35-37/52: Back from Macau and Hong Kong

27 August 2014
We arrived in Macau on a late Wednesday afternoon after taking the turbojet ferry directly from the Hong Kong airport, so we don’t have much plans except for an impromptu Portuguese restaurant recommended by our boss’s friend. Maybe I was quite full (from the Portuguese tart and macdonald’s chicken wings that I had before dinner) so I did not enjoy the food as much as the rest did.
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Apologies, but I did not take note of the restaurant’s details cos I don’t think I would recommend it to anyone.

28 August 2014
On Thursday, we walked to Taipa Village from our hotel for some 猪扒包 but the famous shop (the one located next to the road junction) has closed down since we went there 4 years ago. But there was another shop sign beside the empty shop where it was closed and I told Al I had to try it cos this is my second time back to Macau and I am not going back without eating that 猪扒包. So we went in search for the shop under the hot sun and we bumped into a few colleagues on the way who were playing some quiz held by the local museum. After close to an hour, we almost wanted to give up and I saw the sign of that 猪扒包 shop! Al was kind of relieved that we found it else his wife would give him a black face. He sure knows me well.

Later at night, we were given tickets to go up to the top of Macau Tower for some night scenery and bungy jumping.  After taking photos at the top of Macau Tower and watching a young chap took the bungy jump, we proceeded to the convention hall for buffet dinner. The spread was not fantastic but we were entertained by some singing competition amongst different departments and our department came in first!

29 August 2014
Whole day conference and by 6pm, we were free as a bird. On Wednesday, we wanted to go to this restaurant in Tapai Village for some Portuguese food but it was fully booked so we got the concierge to book for us for dinner on Friday. We arrived at the restaurant not feeling very excited especially after trying that not so fantastic Portuguese food on Wednesday. But this time round, I was wrong. We ordered about 7 dishes to share and they all tasted heavenly! If you ever visit Macau, you MUST go to this restaurant called A Petisqueria.
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After dinner, we took a slow walk down the busiest lane of Taipa Village and we saw a little shop selling an interesting looking cake and we bought one back to share. For just a slice of the cake, it cost MOP55 which is about SGD9. Freaking expensive but it was freaking yummy.

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30 August 2014 to 1 September 2014
Enroute to Hong Kong! Yea!  and of cos Hong Kong is all about eating and shopping.

Since it was only 2 night stay in Hong Kong. I decided to splurge a bit and we stayed at Langham Place Mongkok and we had dinner at this 2 starred Michelin restaurant “Ming Court” and the roast goose is the best I have eaten so far.
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And all thanks to my friend who wanted to get century eggs for their family, I decided to get one pack for my family as well who enjoyed the eggs to the bits. Yea!
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The next time I visit Hong Kong again, this will certainly be on the top of my list to bring back for the family. :)

Review of Clarins extra firming neck cream

I have finally finished using this product after more than one year. Yea, the 50ml neck cream has lasted me quite a well.

Due to genetics and bad habits of mine (always looking down at my phone), my neck has developed many many lines. Ok, maybe not that many but enough for people to notice their existence. I have always been conscious about them but I don’t have a solution to them. It was one year ago when I was replenishing my clarins products that the sales assistant brought to my attention the existence of this product which of cos I have no excuse not to buy it except for the cost. I can’t remember the retail price but I know it’s selling at SGD99 at the changi airport dfs at the departure terminal (I managed to pay HKD398 ie SGD64.50 after converting).

So let’s talk about the effectiveness of this product. Although I don’t see the lines vanishing after one year of usage (every night), I do notice that the lines are not as visible as before. And the neck looks smoother too. So when the product is about to finish, I panicked. The downside of the product is its cost. If you don’t buy from dfs, I think it costs about SGD140? (Don’t quote me on that). If you want to give it a try, I would suggest you to get it from the dfs in changi airport or even better (chepaer) from bonjour in Hong Kong.

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33-34/52: I am still alive

I am 2 weeks late for my weekly blog post. Recently work has been hectic and I didn’t have much energy left to do other things.

Today, I manage to gather the little bit of energy left of me after the usual Sunday housework and decided to write a little post.

So, yesterday I went to raffles exchange to pick up mooncakes and my friend saw something which interests her (hardly anything interests her for your information) and pulled me to one of the stall selling this.

IMG_5282.JPG The two sales girls were very confident with their products and started taking out samples after samples for us to try (just in time cos we were feeling thirsty after lunch). I couldn’t recognize it when they show me the product before preparing it. After eating it, I realized that my mum has made for me before and she mentioned to me that this thing is good for health. My friend also said that so it cannot miss this especially when they are having a promotion “buy 3 and get $5 off”.

And this morning, I made this goodness for the family. It’s not as soft as I want it to be. Maybe I should add more water. Note taken for the next attempt.

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Currently, on the way to parents place with a bag full of durian mooncakes and a loaf of bread. I am so glad that this time, I remembered my ear phones. Can’t imagine how I can stand the noise in a crowded train like today.

I will be off to Macau next week for a conference and extending 2 nights in HK. Can’t wait for a little break. Been working too hard. As my friend always say, work hard, play harder.

I have one thing on my shopping list. A wallet. My ferragamo is about 5 years old and I think it’s time to upgrade to a bigger wallet for my ever increasing number of cards (credit/ loyalty/ warranty cards, nets, mrt card etc etc etc). If you have any recommendation of which wallet I should get, please leave me a comment!

Ok, that’s all for now. Have a great Sunday y’all.

32/52: Singapore 49th birthday

Skipped going back to office on Saturday since it’s a public holiday to spend the day with al. But he told me he got to work. Dang. Luckily, he suggested brunch at Kombirocks. I am sure a lot of you have heard about this place. If not, then you should check out the place if you like retro stuff. The owner is half thai who loves to collect old skool stuff including cars and bikes and if you are lucky, you will get to have some authentic thai food if the owner’s auntie is in Singapore.

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If you are observant enough, you will noticed there is another retro looking barber shop called Autocutt, a few units down from Kombirocks. The barber shop is really small which allow only one customer at a time. So you would have to call to make reservation to avoid disappointment. Each visit costs $35 ($25 for students and army boys) for an hour worth of meticulous attention to your hair and you can purchase their number one voted pomade called O’boy by men’s health. If you stay around Yio Chu Kang, you may want to give Autocutt a try!

Autocutt
68 Yio Chu Kang Road
Call 9186 1233 for appointment

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31/52: another birthday party

it is little xander’s second year birthday party! i was contemplating to take a lot of photos at the party but we arrived really late and not only were the food 98% gone, the birthday boy was already in his normal clothes (he was dressed in a little tarzan outfit) and the cake was already half gone. Sigh… oh well, served us right..

at least i managed to capture this cute little sugar figurine of the birthday boy.. so cute…

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30/52: a long weekend

This Saturday, I am giving work a miss cos I have to be at my goddaughter’s one year old party.  Al has work since morning till late so I drove myself to the brother’s new place where the party is held.  His daughter is my goddaughter whom I adore very much.  She is one quirky baby girl. Love her hair (curl), love when she day dreams, love when she would just let anyone carry, love when she starts to (baby) talk, love when she gives us a peck on the cheek when we ask for a kiss, love the way she turns her head sideway (famous kpo look) and etc etc…

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After the party, I went to visit al at a flea market at north bridge road and I was very proud of myself for finding my way using google map despite me going around in circles.  My advice to using google map is you listen hard to the verbal instructions.  I missed quite a few exits and ended up in toa payoh/ bishan and a ulu place with a dead end. haha… but all is well when I saw the road sign which says north bridge road. haha.
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On Sunday, my friend invited us to her house for a mini pot luck so there is no #tohsundaydinner.

Few days ago, I made an online lunch reservation few days ago at Cook & Brew.  On Saturday, C&B called and informed that the restaurant is closed on Monday.  I asked the person on the line back “then how come the online booking system allows me to make a reservation on Monday??”  Awkward silence over at the other end.  Oh well, guess today will be a rest and relax day for the me and al to prep us for the busy work week.

Hope y’all have a good week ahead and Selamat Hari Raya to all Muslims!