This is what we had at Raffles City last week, stir fried chicken for H and deep fried chicken for me. For the deep fried chicken, there were three choices for the sauce; pepper sauce, pepper with mayo and Thai sauce. H chose for me so he got the one with pepper sauce. His stir fried chicken came with original sauce, as if he had a choice? Forgot the price 🙂 Both were good, but as usual I liked my choice better lol.
deep fried chicken with pepper sauce
original stir fried chicken
As I browsed through The Straits Times today, I saw this section wherein Singaporeans get to voice out their opinions on current events and what nots. I can’t help but think that they are like whiney babies ranting on shallow stuff. One lady was complaining that her child came home one day from school exhausted and all (something to that extent) because her child did not know how to type, and then retorts to saying what does SG’s government (Ministry of Education) doing about their education system?! Well let me tell her about a shitty education system that is of the Philippines wherein 60 students or more are cramped in one small room with no proper ventilation with 3 (or more!) students sharing on one dilapidated book which is so outdated it was probably published in the 80’s. An education system wherein teachers are forced to FORCE their students to buy their snacks for “recess” from them just to compensate for the low salaries given by the government, no wonder the College of Education in most universities is the least populated, nobody wants to be a teacher anymore. When the time comes that Singapore faces that kind of education system, then by all means she has the right to whine.
Another one complained that admission tickets for popular tourist destinations in the country are being offered on sale to locals just because the number of foreign tourists dropped. He even added that in other countries, admission tickets are sold on a lower price to locals as compared to foreigners. Yes I get the point, it would be nicer for the government to give priority to locals for the admission tickets to popular tourists destinations, museums, etc. to raise nationalism. But to blurt this all out in The Straits Times? I mean, the most popular newspaper in Singapore gives you a chance to voice out your opinion on ANYTHING that concerns you the most and you complain on not being given a discount in entering sentosa or jurong bird park? Not the most wisest thing to complain.
What more will these people think if they are to live in the Philippines? I think they won’t be able to function well and just complain on just about ANYTHING that seems minor (and normal) issues to us. They are so used to everything to be almost perfect that they fret at simple shortcomings of their government. Being a little bit appreciative won’t hurt.
Slumdog Millionaire 8/10
I’ve read so many reviews of this film online and on print. The movie depicts the poverty in India which caused so much hype and criticism but still this movie showed the harsh reality poor countries face which most probably the rich aren’t even aware of. I wonder if this movie would have the same effect, popularity wise and all, if it were shot in the slums of Manila.
Gran Torino 9/10
This is a beautifully done film which made me ponder on it before I finally shut my eyes and went to sleep. It’s a great mixture of culture, racism, violence, life and death rolled into one. Definitely became one of my favorites of all time.
This film was released in 2000, I’ve known it since and watched a few parts on cable but I never had the chance to see the entire film (also without cuts and all) so I downloaded it. Boys would definitely be able to relate when they watch this. This is a movie with nudity that is artistically done.
Last Tuesday’s Lunch
We were suppose to have our lunch at home but I was already starving so I insisted we get off at AMK and eat at Ang Mo Kio Hub. I had grilled squid for $5 and H had chicken nuggets for $3.5. Mine was not bad, it came with a dip which looked like shrimp paste (bagoong) but I didn’t bother to taste it since the squid was covered with sweet sauce already. H’s chicken nuggets was just ok, I didn’t like it’s sauce because it’s too sweet for my taste. We took the left over home. I even had a hard time asking for a take out box to the cashier since she couldn’t understand me. Fortunately there was this kid who probably was in high school and was kind enough to translate for me. Both meals came with eggs and a bowl of soup, which we didn’t bother to eat because it tasted like hot water with a little bit of salt.
and speaking of coffee… I feel so blessed.. Thank you God..
So I already consumed all the coffee that we brought here since we came, it was one box of 3 in 1 Nescafe which I think consisted of around 15 packs. Since then I have been scouring Fair Price and Shop n Save for 3 in 1 coffee that wouldn’t cost as much as $5.50 which is the price of Nescafe here. H was hesitant to give in to my caffeine fixation and insists I stop drinking coffee altogether! Being a non coffee drinker, he doesn’t understand how it feels like to be coffee deprived. But still while we were at Fair Price the other day, he handed me this 1 pack of coffee from Indonesia which only cost us $3. We are the ultimate cheapskates here. As if we have a choice. We would always scour for the cheapest chicken, cheapest pork, cheapest soy sauce, if it’s the cheapest then we’ll definitely get it! Although we don’t bother to check the local wet market even if it seems cheaper there because it’s still easier to pick a piece of meat that’s already been packed and sealed with the weight and price indicated, bring it to the cashier and pay for it rather than trying to communicate with the local wet market vendors thru sign language and end up getting the wrong meat or buying more than what you actually intended to. Going back to the coffee, we got this Indocafe coffee which does not taste bad at all. The other day our housemate told me about the coffee she had at one of the hawkers here which had condensed milk in it. I’d definitely try that one of these days since she said it was so good she recently bought a can of condensed milk to try it herself. Gotta love coffee.
This pack will probably last me a month.
These are photos from last Thursday’s lunch at Suntec. We dropped by at the IT Fair to check some cheap gadgets. We ended up getting a W120 for $199 the following day. I had sambal chicken which I never had before, I didn’t expect it to be spicy but it was! It was just ok, nothing fancy. H had sweet and sour pork which I think is boring but the pork was crunchy which he didn’t like. I didn’t like it either. He ended up not finishing his meal. Both were $4.5.
sweet and sour pork
We went to Fair Price yesterday to purchase chicken, pork and other stuff that we’re going to eat for 2 days. One sales lady approached us and offered us a free taste. It was like chocolatey peanut butter on a piece of loaf bread. After we tasted it, we we’re hooked. Whatever she was selling was amazing. She then led us to a stack of the product we just tasted. Turns out it was Nutella. She tried to “sales talk” us, if that’s what you would call it because she barely talked since she’s having difficulty speaking in English. She just kept on showing us the jar of Nutella and said its price over and over. Damn was it expensive but we can’t help ourselves so we got a small jar which costs $3.10!! It’s almost the same price as the chicken were about to eat for lunch! H keeps on scooping a spoonful of Nutella every now and then. We can’t help but notice that Nutella tastes familiar until we saw the word “Ferrero” on the jar. Yes exactly! It tastes like Ferrero Rocher! I immediately googled and indeed, the chocolatey stuff inside my favorite chocolates is none other than Nutella. No wonder we easily got hooked.
Beware! Addictive stuff
Then we passed by a shelf of snickers and saw that they were on sale. These past few days that we’ve been staying here I always crave for Snickers, probably because I have been junk food and comfort food deprived for 2 weeks already and the mere sight of a Snickers bar makes me high! As expected, we got 2 bars and whenever we eat it, we would cut 1 bar in half and save the other one for the next day. We only get to eat half bar so imagine how bitin we get.
Anyway, here are snippets last Thursday at Suntec.
Our “visitors” sticker
We got these freebies: post its, tissue and lcd cleaner
We also got pens and paper bags (not in pic though)
We ate at Suntec City Mall, I had black pepper beef with vegetables and egg. This was really good, it tasted like beef with oyster sauce and lots of pepper. The vegetable also looked quite tempting, even if I don’t eat vegetables at all I was tempted to taste it. Not bad but I did not finish the veggies 🙂 This came with a bowl of soup which tasted like they just put salt and pepper in it. This set us back around $4.50 I think? Quite cheap compared if we ate at Mc Donald’s and we won’t even get to eat rice!! The first time we tried fast food here was in KFC at Orchard. We were really starving that time and we ordered spicy chicken. As the crew handed me our tray with our meals on it, I asked her where’s the rice? She said “We don’t have rice here.” I was like, WTF?? I told her over and over again that we are ordering “extra rice” and now she’s telling me they don’t have rice. Apparently KFC and Mc Donald’s don’t serve rice here. What we did was eat 1pc chicken and took home the other part so we could eat it with rice!
black pepper beef with veggies and egg
H’s meal was like pork marinated in a sweet sauce or something. He forgot the name but he already ordered this same dish twice, the other time was when we were at a hawker in China town.
H’s unknown dish
At the end of the day we were exhausted from all the walking that we did.
It’s been more than a week and the only local food that I’ve tasted so far is chicken rice which I thick is overrated. Next time I want to try Bah Kuh Teh and hokkien mee. I’m not really a fan of Chinese food but I want to try the local food so there. We haven’t been to any tourist spots YET, probably this week we’ll go someplace where tourists flock. We’re going to be hitting 2 birds with 1 stone on this one since I plan to go in for walk in applications on hotels and restaurants (I’m still gathering the guts).
On a different note, let me give you an insight from a first time traveler in SG. First thing that I’ve noticed (and loved) here is how efficient their transport system is. It really is well thought of, well planned and really impressive. Well of course, considering Singapore is such a tiny tiny country, they wouldn’t have that difficulty in planning such as compared to doing this kind of transport system in the Philippines, but still, it really is impressive. There are 3 kinds of public transport here; trains, buses and taxis which by the way is really expensive. Even as first timers here we never got lost (thanks to gothere.sg).
We’re also having a hard time here understanding the locals due to their “singlish”. Most of them, especially at hawker centers and retail stores, have thick Singaporean accent to the point that you wouldn’t distinguish if they are speaking in English or in Mandarin.
Convenience stores and supermarkets are also conveniently located. We often buy our food (every two days or so) at nearby supermarkets and we are always in pambahay outfit since it’s just a few blocks away.
Of course, as cliche as it gets, Singapore is really clean. But the cars are right hand drive so when we cross the streets, we have to look to our right first since vehicles will be coming from that direction. People here are also very disciplined.
One thing that’s exciting is Singapore has several “exit points” aside from air transport, which makes Malaysia just a bus ride away. The place we are currently staying in is just a bus ride away from Malaysia, so in case we get tired of Singapore we could check out the Petronas Towers. I also heard that you can visit Indonesia by riding a ferry boat. We’ll see.