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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Ever dream of owing a castle?

My friend Nancy had recently bought a cluster house around Bukit Timah. It cost $3.15 million. Not a bad price for something that's freehold & in that area. That's until lunch yesterday

A group of us meet up once in a while to catch up & lunch is the perfect time. All of us either had stopped working, retired or have never worked haha... Anyway Nancy was telling us about this new purchase & the renovation etc.... We were having a good time, giving her some ideas of where to buy stuff then Mary brought up what 3million can buy else where.

Sigh .... the Iphone is seriously changing how we communicate. She punch a few keys & voila this appear! It's a castle in France going for only $2.92 million SGD !!! We were all impressed! Have this strange feeling of, "....hey .... I could easily afford that !" Truth is, these friends of mine all have overseas properties, but a castle ???? Now that's on a whole different level!

After a little dreaming,  as usual we get back down to earth. How to maintain something like this? The maintenance will bleed one dry, unless money falls from the sky ...haha. Well no harm dreaming right?

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Famous local celebrity chef Sam Leong @ Forest Restaurant : Equarius Hotel

Recently a friend visited me & she wanted to go Sentosa so, I brought her there. Ok I'm not a fan of Sentosa. I always find it too far, hot & humid. But there's many fine dining there so .... Anyway, I decided to bring her to a restaurant I've not been to before: Forest Restaurant @ Equarius Hotel. 

Another friend drove us there. The entrance into Sentosa is $7- ....hmmm.... maybe to stop everyone from making Sentosa too crowded, & it's working  Anyway we found Equarius Hotel, parked & went to the restaurant. We didn't book before hand, lucky for us, it just opened so it's not crowded yet. We chose this place, because it's Famous local celebrity chef Sam Leong first venture into business after he left Tung Lok Group. So I thought must go support a bit lah. I like to support local talents.

I really like the ambience of the place. High ceiling ,very relaxing. The food comes in small interesting portions. Love the appetizers - very good. You can tell he put much thought into each one. Only complain is, it takes too long in between each course. I guess it's fine if the group is there to chit chat & hang out. But if you are in a hurry, you need to remind them to speed it up. We did & sure enough, it's better. However the service staff is not attentive enough, they don't seem to be very experienced. It's certainly hard to find good help these days.

Anyway we get to see Sam Leong cooking through the glass kitchen, which is nice. I think that's him ...haha... Took a few pictures of him :) 
Will I come back again? Sure ,but this time I'll make sure to tell them not to space out each course from the start.
This is the menu.

I like this, foie gras & king crab meat in cone

Tiger prawn is delicious & mushrooms

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Finally joined Facebook !

After years of resisting, I've finally decided to give in and join Facebook. Not necessarily because I want to be part of the fad, mind you, but because someone I went to college with, divorced her husband of 20 years, and is now marrying her EX-husband's best friend, and both these guys were from our same college too! So now I'm seriously wondering what the rest of the gang is up to.

I created an account, uploaded a recent photo of myself (a glamor shot I just did & is ready to see what all the fuss is about. I sort of expect everyone I went to college with to have gained weight, but it appears the exact opposite of that happened. Now I'm glad I had went for my botox & threading treatments, took Garbaslim (fat burner ) regularly before my picture was taken.

Hmmm... & guess what, I've been invited to join many strange games. But who has time for that when there's shopping to be done  Oh....I'm going for dinner with a group of them tonight. Can't wait :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Losing memory ?

I had lunch appointment with a friend yesterday. Reached the restaurant early & texted her, just in case. Thank goodness I did that cos' she had totally forgot about our appointment! Lucky she's living in Orchard & within 20 mins she appeared barely dressed with uncombed hair. Asked her what's with her memory, hope she's not losing it.

She said: "Forget memory- you get to my age it's all about teeth or hair ! "
And she's only 3 years older !

Friday, September 9, 2016

Lunch @ Chikuyotei Japanese Restaurant

I had lunch at Chikuyotei Japanese Restaurant the other day. My friend kept snapping pictures at the food. This has become a thing hasn't it? Everyone is doing that. I was telling her, how can you enjoy the food when you are concentrating on taking it's picture & then sms it to everyone else.

She looked at me as if I'm from somewhere else, & reasoned:"Goodness, we are lunching at Inter-continental's Chikuyotei Japanese Restaurant, the world should know! "
To be honest, she has a point, it's one of my favorite restaurant, & they are seriously very good. Maybe the world should know! OK, if you can't beat them, join them:) Below are the ones I snapped. By the way, it's as good as it looks !

Address: 80 Middle Road, #01-01 Intercontinental Singapore, 188966

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wine enthusiast

Loo my good friend called to tell me about her latest buy, a 2008 Lafite (I think) ! She was  so excited & wanted me over to celebrate. If I don't appear by 9pm tonight, the wine will be gone !!!This friend is very crazy over wines. She named her 2 beloved dogs : Lafite &  She almost invested in a vineyard some years back. If not for her very level headed husband, she really would had bought it. These days she'll go through her rounds of visiting hereby vineyards, e.g. from Thailand & even China. She had gone to most of the usual suspects from France, Australia to California & even Chile twice over. Always asking me to tag along, but I never did.

Well I'm not really a 'serious' wine person. Yes I do enjoy a good glass of wine or champagne once in a while but that's all. To me wine is such a transitory thing. It doesn't have any real existence in time. You open the bottle, you drink it, it's gone, And such enduring pleasure as the experience holds lies in the memory, or the anticipation. You can of course, soak off the label & pin it up on the wall to impress your friends, but that's the only lasting trophy you get. Like a stag's head mounted on a board to remind you of the hunt. So ; if the wine's not actually there, or gone, does it really matter all that much?

I told her that & she almost scream, at me ....haha...

Monday, May 23, 2016

When a close friend dies ......

On Judy's last day, I went to her place, opened the room's window so that she could look out into her garden. I slipped my arm through hers & she softly said "Don't". She has been doing it for days now. Picturing the world without her in it. She was erasing herself, withdrawing , saying good bye, because it seemed like the right thing to do.

Judy said it was a little like being in love with someone who doesn't love you back. The very act that they don't need you makes them a thousand times more desirable & beautiful & the object of our devotion. Sometimes it's the impossibility of a thing that makes it irresistible. And right then, being alive was the thing she was in love with, the thing that didn't care if she was there or not.

Every leaf, every blade of grass, ever bug and pebble was bathed in a new kind of light for her. Every single thing she looked at was breathtakingly, effortlessly, perfectly itself. Even the most ordinary thing she could think of- a pillow, a painting, a letter -was part of the biggest , most persuasive, most extraordinary miracle there is, as solid as a rock & at the same time as fine & breakable as a single strand of hair.

She told me, when you know for certain you are losing a thing, you suddenly see how much you have loved it, & how you ought to have taken better care of it all along.

It was getting dark when she died. She was ready to go. I figured that's what happens when you get close. It's just a step down, no big deal. I hoped so anyway. I hoped she was watching us by then from another place entirely, somewhere quiet & painless & apart. And while I was hoping & holding her hand, she slipped away.