Big move

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So …. yeah. I finally did it. Made the big move to California to be with the be a. It’s been nerve wrecking and intense. Fodder for multiple entries. But my attention span has been rather limited especially with the thousand worries I’ve been carrying. But that’s ok. It’s a personal blog which means I write. When I want to. When I can. Right?

Anyway with all the money worries we’ve been facing you would think I would have cut down on my luxuries. Turns out I haven’t. Well. Not really.  I’ve been drinking more home brewed coffee which is supposed to be cheaper but on weekends I treat myself to some froufrou coffee. And today I learnt that starbucks still has their Fall edition reusable cup. And it’s going for $1 instead of $2. I totally saved right? I like these cups better than the $16 tumblers they sell. For one thing. It’s cheaper. If i lose it the heartbreak isn’t so bad. And I still save the same amount with each cup of coffee I buy. Plus when I drop these they don’t crack. The number of coffee tumblers I’ve cracked over the years may have been enough to buy me the new pair of boots I’ve been staring at in Nordstrom rack for the past month!!! So if you are in the market for a limited reusable cup….ask the barista if they have the fall version and if theirs is half off!!20171125_071149

And just in case you are wondering. I’m on no paid leave. Which means I’m not working and not getting paid. But not technically unemployed. I’m on it because I wanted to move here to be with the Beau but wasn’t willing to give up on my research project.  So here we are. Unpaid researcher.  Story of my life.  I know. I should have known better than to voluntarily take on financial hardship. But I thought no big deal. I’ve been a student all my life. Cutting back will be easier. Nope. Almost weekly arguments about our spending and our lifestyle.  It drives me nuts. But it’s ok. We’ll work it out because even when I’m mad at him. I still love him. I just have to remember that we are very different people and we deal with things very differently.

In addition to being thankful to having found each other so late in our lives. I’m thankful for the love and support my in-laws have given us.

So Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours!!!

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Noodles

Noodles, as everyone knows, is a universally beloved way of ingesting carbohydrates and Singaporeans are no exception. We can have noodles for breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Almost all of my favorite asian dishes involves some sort of noodles. The kind I normally eat in the morning is either bak chor mee, which is essentially noodles with minced pork, or fishball noodles. Yes, that’s right. Fishball noodles. The Swedes have meatballs, we have fishballs. Soft bouncy ones.

In the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been rather stressed and my appetite is bigger than normal, which also means I’ve been craving more carbohydrates than usual. One of my favorite noodle stores at Bedok Interchange is Teo’s noodles. Its really quite good, and the chili isn’t bad. I don’t think that their fishballs are the best in the world or anything, but they are pretty decent.

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Teo’s Noodles

And then we saw that a lot of people are also queuing up to buy noodles from this other place called “Handmade Fishball Meat ball noodles”. It had pictures of them posing with some local celebrity on a local food show and so we tried it. I will admit, I was a bit skeptical at first but their fishballs were nice and bouncy, as were their meatballs, not hard like the Ikea ones. And the noodles too were rather delish.

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And of course when I have to go downtown for work, I will definitely go to Ah Hock fishball noodles at Albert complex. Part of the reason is because to avoid having to pay for the MRT, I’ll take the super early train in order to exit Bugis MRT station by 7.30am, and the major reason is because their handmade fishballs are very very good. I always order the lao shu fen there because its just so good dried and the chili is my absolute favorite.

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Ah Hock Fishball noodles at Albert Complex

So what’s your favorite noodle store?

habits are hard to change

So. 68.4kg. So not too bad right. Didn’t manage to hit 10K per day. But if you average it out, it came out to about 10K steps/day. So statistics.

Unfortunately, I’m now suffering from really bad muscle spasms. When this happens, I usually think, maybe I should take up yoga. But when the spasms go away, thoughts of yoga float out of my head too. Maybe I should take up something else? Any suggestions Internet?

Atlashouse

I’ve transferred to a different clinic but I still miss my nurses from my old clinic. We thought a Sat after work would be a good time for a meet-up. Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year was looming and everyone was busy with spring cleaning. Luckily, DrGoodEats and one of the nurses was still able to make it. And since DrGoodEats always knows where the best places to eat, we relied on her to do her research and pick a place.

She picked Atlashouse. Which is located on Duke’s Road in Bukit Merah. When I first got there (after trekking all the way from Bedok), there was a long line outside the door and my heart temporarily sank. I mean, this is a brunch cafe. And it was already 1.30pm. What in blazes are Singaporeans doing brunch at 1.30pm? Its already lunch! After a quick phone call, it was quickly established that DrGoodEats had the hindsight to make reservations. Phew.

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Obviously, coffee was ordered first. I had a latte. Not too bad. Just the correct amount of milk. Plus, I’ve always had a soft spot for the classic flower design.

And then we ordered some truffle fries as an appetizer followed by a mushroom toast with scrambled eggs which I thought was delicious. We also ordered the mushroom pasta. I thought the pasta was a little too heavy but the other two ladies really enjoyed it.

This was followed rather quickly by dessert. The chocolate tart is my favorite (better than the one at Prego). And the waffle ice cream was really good. I can’t remember what sort of cream puff or doughnut we ordered, but I do remember it was very generously dusted with sugar.

Overall, not a bad place to go hangout. But its terribly crowded and I felt a little rushed. Yes, I know. Its a weekend. Bound to be rushed no matter what. But given the distance, I’m quite certain that I would have been able to find something just as nice in the East. That said, the company was good and we were very well fed in the end. Total bill was $104. So a little pricey, but really, quite standard for a hipster joint.

Details:

Address: 6 Duke’s Rd, Singapore 268886
Hours:

Monday Closed
Tuesday 8AM–7PM
Wednesday 8AM–7PM
Thursday 8AM–7PM
Friday 8AM–7PM
Saturday 8AM–7PM
Sunday 8AM–7PM

Holiday weight gain

Argh. I feel terrible. I finally took the plunge and weighed myself today. 68kg. Basically the 8kg I lost in the last 4 years, I’ve gained back in less than 6 months. This sucks. I know I told myself that I was not going to diet anymore because the yo-yoing is depressing and I’m just going to try my best to be healthy. But if I’m honest with myself, I just haven’t been treating myself or my body well at all. Before I switched clinics, I was managing an average of 12,000 steps a day, and having a healthy lunch at least 5 out of 7 days. These days, I’m only averaging about 6,000 steps and snacking. Like a lot. This has got to stop or I’m going to end up being so big I’ll need to occupy 2 seats on the bus. Its bad enough that people are giving up their seats to me on the MRT thinking I’m pregnant. I need to start being healthy.

The only problem is I’m not very motivated.

So how?

Small steps.

Ok. So the goal now is to achieve at least 10,000 steps a day. By hook or by crook. Meaning if by the time I reach home and I haven’t had 10,000 steps, off the couch I go even though Super Girl is on. 10,000 steps. The plan is to evaluate in 2 weeks. So that’s it Internet. I’ve set myself a challenge. 10,000 steps. Every day. 2 weeks.

 

Kopi Tiam @ Swissotel Stanford

In a span of a week, I had dinner at the Swissotel Stanford’s Kopi Team 3 times! The main reason was because the FAR card was expiring and I was trying to use up the  vouchers. In general the Kopi team can be described as a very expensive local coffeeshop. They have all the local food served in a hotel restaurant. I didn’t have high hopes for the food but our first visit was such a nice surprise I went back a second time after getting quite tipsy at a happy hour event. The third time was with my parents and it was on the 3rd day of the Chinese New YEAR holiday.

In general the food is rather good.  In fact probably better than the food at the Tang’s Island Cafe. My main quibble was the price. Obviously eating there isn’t cheap. Not by local standards anyway. But when you are paying that much you expect better service. The waiters were often distracted. I suspect they were short staffed or something.

I really liked their hor fun.  The smell was amazing and you know there was sufficient ‘wok hei’.

We also tried the assam fish and mixed it up a bit with some oyster omelette.

And because it is #cny2017 we ordered the herbal shrimp for some giggles.

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And a yam ring for a sweet year.

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And for dessert bo bo char cha was ordered because you really can’t claim to offer local delights if you can’t make good bo bo char char.

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The goreng pisang was ordered because the pisang literally melts in your mouth.

 

Well if you are in town and looking for a nice place to sit and rest your legs….this might be a good place to try!

 

Saturday 6–11AM
12–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Sunday 6–11AM
12–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Monday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Tuesday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Wednesday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Thursday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM
Friday 6–10:30AM
11:30AM–2:30PM
6–10:30PM