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Thinking..

>> Wednesday, December 29, 2010



I was wondering whether I should send gift cards or bake goodies for my relatives and friends who I have not given Christmas gifts yet..I like to think that baking goodies is a better alternative as it shows my passion for baking as well as feel happy in sharing what I produce in the kitchen. But gift cards promise a worry free gift giving. Less stress and more time to do other things this holiday.. 

Hmm. I am still thinking though.. Since I have already missed Christmas, I am planning to give my gifts before the New Year..


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Are You Going Out?



I do not like eating in restaurants that has their exit signs flashing like there is some kind of an emergency and so you should eat fast. Kinda like an eat and run syndrome of some sort..But then again, there are really some restaurants who have their exit signs lighted but the light bulb inside is already almost going to die.. 

Anyway, another restaurant that I saw an exit sign blinking like crazy is that one at the market. Then when I pointed the matter to the officer of the day, he laughed and joked that they were preparing for a disco at their workplace.. Uhmm. NOT FUNNY, but I forced myself to smile.. Well, there may be some truth to what he said..


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Lollipops from Candylicious..



When watching movies or playing DVDs on your home theater, what do you usually snack on? Chips? Nuts? Pies? Cakes? Candy? Chocolate? Uhm.. If I name them all one by one, I am sure you will also have a difficulty in answering my query. But for these three kids at home, the answer is easy. Ask Lili and you may hear her say that if mommy allows it, she will eat it. That applies to candies and junk foods. I actually do not limit her to not eating candies, chocolates and junk food. But I do know that when Lili has had enough of the taste, she will decline the offer for seconds. I mean, I do not necessarily tell her it's enough and that she should stop eating. Most times, she would hand to me or my sisters the remaining goodies telling us that she is already okay with a bite or two. A young weight watcher ei? Hmm. I think it is because she has developed this sense of being comfortable with herself and a sense of fullness. Psychologically, when one is made to feel loved, cherished and important, he or she will not need any gratifiers in whatever form. Anyway, I am glad about that.. 

About the lollipops you see them kids holding and enjoying, well, they are kinda small really. Expensive for a $2.50 each, since it was indeed very small. But you know, the kids did not actually finish their lollies each.. I was told that Lili and River unanimously declined their lollies and told my sister that their teeth needed rest from eating candies.. After which, they both brushed their teeth.. hehehe

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Lunch at the Fortunate Restaurant - Food Republic



On their last day in Singapore, my parents and aunts explored Orchard and continued with their shopping spree. By lunch time, we went to the Food Republic in Ngee Ann City and ate at the Fortunate Restaurant. Kinda catchy for a resto name ei? Well, they serve good food. Chinese good to go dishes that are well loved for centuries..

I had this chicken dish that is served in a bamboo tube cum dish. I forgot the name though. But one thing I can say is that it does not only look good, but taste good as well.

My mom ordered the Minced Pork and Century Egg Congee. Well, it was good, just like all congees.. hehehe
My father had this one below. I again forgot the name, but it has "Claypot" as part of its name.. The pork is tender and it's yummy as well.
And this...
 Below is what that foodie wrapped in leaves looks like..
My mom got curious upon seeing this thing wrapped in leaves on another patron's table and asked me to order it so we can have a taste of this treat.. All you need to do is peel off the leaves and voila! Great tasting treat pops before your very eyes..

Of course, we added $2.50 for each of our order to have the Mango Pudding for dessert and their most recommended drink.. 


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Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine- Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

>> Thursday, December 23, 2010



We spent the night and had dinner at the Rise in Marina Bay Sands during Tito Noel's birthday, last December 9, 2010. In the morning of the next day, we went around The Shoppes in Marina Bay Sands and went inside the Casino and played some games at the slot machines. Then we had lunch at the Imperial Treasure Fine Chinese Cuisine- Marina Bay Sands. It was quite a funny experience, mainly because we were not served properly. Chinese Tea was served first, and soup was served last-- My Tito complained about the service and the lady host, to please our uncle, as he is a priced customer at Marina Bay Sands, gave us Malay Cake and Coconut Cake as complimentary desserts. Hahaha.. Of course, we still have the soup to our tab. 
 The Roasted Chicken above and the Steamed Garoupa with Ham below.. 
 Below is what they called as Peking Duck Second Way..

 This was the soup that was served last,lol.. It's lotus root with real Octopus tentacles.. It's yummy actually..

 The Coconut Cake above, and the Malay Cake below....

Anyway, for our food, we had the Steamed Garoupa with Ham, Four Vegetables in Oyster Sauce, Peking Duck carved in front of us, as well as the second way of serving Peking Duck, as well as the one with wraps, which I was not able to get the name. We also had Roasted Chicken and Pickles. 

 Above: Pili Nuts and its matching chili sauce, and below:  Chinese Tea.. 

 This one below is what I was talking about. The Peking duck meat in wraps..  It was quite good..
 Of course, The Peking Duck served in a Duck dish that is quite cute to look at.. hehehe
 Oh, before I forget, their rice is quite good as well..


Over all experience was good, despite the fact that we were not properly served. I guess 6 Star hotel restaurants have their way of pleasing their guests despite the fact that they have already been wrong the first time. We walked away smiling still.. and continued playing at the slot machines afterward.. Dinner followed at The Nest.. 

To end this post, here's how the Peking Duck was carved in front of all of us..




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Malaysian Sweet Treat

>> Monday, December 20, 2010



You may have seen this around Singapore while strolling along Peranakan areas. This is a sweet treat made especially in Malaysia. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to take the name of this said treat. 
Anyway, we went across from the Johor Bahru City Square, to shop for more items from local traders in the area. It was like an open market type with many stalls selling bags, belts and many others. As we went to the inner stalls, this framed newspaper clipping caught my attention as it hang on one food stall. 
Then a friendly man greeted me with food tasting-- and gave me more to have my aunts and parents taste his goodies. That's when we ended up buying a box for pasalubong for Lola Linda.. 


Regular price at RM 12.00, but he gave us a discount and so we bought a box for RM 10.00--



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Worst Kenny Rogers Roaster..




We went to Malaysia when my parents and aunts were here in Singapore and well, we had lunch and shopping there. Reason: Shopping is great for the really affordable prices of goods-- mall or outside of the mall. We arrived there at eleven thirty so technically, we were hungry as it was lunch time. The first mall we entered after walking a distance from the Malaysian immigration is where we went for food. Because we know the name brand so well, we entered this Kenny Rogers Roaster only to be dismayed as food was served too late.. More than an hour waiting for food, and more than an hour to get things in order.. 

Because we were not happy anymore, we declined the last three orders of desserts.. The manager talked to my uncle to apologize. I think this roaster should follow suit as to what all Kenny Rogers Roasters around the world are doing, self service! Food gets served as soon as patrons have paid for their meal. No food left unserved, no customer unhappy.. 

A sit down meal is only good if service is great.. 


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Giant Milo Dinosaur at Swensen's




Uhm.. This is what Ella had for dessert when we dined at Swensen's a few nights ago. We had such a great time taking the Hippo bus around Orchard for the A Starlit Christmas tour. It was a free encounter of some sort, provided by the Duck and Hippo Tours at the Visitor's Center of Singapore. Surely, you won't need any hassle nor lots of money to indulge your sight as well as your tummy. I guess, if you really want to take on payday loans, take them during emergencies of some sort. But while there are free treats from the government, indulge and enjoy it. 

Anyway, after the Hippo Tour, we had dinner, as what I mentioned in my previous post. It was a pasta dinner with desserts oozing with Chocolate.. Yummy.. I had Sticky Chewy Chocolate for dessert while my friend Ella had the above image.. They call it Giant Milo Dinosaur.. Technically, you will also find such treat in other restos as Singaporeans are fond of Milo treats like Ice Milo and the above.. 



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Sticky Chewy Chocolate at Swensen's



Well, if you wanna indulge in Chocolate or any of your dairy favorites, then go to Swensen's.. The price is actually very friendly. I thought at first that Swensen's is too expensive, but actually not! Haagen Dazs is even more expensive.  At Swensen's, well, you can start to indulge at a simple price of $8.30-- Promise! That is the price for my dessert above.. But of course, Hagen Dazs is not overly sweet for me, as the above treat is like a volcano that had me running for cover as I got hit by lavas of sweetness.. Nevertheless, I have had my cravings met! Still, it was a yummy experience to die for, lol.. Uhm.. A chocolate addict here, speaking her mind.. hehehe



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Sale at Tang's

>> Saturday, December 18, 2010



Pinky introduced me to Red Bean Bun. Well, it's actually, me and my parents and our aunts plus her mom who ate the said foodie which we bought at Old Chankee in Tang's. So before they left we went ahead and made our way through the Kitchen and Dining department, right into the food stalls to buy the said treat. My mom was kinda looking at the the Toaster Ovens on our way back, because she was thinking of buying a new one for our home in the Philippines. Everything that we passed by were on sale so who could resist? I myself would like to purchase one of the many lovely Blenders, while my aunt Nancy wants to add more Wine Glasses in their collection.

So anyway, after buying the Red Bean Bun, we made our way back passing by the Coffee Makers, the Kitchen Knives and of course, the Pots and Pans.. Then my mom said she wants to buy a new pair of shoes. So off we went to Takashimaya via the subway.

Shopping at Orchard seem to be very easy because of the passage way. The underpass is full of people that it is okay to walk through there anytime. Unlike in Manila, where underpass or not, it becomes a challenge to go through the streets and underpass alive.

We had lunch at Food Republic and went around Takashimaya. We then were able to buy a few more goodies at Ngee Ann City, and my mom and I found our new pair of shoes each at PrettyFit.. Love it.. Of course, we went back to Tang's to buy a few more goodies on sale.. hehehe



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Spirulina

>> Sunday, December 12, 2010



We have been drinking Spirulina Tea and Spirulina juice for quite a while already. I heard that some los angeles detox rehabs use Spirulina too. Well, in that case, we are right on track of doing and succeeding in our goal. Spirulina is good for the body because it helps in so many ways. But what I really like about it is that, it is light and delicious tasting. I love it with lemon or lime. 

Anyway, all of us must be eating fruits and vegetables because they keep us healthy. 


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Touring..



We had great fun celebrating Tito Noel's birthday at the Marina Bay Sands hotel from December 9, 2010 till this morning. Of course, we ended it with a great swimming spree at the Sky Park infinity pool.. OMG! And I thought they used glass tile for some of the pool parts but not.. It was truly amazing how it was planned and built.. Such ingenuity.. Such craftsmanship.. Such artistry.. OMG! I don't know what to say anymore..

So after we checked out. To put us in the spirit of the great Singapore tour, we visited Sentosa.. We had a really great time. Tomorrow, we are looking forward to our Duck Tour with Flyer--- 


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Grace..

>> Wednesday, December 8, 2010



Grace comes here once in a while. She cleans the toilet, cleans the house, and cooks. When she is busy inside the bathrooms, expectedly, she is busy cleaning and arranging all of the stuff used for Bathroom Organization and Storage. She also fixes and puts the Humidifiers in place. Well, that was what she is paid to do. Cleaning and Organization is her forte. The weapons of her trade includes Vacuum Cleaners, Deep Carpet Cleaners, Steam Cleaners and of course, Housewares and Home Maintenance kits..

But do you know that Grace is a graduate of Computer Science? Well, she is. And if given the chance she will be able to practice her course, she may be doing better and getting a better pay.. But because she is the bread winner, and she is in need of a steady income, she works as a house helper. 

I often joke her that she could marry a very rich man because she cooks so well.. My favorite of all her creations? 


That's Steamed Salmon Head.. Oh so yummy..


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Pinaputok na Telapia



The first time I tatsted Pinaputok na Telapia was in Quezon City, at Likha Diwa in UP Village. Well, that day, I was with my uncle as we were on our way to see his agent for his car insurance. The agent was stuck so my uncle asked me where I want to go so he will take me there, and leave me there for quite awhile, so he can proceed to where the agent was stuck at that time. We were still in Philcoa, so I asked him to drop me off at the stop. I then called my childhood best friend, Gay, who lives at Krus na Ligas at that time. So Gay and I explored UP Diliman and when we got hungry, decided to eat something that is new to my taste-buds.

Likha Diwa is an artists' haven. Most people who go there are inclined toward the arts and they even have poetry readings at the said venue. And they served organic food. Natural, tasty and creatively done. So that is why the place is called Likha Diwa.

This is my version of Pinaputok na Telapia. The taste of the Pinaputok na Telapia that I had ages ago at Likha Diwa still lingers in my head. So I decided to recreate it. 
First, prepare the garnish as well as the flavorings. There you have tomatoes, onions, garlic and ginger. Add some Basil and Rosemary, plus a dash of salt and if you like it spicy enough, add dried chillies.
Fill the Telapia with the mix. As soon as you are ready to wrap, have the Banana Leaves run through heat or fire to make it elastic enough to hold the fish and not tear up easily. 
Of course, you have to seal the folded Banana Leaf that contained the fish..
So get some aluminum foil. The process seals the juices and the flavors inside.
Just make sure that you have neatly arranged them in the dish where they will be placed for boiling..

In our case, we used an oven top boiler so you can see the dish goes from cooking to serving.. By the way, when you serve this to your guests, remove the aluminum foil. Let the banana leaf be the bearer of the star and not the foil.. Surprise your audience and let them enjoy the fish.. yumyum.. 

I remember my food back at Likha Diwa.... A huge plate with the Telapia wrapped in Banana Leaf and organic brown rice. For drinks, Gay and I had Cucumber lemon Shake.. OMG! I was in heaven and died that day.. hahaha




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