Monday, May 31, 2010

Clay pot Shark's fin soup!

Yummy stuff...

Clay pot Shark's fin soup at Crystal Jade for lunch!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Happy Vesak Day

Wishing all Buddhists world wide a Happy Vesak Day!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Dinner at Marina Mandarin

Had dinner in a very interesting setting today...

Was invited for a function at the Marina Mandarin...

When I got there, the elaborate and posh setting of the dinner really captivated me:

Murano silver plate with stylized cutleries:
First came the starters: amaebi, otherwise known as Japanese sweet shrimp, and some yummy crab leg

Next, was the sea urchin sashimi... I had never tasted sea urchins that were these fresh... heard they were specially flown in from Japan just for the event!

We were then served a platter consisting of various shell fishes, like baked oyster and some unknown sea snail:

Next came the humble chawanmushi that was given a sinful makeover: it came accompanied with shark's fin and salmon roe!

Lobster bisque was subsequently served!

Smoked salmon with fresh pepper corns..

Pan seared Big eyed Snapper fillet

Baked Japanese scallop

and last but not lest...

The dessert!!!!

Wonderfully sweet and succulent.. nothing else could describe the musk melon which came ice cream filled louquats (aka pipa fruit)! Not forgetting the little stick of mixed berries!

Went back home feeling so blissful... the wonders of good food... with champagne and sake!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AH boling...

aka.. Glutinous Rice balls...

How nice... its been a long time since I ate them!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sick on a Sunday

Finally got to wake up late on a Sunday morning, however, the runny nose, spinning headaches and sore throat just did not seem to make my Sunday look better.

However, I still decided to go out to have lunch with my family, especially since I have been working long hours on weekdays till I seldom have the chance to interact much with my family.

As usual, went down to Causeway Point:

Lunch was at Ichiban Sushi, with the usual stuff:

As I was not feeling really well, I just couldn't taste the food to enjoy it....


Hope I get well for work tomorrow... if not, it will be a disaster.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Dim Sum at Xin Wang Hongkong Cafe

My colleagues had a craving for dim sum and we went in a search for dim sum near our work place.

Ended up at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe at North Point, which was the only place we could find dim sum!

The lacklustre food did not really help the cravings though.

Porridge was too bland.
Egg tart was not fragrant and too soft!

Sigh... why can't there be more authentic dim sum stores near our work place?

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I think I woke up from the wrong side of the bed today...

I feel sick, lethargic... not to mention how my head hurts today!

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Memo to boss: 11-hour days are bad for the heart

LONDON - People working 10 or 11 hours a day are more likely to suffer serious
heart problems, including heart attacks, than those clocking off after seven
hours, researchers said on Tuesday.

The finding, from an 11-year study
of 6,000 British civil servants, does not provide definitive proof that long
hours cause coronary heart disease but it does show a clear link, which experts
said may be due to stress.

In all, there were 369 cases of death due to
heart disease, non-fatal heart attacks and angina among the London-based study
group -- and the risk of having an adverse event was 60 percent higher for those
who worked three to four hours overtime.

Working an extra one to two
hours beyond a normal seven-hour day was not associated with increased risk.

"It seems there might a threshold, so it is not so bad if you work
another hour or so more than usual," said Dr Marianna Virtanen, an
epidemiologist at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and University
College London.

The higher incidence of heart problems among those
working overtime was independent of a range of other risk factors including
smoking, being overweight or having high cholesterol.

But Virtanen said
it was possible the lifestyle of people working long hours deteriorated over
time, for example as a result of poor diet or increased alcohol consumption.

More fundamentally, long hours may be associated with work-related
stress, which interferes with metabolic processes, as well as "sickness
presenteeism," whereby employees continue working when they are ill.

Virtanen and colleagues published their findings in the European Heart

Commenting on the study, Gordon McInnes, professor of clinical
pharmacology at the University of Glasgow's Western Infirmary, said the findings
could have widespread implications for doctors assessing patients' heart risks.

"If the effect is truly causal, the importance is much greater than
commonly recognized. Overtime-induced work stress might contribute to a
substantial proportion of cardiovascular disease," he said.

A perfect excuse for having shorter hours... perhaps even shorter work weeks?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Most Expensive Nasi Goreng

How much would you fork out for a plate of Nasi Goreng?

Would you pay 20 over dollars for a plate?

Well, had this plate at RISE at the newly opened Marina Bay Sands!

Beautiful interior:
This F&B outlet is located at the ground floor of its iconic triple towers. Quite a nice setting to enjoy a meal.

The lush mother of pearl inlaid tables added to the ambience.

However, one short for was the staff training. If you look carefully at the picture, you would see the cutlery they gave me after I placed my order for the nasi goreng: a pair of chopsticks and a chinese soup spoon.

Does one enjoy a plate of nasi goreng with chopsticks?

East meets west?

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Dinner Meeting

Finally, got a chance to meet up with my designer friends and gotten my stuff from them!

It has been such a hard time trying to arrange both our hectic schedules.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Spice up my dinner


All I want for dinner.. is something spicy and teasing to my palette.

Hence this Thai Style Deep Fried Garoupa I had with my colleagues late at night after work!


Nearly died of laughter when I saw this on a pack of dried mushrooms!

Hope this drives off the Monday blues!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Strange crab?

Does this crab look just like any other crab??

Well it does not, check out more pics on my other blog, Fishy Passion!

Home Kitchen

Up on a hill, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.... lies a quaint quiet restaurant...

Sounds like a fairy tale to you?

Well, the ambiance and setting of this restaurant is indeed charming...

Quality of food wise, as its name implies, it serves dishes that has a strong feeling of home in every bite.

Simple, not too salty dishes... Not much of a fan fare...

Take their signature tofu dish:

Pretty nice, but texture could be improved and probably to bring out the characteristic sweetness of the dish, they should add some deep fried dried sole fish slices which will add some oomph!

Verdict: Definitely a place to go to evade crowds!

Happy Mothers' Day!

Here's wishing all mothers a HAPPY MOTHERS' DAY!

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

My Fat Fish

Had dinner with my colleagues at my Fat Fish steamboat, a nice serene location near office!
And when I was there, I heard some laughter which I found so familliar...
Yes!!! Audrey from my New York Kaki Group was there with her group of colleagues too!!!!

What I like about the place is that we get to enjoy the steamboat in a pretty cool air con environment. They have this little shields to protect the flame from the air con:

Which I think is pretty good, cos it would be really difficult to enjoy steamboat when you are already sweating while eating!

Choice of food is also good, love their hand made meat balls which come in a variety like prawn ball, chicken ball, beef ball:

The next item, was not provided by them! We brought these crabs to enjoy! Really nice and sweet!

Never trust names!

Learnt this lesson in life:

Never trust names, especially those of profit making establishments.


Went to this food establishment at Causeway Point that specialises in pasta, from its name, it was supposed to cause some form of mania whenever you eat at their place.

However, I left that place thinking otherwise!

Too bland a clam chowder soup, lacking in vicosity and mouthfeel. Not to mention a bland flavour profile.

Garlic bread was no better too!

But the worst was their pasta, which I tried the beef ball version.

Sauce was too watery, no taste. And the meat ball was so commercialised, like those you can buy off the shelves off supermarkets.

I am pissed!

There are too many taichi masters in the office.

Simply pushing away their job responsibility by using a 'I don't know!" or "Not my jobscope".

It just makes me wonder why am I staying till so late to clear all the shit for these people!

Quit looking for me for all the smallest darn thing!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Food for thought...

Rib eye steak at Jack's Place for lunch!!!!

I am so feeling the Monday Blues already!

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Family Day Dinner

Havent had dinner with my family for such a long time!

I must say that with the current work load that I am having in office now, such a trend will continue for months!

Anyway, treasuring the public holiday, Labour Day, as well as seizing the fact that I am not working on a public holiday.

Had dinner with my family at Ichiban, Causeway Point.

My favourite Japanese Curry topped with Cheese:
Dessert of green tea ice cream, with azuki red beans and rice dumplings...


May Day early morning supper

The warm glow of the dessert counter just provided relief for a bunch of hungry colleagues and myself!

Here we are at the Han's, which is 24 hrs, at Thomnson Springleaf area, after working till the wee hours in the morning...

Pretty surprised that it is still pretty packed!

Ordered a main linguine with sirloin beef steak:As well as a hot cuppa earl grey tea to sooth the tired soul as well as for that extra dose of caffeine!
To sweeten things up, a fresh cream strawberry cheesecake.... what a prefect way to end a tiring day!

Messy or Organized Desk?

Having our workplace renovated means everything is still in a mess, that includes the office whereby 2 to 3 colleagues share a table, and these people end to leave their stacks of papers, invoices and other writing materials on the table without clearing it for the next user!

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