Cheeky Chocolates (Upper Thomson)

Restaurant signboard
Restaurant signboard

The crepes at Cheeky Chocolates are really great! Rachel and I been there twice. We have tried the signature Cheeky Chocolate Crepe, Cheeky Frozen Hot Chocolate beverage (it’s a cold drink made with hot chocolate, in case you are wondering about the contradictory  naming) and Caramel Banana Crepe. All did not disappoint.

Restaurant interior
Restaurant interior
Cutesy wall decor
Cutesy wall decor

The menu
The menu
Signature Crepe
Signature Crepe
Our Cheeky Chocolate Crepe
Our Cheeky Chocolate Crepe
Close-up
Close-up

We like the strong chocolate flavour in all their dishes. The chocolate tastes more like molten chocolate bars than those cheapskate chocolate sugar syrup that you can buy at the local supermarkets.

It’s a great place for desert, considering there are a lot of other food establishment in the area. I also find the restaurant decor and furniture quite cosy for a lazy magazine or book read. 🙂

Operating Hours:
12.00pm – 10.30pm
(Closed on Mon)

Address:
223 Upper Thomson Road
Tel: 6451 8608

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Wu Baiwei (吴白玮) vs Susan Boyle

Battle of the grandmothers
Battle of the grandmothers

This year is the year of the grandmother singers.

Following closely after the worldwide sensation caused by Britain’s Got Talent 2009 contestant, Susan Boyle, comes Wu Baiwei (吴白玮), a 79-year-old contestant in China’s Happy Girls 《快乐女声》.

You can check out their two videos between and make the respective comparison. 🙂

Susan Boyle:

Wu Baiwei (吴白玮):
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The New Risk Board Game

The new Risk cards
The new Risk cards

Mark, Meiyen, Rachel and I tried playing the new Risk board game last weekend. It took us quite a while to start playing the game proper as we were having difficulty with the revised rules for the new edition.

Unlike the new Monopoly Deal Card Game which is suitable for casual board game players like us, the new Risk requires much more strategising and thinking.

We tried playing it for one round, but gave up halfway when we realised it will probably take at least an estimated hour before we can finish one game. The game rules were quite complex and it did not help that we were tired (also, the ladies were winning the game out of sheer luck with the dices and Mark and I, being typical male chauvinists when it comes to competitive games, decided to put a stop to it by ending the game prematurely).

Laying out the playing board and game pieces, reading the game rules
Laying out the playing board and game pieces, reading the game rules
The soldier pieces look like these now
The soldier pieces look like these now
A Capital game piece
A Capital game piece
Filling in the Capitals
Filling in the Capitals
Battles are fought using dices
Battles are fought using dices
Some of the objectives to achieve to win the game
Some of the objectives to achieve to win the game
Mark getting pissed with Meiyen cos hes losing the game
Mark getting pissed with Meiyen cos he's losing the game

The game is probably more suitable for serious board game players. Having said that, we did appreciate the updated look and feel for the new playing board and game pieces. 🙂

If you are interested to learn more about the new Risk board game, you can visit the official Hasbro website.

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Wedding Season

May and June seems to be the wedding season among my friends. I attended three weddings over the last two weekends. There will be at least four more in the coming month, last when I counted.

It’s hard on the pocket, but yet it feels good to see my friends enter into marital bliss one by one.

My secondary school classmates
My secondary school classmates

Last Friday, I attended the wedding of my secondary school classmate, Kim Yong. It was great to see my secondary school classmates again at the wedding. The topics were no longer about soccer and computer games, but wives, career and housing. We still bonded well, and the bunch of us chatted till past 11pm, after all the guests have left. Towards the end, we actually managed to list out the entire class roaster, name by name, index number by index number!

Er Kai and his Korean wife, Yoon Sun
Er Kai and his Korean wife, Yoon Sun
Group photo with my China travel buddies
Group photo with my China travel buddies

On Saturday, I attended the wedding of a friend, Er Kai, whom I got to know from an exchange trip to China when I was still in NTU. He had invited the rest of our travel pals as well and it was heartwarming to see everyone again. This group is slightly younger – with me being the oldest among them, excluding the professor who went on the trip with us. Er Kai got to know his Korean wife when they met in Japan while both of them were still students. It took a while for their relationship to blossom, but they sure look like they were made for each other at their wedding night. 🙂

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Pastor Kong Hee from City Harvest Church can cure Cancer?

Picture via KongHee.com
Picture via KongHee.com

Within 7 days.

Zhunbo?

As documented in this video:

You can read more about Pastor Kong Hee and watch more of his videos via his official website, KongHee.com.

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Vikas Swarup’s Six Suspects

Book Cover
Book Cover

There’s a caste system, even in murder, begins the book.

Vikas Swarup‘s Six Suspects is a fine detective novel that delves into the rich and multi-layered society of modern India. A rich millionaire-murderer has been murdered, there are six suspects – who did it? That in essence is what the book is about.

Each of the six suspects represent a different caste in Indian society, from the slumdog handphone thief to the Bolllywood actress to the retired corrupt politician to the millionaire’s dad himself to the redneck American to a tribal native.

Each of the suspects have a intriguing story to tell of how they wound up at the scene of the murder and each will have their own reason to want the victim murdered.

I finished reading the book in one sitting. The story was just too arresting. It keeps you turning the pages, anxious to find out who committed the murder.

The ending did not disappoint. In fact, there was a twist to the ending which I won’t reveal so as not to spoil the story. If you like detective or mystery novels with a contemporary social setting, Six Suspects is a must-read.

Vikas Swarup, by the way, also wrote Q&A, the book which was made in the multiple award-winning, blockbuster movie, Slumdog Millionaire.I read both of his books and frankly, I find Six Suspects much better than Q&A. If it gets made into a movie, I will definitely go catch it. 🙂

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Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother

Book Cover
Book Cover

This is a must-read for technology and Internet geeks like yours truly.

Little Brother is written by Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing, one of the world’s most popular group blog. Cory is an activist in favour of liberalising copyright laws and a proponent of the Creative Commons organization (Cory actually put up the entire e-book version of Little Brother for free download HERE!).

As a result, common themes seen in his works such as digital rights management, file sharing and leftist politics were weaved into the storyline of Little Brother.

In summary, the fiction book details the story of cyber-rebel, Marcus in his fight against an oppressive state.

Marcus is only seventeen, but he figures he already knows how the state system works and how to work the system for himself. Attuned to the networked world, Marcus has no trouble outwitting his high school’s intrusive surveillance systems as well as other state surveillance apparatus.

However, Marcus’s whole world changed when he finds he and his friends caught up in the aftermath of a major terrorist attack on San Francisco. In the wrong place at the wrong time, Marcus and his crew were arrested and whisked away to a secret prison where there were interrogated as terror suspects.

When he was finally released, Marcus discovers his city had became a police state where citizens are all treated like potential terrorists. That is the point where Marcus decided to take on the government. Thus the quest began where the geeks are the one who save the world, not the macho men.

Story aside, the book provides many insights on Internet-era civil rights that I were not aware of previously. There were also many sharp jabs made at excessive state surveillence – something that is happening worldwide, post-Semptember 11.

If you are someone into anti-establishment literature, David vs Goliath storyline, granted, with a technological twist, Little Brother will be ideal for you. 🙂

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