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Jul-23-08

Hot Spicy Fish Balls Dish

posted by constance

The other day, hubby bought this Hot Mala fishball dish from a food stall. I wasn’t sure what it was and from the looks of it, it looked really hot and extra spicy. I love spicy food but my tolerance to Chilly is only average. Also it looked like it had fish balls in them. Do you love fish balls? Fish balls is something that I do not take. Perhaps it could have been I was fed too much of it when I was younger?

The sight of fish ball is enough for me to lose my appetite, really. So although hubby asked me to try it, I just shook my head, No Thanks! All those who knows me know that I am anti-fish ball, so please don’t ask me to consume those little white balls, ya.

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Jul-23-08

Sharksfin Cartilage Bone

posted by constance

Sharksfin is something that is out of the menu for many restaurants in Singapore lately. Many signed a petition to stop encouraging abuse and killing of sharks for it’s fins. We know that they normally catch the sharks, cut of their fins and throw the sharks back into the water. How cruel, right.

So I also have stopped taking sharks fin soup. I know of many traditional wedding couples who can’t do without this item for their guests. There other alternative in sharksfin nowadays is something similar. It’s using sharksfin bone, actually. I think it is the cartilage bone if not wrong because the texture is slightly springy soft.

Have you tried it? There are many ‘sharksfin’ soup that are on sale that only cost as little as $2.00 per bowl. The taste is similarly cooked as in Sharksfin soup.

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Jul-23-08

Love and Berry is the New Fad

posted by constance

When I was little, I loved to play with paper dolls. I would draw a doll frame on a card, with arms and legs all in just their outline. The features drawn on the main doll are just the facial area. The body is left blank because the best part is to have the clothings drawn in as many designs as possible to dress up the dolls. The only thing that is attached to the body would be just flaps that are drawn and cut to fold over the doll frames to secure them.

Kids these day are very lucky. They don’t play with homemade dolls, toys anymore. Even dressing up dolls are all either printed or interactive. My elder daughter loves to play on the interactive Love and Berry machines that can be found in Zone X game arcades.

Lea on a Love and Berry Machine

These games can be pretty costly too, at S$1.50 per game. A card is released and with the card she has collected, she can dress up the dolls and collect more clothings or accessories too. I took some pictures of the cards she got on a single day of playing it. Each game (not sure how it is played, actually) is played by combining up to different combinations of hairdo and makeup, dress/clothings and foot wears. I suppose after dressing up the dolls do a dance?

Top: The card collection Below: The back of the cards

I also found out that these cards are so popular that one can also have them auctioned off at a higher price. Wow..

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Jul-22-08

Japanese Product

posted by constance

In one of the arcade games, I won something which was puzzling for me. Look at the snapshots here. When I got this reward, I asked the fella at the counter what it was. He told me perhaps it was a lunch box. So I went home happy that I got a new lunchbox for Rae.

As soon as I got home, I took the product out from its packaging and looked at it. It was weird. When fixed up, it looked like a boat or something of a moat. There was a separate piece that looked like a cup, which was fair enough. But the main feature, the ‘boat’ had a place for batteries and a button.. I tried to look at the back of the box but it was all written in Japanese so I had no idea what this is for.

Above: The Box – front and instructions at the back

I decided to ask Kacang, my online friend who lives in Japan and married with a Japanese family. She could read Japanese and told me that it is a device for cold noodles. White noodles are placed in the ‘moat’ area and the cup is for the ‘broth’ or seasoning. The button is suppose to keep the noodles cool, she told me.. Oh how interesting. So if I don’t eat cold noodles, what can I do with this then.. Any suggestions? Anyone. Please help give me some ideas ya…LOL

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Jul-22-08

Kelisa Seen

posted by constance

The Malaysian made cars are not common in Singapore but it is gaining popularity. Perhaps it is because the price it is sold in Singapore is way too high than it’s value due to the COE pricing owners have to pay. (COE = Certificate of Entitlement which car owners in Sg must pay before he is allowed to buy a car). COE prices used to be really high (tens of thousands) and mine which was in early 90s was about $25k or so. This does not include car price, as a matter of fact, so you can imagine how much a car will cost after you add up COE + Car Price. Thus, we seldom see the Protos nor the Peroduas on the roads. But rising petrol prices have prompted many to purchase cheaper cars like those made in china and also now Malaysian cars come in a handful too.

I saw this Kelisa which had the ‘just passed’ plate. In Malaysia, those who had just obtained their driving license will display a P plate but in Sg they display an Orange Triangle in a Yellow Box plate. This car owner is also a practical person.. He/She opted for weekend car instead of a regular car. Weekend cars have red registered plates. It is slightly cheaper in COE costs as well as Road taxes too. It is practical for those who takes the efficient public transport to work to avoid petrol hikes, and hefty car park charges. With a weekend car plate, one can only drive the car from 7pm evening till 7am morning, half day on Saturday and full day on Sundays and Public holidays. I find it a practical move. But it will not work for me since I need the car transport on weekdays more to shuttle my girls to and fro school and clasess/activities.

I find this Kelisa really cute. Although the design is being rumoured to take the likes of minis, it think it is still very adorable. This one i saw is has a White body and Black top is awesome.. the driver also dressed up the car with lots of decals. He is also very proud of Singapore! (note the two Singapore flag decals)

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Jul-20-08

Minor or Major Injury

posted by constance

On Friday, I was shocked that my girl had some dried blood stains on her wrist and some part of her arms. She revealed that she had cut her fingers on some broken glass that she picked up. Apparently the glass fragments were from a bottle of soap that was on sale in their school book store. I was a little bit angry that if that had happened and she had been to the general office for dressing, why was there no telephone calls to me at all, by a teacher or any staff of the school. What if the accident had caused some splinters to have entered into some part of the wound. That would have been dangerous. Although I didn’t bring this issue up because i didn’t want to put pressure to her class teacher, I thought perhaps the school should have informed me about it. If it was something minor I could have understood but a cut from a broken glass is not a minor issue to me.

Sometimes accidents do happen too especially to employees or workers at work site. Who is responsible when instances like that occur? In US, I know of serious accidents involved million dollar settlements like those handled by Chicago personal injury lawyers.

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Jul-20-08

Healthy Eating

posted by constance

Lately, I have been eating more fruits. Perhaps it was because the fruits are really abundant and cheap now or it is in season. When I go to the supermarkets, I see dragon fruits, longans, lychees, cruncy fuji apples, nectarines, melons, cherries, golden kiwis and lots and lots of durians too. I have not eaten durians for a while and I only eat them when I feel like it. It is not really my favourite fruit and also if I eat them, I worry about pimples all the time. I didn’t have as much facial worries growing up but lately this year, I find that certain foods will cause me to have an outbreak. When this happens, I worry that even the best acne creams might not work on me.


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Jul-20-08

Sushi Fever

posted by constance

Rae has taken a liking to eating sushi lately. It was during one dinner trip to Sakae Sushi that she tried out a simple sushi with seaweed and crabstick meat in them. It could probably be because the rice tastes slightly sweeter than ordinary rice. Rae dislikes eating rice most of the time but she loves Calrose rice. I buy Calrose rice at home most of the time because not only do the kids prefer it, it also tastes nicer to use it for porridge.

Below: Converter Belt Sushi / Corn Sushi

Rae’s been pestering us to bring her to sushi bars whenever we go out for dinner. She loves to pick sushis from the converter belts and I usually explain to her what are in each sushi. I don’t encourage her to eat with raw fillings or sashimi plates because I really don’t know how her tummy takes to it. I get her mostly the little ones like cucumber, crabstick, corn, unagi and egg.

Below: Rae enjoying a Buds Mango Ice Cream / Green Frogs – Sakae Sushi’s icon?

Lea is also learning to eat them because she wants to be just like sis! Of course what they really like at the end of the day at the sushi bar is that they get to pick out a little dessert.

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Jul-20-08

NZ Nectarines

posted by constance

The nectarines were selling quite cheap the other day and I couldn’t resist buying them. They were opened just fresh out of the carton box by the supermarket staff and I was the only one there. I picked 4 and placed it in the bag. Have yet to try them yet, but it sure looked sweet. These nectarines are imported from New Zealand.. These ones are white fleshed and are usually less acidic and slightly sweeter than the yellow skinned ones. Although nectarines are considered peaches as well but nectarines are named such when the skin is smoother and smaller in size than the peaches variety. Also the skin of the peach is somewhat fuzzy. I love my peaches/nectarines with vanilla ice cream as in Peach Melba.. yummy.

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Jul-20-08

I Love Kois

posted by constance

I love watching kois. It is something that I find relaxing. I can be sitting next to the pond for hours just to observe them. I do not have a pond, otherwise I’d get some kois. The are not suitable for the home aquarium. Kois are such lovely fishes. Each day when I send and pick up my girls, I’d be heading to the koi pond that both schools have and look at them. I took these pics of the kois that are in the pond in the school foyer. They are so beautiful and very active. Each time when people go near or sit by the side, these kois get very energetic and splashes water. I think they probably think they are going to be fed. They’d be following you as you walk and comes up in large groups with their mouth opening and close and trying to get the best spot in front of you. These are amazing fishes!

There are koi’s contest every now and then and they are judge by their shape, patterns, colour and health. The koi’s colour and health are also being determined by the kind of diet it is fed, I once read. See how beautiful these kois in the pictures are. They are so energetic too!

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