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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Healing Touch - Massage Anyone?

About 2 weeks before our Junior Recitals, James and I decided that we needed a time out because work was piling up. We were feeling the pressure!

Naturally, we opted for (what promised to be) a therapeutic massage session at "Healing Touch":

The interior:

It smelt really nice in side too! Like, aroma therapy oil kinda smell, you know?

Nice water feature:

Happy James:

The massage bed:

It was the first time I had ever gone for a full body massage, so I really didn't know what to expect. The masseuse gave me this really tiny cotton thong thing and was like: you take off everything then put on this one ah!

And then I looked at the thong and went O.O?!

But it was a good session and I could feel my muscle knots being kneaded away. She also asked if I wanted my back err... "twisted" and I said sure! Damn that was the best decision I made in a year - it felt awesome!

Us post-massage:

For more information, visit their website: HERE!
You can do your bookings online so it's really quite fuss-free. And they offer a large variety of massages/scrubs so make sure you check them out! (I personally am eyeing one of the scrub sessions. Muahaha)

Anyways, we got hungry post-massage so we went scouting for dinner and ended up at this dingy looking Dim Sum place, which turned out to be pretty good! (Sorry I forgot the name of the place, will make a note of it the next time I go there!)

Fried Foo Chuk:

A tad bit too oily for me, but tasted good nonetheless!

Sugar cane + Lime:

Definitely a must-have thirst quencher. Awesomesauce#

Xiao Long Bao:

Wasn't great. There was hardly any soup in it - which made us think that it was probably the frozen, factory-produced type. Edible though.

Yam Cake:

I'm a yam fanatic. I could eat yam the whole year and not get sick of it. And this yam cake just made my mouth water!! TWO thumbs up!

Har Gow (shrimp dumpling?):

This was o-kay as well. I'm not a big fan of this particular dim sum anyways, so yeah.

Chee Cheong Fun:

This was my least favorite of the evening. The sauce was sickly sweet and had a gooey texture (which I didn't care for), and the chee cheong fun itself tasted kinda wonky. O_O


Fried Char Siew Pau:

I'm salivating just thinking about how good this was! I loved the fact that the flour bit wasn't too thick, and the meat inside was cooked just right (tender). Dammit I want it NAO!!

All in all, it was a great day out and I can't wait to do it again! *hint hint*

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

When Too Much is Too Much

I tend to talk too damn much a lot, and some people think I'm uncouth/chatty/noisy/blunt/ *insert other annoying attributes here* etc. But being brought up in a predominantly Chinese family, we're taught that some things are better left unsaid, for fear of offending/hurting other people. My grandma always said: if you've got nothing good to say, don't say it.

image courtesy of Google images

This works most of the time, but what happens if someone has repeatedly done things to disrespect/hurt you? Just how much is too much? And not 7 hours ago, I decided I've had enough of keeping quiet.

*disclaimer: the following quotes/dialogues I include below are rephrased/diluted to protect the individuals involved - no names will be mentioned"

A good friend of mine recently went through a pretty turbulent relationship. Not because he/she found out the other person was a druggie or something (Lord forbid)... the big issue was "THE EX". It started with the whole "I-hope-you-don't-mind-we're-still-friends" talk. Now, this friend of mine is not a naturally jealous person, so she made it clear that she would be TOTALLY fine if they went out for coffee to catch-up blah blah blah. 

Bombshell #1 he said, "yeah we might go for movies or jogging... and she might visit my mom and stay over at our place."

First point : how much one should COMPROMISE.

In my book (and many other girls' as well), letting him even meet the ex 1-on-1 is a big deal. But movies? jogging? sleeping over? RED ALERT! I'm sitting here thinking (and James agrees with me), " Why the hell would you wanna spend alone-time with your ex anyways?!" But after much debate and (reluctant) interferences from another friend and I, they somewhat patched things up. *To be fair, the guy was just listing out the things he thought normal friends do together - so it was a misunderstanding.*

Bombshell #2 he said, "we're... experienced."

Second point: when are you IN DENIAL?

"She's conservative."
She dresses like this:
image courtesy of Google images
"She doesn't like it when guys stare (at her cleavage)."
I don't like hypocrites.

My friend says, "she reveals a bit too much".
He says, "but she cover everything else".
And it's okay if you wear your pants so low that your butt is hanging out, cause well, you "cover everything else" right?

"She initiated all the physical things we did, but she's an angel really."
image courtesy of Google images
At this point, my friend is exhausted. She's a pretty staunch Christian so having to digest and accept all that information is no meat feat. It's honestly no wonder she had na-da feeling left for him after she had been bled dry emotionally. At one point I even caught myself wondering: is he even over the ex yet??

Bombshell #3 he says, "WTF?! She sent me a song titled Come Back To Me (not real title)! I'm so angry!"

Third point: when is it TOO LATE?

Finally, he wakes up, no longer deluded. The ex knows that he's attached (he told her personally). But still, he says, "she's not as bad as you think."

Yes. Everyone has their shortcomings, just like everyone has some good and bad in them. But there's a line between being a friendly ex and blatantly trying to break up your ex's current relationship. She (the ex) was clearly trying to mess with his head and see how far she can push him. Good news is, it backfired - he realizes that she's not the angel he thought he knew; bad news is, my friend has just about had enough.

Just as an after thought, who in their right mind keeps an album on their social network profile entitled "Me and My Baby (not real title)" after breaking up? *yanks hair* but I digress.

Needless to say, it was (quite literally) music to my ears when my friend finally decided to call it quits. I told her that it would have been over if I no longer had feelings for the guy, but I respected her decision to let him try and mend things. Well, time's up. 

Finally, food for thought. DO click on the link and watch the videos, then decide for yourself.

I'm honestly very sorry this had to happen, because I was happy when they got together and I had a very high opinion of the guy as a person and friend (I still do in some respect). I'm not judging him or anyone, this blogpost is just my thoughts on relationships based on what my friends went through and hopefully will never go through again.

Monday, 19 March 2012

TCC, Changi Airport

It was another one of those crazy nights out with Guan Yu, Xing Lin, Qabir and James. And... we decided to head to Changi Airport for supper. Xing Lin actually came to pick James and I up from PGP. #awesomesauce

SO anyways, I'd heard a lot about TCC but never had the money a chance to try it out.

The interior:

What James had:
Cappuccino Cheese Cake Dream
A wee bit pricey for what I could probably make myself (just that it won't look quite as classy), but it was drool-worthy nonetheless.

What I had:
Mozza Stick(s)
These were great! Well, that's only if you're a sucker for mozzarella cheese like I (obviously) am. Drinks lotsa water though, cause the stuff's REALLY deep fried.

What Guan Yu had:
Penne Mama Mia
She highly recommends this dish. Apparently she gets it almost every time she visits the cafe.

What Xing Lin had:
The Veal Thing
Err... Judging by the look on his face, he didn't quite like it. But if you're the adventurous type, give it a go!

One of the many drinks:

Oh the cookie was *drool* hahaha. But I didn't dare try any of the coffees (I know right? Visit a coffee place and not try out the caffeine-infused goodness) cause well, caffeine keeps me awake. But if James and Guan Yu's blissful expressions were anything to go by, I'd say the coffees are a must-have at TCC.

For more info, visit their website: HERE!

Verdict: Would definitely head back there to try out their main dishes!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Everything With Fries

After a conservatory concert last month, James, Luke and I headed out to Holland Village for some drinks + snacks + chit chat.

Ended up at "Everything With Fries"

Interior:

Menu:

James and I:

What Luke and James had:

My sparkling apple juice (I didn't feel like alcohol that night):

HIghlight of the night: FRIES!
Sour Cream & Onion
Curry Flavor
James trying to be funny:
Smiley Ketchup
Digging in:

Must try the main courses next time around!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

How To: Bake A Cake

My sis managed to drag me into baking with her when I was at home for the holidays.

I forgot to take pictures of the process until right before we stuffed it into the oven, but I'll get the recipe form my sis and post it up here tonight.

Yummy... Get a load of the chocolate chips!

Sis with the unovened uncooked cake:

Final product:

My sis let me do the icing, but the white chocolate had cooled down. That's why it looks a bit wonky:

But it tasted friggin awesome! XD

Update: THE RECIPE!


Chocolate Chip Sponge Cake
Serves 9


Cooking time - 40-45 minutes


Ingredients:

225g/8oz self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
225g/8oz butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
225g/8oz caster sugar
55g/2oz ground almonds
4 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
140g/5oz milk chocolate chips
55g/2oz milk or plain chocolate, melted, to decorate
55g/2oz white chocolate, melted, to decorate


This sponge cake is made by the quick all-in-one method. 


1. Preheat the oven to 180'C/350F/Gas Mark 4. Grease and line a 23cm/9inch square shallow cake tin.

2. Sift the flour and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the butter, sugar, ground almonds, eggs and vanilla extract. Using an electric handheld whisk, beat until the mixture is very smooth and creamy. Fold in half the chocolate chips.

3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and gently smooth the surface. Scatter over the rest of the chocolate chips. Bake in the preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until well risen, golden and springy to the touch.

4. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for five minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

5. To decorate, spoon the melted chocolates into two separate paper piping bags. Snip off the ends and drizzle the chocolates in squiggly lines over the cake. Leave to set. Cut into squares and serve.


TIP: Freeze individual squares in foil – they are perfect for packed lunch or picnics.

Happy baking!

Thursday, 1 March 2012

CNY Reunion Dinner 2012

Had our reunion dinner at Flower Drum this year. 

Bro, Grandpa and mom:

Mom and dad:

Me:

Forgot to mention that I got new specs! Awesome stuff. I fully intended to switch to contact lenses but they hurt after a few hours so I'm back to nerdy ol' full-framed glasses.

Grandpa with the kids:

Aunt and I:
Mini dress from Dream House, Haji Lane, Singapore (they stock pretty good stuff)

Food was okay-ish. Can't blame them for the iffy quality cause it WAS the eve of CNY. There were some people singing horribly out of tune nearby - my siblings and I kept making fun of them.

Next post: baking stint at home!