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Chester’s International _ BKK

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, thailand on February 27, 2012 at 11:30

Just a quicky dash and go meal as time wasn’t on my side. There wasn’t much of a queue and with the pouring rain outside, I just needed a fastfood break so there I ended up at Chester’s International.

It was nothing to shout home about but it served it’s purpose of keeping my hungry tummy filled with the chicken teriyaki set but I must say to their credit that they do serve pretty decent grilled chicken and the thai iced tea was yummy.

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Rajasthani thali

In Eating out, India, Outside Dubai on February 25, 2012 at 11:14

Spent quite a bit of time in South-Asia in the past year but I guess the food hasn’t been much of my focus while I was there. After a really bad experience with food poisoning a very bad case of runs, there is a certain fear to try some new items while I was there.

This is something that I had while I was visiting Rajas-than, its called the Rajasthani thali. It was something we had while we were on the road in some ramdom little place. I’m sorry I don’t know how much this costs as the meal was not paid by me.

A thali is a selection of different dishes, usually served in small bowls on a round tray. The round tray is generally made with steel with multiple compartments. Depending on the restaurant or the region you are in, the thali consists of delicacies native to that region. Thali starts out with puris, chapatis, and different vegetarian curries.

This thali came with a yogurt, some cabbage curry, a form of pickles, some veggie curry, some chutney and some desserts.

The Coffee Club

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on February 21, 2012 at 11:00

Look at what-else I managed to find from my photo archives. Another late nite outing with the 2 Es …

They love their sweets and you can see it from the way that they are enjoying their desserts.

Thai Basil Chicken with Rice – (Gai Pad Krapow)

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, thailand on February 16, 2012 at 12:00

Yet another simple meal in Thailand. I just love the simplicity of thai street food and would prefer this to a nice high end restaurant meal. Thai basil chicken is a spicy dish with ground chicken, basil leaves, and chilies. Basil chicken is great with rice is definitely best-bang-for-your-buck.

This dish is also from the BSA cargo canteen and costs only 25THB. Cheap, yummy and fulfilling, How much more can one ask for?

Room service @ The Park Lane Jakarta

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai, snacks n bites on February 13, 2012 at 11:30

Yet another busy busy busy day that didn’t leave me with much time to eat. Back to back meetings have always been a meal-killer. What I always love to have in asia especially is the street foods that are plentiful, delicious and almost never disappoints. It’s sad to be in one of my favorite cities and not be able to enjoy their rich street food culture but as such is life. At least I get to snack on satay in my room lolz

Eminent Frog Porridge (Geylang) 明辉活田鸡粥

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore, snacks n bites on February 9, 2012 at 14:24

What I really miss about being well and able to do whatever I please is supper on weekends with frens

Frogs might sound kinda gross to some people but seriously it does taste like chicken only more tender lolz …

This is one of the places that serve a better version of yet another comfort food that serves ever so well for supper. The kungpo sauce was pleasantly fiery, while the frog legs were tender. Lovely smooth porridge rounds up the experience! yay a yummy meal that so does not burn a hole is the pocket is always welcomed 🙂 Who’s up for supper sometime soon?

Address: 269/323 Geylang Road, Geylang Conservation Area, Singapore
Tel: +65 9842 2941

On the Road to Recovery

In Musings on February 8, 2012 at 11:52

Having a positive mindset is really important. It has been more than 7 weeks since I was 1st hospitalized in a pretty critical condition and the road to recovery hasn’t been all that easy but I’m extremely thankful for the love, care, support and blessings that I have received from my dearest family, friends and colleagues.

The weeks flew by in a blur with a wonky body-clock and extreme tiredness that hits anytime. I was bored, totally going out of my mind. You have no idea how it is like for someone like me to be quarantined at home. The lack of freedom to come and go as I please really did bring about cabin fever and even taking the car to the petrol station for petrol felt like a treat. I really really miss having supper with friends and just the freedom to go out of the gate(and out of the house).

The diet was another kind of hell but well anything to beat that stupid @#$%^&*($%^&*^&* bug. The effects of the meds were not fun but the bloating up due to the steroids was totally crappy to say the least.

Finally, received the go ahead from the doctors to start working from home and I’ve never been happier to get back to work!!! Time to work on my goals, plans and KPIs for 2012. Still a long way from full recovery but every bit of progress counts. Can’t wait to get back in the air!!!

Work is not everything but I guess a better work-life balance should be place for the coming year. With more time for my dearest and nearest and not forgetting “me” time!

Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup 成基黑鸡补品 Kidney Rice Noodles (yo ji mee sua)

In Eating out, Outside Dubai, singapore on February 6, 2012 at 12:26

This used to be one of our supper places of choice in the days when we still used to club a fair bit. With the crazy work and travel schedule, it is suffice to say that clubbing takes a backseat to the rest of the stuff that I have to do.

Seng Kee has been the place to go to when we need to get some of this yummy stuff known as Yo Ji Mee Sua. It sounds like something out of fear factor but infact if you are chinese, you would probably have no qualms about wolfing a whole bowl of this down.

It contains a mixture of pig organs and lean pork cooked in a yummy herbal soup … another item that I have to skip for now sobs

Ps if you happen to be early enough you might be lucky enough to score some of this yummy satay too!

BUMBU BALI Restaurant – Rijsttafels

In Eating out, Indonesia, Outside Dubai on February 3, 2012 at 10:41

The BUMBU BALI Restaurant is one Balinese institution that you should definitely visit if you are ever in the area. I know that detractors would say that the best food can be found at a fraction of the price on the street but if you have limited time and would like to have a snapshot of how Balinese food is like then this is the place to be. It has always been our family’s must visit list everytime we are in Bali!

They have been around since 1997 and has been known to serve Balinese food the way you find it prepared in Balinese homes or during traditional ceremonies so some pomp and ceremonies can be expected when you dine here. Aside from this, I love the fact that they are also a cooking school that arranges for visits to the local markets to join them to shop for the ingredients that they would be using for the day but be warned you need to really wake up early for this as all the shopping would be complete like by eight in the morning! Ps the hotel pick up was at five-thirty in the morning but I had so much fun that day that I forgot to take photos during my class.

If you have no idea of what to eat I would really recommend rijsttafel. The Indonesian rijsttafel , a Dutch word that literally translates to “rice table”, is an elaborate meal adapted by the Dutch from the Indonesian feast called nasi padang. It consists of many side dishes served in small portions, accompanied by rice prepared in several different ways. Popular side dishes include egg rolls, sambals, satay, fish, fruit, vegetables, pickles, and nuts. In most areas where it is served, such as Indonesia, the Netherlands, and other areas of heavy Dutch influence ), it is known under its Dutch name.

Despite that the dishes served on rice table are undoubtedly Indonesian, the rijsttafel’s origins were colonial. During their occupation of Indonesia, the Dutch introduced the rice table not only so they could enjoy a wide array of dishes at a single setting but also to impress visitors with the exotic abundance of their colony.

Rijsttafels strive to feature an array of not only flavors and colors and degrees of spiciness but also textures, an aspect that is not commonly discussed in Western food. Such textures may include crispy, chewy, slippery, soft, hard, velvety, gelatinous, and runny.