Prata Raya at Thomson Plaza – Food Review

Hubby and I usually have the chance of having breakfast together on Saturdays while we wait for jie jie to finish her morning tuition. If we are sick of the food at Thomson Plaza, we will drive to somewhere else to eat but usually we just settle breakfast there cos we have to buy groceries and whatnots at NTUC later on.

So what’s available at Thomson Plaza in the mornings?
– Prata Raya
– KFC
– Swensons
– food court
– Wang cafe
– Starbucks
– Hans
– Subway

Quite a variety eh? And on weekends, it’s quite crowded cos all the parents like us waiting for kids to finish tuition will have breakfast there too lol.

And so today, hubby and I decided to have prata. In fact we choose prata quite often cos Wang cafe is always full.

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Their prata is actually quite overpriced I feel. What to do, they are the prata monopoly at Thomson Plaza. So I usually order 2 plain prata for $2, which is the most reasonable. Today hubby ordered 2 plain 1 egg.

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But I find their service pretty good. It’s always the same staff, 1 PRC order taker, 1 Malay tall chap waiter cum cook, 1 Indian uncle flipping pratas and 1 Chinese auntie clearing plates. All quite nice people. And they have never got our orders wrong before. 🙂

Oh I weighed myself this morning – 1 kg gone from the lack of dinner last night. I’m going to keep up with skipping dinners!!

Paradise Pavilion at Marina Bay Financial Centre – Food Review

My department (4 of us) went to Paradise Pavilion today to celebrate my director and buddy’s birthdays. I’ve been wanting to try out the food here! We were seated by the window at a nice corner table.

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This is some pickled radish, combination of sweet sour salty with a tinge of spicy.

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When this came, I immediately thought of Tim Ho Wan. This is obviously an imitation haha. This is smaller though and tasted more delicate I thought, compared to the bigger one at THW. I remember not being able to finish it!

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A faraway pic of the XO carrot cake. Not impressive although quite tasty. The chilli sauce is nothing to wow about though.

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Shrimp Chee Cheong Fun. Their prawns were really fresh and juicy, and skin was soooooo soft!

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Beef done Cantonese style. A tad salty but super tender. It was quite thin to start with 🙂

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This was something special – handmade fish noodles! Of course this tasted quite different from the usual flour noodles. A tinge of fishy-ness but very QQ springy texture – interesting and tasty. And the scallop added a lot of marks to it haha.

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This was the usual 3-egg spinach. They were damn generous with the eggs. Simple dish that complemented the entire lunch.

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This was the STAR of the lunch.

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I can safely say that this is the best egg custard bun I’ve ever tasted – wins Imperial Treasure hands down. The texture tells u that there was a lot of yolk (slightly sandy texture) and the taste also very “yolkish”. BEST. Very good!

My manager is off on 2 weeks leave next Monday onwards.. Hoping for a quiet fortnight ahead so buddy and I won’t be too busy.

And yes, I’ve started to eat really light dinners. I’m drinking just a bowl of soup with the soup ingredients for dinner. Yesterday night I had a bowl of soup with pieces of lotus root. I got hungry at about 10 but I just ignored it. This morning my tummy was really flat and I wasn’t very hungry too. Hopefully skipping dinner will become a lifestyle. Save money some more. So friends, no more dinner dates!

Running Man Korean BBQ Restaurant (Gangnam Branch) – Food Review

I just got home after my date with Belle and i already can’t wait to talk about it!

Thankfully I got off on time and I started my 1.3km walk from my office towards Temple Street. Took me about 25 minutes, including waiting for traffic lights – quite ok! Was perspiring a bit when I got there – yay.

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Had to take this obligatory Mid-Autumn pic on the way.. Haha!

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Once I turned left into Temple Street, there it was! The Running Man signboard got me so excited!!!! Wahaha.

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They seem to have a really nice lunch menu too. I met Belle right at the entrance after I took this pic and we went in.

I did not take pics of the interior and the menu cos I was busy yakking away with Belle already. But u can google the restaurant name and you can find numerous reviews with interior and menu pics. But I have to tell you something. I flipped thru the menu and I FOUND SOON DAE!

So of course I ordered a plate of that 🙂 plus our plate of pork and beef galbi, and rice wine!

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Woohoo that looks good!

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Looks like it filled the whole pan, but actually its not a lot, especially after u fry it and the vegetables start to shrink..

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But it was really a lot of meat! Both pork and beef 🙂

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Refillable ban chan! The kimchi was quite spicy compared to the ones I’ve eaten, but still yummy. The green seaweed was tasty too!

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My pork blood sausages, soon dae! If u see my previous post on the food I had in Korea last year, the soon dae I had in Korea looked more moist than this. Actually the soon dae I had in Kko Kko Nara (SG) didn’t look this dry too.

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I took a bite. Ah, tasted just as good la! But I have to agree with Belle that the ones in Korea taste more bloody. Which i prefer more 😉

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Stir frying in process – the nice lady boss Ms Rachel Kim did the frying for us!

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We ordered rice wine too, Belle’s recommendation. It came in a cute golden kettle. 1 bottle was just nice for both of us. It’s much better than soju!! Tasted like very sweet beer heehee. Very suitable for ladies.

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After we’ve eaten like 80% of our galbi, we decided to throw in some noodles! It was a great move cos Belle liked it a lot 🙂

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Managed to snap a pic of the name card at the cashier – they take in reservations so do call before you go 🙂

It was a great dinner – we ate together with many other natives. Was especially crowded today cos tomorrow is Chuseok holiday (hope I spelled it correctly) and its apparently a very big holiday in Korea according to Belle, so many natives in Singapore were in the restaurant just now to celebrate. Wow! Haha. It was a very nice dining experience – I felt like I was in Korea 🙂 saw some good looking Koreans too *fangirl mode on*

Do try it with your friends during nights out – it will be very enjoyable!!

OneMap – my Singapore directions companion

And so I’m meeting Belle at 3 Temple Street tonight for some shioka-du-du Korean Dak Galbi tonight. As someone who’s pretty good at planning, I gotta find the easiest way to get there from my office so I don’t waste time wondering at the last minute.

I thought of taking MRT first.

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If I take MRT, I board at Marina Bay MRT, ride the Red Line to Dhoby Ghaut, alight. Then I gotta take a short walk to the Purple Line (North-East Line) and take another train to Chinatown.

I don’t like changing trains especially when I have to walk and jostle with throngs of CBD workers who knock off same time as me.

So, I check if I can walk, using OneMap! Firstly, you go to http://www.onemap.sg/index.html!

Type in your location and choose your desired answer from the drop down list!

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Tada! The map immediately zooms into the exact location!

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Now, you click on “Get Directions” (Top, circled in red).. then you will see this.. (You can click on “Get Directions” at the very first instance when you get into OneMap page actually, but I prefer to see where I am first haha)

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Enter your start location and your destination – easy peasy! The map will start to move a bit as you type and click on your desired location.

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Sadly the map doesn’t have a ‘Walk’ option, so I chose ‘Drive’. Click GO!

Tada, here’s the shortest route to drive!

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Zoom in a bit and you see get a clearer picture.

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So if I drive, I will have to go further up and make a big round back to Temple street coz it’s a one way street. But if I walk, I just have to turn left at South Bridge Road (yellow highlighted) and I will reach my destination :))

it’s not too far to walk actually. I shall walk tonight 🙂 burn some calories before I pile them back on during dinner :S

OneMap has another function which I love too, which is measuring distances. Isn’t it cool? Play around with it!

Do you use tampons? How to use a tampon? :)

The time of the month has arrived. Rather late this time though – got me a bit worried actually =_=

Woke up this morning and once I stood up, that annoying blob of blood started its journey downwards. Knowing that my period has finally arrived, I really didn’t know whether to feel relieved or annoyed. I hurriedly went to the toilet and opened my closet below the sink. Ahh, today I shall start using tampons, after maybe a year’s hiatus.

Why a year? Coz I was pregnant la, silly. After giving birth early this year, my period came very soon after coz I did not breastfeed and I just used sanitary pads instead of tampons. So today, I decided to use tampons again. Don’t ask me why. Just feel like it. ahaha.

I’ve had chats with female friends and colleagues before and all of them (if I don’t remember wrongly) don’t use tampons. Reasons – uncomfortable, yucky, strange to have something inside there etc.

I actually cannot remember when I started using the tampon. But I do remember who introduced it to me. It was my ex-manager back in Outback Steakhouse when I was working there part time as a server. She was a very pretty manager and she still is a pretty hot mama now 🙂 That was in year 2000. And so I started using tampons some time after that. I usually use it during my first few days when flow is the heaviest, coupled with a sanitary pad in case the tampon gets so full that it leaks.

I HATE FEELING THE FLOW. Without a tampon, you feel the warm stuff slowly oozing out of you and falling into the sanitary pad and you pray very hard that it will fall nicely in the centre of the pad (I hope I am not the only one experiencing this LOL) and not stain the panty. During the first few days, whatever action u make with the lower half of your body, the flow starts. And it’s damn yucky.

With a tampon, you don’t feel the flow at all coz the blood gets absorbed into the tampon INSIDE YOU! It’s like having no period at all haha. And if you know the use of a tampon correctly, taking out a used tampon and inserting a new one is really a piece of cake 🙂

There are 2 kinds of tampons in the market (if I am not wrong ahaha) – one with applicator and one without. Don’t start getting panicky – ‘applicator’ sounds like a big word but actually it merely acts as your finger so your real finger doesn’t get dirty.

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This is tampon with applicator (pic from http://pubertyandstuff.weebly.com). The tampon is inside the bigger portion. You use the slimmer end to push the tampon in.

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This is tampon without applicator (pic from http://webpages.scu.edu)

To make things easy, you can go to Wikihow to learn how to insert a tampon. They freaking teach u everything lol.

I prefer using tampon with applicator as I don’t like my hands to get dirty. On heavy flow days, even with applicator, my fingers do get stained at times. But hey, can wash one!! don’t worry! Dunno why, some people just detest the idea of having their own blood on their hands and hence reject the idea of using tampon completely? it’s all psychological!

But tampons with applicator are more expensive than those without. Even more expensive are those with PLASTIC applicator (more sturdy than cardboard applicators) which I adore. But I shall go stock up at Swanston (People’s Park) where toiletries are far cheaper than NTUC.

And and and, some ladies find it embarassing to have something stuck inside them.. ok.. i can understand if the ladies are not married yet AND haven’t had sex yet. But those married liao – actually using tampon should be very natural isn’t it? 😉

okok, i am NOT everyone and i don’t wanna dictate or impose my opinions on anyone. But tampons are really comfortable (you don’t feel anything at all) and convenient. If can, try la 🙂

Counting Calories

So how many calories are found in ur favourite hawker foods? Let’s see..

  • Fried Bee Hoon – 250 calories
  • Roasted Chicken Rice – 607 calories
  • Beef Hor Fun – 697 calories
  • Popiah – 188 calories
  • Char Kway Teow – 744 calories
  • Hokkien Mee – 522 calories
  • Lor Mee – 383 calories
  • Egg Prata – 288 calories

You can actually get the info from this website created by Singapore’s Health Promotion Board. It contains all kinds of hawker food! Much more useful for us locals eh 😉

So the least evil of the above evil foods has to be..popiah.. or is popiah not considered sinful enough? Maybe Lor Mee then. 🙂 Beef Hor Fun is absolutely terrifyingly sinful ok – but it’s sooo nice isn’t it! Drenched in thick dark brown gravy, with slightly charred thick rice noodles and tender sliced beef.. Man. I’m drooling. That one dish alone can wipe out your whole target calorie intake for the day if you intend to lose weight! And what’s more, they are filled with unhealthy ingredients such as white rice/ white noodles i.e. high sugar content!

I eat fried beehoon with chicken wing and a big piece of fish nugget every Sunday morning, coupled with my homemade coffee with added Anlene powder. It’s my weekend comfort food which I will happily indulge in coz I don’t eat such food on weekdays (working in Marina Bay Financial Centre has made me stop eating out due to the HIGH costs!). So what do I eat on weekdays in the office? Here’s the menu:

  • Home Sweet Farm granola with Almond milk (about 450 calories – healthier meal replacement – oatmeal makes us full longer)
  • Raw Meal protein shake with Rice Milk (about 450 calories – healthiest meal replacement, no carbs at all!)
  • instant noodles (maybe once every 2 weeks when the craving attacks 100 calories for mini-mug noodles, 400-500 calories for the usual cup noodles)
  • instant miso soup (maybe 1-2 times every week – 30 calories)

I will be changing this ‘menu’ as soon as I finish my granola and almond milk. Will make sandwiches instead, with wholemeal bread, ham and cheese. Maybe make 2-3 sandwiches, for breakfast, lunch and teatime snack. But it means i gotta wake up earlier to prepare =_=

I can eat this forever and ever, don’t worry. I have tried this before 😉 I want to cut out oily and fried food as much as I can!

Am I an animal in the zoo?

I forgot to bring my sports bra to office today, hence couldn’t go gym. My calf muscles are still aching anyway, so it was a good chance to just stay in office, have my protein shake, rest and look silly laughing while watching my favourite Running Man.

Towards at the of my lunch break at about 150pm, I heard some chattering behind me. then the chattering came towards my workstation and I saw a new colleague talking to two other ladies (dunno where they are from and why they are in my office! are we allowed to bring anyone up in the first place??) and showing them around the office. I know her from my ex-workplace but not very close to her.

She brought the 2 ladies over to my side and chattered excitedly “here’s the file opening”. Then 1 blur lady asked some bimbo question and she said “open files one lah! There, Wendy Wendy!”. The two ladies turned to look at me like I’m a newborn panda in the zoo enclosure.

It lasted for about 2 seconds, then they proceeded to view the rest of the ‘zoo’.

The first feeling that came to me was – disgust. If she’s the boss, ok la, LPPL. But she isn’t, yet she behaves like the boss. =_=

Next, a question came to my head .. “Am I sometimes like her too?”

And that made me cringe. I NEVER wanna be like her!!

But sometimes, when we get so enthusiastic about something, we fail to look at our behavior/ actions. Like how some sales people try to hardsell their products so much and they fail to realise how annoying they can be.

Or maybe a more appropriate example will be, some religious people are so enthusiastic about sharing their faith, that they keep pushing and hardselling until people flee from them and as a result, flee from the religion / faith as well.

But still, at the end, i still felt like a showcase animal just now. :S

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(image from www.straitstimes.com)