10 annoying questions I get as a Blogger

Inspired by my fellow blogger friends, I decided to pen down 10 annoying questions I get as a Blogger.

1. This product FOC (Free-of-Charge) one ah? People sponsored you ah?

Sigh, even some of the stuffs owned by power bloggers such as Xiaxue, Qiuqiu and Tammy Tay are paid by themselves, what more me.

If I were a power blogger too, then I guess perhaps most of the stuffs I own/blog might be sponsored, but unfortunately, I am not 😦

So yes, contrary to he beliefs of some people, there are products/services which I paid.

2. Wah, you are a Legal Counsel and a blogger? Where you get the time?

I must admit that my recent workload is scaling up and I am OT-ing more often now. My 6-month old job is indeed much more demanding  in terms of stress and workload compared to my previous job which was of the same designation and job scope.

My current job sees me as a Legal Counsel for a public listed company which has several subsidiaries, both local and overseas and my capable CEO, of whom I report to directly (tell me about the stress!) have been aggressively acquiring companies. This simply means that all these companies are under my care for legal work, so…the question is, where do I get the time and energy to blog/attend events?

I used to be able to attend events after work where I was still able to rush down in time. But because of the change of situation, I dare not commit to attending events after work now. It would not be impressive at all to commit and then cancel thereafter, or turn up extremely late. 😦

I hereby sincerely apologise to those I have disappointed 😦

As for blogging, if I hadn’t the time, I wouldn’t be blogging right now. Kidding.

You will just have to find the time or make time for it. This comes in important because if you have the passion to blog (and not just earn buckaroos), you will always have the time for it. It depends on how you manage and juggle your priorities.

Just take a look at Dr. Leslie Tay who is a family doctor and practices at Karri Family Clinic in Tampines.  He is happily married with two young children. If he/others can do it, why can you or me? 😉

Just think, when you were a student or still is, why do you always have the time for fun and not study? The same logic applies.

3. You where will broke one? You are a lawyer + blogger leh

Okay lor, thank you for seeing so highly of me.

A millionaire can still be broke if he/she doesn’t manage his/her finance well ma, if you know what I mean.

Sad truth be told, I do not actually manage my finance. I do not even have a separate bank for savings. I just lump everything into 1 bank account and spend within my means, or at least try to. Because I am not a power blogger, my earnings from my blog/social media platforms are puny. Sometimes, I don’t even earn at all 😦

4. Are you really a lawyer? I have never seen such a ‘cool’/’hip’ lawyer

Because of the content published on my social media platforms which are linked to me being a blogger, I get doubts whenever they read or are told that I am a Legal Counsel.

I am a Legal Counsel, yes, I am not a full-fledged lawyer. I do not represent clients in Court and I do not work in a law firm, although a Legal Counsel may be termed as  “In-House Lawyer” in some countries and are used interchangeably. My client is the company I work for and not individuals or individual companies.

I think it isn’t fair to stereotype a professional as nerdy/geeky.

I like and strive towards having both brains and brawls, although some of you may dispute.

I know of a fellow freelance model friend whom I got to know in my previous freelance modelling fashion show, she is a Doctor but she does freelance modelling (or paid I wouldn’t know?) and acts as a Calefare.

Okay, whether she is moonlighting or not is another question but yeah, this is just to prove that not all professionals are ‘uncool’ okay.

What if I tell you I have a huge ‘ang kong’ (tattoo) on my back? :O

Psst, the Singlish ‘language’ (is it really?) is a constant reminder that I can type and speak in the normal Singaporean language too you know = not a nerd who types and speaks in perfect Queen’s English.

 5. Can you help me get free stuffs?

Because of my full-time profession, it would be quite easy to discredit me on this account if I were to shameless ask for free stuffs.

I wouldn’t say that I earn big bucks but relatively speaking, if a person who earns relatively lesser than a professional asks for free stuffs, the society would start pointing fingers to shame the professional because he/she is relatively richer in terms of income.

Moreover, we bloggers get sponsored stuffs from companies because there is a price to pay (pun unintended).

I know some power bloggers or even celebrities receive tonnes of freebies every other day and they are not obliged to blog/shout out for these companies. But sadly, I am not even half-way of being a power blogger yet, so poor bloggers like us still have to adhere to obligations to return these companies a favour by advertising for them. In which most of the collaborations for sponsorship will clearly spell out these obligations.

The reason why companies engage bloggers is for advertising and marketing purposes, and not for fun. They too have to take into account their profit and loss you know.

6. Can you attend events on (insert a working day/hour on weekdays)?

Okay fine. I don’t receive such direct questions but if I were to receive emails inviting me to attend events that fall on a working day/hour, I would be quite pissed and sad because I cannot attend the event!

By sending out these invitations, it is the same as asking me if I can attend them during work.

What do you think?

I am not a full-time blogger and not ready to be one yet. The last time I checked my bank account, the puny earnings from blogging cannot even match up to my income earned as a Legal Counsel (Again, I must emphaise that I am not saying that I earn big bucks but speaking relatively. Always need to disclaim first because people are easily pissed off nowadays). Read this if you are having qualms of whether or not to switch to a full-time blogger.

I have also done up a post which attracted many views on the absurd invitations from PR/Media companies here, and question 6 on this post falls consistently as 1 of them.

Such companies should first do their homework before engaging, unless they are hoping to throw a big net by mass emailing and hoping to receive as many positive replies as possible.

7. Do you know Xiaxue (or any other bloggers(power or not))? 

I wished I knew too because if you have noticed, Xiaxue, who is Asia-Pacific’s top blogger (as claimed in her Instagram profile) is definitely one of the people you should mingle with, if you even have the opportunity, that is!

Sadly I don’t la, so here I am stuck being a nobody-blogger 😦

8. So what type of blogger are you? Beauty, lifestyle, food, travel, fashion…

You know honestly, I have no idea even when I termed myself as a Beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger…

Ridiculous it may sound, but I don’t just want to be known as a ‘beauty blogger’ because I wouldn’t want to come across as a ‘bimbo’ filling her blog with only beauty-related content. Neither do I wish to be termed as ‘food blogger’ because firstly, I am not looking forward to the excess weight gain and neither am I a foodie.

I prefer and like to be known as the ‘chapalang’ blogger (mixture of everything). Sometimes I have the urge to blog about something personal or political, but have always held my reservations.

If I were to blog something too personal (e.g. my relationship, my work etc), then watchful eyes would turn into gossip-mongers. But I guess that is part of the ‘fame’ package right? Haters gonna hate, you know.

And as for controversial and political topics, I scared our ‘gahmen’ catch me lah, plus being a law graduate and a Legal Counsel, life would be even more difficult for me if I were to do just that. Later tio double charge how?

One more thing is that, if you compare all those power bloggers, they are actually a mixture of everything too. This mean that their blog posts are relatable and attractive to even wider target audience. A blog tip from yours truly. 🙂

9. Are you going to blog about this?/You can blog about this

My blog, my topics.

My blog does not consume my whole life. I still have other aspects to attend to you know.

I really have no idea if such query/statement is made genuinely or stained with sarcasm.

10. Your xxx content/information is wrong. Why don’t you know/do research before misleading people?

NOT.

I’m sorry lah ‘cher.

There are days when my perfectionism is left deactivated sleeping at home and I did not get my facts right.

There are also days when my laziness consume the whole of me and I did not conduct a thorough due diligence to check my information before publishing them on a public platform.

I’m sorry lah, really. 😥

But I am not an encyclopedia/dictionary and even Wikipedia is not 100% accurate and  😦

However, I strive to perfect my blog posts to prevent such embarrassing boo-boos.

Please accept my sincere apology, okay?

[Travelogue] Penang Day 3 – Famous food and places (Street Art/Mural Painting)!

Hello guys!

Yes I am back to share with you how my day 3 of my recent Penang trip went!

Below are the recounts of day 1 and 2:

Penang day 1

Penang day 2

As the bf and I had intended to drop by the street art areas in Penang at George Town, we decided to go for it on day 3, although it was a tad difficult for my sister and bro-in-law who has to look after my niece, as well as for my aged parents. There was abit of compromisation here due to the different interests of all 3 couples.

However, the weather wasn’t very much on our side, so please do check the weather forecast before heading down. In fact, checking of the weather forecast should be placed as one of your main priorities whenever you are planning to travel. You wouldn’t want to head down to beach places during the heavy monsoon period, would you?

I guess it was difficult to predict accurately (hence, the word ‘forecast’) for all weathers but for obvious ones such as the rainy seasons during the end of the year should be avoided.

Due to the uncooperative weather, we had to head indoors instead. This simply means that we are wasting precious time and transport costs which were accrued by the hour.

On the third day, we changed chauffeur to a more aged guy (I cannot recall his name) who well, in our opinion, wasn’t as resourceful as Tommy.

Since we could not visit the street art area yet, we decided to settle for lunch.

The chauffeur brought us to Song River Cafe which is located along the bay of Song River.

Song River Cafe

Address: No. 65, Persiaran Gurney, 10250, George Town, Pulau Pinang, 10250, Malaysia

There were what we ordered.

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Piping hot Bak Kut Teh

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Tofu

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Fried egg with oysters

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Stir-fried chai sim

It was drizzling when we reached and the weather was really uncooperative as it started to pour heavily soon after.

As we were seated nearest to the end of the coffeeshop (I wouldn’t term it as a ‘cafe’ despite its name), rain was splattering in. We were quite concerned because the precious little princess cannot afford to be drenched. Hence, we requested for the staff to wind down the shelter.

However, our request was immediately turned down as we were told that the shelter did not belong to them but to another stall owner. Do note that there are a few different stall owners in that coffeeshop alone.

We were quite pissed at their rigid mentality. You mean you rather let your customers get splattered by the heavy down pour than to just wind down the shelter for us? I thought it was ridiculous. Moreover, the rain was splattering into our food as well. The whole unmaintained coffeeshop with filmsy roof seemed like it was about to collapse anytime.

Obviously, I did not enjoy the ambience there.

Unsurprisingly what was more disappointing was the food.

What we expected to soothe ourselves in the cold rainy weather, turned out to be the worst dish of all. Yes, you are right. The Bak Kut Teh would top anyone’s craving in such a weather but unfortunately, it lacked the flavour. It tasted a little diluted and simply just missed out the ‘oomph’.

I was once told that Malaysia’s BKT tasted sweet while Singapore’s version is more of the peppery kind, so please take note of the difference in taste when eating BKT in our neighbour country.

Also, I wished they hadn’t added in the Beancurd Skin aka ‘Tao Ki’ because I felt it didn’t really match the usual BKT style. But then again, perhaps this might be the Msia’s version?

The rest of the food was mediocre and even the fried egg with oysters did not reach its supposed fragrant level.

On the whole, we didn’t enjoy lunching there at all, so I really wouldn’t recommend you guys to drop by at all.

Our moods (I guess esp the bf’s and mine) were made even worse when the rain kept pouring and pouring, postponing our plans to visit the street art. 😦

We had no choice but to be ‘dumped’ at shopping malls for a about 2hours + 😦

Thank god the weather was a little kinder to us after that and we managed to proceed to the street art areas as planned!

A short introduction on Penang’s famous street art mural paintings at Georgetown :

As part of the George Town Festival in 2012, Ernest Zacharevic is a young Lithuania-born artist who has been beautifying this part of George Town which has since attracted many, boosting Penang’s tourism industry.

Ernest Zacharevic has painted more than a dozen murals on the walls of George Town and some of the more popular ones are  “Boy on a Bike”, the lively “Little Children on a Bicycle” to the whimsical“Little Boy with Pet Dinosaur”.

It was a pity that we did not and could not stop by every mural due to time-constraint but tried to make most out of the given time.

Our first stop was at Armenian Street, Georgetown, Penang where the all-time famous street art “Little Children on a Bicycle” mural was at.

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The below are simple snippets of other arts I came across and thought were camera-worthy and blog-worthy. Hee.

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I’m very sure the local authorities in Penang wouldn’t mind if our very own local talent, Sticker Lady (who happens to be my Senior back in Sec sch!) stamped her famous witty stickers all over George Town. On the same note, I think Singapore should “open up” a little more on such timeless street art pieces, perhaps focusing on hipster places such as the vicinity at Haji Lane? Who knows, this may even follow-suit and attract many appreciative tourists too!

Let’s continue with the awesomeness shall we?

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“Skippy, The Giant Cat”  & ” The Giant Rat” @ Armenian Street, (These murals are side by side, just round the corner)

“The Giant Rat” was a playful add-on to the “Giant Cat” mural and was painted by an unidentified artist.

It was a real pity as we could not spend more time visiting and capturing all these awesome street murals as the chauffeur had other passengers to attend to. We left shortly after to our hotel to rest a little before heading out for dinner on our own.

After refreshing ourselves with a power nap, we manage to get hold of a hotel in-house chef to seek recommendations for a place to eat.

He recommended Stone Bay Restaurant which was a distance from our hotel. As mentioned in my previous post, where I had mentioned that we were lucky enough to have a panel of cab drivers stationed at the taxi stand opposite our hotel daily. So, getting a cab to us was easy feat but you will need to haggle for the cab fare if it seems unreasonable.

Stone Bay Restaurant

Address: 12, Jalan Perusahaan Jelutong 2, Jelutong, Pulau Pinang

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This was one of the best dishes we have tried so far. They were really really delicious and were not very expensive as we thought it would be. We paid around RM200+ 🙂

After that, the bf and I headed for our private nightlife date at Upper Penang Road for a booze-cum-soccer-chillax-session but we were taken aback.

Let me show you what I mean.

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Yup this was pretty much it.

You could see how it wasn’t as ‘happening’ as we thought it would be. What was more humourous was that I was actually kinda apprehensive that the place would be rowdy and filled with loads of drunkards (fear for our safety esp when we are overseas!) and such, but there was nothing near that, which is good.

But I guess because our favourite soccer club – Liverpool won the match that night, it kinda made us feel better! 🙂

We scurried back our hotel via cab before 12am because we were kindly informed that there would be midnight surcharge of a whopping 50% more!

So that was all for day 3 in Penang…stay tuned for my last blog post on my 4th day which is also the last day of this Penang trip! 🙂

[Travelogue] Penang Day 2 – Famous food and places!

It is very heart-warming to know that many of my readers actually enjoyed my first blog post on Penang day 1! Thank you so much, you don’t know how these positive feedback from you guys really mean to us! It gives us bloggers even more motivation to blog 🙂

Here is how my day 2 in Penang went.

First stop was to the Pinang Peranakan Mansion. This was where the local film the “Little Nonya” was filmed at.

Extracted from their official website, “At the Pinang Peranakan Mansion, the typical home of a rich Baba of a century ago is recreated to offer a glimpse of their opulent lifestyle and of their many customs and traditions. With over 1,000 pieces of antiques and collectibles of the era on display, this Baba-Nyonya museum is also housed in one of Penang’s heritage mansion of eclectic design and architecture. “

Pinang Peranakan Mansion

Address : 29, Lebuh Gereja, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Don’t wish to bore you with the tonnes of pictures I took, so here are some of them :

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Level 2 :

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An antique camera.

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A little gift shop.

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A little cafe selling some of the famous Penang Peranakan food!

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Us trying to imitate the way the “olden people” pose for pictures. LOL.

Overall, I think it is quite an awesome experience. They even attached an English-speaking ‘guider’ to explain to the visitors of the history of the lives of the Peranakan.

And then we continued our journey to hunt for good food again and managed to snap some pictures of the cute little girl 🙂

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Tommy drove us to experience the new bridge which is linked to the mainland. This is the Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah Bridge and it is the second bridge to link the island to the mainland after the first Penang Bridge.

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Along the way, there were several cows which I didn’t manage to snap pictures of 😦

But here are some villages along the side of the road.

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We had lunch at a chinese restaurant called Ah Yen Seafood Restaurant

Address : 701, Batu Kawan, 14110, Simpang Ampat, Penang. 019-4133379 / 04-5872616

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Review on the food : It wasn’t that fantastic and we were a little disappointed in their food 😦 Mum was of the opinion that the chicken had this ‘frozen’ taste. The rest of the food were mediocre and if I were to pick the best dish, that would be the fried tofu.

The bf showed me a tourist pamphlet and I told myself that I had to pay a visit to this cafe.

Penang Purrfect Cat Cafe

Address : 53, Jalan Muntri Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia

I have not visited any cat cafes before, not even those in Singapore so I was really thrilled when I discovered that Penang has one! 😀

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The cafe has 2 levels.

The first level allows you to place your food and drinks orders and they sell loads of kitty-related stuffs too!

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This is level 2 where you can visit the kitties and have a relaxing cuppa~

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I was actually looking forward to having some rainbow cakes but they don’t sell them, so we settled with red velvet. 🙂

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I thought the red velvet was filled with too much cream and felt kinda cheated because the ones we have in Singapore do not have layers of cream in between 😦

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We ordered a cuppa of cappuccino with came with a cute kitty coffee art!

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Caught in the act!! Look at them fat arms! :O

And I’m sure most of you guys are wondering where are the kitties?!

Here they are!

To be honest, I liked kitties before I liked dogs. But kitties are less approachable and look less friendly, unless dogs who are most of the time, friendlier and livelier!

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There was a enclosed glass panel which some cats were placed in. There were signs to informed customers not to knock against the glass. I’m not sure why these cats were segregated from the rest though. Could it be they are feeling unwell? 😦

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Since The Camera Museum was beside the cafe, we popped by for a visit!

Address : 49 Lebuh Muntri, George Town, Penang.

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They sell cakes and coffee too!

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I love these cafes, their concepts and their ambience. Perfect for a relaxing day to unwind and take the stress off your mind temporarily.

Tommy then took us to a very cool and exciting place which is none other than…

Hin Bus Depot Art Centre

Address : 31a Jalan Gurdwara (opposite of the Grand Continental Hotel) , George Town, Malaysia

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Honestly, I had the exact same reaction as you when I first saw the front of the place. I was clueless as to what this place was and what interesting stuffs it can offer, but was later awed by its arty farty style. 

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After that, we went shopping at 1st Avenue, a huge shopping centre (Msia’s shopping centres are mega HUGE!!) located at Jalan Magazine, Georgetown, 10300 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia where we had our dinner at Old Town White Coffee there and Tommy came to pick us up a 9.30pm. No pictures because my camera battery died and there wasn’t anything special and camera-worthy of 😦

We reached the hotel quite early and sort of had an early rest (we watched dramas on the telly).

I guess the second day was the most fruitful day of all, conquering many interesting places all in one day! 🙂

[Food Review] Victor’s Kitchen at Sunshine Plaza (Dim sum)

Aloha!

Sorry for the lack of posts recently, work has been crazy and that has sort of affected my mood to blog…

Not forgetting the minor breakouts I am encountering at this moment!

I seldom have pimples and when I do, it’s either I’m very stressed or am using some facial product that is not suitable for my skin…

BB cream isn’t my thing but recently, I switched to that just for the fun of it and it actually seems quite okay. The only concerns I have when using BB cream/liquid foundation is how ‘thick’ the layer will look on my face and how clogged my pores would be 😦

I’m not too sure if this is the course of my breakouts but I am not ruling out the possibility of the increasing work stress as well 😦

Nevertheless, today I will be reviewing on this dim sum place which the bf saw Dr Leslie Tay (ieatishootipost)‘s post on his Facebook page.

The place is located at Sunshine plaza (Middle Road) and is called Victor’s Kitchen.

I actually googled it (I love googling almost everything and anything!!) and saw some poor reviews on the customer service on Hungrygowhere.

Read below to see if this is really true.

What we ordered :

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Nemo’s porridge – $4.50

I thought the name of this porridge was kinda sad…? LOL. And yes I note the “‘s” which means it can actually belong to Nemo and not that we are eating Nemo….okay nevermind. #grammarpolice

Anyway, we chose Wala Wala porridge initially and chose Phoenix porridge after we were informed (rudely) that the former is out of stock. Then we were informed (rude again) that the latter is out of stock as well and settled on this Nemo’s porridge.

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Deep fried shrimp dumpling – $5

OMG, I didnt know this was so over-priced until now that I’m blogging about it. I didn’t check the prices cause the bf was the one who ordered (and paid, teehee!).

It was delicious no doubt but looking at the prices, on second thought, I don’t think it’s worth getting it.

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Char siew chee cheong fun – $4.50

 

The chee cheong fun tasted not bad but could be tastier though.

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Their signature golden egg yolk lava bun, aka liu sha bao – $4.50

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The mandatory picture of liu sha bao

Friends and reviewers said that their liu sha bao is awesome but I thought it was so-so. This could be because I didn’t have them immediately after they were served to us as I was struggling to finish the other dishes!

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Scallop, sausage carrot cake with xo sauce – $4.50

I read the review on this dish on one of the food blogs before heading down to actually have a taste of it myself.

To be honest, this was actually my first experience trying out the traditional steamed carrot cake. Be it steamed or pan-fried, they are both actually reddish instead of carrot…

Anyway, although it was interesting I actually prefer the usual pan-fried version.

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Victor’s King prawn dumpling – $5.00

I thought the skin was quite thick which isn’t really my preference. I don’t like it when one bite of it forces the prawn and skin to be separated from each other kind, you know?

Anyway, I’m not a fan of ha gao so….yeah.

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Tasty queen size siew mai – $4.50

Now, don’t let its name fool you. I didn’t thought of it as ‘queen size’ until I read its name now.

It’s not that gigantic and somewhat similar to the usual normal size.

Taste is quite yummy though.

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Iced coffee ($3) and Yuan Yang ($2.50)

Iced coffee tasted okay, cannot comment on the yuan yang because I didn’t try it.

But OMG, both seems quite pricey especially my iced coffee!! 😦

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Bird’s eye view of our super late lunch or early dinner, however you want to call it.

Now onto the customer service which I really place loads of importance and significance upon when judging and reviewing food and eateries.

I must say that, sadly, I have to agree with the reviewer’s view on the poor customer service.

When we first arrived at the small, unmaintained small shop, we were not served.

We were instead ignored when the bf told the staff ‘Table for 2’ and I was quite annoyed about that.

When the bf was placing his orders with the lady cashier (younger one), he remarked that she was quite rude as well, giving that nonchalant attitude. And when she had to come by our table to inform us twice for out of stock items, she was giving the same rude attitude as well.

However, I actually witnessed that the old lady was quite friendly towards the end and to other customers.

Could it be because they despise younger customers?

Whatever it is, my take is that they should improve their customer service quality as well as upgrade their shop, taking care of hygiene issues too.

Victor’s Kitchen

91 Bencoolen Street

Sunshine Plaza, #01-49

Singapore 189652
T: 98382851

Mon-Sun:   10:30am – 8:00pm

Open on public holidays.

Overall rating :

3 stars

 

*A more accurate rating would be 3.5 but I dont have a pic for that 🙂

[Lifestyle] Alive Museum Singapore vs Trick Eye Museum Singapore

You have seen your friends flooding your Facebook or Instagram news feeds with them posing with 3D images and sculptures, either from Alive Museum Singapore or Trick Eye Museum Singapore right? Or even better still, have you already been to one of them and wondering which is better?

Let me do the work for you because I have been to both recently! And if you have too as well, let us see if you share the same sentiments as me, alright? 🙂

[ezcol_1third]Museums[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Alive Museum Singapore[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Trick Eye Museum Singapore[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Country of Origin[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Originated from Korea[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Originated from Korea[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Number of Exhibits[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]More than 80 artwork exhibits[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Approx 100 artwork exhibits[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Area size[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]929 sq m (10,000 sq ft)[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]800 sq m (8,611 sq ft)[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Ease of Photo taking[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Despite the larger size, we found it extremely difficult to take photos and to pose, without being disrupted by other patronisers or either that, we were always in the way too.Has indications of how to pose for photos as well as positions to stand to capture the best angle[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Although it is smaller in size, but the exhibits were well-laid out and it was so much more spacious than Alive. Has indications of how to pose for photos as well as positions to stand to capture the best angle[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Directions and signage[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]We found it difficult to navigate due to the lack of signage and there were doors which were dangerous placed which could easily hit onto others without warning [/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Navigation was easy and we had no problems directing our own way[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Price of Tickets[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Adults : $25, Child : $20[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Adults : $25, Child : $20[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Location[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Suntec City Mall #03-372 (between Towers 3 & 4) • By MRT • By Car/ Taxi[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Waterfront @ Resorts World Sentosa 26 Sentosa Gateway Singapore 098138[/ezcol_1third_end]

[ezcol_1third]Accessibility[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third]Centralised area, easily accessible[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]Although not centralised, it is still convenient for many by car or public transport[/ezcol_1third_end]

Here is a comparison of some similar photos at the 2 museums :

Alive Museum                                                         Trick Eye Museum

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alive n trick mermaid

 

alive n trick sit

 

alive n trick upsidedown

My verdict :

TRICK EYE MUSEUM!!!

You guys have to know that the numerical figures you see under its area size is misleading because Trick Eye is SO MUCH MORE SPACIOUS than Alive which easily wins my heart over. I was so annoyed at Alive due to the lack of space! IMHO, Alive may want to restructure their exhibits and make full-use of their bigger space if possible.

Tips while at the the Museums :

  • Ladies are advised to wear pants/leggings as there are mirrored walls and floors, and most importantly you will be required to pose at different positions and angles
  • Refer to the signages on the walls which would have sample poses of that exhibit. Of course, you are welcomed to let your creativity juices flow too!
  • Keep an eye on your belongings and we found that we could easily place our belongings within our sight at Trick Eye due to the larger space

[Lifestyle] Why is customer service so terrible in Singapore?

Greeted with a scowl by the immigration officers in the ‘World’s Best Airport’ is probably what most passengers would experience. It may most probably be that ‘Customer Service’ was not one of the considerations taken into account when deciding this international award. Looking at passengers dragging their heavy feet and luggage bags, some taxi drivers do not even bother to assist. Those that actually do, cater mostly to Caucasians.  Why the discrepancy? Are local counterparts or other foreigners less deserving to be served and be provided a better customer service?

Why exactly is Singapore’s customer service so bad?

Is the management of the company to be blamed? It may be true that some bosses do not comprehend the importance of good customer service, which more often than not, matters more than the products they sell. Should customer service be deemed as a ‘luxury’ or an essential necessity? Training should start from the top so that bosses would take the importance of good customer service as priority instead of solely focusing and counting the number figures.

As much as Singaporeans love to complain, if for example, the food is good and cheap but was served by a staff with a sucky attitude and terrible customer service, would one actually make the effort to feedback about this to the management? Or would they merely make do with it so long they get to enjoy and fill their tummies with yummy food?  If so, would this then deter businesses in taking customer service seriously at all?

Most jobs that require customer service are held by foreigners due to the nature of the job and its offers. However, as much as we think that most foreigners such as Filipinos and Thais whom we once had the impression of friendly, courteous and gracious is long gone. Now, it does not even raise brows to encounter rude and unfriendly foreigner staffs. Apart from the lack of training and emphasis by the management of the company, could this also be caused by our local counterparts? It may just be true that these foreigners have been negatively influenced by them and it provides less incentive for these foreigners to be all cheery and friendly when they are not treated the same. Singaporeans have set a standard for the quality of customer service in Singapore, which is not high to begin with. Consequently, foreign staff follow suit.

Are Singaporeans face-conscious and do not like to be treated as ‘inferior’ while serving customers? To self-seeking Singaporeans, a job is merely a job which brings home the dough. It is hardly ever seen as serving customers with graciousness and courtesy.

Because Singaporeans love complaining, should they encounter any staff, especially locals, who provide excellent customer service, they would still treat it as being pretentious or having an ulterior motive behind. Could this be actually true, that the service staffs are only friendly and polite because they want to gain something, mostly financially, out of you? Sales-driven commission-based staffs may be the perfect fit for such categories. Take for example, beauty salons and spas, apart from their pushy attitudes which are more often than not annoying, their obvious displeasure and disappearance of smiles comes to light when a customer rejects their offers to sign on beauty service packages with them. Should good customer service only materialise with commissions and monetary incentives? Staffs do not realise that their basic salary actually attaches responsibility to provide the essential customer service.

On the flipside, commission also relates to tips where a country such as Thailand is infamous for their tipping requirements. It may not be explicitly done but the Thai culture has adopt this tipping approach whereby tipping box are placed at obvious areas such as the cashier counters with huge fonts stating ‘TIPS’.  In fact, where tipping is commonly practised, staffs are more motivated to provide great service as the tips can actually exceed the basic salary by a greater margin. Hence, it could be that in Singapore, we are incentivising the wrong attitude as we provide incentives for sales and not great service, which may actually result in staffs acting naturally this way.

With the standard or the lack of it already set by local counterparts, it does not provide foreign staff any incentives to offer great customer service as well since they may think that this is an over-requirement. Either that, Singaporeans’ expectations may be too high or that they are over-demanding to be treated as superiors.

[Lifestyle] Why do Singaporeans love going to Johor Bahru?

Is it because Singapore is a boring place to be at? Why are Singaporeans commonly seen flocking to JB? What do they have there which we don’t ?

These are just some of the reasons why, which are based on my own experience 🙂

1. Lok Lok

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This has got to be one of the most popular reasons why Singaporeans are willing to make the trip down to our neighbour. Sure, Singapore may have set up a store or two here that sells Lok Lok too but we are guessing that the original source is always the best? And eating Lok Lok in JB has the ‘Malaysia feel’, no? Also, the variety of choices can exceed one’s expectations, trigger loads of excitement and thrill, that is if you know where to find such awesome Lok Lok stalls. There are a few that offers myriad of varieties than the rest.

2.Movie

Apart from many other stuffs sold in Malaysia, the movies are much cheaper than Singapore’s prices too! On the average, catching a show on a weekend in JB costs approx. $6 which is almost half of the price of the movie tickets sold here! Thrifty Singaporeans would do almost anything for cheaper alternatives.

3. Pampering sessions

Pampering yourself is a must but not at the expense of your pockets. Your pockets need to be pampered as well. Many girls flock over to JB to have their nails done which is a lot cheaper than the prices offered in Singapore’s nail salons. The prices in JB can amount to almost half price, depending on what type of nail polishes and designs you choose. On top of that, the services provided by the manicurists are not short-changed by the price difference as well and the girls can even be friendlier than the staff in Singapore.

4. Car wash

Most drivers know that it is so much cheaper to have your car washed and cleaned in JB than in Singapore. Cars are given a relaxing and pampering bath known as snow wash and they cost only about S$5?! Where are you going to find such a great deal on our little sunny island? It may not be an absolutely perfect job done but the results are pretty much decent.

5. Petrol

Another car-related reason for Singaporeans to travel down all the way to JB is to fill their petrol because it is also cheaper than the petrol prices in Singapore which can be rather pricey. However, to prevent being caught by the authorities who will check your petrol meter before entering JB, which you should not have less than ¾ tank otherwise you will have to be prepared to pay a few hundred bucks fine.

6. Shopping

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This includes some few popular items such as DVDs, game CDs and gadget accessories. Although illegal, many Singaporeans still get pirated ones from JB and sneaking them back in Singapore without getting caught. It is not to say that at Sugar is encouraging such actions though. With the huge discrepancy in prices between JB and Singapore, we can see why Singaporeans being Singaporeans, are willing to take such risks just to save that few bucks.

All pictures are credited to Google Images

[Lifestyle] Shape Run 2014 – What can be improved?

Shape Run 2014

Last Sunday, I took part in the Shape Run 2014 in the Women’s Competitive 10km category. I was supposed to run with my buddy but she fell ill and hence couldn’t join me 😦

But I guess that’s alright because usually when I run during run events (I don’t call them marathons because technically, a marathon is 42.195km), mostly with my bf, we run separately although there are times where he waited for me. Different people run at a different pace due to obvious differences such as stamina, gender and so forth. So I guess running alone is alright with me.

To be honest, this is the first time I am running without my bf who was kinda worried for me as he won’t be there to look after me should anything happen. Heh, so sweet eh. 😛

I slept at around 1.45am and sprung up to action at 5.20am when the bf woke me up as he was gonna turn in (he was mugging for exams till late). I usually don’t have sufficient rest the night before the run which is extremely not advisable, so please don’t do that. 😦

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I gobbled a banana before the run and praying so hard that I wouldn’t face with stitches at my tummy, and thank god I didn’t! 😀

A word of advice, you should NEVER run on an empty stomach. I used to do that but I always felt sick  after running on an empty stomach. Eating after the run doesn’t help either because all I felt was puking which I did once, quite badly. 😦

You should always have something light 1 to 1.5h before running and a banana would suffice.

Unsurprisingly, I reached the event a little late and started off 4mins after the official timing. I guess for all run events, especially when there is a massive crowd, the gun time will never be the same as your real commencement timing because it is just too crowded and so, you will find yourself walking first before you can really start running.

Here is some of my feedback and thoughts on the Shape Run 2014 event in summary, which many other runners concur as well (I know this because I saw many others complaining of the same on Shape Singapore’s Facebook)

  • Lack of manpower – at water points and booths giving out finisher tee and medals
  • Runners using USED cups due to insufficient cups
  • Runners drinking FROM THE huge bottles and PASSING IT around to other runners. I really find this unhygienic but I guess this is based on individual’s perspective. But whatever it is, this should NEVER occur and has NEVER occurred in all the run events I have been to (I have completed over 10 run events to date).
  • Because of the long waiting time and everyone was rushing and pushing, with disgusting sticky bodies rubbing against yours (MAJOR YUCKS), I was so fed up that I gave up and forgo the chance (what chance?) to hydrate myself.
  • After completing the race, there was NO direction as to where runners could receive their medals and prizes. There was no systematic method of organising this event. It was so bad that I actually thought perhaps there was no medals given out because some run events actually do only hand out finisher tees. But Shape Run 2014 does give out BOTH medal and finisher tee however, there was no sign to direct runners after completing the run. I was quite lost and eventually, I found the booth giving out the finisher tee and medal.
  • The queue, unsurprisingly was damnnnnn long. The amount of crowd was madness but thank god, the ‘XS’ size category was the shortest and because I opted for ‘XS’ for my running vest as well, I reckon I should be able to fit the ‘XS’ finisher tee as well. photo 2
  • However, upon reaching the booth after queuing like for 10mins (poor others had to queue even longer for other sizes), I realised that the volunteers were not giving out the medals and finisher tees, it was DRINKS. I was like, huh? but took it anyway and it was only the booth after this drink booth, were the volunteers handing out the medals and finisher tees.
  • The event took place at Nicholl Highway and they had booked the huge grass field to fill their tents with, which was quite a distance from one booth to another, but I guess this is only a minor issue.
  • There were long queues at the photo booths and freebies booth which I guess it’s pretty common
  • During the run, there was a junction where both 10km runners and 5km runners faced an intersection (which means prone to clashing into one another). I think this is pretty silly because I thought the organisers could actually route it properly to avoid this? I don’t know but this as well, has never occurred in other run events I have participated, especially at the same route.
  • Not as many road marshals stationed at the routes but I guess this doesn’t really bother me that much

This pretty sums up the consequences of poor organisation of the event. I am rather awed and taken aback because Shape Run as compared to other run events held by Community Centres or small organisers, is considered as a major event. I guess it can pretty much be on par with Standard Chartered Marathon?

Anyway, thank god for another friend who ran 5km and waited for me to finish my 10km.

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Hate my fat arms 😥

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I know my timing is shit.

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Finisher tee and medal!

Upon completion of the Shape Run 2014, I still have 3 other upcoming run events – Yellow Ribbon, Tampines Run and Great Eastern Women’s Run. Still thinking if I should participate in the Standard Chartered Marathon this year…

On a side note, I really hope to improve my speed and stamina but my knees are getting tighter and tighter… 😦

Any advice or tips from fellow runners? 🙂

Edited with results :

TIME: 1:27:21 (gun) / 1:22:40 (net)

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Are you a hard-core wifi user?

Do you need to stay connected 24/7 all the time whenever, wherever for work purposes?

Or do you want to make your money worth by paying more affordable rates but provided with a larger data cap compared to those overseas prepaid sim card which often claims to contain unlimited data access? Truth be told, many do not know that there is actually a data cap despite claiming that it is ‘unlimited’ and once it is reached, the connection actually slows down.

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And when your connection slows down…. Doesn’t that frustrate you?!

Count yourself lucky because today I will be introducing an awesome device – a portable wifi router from XCom Global SG that connects you to the internet anytime, anywhere, at a cheaper, easier and hassle-free solution than data roaming. It is so much easier than handling SIM cards!

Compared to the usual data roaming, you get to SAVE SO MUCH MORE!

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XCom Global SG has also provided a very detailed and comprehensive table to illustrate why their device and services are better and more worth it than teleco’s!

On top of that, SIM Cards only allow access by one device but with this portable wifi router, you can connect up to F-I-V-E devices!!! No multiple SIM Cards required if you want to connect all your devices such as your smartphone, iPad, laptop all together at once and now, you and your friends can now share wifi access all at the same time!

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Aren’t you already wow-ed?!

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To order, simply visit XCom Global SG, choose your destination :

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After clicking ‘Order Now’, you will be brought to this page whereby you can choose your device plan :

device plan

The Recommended plan consists of the following which you would receive :

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Step 1 : Switch on the device

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Step 4 : Then wait for the wifi connection button to appear and turn blue

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Step 5 : Sync the wifi device with your device, just like how you usually connect to the wifi network. Search for the Network ID which you can find on your device.

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[Food Review] Dolce Tokyo x Paris Baguette @ Bugis

Last Monday during the Public Holiday, the bf and I met up with my bestie and her bf for a double-date to celebrate her bday!

I got the bday girl to choose the venue for dinner and boy, I am glad she made the right choice!

These were what we ordered :

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The bestie’s pancakes with eggs benny!

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Her bf’s chicken creamy pasta

 

 

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My very yummy smoked salmon with roe in spicy aglio olio flavour!

 

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The bf’s baked seafood rice

 

 

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We ordered a large pizza to share and by topping up $2.50 more, you get to enjoy 2 flavours!

I can’t describe how much I LOOVVVEEEEEEEEE my smoked salmon so much s0 that even my bf loves it because he kept eating mine!!! >=[

Anyway, I thought the food at Dolce Tokyo was great but their drinks were…

I ordered Cold Azuki and it wasn’t that nice because too much milk was added, and the bf ordered a cuppa Hot Macha which was rich in its green tea flavour but not to our liking. And I forgot to snap pics of the drinks because I was busy savouring my yummy pasta…heh.

Because we were intending to drop by Haji Lane to try out rainbow cake but couldn’t due to the Public Holiday, I felt that something was still kinda missing even after dinner.

So to satisfy my craving for cakesssss, we settled at Paris Baguette at Bugis Junction.

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Cheesecake, Haha cake (It’s really called as that!) and Crepe cake. Sorry I can’t remember all their names 😦

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Look at the yummy sides!

 

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The coffee-addict bf’s hot mocha which the staff at PB forgot about until we reminded them…

The cakes were quite delicious, save for the cheesecake because I’m not a cheesecake fan! The hot mocha was quite rich in flavour too! 🙂

What is a bday celeb without peektures!

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13 years of friendship and counting! ❤

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I love this photo of us! 🙂

And my casual OOTD for that evening :

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OOTD

 

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