Passion – what is mine?

You might wanna watch the video here first, to get some context.

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Biggest takeaway from listening to this TED talk.

Adrian was telling me how he liked Kuik Shiao-Yin’s speeches, because she is just such a natural. So I decided to listen to the above TED talk by her 2 nights ago, since I am planning to write on a more frequent basis and I frankly do not know if food reviews is the way to go.

Towards the end, she went,

Yes, follow your passions, because they matter more than you think. But don’t just stop there – master them, mature them, expand them so that they don’t just become passions, but compassions. And then and only then, can you forge them into opportunities.

That makes a lot of sense, and I believe we all agree with her. The million-dollar question is – what is my passion? What makes me come alive, what holds a big big part of me?

It’s stupid, but I really can’t be very sure what my passion is. I asked my tween what makes her come alive – she says “playing iPad and watching YouTube videos”. Sure everyone likes chill time and the best thing in the whole wide world is probably just lazing around all the time without having to worry about money!

Too bad, one can’t play iPad and watch YouTube videos their whole life and get paid for it..

Well, unless you marry a billionaire……

So, back to the same question – what makes me come alive? Ok, maybe I can list a few things which I think makes me feel alive, enthusiastic, excited etc.

  • Knowing that friends feel blessed with me around them – recently I started a few daily devotion whatsapp group chats with my church friends and I would send them my daily devotion bible passage, devotion passage and also my personal learning point. It gives me great joy to know that sometimes the devotions would encourage them too. Other than that, I also feel great contentment when my co-workers and friends enjoy being with me.
  • Singing – be it in worship or karaoke. Being able to convey the message in a song, being able to feel the song and sing it out nicely means a lot to me.
  • My Christian faith  – because God is the only truth in this temporary world we live in. Since high school when I joined church, my ambition was to become a full-time church staff. In the past, I envied the full time staff so much – they could just serve God all day long, officially, unofficially, every single moment! Of course over the years, I learnt that some of us have to be in the marketplace to connect with people who need Jesus – and honestly if you ask me, it’s harder to be in the marketplace because it’s easy to get tempted with other schools of thought and one may end up just become more like the world (which I am still struggling to grapple with!).

If I was asked what I can do in church – I will say I can do anything and everything, because I feel that everything I do will benefit God’s work. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to do administrative work for God, and not for some private company where purpose is to make money for the bosses? Isn’t it wonderful to be able to pray for colleagues in a church office, to strengthen one another with the bible in our hands?

Ok, it’s getting late and I really would like to give it some more thought BUT I NEED TO WORK TOMORROW. I’ll be back soon!!

But at least I know, FOOD is not on the list..

National Day Love with “Nasi Lemak” Burger!

Just barely 2 hours after eating dinner, Adrian i.e. the mister suddenly whatsapped me.

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ALRIGHT, TIME FOR MY 2ND DINNER!

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We hardly have time to talk about anything to be honest – we are either busy at work, busy at home, or talking about the kids. So during times like these, we have time to talk about the man who made his wife go through 4 abortions (which eventually killed her) and also this Nasi Lemak Burger that everyone in Singapore has been trying and sharing on social media!

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I like every single thing in the picture! I especially LOVE BANDUNG. Their Bandung Fizz was sweet at first taste, but after that I suddenly felt very thirsty and I drank A LOT of it =.= what magic is that!

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And McDees Fries are the best fries in the whole wide world. And with their garlic chilli sauce – they are UNDEFEATABLE!

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After unwrapping the Nasi Lemak Burger, Adrian was all ready to tuck in. (Burger unwrapping video can be found here!). He had his dinner much earlier than me, so he had all that space to eat again.

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Man, the burger was big!! Filled with a big fat chicken thigh patty, my mouth was (nearly) too small to take a bite of that burger! And the sauce was spicy enough for me (some friends commented that it wasn’t spicy enough *shudders*).

Everything tasted fresh and SEDAP. The cucumbers were especially huge and juicy!

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Those of you who like Nata De Coco, PLEASE try their Coconut Pie – the filling was gooey and super rich. Coupled with their always-fantastic pie crust exterior, it was a very very satisfying dessert.

I have also tried this:

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This is a mix of  mix of Gula Melaka and vanilla soft-serve according to their official description, but both Adrian and I thought that it tasted like coconut ice-cream. Oh well, all are nice lar hehehe. Now, I need to try their Chendol Melaka Cone!!!

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Lau Pa Sat – Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood & BEST Satay

We had wanted to go to Satay by the Bay because the mister hasn’t been there before but once I got on the car (he came to pick me up from a gathering) and googled “Satay by the Bay”, a horrifying discovery came to my two big big eyes.

“Food stalls open from 11am to 10pm daily”

It was nearly 10pm when he came to pick me…

SO! We went to the other place that serves lots of satay – Lau Pa Sat hahaha..

We managed to find a parking lot right at the side of Lau Pa Sat (yay) and got cosied up at a round table. It was slightly disturbing to have so many hawkers come to us and try to promote their satay BUT i guess that’s the way to survive.. mister ordered a satay set (he believes ALL ARE THE SAME) and we also ordered some seafood from the below stall where we were sitting at.. yup he hasn’t had dinner.

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the mister was craving for cockles but the first thing the waitress said to my husband’s cockle request was “no more cockles, everything else have”.

I could see the sian-ness in his eyes, nose, mouth, ears, cheeks, forehead.

Shrugs – we ordered stingray, sambal kangkong and lala.

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The satay came – apparently we misread the menu. We thought we ordered 10 sticks. It was 20… oh my.

If I remember correctly, this satay stall was called Best Satay. I remember seeing the big big word “Best” on the menu!

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And here comes the sting ray and lala. Not sure if they have toned down the spiciness to cater to tourist crowd, all their 3 dishes were just mildly spicy – which I was actually okay with. I liked the sting ray best – the chilli was very fragrant and fish was also flavoured nicely. Just to place it in perspective on the standard of their food – it wasn’t great, the sambal kangkong especially was not tasty in my opinion. I would go Chomp Chomp any day for BBQ seafood – Seth Lui has a blog post on them!

Pricing wise – I think the satay was really reasonably-priced – $15 for 20 sticks plus 1 rice. The BBQ seafood was $36 in total – I guess that’s quite the norm? But I find their food so-so, hence I think it’s pricey :-X

By the time we are done, it was nearly 11 – alamak, fat die me…

Ready to eat almost everything.

It’s a lovely day today and I think I will make today the day to restart my blogger engine. I even paid a dollar Ualso SD for my spanking new lovely header (made with TLC on Canva).

For the past year and a half, things have been hectic. I changed to a new job last May and it has been a beautiful working environment with teammates of similar frequency and a fantastic funny boss. I am extremely grateful for this blessing because it gives me ample energy for my other role i.e. parenting my 2 young kids. The younger one is finally not so young anymore – she is 4 already and she is at least able to express her needs and wants (cool, no more guessing games!).

And so, that’s why I am able to resume my blogging regime again – YAY. And yes, I will resume my reviews on food, F&B service standards and whatever comes my way. Let’s see, I will be visiting Beach Road Kitchen soon (because I have 2 free buffet dinners to redeem!), also going to Nanbantei at Chinatown Point next month for a colleague’s birthday, and maybe we will try out the Thorny Temptation buffet at Hotel Pickering’s LIME! I will probably also do up a post on Seletar Country Club‘s Seletar Terrace since my family lunches there every Sunday after service 🙂

I am excited already~~~~