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22 December 2007

At Sho-U

Had an awesome time (plus Christmas gift exchange) with Karen, Mendy, Celeste and Sushi at Sho-U, The Central. 

 Karen's gorgeous nails =)

*This backdated entry was posted on 4 Jan 2013

12 December 2007

I'm moving

I'm moving... will update! :D

And I'm back! XD

This entry was originally an entry to inform that I'm moving to a new site on Multiply.com... however I did not update any more entry upon shifting, and currently (today is 26 December 2012 as I update this entry) Multiply.com is closing down.

In mid-December 2012, I came to look at this blog again... Over the years since I last updated this blog in 2007, I've been updating pictures of food and other stuff in my Facebook and Instagram instead. I've also been changing my blogs from sweetheavens, etc (that time when I had, like, 6 blogs concurrently XD) to livejournal, then a blog on my job switch to being a teacher, and then jumped once again to another blog on my newer role as a clueless mother embarking motherhood... and now I think it's time to come back to my much neglected food blog. Afterall, mostly I have been taking photos of food... although now, my baby's photos are far exceeding!

Sigh, I regret to say that some of the old entries have to be removed as the picture links have gone bad and don't point to the pictures anymore... and some entries were without pictures at all! I wonder what happened to the pictures... have I removed their links? It was so long ago, I just can't remember!

So finally I'm back, and I'll be updating the blog with backdated entries, using pics from my Facebook and Instagram. I will also update about my baby (currently the love of my life, I guess that's how all new first-time mums feel!) here, so I'll stop updating all my other blogs and concentrate on one blog here.

Stay tuned! ♥

Note: Every entry between 12/12/07 and 26/12/12 is updated after 26/12/12 and backdated accordingly. =)

03 May 2007

Bridal Package Hunt

Here's a narration on our hunt for our most ideal bridal package, and the happenings along the way... and my frank opinions on what I encountered.

Our first experience on negotiating for bridal package was at the most recent BOWS... get to learn about packages from Thomson Wedding Design and The Wedding News over there. It was our first ever experience and before that we have never been visiting any bridal studios with friends or siblings or friends etc before. I didn't know what a bridal package normally covers and just started learning from scratch via talking to the coordinators there. Everything I know about getting married, signing up a bridal package, etc... is from the SgBrides forum!

We wanted to go and find out about the offers from more bridal studios but already took too much time at the 3 booths we went in to talk to. Also went to the Stefine booth cos he was quite interested in the flash animated love story... but that's not cheap at all! In fact, our budget's quite tight now...

My worse experience at BOWS 2007 was at the Seletar Broadway booth... I was dragged into the booth by one uncle and initially a young lady attended to us, but when we wanted to leave, another more senior lady joined her to persuade us. They were super pushy and wouldn't let us leave! Furthermore, they kept claiming that they are the best and everyone who walked around would go back to them so... why not just sign on the spot? Kaoz! We didn't think much people will sign up with them lor. And I had to verbally fight our way through to get outta that booth!!!

"If you are so confident that everyone will come back to sign at your booth, then might as well let us go, if you are so good and so confident, you won't worry that we won't come back one right??" And the more senior lady (think is the lady boss?) still told us need not consider so much, just sign. I told her that we wanna go back and discuss about it first, and she told us not to leave the booth. She said we could just discuss in the booth and make the decision on the spot. I shot back at her, "We still prefer to discuss about this in privacy..." and walked off! The people there are super pushy till I find it kinda scary!!!

On the other hand, my first experiences negotiating about BS package with Thomson and Wedding News were good. They were nice and friendly yet not pushy.

One fine Sunday afternoon... we went to Tanjong Pagar Road and went back to Wedding News where we were shown their gowns and Ken showed us some photos before and after editing too. I totally love Ken's photography style! All the nature around the couples, greenery and sea, the natural expressions, candid poses... I love his pics so much! And his friendliness put us at ease too.

Then we went to Di Gio where Casey immediately let me try on 3 bridal gowns (for my first time ever!) which fitted my plump figure very well and I was very impressed! His service was excellent and we liked the album layout and the acrylic album covers as well. I still prefer Ken's photography, but I love the gowns at Di Gio and the designer Casey really impressed me.

Our last stop that day was at Yvonne Creative which I wanted to check out at BOWS but spent too much time fighting at Seletar Broadway that we didn't get to.

Yvonne Creative's staff was nice at the beginning. The gowns are nice, but we were super unimpressed by their photos... the contrast and vibrancy not there. Guess our expectation pushed too high up after seeing Ken's splendid photography (Wedding News). Towards the end the staff turned pushy she kept saying they are "designer brand", so must be compared with other designer brands like Milan etc, and cannot be compared with common brands like Di Gio etc. I was rather disgusted by her tone, and then she started rushing us to sign on the spot before we leave... we didn't of course. Her attitude totally turned us off!!!

I work in the west of Singapore so one evening after work I went to IMM with 2 girlfriends to browse around and enquired about the packages at DoubleUp and E-Bridal... the uncle (DoubleUp) and auntie (E-Bridal) there were great salespersons and made their packages sound very nice and very attractive... but I wasn't impressed by them at all, cos have seen so much better at Wedding News and Di Gio.

Finally we signed up at My Bridal Room (MBR)... forum friend Jonathan recommended MBR to me first. Coming from a guy who's experienced in wedding planning, I wouldn't doubt his choice. I checked out MBR in SgBrides forum and saw lots of raves, so told him that I wanna at least go down to MBR and take a look before deciding (we like both Wedding News' photography and Di Gio's gowns and service, and have already discussed about their packages in depth, such as how much more we have to budget if we want extra pages, extra poses, all photos' softcopy returned, etc). I was thinking that we could also take a look at Bridal Concept (which we didn't get to visit in the end) since it's around the same area.

Uncle Quek attended to us and threw in lots of stuff that we asked for into our package, such as hotpressed album, acrylic album cover, more pages and more poses, all softcopies returned etc... our package actually added up to be rather pricey in the end, but we were happy about the contents of our package, and we thought Sam's photography is reasonably good too. At that point of time (first visit to MBR), we still love Ken's photography... we uber like his friendliness and natural candid style. But now I'm sure Sam can do a very good job for us after seeing fellow MBR bride (and fellow Multiply.com BTB) Verene's photos. Uncle Quek is very warm and sincere, and we really feel at home at MBR. After some discussion, we decided to sign the package on the spot, saving ourselves the hassle of going to other bridal studios to bargain, plus thinking hard to make the decision later. So MBR is our final decision.

We already went to MBR for our first appointment last Sunday, and the designer Sandra was really great and helpful! I brought my younger bro and his girlfriend along, and told him how lucky he was to have a sis like me to always help him along the way... he never had to pick up things from scratch because I'm always there to help lay his path out nicely for him... will super duper miss him when I gotta move outta parents' home!! Anyway yea, tried on some gowns which didn't fit me as I'm still fat. But we've settled with our designs and Sandra has been wonderful, helping us visualise the gowns and now I can't wait to see my gowns... both MTM so really gotta wait!

While hunting for our bridal package, I surfed SgBrides forum a lot and found out about which are the bridal studios that are more ranted about or raved about among the BTBs. The plan was that we would just go to the more raved-about ones and save the hassle to talk to those pushy ones or with many complaints. SgBrides forum did help me a lot, and I'm a very happy BTB now because I'm assured that with my comprehensive bridal package from MBR, we are definitely in good hands, and I'm going to enjoy all my fitting and photography sessions. (^_^)v

*first published in Multiply.com and migrated over here on 12 January 2013

21 April 2007

Mummy's Cooking 5

Actually I took lots of pics between the entry titled Mummy's Cooking 4 and now. But just that I never had the time to edit and upload and it's been so long that I don't even remember where I saved those piccy files! =/

Anyway yea, my new job keeps me in office till late, so currently can't find the time to cook again. Luckily I have a wonderful mum who'd cook all the nicest stuff for us.

I always look forward to going home for dinner, no matter how late I have to stay in office... Love mummy's cooking lots! And dreading the day when I'm gonna move out. Will definitely miss mum's cooking plenty. =(


30 March 2007

Last free weekday

Today is Friday. Starting work next Monday. *boohoo* So giving my baby bro one last breakfast treat before my break ends. Uber pamper him wor!!

Wanted to go out and buy lunch but thinking I won't get to cook much again after today, so ended up cooking something simple for myself. =)

Those 3 pieces on the chopping board are mock chicken bits. Keke~ Too bad no more green peas etc left in the fridge! And halfway through my lunch then I realised I've forgotten the egg! But nevermind, I already had egg during breakfast. Keke~ (^_^)

29 March 2007

Food from past few days

25 March 2007
Met Keelyn to watch Phantom of the Opera and we had lunch at Sakae Sushi prior to the musical.

26 March 2007
Met my dear cute cousin to walk around at JP, and she treated me to dinner at Swenson's! :D

27 March 2007
Having dinner with Rachel and Charlene at JP's Banquet foodcourt after Belly Blitz at Amore.

28 March 2007
Lunching with dearest Huiling at JP's Kopitiam foodcourt, then had coffee together at McCafe~

After facial with dear Keelyn last evening, we met Mr Pilot King and went to Lau Pa Sat.

I think this entry made Mr Pilot King seems like a real pilot who just returned from Japan! LOL~ Please don't be bluffed... =X And I had hot milk tea last night. Keke~

29 March 2007
Terrible cramps this morning. =( I ate a slice of bread and drank 1/2 cup of coffee... but ended up puking everything out. I was in pain the whole morning till afternoon, and kept vomiting everything that went in. Even plain water. Was feeling so dehydrated, dizzy, and helpless... all alone at home and too weak to even walk. Eventually I managed to fall asleep after struggling for a long time in excruciating pain... and woke up a while later feeling much better. Now? I'm just amazed I'm still not hungry yet. Haha!

27 March 2007

French toasties

Currently in my MSN display name:
I just made little bite-size french toasties with a chopped up hotdog bun... :D

Yea I did! Not really tiny bite-size (I have a big mouth =X) but I tore the hotdog bun into 6 pieces and dipped them in a bowl of beaten egg... and then fry them in a nonstick pan with a little tiny bit of margarine.

Although I don't think they really look that appetizing in them. Haha~ I must be hungry. =P

26 March 2007

I cooked udon soup

Watched Phantom of the Opera yesterday at Esplanade with my dear friend Keelyn. After the fantastic musical, we went to shop around briefly at Raffles City and in the end I bought some ingredients to cook dinner for dear and myself as his parents were not in. =)

This meal cost me 15 bucks to get those ingredients, excluding the boiled egg which was raided from his fridge. :P I stir-fried the fresh shiitake mushrooms a bit, then added water and let it boil for a while, then added the golden mushrooms and bring it to boil again before adding the 2 packets of soup seasoning that came with the 2 packets of udon, each of individual serving. Added the udon last and also boiled an egg separately, just to add colour... and protein. :D

The soup base was good and after all those boiling, can taste the mushrooms in the yummy soup too! The croquettes were baked in oven as instructed on the packaging. They were crispy on the outside and very soft inside after I've baked them twice the intended amount of time (after the first time I find them still too soft to be served), and too bland so in the end we added a small dish of soy sauce. Besides that, it was a great meal and we enjoyed it a lot. (^_^)v

A little extra (or you can consider it a bonus): Today's breakfast... Last night was spent watching Prison Break with dear after dinner at his place till late. Dear dropped me off at Yishun MRT station this morning on his way to work, and I had breakfast alone before I took a train home.

I... put too much soy sauce on the eggs. =/

23 March 2007

Today's breakfast with baby bro

It's 8:10am right now. Edited these pics right after my baby bro left home for work. =) Enjoy~

Actually we are very pampered kids. Normally our breakfast (the usual and simple 2 slices of bread with margarine only) is prepared early in the morning by our daddy one lor... =P Only this month I'm not working so I prepare my own breakfast... and created a whole variety of it! Keke~

My break will be over soon *sigh* thus lesser chances to cook after this month ended. *dreads* Can't I just be a housewife and do nothing but stay at home and cook? (and do housework of course...) I envy all housewives!!

22 March 2007

Sharon's Place + More

On Monday I returned from dear's place in the morning and on the way home I bought lunch from Jurong East... yummy lunch!

Then yesterday I went to my secondary school ECA buddy Sharon's new place to cook lunch for her! It's my first time to her new place... haven't visited her after her marriage and this time round I get to visit in the day because she's on maternity leave! Her little baby was so adorable... I kept carrying her around. Keke~ Glad I managed to visit her and play with her little girl before the adorable little Zoe is sent to the enfant school, where she'll be at when Sharon and her hubby's both at work.

Took lots of pics so here's a little miscellaneous before the food pics come! :D

She was kept busy after lunch while I carried baby Zoe around until it was time for tea! She was so busy washing up, doing her laundry, hanging up clothes, washing the plenty of nappy cloth as her little girl kept peeing and peeing (and while I was there she poo'ed once too!). LOL~ How I wish I'm a little baby still, then all I do in the day is drink milk, sleep and pee (plus poo)! =X Alright, enough daydreaming from me... and here's our lunch!!

Returned from her place after 6pm for dinner at home and mum kept dinner for bro and I. :D

One last one before I go... today's breakfast! (^_^)v

Toasted bread with a bit of margarine (on one slice only) melted into it... Toasted till a beautiful golden brown colour and a nice crispy texture. A bit of the fat-free mayonaise on the "roasted" mock goose slices (no oil added!). Well, I don't always eat such sinful breakfast. =P And I love wholemeal bread~ Yum!!

19 March 2007

Over the past few days

15 March 2007: Dinner with Cherlyn at Thai Express (Plaza Singapura). I had the vegetable char kway teow which really only have veggies and kway teow. LOL~

One free bowl of yellow curry veggies when using Citibank card!

16 March 2007: I organized a mini supper gathering for my primary school classmates, especially some whom we haven't met for a long while... and I didn't expect that some of them actually bought a Swenson's ice cream cake for me!!! *touched*

And of course... how could we skip the sedap nasi lemak despite the fullness from the cake and the long long queue? :D

17 March 2007: Dinner gathering with my girlfriends at Jurong Point's The Pizza Place on the third level. =) The food's not bad.

I had the baked tomato fettuccine. :D

18 March 2007: Last night's dinner with dear and his bro at the vegetarian eatery at Hougang - 紫菜蛋花汤,清炒芥兰,柠檬鸡,麦片虾。

Yummy 斋煮炒!! And value for money too!~

Some of the homecooked meals at home for the past few days. =)

I'd definitely miss my parents and mum's cooking once I have to *dreads* move outta home. I simply adore mum's cooking!

Miscellaneous! A yummy cake from my parents~

Taken at home on my birthday on 12th March. (^_^)v

17 March 2007

"Mee-kia" for lunch

Yea, I cooked again. =) Lazy to type, just enjoy the pics! :D

Realised the noodles' not mixed properly in the sauce before those shots were taken... *oops* =X *LOL*

13 March 2007

2 hotdog buns for breakfast

And so I transformed them into hotdogs!

Hee~ I normally eat the hotdog buns plain with margarine only as in hurry to work... but since I'm not working in this month, I get to make real hotdogs for myself! :D

Last night mummy told me there were 2 hotdog buns left and ask if I wanna eat them for breakfast. I normally just take whatever kind of bread there is at home for breakfast... that's what everyone of us in this family does. But I guess since I'm no longer working, mummy does know that sometimes I go out and eat out etc. But I was telling her oh well, yup I'll eat them! And guess what? She knows I'm into making more "outstanding" breakfast these days when alone at home, so she said she'll leave 2 of those mock hotdog sausagesto defroze in the fridge so I can eat them this morning. Yay!!! Mummy is the best~ :D

And then I digged out an egg from the fridge too... (why do I always seem to make my fridge sounds like such a messy place that I had to dig things out? The fact is that our fridge at home is one of the neatest I've ever seen... definitely a lot neater than my messy room! =P)


Oh, and I'd be back to post pics of food taken in Bintan where I've just returned from yesterday. :D

09 March 2007

I cooked again for lunch

Yea! I love it that I don't have to work... and get to stay at home alone in the day~ Cos I get to cook and cook and use the kitchen whole day long, and mum won't be around to nag me! Keke~ =P Not like she'd nag at me lah... But just that she always has a lot to comment when I'm in her kitchen. LOL~

Cooked scrambled egg for breakfast and just cooked again for lunch! I had flour vermicelli (mee-sua) in cabbage soup. (^_^)v Enjoy~

Saw the bottle of chilli meant for chicken rice one... it's homemade by mum's friend and love it lot so couldn't resist dishing out a bit, just for the kick of it! :D

And some miscellaneous pics from past few days~

Simple dinner at MOS on 6th March... tried the souffle as I've not tried it before. Not bad but nothing too spectacular too and guess I won't probably get it again.

And also vegetarian chicken rice for lunch (late late lunch at 3pm) on 7th March. Bought some kiddy snacks for my baby bro and myself too! =)

Hearty breakfasts

Here are my breakfasts for the past few days... (all taken with my phone camera at Pioneer Mall's 口福 foodcourt)

5 March - vegetarian beehoon (with veggies & egg & fried tofu balls) and kopi (yes~ I love kopi!)
6 March - kaya toasted bun set (the 2 eggs were still heating up in the red container)
7 March - vegetarian wanton meepok (bought back by bro after he visited doc, not in picture)
8 March - kaya toasted french loaf set (with my bro who was on MC and he had his fave teh-si)

And here is today's breakfast!!!

I cooked western-style scrambled egg for the first time!! I know it's simple but I've never tried it before... most of the times I cook chinese omelette style or sometimes sunny-side-up. Today I tried beating an egg with some fresh milk and "frying" with a bit of margarine over slow fire on a small nonstick saucepan till fluffy and nice.

Success! (^_^)v

Added cucumber... leftover ingredient from yesterday's potato salad.

And finally dressed the sandwich up a bit with some some tomato ketchup!

Ready to be eaten... How does it look? =)~~

Yum!!! :D Ooooh~ How I love wholemeal bread!!

The last piccy looks a bit different cos taken with my phone camera while the rest taken with digital camera... why take with phone camera leh? Cos I wanna MMS to my baby bro and tempt him! Wahahaha~ I'm a terrible sister. =X