Friday, May 30, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Dinner plans for tonight is to celebrate belated-mother's day and father's day with Terence's family. So using the Origami bugs kit I 'received' from Jorina last year for my birthday, I sat down with Kai to make a mother's day card for my MIL and my mum.
For the butterfly: I folded the paper, and helped him press the crease down.
For the card: I drew the flower and holding his hand, 'filled' in the colours. Then i gave him the pen to draw freely on the card to give it that 'abstract' look. He got a little upset with me when I stuck the butterfly on the cover. Heh!
For the inside: I held his hand, and helped him 'write' the greetings. Then I gave him another coloured pen to complete the abstract look.
Voila! Two personalised cards for our mums made by Kai on our behalf.
Note: Notice the smudge on the "grand-popo" card? He personalised it further with his saliva. I'll definitely let me mum know.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Silly me, forgot all about the liquids rule for hand carry luggage. Or at least, only remembered to pack the comfort items (i.e. hand moisturiser, lip balm, lip stick) in the plastic bag. But forgot that my beauty items (i.e. toner, cleanser, face moisturiser), which I usually check in have to fit into the plastic bag too.
So the customs guy threw away some stuff, then somebody say: "Would you like to check it in instead?" Then it was a flurry of activities, staff were helping to pick up the stuff that got thrown away, wipe the items dry (yes, they were dripping with some sort of a liquid), apologised for getting them wet, checked their watches to see if I could still check the bag in, apologised again, etc.
No one scolded me. No one rolled their eyes (I would have). Everyone was so nice. I feel so guilty!
I give the customs staff at the Budget Terminal a thumbs up for customer service.
Friday, May 16, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The latest outlet is at Playground@BigSplash and... they've got cheap (SHH!!!) otoro sushi. Now, otoro is the choicest, most oily and therefore best part of the tuna belly. So Terence fell off his chair when he saw it was priced at S$(call me to find out). The picture I have above definitely does not do justice to the grade of otoro they serve at this Sushi Tei outlet.
Another of our favourite is the beef kaminabe ^ with the spicy soup. It's hot, it's tasty and they serve it with very well-marbled beef. (We took out the beef from the pot, so it won't cook till it's too well done silly.)
And the wine, it's S$7 a glass for their house pour. Don't turn up your nose at the word "house pour". They have been serving us French wine the last two occasions we were there. I'm not saying they serve French=expensive wine at cheap prices. There are very affordable French wines, which are very easy on the palate and the restaurant seemed to have picked really good ones as house pours.
I know there are some bloggers who've been complaining about the food at this particular outlet. Perhaps because Terence and I are not the conveyor belt sushi pickers, we've managed to shortlist quite a few items that we like. C'mon, even Terence is a convert so what does it say about the place. Try it; let us know!
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We love the Pecel Kediri ^, which is basically vegetables topped with some peanut sauce and killer peanut/herb crackers.
We mopped up the sauce of the Ayam Bumbu Rujak ^ (chicken curry?) with our rice. And because I was a sucker for ginger drinks, I ordered some fancy-named warm ginger drink that came with peanuts and some funky looking herbs/ingredients. It was nice!
Trying to coordinate the meeting based on the feeding and sleeping patterns of Baby Kate and Terror Kai was harrowing, but both sets of parents pulled through.
It is set up by the folks at Wild Rocket at Mount Emily, and is situated in the chic, nicely renovated Cluny Court. Love the setting; ambivalent about the food. I suppose you would tuck in the burgers with relish if you're really hungry or if you're game to try their creative burger-concoctions. But other than that, there's very little reason for a return visit.
And finally, je te presente Baby Kate et mama Sharon!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
It's the Hawaii of the East, and we're staying at the Sheraton Haikou Resort. I'm going to just veg, and only worry about the rising cost of sunscreen (check out Joy's blog on rising prices). Plan is to go running in the morning, eat breakfast, kiss husband goodbye before he attends his conference, chill at the pool or private beach, go get a massage.
Basically, PD's diagnosis was similar to Terence's earlier conclusion: Viral fever. But somehow, hearing from the 'real' expert AND with medicine in hand makes our parents feel better. And finally, Kai's torso broke out in rash--in line with symptoms of a viral fever.
I'm just exhausted from the whole episode. (So single, female journalist who writes about how nice it feels to be a mother only after spending a few days with her niece and nephews don't know s#$% about what real parenthood involves.)
Saturday, May 10, 2008
I pestered Terence to buy our own Macpac Possum (which came with its own 'sad' adventure) because if not, I argued, we would be wasting the wonderful outdoors of the Grampians.
After the Great Ocean Road, we took almost a day (with breaks in between) to drive up towards the Grampians. Terence took the recommendation of the Lonely Planet guide and booked us into our second cottage--D'Altons Resort. It is the rustic version of the luxurious cottage at Apollo Bay, and it's great in a outdoorsy, rough-it-out kinda way.
Kai loves Thomas the Tank Engine, so on the third day in Melbourne we made a day trip to the Dandenong ranges to ride on the Puffing Billy--a working steam engine.