Saturday, August 27, 2005

Pouch for my camera

My camera bag was peeling away, so I had to throw it away. I have been using some old pouch to hold my camera but it was a bit too big. I managed to find a suitable pouch from a cart store in Suntec City. It cost me about $16. I like the cat, mouse and fishy zips!

Red date tea

Mum and I were resting our feet and eating some mini crispy puffs in Marina Square. We were sitting facing this small shop (Market's Best) which sells fruit wines, mooncakes under the brand called Lavender and jars of citrus honey tea, ginger tea and red date tea. We saw the shop owner scooping some citrus honey into a small paper cup and pouring hot water into the cup. I jokingly told mum that he might be making some for us to try. A short while later, the guy walked out from the shop with 2 small cups on a tray, approached us and asked us to take the cups and try the tea before walking back to the shop. Mum and I were surprised. We wondered why he approached us instead of the other people sitting at the next bench. Maybe because we kept staring at the jars. Hee. We drank the citrus honey which was warm, sweet and tangy. We had one similar jar @ home as one of our relatives gave us after her trip to Korea.

After some discussion, we decided to approach the shop and asked the guy to let us try the red date tea and it tasted like cheng teng. The guy showed us some information card which states that the red date tea is calming, helps in blood circulation, etc. We liked the taste and Mum bought it immediately @ $10.60.

Very Special Arts

Today I went out for lunch with parents @ Raffles City food court. While Dad headed for the library @ Esplanade, Mum and I shopped around Raffles City. At level one of the mall, there was Very Special Arts Annual Art Exhibition 2005. We were impressed by the beautiful paintings as they were done by people with disabilities like autism and Down's Syndrome. The last day of the exhibition is 30 Aug, so you can still catch it. Crafts like bookmarks, christmas card made by these special people are also on sale. I bought this magnet from a hearing impaired lady, Mimi. Isn't it cute? I asked her to write "Home sweet home" for me.

She has other cute magnet designs like a teddy bear in a t-shirt or holding a heart. I have scanned the postcard that has information about the crafts she can make and her contact details (click on image for a clear enlarged version). If any of you are interested, you can pop down by 30 Aug to check out her crafts or contact her by email or sms to find out more.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Baby me

I'm now going through the photo files in my computer hard disk to select those worthy to be sent for developing. I came across a scanned photo of me when I was a baby/toddler and remember Slushy asking me to post one in my blog. I looked very adorable, right? :)

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Chocolate Cake

After resting from the expedition to the supermarket, I prepared the ingredients according to this "Seriously Rich Chocolate Cake" recipe from a book. I couldn't find any best quality dark chocolate at Fairprice, so I bought the Cadbury dark chocolate instead. This is a flourless cake and I had to melt the dark choc with butter, stir in grounded almond and 6 egg yolks. Mum and I took turns to whisk the egg whites because it was really tiring to whisk until soft peaks were forms and after adding sugar, we were looking out for stiff peaks. I then folded the egg white stuff into choc mixture.

The middle of the cake sunk as I opened the oven door a few times to check if the cakes were ready. I'm happy when mum, dad and I had our first bite of the cake and we think it tasted nice. Sis just ate a big chunk of it and agreed that it tasted like some chocolate souffle. I was asking Sis if I should bring some to office and let my friends try. She immediately said no as the cake is not enough for her appetite. Haha.

A morning @ the supermarket

This morning, I accompanied my parents to a shopping mall in the neighbour, 15-20 mins' walk from our place. It rained halfway. I walked behind them and took a photo of them. Hee. I had made a shopping list of the things I need to buy - healthy snacks to bring to the office and ingredients when I'm in the mood to baking. These are some of the stuff I bought.

I added 2 big packets of potato chips in case I have a craving for them on weekends. It's a good thing I was carrying my Deuter backpack because we really bought many things and we had our hands full with our heavy backpacks when we went home.

This is a pot of weeds outside my house. Mum said she heard that these could be eaten and taste like kangkong. Any of you can enlighten us?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

It's meow or never

That's the name of an animal sanctuary. Slushy found the link of a video produced by this sanctuary ( and forwarded it to me. I have just watched it and kept replaying it to listening to the song "I'm with you" by Avril Lavigne. I think the song is very apt as a voice for homeless animals. I have found the lyrics and sang along with the music video. I feel kind of sad when singing it with emotions and trying to imagine how the homeless animals must feel. Alone. Abandoned. Unloved. Anyway, enjoy the video and the song and here's the lyrics if you want to sing along too:

I'm Standing on a bridge
I'm waiting in the dark
I thought that you'd be here by now
There's nothing but the rain
No footsteps on the ground
I'm listening but theres no sound
Isn't anyone trying to find me?
Won't somebody come take me home
It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Wont you take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are
but I... I'm with you
I'm looking for a place
searching for a face
is anybody here i know
cause nothing's going right
and everything's a mess
and no one likes to be alone
Isn't anyone trying to find me?
Won't somebody come take me home
It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Won't you take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are
but I... I'm with you
oh why is everything so confusing
maybe I'm just out of my mind
yea yea yea
It's a damn cold night
Trying to figure out this life
Won't you take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I don't know who you are
but I... I'm with you
Take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are
but I... I'm with you
I'm with you
Take me by the hand
take me somewhere new
I dont know who you are
but I... I'm with you
I'm with you
I'm with you...

Monday, August 15, 2005


Lucky me caught a free movie with sis earlier. I was a bit sceptical as I have not heard of this movie. Sis said there are trailers of this movie on Central. Anyway, I enjoyed the movie and I think it's better than Madagascar. It's about believing yourself, courage, friendship, team spirit and loving and protecting your country. Some of the pigeons looked kind of weird with a human like face but after a while, they looked kind of cute. Sis found it too fast paced. The movie was slightly less than 1.5 hours long. I won't rate it as a must-see movie but if you want to see pigeons in action and doing some funny antics, why not go for it? :)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Weekend dinners

I have been staying home this weekend to catch up with reading and also partly due to on and off dull headache. Sis jokingly said it's due to stress about my new work. Haha. Anyway, my solutions were to sleep more, nap in the afternoon and eat small frequent meals. I stubbornly refused to take any panadol.

Yesterday, mum and dad cooked dinner and we 3 had beansprouts with toufu, chicken meat with celery and carrots and omelette with crabstick. Every bite was yummy and I felt very happy to be eating with my parents.

For dinner this evening, I decided to cook and stir fry some udon, beef slices (marinated with minced garlic, ginger, light soya sauce and sambal chilli), shitake mushroom, caixin together. I haven't cooked for quite some time and I'm very happy with the smell and taste of my dish :)

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Zap was sleeping soundly this morning and I couldn't resist taking a picture of her. She looks so chubby and cuddly here.

Monday, August 08, 2005

I had this chocolate centred soft bun for breakfast this morning. Mum bought it from a bakery in Ang Mo Kio yesterday. I hope I can bake something like that one day :)

I took this last night before sleeping around 11.30pm. The sky was cloudy and I wanted to capture the sky and the brightly lit HDB flats but my camera does a better job in taking daytime instead of night shots.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

A visit to Slushy's house

I visited Slushy and her family at her place for a few hours in the afternoon yesterday. I wanted to give her a belated birthday present. I have wanted to give her but I was sick that day and couldn't join her and her family and Fairy Godmother @ the zoo.

I took some photos of Nimbus and that was before I started following him around, trying to get him to settle down and let me comb his hair. I was happy that Nimbus let me to carry him for a short while to remove the loose hair. I also carried Ainsley when Slushy needed to prepare some milk and food for her. Ainsley has grown bigger but I find it easier to carry her now than when she was a tiny baby.

Mummy's soft toy

Mum has this cute hamster soft toy at the side of her bed.

Doesn't it look more adorable without hiding in the black sack? :)

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Dinner @ Cappadocia Cafe

Yesterday, I spent a lovely evening with my good friend, Joan. We had dinner @ Cappadocia Cafe @ Robertson Walk. This was our 2nd time there. We ordered appetizer first as we were hungry and couldn't make up our mind on our main course. The hummus dip (made of chickpea) and pita bread were yummy.

Both of us wanted to try the salmon instead of other meats and we didn't regret our choice as the salmon was fresh and the salad was refreshing. The potato tasted good in just its natural flavour. The cold turkish apple tea was also great with a tinge of cinnamon flavour.

And we couldn't resist from ordering dessert and we had some warm crepes with chocolate and vanilla ice cream. Joan said the crepe was a bit disappointing as the crepe was frozen instead of freshly made.

I enjoy catching up with Joan. We talked about the things we are learning and I'm happy that she is enjoying her flute lessons. We discussed about our future plans, aspirations. It's always nice to have a friend whom we can sound out our ideas and Joan has always been encouraging and has a positive outlook about our lives :)

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Feeling great again!

For the past week, I was either having a sore throat, feeling feverish or had an unsettled stomach. Today, I feel great. I have the energy to explain to someone some work I have been doing for about 2 years, so that he can take over when I am posted to do another job on 15 Aug 2005.

Feeling sick really gets me feeling down and I will start thinking about issues like serious illness and death. If small little illnesses like fever and flu make me feel miserable, won’t I feel even more terrible if something more serious hits me? Should such unfortunate event happen, it requires one to have a strong will to survive the ordeal, test or suffering. I’m not sure if I have the strength in me to encourage myself to live my day to the fullest instead of feeling sorry for myself. I guess my solutions are to improve my immunity, have more hours of sleep and believe in the power of mind over body and also not forgetting the support of my family and friends.