Archive for March, 2013

feeling filling

One of my favourite sandwich fillings is…… butter and peanut butter! I love the sweet and salty, rich creaminess of the mixture! :D

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lazy cat

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WISH I WERE A LAZY CAT

AND SNOOZE THE DAY AWAY

(This is a cat I often see snoozing on a bench near my block, when I walk to the MRT every morning.)

a farewell dinner of sorts

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,

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roasted meat

Our new membership manager R joined us exactly a week ago and I expect he’ll be very busy very soon! :P

Anyway today our big boss M drove R, MS, DT and me out to lunch at this coffeeshop, which is somewhat near our office but difficult to walk to, located next to Orange Valley Nursing Home. M said that there is a stall in the coffeeshop which sells really nice roasted meats.

So I bought some char siew from the stall, called Yee Kee Specialist Roasted Duck. This portion cost $6, slightly more expensive than an equivalently-sized portion from Tiong Bahru Market.

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I had asked for the fattier parts. The meat, marbled with lovely fat, was delicious. The burnt bits added extra crunch and flavour. Quite good! Their soup is pretty interesting too. I found bits of duck and dried orange peel in it.

Yee Kee Specialist Roasted Duck
Blk 148
Silat Avenue
#01-14
Singapore 160148
+65 9697 7083

palm sunday

Today is Palm Sunday.

Quite some time ago, perhaps a couple of years back, I was out one day when I passed someone carrying a single palm frond. How odd! I thought, and went on.

Then I met another person carrying a palm frond, and another, and another. There were way too many people carrying palm fronds. This got me really puzzled. Was this some new fashion trend?

And suddenly it hit me. It was Palm Sunday!

you learn something new every day

mole

image from here

Why do moles grow hair?

A few days ago, I was on the train home when I noticed this uncle standing a few metres away from me. On one of his forearms was a large, okay gigantic, black mole, which had sprouted a bunch of thick black hair. (HAHA don’t even ask me why I notice such things! :X)

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just like heaven

Snippet of a Whatsapp conversation with Daphne last night/this morning……

Me: [on Catholic Mass, which I attended one Christmas] Their choir singing sounds like those angels in heaven after u died

Daphne: How u know
We all no die before mah

Me: Oh the movie[s] said so

the solitary diner

Solitary dining at Caffe Pralet again. Had a bacon and avocado sandwich, chocolate mousse cheesecake and iced coffee without sugar ($15).

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you learn something new every day

Read an article titled ‘FBI turns up heat on 1990 Boston art heist’ in the Straits Times (ST) today (Life!, page C11). To sum up the article, I quote its first sentence: ‘The FBI believes it has identified the thieves who stole 13 artworks from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990 in the costliest art theft in United States history and asked for anyone who had seen the paintings to contact the bureau.’ And the missing art is apparently worth US$500 million!

This epic case of art theft was something I had never heard of before, so naturally I googled to find out more about it. This article gives a nice recount of the Gardner Museum theft, while this one describes the current situation with the FBI (which still lists the incident as one of its Top Ten Art Crimes).

The ST article also noted that the Gardner Museum offers ‘free admission to anyone named Isabella’. I checked the museum’s website and confirmed that this was true, as quoted from this page:

Isabellas Free…Forever! provides unlimited free museum admission to everyone with the first name Isabella–forever! Please see the bottom of the page for more details about the program. (Please note that, in order to be true to our founder, Isabelle and other variations and spellings do not apply.)

Seriously how cute is that? :D

army daze

After dinner yesterday, Serena and I went to Jubilee Hall in Raffles Hotel (next to Raffles City) to catch an adaptation of Army Daze (originally written in 1987 by Michael Chiang), presented by Nanyang Technological University’s Hall 13. Joanne had gotten the tickets somehow and asked if we were interested, and we said yes! I haven’t been to a proper stage performance for eons!

Jubilee Hall is a cosy little old-fashioned theatre. Last night, it was about 75% full. I wondered aloud if Serena and I were the oldest ones in the audience! :P

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not nice

Was supposed to attend a performance with Serena yesterday evening, so we decided to grab dinner first. We walked around the basement of Raffles City a bit, before she suggested Fruits Paradise. They actually specialize in fruit tarts, which I’d tried years ago, and didn’t really like – too healthy-tasting!

I ordered an omu rice with fried chicken,

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you learn something new every day

Here’s another amazing mathematician…… Srinivasa Ramanujan (1887 – 1920)! He was an Indian mathematician and autodidact ‘who, with almost no formal training in pure mathematics, made extraordinary contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions’. Click here to find out a little more about him!

you learn something new every day

Read about Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdos (1913 – 1996) today. Working with hundreds of collaborators, he published more papers than any other mathematician in history. And he was also known for his ‘legendarily eccentric’ personality. Click here to find out a little more about him!

don’t stigmatise academic successes

I like this letter, published in today’s Straits Times Forum Online, as it echoes my views……

Don’t stigmatise academic successes

FOLLOWING the Ministry of Education’s decision to discontinue the practice of naming top students in the national examinations, one wonders if this cosmetic move has yielded significant changes or improvements in attitudes (“The going got tough, but they got the As”; last Saturday).

Even if the move is meant to be purely symbolic, it has been a half-hearted endeavour to broaden the definitions of success, and by extension reduce the purported disproportionate emphasis on grades and results per se.

Vis-a-vis sporting and artistic achievements, for instance, I find it strange that we have no issue celebrating the successes of athletes and artists who have excelled in their respective fields, but are uncomfortable with naming top scorers. Is the act of naming top students detrimental?

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life of pi

After lunch, I went to watch Life of Pi. Had missed the movie’s original run late last year, but it started showing again at selected cinemas recently due to the Oscar buzz. (It received 11 nominations at this year’s Academy Awards, and eventually won four: Best Original Score – Michael Danna; Best Cinematography – Claudio Miranda; Best Visual Effects – Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan de Boer, and Donald R Elliott; and of course Best Director – Ang Lee.) The movie is based on the book of the same name – I had a copy, which I lent Ahgong and somehow he lost it. :(

Like the book, the movie told the story of Pi Patel, who survives a shipwreck and then a journey across the Pacific Ocean in a lifeboat with a tiger called Richard Parker.

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