Saturday, December 29, 2012

All for God

Today we went for the run-through for Sharing Sunday, meaning to say that all the people who were supposed to share their reflections and takeaways from the trip were timed how long they took to say everything and pretty soon, it was close to 9pm already! My dad encouraged me to skip Busy Bees (tuition) because of this lol.

We decided (ok actually my family would be going even if no one else wanted to) to head down to Swee Choon for supper! We actually prepared our tummies in advance for this by having lunch at 3pm hehehe.

Everyone (well everyone who was present, that is) was enthusiastic about it and so we headed down to Swee Choon in four cars. Haha, it was pretty funny how we'd communicate via WhatsApp, saying things like "Car 4 has left" or "Car 3 cut Car 2!" and things like that hahaha it felt like a James Bond movie!!!

Anyhoo, when we got there there was a short queue, but we somehow were given a seat in the restaurant immediately! Denise has been there many times so we left her to go crazy on the ordering of food and pretty soon, the food came and we devoured it hungrily.

After everyone was full and satisfied, there was still quite a bit of food left so we just shared it and finished everything yay! The total bill came up to about $120+ and Elder Ong gave all of us a treat, haha thanks 长老!!! Let me break down the bill for you...


  1. Portuguese egg tarts (12)
  2. Har gao (20)
  3. Xiao long bao (4)
  4. Char siew soh (6)
  5. Salted egg yolk custard bun (9)
  6. Spring rolls (2)
  7. Carrot cake (4)
  8. Century egg porridge (2)
  9. Lor mai kai (3)
  10. Siew mai (4)
  11. Shrimps in fried beancurd skin (6)
  12. Char siew bun (6)
  13. Soya beancurd (1)
  14. Soya bean drink (1)
  15. Grass jelly (1)
  16. Chrysanthemum tea (2)
  17. Mango pomelo sago (1)
This is not all!!! I can't really remember the rest, so you can see what we ordered from the receipt (sort of) below! Haha, all in all, for eleven people, it isn't quite that big a bomb! Starting to feel a little sick of dim sum already though........................oopsy daisies.

This time round though, I must say the har gao is, though overpriced, really good! The shrimp inside is big and juicy, despite the sickly-looking skin sticking onto the metal dish. The carrot cake is also sumptuous, though a bit too oily for my preference. Also, the custard bun exploded in my hands this time round! It was super hot, like real molten lava! What a pity.

Photos are taken with my Canon DSLR this time round. I'm not too sure about what model it is but I think it's the 600D.





Spoilt for choice.



The prowess of eleven hungry Singaporeans!





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After!!!!! Dropped the bun immediately after the hot custard oozed onto my fingers!



Odd-looking spoon arrangement on the unsuspecting beancurd.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Swee Choon Tim-Sum Restaurant

Last night, my dad, brother and I went over to Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant for dinner! We would have had lunch or high tea but the restaurant only operates from 6pm till 6am. We arrived at about 6.30pm and already there was a long queue for the indoor seats, which were air-conditioned. The restaurant spans four unit spaces so to say that it was already full-house half an hour into opening time would surely indicate something about the food there! We opted to sit in the open-air, and got to skip the waiting line. After all, we weren't going to let our tummies wait just to be seated in air-conditioned comfort!

The menu was huge, they seemed to have all kinds of delicious Hong Kong and Shanghai snacks! Or rather, dim sum and la mien. We ordered the char siew soh (叉烧酥), Portuguese egg tarts (葡式蛋撻), yam fritters (芋角), salted egg yolk custard bun (奶黄流沙包), har gao (虾饺), steamed pork ribs (豉汁排骨), mee sua kueh (面线粿), hor fun with shrimps (滑蛋虾仁河粉) and two servings of yam paste with ginko nuts and pumpkin (南瓜白果芋泥).

We waited close to five minutes for the food to be served to our table.

Char siew soh (叉烧酥)

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There were two huge, flaky pastries on the plate and we cut it into halves, thus able to see the juicy red meat inside. The pork was a bit too sweet, but not like those artificially flavoured/coloured kinds of char siew you find sold elsewhere. The pastry was flaky and crisp, but a tad too oily.


Portuguese egg tarts (葡式蛋撻)

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The egg tarts looked unpromising at first glance, what with the scorched brown marks on the egg and the oil-soaked bottoms. However, one bite and BOOM I'm an instant fan. The pastry is buttery and flaky, reminding you of the calories in each sinful bite but you go ahead and finish the whole tart anyway. The egg custard is moist and sweet, altogether a lovely combination. My brother wanted to buy another two egg tarts after greedily stuffing the first one into his mouth!


Yam fritters (芋角)

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This is my first time trying a yam fritter so I was a little skeptical at first, looking at the huge fried ball of yam. However, I gave it a try anyway and boy was I glad I did! The fried outer layer is crisp and flaky (is it just me or is everything here flaky!) and a little greasy. The filling was absolutely divine! Think a ball of huge, steaming hot pork!!! It reminds me of the chicken puff kind of pastries from French patisseries. I probably would eat it again despite the fats it contains.


Salted egg yolk custard bun (奶黄流沙包)

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This has to be the highlight of the meal! My dad has been ranting and raving about molten custard buns since forever, and all the custard buns we have tried thus far have been disappointing, lacking the molten golden lava center. I was eager to try one of these so-called heavenly buns that got my dad so hyped! When the buns were served (in a cute little steamer basket, no less), I immediately peeled one open and was so thrilled at the sight of the rich, golden filling oozing out of the pearly white bun. It tasted a bit too yolk-y for my liking, as I do not like egg yolks, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the bun. The bun, when drenched in the custard, was delicious!


Har gao (虾饺)


For the most part, the har gao was forgettable. It was $2.50 for two pieces, not worth the price if you ask me. However, at my brother's insistence, we bought a plate to try. I don't enjoy har gao so my dad and brother had a har gao each. According to my brother, it was delicious - the shrimp was big and juicy and the skin was not too thick, but he also agreed that it is not worth paying so much for two pieces of shrimps.


Steamed pork ribs (豉汁排骨)


There were more bones than meat here and the dish was quite small, quite a disappointment.


Mee sua kueh (面线粿)

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The Swee Choon mee sua kueh is one of the specialty dishes that is unique to Swee Choon, translate: a must try for first-timers!!! The kueh is deep fried to a crisp on the outside while the inside is packed with mee sua (vermicelli). The seemingly bland dish (the mee sua inside was really white) tasted surprisingly good and fragrant, so do not underestimate it! It was too oily though, as the crisp outer layer soaked up quite a bit of oil.


Hor fun with shrimps (滑蛋虾仁河粉)

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I was skeptical about the non-dim sum dishes offered as after all, we go to a dim sum restaurant to eat dim sum and not tze char dishes, no? However, I was pleasantly surprised by the perfectly fried hor fun, which was tasty and oh-so-good! I didn't dare to slurp up the egg gravy though, as if I'm not already piling on the calories with all the other fried dim sum dishes!


Yam paste with ginko nuts and pumpkin (南瓜白果芋泥)



The pictures look terribly unappetizing but the yam paste is actually quite decent. We ordered two servings but each serving was so huge, we couldn't finish it all. Besides, I just had yam paste for lunch so this might have been too much of an overkill. The dessert was served in a cute little steamer (?) and was drenched with coconut milk. Ugh, the calories! Not being a fan of ginko nuts and all, I scrapped most of the upper layer and gave it to my dad, thus eliminating (hehe) the coconut milk! Even though the taste is decent, I would not order the yam paste again, as I think this experience of too much yam has turned me off yam paste. However, I wouldn't mind just taking a spoonful from someone else if they happened to order it!


Overall, the food here is delicious and affordable ($33+ for 3 people, including GST) and I can see myself frequenting this place in the near future. The restaurant has its hits and misses, but then again which restaurant, or eatery, doesn't? The only downsides are the location (quite a long walk if taking public transport), the waiting time, if one wishes to enjoy his meal in cool air, and last but not least, the operating hours!!!!!!!! I would love to have dim sum for high tea or lunch but....................... :-(

Swee Choon Tim-Sum Restaurant Pte. Ltd. 
185/187/189/191 Jalan Besar
Singapore 208882
Tel: 6225 7788
Fax: 6294 1809
E-mail: admin@sweechoon.com
6pm to 10am (Mondays to Thursdays)
6pm to 12noon (Sundays and Public Holidays)
Closed on Tuesdays
Nearest MRT station: Lavender/Little India
Payment by cash and NETS only!
(Walk-in only)

Sidenote: Pictures taken mostly from here as I forgot to bring the DSLR and iPhone photos simply do not do the food justice.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Procrastinating

School is starting in less than a week's time and I really ought to be "consolidating my work" (quote) and revising and all that but I just feel so bleh. I want to really take this few days I have left to kick back and relax, but the kiasu Singaporean in me nags me to start doing revision proper. Nowadays my life revolves around eating and sleeping, yes, it's that bad (or good...).

Been craving for some dim sum lately (think egg tarts, char siew soh, custard buns!!!) as well as yam paste, so I'm pretty excited to go to Swee Choon Restaurant later for dinner. It's such a pity that they only operate from 6pm till 6am because I would love to have dim sum high tea or lunch instead, but oh well! I've heard many rave reviews about this place so hopefully I'll have something good to write about later! :-)

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Christmas 2012

This is rather a late post...ok not really, it's only been a day, but it feels like Christmas was many weeks ago! This year's Christmas was rather low-key, just spent the morning preparing for the family (extended) Christmas luncheon and the afternoon working off the meal (brisk walking, but still). This year, I wasn't as hyped for Christmas as most of my other friends were, I have no idea why. Perhaps it's because I found out that Christmas (25 December) isn't exactly Jesus's birthdate. My whole life has been a lie. :-( I was quite proud to have been born near the same time (a few millenniums apart but who's counting) as Jesus but now that I realize He was actually born some time around late September to October......well, Christmas just lost its meaning! Maybe next year's Christmas would be better! :-)

The family Christmas luncheon was supposed to start at 12 noon exactly, and we were the first to arrive, at 11.50am. We spent nearly an hour setting up the tables and cutting the meat (yes, we brought the whole turkey, pork knuckle and butcher knives along) and all the while I was afraid that people were going to come in at any moment. However, the rest of the family only started streaming in at around 2pm, and our reservation for the Function Room ended at 3pm as there was another party waiting to use it. To say that I was annoyed would be an understatement. Oh well, it's Christmas after all, and it isn't like they meant to be late..."forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us" and all that, right? Haha, it's better to just forgive and forget.

Went home to open the presents and I wasn't exactly thrilled or anything, just felt largely indifferent. Lol I think I'm growing up! That's a bittersweet thing hehe. Went to the stadium, as mentioned, to "exercise" the food away, not that I ate very much but still. Dinner was leftover meat from the Christmas luncheon and we went to Balestier for supper! I was craving orni (yam paste) but it's very hard to find in Singapore, especially if you're going after those of good quality! Was hoping to find it at a dessert stall along Balestier, recommended by my mother but was disappointed. We had their famed Herbal Jelly, mango sago, sesame paste and beancurd with barley and ginko nuts though. The Herbal Jelly, though pricey ($6.50 for the original flavour, $13 for their "Pearl" flavour) was really good!!! After drizzling honey syrup over it, the bitter herbal taste was easier to ignore. After dessert, we went for dim sum along Upper Thomson Road, haha! We're a family of pigs! :-P The dim sum "restaurant" had a very old-school look to it, what with the old signboards and minimalist interior (no, seriously, it was almost bare except for the spartan tables and chairs). It was one of those places where you know serves authentic Hong Kong dim sum. We had the char siew soh, siew mai, har gao, glutinous rice and some pig trotter rib thingamajig. The dim sum was really good, the meat tasted genuine. You know, not the kind that you can tell has come from a frozen pack of meat but is REAL MEAT, if you get what I mean. It was $2.20 a plate, no matter what you ordered. I don't know if it's considered expensive or not but we spent $26 on supper altogether haha and that's a little steep if you ask me!

All in all, I love spending time, especially festive holidays like Christmas, with my family because I know they will never, unlike friends, leave me and will love me for who I am! It's not weird or introverted to not want to celebrate Christmas with friends and parties and all, it's just that I'd rather spend time with family, that's all. :-)

Oh yeah, and Christmas service on Christmas Eve was good! The performances by the various choirs were quite nice to listen to (except for the kids lol they were terrible but ok no hate, I guess it's quite understandable?) and we had candlelight thingamajig while singing Silent Night!!! That was super cool yay I love the whole Christmas-y celebrations!!! Also, I'm thinking about joining the youth fellowship regularly come 2013, especially since it'd be a very hectic and stressful year and I would be better off with a spiritual kind of support from a group of like-minded (as in Christian youths) people! I always felt that I wasn't being active in church and maybe here's my chance to get to know more church people and make more friends! I realize that I have very few Christian friends so maybe getting to know more people from church will...well let's just say it'd be for the better. :-)

I can't wait for 2013 to come!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Birthday 2012

Let me start off by saying that I think birthdays are overrated. I know, it's a day to commemorate your birth, to remember that ___ years ago, your mother was in agony and that pain was (hopefully haha) worth it. On the other hand, I don't really understand why lavish parties have to be thrown, or huge sums of money spent on entertainment and all sorts of things on one's birthday. It just seems kind of redundant and pointless. Maybe I'm thinking this way because I recently came back from a rural village and feel more empathetic towards people in their situations and hence find that the extravagant ways in which we celebrate our birthdays really selfish and...wasteful? I can't find the right word to encapsulate the meaning, but you get what I mean. That being said, everyone deserves to feel special on their birthday, but there is more than one way to achieve that! It all depends on perspective, really.

At 12+ AM, I was busy replying the birthday wishes from the few sweet people who remembered. This year, I didn't really talk much about my birthday because...well yeah, as I said before, I didn't really feel that it was really that...special? Anyway, Genevieve called me sometime after 12 and told me that she made me a cheesecake and I was super touched!!! Hehe after we hung up I suddenly felt really tired and went to sleep.

Without meaning to, I woke up at 7.30AM and went for a run at the usual Stadium. I wanted to do interval training today but my legs and shoulders were terribly sore from carrying the percussion instruments and all that up down left right center the day before (Taka performance) so I just ran 2.4km and walked to cool off, before heading to the market to buy grapes and pineapples for breakfast! There is nothing better than exercising in the morning and having a healthy, yet delicious breakfast!

By the time I got bathed and dressed for church, it was already past 10AM and we had to rush off to church. We took some time tying up the loose ends for the Christmas/Baptism presents we had to give in church so that's why we were a LITTLE late!

Denise and Genevieve got baptized today and Gen's brothers were sitting behind me! Haha what a coincidence. The sermon was by Mr Peter Chao and I have always enjoyed his sermons but I guess today I was feeling pretty tired so I kind of dazed off a bit, oops.

After church, we went to Fish & Co. with my grandparents for lunch. I was rather disappointed as they didn't have salmon that day. Lunch was nice and not too filling, which was great!

Went shopping after lunch with the family. We stopped by the flea at *Scape to buy iPhone covers and screen protectors and try out the bubble tea from Artease, which really tastes like that of Koi's, and I probably will never buy a cup of bubble tea from there again. Stopped by Canelé at Paragon to buy a macaroon (yes, A macaroon hahaha) since I've heard so many raving reviews about it! We tried the chocolate-hazelnut one. The name starts with an F and is really hard to pronounce, we had an awkwardly difficult time conveying our order to the salesperson. It was huge - worth the $2.50. My entire family had 2 bites each and it was gone, so it's about 8 mouths full of delicious chocolatey goodness! I have only tried macaroons from Pique Nique, Bakerzin and Delifrancé and in my narrow scope of experience, Canelé has the best macaroons among the four! To be fair, I only tried one flavour, but I'm sure Ye rest are equally good! And I'm not just saying that for the sake of it, I have definite proof. I came back to the store after less than half an hour of shopping in Muji and almost all the macaroons were gone from the counter! Less than half an hour ago, each flavour had a whole row of no less than ten macaroons and now, almost all of them were gone! This shows how popular the macaroons are.

Went down to the food hall in Ngee Ann City after that and stopped for a sushi-break before going to Levi's, where it was so claustrophobic we escaped to Guess, where my dad bought me my birthday present - a pair of greyish-white skinny jeans! I know, I sound like such a hypocrite, what with my opinionated first paragraph, but birthday presents...I am not perfect and I'm just like any other first-world teenager hahaha.

Went to H&M to get a belt because I have a small waist (ha ha) and tried on a few dresses but decided not to get them as it wasn't a very urgent need (see, self-control!). Also, H&M was super crowded, even worse than Levi's! The bustling crowd of people in one shop probably caused most of us to become grumpy and lose our patience haha because I came out of the store feeling rather like the grinch of Christmas (or in this case, birthdays). Thankfully, there were people giving out free samples of Starbuck's iced coffee and that instantly cheered me up, although the coffee was obviously sugar-laden.

Went for dinner at Lerk Thai afterward, and it was a really satisfying dinner! My tummy is happy. :-) I don't know why I like Thai food so much, it's probably my favourite cuisine after Japanese and Italian! Green curry, Tom Yam, pineapple rice, pandan-leaf chicken...DELICIOUS. Having a average-sized meal of your favourite foods is way better than gorging yourself silly at a buffet! The obvious reason is that you are satisfied and don't leave feeling super jia-lat.

After dinner, we went to OG to buy a Guess handbag for my mother and spent quite some time at the toy department...oh agony.

By the time we left OG, it was about 8.30PM and the crowd was bigger and grumpier than ever! Pushed our ways through to 313 and sped home wheeeeeeeeeeee.

Ate Gen's cheesecake with two scoops of Haägen Dazs ice cream - perfecto.

What a way to spend my birthday!

The only downside is, tomorrow is study-day...whoopee.

I'm so thankful for all the friends who wished me a Happy Birthday and wrote me cute cards and made delicious cheesecakes and bought me great presents, as well as my family for always being there for me, for being so understanding and tolerant of my shopping habits hehe. ^_^ Most of all, I want to thank God for blessing me these past fifteen years. I really don't know what I'd do without any of them. :'-)


Regi's really amazing scrapbook. I don't think any friend has ever done something so sweet for me ever. :'-) Thanks, Raj!















Cheesecake from Gen! I was touched beyond words!!! :'-)


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Takashimaya performance

Today, the St. Margaret's Symphonic Band performed at the tentage right outside Ngee Ann City (better known as Takashimaya) as part of the mall's Christmas celebratory programs.

During the sound-check, we sounded terrible and the lack of interest and support from the passers-by really broke our morale, not to mention the disappointed and frustrated faces of our conductors. Spirits were low and everyone was in a bad mood.

We broke off for dinner and were given an hour to buy some food to eat to fuel us through the next few hours. The food hall at the basement of Takashimaya was where most of us made a beeline to. Many girls bought the gelato and I tried some from my friends and it really tasted pretty good! I was tempted to buy the yakitori from Tori-Q, which I have heard much about, but looking at the way they lathered oil over the meat turned me off. In the end, I survived with a cup of pineapples and grapes, all for $3.50! Haha, the fruits tasted really sweet too, so I felt quite satisfied! :-)

For the actual performance, we didn't play particularly well, but not as horrendous as the rehearsal's. Fortunately, the majority of our audience were not the kind to really critique such performances as they themselves were none the wiser. Denise, Hui Shun, Genevieve and my family all came down to support me and I felt really touched! Regi also specially came down to be the emcee with me. Felt so much love. ^_^

The order of the performance was changed - Concert Band would perform first, so the emcee-ing order would have changed too. It was literally last minute and I totally panicked, and ended up introducing the band rather terribly. I felt my glasses sliding off as my whole face was sweaty and oily (bear with me here) and gross and yeah I just wanted to get the whole thing over with. The official emcee for the whole program was really nice and shouted "Jia you!" as I walked up the stage, and was very supportive towards us! Afterward, my dad said my diction was very good but the general enthusiasm wasn't there. Ah well, this is but a learning opportunity!

By the time we lugged our instruments and the percussion instruments up the bus and back to the band room, we were all dead beat. However, we still had to polish our instruments as this would be the last band practice for the year! Most of us signed out our instruments to practice at home (we were practically forced to) but I guess it's a good thing to have the resources so that I can practice any time I feel like it.

I'm just so tired. It doesn't even feel as though my birthday is tomorrow. Part of me doesn't want tomorrow to come so quickly, as I have a feeling that I would "waste" the day away.

On a lighter note, Kimberly and Chloe sang me a birthday song in the band room after polishing their instruments and I was quite touched! Hehe I have the nicest section ever!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Cycling and getting lost


Went to East Coast Park with Regi and Mikyeong today! Regi and I met earlier to cycle since Mikyeong didn't know how to! Cycled for an hour and forty five minutes, from the bicycle rental station all the way past Changi Beach Park and back! My butt was crazy aching by then but surprisingly, my legs were fine hahaha. It was all good exercise. :-)

Mikyeong got lost in the middle of some road and hitchhiked to East Coast Park from this father-son pair, haha thankfully they weren't crazed kidnappers or anything! After all, it's terribly dangerous to hitchhike. Especially in Singapore (if you even meet a nice driver who's willing to give you a ride!) Anyway, Mikyeong got lost in East Coast Park so Regi and I walked to find her and we spent close to an hour walking in the hot sun! After finally meeting her, we stopped for lunch at the food center. I had popiah and was so tempted to buy more food but NO must resist! Especially since hawker center food is grossly oily (think carrot cake, fried kway teow, hokkien mee...)!

After lunch, we ended up taking photos by the beach and just having lots of crazy shameless fun hahaha! The Caucasians were generally friendlier when asked to help us take photos and things like that. This Australian dude was like "Shake the polaroid, shake it shake it" or something after helping us take an instax. He totally looked like a surfer dude so c00l!!!


Got a photo with this really cute boy!!! Hahahaha


And also with this VS dude whose friend ran out of the frame in the last minute HAHA
I am sorry we freaked you out.


Well, at least this guy was more open to taking a photo with random strangers







After taking photos, we walked to the bus stop (which I swear was 128472787832 miles away) and collapsed in the bus and took an hour to get home. I probably will never ever ever go to East Coast Park on my own (like without parents and the lovely car) again, it's too torturous HAHAHA.

Despite the soreness and tiredness, I enjoyed myself today and it was lovely to get out of Twitter and all the "Oh no the world's ending!" crap like hello THE WORLD ISN'T GOING TO END TODAY but it would be funny if it ended tomorrow. Which is when we will be performing at Takashimaya at 6.30pm and I'm going to emcee with Regi oooh eggcitez!

So if you're free, do drop by Takashimaya tomorrow evening at 6.30pm to listen to St. Margaret's Symphonic Band play your favourite Christmas tunes, as well as other pop songs from different genres! It will be quite an entertaining repertoire and also our first time performing with Mr Alvin Seville. :-)

Ok advertisement over goodnight aliens 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Debrief from 雲華村

Last night, we had a sort of debrief session in church from the mission trip. During previous years, the debriefing was held in Chiang Mai, but this year, uncle (or Brother? Haha) Frank left early so we couldn't hold the debrief. However, Brother (or uncle? Haha) You Fa wasn't present last night. Oh well!

Having everyone together again felt quite awkward at first (maybe it was just me) but soon we warmed up to each other (maybe it was just me again hahaha) and the atmosphere was just like that of our stay in 雲華村- fun and lively! Talking about the kids there, as well as the Pastor and his family, made me feel a sense of loss. I don't know if this is weird, I mean, we were only there for seven or eight days! Is it possible to grow so attached within such a short period of time? All the same, I felt very sad for them, as well as a sort of envy of their simple lifestyle. Sad is because of the lack of a role-model for them to follow, thus the waning motivation to stick to the "right" path, which is to seek God and stray from temptation. We heard some rather unfortunate stories (true stories) that further amplified these feelings.

On a lighter note, we celebrated the December babies' birthdays with cake! Denise's birthday was on the 16th, Brother/uncle Frank on the 20th, mine on the 23rd and Genevieve's on the 24th of December! What a nice sequence of birth dates! My parents and Xiang Zhi and Hui Shun bought cake to share with everyone. That was really sweet of them and I felt really grateful that they took the trouble to do all this for us! :'-) there was blackforest cake as well as Oreo cheesecake. I tried a little bit of both and resisted the temptation to have a second slice! It was rather sweet but well, cakes are supposed to be sweet.

Also, we decided on the items we would present on Sharing Sunday (30/12). G4God, my dad, mother, brother and one of the pastors (PV or PB) would share our reflections, there would be a short skit and video montage and lastly, singing! Singing was a huge part of my mission trip experience, I'm not sure about the others, so how can we miss that out? ;-) I'm quite excited to share our experiences and it will also be our final "project" as a group! I really feel glad that we have come together from different walks of life to form a well-oiled machine as we can work together effectively and the chemistry between us is good, despite the age gaps!





Happy birthday Regi

Today is Regi's birthday so

HAPPY BIRTHDAY REGI! 💗

It's been such a blessing to have become your friend and even though you always deny it, you started talking to me first when I was the shy awkward Sec 1! Hahaha, we've come so far together and you're one of the few people I can really trust with everything, and just be myself. I know you won't read this and everything else will be in the card so have a great day even though we both know it would've been greater with me in it! ^_^ Thanks for the past three years of craziness and here's to many many more!!!







Oblong

Went to give Genevieve business today with the dad and brother at Oblong since we were rotting at home anyway. We sampled so many flavours and bought a waffle and three scoops of ice cream in the end!

I had the Bananas over Hazel (?), Dad had Rum and Raisin and the brother had Spooky Chocolate. Okay I really can't remember the names hahaha too creative already! The waffle was topped with all the sauces since we wanted to try everything. It was nice but a tad too sweet! Maybe because of all the sauces on top of the waffle! There was gula melaka, pancake sauce, chocolate fudge, strawberry, butterscotch and many more! I felt so full after that and wanted to run but dad said it was too dangerous sigh.

Spent close to three hours there just talking with Gen! Haha well it was quite fun to have some company :-) oh man I sound like a loner oops okay this is quite sad HAHAHAHA ok not funny at all.

The purpose of this post was just to say that I love Oblong's ice cream and if it were in a more prominent location, I'm sure it would be as (or more) popular (than) as Udders, Marble Slab Creamery or Island Creamery!

The sundae in the photo is the Gangnam Style sundae hahaha



Monday, December 17, 2012

Mission trip takeaway

One day a father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose of showing his son how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, "How was the trip?"
"It was great, Dad".
"Did you see how poor people live?" the father asked.
"Oh yeah" said the son.
"So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?" asked the father. The son answered: "I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them."
The boy's father was speechless.
Then his son added, "Thanks, Dad, for showing me how poor we are."



This is a summary of my mission trip takeaway.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fat

I'm so depressed, I've been eating like a pig this past week. All the fattening, sugary foods just seem to find their way down to my tummy, and my exercise plans are constantly being ruined by the weather! Just today, after five seconds in the swimming pool, the lightning siren began wailing, forcing me to skip my Saturday swim.

At small group today, we had a Christmas dinner, complete with turkey, ham and mashed potatoes, as well as a matcha birthday cake as a surprise for me (thank you so much everyone!!! :'-)) As grateful as I am for the delicious food, I can't help but think of the fats piling up. Even my grandparents brought durian over and I ended up downing nine seeds!

This gluttony has got to stop.

I've resolved to exercising in the mornings since it hardly ever rains then, as well as to eat healthily for the rest of the year! Yes, this includes my birthday and Christmas luncheon with the extended family. Only fruits and vegetables and lean meats for me!

Nothing tastes as good as skinny.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Hansel and Gretel

Went to the Drama Centre at the National Library to watch Hansel and Gretel (by Wild Rice!) with Genevieve, Hui Shun and my family.

Personally, I felt that the play was more focused on making the audience laugh and have a good time than on developing an interesting storyline. That being said, the interaction between cast and audience was good! The chiffon cake, lurch lapis and other Kurds and cookies from the Chef's house were edible (sponsored by Bengawan Solo) and the actors (Hansel and Gretel) gave them out to the audience during the show! It was quite an original idea which suited the story very well. During the intermission, there were also Bengawan Solo goodies given out on huge trays. Thank God we were down fairly early and got to eat every item before the crowds came (hehe pig alert!)

By the time the play ended and we got our programmer booklet signed and photos taken, we were all tired. Sebastian Tan was visibly tired/bored during the "Meet-and-Greet" session haha. Oh well, it's quite understandable since they have been putting up the same performance for quite some time now. The last show is on the 15th of December so do catch it while it's still on!

In other news, I tried the toffee nut latte (or is it frappucino) from Starbucks today and I l o v e d it. Haha it's quite a rare thing for me to say that I love a sugar-y fattening concoction but there you have it. It's that good. I don't see myself buying Starbucks drinks that frequently though. I only relented a little today since there was a 1-for-1 promotion and I shared it with three other people!


I look terrible here.





Huge kueh bahalu yummerz



P.s. There was this cute little girl dressed in the St. Margaret's uniform in the first song item hehe #stmargsissofly #schoolpride #yolo