Saturday Brunch at Home with Friends

Makan with friends
Makan with friends

Some weeks back, Rachel and I invited some friends over for brunch at our new home, on a lazy Saturday noon.

Our good friends, Melvin Ryan Tan and Han Joo had both just returned from abroad. Melvin was back from London for his school holiday while Han Joo was back from Tokyo after a two weeks vacation. Joining us too were Kenny and Jiali, our ex-colleagues at Youth.SG.

Rachel cooked some ribs with marmalade, baked pumpkins, bacon with banana and curry chicken. We went grocery shopping early in the morning to ensure the food preparation was on time before everyone arrive.

The brunch spread
The brunch spread
Happy guests
Happy guests
Group photo
Group photo
Han Joo acting emo
Han Joo acting emo

It’s nice to catch up with everyone again. Rachel and I appreciate everyone making their way down to remote Potong Pasir to have brunch with us on a precious weekend noon.

We should do this again some time. 🙂

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Gim Tim Restaurant (锦珍冷气酒楼) @ Ang Mo Kio Ave 4

Gim Tim Restaurant (锦珍冷气酒楼) is an established household brand among older Singaporeans. The restaurant tucked away in  heartland Ang Mo Kio Ave 4 has been around since 1989.

Recently, Gim Tim has opened up two more restaurants and the first Ang Mo Kio restaurant has also been upgraded.

I dined at the Ang Mo Kio restaurant last Saturday night with a whole bunch of my relatives. It was my grandmother’s birthday and we all gathered for the night.

"寿桃" = Lotus buns shaped like longevity peaches
"寿桃" = Lotus buns shaped like longevity peaches
Rice vermicelli with quail eggs - I like this simple, delicious dish
Rice vermicelli with quail eggs - I like this simple, delicious dish
Lobster Cold Platter
Lobster Cold Platter
Shark's fin soup
Shark's fin soup
Roast suckling pig with curry sauce - a weird combination that didn't blend too well
Roast suckling pig with curry sauce - a weird combination that didn't blend too well
Fresh scallops with assorted vegetable
Fresh scallops with assorted vegetable
Ngor Hiam, abalone and Ah Char - again, strange combination
Ngor hiang, abalone and Ah Char - again, strange combination
Fish slices wrapped with pork skin and ngor hiam with mango - serious overdose of ngor hiam in every dish
Fish slices wrapped with pork skin and ngor hiang with mango - serious overdose of ngor hiang in every dish
Cerel prawns
Cerel prawns
"Orh Ni" - traditional yam paste dessert
"Orh Ni" - traditional yam paste dessert

The presentation of the dishes were quite nice, but that’s about it. Food was average.There are too many fried or doughy items for my liking. Ngor Hiang seems to served with every dish. Even if it’s their signature item, too much of a good stuff can become quite a turn-off. I had high expectation, but left disappointed.

The service was good, but rather slow. It took us almost three hours to go through a ten course meal.

I don’t think I am likely to visit again, unless invited. The dining experience was pleasant overall, but it wasn’t exceptional.

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Apple Daily’s CG Tale of Evil Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs is evil.
Steve Jobs is evil.

This is hilarious.

Microsoft’s founder, Bill Gates is no longer the sole person befitting of the adjective “evil” in the online world. Steve Jobs is here to bring the word “evil” to a whole new level.

In the CG video, an evil Steve Jobs is seen killing Bill Gates in a Darth Vader outfit and slicing off customers’ fingers for complaining on the antennae problem with the iPhone 4G. Evil Steve Jobs is also seen trampling on competitors’ phone and morphing into a devil.

Wow. Intense.

I really have to take my hats off to the Apple Daily folks for their wild imagination.

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Blogger Yong Wei takes on JJ Lin’s YOG cheer

YOG Cheer: Yong Wei vs JJ Lin
YOG Cheer: Yong Wei vs JJ Lin

In a TNP news report last week, the Singapore Sports Council chief challenged anyone to come forward if they could think of a better cheer than the current one by JJ Lin which has been lambasted severely by netizens for being cheesy.

Blogger/amateur filmmaker/songwriter and my personal friend, Yong Wei decided to take on the challenge and composed his own cheer:

What do you think? Is Yong Wei’s cheer better than JJ Lin’s?

Here’s the JJ Lin YOG cheer for comparison:

Whatever the verdict, I think we should all applaud Yong Wei for his courage to step forward and do something, rather than being a whiny “keyboard warrior”. Well done Yong Wei. 🙂

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Sunshine Empire Founder, James Phang in Concert

Singapore super scammer, James Phang
James Phang: "I am a legend and better than Warren Buffett"

The evil Sunshine Empire scamming trio are going to jail. Justice is finally served.

As a tribute to the founder of Sunshine Empire, Mr James Phang, I have compiled a series of exciting videos of him performing at various Sunshine Empire concerts around the world to commemorate his flamboyant past.

James Phang performing the 霍云甲 theme song in Macau:

Performing the song, 精舞门 in Genting:

Performing the song, 精舞门 again, this time at Singapore EXPO:

One of my favourites, a montage of James Phang’s achievements through the years:

老鼠爱大米 music video on the story of James Phang and Sunshine Empire:

The videos are really good for a laugh. I still cannot fathom how over 20,000 people get conned of over S$180 million in 15 months by this goon.

You can read more about James Phang via my previous posts.

I suppose greed blinds people. Sunshine Empire’s lure was the astronomical returns they promise their investors. James Phang even claimed he was “a Legend and better than Warren Buffett” in a Straits Times interview in 2008.

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Wedding in a Primary School

At the reception
At the reception

Rachel and I attended a unique wedding over the weekend. The groom and bride met when they were little kids in the same primary school and had been together like forever, finally tying the knot yesterday.

The wedding ceremony was held in the primary school where they met and the guests were told to come dressed in school uniform.

The bride bought a set of Gongshang Primary pinafore school uniform for Rachel to wear. I opted to wear a suit that looks like the typical Japanese high school uniform.

It was a fun wedding. The solemnisation was held in a classroom with powerpoint slide shows and classroom notepads. The groom and bride gamely changed into their respective school uniform too after the ceremony.

Powerpoint presentation by the groom
Powerpoint presentation by the groom
The elated couple
The elated couple
Rachel and her friends, behaving like they are still school students
Rachel and her friends, behaving like they are still school students
A more serious photo
A more serious photo
Picture with the bride and groom
Picture with the bride and groom
Very old students taking photos
Very old students taking photos

Peeking through the classroom window
Peeking through the classroom window
Lunch was also served in a classroom
Lunch was also served in a classroom

The two classrooms where the wedding was held
The two classrooms where the wedding was held
Bye bye!
Bye bye!

This is the first time in my life I have seen so many extremely over-aged retained students. 🙂

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