Published Thursday, 31 May, 2012
adventures , dining out , gastronomy , les amis
On Monday 30 April, I mused aloud to colleague M, wondering why so many people had taken the day off. M replied that it was a holiday the next day. Yes, I had forgotten that the first of May was Labour Day, a holiday!!! And I had no plans for it!!!
I immediately messaged some friends, and Jaewai replied that she needed to brainstorm for a fundraising project. I said that I could help her, and we could spend the afternoon at some cafe. I suggested Wimbly Lu in Jalan Riang.
So the following afternoon on 1 May, we met at Lorong Chuan MRT and took an approximately ten-minute walk to Wimbly Lu, located in a row of shophouses in a private housing estate somewhere near Nanyang JC.
The cafe was completely full. We managed to get a table within five minutes, cos I had wisely made a reservation but it had almost lapsed by the time we reached the place.
Continue reading ‘a leisurely tuesday afternoon’
Published Tuesday, 29 May, 2012
c'est la vie , nine-to-five
Called up a dozen healthcare organizations today to seek sponsorship for one of our upcoming events.
Started by calling their main lines, was then transferred to the relevant persons in charge, and was 0ccasionally further transferred to even more relevant persons in charge. Must have repeated my story 30 to 40 times.
I really felt like a parrot.
Made a new friend yesterday!
Had arranged to meet Joanne at Marutama Ramen at the Central at 2.30 pm, and she would be bringing her friend Serena. In the end I was half an hour late, and by the time I reached the restaurant, Joanne and Serena were finishing their ramen and extra order of cha shu.
So I quickly ordered a bowl of their the eponymous Marutama ramen!
Continue reading ‘eating our way through a saturday’
Published Friday, 25 May, 2012
amusings , linguistics , quoteworthy
AH this is rather amusing!!!
Playful Filipino names hard to get used to
BBC News, Manila
Bizarre and often unflattering names are as quintessentially Filipino as the country’s Catholic faith, friendly smiles, former US military jeeps known as jeepneys, beautiful beaches and love of karaoke.
On my first day in Manila, I walked down to the local cafe and was served by a smiling young girl who wore a name badge entitled BumBum.
I did a double-take, then smiled back, deciding it was probably a joke.
But if so, it is a joke that practically the whole country seems to be in on.
Since then I’ve met a Bambi, three Bogies, several Girlies, a Peanut, a Barbie and a middle-aged man called Babe.
These names are found in all sectors of society.
Sometimes they are nicknames, sometimes genuine first names – but they are always what people are referred to on a day-to-day basis.
Even the president is not spared. His real name is Benigno Aquino, but almost everyone here calls him Noynoy.
Two of his sisters are called Pinky and Ballsy. No-one seems to see the need to ask why.
Continue reading ‘playful filipino names hard to get used to’
Published Thursday, 24 May, 2012
announcements , c'est la vie
After more than four days of continual trips to the toilet (ie, diarrhoea), I am pleased to announce that I have lost about 1 kg!
(The amount of stuff I passed was amazing. Clearly, I am full of shit.)
Oh I hope this weight loss is permanent. :D
Published Saturday, 19 May, 2012
dining out , gastronomy , la famiglia
My family and I, minus my dad, went to LENAS at a nearby mall for lunch today, on my sister’s recommendation. This LENAS outlet is rather small, especially when compared to their branch in Bugis Junction.
Fried chicken wings!
The fried chicken wings weren’t too bad. But then I think it is hard to go wrong with fried chicken, as long as the ingredients are reasonably fresh and the chicken is still piping hot when brought to the table.
Continue reading ‘lunch at lenas’
Published Thursday, 17 May, 2012
globetrotting , nine-to-five
Just came back from a 2.5 day business trip in the Philippines!!!
Published Friday, 11 May, 2012
linguistics , literature
I’ve always found this part rather amusing:
Published Thursday, 10 May, 2012
cooking , la famiglia
Pancakes for brunch on Sunday (6 May), courtesy of the mother! I think her pancakes have improved as they were really light and fluffy this time round!
And served with butter and real maple syrup! None of those lousy margarine and maple-flavoured syrup that a certain fast food chain serves with its hotcakes!!! :P
Yum yum!!! :D
Published Wednesday, 9 May, 2012
baking , cooking , gastronomy , la famiglia , linguistics
Chicken pie for lunch last Saturday (5 May), courtesy of the mother!
It was pretty good. Only thing was that the pieces of parmesan she had mixed into the filling had somehow degenerated into chewy chunks, but they added a nice saltiness to the pie.
Incidentally, whenever someone says ‘a fraction of something’, they almost always mean a small fraction, never a large one! (For example, it would be quite weird if I looked at the pie above and commented that ‘a fraction of the pie is left’!!!)
I wonder why! Perhaps it is because when we start learning fractions like 1/4, 1/5 or 1/10, the fraction pie charts we see always emphasize the small portions, and never the remaining large parts!
Published Wednesday, 9 May, 2012
literature , quoteworthy
Published Thursday, 3 May, 2012
dining out , gastronomy
Last Friday (27 April), I felt like having bread for lunch, so off I went to Drips Bakery Cafe again!
Had a Norwegian smoked salmon sandwich.
Some people got the slit whole tomato (that I got on my last visit), but i only got half of one this time! :S
Continue reading ‘the solitary diner’
Published Tuesday, 1 May, 2012
amusings , gastronomy , quoteworthy
I do not like broccoli. And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m President of the United States and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli.
George H W Bush, 41st US President
For the record, I love broccoli!!! (And yes, cauliflower too!!!) It tastes really good lightly boiled and mixed with a bit of butter!!!