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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I love "愛LOVE."

On my looooong flight from LA to Beijing, I saw a Taiwanese movie called "愛LOVE" starring Vicki Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Mark Chao... I am usually not a super chickie flickie kinda person, but this movie was a lot of fun to watch and really heart warming. Check it out when you get a chance :) Below is the Chinese character for love, I like that the character for heart (心) is in the middle. Aw.

Although "愛LOVE" is pretty good, my all time favorite movie is still "Garfield: Tale of Two Kitties", an epic autographical account of the formative years of yours truly :P

Friday, October 12, 2012

A Crab-licious Singaporean Blowout

Thanks J for being the best party organizer. Dinner at Palm Beach Restaurant was so much fun. Where else can we wine and dine surrounded by the Merlion, the over the top Marina Sands Hotel and Singapore's beautiful skyline.
Thailand coconut juice to start the night... sip sip sip, mmmm.
Satay skewers, munch munch munch, mmmm.
Giant prawns topped with shredded almonds, I want them all. So yummy.
And then it was the crabs... Black pepper crab, a la Claude Monet Impressionist Style... fine fine, camera didn't focus well. I know it looks ugly, but it was so so delicious. Don't judge a crab by its cover, K? :P
Singapore Chilli Crab...
Da Claw, but it's no match for Cat's Paw. Hey, it rhymes :)
After crabs, Cat gingerly dabs the corners of her mouth... and orders a papaya dessert to cleanse her palette.
Roar Merlion Roar... though beware of the hordes of Japanese tourists, they may make you into sushi :P

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cat does the Gangnam Style (at a Hawker Centre)

Well, almost. You see, on my last day in Singy, F and I went to the Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre which is btw, a must go place, not just for food but also the splendid architecture. Anyhoo, luckily for us, we scored a table in the center of the crowded food court. While I was munching on my roasted duck meat, and F savoring her fried kimchi rice, suddenly a group of youngsters started to do the Gangnam Style right in front of us. I was like, WTH, I wanna do the pony dance too! So I ran in front and the chick with her back to the camera is me. Ok ok, it's not me, I seriously thought about joining the flash mob, but couldn't part ways with my roasted duck, not even for thirty seconds :P Here is the video I put on Youtube, maybe I'll get gazillion views too. The Lau Pa Sat Centre is the oldest ironcast structure still standing in Southeast Asia. Really quite impressive.
F (in blue dress) fearlessly leading the way to food paradise :)
Stall after stall of yummy food vendors... decisions, decisions, why is life so hard? Sniff Sniff.
Detailed food pics for one of the maybe 50 vendors. Clams, crabs, shrimp, ahh faint. I want them all! Yep, I am a greedy eater, you got a problem? Hmph.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Singapore is a "Fine" City La :-)

As we all know, Singapore has a reputation of being an uber anal, gum hating, city state. Well, it could not be more untrue. I arrived here a few days ago and have been having the time of my life, or more accurately, my tummy has been having the time of its life :-) Heck, even if they throw me in a gulag or spank my tushy for chewing gum, I couldn't care less... I'd happily give up my freedom for the good food :-P Here is me and the Merlion, Singapore's mascot. Maybe I should convince them to install a Mercat?
Losing my Hainese chicken rice virginity at the Amoy Street Hawker Centre...
I love love hawker centers. The only drawback is I can't decide what to have, there's like literally dozens and dozens of stalls.
Gasp! Cat is jaywalking!
On the left is the Singapore flyer, and on the right is the tip of the Marina Sands casino, with its banana top. We went to Seafood Paradise at the bottom of the Singapore flyer. Thanks L for the treat!
This doesn't look like much, but it's so yummy. It's giant prawns coated with Chinese preserved egg yolk. Yeah, it sounds kinda funky, but it's really just yummy. Like the slightly mian mian texture of preserved egg yolk. Yum yum yum. Sorry, I know am repeating myself lots.
Mr. Chilli Crab, we are finally face to face. Upon my arrival in Singy, the first thing I asked J was, where can I have chilli crabs :-)
The rest of our meal, all very yummy.
The next day, we went to an open air restaurant for lunch. J was worried I might not be used to the cheesy sunbrellas and plastic chairs, but upon seeing the place, I exclaimed, I love al fresco dining!
It seems Malaysian dishes are all called "something" Goreng.
Here is my XXX Goreng.
K's XXX Goreng.
Group XXX Goreng. [Update: Goreng means fried in Malaysian. So of all the dishes, only the redish stir fried noodles below is a type of "Goreng" :)]
Boat Quay, pronounced Key, at dusk.
We went to Sichuan Dou Hua restaurant on the 60th floor of the UOB Building. Salivating chicken, or Ko Shui Ji in Chinese.
Sliced pork in garlic sauce...
This is actually a vegetarian dish, it's tofu with seaweed on top, one of the restaurant's signature dishes, very good.
Deep fried chicken nuggets with chillis... I feel I've gained 10 pounds just writing this blog post :-)
Boat Quay at night... Part II of my Singy adventure to follow soon :-)