Friday, November 28, 2008

Random: Haircut

I was inspired to have a haircut after watching a MV of Kelly Poon's 限時的遺忘 on Ch 54 last Sat. She cut her hair short and she looks so relaxed. Ok, her hair looks nice cos it's styled. Anyway, there goes my resolution of growing my hair long and I went for a haircut. 

As my face is round, I couldn't cut the sides too short.. so James modified the cut I wanted with this. Doesn't look anything like Kelly but I like it. Likes the jagged ends.

Wonder if I can ever grow my hair long. Cutting it just seems so much fun, look less tired and the head so much lighter, not to mention drying it.

Check out her MV.


Met her  downstairs when we were reaching home after Dempsy.

Oh my... look at those sharp teeth....

"the better to eat you, my dear.." (Little Red Riding Hood)

A good rub down

Thanks to Miz who gave me a gift voucher to House @ Dempsy, I had a really fabulous massage.
This was my first ever body massage where I have to take my clothes off ("_") and lie still and relax for 1 hr. Gosh, just thinking about me made me nervous!

But it was all good, I had the House Proud where I was kneaded and had all my knicks eased out with a good Tui Na rub. The masseur was from China and she have very strong hands. I was so relaxed that I couldn't keep my eyes open after the message.
Then I was rubbed down with ginger and black pepper oil and soon wiped off with a hot towel off all residual oil. It didn't strike me as being marinated until I reached home, I had a whiff of myself and felt that I smelt of foodcourt. Not appetising. Heh.

Hubby met me after the massage and we ate at Barracks Cafe.

From Left: One meter long sausage (chicken), Old-Fashioned American sliders and us posing.

I was still in a happy and relaxed mode. 

The food was good. Maybe I was hungry but the beef was medium rare and the bacon and chedder cheese made the burger extra yummy. It was accompanied with fries and sweet potatoes which was sprinkled with sugar.

The sausage looked like a snake and taste like sausage. (hmmm...) Love the sweet mustard dip. Complements well.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Meidiya Hokkaido food fair 21-30 Nov 2008
Liang Court

Crab Bento

I must say.. This taste as good as it looks!
The crabs are fresh, sweet, juicy with hints of vinegar.

This time we bought only one to be shared by the 3 of us... cos... expensive lah!

I miss Japan, and this is the closest I can get as all the food brought in for the Meidiya Hokkiado fair are from Hokkaido! Due the the increase in Jap/Sg exchange rates, things are expensive this time round.
The exchange rate is approximate 100 yen to 1.60 SGD; it used to be approximate 100 yen to 1.30 SGD. how to go Japan? Not only the exchange rates are climbing.... the tax to Japan cost around 600 SGD!!! It used to be around 300 SGD... sigh..

利利分明 Fried Rice

I've got a feeling that the mandarin characters are not quite right, but what  meant to say is that "every grain of rice is distinct".

I have watched a lot of TV shows that show how to fry a good plate of fried rice, the heat must be right and the motion of frying must be quick. 

Frying "利利分明" rice the "TV" way is tiring! Haha.. I tried it 2 Sudays ago. I have learnt that the best way to fry rice is to heat the oil, pour in the beaten egg, then the rice and fry it VERY quickly! This is to ensure that each grain of rice is coated with the egg and that the rice do not clump together.
By frying with the correct heat temperature can ensure that the rice is not too soggy.

Ok, so this is just a one time experiment and it is far from perfect... but just look at my rice.. it looks so good eh?

Ta daa! Black herbal chicken soup!

Ta daaa! Miz gave me a lovely stainless steel pot and I couldn't bear to use it.. bcos it's so shiny and pretty!

Anyway, after 2 mths, I finally took it out of the box, gave it a good wash and made black chicken herbal soup! I have cravings for black chicken.. and it's so hard to get them... NTUC, Sheng Siong... NONE! and the wet market at my place? Had only 3 chicken and it was sold out!
So imagine my happiness when my mum got the chicken from another stall which she doesn't patronised.

Oh, I love the soup! There's dang gui, wolfberry, red dates, Yoke chok (cantonese pronunciation) in it. We drank every drop of the soup!

So thank you Miz! The pot really boils very well! 

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Daily Bread 16-Nov-2008

Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 
“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I did not know it.” —Genesis 28:16

"As Jacob did in Genesis 28, I like to remind myself each morning when I awaken that God is here, “in this place,” present with me (v.16). As I spend time with Him each morning, reading His Word and responding in prayer, it reinforces my sense of His presence—that He is near. Although we do not see Him, Peter reminds us that we can love Him and rejoice in His love for us with “inexpressible,” glorious joy (1 Peter 1:8).

We take the Lord’s presence with us all through the day, blending work and play with prayer. He is our teacher, our philosopher, our companion—our gentle, kind, and very best friend.

God is with us wherever we go. He is in the commonplace, whether we know it or not. “Surely the Lord is in this place,” Jacob said of a most unlikely spot, “and I did not know it” (Gen. 28:16). We may not realize He is close by. We may feel lonely and sad. Our day may seem bleak and dreary without a visible ray of hope—yet He is present.

Amid all the clamor and din of this visible and audible world, listen carefully for God’s quiet voice. Listen to Him in the Bible. Talk to Him frequently in prayer. Look for Him in your circumstances. Seek Him. He is with you wherever you go!  — David H. Roper"

This struck me, made me realized that I have, my hubby has and we both have so much to be grateful for and to honor in His words and name in such trying times.

He holds us close, He is present and He listens to us. We are never alone. 

He loves us and journey with us with his Love.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

More Towgays

More pixs of my comfort food.
Look at the colours and how crunchy it taste...

I take awhile to upload pixs from my camera. There are actually more pixs of curry chicken, fried rice cooked last Sun and salted eggs.

I'm feeling hungry now. It's 12 MN...

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Towgay with Giam Hu and Chilli.. =)

A taste of home. It's always the simple things in life that comforts you.

Towgay with Giam Hu and Chilli.. =)

Rifle and stuffs

so hubby and I went to Science Centre for the Defense TechX exhibition. We played with the SAR 21 rifle in a tactical game. The rifle is heavy, we aimed through the scope and shoot. Only hubby is wearing the vest, so when he is shot, the red light in the vest will be lighted. But since I am an immunity, they can't shoot me cos I got no vest, I get to shoot 2 cutouts and warned hubby of civilians around the corner.

we went IMM (Burger King and Diaso) and I had a massage by the OSIM uPapa at Best, then to Bt Timah NTUC Finest to shop.

I like the uPapa, relieved my aching back.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Cost of scallops

Before I forget, the scallops at Isetan cost approx $35 to $50 for 100g to 200g respectively.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Bento and Wine

So hubby and I went to ICA today He to collect his passport and me, my new IC. Yes mdm! It;s my coming of age IC. I'm 30! Woohoo!

Anyway, Isetan Scotts is having a Jap food fair and off we went to see what can we buy. We sample a couple of stuffs, most worthwhile scallops! It really ex.. I have to ask hubby exactly how much, he's sleeping now.. ssh. So we sampled and bought our dinner.
Here, before it's open..
and here.. yummy looking isn't it?
Hubby had pork don bento and me, crab don meat bento. It actually looks better then it taste, just so so, but hey, cheaper than eating at a restaurant.
Really love how the Japs packaged their stuffs, I'm a sucker for packaging!

Apparently rice is harvested in Autumn in Japan (early Sep), and they are called "shin mai" aka new rice. It is sweeter, chewier and softer. I can't taste the difference between that and Jap usual "old rice", they are equally soft. Well, maybe the "shin mai" is slightly sweeter. I believe the water used in various countries affects the taste of food. Hokkaido's rice is very tasty whether they are old or new, Australia's coffee is definitely better than home. It's definitely the water!

We also had a bottle of wine, I'm actually attracted to the cat on the packaging.. (see? I'm a sucker!)

Cato Negro, Cabernet Savignon Rose 2007
Central Valley, Wine of Chile

It taste good though, light, fruity with a hint of strawberry. We can't finish it, so it's in the fridge now.

Japanese New  Crop food fair 7-12 Nov 2008
Isetan Scotts

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Autumn 2006

In Oct 2006, 2 years ago, mummy, hubby and I went to Hokkaido, Japan.
It was cold! I love Autumn, the colours, the food (salmon swim upstream in Autumn) and the layering of clothes that can never happen at home.

I miss Japan already.

Having curry chicken for dinner tonight

yums! It has been almost 7 years since mummy cooked chicken curry.
I have the cravings for it. I even craved for bean sprouts with salted fish! Yup, she bought salted fish, so we will be having that for dinner son!

Having fun

I'm having fun changing the layout! Things have improved so much since the last time I blogged.
so many gadgets to choose from. I can't seem to find the site statistics gadget. Do you have any idea how to add it on?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

We saw sakura in Hokkaido!

 Alright, I know .. it's old news and it's now November. But it's really hard to maintain a blog! There's FB which I can upload pictures and add comments and stuffs. it's really good!

But I have seen so many beautiful blogs that my friends have maintained really nicely and I feel inspired to do the blogging stuffs again! I will try... (heehehe)

Japan is so beautiful.. I want to travel again! Soon! But then there's the money issues.... Recession.... oh boy...