Sunday, December 31, 2006

New Year Resolutions

I dont really have a habbit of making new year resolutions normally..

But i think for the upcoming year in 2007, I would like to:

  1. Have a more tidy room (my room is in a messy state with all the FYP stuff lying around)
  2. Study hard and get better results, especially since exams start end of January!!!!! yikes!
  3. Establish myself more in the food industry.

Hope these 3 points can be achieved in the upcoming year.

Anyway, here's wishing all you guys a Happy New Year.. May all your wishes come true in 2007!

Friday, December 29, 2006

Featured

Been receiving loads of phone calls and smses.. telling me that i have been featured on Singapore Polytechnics feature on the New Paper today..

yea yea...

it's me.. but nothing much to be proud of... cos must work harder... cant stop!


Anyway, went back to school today to set up our Spinnovex booth.. was told that we have to wear white top for the whole event... so i had to go all the way to town to get a white top.. went to CK, Zara, Raoul... searching for my white long sleeved shirt.. eventually settling on the Zara shirt..

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Feline Spoof!!!

Was talking a walk in the supermarket today..

noticed something interesting on this particular brand of tissue paper...

Leave it to your imagination... ingenious idea? or just another low down spoof?

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The lack of reciprocation during X'mas!

Every christmas, I always make it a point to write cards and get meaningful gifts for my close friends... But this christmas, seems to be pretty sad for me... cos I only got back one card from my secondary school teacher... despite the fact that i sent out a whole stack of cards..

To make things worse, I only got back one present.. and it was from a christmas exchange!!! gosh... am i unpopular or what?

Christmas... might be the spirit of giving.. but is it meant to be a one way kinda thing?

Saturday, December 23, 2006

All I want for X'mas

What I really really want for Christmas this year:

  1. A bottle of Clinique Happy for Men, really love the fruity fresh smell
  2. A G star bag
  3. More clothes especially for my upcoming functions!
  4. More truthful, caring friends!
  5. Last but not least, not being a bimbo like in those beauty pageant contests, but I wish for world peace and joy... so that we all can be happy and hopefully the economy will get better!

Friday, December 22, 2006

6E Xmas Gathering 2006!

It's Winter Solstice today... and also my primary school class reunion today!!!!

Haha.. 2nd year in a row that we are having it on winter solstice... which is pretty apt.. since it calls for a reunion with tang yuan!

this year we had a total of 11 of us meeting at our form teacher, Miss Sim's place.. which was nearly affected by the bad flood due to the rain a couple of days back!

We had a great dinner there.. The food was superb!!!!Curry Chicken, Roast Duck, Fish balls, Ngoh Hiang, Handmade Ondeh Ondeh and Tang Yuan...

The most interesting part was to play the game which sort of bonded us together again.. just like the good old days.. of course, Sudoku was like.. oh my god... number and more numbers on a Friday night!!! argghhhh!!!!!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Shopping Shopping!!!

Went down to Orchard Road today to do some X'mas shopping!!!

The crowd is humungous!!!!!

Throngs of people waiting to pay for their items, others queuing to get their items wrapped!! Went to Takashimaya and the place was even more crowded!! Guess everyone was waiting to do some last minute shopping eh!!!

Bought some stuff for the X'mas exchange tommorrow and got some magazines for myself at Borders.. The queue though not snake long was so slow moving that I wonder what the cashiers were doing!

Tried the Tofu Cheesecake at Moon @ Sun at Wheelock Place! It came under this bird cage like adornment and was so light that it melted in the mouth!!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

It better not rain....

I was keeping my fingers crossed for the whole day today..

thank god that it did not rain at East Coast Park..

Bought log cakes, fish balls, fried wanton, satay and otah all the way to East Coast via Taxi.. thankfully the pit was near the car park.. did not have to walk that far!!!

The BBQ was good.. Mrs Ku was there to help out too.. Mr Lim also brought his special aloe vera drink and chilled watermelon!!!

Will try to upload some pics here soon!!!

During the BBQ... saw the group of people next to our pit trying to burn a tree with some lighter fuel fluid... Its so inconsiderate and ugly of this kids.. Really felt like calling the police to the scene!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Rain Rain... go away

Gosh.. Its been raining for the past couple of days..

I feel so trapped in doors..

Seen the news that certain parts of Singapore have been flooding very badly..

hope things turn brigher and drier tommorrow.. cos we have class BBQ at ECP!

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Enchanted by Magic

Yes, 16th Dec.. My birthday!

Was invited to watch this magic show by my best friend who passed me the tickets about a month ago! talk about advance booking..



Before going to the magic show at Expo, I was a Thai Express at Siglap using my birthday voucher!!!

Took a taxi to Expo for the show: The Magic of Love, an excellent musical cum magical show! The storyline revolves around this magician duo, father named Lawrence and daughter Priscilla. Both were brillant, but Priscilla yearned for her own magic show for fame and fortune, and decided to leave with her partner, Charlie, against her father wishes.

And as fate had it, she fell into a sinister plot which her father's enemy had planned. You might wanna check out more info about this group at http://www.magicoflove.com.sg/

Really enjoyed the whole show, in terms of lighting effects, story line, magicals stunts. The moral of the story of the musical was also touching! Thank for inviting me to the show!

Also, a big thank you to my school mate Kaixin for remembering my birthday and texting me!

Friday, December 15, 2006

The day before my birthday... let the celebrations begin!

Headed to school for 9 today!

Presented chocolates to the class.. not everyone knew why i bought chocolates for.. some thought it was some form of early X'mas celebrations. Tsk Tsk... anyway.. ironically, I recieved a box of chocolate candles from my class mate, Xinyi, appreciate it a lot! Thanks for remembering!

The last lesson was cancelled today.. so i went down to Raffles City to indulge in some yultide cheer, buying for myself some clothes and stuff again.. Met a friend for lunch at Plaza Singapura Burger King, its so packed during lunch time, can hardly find a place to eat!

After lunch, met my friend Matthew for more Christmas shopping!

In the evening, had a wonderful sumptous buffet dinner with my family to celebrate my birthday. This is the first time that I am put off by buffet dinner, even though there was a great variety of foods!!! Why???

This is due to unhygienic practices of locals!!!!

Firstly, I saw this guy pinch food using his bare hands at the buffet counter.

Secondly, People were chatting so merrily, (which seems so perfectily alright) but they were doing so at the buffet table!!!! I dont want my food innoculated with showers of blessing!!! yikes!

Lastly, I saw this guy at the buffet table who turned back and covered his mouth with his hands when he sneezed. For a moment, I thought, at least he had the courtesy to turn back and cover his mouth... But not when he continued to hold the tongs to get more food without cleaning his hands.... eeeee....

That's it.. I am going to be turned off by buffets for quite a while!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

The horrors of Fatty Acids

I did the anaylsis of fatty acids in food today using the Buchi method.. look at all the intricate glass apparatus set up....





gosh!!!

It smells so bad after washing the equipment.. smells like all the fats have gone rancid for a long time.. and it stinks like hell...

to make things worse, fish meal was anaylzed.. so we had the fishy and rancid smell combined... I was the one in charge of opening and pouring the waste into waste bottles today... and some of the gross stuff spilt on my hand... and it stinked so much that despite washing my hands several times with soap.. the smell was still lingering.. yucks...

On a brighter note.. got a 2nd birthday gift today from Mother Nature.. a blushing blooming Tillandsia ionantha... damn red...


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Hustle and Bustle

Wednesdays never fail to make me feel so stressed..

Today, I ended up rushing from place to place.. from Bugis to Cityhall then to chinatown..

was supposed to go back to school for a phototaking session for graduation party... but i was late.. so i skipped.. not really feeling that bad about it..

perhaps its due to the fact of the lack of cohesiveness amongst classmates?

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

My 1st present!

My 1st birthday present this year is none other from myself!!!

finally got it today after some alteration.. cant help but feel i got good taste.. duh! :p

Why???

This song really reflects my feelings now..

Why - DJ Sammy
How many times do I have to try and tell you
That I'm sorry for the things I've done
But when I start to try to tell you
That's when you have to tell me
Hey This kind of trouble's only just begun

I may be mad I may be blind
I may be viciously unkind
But I can still read what you're thinking
Let's go down to the water's edge
And we can cast away those doubts
Some things are better left unsaid
But they still turn me inside out
Turning inside out Turning inside out Tell me
Why...
Why...
Tell me

Why... Why...

Monday, December 11, 2006

55 things about myself!

1) How old do you wish you were?
any age below 21

2) Where were you when 9/11 happened?
studying for A levels

3) What do you do when vending machines steal yourmoney?
Call the hotline and complain!

4) Do you count yourself kind?
Sometimes.. depends on my mood

5) If you had to get a tattoo, where would it be?
Not into tattoos leh

6) If you wish to be fluent in any other language,what would it be?
Japanese.

7) Do you know your neighbors?
SoSo

8) What do you consider a vacation?
Spending a whole week in a totally strange land.. enjoying and not working!

9) Do you follow your horoscope?
Nopz...

10)Would you move for the person you loved?
Yepz

11) Are you touchy feely?
yeah.

12) Do you believe that opposites attract?
Depends!

13) Dream job?
Owning a whole chain of food related business!

14) Favorite channel(s)?
MTV, channel news asia

15) Favorite place to go on weekends?
Orchard, vivocity..

16) Showers or Baths?
erm.. is there a difference

17) Do you paint your nails?
yucks!!! No way!

18) Do you trust people easily?
Depends on who!

19) What are your phobias?
Being alone

20) Do you want kids?
Yep.

21) Do you keep a handwritten journal?
Nope, whats a blog for?

22) Where would you rather be right now?
Walking along Orchard road, admiring the Xmas decorations

23) Who makes you feel warm and fuzzy?
My pri sch classmates

24) Heavy or light sleeper?
Heavy... i wont even know when a bomb drops.. haha

25) Are you paranoid?
Sometimes.. maybe most of the times...

26) Are you impatient?
Ya.. dont expect me to wait for u for long!

27) Who can you relate to?
I think no one really understands me.

28) How do you feel about interracial couples?
True love knows no boundaries!

29) Have you been burned by love?
Nop

30) What's your favorite pick-up line?
Hi.

31) What's your main ring tone on your mobile?
Kiss the rain by Billie Myers

32) What were you doing at midnight last night?
rushing FYP!

33) What did the last text on your cellphone say?
Lesson on as usual... sian!

34) Whose bed did you sleep in last night?
my own lar!

35) What color shirt are you wearing?
Blue

36) Most recent movie you watched?
Garfield2, i think

37) Name three things you have on you at all times?
clothes, Mp3 and handphone

38) What color are your bed sheets?
Blue

39) How much cash do you have on you right now?
40 bucks

40) What is your favorite part of the chicken?
thighs

41) What's your favorite town/city?
Sydney

42) I can't wait till..
... my birthday!

43) What did you have for dinner last night?
porridge

44) How tall are you barefoot?
175cm.

45) Do you own a gun?
ya.. during army times lor

46) What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
English Breakfast Tea

47) Where do you think you'll be in 10 yrs?
Outta Singapore!

48) Last thing you ate?
Bak Chor Mee

49) What songs do you sing in the shower?
I don't sing in the shower.

50) Last thing that made you laugh?
wah.. think its been a long time since i laughed truthfully

51) Worst injury you've ever had?
leg cramps

52) Does someone have a crush on you?
like i know!

53) What's your favorite candy?
anything from Royce chocolates or Godivas

54) What song do you want played at your funeral?
Why - DJ Sammy

55) Five random people to do this! and why?
I seriously dunno who will do this!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

ROM

nono...
its not Read Only Memory..

Rather it stands for Registry of Marriages.. The place where most people hope to go only once and for all!

haha..

Anyway, witnessed my cousins engagement ceremony today! Time really flies... Remember the carefree childhood days... and in the twinkling of an eye.. I got cousins getting married... getting engaged.. having kids.. and pesky relatives asking me the same old question about when my turn will be.. It's an utter night mare!!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Sentosa Before the IR begins!

Went to Sentosa today for dinner with nearly the entire family of relatives I have from Malaysia!

They were out to witness the engagement of my cousin tommorrow.

Its been a long time since i stepped foot onto sentosa.. If i'm not wrong, the last time i was there should be after my A levels chalet. Of course, there have been plenty of changes.. but some of the things still remain the same.. like the musical fountains and stuff..

View of shoreline from Sentosa

What's lurking under the sea?

Friday, December 08, 2006

The smell of X'mas is in the air!

Yes.. right after the Food Legislation Test i had today, headed straight to town..

First to Chjimes, where i met my friend Adrian for lunch at Japanese Dining Sun, Chjimes. A sleek interior decor welcomed us as we walked up the stairs. With a predominant Japanese staff, the restaurant had a concept whereby the kitchen was within view of the dining area.

Authentic Japanese food was served, loved the miso soup, it simply puts the other versions i had at other restaurants to shame!

Adrian treated me to lunch today.. ya.. birthday lunch.. seems that this year, my birthday celebrations starting early!

After the meal, went on a wild goose chase looking for a gift for another friend of mine!!!

From Citylink to Raffles City to DFS orchard to Paragon .... the list just goes on!!!

Managed to find something, that i hope will be acceptable.. keeping my fingers crossed though!!

A pic of the X'mas tree in Takashimaya:

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Baking baking...

Baked brownies yesterday..

Today, baked biscuits for evaluation textural characteristics.

Really tedious job of having to knead the dough to the same thickness and area for evaluation!

some pics of the finished product:

Baking is really not easy... eating is!!! Spent so much time trying to bake... while the analyzing of texture took like less then half an hour!!!

Haiz.. got to study for tommorrows Food Legislation Test!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

I survived FYP!!!!!

6th Decemeber 2006!!! Deadline for FYP presentation...

Anyway, first thing in the morning, and we had to bake brownies to evaluate how to make healtheir brownies.. baked some using wholemeal flour.. which provided quite a nice texture to the brownie!

Headed to Sam's place for rehearsal for the presentation... ordered a birthday gift for myself.. yea.. my birthday is in 10 days time.. can start counting down already!!! Ya.. seems so pathetic that I got to buy my own birthday gift, cos no one ever remembers my birthday.. that has been the case since primary school.. cos my birthday is always during the term break!!!

Not to sure if it was a blessing in disguise since my FYP presentation time slot was at 1730 hrs. Thankfully, i think we were rather well prepared for it.. for the question and answer session, we only stumble for one question, the rest of the questions were pretty well handled.

Heard this pretty old song today.. its entitled "Sometimes when we touch" by Dan Hill... it certainly evoked a lot of memories in me.

And sometimes when we touch
The honesty's too much
And I have to close my eyes and hide
I wanna hold you til I die
Til we both break down and cry
I wanna hold you till the fear in me subsides
At times I'd like to break you
And drive you to your knees
At times I'd like to break through
And hold you endlessly

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Blogging about food????

Was checking out where my visitors get referred to from when i came across this!!!

Someone checked google for "food blogger singapore ivan" and google listed my blog as a search entry!!!!

Guess all my entries about making noodles, unhygenic food, yogurt making, marlamade making has been the cause of this... Really wonder.. who is this "food blogger singapore ivan"?

Anyway, tommorrow's my FYP presentation!!! Had been so busy today rehearsing as well as analyzing for fibre in my product.

Hope everything will be alright tommorrow!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Clearing the clog

Cleared a severe misunderstanding too.. or at least i hope that its been cleared..

Hope things will be ok from today!

Friday, December 01, 2006

TGIF - ACE @ SP

Thank God its Friday!!!

Had such a hard and gruesome week...

Went to ACE @ SP which stands for Aquatic Competition & Exhibition @ Singapore Poly... which showcased a betta, guppy and pleco competition.. being a new fan of plecos.. how can i miss the event?

Thus i went to snoop on the event first thing in the morning.. when the judging of the fishes was done..

Look at the huge plecos in the tank... so gorgeous..