Saturday, 26 July 2008

Food Review: Song Fa Ba Kut Teh ****

After my foot reflex, we swung by opposite The Central (Clarke Quay) to try the ba kut teh which chris colleague recommended. ordered pig's trotter, kiam chai, cai xin, peanuts and of cos, ba kut teh. i also ordered chinese tea.

i love the chinese tea cos it's the authentic zisha pot type with tiny cups so it's like drinking in a chinese tea house. so shiok! ^^ the pig's trotter is really good too... you er bu ni (fatty yet not greasy) and plenty of lean parts for me to eat. the peanuts are braised to a soft yet lightly crunchy perfection. giam chai and caixin are nice. but i felt the ba kut teh was a tad too peppery... would have preferred it more porky and less peppery.

on the whole, it was a satisfying meal and i told chris, it will be even more perfect if i can finish it off with a bowl of ah balling (glutinous rice balls in peanut soup), ou nee (yam paste with pumpkin and ginko nuts) or oshiruko (japanese pureed red bean soup and soba balls)... hahaha... three of my favourite asian desserts (after bird's nest of cos).

Massage Review: Kenko Wellness Spa *****

This evening after church chris needed to go to Funan Centre to buy some stuff so i tagged along but yawn yawn yawn... nothing to buy one but ah ha! saw a kenko wellness spa offering 10 mins shoulder massage for $10 so i decided to try.

wa... the massage was so good i felt the tight muscles on my shoulder unknotted and i decided to also try the foot reflex... if you know me, you will know i like foot reflex a lot. i will sometimes arrange for visually handicapped masseuse to come to my office to do massage for my staff at $12 for 20 mins ^^ and i will always support support a bit... when i get a foot reflex, i'd moan and groan and my male colleagues will -_______-???? one LOL...

so anyway, back to kenko... their lounging chair for foot reflex is kinda like those high class pedicure chairs where the lower half opens up into a foot bath where you can soak your feet in warm water... wa!!!! shiok... tingling tingling sensation one. then it's dabbed dry and powdered and the foot reflex starts... wa! it's v v comfortable... the masseuse is v skilful so it's not v painful... she press press...

she: you... use your brain a lot hor?
me: er ya... my job requires...
she: your eyes... you always do computer? always go internet internet...
me: er... ya... (how does she know i blog a lot?)
she: you... sometimes eat v little sometimes eat a lot...
me: er ya... past two days v busy didn't really eat dinner...
she: see la... this part v pain cos always wear high heels... your lower back, always pain?
me: ya... sometimes sleeping that time kiu up so pain...

haha... she is so power... i felt v good after that... chris also felt the difference in me. he said sian sian one like v tired then after the massage, i was more energetic. haha...

it's v worth it. i bought a package which is $374.50 for 10 sessions of 10 mins shoulder massage cum 35 mins foot reflex. valid for 18 months. can be used by father mother brother friend husband etc etc... anyone la. transferable. i told CC about it and she is keen to try. i am sure she will love it ^^

Monday, 21 July 2008

Brainteaser

Lai Lai Lai! everybody play game lai!

1. think of a 4-digit number made up of digits from 0-9. repetition allowed but cannot be all same digit e.g. cannot be 1111, 2222, etc. but can be 1234, 0112, etc.

2. jumble up (i.e. permute) the digits to form another 4 digit number (0 allowed in first few positions e.g. 1240 jumble up become 0124 is ok)

3. subtract smaller number from bigger number to form another 4 digit number (again, 0 in front is allowed)

4. choose one of the 4 digits in step 3 and hide it, (but CANNOT hide 0), tell me the remaining 3 and i will tell you the digit you're hiding!

Lai Lai Lai, play play!

Fried Bao

This morning when i was about to leave home, i received an sms from HY...

HY: ey, your air freshener can use anot? my bao chao ta...
me: ha????? ah yo.... can. fill w water, add the solution.

n i couldn't wait to hear his explanation. when i arrived, i screamed, "HY!!!! the whole place is so stink!" he pai seh-ly said, "sorry sorry"

apparently, he was trying to steam his bao in the microwave. he added A FEW DROPS of water on the top of the bao and left it in there for 3 MINS!!!!! *slap forehead* cos that day he saw me steam shrimp toufu and broccoli and i taught him how to do it but i SPECIFICALLY told him to PUT A CUP OF WATER in there... he went to put A FEW DROPS OF WATER...

so when i arrived, wa!!!! the whole office smelled chao ta... KG giggled and said: "i could smell it from downstairs before i came in..."

uncle, a cup not = a few drops -.- and common sense says bao don't need to microwave for 3 mins! diao diao diao.

Vampire

i think my colleague HY is a vampire...

today TF, HY and i were eating jap food and after a while i realised the edge of HY's disposable soup spoon was red...

me: YEE!!! how come your spoon is red???
HY: oh... her her.. i think it's cutting my lip (and HY has v thick luscious lips)
me: YYYEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! you mean you're bleeding????? as you're eating it's cutting you???? *squirm*
me: her her.... think so!
me: YYEEEEE!!!!!!!! *whole body kiu up*
HY: ner mind la, just eat lor!!!!

-______-||| that fella was drinking his own blood with his katsu karee don! AAAHHHHH!!!!!!! so gross!!! so gross!!!!

Wonder Woman

As you all know, pris and i went for 5km SHAPE run yesterday. We were supposed to meet at 630 am to share cab there but i woke up a bit late she called my mobile, called my home, called chris... so kan cheong haha... then i told her to wait at A she went to wait at B and i didn't bring my phone so i was gong gong waiting at A while she was at B... wait wait wait... then i run back home to check my phone and call her. by the time we left our place, it was almost 710. flag off is at 735... if miss flag off, all the best liao... cannot join in. it will be such a joke, to wake up early on sun, take a cab down and then take cab back without running! haha... but thank God we made it.

well, we had to Q up for toilet (those portable type) and while Q-ing these two CJC kids came up to interview me for ProjectWork... ah yer... nowadays the gin nahs are so on the ball, sunday also do ProjectWork! then 5 mins later, another pair from the same group (i think... cos it's same project) wanted to interview me again! there were 8000 people... what's the probability of getting approached TWICE? LOL... maybe should buy 4D with my running tag number... LOL

so the 10km run went off 5 mins before ours and then it was our turn to run... we ran ran for like 10 mins (around 1/4 of the 5km total distance) and we saw an ang mo wonder woman on her way back from the 10km run!!!!! is she human????? we all =O ??? couldn't believe it. power. i think her timing for 10km is less than 20 min.

felt really great after the run and reached home at around 930. i like to 7 early 8 early wake up and do a lot of things then have the whole day to nuah... haha...

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Bad Breath

i am going for the 5km SHAPE run tomorrow so i told chris...

me: dear, in case i don't survive... my bags and shoes, gib grace and pris. the small burberry bag gib CC. jewellery gib my nieces. lenses, gabrielle and gitzo gib jiahui, all my teapots and tea cups, gib grace n my namiki gib eunice....

chris: -.- did you brush your teeth?

then 10 mins later...

chris: dear, i going USA... if my plane kena hijacked by terrorists, my macbook pro give errol, my PC give wenyi...

me: -_____-

^^

YAY, i'm in a good mood today ^^

HJ called so we chatted for a while

i went to breathe taka air ^^ bought an ear thermometer and humidifier for my cute nieces, loccitane for myself, beanie travel neck pillow for chris ^^

then went to church

then had sake ikura don (salmon and salmon roe rice bowl) and gozen shiruko (red bean paste with rice cake) for dinner. yum yum ^^

then went to visit my cute niece who opened her eyes to look at me... "Gwyneth... i am your gugu ^^" she is sooo cute ^^

LIU LIAN LIU LIAN LIU LIAN

Yesterday some inconsiderate person brought durian INTO the office and the whole place was so stink! so i went around sniffing out who the culprit was... ah... the other department... haiz... so inconsiderate... durians are not allowed on air con buses and MRT... so why does this person think s/he can bring durian puffs to the office???

CC: *turn around from her lap top* definitely not our department... our department... no one will dare to bring durian in (cos they know i HATE durian... haha)

so inconsiderate... they better not put the durian puffs into the fridge... if not... i will ROAR over email on mon liao.

Friday, 18 July 2008

Emo -> Infinity

I am in a very emo mood today... last night i could not sleep, tossed and turned... should have known.... forgot to check the moon...

this morning my tummy hurt like mad and i still had to work... i forgot my meds so i took 2 superactive paracetamols... basket, take so long to take effect... i dragged my feet along the corridor to the presentation... someone familiar saw me, waved his hand at me, "er... r u ok?" i mustered a weak grin, "ya, ok" continue walking... during my presentation, i felt faint and i felt the cold sweat trickling down my forehead and temples... i just wished i wouldn't puke... i didn't... thank goodness...

i found out i got ONE STRAND of white hair...

someone made me cry... this person also jin suay... say the wrong thing at the wrong time of the month... i wept in my cubicle... heng, no one was around... i ignored the "i'm so sorry" smses...

chris is out w the guys LAN gaming... i am alone at home... i had ban mian, it didn't make me feel better...

oh man, i feel like crying again... i so need to watch my korean weepie or click flick...

cos It's EMO night.

BLANC

AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*thunder and lightning from all directions converge on me*

today CC, TF, Miss Lee and I went to toilet together and on the way back...

CC: *looked at me intently* BAI TOU FA!
me: WHERE GOT???? NO!
CC: *fish it out, try to convince me*
me: NO! i NEVER had any white hair before!!!!
CC: *held that offensive strand in front of my face* so obvious... neh!
me: AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! white hair!!!!!
CC: what you want to do with it? pull out?
Miss Lee: don't pull! pluck one grow three!!!

*squat in corner grow mushrooms, emo -> infinity*

i have one strand of white hair.... i shall will it to disappear.

*thunder and lightning from all directions converge on me*

Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Ask And Ye Shall Receive

This verse applies to God, some humans don't follow this rule...

Case 1: Someone at work
I asked SOMEONE a simple Y/N question over sms and his reply?

"Read your email"

I was like WT??? the reply is as simple as typing a few keys on his phone. he asked me to "check email" so i got to take out my Macbook, launch Safari, go to email page, type in userid and password and read his ONE LINE email.

Da Bian.

Case 2: Someone at home
I asked SOMEONE how to make sure the presentation on Gabrielle comes out properly (i have a presentation tomorrow)
SOMEONE: TSK! the other time i showed you already!!! you never listen!!!
me: i did... i just forgot... so ask again...
SOMEONE: I showed you before! *show attitude*

my IT is cmi one... and i have bad memory... the last time i used it was in Feb... now Jul le... i forgot le ma...

feel so hurt...

Shape Up

I signed up for 5km SHAPE (SHAPE is a health magazine) run this Sun but Pris is down with flu again... and i feel so out of shape... have been sick on and off too so have not been running... hope won't konk off and die this Sun. hope i can go for a run this evening...

Wringed Brains

Arghhh... yesterday evening i had a really bad headache between my eyes... it was so super painful that i felt like puking... like someone wringing my brains from the inside... hate it.

why do people get headaches?

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Movie Review: Red Cliff *****


We caught red cliff last night at GV grand... sandwiched between two ang mo couples. i leaned over to chris..

me: dear, they will understand meh? chinese history nei...
chris: -.- got subtitles wat!

well, i enjoyed the show v much. although i should normally feel v sleepy at that hour, i was totally engaged and it was not because ZHUGE LIANG is the deliciously-handsome-most-gorgeous-guy-who-ever-walked-the-planet TAKESHI KANESHIRO (see left). the battle scenes are exciting and u can't help but marvel at how smart we chinese are ^^ oh oh, look out for GUAN YU... i think he is UBER COOL.... he will appear, look damn cool with his dark face and fierce eyebrows then ta ta ta ta ta kill everyone in his path with his long sabre... WA! there was this scene when they fought CAO CAO's (see right) army using the BAGUA formation then the heroes one by one appeared to slash, cut, slice, throw, punch, hurl the bad guys... WA! the scene was super exciting... when GUAN YU appeared, i wanted to clap and cheer nei.... but other people didn't... so not supportive one. so i just lightly clap clap, can't hear one... so not shiok.

well, LIN CHILING (see left), suposedly the most beautiful woman in taiwan, looked pretty but didn't speak much and when she did, sounded a tad too saccharin sweet for me but i'm sure the guys all went weak in the knees and cursed the censorship board that they cut off THE scene with TONY LEUNG who played ZHOU YU (see right)... tsk tsk tsk...

definitely worth watching if you don't mind that their version of history isn't quite accurate...

but but but... the ending.... *slap forehead* is super HA?? we were all like HA???????? felt v cheated by the ending....

oh, did i mention that this ZHUGE LIANG is THE MOST good looking ZHUGE LIANG in ALL versions of romance?

So Cute So Cute!!!!

LOL.... have you ever seen a bunny asleep??? i caught west dozing off this afternoon... until his head was plop on the floor and his ear dangled in the air (he is a lop-eared rabbit so his ear is supposed to droop when he sits up. in this position, his ear looks v funny!)... he totally bochaped me when i took this shot of him....


and i wonder what he dreamt about cos he started licking his lips in his sleep!!! but the shot is a bit blur cos i was too amused to react fast LOL


oh... erm... if you've been to my house and saw these black pellets on the floor... well, it's rabbit poo. v clean one la. chris will pick them up with his hands! haha...

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Bitterness

This morning i saw evil person who pissed me off. I didn't even bother to say "Hi" even though i am normally v friendly... Then I came to my desk and read the Daily Bread...

Is God speaking to me? This is what I read today:

"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many." - Hebrews 12:14-15

I am struggling within... I am still simmering but God is telling me to let go and forgive... it's easier said than done. Pls pray for me.

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

XO

Today I have ministry meeting at Joanne's place in Holland V so I decided to have the famous XO fish bee hoon for dinner. I SPECIFICALLY told the uncle i don't want XO but i think he still added it...

well, i was so hungry, i ate really fast and gulped down the soup...

then...

my ears turned red...
my face flushed...
i got blood shot eyes...

i couldn't concentrate anymore...

head spin spin...

walk briskly to toilet... hover over toilet bowl.... cold sweat....

BLEEEHHHHH!!!!!!!! puke like merlion.... puke until cry.... puke out my $7 bee hoon soup...

I hate XO fish bee hoon.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Christian The Lion

I cried when i watched this...

If you're an animal lover and pet owner, you'll understand why ^^

Monday, 7 July 2008

Like Mother Like Son

West and Claire have two water bottles but i don't like the types that are so difficult to wash so we buy the kind with the cap that can be screwed onto other mineral water bottles and somehow, we tried many brands: evian, ice mountain etc... but they don't fit so we have been using the original plastic bottles...

until recently...

i decided to just try Fiji water bottle and VOILA! it fit PERFECTLY!!

one day chris came back and saw the fiji bottle...

chris: DEAR! why are they drinking fiji water???? so atas!!!

and our West, will only drink from the fiji bottle unless it's empty in which case he will reluctantly drink from the other bottle (which is the original pet bottle)...

chris: dear, he is indeed your son...
me: why nei?
chris: high class -.-

hehehe, like mother like son ma...

Act Blur Live Longer...

Today i when i was scooping bird's nest out of the Zisha double-boiler in my mum-in-law's house...

me: wa, i just realised my zisha double-boiler is so tiny... it's only for two people ^^ so if you all come over, i can't cook bird's nest for you. haha...
mum-in-law: ya la, should buy bigger one ma... next time if the two of you got more family members still can use...
me: ????? er... why will we have MORE family members??? -.-
mum-in-law: *giggle*
brother-in-law's girlfriend: *want to giggle don't dare to giggle*
me: -________-||| *she's hinting again, act blur*

then when we were eating bird's nest, she saw my bruise and i told them the story of my olympic huddle event...

ah ma: see la! keep rabbit he want to bite you! keep baby better! baby next time will take care of you!
chris: *act blur*
ah ma: your rabbit cute? baby even cuter! when they can talk, can walk, v v cute! can your rabbit talk?
chris: *act blur*

i told chris about the conversation in the kitchen...
chris: more family members??? but claire and west don't eat bird's nest!

diao... we're facing pressure from friends (yes, i am beginning to hate gatherings cos EVERYONE has kids and alison will preach to me about having kids... and everyone thinks there's something wrong with us...), from colleagues (yes, kapoh colleagues also try to preach to me about having kids), from family, from society, from everywhere.

is there really something wrong with us? is there anything wrong with choosing NOT to have kids because we have calculated the costs and decided NEH we can't afford it? why does everyone impose their ideologies on us? they want to go forth and multiply it's their problem! we don't want to it's our problem! maybe they just want us to suffer with them cos they're jealous that we can holiday 4 times a year and be so independent... ya, i think everyone is jealous... they want us to have no life too.... what's so good about having kids... they cut your jiji, you grow fat, you get no sleep, you feel like a cow, you have no life, you can't buy the stuff you like cos you've got to think of your kid's education, when your kids have exams, you feel stressed, when they're teenagers, they don't want you anymore, then when they grow up, you expect them to take care of you but will they?? can they??? can they afford to take care of you or will you just become a burden to them???

for me, it's just something i am not prepared for... it's just too daunting... so i will just act blur...

Bruised

West is one attention-seeking lil' rascal... you can't show claire affection without him feeling jealous...

today i was in their enclosure stroking claire and combing her hair when west suddenly ran over, barked at claire and chased her away... claire who is usually rather timid darted around the enclosure and west went crazy, barking and chasing her, almost chomping her butt... then he looked defiantly at me and barked at me too so i quickly jumped out of the enclosure but since i am no huddle-sportswoman, i almost tripped and jabbed my calf on one of the metal rings that secure the enclosure... the bruise is SUPER painful... a bit swollen and i even bled a little...

ouch...

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Go Clean Your Room

I have always wanted to get a Herman Miller chair but chris thinks paying $2000 for a chair is too crazy... o well...

anyway, his study is so super untidy that i really cannot tahan... and i can't pack it cos it's mostly his stuff. he has been saying that he wants to pack his study but everyday when he gets home, he gets so engrossed fighting his war in DOTA that the room is in the same messy state... in 3 weeks, he will go on a work trip for 3 weeks so i devised a plan...

me: dear... your study is SUPER messy
chris: ya... i will pack it. i am going to reconfigure some stuff...
me: well, if you don't get it tidied up before you leave, i'll help you shop for a chair in your absence

WAH! SO effective nei! IMMEDIATELY after i said that, chris got down to packing his study nei! LOL...

Yeah Baby Yeah

went to visit my cute niece Gwyneth today and i carried her for the first time! ^^ dono why, when i was craddling her, suddenly got surge of maternal instinct...

me: dear, so cute, shall we have a baby?
chris: you want them to cut your jiji?
me: -.-|||
chris: will grow fat and look haggard
me: -.-|||
chris: at night can't sleep
me: -.-|||

in the car, i kept thinking about how cute my cute niece is...

me: dear, do you find my niece cute?
chris: i think their dog's cuter
me: -________-|||

It's Always The Other Driver's Fault...Tsk Tsk Tsk

Today we drove out for brunch and when chris was parallel parking, some guy came from his side and PORR! horned at him...

me: wa dear, why did he horn at you?
chris: he is a prick.
me: er... but sometimes you also horn at people nei
chris: that's cos they're pricks
me: oh... so when people horn at you, it's their fault and when you horn at people, it's also their fault la.
chris: exactly
me: i see -_______-|||

Confused Fingers Offend Gabrielle

Haiz... my office gave me a Fujitsu with a faulty mouse but i keep forgetting to get it changed so i have been using the touchpad... n i kept trying to use two fingers when i need to right click or move my two fingers up and down to scroll up scroll down -.- of cos it didn't work...

then 5 days of doing the stupid "move cursor to scroll bar to scroll up scroll down" action, i come back to use gabrielle my macbook and i do it to her... she feels SO offended...

Canon Selphy CP740


Chris had some best denki vouchers so we topped up less than $50 and got a compact photo printer Canon Selphy CP740. My club also uses the selphy and i think roy has one too. it prints out postcard sizes v fast (within one min) and dries instantly. roy says the colours will last a long time too. but somehow, it prints out v much darker than the original picture and there seems to be no way to rectify the problem except to tweak the brightness a bit. i do it in Adobe Lightroom then print from there. i'd say it's a convenient printer for normal home use but if you're particular about colours and all, it's not v suitable.

Under The Weather

-.-

My mangoes have arrived
It's weekend

But i am SICK!!! throat infection, blocked nose and body ache

*sobs*

doc: *peer into my throat* hm... throat infection... right side v red
me: *darned* oh... so i can't eat mangoes?
doc: of course not! if you eat it you'll surely cough! why? nice ah?
me: ya, i waited one year... pakistan mangoes... harvest only once a year..
doc: then keep two not so ripe ones eat it when u r well la =)

chris came home...
chris: so how r u feeling?
me: oh... doc says i must watch lots of TV and eat lots of mangoes...
chris: *look suspicious* are you sure that's what he said?
me: =D

i told the doc to "give me something that will knock me out" and i think he overdid it =P i went home at 3 plus, showered, took medicine, got knocked out til dinner time... printed some photos for family and zonked off at 9 plus and slept til 915 this morning =P power...

Wednesday, 2 July 2008

The Sunny Side Side Of Life

^^

Today G came to visit me and gave me a sunflower ^^
Thanks... It's such a pleasant surprise ^^

^^