Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Learning Japanese + cafe-hopping

Learning a foreign language is one of my main interests, and more than a decade ago, I started to pick up my first foreign language at Lingo Language School, whereby I completed a 3-month basic course in German. I might be a little rusty but I can still write basic German and do very simple communication in German too! In 2015, I was rather lucky as well as delighted to be selected to attend a 3-month elementary course for Korean, which was sponsored by the Korean company I work for. I still have a hard time understanding what the Koreans are talking about within the company, but I can make small simple talk with them!

Both Baby and I love to visit Japan, and we have been to several prefectures. Our most recent trip was to Tokyo this year, as we used Tokyo as our transit point for my birthday holiday to Hawaii. The most memorable trip to Japan was our Kyushu Holiday in 2018. We flew to Fukuoka, and apart from Hakata, we also visited Kokura (KitaKyushu) Nagasaki, Kagoshima, Beppu and Kumamoto. We love everything about Japan from the culture to food and shopping too! Recently Baby suggested using our skill-future credits to sign up Japanese language speaking lessons, and I quickly said 'YES'!


Our lesson is conducted once every week at Bunka Language School. I'm quite glad that the materials for the course, such as the textbooks, exercise book and other studying materials for each lesson were provided by the school. What's more each student was given a tote bag to keep our course materials, which I feel that Bunka Language School was very thoughtful to provide for their students. 

During my first lesson, we started to learn on how to read and pronounce Hiragana and Katakana (the Japanese alphabet) properly.


 Our Sensei (teacher) is a nice Japanese lady and she is very patient with us. She speaks only Japanese during class, and English is only used when explaining the meaning of the Japanese words. She always ensures to give us 10-15mins break time during our 3-hr lessons. During our break time, she will teach us some simple origami artworks, and we recently learnt how to fold a Neko (cat). Which one is cuter? 


  So far, I have been attending about 3 lessons, and I will miss one lesson due to my upcoming holiday. Fortunately, there is a make-up lesson for us, and we are happy to hear that. With every lesson completed, It become harder the next round. Homework is also given to us after each lesson ends, and I spend my free time trying to revise back on what I have learnt each week. 

Learning Japanese, or any other foreign language for that matter, is never easy, but it doesn't stop my interest in learning! I am hoping for a day when I can write and speak Japanese fluently, and now I know I am one step closer to my goal!


It has been a long hiatus since RKM went cafe-hopping, so Baby decided to do it on a random weekend. Both Baby and I are food lovers and we usually scout around for any locations to find good/interesting food. Baby brought me to Atlas Coffeehouse which is located at Duke's Road, off Bukit Timah Road. They are famous for their coffee and waffles which we will be trying out during our visit!


During our visit, Baby had Chicken Stew, while I had the Aglio Olio Pasta. The pasta was cooked Al dente, with a coat of aromatic olive oil and fragrant garlic! Our damage was about SGD40+ for 2 main courses and a tea by the pot. 



Baby and I brought my parents for a Saturday's Dim Sim brunch at Dim Sum Haus, which is located along Jalan Besar Road, and I am glad that my folks enjoyed their meal. 


I love to meet up with friends, and to catch up with them over a meal. Recently, CK, Jane I met up for a meal gathering at Bonchon, Boat Quay.  



We indulged ourselves with their world-famous fried chicken, and it was a truly authentic, yet healthy Korean dining experience at Bonchon. The Korean fried chicken is less oily as compared to American fast-food fried chicken. I love the crunchy skin very much, and our meal was ultimately served to satisfy our fried chicken cravings! I look forward to our next meal gathering



I end my post, with a cute Yaki Pancake which had a shape of Kumamon. I love the red bean filling, and it looked Kawaii and tasted Oishi desu! 




Sunday, September 15, 2019

Food Tasting at Yue Long Men Hotpot

I recently had a kind invite from Alethea to attend a food session at Yue Long Men Hotpot which is located at the heart of Chinatown. It's always nice to have my lovely bestie, Meryl with me at food tastings.



At Yue Long Men, diners get to savor their own individual hotpot of their favorite broth, but at the same communal experience will be had  as it will be on the same table. 


We were so happy to meet up at the restaurant to warm our tummies up with a wide selection of broths, seafood/meat slices, as well as a FREE-FLOW Xiao Long Baos!



There are up to 9 different broths to choose from, and my favorite was the tomato soup base. It was rich, thick and tasted delicious. Both Meryl and I enjoyed our hotpot very much. Do save some space for your stomach, as you can have an unlimited serving of xiao long Bao throughout your meal! This was definitely the highlight of our visit!


I loved the freshly sliced meat (beef and pork) very much, as they are my usual staple food iems for any hotpot dinner. They tasted awesome, and I was glad that they were not placed at the buffet counter. 


The eatery place is rather comfy, and I personally prefer individual hotpots, as I can pick my favorite broth instead of having to discuss or debate with others. This allows everyone to be happy with respective choices. For those who dislike hotpot sharing and/or are particular about hygiene – Yue Long Men Hotpot is your BEST choice



If you’re looking for an affordable hotpot buffet that will fill your belly, then Yue Long Men Hotpot promises to win your hearts over with the delicious broths selection and not to forget the unlimited serving of xiao long baos.



Adult: Mon-Thurs: SGD16.99 (Lunch) SGD24.99 (Dinner)
Fri, Sat, Sun & PH: SGD19.99 (Lunch) SGD26.99 (Dinner)
Child (5-10 y/o) - SGD9.99 (Lunch) SGD12.99 (Dinner)

Desserts and drinks are included for the price paid, and absolutely no other costs hidden!


Yue Long Men 悦龍門火
Address: 75 Pagoda Street Singapore 059234
Nearest Station: Chinatown MRT Exit A
Opening hours: 11.30am to 11.30pm

Friday, September 13, 2019

[TeamBridesmaids] Skechers Friendship Walk 2019

The second edition of the Skechers Friendship Walk took place at the Marina Bay Sands, and the aim was to not only bring a fun day of bonding and team spirit, but to also have a 'Hens-Party' Walk for our bride to-be, Tracy!
 
Being a part of #Teambridesmaids, I picked up unique sashes from Kaison, a friendly store which is located at Aeon Tebrau City in Johor Bahru. We wore them for the entirety of our 4km walk around the bay!

 
Thanks for the passes to Skechers Friendship Walk 2019, and this was my first time at the Skechers Friendship Walk. I was very happy to have been part of this walk, as the bond with my friends was definitely stronger!
 



 
 
 
Prior to the flag-off, goodies which included Milk and Yogurt were given out to the participants! There were even more refreshments for redemption after the walk! While waiting for the walk to commence, we made use of our spare time to explore the race village to take photos too.
 

 

 
The walking route was a pretty simple route, where we passed by landmarks such as the Arts-Science Museum, the Helix Bridge, the Esplanade, the Merlion and last but not least, the Promontory! We particularly loved the decor of the Art-Science Museum.
 
 
We bumped into 'Deadpool' and 'Spiderman'!
 


The Walk was definitely a scenic one, with lots of photo-taking opportunities. However, due to the evening time of the run, there was quite alot of congestion at some areas, especially at the Jubilee bridge due to a large crowd of tourists taking photos against the Merlion Background.

 
There were some obstacle courses located a few hundred metres from the end point, and we finally crossed the finishing line and collected our finisher medals and event entitlements, which were a bottle of fruit juice and alkaline water. 
 
 
How nice it was to indulge in an old school icy cold Potong ice cream after our workout!  
 



Overall I would say that Skechers Friendship Walk 2019 was a fun event and was great for family bonding. I really enjoyed the Hens Party Walk despite the heat and high humidity level of the weather.

 Thank you to Skechers Singapore for having us!





We parted after the walk, as I continued my day with my Baby for dinner. We settled at Hanuman Thai Cuisine which is located at Food Alley, Toa Payoh Central. Recently, they have been chosen and awarded with 'SINGAPORE BEST FOODS 2019'. I love their Seafood Tom Yum Soup very much! 



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Weekend day trip to JB, Malaysia

I love weekends! My earrings of the day! I picked up this pair of earrings from a shop named 'Turtle', which is located at Plaza Singapura.


Baby and I decided to go into JB on a random Saturday morning for get some car accessories for our new car 'Blues'. In order to beat the jam, we went in via the Tuas Second link. Oh well, the wait time to clear the Malaysian custom was 90minutes, but it was however much better as compared to 200 plus minutes jam at the causeway at Woodlands!


Upon clearing the customs, we took a 10 minute drive to Gelang Patah to visit Restoran Xing Ho, as they are famous for their Kway Teow Soup. Luckily, we still managed to get seats as the eatery place was packed with locals.

The soup tasted delicious, and both Baby and I really enjoyed our meal. My Classic Kway Teow Soup bowl was packed with generous ingredients and it cost me only RM6.50, while Baby had the Seafood Kway Teow Soup which cost more. 


After brekkie, we drove another 25-30minutes to the Tebrau area for some shopping, and we stopped by at Tesco Extra to get some household products. We also dropped by Mr DIY store to get some stuffs for the car. 

We had some desserts at Nyonya Leaf


Baby went to try his luck on the claw machine, as one of the machines were offering Pokémon as prizes. Baby caught 2 toys from the same machine, and he asked me to pose for an OOTD shot with his prize!  


Baby also clawed up a Disney bag charm for me! OM, I really love it!  


As usual, I picked up 2 tops from the Padini Concept Store. I also picked up 2 new handphone cases from another shop which cost only RM6 each! My handphone screen protector was damaged recently, so I got a replacement at only RM25. Lastly, I bought some random stuff from the lifestyle store Kaison.


We brought 'Blues' for car-washing, and once we handed over the car to the washers, we spotted an interesting food concept which was adjacent to the car wash. 'Why!Chicken' is located at Mount Austin, and is a Korean Fried Chicken restaurant. We ordered the Korean Garlic Chicken Chunks for take-away, to enjoy as a snack while waiting for our car to be ready. It tasted pretty yummy, and we will go back when we send our car for washing again.  


We had our random dinner at Petaling Street Hokkien Mee which is also located at Mount Austin. To our surprise, this eatery place was crowded with people when we got there around 6plus. We only ordered 2 items - the famous KL Hokkien Mee (large portion for sharing) and and Stir-fried spicy clams. We waited for about 30 minutes for our food to be served, so if you do visit this joint, it's best to be patient! The wait was worth-while as the food was very delicious with alot of 'wok-hei'! Baby enjoyed it so much that he said he would come back to try the other food items on a future trip.


We left JB around 8plus after our dinner, and we cleared both the customs within 20 minutes. We reached home around 9-ish, and I rested early for my first-ever Shape Run with my girlfriends!

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Shape Run 2019

Thanks Shape Run 2019 for the invitational slots, and I did my second run this year! The Shape Run 2019 celebrates their commitment to running, but more importantly, their aim is to promote keeping fit and staying healthy for life! There were 3 categories: the 5km Women's Competitive, the 10km Women's Competitive and a fun 1.8km Family Run.


I developed my passion for running after taking part in my first run way back in 2013. Since then, I have adopted a healthier lifestyle and begun to take care of my well-being too. I am glad that my decision to begin my first race back then has motivated me to take part in more races!


Upon receiving a SMS message from the organization, I made my way to Novena Velocity to pick up my race pack. It was the coolest race pack ever with various awesome regular and trial sized products that are definitely useful! I love the tote bag the best! 


I joined the 5km Women's Competitive, and the run was held at the Kallang Practice Track. The run was flagged off at 7.05am, but unfortunately I was slightly late. I started my run at 7.15am instead, and the weather was good.


After the run, we were treated to various activities, which included breakfast at the Kellogg's booth and other Shape Run sponsors such as Eversoft, Kose Cosmeport, Senka and TFX.


I was glad to have had Jane and Tracy join me on this run. Kudos to my running kakis!


We were awarded with a finisher medal for completing the run within the time-frame allocation.  We posed random photos together with our beautiful medals


I was glad that I was part of the Shape Run 2019! Thanks Shape Singapore, and YES, ’We Run the World’! We witnessed the growth of fitness and wellness in our community, and are looking forward to many more healthy events in the near future!