Dine Out: Nasi Lemak Authentic Singaporean Cuisine

Friday the 13th dinner with my favorite group! 🙂

Nasi Lemak @Robinson’s Galleria, 2/F East Lane.

Since I already made a list of must try international cuisines for our monthly dinners, I suggested that we start with Singaporean food.

Nasi Lemak’s Menu. Aside from Singaporean cuisine, they also serve Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai, and Chinese food.

Appetizer, Kueh Pai Ti (PHP268.00).. Singaporean version of California Maki.

Appetizer, Crispy Baby Squid (PHP218.00).. perfect beer combo.

Char Kway Teow, Medium (PHP275.00). Singapore’s popular noodle dish.

Singaporean Laksa (PHP265.00). This dish made me cough due to its extreme flavor but I liked the spice.

Steamed Prawns (PHP480.00)

Beef Rendang (PHP365.00). Caldereta + Curry. We asked the waiter for the ‘mild’ version but the girls in our group still find it too spicy.

Honey Glazed Pork Spareribs (PHP350.00)

Thank you, Joshua, Jera, Glenna, Thesa, Dust, and Diane! See you on our next first Friday family dinner!:)

So here comes the verdict:

Tuesday Treats 7/17: Cha Dao’s Dark Assam

I’m lucky I live near the famous Maginhawa Street.. I have a lot of choices when it comes to satisfying my cravings, and that includes my milktea-fix. I’ve tried different flavors from Infinitea, Tea Please, and MoonLeaf but for me nothing beats the uniqueness of Cha Dao’s Dark Assam. The froth blend and the black tea combo is simply addicting.

Cha Dao’s Dark Assam.
My second personal favorite after Gong Cha’s Wintermelon Milk Tea.

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Calligraphy Crafternoon, Reviving an Old Hobby

I remember during my elementary days I was consistently awarded ‘Best in Penmanship’. Back then, I felt like I had the best script or cursive handwriting because I practiced more than my classmates did. I already finished exercises on my writing workbook even before my teacher’s announcement of the deadline. But when I was in highschool, I somehow lost my enthusiasm in writing in cursive and preferred jotting my notes in plain handwriting. In college, things got worse.. I didn’t write much and only had one notebook because I photocopied my classmates’ notes.

Last Saturday, I had a chance to attend a Calligraphy Crafternoon organized by Ms. Alessandra Lanot at PINO Bar and Resto. Ms. A shared to us some stroke techniques, pen and ink tips, and she gave us worksheets to practice. It was an informal workshop and it’s more like learning while having fun.

I finally met the MasterCrafter, Teacher Alessandra. (sooooo kilig, fan mode! haha : D)

My first calligraphy pen. 🙂

My new-found-crafty-friends! (Apple, Keevee, and Czar.. Aya, picture coming soon hehe)

Ms. Fozzy, the Calligraphy Master, and her sample stroke. (W-O-W as in wooooow!)

To be surrounded by people who share the same interest with you was really an amazing feeling. I honestly envy people who were born singers but when I met these people who were exceptionally gifted with arts/crafts.. I didn’t feel like I envy them, it was more like inspiration-overload. I now look forward to doing ‘projects’ with my new-found-‘craftyfriends’.

Creative minds + Creative hands = Happy Calligraphers! 🙂

Playing with fonts.. and my pen kept bleeding.

The Wall of Artists.

After the workshop, I went home with a big smile in my face. I know God has sent me a message through the workshop and the creative people I met. He probably wants to remind me of things I was really passionate about so He gave me a chance to revive an old hobby.

I am really blessed beyond measure. 🙂

Tuesday Treats 7/10: Arce Dairy’s Coffee Crumble

My mom used to tell me that she always craved for ice cream when I was still in her tummy so I give her credit for my gelato addiction. Whenever I feel like I’m running out of happy hormones in my body, a scoop of ice cream or a stick of popsies will surely save the day.

Arce Dairy’s Coffee Crumble Supreme

For only PHP80 (cheaper than a tall cappucino from SB), you can have your COLD late night buddy to keep you awake. 🙂

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Tuesday Treats 7/3: Ms. Polly’s Chocolate Cake

The most preferred cake choice of everybody who has a sweet tooth.. Chocolate Cake!:)
You say Chocolate Cake, I say Ms. Polly’s!!!!!

For me this is the best moist chocolate cake in town! I would chose Ms. Polly’s over Starbucks’ chocolate cake anytime. The cake isn’t too sweet. I finished a whole slice without drinking water.haha 😀 Everyone in the family said I should have brought home the biggest size because every bite makes them crave for more. My 4-year-old niece even saved a slice for her ‘baon’ the next day.

Ms. Polly’s round moist chocolate cake.. rated #1 in Spot.ph’s best chocolate cake list.

Here are the prices:
Slice (PhP95.00)
1 Whole Round Cake (PhP350.00)
1 Whole Square Cake (PhP495.00)
1 Whole Rectangle Cake (PhP750.00)

Ms. Polly’s Specialty Cakes and Desserts
4/F Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor. Ortigas Ave.
Contact#: (02) 703-5058

Sunny Thought #6: Rainbow Colors

The weather has been bipolar lately..
Thanks to this beautiful reminder, I see hope. 🙂

Oh.. somewhere over the rainbow..
(taken at our rooftop)

And as the song goes..
The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of people passing by.
I see friends shaking hands, saying, ‘How do you do?’
They’re really saying, ‘ I…I love you!’

Oh.. somewhere over the rainbow..
I love you!!!!!! 🙂

Sunny Thought #5: Let the sun shine on your face.

I discovered this song while watching ‘A Little Bit of Heaven’,
one of those few movies that made me a crybaby.

SHINE – Laura Izibor

Wake up one morning you realize
Your life is one big compromise (compromise)
Stuck in the job you swore was only temporary (was only temporary)

Feel like the world is passing you by (do do do do do)
Never done all the things you would need to try
Stuck in one place, got a pain in your face from all your stressin’ out (all your stressin’ out)
Stuck in one place, got a pain in your face from all your stressin’ out (all your stressin’ out)

You ask yourself there’s got to be more than what I’m living for (what I’m living for)
You ask yourself there’s got to be more than what I’m living for (what I’m living for)
You ask yourself there’s got to be something else, something more, more, more

Well let the sun shine on your face
And don’t let your life go to waste
Now is the time, got to make up your mind
Let it shine on you, let it shine on you

Feel like there’s nothing nowhere to go
You try and fight but you can’t let go
All the pain, got so much to gain
Now is the time

You ask yourself there’s got to be something else, something more, more, more

Let the sun shine on your face
And don’t let your life go to waste
Now is the time, got to make up your mind
Let it shine on you, let it shine on you

You ask yourself there’s got to be more than what I’m living for (what I’m living for)
You ask yourself there’s got to be something else, something more, more, more

Well let the sun shine on your face
And don’t let your life go to waste
Now is the time, got to make up your mind
Let it shine on you, let it shine on you

(Source: http://www.lyrics007.com)

Happy July 1st! 🙂

BellyGood Project in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1..

Hi! After nights of brainstorming, I finally came up with how will I start this food project. First of all, I am no food expert and I consider myself as a picky eater. If there is one thing that I am thankful for being picky at food, I think it is how I was able to develop my patience on things. I learned to enjoy removing pineapples on my hawaiian pizza, pickles and lettice from Mcdo’s cheeseburger, raisins from cinnamon bread, ube from halo-halo, green peas from yangchow fried rice, and the list goes on. My tastebuds tell me that there are some food combinations that don’t really compliment each other so well and should be eaten as is. Forgive me for I am weird that way. 😀

I probably have no right to do food reviews for I have no formal training in food tasting but I AM A FOOD LOVER. I like to share with you my experiences in trying different cuisines with my family and friends, experimenting recipes at home, and my habit of giving simple treats to myself. Don’t expect me to write about calorie issues or health benefits.. I leave that job to the critics of the food industry.

My food posts will be divided into 3 categories:
1. Dine Out / food trips from international cuisines to hole-in-the-walls
2. Tuesday Treats / simple food pleasures and random cravings
3. What’sforDinner / home-cooked meals for the family

I’ve always believed that it’s better to count the memories we had with people we love than the calories we gained in eating with them.

Tara na, let’s fill our bellies!
Bon Appétit! 🙂

Birthday Resolutions

Our birthday is always considered our own personal new year.
So to get this year off to a good start, I wrote down my random list of 25 things I want to accomplish before I turn 25 next year.

I need prayers for #25!HAHA 😀

I wish to update this post next year with so much to share. (fingers crossed :))