A very happy birthday to my little brother who turns 21 today! It seems like it was just yesterday that the parents brought him home from the hospital! Yes, how time flies! :)
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Was at VivoCity yesterday afternoon when I felt an urgent call of nature and immediately rushed headlong down a corridor into a toilet. The moment I stepped inside, I stopped short: it was full of men! I had gone to the gents by accident! There had been an uncle behind me in the corridor who kept calling out, but I didn’t realize that he had been calling me! Naturally, I beat a hasty retreat and went to the right toilet this time.
This amusing toilet story reminded me of another amusing toilet story which happened when I was very young:
Once, when my family and I were at a library, my late paternal grandma took me the the toilet. Somehow, she carried me up to urinate into this tiny toilet bowl fixed high up on the wall. This incident puzzled me for quite some time as I didn’t understand why the toilet bowl was so oddly positioned and also because I never encountered a toilet with such fixtures ever again. It was only until very much later that I realized that the odd toilet bowl was a urinal and my grandma must’ve brought me to the male toilet! She was illiterate so she had probably been unable to read the sign at its entrance.
My brother cooked some mussels with white wine, a tiny piece of ham and mozzarella (which disintegrated into tiny, disgusting-looking debris) for supper on Saturday night. I was watching him plate them when I suddenly realized that the mussels were in different colours – some were orange and others were cream.
I asked my mum why this was so, and she guessed that different colours meant different sexes. Googled, and found out that she was quite right! As this page explains, in greater detail:
What is the difference between a male and female mussel?
The different sexes of mussels can be identified by their colour. The flesh of a sexually mature male is creamy white, while a female is a reddish apricot.
Anyway, I tried one of my brother’s mussels, and gave him only a 5/10 cos it was rather tasteless! :P
The sister left for a one-week holiday in Korea yesterday night, so we decided to have dinner at the airport before her flight, and settled on Sakae Sushi. Haven’t eaten at a Sakae Sushi for maybe four or five years.
We ordered two bento boxes. The first was chicken teriyaki and tempura,
Second day of Chinese New Year today, and somehow my brother and I found ourselves home alone. >.< So we decided to go out for dinner at a nearby mall. Most of the eateries (and other shops) were closed, but SsikSin BBQ wasn’t!
The restaurant features a Korean barbecue buffet ($24 per person for dinner) with a dozen types of meats in various marinades: about half are beef, and the rest, pork and chicken. We tried nearly all the meats. I am not a fan of beef but I thought the beef bulgogi was the nicest! One type of chicken with a similar marinade tasted pretty good as well. There were also other meats like sausages (which we didn’t bother with), prawns (which didn’t taste fresh) and bacon (which tasted really hard and horrible). There was also a large variety of kimchi, pickles and other condiments to go with the meats.
My brother did the cooking mainly!
Actually we just threw everything haphazardly onto the grill set in our table. But we noticed the tables on both sides of ours cooking their items in a neat, systematic way. We should do that next time!
Look at all these food! Thick white noodles, eggs, fishcakes, prawns, beansprouts, julienned cucumber, chopped laksa leaves and sambal chilli!
Look at all these food! Cabbage, long beans, cucumber, beansprouts, eggs, tofu, tempeh, potatoes and keropok!
Take a little of each and put it on a plate.
Dinner tonight, courtesy of the mother: crab chowder (with cubes and cubes and cubes of vegetables), with slices of store-bought baguette (topped with olive oil and basil, and baked in the oven till crispy)……
(I told her that if she had made the soup a little thicker, she could use it to fill a pie……)
Dinner was so delicious and I was so hungry that I had wolfed almost everything down before remembering that I had forgotten to take photos……
:D :D :D
First meal of 2012….. brunch: chicken pot pie, made by my mum, left over from last year, I mean, last night! :P
No photos, but it was yummy! :)
Yesterday evening, my family (sans sister) attended a wedding dinner held at Grand Park City Hall in Coleman Street. Had no idea that there is such a grand little hotel behind Peninsula Plaza!
Anyway, the groom is 36 and my dad is 24 years older than him! In comparison, my oldest first cousin (on my paternal side; my maternal first cousins are all around my age or slightly younger) is 19 years older than me.
The food was actually pretty good! There were eight courses. I enjoyed the ‘Stir Fried Scallops, Fresh Mushroom and Broccoli with XO Sauce’ and ‘Wasabi Prawn with Raisin & Strawberry’ the most! The final course, dessert, was ‘Yam Paste with Gingko Nuts and Pumpkins’ (aka orh nee), which I usually dislike, but found quite delicious this time. (Alas, no photos, cos I was too lazy to take! :P)
And one of the aunties (my dad’s cousin really) asked if I was still in JC (ie, 17 or 18!), and added that she thought I looked no older than 20 or 21!!!!!! (My mum very amusedly informed her that I was already 25……) :D :D :D
The brother cooked dinner for both of us just now. He made chicken with whisky mushroom sauce and stirfried potatoes with peas.
Alas, the chicken was a bit too hard, and so were the potatoes. This was because the chicken was overcooked but the potatoes were undercooked! :P
‘I never watch them. I can’t stand my voice. I cannot change the channel quick enough’
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer on her own movies
The Straits Times, Life!, 16 August 2012, page C8
This quote reminded me of my Chinese classes in Secondary 2. My teacher, 陈老师, divided the class into fixed groups right from the first few lessons and often got each group to act out various parts of various 课文 in the textbooks, which usually resulted in the rest of the class exploding in mirth.
Sometimes we would go to the Cyber Learning Centre, where our Oscar-winning performances would be recorded on video. Later, she would screen the video recordings for our viewing pleasure. Whenever I saw myself onscreen, I had to hide my face, because my acting was completely cringeworthy and my voice, super shrill. Haha.
I think 陈老师 was one of the best teachers I ever had. :)
Pasta bolognese for dinner tonight, courtesy of my mum, who apparently learnt the recipe from an episode of Kitchen Boss.
The tomato and meat sauce was deliciously sourish and really whetted the appetite. Haven’t had so much pasta in a long time! I assumed the meat was pork, but then my mum suddenly revealed that she had added a little beef, which we almost never eat at home. No wonder the meat tasted a little off (though not unpleasantly so), but I was unable to figure out why! :P