Sunday, October 28, 2012

My Birthday (5) - Mr Ang

finally it's Mr Ang's turn to celebrate my birthday.... nevermind tthat it was 2 and a half weeks late cos this day fell on my lunar birthday.... =D

let's start with a couple pix in the lift on our way out.... 
 our lift lightings always make us look as if we are drunk... 


Mr Ang brought me to Liang Court and i chose to dine at tampopo.... heard rave about it but had never try it... 


so many awards seh!!!


another photo of us while we waited to be served
 standard couple pose.... wahahaha.... 



A very serious Mr Ang


 we had
Califonia salad with wasabi mayo.... yumz.... 



my BBQ black pork ramen... luv the soup base and the fats on the pork... wahahaha


Mr Ang's delux ramen 



squidy


went for a walk walk along clark quay ... our first date place.... heee.... then Mr Ang asked,"How come we din hold our wedding at clark quay peony jade since alot of our happenings happened in clark quay?" then i was like, "Ya hor! then why u ask me this question now and not when we were planning the wedding?".... =S

anyway, initial plan was to find a place to drink de...u know... couple....adult activity....chill..... but i'm not named candy for nothing.... wahahaha.... i prefer sweet stuff to alcohol so we ended in TCC instead... heee
coffee with cinnamon stick and biscuit for him

coffee cheesecake for us..... very yums... 

hazelnut milkshake for me....yums  yums...

Mr Ang and I had a super good laugh and at the same time was abit stunned speechless while we were at tcc, all thanks to the two very interesting couples who sat next to us.... 

first interesting couple came in right after us..... given a menu and were served ice water..... they chatted for about 15 minutes and the next thing we knew, they stood up and walked out of the cafe..... woah.... like that also can ah???? wahahaha.... 

the second interesting couple took the exact same seat as the first interesting couple, but before they sat down, they turned their table 90 degree so both of them can see the view of the Singapore river.... 

jaw dropped right??? though it's not any high-class restaurant, but the action of turning the table is still super unglam la.... and they did it in a manner as if there was nothing wrong with their action....not apologetic or paiseh at all leh.... 

i think that table is jinxed la... hahahaha

 we couldnt stop laughing when we saw the waiter slapped his forehead and gave them the wtf look too.... wahahaha.... 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Birthday (4) - meixiang & lene

meet up with mx to pick up my birthday gifts over a drink at toastbox on Wednesday... mx is this super sweet lady who puts in alot of effort to maintain every friendship.... she's the one who will plan almost all our jc gathering and make it a point to me a gift and a card on all my birthday and also during xmas.... 

and these were what she prepared for me this year... 
she is one that will write very nice notes and wishes for us all and knowing that i am into scrapbooking, she bought alphabet stickers for me...
thanks for the gift and more importantly, thanks for being such a sweetie for the last 15 years 

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lene, who is usually the first few to celebrate my birthday with me in the past 18 years was only able to meet me 2 weeks after my birthday due to a car accident... =(... though not seriously injured externally, she actually sustained some internal injury lo.... so when she asked me to meet her all the way at tiong bahru where she lived, i readily agree.... 

she treated me lunch at Lao Beijing at Tiong Bahru Plaza and i ordered a fried fish la mian  


then we shared 小笼包,


crispy fried beans (very yummy)



and salted egg prawns (super yummy too)


then we took a short walk to to this very cosy cafe "forty hands" along Yong Siak street... 

our drinks

it was super duper crowded hence dun really have the mood to take many pictures but you can have a look at the following 2 blogs which i found 
http://4-the-love-of-food.blogspot.sg/2011/01/forty-hands-cafe-gourmet-coffee-in.html
http://www.thefoodnomads.com/2011/11/27/forty-hands-yong-siak-street/

we sat and chit chatted for more than 3 hours so can conclude that it's really quite a nice place to just hang out.... will be returning for the whole day breakfast set soon... =D

gifts from charlene:
a pencil case with a matching card holder and a very sweet bracelet from korea... =) 

Hong Kong flight & apartment

woohoo!!!.....I am going to hong kong to 吃东西,买东西, 吃东西,买东西 this dec....=).... the last time i went was 6 years ago.... looking then and now.... so much has changed in these 6 years.... 

anyway, managed to get our air tickets from tigerair at $407 each.... but very sad cos no more big room space seats for us to choose.... i really dun mind paying $25 per way for the extra leg space lo... =( .... now have to survive 4 hours of sitting upright.... haix.... 

was super shocked to find out that hong kong hotel rooms are so expensive and so tiny weeny.... luckily, a visit to hardwarezone (my favourite travel forum) solved the problem.... read from one of the thread that it's much cheaper to rent apartment from airbnb instead... 


so with the Hong Kong map that i downloaded
i decided that we shall stay in Hong Kong island so that we are more accessible to the places that we (I) want to visit... =P

and after browsing thru the website for a few nights, after a few rounds of elimination, after reading thru many many reviews, i chose this 2 room apartment at wan chai area 


living room
dining corner in the living room


bedroom 1 


bedroom 2 




comes with a fully equipped kitchen too



Additional info:
  • 5 minutes walk to Wan Chai MTR station.
  • 5 minutes walk to the Wanchai ferry which take you to Tsim Sha Tsui. You can see the Victoria Habour view during these 8 minutes journey. 
  • 1 MTR station to Admiralty for taking shuttle bus to Ocean Park around 40 minutes.
  • Provides High-Speed Broadband Internet WIFI, TV, DVD player, Hair dryer, Iron & ironing board 
  • Air Conditioners installed in every bedroom and living area 
  • Shower gel & shampoo and fresh clean beddings & bath towels are provided just before your arrival.
  • Basic cooking utensils are provided for simple cooking.
  • It has 24-hour security guard and password is needed for entering the building.

not bad right???? it cost $199 per night and on top of that, there's a $93 booking fee by airbnb...so average out... it cost S$222 per night for 4 people... =) .... i really think it's a good deal given the scarcity of land in hong kong, peak season and quite late booking (the trip is in another 6 weeks time only)... =D.... so excited!!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

PTL's belated birthday treat on my birthday month

since dun know when, PTL and I have a routine of meeting up twice a year, once in April to celebrate his birthday and once in October to celebrate my birthday... 

this routine was upset by his job oversea posting to Bahrain last year... in the end, we celebrated my last year oct's birthday during April this year, which was his birthday month, and he demanded for his April birthday treat @ Salt Grill and Sky Bar during my birthday month today.... =S


to go up to the restaurant, we have to first locate the mysterious lift which was tucked in a well guarded corner at ion level 4

i din know that ion was this tall before this visit lo... 

saw this just outside the lift

staff were all super polite & super attentive...greeted us warmly and led us to our table the moment we stepped out from the lift.... 

the restaurant is very spacious with simple and clean deco ... nothing really special actually... 
guess the main draw is really the full length glass window and the fact that it's located on the 55th floor.... 

based on what i saw on their website, they only employ singaporeans and pr... salary starts from $2k with 5 day work week... so you see, with good pay and welfare as incentives and proper training, singaporeans can be good service staff too...

and see again, even my bag received good service lo... the staff placed this basket next to my chair and sweetly told me it was for my bag.... =) 
part of me was saying "heng, i carry my coach bag today!".... hahahaha


before i go on to the scenery from the 55th floor in orchard and to the food, let me introduce the PTL who took me as a carrot today... =S


anyway, lucky us managed to get a seat next to the full length window and guess what, the first thing that caught my attention was the big crooked yellow box on the road.... wahahaha.... 
do u know why it's different from the usual yellow box? PTL said that it was meant for the bus to filter from the utmost right lane to the utmost left lane and true enough, i saw a bus did just that after he explained it.... heee  


pepper & salt against the singapore backdrop from the 55th floor of ion... =)


my plain and rasin bread that was served before the meal...very soft and yummy....  I thought was meant to be dipped in the olive oil and grinded nuts until i read this... 


we took the brunch menu @ $45++ each for a 2 course meal 

my starter - salt & pepper squid... super yummy.... squid super soft.... aioli sauce (i thought it was mayo) was very yummilious too.... 

my main dish - crab omelette served in miso broth.... the omelette was super soft and literally just dissolved in my mouth la.... quite a generous amount of real crab meat that was equally soft....  and when the egg, the crab meat and the soup are eaten together... i felt that i was in heaven.... hmmmm..... 



his starter - prawn toast

his main - egg benedict with salmon

i thought both was so so only when compared to mine.... wahahaha... 


the staff were all super attentive, filled up my cup of warm water whenever it was half empty, cleared our empty plates within 2 minutes, serve our main dish within 5 minutes of clearing our starter plates... but also because they were so efficient, we din dare to nua too long after the meal.... =S....else i would think that it was quite a nice place to nua and bask in the warm sun that was shinning thru the glass ceiling above... 

so i foot the bill, which totalled up to be $115 before taking a walk around the restaurant to take in the view from all corners




my conclusion -  Singapore is really very cluttered... =S


ending the post with a photo of me... =) 

Haul @ Nex

PTL make me treat him lunch at Salt Grill restaurant for his April birthday celebration during my birthday month... yes... half a year late but the amazing thing was the restaurant reservation confirmation email actually stated that they have a smart casual dress code... which mean no sandals, no shorts and no sport attire.... and PTL had reminded me not once, not twice but THREE times to dress appropriately... =S

so i opened my cupboard and try to see if i have any proper attire... look look look.... all the decent dresses are for work leh .... too formal for weekend... =(... look and look harder again and i managed to find only one dress which i think is casual but yet decent enough to wear for the lunch.... 

stress me up so much as if i'm going on a first date like that lo.... =S... but it also set me thinking.... now that i had stocked up enough decent dresses for work (thanks to Little Match Girl).... i should start buying some decent clothing for causal outing..... not that young anymore.... should stop dressing in t-shirt and shorts and sling bag.... but, i'm just being a typical singaporean leh.... =S

anyway, since i was in a shopping mood,  i popped by Nex after my art course .... i needed to buy a pair of shoes for work as the previous pair decided to call it quit last Friday... and yes, i only have 1 pair of shoes for work... i'm a typical libra (according to mabel)... i tend to be very logical and only buy what i need... 

i totally agree with her... cos i only have 1 pair of sports shoes for all outdoor activities.... 1 pair of black pointy flats to go to work in... 1 pair of black heals to go clubbing in.... 1 pair of kitten heals for occasions when i dun feel like wearing heels to club or to attend wedding dinner.... 1 pair of open toes kitten heels for rainy days outings... 1 pair of slippers and a pair of flats to go shopping in and to meet friends ... total 7 pairs of shoes ... i really think i'm a rare breed lo... wahahaha.... 

i have always enjoy shopping alone... cos i cant multi-tasked.... when i am with a friend, i will end up talking and talking and have no mood to shop.... 


anyway, my 战利品 for today:
the one on the left is the exact same pair of working shoes that i had previously.... i just love it so much that i had to replace the spoilt one with the exact same design...it's comfy, it's cheap ($25.90) and every durable... i wore it to school every day and it lasted for more than half a year wahahaha...

the pair of kitten heels i have at home is in gray... so bought the pair of kitten heels on the right for easy matching...

either mondo's sizes has become bigger or my feet had strunk... i now wear size 35...1 size down from the usual 36.... 
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stroll stroll stroll and strolled into kitschen... the shop looks expensive from the outside but actually their selections are rather affordable... 
blue dress @ $36.90


jacket @ $33.90.... luv the vibrant colour but think it looks too plain.... so planning to get a brooch to dress it up a little.. =) 

wanted to buy another dress but the size which i wanted was out of stock... =( 

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though the nie gang had bought me 3 bags just last week... but i was just in a shopping mood lo....so seeing that i bought 2 instead of 1 pair of shoes, forgive me for buying another bag so soon k???  ;P ... actually, i also dun know why i bought this bag.... this is like my first non-black bag for work ... and it's not waterproof... =( ... but i like the shape and the gold buckle thingy... =) 
$33.90 from double index