Archive for December, 2011

close of the year

Since 2011 is finally winding down to a close (in just a couple of hours really!) and we are right on the threshold of a new year, it’s a very good time to do a (hopefully) quick wrap up of the year.

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great minds think alike

Look at this!!!

A few days ago, the Straits Times did a special feature, titled Best & Worst, a round up of all the best and the worst in arts and culture. The section titled Dishes, compiled by Tan Hsueh Yun, ran thus (click to read a larger version):

The Straits Times, Lifestyle, 25 December 2011, page 7

I was delighted to see that the fruit tarts from Drips were mentioned. Yes, because I already know that they are AH-MAY-ZING!!! :D

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last day

Last day of work for the year!!!

And no, we didn’t get half day off!!! :P

sweet teeth

There are two Western food stalls in Tiong Bahru Market, I’ve tried both, but only one is any good, and naturally I always patronize that one, haha. Had chicken chop without fries from that stall for lunch today. Usually that is enough to fill me up completely, but today I decided to have dessert as well.

There are also two dessert stalls in Tiong Bahru Market, and all my colleagues say that one is crap, so I always patronize the other one. I usually order red rubies from them, and did so again today.

I love their version of red rubies! Doesn’t it look very pretty? Their rubies (really tiny pieces of water chestnuts covered in tapioca flour and boiled) are always fresh and crunchy. They also add these brightly coloured transparent gelatinous little balls which provide extra texture to the dessert and are fun to bite into. They also give quite a generous helping of coconut milk. Overall, the sweetness of the dessert is just right. A bowl of happiness for just $1.50!

Tian Tian Yuan Dessert House
30 Seng Poh Road
Tiong Bahru Market
Singapore 168898

the most non-academic lecture ever

This year’s SMA Lecture, Medicine and the Next ICE Age, was held on 5 November 2011 at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Auditorium. It was delivered by Dr Tan Lai Yong, who spent 15 years training village doctors in Yunnan, China.

Some of us went down to KKH to help out, and I had the additional duty of covering the event.

The SMA Lecture was instituted in 1963 and its themes are centred on medical ethics and related topics. SMA Lecturers are appointed by invitation from the SMA Council, and the lectureship is awarded in the main to eminent and distinguished persons who have made significant contributions to medicine and the community. (This is the paragraph that all reports on SMA Lectures traditionally begin with, and of course, so did mine. :) )

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an explosion of flavours and textures

I love Hainanese curry rice, and have been wanting to try Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice ever since I read this review! Imagine my delight when I started working and found out that my workplace was a mere stone’s throw away from Loo’s!!! :D

Naturally I soon became a frequent customer of Loo’s. I used to order rice with fried pork chops and stewed cabbage. The auntie or uncle would slice the pork chops, place all the meat and vegetables on some rice, and then ladle two types of gravy, curry and tomato, over everything. The resulting dish always looks like pig’s slop but I assure you that it is extremely delicious. The crispy fried pork chops, the soft soggy stewed cabbage, mildly spicy curry and sweet and sour tomato gravies over a warm base of rice…… truly, an explosion of flavours and textures.

Anyway, since I started cutting carbs, I stopped ordering rice at Loo’s and just had their dishes. And this is what I had for lunch today!

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all in the family

Spent Christmas at my 大伯父’s place for the first month celebration of his newest grandchild, a girl with a surprising (to me, anyway!) amount of hair (he already has two grandsons).

In any case, such events are for the grownups, and not the baby. She spent most of the time sleeping, and having the occasional feed or cry.

She’s my seventh nephew/niece. Before she was born, I had four nephews and two nieces. I got my first nephew at ten and my first niece at 13. So I have been an auntie for more than half my life already. :)

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boxing day dinner

Yesterday’s dinner: roasted turkey and vegetables roasted with turkey drippings, courtesy of the mother!

I love crispy skin, but somehow most of the skin had melted away!!! And the most tender part of a roasted turkey is the breast!!! Yum yum……

My mum froze parts of the carcass and the tougher pieces of meat, and made turkey porridge on New Year’s Day. (I hadn’t had porridge in eons!) And that was yum yum too……

ceci n’est pas un gâteau de noël

My family and I (minus the brother) had a simple zhi char dinner on Christmas Eve last year. Before dinner, I told my mum that I wanted to buy a cake, and she thought I meant few slices from a neighbourhood bakery. -_-”’ After dinner, I finally told her I was serious about getting a cake – a whole cake! Then I quickly walked to one of the nearby malls to get a cake for Christmas.

After a bit of looking around, I settled on a Guanaja cake from Rive Gauche and lugged all big and bulky 1.29 kg of it home happily. Without waiting for my brother to come home, we decided to cut and eat the cake immediately!!! :P

Translation: ‘This is not a Christmas cake.’

with apologies to Rene Magritte

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yuletide greetings

Merry Christmas!!! :D

quintessentially british

The Duke-NUS corp comms department, comprising C, LM, P and S, took my direct boss G and I out for a thank you lunch on Thursday (22 November). We went to The Queen & Mangosteen in VivoCity. This was the first time I’d ever been to a quintessentially British gourmet pub. And as for the rather quirky name: mangosteen was reputedly Queen Victoria’s favourite fruit, and she allegedly offered a reward to anyone who could bring it to her!

We shared a starter: orange-infused duck rillette with bread.

This was the first time I’d ever tried rilette. Although it didn’t taste of oranges at all, I found it savoury and moreish and really enjoyed it with the bread.

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and they’re back

The Singtel mio installation guys are back at their usual spot, including Sandwich Guy! Saw them hanging around that void deck table when I went to the MRT today and yesterday.

But I think some of them are new, and some of them are now wearing black mio t-shirts instead of the old light blue ones.


Today is my first anniversary at my first ever job!!!

Congratulations to me!!! :D

the lizard who lives outside my window

Oh my!

The lizard startled me when it popped out from behind my desk once again – and missed the insect by a whisker.

Then he ran back behind my desk.

He peeked out a little just now.

I think my presence is disturbing him, so I’m off to bed.

I hope he does not go hungry tonight!

the lizard who lives outside my window

Five minutes ago, I noticed that the relatively large lizard (tan with a grey ‘www’ pattern), that lives on the ledge outside my window, emerged from behind my desk onto the wall.

(He always sneaks through my window when he thinks I don’t notice, but I often catch sight of him from the corner of my eye.)

Then I noticed an insect flutter just out of his reach.

Poor thing! He’ll have to go hungry tonight!

Then he noticed me observing him, and scuttled back behind my desk.

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