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china – day 4 August 27, 2012

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8th may 2012 – we flew from beijing to xi’an, shaanxi province of china; to visit the terracota warriors and horses of emperor qin shi huang’s mausoleum.

waiting to board…

can’t remember which airline we flew with, but it was a local airlines. not too bad.

this picture was taken around zubashi street, near citadines central, where my parents and i stayed for the next 4 days, 3 nights.

on our way to muslim street

chinese muslim

dates of different grades for sale along muslim street

one of the entrance to muslim street

some snacks, i think

made from shan zha or hawthorn berry

car squeezing in between stalls…

we had dinner here

lamb with “bread”

drum tower

citadines central of xi’an, shaanxi province

another abrupt end…


china – day 3 August 26, 2012

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7th may 2012…




visit to the local market


fresh produce


mum bought two bagful of yummy eggroll from one of these shops


we had lunch at mei zhou dong po restaurant


apparently, it is an award-winning restaurant. one of the certificate states, “chinese flavor, olympic standard” *grins*


and here is a picture of my parents, having “olympic standard” lunch.


a picture of me, taken by my 5-year-old nephew, before bedtime…


china – day 2 August 9, 2012

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6th may 2012 – la di da…. what did i do on my 2nd day in beijing? i guess i’ll go with the photographs.

alrighty, more flowers from the garden.

yup, orchid.

having delicious dimsum at Excellent Tang Palace. H&M top from my sister (that explains why it differs from my usual style)

dimsum spread

had a stroll with the family around the compound of my sister’s place.

more flowers


ezra blowing a dandelion

a huff…

… and a puff!








Krispy Kreme August 7, 2012

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“You gotta get, like 24 and eat all of them. I lose my mind. Go crazy. Krispy Kreme fever.” ~ Liam Hemsworth


Thanks to Liam, I now feel less guilty eating 4 of them doughnuts, downed with a glass of milk, right before bedtime.

Good night!


Welcome Seafood Restaurant April 18, 2012

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Last month, I was back in Kota Kinabalu again, in order to clear my annual leave for the previous year. Without fail, whenever I return to my hometown, I will have to have my share of seafood!

Three of my favourite seafood restaurants are Ocean Seafood Restaurant (good food, efficient service but price is slightly higher), Salut Seafood Restaurant (need to travel by car >45mins, average food, but cheap!) and Welcome Seafood restaurant. Portview Seafood Restaurant is good too, but slightly more expensive.

As far as I know, there are two (2) branches of Welcome Seafood Restaurant. One in Penampang, and another more centrally-located one in Asia City.

There are a variety of seafood to choose from, though I must say I am against serving of certain species of fishes. Consolation is, they do not serve shark’s fins.

Scallop is a fast-moving item. Come later than 7pm and you may be disappointed.


Scallop with garlic. Heavenly!

Crabs in sweet and sour sauce (or was it buttermilk sauce?)

Crabs in steamed egg white

Erm… ?

Local vegetable

Best thing is, all for only RM57!!!

Before the end of my week-long holidays, I went to Welcome Seafood Restaurant once more. This time round, I had scallops with chilli…

Kam heong crabs…

and similar dishes such as the shells, vegetable and their in-house special tofu.

As I’m writing up this post, I can still remember the heavenly taste of the scallops and the scrumptious crabs.

Now, when is my next trip back home?


food (glorious, and not so glorious) March 10, 2012

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All pictures are Instagram-ized. Just because they look better after lo-fi treatment.

Laksa at Blk 928, Yishun Central. You can tell it is yummy by the long queue during meal times.

Prawn noodle at Longhouse, Upper Thomson Rd.

Hokkien Mee at Blk 645, Yishun St 61.

Vietnamese beef noodle @Pho House of Holland Village.

Mudcake I think, at NYDC, Holland Village. Food is good but service left much to be desired during weekends.

Chicken macaroni at KTPH’s NTUC Foodfare.

Average Vietnamese beef noodle at a restaurant @Suntec City.

Authentic Chinese food from a restaurant in Chinatown. Too bad I didn’t get the name of the place.

Average chicken green curry at Thai Express, Suntec City

Pathetic wantan soup from foodcourt of Vivocity.

Sausage with rosti at Marche of Vivocity

Sandwich on the go from KTPH’s Subway

Fish head curry from Muthu’s Curry at Suntec City. By now, you can tell I do visit Suntec City pretty frequently.

Orgasmic chicken rice at Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice (duh!), Suntec City

I used to be healthy… sigh.

duck rice from Yishun 81 Food Court at Blk 925, Yishun Central.

Hokkien Mee from Yishun 81 Food Court. One word. Yucks.

My CNY reunion dinner – instant noodle & instant dumplings after work.

CNY 1st day’s dinner prepared by colleague.

Ayam Penyet Ria at 5th Floor of Lucky Plaza, Orchard Rd.

Fried fish bee hoon at KTPH’s NTUC Foodfare. Not too bad. Great service.

Passable dimsum from Yishun 81 Foodcourt.

Thin-crust pizza from Modesto, Vivocity.

Homemade pasta by moi. Edible.

Vietnamese beef noodle from Pho House, Suntrc City. Quieter compared to Holland Village’s branch.

Prawn noodle (without prawns) from Blk 645, Yishun St 61.

La mien from Crystal Jade, Suntec City.

Hokkien Mee from Food Opera, Ion Orchard.


old school delights December 18, 2011

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final quarter of 2011 – after an arduous 10km hike at MacRitchie reservoir, I suggested to my fellow Sabahan friends that we walk over to Upper Thomson Road for a look see. The walk took approximate 15-20 minutes…


We came across this cafe and decided to rest our lactic acid laden legs order some drinks.


There were all kinds of old school knick knacks and candies on the display shelf.


Their food and drinks were yummy, as well as reasonably-priced.

I definitely want to hangout at the cafe again.

For more information, visit their website at

215m, Upper Thomson Road,
Singapore 584349