Tuesday, 30 September 2014

안녕하십니까!! I've Completed Korean Elementary 1!!!

 Last Saturday was my last Korean elementary 1 lesson! We got our results back and a pretty nice certificate I think. :) I will be continuing with the Korean course... I kinda like having to go to lessons every saturday morning.. makes me feel like my life is more meaningful. LOL..

Some pictures to commemorate this course. I like my teacher alot.. Very funny, interesting, and cute lady.. hahaha. she's so encouraging she even commented that my oral presentation was quite good... haha... lets see what did I say last week... (we were supposed to bring a map of the area where we live and a picture of our family - drawings are allowed. I drew stick figures and a rough image of my house. haha.)

우리집이 이순에 있시니다.
집근처에 공원하고 병원하고 초등학교가 있시니다.
초등학교는 우리집앞에 있시니다.
그공원은 넓고 조용합니다.
우리집은 8층에 있시니다.

우리가족은 다삿사람 입니다.
저는 언니하나, 남동생이 한명 있시니다.
부무님께서 회사원 계십니다.
언니도 회사원 입니다.
남동생은 대학생 입니다.
우리가족은 개가 한마리 있시니다.
개이름이 베베 입니디.
저는 베베를 사랑합니다.


ok this picture is so cheesy I know. lol.


Anyway a few weeks before, we were told that there will be a cultural event on the last saturday of the term. They will most of the time be cooking some korean dish. This time it was Andong Chicken Stew (안동찜닭), and Toppoki (떡볶이). So being the Kiasu me, went to signed up quickly because they only have 100 slots. haha. anyway, majority of my classmates will be there too (though we never really talk to each other much before..), and this will sort of be like a bonding session. haha.



Preparing the Andong Chicken Stew
Okay actually its all prepared for us already, the portions and everything so all we need to do is pour in and fry. lol.




Act Yi Ge.

and.. TADA~~ This is our Andong Chicken Stew and IT WAS DAMN DELICIOUS I SWEAR.
Okay I didnt do much of the cooking, more of the staring.. but the food is really good! We were all given the recipes to take home. Let me go home and dig it out and put it here soon before I forget...

The Chef walked around tasting everyone's dish because at the end there will be a prize given to the table with the best dish......


Next, we tried making Toppoki!
According to my teacher, the toppoki with the blue packet is the nicest toppoki. so if we were to buy it ourselves, we should go for this blue packet ones.. (more chewy.. not too soft.)




The Toppoki is yummy too!! Not a fan of spicy food, but this one wasnt too spicy because we put in quite alot of corn starch and sugar. haha. (alot of red pepper paste also......)

I gave the whole lot of Toppoki to my family, and they all say its delicious. hahhaha.
I love my Andong Chicken Stew more.

After all the cooking, there was a lucky draw session!!!!! I am not a very lucky person in terms of lucky draw.. I dont think I ever get picked for anything before, no 4D, Toto etc etc. You get what I mean lah. So i was like skeptical this time as well... I didnt even bother taking out my ticket (which is number 12 btw.. go buy 4D or Toto. lol)... and the first number they called........... was NUMBER 12!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited I went "omg its ME!!!" with my hand waving around.

First Lucky Draw win (its a bag of korean titbits inside btw), and hope more to come.
Actually to be honest, I had a feeling that my number will be called, but I was just thinking "why will my number get called? is something bad going to happen? ok.. if I really get called, maybe something bad is going to happen. like maybe I am going to die or something."

Of course, when i told this to my sister and mum, I got a lashing. LOL.......
Lets just hope this means the beginning of something good in my lifeeee (not the other way round..)

:)

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Furniture Furniture Furniture

Recently, Biddy has been doing alot of furniture shopping for his current house.. He bought a new low computer table (you have to sit on the floor instead of the chair), some new soft carpet, new sofa, new lightbulbs/lighting in his living rooom......... (+ alot of other accessories like a new Mac, some laser printer etc etc.........) Just suddenly alot of new stuff. Thats also one of the reasons why we have been going to IKEA quite alot these few months. LOL. one of the previous few times I actually managed to convince Biddy to buy me a Dragon soft toy from IKEA................. LOLLLL....


LOLLLL.. its not that ugly lah!!!!!! 
(ok fine. its abit ugly, but its still cute in its own way. + its belly makes a good pillow haha..)


Anw, so the newest stuff we are intending to get now is a new bed frame for his room. He wants to upgrade his bed from super single to King Size. We havent had time to go check out the mattress though... (eventhough its for his room, not mine, I like to KPO and push my ideas through because I stay over at his place pretty often LOL....) and also, because his bedroom window is kinda low, we have to find a suitable bedframe that actually fits nicely in his already very packed room.............. the last time we checked IKEA out, we couldnt find anything that suitable as yet.....

I realised that actually searching for furniture can be very tiring.. so most of the time we concentrate on just IKEA, which sometimes doesnt have the stuff we want, no doubt they are all very pretty... and Biddy tried to buy some furniture off some shady websites before and the quality was... rather bad. anyways, I found out that actually there are so many other types of brands and shops in Singapore (other than IKEA) which sells nice AND affordable furniture. I think affordable is important for Biddy since he likes to change his furniture so often. LOLLL....

so for the mattress... initially Biddy was just fixed on the SeaHorse brand... but whenever I watch tv, the commercials always show the people having such comfortable mattressessssssss.... and also, there's this website called FurnitureSingapore.net that has a rather informative list of brands and places where we can go to get mattresses...... so I decided to make Biddy consider other brands as well.. (like you never know right... maybe there are nicer mattresses out there..... lol..)

and speaking of this FurnitureSingapore.net, its a rather good website if you are looking to furnish your house...its like a consolidated website on where you can purchase furniture in Singapore.. Really not kidding!!!
E.G. ----------> Mattresses: http://furnituresingapore.net/mattresses-in-singapore/.
its like the many different types of mattresses and places you can get them are put together so you know, you dont have to waste your time browsing around aimlessly..... its all there!! LOL.. so I strongly recommend furniture shoppers to go there to check out the furniture that is needed from the website... maybe you can get more ideas and inspirations and you dont have to make wasted trips around places.....

I actually cant wait to have my own place so I can decorate it until damn nice....... hehehehe. but no, im not getting married yet................... need to save up more!!! but why is saving soooo hard (T.T)!! I just keep on spending money on... classes and courses.. (ok I know I am weird.. lol... i believe in upgrading yourself constantly okkkkk.. hahahaha.) and of course holidaysssssss... I AM GOING HANOI IN LIKE 2 WEEKS TIME... CANNOTTT WAITTTTTTTT~~~ 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen @ Plaza Singapura!!

I was invited to Crystal Jade to try the steamboat on wednesday. I love steamboats!! so I have pretty high expectations, especially when it is Crystal Jade we're talking about!!!! Anyway, the Crystal Jade outlet in Plaza Singapura is recently revamped and transformed into Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen. I think its a pretty good idea because nowadays, youngsters like me (LOL... refusing to be known as an ahjumma.. Im still younggggg), love to meet and gather together for steamboats...... Somemore, PS is near so many schools etc... great location! :)


Before we started our steamboat buffet, Joh Ju, Samantha and Lucas were very nice to introduce us some of the popular dimsums that they also offer in the restaurant! There is also an ala carte menu where people who prefer the usual Crystal Jade kitchen kind of food! Best of both worlds!!! :))




The Roasted Combination Platter
S$25.80 per serving
The roasted meats (roast duck, pork belly, honey bbq pork) are all very 香. I kinda forget what is the english word for that lol.. Anw, the roasted ducks are specially selected from Ipoh duck farms, where newborn ducks are raised to 7 weeks!! I personally liked the Pork Belly the most. It is very soft, and it totally melts in my mouth........ (drools..)

Deep Fried Yam Puff with Minced Meat
S$4 per serving of 3 pieces


and the pieces are really quite huge!! this is the first time I have ever ate this particular dimsum and it is very refreshing. I am not a yam lover and I will often shun yam, but this dimsum incorporates yam tastefully with alot of mince meat and deep fried.. This dish is very unique and I kinda like it!!! (the portion seems abit big to me though hehe.)

Pan-fried Fish Cake with Radish
S4 per serving of 3 pieces

This is another dish that I have never tried before. So this is the first time I tasted this! Apparently it is an old-school dim sum in Hong Kong and is indeed pretty difficult to find nowadays! I love Fish Cake in general so this is quite nice to me.. Because it is deep fried in wanton skin, initially I thought this dish is some kind of egg.. (embarrassed..) haha. we learn something new everyday! :D

Steamed Pork and Shrimp with Crab Roe Dumpling "Siew Mai"
S$4.20 per serving of 3 pieces

I believe this does not need any introduction!! Siew Mai!! its like a must order everytime I eat dimsum!! But this siew mai is abit special.. it has huge prawn fillings inside the siew mai too! and the over taste of the siew mai is very chewy, juicy and definitely worth the S$4.20... :)

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling "Ha-Kau"
S$4.60 per serving of 3 pieces


WHEEEEEE~~ another dish that doesnt need introductions at all!!! Out of allllllll the dimsums I have ever eaten in my whole life, I love the ha-kau the most! mostly because I love prawns!! and the prawns in this particular ha-kau is like HUGE and OVERFLOWING!!! The skin is not too dry also.. you know sometimes ha-kau gets too sticky and will get stuck together or sth.. this is ok.. :)))

andddddd finally... we have the...

CRYSTAL JADE all-you-can-eat STEAMBOAT BUFFET!
The spreaddddddd... :D

There are 6 different soup bases to choose from at Crystal Jade..
- Pork's Bone Soup
-Tomato Soup (Sounds interesting)
-Curry Soup
-Miso Soup
-Superior Soup
-Spicy Mala Soup

For this tasting session, we were offered to try the Curry Soup and Pork's Bone Soup! :)





There are at least 12 different types of condiments where you can mix and match to your liking!!
Lol.. I like....... just plain light soy sauce. very simple I know. haha.

There are three kinds of meat - Fresh Pork, Chicken and Beef, which are kept refrigerated and only served upon order. This is soooo much cleaner and hygienic to my opinion. I have been to steam boat buffets where the meat are just like in one whole basket for self-service... doesnt look appealing at all. But at Crystal Jade, they are served nicely in small trays and we can order as much as we want from the staff and they will be served fresh to us!! (BEST!!!!) Really.. all steamboats should be like this.


Adding in the Minced Pork Paste

The Curry Soup is actually something different because it is very seldom seen in other steamboat buffet places. Also the curry is Hong-Kong Styled, it doesnt include coconut milk... and it goes very well with... instant noodles!!!! and fishballs! hehehe. I dont really take spicy food, so this is a little spicy to me..

The Pork's Bone Soup is very very savory! It can be a little bit salty to be honest, so it is best accompanied by the QQ Rice (this is not normal rice.. its like normal rice mixed with glutinous rice, giving it an additional chewy feeling..) This is my personal favorite!!!!! I prefer the Pork's Bone Soup to the Curry Soup... and then.. Joh Ju taught me something else....---> Mix Curry Soup with some Pork's Bone Soup. IT IS REALLY GOOD!!!!!!! hahaha. its just a different way of eating, and it really surprises me.. 好吃!!

OHH, and the drinks and desserts are free flow and also included in the steamboat buffet!! :)


After a hearty steamboat buffet, we can never forget the dessert. There is always a separate compartment for the desserts. LOL. and its ICECREAM!! The ice cream comes in three types - Vanilla, Chocolate and Vanilla+Chocolate swirl... It kinda reminds me of the Softie Icecream which I used to like alot!!!





I think I had like 3 bowls of ice-cream.. but I only took 3 small portions lahh... hahahhaha.

Before we left, we were each given a bottle of Crystal Jade Chili Oil to take home!!
Thank you Joh Ju, Samantha and Lucas for the invite once again!!


Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen
Plaza Singapura #02-32
68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238868
Tel: 6336 2833
Weekdays: S$20.90++(Adults), S$17.90++ (Children 12yo & below)
Weekends and Public Holidays: S$26.90++(Adults), S$23.90++ (Children 12yo & below)

As you can see, the prices are very reasonable and affordable!!
Overall, my dining experience at Crystal Jade is very pleasant. :) Also, the staff are very friendly and efficient..
If you are looking for a gathering place to have nice steamboat, good ambiance, you can try Crystal Jade Steamboat Kitchen!! :))))
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