Sunday, October 30, 2016

Yams and Yapping

Yams

Brace yourselves, this is gonna be a post told in photos. First things first, hunting for yams at the OUG morning market. It's amazing how these little buggers generate so much buzz among the aunties. Mum says that these smaller yams are superior in taste and texture.

Next up was a visit to the Chinese traditional medicine hall for a consultation. This time to improve mum's digestive tract. Found bars of crocodile oil face soap on the counter. Wonder if its Killer Croc's beauty secret.

Crocodile Oil Face Soap

My lunch was a bowl of sinful dry curry noodles. Oh so thick, creamy and oily!

Dry Curry Noodles

Back home, I did my usual Saturday chores. My weekly routine was punctuated with a surprise visit from SK and Gratitude who had come with a box of baked charsiew buns (unmistakably babi inside) from Fu Wah. Whipped up some tea and we had a great minum teh session.

Baked Charsiew Bun

SK brought us to Choy Hi for dinner again. I ain't complaining cause we tried the other stuff on their menu. Fishballs were nice and bouncy. Pork intestines were excellent. Even the simple dish of stir-fried watercress was good. All good except for the yam pork. Too salty, not too great.

Fishballs

Yam & Pork

Intestines

Watercress

The night was still young so we climbed up to Bow Wow Cafe, a dog-friendly cafe (but not JAKIM-friendly). From the looks of things, its also LGBT-friendly. There's a barrier at the entrance to avoid dogs escaping and there is also a special 'pen' where dogs can play, but basically the dogs are all over the place. Whole lot of hand sanitizers around and the staff are always on hand to clean up messes. Dog food is also on the menu, so don't be 'confused' and make a wrong order. Truth be told, I'm not particularly enamored with fur kids, but some of the dogs I saw there were really beautiful and well-groomed.

Flat White and Doggy Biscuit

Dogs II

Dogs I


Playful Dogs from William Ng on Vimeo.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

A Rewarding Merdeka

Old Shop

Mum had a full day workshop at church on the 31st of August, so it was Merdeka for me. Something about preparing for your twilight years. After dropping mum off, SK and I had a BKT breakfast at Yi Xin Ge. Went back home after that.

BKT

Sour Vegetables

At around 10:00 AM, KH roped me in to do some volunteer work for the Straits Games 2016. For those not familiar with the event, its actually an annual sporting event to foster friendship and promote a healthy lifestyle in the LGBT Community. TSG celebrated its 15th anniversary in Kuala Lumpur. The organizing chairman needed some help to sort out the program books. When we arrived, several volunteers were already there. Met KH's friend whom I had not seen for 7 years or so. After ninety minutes or so, we left for an early lunch at Restoran Ho Boh. First time trying their abacus seeds. Actually quite oily because they stir fry the abacus seeds with thin strips of dried calamari. But of course the end result is also very fragrant.

Lui Cha

Abacus Seeds

Retired back to my place after that for some 'quality time'. KH's way of rewarding me for my volunteer work. Skanked from the bathroom to the bedroom. Although the sex is important, I equally enjoy the times we just snuggle and press our naked flesh close. By evening, KH went home and I went to pick mum up.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SAFRApore IV: Going Home

Prawn Noodles

It was time to checkout so we made good use of the bed for one last time. Still had a little time, so we went to the food court at Old Airport Road. Ate some fish soup and prawn noodles. Really old school there as most of the hawkers spoke Cantonese. Took the bus back and I spied a really horrible sign inside:

Notis

The Malay is ... ugh (no pineapple pen here). Hate the sentence structure. We finished packing and took the MRT to Changi. Met up with Tater there who was catching his flight back to Bangkok. Tater passed us some egg custard mooncakes (I dunno why this is popular) from Hong Kong. Due to some weird circumstances, ZR was in Hong Kong for a day trip and he bought some back.

Although it was a short trip, we managed to meet many friends and made good use of the time.

P.S.: Tater's cookies didn't the survive the flight back to KL. Had to improvise a bit. I scooped some chocolate pecan ice cream, put in some sliced bananas and sprinkled liberal amount of cookie crumbs on top. The kids loved it.

Ice Cream

Monday, October 24, 2016

SAFRApore III: The Half (Sweaty SG Boys Inside)

200 M

At the designated ungodly hour, KH got up, donned his skanky pants, kissed me and went off to catch a cab to City Hall for the SAFRA Army Half Marathon. Flag off was at 5:00 AM. With sleep still thick on my eyes, I just gave him a few grunts of encouragement before falling back to sleep. Being the good hubby, I dragged myself to the 200 M mark before the finishing line to give KH some encouragement. The night before, Tater had given me instructions on the best place to wait. Unfortunately, I ended up on the wrong side of the road. But still, I kept my eyes peeled for KH. He was supposed to be done by 8:00 AM, but I didn't catch sight of him. Many more 10 KM runners compared to the 21.5 KM. Could easily tell them apart because they wore different colours. Suddenly, at 8:30AM, I received a call from KH. Rushed over to the Padang to meet him. Found him at the AIG tent with a black face. Turns out that DiGi's roaming had failed him and he had to borrow someone's phone to call me. He finished some twenty minutes ago. Well, that kinda spoiled the mood for celebration. Just ignored the whole field of sweaty Singaporean runners and we trudged back to the MRT station. The ideal scenario would have been something that I saw while standing at the corner of the Singapore National Gallery-- An angmoh strolled over in a razor scooter and waited at a corner. As his girlfriend rounded the bend, she ran over to give him a flying kiss across the fencing. She then continued on to finish the final 200 M. Too bad that didn't work out for us.

Photographer I

IMG_7735

Photographer II

Ang Moh Boyfriend

Sarong

Man Down

Run and Chat

Finish Line

The Padang

As luck would have it, I spotted my brother-in-law in City Link Mall. He didn't have time for chit-chat as he and his son were rushing for the SAFRA Father and Son 800 M run. Before he left, he indicated I should wait for my cousin sister who was coming up from behind. When she finally arrived, I finally understood why she was lagging behind-- she was pregnant! Will be expecting another nephew in November. KH and I continued on to Paya Lebar where we had breakfast at Moz Burger. Just a few sandwiches and coffee. Back at the AirBnB, KH showered and washed his sweat-soaked kit. Exhausted from all that earlier physical exertion, KH napped till lunch time.

Finishers Medal

Once KH woke up, we freshened up and walked up Tanjong Katong Road. As we passed by the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, we made a quick photo stop to capture its old school features. Not far from there was One KM Mall, our lunch destination. For Singaporeans who miss Malaysian shopping malls, One KM is the place to go because the density of Malay shoppers here is much higher (even the Nusantara migrants gather around this area). There's even a shop that sells headscarves there. Checked out all the options there and finally stopped for lunch at Fika Swedish Cafe and Bistro, a joint that serves halal Swedish food (whoopee!). Naturally, we ordered the Swedish meatballs. The meatballs had crispy bits on the outside, but tender on the inside. Delicious, but it came with a side of bland potatoes that I didn't like. Other than that, we tried the Pytt I Panna, something that none of us could pronounce, but its actually just a dish diced beef stir-fried with onions and potatoes. Sounds simple, but actually very good.

Saint

Gathering of Migrants

Giant Rubber Stamp

Pytt I Panna

Traveled to the city center to meet MoonlightPiggy who was having a craving for waffles again. Our tea time venue was Dazzling Cafe at Capitol Piazza. KH hobbled all the way there from City Hall. The lovely after-effects of running a half marathon. Capitol Piazza is a fairly new addition to the city. A row of old shops from 1903 were converted into a upmarket retail and restaurant space with a sheltered promenade. The waffles weren't particularly yummy, but the service was good. And I loved their bunny-eared chair backs. MoonlightPiggy had to meet her lou gong, so she went off early. We just loitered in town while waiting for the next appointment. I walked around aimlessly while KH went around battling Pokemon Go gyms.

Capitol Piazza

Luxe Toast Box

Tea Time Girls

Waffles

Dinner was with POD, Nic and Suzy. Much deliberation was made on the choice of venue, but when we found out that one out of the two restaurants had gone belly up, it was a no-brainer. It was an evening of fine dining at The Clan Restaurant, MOFO. Sounds more like Chinese cuisine than Italian right? Well, it was a six course Italian dinner. We tried to mix and match so that we could try all the mains at least. Suzy was the last to arrive, so we forced her to get the wagyu. We toasted with a bottle of proseco. Trust POD to go for the good things in life. Nic wasn't hangry, which was good. Congratulated him on his promotion to head of HR. And we toasted Suzy on her new man and new Jag (!). But she was more pleased with the car. Grilled her the while night about her secret boyfriend. POD was doing fine and had a new toy to play with-- a full-frame Nikon DSLR. Saw a sample of his portfolio and it was stunning. The whole night was filled laughter, gossip and camaraderie. Hope we didn't annoy the other patrons who were mostly having a romantic dinner. Hehe.

George's Bay Scallops

Charred Octopus

Gosh, I haven't even started about the food. I'll skip the bread sticks and jump to the chef's palate of the day, a trio of starters that our waiter explained had to be eaten in sequence. First a couple of peppers, secondly scallops, and lastly an egg custard. Truth be told, I don't see the need for the sequence. Haha. My entree was the George's Bay scallops. Don't ask me where George's Bay is. It was a cold scallop dish with avocado mousse. The hot appetiser was charred octopus with peppers and mash. I love grilled octopus. Gazpacho was next but I didn't like it. For the main, I chose the Dorper lamb. Well-grilled,  and with a curry accent. Closed with the Summer Fizzy, a citrus peach compote  with nectarine ice cream (not that I noticed). Suzy's main was the wagyu beef loin which she had to grill herself. She declared that it was a good chance to 'try her cooking' and started distributing the slices of wagyu around the table. Haha.

Summer Fizzy

Drank the last of the wine, took a wefie, hugs all around and we made our way home.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

SAFRApore II: Brunch and a Double Dates

Cafe Melba

Could sleep in on Saturday since our brunch appointment was at 10:30 AM. Even had a little time to fool around before MoonlightPiggy arrived. Together we took the bus to the Goodman Arts Center where Cafe Melba was located. As we walked in, MoonlightPiggy was nearly decapitate by the parking gantry. Keep an eye out for that. Eunice had also just arrived. I scooped her son up and brought him in. Eunice was surprised that he didn't wail. She said I must have a babysitter's aura. The first thing he noticed was the bouncy castle beside the cafe which he called a swimming pool! Eunice's daughter wasn't so good with strangers. Being the latest addition to the family, it was natural that she was the center of attention. Unfortunately, she shied away from us and would wail pitifully when separated from her mother.

Truffle Fries

KH had the eggs Benedict while I had the potato rosti with corned beef. Standard prices start at SGD16 for vegetarian options while each each meat add-on costs an extra SGD4. Honestly, the rosti was good with cheese, but a bit chewy when cold. My biggest complaint is the poached eggs, all cold and tasteless. Even the yolk was bland.

Rosti

The kids were getting fidgety and cranky by noon (there's only so much one can do with truffle fries), so we bid Eunice goodbye. The rest of us stayed on to explore the weekend market there. There was a flea market, food market and lifestyle market. MoonlightPiggy got a mini tiffin carrier for herself and an air plant. The kids who were manning the stall were amazing salesmen. I'm sure they'll grow up to be very successful.

Venus Fly Trap

Next we met Justin and his newly-wedded wife, so it was kinda like a double date. We sat down at Social Square by MOF, Waterway Point. Lovely to chat over something sweet. Justin asked something pretty deep: "What's the next step for both of you?". Kinda got us stumped. Something to think about eh?

Miniature

Dessert

To keep Sunday morning free, we attended sunset mass at St. Michael's Church. Wasn't a long way from the MRT station. Although it was nestled in a residential area, KH found it with ease. Strange that his built-in GPS works better in Singapore. In terms of architecture, it was a modern church layout with mass celebrated on the second floor, while they had a void deck a cafeteria downstairs. Very HDB right? The distinguishing factors would be the round stained glass windows representing scenes from the stations of the cross and a grotto that featured the statue of a the Welcoming Christ rather than the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St. Michael Archangel

Prayer & Pews

Crucifix and Stained Glass

Immaculate Heart of Jesus

That evening, we had a dinner date with Tater and good friend LL at Platypus, Bugis Junction. We've been hearing about him for long time, only to meet him now. Ordered the course dinner but that was kind of a mistake because everything came at the same time. Not very clever at all. The food didn't leave much of an impression. Halfway through dinner, we were joined by Kidz and Rick, his bestie. Couldn't stay long because KH and Tater needed to get their rest for the big race tomorrow!

Lamb Ragu

Grilled Chicken

Apple Pie