Archive for November, 2012

sweet meat

Today my colleague Shirong brought some custard apples (I believe that they are these instead of these!) that her mum bought in Taiwan! I eagerly took a segment, as I was a mountain tortoise who had never eaten custard apples before!


(Stole this photo from fellow colleague Daphne‘s Facebook. Thanks dear!)

The meat, or flesh, rather, of the custard apple is really sweet and fibrous, and somewhat reminiscent of soursop. (Turns out that the two fruits belong to the same genus!) It was really delicious and I enjoyed every bit of it. It had a lot of hard little seeds and I also enjoyed spitting out every seed! Haha.

Anyway I brought the seeds home and gave them to my dad, so that he can plant them in the community garden downstairs! :)


the solitary diner

On leave today! Had a curious craving for Japanese curry today so decided to go to Ma Maison’s for lunch again – had been there for lunch earlier this month for the exact same thing! :P

Ordered a Japanese curry set lunch ($12.90)! Which comprised a soup, salad, main course and drink!

The soup of the day was cream of mussels!

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learning the ropes

Attended a talk on the basics of investing organized by Financial Services Consumer Association (FISCA), held at Singapore Management University this afternoon. Signed up for a year’s membership with FISCA ($36) at the door and got to attend the talk for free. The speaker was FISCA president Tan Kin Lian, and his content was reasonably interesting and easy to understand. (I actually attended another talk of his while I was in university previously!) Left the talk with some tips on how to invest wisely. I should start as soon as possible!

low carb dinner

What I had for dinner today……


Scrambled eggs with bacon that I had cooked myself, and Fassler smoked salmon marinated with dill and olive oil that I had bought from a supermarket.

I just realized that I haven’t eaten instant noodles for almost two years. :P

chicken blt burger

Stopped by a mall near my house to run some errands after work yesterday. Decided to go try McDonald’s new Chicken BLT burger, which looked pretty interesting.


Alas, I was disappointed! The chicken patty was thin and tasteless, while the turkey bacon was hard and tasteless. To make matters worse, the burger wasn’t piping hot! :( Don’t think this burger is going to be a permanent addition to McDonald’s menu, but I’ll definitely be sticking to my Filet-O-Fish with extra tartar sauce in future!

Meanwhile, McD fans can check out this interesting blog. The blogger reviews McDonald’s items from countries all over the world. Anyway, I don’t agree that McDonald’s stores popping up globally represents a homogenization of food. It is true that McDonald’s stores the world over sell highly similar items, but they also feature items unique to the places they are located in.

primary school leaving examination again

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Education announced that it will stop releasing information on top performers in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and all national examinations, presumably in an attempt to reduce academic pressures on students.

Then the PSLE results were released yesterday. Media reports were somewhat muted, at least in the Straits Times (which carried a couple of reports on students who have done well both in academics and co-curricular activities today).

Personally, I have no idea whether this is a step in a right direction. However, I question the wisdom of this decision.

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primary school leaving examination

And so the PSLE results were released this morning!

How exciting!

I received mine 13 years ago!

Time flies!

yong tau foo

Didn’t know what to have for lunch today so I decided to try this yong tau foo stall, which also sells fishball noodles, at Tiong Bahru Market. Since there were very few yong tau foo items left, the auntie gave me some fishballs. In keeping with my low carb diet, I did not ask for any rice or noodles. The portion below cost me $3.50.


Apparently, the stall owners make their yong tau foo and fishballs by hand. The items made with fish paste had a pleasant springy mouthfeel. The mixture of sweet and chilli sauces added to the overall savouriness. And the lard, crunchy pieces of lard! In all, a super delicious bowl of yong tau foo.

But alas, the stall seems to suffer from hygiene issues. The auntie picks the pieces of yong tau foo with her bare hands, and handles money after that. Eeks. Not sure if I would patronize them again, no matter how tasty! Meanwhile I shall call them the ‘unhygenic yong tau foo stall’, to differentiate them from the other yong tau foo stall in Tiong Bahru Market.

Hui Ji Fish Ball Noodle ·Yong Tau Foo
30 Seng Poh Road
Tiong Bahru Market
Singapore 168898

sweet tooth

Lao Ban, the pioneer of newfangled tau huay, has finally opened a branch near my place. Previously, their nearest outlet was the one at the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre and there was usually a pretty long queue. Bought a few tubs of the original flavoured tau huay ($1.50 each) on my way home today after visiting the Affordable Art Fair.

After dinner it was time for dessert!

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The tau huay is smooth and fragrant and tastes exactly like 51 Soya Bean’s version. Except Lao Ban’s has a slightly chalky residue, which they should work on improving. But overall, a nice way to satisfy my sweet teeth! :)

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd
20 Tampines Central 1
Tampines MRT Station
Singapore 529538
+65 8181 2201

pasta mania

On Sunday evening, I came home from the Affordable Art Fair to dinner cooked by my brother. Penne with bacon and mussels! Didn’t taste half bad, but the penne were a bit hard. :P


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affordable art fair

The annual Affordable Art Fair was held at the F1 Pit Building from 15 to 18 November, and I went on Saturday, the third day. It was my first time at this fair! Reached the place slightly after noon, and got a ticket for $13 at the door.

Rushed upstairs headlong into one of the talks I had wanted to attend, on the best ways to frame one’s artwork by a angmoh lady from the Frame Society. Luckily I had missed only slightly less than 15 minutes of the talk, which was quite interesting. The speaker went around pointing to various artworks displayed at their booth and explained their aesthetics. At the end we were all given a small thin glossy booklet of framing tips, which had a recommended retail price was $20.

Later in the afternoon I attended another talk, on how to start an art collection by an angmoh guy from Australian company Art Equity. It was interesting but the speaker just droned on and on without using any visual aids so I tuned out after a while. :P

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more on the (british) word of the year…

Word of the year ‘omnishambles’ reflects British mood
It must be bad – Oxford Dictionaries has chosen the word “omnishambles” as its word of the year, reflecting the national mood.

Lucy Kinder

Oxford University Press defined the word as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations”.

Each year Oxford University Press follows how the English language is changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year.

Omnishambles was coined by the writers of satirical television programme The Thick of It.

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more on the word(s) of the year…

Check out these two interesting posts from the Oxford University Press’ (which publishes Oxford Dictionaries) blog: on the UK Word of the Year, omnishambles, and the US one, gif!

more on the word(s) of the year…

Gif is America’s word of the year? Now that’s what I call an omnishambles
Unlike their UK cousins, who named ‘omnishambles’ word of the year, OUP’s noun-to-verb US lexicographers are unconvincing

Alison Flood

I rather like the idea of a word of the year. We have a sports personality of the year, after all, and I like words better than sport, so why not?

I approve, as well, Oxford University Press’s choice of “omnishambles” to take the title: not only was it coined by the brilliant The Thick of It, but it has a surprisingly useful meaning – “a word used to describe a comprehensively mismanaged situation, characterised by a shambolic string of blunders”, says OUP – and a lovely ring to it.

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word(s) of the year

It is rather interesting to note that Oxford Dictionaries typically chooses separate British and American Words of the Year. But I suppose that is unsurprising, given that ‘England and America are two countries separated by the same language’ (a quote often attributed to George Bernard Shaw)! :)

Oxford chooses ‘omnishambles’ as word of the year
Jill Lawless

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: “omnishambles.”

Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word – defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” – its top term of 2012.

Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year. The publisher typically chooses separate British and American winners. This year’s American champion is “gif,” short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet.

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