Thursday, 30 September 2010

Generation Gap

Once again I feel that Chris and I have generation gap hahaha...

this morning in the car,
me: Er dear... Why did you sync my i-Phone with YOUR i-tunes library??
chris: hehe... =)
me: who wants to listen to your ah peh songs??
chris: you called me "ah peh"!! =(
me: i didn't call you ah peh. i said the songs you listen to are ah peh songs...
chris: =( you say i am ah peh =(
me: who wants to listen to roman lam and george lam la! are they even alive??
chris: george lam is... you are very disrespectful [toward these veterans]... hng!
me: and francis yip... golly... long bun long lao (The Bund in Shanghai)...
chris: *sulk*
me: oh yes, and those Little Lee Flying Dagger, Heavenly Dragon 8 Steps theme songs... zzz...
chris: 天龙八部 is NOT Heavenly Dragon 8 STEPS!!! the 部 is doesn't mean STEPS!!! *气死我!*
me: whateva... you know miley cyrus#?
chris: i don't know and i don't care
me: justin bieber#??
chris: -.-
me: baby baby baby oh!!!
chris: -.-
me: the only music we both like are liang wenfu and alan tam. we have generation gap...
chris: but i'm only ONE year older...
me: doesn't feel like it...
chris: *sulk*

# pls don't misunderstand... i don't listen to these too but at least i have heard of them haha... and of cos, Mr Brown popularised Justin Bieber's baby in his song about the $9000 NS recognition award hahaha...

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

DINK

means double income no kids...

this morning in the car,

me: er dear, do you think we're a weird couple?
chris: ?? why??
me: cos we have no kids
chris: but i don't want kids
me: what if accident how?
chris: then you will have to go and give tuition
me: HA??? pregnant still must give tuition?
chris: okok, i give tuition... so weekdays i work until v tired, weekend still must give tuition
me: so bad meh?
chris: ya, if we have kids, we'll be poor
me: hm...
chris: everyday eat rice with soy sauce
me: -.-
chris: 1 year eat twice pork and beef
me: -.-
chris: eat the leftover veggies that west and claire don't want
me: -.-
chris: 10 years go once bintan lagoon resort
me: -.-
chris: and no more prada bags, must use maybelline
me: maybelline doesn't make bags...
chris: ok, bata
me: -.-
chris: and then when the kid needs to go pri school, I have to wake up early to do traffic duty =(

-.- he always say until v kuazhang one neh

it's just that i have been feeling v bad toward my in-laws cos they have waited like 8 years and i haven't even "laid an egg" =( then my FIL always drop hints here and there makes me feel so stressed. now when i go and eat dinner, i feel v stressed facing my FIL and ah ma =( my MIL is ok... she doesn't stress me up but i do feel bad too.

chris: is it right to have kids just to please my parents?
me: hm...
chris: then they will be happy but i will be miserable... crazy...
me: ...

Monday, 27 September 2010

P Plate No More!

YES! I can FINALLY take down my P plate. Actually, I could have taken it down in Mar this year but someone *glare at chris* insists that I put it up until I can successfully parallel-park -.-

Chris took it down last night... even though I still can't parallel-park... this is what happened:

I was driving innocently and signalled to go to the rightmost lane so i can drive faster but that bugger behind me HIGHBEAMED me!!!!

me: that idiot behind highbeamed me!!!! he highbeamed me!!!

then he overtook me FROM THE LEFT

me: *fuming* what a prick!!! he highbeamed me!!!! he thinks i'll be slow!!!

try to overtake him from the left but there's a slow pick-up stopping me

me: *read out his car-plate number* you don't deserve to drive a volkswagen! want to change lane also don't need to highbeam people what!!!

chris: er dear, you're very bad-tempered and aggressive...

me: *fuming* should i overtake him and suddenly jam-brake in front of him??? what a stupid prick!!! he highbeamed me!!!! he totally highbeamed me!!!!

chris: er dear... you have road rage...

me: whose fault??? HA??? whose fault is it that I am aggressive??? *ROAR!!*

chris: ????

me: YOUR FAULT!!! cos you make me continue putting that stupid P plate that's why people keep on bullying me! so i have to be aggressive! otherwise they will bully me! it's your fault i get bullied!!! =(((((((((((

chris: okok my fault

me: I already managed to parallel-park you 嫌东嫌西 say parking lot too big la, wheel not straight la!

chris: okok my fault

me: you got so many comments you drive la! i don't want to drive anymore! *SULK*

chris: okok, take down P plate take down...

me: got one more behind...

chris: kk later i take down ok?

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Different Expectations

One of the main reasons why chris and I can't have kids is we can't agree on how to bring them up...

on playschools...

chris: i can't believe parents will pay money for such stuff >.<
me: it's important... pre-school education ma. you mean if we have kids you won't send them to such schools?
chris: of cos not! and they will just go to our neighbourhood pembry school!
me: ha? erm... not nanyang?
chris: no dear, our kid can just go to the nearest neighbourhood pembry school... and top the school k?
me: er...
chris: you want good school YOU go and do the community work... -.-

yap. chris is definitely not gonna do traffic duty to put his kid into a good school.

chris: and... our kid will have no problem summing 1 to 97.
me: -.-
chris: and if he gets punished in school, come home sure get caned again.
me: oh... so you won't complain?
chris: 子不教,父之过。

on university...

chris: he jolly well get a scholarship if he wants to go overseas... i'm not paying

on computer gaming...

chris: 2 years old must start playing Starcraft
me: er... ok...
chris: 4 years old must be Singapore champion
me: -.-
chris: 10 years old must be world champion... 12 years old retire
me: -___________-|||

on parent-teacher-meetings

chris: if good behaviour, good results or win awards, i will attend. if bad behaviour need to see principal, you attend k?
me: ha...??!

we're so not having kids hahaha... my poor parents-in-law =(

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Really Lazy "Claypot" Rice Obento


you all wanted the recipe so here it is. concept is similar to lazy pineapple rice

Ingredients (for 2):

Rice (1 cup)
Boneless chicken thigh (1) - skinned, cut into bite-sized pieces
Marinate:
- 1 tspn light soy sauce
- 1 tspn sesame oil
- 2 tspn oyster sauce
- dash of pepper

Frozen mixed veg (about 1/2 cup)
Lap Cheong (1)
1 tspn of dark soy sauce (i use the thick type, viscosity like pi pa gao type)
sesame oil
Garnish: Chopped spring onion/cilantro, Fried Shallots

The night before, prepare:
Marinate chicken
Wash and soak the rice in water
Rinse frozen veg, scald w hot water to get rid of "freezer smell", rinse in water, pinch of salt, mix around
Lap Cheong (1) - "condom" removed and sliced
Chop spring onion/wash cilantro

Wrap all in cling wrap and put in fridge

In the morning:
Put rice in rice cooker (i use the water it was soaked in and top up if necessary), add chicken, stir around a little, sprinkle veg and lap cheong, close, press cook. wait (go and do your make-up la).

once cooked, let it steam for about 10-15 mins more. add dark soy sauce and combine til evenly coated. Let steam for a couple of mins more (you may pack your garnish separately or prepare your fruits while waiting). drizzle some sesame oil and stir around.

scoop into tupperware and let cool a little before closing. i pack garnish separately and add in just before eating.

other ingredients you can add: fried salted fish bits (which i don't have. your kitchen will smell like giam her if you fry it at home haha) and dried chinese mushroom (which i also don't have cos i usually cook with fresh mushrooms). do not use fresh mushrooms cos i think it releases moisture and will cause rice to be soggy.

sometimes i cook this for lunch/dinner ^^


Here's my friend ling ling's version which is suitable for dinner or lunch (may be a bit time-consuming for obento) =)

of cos you can invent your own version too!

-_________-|||

My SIL is very steady pom pee pee I think she will have no problems teaching my nieces sex ed in future... hahaha...

After their playschool, we wanted to go for lunch...

SIL: Gwyneth and Kirstyn, do you want to eat Japanese or Chinese food?
gwyneth mumbled something that sounded like p*nis...
SIL: HAHAHA! you want to eat p*nis?? LOL

me: *GASP!!* gwyneth!!! you cannot say that word!!!
SIL: ya! cannot say p*nis. must say GU GU BIRD.

-_____________-|||

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Nieces at Playschool

I accompanied my nieces to their playschool today because my brother went to KL with his pig and dog friends. Prior to that, my SIL sent me a series of SMSes...

SIL: don't wear skirt... bring a pair of socks...

I had the impression that it was a dance class and thought it will be very strenuous LOL

Turned out that it is Julia Gabriel playschool at Evans Road, supposedly a very popular school among kiasu parents. I was told that there's a waiting list.

At about $1300 per term for two kids, it's quite the norm... Class ratio: 4 teachers to 18 students. the teachers seem quite talented, like all can play an instrument hahaha. Emphasis is on bilingual exposure. My nieces learnt "K" for Koala 树袋熊 today =D I thought the Chinese teacher from China is very good. What I also like is the rule "one adult per kid" so this is not a place where you "dump" your kid there for 2 hours. Parents must participate which is great for parent-child bonding =) However, I think some people make their domestic helpers come instead -.- so sad

During our time, we never had such classes. These days, parents are also sending their kids to all sorts of lessons like piano, violin, swimming, abacus etc... sheesh... in 10 years, every kid you pick on the street will be able to play piano or violin. well, if i have a kid, i'd let him/her learn something different like cello or harp LOL and fencing or horse riding... not so common haha

Anyway, although i was super tired and have a lot of work (which i brought home) to do, i enjoyed myself and am looking forward to next week's lesson =D

here's a video i made using i-movie on my i-phone. The teachers were in traditional Malay costumes because last Friday was Hari Raya Puasa. Very NE.

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Stress >.<|||

my mother-in-law is so sweet. she bought a cake on Sunday to celebrate my birthday...

FIL: whose birthday?
ah ma: tee tiang seh zek? (whose birthday?)

LOL only my mother-in-law remembers =) so sweet of her. and she even remembers that i like to eat fried chicken wings and specially prepared them for me ^^

so my father-in-law prayed for me...

FIL: ... and Lord, I pray that Ann will have children of her own... we thank you for Chris' family which consists of him, Ann and many more to come...

chris and i: -________-|||

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Restaurant Review: English High Tea at The Drawing Room, St. Regis Hotel

My goodest bestest friend Jiahui brought me there for my birthday =)

Ambience: 6*
lush couches and armchairs with adequate space between tables, perfect for a girlie tête-à-tête.


Service: 5*
the waiter who served us spoke very good English and recommended the popular teas to us. However, the (foreign) waitress forgot to serve us PLATES! *slap forehead*


Tableware: 5.5*
Very pretty fine bone china =) linen napkins and placemats.




Food: 5*
We enjoyed the warm and crisp scones very much =) I ordered Gyokuro Samurai tea. Gyokuro is the most priced green tea and is usually very expensive. One pot (a  la carte) at the restaurant cost a whopping $25+++ Jiahui ordered Yellow Bud Tea, highly recommended by the waiter, which tasted like Long Jing. Teas are from TWG. French pastries are very very pretty. We liked the mango tart =)



Pattern more than badminton. ONE lone quiche on a foot-long plate -.-




Price: $$$
At $56+++ per person with only one serving (no refills) and one choice of tea, this is probably the most expensive English high tea. Nice experience but I'd save my money for Regent Hotel's high tea (also served in tiers but refillable) or Ritz Carlton's high tea (they use Waterford Wedgwood fine bone china)
here are photos of the nice toilet =P





Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Restaurant Review: One on the Bund at Fullerton Bay Hotel

Ambience: 5.5*
very nice view of the bay area with MBS right opposite. nice place if you want to kao chabor cos it's very lomantik. indoor seating temperature is sub-zero so unless you brought your fleece jacket, sit outdoors. for dinner, it's actually quite cool cos there's a draft of cold air from indoors. It's also a better choice outside cos the view is very nice... however, we found the place a little too dim. I don't know about you but i like to be able to SEE my food (and take photos of them). the only light we had was a candlelight. hence, all photos are underexposed -.- good if you have pimples and is on a date.










Service: 5*
very prompt. the waiter explained how to eat the peking duck. water was refilled promptly. plates cleared. but they forgot to serve us damp towels at the beginning *grumble grumble*

Food: 4*
I found the braised peanuts a little undercooked. I expect braised peanuts to be soft, roasted peanuts to be crunchy. Their braised peanuts were crunchy so it felt weird. The waitress recommended a pork appetiser that turned out to be very thin slices of pork FAT. I took ONE slice and chris happily ate the rest.

The wood-fired peking duck is very nice. if you walk past the open-concept kitchen, you can see the firewood and oven bursting with flames. the chef sliced it in front of us and within mins, the plate of crisp skin was ready.





i enjoyed the crisp skin and tender meat very much. typically, the skin is wrapped in crepes with sauce, cucumber and scallions while the meat is used for some other dish such as fried vermicelli but here, the skin is to be enjoyed on its own with a dip of sugar while the meat is to be wrapped in the crepes which came in a bamboo steamer. as the temperature indoors was too cold, by the time the crepes were served, they were no longer hot =( they also served a sesame pastry with the duck which i felt could be more flaky and warm. they were cold and a little hard. we also had to ask for more cucumber and scallions because what we were given were insufficient. and typically, the cucumber and scallions are cut into strips for easy wrapping but here, they're presented as circular disks. the bones and drumsticks were used for winter-melon soup which we found very flavourful and comforting. it was a huge pot for two which we couldn't finish and were not allowed to "ta pao" (we asked) so some were wasted =( they must think we're very cheapskate LOL

what really surprised us was the sauteed kai lan. shocked, i asked the waiter, "we ordered kai lan... this is kai lan?" he confirmed it was kai lan... well, there were no leaves and the dish looked like asparagus. all the leaves were GONE. only the stem part, which i usually throw away when i cook kai lan at home cos i like kai lan leaves (so does west). it reminded us of a chinese restaurant in Paris where we ordered xiao bai cai and were served ONLY the stems -.- atas restaurants serve only vegetable stems?? i prefer leaves =P

price: $$$
for a champagne, coke, peking duck, pork appetiser, kai lan, duck soup - $213
*ouch*

will i go back again?

probably not unless someone treats me =P i prefer my good ol' imperial treasures =)

Monday, 13 September 2010

FAB

For regular readers of my blog, you know FAB means "Festival of Ann's Birthday" =)

when you've been married for eons, you run out of things to buy for your spouse hahaha

the other day...

chris: so dear, what do you want for your bday? =)
me: erm... i don't really NEED anything...
chris: how about an i-pod touch? i-pod shuffle?
me: er... i don't need... (why will anyone with an i-phone NEED an i-pod?)
chris: so you don't want anything? tell me la, i buy for you...
me: erm... o...k... lemme think... BMW Z4?
chris: -_______-||| too expensive...
me: hm... mazda RX8?
chris: -__________-||| also too expensive!
me: like that ah... i don't need anything then... =)
chris: i-pad?
me: -.- i don't need an i-pad...

so chris bought me a bouquet of flowers =) which west and claire tried to eat then we panicked cos some of the plants are poisonous to them =P hahaha...

he also brought me to One on the Bund at Fullerton Bay Hotel for dinner... more on that in the next post =)

on sat after service, we went to The Central for Santouka Ramen and it was really crowded >.< turned out that there was a lantern parade =) quite nice =) made the following video using i-movie on my i-phone.

Music: Dance of the Yao People



chris: so dear... do you like the festivities I organised for you? ^^
me: hahaha...

when he saw my FB wall...

chris: dear... so r u pleased with this year's celebration? i organised so many well-wishes for you! ^^
me: hehehe...

chris is so funny... LOL

Handicraft in Hanoi, Vietnam (Sep 2010)



Conical hats can be seen everywhere
Embroidered paintings. On the way to Ha Long Bay, we were dropped at this souvenir shop.
We requested that our guide bring us to the egg and lacquer painting workshop. Very interesting. They make a painting out of crushed egg shells

Artist at work

I bought some lacquerware =)




Sunday, 12 September 2010

Day Tour in Hanoi, Vietnam (Sep 2010) - Part 3

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The house built for Ho Chi Minh which he declined to stay in
He stayed in another small building and this hut beside the mansion instead
Soldiers practising behind the Mausoleum
Temple of Literature where Confucious is worshipped
Vietnamese schoolgirls

Vietnamese students come to this temple to pray for wisdom in the hope of getting good grades



A gift from Emperor Kang Xi
Scholars had their names carved in stone... kinda like our Dean's List
The huge drum... bigger than the Beijing Olympics drums
Water puppets
These puppets are half-submerged in water and controlled using bamboo from underneath. I found it rather interesting but Chris slept through the entire performance -.-
St. Joseph's Cathedral

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Day Tour in Hanoi, Vietnam (Sep 2010) - Part 2



Hanoi is divided into 3 regions: Old Quarter, New Living Area and French Quarter. We stayed at the French Quarter.

Visited the Old Quarter and New Living Area. According to the guide, the Old Quarter sells products mainly from China so they're very very cheap but the quality is not good. He says only the poorer Vietnamese shop there. Even he doesn't dare to buy the food from there because you don't know what sort of chemicals they add in the food. And if you see cheap "branded" bags or sunglasses, they fake. He said all the "branded" stuff in Old Quarters are fake. The designs are so up-to-date that within a week of it appearing in China, it'd be found there... China's fake "branded" stuff are very very up-to-date btw.

Entrance to Old Quarter

Chaos

Chris wanted very much to eat these but I didn't let him =P
Chris also wanted to eat the beef noodles here but I didn't let him
Lotsa scooters in Hanoi
It's amazing how they can carry such huge loads on the scooter




Dark alley into someone's house
Street food
These people are eating eggs with chick embryo =PPPP YUCK!!!!


Sauteed maggots
AAAWwww.... cute puppies. Thankfully, they're someone's pet, not food