Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tom Yum Noodles at the Conrad

Its always easy to take pictures of food. I'm sitting still, the presentation is normally nice straight out of the kitchen (or at least before I forget and take a big bite out of my meal)

Conrad Level 2 cafe serves tom yum noodles in large and small portions. The small portion is perfect if you aren't too hungry and just feeling a little bit greedy for a taste. (I know I was..on the day I arrived in Bangkok)

Its quite expensive though. You can get a bowl of noodles on the street at a quarter of the price (or less). Not sure how hygienic that would be but I guess you choose your own ¨poison¨.  :D

Guardian at Bangkok airport

Had crowds of tourist lining up to take pictures of the statue.

I just joined in the fun. :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Sizzler in Thailand

Miss me? I was in Thailand and the internet connection charge there is atrocious!!

Anyway, its been a while since I've been to Sizzler. I used to love the place in Raffles Place. Always a treat to go there (before the standard dropped). I wonder if it is still there? Probably not.

Sizzler in Thailand rocks. Was at the one next to Conrad and the salad bar selection was really good.

Loved it...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

On the way to Bangkok..

Let me board that plane and throw me some darn blankets!! Why does the aircon have to be so cold and why do people have to talk so loudly?


My Amazon Kindle

This is a belated post as I purchased my Kindle some time back in 2009 for Christmas. Its the 2nd eBook reader I've got (the first being a Sony PRS 505). If you are asking me which I prefer, I'm going to say that I love them both!!

Its easy to get free books from the Sony store as compared to the Kindle which charges about USD 3 dollars for the same free books that Sony offers. But on the flip side, Amazon is fully supported in Taiwan which means that you can purchase books or download samples OTA whereas Sony doesn't allow purchases unless u have a US credit card. But something I can't understand is why ebooks cost the same prices as paperbacks. Doesn't it cost more to have to print and deliver books to the end customer?

In terms of functionality though, Kindle, with its inclusive dictionary and speech to text capability, certainly gets the thumbs up for me. I guess that's why its also a little bigger and heavier than the Sony which is much easier to handle for me.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Alice in Wonderland - 3D

Watched ¨Alice in Wonderland¨ in 3D last weekend. The ticket cost me NTD 430 (equivalent of SGD $19) which is actually double the price of a regular ticket but since they gave us such cool 3D glasses, deliver popcorns and other sinful tidbits to your seat and erm ...the movie was good... so I guess its an okay way to spend Saturday afternoon.

I love Johnny Depp in these weird characters, don´t you? He plays them so well!! I simply cannot imagine anyone else playing those roles as wonderfully as he did. Minor comment though....for a minute as Mad Hatter was swaggering on the table when he first met Alice, I thought I saw Captain Jack Sparrow in colorful makeup but hell....what is to be expected of crazy swagger-ness on those skinny legs anyway...Those legs are....

Okay, I digress......

I think my brother is into the Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum characters. Its true, they are quite funny....now Iḿ thinking of the letter M.....and so very entertaining.
As for me, though...(and yes, I DO have a favourite and its not the Mad Hatter) my fav character has got to be The Chesire Cat.

 As you probably know, Lewis Carroll published the Alice in Wonderland book in 1875. When I was in UK, a couple of months back, if I recall correctly , the tour guide told us that Lewis Carroll was sitting in his Oxford room and writing Alice in Wonderland one day when he noticed his neighbourś cat on the tree outside his window. The cat looked like he was grinning at him and thus, the story has it that this was what gave birth to the Cheshire cat character.

So the next question you will probably be asking is...why call it Cheshire right? I think it had to do with Cheshire cheese which was made to look like a grinning cat or something like that but I have such a faulty memory so go google it, if you are interested.

Anyway, the Cheshire cat in Tim Burton´s Alice in Wonderland is like neon blue instead of purple (which Iḿ used to). He only plays a small part in the movie as  compared to erm...Mad Hatter or Alice but then again, he has that trademark smile and the ability to poof in and out of tight situations. His signature is that his grin is normally the last to be seen before he totally vanishes!! 

The Cheshire cat is a little philosophical in the movie and definitely mischievous and he does quite like the Mad Hatter´s hat.

As they say....we are all mad here!!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Ingenious - Can you find the 4 characters?

Saw this at a restaurant. 4 words combined into one. I couldn't resist taking a picture of it, totally ingenious. Can you find the 4 words?  招 財 進 寶 (It means: Let riches and treasures come in)

Lunch at Tonkatsu

This is what I had for lunch today.

Poor people behind desk (PPBDs) committee decided to treat ourselves to "fancy" Jap restaurant for lunch today. It being Monday and all. The price of the meal was almost 4 times what we normally pay but the restaurant is famous and sells good food so heck ah... MONDAY calls for a treat. :D

Note: PPBD is a term that I coined one afternoon. Definitely on a working week day either Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Haha.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dinner at famous Taiwanese Dan Dan noodle restaurant

Okay, this is a food post! Eating our hearts out (and then hourssss on the treadmill.).

Famous Taiwanese restaurant.
As you can see, its packed! The restaurant has both inside and outside seating but if you choose to sit outside, I think you get a free dish which we enjoyed on a cooling night. 

Salted egg with mushroom dish

Claypot Style Veggies wrapped in Beef

Fish roe with Mayo sauce

Cold dish - Chicken in Chinese Shao xing wine

Our free dish - Stir fried sweet potato leaves

One of their speciality Tofu dish -Very very good.

Last but not least, their famous dan dan noodles. Yum!

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My rubik cube addiction

I'm hooked!!