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Drink Moderately

>> Tuesday, November 30, 2010



A lot of people take their health for granted. But I know of so many friends who invest in colon cleanse that actually works. Well, beer and alcohol drinkers should know that what they put in their mouths will have an adverse effect on their bodies later on. I should know because I have met so many people who have died with complications in their liver and kidney. Some even spending their hard earned money just to get well. But have proven otherwise to be very futile. 

Drink moderately is always a cautionary phrase. Somehow, it is meant to be a cautious effort for all drinkers, but then again, only a few learned from their lessons, no matter how difficult the trials they have succumbed to. Others died early, hence, no more lessons to learn.  


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Take it.. Take It..

>> Thursday, November 25, 2010



Mushrooms are said to be natural enhancements for males. That is why they are part of the ingredients when you buy natural male enhancement pills. But of course, the Chinese believe that eating some specific herbs and spices can also do wonders. In the Philippines, men eat aphrodisiacs, and some ginseng drinks. 

Well, some women say that it can help in the department of pleasure, but some think, they simply take what they were blessed with.


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Online Marketing



I have been updating the facebook page as well as the site for CMIS and so I do a click here, and a click there, and a click everywhere. My butt hurts and my fingers do too. But clicking is fun. Clicks mean so much as adding more fans to the site, more readers to the posts and perhaps more revenue later on. 

Online marketing is tiring. Yet, I am sure it reaps better rewards than going out. See, many people are mostly online these days. What you see online  is what you offline. That's just that. Besides, even if it is raining outside, I can still do marketing online. Saves time actually. 


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wow



Here in Singapore, people are into gadgets and it is so ordinary to see people using iPhones and iPads. Sometimes, I wonder if domestic helpers here do have the said gadgets too. I have seen that the taxi driver has an iPhone, as well as the security personnel. I bet, they even have  insurance for ipads as well as for iPhones. hehehe.. 

Well, everything here is expensive, yes. But gadgets are also every easy to come by. And if you are clumsy to leave behind your gadgets, they do not get stolen. I guess it's because people here are not hungry for things they do not have, because they have them..  



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Dinner and Movie Night




Tito Noel treated us last night to dinner and a movie-- Harry Potter's latest movie.. the first part of the last Book.  He bought seven tickets for the 9:55 movie at Cine Leisure, then fetched all of us at the Travel Agency, where the rest of our companions were. We headed to the Newton Food Center where we were greeted by food hawkers offering their menu:

What's amazing about food centers here in Singapore is that, they work together as one community where people go to to eat. No food stall sells the same menu, and just one stall serves the drinks. No competition really. It is up to the hawkers to convince us to buy what they sell. 

Below were what we ordered for dinner:
Above is Stingray. Spicy and so yummy. It came with a really special sauce and dip.. Below is my favorite of all. Baby Squid, crispy fried,  and sauted in a special sweet and spicy sauce, served with pineapple chunks and cucumber. The combination of the three is really fantastic. I swear, it was really the yummiest ever.. 
We also had spicy Chicken Wings, and not in photo, shells and omelet. 
It was a gastronomic feast in an open space. I love how we were able to casually enjoy our meal, as we wait for the time for the movie. 
It sure was a great night, the dinner and the movie. And NO! Tito Noel didn't win in the lottery. He was just happy, and we are happy he was happy for dinner and Harry Potter made our evening worthwhile.. Thanks Tito Noel.. 


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Christmas..

>> Tuesday, November 23, 2010



Christmas is almost here. Almost every mall or office here in Singapore have already put up their Christmas trees. I wonder if employees here also get themselves into payday advance loans in time for teh holidays. I know many of our countrymen do.

Anyway, I hope to bring in as much as I could this December so I may be able to give as much as well. I simply love wrapping presents, but if there are none to wrap, I guess I will simply give out Christmas cards. But even Christmas cards cost a fortune already.

Well,it's always the thought that counts. I am sure it will be appreciated too.

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Free Entrance for Tourists



Here is the casino at Sentosa. We were told that we can actually get inside for free and try our luck at the slot machines , the poker table and even the blackjack stand. If you win, you get money, if you lose, well, it's okay, you got free entrance anyway, lol..

Seriously, this attraction has long been enjoyed by tourists who come back for more. I wanted to try our luck but then, I was hesitant too. Imagine, betting your money for nothing? But of course, the possibilities are endless, we could win. But I am not a gambler so I let go of teh said opportunity to play. Besides, I really do not know anything about casinos.



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Raw.. Like it or Not, it's Fresh..



I do not necessarily like raw food, except when they are supposed to be enjoyed raw, like fruits and some vegetables. But of course, there's fish and some seafoods and meats that go into some raw food recipes. I guess they are healthier when they are grown and harvested as organic raw food, but if they are not, I am sure there are so much risk involved.

I love raw fish that goes into the native recipe, "Kinilaw". In Japan, it's fresh fish meat that goes with wasabi and some natural side dishes. Yummy.





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It's A Wrap

>> Sunday, November 21, 2010



We came back to Ceylon Lane and of our first dinner after coming back, we made wraps. It was after all a tiring day, a long but fun walk to and fro Fair Price on Joo Chiat Road.  Tito Noel sent us to buy groceries and a new Rice Cooker, which we were able to get for a bargain price of $19.90, which is not so bad considering that we have never heard of the brand. But anyhow, it worked just fine.  

So, going back to the wraps. We were able to buy wraps at $ 4 which had eight wraps in teh packet. We then proceeded to prepare chicken, sausages, leaks, green bell pepper, lettuce, cucumber, cheese and of course the sauce. We had a hearty meal, light but filling.



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At the MRT



Would you like to buy gold bullion? I am not selling though, hehehe. It's just that I have heard a lot of people talking about it while we were on our way to Tanjong Pagar today. As a matter of fact, the woman was even threatening her boyfriend of a break up if he will not buy gold bullion. I wonder if it is really gold bullion or something else. See, here in Singapore, they have names of food or items that are named with something else that you least expect them to be.

Anyway, after Tanjung Pagar, we went to Bugis and walked towards St. Joseph Cathedral for mass, after that, we went to Raffles City and I saw a really nice looking pair of shoes at Guess. But, I will buy them when I have money already.. hahaha


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Great Black Friday Sale

>> Saturday, November 20, 2010



Thanksgiving Day is almost here. I am sure many will be flocking the malls for some Black Friday deal. My friends in the US are ecstatic about this sale as they can actually buy to their heart's content. I think there are also some stores here in Singapore that may also have the same sale but they do not call it as such. In the Philippines, we also have sale at this time of month mainly because it is nearing Christmas.

But online, you too can get great deals which pertains to celebrating thanksgiving and Christmas. Oh well, I just wish I have so much to spend.


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What's Cooking?



We ate at the food court of Northpoint when I noticed that a cute guy was eating his chicken the wrong way. Turned out that he is not at all acting his age, so I guess it doesn't really matter. Then when his blackberry went off with a really loud sound, we looked at him again. Then he simply smiled at all of us who looked.  When everyone's finally settled again, he shouted. "What's cooking you guys?".. We looked at him again, but we didn't say or do anything. He was smiling again. I guess the guy really loves attention..


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Baby Food Spilled on the Train

>> Thursday, November 18, 2010



Here in Singapore, it is not a good idea to bring food and drinks when taking the MRT or taking the bus because it is NOT allowed. It is strictly forbidden because it will create a huge problem for the commuters. Just like what happened to the lady I sat beside with at the MRT the other day, on the way to Jurong East. She was holding the ergo baby carrier which had a milk bottle on it. Unfortunately, the milk bottle was slightly opened that it spilled the contents on the baby carrier seat as well as on the floor of the train. Good thing the train was not full of people, she was able to wipe the floor with a towel and the moment we reached Jurong, it was clean enough not to be noticed.

That is exactly the reason why drinks are not allowed, for we will never really know when a disaster like that might occur. 


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Pure Sugar Cane Drink and The Rose

>> Wednesday, November 17, 2010



No, this is not the output of melting Maggi bullion into a glass of water. No sir. The drink above is pure sugar cane with ice. Every time we eat this is the drink we choose because of its medicinal properties. We so love the drink because it is very refreshing. But if it's your first time to try it,  it actually will not taste good to you. I suggest that if it's your first try, get the one with Lemon or Honey so it will taste good. 

There are actually many different drinks here in Singapore that are new to me. Another one is The Rose. 

It is actually juice made from the extracts of the rose petals. Remember my post about the flowers in the market? Well, that is one of the flowers that they eat here.


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Indian Rojak



We went to Serangoon last week and we ate at Seven Star, an Indian Restaurant. It is open air and the food is quite nice. One of the food we ordered was the Rojak above.  To make a Rojak, you simply have to choose your own ingredients from the bar. 

See the different goodies below, as they are the main ingredients. When you are done choosing, the attendant will prepare them for you.. And serve them in a dish together with a spicy sweet sauce to dip them on.



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Dragon Fruit, anyone?



 Wanna know what these babies are on the plate above? Actually, they are from the fruits below.
 They are called DRAGON FRUIT, and they are truly tasty. Below is how they are peeled.
 First, you need to cut off the tip and peel all the way like a banana.
When you are done peeling, you can get the meat of the fruit and slice it up horizontally or vertically or even in cubes. You can have them eaten that way or have them juiced or add them in a fruit salad mix.

By the way, they come in two varieties, white in color and the red/pink ones. The White Dragon Fruit is cheaper than the Red Dragon Fruit, which by the way is sweeter than the white one. 



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Gold Coins Found




I love this kind of  gold coin.. Actually, they may look like real gold coins, but they are chocolate inside each gold wrapping. I found these babies at the Chocolate World at Sentosa. There were also my favorite Hershey's chocolates as well as Reese's and Kisses.. Oh I was so happy to find all of my favorite chocolates there.  

But guess what, you can find the same at Mustafa in Little India. At very low prices. I swear, you would like to cry when you find them there too at a fraction of the price..  Anyway, we will be going to Little India this week so I decided not to buy anything from Chocolate World. Instead, we proceeded to Victoria's Secret.. The only branch in Asia.. 


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Pimples?

>> Friday, November 12, 2010



It is often said that peanuts can cause pimples and some skin allergies. But it is actually not true to all skin types. Some may need acne treatment that works because they have a really bad case of acne, but others would simply need a facial wash to maintain the skin.

Anyway, last week we passed by the Lancomme display booth at the Orchard, where they do free makeup and some skin tests, but yesterday, we found that they were no longer there. Honey even joked that perhaps, we should have gotten ourselves a free facial and skin test last week if only we had known that they were not to stay there forever, lol.. 

Anyhow, I learned that Singaporeans secret to a beautiful skin is in what they eat everyday.. More fruits and shakes.. yup, that is what our Singaporean friend, Winnie told us yesterday.. 


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Do You Eat Flowers?



At the Joo Chiat Complex, I was amazed to find that roses are sold not as flowers but as food. I am serious. When I passed by the stall, I thought they were simply selling flowers. But I wondered why they have all the flowers and petals separated and some even cut into smaller pieces. Then the lady told me, "eat lah.."
She said flowers like orchids and roses have medicinal properties for a youthful effect. So I got to think that some of them indeed look younger. Could it be that they eat all those flowers? In my experience, I have learned previously that flowers are used for flavoring but not eaten directly though. This was quite a surprise, really.. 


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Grace's Foodies



Grace, our Tito's house help had been feeding us well. She most of the time worries if the food she serves are good or not. With her cooking, you would surely want to buy a truckload of diet pills, as her cooking is irresistible.

On our first week, here were the foodies she served us that I truly savored the flavor.
Imagine, during this meal, she was so worried if we would appreciate the taste or not. But of course, when we tried the food, we gave her thumbs up. Grace is a good cook. I wouldn't be surprised if she marries a man who would like to eat and eat, lol.. 

Anyway, the journey to our diet and weight loss continues, but we try to avoid Grace's foodies by buying our own at the market place. And maybe next week, we'll replace breakfast and dinner with Herbalife, alongside our daily exercises. 


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Lanzones in Singapore



These Lanzones are huge and sweet and they come clumped as they are sold. So much different that the Lanzones we have back home. Well, actually, they are not grown here in Singapore but were imported from the other parts of Asia. There are no farms or fruit trees in Singapore. That I was told. So if you drop by their market place and see lots of fruits, they are imported. 

I wonder if they also have mines here. If they do, they would probably be supplying gold or gold bullion to other countries as well.  Anyway, it's good to be able to taste fruits from other countries here. Yes, we may have them in the Philippines, but they taste different that what we have back home. Even Durian here tastes different.  But of course, even if it tastes differently, still it is yummy.. 

More Eat Lah--- hehehe

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Braised Duck Anyone?




This auntie does not need to attend cooking classes because all she has to do is slice up the duck and serve it to us with its sauce. But I, on the other hand, would like to ask her for a private cooking class on how to cook braised duck.

That is what we had yesterday at the Bugis Village food court.. Oh well, cooking classes is helpful for all my friends who are in LA. Why? Because they need to. Hehehe.. 

Seriously, learning how to cook a great meal would be such a delight.. Imagine people to wow all your food preparations even before they taste your food. The smell alone is a sign that you have reached a mark in the cooking arena. Add gourmet and baking, ohlala..

Anyway, I learned from a friend who is a chef, that knowing how to cook is one's ticket really. It could be to a great friendship, relationship or even a job. Hehehe.. Take it from one of Asia's finest chefs.. He woed his wife, then girfriend, and after three home cooked meals served in candle light, she said yes to the marriage proposal..  Whirlwind romance ei? Not quite.. Lady in Red screams for more lovey dovey after a meal or so.. Way to go..

Going back to the braised duck, which we devoured, Honey and me. It was perfect. I never thought Duck meat could be tender and flavorful. The last time we cooked a duck at home, it took us forever to make the meat tender. Of course, we had a lot of help from the crock pot, hehehe..

Our next agenda would be the Clay Pot Rice with a different flavored bird. I wonder how we'd be able to leave Singapore.. If we get left behind by the plane, I am sure we wuld then be able to fly.. Since day one, we have been eating bird, hahaha.. Wings are growing at my back--- see them lah.. hahaha





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The Machines..



Honey and I are into exercise and diet since the day we discovered the exercise machines at the Woodlands Ring grounds. Perhaps they are all effective, I feel I have lost weight so much more than when I was not moving even a finger. If this is getting better and better, I do not think I will still need to read or search for liposuction reviews anymore.

The Space Walk is my favorite. But then again, if you keep exploring the city for new discoveries, chances are, the dieting and the goal to lose weight while in Singapore is totally difficult--- so many stalls/stores to explore and try out their foodies.

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Food and Culture



This Singapore trip is fattening despite the fact that we keep walking from all directions. Food is everywhere, and ironically, there are also an abundant supply of women's dresses that do not seem to fit me, lol.. Such displays for shorter and much petite women. Frustrating as it may seem but, I take it as a sign that I need to scrimp on teh food to give room to shopping--- wahahaha..

On second thought, we are here to assimilate the culture and be one with the people. And food is, after all, a part of cultural heritage and somehow it is in food where the uniqueness of a people are noticed. So we went our way sampling different foods here and there. Malay food, Indonesian Food, Chinese and of course, the local delicacies that abound. I got to taste the difference in food that speaks clearly of the difference in cultural heritage. For instance, the Rojak from an Indian/Malay restaurant compared to a Singaporean shop. 


Which is better?


They are actually the same in weight.. Differs in color, texture and ingredients.. The Malay/Indian Rojak is more like a viand, while the Singaporean is like a snack cum appetizer. Although, I find the Singaporean Rojak to be better because of the peanuts and the vegetables in it---


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Lola's Food

>> Thursday, November 11, 2010



The image above was taken during the Deepavali celebration here in Singapore, where we took the holiday as a time for our relatives to meet and bond. I have mentioned this in a revious post on this blog, and well, last week was a blast. This evening Lola Linda and Tito Noel left with Auntie Vicky and Uncle Alex for a cruise. A relaxation cruise to be exact. Well, business people need this as a breather, I hope the four of them will finally be able to relax.
From the day we celebrated Deepavali cum reunion, we have been teasing Lola Linda to enjoy the online games first, and enjoy the real deal when cruise comes.. And with that teasing she would tell us how magical the roulette was, especially when she was winning.. That and well, topic changes into what food she is to eat during the cruise. See, Lola Linda is a diabetic who is self injecting her medicines from Hong kong, as being a Hong Kong resident, her medicines are well provided for by the Hong Kong government. Her personal assistant, or house help would simply prepare her food and take care of the rest.

Anyway, Lola specified that she would like to bring her own vegetable dishes for their cruise, so Grace, her assistant busied herself for two days preparing them..



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