AMK Ave 10: Nagara Thai, Galettes Crepe & Gelato, Pine Garden Cake

Was craving for some noodles this week when we were in the AMK Ave 10 area. Had thought of popping by the food centre there but got distracted by Nagara Thai which is located right next to the carpark. So we ate Thai food instead. He ordered the Railroad Fried Rice with Beef ($6.50) while I had the Tom Yam Noodles ($6) and we shared the Pandan Chicken (4pieces at $6.50). I think we enjoyed the Pandan Chicken the most – so tender and flavorful, it is a must-order the next time we visit! The fried rice was a bit of a letdown while the tom yam noodles came in separate bowls:

I selected the clear tom yam soup and it came with ONE prawn, some mushrooms and I think two slices of fish. The soup’s a lot more sour than spicy and really quite ordinary. I like that the noodles are served separately so you can add your own mix of sweet / spicy chili sauces that are available in small containers at each table. Also, they serve complimentary iced water, there’s no GST and no service charge. More importantly, the staff are friendly and smiley!

The menu’s below. I’d probably try their Steam Seabass with Lime and Chili ($23) next time as I’d spotted another couple eating that. Also, the Phad Thai here LOOKS very good. I’m not sure about the taste, obviously, so I guess I’ll have to find out next time. πŸ˜‰

Two units away is Galettes, a cafe I like to go to for waffles and gelato. They’re now 1 year old and the waffles are going at half price (I believe) so you pay $2 for a plain waffle…

I picked the Chocolate and Durian flavors, with chocolate sauce served on the side:

Totally forgot to pay via FavePay for 10% cashback (@_@) – will do so next time. Or, probably, we’ll be having dessert at the other ice cream cafe by the side road…

Will let you know if it’s any good. πŸ˜‰

Meanwhile, Pine Garden is tempting me again with its new flavors: white rabbit, brown sugar bbt, and that sea-salt caramel just looks SO GOOD:

I’m not quite sure what the promotion is about… Buy 6 and get $6.60 off or 60 cents off? πŸ˜€ Didn’t bother asking as we didn’t want to buy 6 slices of cake. We bought a chicken-potato bun (which was ok) and red bean bun (which was pretty good).

What 33-Year-Old Women Want For Their Birthdays

A girlfriend and I have birthdays about two weeks’ apart (hers comes first) and for some strange reason, this year, when asked what she’d like to receive as a present from me, she said she wants a long love letter telling her in specific detail how awesome she is. (@_@) Challenge accepted! So I wrote a long A4-sized letter to her, highlighting the adjectives that describe her awesomeness and also did a fair amount of doodling on the ‘card’. Friends I’ve showed my *ahem* ‘artwork’ and letter to said they were impressed by the effort put in, AND some even requested for the same for their birthdays! Hello? Where’s the originality and exclusiveness then? πŸ˜› No can do. And so… now that October’s my birthday month *rub hands in glee* my pal asked what I want for my birthday and I said she can paint something for me to hang on a wall at home OR (if that’s too painful) she can write me a poem lah. She decided to paint.

And so… Arteastiq it is. We popped by the Plaza Singapura branch this afternoon around 2.30pm. You can see in the picture above our completed artwork. Mine’s (obviously) with the Hello Kitty, and hers is a gangsta bunny with what I believe is a middle finger gesture but the artist herself says it’s not, and that it could very well be pointing to the word “awesome”, and that art itself is always open to interpretation. Middle finger say middle finger lah… simi open to interpretation (@_@) ???

Anyway, we both had the iced lychee tea…

Unfortunately, the iced lychee tea is no longer good. My pal says it tastes different. As for me, I think I’ll have to try the teapot version before I can confirm that it is no longer extraordinary. Anyway, you get a free drink when you come paint here – you’ll have to top up for certain beverages though.

At the start… I wondered if Pikachu was in prison:

But I like the pink! Each easel has its own set of paints – and somehow my pal had all the nicer shades and colors!

Her work and the inspiration:

Mine’s just all flowers, and Kitty, and a mantra I try to live by:

Art jamming actually requires a bit of planning. Because I’m right handed, I did my painting from left to right, so I’ll always have blank canvas to rest my hand on as I painted. I’d learnt to paint roses at some workshop a long time ago, but I’d quite forgotten how to do those, and it only all came back to me towards the second half (on the right) πŸ˜€

And while we were painting, we couldn’t help eavesdropping on two young girls who were chatting SO LOUDLY in a highly-annoying version of American-accented English. They are from China, as I learnt from hearing them chat. And from where I was seated, I could see them, their mothers, as well as the paintings the girls did (and I took a picture when they stepped out to call their mothers to come in and admire their work). My pal, who wasn’t able to see the girls from where she was seated, but could certainly hear them, was wondering where those two are from as the accent was weird. She was shocked when I told her they’re PRCs. πŸ˜€

The cardboard frame / carrier / holder we got to take home our canvases in broke before I even reached my place. Arteastiq?? Please look into this.

Art Jamming on a Monday seems to be the most ‘worth it’ πŸ˜€

After the art jamming sesh, we had dinner at MOS Burger and then popped by Plaza Singapura’s Dessert Marketplace. If you don’t already know, PS is celebrating its 45th birthday and at the atrium there are 4 dessert-themed areas where you can get many pictures for IG. Outside the mall, there are games stalls and some food booths. If you spend $45, you get free entry for the picture-taking spots or for the games or a $5 F&B voucher.

I’d bought a copy of the Her World magazine earlier this month and kept the special card within which allowed me to get a $5 voucher in exchange, without having to spend that 45 bucks.

Since IG’s not my thing, I gave these a miss:

Sadly, there was only ONE F&B booth open at dinnertime today. And it was the drinks stall. However, it has cute egg bottles. Pay $6 and you get your choice of drink served in it. πŸ˜€

I picked the pink one (duh!) and had Earl Grey Milk Tea (with pearls)…

The drink didn’t taste very good and the pearls are a little too tough, and there was so much ice, BUT we didn’t buy this for the drink, did we now? πŸ˜‰

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If you’re still left wondering what 33-year-old women want for their birthdays… simple! Just ask them! πŸ˜€

It’s probably not money (which teenagers and those in their early twenties would appreciate) so an angpow’s probably an “Oh! Ok, thanks.” sort of gift. I think very few of us would be broke before month-end.

We probably won’t appreciate shopping vouchers either. And definitely not stuffed toys.

As we get older, I’m afraid we get harder to impress. πŸ˜€

This year, I got a few birthday greetings (on FB and Whatsapp) and the one which was most memorable was a voice message from my pal, Andrew. He always does things differently from other people.

And I think I’ll be following Andrew’s lead and sending voice messages from now on. Don’t do what everyone else is doing. Be different. Be awesome, as my pal (G) says. πŸ˜‰

New Lotus Thai @ 145 Jalan Besar: Good Thai Food At 50% Off

I picked the Thai Style Stewed Prawn Vermicelli in Claypot ($18) as it had 7 prawns in the picture in the menu (dish looked so delicious!) However, it was served with fewer than 7 prawns but never mind, taste is paramount. Also, we had 50% discount via Eatigo so I guess certain things are also ‘discounted’. πŸ˜‰ He picked the Tom Yum Seafood Soup (Red, instead of Clear) that costs $10.80 before discount. That’s all we had for ‘dinner’ tonight as I was feeling full from a high tea session.

The prawns were plump and fresh, and I LOVE that they included garlic in the vermicelli dish. The garlic was peeled but not sliced, chopped or minced – a good thing since my darling hates eating garlic (by accident). I eat them whole and I relish every bite. πŸ˜€ The vermicelli had already soaked up all the marinade plus the sweetness from the prawns so they were as good as I’d imagined. There were also no clumps or lumps which would have affected the texture.

It looks good on the menu, ya? (Pic at the bottom)

The Tom Yum soup was good too – just the right amount of spice so it whets your appetite but doesn’t compel you to reach for a tissue. A good amount of sweetness too. And the restaurant provides complimentary water – iced / at room temperature. Just help yourself:

The set lunches, as most set lunches are, look like they’re good value for money:

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New Lotus Thai is a short walk from the Jalan Besar Downtown Line Station. Here’s an interesting story…

After heading out of the fare gantries, I chanced upon a store that sold a variety of items. Right at the entrance was one of those rotating stands which held socks – and I need new socks! So I got down on one knee to check out the various designs and colors, and suddenly this lady carrying a bag comes and stands near me, obviously looking at what I was doing, and I said in Mandarin “Is this shop yours?”

And she replied that it was, and she was about to head out for a bit.

So I asked if maybe I should just not buy / browse then, expecting her to say no, it’s OK.

Her reply was shocking. She told me to just hurry up lah.

I’d barely spent 5 seconds in the store, or rather outside the store!

So… something I’ve learnt from my pal recently: it’s my money and I decide who I want to give it to.Β 

I tell her it’s fine. And I get up and leave.

You’re NEVER going to get my money, woman. I thought I’ll support a small business and even though the socks cost $1.50 a pair in her store, and I can probably get them at 30cents from China (online), I was willing to spend that money on maybe 5 new pairs. But with this kind of attitude and service, nah, am gonna keep the money safe in my wallet. πŸ˜›

Excuse me while I go shop for new socks online.

10/10 Gift Ideas From Naiise Iconic @ Jewel Changi Airport

Located at #02-205/206 of Jewel Changi Airport is Naiise Iconic. You’ll find it right next to Starbucks! πŸ˜‰ This homegrown design and lifestyle retailer’s newest retail concept covers some 9,500sqft over 2 storeys, with SG’s first in-store Gift Bar and a Launchpad which lets designers get feedback from potential customers before launching their products! Since it’s 10.10 and I spent a whole 2 hours in this store (it’s big and has a cafe!), this post has 10 (or so) gift ideas which I hope you and your gift recipient(s) will love!

#1: For the friend who loves inviting you over for food

He/she will absolutely LURVVE serving up food and drinks on this super pretty Photo Phactory tray. The gorgeous prints in a riot of colors have to be appreciated up close so pop by Naiise Iconic to check them out! Just $120:

#2: For the shopaholic who loves Ion

I love how wonderful Ion smells and have always wanted to bottle that scent and take it home. Now I can! This room freshener is going at just $78! You’ll certainly find a scent you love. Otherwise just grab the one (not pictured) that’s for Taitais! πŸ˜†

#3: For the kiddo who must not run out of outfits to wear (for IG)

Get reversible kidswear from Maison Q! This one costs just $69! I love the prints and the material so I’d say it’s worth every cent!

#4: For the friend who abhors branded goods

I really LOVE the Prata / Prada one. OMG. Would have bought the SuperChiobu / Superdry one if not for the extreme levels of BHB-ness. Prices for the range of tees are around $30 – $35.

#5: For the tee tea lover

Those rock sugar wands are SO PRETTY! And cost just $5.35 each! And you may also want to grab a box or tin of Kele’s famous pineapple tarts. I got a tin of their pineapple balls – will update this post after I’ve tasted them.

#6: For the friend who loves the environment

Tropikai’s $45 set of cutlery and straws will likely delight any eco warrior. Include an uber-cute Kopi-O-Gau canvas tote ($25.90) which will elicit smiles too!

#7: For the animal lover

I can only say that some dogs have fancier bowls than humans! πŸ˜… Do grab some of those sΓ©n Natural lipsticks too – apparently they are even safe (for humans) to eat!

#8: For the foodie friend

I’ve never even seen those Papapeng chips with the hae bee hiam dips ($8) till I encountered them just now at Naiise Iconic. Got a box to try and 1 to give away. So watch out for it on my FB page. πŸ™‚ Likewise, the Kaya Merlion Chocolates ($13) and (fat) White Rabbit Candy Socks ($15) seem like such cute gifts!

#9: For the friend in transition from pen-and-paper to digital (i.e. ME)

Here’s one notebook for which you’ll never run out of pages. Write – Scan – Send – Erase – Reuse! Costs around $58+.

#10: For the friend from Literature class

So tempted to get myself that Lor Mee-O and Juliet pink pouch($9.90)! Also, for those who’d like a mystery book – ooh the suspense! – get one at $32.

I know I’ve reached 10 but there are a few more items I love and have to share with you:

“Parking Coupon” Tissue Holders (front and back view) $9.90

Meykrs Cushions

I could not resist the small pineapple tart coin pouch so I got it! πŸ˜‚

And these are so fragrant:

This crayon de parfum is probably great for people who want to bring a scent with them but don’t want a glass bottle which could break when dropped accidentally.

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I think I’ll be taking pals to Naiise Iconic when they visit SG. It’s full of great ideas for gifts. Do take some time to chat with the staff too. I found out that the gorgeous wooden Merlion shingle door feature was done by an Uncle called Ah Huat, using wood from fallen trees in SG thus giving them a new lease of life! Great as a photowall too!

The SALE is on till 13th Oct! Go grab your faves in store or online before they are sold out!

With over 200 brands, 70% of which are local, what better place to shop and #SupportLocalSG ? πŸ˜‰Β And you won’t even have to go elsewhere to get your presents gift-wrapped! The gift bar has everything you need… and more!

I got a present gift-wrapped here. I’ll share about it in another post since this is such a long one already. Also, I think Naiise Iconic is not just the best place to purchase SG-themed souvenirs at the airport but also a good place to chill and learn something new. More details in the next post. Stay tuned. πŸ™‚

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For online shopping, head to www.naiise.com where you’ll find an even bigger selection. The Naiise Iconic store is at #02-205 of Jewel Changi Airport. The other Naiise stores are at:

I12 Katong

112 East Coast Road
I12 Katong, #01-31/32
Singapore 428802
11am-10pm daily

Wisma Atria

35 Orchard Road
Wisma Atria, #03-24 to 29
Singapore 238877
11am – 10pm daily

Suntec City

3 Temasek Boulevard
Suntec City West Wing
#02-334/335
Singapore 038983
11am – 10pm daily

Indonesia’s ASTOR Wafer Roll vs. Malaysia’s Julie’s Love Letters

My pal from Surabaya, Indonesia was in town last weekend and among other things that he gifted me was a box of ASTOR chocolate wafer rolls. πŸ˜€ And I’m like hey, we have something similar – Julie’s Love Letters – which my Dad never fails to buy when CNY is near. So how do they compare? My Indonesian friend says ASTOR’s are his favorite and on the box, phrases such as “wonderful sensation”, “timeless favorite”, “sensational match between crumbly roll and intense chocolate” can’t help but get my expectations UP! πŸ˜€ So I’m pitting them against Julie’sΒ  – a box of love letters I got from ValuDollar at 50cents.

The darker ones are Julie’s while the paler wafers are from ASTOR:

ASTOR offers a “crumbly roll”. And indeed, it’s softer compared to Julie’s ultra-crispy love letters. I’d probably not bring ASTOR’s out traveling or for a picnic as I fear that it’ll get all crumbly by the time I reach my destination. However, what struck me was that milky taste which I don’t get when eating Julie’s love letters. ASTOR uses milk powder while Julie’s has skimmed milk powder – is that why?

As for the rest of the ingredients, they are pretty similar. ASTOR’s includes cashew nut (not that I managed to taste that) while Julie’s has egg in it.

As for the chocolate in the middle, I’d say ASTOR is a little more generous:

Julie’s love letters are more hollow in the middle, making them great to use as straws, like in milkshakes! πŸ˜€

Overall, I think ASTOR might have a superior wafer roll. The luscious chocolate in the center makes it a winner in my opinion. Julie’s, however, is the taste I grew up with so I’m not going to say ‘no’ to a Julie’s love letter either. And I’m sure come CNY in a few months’ time, a tin of Julie’s will magically appear at home. πŸ˜€ If you’re traveling to Indonesia, you can look for a pack of ASTOR’s wafer rolls. I do wonder if they come in other flavors.

*Just Googled. Apparently ASTOR is available on Shopee.sg too!

Fart Tartz @ JCube: Good Food With No GST Nor SC

We’ve been to Fart Tartz before, and today we popped by their outlet at JCube. JCube’s not on the side of the MRT Station where all the other malls linked by the JWalk are. It’s on its own on the other side, and frankly, it’s pretty deserted on a weekday. Not that we are complaining. πŸ˜€ Book via Eatigo for 50% off most timeslots. They have a sign to say that everything is below $9 but I really have no idea what they could possibly be referring to. Many items on the menu are above 10 bucks.

Here’s the menu. The 50% Eatigo discount applies to items on pages 2 and 3:

And the cafe offers 1-for-1 drinks at the moment:

We had Earl Grey Blue Flower and Well Balance (Chamomile) tea:

My Sambal Sea Catch ($8.45 after discount) was SO fragrant. And the linguine is really good. I dislike pasta cooked al dente but I don’t like if it’s too soft either. Today’s linguine was PERFECT. The seafood was good for sharing but they gave just ONE scallop. Eh, why like that? The dish could do with more chili padi as well, ‘cos we are such fans of its spiciness. But overall, a very good dish. I had a choice of having it served in a jar or on a plate. Plate lah. I’m not one of those millennials who needs everything instagrammable. (@_@)

Darling ordered the Mangoeey Chix Baked Rice ($6.95 after discount) and it REALLY does come with mango cubes within! Consider me impressed! This dish features skinless chicken, fresh mango cubes, mango cream sauce and rice with cheese. The first few bites are really good, but it can get jelat after a while, ya? So you might want to do a swop with your dining partner who’s eating the spicy sambal pasta. πŸ˜€

It’s really worth dining here with the 50% discount via Eatigo. The place is relatively quiet, the lady at the cashier counter very friendly and the decor lends itself to being photographed.

I would dine here again… if I make the Journey To The West again… but hopefully not too soon. Singapore is small, but not that small.

*And today we followed the signs that said “DAISO” and were hanging overhead… and DID NOT find a Daiso outlet in Jcube. WLE. So misleading. So just ignore them when you’re here, OK?

Nakhon Kitchen @ Century Square

It’s our first visit to Nakhon Kitchen @ Century Square. Not much of a crowd if you have dinner at 5pm-5.30pm on a Friday evening. πŸ™‚ Prices are pretty reasonable too. The dish you see above – Asparagus with prawns – cost $8. We also ordered Fried Kway teow with pork at $4 and Green curry with beef at $8. A serving of white rice costs just $1. Best of all, they serve water here at no extra charge. The wait staff brought two cups of water over without being asked.

Not sure why the kway teow comes with sugar… but I’ll probably ask them to leave it out next time:

Decent green curry. Can never go wrong with Nakhon.

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Tampines is such a vibrant town. I can’t imagine leaving this neighborhood if I stay here. Newly opened at the MRT station are Sushi Take-Out (my absolute favorite sushi place) and Gong cha (there’s already an outlet at Century Square, probably a 1-minute walk away).

This promotion seems pretty awesome. I wonder if I can convince my darling to go queue up for this tomorrow. *ahem* Since he had me queue up for that terribly disappointing Reebonz warehouse sale today. *cough cough*

Lychee Rosewater Cake from Lola’s Cafe

He knows I can never say ‘no’ to cake. πŸ˜€ So when he asked if I wanted the ‘Leatherwood Honey Lemon Cake’ (leatherwood?!) or the Lychee Rosewater Cake, I picked the latter. It sounds so delicate, sweet and fragrant. And it’s all of that. But a little overly sweet though. Lola’s Cafe is at 5 Simon Road, #01-00. Interestingly, near the top of what’s printed on the receipt is this line ‘Love Is At The Heart Of What We Serve’. So… show me the love…

Looking at my slice of cake through the window of the cake box:

I love the buttercream. So rich and yummy. The base is rather tough though. Not sure if it is meant to be dense or it was not baked today but perhaps a day or two ago.

For $7 a slice, this is a tad on the pricey side, but certainly enjoyable with a cup of tea. Love the cream, but not so much the cake base.

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After the cake, the person responsible for buying the cake and tempting me was forced to take a walk with me. πŸ˜€ We walked from Punggol to Sengkang and back (who needs the MRT?!), encountered lots of PMDs and did not get run over. πŸ˜€

A cold shower after was most invigorating. Should totally do this again!

So bring me more cake! πŸ˜€

Asia-Pacific Bartender of the Year Cocktail Competition 2019

It’s always a privilege and a real treat to be present during the Asia-Pacific Bartender of the Year Cocktail Competition. I do especially love the flairtending (a.k.a. Flair Bartending) and speed bottle cap opening segments (free beers!). This year, it was no different, with lots of thrills and spills. Best of all, I got to meet the genius behind Evacomics – I am a fan of her work and getting to meet her in person was just amazing. πŸ˜€

Adeline from e2i and Evangeline, the comic artist from EVACOMICS πŸ™‚

Evangeline was such a gem. As I was seated right next to her, I asked if she would mind giving me an autograph, and her reply was “Why don’t I draw you instead?” And so she did. She drew cute (chibi?) figures of many of us seated at the same table. πŸ˜€

Evangeline hard at work πŸ˜€

What she’s drawing on was both the menu for the evening and also included 4 pages of her work that e2i has commissioned her to do. It succinctly captures the essence of the good work that e2i and the Association of Bartenders & Sommeliers Singapore (ABSS) do.

Brilliant, isn’t it? πŸ˜€ If you’ve ever wondered what the ABSS and e2i do, well, now you know. If you are a bartender or own a bar, or know someone who does, then do refer the person to this blogpost. *wink*

Before I show you the cool cocktails the contenders came up with during the competition, have a look at what we had for dinner…

Som Tam Salad Ahi Tuna

Som Tam Salad Ahi Tuna, “Issan Style” dressing with Sea Grapes, by Chef Richard Ng

Sous-vide Duck Breast

Sous-vide Duck Breast, Kohirabi pickle, plum sauce, mustard seeds and kumquat, by Chef Jackson

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, “Krung Thep” Tom Yam Infused, Coconut Milk Espuma on Mini Pumpkin, by Chef Richard Ng

Chicken, Purple Potato Puree, Black Garlic Dip, Sweet Potato Chip, Pearl Onion and Baby Carrot Jus, by Chef Jackson

Duo of Lemon on a Raspberry Coulis, Pistachio brittle and Golden Berry by Chef J. Prevost

And now for the cocktails:

Stay Gold was the winning cocktail by a bartender from Japan.

And these next 2 cocktails were concocted by the contenders from Singapore and Sweden…

After the classic cocktails came what I really looked forward to: flairtending. Last year, there was even a Taiwanese contestant who dressed up in a Spiderman costume. This year, we had Black Panther – also from Taiwan but a different dude! πŸ˜€ *I’ll have the video up on my facebook page so do watch it over there. πŸ™‚

And ‘Black Panther’ won with ‘Ephebic Dreams’

*The word’s so chim I had to Google it. Ephebic means “Pertaining to a young man or to early manhood, especially in Ancient Greek contexts”. WAH!

And ‘Baby Angel’ was from a Japanese bartender who took part last year too. πŸ˜€ He came in third place this year.

From Macau:

Just look at the number of ‘photographers’ in the audience and you know how much pressure the contestants are under as they compete for the various titles!

And here’s a side of the bartenders you may not often see:

Speed Bottle Cap Opening Contest: the lady who won and the guy who came in second place share a toast. Such good sports as always!

The winners that evening:

I think the concept of International Bartender 4.0 is certainly an exciting one. As Mr Gilbert Tan, CEO of e2i mentioned during his speech, we can look forward to having bartenders create new flavors to tantalize our taste buds. What I think is most commendable is that it’s not about just being Bartender 4.0 in Singapore, but being International Bartender 4.0, where our local talents can interact with their counterparts from overseas, learn from each other, collaborate instead of simply competing, and hone their skills even further. At the end of the day, the industry benefits – with arising talents – and the customers (YOU and me) get to enjoy not just a great cocktail, but an unforgettable one.

If you are interested in what e2i has to offer, or would like to ‘upskill’ to Bartender 4.0, do write in to e2i. Find out more over at https://e2i.com.sg/ πŸ™‚

World Food Fair @ Singapore Expo Hall 6

Together with A LOT OF senior citizens, I visited the World Food Fair this morning. πŸ˜€ I bought so many things that I truly regretted not bringing a trolley, unlike so many smart aunties I saw today. But it also meant that I booked a Ryde home and got to meet a very inspiring driver. I did a post about him on my Facebook page but I’ll share it here too, at the end of this blogpost. πŸ™‚ In this blogpost, I’ll share with you some of the good offers I spotted and also, what I bought! Didn’t have time to queue up for the SPH lucky draw though as the queue of seniors was SO long. I guess I’ll just have to come back again. Today I did not have my lunch at the Fair, nor did I tabao something home. Just steamed some Kong Guan pau that I bought there, and that was it. πŸ˜€

Apart from the SPH lucky draw, there’s also one from the organizer:

$12 for a whole roasted duck seems like a good deal:

And there’s $2 Braised Duck Rice too:

Another stall was selling Braised Duck at $16:

As I already have dinner plans for this evening, I didn’t buy any of the roasted delights. Now I really have to return to the Fair before it ends on Sunday! πŸ˜€

One of my favorite booths! Win2, or should it be pronounced as ‘Win Win’? You can pick 7 items for just $10. PLUS you get a freebie (a box of biscuits) and 1 free spin (to win some candy). REALLY worth visiting this booth. It’s F09, if you’re keen:

Next to it, I bought some MD2 pineapples from Ananas Republic. It’s $3 each. The large ones on display are going at $8. But you can buy the small $3 ones to ‘test’ first. I followed an auntie’s lead and requested for ripe pineapples and these 2 look pretty good:

Another booth I came to the Fair for: BUZZ

The usual price for a pack of these noodles is around $14(?) and now when you purchase two, it’s $9 per pack. I got 4 actually. I’d thought the free tote with every $25 purchase would be a large one. It turned out to be a teeny weeny one probably only big enough to store one of these noodle packs. LOL. And I got some bottled drinks here too. 3 for $1 only!

And here’s the PAU I mentioned… from a brand I really like. The Gourmet Pork buns are going at 1 for $3.50, 2 for $6.50. I really should have bought just 1 pack ‘cos it’s not as good as Nam Kee’s and cost savings = 50 cents only. (@_@) However, the Salted Egg Custard ones are good! Comparable to what you get in dimsum restaurants! $6 for 1, $11 for 2 packs.

In Mandarin, we call this ‘big bag small bag’. Would not have been able to get home via train / bus.

SO I booked a Ryde and met this guy I shared about on FB:

“Just met a Ryde/Grab/Gojek/Tada driver who clocks $400/day and I feel a bit shaken…

He was so so so friendly. Apologised for keeping me waiting, which was fine as I wasn’t in a hurry and I already knew the ETA from the app.

Asked me if the aircon temp was OK. First time I’ve had a driver ask me that!

And when I shared that the Expo has a food fair, which I visited, and there probably will be a lot more visitors he can ferry later, he was so grateful and thanked me for the info πŸ˜…

In the course of our conversation, I found out he is 30 years old (but he looks more like a 20yo as he’s so smiley and cheery), has 2 very young children (6mths and 3yo) and his wife is a SAHM.

He says he has a target set for himself: to stop only when he clocks $400 per day. I did the math and told him WOW that’s over 10K a month, no?! And he says that May was the best month, with $12.2K after deducting comms. But that’s when he had to go to a hospital… as he had suffered a mild stroke from working so hard.

😭

He revealed that he works so hard because he’s the sole breadwinner and he doesn’t want his wife and kids to feel that they don’t have what other people have.

I really didn’t know what to say to him except to please take some time for lunch and rest, maybe a little exercise too, to stretch.

And I gave him some of what I’ve gotten at the food fair, for his older kid and himself.

I really hope his two kids are extra filial and take very good care of their father in future. Because he’s pushing himself so hard for the family now.

Somehow learning about his story makes my eyes water.

But I quickly hopped out of his rented vehicle as I know he has another passenger to pick up nearby. 2 phones, 4 ride-hailing apps, 1 amazing driver and father. πŸ‘”

If you’re going to the World Food Fair, it’s at Expo Hall 6. 12 to 15 Sept, 11am to 10pm daily. πŸ™‚ Have fun and bon appetit!