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October 4th, 2015 Posted 12:26 am

Is it the new blog design or my recent good mood that makes me want to update on time? I’m trying to finish up this week’s and then keep going backwards but I think that’s probably too ambitious hahaha.

Myojo Spicy Lobster Hot Pot

Myojo Spicy Lobster Hot Pot cup noodles for lunch, courtesy of my mum. It’s actually quite good. Anyway, worked from home today and then went to take a long nap after my shift.

Yesterday (Oct 2) was funny. We were at lunch and I ordered sambal beef rice from the zi char stall. Told the chef there that I wanted the egg to be runny and half-cooked like “last time”. I think my Mandarin must really suck (he wasn’t even PRC and looks as young as me) because he was like, “Cut in half?” I decided to show him a picture instead.

beef fried rice toa payoh

This was the beef fried rice I ordered from the same stall weeks ago (Sep 23 to be exact). Takeaway because I was doing an afternoon shift and the lady boss showed me the perfect egg before packing it. She said it wasn’t peak hour (4pm+)  so they didn’t have to rush. Still perfect even after I returned to office and somehow it really made my day!

Anyway the chef laughed when I showed him my picture. He later brought my food over and asked, “Can?” It wasn’t as flawless-looking but still runny the way I liked it. Eggs are awesome… so is beef.

sambal beef rice toa payoh

Nazreen said, “Omg why he so shy like flirting with you?” I told her about my request then she said I stressed him out with my high expectations hahaha.

Anyway I really like their food! The stall is called Hua Jie Kitchen and located at 978 Toa Payoh North, Level 2 where Big Bern’s American Grill is. The air-conditioned kopitiam serves better teh peng than any of the other coffeeshops near my office.

gochapon hamster singapore

CK gave me this hamster gochapon a few days ago and it’s soooo cute!!! I was skeptical when he said it’s meant to cling onto your cups and glasses but I did a search and apparently it’s a trend in Japan. Now I want the whole set…

hamster gochapon cup

Can’t believe it’s $5 for one tiny thing like that though! The hamster gochapon machine is in Orchard and CK said it’s the only one in Singapore.

Love looking at my office desk :) Featuring some of my favourite buys from my Europe trip: Eiffel tower from my tour guide, musical box from Switzerland, small Swiss army knife, coloured sand from Dubai, Paris cup from a petrol station, coin box from London.

Bought lots more till I had luggage problems but the rest are at home or given away. Oh and the wine was given to me when I was still an intern I think? I told the rest we could drink it on New Year when it turns a decade old!

smoothie king selfie

Smoothie King and dinner after work yesterday. I cannot take selfies with my own phone anymore ever since cracking the screen :( This is from Yukai’s iPhone.

Oh and remember my previous post? Just Acia replied to my feedback. Hope I managed to make someone’s day at least.

just acia feedback

Good service

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October 2nd, 2015 Posted 12:19 am

Another nice day because I slept in, did some online reading and looked up stuff on Seoul. Then went shopping and had dinner with my family. Simple pleasures :)

Anyway we ate at Just Acia (Sembawang Shopping Centre outlet) and I haven’t been there in over a year. So I was really surprised because their food quality has improved quite a bit and even the portions are a lot more generous. They even have ‘homemade milk tea’ now which I really love. Oh and yogurt too.

Just Acia spicy chicken set meal

Spicy chicken and the serving is at least twice as much as it used to be.

Just Acia spicy chicken

We all ordered our own sets but shared everything. One of my favourite parts about eating as a family :) Food is best when shared!

Just Acia sweet and sour fish

Sweet and sour fish which was pretty terrific because the outside is sooo crispy despite the yummy sauce. My bro took the last piece and I asked if I could have the crispy end. He said no but gave it to me anyway :D

He had bulgogi beef ramen and the numerous beef slices were thick yet tender. Below is some spinach egg tofu. And we had free flow ice cream too.

Just Acia spinach egg tofu

I was really impressed by how much Just Acia has improved. Credit where credit is due so I gave positive feedback via Just Acia’s website.

I hardly ever post complaints unless I’m really angry but I do make an effort to commend good service because it always makes my experience so much more delightful. And who doesn’t like to hear nice things instead of bad ones? People these days complain way too much but are so stingy with kind words.

In terms of good service, I think one of my best experiences was at Northpoint’s Challenger. It’s over a year ago but I still remember it.

Basically the 300 files were all movies (500+ now) and entire cartoon series (he made fun of me for the latter lol). Imagine how upset I would be if they were forever gone after all the time I spent downloading them (which is a lot as I’m super OCD and will download multiple files just to compare quality and pick the better one).

He brought my hard disk home and spent three days out of his own time transferring the files over to my second hard disk. I thought he was a godsend when he returned me everything intact. Totally deserving of the five minutes I spent to leave feedback.

Anyway, here’s what service and the locals are like in the countries I’ve travelled to:

  • London: Impeccable manners. Everyone, male or female, called me ‘darling’
  • Taiwan: Impeccable manners. They bow 90 degrees even when you leave a store without buying anything
  • Bangkok: Mostly polite except for a few bitchy ones
  • Phuket: Rather rude and out to scam you as much as possible
  • Hong Kong: Quite horrible (still love visiting there though)
  • New Zealand: Nice but not accurate as I was a guest so it was like their job
  • Europe: Nice but I didn’t interact with locals much. Really surprised in Paris when this well-groomed guy whom I asked for directions was super helpful and all smiles because I assumed the locals were snotty
  • Dubai: Women gave me dirty looks for wearing shorts, local men were indifferent, foreign men were almost overly nice

Cheers to expanding this list by travelling more!