Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Some weeks back, I got a virtual Glico Marble Pocky from a friend in FaceBook.
I mean, in FaceBook, it is so common for friends to be giving virtual gifts to each other everyday! So I didn't really think twice about the 'gifts' I am receiving from my friends. I think FaceBook kind of operates on the basis of "it's the thought that counts".
And today, I was pleasantly surprised when I met up with the same friend and she really gave me a REAL packet of Glico Marble Pocky!!! It's really so cool!!!
Thanks so much! :) I still couldn't bear to open it!
Sometimes, it's only a very thin line separating virtual from reality...
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Soy Sauce Stir-fry Chicken
Friday, October 26, 2007
I lay her on the bed and waited for her to doze off. Then I shone the torchlight into her tiny little nostrils and I found two HUGE gold nuggets smacked right in the middle of the airway. ROOT CAUSE FOUND!
Next, I tried to aim the pincer at a peeling edge of the gold nugget and tried to wretch it free from the left nostril. The attempt failed as Alicia turned her head away. I tried a second and a third time, but all attempts failed. Then I tried to hold her head so that she would at least give me a few seconds to grab the nugget. Damn...how could a two month old baby be so strong?
I must admit I find it personally very tempting to try to wretch the HUGE gold nuggets from her nostrils. Otherwise, I might not be able to take my mind off it for the rest of the day. So I tried and I tried and finally, I felt something thick between the fingers of the pincer and with a tug, the first piece of gold nugget was released from her left nostril! For a moment, I felt a wave of euphoria. :) It just feels so satisfying, like finally being able to scratch that itchy spot behind one's back! Afterwards, with only a little effort, the second gold nugget was easily wretched free from the right nostril and I have infront of me, two gold nuggets resting on a tissue paper.
Anyone who knows whether such things actually sell on online auctions?
Thursday, October 18, 2007
(6) Once cooled, store in air-tight containers immediately because these tuiles absorb moisture very fast and it can become soft if leave to cool for too long.
Monday, October 15, 2007
I was a member of Facebook some months back after being invited by a friend to view some photos which she has uploaded there. But I have to admit that I couldn't care less what this Facebook is all about until recently.
The Straits Times wrote about Facebook some weeks back and also posted a photograph of the developer for this application. This was when I started gathering more insights into Facebook. And shortly after, some friends began adding me to their "Friends List". So I started acknowledging these invitations and it was not long before I had sheeps thrown at me, tequila treats, cookies and virtual eggs sent to me. Perhaps as a form of retaliation, I started hosing some of my friends down and managed to Karate Chop others who have Kicked me in the butt.
I can't day I'm addicted to Facebook but whenever I'm online, I'll make the extra effort to check for new invitations or notifications - in case someone decides to headbutt me again...
And I found this real cool application which I added to my Facebook account - Create Your Own Virtual Kitchen! I have 1000 coins allocated to me on a daily basis and after a few days, I managed to puchase some decent add-ons to furnish my virtual kitchen. Check out the green KitchenAid mixer on the kitchen top! :)
I was quite fascinated to see the stage setup with four drums and four tables with chopping boards on it. On each chopping board, there's cabbages, carrots, zucchinis and onions. So I was already guessing that the performers would be hacking the knives on the chop boards to create a kind of catchy rhythms. And I was right.
There's five performers in total. The first part of the performance has four performers chopping recklessly at the vegetables on their respective chop boards and the sound it creates is very much like drums which immediately livens the atmosphere in the entire shopping complex. Shreds of vegetables were flying in all directions and a couple hit me - which is actually kind of fun.
The second part of the performance has all the five performers drumming away to some strong music playing in the background. I can't really describe how I feel but it's as if my heart pounds along with every beat of the drum. So what if they had vegetables everywhere on the stage floor? This is the least of their worries as each performers seems totally engrossed in their performance.
I was so into the first part of the performance and only managed to take a short video of the second part of their performance.
For those who are visiting Korea, maybe you can seek out this Nanta performance which is being promoted on the Korea Tourism website. I'm quite sure you won't be disappointed. :)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
The preparations by my Malay neighbours for Hari Raya Puasa seems endless. One day they are throwing the old furnitures and wall clocks away, another day the family is busy cleaning the house and yesterday evening, I saw a big pot brewing atop some charcoal in the corridor. Yeah...this is the stuff that has me poking my head to sneak a peek or even a whiff of what's cooking inside. :)
Geylang Serai which is well known to be the Malay Village for the Malay Communities in Singapore is also soaked with the festive mood. Just a few days ago, I took bus number 13 to East Coast and along the way, it passes by a long stretch of Pasar Malam with hundreds of stores selling all sorts of delicious snacks, clothes, curtains, bedsheets, pillow cases...the list goes on and on. And I found myself intrigued by the numbers of stores selling the famous Ramly Burger. It must have such a large customer fan base that I observed one Ramly store being separated by the next by only two or three stores in between. And so it goes like this: Ramly store A...store x..store x...Ramly store B...store x...store x...Ramly store C...store x...store x...store x...Ramly store D...store x......
Anyway, what has all this got to do with me? So the story goes that I was awoken by a knock on the door at 9.30am this morning and I was pleasantly surprised to find my neighbour standing outside with a BIG tray of food. Heh..heh...
This definitely woke me up! So now you know why i'm extremely concerned with Hari Raya. :)
Thursday, October 11, 2007
But so far, I have yet to taste any of those mini cupcakes. Reason being: nice to look at, but good to eat too? I have always had this doubt. The nice decorations on top of these cupcakes are no doubt made from royal icings or marzipan - both of which are way too sweet for my liking.
Today, my family received two cupcakes as gifts for a baby's first month.
The cupcakes looks so adorable but I still had my doubts as to how they would taste. One way to verify my doubt - I cut a small piece of the cupcake and popped it into my mouth, cake and icing. Hmmm...it was not so bad! A wee bit sweet but the cupcake is delicious.
Next up - the mini doughnut craze. :)
I was rather greedy and poured too much cake mixture into the mini pans. During baking, I couldn't resist the urge to peep into the oven to see the cake raising in the cute mini pans. And naturally, the cake rose above the mini cake pans and I was not able to invert it after removing them from the oven. So I just let it "roll" about on the kitchen top. Surprisingly, the cake did not collapse much after cooling and it was also very easy to remove it from the mini pans. I think I'm so in love with these mini pans now. I'll definitely be 'adopting' more of these the next time I'm at Daiso. :)
(=) As compared to my first attempt, this recipe yielded a cake which is better tasting than the previous one.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Yesterday was my first time in the shop while accompanying a friend and I managed to pick up some items:
Mini Spongecake Baking Pan
For those Daiso fans, there are three Daiso branches in Singapore:
Ce chocolat gâteau est délicieux!!
I was aflutter with excitement when holding the tiny piece of chocolate torte gingerly between my fingers, with it looking seductively in its deep, dark-chocolate colour under the light (this is just a glimpse of the deliciousness that lies within). Overcome by temptations, I took a bite through its surface before greedily devouring it, right down to its core and was instantly stupefied. The torte was so light yet chocolate-y and has a taste so simple but delectable, brilliantly executed with the perfect balance of sweetness. Bravo!Rhapsodising, I am not. Overall, this is a top torte and definitely satisfying enough to please even the most discerning chocolate lovers or simply anyone with a love for sweet confections.
A little paragraph to show my appreciation for ur generousity of letting me savour ur luscious torte. ;p
Now you know why I'm anticipating for a feedback from her...because she can really WRITE!
Now I'm encouraged. :)
Saturday, October 6, 2007
So talking about today, a friend and I visited the Qian Hu fish farm. It's an extremely hot day and we almost abandoned the original plan and change to shopping at Jurong point instead. However, having searched and waited for the free shuttlebus for close to 30 mins, we decided not to give up and was really relieved to finally see the shuttlebus approaching and have the cool air hit us when we sink into the comfortable seats. See...determinations always pay off! :)
The main agenda to the fish farm was the Fish SPA! It's my second trip back. Basically, the deal is simple. Pay $10 for the first 30 mins to have some small fishes nibble away at your feet. You pay to get your feet clean and the fishes get to have their daily snack as well. Everyone's happy! Subsequent charges of $0.30 for every additional minutes.
Almost all the SPA 'customers' were squeamish when they first dip their feet into the pool. The initial feeling is a little ticklish and a little numbing. However, it doesn't take long before the customers begins to feel comfortable, gets laid back and starts relaxing. For me, if there's aircon and an armchair, I would have fallen asleep there and then!
Maybe Qian Hu could consider striking a deal with the manicure and pedicure shops world wide with this Fish SPA idea!
Just beside the Fish SPA pool, there's the tortoise pool. Interestingly, the big tortoises are piling one on top of the other for their share of the hot sun. I even caught one dozing off in a corner. Didn't know tortoises enjoy sun tanning so much...
We were so fascinated by the piling tortoises that we found a shade, sat down and began snacking on some traditional chinese steamed cakes - can't remember what they are called. These cakes comes in several nice colours and is an extremely light snack. It is best eaten by dipping it with some coconut and red sugar. It tastes nice even on it's own too.
Next, we toured the farm and I found this electrifying blue lobster-like creature waving it's giant pincer at me. Hmmm...wonder if it'll turn red after some steaming??
It's chinese name is 电光蓝虾
And to end the trip, I bought this beautiful fighting fish to replace the already deceased one at home. Another additional to the family. Ideas for names anyone? :)
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
This also reminded me of a news I caught on television lately. There's an ang moh guy who came up with a step-by-step audio recipe via the handphone. The user would have to select the desired recipe from the list stored in the handphone, activate it and put it on loudspeaker mode. The instructions would be issued from the handphone and it'll pause after every step. When the user has completed the step, the user will need to give a verbal reply and the handphone could then continue to give the next instruction. Quite interesting.
Anyway, back to the dishes prepared by my mother this evening:
Fish in Soy Sauce
The recipe is simple enough to follow except for the part on melting chocolate. Up till just now, I have a 100% failure rate of making melted chocolates. Somehow, it'll always end up with sugary crystal lumps. Totally gross with the oil ozzing out and forming a top layer during cooling...but it has not yet deterred me from snacking on my Ferraro Rocher.
For those who have not the slightest idea what a torte is, I found this explanation of "Torte" from Dictionary.com:
a rich cake, esp. one containing little or no flour, usually made with eggs and ground nuts or bread crumbs.
Monday, October 1, 2007
I'll be seeing more of these at home. :)