Archive | February 2013

Our Big Meal at Kaikaya By the Sea, Tokyo

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Kaikaya By the Sea (Shibuya)
23-7 Maruyama-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

This is another wonderful restaurant which Lady J recommended for us to try in Tokyo! It is a Japanese fusion restaurant with the main focus on fish! The entrance is whimsical and hard to miss! The interior is pretty, cozy, with a surfboard and pretty frame pictures all over!

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This is a must go for fish and sashimi lover! It is really yummy but I made a total blunder at this place! We were unsure of what to order and asked the staff for some recommendation. The staff then recommended us to try their house special set which is not on their menu, they shared that the sets come in 3500, 4000 or 4500 yen. We asked if the amount quoted is in total or per pax, and were informed that it is a total of 3500 yen. With that in mind, we thought, oh, that’s cheap for five pax! Perhaps it is a sampler set for us to try their various dishes! So I thought, we should go for the 4000 yen version, thinking that the 3500 yen may not be sufficient.

But when they served us the first three dishes, something is not right, the portion, quality and freshness of the meal definitely worth more than 4000 yen! When they served us the sashimi platter, it became obvious that it was a miscommunication and he meant 4000 yen in total for each person. Then the food kept coming and we were all stuffed with fish! Haha. No more fish for the week!

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My excited face!

That being said, the food is really really yummy, I love the fusion style and the taste is really special! I won’t mind paying SGD60 for this meal and it is really worth it if you are a sashimi lover! Even though I don’t take raw fish, I heard from my friends that the sashimi is really fresh! So let’s stop the writing and let the pictures do the talking! There are ton of pictures here and I hope the amount of food we had won’t scare you! Haha.

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(Dish 1) Yummy Beef Salad. The beef is really tender and perfect!

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(Dish 2) Fried prawn which was really juicy, firm and fresh! I love this too!

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(Dish 3) Thinly slice sashimi with herbs and spices. Really good too for someone who doesn’t quite eat raw stuff! This is when we realised this is not right!

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(Dish 4) When they served this, our jaw dropped and we all went woah at the same time! This sashimi platter is amazing for sashimi lover!

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(Dish 4) It came with fresh wasabi too!

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(Dish 5) I love this too! No idea what the name of this dish is but it taste so good! The sauce is mildly spicy and reminds me of Viet or Thai cuisine. Haha. Yums

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(Dish 6) Baked Cod fish roe in blue cheese. I don’t take roe either but the blue cheese sauce is so yummy! I ate two slices of bread with this!

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(Dish 7) Fish head miso soup! I am running out of words to describe how good the food is! Haha.

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(Dish 8) Hot plate chicken. This is just average and pretty normal. A good break to have with so many fish dishes though. Haha.

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(Dish 9) We were almost bursting! Grilled fish! I don’t really like the taste and texture of this fish though.

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(Dish 10) This is the second last dish! I don’t take raw fish but my friends are grabbing second servings despite being so stuffed! So I concluded that it must be good! Haha. You are supposed to mix it and wrap it in seaweed like a sushi roll!

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(Dish 11) Cherry Blossom Ice Cream. This has a very mild taste and is rather average but it adds a nice finishing touch to the meal.

There! We ate 11 dishes and only paid 4000 yen each for it (excluding drinks). It is really good to order the house special set if you have no idea what you would like and you just want to try everything! Blurp!

Thank you Lady J for the yummy recommendation! I will surely recommend this too if you are tired of the usual Japanese cuisine! This is something with a kick and yet maintain the Japanese standard in terms of food quality, freshness and taste!

Antique Market in Tokyo

I saw Sarah’s Loft sharing on a Sunday Antique Market in Tokyo and got all excited and bookmarked it, only to realise that I will not be in Tokyo on the 1st or 3rd Sunday of the month! Boo! I can only look at these pictures with envy. Sad.

According to Sarah’s Loft, the antique market is at the Tokyo International Forum around Yurakucho on the 1st and 3rd Sundays every month starting from 9am in the morning till early afternoon.

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APA Hotel Tokyo – Itabashi, Tokyo

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During this training trip in Japan, we will be staying in three hotels in Japan, two in Tokyo and one in Kobe. The first hotel which we will be staying for six nights is at APA Hotel which is just beside Itabashi. Even though it is not near bigger interchange stations such as Shibuya or Shinjuku, it is convenient with a short 2 mins walk from the station! There is also direct express line from this station to Shibuya and Shinjuku!

Like most hotel rooms in tokyo, it is tiny, so it is not surprising that the hotel room is miniscule. Despite it’s small size, the room is clean and cozy! We were welcomed with an origami crane and the room came with bathtub! Great for a long and cold day!

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We also love the breakfast selection. Love their Japanese range of side dishes which goes well with their yummy and fragrant Japanese rice.

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The best of it all is it comes with free wifi in the room and throughout the hotel. This is essential for Internet addict Singaporeans.

Best Ramen Till Date: Ichiran Ramen, Shibuya Tokyo

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Thanks to Lady J‘s recommendation, we headed to Ichiran Ramen and found the best ramen tasted till date and experienced an interesting dining concept! Maybe because we were tired and hungry and it was really cold, the ramen is the best! There are a few stores in Toyko and we picked the one at Shibuya, it is next to Zara, so just look out for Zara and walk a block or two and you will see it! It is open 24 hours and you get to customise the soup intensity, oiliness, softness/hardness of noodle, type of spring onion and other add ons like eggs, pork, seaweed, noodles, spring onions etc. Read on to see how this strange little ramen store works!

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Insert money and pick the ramen you want and its add ons.

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Grab the tickets and wait for your turn to fill up the form to customize your ramen.

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Customize your ramen! This is my friend’s form which you will see it below. For me, I had thin green onion and regular secret sauce which is slightly more spicy and very good!

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The panel here will indicate which cubicle is available with blue light.

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You will be shown to your cubicle! This is kind of like a ramen place for introverts or people who doesn’t like to talk but just enjoy your ramen! Haha. But if you are here with your friends, you can choose to flip open the panel!

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My friend got the ones with an egg but I forgot to add an egg at the vending machine! Thankfully, I can just inform them and pay them in cash instead of going through the whole vending machine process to get the yummy soft boil egg! The best! You got to de-shell it on your own though! Haha.

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I added additional meat, seaweed and egg! Yums!

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If you love their soup and finish all of it, this is what you will see! With the limited knowledge and assumption that Kanji is basically Chinese, it probably means you finish every drop of the soup and attain highest happiness! Haha.

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I’m a happy girl! Yums! Thank you Lady J!

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Sue Ann sent us a little picture with a quote and I thought it is really sweet and so true!

“If you find someone who makes you smile,
who checks up on you often to see if you’re okay,
who watches out for you and wants the very best for you.
Don’t let them go.
Keep them close and don’t take them for granted.
People like that, are hard to find.”

Pretty Little Things in Monoyono

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Monoyono
VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-92
Tel: +65 6534 8982

I always wanted to go take a look at this store and I’m glad I did! There are just so many pretty things! I can’t help but snap snap snap at all the pretty little things! They’ve got one more new store in Plaza Singapura!

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I want to eat drink and be merry!

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All I need is Love!

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Let’s go to the beach!

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I got these cute card holders in Korea and am surprised to see them here!

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Messing with Wax Seal Stamp

A month back, I bought this Wax Seal Stamp off Groupon and a few days ago, I received it! For $21.90, it is a really good buy to get a customized Wax Seal Stamp, a few wax sticks and free delivery to your doorstep!

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The box which is made of cardboard came torn and tattered, so it is not ideal if you want to give it as gift!

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Pretty Wax Seal Stamp with my name on it!

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I’ve never tried using a Wax Seal Stamp before and was really excited! If you know me well, you probably know that I’m quite a random person who loves trying new things! After a few messy attempts to melt the wax using my imagination and poor common sense, I finally created a pretty wax seal!

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Tadah!

Spruce at Old Fire Station

Spruce (Bukit Timah)
274 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Tel: +65 6466 5582

Visited Spruce at Old Fire Station at Upper Bukit Timah one weekday afternoon for lunch and love every bit of it! Would like to go back for their weekend brunch! I think it’s because there are hardly anyone on a weekday afternoon, the food was really good, the plating was nice, the service was attentive and ambience was perfect. We love that each dish was made with love and each was a rather healthy and well balanced dish.

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I can’t hide my excitement. Yums.

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Love the red wooden door at the Old Fire Station!

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Love the high ceiling, wooden beam and decor!

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Their lunch menu! I want to go back and try their famous pancakes and Eggs Benedict!

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Crabmeat Caesar Salad. Total Yums!

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The roast chicken was grilled to perfection, the broccolini is yummy and their mash potato is too good!

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I’ve not tasted pork ribs with such special sauce before! I’m not sure what exactly goes into it, probably some spices and mustard? All I know is that it’s good.

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Wanted a dessert which is light after our heavy meal. Their apple pie with vanilla ice cream is lovely.

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It was a great lunch with good food, ambience, service and company. I’m a happy girl!

I have lots of backlog blog posts to clear before my Tokyo/Kobe trip! Better clear them now before I get lazy and the pictures will never see the world. Haha.

My New Running Buddy

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I love Standchart’s Manhattan Card! I practically use this card all the time unless the restaurant / shop is offering discounts on other credit cards! Other than their cash rebates (which is far better than points which expire before I can redeem anything), they often have promotions where you can get a sure win gift if you spend XXXX amount within a time period. So during Christmas where I spend quite a bit on presents and gifts for myself, I received this from Standchart! A Sony NWZ – W262 2G Walkman! I have friends who swear by this during their runs and it is the perfect gym / run buddy! Valued at $99, not that bad a deal, runs will be easier without messy earphone wires and the weight and bulkiness of a phone!

A simple family dinner.

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My family with Mummy Kang, a person who is understanding and ever filial to my grandma! A great sister to my dad, a great daughter to my grandma and a great aunt to us!

This reunion dinner, we had it at Mummy Kang’s place. Thank you Mummy Kang for hosting us and dishing up our favourite food! It was a small and cozy family dinner.

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Yums!

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My cool mum who loves us dearly and who can be harsh with words but shows her love with actions.

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My cute pampered sister with my conservative dad but chose to accept and love us no matter what happens.

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My coolest grandma. Even though she is the oldest in the family but she is the most open minded! It probably comes with age and experience!

Four Sisters.

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This Chinese New Year, we caught up with my cousins and took a quick photo together. We used to be much closer, where we had lots of sleepovers, outings, overseas trip, bookstores visiting, and communal showering! As we grew older, each of us is leading a different life and can catch up with each other during family gatherings. One can never imagine how different each one of us turned out to be. One of us is now happily married and pregnant, the other chose to be happily single with little faith in the institution of marriage, the other who is happily attached and finally one who took a route which is frown upon and judged by many. How unpredictable life is! Whatever decisions and life choices we made, we need to be happy and live life to the fullest.

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I want to go somewhere new too!

Room for Books

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I agree, there is always room for books! I want a huge book shelf! Haha.

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Lady J hosted a simple Bio-essence Bio-Water giveaway and I won one travel size bottle! Can’t wait to try it during my Japan trip! I will have 3 free days in Tokyo and 1 free day in Kobe, any must dos to recommend?! This will be my second trip to Tokyo and first visit to Kobe!

Be Happy

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This Lunar New Year, I wish everyone the greatest happiness, harmony, love and health!

Among the twelve tactics to be happy, I think I am practising seven of them. Here are the ones that I should work on and do more, believe in myself, stay inspired, help others, limit television and face my fears. Be brave girl!

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I love homemade cookies. Thank you for your love.

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Thank you people for your love and gestures in making me feel special.

Found Fortune Cookies in Singapore!

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According to Wikipedia, the exact history of fortune cookies is unclear, and it has been summarized “introduced by the Japanese, popularized by the Chinese, but ultimately … consumed by Americans.” My first encounter with fortune cookies is in a Chinese Restaurant in the states and no where else. I came across this box of Fortune cookies in a local supermarket here and quickly grab one! This will be perfect for a dinner gathering this Chinese New Year with friends and families!

DYMO Embossing Labelmaker

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I’m not sure about your era but during my childhood days, this gadget is very common in households or offices. If you find this familiar, we can probably guess your age! Haha. I remember we once own a DYMO in our family (and now I totally regret throwing it away because I so digging vintage now!) and we would label everything with this! Water bottles, pencil case, books, you name it, we got one on it! My sister and I had a lot of fun turning the wheel, clicking away and sticking random embossed labels in the house.

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It started with an all metal labeller.

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DYMO is an American company that manufactures label makers among other things and it was founded in 1958 to produce handheld tools that use embossing tape. Over various decades, the company changed hand a couple of times and this manual labeller is slowly being faced out with electronic labeller. I would love to own a vintage DYMO one day!

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For now, I am just satisfied with my new gadget, a modern DYMO from our popular bookstore! I chose this because it looks more hardy and the additional wheels with cute fonts are hard to resist. It is three times the price of a Motex, another popular embossed label maker from Korea. This will be perfect in labelling Polaroids and doing random crafts and scrapbooks! I can’t wait!