Monday, January 26, 2009

Mini-Reunion dinner photos

The Steamed Fish. Very fresh and delicious.

Yesterday, my family had a mini-reunion dinner since we are having the actual dinner with our extended family today.

We had mostly simple teochew dishes of steamed fish, leeks and of course, shark fins soup.

Leeks and prawns

Shark Fins soup. We only drink this soup one new year and my grandma's birthday (and of course, weddings' dinner).

Friday, January 23, 2009

Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist

Hong Lim Wanton MeeI went to tried the wanton mee at this famous stall a while ago. the main attraction of this wanton mee is the size of serving for at cheap prices. For $2.50, you get 4 wantons and a nice amount of char siew. Overall as a whole I find the dish to be palatable and rather worth it for it price. There is also a $2 option but obviously I do not know the amount of serving for that.

What I did not like is the dirtiness of the tray. I'm been told by the stall owner that the cleaners do not wipe the trays when they collect t back from the customer. Argh.

Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist is at Hong Lim Food Centre, #02-49

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Star Wars: Retold

Star Wars as described by someone who has never seen the movies. This is extremely hilarious. The Bar planet? The Bar planet? *ded*

Monday, January 12, 2009

Book Review: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murkami's The Wind-up Bird Chronicle is truly an abstract and surreal piece of work. With my friend's raves about the author in mind, I set upon to read my very first book by Haruki Murkami. What I expect I did not know. But I certainly did not prepare myself for such a strange book.

Toru Okada is the poor protagonist of this book. At the beginning of this book he was directionless and aimless. His life changed when his cat when missing and he received strange calls. In a way, the book is about Toru's struggle for a path that he could walk. On this journey, he met various people who he changed their lives and in turn changed his life. This summary of the book is extremely shallow but I can't write more without spoiling the plot.

I will not claim that all parts of this book is enjoyable. There are parts where I feel that there has been far too many repetitions, part of the book whereby the story could have been better if they are cut. You also should not expect a clear ending where all the questions are resolved for they are not.

As I mentioned, there are too many loose-ends. We never knew exactly what happen to some characters or who they really are. Whether this is deliberate I do not know. It certainly adds on to the mysterious feel of Murakami's writing. It certainly had an effect on creating some of the more crazy characters I have have seen.

The Wind-up Bird Chronicle has two missing chapters that are not included in the English translation of the book. This may or may not have an effect on the overall enjoyment of the book. Regardless, I enjoyed this book, particularly the parts about the world war. I recommend anyone to read it. The book may be a little slow in the beginning, but it is definitely worth it to read it the end.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

I feel Trippy

Ferris Wheel

I blame it on the music.

Yesterday's Dessert: Kaya Cake

Kaya Cake

Some famous Kaya cake.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Today's Lunch: Cha Soba

Cha soba

It's rather to easy to cook your own cold Cha Soba. No more Fair Price instant noodles for me again!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

100 days protest against Nintendo

Bob took 5 years to create a Nintendo DS game. To fulfil his dream to publish his game, he contacted Nintendo US for a developer kit, SDK. However, Nintendo has not replied to his request and he decided to have a 100 days protest in a room "locked and barricaded from the outside".

Watch this video with the annotation on.

You may feel inclined to sympathize with the guy. Until you realise 1) the game doesn't even look that nice, 2) there is no demo of said game, 3) Bob named the game after himself, 4) he has one huge ego and is a bloody jerk.

Frankly, he just did the worst thing possible. He dissed the company. If I was Reggie, I sure as hell wouldn't respond to him. And judging from the responses, most people are not impressed.

You can watch him protest at his site which sprouts nonsense of him proclaiming that he create the greatest game that cannot be revealed to anyone. Fantastic marketing, Bob. Now if only you ain't that crazy.