Wadori Yakitori

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It was my first visit to Kuriya Japanese Market located at the basement of Tampines One. It’s like a food court with different stalls for customers to choose from.

There’s Wadori Yakitori, Idaten Udon, Men-ichi Ramen Express, Ichiban Bento and one area selling sushi.

I decided to try the Wadori Set C which consisted of Yakitori Chicken, Pork Belly, Chicken Meatball and Deep-fried Chicken, as well as a Chawanmushi (steamed egg) and free-flow of soft drinks. The price is quite affordable at SGD9.90.

However, I wasn’t really satisfied with the quality of the food. Tori-Q, which also specialises in grilled meat sticks is actually tastier than Wadori Yakitori! The chicken balls were a let-down! and the sauce just  doesn’t go well with the rice and the grilled meat.

I doubt I will eat from Wadori Yakitori again! However, I will return to try the Bento or Ramen next!

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It’s the Lunar New Year! We went to my brother’s house for visiting and my uncle, aunties, cousin, sister and nieces and nephews gathered to eat dinner and played with Momo, the latest addition to the family!

Momo is a teacup Pomeranian which my brother bought a few months back after our Schnauzer, Thunder, passed away due to Brain Tumour last year.

Momo is rather scared of the big turnout yesterday, but she is still curious and energetic.

Grow up well, Momo!

Rainy…

It rained yesterday night and it continued from 3am this morning…

It’s still raining now… and the poor tree in front of my window is shedding…

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Was listening to SPOTIFY and stumbled upon this nice song very suitable for a rainy day like this – “You are so Beautiful” by Eddy Kim.

Upon some googling, I realised that this is one of the songs included in the OST for “Goblin”, which is a very popular Korea Drama at the moment, where the last episode was aired just last Saturday.

I will only start watching the drama on Chinese New Year since I won’t be celebrating much this year.

I can loop this all night!

Chiangmai & Chiang Rai 4-8 Jan 2017

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Wat Phra Singh, Khantoke Dinner, Hot Spring in Chiang Rai, White Temple, Blue Temple, Black House, Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, What Phra That Doi Suthep, Walking Street

Went on a 5D4N trip to Chiang Mai from 4 to 8 January with my 2 BFFs to kickstart a wonderful year ahead!

Good times seems to pass by rather quickly and it has been a very enjoyable trip!

On 4th January, we went to visit Wat Phra Singh which is about 20mins walk from our accommodation – At Ease Bijou Place. After which we walked to Old Chiangmai Cultural Centre to have our Khantoke Dinner. The dinner started at 7pm, and they will refill the food in the bowls every now and then. From 8pm-9pm, there will be dance performances in the courtyard and the stage! It was a real eye-opener for us!

On 5th January, we woke up super early to take a day trip to Chiang Rai with a local tour operator. It was stated in the email when we did the booking that it was an English Speaking tour, but when we boarded the bus, we were shocked that it’s almost filled with PRCs!!! This must be the start of the nightmare!

We visited Maekhachan Hot Spring first after a rather ‘intense’ 1.5hr bus ride since the traffic condition was really bad on a weekday. The little PRC girl beside us ate so much junk food that she vomitted halfway! ARGH! Luckily we reached the White Temple in another 1.5hrs. At the White Temple, it was packed with people! The temple looked pretty yet gory! There were rather weird paintings in the temple where photography is forbidden. I saw Batman, Transformers, and even Thor amongst those Buddhist paintings! hmm….

We had lunch at the food court opposite the White Temple. After that, it was another half an hour journey to the Blue Temple, which is known to the locals as “Wat Rong Seu Ten”. The temple was rather new, according to the tour guide, and the sculptures were very pretty!

The last place on our 1 day tour was “Baan Dam -Black House Museum” which is the house of the National Artist Dr. Thawan Duchanee. It is filled with lots of strange art works I must say. Maybe most artists are eccentric.

On 6th January, we went for a morning half day tour to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary where we fed and bathe the elephants! We were allocated to Camp 8 where there were 6 elephants in this camp. A gentle reminder for those who were interested in visiting Elephant Camps around the world : PLEASE ENSURE THAT THERE IS NO ELEPHANT RIDING IN THE CAMPS! The elephant’s spine is not ready to support the weight of humans even though you may see that they are large and sturdy! In fact, the seat they placed on top of the elephant is already 100kg! Imagine if two people ride on the elephant and each weigh more than 50kg, the poor elephant has to support more than 200kg of load on its body! That’s a torture!!! Furthermore, elephants’ feet are so soft they shouldn’t be used for trekking! Do you know that you can hardly hear any noises when the elephants made their way to the jungle? This really shows how soft their legs are!

So PLEASE DO NOT RIDE on elephants in future!

On 7th January, we used UBER to go to Wat Phra That Doi Suthep, which is on the mountain top! Our UBER driver was kind enough to wait for us at the car park area so that he can send us back to the main city. We were supposed to be able to get a panoramic view of Chiang Mai city from the temple, but it was foggy… so we can’t see anything. But the temple was packed with people since its the weekends. To get to the top of the temple, get ready to climb up a flight of 100 steps to reach the entrance!

In the evening, prepare for some shopping and bizarre crowd at the Walking Street. They sell almost everything at the walking street – Food, Souvenirs, Toys, etc… The street is very packed but you can get very nice and cheap street food along the way!

There’s so much to see in Chiang Mai that I think 5D4N is not enough! Perhaps we should go back again another time!

Spotty – my neighbourhood kitty!

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Spotty is a gentle kitty, so please be kind to her as well!

Meet Spotty! This kitty is very gentle, and is not afraid to come up to strangers to rub her cheeks against your feet!

Spotty used to be a pet of someone in the neighbourhood, but when they shifted, they abandoned her 😦

Spotty was injured and can’t sit properly. A kind-hearted Malay uncle fed the 5 stray cats around this block and even gave Spotty a cardboard to sleep on. We contributed by giving her a used t-shirt as a blanket. It was raining and rather windy for the past few months, hence, we were afraid that Spotty would feel cold. Someone threw her cardboard and the used t-shirt away, but we came back with another one!

Pets are not toys! You don’t throw them out of the house just because you no longer have room for them! They are living things and need to be taken care of. If you don’t have that kind of time for commitment, don’t keep a pet to give it away later on! Worse still, abandon it!

Thai Express

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Dinner at Thai Express, Bedok Mall

Tonight’s dinner was at Thai Express in Bedok Mall.

Time flies when you are having a good time shopping and then you realised its already 7:30pm! It’s strange you don’t even feel tired or hungry!

Since today is a rainy day, we decided to eat Thai Food! Tom Yum Soup is always comfort food for the rainy weather!

We ordered Tom Yum Seafood Soup, Thai Seafood Otah, the Gai Phat Med Ma-Moung-Him-Ma-Phan (Sauteed Chicken with Cashew Nut) and the Sauteed Kai Lan with Mushroom, and 2 plates of White Rice.

Service wasn’t really good at this outlet. We sat beside a French couple with a toddler, and the mindless mother put her spoon which was ‘infected by chilli from her phad thai’ into the child’s food to feed him and made him spit out the food and cried and created a huge scene! Sigh…

 

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Tonkatsu Toji Waken from Shin-Do for lunch! Slurp!

My first meal of the day is Tonkatsu Toji Waken from Shin-Do at Century Square this afternoon.

I love Japanese food, and don’t mind eating it everyday!

Shin-Do used to be called ‘Shin-Sapporo Ramen’, and after renaming itself, they sell a variety of rice bowls, and set meals other than ramen or udon.

I think this is quite value for money. At SGD15,90, this is rather filling! After eating this, I didn’t even eat a full dinner. I just snacked on 2 apples, and a free bread roll from Gardenia  when I bought a loaf of bread at NTUC just now.

What’s your first meal in 2017? Hope that it’s a great start to the new year! Cheers!

Company of Cats

I met 10 resident cats at The Company of Cats today afternoon and they are really cute and furry!

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The first cat I saw was Belle (white ragdoll) – who was actually resting on the bucket near the door looking out the window idly.

Next, I met Skippy (grey tabby), which is quite huge for its size! It must love food a lot, or else he won’t be named after some peanut butter spread!

Meringue (brownish ragdoll) was sleeping peacefully in her favourite spot somewhere close to Skippy. However, it wasn’t really cranky when people petted her while she was sleeping. She woke up eventually, but didn’t threw any tantrums even when her cat nap was disrupted!

Lily (an orange kitty) came along and was waiting at the door, perhaps she was bored and wanted to get out of the room. I later found out that Lily had a son, and his name is Harry! Are they Lily and Harry Potter?!!

Mags (grey and white kitty) popped out of nowhere and had a cute ‘meow’ as she was also trying to find a way to get out of the room. Mags was quite lively and didn’t seem to be afraid of people at all.

Along came Elliot (looks like a Siamese Ragdoll Mix), which looks really ravishing! He looked as if he was wearing pants and boots in his lovely fur coat!

Daisy (cute small grey kitten) was labelled as the “Intern” of the gang, and she was so conscious of the camera she was always trying to escape us when we tried to take pictures of her.

Lulu has half orange and half black face, but she has a sweet nature.

Coco (the dark knight) was always hiding in a ‘box’ and licking herself, and only came into the ‘light’ when there’s treats!

Last but not the least, I finally saw Harry! He looked almost like his mother in a coat of orange fur! However, he is bigger than Lily! and he’s the one taking care of the mother now I suppose, as I saw him licking his mum, grooming her instead!

The cats at The Company of Cats are really lovely! I’m starting to miss them already!