Thursday, June 16, 2011

Unfolding December's Folder Part I

WARNING: Long long, picture-ful post. Go get your drinks and popcorn while waiting for the pictures to load. You could even savour your main dish in front of your PC.

I'm a lot worse than what I mentioned in Unfolding November's Folder. I'm actually updating backdated entries at a rate of more than a month interval.

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So, were you naughty or nice last december? I think I was pretty nice. Sorry, did I say I was pretty nice? Ah, I made a Freudian Slip. I meant to say it was a pretty nice December.

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~*Dinner at Strictly Pancakes*~

It was a meet up of in between. We had wanted to gather for bei's birthday but she was not in town. We kept postponing the meeting till it was nearing xtina's birthday and decided to do a meet up of in between at Strictly Pancakes.

I heard of the long waiting time during weekend brunch. Fortunately for us, we met on a weekday night and almost had the whole restaurant to ourselves.

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As its name suggests, Strictly Pancakes is a restaurant that serves pancakes at all times of the day and their menu includes both sweet and savoury pancakes.

We shared our main course of fluffy savoury pancakes.

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I chose the Garlic Buttered Prawns.

Anyway do you know that whenever we had cook out sessions at friends' place during our younger days, I would cook butter garlic prawn? That was my so-called signature dish. I still can't get the consistency of the buttercream sauce right but those who tried gave the thumbs up in the taste department.

Snuggle Up consisted of hotdogs wrapped in fluffy pancakes while Beef Me Up resembled a thick hamburger topped with mushrooms. The former wasn't too bad but the latter didn't quite satisfy our palate. It has something to do with the meat.

The syrup made everything better. A little slab of butter was included to which we tried to spread generously on the pancakes.

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Bei got a book of meaningful quotes as belated gift. I absolutely adore the bicycle illustration and basically the whole book jacket.

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Xtina got a jar of bei's self-made rose scented handcream named "Cleopetra's Seduction" and a complimentary hand massage, exactly the same treatment as what I got for my birthday from bei. I hope xtina was able to seduce her fiance that night as what bei claimed of her hand cream.

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xtina made a scrapbook in which she put together the whole process of her taking part in Hair for Hope.

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Bei and xtina are always not in Singapore. Can we pweety pwease meet up more often?

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~*Dinner at Coffee Club*~

Random Saturay night dinner at Coffee Club with the hubby

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The mains and soup, made even more unappetising with my nokia camera, weren't good at all. Caesar salad could never go wrong.

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~*Reg's Birthday Lunch at Nanbantei*~

It was a coincidence that reg's birthday was
1) on my off day and
2) when Karen and her hubz were on leave/off

and so we were all able to meet up on a weekday afternoon to have lunch at Nanbantei.

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Nanbantei is one of reg and jw's favourite restaurant. It was my first time there even though I would always walk past that place whenever I go for my facial and IPL appointment. I must say that I love the food too! You see the grilled cod fish up there at the bottom left corner? That's my absolute favourite! I culd eat a whole cod fish myself if I was feeling selfish. All their yakitori were good except for the chicken balls (not photographed) which was f***ing big for chicken balls. We couldn't finish such big balls of course. The garlic rice (not photographed) was good too.

When we were almost done with dinner. Jw excused himself and reappeared with a chocolate cake and reg's favourite flower -- Eustomas.

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After that, we headed downstairs to Old Town Coffee for iced coffee and chocolate as well as to let reg unravel her bag of assorted gifts. Whatever that we got for her, I got almost everything for myself too! I hate buying gifts for friends that way. Haha... I'm such a sucker for everything I buy for friends.

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Karen and her hubz had to leave after that, leaving with reg, jw and I to catch Tangled (aka Rapunzel). Rapunzel, Flynn, Pascal the chamelon and Maximus the horse are all so cute! I love that cartoon!

After the movie, we parted ways for reg and jw got a dinner date while I had a dinner and xmas phototaking date with evan.

I'm glad to have been able to spend time with the people who mattered and I'm sure reg enjoyed her bday spent with people who mattered too!

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~*Orchard Road Xmas Light Ups with Evan*~

I met up with evan at Hot Tomato (do you wonder about its name?) for dinner. It was crowded, food was so so, service was fine. Well I would give them some credit for service as one of the waitress allowed us to shift to the huge couch seat when we requested even though there were only 2 of us.

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After filling our growling bellies, we embarked on our xmas light ups walk and snap.

It was blue around Somerset area.

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It slowly became purple towards Orchard.

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Next, we treaded onto the yellow zone.

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We simply had to do our signature bauble shots every year!

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I feel the compelling need to explain why I always smile an idiotic ear-to-ear smile in such bauble shots. I was trying to replicate the Chip & Dale feel in the classic Disney short film, Pluto's Christmas Tree which was one of my favourite cartoons when I was young. Fast forward to 2:39 to see that look.





A whole collage dedicating to miu miu.

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Then, it was a mish mash of colours.

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I always love to look at TANGS window display. Once they had real models as "mannequin" for Triumph... yeah that lingerie brand. Wouldn't you guys love to be there?

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Our last stop was ion where we sat on the bench outside and chatted till we had to catch the last train and last bus and continued our chat on the phone.

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ion is one of the newer malls in Orchard which houses many designer labels under one roof. Check out the brands behind the musical instruments!

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I wasn't supposed to do this as I ran the risk of being electrocuted but do I look as if I cared?

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Outfit of the day:
♥ Alano butterfly sleeves top with inner lace spag
♥ Alano shorts
♥ Green Petals bird and rose necklace
♥ Chinese zodiac watch
♥ Ferragamo bag
♥ Americaya shoes

I promise Part II will not come in more than a month later. I'm waiting for some xmas party photos from my colleague. Those photos are saved in my company's folder which requires some time for her to locate. Part II will be all about Christmas Christmas and Christmas. I'm half a year late and I sure hope I don't give anyone the Christmas blues.

To all my blogger friends with comment form embedded under your post,
If you don't see my love notes to you, it's not coz I dislike you or something. I'm still not able to comment on your posts using my blogger/google profile. I hope blogger fixes this problem soon. However, I would still be able to comment if you've enabled Anonymous settings or have some chatbox somewhere. I always reply to comments left on my blog (just that it takes a long time at times) so remember to click and check back!

Updated on 18 June 1:13am:
Ignore the above! Bibi the genius suggested trying a different browser and Modzilla Firefox does the job! All along I was waiting for blogger to rectify the problem to no avail. Those who also experience the same problem, try using a different browser. Hope it solves your problem too. Cheers! I'm gonna unleash all my verbal constipation on your blogs in time to come.

29 comments:

  1. wow the light works looks sooo pretty~~~maybe this xmas i'll take a picture of our Xmas tree thats light up at the Toronto Centre Nathan Philips square~~and we have a big tree at our DT shopping centre full of Swarovski ornament~~~and OMG those food looks soooo yum~~~~the hubby said Singapore has great asian food~~~now after reading alot of your post i think i totally blv him~~~~


    Jesst

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  2. will be waiting for part 2 jo! :)
    you have so many amazing photos but i can;t help but ogle at the food pictures hahaha! :D

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  3. You must have been very nice to receive such a great December. I love the picture of you with the knfe and fork. LOL!

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  4. Lol December? You really are backlogged on your posts Jo :D Kudos to you for still posting them up though! I've had numerous posts I've wanted to write in the past that I never got to, forgot about, and now am not even bothering to write anymore haha :P

    The pancake place looks really good! I've never seen garlic, shrimp, or hamburger patties on pancakes before! It looks like it's really yummy though :D

    I love all the thoughtful gifts your friends all got for each other - a hand cream and a complimentary hand massage is a really cute idea haha :D And props to your friend Xtina for taking part in the hair for hope cause. It's really admirable that she was willing to shave off all her hair for a good cause :)

    Looking at your photos is making me miss Christmas and the holiday season. I love all the light displays and the overall mood is just so much cheerier everywhere ^^ I guess the holiday season puts everyone in a good mood hehe :P Gosh...now I'm hungry too after looking at all your pancakes and steak photos! I better go and cook myself some dinner :D

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  5. Pretty pictures. I am sure you had wonderful times :)

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  6. You always write nice things about places you visit or people you meet. Strictly Pancakes isn't as nice as what most people write about. The syrup and butter do nothing to enhance the taste. Oh well, I guess I'm unlucky.

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  7. Ola chica!
    That was one colourful post, one of the main reasons why I like christmas is because of the pretty decorations... I admire your friend who cut her hair. Hair to a girl is such a precious thing, but it's amazing she gave it up for charity.
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    Glad to hear you could fix the commenting problem. I've heard a lot of other people had the same problem, so spread the news if you hear someone else is unable to comment :)
    Pfft LDR isn't always easy. Glad to hear you and your hubby made it through alright. Gives hope :D

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  8. Jessy,

    Yes you should! It’s fun to look at xmas all over the world w/o having to leave the country. I will look out for the photos in December.

    What I like about Singapore is that the local and many international cuisines taste great. You don’t find many great international cuisine in other countries. However, there are also the not so nice ones. I happen to only highlight the good ones more. Do you happen to know which cuisine your hubby say was good in Singapore?

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    sugar sugar,

    Haha food pictures are always the killer!

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    Rick,

    I think so too. Haha... The fork and knife picture is to indicate the “We want food”chant as we’ve waited quite long for the food.

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    Rinny,

    Haha... Yes! Super backlogged but if I don’t resume the year’s “tradition” of unfolding the monthly folders, I would feel the break in continuity. There are quite a lot which I didn’t feature –those that have no time constraint—as I could write about them in a single post anytime I want. My goal is to do timely updates once my 2010 backlogged posts are cleared. I didn’t take many photos in 2011 at all even though I got the canon S95 so i hope to catch up on 2011 posts soon. Was simply too caught up in so many things.

    You know what? You should do a post of some of your cooking!

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    Rinz,

    Yes I had indeed. =)

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    Anon,

    On the public internet realm, I always write honest opinions without being too hurtful unless someone or an incident really pisses me off. I do write about awful places with awful service and awful food too, just that I focus more on the good ones. I’m sorry to hear that the pancakes weren’t up to your expectations. I guess it depends on which ones you order. The meat patty wasn’t marinated with full bodied flavour that day and I’m not sure if it’s a 1 off incident for my case too.
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    Bibi,

    Yup, She’s amazing and damn she looks good bald! I wouldn’t be able to give my hair up too.

    I will definitely spread the news! I’m so happy the problem is solved that I made a special mention about you in this updated post. =D

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  9. Haha, no worries, I'll spam you right back :p Thanks for the mention!

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  10. Yay!!! It's so nice that you are able to post again--you were missed. =)

    The cat's name really was Fluffy. The kids named him that because his fur was long and fluffy.

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  11. love this post!! good food and friends there's nothing better in the world!! and miu miu!! i love the miu miu store it's so pretty.. the sparkly gold colors always makes me so happy!!

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  12. Holy Mother of Pearl!!! That food looks delicous!! I'm a huge fan of breakfast foods :P

    Ahh, your post makes me long for Christmas time...it's always been my favorite time of year. And i just love buying presents!! :D
    I also love how you included that Disney short :D you probably haven't been reading my blog for long, but those who have know that I LOVE DISNEY!!! lol!

    Have a great weekend :)

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  13. Bibi,
    No probz! =D

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    Rick,
    Is "Mr" part of his name too?

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    Lisa,
    Exactly! Good food and friends.

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    Cerina,
    Have you watched all the classic disney cartoons? I could watch them time and over again when I was young and could remember everything in the story but I don't get bored of them. There aren't such great cartoons now.

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  14. @Jo: Hehe well I really admire you for being so dedicated to continue writing all your backlogged posts! I wish I had that much dedication :D Ahh my cooking skills aren't much to brag about - my bf keeps telling me what a great cook I am, but I honestly think my cooking is just okay. Sometimes I think he just has low standards for his meals lol

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  15. LOL, only on his credit card applications. ;P He was just Fluffy, but sometimes when my wife talked to him like he was a baby, she would call him mister fluffy (Ohhhh Mr Fluffy, you're such a good little kitty..yes you are!)

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  16. wahhh beef with pancakes? my hubby got that when we were eating out one time and I still can't get over it. i love my pancakes plain with a simple syrup. hahaha...

    ohhh and those photos are so lovely! specially the ones with the christmas lights!!

    -Abby

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  17. Rinny,
    I'm sure your bf really means it. I think guys appreciate home-cooked food with love. I feel that I don't cook well too but kh said my dishes are fine. Oh but he didn't use the words "nice" or "delicious", he said "not bad". One day when you feel like you want to show us your culinary skills, take some photos of your humble dishes!

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    Rick,
    Haha... it's quite cute to have "Mr" in front. Show us a picture of Fluffy! You know I lurve cats.

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    abby,
    Thank you for dropping by and following! Savoury pancakes can be nice as well but yeah, I love pancakes with good ol syrup too.

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  18. WOAHHH so many pictures! *_* AND SO MUCH FOOD! -faints- You all look absolutely stunning.. I will admit that TLC and Xtina (names) had me all confused.. O_O" I was like "WOAHH! She chillin' with celebs now?!" haha xD

    Btw, the burn I got.. I was mixing boiling water and those chicken broth cubes in a mixing cup (the one with the lid that you put on, and then u shake it like a bartender XD).. Well, I'd put the lid on safe, but I think the mixture made it slippery, so when I started to shake the cup, the lid slid off and I got boiling broth mixture all over my chest : ( It hurt SO bad, I tell you!

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  19. I am having a belly jealousy situation here (is that even a phrase haha). Look at all the food, all yummy.

    You and your gal pals are lovely and I enjoyed looking through every pictures. I miss spending time with my girls back home very much. Those are good old tilmes. I start to feel old, I know.

    Your commute to work sounds like a trekking trio, Jo. To be honest, I don't know how you do it everyday. I hate long commute.

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  20. 나니,

    Your comment about chilling with celebs got me laughing.

    Oh my! That sounds really awful. I burnt the back of my hand once when I was making creamy mushroom soup n my flesh was literally cooked. It was so painful when it was only on my hand so I can imagine the pain on your chest. Take care!

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    Nelah,

    Hanging out with the gals is always fun! Oh, one is never too old to start reminiscing about the old times! I also feel old too.

    Haha... I was exaggerating. What I meant were slopey terrains but if I go by the other way, there is a river indeed.

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  21. And I am back. Dont you dare think I forgot about you - I took a little break from internet to focus on my job :( sigh! Anyway I'm not sure if I wrote this yet, I think I did already. But I did get your email and was kind of heartwarmed to hear your story about blogging and what you do. I dont know if that sounds stupid or something but thems the facts~

    Jolene - do you know I've never had nutella in my entire life? I never choose it over peanut butter and never had anything with it (pancakes etc.) I have no idea what nutella tastes like LOL!!! Argh I think I should try though. It looks pretty good :O

    I like the picture of the egg. I used to love egg yolk but then saw pictures of the thai specialty dish (the half developed baby duck fetus or something have you seen this? It's like sorta not yolk anymore but a real body and at the same time still small enough to be in the egg shell). After that I can't really eat too much yolk, it makes me feel like gagging :(

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  22. how come all your friends (and you) are so pretty? Hrm maybe all singaporean girls are like that. Way back when I was a 2nd year university student I liked one of our singaporean friends haha. she was an international student and had the cutest smile but I was too shy to ask her out T_T And I don't speak mandarin so it's sort of an issue.

    I don't like miumiu the brand~ I know it's girl's stuff but guys can have an opinion too! And I don't fancy it for some reason.

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  23. wait wait, not finished. turns out you left a note on me blog!

    I have had no luck with my desired job - but I didn't expect to find one right out of school. That's actually true. I didn't know lo fu tzi was only in traditional chinese?? Can you read it now? Can't you just guess what the characters are saying? When I see simplified sometimes I can just sorta "figure it out" lol

    I laughed so hard when you said you thought hk had 8-12 instead of 7-11 XD I guess stephen chow's parody tricked you! When I was a kid I laughed so hard at his movies - but he's doing some real estate investment now and ... eh. They control so much of hongkong.

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  24. what phone are you using if you don't have iphone? You're right, everybody has iphone these days! I think it's nice - I used google phone for a bit and I really hated some bits of it.

    How come your husband asked the agnes b salesperson why their stuff was so ugly? That's such a random thing to say, was he drunk? hahahahaha. Make sure you teach the boy to be more gentle (like you). Most boys I know are way too aggressive these days, every conversation has to be like a "having face" war. Why can't some of them just chill out for once...

    Jo update again soon? Jo don't get mad at me for commenting infrequently? I have lunch with Jo if I ever visit Singapore one day? Okay.

    -me

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  25. Omigosh.. I'm getting sooo hungry reading this post!! I had to go grab food in the middle of it. >.<

    Wow, I applaud you for posting all these pictures. I don't think I could handle it. ;)

    That Nutella Milkshake looks delicious, too! Well, it all does.

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  26. yum pancakes, I just had some this morning and still craving more! the lights look really nice at night. and yeah i can't comment on bloggers with disqus instead of regular blog comments either

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  27. Hahaha it's lovely to see Xmas decorations this time of year, speshly when we're going into the summer months now hehe. Still, I really like the photos. Singapore has the best Xmas decorations, I reckon.

    That Chip & Dale clip made me smile. I love those old school Mickey Mouse and friends cartoons. I used to watch them all the time when I was a kid :)

    Glad you found a solution to the blogger comment problem. I realized blogger hardly ever fixes problems unless it's a wide-scale thing like when their server crashes or something.

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  28. Haha I definitely will Jo - it seems like everyone loves looking at food pictures for some reason :P

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  29. Turtle,

    I knew you would NEVER forget me! Haha and I was right. You really should appear more often you know. Your words always put a smile to my face.

    WHY haven’t you tried nutella before??? OMG, it’s like a great spread! I could eat 4 slices of bread at a go with nutella but I can’t do it for other spreads. You really should try it. It tastes like hazelnut chocolate or kinder bueno.

    I know what you’re talking about. It’s the balut. I think originated from the Philippines. I think it’s really disgusting too but everyone who eats it claims it’s really delicious, even those who previously thought it was disgusting. I wonder if it’s an acquired taste. I’m those who like the taste of foie gras, milt (fish sperm) etc.

    Thank you for your compliment. All my friends have got both inner and outer beauty and that’s why we’re friends. =) I think I heard about your crush on this Singaporean girl before. Did you write about it somewhere in your blog before? Some Singaporeans know Cantonese too and definitely English. You should have tried English. Haha...

    I haven’t owned any miu miu yet but I do love some of their bags. Oh and just to set the record straight, my hubby was whispering to me about agnes b gecko, not to the staff. Haha... If he really did that to the staff, I would die of embarrassment. Plus, I’m not exactly a gentle person.

    I can roughly figure out most traditional Chinese characters but I would still have some difficulty reading them when singing karaoke for songs I’m unfamiliar with coz the words flashes too quickly. Most of the time, I remember the lyrics to roughly make out the words. Same for comics, looking at the picture content makes it easier to figure.

    Yes! We should meet up when you ever come to Singapore. Would love to meet up with a turtle friend. I’m not very sure if you check back my replies to comments but I’ll most probably paste this to let you see.

    Cya around!

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    Irene,

    Oh... I’m so sorry to have to make you go grab food halfway. It happens to me a lot too especially since everyone takes such great food pictures. LoL... I haven’t been to your blog in a while, I don’t think you had food pictures right?

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    Pop Champagne,

    I think I’m gonna have pancakes tmr! Seeing pictures of them made me crave for them.

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    Joey,

    Very soon, it would be xmas 2011 coz time seems to have this habit of riding on a bullet train. I love those classic Disney cartoons too! I could watch them repeatedly and know what’s coming up next. They used to call it the Mickey & Donald Show and then the Mickey Mouse Club. These were aired on Sunday mornings. How nostalgic.

    The blogger problem is still existing on IE!

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    Rinny,

    Of coz. Food makes the world go round!

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