Monday, December 29, 2008

Turnabout Prosecutor Trailer



I just got hooked to the Ace Attorney series. The games are really great! Although I was completely spoiled for the entire series. T_T

Turnabout Prosecutor is the spinoff of Ace Attorney, featuring our favourite prosecutor, Miles Edgeworth. The game play for this game is completely different from the rest of series. From the information I have seen, Turnabout Prosecutor seemed to be of an interactive adventure where you try to find the murderer and the evidence to convict them in court.

It will be nice to finally see the prosecutor's side of the game. And of course, to see Miles Edgeworth who has sadly been left out of Justice for All.

The game is coming out in Japan, spring 2009.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Feast

Every year on Christmas day my family gathers at my aunt's house for gift exchanges and food. The food has been getting better and this year definitely is the best.

We have appetizers:


Biscuit with cheese
Biscuit with cream cheese

Appetizer
Fruit tarts

And some tomato with wasabi + other things sauce.

The main course:

Sushi
Sushi from Kuriya

Ham
Ham that I didn't try

Chicken Pie
Chicken Pie with nice and delicious potato and some cheese. It could be less milky.

Baked Pasta
Baked Pasta with sausages on top

Something Rice
Something Rice which I didn't try

Roasted Chicken
Roasted Chicken with stuffing. Waited forever for this.


At this point I stopped taking photos except for the chocolates below.

Ferrero garden
Ferrero Garden Chocolates, pretty good

We ate three rounds of desserts. Some cheese brownie from Baker's story, apple strudel, and an entire pot of tao suan (spilt mung beans) with you tiao (fried dough) cooked by my mum. I think there was supposed to be log cake but I guess everyone was too full.

There was also plenty of red wine served. I surprised myself; I drank very little wine this time round. Oh well, I can make up for this on New Year's day.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Cards

I made some mini Christmas Cards along with my gifts. I think next year I'll buy cards; It should be cheaper than making them!

Handmade Chirstmas Cards

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Dinner at Waraku

Waraku has been offering ladies night on mondays. With a group of at least four women, you can enjoy 50% off your total bill.

Here are some of the items we ordered:

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Yanagawa Set

The beef is nice. Some care is needed to not overcook the beef. I still like the potato salad that comes with this set.

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Hotate Kaminabe (Scallop)

It has a total of 7 scallops. However, I felt that the soup is a bit bland. Perhaps choosing another soup base other than wafu would have been better.

Tofu
Agedashi Tofu

My cousins liked it. I don't. Still, it's far better than the tasteless oily mess I once ate at aijisen.

Maki
Waraku maki

I loved the sushi from waraku. This scrumptious maki has avocado, cucumber and roe as the main ingredients. Totally worth it.

Maki
Ebiten Maki

One of the more delectable maki I have eaten. With fried prawns in the middle, it is blissful to eat it with some wasabi.

Green tea Ice cream
Shiratama Macha Ice cream

My cousins love it. I felt that it's alright.

Dessert
Raspberry Cake

I don't find anything special with this dessert. It is good but not extraordinary.

We also ordered the Tonpei Yaki (I forgot to take the photo) which is better than I thought. Food is served generally fast although it takes a while before the sushi finally arrived.

In total we ordered 8 different items which after discount is $41.55. This offer is absolutely worth it. You still have one last monday to enjoy the offer and if you're going, please go there early for there is a long queue after 7pm.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Snack from Paris

Snacks from FranceGoogle and babel fish translate chocolat suisse as Switzerland chocolate.

My sister came back from London and Paris a week ago with luggage filled with tea, snacks and chocolate. One of those snacks was Casino Delicès's Pièmont. The snack is surrounded by slightly bitter Switzerland chocolate with some almond to give it some crunchiness. The second layer of the snack is some wafer. This is followed by more chocolate. Overall, it is not very sweet and delicious.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Today's lunch: Sushi

Maki!
California Maki and Salmon Maki

Compare to the other supermakets, Isetan's California maki generally have more roes. I feel that the maki from Liang Court's supermarket do not have as much roes. Though Isetan still loses out to restaurants. The salmon maki is pretty good too.

Sushi makes good lunch.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Returned from Trip

I just came back from my Malacca. The food there is cheap yet tasty. I don't think you can find good food at that price in Singapore. I'm still processing my photos, meanwhile, take a look at the Christmas gift I bought for myself.
Gundam Nadleeh

Saturday, December 13, 2008

The Twilight Before Christmas



Whether you like Twilight or not, you got to see this spoof.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Dragonball Evolution Trailer



Hollywood, can you please stop raping my childhood? T_T

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Comic Spotlight: AXIS POWERS HETALIA

I'm so sorry for not posting comic spotlight for so long! Real life got to me... (Oh I hate database!) This post's focus is on a webcomic by Himaruya Hidekaz which has grew so much in its popularity that it is now a manga and a soon-to-be screened anime, Axis Powers: HETALIA!

Axis Powers: HETALIA is a japanese webcomic poking fun at three Axis Powers during WW2 (but not exclusively confined to it). The japanese word, hetare, means useless. So when you add Italy with hetare, you get Hetalia.

APH is really hilarious since it makes fun of all the countries' stereotypes. For instance, Italy likes pasta and pizza, Germany likes beer and sausage, America thinks he's a hero and is oblivious to everyone else (the other countries) and so on. To cut thing really short, APH takes historical stuff and portrayed it in a really exaggerated manner.

But this has also caused the japanese netizens to be quite concerned about APH's reception to the world, in particular the Koreans and Chinese. In fact, there were some discussions in a korean forum where they flamed the comic. I have no idea how the chinese netizens will react when they find out about APH...

The trick to enjoying Axis Power is to not take it seriously. If you take it too seriously, some of the humor just falls flat. You will also need some history knowledge to enjoy it to the best.

This is my favourite short strip: China Melancholy. Poor China. T_T (and I totally loled when I found out that China's boss is a dragon)

I highly recommend people with a sense of humor to read Himaruya Hidekaz's controversial webcomic. Please do not view if you do not know what slash and yaoi is though.

Warning: Contents may not be worksafe.

Original Webcomic site
Profiles of the characters
Translated chapters: Chapter 1, 2, 3, 4

For other short translated strips please view here.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Fish Supreme and Soya Drink

Fish Noodles
Apart from the beef hotplate, I also tried the fish noodles with soup from Fish Supreme. From the little piece of fried fish that I had eaten, I was in total agony for not ordering this cheaper option for lunch! The soup was yummy and taste of the milk wasn't too strong for me. The fish was fresh and was generally above the standard fare that I ate near my house.

Soya Drink
I also ordered a soya drink from Yong Soon You Tiao. Can't remember the price but I did recalled thinking that it wasn't worth it.

Fish Supreme and Yong Soon You Tiao is located at Food Republic, Suntec.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Seoul Yummy Express

I just realised that I have forgotten to post a lot of food entries here! Here's one of them eaten at food republic, Suntec.

Korean beef hotplateI ordered this beef hotplate set (around 7.60?) from Seoul Yummy Express. I been hearing good stuff about the Seoul Yummy restaurant but frankly I don't see anything great about the food. That is, assuming the food served in the food court is of the same standard as the restaurant.

There was a healthy serving of lettuces which I liked. The beef was generally aright. Nothing special. As a matter of fact, I prefer the korean beef/spicy chicken etc hotplate I have eaten at the former Le Meridien hotel. The korean stall there should also be cheaper? I need to return again for the xth time to eat!

I do have a question. Are all korean soups suppose to taste bland and unappetizing? It's been quite some time since I last eaten any korean food with a serving of soup. But the soup provided at Seoul Yummy is really unsavoury. Urgh.

Rating: 5/10

Seoul Yummy Express
Food Republic
Suntec

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

This gives a whole new meaning to Chemistry



An enjoyable video about the the rules of chemistry.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Photo: Deep blue

Deep Blue

Deep Blue sky. Please Click for bigger view.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Photo: Sunset no. 3

Sunset 2

I took this on the same day as this photo. This is the vertical version of it. Which do you prefer?

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kamboat Dim Sum Kitchen

I was looking for a restaurant at Marina Square when I remembered that Kam Boat Kitchen has a branch there. As we were both poor students, my friend and I jumped at the chance to try their special dim sum lunch set at $13.80.

Food
The lunch set comes with 5 different dim sum. Each person gets to eat one of the two dim sum.

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The steamed prawn dumpling and the char siew bao came first instead of the soup. The har gau was very nice.

Char Siew

I liked their char siew bao as well too.

Soup

The soup of the day was some carrot soup which was rather tasty.

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And here's the crispy chicken spring roll and deep fried beancurd prawn skin roll. The crispy chicken spring roll was bland. However the deep fried beancurd prawn skin roll is definitely one of the best I have eaten. It's almost the same as my mum's but less salty and with more prawns!

Mushroom siew mai
The mushroom was interesting but I didn't like the siew mai. Neither did Rien.

Stewed noodle

The portion for the stewed noodles with sliced meat and golden mushroom was small. As we had eaten all those dim sum before that, we weren't really that bothered by the amount. However, the noodles was dull. There wasn't much flavour.

Mango Pudding
We were given several choices for the dessert such as gui ling gao. We chosen the mango pudding which was lovely and of the right texture.

Service
There were plenty of staff around and they filled up my tea quite often. But I am not very happy that the manager removed my mango pudding when I had not finished it. Overzealous?

Ambience
The restaurant is quiet. This is probably due to the various empty tables in the restaurant. Overall, I find the place to be good for chatting slowly with your friends while enjoying your food and tea.

At $13.80, this lunch set is pretty affordable for those who are easily full. This lunch set is available if 2 or more people ordered it. With dim sum that hit and miss, people who have high standard for their dim sum would be better off ordering their ala carte main course dishes (which are fantastic at their shaw branch).

Rating: 6/10 (minus for overzealous managers)

Kam Boat dim sum kitchen is at 6 Raffles Bouleverd, #02-05, Marina Square

Photo: Sunset no. 2

Sunset 3

Another photo of the sun setting. Really like this shot. Please click for bigger view.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Liquid City Book Launch

Liquid City Book Launch
29th November 2008 (Saturday)
2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Kinokuniya, Takashimaya

Liquid City is a comic anthology from South East Asia. This includes works from Sonny Liew, Ken Foo, Troy Chin, FSC, and Kuanth among others. Meet the people behind it (and grab their autographs) at the launch.

Please visit their website for more details!

Random musing from this blogger: I want to get the book since it has some of my favourite artists but it's expensive (or cheap considering that some of the comics are in full colour), I'm seriously broke and there is a small error in the book. Arghhhh!

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

My head broke

I just read some parts of Breaking Dawn by Meyers and my head broke. How can such a piece of mary sue fanfiction crap be published and is so fricking popular?! I haven't read the first three books (only read some questionable quotes) so I'm going to give Twilight (first in the series) a chance.

The book better got to be good. Or I swear I'm going to burn it/draw horrible stickman comics for wasting my very limited amount of time allocated for novels.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Twilight: The people have spoken

When USAweekend conducted a poll a few weeks ago to decide whether Harry Potter or Twilight series were better, they did not expect the flurries of response by Socrates, Jane Austen, Karl Marx, Dean Winchester, Al Gore, Darth Vader and many famous others condemning travesty that was Twilight.

When the men of Athens read Twilight, they sentenced me to death.


Posted by: Socrates


Twilight is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people.

Posted by: Karl Marx


The more I see of Twilight, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all its characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.

Posted by: Jane Austen


Twilight made me do it.


Posted by: Darth Vader


So this is how braincells die-- with thunderous applause.


Posted by: Padmé Amidala


The 66th seal is broken. Lucifer has sent Twilight into the world.


Posted by: Dean Winchester


Twilight is responsible for Global Warming.


Posted by: Al Gore


I chose Twilight because its female lead makes me look competent and smart--not to mentional a leap forward for feminists in comparison! Gosh darnit!

~*~*~*Sarah Palin in 2012~*~*~

Posted by: Sarah Palin in 2012


And finally,

I, in fact, single-handedly killed the Cullen cult; Renesmee was a bit tricky to handle, being biologically impossible, but with a bit of ingenuity and my dazzling smile, she was easily taken off! You can read about my exploits in my latest book (including how Bella tried to seduce me, but I don't blame her, most women act like that around me) "Culling the Cullens."

Posted by: Gilderoy Lockhart

Photo: Sunset

Another Sunset

Photo of the sun setting from my house. Click for bigger view. Please comment and criticise?

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Anime Festival Asia 2008

DOMO-KUN
Domo-kun did not made me spend any money

AFA 08 was good, but not fantastic. The $5/$8 would have been worth it if I had stayed for the concert but I wasn't (and neither was Rien) prepared to stay so long at the fair.

But first, I would like to apologise to Rien who waited for me for an hour due to some miscommunication. I am also sorry for being an insane Gundam fan squealing at all the Gundam Models.

Kunio Okawara

The highlights of the event has to be the Kunio Okawara interview. Being able to see the Gundam Designer up close was truly a humbling experience. Many fans sat on the floor (when the chairs were filled) to listen to the peaching of the Great One. Fortunately I was with a Gundam hater, and was able to pull myself from my worship.

Trans Am Gundam Exia
Gundam Exia (Trans Am) Sold out before 11am

The entire event seem to be a great Gundam masturbation fest. The amount of space allocated to the Bandai was bigger than any other series. Of course, as a Gundam fangirl, I was most happy and natural in this habitat. I was found drooling at the models and resisting the intense urge to donate money to the Gundam cause.

Human sized Gundam Exia model Gundam Exia Cosplay
Gundam Exia VS Gundam Exia

For a brief amount of time, I thought I was seeing doubles. There were two Gundam Exia! As it turned out, the Exia with glowing eyes is a wonderful cosplay done by the master of mecha cosplay, Clive Lee. Poor Mr Lee was hounded by the Papparazzi every where. Even when he was resting with his head gear off, the cameras refused to stop flashing.

Robot by IFS
One of the IFS display work

Apart from the gundam fest, there were several smaller collection of booths such as the Imaginary Friends Studio (IFS). I was quite excited to see them and their works were as good as I expected them to be. However, they also came with a hefty price tag.

Movie booth
Encore Films Pte Ltd

Encore Films were also there with some of the Japanese films that they have distributed in Singapore. May I suggest to Encore films to take on some of the Japanese drama series? I do not mind paying more for a good DVD release with eligible subtitles and which do not crash my DVD player.

Anime Festival Asia 08

Apparently, this was an anime themed Japan Tour booth. I am not very sure since the intimating tigers in the background send me scuttling off like a frightened prey.

Dragon Ball

One of the main reason that I paid $5 was to see the the Shouen Jump World Tour booth. However, my high anticipation lead to a high disappointment as there were only some pathetic Death note, Bleach and Prince of tennis works. There were also some original Dragon Ball Z 'manuscript' that were submitted to the editor before being printed in the magazine.

Code Geass
Why was Lancelot featured here with Suzaku? Lulu? Where are you?

There were also 6 'experience' booth of the Code Geass, Skip Beat, Casshern Sin and the other series showing on Okto now. I really liked the booths and I would liked to think that it convinced Rien to watch Code geass.

And course, we have the figurines section. Rows of figurines one after another, in a showcase of toys from the various toy companies:

Giant Reborn
Life sized Reborn with Leon. This must have cost a bomb.

Hatsune Miku
Hatsune Miku with parts of Fate in the background

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Haruhi Suzumiya Cast with blocked Yuki's head

Rei Ayanami
Rei Ayanami. I still prefer Kaworu.

I enjoyed the event since they managed to control the crowd entering the place unlike a certain cosplay event. I did like the booths for Sky Crawler and Lamb, Animax Asia's anime. It would be nice if we have more of such booths. For events, there was no interesting events apart for Kunio Okawara stage appearance and the sky crawlers trailer on Saturday in the afternoon. This is another aspect that they need to improve on if they want to attract people next year.

Soul Eater
Cosplay of Soul Eater

To be honest, the attention paid to the Gundam and Mecha series were higher than the other series. They should be more booths of other popular series such as Soul Eater. In additional, most of the merchandises sold there were of mecha models. It was of no surprise then that KKnM ended up with a long queue of people waiting to see (and buy) non-mecha products.

I am also slightly annoyed by the small area allocated to the artist alley. Only 4 tables?

AFA08 is not a bad event organised for the first time. But if they really want to attract people from the region, they will need more than this.