Monday, August 31, 2009

Chinese-styled Buffet

With its lush green bamboo and elegant lighting and wooden furniture, I was nearly lost in a paradise at Zhou Kitchen at Jurong Point!

Was there for a Chinese buffet for lunch, and the choice of food was quite marvelleous! Covering a whole range from traditional appetizers to dim sum to soups to traditional stir frys!


Not forgetting the nice desserts:

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Tutu Kueh

Another memory of childhood: Kueh tutu (or steamed rice flour cakes)

Could not resist buying a few when I walked past a store selling these!


Almost hard to find.... would say it is soon to be a vanishing trade in Singapore?

Steaming the kuehs:

Finished product:


Packed in box for eating:

Friday, August 28, 2009

Wpdesigner: The solution for Wordpress users!

Trying hard to figure out which web host offers the best web hosting deal?

Fret no more, with Wpdesigner.com , you get to compare the web hosting sites at the click of your button! Wpdesigner.com is a blog focused on developing WordPress themes and improving your blog’s performance through code and design tweaks.

How did the site come about? Interestingly, the founder of the site was not happy with the quality of free WordPress themes at that time and decided to learn how to create one for himself and release it for free. Gradually, Wpdesigner turned from a simple place where he released free themes into a blog, which covered WordPress tips, tutorials, and general web development topics. Along with more than 50 free WordPress themes, the founder managed to put together a series of articles on how to create a WordPress theme scratch, which is the most popular series of this blog.

Other then comparing the web hosting sites, there is a great deal of information like tips on getting help for Wordpress problems, review of templates, themes and other sites!

The tutorials covered are also reader friendly, and often include a step by step instruction as well as illustrations to enable novices to understand better! So if you are a WordPress publisher and need more help, do check out Wpdesigner.com!

New EZ Link Card GIRO Woes

Finally decided to change my EZ Link card to the new version..

Thinking that it was time that they got their Giro top up scheme in place already... yes.. it's already in place..

But it is no longer free!

Think its all a big way for POSB/DBS group to make money from us commuters only, as this scheme is only for people with POSB/DBS cards!

Why?

To apply for the new service, there will be a one-time application fee of S$1.50, but as an added incentive for commuters to sign up, EZ-Link will waive this application fee for the first six months until 26 February 2010.

On top of that, a convenience fee of S$0.25 will be levied upon each EZ-Reload by GIRO top-up.

Applicants should note that an administrative fee of S$2.00 will be applicable for each unsuccessful deduction from a bank account.

I can't help but think that the money is already with the company (in the form of stored value) prior to us actually using it for transportation fares, and they still want to come out with ways and means to squeeze more money from us?

Hot yet Cool...

Not another oxymoron...

But a luxury on a hot day... cool ice cream on warm waffles...

Yummy indulgence!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Farmville Addiction..

I guess Facebook is pretty addictive judging by the number of games that I am so actively involved in these days!


Farmville is one of them, quite a lot of my other friends are on it too.... growing and planting.. having fun!


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Sinful Lunch....

How more sinful can it get? Especially when its a buffet Japanese Lunch with a wide variety of sushi, sashmi and all things Japanese....

A nice view of the sushi/sashimi bar:

Getting a little artistic shots with saucers while eating... waiting for food to be digested!
My fave Teppanyaki beef:

Japanese Oden Soup, which is like Yong Tau Foo:

And lastly sweet dessert treats!

WaiverWire

Fancy a website whereby you are able to get all the relevant date and statistics of your favourite fantasy sports players? Then WaiverWire is probably a heaven send specially for you! Then WaiverWire is probably a heaven send specially for you! The creators of WaiverWire.com started the website to provide the best, most advanced fantasy sports tool and information available. Just start your browser and take a look at their Draft Software, which is claimed to be the world’s only draft tool with artificial intelligence! Like their drafting software, all the other tools, products and services on the website are designed to help you make better and faster decisions compared to your competitors, aiding your win in the fantasy league.

If you are a fan of Martellus Benett from the Dallas Cowboys, the website actually compiles a whole list of information, from date of birth, height, weight and even little bits of interesting headlines like how Bennett caught four passes for 65 yards Friday, with most of that damage coming against the Titans' second-unit defenders and with Jon Kitna at the helm.

Moving on to Steve Sanders from the Arizona Cardinals, you will be pleased to know that Steve signed with the Cardinals on Tuesday, as according to reports by the Arizona Republic.

Well, if you are a fan of Lamont Jordan, you might want to know that Jordan got four carries for nine yards and two receptions for 25 yards on Saturday night against Seattle!

If you sign up as a free member, you get to enjoy other expert analysis! Try it out for yourself today!


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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Fancy a ride in this car?

Came across this after lunch at the Hotel yesterday...

Its a racing car made entirely of different types of bread:




Friday, August 21, 2009

ErVolution!

The Samsung Omnia has undergone evolution and been reintroduced into the market as Samsung Omnia II.

Well, just before you wonder what is the difference between this newly launched phone and its predecessor, here's the difference:

A faster processor with 800MHz compared to 624MHz
Ability to support external memory in the form of MicroSD up to 32GB
Display size of 3.7 inch as compared to 3.2 inch
Higher resolution of 480 x 800 pixels
4x digital zoom as compared to 2x digital zoom

The front of the Samsung Omnia II is rather sleek with black glass framing the display, while the surface around the buttons is made of a matte material that helps keep away fingerprints which is good, as you do not want your phone to be full of unsightly finger prints!

The Samsung Omnia II sports a huge 3.7-inch Active Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode (AMOLED) touchscreen display, which is not only bigger than its older sibling, but the screen also provides better image quality and consumes less power. Also conveniently situated at the top right corner of the phone, is the frontal camera for hassle-free video conferencing.

The Samsung Omnia II is no doubt an improved version of its predecessor, with larger screen, stylish design, good features and user interface. So if you keen to do an upgrade now, perhaps, you might want to join in the revolution and get the new Samsung Omnia II. Do check out thier interesting page and contest: Omnia II Blog ErVolution - Do the Write Thing

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At about 117grams, it sure is a winner in the light weight category!

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How more exciting can a day be???

Two seminars at two different venues at 2 parts of the island.... with 2 different groups of people...

A yucky lunch made interesting by the company of good friends....
Just imagine...
Chicken rice with the rice so cold:
Burgers with cold soggy fries...
Crayfish horfun with stale crayfish...
and the best thing is that, it is served in a hotel along Orchard Road!
Thank god, they were fast enough to note that we did not finish our lunch and offered complimentary fruits to make up for it!

Followed by retail therapy...

What a way to end the week...

Welcome to the weekend!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Swiss Pearls

Located in the heart of Europe, Switzerland is home to dramatic landscapes and quaint country settings. With cultural influences, including French, German and Italian. Heritage and culture abound , as well as historic castles and villages. Switzerland has something special for every traveler, from adventure on the slopes to pampering yourself in luxury. That sounds almost like a classic fairy tale getaway... so wouldn't such a fairy tale be incomplete without a treasure chest?

Well, then the treasure found in Switzerland has to be the unique "pearls" of activities of Switzerland, like beer brewing, going on a ghost walk in Zurich, making your own soft cheese, casting your own bells.. the list of activities is not only endless but bound to leave you intrigued!
My personal fave for the top five picks of Swiss gems are food related, perhaps due to the love of food and all things good... Here's the list:
Making cheese in Ticino whereby guests can use the wonderful milk produced by cows in the San Gottardo region to make their own cheese.

Gathering herbs whereby guests can set off into the unspoiled valley above Champéry in search of wild herbs and plants.


A hotel (hi)story for gourmets which seems to be extremely interesting; it is a culinary journey back in time at Switzerland’s largest hotel museum, the seven-room show culminates in the most magnificent spread. Narrated in seven courses with seven different wines, the 132-year-old history of the Hotel Waldhaus in Flims stimulates both mind and palate.

Visiting Switzerland’s smallest brewery, the Hof Hopfentropfen, where visitors can attend a brewing seminar or a demonstration brewing and there help with the production of the brewery’s own special beer.

Spending a day in the vineyards and helping with the vendemmia – the grape harvest – which naturally includes partaking in the conviviality of a communal lunch.Feeling envious? You too can Discover Swiss "Pearls" .....


It is indeed a instant stress relief!


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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Homeless? Tie yourself to a tree then!

I am indeed disgusted and disturbed after reading this news on the Straits Times portal:


HOMELESS and unemployed, Noor Mohammad Yassin Ismail pitched a canvas tent at East Coast Park in May, 2007, and lived there for almost a month - without a lease or licence to do so.

He was discovered on June 26 of that year, after he was apprehended by park rangers.

In court on Tuesday, Noor was asked to produce his Identity Card or passport but he said that he had lost both items.

It prompted District Judge Mr Shaiffudin Saruwan to retort in jest: 'I suggest you use a bicycle chain to tie yourself to a tree or you may lose yourself as well.'

Pleading for leniency, Noor, who is tanned and skinny, said that he seldom ate, only doing so if friends gave him food.

He added that his mother is paralysed and looked after by a younger sibling, while an elder sister does not care about him.

He was fined $800 but could not afford to pay the fine so he was jailed four days instead. He could have been fined up to $2,000.


While I am in no position to talk about how the law works in Singapore, I feel that such comments, especially coming from a judge, is certainly uncalled for! Does the judge feels that he is at the Singapore idol, which is why he is passing such sarcastic remarks?

What is the world coming to? Does being poor and needy means that they can be humiliated in such a way in court?

Monday, August 17, 2009

Speak and Win!

Do you have something to speak out with regards to the Singapore Banking Industry? Here's your last chance at doing so, and you can get to walk away with movie tickets for doing so too!

The current economic climate presents consumer banks in Singapore with major challenges. The Euro RSCG Asia-Pacific Quarterly Financial Services Survey seeks to provide insight and analysis of consumers' attitudes and perceptions of the major players as they wrestle with brand and communications strategies. Understanding that people are busy, all those who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win one of 60 movie vouchers that can be used in cinemas in Singapore.

The confidential survey which takes a few minutes to complete will provide the banking industry with the true views and opinions of consumers so they may create products and services that serve us all better. No personal details will be identified in the findings and responses will be strictly confidential as data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate.

No harm trying out your luck, as you could be the one to win the movie vouchers for expressing your honest opinions!

The lucky draw ends 19th August 2009. So what are you waiting for?

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

The puppies are growing.....

Barely a year old, the puppies are fast growing huge...

Still looking as cute as ever!

The Boy, with his ever curious look:

The girl, stretching next to daddy:
Both of them posing for a shot:



Saturday, August 15, 2009

A Famosa Resort

Today spent my day at the A Famosa Resort....

It is beautiful place!

The view from my room:



Later in the evening, headed to Cow Boy Town, which is an attraction with the resort with a Wild Wild West Theme!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Went into Malaysia today...

Drove into Malaysia today.. and this is what I encountered along the North South Highway:
A road block.. and the thing is that the police officers just merely directed all Singapore registered cars into the road shoulder...

And when I winded down the window... The officer just said speeding?

It was only when I said no, they pretended to walk to the back of the vehicle to 'check' on the registration plate, did they retract their 'charges'...

I wonder how many innocent drivers actually got fined ...

Anyway.. This is an interesting sign I saw in Malaysia..
Not sure if you can spot anything...

Thursday, August 13, 2009

The ruined shoes...

Sometime last week...

I got out of the lift lobby at my floor.. and the first thing I stepped onto was wet cement!!!
Really wonder how can a contractor actually do the flooring outside the only operational lift during the peak hour and not put any signs or notice at all to warn the public...





Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Weird 'Friends' on Facebook!

I have been getting weird friend requests from this particular 'person' on Facebook...

Truth is.. I do not even know anyone from Chuan Hoe Coffee O (The only coffee people I know well enough are from GK, alright enough endorsement here)... Really wonder if they are just desperate enough for people to befriend them so that they can reach out to more via new media for product updates and advertising purpose!

There is however something interesting on Facebook... The Food Innovation Resource Centre has now a fan page on Facebook... and in its National Day Special.. They are giving its top poster prizes for taking part in the forum, the best thing is.. The contest is open to all!

Food Glorious Food...

I ate so much for a Japanese Ala Carte Buffet, that I feel obscenely full....

I guess that's the real price you pay for indulging in buffet!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A day of firsts....

Was at a dialogue session in town today...

and after the session, managed to savour some nice Chicken rice at Tian Tian Chicken Rice (which was highly recommended by MN) located at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre.... needless to say the queue was long, but the aroma of the rice and the succulent chicken was oooohhhh so nice...

After the lunch, was dragged by 2 of my lunatic best pals to a pawn shop... (not a porn shop)....

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Indoor gardens and the foreign papaya...

Was at Causeway Point today, and I saw that they were having this little corner adorned with some plants with a dinosaur age theme... pretty nice..
I guess, this must be some campaign at introducing gardening to the people!


Anyway, I chanced across something interesting today...

I have encountered foreigners who think that Singapore is located somewhere in China.... If that's true... Hongkong is probably in Malaysia since thats what NTUC Fairprice says on its label: Hongkong Papaya - Product of Malaysia!