Monday 2nd April 2007
Dear came to school to pick me up for lunch after stats lect. Suggested going to Adam Road Food Centre as I wanted to check out their nasi lemak and prawn noodles. Used to go there for fruit juice with my uncle and aunt quite some time back.
The nasi lemak was so-so. The only redeeming thing about this dish was that their ikan bilis were quite tasty, crunchy, sweet or whatever you call it. And $4 was considered quite expensive if you ask me. Think the stall next door, Adam’s Nasi Lemak would taste better but sadly it was closed that day.
The prawn mee sure didn’t live up to all the food certificates that were awarded to this particular stall. A review mentioned that this stall’s prawn mee tasted just as good as that from Onan Road but in my opinion, I don’t even think its anywhere near Onan Road’s prawn mee standard. The soup lacked body, which instantly killed this dish. I dint even bother eating the pork ribs. Call me a fussy eater. Haha
Don’t you think it looks like something I can cook at home?
As I wasn’t satisfied with my lunch, we then went to serene centre for some ice-cream from Island Creamery. The shop is pretty huge and they had many pictures of people from all walks of life stuck on walls. Kinda reminded me of the picture board over at Ben & Jerry’s.
The shop is huge but their ice-cream selection was rather limited, or shall I say, pathetic. We bought a large cup of horlicks and Revoso.
Revoso is a chocolate ice-cream bleanded with oreo bits. Not bad. The horlicks was quite good too. Prices are reasonable. It cost $2.50 for a small cup and $4 for a large cup. Tried their teh tarik flavoured ice-cream as well. I felt shiok eating it. Was quite bland at first but after swallowing it, it leaves behind a strong teh-tarik tea after taste! Had wanted to order it but opted for horlicks instead as the Revoso was bound to cover the weak tasting teh tarik. Tried their nutella flavoured one too. But it dint taste anything like nutella. Tasted more like vanilla. The color wasn’t even nutella color, it was WHITE for goodness sake! For a moment, I tot maybe they put the wrong ice-cream name tag or sth. Haha.
We love our ice-creams!
I was still hungry as usual. But today was a little bit unusual. I just couldn’t make myself feel full. I can eat one packet of mixed veg rice, with 2 meat and 1 veg dish and still feel as though I haven’t eaten anything! My mom says im crazy. She wonders how come I can go without food on somedays but on other days like this, I can eat non-stop and never feel full. That’s why I told her I rather not eat. Haha.
Had wanted to have Ritz Apple strudel from Bugis but changed my mind at the very last minute. Its scary to eat non-stop and yet, never feel full and the next day, realize that you’ve gained 3kg over-night.
Im just exaggerating. Its quite hard for me to gain weight and even harder for me to lose weight. But that doesn’t mean I eat like nobody’s business. I enjoy what I eat and I make eating a pleasure. =D
Our second round of ice-cream for the day is…… Drum Rolls…….
Cornetto’s Cookies and Cream Ice-cream!
This is some cornetto flavour which I’ve never tried nor seen before. Immediately laid my hands on it when I saw it. Told dearie not to copy me and pick a different flavor but he refused. Afraid that he would throw tantrums, I decided to be nice and give in to him. For that day only. Muahahaha. See how happy he is? =Pp
Tuesday April 3rd 2007
I skipped my tutorials and lectures today and crashed my dear’s FNA course at MDIS. Before that, we had breakfast at the school’s canteen. I had a ham and egg sandwich + a strawberry yoghurt drink while dear had kaya toast and a cup of tea.
The teaching style at MDIS is very much like in secondary school. Where the teacher will go through examples step by step and even walk round the class to make sure everybody understands. A lot of time was spent doing questions which sort of helped make time pass faster. Unlike in NUS where the prof just keeps going on and on and doesn’t give much time for us to absorb whatever the he says. Cant be helped as we’re supposed to be independent learners. All in all, im still amazed at how I managed to endure through 3 hours of FNA at MDIS. –bleahz-
For lunch, I had a bowl of century egg lean meat porridge from the stall whose you tiao taste like cheese! Im serious. If not for the cheese after taste, I would have condemned this stalls you-tiao as it wasn’t crispy at all. The porridge was pretty good and its only $2!
Dear had his usual hainanese curry rice. Think he’s gonna have a hainanese curry rice face sooner or later. We bought 2 mushroom + chestnut dumplings from the famous Ba zhang stall, Ho Kee but it was only ready for collection at 1.15pm. So while waiting for time to past, me and dear chilled over some drinks from Coffee Break.
This stall serves very interesting and unique concoctions of drinks. For instance, they have mint tea, cinnamon coffee, almond tea/coffee, lemon mint and lots more. I had ginger vanilla while dear had mint teh – o peng. The mint is refreshing. Their almond coffee is not bad as well. Have your drinks warm and not chilled. It brings out the flavour this way. =D
Dear dint wana eat the dumpling at amoy, so we ta-baoed it home. The dumplings from Ho Kee are sold out by 12pm. They usually make a second batch which is ready for collection at 1pm but the nicer flavours like salted egg + chestnut is usually unavailable the second round. I love all things with salted egg. Went to this hotel for teochew porridge buffet last time and I ate like 5 salted egg yolks. My mooncakes must have salted eggs too. =D
The dumpling is nice. Very fragrant and it isn’t very oily. I dint get to eat much. Only ate 1 mushroom and 1 spoonful of rice. Dear took the plate and gobbled it up before I could even say stop. Haha.
We had an early dinner today as dear had to work at 7pm. Had western from Lucky Western, a stall located in Crawford Lane Blk 462 coffeeshop. I had chicken chop while dear had chicken cutlet.
See how nicely done the chicken chop is. I still remember my first bite into the chicken chop. It had the grilled chicken taste which was damn good ah. The cutlet was not bad too! Reminded me of my grandma’s chicken cutlet which she used to fry years ago but for some reason, stopped frying it already. I dint finish up my side dishes as im not a sides and potato person. Except for the bread. It was soft and fluffy and I couldn’t help but spread melted butter all over it. Stunned? Haha
Dear went to work after that while I studied at Park Lane’s Mac. Had a cup of warm milo to perk me up. Main reason was acty to prevent my stomach from growling. Haha.
Iced teh-o peng again, from Mr Bean's
Wednesday 4th April 2007
Dint go for FNA tutorial as 6am was a sickening hour to get up for class. Especially FNA. Shall go for a make-up class on Thursday, which also starts at the same time. Yea, im weird. I cant get up for wed but I can get up for thurs. haha. Its all got to do with the MIND.
Lunch with dearie today as usual. Was craving for some popiah so dear rode to Toa Payoh Lor 7. Our budget is pretty tight, with dear having to live on a $6/day allowance and me having to survive on a $16/day allowance. Told my dear that I would be willing to support him should his daily expd force his expenses to be carried down over to next day’s balance sheet. Not good cause in the long run, he may not be able to cover his liabilities. Whahaha FNA Yucks I don’t noe what im talking about la. Don’t bother trying to understand. You’l only grow white hair. Muahahaha.
We had a really budget lunch today. $2 economical mixed veg rice! Its really cheap! 1 meat + 1 fish + 2 veg or 2 meat + 2 veg + rice for only $2!
Its so much more worth it, nutritious and filling than mcdonalds’ $2 sausage mcmuffin which I think looks extremely pathetic without the egg. Everyday, this stall never fails to generate long queues and eveytime we’re here, we never fail to see the man (the father of the family), who stared in the drama serial Happy Fish, joining the queue too!
As usual, we bought popiah as well. Dear had 2 while I had 1. This is what we’re here for. And its always Not Good, Very Good! Oh how I love the taste of the crunchy fish.
As we were in the vicinity, we decided to go for some sweet treats over at The Bakers’ Story.
The Bakers’ Story is located at Sin Ming and they specialize in cakes and all things brownie. The thing that distinguishes them from the rest is that they don’t just sell ordinary chocolate brownies, they sell cheese brownies!
Its good! Its good! See its so good I have to remind myself that its good. Even their cakes are good to. Love the chocolate royal! It has that crunchy chocolate cocoa bits at the base which I simply adore!
Their signature cheese brownie tasted more like brownie cheesecake rather than cheese brownie.
Cheese brownie means its still supposed to be a fluffy soft brownie except that it contains cheese flavouring while brownie cheesecake is brownie flavoured cheesecake. Duh~ So in other words, their cheese brownie leaned more to the mushy cheesecake texture rather than the typical fluffy spongy cake brownie texture. But overall, its still good and il certainly be back here again. Not just to try their other flavours, but also to check out Ice-Kimo! An ice-cream parlous just a few shops away. Heez~
Went back to study and cool down. The weather is freaking hot and I suddenly had the urge to drink grass jelly from the famous stall in Golden Mile. This granny is one experienced grass jelly maker. Her grass jelly is so smooth! Even smoother than Rochor’s tau huay. Me and dear bought 1 bowl each, with atap seed as I also had the urge to eat atap seed. I have weird cravings, yes, this I noe very well. =Pp
Was about to go back home but dono why my legs just felt like walking the other way. So dear just tagged along and suddenly, stopped, as our eyes caught sight of this word – CHOCOLATE. A stall in Golden Mile selling Chocolate?! Interesting I say. Made a terrible mistake to peek inside the gelato dip case. I think I must have the i-wana-sample-ur-ice-cream look cause he store owners always end up giving us samples after samples of ice-cream. Tom’s palette one was the max! haha. Convinced myself that my stomach still had room for dessert and bought a single scoop of coffee flavoured gelato. Its good! Its different from the gelotos you find outside. This one is more dense and the flavour is really STRONG. We could even pick out the coffee beans from the gelato!
They sell other things like crispy mini Belgian waffles too. You can have it dipped in melted chocolate for $2.50. All their waffles and gelato cost $1.80. Very Cheap! Cheapest gelato I’ve ever eaten.
They also sell chocolate fondue sets too! It comes with fruits, marshmellow, gelato and some other stuff which I cant rmb. For a set for 2, it cost $14.50. For 4, its abt $24. Must try it someday! But wait, I wana try my cheese fondue from Stammisch (somewhere near 6th Ave, along bukit timah road) first. Hurhurhur.
All the places we've dined at. Some have really nice and cute name cards. Like RoomFor Desserts. Riciotti's one is simple yet refined. The claypot chicken rice one has the banana leaf texture which i think is a great way to promote themselves. Interesting. haha
No pictures for granny’s grass jelly and gelato as I forgot to bring down my camera. Too hungry oredi. =Pp
After all that eating, dear den rode me to school for History test at 6pm. Such an ungodly hour for a test! I dint even study la. So many readings to do eh… But thankfully the questions were based on last last week’s tutorial which I had half the mind of skipping. Thank God I went! Phew~
Thursday 5th April 2007
B.A.S.I.C stands for Being A Servant-leader In-the Community
Today is GV’s 10th student council investiture! Its also a meet-up session with all my GV mates. Met up with Maggie and vanice at Whitesands first. They were doing some shopping and I had no choice but to wait for them. Cabbed down to GV as it was soon approaching 5pm. Mag paid as I dint have spare cash with me. Reached the foyer and we were made to write SOMETHING for MTT. Were given door gifts like sweets and a notebook, which I happily dumped into Maggie mee’s bag. Hahaha.
Walked around the school and saw so many familiar faces. The 3 Ben’s were chatting at one corner and Ben Leong seriously looked shorter. Last time he was termed the giant ok. Haha. Yi long looks so handsome now. Not like the little boy I used to know. Yvonne’s hair looked weird but none the less, still the short noisy Yvonne. Haha. I almost dint recognize Nicholas, the choir boy. He looks so damn matured now la. Gosh. Xiao Yi looks like Winnie. OopS. Yisi aggress with me. Haha.
As a guest, I felt bored. But in the past, as a councilor, I felt happy, satisfied, relieved that all the hardwork and time put into organizing this event was finally over. It was even more satisfying for me to see my backdrop flying high in the air. Talking about backdrops, it kinda brings back memories. Especially those times when we were a sucker for glitter. We would stay back in school almost everyday till quite late in the evening just to do the backdrop and end up leaving the place looking like a shimmering tree. Messy but fun!
This years’ investiture also had a singing segment where 2 girls were made to sing the song When You Believe by Mariah Carey. Arghhhhh~ Reminded me of the time I sang this on stage, ON STAGE ok, with Winnie and Leo. Haha. Damn hilarious. Even looking at the podium reminded me of those times I had to do pledge taking duties and who was the one who sabo-ed me into it? ALOYSIUS!!!! And those notice boards, cant believe I, an uncreative person was acty assigned the responsibility to design/do-up notice boards. Walked past the canteen and saw the table me and yisi always sat for recess/lunch break. Yea, all those times we always bought lemon-barley from the vending machine to drink. Haha. Study tables were in their usual places and what were they used for? To sleep and copy a maths and physics homework. Haha. Those days seemed so long ago and I truly miss them so much.
The event ended at 8pm. I was dead hungry. So me and yisi chionged to the refreshment area for FOOD. Its pathetic. They only had beehoon, chicken wings and some finger food. I was expecting a spread, considering its their 10th anniversary. But no complaints, I was hungry and anything should suffice.
I was so hungry I only remembered to snap a picture of my food after eating three quarters of it. Practically gobbled everything up. James sent me home after that, Thanks!
Friday 6th April 2007
Woohoo~ 1 more day to my birthday. Im very excited cause I’m eager to find out what my dear’s up to. He’s being very secretative and stuff these few days. Tried to trick him into divulging his plans but failed at every attempt. BOO~
Nth much to blog for today. I was good and stayed home the whole day. Had intended to go to Malaysia with my aunt, uncle and grandma in the afternoon but changed my mind as I couldn’t stand the sweltering heat. But they ended up not going as well as traffic at the causeway was extremely bad.
Look what I had for breakfast. Not the usual Post Cereals but Cheese Ravioli! It’s a kind of Italian pasta with cheese/meat stuffings inside. Mom got this from Carrefour and boiled it for brekkie. The soup’s good! Guess she added some chicken broth to it.
Got quite sick of studying and so, I cam-whored for my dogs! Haha. Cute aren’t they?
Mom cooked dinner. Grilled teriyaki dory fish with rice! Yum~ I love dory fish. Love Cod fish even more.
Yippie! 20 more mins till my birthday! Wonder who will be the first person to wish me happy birthday. Haha =D
Chocolate easter eggs someone gave me. haha so kiddish rite