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?! 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. 😀 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. 😀

Mickey by Dennis Chew

Mickey by Dennis Chew

This Mickey is every driver’s nightmare! 😀 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. 😀

Mickey by Zi Qi

Mickey by Artist, Zi Qi

It’s almost unfair to pit celebrities and normal folks against actual artists, no? 😀 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! 😀 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. 😀 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. 😀 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. 😛

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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! 😀 😀

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! 😀

 

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. 🙂 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? 😀

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! 😀

FinalStraw’s Collapsible Straw Ships In November; Knockoffs Already Flooding The Market

I remember watching the FinalStraw video a few months back and when I saw the product on Shopee (I think it might even have been advertised as “final straw” or something like that), I ordered one and it’s now in my hands! Unfortunately, it’s not the real deal. BUT the pink case is gorgeous, and so far, the straw works just fine. For the uninitiated, FinalStraw is a reuseable, collapsible straw that fits into a tiny case you can hang on a keychain. Because the metal straw is divided into 4 parts, it can be folded, just like some walking sticks that the visually-impaired use. It’ll certainly fit into any handbag, clutch or pocket.

collapsible straw singapore

A size comparison with my ibanking dongle. Incredibly lightweight too!

The Original FinalStraw costs 20USD (if pre-ordered) and 30USD (retail). I bought mine for S$6.80 which is about 5USD. Shipping from China is incredibly fast as well. So yes, many manufacturers are riding on the publicity generated by FinalStraw and making lots of money from shipping out their products a lot faster than the original guys!

final straw kickstarter update

Final Straw knockoffs

What businesses can learn:

  1. Patents. Make sure you have them.
  2. Expect there will be copycats. Provide lifetime warranties, which the copycats won’t give.
  3. Speed. I can’t believe I’m getting my collapsible straw 3 months ahead of the people who pre-ordered them way before I went on Shopee and bought something similar.

Would I invest in another collapsible straw? I’m not sure. I’ve just bought a whole lot of glass and metal straws. I’ll test them all first. 😀

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To pre-order the original FinalStraw, head to https://finalstraw.com/

ZARA Sale + Lunch @ Siam Village

zara singapore sale

Before a scheduled lunch appointment with a pal today, which I’d turned up for early as usual (read this post regarding how upset I can get sometimes if people are late and choose to lie along the way), I found that there was a ZARA sale happening in the building where his office was located. MY GOODNESS! Just about everything was going at $8 a piece! It made me wonder why I didn’t get there even earlier, so I’d have more time to shop! 😀

The ridiculous prices:

zara 2018 sale

The location is 190 Macpherson Road, Wisma Gulab. It’s at level 1, near the entrance. I’m not sure if they’re even open during the weekends but my pal told me that there’s usually more / new stock during weekends. So, if you happen to be in the area, just swing by lah!

As I had about 15 – 20 minutes to shop before meeting my pal for lunch, I picked out only 3 pieces. And that made me very happy already. 😀

Lunch was at Siam Village (77 Jalan Wangi, Sennett Estate, Singapore 349388). I don’t think I’ve heard of Siam Village before. But my pal said the Thai food here is good, so I was happy to go along with his recommendation. If the place is good enough for the GM of a listed company, I’d think it’s good enough for me. LOL.

I had the Phad Thai Seafood Noodle. At Chinese restaurants, people usually order fried rice to “see” if the chef is skilled. For me, at Thai eateries, I order phad thai. If it’s good, I’ll certainly try the other dishes next time too. 🙂

siam village macpherson

And it’s delicious! Together with a drink (Thai Ice Tea / Lemongrass / Barley), it’s just $9 per set!

siam village macpherson review

As for the Crispy Prawn Cake, it’s $11.50 for 2 pieces or $18 for 4. Their Thai Style Fish Cake is less pricey, at $8.50 for 6 pieces or $14 for 10 pieces. Apparently, the Salted Egg Chicken Drumlets are really good too. <- Have to try these next time!

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I’m really unfamiliar with the Macpherson area, so it was truly a surprise for me to be able to enjoy a yummy Thai lunch and also indulge in some ZARA shopping right here today. TGIF indeed! 😀

Chicken Hotpot @ Sengkang CompassOne: French Fries In My Hotpot! OMG!

chicken hotpot singapore review

In place of Next Door Deli at Sengkang’s CompassOne, there’s now Chicken Hotpot, which supposedly comes from Shanghai, “69 Wujiang Road”, as the laminated card on every table proudly proclaims. According to travelchinaguide.com, Wujiang Road is “the most popular snack street in the city”. To most Singaporeans, of course, 69 Wujiang Road has no particular significance. 😀 But if you’re up for some hotpot that apparently, people have been raving about (who, exactly? I do not know; that’s just what it states on the card), then you might want to give Chicken Hotpot a go. There are outlets at Serangoon NEX, Bedok Point and Novena Square2. We had dinner at the outlet located in CompassOne’s basement 1 this week.

When you step into the eatery (I’m not sure if I should call it a restaurant since there’s not much space – they’ve really packed as many tables as they can into this space so unintentional eavesdropping on every other couple’s conversation is a real possibility), the first thing you’ll notice is that there are two appetizer dishes already laid out on every single table. I’m a little concerned about this as the dishes aren’t covered. Even if they don’t attract insects, they’ll probably get a layer of dust by the time the hungry dinner crowd comes by.

chicken hotpot review

( We asked them to remove the two side dishes. So don’t ask me about the taste. I won’t know. 😀 )

What I do know is that they have crinkle-cut fries in their hotpot dish! OMG. After the recent shock of having him order chicken chop hor fun at the Oasis Terraces foodcourt, I thought I’d be prepared for anything mindblowing that’s food-related. Evidently, I wasn’t ready for this…

Chicken Hotpot CompassOne

Apart from the hotpot mains, there’s a whole host of other ingredients you can pick from their chiller. Prices are stated right on top…

chicken hotpot compassone

chicken hot pot review

Here’s the Chicken Hotpot menu. Basically just a few mains to choose from, then you can grab other ingredients at a la carte pricing. The ‘small’ serving is just right for 2 pax. I also had the Peach Lychee Soda, which was quite enjoyable. When eating something spicy, it’s always such a treat to have something fizzy and sweet to drink. *And the “mild spicy” level of the hotpot is, to me, already fiery. (@_@)

chicken hotpot price

chicken hot pot menu

chicken hotpot sengkang compassone

During our visit, I found the staff very attentive and helpful. One lady in particular, a middle-aged auntie whose name is probably Candy (if my memory serves me well) with a big pink hair clip, was very helpful in offering broth refills and displayed much initiative in replacing the heating element below the pot when it ran out. She was almost fussing over our table like a concerned parent or grandparent would, so that was really sweet. 🙂

As for the taste of the hotpot dish we tried, I’m happy to report that it’s not incredibly thirst-inducing (so don’t worry, you won’t have to go buy a 1.5litre bottle of water at Cold Storage after a meal here), but I found the spices so intense they almost made my tongue go numb. I’m more a fan of, say, Japanese cuisine in which chefs try and retain the natural flavor of ingredients, letting them ‘speak’ for themselves. Anything that’s overpowering kind of turns me off.

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We had 50% off our bill thanks to Eatigo, plus an additional $1.50 rebate from Shopback. (<- Click on the links to sign up and enjoy the same benefits)

Final 3 Days: Ben & Jerry’s Two-Weeks Of FREE Ice Cream Giveaways @ Lau Pa Sat

ben and jerry's singapore promotion

Since I first heard the news about Ben & Jerry’s Scoopitiam at Lau Pa Sat, which is giving away free scoops of ice cream daily from 16 to 29 July, I’ve been wanting to pop by. 😀 Today, I had the chance to stand in line and get a taste of the Chocolate Shake It Truffles ice cream. Yummy! (Yes, free ice cream tastes the best) 😀 Make your way down to Lau Pa Sat from now till 29 July, before the awesome-ness ends!

ben and jerry's free ice cream

At the head of the queue, it splits into two lines: one for the chocolate ice cream (YAY!) and the other for the coffee (a.k.a “Chillin’ The Roast Truffles’). It was very clear to me that chocolate’s the crowd favorite. If you’re a coffee fan, congratulations, you get to move forward to the shorter queue ahead. 😀

Ben and jerry's scoopitiam

Instead of cups or wafer cones, you can have your ice cream with rainbow bread or wafer biscuits.

ben and jerry's flavours

I’m quite sure mine’s half a slice of rainbow bread. But I’m not complaining. The ice cream was SO good, with a chunk of I-dunno-what (brownie?) in the middle:

ben and jerry's free ice cream lau pa sat

Apart from giving out free ice cream, the sweet Ben & Jerry’s crew even helped provide some shade from the sun.

ben and jerry's crew

I’m sure many people who are sensitive to ‘dollars and cents’ will think this move by Ben & Jerry’s does not make any financial sense at all. You’re giving out ice cream? And letting people get multiple servings as long as they queue up again? You’re renting a space at Lau Pa Sat for 2 weeks to give away ice cream? Wow. (@_@) You must be siao.

But I think it’s about cultivating brand loyalty. All these people who work in the CBD area will certainly not bat an eyelid about paying $20+ for one or two pints of ice cream. I think they’ll certainly appreciate the gesture. Most would even ‘jio’ a colleague or two to join the queue with them, to share this “good news” about free ice cream. And the product itself (the two new flavors) are delicious. People are taking pictures and sharing them on social media. Grateful bloggers like myself are writing about this event, without being paid.

I think it’s money well spent. The next time I’m at the supermarket and I have to buy a pint of ice cream to take home, guess which brand of ice cream my hand will naturally reach out for? The one which offered me a free tasting of their new flavor and also had their staff hold umbrellas over our heads to provide some relief from the sun, or the other brands which did nothing for us? It’s a no-brainer. 😉

You Can Ask M.A.R.V.I.E, Scoot’s New Chatbot, Any Question At All :D

creator of scoot chatbot

Scoot has a new chatbot you can fire questions at on Facebook. They call him M.A.R.V.I.E, which stands for ‘Most Awesome & Resourceful Virtual Intern Ever’. 😀 I decided to ask MARVIE a series of random questions to see if I can get any interesting answers in return. It’s actually kinda fun if you have 5 minutes to spare. Plus, you get a chance to win flight tickets and $100 Scoot vouchers too (details below). Having a virtual intern is definitely awesome, though I think the ‘resourceful’ bit needs to be enhanced because surely, any good chatbot should be able to tell me a joke, even if it bombs. Muahaha. (@_@)

scoot joke

Scoot chatbot Singlish

boss of Scoot

age of Scoot's cabin crew

how comfortable are scoot seats

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The interaction is actually pretty awesome sometimes. It’s like I’m talking to another person, not a bot…

Scoot MARVIE chatbot

I did test out mis-spelling Marvie’s name on purpose, but he didn’t catch it. 😀

I’m still waiting for a direct answer as to when’s the cheapest to fly with Scoot though.

when to buy cheap flight tickets

I really like the fact that answers come almost instantaneously! 🙂

I’ll certainly want to chat with Marvie again when his “manual” gets updated. Hopefully, with good jokes too. So when people are writing in to complain about flight delays and such, at least he can keep them entertained till the plane’s ready for takeoff. 😀

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“The 3 best trainers with the most grilling and value-adding questions stand to win a FLY ticket to any destination within the Scoot network. The 1000th, 2000th and 3000th interaction will also unlock $100 Scoot vouchers. So hit the ‘Send Message’ button on Scoot’s FB page and chat him up! Contest ends 12 August, 2359hrs.”

Times Bookstore is Moving Out of Tampines One: Offers 20% Off Books*

Times tampines 1 moving out sale

Screengrab from Times’ facebook page

I’m guessing this might be the beginning of the end. It would be a real shame if we lose yet more bookstores. Though I suppose this is inevitable. Without the right people, ideas and plans, we might just end up with 1 bookstore chain in the near future – yes, that popular one which parents drag kids to and stock up on assessment books. 😀

After Times’ exit from Tampines One, this bookstore chain will be left with 6 outlets in Singapore: Centrepoint, Cold Storage Jelita, Marina Square, Paragon, Plaza Singapura and Waterway Point.

About two weeks ago, I met two female employees of MPH in Malaysia (who have marcomms roles) and gave them an idea that just came to me while I was looking at the titles they had at their booth. Without bothering to delve further and ask more questions and see how this idea could work for them (not me), they provided immediate objections such as “can’t be done”, “no budget”, “management won’t agree”, etc. But if they had given me 5 more seconds, or shown more enthusiasm, I could have shared with them ideas for how it could be executed with little to no budget (and might even make them money in the process), what steps to take, how to generate a ton of publicity and even how to convince that boss and other people to get on board. The reason I even bothered to speak with them was ‘cos they were attending workshop after workshop to find new ways to revive the book-selling industry. (I think I forgot to ask if MPH had sent them or if they had voluntarily come by. Haha!)

But too bad, too sad. I’m guessing they’ll look for other jobs eventually. Those positions at MPH Malaysia are mere stepping stones for them, it seems. But wouldn’t it be awesome if they could play a part in rejuvenating this (dying) business, make a name for themselves, then move on to another company?

In Singapore, there are a few main reasons why I don’t buy books at bookstores anymore. (It has nothing to do with authors sending me their books for reviews, ok? :P) And I’ll share with you what would make me return…

#1: The lack of people who are PASSIONATE about the business

Seriously. Just walk into any bookstore (Times, Popular, etc) and ask the staff for a book recommendation. You might just give them a heart attack. Some don’t read books, have not heard about best-selling titles (not obscure ones), and always have to rely on “Let me check the system” no matter what question you ask.

Don’t ask me for a book recommendation. I’ll just go on forever, invite you to my home, and make you leave with a handful of books you should read. 😀 It’s true. There was another lady at the same book table in Malaysia who had picked up a copy of a book that I was about to buy as well, we started chatting, and I eventually bought her another book PLUS gave her a copy of my book ‘Blogging For A Living’. And at that point, I didn’t even know her name. Good grief!

#2: Seriously lame marketing efforts

Are we really going to make a beeline for Times just ‘cos they’re dangling a “20% discount” offer? *yawn* Do you not know that you can get books on bookdepository.com at a much lower price, PLUS they deliver worldwide for FREE, with no minimum spending? They even give you a free bookmark with every order, for crying out loud!

The only book sales that can get me out of the house are the Books Box Sale ($50 for an entire carton of books you can handpick yourself, but which, sadly, isn’t happening this year) and the Epigram Books sale ($20 for 10 books you get to choose).

With 20% discount, I’m just going to stay put and watch more episodes of the 2018 Meteor Garden remake ok? 😛

#3: No value-add at all

What’s the difference between buying a book online and buying one from the Times bookstore near my home?

Does the one in the store come with the author’s signature? Does it have a special “limited edition” freebie? Is there an accompanying workshop? Do I get to MEET the author? Do the staff read stories to the kids who visit the store? Are there staff recommendations of books I should get, or which mothers should get, or which children aged 5 to 7 should read?

No. What I’ll get is a grumpy guy (or lady) who asks me if I’m a member, then scans the barcode off my Times app, collects payment and sends me on my way.

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Sure. Bookstores can bank on assessment books and kids’ titles to be their cash cows for a little longer. But how sustainable this will be in the long run, I’m not sure.

Kovan Food Centre: Yi Shi Jia Wanton Mee, Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle

What to eat at kovan food centre

My favorite nasi padang stall at the Kovan food centre is usually closed on Wednesdays, so when we visited the market + food centre yesterday, I had the noodles from the Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle stall. Meanwhile, my darling was clutching his food bible a.k.a. Dr Leslie Tay’s ‘The Ieat-Ishoot-Ipost Guide to Singapore’s Shiokest Hawker Food’ guide, which I’d purchased for S$2 at Epigram’s recent book sale. Here’s how our conversation went:

Me: (tucking into prawn noodles) “Eh, go order your food lah.”

Him: “I don’t know what to eat” (refers to guide)

Me: (as we’re seated in front of a wanton mee stall with a long Q) “Get this wanton mee lah. See? So many aunties and uncles queuing for this. Sure good!”

Him: “Long queue doesn’t mean the food is good, ok?” (Fervently flipping through the pages of the food guide)

Me: (thinking: Whatever)

Him: “Oh. Kovan… yes. (finger on page) Ok. I’ll go look for this Yi Shi Jia Wanton Mee.”

Me: (major eyerolling) “Eh hello. It’s this stall right next to us…”

Long story short, we’re both right. He should have just listened to me when I told him to queue for the wanton noodles, instead of looking through the guide when common sense could have told you that there’s this long queue in front of the stall because obviously lots of people like the noodles. And he’s also right because I did not like the wanton noodles, even though so many other people did. LOL 😀

Yi Shi Jia Wanton Mee

Firstly, I found the char siew a bit too bright red in color; I’m more used to char siew that looks like a duller red with charred edges. Secondly, the noodle strands seem to be sticking together in lumps. Ok I’m so bad at describing them but suffice to say, not my favorite kind of noodle. I prefer the wanton mee at the Tampines round market.

I’ve tried the Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle before, so I can tell you it’s just as good as when I had it the last time. 😀 Because I’d noticed one guy ordering his noodles previously and asking for a large bowl of soup, I’ve been doing the same ever since. ‘Cos the soup’s so yummy! 😀

Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle Kovan

If I have to decide between spending $4 on prawn noodles or $4 on wanton mee, the choice is clear. I’m picking prawn noodles. But you should go ahead and try them both. Perhaps you’ll agree with the uncles and aunties in the wanton mee queue. 😀

And as usual, it’s the soy milk with pearls for me, from the Selegie soya bean stall.

Kovan Food Centre Selegie Soya

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I’m not someone who relies on food guides; I actually bought them to give out to friends who visit Singapore. I’m always ordering from the same stalls. I even get the exact same drink every single time. Are you like that too? 😀 I like to think that it’s super easy to tabao food for me, ‘cos I have very specific food preferences. (You don’t even have to ask what I’d like to have!) Yes, I’d rather miss out on (new) potentially awesome food finds than risk ordering something I end up not liking.

So with the Kovan food centre, it’s either nasi padang or prawn noodles. Preferably both. ‘Cos the tasty soup complements that spicy sambal. 😀 😀

Durian Empire: 2 for $15 Mao Shan Wang Durians

durian empire punggol

It’s been about 7 months since I last blogged about Durian Empire in Punggol. And the business is still going strong. I was at Punggol Plaza this evening to visit the post office next door, and also ‘cos he was keen on getting some durians at Durian Empire: the current ‘$15 for 2 MSW durians’ offer is very tempting indeed. Everyone stood in line and there was no fuss. One lady from Durian Empire even handed out chilled bottles of Dasani water – 600ml each! Where else do you find service like that? If you want to eat durians in Punggol or just purchase some to take home, I think you should make Durian Empire at Punggol Plaza your first stop. 🙂

I think he bought a total of 10 durians. 😀

ethical durian seller in singapore

The flesh is firm, though there aren’t many seeds. I’m going to borrow from the “cheap, fast, good” theory and say that there’s no such thing as “cheap, tasty and many seeds” when it comes to durians. If you want cheap and tasty durians, expect that there will be few seeds. If you want tasty durians with lots of seeds, then expect that it’ll come at a price. *wink*

durian empire punggol review

Durian Empire’s operating hours depend very much on when their durian stocks arrive, so I’d highly recommend that you stalk them on their Facebook page for daily updates:

https://www.facebook.com/durianempiresg/

 

*Update: The price has recently been increased to S$16 for 2 MSW durians. Check their FB page for daily updates regarding stock and prices. 😉