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Friday, October 21, 2016

Swatow Seafood

Dimsum lunch at the old Chinese restaurant in Toa Payoh. The name of the restaurant changes but for the last 10 years or so its called Swatow Seafood Restaurant. The decor has been updated but the food is still traditional. There are only a few of us so we had dimsum for lunch, some of the other tables ordered family sized set meals that came in really generous portions.

Don't ask for roast meats though, all the meat here is braised or deep fried.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Tian Tai Eating House

Corner coffeeshop at the intersection of Kim Keat Road and Lorong Limau is filled with malay food stalls. For some variety there is a chinese seafood zhu chao stall. The malay food here is really good and the place is always filled with patrons. It's about $2.50 for 3 vegetables & rice, if you have meat then its about $7.50.

Further down the road at the intersection of Kim Keat Road and Kim Keat Lane is an Indian coffeeshop. And when you hit the main road, there's BJ (Botak Jones) American Diner serving western food.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange Juice Machine

This fresh OJ machine sits outside Cold Storage Novena Square. It's fresh alright, $4 a cup.

I filmed the oranges falling into a squeezer and the OJ filling the cup. Both my hands were full so its a little shaky.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Food Fair (Zhongshan Park)

Food court that opened in Zhongshan Park last month, here's a list of stalls open:

- roast meats (shao roa)
- dish with rice (zhu chao) 
- homemade noodles (ban mian)
- dumpling noodles (wanton)
- vegetarian mixed rice (also serves desserts)
- chicken/pork belly hotpot
- nasi lemak / curry rice
- western food
- abalone noodles
- drinks and fruit

The best value has to be western food. Chicken chops $6.80 that comes with 3 sides and its soo juicy and flavorful even without the accompanying sauce.

The tastiest dish has to be ban mian with a really tasty broth. Wish there was a dimsum stall you know, for takeaway.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Dreaming & Designing

20 years ago I was dreaming and designing my own room. It took $5,000 and about 3 to 4 years to get it approved and done. The rooms got a new coat of paint, new super-single sized beds, new built-in cupboards. I bought an Ikea bookcase, new curtains, new bed sheets, sun catcher and a custom notice board. I even added in a TV and aquarium, it totally refreshed my life. Moving onto my home and I have 3 designs so far, haven't decided on the location yet. More coffee @ my worktable and high tea 2020! Maybe I can move in on 2nd Feb, looks like a lucky date 02/02/2020.

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Spent a whole lot of time planning my great American road trip that is still in progress, maybe it won't even happen. Apart from passport visa, driving licence, credit card application (I need a bank account as well), new phone registration (and phone card from each state). It's much more complex now with different road toll memberships. Wondering if I need a registered address as well, since it keeps appearing in all the registration forms. American airports have TSA, so luggage and check-ins have to be compliant. I recently found out about the new airlines Jetblue and Aeromexico, will definitely try it out if I get the chance to. All I have is a general idea of what I want to see (american football match), do (sew a quilt) and eat (southern comfort food).

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Pek Kio Market

This old hawker center is located at 41 Cambridge Road, easily accessible by bus and mostly open only for lunch. My family comes here for the famous lor mee and prawn noodles. This time around I came by for tea and only a few stores are open.

There is the well loved fishball noodles with a salty savory soup. Oyster omelettes with very fresh and plump oysters. All the drinks and desserts you could want are available throughout the day.

If you drop by a little earlier, there is freshly made chee cheong fun and fried beehoon. Alternatively, you can try the malay stall that is always filled with food, I like that you can get briyani, prata, thosai or just mixed rice at all times of the day.

Friday, September 16, 2016

this week...I ate out a lot

4 occasions in 1 week (Grandparents Day, Hari Raya Haji, Onam, Mid Autumn Festival) is enough to put everyone in a restful mood. I ate a lot of festive goodies this week as well as fast food coz no one has mood to really cook. Tried the Veggie Crunch burger, not bad. Can't get enough of McDonald's Signatures, now available island wide. Burger King's Teriyaki Burger is a hit with me and my family.

I also won an autographed book poster from an online contest. Kinda hoping it comes with the books but it doesn't. Still excited about it tho'.