Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Happenings in January - Hidden Figures Movie + Miam Miam with Clique

Wednesday 25/1/17

Met up with the girls for a movie date at Filmgarde @ Bugis+. Thanks GF for bringing me for the movie preview of Hidden Figures and happy belated birthday to you. We have the opportunity to watch the movie way ahead of others which is only release on 23 Feb 2017.

Based on a real life stories, the movie featured the success stories of 3 African-American women - Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia) and Mary Jackson (Janelle).

Took place in the 1960s where the entire white community is prejudiced against the `coloured’ skin, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson show us how they overcome the prejudice with their incredible knowledge and desire to dream big, and become true American heroes. They successfully help launch astronaut John Glenn into orbit.

Living in a multi-racial harmonious country, we never really experienced such an extreme discrimination like having 'colored' toilet, pantry and education. The movie shows us how is it really like back in the 1960s where dark coloured skin are discriminated. It also means no promotion, no highly paid job and no space for them in university.

It ached my heart to see such discrimination that actually exists. Nevertheless, it's a meaningful movie, never doubt your ability and give up on your dream. Go for it and create your own miracle.



Tuesday 31/1/17

Met up with the clique on the fourth day of CNY  and also first day of work after we were back from our long weekend. Today is the start of my unbearable one month.

The 6 of us gathered again, our last full attendance was during Christmas eve celebration. We fixed our dinner gathering at Miam Miam @ Bugis Junction.

Ryden ordered this chicken salad for sharing.
The chicken was tender and delicious. This salad is super for people who want to have low calories meal. The chicken will make you feel full, not to worry that you will get hungry very fast.

I have Carbonara.
The creamy pasta tossed with bacon, mushroom, cheese and fresh egg yolk. The yolk was in a beautiful shape of orange. Smash the yolk and mix it thoroughly with the pasta so that every mouth will taste the aroma of the yolk.

The featured dish in Miam Miam - The French Toast.
The french toast was toppled with fresh made whipped cream and maple syrup, enhancing the flavour of the toast and making it savoury sweet with every bite. 

Yogurt and valrhona chocolate souffle. 
Indulge in a heavenly decadent melted chocolate on top of our soufflé. We top up another $1.50 to get a yogurt. 

It was a great dinner gathering, I love being with this group of people. I may not have a lot of friends, but having a few groups of true friends is more than enough for me.

See you soon again.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Bukit Batok Town Park - Little Guilin

I have been wanting to visit Little Guilin or Xiao Guilin for the longest time, a place that is known for its beautiful landscape. So during this long weekend, we made a trip down to Bukit Batok Town Park for a stroll along the park.

The nearest MRT station is Bukit Gombak.

We went in the late afternoon at around 5pm to avoid the scorching sun, turned out the sky was gloomy.

Bukit Batok Town Park resembles Guilin in China, that's how the name Xiao Guilin is derived. The towering rock cliffs make a majestic backdrop to the large lake.

The sight resembles what I always seen on ancient period drama, giving me a fantastic view of the tranquil lake.

Away from the hustle and bustle of the city. 
Little Guilin is more than just a lake, it has a spectacular view to offer.

Embracing what the nature brings us, a moment of peace and serene.
A great retreat for the city dwellers. Many families and joggers were there for a run or stroll too.

We sat on one of the big rocks for quite awhile, trying to achieve relaxed state of mind. This is one of the rare moment where we just sat down doing nothing and enjoy the present moment. We cast our phones aside, away from the internet, except for taking pictures. I really appreciate this because I like it when people give all their attention to the person they are meeting. That's the purpose of meeting up isn't it?
If not, you can just stare at your phone for my updates.

Enjoy the breeze and birds chipping. Life can actually be so idyllic.
I wasn't in a good mood that day, so I appreciate the peace the place has brought to me.

Spending time together before we parted for a month.

I have katsu don and chawanmushi for dinner at Kopitiam.
I was so full that I couldn't finish the rice. 
This meal was also one of my fastest and quiet meal.

It was a bad day for me, I didn't meant it to hurt the people around me. 
I hate myself being like this, I need to learn to control my temper so it won't affect the people around me.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Chinese New Year 2017

Happy New Year, everybody!!
Ushering the new year with the Golden Rooster this year.

Chinese New Year (CNY) is another favourite holiday of mine other than the year end festive (Christmas and New Year) because it is yet another long weekend. It is a tradition for me to have gathering with my relatives and collect ang paos.

Chap chye is what we always have for our brunch every year.

Our coffee table was filled with tins of cny goodies for our guest to eat while talking. We kept coming to the table to help ourselves with the goodies. Don't forget to drink lots of water while eating.

My plants were also decorated to spread the CNY atmosphere.

It is a tradition to wear new clothes on CNY so I bought this orange-pink t-shirt to wear on first day of CNY. Since I was at my home the entire day, I just wore something casual and comfortable at home.

My nephews brought their dog to our home. It is big in size and looks adorable, drawing everyone to surround the dog.

Even little Aiden wanted to stay close with the dog. So cute.

The dog was obedient, it didn't bark and just quietly sit there.

While waiting for more of my cousins to come, I joined this younger group to play for awhile. They love my pink monster cushion very much, kept throwing and playing catching. So nice to be young.

The vegetarian shark fin soup was ready to be served to the guests, prepared by grandma and mummy.
It was so delicious that I have 2 bowls of the shark fin soup. 

Our yearly steamboat affair during CNY dinner. 
As we have a very big group and limited seat, we split into quite a few rounds to cater to everyone. I was assigned to the first round of eating by mummy. 

Gather and gamble time.
Activity after dinner. My luck is always bad when it comes to gambling so giving it a miss.

Before the relatives left, we have our lo hei to usher the new year.
Huat ah, may 2017 be a prosperous year for all of us.

Bf came over to my house for CNY dinner. Hope you have a memorable one this year.

This was how I spent my CNY day 1, a warm and cozy gathering with my family, relatives and loved ones.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Happenings in January - Shang Pin Hot Pot + Food Hunt

Monday 23/1/17

This coming weekend is Chinese New Year (CNY), the most important festive in the lunar calendar is here. I have an early CNY celebration with my lunch kakis by having a reunion steamboat lunch at Shang Pin Hot Pot.

We set off to Rendezvous Gallery by Nick's car and arrived Shang Pin Hot Pot.

Since they were 8 of us, we split into group of 4 where 4 person will share 3 soup based together. Our groups were split based on beef and non beef. We selected the soup base of Tomato, Sichuan Spicy and Chicken.

I love tomato soup based the best, Sichuan spicy is too spicy for me.

My ingredients arrived.
Time to start digging.

It was our yearly tradition to have a reunion lunch together.
We always explored around and enjoyed good food together.

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Feeling full from the lunch, I have late dinner that night at Kopitiam @ Marina Square.

I chanced upon the salted egg chicken rice with egg at Mini Wok stall and decided to try it. The salted egg gravy coated on the chicken was generous, you can taste the salted egg in every piece. 

Bf ordered the curry chicken claypot for sharing.
It was yet another filling meal.

It's not the food we eat that matters, but the person we are eating with.

Tuesday 24/1/17

Meet up with bf after work to have dinner together, we always try to spend time together when time permits. 

I suggested to have dinner at Old People Park food centre that is near Chinatown OG. Lately we love venturing for hawker food.

We have Hokkien mee, 
We have been going around hawker centre to try out their Hokkien mee, still searching for the best.

We also ordered xiao long bao for sharing.
I love the xiao long bao here, they were serving piping hot and the broth was tasty.

After the dinner, we went to Mei Heong Yuen Dessert located at Temple Street for some sweet treat.
We ordered Mango with Pomelo & Sago and Mango Roll for sharing.

The month of December and January are the month of festive, the month of good food and gathering. More food hunt posts coming up.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Johor Bahru Day 2: Cafe Hopping in JB

We have a good rest and woke up to our checkout day.
Weekend staycation passed so fast. Nevertheless, I still have a great escape and nice weekend.

We got up and got ourselves ready for checkout before 12pm.

Greeted by the view out of our hotel window. 
Good morning, JB.
One last photo before we checkout our room.

We have a great stay at Grand Paragon Hotel. Everything was pleasant, a hotel that I will recommend to my family and friends who are looking for hotel stay in JB.

Cafe hopping in Johor Bahru has become trending and there are many interesting cafes awaiting our explore. We decided to embark on cafe hopping in JB each time we come here for staycation.

Today, our first stop will be Bev C'afe, located along Jalan Tan Hiok Nee. We took uber down to the cafe from our hotel.

This is one of the popular cafes located near the CIQ Checkpoint which is just 15 minutes walk away.
I wanted to visit this cafe after reading many interesting reviews from my friends and through the internet. Finally I made my visit here.

Bev C'afe is actually a boutique cum cafe, providing a space for creativity to be expressed through fashion design together with beverage crafting. The first level is a boutique selling clothes and bags while the second level was the cafe.

This is an interesting concept. With this, we can eat and shop at a single place.

This will be a great place to chill out for a drink or light bites. But if you are looking for something full, Bev C'afe only have a limited choice for main course. I would suggest you to come here for something light instead.

The place looked chic with just simple design and furnishing.

Relaxing in the cafe while waiting for our food.
Super hungry because we didn't have any breakfast and this was our first meal.

We have smoked duck pasta for our lunch.
The texture was al dente, but too spicy to my liking.
It was quite a special one, first time having pasta in black.

Done with our meal.

We went to explore around the cafe and discovered a resting corner which resembled a bedroom with a bed for people who would like a rest.

It's a nice place for photo taking.

My casual outfit for brunch.
I got this top as a gift from GF and I love the thin material and chic looking design. I felt comfortable in this top and definitely something that I will be wearing again.

Bev C'afe
54, Jalan Tan Hiok Nee, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Opening hour: 12pm

There are different cafes located nearby that is within walking distance from one another. We then hopped to Big Bites Cafe for some light snacks. A cafe inspired by delectable French and Italian pastries.

We ordered a cake for sharing, the texture was soft and creamy, literally just melt in the mouth. 
A rich indulgence.

We also have mushroom soup with dough to end off our lunch.
We enjoyed trying out different food variety from different cafes. 

Big Bites Cafe
18, Jalan Ibrahim, Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Operating hour: 9am to 7pm

Before walking back to CIQ Checkpoint, we passed by this pastry shop and went in to purchase their freshly baked chicken and char siew pastry for our family.

Headed back to Singapore straight after lunch to avoid the jam and allow ample time for checkpoint clearance.

Ended my day with dinner at Clementi Market & Food Centre.

I have a wonderful weekend with eating and shopping spree accomplished. With additional 5 new clothes, I am done with the shopping for the upcoming Chinese New Year.

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