Saturday, November 17, 2012

2 more days.

Hey guys. I'm still alive. Just not kicking.

Been sick for the past few days and nope, totally not enjoying any bits of it. Work all piled up, exams round the corner and here I am, trying to fight this sickness away.

I'm really hoping that I'd be able to pass my papers next week. Can't imagine if I fail them. (For the money, I shall not fail!) because the fees are horrible. Baaaaaaaah.

Till then. It's miserable me, signing off.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Spruce at Bukit Timah old fire station

A simple birthday dinner for 恐龙叔叔 with Bro. Been wanting to go Spruce since September but due to unforeseen circumstance, I've been postponing and postponing. Finally, we are here today.

The location is pretty odd. But there's buses from Yishun. (171 or 852) but its likely to take you an hour just to reach there.

The environment is pretty quiet. Good for gatherings if you need a quieter crowd.

Food is good, big portions. Not very very cheap but still alright.

Overall, good ambience, good food, just a bad location and slightly pricey. Oh and the menu is pretty limited for their main course.

Some pictures taken with my phone to share.

P.S blogging from my mobile cause my mom is hogging my laptop. 😫

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Great Eastern Run 2012

Honestly, if you ask me, I can't recall how many runs we've ran. It seems so much that I lost count. It's hard to hard BFFs that have the same interest too. I'm blessed to have them as my shopping/eating/running/screaming/sampat-ing partners.

May we participant in more runs!

PS. Great Eastern run is really organized and good. Thumbs up!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

SPH Sports Day!

My first sports day with SPH was pretty awesome. Initially I thought I wouldn't be really enjoying but I ended up screaming and shouting like mad. (It felt like 20% of FOP in AY2007, I really missed that.) 

We had fun, we danced (yes, I danced the gangnam style dance. But we're the modified version though), we screamed and jumped and we won the overall championship! Hooray support services!

Though we didn't win the cheerleading, nonetheless we had fun. Looking forward to next year's SPH Sports Day! And perhaps I could be useful somehow and participate in something....

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Dim Sum: East Ocean Teochew Restaurant

//actual date: 3 Nov 2012

Last Saturday, I had a impromptu meet up with my ex-colleagues from KTPH for some dimsum at East Ocean. It's my first time here and the food is pretty alright. Just that, once again, the service wasn't too fantastic.

Accordingly to Jaamie (whom isn't on her first time to East Ocean) mentioned that during the weekdays, it's like normal ordering and we can go ahead and take what we want. But during the weekends, we couldn't order so when the tray with food comes, we pick what we want.

Jaamie, Joan and Erinn were there first while I waited for Michelle to end work before training there together. So... accordingly to them, the trolley didn't go their corner and hence we waited till close to 2pm and we decided to wave for service and requested to order some dishes. Fortunately, one of the waiter agreed to help us take orders and tah-dah! Below's some food we ordered!

Simple lunch gathering ended after some light shopping. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Itacho Sushi @ Plaza Singapura - Ain't going back there

It's been some time since I last experienced unpleasant dining experience. But what happened today is completely ridiculous.


Well, my mom's birthday is coming up and we thought of bringing her out for some good Japanese food. With some recommendations from friends and personal experience (first time was at Changi Airport), I decided to choose Itacho Sushi.

I made a call to ION Orchard outlet to make reservations for 4pax, but I was taken aback when the lady over the line told me that if I were to make reservations with them, I MUST spend $50 per pax and that's the minimum  She even went on to emphasis that we will have to spend at least $200 (because 4 pax) and it doesn't matter if we take away or what, all they bothered was we had to spend $200. I asked if all the outlets were the same, she mentioned ONLY ION Orchard is $50 per pax, while the rest is $25. So I thought, $25 is reasonable, I mean a normal set would have cost you that price. So I proceed to call Plaza Singapura, the next nearest in town.

Again, the lady over the line also emphasised the same thing. "We have to spend minimum $25 per pax, and it's our policy." Fair enough, I said okay, I understood this point.

So around 7 plus, my brother reached the restaurant before I did. So when I went in, I thought I should keep him informed about this "policy" they had. To my surprise, he was pretty unhappy that the waitress told him that "do you know you need to spend at least a $100?" It was made across to him that the waitress looked down on us that we couldn't pay that $100. I mean look, yes, you people have been emphasising and emphasising. We know, okay, we know. If you need to really emphasis so much, please paste your terms & condition all over your restaurant walls.

We decided to forget about whatever that happened and went on to order our dishes. It was till the end when we really couldn't finish our sushi, we decide to packed them up. (We shouldn't be wasting food but we were really too full.) This was what happened.

My brother tried so hard to wave, to signal or whatever you want to call it to get the attention of the staff. It was so hard. We looked transparent to them. Fair enough, it was dinner time, perhaps they are busy. So when she finally came, my brother instructed her to pack both plates of sushi. So here's what she said.

"This plate (referring to the NATSU Sushi Set) can pack but this plate (referring to the promotional Salmon with Soy Sauce) cannot pack because it's promotional item."

I asked why.

"Oh because it's promotional item so we do not allow you to take away."

I said, why such policy.

"Oh it's our policy here."

I said, get your manager here.

So within a minute, the manager came. I asked the same question. Why cannot pack.

"Oh, promotion items are only for dine-in cannot take away."

So I told her, this isn't even considered as take away. I've dine-in and I can't finish it. Do you expect me to stuff myself with the food or you expect me to leave the sushi here and let you throw away?

Guess what?

"Yes, you cannot take away. Yes. (Referring to my "throwing away"). This is our policy and that's why we always advise our customers to eat the promotional sushi first."

1     The service staff that served us, DID NOT tell us that we have to EAT THAT FIRST or else they will throw away if we can't finish it.

2     She is a manager. Is this how they train their managers to answer? I asked her if she expects me to throw away the sushi if I was really so bloated and full and I can't finish my meal, and she said yes. Omg, so wonderful.

3     If you have this kind of "policy" shouldn't you make known to your customers like how you EMPHASISED YOUR RESERVATION "POLICY/RULES/REGULATION"? Asked me 3 times. (Okay, to be fair, twice because I called different outlets)

C'mon Itacho. Is this how your customer service is? I'm never going back Plaza Singapura's outlet. I might consider Changi Airport but for now? Not recommending anyone there. This service I received, is just horrendous.

Someone please enlighten me.

1     Is it a norm for such reservation policies out there?

2     Have anyone gotta then same feedback as me before?

3     What's the rationale behind cannot pack my leftovers that I can't finish just because it's promotional item?

You mean what, you wanna prevent people from ordering and purposely taking it away? You already limit to 2 sushi per person. What else do you intend to do?

Anyhow, it's a horrible experience.


Oh and yes, my bill was $121.20 (Qualified for your "POLICY" okay)

Monday, November 5, 2012


I really can't put in words how tired, frustrated, vexed, uptight, irritated, unfocused I am.

It's just not a good Monday to start the week off. Really.

I don't feel for Friday to come cause it means I'd be closer to exam but I don't want it always to be a Monday..

Ah, it's just a bad day.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

TQ & YB's 21st Celebration

// 28 October 2012

Their celebration was last week but I just was too lazy to get the pictures out from my camera. Finally, the boys have hit their 21st and now they're both a man! (LOL).

Just so you're wondering, these 2 are my cousins. Technically half a cousin for TQ (on the left) but nonetheless we love him like our own.

Have a blast both, and be good.

I'd see you both in Taiwan. (You better carry my shopping bags!)

With love,

Friday, November 2, 2012

Losing weight

So the beginning of this week I've decided that I'd try to at least loose 1 KG by the end of November. Have planned a rough exercise schedule and have been watching my diet. So now it's time to test my determination and persistence to see if  I can really succeed to lose a KG by Dec 1.

Am keeping track of my weight everyday to see how it changes. 

Hopefully I'd bring good news!