My sister Frances Clarebear just made the most amazing crumbling melt-in-your-mouth scrummy pineapple porcupines!!!!! Oooooh the smell is swoonsome. Go see May May’s blog for pics of pre-baked pineapple porkies…they’re even lovelier now all golden brown and radiating happy smells.
Monthly Archives: January 2007
I like my neighbourhood because it’s so quiet and it always feels kinda sleepy…except when I hear my neighbours talk (the grandmas tend to shout) which can be pretty amusing…a bit of a kampong feel. In the morning, everything goes about in a bit of a daze…like when you stumble to the bathroom to behold, in great trepidation, the state of your hair. The first thing I do is pour a huge glass of water and turn on my macbook, open safari and click on “Blogs” on my bookmarks bar…and press delete when no one updates. It’s sooo easy it spoils me. I nearly died in Bali when I had no internet access. I’m a geek that way.
Yesterday, Tim and I went down to Vivocity on a whim. I was pretty fun though…dinner was yummers. Herbal roast duck at Dian Xiao Er with this lotus root/macadamia/water chestnut thingy I couldn’t get enough of. Oh the chilli was really good too- wish they sold it in bottles haha. After that…we wandered around a bit and found this really cool place (Charmaine it’s a bit like your Happy Shop! Haha i think you’ll like it) that’s a natural well-being concept boutique/spa/gourmet restaurant/chocolaterie damn cool. It’s called Red, White & Pure and is wholly owned by that birds nest chinese herbal place Eu Yan Sang. They have a really great range of natural skincare lines, my favourites being the Australian brand Mor (beautiful packaging and mouth-watering scents…the Sorbet & Marshmallow Lip Nectars are delectably yum) and Alora Ambiance which has lovely soy candles… no more sooty stains on tablecloth and walls! Oh I bought a box of Eu Yan Sang’s famous Bak Foong pills which are supposed to help women after their monthly red tide…to replenish blood/energy/vitality you know the spiel. I heard it’s really good so I’m giving it a try. Oh we watched Babel…I thought it had a great concept- communication, though it ended a little disappointingly…there was a good build up before but it just kinda pffted out in the end. Having said that, solid performances from all the actors and masterful cinematography. I loved the jap girl’s trippy part and the earthiness of the whole movie. Comparisions to Crash are inevitable- I felt Babel was less preachy but the various stories were not as well tied together as Crash and Crash ended much better…but that’s just my opinion. Watch it to see for youself, it’s definitely worth a watch.
Even though I had to stay back from 2-9pm (Ross!!!!!) it was still good. Yeah, even though the mudpies really turned to mud (in an attempt to get our priorities straight) and no one wanted to play Uglydolls with me. *sniff, sob* But I love you guys still! I think you are the best and so awesome. Really. It has helped Tim and I a lottt.
Anyway, during Int’l Banking (huh? pay attention? whuh?) I was surfing Chanel’s Spring ’07 Couture collection….omg the evening dresses are to die for. Check out no. 51, 55 & 59. *sigh* soooo beautiful. What are the chances of my being able to afford Chanel Couture when I’m married? hahaha. Wearing couture instead of Vera would be cool wouldn’t it. And also unaffordable. 😦
YOU KNOW WHAT! I had the most ridiculous dream! I dreamt that Holland Village turned into a Hawaiian community and I SUDDENLY got married in that white Chanel gown (no. 59) and it was like a spur of the moment thing totally ridiculous. And my family didn’t bring flowers! And they weren’t at the church! And my dad went ballistic at me. And I was sooooooo sad and angry that I tore the gown from my body (NOOO! oh the brutal illogic of passion!) and swore never to wed again. Then I woke up…seriously. daft.
To Santorini, to drink the sunset.
To Mykonos, vibrant with hedonism
To Agistri, pine-cloaked and peaceful
To Folegandros, to be amateur lovers, you and I.
After scouring People’s Park for cheap airfares to Athens with Charmaine and Mel (we found a good one!!! Or rather, Mel did =P ) and a yummy tim sum lunch at Da Dong aka Fatty Weng’s (yessss. I knew it was Fatty something.) I had a few hours to kill before Tim finished with school. So I spent them at Kino researching Greece. I found lots of great guides but one in particular stood out- Alastair Sawdry’s Special Places to Stay reminded me that while it’s a great idea that accomodation shouldn’t mean anything and you’re really going there to see the place, in actual fact, it does matter a great deal. When I think about some of the places Tim and I have been to, even gorgeous places like Venice are tainted with the recollection of the dodgy place we stayed in (not by choice!!!) which inevitably leaves a faint bitterish aftertaste at the back of your throat. So I’m playing it safe this time- I’m going to find places that are really nice- and this won’t be decided by how expensive or luxurious it is but how *special* it is. And this guide really helped a lot.
P.S: Ooh i forgot to write about my purchase of the day! This is really momentous because remember how I said I wouldn’t spend any money? Well…my beloved white heeled slippers broke- the brand is Brazilian Praia from NUM (this must say something about its quality)- so I limped all the way from Kino to the Heeren to get a new pair but they were out of stock so I settled on a pair of brown Dupe flipflops. I felt seriously good walking away…they were ultra comfortable…more comfortable even than Havianas. And the best part is that they are cheaper too (by about 10 bucks? that’s like 1/3 cheaper) as the hype which has pushed up the prices for Havs has not yet done the same with the newer brand. So all in all, I’m very satisfied with my first purchase of the year. I shall refrain from making further purchases unless absolutely necessary (like this one). Oh, you can get them from NUM too.
It’s been a pretty leisurely day. A day of firsts for me. After sleeping soooo late (4am stupid M&O assignment) I had to wake up early again to finish writing. So that wasn’t too pleasant and neither was the M&O class. It was pretty wayang if you know what I mean. And I hate wayang. I’d much prefer stoning in a corner, hiding behind the safety of my laptop. But oh well. Anyway it was kinda interesting…I think my group’s pretty alright whew. (You know its times like this when I’m glad I’m in law…sorry ah but engin students are quite duh man. There were quite a few in my class though not my group thank God.) I watched Tim & Guoxiang & Van & Van’s mom play mj for like 2 hours plus. I was falling asleep…not that it’s a boring game or anything but you have to play so many rounds…zzzzz…we took a bus to eat ice-cream after that- Tim had Cha (the earl grey sorbet) and I had Lychee Martini (yeah it’s a flavour!) at The Daily Scoop- our new fav ice-cream place. The cones are nicer but the staff aren’t as cute and they dun give as much ice-cream. haha. I eat toooo much ice-cream nowadays. We walked around Sunset Way at dusk after that…it seemed fitting. And I like how peaceful that neighbourhood is…I was telling Tim that I want to live there next time..haha…I want to live in many places…don’t really need a big or grand place. Just somewhere cozy and filled with love and laughter. It was nice strolling like that…it got darker and the lights from the houses looked so warm and nice and the trees were whispering friendly things all around us. I fell asleep on the bus on the way back and woke up juuust in time. Walking home felt good too…it’s home you know.
Here I am to squeal a little! Sorry about all the exclamation marks I’m quite boingy right now. Yay for Tim the ice-cream man! He took me to eat ice-cream like just out of the blue- whilst I was sadly mired in an out of point M&O assignment (yah I know! assignment in the 3rd week??? Isn’t this supposed to be slack??). I had Teh Tarik ice-cream in where else of course Island Creamery lah. Though I was itching to go back to the quaint little ice-cream parlour in Sunset Way called The Daily Scoop. Sandra and Lingwei and I went there last week after a veryyyyyy satisfying meal of vongole just a few doors down- really the yummiest I’ve tried- we slurped it all up. And after that we had ice-cream! Yay! Totally self-indulgent man. Oh, we got the Earl Grey sorbet…it’s really good and light and fragrant. By the way, the Teh Tarik I had just now was really good too. It’s nostalgic for me- teh tarik always brings back memories of PGP and our 4pm girl talk sessions in the non-aircon canteen (since we woke up around that time from partying late). It’s creamy and goodstuff. So there you are- Teh Tarik and its angmonified version, Earl Grey- take your pick.
**Update: I forgot to mention that I’ve uncovered another one of my *many* attributes- pressing lift buttons with my bony elbows, like the elevator in Serene. Hah. Tim is so lucky. The multitudinous advantages of a bony girlfriend.
I haven’t had a night like this is in a long while. The sky was a gently threatening red and the clouds glided by so fast we thought the satellites were shooting stars. It was windy by the bay, so we huddled together looking out across the dark expanse of water to the Fraser-like outlines of the urban jungle just across. Soon, we’d be there…slogging in an office, not here, wishing time would slow to a halt. It was so beautiful- the picture perfect image of Singapore…and the best part was- it was ours. We couldn’t help but reminisce about the first night (that scandalous one) when you brought me here, half-drunk and tizzy, thrilling with the newness and recklessness of it all, and danced a stumbling salsa- you, guiding, and I, laughing and tripping. I remember (vaguely…it’s all kind of jumbly and swirled together) that you bought me some old-fashioned raspberry ice-cream between two wafers and it dribbled down my forearm as I tried unsuccessfully to lick it off…I climbed a statue of a large fat bird (I can’t remember the artist…he always paints and sculpts fat people) and you pleaded with me to come down….but I only waved my ice-cream in the air and thought it was the funniest thing on earth. So much has happened in these two years…but yet it feels as if it were only yesterday. Life is so strange sometimes.