Sunday, November 14, 2010
Unfolding June's Folder
Octa Hotel after work
I met up with reg babe after work one day at Octa Hotel. It was my first time there as I didn't join her and karen the other time.
Octa Hotel is a misnomer since it isn't a hotel. Instead, it's a cafe cum shop à la Japanese-Parisian fashion.
[Photos courtesy of karen who snapped them the other time]
The place looks so quaint and pretty, it's definitely a cute little hang out for the gals to bond over delightful tea and cakes. Once you set foot in there, you could almost assume the role of an aristocratic lady (or an atas tai tai in local lingo), sipping fine tea from exquisite tea cups and adopting an accent so high class the unseasoned ears cannot discern.
With the atas tai tai in mind, Octa Hotel offers in-house designed apparel, intricate accessories, unique bags, homewares and many others imported from all over Europe in their boutique section.
The menu isn't extensive especially since we were there for dinner instead of tea.
I forgot which main dish belonged to whom for we shared them. The Parisian hotdog looked so good but never judge a hotdog from the way it looked. The taste was alright and the bread was so hard, it was impossible to slice through it with a knife. I kept sawing at it only to penetrate till the crust. Hence, I tried biting bits of bread off, feeling pain in my incisors thereafter. The triangular piece of bread up there was very hard too but at least it was thinner and easier to bite off.
I feedbacked to the staff about the bread and I really hope they do something about it.
reg said the mushroom soup was good the last time she tried but it wasn't as good that evening. The royal milk tea was frothy and creamy. I liked that quite a lot, only that I accidentally added too much sugar.
A parting shot of us
She gave me a belated birthday gift in the form of a comme des garcons T shirt.
While I usually see people clad in the iconic single heart logo T shirt, I actually like the play bird series with black birds which resemble the crow --a bad omen-- leaning a little towards the unconventional which I'm absolutely fond of.
Thank you babe, for knowing my taste!
The Cellar Door with bei & xtina
xtina wanted to meet us and have a last group photo taken with us before she shaved her head for the Hair for Hope event the following month. We decided to meet up at Vivocity for dinner and bei suggested The Cellar Door.
As its name suggests, The Cellar Door is a supplier of wine and is also one of Singapore’s top cheese and gourmet food wholesalers in addition to having its very own acclaimed restaurant & delicatessen.
We didn't have any wine coz we weren't really in a wine-sipping mood. The food was deliciously healthy. Who says health and taste do not go together?
I lurve the shaved ham and the sauce that drizzled in between. The bread was a tad hard though. After encountering an aching incisor the night before (from devouring the hot dog bun), I wasn't quite ready for another round of bread biting. Have I already mentioned that I've got very weak teeth?
When I feedbacked to the waiter about the bread, bei giggled at me and said the bread was meant to be like that and that I should not have asked them not to toast it too much the next time. But, my teeth seriously could not take it.
My teeth would crumble like dinosaurs' bones after this.
bz bz bei on the phone for work
xtina trying not to look sad
We decided to arrange a lounging and dipping in the pool session at bei's house during the day time for we haven't once been to her place in the day. That would be the very last time we would see her beautiful house for her family would be shifting.
The impromptu prawning session
One Friday night after work, I checked my hp only to see 2 of my bimbos asking if I was gain to join them for a late night prawning session.
Thinking that the whole jin gang was there, I hurriedly rushed home to change into comfy T-shirt and shorts and scooted off to Hai Bin U Enterprise at Bishan even though I had to work early the next day.
The whole jin gang wasn't there but half of them were, plus two other of gera's frenz who were friendly peeps.
It was a fruitful prawning session. Tiffy caught so many prawns; she was practically casting her line and plucking prawns from the hook every other 5 minutes while jq and I who were flanked on her left and right respectively just stared befuddled at the whole scene.
After that, I got lucky and started catching quite a few. I even caught the biggest one. [Refer to the one with the biggest head in the photo that says "prawn monster".]
From experience, freshwater prawns NEVER EVER tasted good when bbq-ed at the place itself for there was no seasoning available. However, nobody wanted to bring the prawns home so we had to bbq and eat the prawns there and then.
Fortunately for us, someone left a packet of salt by the pit and so we had a fun time "marinating" and cooking the prawns. The prawns were sooooooo good! That was the best bbq freshwater prawns I've ever eaten.
jq always does funny things when we least expect...
The dog there gave birth to a litter of 3 and I managed to "catch" one innocent-looking puppy which could remain still and not appear blurry for the camera to capture w/o flash. I strongly believe in refraining from using flash on animals.
Smiley puppy left its dirty paw print on my thigh
It is obligatory that I post this coz tiffy and gera said I had to announce on my blog that wet tissues are definite life-savers in grimey situations like catching, bbq-ing and eating prawns.
Father's Day dinner
It's funny how mummies are always pampered on Mother's Day and birthdays but daddies are conveniently forgotten.
My dad is one no frills man. Whenever we want to arrange an elaborate dinner, he would insist on eating zi char at some smokey hawker centres or coffeeshops.
Everyone loves eating zi char so nobody would insist otherwise too. We ate at this place which my parents termed as "Serangoon block 151".
It was such a long wait that every dish tasted delicious due to our sheer hunger. As usual, I would always call the shots for greens and so my favourite dishes are the simple stir fried dou miao with garlic and the broccoli with scallops. Oh, but I do love the toufu minced meat and beans as well as the salted egg crab too.
My dad used to look sleepy-eyed for flash photography so he decided to deal with this by opening his eyes real big and asking whoever's behind the camera if he looked sleepy before snapping. The result was looking like Joker from Batman.
My dad wanted to pose with a thumbs up to say that the food was good so my mum had no choice but to follow suit. *LoLz*
While my 2 sisters didn't wanna join us coz they think it makes no sense taking photos at the "Petwalk" sign.
1st ever departmental lunch at New York New York
It was the first time the dept was at its biggest and so we requested for permission to have a longer lunch out to hold a farewell lunch of our temporary 小弟 and 小妹 staff.
Sigh... The longer I work here, the greater the age gap between the temp staff and me. The next batch would be born in the 90s! My gawd.
I feel so blessed to have such nice colleagues in the Eng Dept.
A splashing good time
The long awaited R&R day has finally arrived. I can't believe how we could all meet up on my weekday off! Thanx bei and xtina for arranging your schedule to fit.
Lounging around indoors... being surrounded by water and lush greenery all around really soothes the soul.
Love you gals!
Attempting a quirky arty shot... bleah... failed miserably.
After that, we went to chill on the jetty in the backyard. Only then did I realise that the water was crystal clear and small fishes could be seen darting about the rocks. I guessed we talked and laughed too loudly for the next moment, people opposite came peeking out of their windows. This ang mo set up his deck chair opposite and spied us spying on him.
Time for splashing fun! It was just the 2 of us as bei had to prepare for a dinner event in the evening.
Could you see that it was an infinity edge pool on the other side? It looked like we were swimming in the jetty!
What fun a fallen flower could bring!
bei was all dressed up...
... while we warmed ourselves and got ready to shower
After that, we went our separate ways and I met up with tiffy at vivo for a very belated birthday dinner.
We decided on Marché.
I haven't had Marché in at least 2 years and I miss their rosti and savory crepe. Yes, I know that it's really easy to make rosti but I just wanna eat rosti can? Tiffy recommended their pork knuckles which was supposedly good but I personally don't quite like pork knuckles after taking a few bites of it. For drinks, we ordered root beer for it seems to me that it is almost a ritual to wash your food down with Bundaberg rootbear at Marché.
My camera battery died and the following shots of us were taken using i-phone photo apps
BFF since 7 years old!
She bore an uncanny resemblance to Ah Ya (阿雅) that evening with her hair all tied up.
I know she doesn't like to be called 阿雅 but she's really cute and funny as a host in Guess Guess Guess (我猜我猜我猜猜猜). The show is just different w/o her around.
My reaction when I opened the bag was "WAH! Why you gimme so many things?"
And she said something along the lines of coz I deserved it and that there's no price tag to friendship.
[Tiffy, what exactly was it that you said?]
I lurve how smooth Estee Lauder Perfectionist makes the skin feels.
The coach lanyard is currently strapped around my neck during working hours.
I haven't used the Slatkin & Co Island Margarita as well as the CyberWhite mask but the refreshing lime cocktail scent of the former is currently perfuming my wardrobe unwittingly.
2nd batch of gifts which she gave me the next time we met up after her Japan trip. I think she's really crazy but I do love crazy people.
Outfit for the day
I paired the edgey print shirt reg gave me with a girly frilly skirt. It's a clash but do I look as if I care?
The story of EOA Day & the kitties that accosted me
Whenever I walk to the bus stop, I would cut across the playground in the estate.
And whenever there were these 2 particular cats around, I would be accosted by them.
Here goes the 1st part of the story:
curled up on the sit up bench
"goreng goreng" my feet
leapt up again
purred non stop in a cute gurgling manner
gave an affectionate rub to my hand
and then pretend to look so cute
Then, it decided to follow me as I walked, stopping as I stopped and trotting along as I walked.
2nd part of story:
After that, "moo moo cat" followed me till the road and I had to run when there wasn't any car. Usually they won't cross the road but they did once so I didn't want to take any risk.
And so, I was super late to meet my eng dept colleagues to make a very quick "banner" for our 小弟 and the other 2 HQ temp staff in the same team.
Behind the scenes...
The finished products
Let the games begin...
Our company's version of Don'f Forget the Lyrics
Blue is good...
Not sure if you can view the gif which shows pass and fail in Chinese characters.
Some highly entertaining copy-the-leader game.
A series of obligatory group shots...
Look alike? I drew that, so please tell me they look alike.
When I returned home that night, out popped these 2 sneaky little cats again, from the drain this time. No doubt, I was accosted by them once more.
outfit for the day
My mum-in-law is so cute. Sometimes when she comes across cheap (definitely less than $10) but somewhat fashionable clothes which she thinks would suit me, she would grab them.
Her mentaity is:
Buy first coz so cheap.
She always maintains that even if I do not like them, she will find some use for them and it's no harm buying since they're cheap. Most of the the time, I would wear them but there was once or twice they didn't fit me. She very easily found someone who could give the clothes better days.
Unfolding July would have to wait coz I've not even started on editing the photos. There are really other more important thngs to do.