Some snapshots

Here is a post of random snapshots of things happening in my daily life.

I love the trees around my house. They are towering and huge and their branches span around the roads in perfect symmetry. They make the air fresher and offer shade on really hot days.

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I must be known as a glutton around the office because people are always offering me food (not that I’m complaining of course). I love being a guinea pig/food taster. That would be an ideal job if it comes with a pay.

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My favourite drink in the whole world is bubble tea. It is unhealthy, chilly and fattening but I love it.

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I love cute, funky and quirky things. There is no difference between a need and a want when I see things like that.

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I received a total of 14 earrings for my birthday! It is one accessory that I must always have on me, be it simple studs or huge dangly ones.

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Long flowing skirts are my weakness. Anything from below the knee to maxi lengths, from scalloped hem to jagged ones.

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More food posts coming up tomorrow!

Savouring Saveur

Saveur. Many people have been talking about it but only a few have tried it. My cousin queued all the way till closing time and still could not get a seat. After hearing all these great things of the restaurant, I just had to try this place at Purvis Street.

Mum and I started queuing for dinner half an hour before the restaurant opened (at six). We were not the first in the queue and by 5.45pm, the queue stretched past neighboring stores.

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The prices were not exorbitant in spite of the premium items you could find there like foie gras and wagyu beef.

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We placed our orders immediately after seating down. The food came relatively quickly for a place packed to its rafters.

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I adore the presentation at the restaurant. The orange juice came in an old school container which was used in the 50s for brushing teeth.

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The angel hair pasta with sakura prawns was delicious and only at a mere price of $3.90!

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The beef was not as great as expected. Mum and I ordered the same thing with high hopes of a juicy, medium done steak. But the beef was dry and the taste of the alcohol (sherry?) used to marinate the beef was very strong.

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The duck confit was tasteful. However the mashed potatoes were too soft.

The three of us has nothing but good things to say about the next dish. Potato in garlic cream sauce that came with the beef. It was fantastic! We just couldn’t have enough of it.

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The fried duck salad is another one you have to try. The greens went really well with the citrus sauce.

Foie gras next. A 35g portion for only $8. Where can you find prices like this?

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The presentation of the desserts can be summed up in a word: weird.

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The chocolate hazelnut mousse is probably the most unappetizing things I have ever seen. Do not let looks deceive you because this dessert is so decadent and sinful. The pomegranate seeds added a bit of zing to the mousse. It was ssoooooo good!

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Next, was a recommendation by the waitress–textures of citrus. It was a jelly with bits of lemon and orange around it, with flavoured ice shavings at the side. A tad too sour for my liking

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By the time we finished dinner it was just starting to get dark. We did some shopping around the area before we headed home.

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On the way, we got bubble tea to tide us through the long walk back to the train station. Both sis and I ordered Yakult green tea from I Love Taimei but there was hardly any Yakult taste. I do have to say that the tea had a very nice fragrance to it.

26 and becoming more intellectual (hopefully)

I turn 26 today! Yes, time flies. Just a while ago I was 25. I’m past a quarter of a century. The day was made great by my friends and family.

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Woke up to a surprise from my sis. She crocheted an owl hat for me! So cute and quirky! On top of that, she got an owl pouch and owl earrings from Etsy for me. I hate birds but I can’t resist those cute images of owls. Really made my day.

When I reached school, my colleagues tried to play a prank on me but failed. I think I’m too oblivious. They attached a recorder with a sensor to the ceiling above my seat and every time I sat on my chair, the sounds of rooster crowing could be heard. I had no idea that the sensor was right above my head and I was the one “causing” all the noise in the staff room. When I left for my lessons, they switched the sensor to underneath my chair and still, when I came back, I could not tell the sound was coming from my table. Then, they admitted defeat. Haha!

After that they had a birthday celebration for me. I was actually pretty touched that they went through all the trouble in spite of their packed schedules. Feeling lots of love all around!

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I ended off the day with a meal with my mum and dad at Jumbo, Dempsey Road. I will spare you the excruciating pain of viewing pictures of food taken in the dark.

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The 25th year ended with a bang and 26th seems off with a great start. Thanks to everyone who helped me celebrated my birthday!

Lunch at Covelli

Last weekend, I had lunch at Covelli, a new Italian place at the basement of Orchard Central. The reviews on hungrygowhere were great and I always have an appetite for Italian food.

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A narcissistic photo of myself. My hair roots are showing though. Going to get my hair done this Wednesday.

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While the eatery may look small from the outside, it stretches lengthwise towards the end of the building, with seats on both sides of the corridor.

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We were bombarded with an array of choices, only to be told by the staff that some were not available as the demand was so good the day before and their supplier did not have enough fresh seafood to offer.

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Bread was served warm but without vinegar or olive oil. Quite a downer for me.

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Next, was the seared tuna salad. It’s different from the usual tuna flakes and the sauce is slightly spicy. Quite an interesting taste.

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The mushroom soup was a delight. Rich and foamy.

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The presentation of the tenderloin was pleasing to the eyes. However, the meat was well-done when my dad requested for medium rare and the cut was a bit small.

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I love my prosciutto argula pizza! The crust was thin, tomato sauce was aromatic and it was oh-so-good.

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This was followed by dessert. Coffee cheesecake for me. A light espresso cheesecake mousse with crumble at the bottom and topped with flakes of dark chocolate.

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My family ordered the hi-tea set. It was cheap, at only $13.90. But the items were nothing to brag about.

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The set also came with two pots of tea. The pots were small but the staff was generous with the refills of hot water.

This is quite a good place for gatherings or meals with your family.

Mich’s wedding at The St. Regis

One down. How many more to go? I attended Mich’s wedding dinner yesterday at The St. Regis ballroom. Some one from high school is married. I wonder who’s next?

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My ootd: top from Asos (I love their free international shipping and great service), pants from G2000, shoes by Unlisted and huge dangly earrings from F21.

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The balloon was very grand in old money style, glitzy gold furnishings and chandeliers from the ceiling.

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We later took a lot of photos in the dim lighting as we dared not use flash. However, we later succumbed.

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Just a handful of us turned up from the class. But we had a fun time catching up, joking and laughing.

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Our feast consisted of foie gras, crab cake, honey barbecued pork, shark’s fin, abalone, cod fish, kurabuta pork, seafood hokkien Mee, hashmina dessert, chocolate tart and chocolate macaroon. I only ate half the items on the list. My friends enjoyed extra servings of the delicacies.

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After dinner, some of us went to chill at Overeasy. And of course, we camwhored along the way. It was a rare chance for us to meet us with all of us working.

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First group shot, fail. Second one, a success.

Another great meal at TCC

I opened my mail and what do I see? A birthday surprise from TCC!

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It’s a discount card, 50% off first visit and 30% off second visit during my birthday month. Really great news since their prices have been increasing and I have to admit I had been a bit lax about my membership.

My family managed to coordinate our schedules for a meal there. We went to our favourite outlet which is at Great World City.

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Since we had the discount card, we ordered a bit more than usual. Two salads this time around.

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Caesar salad with turkey bacon. It just doesn’t taste as good as the usual ham one but good for my sis (she doesn’t eat pork because she thinks pigs are cute).

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Romaine lettuce with fish roe. I didn’t touch that. Those little round things freak me out.

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My drink berry cookie, a blend of raspberry and Oreo. Thought that it was a bit watery, would have been better with a little milk or ice-cream.

Now, we have a whole row of main courses.

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Mum’s vegetarian ravioli.

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Sis’s baby crayfish pasta, which she thinks look like prawns.

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My pan-fried daily catch with onion sauce and salsa. The waitress said its a popular dish there but it was only okay for me. The salsa didn’t go with the fish or sauce.

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Dad’s seafood aglio olio <nothing new here, he always orders the same thing).

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Matthew’s mentaiko pasta.

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And last but not least, dessert which was sour cream cheesecake. Came it a bit strong for me but sis thought it was pretty ok.

Can’t wait for the next trip :)

Porridge, with love

I was pretty sick yesterday so I went to the doctor. He told me my blood pressure was rather low and I have gastric. He also gave me a day’s MC to recover.

Early this morning, I remembered my mum saying something to me before she went off to work. Being still rather dazed from medication and sleep, I just nodded my head although I didn’t really catch what she was saying.

I work up at eight and walked into the hall and what do I see?

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Lovingly made fish porridge from mum. She had to have woken up early to defrost the fish, slice it, cook the porridge and fry garlic bits. My mum rarely cooks due to her hectic work schedule and I’m touched she woke up early this morning just to make me breakfast.

THANK YOU, MUM!