hor fun (S$9.80) – hey! this was as good as my pork rib bee hoon.
and together with mine, the serving was actually big enough for 3 to share.

chicken congee (S$6.90) – I din try on this cos it was way too … hmm … uninteresting 😛

Our reason for choosing xin wang for our dinner tonite was simply becos of this $15 discount which Cat was given to spend in the same mth (last day liao) of her bd when she applied for their member card.

We would have left for hm early if not for MZ who was ‘stucked’ in a boutique trying on pants for near 40mins and ended up buying 1 pair @_@

Did I mentioned before I was scared when she asked when can we go hk together? **怕怕**

Anyway, we decided, will plan for another 小姐 day someday in june again. Come to think of it, maybe we can make it a quarterly one. Anyway they have more leave days than me :-\ They have 2007 leaves to clear u see O_O

幸福就是。。。小姐 day 之莱佛士坊半日游

Wat U Think? Wat To Do?

The thought came to my mind after the unfairness this morning.

To the whoever who invented “anything” and “whatever” can drinks, pls oso come out with “wat u think” and “wat to do”. You can simply come out with a storyboard that goes all the way to the scene of any office where a staff was unfairly requested to handle a responsibility assigned to another person, but ended up sighing with “wat u think” and “wat to do” :-\

I will collect them all and place them on the panel top of my workstation :-\

Wat U Think? Wat To Do?

The Perfection

I’m a perfectionist actually 😛

There were 2 main events that occured in Nov but due to the huge file sizes from professional SLR cameras and the delay in obtaining the full set, it took me quite some times to sort the mass photos out … in sequences. Ya! When it comes to photographs sorting, I becomes a perfectionist 😀

Ok, so much about “me being a perfectionist” … let me present the 2 belated posts:

1) 小王子 1st Birthday Party!!!!
2) RC Event : Sushi Making Demo Class


23 Nov 08

小王子 1st Birthday Party!!!!

We went to 大妹’s place 1-2 hrs before the party time … to help … babysit.

Coincidently, the number on this long-searching family tee showed “23” … his birthdate. They bought them from bossini in HK which they din realise the significant of the no. until they returned back home. We later realised that “23” appeared frequently in some famous brands tee too ^_*

***side tracking***

***back on track***

We stayed thru-out the whole party and even after everyone left cos we again need to babysit when they clean up the place.


25 Nov 08

RC event : Sushi Making Demo Class

Hmm…let me think…the 1st and last time I had my hands on making sushi was around 11yr+ ago … at ST’s old hse in geylang. With no proper training, the few of us made many sushi … 玩瓣家家酒嘛 =P

This time round was a proper training/demo given by a typical japanese woman, wife of a jap boss.

So much fun in the class, but though we were hungry when we started making them, we were mentally ‘full’ after the class.

I packed them all and shared with my family. 妈咪 said those I made were taster than those selling outside (=^___^=”)

天时地利人和 la 😛

The Perfection

Crabbie Feast @ Home

Just few days ago, it took me 1.5hrs to savour 2.5 whole flower crabs 妈咪 cooked. Today, she cooked 5 flower crabs in total for T, A, 爹地 and me. But again I took the same 1.5hrs on 2.5 whole flower crabs 😛

She had been feeding me with her simple methods of cooking this flower crabs dish and so I decided to record the process down today. But T ‘snatched’ the chef role instead, with her guidiance beside of cos.

just empty all the flower crabs into the wok while the wok is heating up

add 2 spoonful of homemade chili and tomato sauce, plus a small bowl of water before covering

cover the pan about 1-2 mins

open up to stir and cover again

get ready the battered eggs

when the crabs turned red, pour in the battered eggs and stir

next, the spring onions and stir again

the water should be in boiling state, so just cover the pan for a while and it can be served

ta da!!!

小王子 became 小和尚 after a haircut this afternoon.

And he finally knew how to walk since his successful try on tues. We were so excited and worried at the same time. We got to jaga him more liao @_@

hmm … dun u think the almost botak hairstyle made him looks like a big boy liao?

Crabbie Feast @ Home


A sudden thought came last nite.

I told 妈咪 to buy me 500g of chicken winglets this morning cos I decided to marinate and grill them with the quince paste from new zealand which I obtained from last yr company xmas hamper.

I had wanted to use the pear paste (expiring on jul 09) but realised a layer of mold was formed, and so switched to the quince paste (expiring on dec 09) which was clear and clean. It’s always good to be extremely careful with the expiry dates on food items obtained from the hampers.

I wasn’t sure if the taste will be good, so I tested it out on 3 winglets after immediate marinating.

190degree, 15mins + 10mins on different sides

It turned out to be a successful and nice one! The grilled colour was about there. But would taste stronger with more paste and longer grilling time.

marinated the rest and kept in fridge for an hr+

from 220degree 20mins setting to 190degree 10mins after the highly burned skin layer results

last 2 pcs set to 190degree, 10+5mins + 10mins on both sides
the oven was already very heated up, so adjusting to shorter time

Near an hr was spent on this whole dish. No choice … small oven I had.

It was stated on the tub label to marinate on pork ribs, but it still tasted good on winglets 🙂 Actually it tasted much like honey winglets.

After searching online for more infos, I came acrossed this.

Oops … and I just melted the whole paste and marinate the winglets … and that was about all! =P

Ok … I will try out more next time … when I got the paste … free 😀

It’s more stress-free to use an oven, and I’m enjoying it (=^__^=”)

Oh! I still have this bottle of ogilivie brandy butterscotch (from the same hamper). Hmm … wat should I do har? (“-_-)?


Vigilant or Selfish?

“pls be more vigilant to ur surrounding ; why should I be ‘punish’ for being vigilant myself 😦 ; the world is upside down …” was the tagline on my msn after lunch.

Dun blame me for being selfish by not offering my brolly initially. I just want everyone to understand the importancy for not carrying a brolly knowing how unpredictable the weather was recently, esp during lunch hr, and even disregarded my numerous advise to do so. Moreover it’s merely 1hr for lunch.

Even though so, why do I feel punished?

11ppl went out for lunch together with only 1 carrying a brolly … so wat do u want me to do? 一起共患难 and drench together? or sick together?

I am all prepared to accept ‘retribution’ should one day I forgotten my brolly while some others have it. Cos … not only the world is round, it is upside down too.

no choice … my brolly is that small … enough to shelter me though

the rest of us decided to make faster moves when the rain gets smaller … 苦中作乐 we …

And btw, I was all yellow today 😀

… actually my belt too, but hidden =P

Special mention on my comfy yellow printed shoes. Bought it from jonker st in melaka for RM13.90. Cheap deal. However if u take a closer look, it was “made in thailand”. So I guess it would be sooooo much cheaper there. But how come I didn’t spot any when I was there?

Vigilant or Selfish?

The Patissier Cake

A new agent came to promote their service and bought us this yst …

Strawberry Shortcake
“chantilly cream and strawberry on chiffon sponge on a sugar dough base”

The mixture of slight sweetening and sourish taste from the strawberry, with fresh cream added on, plus the fluffiness of the cake … perfect!

S$38.52 for 500g … generous indeed though co-operation is uncertain.

this is the outcome of each slice when a 500g of cake to be shared by ………….. 16 ppl @_@

I had a hard time cutting up the base of the cake. Just when I thought it might just be a hard board below, after ‘removing’ all the slices, I lifted the “hard board” up only to realise it was a biscuit base. Best part was, it was so yummy. I missed out the “… sugar dough base” in the description. =P

But cun really blame me cos I even need to use both hands to break this hard pc into smaller pcs. Luckily I din throw it away 😀

The Patissier Cake

Pu Tien @ MS

I had been looking forward to the recent 40% dis promotion at The Line, but was disappointed to know that we were only on the waiting list … though 1st in the queue 😦

But since arrangement for meeting up had been made, some 4 of us decided to go ahead with it.

After recce-ing thru the net for ‘suitable’ or ‘unusual’ cuisine, a sudden thought of xinghua cuisine came to my mind when someone susgested zhe char. And so I went in search online for the xinghua restaurant I went 11yrs+ ago located opp concourse, and chanced on this one which I had wanted to try long time ago.

Pu Tien … xinghua or hing wa cuisine … PL’s hometown cuisine.

We chose marina sq to the main branch at kitchener road. Far for me to travel on a mon u see 😛

We got so excited as we flipped thru the menu, though some of us had gone thru their menu online the nite before, and so could quickly made our choices. But temptation became greater when we were there. Every dish on the menu looks too yummy to resist. And so ended up with this ‘ala-carte 8 courses’ dinner =P

Seafood Delicacies

Chili Live Mussel (S$10)
wah! this was one of my fav among the lot. fresh and sweet, with a little bit of spiciness. 1st dish to arrive but almost last dish to be emtpied out cos too bz gulping down the other dishes =P

Side Dishes

Stir-fried Yam (S$10)
have to eat this while serving hot. yam taste was strong. though oily but not clog.

Stir-fried Kailan with Beancurd Skin (S$15)
i think i took a lot of the soft and smooth beancurd skins. tasted very ‘vegetarian’ which I like. the only light dish among the lot. it was the only dish that was served in medium size too. the staff had friendly-ly warned us that we need more vege dish cos most of our dishes were fried food. she later recommended a mushrooms dish which wasn’t in the menu. luckily CL was fast to ask for the price, cos it almost cost us S$38 for that dish order @_@

Shredded Meat with Bun (S$2.80 per pc)
this was the most wow-wow dish of our spread!!! stir-fried meats taste yummy. but one could only taste it if one take it on it’s own. cos the crispiness of the fried bun (mantou) and fragrance from the sesame toppings fully covered the meat taste. we were wondering whether they sell the fried bun alone too. it tasted just like 葱油饼 (scallion pancake).


Deep Fried Pig’s Trotters with Pepper (S$3.80 per pc)
though we knew it was pig’s trotter, but we still wished we could taste more of the meat than bones only. the skin layer was crispy but the spices seemed too salty, though inside was soft and easily cutted up, just like eating a braised chicken feet that kind of softness. luckily we only ordered 2 pcs to share. will opt this out in our next visit.


Steamed Bamboo Clam with Minced Garlic (S$18)
though it seemed that the garlic toppings was overwhelmed, but that was how the taste was enhanced. the minced garlic wasn’t as hot as one would think too. another fav of ours.

Chef’s Specialties

“Pu Tien” Lor Mee (S$6)
hokkien lor mee starchiness but white; tasted and looked like ban mian; but dun get mixed up cos it was simply xinghua style white lor mee. it tended to get sodden fast if dun consume immediately after served.

Fried “Hing Wa” Bee Hoon (S$6)
the dry stir-fried bee hoon was quite similar to tat of 妈咪’s, but of cos colour was so much darker than this. fresh ingredients like prawns, clams, baby scallops, peanuts, beancurds, vege, and fried seaweed were served generously. CL even planned to travel down to ‘ta bao’ that for lunch someday 😀

They do had few choices of set dinner for 4 at a much cheaper rate than our ‘ala-carte 8 courses’ set, but we consoled ourselved that our selections were more interesting 😀 In actual fact, we missed checking that out cos we were all too excited to savour the cuisine … hahaha …

I had started to love this cuisine … most probably becos of their frequent usage of the shelled food in their dishes. Clams … mussels … cockles … my fav!!! ^_____^

We received 2x $10 vouchers for our next visit … so when har? ^___*

Pu Tien @ MS

Taiwan Foodies : Le Cake Pineapple Tarts

Saw this placed at our tibits corner. A souvenir from a colleague who returned back from taipei … but think this is bought from keelung instead.

I thought it would be like any other pineapple tarts, but this is simply delicious. The butter crust is firm and soft. The pineapple filling isn’t that sweet to make anyone’s hair stand. I would think it even suits 妈咪.

Taiwan Foodies : Le Cake Pineapple Tarts