Monthly Archives: March 2011

Week 11/11: Nothing’s better than….

Homemade “Tortelli” Pasta filled with Lamb and Cold Balsamic Sabayon (Diego Chiarini, OSO Ristorante)

Braised Beef, Aromatic Charcoal, Fresh Herbs and Mustard (Andre Chiang, Andre)

Roasted Quail with Parma Ham & Mushroom Stuffing, Celreriac Mash (Francois Mermilliod, Absinthe)

Lightly Salted Cod, Shellfish and Fresh Hazelnut (Frederic Colin, Brasserie Les Saveurs)

Medley of Duck with Mashed Potato & Mustard Emulsion (Julien Bompard, Le Saint Julien)

Sea Bass with 4 Textures of Cauliflower (Ryan Clift, The Tippling Club)

Crispy Hazelnut Chocolate Tart, Sweet Dough (Laurent Bernard, Laurent Bernard Chocolatier)

Rocher Magnums. Salty Caramel (Janice Wong, 2am:dessert bar)


The menu of the 8-course degustation today, cooked by 8 different chefs from 8 different restaurants. It was nice, but nothing beats the fishball meepok dry supper.


And nothing beats spending time with Mr. Cinical shopping at Ikea and the supermarket in between eats.

Happy Birthday Darling.



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Week 10/11: The Letter “S”

Hamlet: Do you see yonder cloud that’s almost in shape of a camel?

Polonius: By th’ Mass, and ’tis like a camel, indeed.

Hamlet:: Methinks it is like a weasel.

Polonius: It is backed like a weasel.

Hamlet:: Or like a whale.

Polonius: Very like a whale.

Ms. A mentioned the word “sycophant” in a sms exchange this week. I was immediately reminded of the above lines in the play “Hamlet” that exposed Polonius to be a sycophant, kissing Hamlet’s ass. Apart from the word “sycophant”, a number of words starting with the letter  “S” caught my attention this week.

  • Sycophant: “a self-seeking, servile flatterer; fawning parasite”, also known as “toady, yes man, fawner, flatterer”.
  • Stoic: “unaffected by pleasure or pain; impassive”.
  • Symbiotic: “any interdependent or mutually beneficial relationship between two persons, group”, or in “the living together of two dissimilar organisms, as in mutualism or parasitism”.

An example of how to use these words together in a single sentence: “As the sycophant did not want to rock the symbiotic relationship he had with his patron, he remained stoic, even to the pleas of masses.”

Credits: Definitions from or

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Week 9/11: Extremes

  • Training session with the instructor at the gym on Tuesday: He’s sarcastic with a nagging voice. “You know, despite that you are skinny, you actually have too much body fat for your body shape. You need to build muscles.”
  • Michael Buble’s “Crazy in Love” concert on Wednesday: He swoons, he croons, he’s funny to boot. That sweet, jazzy voice. It’s just me and you, baby (along with 10,000 strong audience in the indoor stadium).

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Week 8/11: Viva La Hong Kong!

I’m in Hong Kong for the long weekend to attend the wedding of one of Mr. Cinical’s friend. Call it also an extended weekend holiday for myself!

  • This is my 4th time in HK and I like the sense of comfortable familiarity with this city. Yes, I’m still a tourist, but I know instinctively how to navigate the alleys, I walk purposefully to the correct exits in the MTR, I know which malls/restaurants I like going to. I’m less reliant on the tourist map. But I still struggle with understanding Cantonese.


  • I must rave about the hotel I’m staying in. It’s called “Jia”, a boutique hotel in Causeway Bay. There are some hotels that makes you feel like you don’t even want to get out of. “Jia” makes me feel this way – it feels like home.


  • I think the biggest contrast between Singapore and Hong Kong is that Singapore is more planned and pruned, while Hong Kong is more haphazard or more organic in its development. I love that Hong Kongers live, work and play in the same area, with the commercial & the residential side-by-side, while Singapore prefers clear delineation. It’s interesting to see the entrance of luxury-brand shop, “Shanghai Tang” located right next to the cobbler, by the alley of Exit D (Central MTR), or the Gage street market with its fresh meat and produce in the heart of the Soho clubbing district.


  • Hong Kong weddings are riotous and fun! The one I went to had lion dancing, mahjong playing sessions, and even karaoke!. There’s also tons of food, 12 courses, as opposed to the 8-10 courses in a typical Singaporean Chinese wedding dinner.


  • Apart from the wedding, one of the highlights of the trip was chancing upon the 打小人 festival in Yau Ma Tei, a distinctly much more local part of Hong Kong, where you can pay a middle-aged auntie/lady to hit a paper figurine of a person that’s making trouble for you. It’s supposed to rid you of bad luck.

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