Ringing In The Holidays

12 Dec 2016 – With Family, Friends & Food

Thu: decided to make NasiUlam for lunch – the last time I made it was 2+yrs ago.



Somehow, still do not manage to get all the herbs and this time lacking both the Torch-Ginger flower bud and the Betel leaf. Yes, I can taste the missing ingredients – perhaps that is why it is so seldom made due to the difficulty to get all the herbs besides all the cutting…


Grazie (Italian) for Gel and Alan’s good company to start the holiday lunches. They had no complains with the Nasi Ulam nor the rest of the menu…


Appreciations to Gel for the intro to Alan who has enlightened and educated me about certain aspects of SIN that I was ignorant about. 3above pix credits also to him making the food looks better than the real thing!

In memory of John Lennon and thank you for Imagine my favourite of all. To everyone – please continue to be a dreamer and keep imagining.


Fri: TGIF – Arigatōgozaimashita ありがとうございました (Japanese) to the cardiac team@MtE and to Les for a lovely and delicious get together to celebrate life for and with Ivy. Good to see family and friends enjoying the evening as the sky cleared.


Here with 3generations including the family’s and my cardiologist, KokSoon.


Tkx to the young man for providing us with live-entertainment on my ex-Steinway! and to MeiPin for demonstrating her elegant sword movements, 青龙出水🐉 – the green dragon emerges from the water. Women do need to show their weapons when challenged 🙂

Both 1990-91 Paul Jaboulet Aîné Hermitage La Chapelle were excellent. Many blurred pix, blame it on the champagne and good wines… lol.


Sat: brought noya-food (Ivy request) from the East Coast Rd area for brunch with Les&Ivy. Dumplings from KimChoo, Popiah&MeeSiam from Glory. 3above pix downloaded.


Sun: teşekkür ederim (turkish) for the good company of Larry&Michael from TX/USA and Clement. Nasi Lemak for brunch and a nice catch up session this 3rdSun of Advent. 1st Christmas snail-mail greetings received, tkx Janice&Tom. This new marble-top table is a Christmas gift to myself! and Rnst. Bangkok Beauty, the perfect red colour orchid to ring in the holidays.


Walked to Gardens by the Bay (Bay East) via EC Pk. Nice to see ppl out enjoying their Sunday. Was abit concerned about this person just lying on the concrete in the middle of nowhere! But she was breathing!


Views of SIN Skyline from the bridge on the ECP over the Kallang River.


Appreciations to Les&Ivy for black-peeper crab beehoon dinner. Starting at Tanglin Mall, walked towards Orchard Rd for the lights.


Some of my favourties – Wheelock Place, Takashimaya, Paragon, Centrepoint/looking up from the basement link.


Centrepoint again won the best for this year, this time with their Christmas Clockwork Kitchen theme. Like the colours here but prefer the theme at Orchard Centre!


Orchard Centre has a very blue colour theme to match with the street! Caught the bus at PlazaSIN and a good night sleep after app 10km walk in the fresh air! Wanted to push myself, and no problems there, but the heat and humidity do get to me eventually!!