Aurora Didn’t Hunting

This is heckin’ late but I don’t care because at least it’s here. I’ll just always remember how Yuxuan blogged about Day 1 of Tokyo, and didn’t continue. Ever.

#casiainhelsinki #casiainlapland

So last year, I wasn’t around for Chinese New Year because I went to Finland. Because there were so many aurora borealis videos surfacing on Facebook at the end of 2015, and I showed them to my mother and she was like OMG and she said we’ll go if she tiobehpio and then she did. Some tour group that was 5 – 14 February 2016, but was actually 6 – 13, and also there were so many wasted days so it’s really maybe like 5 days. I honestly hate tour groups.


The boarding passes were so pretty!!!

I LOVE AIRPLANE FOOD. And because it was a long flight, I had TWO!!!

It was damn funny because I boarded the plane at 1am or so, but because of the time difference, they were like, we’ll be serving dinner shortly. I’m not complaining though.

Day 1
Singapore to Helsinki to Rovaniemi, and then further up to Luosto and that’s about a whole day gone.


I wasn’t even excited to see snow anymore. Don’t know what’s wrong with me.


The whole place was mainly vast emptiness sprinkled with conifers. Very nice.


One night in the glass igloo at Santa’s Hotel Aurora




SO COZY!! But you know cozy is a nice way of saying a place is small too, right?


The sky got real dark real quick. We also had bad news because the aurora levels was low for the whole period of our trip, and it didn’t help that it was cloudy 80% of the time.
GOPR0040

The only thing I got to see around the hotel was snow and more snow. I’m also aware that my photos are like ew because I can’t be bothered and I hate editing pictures so bye.

Roughly in this direction is a ski resort so I was waiting to find it on a free day.

I guess this is the equivalent of a sunset in the arctic…? It just suddenly became black. And I thought the dark blue was night enough.

It was 5pm btw.

Then it was time for dinner. Being the picky person that I am, I was prepared to go hungry because it was a 3-course at the hotel’s restaurant I couldn’t choose.

Wah jialat. The first thing is a slab of cheese .____.

It’s been too long to remember if I finished this.

Then ok, chocolate cake.

Day 2

Breakfast was 100% better because it’s familiar processed food :’)
The pear was damn nice though LOL

Morning light but gloomy af thanks to the clouds.


DOGGO!

Everywhere looks the same!!!


IMG_6952
The walk back to get evicted from the igloo and move to a generic hotel. Or maybe that was later… Can’t remember.



Then I took a detour because I’m finally seeing this place in daylight.



Stup found a cross-country skis rental booth instead of the ski resort. Of course I only found out after trying to speak English to someone who replies in Finnish. Somehow we managed to communicate.



CUTE!!!

Heading out for HUSKY SLEDDING πŸ˜€




Pupper prison

We were introduced to every husky in every pen(?)

Most of them look like ahbengs tbh.

PUPPERS!!!!!

Then she took out 2 of them for us to play with T___T

Very happy! But this photo is jialat on so many levels. We were instructed to wear their overalls and hats and gloves and boots because it’s gonna be cold. But NO, it was too big and too warm and not aesthetic at all! Overalls also do not work for females because we blj. So I only used their boots and the others only when reasonable.

OMG ❀ ❀ ❀

The B.

Damn cute!

When they were returned to their enclosures, the mother dog was chasing after them, smelling their butts and licking the assholes. Then one of the puppies shat. AND THE MOTHER ATE ITS SHIT!!!! And MY MOTHER SCREAMED LOLLLLLLLLLLLL

Then my mother was like “YUCKS! Why they eat shit?” and she distanced herself from the dogs HAHAHAHAHA

“Yum”

“YUM”

“i oso wan”

SO CUTE!

Puppers T_T

Then the first batch was done sledding so it’s our turn! The pups were a great distraction. 100% distracted.

Learning how to control the sled. It’s really just shifting your weight and stepping on the brakes.


0% aesthetic OOTD



Don’t know how we ended up at the first sled so we were following the snowmobile guy. That just means less huskies in front for me to look at 😦

Swapped positions with my mum midway.

Not very fun compared to standing up…



Erm… then the day ended. That was like one activity.
Ok, I checked Instagram and Swarm. I think after this, we checked into the generic normal not-glass hotel and then I went skiing at Ski KnΓΆΓΆli Rinneravintola for an hour just before they closed.
Wah JIALAT HAHAHAHA!! I haven’t seen snow for a decade since and that is also how long I haven’t skied. I took so long figuring out how to actually get on the ski lift. There were few skiers for me to copy anything from LOL. A guy had to come out to help me cos I kept falling off the seat.
Then I came down ok but it was so short. So the second time I went up, I was wondering if I should go higher. At the exit, I hesitated too long so I had no choice also. What a horrid option because the next exit was nowhere near and the worst thing is that the incline became 45 degrees. I dared turn around and I could see everything below and lots of mountains around. I was getting worried because the slope was so deserted if I died nobody would know I was there.
GOPR0147
I kept falling because the 45 degree slope was covered in soft powdery snow. I was falling my way down rather than skiing. At one point I was so tired of struggling back up I just sat in my pity pile and admired the view. No lie it was a beautiful sight. I could finally ski again when I reached the first exit. Then I went a few more times until I got bored and it got dark.


Dinner was ok… I’m not fond of cheesy and creamy things but they love it.

Day 3

The same breakfast. I always look forward to breakfast because ham and sausage is life hahahah πŸ™‚

The temperature was rising and the fallen snow are more or less melted, making the grounds totally gross and dirty. It gets worse in Rovaniemi and Helsinki, you’ll see.


Visited the Arctic Snow Hotel.

The Ice Chapel so you can get married looking like a wooly mammoth.
IMG_7158


Cool sculptures but I can’t understand why anyone would have a night here because it’s cold and dim and maze-like.
IMG_7131
This room is one I found the coolest because it had a polar bear ice throne and a wolf headboard.
IMG_7140
They really go all out with this project, huh? They melt eventually. A mezzanine.

The Ice Bar.
IMG_7150
And who needs chillers?
IMG_7153
IMG_7149
IMG_7155
IMG_7159
IMG_7168
IMG_7182
The reindeers I saw on this trip were mostly antlerless cos they were shedding. Not cute.
IMG_7186
There was this snow graveyard LOL. Not sure if beneath them are actual headstones but there’s this Olaf snowman.
IMG_7190
And an even tinier snowman beside it!!! SO CUTE HAHAHAH!!!
IMG_7192
A lake froze over and snowed over.
IMG_7201
Glass igloos.
IMG_7204

After this we took the tour bus back to Rovaniemi.
IMG_7210
Gloom and slush .___.
IMG_7211
IMG_7215
Don’t know why McDonald’s was my choice of lunch.
IMG_7218
Not that lame now that I know that it’s in THE ARCTIC CIRCLE.

Got a Happy Meal because it means I get to have this Rarity eyewear thingy!!!!!
Lynette wanted one so I went back another day to get another Happy Meal lol.

Another reason to hate tours: Oh, you are Asian? You must miss Chinese food!!!!!
It’s literally Day 3.
IMG_7228
It’s a place called Xiang Long. Tbh it tastes not bad!

But do you know how awkward it is to share food with strangers (or acquaintances we will never ever see again)? I know as Chinese our meals tend to be communal, but that’s with family what!?!! Then there’re always two types of Chinese at the table – one is overly polite, and the other has no regard for anyone else. I’m there wanting to have some more soup but like paiseh. And sometimes when I’m trying to grab something, the Lazy Susan starts turning……… PLEASE LA TOUR AGENCIES PLEASE STOP THIS!!
There was a Muslim group with us too, so they had a special no pork no meat table.
Tours: Huh? Asians who aren’t Chinese??? Huh??????

We had to go there dressed in very bulky insulated gear because we were going to the forest in the dead of night right after dinner.
Very bad planning (or lack thereof) because the restaurant was so cramped and warm, most of them had to get out of half their overalls. Except me. Because I hate their overalls remember? I know I came to this climate dressed properly. But thankfully I got to rent better boots!

Took a long and slippery walk to the edge of a lake. To Lapland Safaris!
It was an activity I was looking forward to most because I wanted to drive a snowmobile so much!!
Learning how to drive was simple. But I have now forgotten how. It was just like bicycle brakes but instead of braking, they accelerated.
IMG_7308
Not gonna lie, this picture was taken AFTER the whole thing.
The most agonising thing was that my mother and I were unfortunately the second in line, and right behind this pair of aunties.
My mother is quite swag when it comes to driving. And on the way there, we were just lamenting over how those aunties were so slow!! We weren’t allowed to speed but it’s really quite frustrating to be tailing a vehicle that keeps slowing down.
Turning into a narrow path, it got worse. The aunties managed to drive into the snow kerb LOL. It was a path well trodden such that it was easy to go over and follow. But for them it’s a whole another situation!! My mother and I just burst out laughing la LOL!!!
So finally we arrived at our tepee! My fingers were on the brink of frostbite (a total exaggeration). We parked in a single file. That means we would STILL be behind those aunties on the trip back T____T
IMG_7245
IMG_7259
They arranged a sausage circle lol and also boiled water.
IMG_7265
SHIOK. Just cooking my hands in case I wanted supper.
IMG_7276
YUM!!!!!!
Don’t know why but I think I had seconds.
IMG_7287
Look at how they make tea! They couldn’t care less that all the paper was getting charred.
IMG_7302
In fact, that’s how we dispose of our paper cups – chucking it into the fire.
IMG_7290
You couldn’t imagine how dark it was outside! This was on 10 seconds exposure.
It’s in the dead of night way up north and in the middle of the forest.
All of this just so we could see the aurora πŸ™‚
It’s dark because there was none πŸ™‚
IMG_7295
The tepee. And a sky full of clouds.
Yeah, no stars for us either πŸ™‚

The absolute highlight of this adventure was peeing in this ratchet toilet!!!!! Who would’ve thought!
I remember this well. It was dark and there was a bunch of people crowding around the two sheds with their phones’ flash on, which was no surprise because it was so dark outside.
So I asked them if those were the toilets and they were like yea, but there’s no light and no flush and the door is made of glass and there’s no lock! LOLLLLLLLL!!!!!
Then they pointed to one and told me that it was vacant and they offered to watch the door for me HAHAHAHAHA!!!!
Toilet with a glass door HAHAHAHAHA I LOVE IT
Had to snap a picture of this because it was simply amazing!
Luckily for me, I wasn’t in an overall so peeing wasn’t as difficult for me as it was for the other females. So I put my phone with its light up so I could at least see a little bit. Gotta make sure I actually let go into the toilet bowl, you know?
I was checking out the toilet while dressing, and I decided to peek into the toilet bowl lol and it was absolutely black but I know it’s a garbage bag because… the sound.
There was a bucket of wood chips or sand or whatever, I assume to cover your shit with. But I was peeing and it was cold so I just did away with that. Thank god for the styrofoam seat. They really put in a lot of thought into this toilet. 5 stars.
I’m very glad there were toilet paper rolls in there! Although I can’t wash my hands, it’s all cool. At least I can brag that I peed in a toilet in the middle of the forest in the Arctic Circle.
GOPR0266
When we were walking back to Scandic, we pretty much passed the whole city as the guide told us, and that we’d know our way around when it was a free schedule.

Day 4
IMG_7320
Sausage and ham life before going to Santa Claus Village!
IMG_7325
IMG_7326
IMG_7333
That’s Santa’s office, and the line of posts marks the start of the Arctic Circle!
It was snowing so we couldn’t see the marking on the ground but apparently there’s a line. So dramatic.
IMG_0152
Lol.
Anyway, the kid in line before me wrote Santa a card and the kid was so happy to see him!!
IMG_7379
We had a short while to explore before gathering again, and we spent most of the time queueing to see Santa.
IMG_7364
It was time for reindeer sleigh rides!
IMG_7369
IMG_7371
I was just standing around waiting for our turn as instructed by the guide. I smiled at this kid cos I’m a nice person and he/she (it’s wearing one pink and one blue gloves I can’t even use gender stereotypes) made a snowball and threw it at my leg, not in some act cute or friendly manner but like one fuelled with hatred. WHY? I could very well oops and bash its head into the wooden fence but I didn’t cos I’m nice and also parents.
IMG_7372
IMG_7386
At this point do I realise that reindeers generally live a sad life. They are whipped to walk tourists (us 😦 ) on sleighs in rounds, their hides used as throws, their antlers become all sorts of tools/decor when they shed, then people drink their milk and eat them too.
IMG_7397
IMG_7430
Back at Santa’s post office.
IMG_7400
IMG_7418
IMG_7402
Of course, I love sending postcards lol
IMG_7406
Especially to myself LOL. Anyway there was a Christmas mailbox, so they send it in time for Christmas no matter when you post your mail. I have received mine. 6 months ago…
IMG_7411
IMG_7409
413.80m of letter to Santa πŸ™‚ ok
IMG_7421
IMG_7424
Fun
IMG_7433
It started snowing more.
IMG_7435
IMG_7440
IMG_7443
IMG_7461
IMG_7463
IMG_7464
Tour groups are such a waste of time. We were so bored we started walking around to find food.
IMG_7465
I also learnt that ravintola means restaurant.
IMG_7473
IMG_7475
Before we left, the tour guide gave us our certificates for having crossed the Arctic Circle. They really hype it up!! Singapore could have this thing about being on the equator or something.

Back in the city, and back to being bored.
IMG_7477
I’ve always like bingo and wanted to play but there’s nothing in English so I left.
IMG_7479
Dinner at ??? the hotel I guess…
IMG_7481
Post-dinner snack from the supermarket πŸ™‚

Day 5
IMG_7485
Breakfast at the hotel.

IMG_7493
To Ranua Wildlife Park!!
IMG_7504
Owl
IMG_7509
Owl
IMG_7513
Owls
IMG_7536
Owl
There were so many owls la…
IMG_7552
Long neck duck-shaped owl
IMG_7560
Fake four-paw furry owls. We’re not supposed to be gloveless in such temperatures but I don’t care.
IMG_7563
The guide was feeding the animals as she guided us and I asked if those were frozen chicks and she took it out for me to see hahaha πŸ˜€
IMG_7566
This black fur trotter owl is HUGE! Tried to put my hand for scale but it doesn’t show.
IMG_7569
IMG_7570
IMG_7571
CUTE!!!
IMG_7573
IMG_7586
This owl is massive and deadly but I tend to forget how they are predators because they are so cute?!?!
IMG_7587
IMG_7593
AHMA WOLVERINE
IMG_7598
SUSI
IMG_7610
SUSI TRAIN
IMG_7620
The lynx smiled or something
IMG_7623
Cute.
IMG_7647
Big hoof owl
IMG_7652
THE ARCTIC FOX IS THE CUTEST THING EVER!!!!
IMG_7654
I just wanna touch it but the guide warned that they eat EVERYTHING and that includes fingers.
IMG_7659
FLUFFFFFFF
IMG_7664
Might sacrifice my fingers to see this.
IMG_7667
SO cute!
IMG_7675
Long hair owl
IMG_7676
The sign has FART on it
IMG_7679
Tree branch owl

Had lunch at Wild Arctic Restaurant.
IMG_7680
IMG_7683
Tried a little bit of reindeer meat (right after I pity them) and it’s basically venison without the usual zichar flavours la. Reinvenison.
IMG_7687
I couldn’t care less about the food because there were sleds outside and I wanted to play lol.
IMG_7688
Cheap thrills.

Back in the city. The tour guide really put us in a small city with more than enough time to explore. It’s so annoying!!
IMG_7691
McDonald’s again for Lynette.

Some of the families in the group were planning on going for another aurora hunting tour for a chance. We already travelled halfway across the globe so we wanted to milk it. Walked to Lapland Welcome and booked the tour.
Then we’re on a long bus ride to KΓ€tkΓ€vaara. The guide pointed out some wild animal along the way but I’m like blind and it was dark. I think it was a fox or something and he was saying it’s a sign of good luck. Lol.
We went to a little house to change into thicker clothes and to leave things we don’t need behind. Then we walked up the little hill.
IMG_7703
It was so dark. The above was on 25 seconds exposure.
IMG_7708
30 seconds. I knew our chances of seeing the northern lights are lower than 1%.
IMG_7715
Cold and tired, tepees are the best.
IMG_7722
Got to grill my own sausage. It was more like shoving it in the fire than letting the heat cook the sausage.
IMG_7724
IMG_7726
Nuggets time!
IMG_7731
Also buns. The variety they have here is great!
IMG_7733
It was so dark I had to constantly take photos of my food with the flash on to check if it’s done.
IMG_7735
Well, shit.
IMG_7737
There’s wife material and then there’s assassin material.
IMG_7739
Everybody’s desperate HAHAHAHA
IMG_7750
30 seconds.
IMG_7760
We were then instructed to melt some horseshoes. SUPER COOL!!!!!
IMG_7761
COOL!!!!!
We had to dump the molten metal into a bucket of iced water and whatever comes out will tell our fortune.
IMG_7765
My mother’s was good and looks smooth and like a Guan Yin Ma.
IMG_7764
When I put my molten metal in, it exploded. When she scooped it out, I was like WHY IS IT IN PIECES? The guide said “oh no” under her breath OMG and I panicked LOL????? Then she said “Money. Lots of money.” and quickly walked away. ?????????? She’s just saying what I love hearing but…
Anyway, I put them in a pocket of the rented overalls but forgot them when I left 😦
IMG_7771
30 seconds.
We left after everyone gave up hope.

Day 6
IMG_7780
Last breakfast at Scandic.
The whole day was just wasting away in the city while waiting for our flight back to Helsinki. I cannot emphasise how bad the tour itinerary was.

IMG_7788
IMG_7789
IMG_7792
At the snowmobile lake and it’s water now.
IMG_7796
IMG_7797
IMG_7801
IMG_7811

IMG_7813
Went to Roka for lunch.
IMG_7812
Very cute decor πŸ™‚
IMG_7822
Fish and chips and a… I forgot… French toast maybe?

IMG_7825
Late afternoon at Rovaniemi airport for a flight back to Helsinki.
IMG_7828
You know I always sit at the window because I love looking out of it.
IMG_7830
And then in the corner of my eye I saw this patch of green and I was like OMG? COULD IT BE? I was so hopeful la.
It was the reflection of someone’s green jacket.

At Helsinki, we checked into Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti then went out to explore. I don’t know why we pay tour guides so much when we are on our own most of the time. We just want the bulk pricing for accommodation, flights and activities. Sorry I keep shitting on tour groups but…
IMG_7831
Anyway, the produce at the supermarket looks so good!!
It was really late so most things were near closing.
IMG_7838
Had chicken fries at Burger King because at that time it was new (not in Singapore, at least), and chicken fries sound like a novelty I can’t give up.
IMG_7839
Winter but I just wanted this squeezy soft-serve from a machine at a convenience store. This chocolate one was so yummy!! Had chocolate bits in it!

Day 7
#casiaintallinn
IMG_7843
Hotel breakfast.
IMG_7844
Went to West Harbour for a ferry to Tallinn, Estonia! πŸ˜€
IMG_7845
Very excited to visit a totally new country πŸ™‚
IMG_7847
Very suaku of me to be so fascinated by cars onboard a ship lol…
IMG_7848
IMG_7849
Fought with the cold to catch the sunrise but it was cloudy and lame so we went in.

Arrived at the Port of Tallinn.
IMG_7863
Greeted with a gloom to match my soul.
IMG_7868
Tour bus took us all around the city and to places of interest. All the while, the guide went on and on about Tallinn’s history and USSR. History is interesting not on a bus because I’m occupied with other sights 😦
IMG_7873
IMG_7884
I’m not very happy with being on a bus because the architecture everywhere was smashing but I couldn’t take time to admire them.
IMG_7896
IMG_7897
Desperate.
IMG_7887
Cool beans!
IMG_7901
IMG_7902
IMG_7903
Enough for me to conclude that Tallinn’s a really quaint place that would’ve been better if the sky wasn’t overcast. Also really sad that I don’t have Internet in Estonia, so I couldn’t check-in wherever I went and I have no idea what everywhere I went was called and stuff T__T
IMG_7905
!!!!
IMG_7909
GOPR0340
IMG_7907
I just wanna say I dig the architecture here! They’re just so cute!!
IMG_7912
IMG_7913
IMG_7914
IMG_7915
This is the only building I have a check-in at! It’s Tallinna Toomkirik (I had to Google this to match it to my picture because I can’t remember anything OMG!!), which is St. Mary’s Cathedral.
GOPR0349
IMG_7935
IMG_7920
Then there was this seagull that was just chilling.
IMG_7942
Call me obsessed. Whatever.
IMG_7932
IMG_7936
IMG_7945
Ermahgerd.
IMG_7947
IMG_7948
It’s the same exact wall but the colour is just another.

IMG_7950
IMG_7953
IMG_7955
Is that Invader????
IMG_7956
I remember being quite pissed off with our tour guide at this point because he was behind schedule and was rushing us and it was raining like hell and hella cold. He wanted us to meet at the restaurant we were having lunch at but he was gonna be somewhere else first and all that. So annoying!
IMG_7959
IMG_7962
Tallinn Town Hall
IMG_7964
IMG_7965
IMG_7967
IMG_7976
My mum said these were yummy lol.
IMG_7974
IMG_7994
IMG_7969
IMG_7971
IMG_7977
Thanks to not having Internet I have no idea where I actually had lunch but the above could be it.
IMG_7981
Was a basement thing going on with a rather satisfying buffet spread.
IMG_7987
IMG_7989
IMG_7990
Tallinn Old Town is deliberately being so extra cute everywhere I can’t handle it!
IMG_7996
IMG_7998
Found the post office so I just sent myself a postcard full of stamps lol.
IMG_7999
IMG_8001
IMG_8002

IMG_8006
IMG_8008
IMG_8009
IMG_8010
Stumbled upon Rukis where everything looked so good.
IMG_8011
IMG_8012
IMG_8013
Finally the sky was clearing up and it was so damn blue. What luck did we have for this whole trip?
IMG_8015
IMG_8016
IMG_8019

We were back at the port.
IMG_8021
On the ferry back to Helsinki, we ate the stuff we got from Rukis.
IMG_8026
Pavlova was so good πŸ™‚
IMG_8024
And my mum bought these for the sole reason that they looked cute. It’s for my grandmother because she’s a deprived alcoholic lol.

We went shopping a little bit back in Helsinki, then had dinner at Eerikin Pippuri Kebab.
IMG_8028
Looks like something I wouldn’t eat but I probably just took all the sauce-stained things out.

Day 8
IMG_8030
Hotel breakfast. It’s no secret I really like ham. And sausages.
IMG_8033
IMG_8043
IMG_8042
IMG_8044
Trip to Suomenlinna!
IMG_8046
IMG_8050
IMG_8053
Beautiful!!
IMG_8055
IMG_8059
IMG_8063
IMG_8066
IMG_8067
GOPR0373
IMG_8075
IMG_8077
I was all ready to snap this awesome sun but the Suomenlinna guide walked into my frame and refused to leave.
IMG_8093
G0140412
Tried a selfie with my very under-utilised $800 impulsive tangible birthday gift to myself.
IMG_8095
IMG_8096
IMG_8097
Note how the sky looks so clear now that we’re no longing hunting for aurora.
IMG_8102
IMG_8103
The pothole puddle has a thin sheet of ice over it and stepping on it was so fun!
IMG_8104
IMG_8105
IMG_8106
IMG_8107
IMG_8108
Honestly, I can’t tell if I really liked Suomenlinna, or that I just liked that the weather’s much nicer than it was the rest of the trip and the light was hitting everything. But it’s definitely a lovely place!
IMG_8110
IMG_8111
IMG_8119
IMG_8127
IMG_8129
Some of us missed a boat back so had to wait for the next one.
IMG_8131
There was this food market. And I have so little photos of it? It was really quite cool.
IMG_8134
IMG_8135
IMG_8137
YUM
IMG_8139
PHO
Then we’re on the bus again to go to a church.

IMG_8140
IMG_8141
Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church). Looks nothing like a conventional church.
IMG_8143
IMG_8144
Really cool!
IMG_8146
Especially the leaky walls!

IMG_8147
IMG_8150
Very cute golden M!!!!!
IMG_8151
Had quite little time to explore Helsinki.
We spent a lot of time just waiting in Rovaniemi which was too small, and yet we have hardly any time to walk around Helsinki. HONESTLY!!!!!
IMG_8152
When I saw this I just LOLed because Long Wall.
IMG_8157
Had dinner of pizza and wings and fries at Pizzeria Sky Express.

We went back to the hotel. Then waited. Then took the bus to Helsinki Airport for our flight back to Singapore.
IMG_8158
IMG_8159
This part, the tour guide just about visibly pissed everyone off. We reached so late, although we could’ve left much earlier so that we could do everything at a normal pace. It was a red eye flight so everything was closing or closed but everyone wants tax refund. There was only minutes left after check-in before the tax refund booth closed, and it was all the way at the other end of the airport. And so many people were running, luggage in tow. I didn’t want to but my mum was like forcing me to go here and there and I’m like ????????? The tour guide did nothing of help. LOL the other families were complaining non-stop about everything too.
IMG_8160
Went to almost@home lounge before boarding for some snacks.

It was 2 in the morning when we were in the air.
IMG_8162
DINNER TIME!!!
HAHAHA I love their very loose concept of meal times. I support it.
Then sleep time.
IMG_8167
Breakfast time!! It’s 4pm in Singapore but 11am in Finland.
Quite disappointing in comparison to the dinner. But I love airplane food anyway! πŸ˜€

So, later in the week on Wednesday when I was early in Japanese class, I told my teacher I didn’t manage to see the northern lights. And you know what he said? He told me one of his students was in Finland and shared a picture of the aurora she saw just the day before. OMG. I’M SHIT OUT OF LUCK?! Guess I’ll have to make a trip up north again.

Ok, I started on this post 2-3 weeks before my Korea trip. I was intending to write this, and also my solo Kansai trip so that I can have some chronological order on this blog. But of course, it seems the latter will be delayed again! That’s because I realised a lot of photos weren’t even out of the memory cards yet .___. I was just so busy (and mostly lazy) when school started and somehow procrastinated for beyond a year. I’m hoping I won’t be lazy in Korea and I’ll try to blog weekly or more frequently. Excited!!!

Kinsa Sushi

LAST YEAR. IN JUNE.
I just found photos I’ve forgotten in my camera. For a hella long time.

Went to Kinsa Sushi with Lynette one day. Buy 2 free 1 lunch promotion and these two beasts had the same thoughts man!!! Of course we got 1.5 each πŸ˜€
P6220430
Her chirashi don with a flower. She loves it.
P6220428
My tempura set.
P6220423
Our beef set. But she just stole all the beef ;__;
P6220420
It’s really good!!! The sauce is bae!
Then I remember we took a cab to Orchard because she’s too rich and the weather was too ridiculous.
Don’t know what we did… ??

P6220432
Bae baumkuchen ice-cream πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

P6200419
Don’t even remember when or where I had this chicken rice because it was so long ago??? I don’t even remember whether or not it was good???

P6240433
Snaffles ice-cream πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

P6270435
??? What is this T____T Where is it from??????
P6270438
And this coffee. ??????
This post is so useless HAHAHAHAHAHA???

P7010443
OH THIS I REMEMBER!!!!!
Some chicken salad at The King Louis!
I only remember this because of the mushroom soup!
P7010440
Like how can I forget when one of the bestest mushroom soups I’ve found in Singapore suddenly cut their portions by about half FFFFFFFF 😦
P7010444
Btw this chicken is really yummy!!

P7020445
Chai Ho satay my love.

IMG_6820
Earlier this year at Kith Cafe with Charmaine.
Doing business and all y’allllllll!!!!!!
IMG_6823
Yum 5eva.
IMG_6825
Frankly I’ve yet to find a tiramisu better than the one Hazel made for me the first time ;__; She is now in Perth and so is the tiramisu that could’ve been… T___T

AD TIME!!!!!
The said business between Charmaine and I is Kumo Doodles where we sell stickers we illustrate. Please follow @kumo.doodles!!!

IMG_6833
Tapaoing Guzman y Gomez because close to where I stay and HELLA YUMMY!!!!!!!
IMG_6830
This is also the first time I look at Mexican food with interest ok!!

Ok the end.
I have a Finland post in mind but I haven’t got time to look through my photos or videos yet. I WILL SOON!!!
And then I’m going to Japan so ANOTHER POST!!!! I just don’t know which I should compose first when my return :/

When I had the car to myself for 2 days and then 4 days

Of course I made sure I fully utilised it while I could. I took days off work and had a vacation in Singapore πŸ˜€

Day 1:


Went to
The Tiny Roaster and got a white brew made by Hazel πŸ˜€ YAY πŸ˜€


Went to pick up Amanda and Hilary and then we went to Riders Cafe for lunch because seriously you need a car to eat the yums. And I miss the food!!

Truffle fries!

Bricked chicken!

Riders burger!

Moroccan lamb shank!
Then they go home…

Planned to zichar high level with Hazel at Farmart but I was too full from lunch T____T

So we ate bee hoon and shrimp omelette only. Walao.
Then she go home…

Got Lynette from Orchard and went to Cha Cha Cha for supper with the rest. Waste time leh just now -__-

Of course I couldn’t eat much…
Then we went to Hilary’s place and played a round of The Game of Life hahaha Lynette was a sad lonely infertile woman who at the end still had to adopt children LOL.

Nacho!!! Poppy was to black to show up in photos… Cats are so scary :/

Day 2:


Drury Lane with Marissa and Joe!




They forgot about my coffee for hella long until after all the food’s gone :/


Then we went to Cake Spade for the unicone cakeshake. It was like diabetes in a jar. It’s amazing Joe eats this thing.

Ok then I had to send them back and go pick up my mum lol.


The Prata Place @ Springleaf is like ok only but it’s so crowded!!

The plain one is good but

the prata benedict is just ???? what.


Hard Rock Cafe for Marissa’s 20th πŸ˜€


Meat sauce omurice at Watanabe Coffee is so damn good T___T

I also have very low resistance to Japanese sweets so I got this damn good Hokkaido cream thing T___T

Yum coffee


Al Afrose because back to work again .__. Nice chicken murtabak I eat every time πŸ™‚


Mayor 5eva!

I love the soup at Kenny Rogers lol.

OK IT’S CAR TIME AGAIN!!!!!!

Day 1:

Exciting excitement with the excited!! At Bollywood Veggies!!! πŸ˜€

Poison Ivy for breakfast because farmer time πŸ˜€

It was drizzling when we started walking around but we didn’t care…

At the last stretch we had to run to shelter because it started pouring like hell but we were at the end of the trail anyway πŸ™‚
Then we lepak waiting for the rain to stop (it wouldn’t) and I’m like how about we just move on to the next place?


Hay Dairies because Amanda really wanted to buy goat’s milk lol -___-

So smelly but so cute!! πŸ˜€

We went around Kranji and its farms like the frog place and plant place and we went to have dinner? I can’t remember hahaha…
OH!!! We went to Pasir Ris!!! Some pet farm! SO MANY CUTE PERSIAN KITTIES!!!!! T____T I wasn’t allowed to take photos T__T
Then we went to look for dinner!!

Got a calzone at Peperoni Pizzeria and I died.

Day 2:

Went to the zoo!!!!!! πŸ˜€ Because Jes has free tickets AND free parking tickets!!!! YAY!!!!! YAY JES!!!!
First time I went without a camera which is actually really great because I carry less stuff and I suck at taking animal photos lol… I’m not even gonna lie…


Saw the baby giraffe πŸ˜€
I’m shorter than it :’)

I fell in love with the koalas ;___;

They my fave ;_____;
Ok lunch was discounted!!!!!!!!!! THANKS JES!!!!!!

Chicken chop burger πŸ˜€

Inuka pancakes πŸ˜€ cos so cute πŸ˜€

Become Inuka.

We went to watch a movie… What did we watch? The Hunger Games?

Dinner (supper?) at Casuarina Curry YUMMMMM!!!!!

Day 3:


Boon Lay Power nasi lemak with Jasmine and Jia Ling.

Then we went to Tomntoms Coffee for bingsu. No…
Douglas and Clarissa joined us and played silent mahjong lol.

Then we went to Astons for dinner?
What a lame food hopping day ?!??!

Then I went to Capella to celebrate Chara’s 21st!!! πŸ˜€
I was damn good at big fish small fish man πŸ™‚

Day 4:

Lol I went to work .__. Then I went to the airport to pick my mum up.
Then we went to Old Airport Road for dinner! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

$10 of chee cheong fun. SHIOK!!!!


Why aren’t all our crossings framed with this?

Ok then no more car.
I love driving.

Some more stuff

Ok, so there was this one day when I walked past a poster that said Crystal Jade’s xiao long bao is $2 with every bowl of la mian. Of course I buy la!!!!!


Shiok.


CafΓ© & Meal Muji because in Japan I did not bother to go try so I have to try in Singapore .__.
Like Fiona said, it’s just expensive zichar. But it’s nice when cold too so that’s good.


One day after work we went to Liang Court. Got a bunch of stuff from Meidi-ya and went looking for dinner.
Brought them to Tamoya a while just before closing so we had to make do with whatever’s left lol… They loved it. YES








Working = eating. Do I earn? Don’t think so hahaha…


Go find me at the Art Connector!
Had lunch at 1933! I love set lunches πŸ™‚ $$$$

NICE

NICE

NICE
Then I went to work lol.

One day my mum went for a massage and I was like can I drive around while you’re at it and she said ok unwillingly. YES!
So I went looking for bookshops. I was looking for a book. I don’t even know what anymore but ok…

Then I was still too early so I went to lepak at Lepark.

Damn good spam fries ^__^

Chicken rice sushi. Boom.

The toilet is really creepy and so am I.




NICE!!!

This was when the truffle shaker fries were out and it sucks LOL. And I brought out my saved seaweed sachet because swag.



Chatted with the Milo uncle and he said “Iced Milo not thick is not called iced Milo. Is called iced water. Milo dinosaur got so thick or not?” πŸ˜€ U GO GURL

$20 for a 3-course lunch at Pepper Steakhouse is pretty much damn awesome in value and taste but no one else sees it.



Yet they are ok with spending $17 on a bowl of ramen. Guys! Why?



The super stack kinda sucks now because they pre-slice it and it’s no longer moist af.


Shin Yeh’s not very nice leh :/


Tsuru-koshi for dinner one day.


Prata because Zion was closed for cleaning for a while T_T

A bowl of taugeh at Ramen Champion lol.


Oriole with Hazel πŸ˜€


The cajun fries and death cream GOOODOODOODODODODDDDD!!!! πŸ˜€


Bak chor mee with Chara after class because she has weird cravings.

Christmas turkey ham sandwich at Asanoya Bakery. Love that place!! We were working on our first orders already πŸ˜€

ASH!!!!!!!

ASH IS SO CUTE!!!!!

ASH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Hahaha I need to order more of these Bunmeido goodies πŸ˜€


Zion mayor in da house

Tony’s Pizza mayor in da house


Itacho Sushi before class.


Went to look for Marissa (I had the car!! Why?)

Supper at Niqqi’s The Cheese Prata Shop. Lul so full.


Christmas.

Ok let me just stop here. 3 posts in a few hours man!!! EFFICIENT!!! I’d continue but I have a flight to catch! (Yes this is queued! (So is the next post hahaha))

Some stuff

I hadn’t realise I’d let myself ignore this site for so long! So here are some fillers!!!!


My life as a mayor of Zion hawker hahahaha

Omurice at Ramen Champion. Kids’ meals are so difficult to attain as an adult that when you actually manage to order them it becomes twice as nice. First you taste success, then you taste the awesome sauce assortment in kids’ meals and it being in a car just makes it damn MMMMMM.


Zion with really good lighting.


Did you know I lost my mayorship of Ichiban Boshi? 😦


Bought some Korean honey chicken to eat in class. Japanese food is better. 5eva.



Maggi goreng pattaya at Spize.

My phone’s screen shattered for the first time ever T_T




Tried Boom Chocolatta because B&J’s promo πŸ˜€

Yum!


Eating at Swee Choon for the first time.

It’s ok only man.




It’s been a while since I last went to look at puppies at the pet shop while working :<




Went to Wala Wala with Krissada Tangjaiyoo and I haven’t seen him for more than two years. I had forgotten how almost completely incomprehensible he sounds because of his Thai accent hahahaha!

Lasagne at Gastronomia πŸ˜€


Dinner before class! At this point I think we were just beginning to discuss business plans πŸ˜€

She needs alcohol so it was Dosukoi Sakaba again. The onigiri is bae man.

We had another bowl of edamame because it’s so good.


Had Korean BBQ at I’m KIM to celebrate Tiffany’s birthday and Ling Kee said “I thought celebrating her birthday is just an excuse to eat Korean BBQ.”


Seaweed shaker fries made a comeback so I had it almost every day.





Kyoho grapes for $10 so I bought and I cri T_T it’s so good T___T


Soft shell chilli crab burger at Relish isn’t something I’d eat again.



Me havocing in the car and I don’t even know why :/






Also found out you can get mudpie at McDonald’s for only $2 if you ordered “chocolate sundae with Oreo toppings”. You’re welcome.


I love Teppei Syokudo πŸ˜€

You might be aware that Oriole is my favourite coffee joint but it got a facelift and it’s even better!!!!!

I love!!!


Boon Tong Kee because Alton wants to eat overpriced pyramid rice and made the whole army spend unnecessary money on chicken rice :/


Zong Yang’s birthday.

51st birthday.


$23 wagyu bento from Takashimaya fair πŸ˜€ lol πŸ˜€ yum πŸ˜€



Hokkaido dome is my favourite bread from BreadTalk hahaha πŸ˜€


Ikea food with Jasmine and Douglas!

Douglas basket and abandoned us so we went to Sunday Folks for this πŸ˜€


Before class and

After class because seaweed shaker is bae hahahaha πŸ˜€


Kurobuta katsudon at Tampopo πŸ™‚

I love Liang Court yum



Old Airport Road with Hazel ^____^
We shared a lot of food it’s great πŸ˜€




I love this chee cheong fun man!!!
Oh, we’re not done.

Went to Brawn and Brains for coffee. Nahhhh….

Saw my road so I made Hazel park somewhere to let me take this photo of CASIA CRESCENT hahahaha GEDDIT ME CRESCENT!
It was damn awkward to try to take photos by the roadside because ALL THE TAXIS KEPT SLOWING DOWN THINKING WE WANT A TAXI. Lol please I just want me.
Oh, we’re still not done.

Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee!!!

Yum @ everything.
Then I went home and…

ate this goodness. Hahahaha whole day!!



πŸ˜€

Ok the end. Jk, it never ends because I’m so lazy. I will queue another post hahaha πŸ˜€

Zion Riverside Food Centre

Wazzup. I know I’ve neglected this space once again. But that’s because I love my job so much.
Recently snagged the mayorship of the said hawker on Foursquare (LOL nobody uses it anymore) and thought it should be my duty to fill here with pictures of repetitive food choices πŸ˜€

When I first found out there was a hawker I was shocked la… Cos I passed this road for 5 months before and never once noticed its existence. What’s more, it was home to so many popz stalls.

Lau Goh’s CTK. It’s sibei yums. Then I found out the black one was nice too.

Boon Tong Kee’s duck rice. Ya, you thought they made chicken rice but this is good too.

This wanton mee is niceness. But it makes me miss the one at Smith Street a lot T_T

Ingredients gao gao char kway teow. Anyway, I brought my mum to eat this and she said it’s yummy. She is damn stingy with praises so it’s safe to say it’s damn good. I’m in no position to judge char kway teow because I seldom eat char kway teow.

Chicken chop took no time at all to prepare. It’s yummy but the chicken chop is more like chicken slice I’m quite sad about that 😦


The one thing there that I feel I won’t eat again…

Damn good fishballs O____O

The one time I found the store queueless so I went to the display and saw CEREAL CHICKEN omg πŸ˜€

No effort chicken rice set πŸ˜₯ I look at the vegetable and I cry.

Also the BESTESTESTEST iced Milo in all history of hawker iced Milos. Kenjo is 24 hours but it’s more like 24 minutes. Sometimes it’s closed πŸ˜₯ The uncle see Douglas and I coming then pull down the shutters or something LOLOL.
Anyway I don’t think you can find a thicker iced Milo that stays thick even after all the ice has melted.


Discovered the BBQ wings are hella yummy.

Maybe any BBQ wings beside some form of water body will always taste great i.e. at East Coast Park and stuff.

When I was buying the wings I noticed the queue at this prawn noodle stall was L-shaped… so I made it a point to have some when there’s no queue. It’s so nice T_T it’s like tonkotsu with prawns.

Addiction T_T

Hazel came to meet me for dinner one day. I then realised it wasn’t me she came for. It was the fishball noodles πŸ˜₯



Bak chor mee and I figured the fishball noodles are still better because their meatball had the really porky taste :/

Ayam panggang here is actually not bad but it makes me miss the one in NP :/
PRO TIP: Be a guy or get a guy to order this for bigger bang for your buck because if you’re not an auntie-killer, the $4 you spend will yield much lesser food…

Told you so…


.___.





Another annoying thing I’ve been doing? Rotating between 3 meal options (actually 2) at Ichiban Boshi thanks to their mega value off-peak meal.
That’s like $6.90 after taxes for a mini donburi, chawanmushi, miso soup and tea. The word mini shouldn’t really be there because this $6.90 will fill you. Of course, at the expense of having your meal at a weird ass timing that is neither lunch nor dinner.

Karaage don. This is why the 3 eventually became 2.

Because 3 pieces of chicken is really not worth it in comparison to the others…

Yakiniku don. You see why.

Tempura don. They don’t let me change the vegetables though. The good thing is there are colleagues who don’t eat ebi tempura (why?!) and eat eggplants and lady’s fingers (WHY?!) so we trade tempura LOL.




On days I don’t feel like eating fried food I’d opt for this.

But this usually wins because the scrambled egg between the tempura and the rice is the MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM ;__;

Other food stuff with a little more variation (who am I kidding though):

Kid’s meal at Ramen Champion. Delicious. Why aren’t adults’ meals as comforting and assorted?

Also, it came in a car. Speechless πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Tebasaki. Bae.

Unbae.




Omurice πŸ˜€


The other time twister fries made a comeback for SG50, I ate few things else.


If they served twister fries in the morning, you wouldn’t see this on the tray.

Gone case.


Banana Nutella crepe at Ned’s Crepe. Think I need to figure out how to make my own crepes and eat them forever or something.

Yuzu honey soft cream costed me a bloody $6 or something as ridiculous at Isetan’s fair :/ sucker for Japanese food T_T


Usual cheese baked pasta at Eighteen Chefs

!!!


ChΓ’teraisΓ© had an atrium pop-up and I saw it every single day. How could I resist???????


This mikan ice-cream is beyond belief. Unfortunately, it’s some limited edition thingy that the chef at Kuriya made just for this pop-up. Lagi unfortunately, Zihui and Jes who tried some on my recommendation didn’t like it .__. ACQUIRED TASTE AH.

Castella!!

Brown sugar castella!!!

Ramune ice!

Double fantasy cream puff!

The last day of the pop-up I went overboard ._.


Bento is life. Period.

Unatama for $8 T_T yumz T_T


Surprise pasar malam. Take my money.

Pisang keju???


Fried fish bee hoon soup at Chai’s Original Sliced Fish Soup.
You know, if someone names their stall after a dish, you should order it…
Because I gehkianged and ordered fried fish I had a terrible first impression of this T_T cos I was eating bunches of flour with no fish whatsoever T_T

Ok then this one got fish. Because I bought the dish the stall was named after. Rule of thumb.

Never trusting cereal fish that aren’t from Kimly.

Pepper Lunch lor…

Triple-Os has 0 customer for as long as I’ve seen the food court and I went and got myself a burger. Really nice fries but now I’m just really skeptical about the food because how long has it been there?? It was also the day my phone shattered I had to use my phone in a plastic bag so I don’t cut myself up using it excessively.


Tony’s Pizza. X__X

Truffle fries.

Shared this 18″ with Douglas. Is eating more than a guy a cause for worry? Anyway I died when I went home. 4 slices is no joke X___X


Potato soup πŸ˜€
The other time Zhu Jun was like “is this an ant?” then she called for the waiter and went “THERE’S AN ANT IN MY SOUP!!!” and I just LOL-ed because I was watching my childhood joke books in person for the first time ever hahahaha turns out it was some herb from their bread that looks really like an insect!!

Breaded chicken leg πŸ˜€

Fruit tart πŸ˜€
Pepper Steakhouse & Bistro seems to be always empty and I was of course pleasantly surprised to learn that the food tastes great and the set lunches are so affordable πŸ˜€

This is Mike’s croissant pudding. He asked me to take a photo of it for him and then I refused to send it to him and tried to sell it to him as if it were stock .___. he still doesn’t have this picture.

Tomato soup πŸ˜€

Black pepper chicken burger πŸ˜€

Praline mousse tart πŸ˜€


Chicken hor fun at ε“ε‘³ζ–°ε€©εœ° (thanks geo-tagging, I’ll never have remembered this name without you) was yums.


We were sitting beside Krispy Kreme for a month and finally we decided to buy some. I’m not a donut person.


My first time at Kenny Rogers Roasters.

The chicken soup is damn nice la!! πŸ˜€

Hahahaha

Jes looks like a 35-year-old mother of Jasmine’s.


Shared this pint with Zihui. It’s damn yummy????? T_T
Anyway, I miss Zihui as a co-pilot now that she’s in UK. We didn’t even have a supper we could call successful yet! :/


Gastronomia‘s lasagne πŸ˜€

New additions to my tiny Tomica collection. (I earned negative on this day thanks to the toy store T_T)

Nutella cake πŸ˜€

Favourite salted caramel crodo πŸ˜€


All the while I thought Don‘s logo was very sketchy so I never tried to give it a try. Mana tau the chicken pie is damn delicious T____T


Ducky at Poulet


Never really enjoyed Snickers because they always hurt my mouth since it’s a hard brick of dryness but Snickers ice-cream is something else.

Then there was once I shared this 1.6kg watermelon with Jes because it looked so good and I was craving for fruits :/
I totally loved it but everyone kept staring 😦 Why is it ok for you to eat Llao Llao while walking and me eating a watermelon is not?!?!!?!?!?!?!?


Jasmine & Friends. She turned 20.


Maggi goreng pattaya at Spize. It’s so spicy but it’s very nice la.
The sad thing is… the Milo dinosaur here costs $3.90 and isn’t even thicker than my $1.50 iced Milo at the hawker T_T

Other food stuff eaten when not being paid to be eating (hahahaha):

Had breakfast at Asanoya Bakery before I went to get myself a job. Yummy as before but I had to chow it down for I was almost late :/ When will I eat here without being pressed for time?


Crispy pork belly burger with fairy fries at Hambaobao. Really yummy and affordable. Except the place is really humid and dark…

Green tea bingsu at Binggojung! It’s like ice kacang on steroids!!!! Why is it that kakigori that I prefer and has been around for much longer never got its popularity?


Champignon red wine pork chop at Three Little Pigs. I felt rather upset that I spent half my day’s earning on something unsatisfactory.

Submarine baked potatoes wowowow!

Juchheim had baumkuchen ice-cream πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ BAE


Red bean bingsu (hahahaha my caption then was “red beangsu” hahahahaha I’m so funniez) at CafΓ© Insadong which I thought was super expensive for its size???


Chicken wings at Farmart πŸ˜€

VENISON!!!!!! πŸ˜€

Cheng’s Seafood Village needs to be in charge of more zichar places man!



Is this love?


Went to Nathan Hartono’s charity gig with Lynette and flying Hilary πŸ˜€

Strawberry hazelnut crepe at Max Brenner Chocolate Bar.


Gyoza-ya sells amazing gyoza at affordable prices O.O
(and this is too many gyoza for one person x_x)


Teriyaki chicken bento from Teppei Syokudo. They sell the bestest bento ever??? ;__;

Karaage bento ;___;


Xi Xiang Feng ??? yong tau foo. Who knows YTF can garner such a long queue man??


Hilary celebrated her 21st at The Refinery.

And the food’s so yummy!!!!!!

πŸ˜€


Ang kong siao at the Padang because SG50!!!!

My seat was awesome and the mobile column was πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Rong Cheng bak kut teh afterwards.


I’m so boring I only drink the same shit at Koi all the time. Ice-cream hazelnut milk tea with konjac and pearls.

Teacher gave everyone Gudetama ^____^ hahahaha



The ultimate ζŸε‹ that is Chara.

Honey chicken bento from Kkul Dak. Very friendly staff but Korean bento < Japanese bento I'm so sorry…

Went to Dosukoi Sakaba after some time at FivδΊ” .___.

ζŸε‹ is ζŸε‹… Nobody liked sake but we got sake??? What the

But their edamame is hella good!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Stingray .__. tastes like any other dried fish and I don’t mayonnaise.


Genius. We went to Chinatown at 10pm looking for the bae xiao long bao but forgot that shops usually are closed by then .___. So we ate the Tiong Bahru chicken rice. Soup remains damn damn damn damn good πŸ˜€


Huay Kwang Thai Mookata for Fiona’s 20th πŸ˜€

She was very surprised πŸ˜€ also bought her 5kg of russet potatoes X__X


Had my favourite Ootoya oyako don only to find they have changed the presentation.

And they reduced the size of the chawan and this one tasted like disappointment at its finest. You should all by now know that I worship this place and have high hopes for everything but tasting this was like learning that Santa doesn’t exist, etc.


Qi Ji popiah in the car.

And it’s yum!


Happy Mookata with the swagglez.

Because ζ’¦kata is the dream. Also didn’t invite the GOH whom the event was named after .___.

Worked till 11.30pm at Changi X_X and then cabbed to freaking Boon Lay to Power with the supper club. At another table. Friends??? ;__;

Because I don’t like chilli and ikan bilis, my nasi lemak looks more like primary school mixed vegetable rice without zhap. It’s really yummy though. Or it could be that I was totally famished because I didn’t eat since starting work at 1pm? (Because by Jia Ling’s rule, sushi is a snack and I can totally agree)


Went to Ming Jia Korean Food with Jasmine after her class and had my first jjajangmyeon! It’s very nice!! πŸ˜€
But you know what? I had a sauce stain on my face for an hour while shopping for dinner ingredients and not once did Jasmine try to tell me I have stuff on my face. Bitch.


Table-for-1 at Brewerkz simply because I was nearby after I finished delivering and craved my favourite soba salad πŸ˜€ $27 and got so many mosquito bites T_T

First time at Swee Choon Tim Sum because Chara was driving! πŸ˜€


Har gow looking super sad. Since when did har gow come in twos??? T_T

This prawn beancurd roll is a ball of fire!!! Niceness.

Never…

Some #chefcasia:

Nutella-stuffed French toast and broccoli stir-fry πŸ˜€



Tried baking cod but I have come to terms with my not having any affinity with the oven.

Went to Singapore Night Festival and caught an amazing performance πŸ˜€



The full moon in the background makes everything even nicer.
I loved the display πŸ™‚ Also got an awesome spot πŸ™‚ Although if anything went wrong I was sure I would have died because I was constantly underneath the suspension LOL.


If you’re wondering if I made any profits at work… HAHAHA what do you think??? I spend on food as I earn T___T Just look at what I’m surrounded with T___T

Tsukada Nojo & more yums

P5050186
Some time early May I went out to dinner at Tsukada Nojo with these 2 cutie pies πŸ˜€ They honestly are super cute πŸ˜€
Travis’ friend was working there and she too was super cute πŸ˜€

Bijin nabe looks like a pot of tauhuey.
P5050180
So beautiful!!
P5050182
All we had to do was sit and eat because the staff does everything for you!
P5050185
We got free fries! They were so yummy. And to think that their loyalty programme gives you such a title even if you are jobless… it feels wonderful πŸ™‚
P5050187
Oh ya, when all the collagen dissolved, we found that in it were super tender chicken!
It was a delicious pot of fats.

When we were done we were given jellies with a super sweet message!

Now, for some food photos from when I returned from Tokyo till I ate there.

Prata Planet.

Some crazy huge watermelon I found very amusing.

Favourite Loong Fatt Tau Sar Piah πŸ˜€
P5010178
Glorious carrot cake from Whampoa Drive Market & Food Centre #01-34.
P5010177
Honest!

Michael Jackson from #01-52 πŸ˜€

Hazel came over one day to cook stuff together πŸ˜€

Odamaki-mushi for our Cooking With No Dog channel. JK. When there’s no dog, we also forgot to measure all our ingredients hahahaha πŸ˜€
P4300172
The chicken meat and udon we got sucks. Other than that it was good.

We then boiled shiitake and wakame and crab sticks to finish off some leftovers.
Learn the recipe from the pro:


Got this wonderful bunch of Hokkaido omiyage for only $25!!!! πŸ˜€
P5130193
After that, I bought another package for $50!
Then I think they found out they were making a huge loss and the prices of these now are back to almost normal retail price T____T
I was gonna spend $90 on another bigger package but I decided not to because I honestly was super broke for a while, thinking it’s gonna be there when things get better. Thanks for breaching my trust T___T


If you can’t yet tell, I love ham. Also I make amazing sandwiches because they are always overloaded. Tried to make a pocket and the bread tore LOL.

P4270164
Niku udon with ebi tempura at Tsuru Koshi for only $9.90! What a wonderful promotion πŸ˜€
P4270166
Don’t get your hopes up because the promotion is likely over.
P4270167

P4270153
Shwen brought me to Guksu Restaurant for jeongol.
P4270155
Looks like Tsukada Nojo’s hahaha.
P4270158
Herbal chicken broth yums!
P4270159
Noodles were good too, everything else ordinary, EXCEPT the bamboo meatball thing. It tasted quite chemically and ummm I tried to take more than one bite and it’s just no 😦

My Instagram is like a mini time capsule. Mostly from the long time I take to blog about the food I eat lol.
Just found this and laughed at my caption:
There’s straight juice and then there’s…

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

I’m also an aunt now!!!!! She was born while I was having fun in Tokyo DisneySea and didn’t know about her existence until I left Tokyo Disneyland because Shwen took so long to tell me this baby was my new relative after sending me a picture of newborn her. LOL!!!!!

She looks like Elffie!


I got tickets to Kinder Bueno’s movie screening of Pitch Perfect and I asked Marissa to go with me πŸ˜€

Got sushi for dinner and I was famished. Took 1.5 hours looking for the damned place because it said Gardens by The Bay but it’s nowhere to be found. Who knew there was a separate bit of Gardens at the other side of the sea?!?!?!?! T___T

Was an hour late for the screening after taking a cab there and tolerating this annoying driver. But all is well because I got a nice pillow πŸ˜€

It was beautiful after πŸ™‚ and then we were lost. LOLZ took a taxi home.

P4250152
Yummy bak kut teh for breakfast at Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup. I always liked the pepper one but this herbal one is good πŸ˜€

Bunmeido’s Castella I got from Tokyo πŸ˜€
I bought it because I remembered it was the shop I ordered my fake birthday cake online from and it was damn good. And also this packaging is soooo cute!!

P4230143
Dinner at Ichiban Boshi with Shwen.
P4230145
Salmon nitsuke. YUMMY!!!
P4230146
Teriyaki chicken don.
P4230148
Tempura Moriawase.
P4230149
It seemed as though every time I eat with Shwen we never ever have a normal one-plate meal and we eat until we’re on the brink of death.
It surprised me how yummy the food was because I always had the impression Ichiban Boshi was a mega chain with inconsistent food. I am so sorry why did I even have that impression?? T___T

P4210141
Sunday Folks again.

Then went karaoke and when we tried our best to sing Hokkien songs LOL the system shut down and couldn’t go back on HAHAHAHAHA.

Fiona was driving me home but we went to Happy Mookata for dinner first. We nearly died from the buffet πŸ˜€


Went out with Pignette!!!!! πŸ˜€

Tori karaage don at Isetan I love bentos πŸ˜€

Also check out this huge ass tuna!!!!!!

Went to the Science Centre and found my next lunch. We left quite soon because it was quite boring T_T except for that liquid nitrogen show we went to and the whole thing exploded πŸ˜€
P4180129
P4180130
P4180132
P4180133
Then we went to RWS. And settled for Chili’s.
P4180134
We both got the same thing?!?!?!?!
P4180138
Honey chipotle chicken crispers.
P4180139
Lynette is awesome and I miss her T__T because she’s always abroad T___T
But it’s great that she can buy me stuff I can’t get in Singapore!!!

LIKE A JAR OF CASIA!!!!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ IT’S A ME πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


Hokkien mee from NTUC FoodFare yum.

Brought my mum to Happy Mookata and she finally said it was yummy after I tried to convince her that mookata is better than Korean BBQ, because she’s not had any mookata before.


Some dumpling noodles at Crystal Jade before I made the journey to the east.

I was early so I went and bought myself an ice-cream and then got scolded by SMRT for eating at the station. ??? But 7-Eleven is right there?!?!?!?!?!

Skating with Amanda in East Coast Park and found a chicken!
Didn’t know she was a slug!!! I had to skate and pull her because she was so lazy -_____-

And she spent lots of time sitting at the jetty and wishing she was back in Maldives. I wish I’d been to Maldives!!! -___-

Yummy beach fare! I miss eating BBQ foods by beaches T_T

We then went to Parkway Parade? Or something like that. The new stuff in the east are foreign to me. Then she went home and I waited for my mum to come pick me up.
P4130119
Got her a piece of gold brownie for her birthday from Chalk Farm!
Then I found myself back at East Coast Park -____- because we’re in the east and my mum loves seafood and it’s her birthday so what better reasons do we have to not Long Beach? Actually we wanted to eat at some other crab place but it’s closed la… LOL!
P4130121
Broccoli with scallops a must-have πŸ˜€
P4130125
Venison πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ It seemed more like my birthday than hers??? -___-
P4130127
Chilli crab!!!! πŸ˜€


Don’t know if I’ve talked about this bae Kumamon Pocky!! I hope to find it in Singapore!!!!

Very nice prawn mee at ???? WHERE ?????? It’s at Little Road… opposite Old Street Bak Kut Teh… in a very dim coffee shop… then there’s this store. Yummy!
Then I went to Pioneer Junior College to look for Marissa at her art exhibition!

This is her piece called Weave.
She commented on my picture “nice edit!” but then I did nothing to it LOL. People I know these days literally take hours to edit one image to post online (I witnessed Yuxuan doing that) and I can’t even be bothered.


Used the cute little noritama I got from a random combini in Tokyo to make these cute little onigiri πŸ˜€

YUM I LOVE MY COOKING *shameless*

Ok, I’m super hungry right now. My dinner at 6pm comprised a salad, 5 little piah balls and 6 slices of Sara Lee pound cake. T___T
What was I thinking to look through all my pictures of food in my state??? T_______T
I have not blogged about graduation and more food yet… So look forward to it!! (Although I don’t know when)
OH and also these really nice gyozas I made a few days ago!!! I will show all of you my beautiful gyozas!!!! πŸ˜€

The Little Prince Art Collection & Two Wings

P5300194
P5300195
I found out on the night before the last day that there was this art exhibition at Fullerton Hotel featuring the artworks from my favourite book!!!!
P5300197
All by Artheline PAJ Art Studio.
P5300198
P5300224
P5300225
P5300200
Those mobiles are great!
P5300201
P5300202
P5300203
P5300222
P5300238
The holes are real!!!
P5300228

P5300204
P5300205
He’s so cute!
P5300213
Hahaha
P5300208
But I’ve not seen this illustration before! I even looked through my copy of the book o.o

P5300209
P5300212
P5300210
P5300211
P5300214
The Lamplighter’s got illuminated backdrop πŸ™‚
P5300215
P5300216
P5300237
P5300239
P5300217
P5300218
P5300219
P5300220
P5300221
P5300230
My mum also casually called the King “ahma” LOL!
P5300231

P5300240
Only when leaving did I realise the giant mobiles above this piece.
P5300243
It takes only 3-4 hours (maximum) to finish reading The Little Prince I don’t know why nobody wants to read it when I ask them to 😦

I captioned this with #howdidthefoxgettoB612? Is nobody going to tell me lol…

Also behind the scenes LOL


Atap chee ice-cream duly missed πŸ˜€

Went to Salute Kopitiam for dinner afterwards.
P5300245
My mum got this prawn thing from Seasalt.
P5300246
Didn’t fancy it very much because I don’t like cream sauces.
P5300247
Mushroom soup from Stew KΓΌche that was quite ordinary.
P5300254
HAHAHAHAHAHA Two Wings but got six.
P5300252
YUM but they’re super oily and I usually prefer my meat grilled.
P5300251
Look how crispy!
P5300250
Wedges yum yum πŸ˜€

It’s also about time I go replace my stolen phone because I have no motivation to do anything at all and the spare Android is so laggy and frustrating to use 😑 It’s been a month!!

GIVEAWAY!!! [CLOSED] What to Look Out For at the Singapore Favourite Food Village 2015: A Wok Down Memory Lane at Ellenborough Market

Singapore Favourite Food Village is back from 24 July to 2 August 2015 to celebrate the richness of Singapore’s culinary landscape through a variety of mouth-watering Singapore signature delights at Read Bridge, Clarke Quay.

Held in conjunction with the anchor food event, Singapore Food Festival, the Singapore Favourite Food Village is an annual 10-day local culinary festival organised by the Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SFBA) and supported by Singapore Tourism Board that celebrates and showcases Singapore’s rich and unique multicultural food heritage and pays homage to local culinary heroes all under one roof.

Date: 24 July to 2 August 2015
Time: 5pm to 11pm
Venue: Read Bridge, Clarke Quay
FREE ADMISSION

In celebration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, Singapore Favourite Food Village 2015 revives one of Singapore’s iconic and long-lost makan place – Ellenborough Market. If, like me, you weren’t born yet, you might not know that the 1800s – 1960s Ellenborough Market by the Singapore River was well-known for its fresh seafood and Teochew hawker fare, as many Teochews resided in that area. The market is also more affectionately known as ‘Xin Pat Sat’ or ‘Teochew Market’.

Taking ‘A Wok Down Memory Lane’ at Ellenborough Market will allow you to discover the stories behind the market nicknamed the β€˜New Market’ and β€˜Teochew Market’ and one of the authentic hawkers of the old Ellenborough Market along with other Teochew cuisine and local delights hawkers.

Top 10 Dishes to Look Out For

6 Traditional Teochew Food

  1. Teochew Fishball Noodles by Ming Fa Noodles House Pte Ltd
    With 42 years of experience, the fishball noodles from Ming Fa Noodles House will definitely not disappoint. Founder Lim Chye Kang started the business along the old Ellenborough Market (Clarke Quay) in 1946 to earn a livelihood as a pushcart vendor. In the 1950s, Mr Lim Chye Kang opened its first roadside stall within the vicinity of the β€œXin Pa Sat”. His son, Mr Lim Gek Meng, took over the family-run business and expanded Ming Fa’s food offerings in 1973.Using the traditional recipe passed down from generations, Ming Fa’s fishballs are made daily with fish as the only main ingredient to retain its freshness and bounciness. Their menu has expanded to a variety of noodles such as minced pork noodles, chicken cutlet noodles, laksa and curry chicken.
  2. Teochew Steamed Pomfret with Preserved Soya Bean Sauce by SwissΓΆtel Merchant Court
    Chef Jason’s (SwissΓΆtel Merchant Court) Steamed Pomfret dish is based on a recipe which he cooks regularly for his own family. Aside from selecting a fresh Silver Pomfret, Chef Jason flavours the fish with sour preserved plums, fresh shiitake mushrooms and slices of ginger, carrots and tomatoes. Chef Jason’s addition of succulent shiitake mushrooms to increase the dish’s savoury notes makes it enjoyable for diners of all ages. In true Teochew style, Chef Jason also serves the steamed fish with a dipping sauce of fermented soy bean paste.
  3. Cold Crab, Teochew Style by SwissΓΆtel Merchant Court
    Cold Crab - Teochew Style
    For the Teochew Cold Crab dish, Chef Jason (SwissΓΆtel Merchant Court) keeps very close to the original recipe of selecting live market-fresh crabs, steaming at a high temperature with a splash of Chinese Wine and then chilling the cooked crabs before serving it cold. A timeless classic such as this, Chef Jason believes, should be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.
  4. Lao Fu Zi Char Kway Teow
    Char Kway Teow is a noodle dish with humble beginnings. Originally invented as a low-cost yet energising meal for the labourers in Singapore, it was often sold by fishermen, farmers, and cockle gatherers, doubling up as char kway teow hawkers in the evening to supplement their income.With its long history and traditional recipe, it is no surprise that Lao Fu Zi Char Kway Teow is an old name that almost everyone can identify with when it comes to a plate of hot piping plate of fried kway teow. Stir-fried in pork lard over very high heat with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, belachan, Chinese sausage slices, fish cake, cockles, bean sprouts, chopped Chinese chives and egg, this fragrant noodle dish will have you begging for more!
  5. Teochew Braised Duck by Mr Duck
    Braised Duck
    Braised ducks or Lor Ark come in two different styles. While the Hokkien-style offers thick and sweet gravy, the Teochews specialize in making light and savoury β€˜Lor Chap’ or braising sauce. The key to serving flavourful braised duck is in the braising sauce: a mixture of dark soy sauce, soya sauce, five spices powder.Mr Duck’s braising sauce also consists of unique blend of herbs for a healthier recipe that can fit into everyone’s diet. The sauce has been well-liked by customers all these years and the traditional secret recipe has been passed on from its previous senior head chef to the next generation’s chefs.

    The whole duck is then lightly pan-fried and stewed for hours in the braising sauce for a moist and tender texture. To ensure that the moisture of the duck meat is not lost, the art of chopping meat is also highly emphasized by traditional Teochew hawkers. Thin and wide slices of meat, accompanied by braised rice and soy sauce eggs, completes the hearty meal.

  6. Teochew Bak Kut Teh by Xiao Chen Gu Shi
    Bak Kut Teh
    Bak Kut Teh literally means β€˜meat bone tea’ in English. In Singapore, there are two styles of cooking: the clear pepperish Teochew broth and the black herbal Hokkien version. Did you know that Bak Kut Teh does not contain tea as an ingredient despite its name? The β€˜tea’ in the name actually refers to the accompanying pot of Chinese Oolong tea, which is believed to aid in digestion and to rid of the greasiness from this dish.In the early days, Chinese coolies formed the early backbone of Singapore’s labour force and were engaged mainly in hard physical labour. After a hard day’s work, the Chinese coolies would gather and have a bowl of Bak Kut Teh as their staple meal to replenish lost energy.

    Story of Chen (ε°ι™ˆζ•…δΊ‹) was inspired by the historical significance and presence of Bak Kut Teh roadside stalls and vendors along the Singapore River, and had then decided to open up a shop front with traditional fixtures and decor along the same vicinity to relive old times and the β€˜birthplace’ of Bak Kut Teh.

4 Fusion Food

  1. Carrot Cake by Everything Foods
    Carrot Cake
    Fried carrot cake or Chai Tow Kway is traditionally a Teochew dim sum, made by mixing grated radish (white carrot), rice flour and water to form a paste which is then steamed in a rectangular pan. The resulting β€œcarrot cake” is sliced into rectangular blocks, and then fried on a metal griddle till the outsides are crispy. The version served by Teochew hawkers are usually prepared by frying steamed carrot cake with preserved turnip, diced garlic, eggs, and fish sauce instead of soya sauce.Invented by the Teochew Sisters, Candy and Jenny from Everything Foods, Carrot Cake with Salted Egg Sauce combines the traditional Teochew recipe with a modern twist. Simmered with fresh crabs, the salted egg sauce is then drizzled on their rendition of the Carrot Cake to give it a light crab fragrance. Other Carrot Cake flavours that Everything Foods will also be bringing to the crowd are Tom Yam, Sour Cream and Onion, Hot and Spicy and Barbecue.
  2. Truffle Wanton Noodles by Bee Kee
    For the love of Wanton Noodles, Jo Ann, the founder of Bee Kee, was inspired to modernise Wonton Noodle with a special ingredient.Known as Wanton Mee locally, there are two variants of this Cantonese noodle dish: wonton noodles served in steaming hot broth; or noodles served dry with seasoning and soup on a separate bowl. Traditionally, the wantons – which refer to dumplings in Cantonese – are boiled served with soup. However, in recent years fried wantons have emerged as a hot favourite amongst Singaporeans.

    As Truffle Oil dishes have caused hype amongst the younger generation, Jo Ann decided to infuse it into their noodles. The Char Siew on the noodles is also torched aburi-style to caramelize the outside and the soft bone is braised overnight for the melt-in-the-mouth texture.

  3. Ondeh Ondeh Churros
    Suyi and Jeremy started their first concept cafΓ©, Churros Factory, in 2014 at I12 Katong Mall. Upon starting up their pop-up cafe, they came to notice that there was a high demand and a potential opportunity to further expand their humble start-up. Since then, they have placed focus on creating more unique flavours to suit the local taste.Being situated at Katong, a vibrant Peranakan neighborhood, Jeremy and Suyi were inspired by the Peranakan culture and were inspired to create Ondeh Ondeh Churros, an East-meets-West recipe that eventually became their signature dish. The Ondeh Ondeh churros has since been a hit at their pop up stall and a sensational hype on both social and marketing media platforms.

    The Ondeh Ondeh Churros replicates the look and feel of the Peranakan Kueh, Ondeh Ondeh. It is infused with Pandan flavour and paired with a gula melaka dip, topped with coconut shavings. Churros Factory aims to be globally recognised as the Singapore brand of Churros with various adapted recipes.

  4. Honey Hoisin Orange Glazed Pork Ribs
    A modern take on the traditional Char Siew BBQ Pork Ribs, Fern & Kiwi fuses the western style with a dash of acidic flavour and the oriental method of roasting the ribs for a red glossy sheen that warrants a sweet glaze beneath.Fern & Kiwi originated in Christchurch, New Zealand featuring the best New Zealand food. Within 24 years, they had set up 21 cafes all around Australia, and Singapore is one of the first overseas ventures. Highly raved since its opening, Fern & Kiwi proudly brings New Zealand food closer to Singaporeans and constantly innovates by whipping up fusion dishes to cater to the local palates.

For Your Entertainment

Teochew Opera Porridge
Apart from savouring the rustic flavours of traditional cuisine, learn a tip or two from the award-winning celebrity chef, Eric Low, while he showcases the authentic way of preparing Teochew Opera Porridge.

Live Cooking Demonstrations by the various Teochew chefs are available every weekend from 24 July to 2 August 2015.

As the name implies, this porridge was sold in street hawker stalls during the heyday of Teochew street operas. They would travel with the performing troupes around the island and business was brisk as good performing troupes could easily attract large audiences. This porridge made an ideal supper treat as each performance ended rather late close to midnight.

While feasting to your heart’s content, you will be entertained by the traditional Teochew Opera, Tok Tok Chiang, which is co-founded by local celebrity Nick Shen Wei Jun. Driven by his passion for Chinese Opera, Nick Shen founded Tok Tok Chiang in 2010 to reconnect youths with their cultural roots and keep the dying art of Chinese Opera alive. With refreshing elements such as magic tricks and bilingual performances, Tok Tok Chiang remains relevant by reaching out to people of different races in racially diverse Singapore.

Be entertained by the traditional Teochew Opera every weekend from 24 July to 2 August 2015 by Tok Tok Chiang and Nam Hwa Teochew Opera Troupe!

GIVEAWAY!!!

SFBA is giving away a pair of Weekday Dining Ellenborough Market Cafe Vouchers worth $48 each!

To stand a chance to win, simply share this post or this event on any social networking site (Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/etc.) with the hashtag #SFFV15 and send an email with your Full Name (as per NRIC), NRIC No., Mobile No. and Email Address to casiachew@gmail.com by 19 July 2015, 2359h.

A winner will be picked at random. Good luck! πŸ˜€
GIVEAWAY CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS LEE CHEN HUNG!!
The winner will be sent an email to collect the vouchers. Prize redemption will be at the Information Counter at Singapore Favourite Food Village from 24 July to 2 August 2015, 5pm – 11pm daily.

Visit singaporefavouritefood.sg for more information and updates on Singapore Favourite Food Village 2015!

1 Day in Batam

#casiainbatam Flickr


I went to Batam with Marissa last week! She paid for my share of the Groupon deal as a belated birthday present LOL thanks BBG (no, it’s not babygirl (she’s turning 20 this year!), it’s Batam Bebek Goreng). For $40 + $20 ferry tax + $6.50 ferry tax, I find this trip a darn good steal! Which explains why so many people have gone on the exact same tour (literally the whole itinerary). Google it!

Even then, I won’t spare anyone of this stupid image of the store front of Chocolate House, which was the first stop upon leaving Sekupang Ferry Terminal.
P6160267
Honestly quite boring and the whole bus (15 tourists) went in and out empty-handed.
P6160268

P6160273
Went to Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple!
P6160274
It is filled with the Laughing Buddha.
P6160271
P6160272
There’s a whole stretch of super cute statues but I only took photo of this because he was in one of the most comfortable positions ever.
P6160269
P6160275
*can’t be bothered to straighten this picture or wait for the roads to clear*
P6160287
At this point I was really hungry and lunch was hours away T_T
P6160291
P6160292
Found a sign pointing to a restaurant and, from the other end of the aisle I saw a signboard that said “vegetarian restaurant”! I nearly wept! Of course there wasn’t gonna be any meat in a temple T_T
P6160294
But soon I found out why the Buddha was laughing. Or Buddhas were laughing.
P6160295
THIS.
My fondest memory of Batam when I was there a decade ago was their fried potato tossed in flavouring powders.
P6160299
And while this takes on a new shape, IT WAS AMAZING AND WAS ONLY 50 CENTS A STICK!!!!!!!!!!! I got one more but that one was cut too thin and chip-like crispy. Still, I should’ve gotten all of them!!!

Next was boring shopping at ??????
P6160301
Magnum was $1.80 so I had to buy it right? Not really… it wasn’t very yummy and I should’ve eaten other wacky ice-cream.

P6160312
Lapis of lapis at Batam Layer Cakes. Didn’t get to try samples because it was so crowded and I just didn’t want to squeeze in. Bought a box of kueh lapis with prunes for my mum because she told me to buy one if it was below $30, and it was strategically $29 lol. It smelled really good but the layers were a mess of waves and they tasted ok, although I’m no big fan of kueh lapis… (I LOVE BAUMKUCHEN THOUGH)

P6160314
FINALLY it was lunch time!!! This seafood lunch at Golden Prawn 933 is included in the package. Talk about value!!
P6160317
It was not bad!
P6160318
Except I limited myself to eating rice + calamari (yum) + this corn soup made of starch (unexpectedly yum). Because I don’t eat gong gong, sambal kangkong is coated in sambal, the fish was fried and bony and slightly spicy so I gave up trying, every prawn was stained with mayonnaise except one (so I ate that one), and I had nobody to help me with the crab and it didn’t have the giant pincer (the only part I know how to eat without assistance).

We were going around Golden City and we were at this stop for activities.
P6160319
$6 for 15 arrows. Bullseye and I’ll get a free ride on the flying fox.
P6160327
But I sucked T_T
P6160331
So did Marissa. She also offered to pay $6 for me to fly through a jungle and over a pond.
P6160340
Putting on my harness as I stared at what might kill me.
P6160338
The biggest challenge was really trying to scale this tower on steep stairs with only one side of rails to hold on to. So I was grabbing on to dear life with both hands because I would plunge to my death if I were to slip. I should have been belayed before ascending lor T_T
P6160347
Jumping off, it was quite lame and not exactly fast or anything…
P6160348
Before I left I asked the dude how I was gonna get down and he said his friend is at the other end. So ok.
BUT when I was approaching the end THERE WAS NOBODY???? So I was like “OMG HOW DO I STOP? I AM GOING TO DIE?”
P6160351
Then they slowly appeared and pushed a ladder to me LOL. Everybody was laughing? Sadistic as hell??? 😦
P6160352
P6160354
First time on a zip-line and I survived! WHO’S LAUGHING NOW????
P6160357
P6160360
Sisters Rivlyn and Rivy (Ikr I thought my name was unconventional) were the only ones other than myself to do stuff here lol.

P6160362
Go-kart!!!!!!
P6160364
They give us shower caps to reduce the grossness of shared helmets but man do they smell terrible. Mine was damp and the face shield wouldn’t stay up nor down so it’s part smelly and part obstructed vision.
I chose the faster vehicle but they gave me a bloody slow one so instead of zoom zoom I was looking at people overtaking me and all .__.

Then everyone was going into a massage parlour and I decided to spend an hour in the vicinity instead.
P6160370
Walking out they were like trying to sell me drinks and I saw coconut (ya they were all on the ground and literal roadside) so I told them “You sell coconuts? Ok. I’ll come back later. Maybe.”
Took a long time to cross the road to a mall and went to a smelly arcade (mostly adults smoking with like 5 kids around) and exchanged tickets for 2 erasers LOL. Really wanted to play basketball but the kids were hogging the machines and when I returned expecting them to be done, I saw that they have claimed a basketball and was playing soccer with it.
Took an even longer time to cross over again.
P6160373
Got 10 sticks of chicken satay for $1.50 O__O
P6160376
They asked “Rice?” and I said no and I still got rice? What are they earning??? O__O
P6160378
Not bad but they’re so skimpy with meat (I understand completely)($1.50 leh, how to hiam) and most of them had only 2 chunks.
P6160384
Went to get a coconut. They have pushed a punctured cart to the roadside and put some coconuts on it and called it a stall LOL. The flesh was so tender πŸ˜€ the juice wasn’t perfect but it didn’t taste bad. It was also $1.50.

Went to BCS Mall. Found an optometry selling frames with prescription lenses for only $18!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also found a really cute frosted pink frame but it would take 2 days for it to be done and I was returning to Singapore the next day T_T
P6160387
Was on the bus and suddenly the front burst into song because it was Rivlyn’s birthday and they had a cake LOL happy birthday Rivlyn!

It was 5pm when the bus left to take everyone to the ferry terminal or their hotels. I was really pissed having to sit in the bus for more than 2 hours when I really want to go to Nagoya Hills and grab some A&W for dinner! Why were we the last? T_T
P6160388
21st floor at Nagoya Mansions.
P6160389

Went out and walked in the dark to Nagoya Hills. It was 8pm 😑
P6160393
Also had to witness something disturbing while I was trying to grab a shot of the mosque and I didn’t even have time to compose or focus anything and we left.
P6160394
BAE!!!
P6160395
Got myself a kid meal because I wanted an A&W pencil case.
P6160396
Also upgraded my root beer to a float and got curly fries.
P6160397
Their chicken is so much better than KFC’s I don’t understand why A&W left Singapore!!!! 😦
P6160398
Bought a waffle even though I was already pregnant with non-stop feeding and was super full, because my mum swears by A&W’s waffles. What a disappointment having to bite into hard batter which only tasted good at the end when my ice-cream made it soggy…

Went to Hypermart on the hunt for mi goreng πŸ˜€
P6160401
It was a wall of instant noodles!! I got 10 packs of Indomie’s πŸ˜€
P6160402
P6160403
Their Yakult was a tad smaller (why?) but a 5-pack was only 85 cents?!?!?!?! I didn’t buy it. Hahahaha. Why?????

Went back to the hotel by taxi. $5 is a rip-off but it was late. Bathed and slept to the monotonous voice of documentaries (one of the best ways to sleep even though they’re entertaining) some time around midnight after being awake for god knows how long?
I woke up the day before at 5.30pm because I was dreaming I was a Hogwarts student and was involved in a war and waking up at 2.30pm I went back to sleep to resume the great action LOL. Then I couldn’t sleep so I stayed up and only intermittently napped otw to the hotel. Basically I didn’t sleep for the whole of Tuesday and more.

P6170404
Woke up and heard Marissa in the shower so I was like wth what time is it now? So I checked and it was 6am. Turns out Marissa didn’t know what time it was and didn’t even bother to check HAHAHAHAHA!
P6170405
Hotel breakfast with Marissa’s colleague who was also staying at the hotel.
P6170406
Sunnies on toast darn good πŸ˜€ (of course, I brought the toast to the egg station myself)

P6170407
On the bus to Batam Centre I wanted to take photos of the ‘Welcome to Batam’ sign in the forest but I hesitated and missed everything. I should’ve filmed the beautiful roundabout. Why was my camera inside my bag and not around my neck anyway? :/

Had time to spare before boarding our ferry back and we crossed over to Mega Mall. Marissa wanted to eat KFC but then she was like “aiya we can eat that in Singapore. Let’s eat A&W again.” LOL!
P6170412
P6170413
YUM
P6170414
Chicken soup was nice! Lots of chicken chunks and vegetables in it πŸ˜€
P6170415
God is real.

P6170418
Back to Singapore.
The end!


Yesterday morning Fiona called me and asked if I had my passport. She wanted me to go to JB today to eat. OF COURSE I WANTED TO. But I have class in the evening and I don’t know how to return to Singapore by myself LOL.
The end (of sad story of the adventure that never happened)!