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Client wants to hire a Secondary Three Chinese Tutor for her son so I managed to source one for her at the rate of S$35 per hour, once a week, 1.5 hours, so total fee would be S$210 for 4 lessons, commission would be $105 (50%). That's all for the update for now. Have a happy 2017!

Short trip to Batam

We reached Harbourfront Centre around 8.45am. The ferry departed at 9.50am. This is the first photo we took. On the way to Batam No, we are not taking Star Cruise Gemini, this is just opposite our ferry. Even though our trip is free and easy, we were still transported to the Pineapple Tarts Shop and Superheroes Merchandise Shop for us to shop. I bought a Batman Mug for my youngest sis at the Superheroes Shop. After that, we were transported to our hotel, Grand I-hotel Nagoya. We rested a while before going to Nagoya Shopping Mall to have our lunch around 2.00pm. Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall This is our lunch. First Day Lunch We had Ayam Goreng Telur Asin which is salted egg fried chicken (on the right inside the photo) which costed Rp 47,600. We also had Udang Mayonis which is Fried prawns with Mayonis sauce (Rp53,800) (not inside the photo), Baby Kailan (Rp25,800) (on the left inside the photo), Hi Pio Soup which is Fish Maw Soup (Rp38,800) (Middle inside the photo) an

Second Trip to Nana's Green Tea

I mentioned here that I will go to Nana's Green Tea again to try other items. So here I am today (Friday). I ordered their Matcha Nama Chocolate Parfait (S$13.80) and Karagge Curry (S$13.80). The Parfait is an artisan dessert starting with a layer of Kanten jelly and Matcha syrup then topped with soft serve vanilla ice cream, generous layer of corn flakes and garnished with a Matcha ice cream, Matcha chocolate Ganache, red bean paste, whipped cream and a dizzle of Matcha syrup. The Karagge Curry is a generous serving of Japanese curry served over warm millet rice with chicken karagge. This time round my experience wasn't that pleasant. After finishing my curry rice, I asked the waitress to serve my Parfait. I waited very long and after asking four waitresses, I was then served the Parfait after more than half an hour. I prefer what I had the first time - the Pork Katsu Don and the White Bean Soup with Matcha (drink). Karagge Curry (S$13.80)

Tour booked

Went down to People's Park Centre today (Tuesday) at 5pm to book our Batam tour. The price for 3 Days 2 Nights is S$87 (2D1N) + S$62 (Extension 1N with breakfast) and there is a surcharge of S$10 for peak season so it is S$159, after adding the tax of S$21 and Batam Terminal Fee of S$8, it will be S$188, we also bought insurance at S$8 so the grand total would be S$196. The insurance covers baggage loss, baggage delay and travel delay. This time we will be going free and easy as we had been to their City Tour before and the itinerary will be the same. We intend to make full use of the hotel's facilities. The hotel got two lounges, spa and massage services, coffee house (open 24 hours), night club and swimming pool. The hotel also got jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. As today is Fifthteen in the Chinese Calendar, we went to have vegetarian chicken rice after booking the tour. After that we shopped around at People's Park Centre and we bought a CHANCE brand EDT at S$

Nana's Green Tea

After Mun's introduction and recommendation of Nana's Green Tea here and here , I went to have a try today. It was very crowded on a Friday evening and I have to wait a while for my seat, luckily I do not have to wait too long. But one thing different is for December Special Food, instead of having Chicken Katsu Don, we had the Pork Katsu Don. These are what I had, White Bean Soup with Matcha (S$8.00) and Pork Katsu Don (S$15.80). The White Bean Soup with Matcha was very tasty, I like the taste and flavour of the drink (Matcha), the sweetness was just nice for me. As for the Pork Katsu Don, the rice was very flavourful and I like it very much. This is the first time I tasted Millet Rice, the Millet Rice was slightly sticky but the stickiness was just right for me. I will give a rating of 4.5/5 for my experience here. Thanks to Mun for her recommendation. And plus I had a very handsome Japanese waiter who served me, that makes my day! I shall come back again t

Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken (怡保老友芽菜鸡) @ Chinatown Point

After my teaching, I was wondering where I should go for my dinner. Then Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts chicken @ Chinatown Point comes into my mind. This is what I had. The chicken is Kampong Chicken and there is a yellow skinned tone to it. The chicken meat was quite tough and not tender. Other than that there is nothing special about the chicken. I also ordered a Sour Plum Juice @ S$3. The drink is disappointing too as I could not detect any Sour Plum taste to it. The Grand Total comes up to slightly more than S$12 with the drink, GST and Service Charge. Overall I am quite disappointed with Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken. I find their serving kind of stingy. I still prefer Boon Tong Kee chicken rice . Ipoh Lou Yau Bean Sprouts Chicken (怡保老友芽菜鸡) Chinatown Point 133 New Bridge Road #B1-52 Singapore 059413 Tel: +65 67020192 Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IpohLouYau Website: http://www.ipohlouyau.com.sg Nearest MRT: Chinatown

Year End Holiday

Might be going to Batam again year end, still waiting for Buddy Jose to confirm. This is the hotel that we are considering, Grand-i hotel Batam. Just sharing some photos of the hotel. Front View of Hotel Corridor Bathroom Superior Room Deluxe Room

Another item sold online (3)

I managed to sell this Korean Fashion Dress at S$8 through Carousell App. Carousell is a community marketplace that lets you Buy and Sell everything from fashion, clothes, accessories, beauty products, furniture, art, books, branded goods, cars, bikes, antiques to houses. Just snap and sell or chat to buy, as simple as that. Initially I quoted S$10 for the item, after bargain, it was deal at S$8, I am not fussy about the price as I just want to clear this item. I bought this dress as a gift for my sis but she doesn't really like it after trying and I don't like it too, so that is why I am selling it. Next time I will know not to buy clothes for my sis in case she doesn't like it. I actually bought it at RM99.90 from JB City Square. Declutter your closet, room, or home of old stuff by putting them up for sale on Carousell, the best place to find a new home for your pre-loved items.

Start of December

December is always a joyous month because of the festive seasons and everyone going overseas for holidays. Start of December, just sharing my selfie inside the dressing room. I tried this top and I like it so I bought it at S$29. Black has a way of making one look slimmer. This is indeed retail therapy.

Christmas Decorations Along Orchard Road

I prefer to go and see the Christmas Decorations at night, cos night time is more cooling and with the lights on, it should be nicer. So are you naughty or nice? I am both. (Yes? No?)

三捞河粉

My favourite, Fish Hor Fun (S$4). The Hor Fun is very flavourful, with bean sprouts.

Study Area

Last time, when I was a Secondary School student, I will go to the Community Centre (CC) to study in their Study Corner, they have a Room with tables and chairs provided with partitions for students to study in. And because it is free of charge, there is always long queue starting in the morning. Some students will choose to go to Fast Food Restaurants to study, but the disadvantages are the place can be noisy and if it is very crowded during peak hours, the Restaurant Manager may chase you away. Another option is to go to the Public Library to study where it is quiet and conducive but you have to be early otherwise you can't find a place as it maybe fully occupied very fast. I choose to study in the Study Corner because there are too many temptations at home such as the One Eye Monster (TV) and the bed and for students nowadays the Computer. People with business sense have come up with this business idea of renting study spaces to students or the public to study or to do t

Christmas Decorations @ Citylink Mall

This year's Christmas decorations not as nice as last year maybe this year they have no budget due to economy not doing very well. To view Citylink Mall last year Christmas decorations, go here .

Sarawak Kolo Mee

SG version of Sarawak Kolo Mee with minced meat, char siew, meat balls, two slices of Fried Wantons and vegetables. Costed S$5.80 at QQ Noodle House. Some reviews of the noodles feel that the noodles were not very authentic (some even commented that it is a far cry from home), but I find the overall taste alright for me, maybe because I am not a very picky eater. However, one point to note, the Fried Wantons had almost no fillings and were mere dumpling skin. But their service was quite good, fast and polite. This is how the noodles look. QQ Noodle House 231 Victoria Street, Bugis Village, 188025

Christmas Decorations @ Bugis Junction

Let the pictures do the talking. Last year's decorations was gold colour, this year is red colour.

Countries like Singapore stealing US jobs: Trump

I don't know much about politics (I am more interested in economics though) but I did follow the US election results and the aftermath as politics and economics are very closely linked. During the election, one issue that catches my attention is this: Trump claims that countries such as Singapore, China, India and Mexico are stealing jobs from Americans, and vowed to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). "America has lost 70,000 factories since China entered the World Trade Organisation, another Bill and Hillary-backed disaster," he told supporters in Florida, reported the Press Trust of India. "We are living through the greatest jobs theft in the history of the world." Mr Trump said Goodrich Lighting Systems laid off 255 workers and moved jobs to India, while Baxter Health Care Corporation laid off 199 workers and moved its jobs to Singapore. "It's getting worse and worse and worse," he said. A Trump administration, he said, wo

Sufood (Taiwan's No. 1 Vegetarian Chain)

Founded in 2010, Sufood is the first vegetarian concept restaurant under WOWPRIME GROUP, the largest F&B operator in Taiwan. Sufood is presently the #1 Vegetarian Chain in Taiwan that is renowned for its stylish and innovative cuisine. Through a joint venture, Sufood launches in Singapore for the very first time at Raffles City in May 2014. As this is the first time for me at Sufood, I followed what my Bestie Nor ordered as she had eaten here numerous time because she is a full time vegetarian. We ordered Cabbage and Sweet Potato Stew for the soup, as for the main course, we ordered Zesty Oyster Mushroom Stone Pot Rice. Drink wise, we had hot Yuzu Chamomile Tea. The fried mushroom inside the rice was very crispy and yummy. The bill came up to around S$60.00 and it was a treat from my Bestie Nor. I had known my Bestie Nor for 27 years and she was my Junior College schoolmate. 27 years of friendship is hard to come by and I really treasure this friendship with her.

My favourite

This is one of my favourite breakfast, Chwee Kueh, I can eat 6 of them in one go, I would consider this healthy because it is not heaty and it is without meat. 4 of them costed S$1.20, I bought 5 of them so it is S$1.50. How about you? What are your favourite breakfast? CCF? Chwee Kueh? Nasi Lemak?

Turning to TCM

Since my cough has been haunting me for more than a month, this time I turned to TCM instead of going to see Western Doctor. I went to Public Free Clinic Society. Public Free Clinic Society (PFCS) was founded in 1974, which then affiliated with Association for Promoting Chinese Medicines. From early 2009, to achieve better governance, the Commissioner of Charities has laid down regulations for all charitable organizations, including PFCS, to comply. On 6 June 2010, PFCS adopted a new constitution and became a Public Character (IPC) directly under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health (MOH).   To-date, PFCS has 4 branches that are located at Clementi, Tampines , Geylang and Jurong, with a huge turn-up of 10 thousands patients monthly.   The PFCS yearly operating cost solely rely on the kind donations from the public.  My medical fee was highly subsidized at S$9.50. The female Chinese doctor was very patient and asked me many questions. She then prescrib

My Student's Final Year Exam Result

Good to see that she has shown improvement. The breakdown of her results as follows: English Paper A (11/15) English Paper B (27.5/30) Listening Comprehension (19/20) Writing (10/20) Mathematics (32/40) In terms of percentage, it would be: English 79% Mathematics 80% Overall, she has shown improvement in her Final Exam.

Canton-i's branches

For the benefit of my blogger friends, I will like to list down the branches of Canton-i so that they could go to the nearest one to try their food, here it is: (1) Gurney Paragon Mall, Penang Tel: +604 2189688 (2) 1 Utama Shopping Centre Tel: +603 7729 7888 (3) Sunway Pyramid Tel: +603 5636 2888 (4) The Gardens Tel: +603 2284 6888 (5) Queensbay Mall, Penang Tel: +604 645 6688 (6) AEON Station 18, Ipoh Tel: +605 322 5588 (7) City Square, Johor Bahru Tel: +607 222 6888 Hope they are useful to you. Cheers!

Update on my telemarketing job

Update on my telemarketing job so far, I managed to find one client who intends to rent out her whole 5 Room flat, rental fee would be S$2500 for the whole flat, if successful, my agent would get S$1250 commission, so my agent was quite happy but he needs to find the tenants first. There is also another client who intends to sell her condominium at Tanjong Katong, I passed the lead to my agent, this one has more difficulty as it may not be easy to find buyer for the condo as times are bad. No job is easy, that is what I would say, nothing is easy especially when times are bad and we are facing recession and economy downturn.

Canton-i at City Square

Finally got the chance to try Canton-i at City Square, the Eggplant with minced pork was flavorful with the sauce, the softness of the Eggplant was just right, as for the roast pork, the crispy part was not too hard and the fats just melt in your mouth. These dishes go with white rice were just nice. The drink was warm drink with Winter Melon, Longan and Sea Coconut, very refreshing and the sweetness was just nice. Canton-i was very crowded on a Sat evening. Dragon-i which was opposite also no lack of customers. Just for the records, the Eggplant with minced pork costed RM22, the Roast Pork RM26 and the drink RM6.50. Total bill amount with service charge and GST was RM66. After dinner, I spotted Souper Tang at Level 4, I didn't know Souper Tang is also in City Square, next time I am going to try it here because I also like Souper Tang. Thanks to Mun for her recommendation, I would say Canton-i did not disappoint me. Egg plant with minced meat Roast Pork

My Mee Rebus

Mee Rebus at S$2.50, it tastes just like Mee Jawa, no meat, just an egg. I love its savory sauce. Yums. As you can see, there is lime on top of the Mee Rebus, will you squeeze the lime to get the lime juice, I didn't though.

CCF

After reading what Claire posted about CCF here and here , I had a craving for CCF. This is what I had today. As I don't really like the sweet sauce, I requested for just oil and soya sauce, it costed S$1.60. Yums. But Claire's CCF here looks more appetizing.

Mantra for Blessing Meat

Recite then blow on the meat before consumption. It will purify the meat and it will bring the benefit of liberation to the being. The mantra will transform the meat to nectar and create extensive generosity and merits so it becomes a cause for enlightenment. One will not commit heavy negative karma of eating the meat rather one will bring great benefit to the being the meat belongs to. Om Ah Bira Khe Tsara Hum (7x) Some people may argue that with this mantra, it encourages people to eat meat because now even if you eat meat, you will still be blessed. I think this is more for occasions when you have no choice but to eat meat, so it is up to individual whether they believe in this mantra or not. Just sharing.

Hooked

Hooked on the following drama recently: (1) Lady and Liar Synopsis (From DramaWiki) Set in Shanghai's 1930, Jiang Xin (Tiffany Tang) is a young lady who was originally an heir to a rich family, in search of her family. Due to an accident, Xin loses her memory, and therefore, Du Xiao Han (Yang Rong) takes the identity of Xin. While the real Jiang Xin falls into the hands of Bai Zheng Qing, a powerful business man, who conceals her past in order to keep her by his side, in the meantime, her previous lover, Sheng Jie Wen (Tony Yang) had been searching for Xin. Cast Tiffany Tang as Jiang Xin Hawick Lau as Bai Zheng Qing Yang Rong as Du Xiao Han Tony Yang as Sheng Jie Wen (2) A Good Wife (亲爱的,我爱上别人了) Synopsis (From DramaWiki) For seven years, Shen Yi Zhen tries to be a dutiful wife and an obedient daughter-in-law. But the loneliness of being married to a workaholic husband and the stress of not having a grandchild for her perfectionist parents-in-law is push

Donate Online

I have been doing that, forgot since when, the amount I donated may not be very big because I am not rich, but I try my best. The following organizations are two of the organizations I have helped: (1) Society for The Physically Disabled At SPD, this is what they do, they work towards the integration of people with disabilities into mainstream society. Through programs that encompass rehabilitation, employment, training, education, day care and social service support, they work in partnership with people with disabilities to maximize their potential and to help them to be self-reliant and independent. (2) Make A Wish Foundation Make-A-Wish Foundation ® Singapore is part of a global organizati on which began in 1980. Their mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threa tening me dical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Like their 37 affiliates worldwide, it is their goal to grant a wish to every medically eligible child in

My vegetarian chap fan

Costed S$4.50, it includes mushrooms, black fungus, cabbage, broccoli and some green vegetables (which I don't know what it is), I gobbled up the whole plate leaving some vegetable stalks as I prefer to eat leaves than stalks. The sauce is delicious and tasty. Thumbs up!

Telemarketing

Since now it is the school holidays, so some students' parents want their kids to have a break, so I am back to part time telemarketing and at the same time teaching fewer students, will go back to my full time teaching after the school holidays. I love telemarketing as I love communicating with people over the phone and getting different reactions from them.

Very soon

Very soon, the month of October will be over and November will be here and all the Christmas decorations will be coming out, waiting for the decorations so I can take their pictures and share them, stay tune!

Veggie Crunch Burger

Didn't know Macdonald's restaurant is also vegetarian friendly until recently when I discovered they have vegetarian burger in their menu. If I am not wrong, it was introduced earlier around end August 2016, but I only discovered it recently. With Veggie Crunch Burger @ S$3 permanently on the menu, now I have more vegetarian food choices. The patty is made of green peas, carrots, cooked rice, potato and red bell peppers, topped with crisp cucumber slices and shredded lettuce. Veggie Crunch Burger contains egg, gluten, soybean and wheat. Spices used contain natural extracts of garlic, onion and pepper. Ingredients in Veggie Crunch sauces include egg and garlic. Neither meat nor dairy are used in the burgers but it won’t be vegan-friendly since the burger ingredient list contains egg.

Chewy Junior Cheese Tart

Cheese tart was the latest craze and in-thing recently or was it not recently? Anyway, I finally got the chance to try cheese tart today, the filling does not have a cheesy taste instead it tastes like white chocolate so I like it but I prefer puff rather than pastry so I don't think I will have this often, however it does serve as a delectable snack for me. Maybe once in a while. From Mun's information about the 3 types of crust here , I would say Chewy Junior crust is Pâte brisée, a savory, flaky tart crust made from flour, cold butter, cold water, and a pinch of salt. Mun asked me to try the popular Hokkaido cheese tart from BAKE Singapore at ION Orchard. I have yet to try. I wonder, how long will this fad last?

"Disaster"

When I saw PH's roast turmeric chicken here , I was tempted to cook one myself because it looks yummy and it seems easy to prepare and cook. So I took out our oven which was unused for many years. I went to buy all the powder, turmeric powder, garlic powder, cumin powder and paprika. It costed me around S$15 for these. I did not buy any vegetables as per her recipe because I don't intend to cook them and eat them. So I only bought four chicken thighs from the supermarket at S$4. I marinaded the chicken as per the recipe and put them inside the oven. I turned on the oven and set it at 180 degree C at 40 minutes. I was already a little bit skeptical as we have not used the oven for many years. Just within a minute, smoke starts to come out from the oven and there is a burning smell. I quickly turned off the power and inside the oven a black thing that looks like handle caught fire! I quickly put out the fire. There goes my roast chicken. First time I cook roast chicken and

Green Dot @ Paya Lebar Square

New vegetarian additions such as Green Dot give full time vegetarians and semi-vegetarians like me more vegetarian food choices. This is the first time I try Green Dot. I ordered their customized Bento at S$7.90 with Lion Mane Mushroom Rendang and two vegetables. The two vegetables I choose are (1) Pumpkin 南瓜 and (2) Four Seasons Bean 四季豆 However, after trying, this is my verdict: I still prefer Ci Hang which I posted here . Ci Hang's price is more reasonable (average price S$4.50) and their food is warm and cooked on the spot whereas Green Dot's food is prepared beforehand and not warm. Where:  60 Paya Lebar Road #02-15/16/17 Paya Lebar Square Singapore 409051   Tel: +65 67022221 Their Wesbite: http://www.greendot.sg

10月19日《 農歷九月十九 》 觀世音菩薩出家日 Goddess of Mercy Celibacy

19th October is Guan Yin Celibacy Festival so I had vegetarian on that whole day. I had this vegetarian hor fun with vegetarian luncheon meat for dinner. It is tasty and costed S$4.50. I had it at Ci Hang Vegetarian Restaurant. It is located conveniently near Aljunied MRT. Ci Hang (Western & Chinese Vegetarian Food)  72 Lorong 25-A Geylang. Singapore 388256. Tel: 9001 7639. Closed on Friday.