Tuesday, July 28, 2015

A Gold Class Experience - Unforgetable

How many years later are we, to actually enter a Gold Class Hall? It was 1998, when Golden Village first opened a cinema at Great World City to include a Gold Class Theater. The more than doubled ticket price kept us away; we couldn't see anything past monetary.

At Vivo City, an exclusive ticketing hall directs us to a cozy waiting lounge where we rest and freshen up. Smiley attendants then ushered us into the theater when screening time nears.

It was a private world that we entered, calm and uncrowded. Blues and Jazz singing were playing. Carefully, we adjusted our roomy seats to recline at our comfort. With a touch of a button, we were lowered and a footrest extended! It was pretty delightful. We almost refuse to budge towards each other - we were enjoying the rare serenity, alone. We felt truly relaxed...

Then there is a wool blanket in the black cushion for the lady who often feels cold in a theater. At the call of a button, friendly waiter service offers you anything from a glass of premium wine, ice cream, warm snacks or simply the popped corns.

What's most applauded are the top range digital audio systems and wide screen that is explicitly placed to make you feel you are watching on a mega TV screen in the living room! Throughout the show, when everyone laughed, it was like watching a movie with a few strangers who shared funny moments. Although the hall was fully occupied, it feels intimate.

The experience tonight is memorable and magical. I'm looking forward to more of it, hopefully soon.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

美美, Mei Mei Satay at Haig Rd!

Pork, Chicken, Mutton Satay ($0.50 per stick), Ketupat ($0.60)

This is honestly our best taste of satay for a long time. The meat was thickly cut, made for very satisfying chew. It was like a bite into a succulent piece of steak, seasoned with spices. And having pineapple puree for our satay sauce is quite a perk these days.

Business is brisk at Mei Mei Satay in the Haig Road Market & Food Centre. We just managed to get their last piece of rice dumpling, with the mutton satay being sold out. But we'll definitely be returning to do a pack away for the family soon!

This is our dinner tonight, with a good Indian Rojak from the only stall there. Go find it.

The Istana - Home to Rain Trees and LKY

Snaking queues for security checks at the Main Gate

This is our first visit to The Istana - the official residence and office of the President of Singapore, also the working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore. Singaporeans will forever remember our aching hearts when a gun carriage conveyed Mr Lee Kuan Yew's body from the Istana to Parliament House on Wed, March 25. That was the last time he is leaving the office he had worked all his life for this little red dot.

So when chances come for members of the public to register for SAF50@Istana, organised by the Singapore Armed Forces, i jumped on it. I want to see the ground the great man walked.

Singapore Crest on the Main Gate

Benches fabricated from timber planks recycled from the former National Stadium, as part of URA’s project to commemorate the national icon. For more information, visit http://ura.sg/pickabench

Visitors for the day took part in interactive games and activities, including flight simulators. Kids have fun with bouncy castles, face painting and have their photo taken with little SAF uniforms! While i enjoyed browsing through SAF artifacts on display and exhibits highlighting the SAF's contributions and capabilities, including stories of how past servicemen and women built the forces. Performances by the SAF Band and the Music and Drama Company kept us spirited.

Now i just wish children can be gentle to the badly scraped benches, designed and fabricated from timber planks recycled from our former National Stadium.

The Swan Pond - largest among the 4 ponds in the Istana grounds. So called because of the swans which inhabited it 
in the 1970s, it lies at two levels with an island in the midst of the main body.

Rain Trees lining both sides of Edinburgh Road shade the half-kilometre walk from the Main Gate to the Centre Gate.

The Istana Main Building

(Purple-Colored) Misai Kucing, Cat's Whiskers, 猫须草 at the Istana Front Lawn

Singapore's National Flower - Vanda Miss Joaquim at the Villa

Lastly, let me share this tribute song for Mr LKY... named '1965', the year of Singapore's independence. He had left us for four months now, but the feeling is still raw. Thank you, Mr Lee our nation's dad.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

南南, Na Na Curry Fish Head - from Marina South. Remember?

About 18 years ago. That's how long we last tasted Na Na Curry. Those days, we drove up to the undeveloped Marina South - a land covered with wide green fields where kites were flown, followed by dinner at the many Steamboat outlets there. Large crowds will gather, to watch the Fireworks Festival! Empty carparks too, strewed the emptiness.  

Few restaurants and Kopitiam eatery like Na Na were like an oasis in a dessert then. Today, we found them in Blk 303 Jurong East Street 32 - still ever popular with the office lunch crowd.

Claypot Curry Fish Head, big ($25)

Curry Vege ($3) x2

The curry still packs a punch. Its mutton is well perfected, and crisp beancurd skin served atop the piping Curry Fish Head is so clever! But i guess people change.

We are now unthankful of the powdery taste of the curry - it doesn't rationale with plain white rice. I can't stop craving for their well-toasted buns to go with the curry instead. It would have been heavenly!

Curry Mutton ($4.50) x2

Sunday, July 12, 2015

合家欢, He Jia Huan Ban Mian, Mee Hoon Kway - Tom Yum!?

We seldom came across handmade Ban Mian stall that drew such attention - always a crowd, a perpetual queue at its crammed corner in the spacious Kopitiam. Their specialties are the zesty Tom Yum and dried rendition where dark sauce greases the fresh, bouncy noodle.

The tasty soup was always serve scalding hot, and its ingredients are of freshest standards - minced meat, meat balls, pork slices. My colleagues would even request for additional helping of their fried anchovies at 50 cents extra.

If you are anywhere near, do drop in at Blk 492 Jurong West St 41. You wouldn't be disappointed.

Tom Yum Ban Mian ($4.50)

Ban Mian, soup ($3.50)

Ban Mian, dry ($3.50)

U-Mee, dry ($3.50)

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jurong West Claypot Curry Fish Head - About 30 Years Ago!

Claypot Curry Fish Head ($32)

The new project team comprises of all foreigners (China and Malaysian) whom are crazy over Singapore's Curry Fish Heads. So we decide to show them the good stuff - this Kopitiam stall in blk 492 Jurong West St 41. which has remained popular for its curry fish heads, all these 30 odd years!

And we were bowled over - succulent freshness of the fish, piquant and spiciness of the curry sauce that was 'just right', not overwhelming nor jialat, neither was it mild. You believe we emptied the claypot and asked for an extra bowl of curry for top up!?

Side dishes were mundane, save for the beansprouts with salted fish and pork lard!

Omelette Egg ($6), Xiao Bai Cai ($6), Salted Fish Beansprouts ($7)