making it easier to keep in touch with family and friends
Saturday, 31 October 2009
It is also one of the stormiest Halloween ever. The thunderstorm this afternoon/ evening was one of the worst ever. We could hardly see anything out the window because of the heavy rain and the thunder was rambling most loudly. :S
Initially I wanted to take my mother out for lunch but a close family friend came over so only we went for lunch. We went to Nolboo Hangari Galbi, Orchard Central because the girls' father wanted to try out this Korean restaurant. We tried the Korean glass noodle ($18), Ginseng Chicken soup ($26) and Grilled pork belly. There were complimentary side dishes and appetiser. The taste is pretty good. The pork was grilled in front of us which was interesting for the girls but downside, the smell got onto our clothes.
Friday, 30 October 2009
|You Are a Witch|
Like a witch, you are often misunderstood and unfairly judged. You are not as sinister as you seem.
You are intelligent and spiritual. You feel very connected to the world - both the dark and light sides of things.
You tend to keep to yourself, and because of this people tend to think things about you that aren't true.
You would just like to be left alone to do your own thing. You have no intention of harming anyone, even though you could if you wanted to!
Thursday, 29 October 2009
They rented Mamma Mia dvd last weekend. They have been watching the dvd everyday and they would sing along to the songs. I never expected them to like ABBA songs so much haha. Their favourites are Honey Honey, Mamma Mia, Super Trouper and I Have A Dream. Here's the Mamma Mia soundtrack remix. ABBA songs are actually very catchy and easy to sing to lol. :)
Here's Juliane performing Honey Honey using the broom as a standing mic lol.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Now all I have to do is to make sure she can memorise her lines by Saturday 31 October for her preschool concert rehearsal. :)
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
A good friend and I went for lunch. She drove us to Vanilla Pod, Mandai Orchid Gardens. It is a beautiful and serene place for a meal, greenery, the orchids. :) For starters, we shared Trio Mushroom Soup ($6.50) which has lots of chunky mushroom bits (no photo) and Pan-fried Duck Liver ($23.50): pan-fried duck liver which went really well with apple ragout, really sumptuous and real decadent! We will worry about our cholesterol level later haha. :P
For mains, I had Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($19.50) while my friend had Oven Roasted Leg of Lamb ($20.50). My chicken was tender and moist and the mushroom and ricotta cheese stuffing was great with the chicken. :) Although I didn't try it, my friend's lamb looked good.
For dessert, as we were too full lol, we shared a Strawberry Mille Feuille ($10.50). It was darn delicious! :)
After lunch, we walked a bit round the garden. Definitely have to bring my girls here for the orchids and the food. :)
My birthday was a quiet affair at home. The girls' father bought a cake home after Juliane called him to get a cake. The girls helped me to blow the candles before I cut the cake. Told you it was quiet lol.
Monday, 26 October 2009
When I saw the marks on Marieann's Term 3 work, the kiaus demon in me took over. I am ashamed to admit this but I became one of those kiasu parents. Sigh. I have to do something about this kiasu-ness of mine.
NB: Kiasu - a term in Hokkien, a Chinese dialect, meaning "afraid of losing".
Sunday, 25 October 2009
OC has a rather interesting architecture concept, can be a little confusing at times lol. :P But it is refreshing. We saw a couple of restaurants that we could try next time. We decided to have dessert at Heaven's Loft. The girls had Ben & Jerry's ice cream and the girls' father had Apple Pie ($6.50) which was passable. I had Pear Temptation ($13.90): baked puff pastry with pear and almond cream with Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. The puff pastry was really nice and not too sweet. The girls liked it too.
We browsed around for a while before sending Marieann for her lesson. I think we will be back for more lol.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Lee San, Wind of the Palace, a 2007 historical drama production, is directed by the same director as Jewel in the Palace. We just rented the DVDs last night and there are 77 episodes! Lol. We are now at Episode 18 haha. Lee San has all the right elements which makes us addicted to watching it - history, action, drama, and romance. :)
Friday, 23 October 2009
Horror is one of my favourite genres, be it books or movies. :) I love a good scare! Feeling my heart pounding away, me jumping out of my skin makes me feel ALIVE lol.
|You Are a Monster Movie|
Nothing makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up like a menacing monster, whether that monster comes from a lab or outer space.
You like horror movies with a lot of action and destruction. Of course you want the good guys to win in the end... but not until many people die first.
You appreciate the creativity involved with imagining the ultimate monster. The idea of an evil that is capable of anything both delights and frights you.
Your favorite movies have a unique take on the definition of monster. You go for movies like Alien, the Mummy, and King Kong.
Oh yes, I do love horror movies where there are monsters, lots of blood and gore, lots of action and destruction (but don't quite fancy the screaming kind of action). Yes, my favourite all-time horror movies are actually The Alien trilogy and The Mummy trilogy. :) But I somehow don't see King Kong as horror, it's just a gigantic gorilla in an action/ drama movie. :(
Thursday, 22 October 2009
You Are Orange
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
In between reading and sleeping, I went through math with Marieann as her math exam is next Monday. Somehow, she is still not stressed about exams. Sigh. This was the only stressful part of my stressless day.
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
I started the task after lunch at 12:30pm and I only finished at 7pm! I never knew I had so much clothes in my wardrobe. :P When I was done, there was a big pile of clothes that I was getting rid of. I asked my domestic helper if she wanted any of them, otherwise I would bring the pile to Salvation Army. My domestic helper decided she wanted everything lol - some she would keep for herself and the rest she would send home to Sri Lanka.
Strangely, even though I was stuck in my room for most part of the day, I felt recharged after the cleaning up of my wardrobe! :) Hmm, now that there is space in my wardrobe, time for shopping! Hahaha. :P
Monday, 19 October 2009
Sunday, 18 October 2009
Juliane ordered Mini Pizza: Cheese with Pineapple ($7) and Marieann had Pasta with Tomato Sauce ($7). The girls' father ordered Brunch: Egg Napoletana Set ($20++) which came with scrambled egg, portobello mushroom, grilled tomato, baked beans and ciabatta. I had Absolut ($26++): Penne with asparagus, button mushrooms, spinach, capsicum, flamed with Absolut vodka, topped with shaved parmesan. For sweets, Juliane and Marieann had Chocolate and Vanilla ice cream respectively while I had Apple Pie with Vanilla ice cream. :)
The food was absolutely wicked! :) It was darn delicious, even the girls' cynical father agreed and I think he is willing to go back again lol. The food was tasty and rich. Most importantly, the food is really filling and you don't feel as if you are only having vegetarian food! We absolutely enjoyed our lunch. :)
Saturday, 17 October 2009
Thank goodness, my dental problem was not as serious as I thought. Ok, my bad experience with the dentist when I was 5 years old has definitely coloured all my subsequent dental visits. :P After the dental visit, the girls and I settled down at the kopi tiam near the clinic to have breakfast. :)
After breakfast, I decided to reward myself for being so brave in visiting the dentist haha. Juliane and I went to Isetan to get my Clarins products and it being my birthday month, I had double bonus points with the products I purchased. Since Isetan is also having a 10% storewide, Juliane and I bought a few clothing items. :)
The rewarding continued into the night with a Japanese dinner at Tetsu Japanese Restaurant, Tanglin Mall lol. :P Juliane had a Ten Don while Marieann had a Green Tea Soba. Their father ordered a Katsu Curry Rice with breaded pork ($16.50).
I had a Course A ($35++) which came with Appetiser: Crabmeat tofu with century egg and Swordfish Tataki, Vegetable sticks with miso and Sushi Rool; Main: Kushi-Age (breaded scallop, shrimp, pork fillet, pumpkin and mushroom), Inaniwa Udon (hot) and Dessert: Yuzu sherbet. Each dish was tasty and just right in its portion. I also enjoyed the variety. :)
Friday, 16 October 2009
Thursday, 15 October 2009
However, kids will be kids. When I called home today, I had Juliane howling away over the phone that her sister had caused her to fall down from the chair. What chair? My chair?! It dawned upon me that they have been playing with my roller chair again. When I got home, a nasty bruise has formed on Juliane's knee. Both girls knew they were in the wrong and Marieann also apologised to her sister. I believe they have learnt their lesson.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
I have always thought Boyzone with its two lead singers, Ronan Keating and Stephen Gately, is one of the stronger boybands around and I absolutely enjoy listening to their songs, in particularly, I love the song "No Matter What". I found a Youtube video clip that plays tribute to Gately with the song "No Matter What". How fitting. May you rest in peace, Stephen.
Lyrics of "No Matter What"
No matter what they tell us
No matter what they do
No matter what they teach us
What we believe is true
No matter what they call us
However they attack
No matter where they take us
We'll find our own way back
I can't deny what I believe
I can't be what I'm not
I know I'll love forever
I know, no matter what
If only tears were laughter
If only night was day
If only prayers were answered
Then we would hear God say
No matter what they tell you
No matter what they do
No matter what they teach you
What you believe is true
And I will keep you safe and strong
And sheltered from the storm
No matter where it's barren
A dream is being born
No matter who they follow
No matter where they lead
No matter how they judge us
I'll be everyone you need
No matter if the sun don't shine
Or if the skies are blue
No matter what the end is
My life began with you
I can't deny what I believe
I can't be what I'm not
I know, I know
I know this love's forever
That's all that matters now
No matter what
Monday, 12 October 2009
Being in a recording studio again today sure brought those good old childhood memories for me. Maybe because of those early experiences in a recording studio, I was pretty calm when doing the recording today. :) It was pretty exciting and fun too. Before recording, I removed my earrings, bracelet, watch and shoes so to reduce sounds made accidentally by them as well as to reduce distraction. The recording went really smoothly, with no NG at all. :) I am most pleased with myself lol.
Sunday, 11 October 2009
However, the girls stuck to their pasta with tomato sauce lol. So much for trying to introduce French cuisine to them lol. :P The parents ordered a 3 course set lunch ($29+++).
For starter, I had Half Dozen Baked Burgundy Snails with Tomatoes & Herbs Garlic Butter. Marieann was game enough to try two of my snails and thought they were delicious lol. For the main course, I had Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Mushroom Polenta & Caramelised Apple in Port Wine Sauce. The pork was most tender and juicy. :) For dessert, I had Petit Pot Vanilla Custard which was absolutely yummy and the girls shared it with me. :)
The girls' father had, for starter, Balsamic Marinated Tuna with Preserved Lemon and Rocket Salad. He had Roasted Chicken Roulade stuffed with Crab meat, Risotto Milanaise and Mushroom Sauce for main course and Rich Chocolate Cake with Cream Anglaise. The chicken was quite tasty and unique with its crab meat stuffing.
After lunch, the girls and I went for a walk round Robertson Quay. Hmm, quite a few restaurants which we could try out next time lol. :)
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Good Luck for your PSLE!
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
Two good friends have to move. However, I think they would much prefer to stay downstairs because they have been at their current work stations for over a year. It actually made more sense for new RAs to move to Basement 2 rather than the settled RAs. Sigh. According to some (from another department) who have moved to the same Basement 2, the new place is quite dusty and the air circulation is quite bad too. :(
I will miss my friends as we have been neighbours for close to 1.5-2 years now. It is hard to get nice (work) neighbours. Sigh.
Monday, 5 October 2009
|Deep Down You Are Sensitive|
You're the type of person who notices everything and forgets nothing. You are very in tune with the world.
You feel deeply, and sometimes the silliest things can effect you. You are easily brought to laughter or tears.
You don't show the world how fragile you are. You instead show people how insightful you can be.
You are good at anticipating what's going to happen in your life. You are often the first one to see what's coming.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
After dinner at Xin Wang HK Cafe, Anchorpoint, there was some time left for the girls to carry their lanterns before their bedtime at 9pm and also before it starts to drizzle/ rain again. Eventhough they only walked to the playground and back, they were still thrilled. I guess it was the fun of carrying a lighted lantern lol. :)
PS. I had the Pork Chop with Mee Sua in Papaya Soup ($8.90) at Xin Wang. The soup which had milk added in it was really tasty and so was the mee sua. :)
Saturday, 3 October 2009
I finally cut my hair! I feel so lighthearted now lol. :)
Friday, 2 October 2009
Thursday, 1 October 2009
After dinner, we went to Takashimaya to get mooncakes. We have yet to buy our mooncakes for this year's Mid-Autumn Festival which falls on 3 October. After walking one round, we decided to get our White Lotus 4 Yolks mooncakes from Dragon Phoenix Restaurant. :) I love the yolk! :P I also bought the girls their laterns which they can light up and carry around the estate on Saturday night.