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Hi! I’m Grace. Welcome to my blog, WorkingWithGrace. ๐Ÿ™‚ I have interviewed a number of inspiring people for my blog, many of whom are celebrities, millionaires and entrepreneurs. Here’s one of them…

Meet Peter Buffett, son of billionaire investor Warren Buffett.ย Peter was one of my former interviewees, and here’s a quick clip for those who have never met him before:

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Since 2013, this blog has received awards and recognition from many brands. I’ve been blessed with awards such as these ones:

2013 Best Individual Blog WINNER at the annual Singapore Blog Awards
2013 Aries Gold Watches’ Blogger Contest WINNER
2013 Zespri Blogger Challenge WINNER
2013 StarHub Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 BRANDS’ Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 Influr Blogger Challenge WINNER
2014 rolleyes x Panasonic Blogger Challenge WINNER
2015 SingSaver Blogger Contest WINNER

… and more. ๐Ÿ™‚

Samsung Note9 Roadshow @ VivoCity: Freebies, As Usual

Samsung Singapore Note 9

We visited Samsung’s roadshow at VivoCity during the weekend and, as always, it was a lot of fun! If you’re wondering about the difference between the Note8 and the Note9, it mainly boils down to these 3: slightly bigger screen, more powerful battery and a bluetooth-enabled stylus. Whether you own a Samsung gadget or not, it’s always a good idea to head down to these events because it’s freebies galore PLUS you get a chance to win the latest Samsung device in a lucky draw! Of course, I have yet to win a phone from Samsung (pick me, pick me!) but I have won tickets to USS previously, which I gifted to my photographer pal. ๐Ÿ˜€

In the picture above, you see the AR Emoji Gallery where we had our pictures taken and transformed into cute characters whose hairstyle, clothing, etc, we could customise. And then get a printout after. It was a pity that the devices were left in the hands of the staff and we could only give verbal directions instead of testing it out ourselves. But I guess people would just take too long if ‘left to their own devices‘. Haha!

FREE ice cream!

Samsung Pay ice cream

The lady who gave us the ice cream was Japanese. And, no kidding, I spotted her again yesterday. Right outside an ice cream shop at Clarke Quay. So I think I know where this ‘Samsung Pay’ ice cream is from. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Samsung Gear VR

If you don’t already know, when you are using VR devices it can cause you to feel a little bit dizzy! Coupled with the fact that these seats actually move, like in those 6D movies you go to, it can be quite a stomach-churning experience if you’ve just had your lunch. I refused to get on it because from previous experience I know it’s not a ride that I would appreciate or enjoy.

But lucky draws are my favorite! ๐Ÿ˜€ Asย usual, there was the opportunity to take part in the Samsung Lucky Draw and win the latest gadget which is the Samsung Note9 right now. Participants who complete four of the various stations at the roadshow also get to redeem a free Samsung umbrella. I’m not sure how much Samsung spends on all these roadshow events but I believe it to be money well spent. EVERYONE gets to experience using the newest products and collect freebies along the way. Samsung members also received free screen protectors and diagnostic tests for their phones!

Samsung Note9 Lucky Draw

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I’ve just retired my Samsung S5 and begun using my Note8 so I am definitely not purchasing the Note9 anytime soon. Happy to win one though! ๐Ÿ˜› And I have to say that Samsung products really do last pretty long. I don’t think I’m upgrading my handset till perhaps there’s a Note13 or 14! ๐Ÿ˜€

Celebrity Host Jacky Wu’s Son Questioned By Police After ‘Joke’ Bombed

Rick Wu's bomb joke

Screengrab from YouTube

I had more fun that I should have when putting together the title of this blogpost. (@_@) Basically, Jacky Wu’s 19-year-old son (whose name is Rick Wu) recently posted a picture of himself and his girlfriend on Instagram stories and included a caption saying that if his girlfriend doesn’t recover from her illness, he’ll make a bomb and blow up Taipei’s City Hall and make everyone pay. I’m not sure why anyone would take the son of a comedian seriously when he makes such an illogical statement. Really, what has his girlfriend’s illness got to do with the rest of society? Rick explained during a press conference co-hosted by his father that it was meant as a joke among his army buddies. But someone took a screenshot and sent it to the media. According to Jacky, the young man will bow out of the entertainment industry which he’d just entered less than a month ago.

It’s a pity, really. Rick seemed like a very promising musician. As Jacky’s pride and joy, Rick was all set to go really far in the entertainment business. Jacky paved the way for both his daughter (Sandy) as well as Rick as best he could, and now it seems only Sandy will be able to stay in this industry.

Jacky has mentioned many times how he flies a lot for work, missing lots of important celebrations and holidays at home because he needs to be abroad for filming. While we may envy the children of celebrities for all that fame and money (and fast cars) they enjoy, perhaps what they really need (and possibly crave for) is companionship and that permanent father figure at home. Seems like the young man just wants more attention, and who can blame him?

Though the public censure by his father needed to happen (in order to help calm angry netizens – why are they so angry anyway?), Rick may or may not have learnt his lesson. Come on, the dude is just 19.

What do we learn from this? Don’t make bomb-related jokes and seriously, don’t have offspring unless you are willing and able to spend lots of time with them, inculcating the right values and bringing them up well. If you’re “mediocre” as GCT would say, then it’s not as serious. But if you’re a celebrity, well, you just might have to call for a press conference to explain the actions of your offspring. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Today @ Crab In Da Bag: No Potatoes, No Burgers, No Air-Conditioning?!

Crab In Da Bag review

Crab In Da Bag at Nassim Road serves up good prawns though – plump, juicy, and despite being served with the shells intact, seem to require no deveining as the prawns are clean within! That was really the restaurant’s saving grace today because they were out of potatoes (HUH?!), burgers (seriously?!) and instead of air-conditioning, I felt the breeze only from this fan near our feet…

Crab in Da Bag Nassim Road

Not exactly what you’d expect from a restaurant at Orchard.

And the weather has been brutally hot recently so good air-conditioning would be much appreciated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s a portion of Crab In Da Bag’s menu:

Crab In Da Bag Menu

To add the Red Skin Potato to your bag of seafood, it costs just $1 (but they were out of potatoes), so we went for the corn ($2.50) and Chicken Bratwurst Sausage ($4). As for the sauce, pick their Signature ‘Caboodle Mix’ which has garlic and butter over the ‘Mum’s Special’ sauce. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I like the creativity in making the bag also double up as the serving ‘bowl’…

Crab In Da Bag GIF

The decor in Crab In Da Bag is overwhelmingly nautical. I’d suppose couples may want to have their photoshoots here if they happen to favor this theme! ๐Ÿ˜€

Crab In Da Bag Singapore

And when you’re done with your meal and want to wash your hands, you’ll have to exit the restaurant via the glass door at the back and head into the mall, following the sign to the washroom, which is INCREDIBLY tiny. The ladies washroom has just one mini sink and two cubicles, which seem to be for kindergarteners, not fully grown adults.

I’m not sure if we’ll be back again. But if we do return, we’ll definitely order those prawns again, which are super fresh and therefore delicious!

Crab In Da Bag is at 1 Nassim Road, #01-01, Singapore 258458.

Tel: 6732 1311

Meeting The Sleep Doctor, Michael Breus, Thanks To Princess Cruises

Lantern Fullerton Bay Hotel

The gorgeous pool and the stunning view at Lantern, Fullerton Bay Hotel.

I visited Lantern at the Fullerton Bay Hotel recently, thanks to an invitation by Princess Cruises to meet the Sleep Doctor, Dr. Michael Breus. First up, let me just say that the pool where Lantern is located is GORGEOUS. And guests actually have a selection of sunblock and sun tanning lotions to choose from at the poolside! Unfortunately, we did not get invited to use the pool. ๐Ÿ˜€ So we could only try and escape the heat by getting a seat under some shade while the bikini babes soaked up the sun. That said, it was a very informative session as the Sleep Doctor, Dr Michael Breus, whom Dr Oz calls “MY sleep doctor”, helped shed light on many sleep-related concerns.

Fullerton Bay Hotel Swimming Pool

Full-sized sunscreen products for hotel guests to use.

Princess Cruises Singapore

I’ve recorded the main highlights of the session for your viewing pleasure, so go ahead and click on the play buttons below to watch the video clips! ๐Ÿ™‚

If you’ve ever wondered how much sleep the Sleep Doctor gets, watch this video:

In this next video, the doctor shares about the effects of Caffeine, Alcohol, Exercise and Sunlight on one’s quality of sleep:

I think this is what we attended the event for – the Question & Answer segment. The good doctor answered every single question that the audience had…

In Part 1, questions were raised about how we can get better sleep while traveling (yes, lots of us have trouble falling asleep in a different bed), how much sleep adults should be getting, deep sleep vs interrupted sleep, and sleep deprivation.

In Part 2, the focus is on napping, sleeping after mealtimes, sleeping with a light on, etc.

In Part 3, it’s about people who are constantly “on call”, such as doctors, policemen and firemen, medicines for insomniacs, sleep disruption faced by ultra athletes, and how to select sleep trackers.

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All in all, I think it was a useful session. I did actually try to sleep with an eye mask on and used earplugs too, the night after hearing the Dr speak. However, it seems old habits die hard. ๐Ÿ˜€ As I don’t usually have trouble falling asleep, I think it doesn’t matter though.

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Never Buy Insurance To “Support” A Friend!

Friend

You won’t be 2gether for long. ๐Ÿ˜›

I was ‘inspired’ to write this post after I found out what had happened to a friend of mine who had cancelled his original plan with ‘Insurance Company 1’ to get a plan from ‘Insurance Company 2’ to “support” a friend who’d just joined Company 2. There had been no major change in his life to warrant the switch – he didn’t get married, didn’t have a kid, etc – and basically had no reason to make the switch. He did it just to help this friend get started in Company 2. And get this… this switch meant he was paying THREE times the premium that he was paying previously. I thought that’s nuts! Was he mad or was he trying to woo the person, and even then he’d be madly in love? ๐Ÿ˜€ (If she’s a hot babe, I can totally understand ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

And you’ll probably have guessed by now. Things turned sour. A couple of months after getting the plan with Company B, he went for a medical checkup and in the course of speaking with the doctor at the polyclinic before getting a referral to a specialist, somehow certain health-related complaints were noted down by that doctor. When my pal wanted to make a claim for the medical bills, because of what the polyclinic doctor had recorded, Insurance Company B rejected the claim on the basis that he should have notified the company about the condition of his health when he’d signed up for a policy with them. (But isn’t that the agent’s duty? To fact-find? And to note down any ailments or medical issues the client might have before submitting anything to the underwriters?!)

IF my pal had stayed with Insurance Company 1, his claim would very likely have been processed, he’d have gotten his money, and gone on his way. Because of this switch, now he’s STUCK. Insurance Company 2 refuses to pay, and also wants this medical condition excluded, which means anytime he’s hospitalised because of this condition, he’ll have to foot the bill himself. Even if he cancels the plan with Insurance Company 2, Insurance Company 1 would now know there’s this condition, and would similarly want it excluded.

So… because he tried to “support” a friend, he’s now left unsupported. When I went with him to meet the agent and also her (female) manager, who were at a roadshow in Sengkang’s CompassOne, both of the ladies were adamant that they had to stand on the side of the company, and also pointed out that the company should rightfully be suspicious of how this person is making a claim so soon after getting a policy.

How quickly things change!

At the start, you’ll find that your friend will always be listening to your needs, and supposedly helping you make prudent financial decisions, to safeguard your future and that of your family. Once the commissions have been pocketed, you’re on your own, dude!

So, folks, make sure you NEVER EVER get insurance policies just to “SUPPORT” a friend. If a friend joins a company and then asks for your “SUPPORT”, RUN! Run as fast as you possibly can.

Here are 5 points, as a summary of sorts:

#1: When Money Is Involved, Friendships Can Easily Dissolveย ่ฎฒ้’ฑไผคๆ„Ÿๆƒ…

Note that your friend is a ROOKIE a.k.a NEWBIE a.k.a NOOB a.k.a NEWCOMER. Would you trust a person new to nursing to give you an injection? Would you trust a new doctor to perform a surgery on you? Would you trust a noob pilot to fly the plane you’re in?

I’m hoping your answer is no to all three. So why would you entrust your financial future to a newbie agent? Even if that person is your friend. No, scratch that. Because that person is your friend (and I’m assuming you value that friendship), you SHOULD NOT BUY a policy.

Rookies are usuallyย full of enthusiasm at selling in order to hit a target set by the company, secure basic pay every month, go on an incentive trip, get an iPad, etc. <- Yes, this is actually what the agent’s manager said the agent was getting!

You might be swayed by that enthusiasm. Just say no. Buy that person KOI bubble tea when she’s working at a roadshow. Treat her to a meal after a hard day of work. Write something nice about her on LinkedIn. Whatever. Just don’t buy a policy when YOU ALREADY HAVE ONE.

Don’t enter into business with a friend unless you’re truly prepared to lose that friendship. Yes, it’ll happen. You can bet on it.

#2 Your Long-Term Commitment VS. Your Friend’s Maybe-Short-Term Career

You should definitely get insurance when you’re young. Lock in the premiums when they’re ‘cheaper’, and you’ll continue paying the same amount for many years to come. Don’t switch, please. Unless you’re getting a way better deal. And that’s unlikely.

Now, be aware that your long-term commitment may have to contend with your friend’s short-lived career in the financial planning line. Are you prepared to end up as one of those (what I would call) ‘floaters’ or (what industry folks call) ‘orphaned accounts’ – clients whose agents have left the company?

#3 Look For Someone Who’s Not In It For The Money

Gosh. This is easier said than done, right? I know. But I’m SURE there must be people like that. For instance, so many people want to become influencers and bloggers. I got into blogging not wanting to make a single cent. It’s true. Even if I’m not paid, I’ll continue blogging.

If I get a licence to be a financial planner, yes, definitely get a plan from me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I don’t need your support but you can count on me to recommend what’s best for you, even if it is to keep your current plan and just buy me KOI bubble tea – Yakult Green Tea with aloe vera and konjac jelly, if you must know. ๐Ÿ˜€

#4 Don’t Commit At Roadshows, Or At Least Know There’s A Free Look Period And Cancel Before That!

Talk for half an hour at most, say you definitely have to think it through at home, and watch the person’s facial expression. Why? Because if there’s annoyance, or any hint at all that the person feels you’ve just wasted his/her time, you know this agent is NOT looking out for your best interests. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He/she is just in for a quick buck, needs to cover the ‘rental cost’ of that space for the day, and is simply looking for gullible people to con-vince.

I once spoke to an agent at a roadshow at Punggol MRT. She claimed she was offering higher interest rates for savings accounts FROM (FREAKING) POSB! I decided to play along, took the freebie, left her fake contact details, let her do all the paperwork, and at the end of the day, she thinks my name is Cheryl. People at roadshows aren’t out to meet financially savvy folks; they want the ‘easy targets’ e.g. housewives, recent graduates, people who don’t do so well with numbers, e.g. me, people who don’t know what questions to ask, easy-to-close folks. Be prepared.

#5 Get A Referral: Ask For A Recommendation From Your Friends

If you are not someone who is good at intuitively sizing up people, e.g. you can talk to conmen and not detect anything strange about them, then you’d better ask friends whom you trust with making good recommendations.

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While my pal might be able to “look on the bright side” and see that this incident has shed some light on this person who’s supposed to be a friend, I think the price he has to pay is too high.

If he’s hospitalised, wouldn’t he rather this person come to visit as a concerned pal, instead of an agent who’s dragging her feet to come by to help with the paperwork for his claims, because he demanded she do so?

Yes, it’s sad to see a friendship end over some thousands of dollars but I think it’s sadder still if this insurance headache is not resolved and if *touchwood* something happens to him and he has to foot the entire bill. That’s a crying shame.

Fish & Co @ Waterway Point: The Chips Are Back!

fish n co truffle fries

This is not some arty-farty picture I took. My camera somehow gets me these kinda shots.

The last time I had a meal at Fish & Co at Waterway Point with my pal Samy, they ran out of chips. Which is unimaginable – ‘fish & chips’ without chips? Yesterday, thankfully, the chips were back in action and the truffle ones (that you see in the picture above) are really good! I like that the lunch sets at Fish & Co are available till 5pm, so you can have an early dinner and enjoy the promotion (you basically get a free drink). ๐Ÿ˜€ While prices aren’t low, you’ll find that the fish is cooked perfectly – crispy on the outside, tender and juicy within. So it’s a treat you might want to indulge in once in a while.

I ordered the same thing I had previously:

fish n co white fish with ebiko

Interestingly, ‘the curse of the second visit’ happened yet again. While he enjoyed the food, I thought it paled in comparison with my first visit. I can’t quite put my finger on it: is it that there’s less ebiko this time? Was the rice less flavorful (yes that might be it), or was the coleslaw in too watery a sauce?

Here’s a pic of the previous meal, and yes, it seems like there was more ebiko then ๐Ÿ˜›

fish and co review

So they definitely need to work on consistency. But my desire to return to Fish & Co a third time has been dampened already.

Fish n co waterway point review

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I like that Fish & Co serves water (iced / warm) and they don’t provide extra straws for your water (which would be added wastage). I do think it’s a bit tedious to do the post-meal surveys via the iPad provided because it’s kind of lengthy and some questions are ridiculous, e.g. which is your usual mode of transport – walking, car, bus, MRT? I chose the walking option even though I usually cycle to Waterway Point. LOL.

And unlike at Subway or even McDonald’s, you don’t get any free chips or cookies at Fish & Co when you complete the survey. Bummer.

10 Best-Dressed Mickey Mouse Figurines At The Raffles City Exhibition

Mickey Go Local exhibition at Raffles City

The one in the middle was designed by singer JJ Lin! But it didn’t make it into my Top 10.

I’ve read so much about the Mickey Go Local exhibition at Raffles City that I simply had to pop by and have a look. There are apparently some 90 Mickey Mouse figurines on display. And they’re special because they were all dressed up by Singaporeans from all walks of life – from President Halimah Yacob to singers JJ Lin and Nathan Hartono, to regular folks like you and me (I think I saw some designed by secretaries, medics, etc). If you’re wondering why it’s 90 figurines when we’re only celebrating Singapore’s 53rd birthday this year, it’s because Mickey is 90 lah. While some of the 90 ‘designers’ went all out in decking the 60cm-tall blank Mickey figurines they received, others painted parts of (or all of) Mickey in one color and called it a day. One even twirled celluloid film around blank Mickey and called it a wrap. Alamak! How can?!ย So this blogpost is to celebrate those 10 ‘designers’ who showed real effort, creativity and skill in putting together Mickey figurines that are definitely worth bidding for in an auction.

Mickey by Henry Liew

Mickey by Business Director, Henry Liew

This is Mickey after my own heart. There’s Pandan cake in his right hand, Pandan Cheese Rolls for ears, an Ondeh Ondeh nose, Sagu Kueh shoes, etc. This isn’t the only Mickey with an ondeh nose (who copy who ah?!) but this version looks delicious. I like.

Mickey by Nick Shen Wei Jun

Mickey by Celebrity, Nick Shen Wei Jun. Hard to snap a good pic of this Mickey without getting a hand or ear of another Mickey in the shot. Haiyah! Placement, guys, placement!

Chinese opera has been a big part of Nick’s life and his passion for preserving this Chinese traditional art is commendable. Top marks for that spirit!

Mickey by Li Nanxing

Mickey by Li Nanxing

Actor Li Nanxing’s Mickey is not the only one at the exhibition holding sticks of faux satay. But his looks the most realistic. I think I read somewhere that the actor cut up pieces of sponge and burnt them to achieve this satay look. Top marks for effort, ok? Also, this Mickey, like a few others, is donning the ‘Good Morning, Singapore’ towel. But this one looks neat and clean.

Mickey by Melissa Tan

Mickey by Artist, Melissa Tan

It could easily have turned out cat-astrophic if attempted by anyone else. But because it’s the work of artist, Melissa Tan, it looks fabulous. Should be a piece any cat lover would treasure. I like how there’s a white cat in the pupil of Mickey’s left eye. ๐Ÿ˜€ More importantly, the cats all have tipped left ears – the tips of the left ears have been clipped to indicate that the cats have been sterilised, as is common among community cats in Singapore.

Mickey by Lester Lim

Mickey by Creative Director, Lester Lim

The inspiration behind this piece was the Grand Prix and Lester was aiming for a “retro vibed aesthetic”. The creativity of this Mickey figurine design is definitely miles ahead of many others. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mickey by Dennis Chew

Mickey by Dennis Chew

This Mickey is every driver’s nightmare! ๐Ÿ˜€ The parking attendant’s (or “summon auntie”) job is definitely one that’s been phased out (quite rapidly) with cashcard parking everywhere. It’s a good time to remember the cute auntie who often put fear in people’s hearts. ๐Ÿ˜€

Mickey by Zi Qi

Mickey by Artist, Zi Qi

It’s almost unfair to pit celebrities and normal folks against actual artists, no? ๐Ÿ˜€ In any case, this is artist Zi Qi’s contribution to the exhibition – Mickey as an ice cream. Should be placed next to the ice cream booth in Disneyland, or even Universal Studios Singapore! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s that pretty!

Mickey by Gina Tan

Mickey by Actor/Singer, Gina Tan

This blinged-out Mickey is supposed to have “elements of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Eurasian”. So, go figure! I think that’s a songkok, and there are gold bangles, and what else? It’s too dazzling and my eyes hurt. And oh! It’s placed, unfortunately, next to an escalator so itchy fingers have already removed some of the sequins on Mickey’s left shoe. Pity!

Mickey by Janice Ling

Mickey by Student, Janice Ling Li Ying

I like the stars on Mickey’s cheeks. And that Merlion theme – it’s a must-have, no? And those YouTube and Instagram logos on Mickey’s hand? I’m not sure. I wish I can feel it in my bones. I’m guessing social media has put information within easy reach.

Mickey by James Seah

Mickey by Actor, James Seah

“Phua Chu Kang Mickey. Best in Singapore and the whole wide world” reads the caption. ๐Ÿ˜€ This Mickey will definitely bring a smile to any Singaporean’s face. I like that James included the obiang gold chains.

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So there you go! My Top 10 Best Dressed Mickey Mouse Figurines list. ๐Ÿ˜€ I do actually have one Mickey on my Worst Dressed list. I’ve been contemplating whether I should share a picture of it (the ‘artist’ might get upset, right?). But I guess art and especially “fashion sense” is highly subjective. So… *deep breath*, here we go…

Mickey worst dressed

On Mickey’s ears are the characters that form the word for ‘Xinyao’ – “a genre of songs that is unique to Singapore. It is a contemporary Mandarin vocal genre that emerged and rise to fame in Singapore between late 1970s to 1980s” according to Wikipedia. Then there are names of some singer-songwriters repeated here and there and titles of songs.

At first glance, I thought someone had put some kind of potent curse on Mickey. What with the red between and above his eyes. Really unfortunate, I think.

I’ll be honest. I actually wondered (hopefully not out loud) why this Mickey was allowed to be placed in this exhibition. It’s as non-inclusive as one can get – how will the Malays, Indians, Eurasians, and many others e.g. tourists know what this is all about? Why not just write “O$P$” in red across Mickey’s forehead? More ‘local’ and just about anyone who has lived here for some time will know what it represents. ๐Ÿ˜›

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I do think that the gift store at Raffles City should sell a miniature of this Mickey figurine so people who visit the exhibition can purchase one and decorate it. I think I’ll be happy to shell out S$50 or more for one. And then upload a picture of it on IG to take part in Raffles City’s contest. Wouldn’t that be more meaningful than getting cushions and tshirts and water bottles? That said, I did get some wristlets and pouches! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

That’s all from me. Do you have a favorite Mickey figurine from the exhibition? I’m curious about how much you’ll pay for it in an auction! ๐Ÿ˜€

 

Feeding Strays: Shopping For Cat Food Is Quite An Adventure

cat food singapore

What I bought from Pet Lovers Centre, Waterway Point, today.

There are a couple of stray cats, or community cats if you’d like, which I do sometimes spot at the foot of my block. They’re really elusive creatures. This morning, I spotted one of them again. And it looked at me with pitiful big eyes. I guessed it must be hungry but, as usual, I didn’t have any food (much less cat food) with me. So before dinner this evening, I popped by Pet Lovers Centre at Waterway Point to purchase some cat food. The selection blew me away – I don’t even get so many choices when looking for some canned tuna at NTUC FairPrice! ๐Ÿ˜› And some of the items came as quite a surprise…

LAMB JERKY?! And GRASS-FED BEEF?!

exotic food for cats singapore

SALMON SASHIMI CAT TREAT!

salmon sashimi cat treat singapore

ย I wonder what that salmon sashimi treat tastes like, and whether it’s fit for human consumption! ๐Ÿ˜€

I didn’t get the lamb jerky nor the salmon sashimi ‘cos that’s obviously for cats living with people of high SES. ๐Ÿ˜›

I bought the Made-in-Belgium ‘Cat & Kitten Milk’ from the brand ‘Cindy’s Recipe’. Contrary to popular belief (maybe gained from watching cartoons), cats don’t drink milk. They are lactose intolerant so milk causes them stomach upsets! These lactose-free ones are ok though. $2 per bottle, so I got 2!

cat and kitten milk singapore

I also got a can of ‘Tuna Whole Meat with Salmon in Jelly’ from the brand ‘Burp!’ This one’s made in Thailand. ‘Burp!’ seems to be the ‘Ayam Brand’ of the cat food industry. It seemed like the entire canned food section was filled with their products. I got dizzy just looking at the range. But I was told you can’t go wrong with tuna PLUS salmon.

As a member, you get freebies when you buy more…

canned cat food singapore

Apparently, if you’re a PLC member, you get extra freebies with your purchase. But I’m not about to shell out S$6 for a 1-year membership just yet. ๐Ÿ˜› Seems like a slippery slope toward cat enslavement.

burp cat treats promotion singapore

I also bought the 2-in-1 cat treat – it has catnip and salmon – and also the Dried Sunfish. The PLC staff told me that it’s best to get the products with fish, versus chicken or anything else, because the heavy scent would attract the (stray) cats. Since I don’t know what the strays like or don’t like, it’s best to go with what seems like a sure bet.

Also, another common misconception is that feeding strays is illegal. It is not. Littering is, though. So make sure you clean up after the cat. Remove plates, trays and cans so water does not collect in them and become breeding grounds for mosquitoes!

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I’ll keep some cat food (and drink) in my bag from now on so the stray kitties will get a treat when we meet. ๐Ÿ˜€ And oh! I did check if there are any sites offering free cat food samples. I found one at canclover.com. Sent in a request already so… fingers crossed.

Also, I learnt a new word today: Kibble…

the meaning of kibble

ThaiLily Restaurant Next To United Square: Surprisingly Good Thai Food in Novena!

thailily restaurant review

It’s easy to overlook this Thai restaurant located next to United Square. If not for Eatigo, we wouldn’t even know it existed. Usually we’re just so distracted by Udders Ice Cream – mainly debating whether we should get ice cream or not – that we don’t even realize there are other restaurants and eateries and shops along the same stretch. ThaiLily Restaurant serves REALLY good Thai food. I think the chef must be from Thailand. In the restaurant, they even have framed pictures of the late King of Thailand and his wife. We enjoyed everything that we ordered, even though we’ve never been here before and didn’t ask for any recommendations from the staff!

In the picture above, you see the Thai Prawn Cake ($12) that comes with an addictive sweet sauce. ๐Ÿ™‚ Below, you’ll find the Green Curry w/ Seafood ($10) + $1 for white rice.

good thai food in novena singapore

The fish in the green curry is especially good. And the curry really will leave you wanting more rice to go along with it. We also tried the Tomyam ($10) with clear soup, and while it was good too, I wished it was more packed with ingredients.

The stir-fried glass noodles with seafood ($8) was well worth every penny. Seasoned to perfection, and with a generous helping of seafood, this is not meant for sharing. No, really. You’ll want to eat it all yourself. I sure did.

Thailily restaurant singapore

We had a glass of their iced lemongrass ($3) which, interestingly, tasted like something out of a can. Usually, at other Thai restaurants, the lemongrass seems freshly prepared. Somehow I didn’t like ThaiLily’s version.

The next time you’re at United Square or the Novena area, just cross the little side road to get to ThaiLily for a good meal. In this picture below, you’ll see a motorcyclist right in front of where ThaiLily is located… and the adult-and-child pair about to cross the road is in front of Udders. Get some good (spicy) Thai food then walk over to Udders for ice cream. Sounds like a plan? ๐Ÿ˜€

thai lily restaurant novena

Thai Lily is located at 165 Thomson Road, Goldhill Centre, Singapore 307618.

We went by when there was 50% discount via Eatigo, so the bill for everything we ordered came up to just S$22! ๐Ÿ˜€

3 Must-try Items When @ Saizeriya

Saizeriya singapore

The Four Cheese Ravioli is a must-try though you can forget about the Mentaiko Flavor Shrimp & Broccoli Spaghetti ๐Ÿ˜›

I think Singaporeans love Saizeriya because there’s no service charge nor GST here. ๐Ÿ˜€ How do they do this – not having to charge GST? I have no idea. Is it due to franchising? Anyway, according to IRAS, “As a business, you must register for GST when your taxable turnover exceeds $1million.” Saizeriya has outlets all over Singapore; I counted about 22 on their website. So hopefully I get to solve this mystery one day. I know one outlet just sprouted up recently at Punggol’s Oasis Terraces. We dined at the outlet at Pasir Ris yesterday and, for your sake and mine, I’m just going to list down the 3 must-order items at Saizeriya because they are so good.

1: Garlic Focaccia $2.20

2: Bismark Pizza $7.90

3: 4 Cheese Ravioli $5.90

The Garlic Focaccia is served warm, fluffy and so, so soft. It may not look like much in the picture below, but I can assure you it’s one of the best items on Saizeriya’s menu!

Saizeriya garlic focaccia

And you can dip it in any sauce really. We had ours with the cheese in the 4-Cheese Ravioli dish, and it was delicious! I don’t even know what sort of filling goes into the ravioli (yes, I really can’t tell!) but the cheese is awesome.

Darling and I are both fans of poached eggs so when we see something like that in the middle of the Bismark pizza, we would not prick it. One of us (guess who?) would get the honor of polishing it off whole. ๐Ÿ˜€

Saizeriya review

The pizza cutter was plain useless. So we attacked the pizza with our fingers and cutlery instead. ๐Ÿ˜€ Don’t be so serious ‘cos though the place looks like a restaurant, it feels more casual, like dining at a foodcourt. Plus, you get to mix your drinks at the Drinks Bar. I like the Lemon Tea + Sprite combo very much. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Have you been to Saizeriya before? Let me know what else you’d recommend I try! ๐Ÿ™‚