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Pok Pok

October 10th, 2015 No Comments »

The picture doesn’t quite do justice to how good the food at Pok Pok is, it’s Thai food so legit (my Thai colleague absolutely loves this place) that we had to return the Papaya salad because it was way too hot for any of our Asian taste buds! And my group included a Korean, Filipino and a Singaporean who eats super spicy Indian food. It was that spicy.

The best way to visit? Is to go with a lot of patience – expect at least a 45 minutes wait. No reservations are allowed. But it’s all worth it. We ordered the Papaya pork pork (returned it and they kindly substituted with kang kong stir fry which was great too), Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings (MUST ORDER! I want to cook this!!!!), some insanely good sweet pork belly and fried fish. You know when they say that it’s silly to fly a thousand miles to eat Asian food, I had say it’s not. Produce is a lot fresher and better and as most are opened by Asian immigrants, you can expect to enjoy authentic Asian cuisine. After all, there’s only so much western food that one can have.. even for me.

Pok Pok
3226 SE Division Street
+(1) 503 232 1387
Opens daily: 1130am-10pm

San Francisco

October 9th, 2015 No Comments »


This year has truly been a year of travel. It’s been a well balance of travels for both work and leisure. I would really like to be able to travel more for personal but I think that will come in good time. With every travel, I return fuller with experiences, horizons broaden and charged up about life.

I recalled a good friend urging me to go on solo travels. To be brave and travel the world alone. To be honest, I think that is a bit overrated. One does not need to backpack, travel to exotic (and/or dangerous) locations, to be considered solo traveling. From as far back as I can remember, I mostly travel alone. I might meet up friends at my destination for example, this April where I stayed with friends in Tokyo or in London in August, I fly alone, I navigate on myself, I plan everything without the reliance of anyone. Most friends I know travel with their partners and trust me, it is very different when you travel with someone. Traveling alone, I’m forced to be more independent, to be aware and everything is heightened. Do I think that it is a must? I don’t. I like sharing moments with people. I do enjoy me-time, where I walk around on my own, do what I want to do, eat what I want to eat but, I prefer me-time back home. Isn’t it a waste to travel and not be able to share it with others? So if you ask me, I can say, solo travel – been there done that. And perhaps in some ways, I am ‘saving up’ certain destinations to travel with friends or a special someone.

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the whole world. It was really a last minute work trip, just a quick in an out. 1.5 days to be exact. There was so much that I wanted to experience (eat really 😛 ). I’ve been to SF several times and it never gets old. So out of the list of friends living there, I contacted a friend whom I really wanted to catch-up with. And it is true when they say that when friends really want to meet up, there will be no excuses and all effort will be taken to make it happen. Never mind that he had just hiked Yosemite or that I was flat out from a day of walking and store visits, we were both tired but it was strangely relaxing catching over dinner. It’s times like these where I truly treasure the notion of friendship. Where you don’t need much but just time to catchup.

San Francisco was one of those trips which was just not enough. I needed more days, more time. Just more of it. But when I left, I was happy. Happy because it was productive, happy because I spent time where it matters. I hope to be back sooner rather than later. There is a long list of places that I want to visit and more people to catch up with.

Springleaf Prata

October 8th, 2015 No Comments »


I never thought that I will be writing about a prata place.. because.. I’m typically not a prata fan. I know, it’s weird. But I think, I might have just found it. So I don’t like prata because it is soft and I can’t take the curry. Somehow, the boys that were back visiting from Shanghai managed to persuade me to go with them. And with that, I got introduced to Springleaf Prata.


The egg prata is to die for. It is so crispy! I think I like it because it doesn’t taste like a prata 😛 The kosong prata is supposedly crispier. Next, maggi goreng. Best that I’ve had so far. If you still have stomach to eat more, the eggs benny is pretty good with a legit hollandaise. I would say they are pretty ingenious. Substituting the muffin with prata and also, they have a murtabak burger which the boys said was good too.


Springleaf Prata
57B Jalan Tua Kong
Singapore 457251
+(65) 8693 5393
Opens daily: 7am-midnight

fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil and Skin Nutrition Booster

October 7th, 2015 No Comments »

I am not sure if it is due to age, using a moisturizing face oil would not have been something that I would have considered in my younger days. Perhaps, it seems counter intuitive to apply oil onto the skin. I was first introduced to a moisturizing face oil two years ago and while that took me some time getting used to, I became a new fan.

If you have never used a moisturizing face oil, this product that I am going to share about would be worth considering. I do not know of any other brand which uses Seaberry in its hydration products and when I noticed it in fresh®’s range, I was intrigued. Seaberry is derived from the sea buckthorn shrub and is known for its powerful antioxidant properties. The oils are not only rich in moisturizing omegas which are great for the skin as it helps protect the skin from aging free radicals, it is used as a natural cure for skin ailments such as eczemas, dry skin and burns.

The two products that I tested were the Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil and Skin Booster. The Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil contains the seaberry oil which protects and softens the skin. It also contains other oils such as grapes, camellia and sweet almond oil. The combination of oils work to maintain skin elasticity, suppleness and smoothness and keeps skin protected and soft. It also contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E to tone, brighten and protect the skin. The Seaberry Skin Booster contains similar ingredients with the addition of roc extract and tomato extract that provides a potent cocktail of natural antioxidants. View it as a multivitamin supplement or booster to heighten your skincare ritual for increased results.


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Paymaster Lounge

October 6th, 2015 No Comments »

Thanks to my burger loving colleagues, we can always count on having a good burger in Portland. I keep hearing about Paymaster’s burger – best burger ever. To be honest, for me, a good burger is a good burger. I can’t decide on ‘a best’. This one really did blow my mind for the simplicity of it.

Order the double patty. Which I didn’t of course and ordered the single. Still, it was great. Apparently, the double is even better. What is good about it? The homemade bun – ordered from a tiny unassuming bakery, it is so soft, so good. Next, the patty. Superbly juicy but not oily. Most good burgers here tend to be too greasy. If it isn’t greasy, it is dry. This one was perfect. And then it was just simple. Nothing fancy, just good old lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cheese. Good old American cheese. A classic burger at it’s best. I’m tellin’ ya. Portland is the place to go for good food.

Paymaster Lounge
1020 NW 17th Ave

Portland, OR 97209
+(1) 503 943 2780
Opens: daily, 2pm-230am

Fun at work

October 5th, 2015 1 Comment »


Portland in September can be surprising. Most of the time, you’ll land up having the lovely tail-end of summer where the temperature is just perfect and that spot of sun and clear blue skies. There were days where it was chilly though the sun was out and strong but no complaints because from what we are experiencing right now here in Singapore… -_- The best part? It didn’t rain! Quite rare for Portland.

We had a great mini Olympics day and I surprised myself playing badminton (we even won by 2 points!), fared terribly at basketball and golf and javelin and well, I’m not really as sporty as most think I am.. the last segment was a 3 men running relay and well, it was based on speed so I told the guys to go ahead. However, most were injured from the previous competitive efforts at football etc, and I was left to run. Okay fine. Never mind that I was not wearing my usual running shoes, or didn’t have my proper sports sunglasses and haven’t run in ages. In all good Nike spirit – Just do it. So I asked who was going to start off the relay and the two guys said I can do it. Uh really? I reminded them that it was a race of speed.. there was no way that tiny Asian me can even keep up to the big boys. I landed up running the first leg, yep, I was the only girl. Check out my game face there, it was so daunting. The whistle blew and the guys sped off and I tried so hard to keep up. I was left behind quite quickly but what was cool was that everyone was cheering for me – ‘cos I was the only girl. I didn’t give up. That was what matters. I came in dead last for my leg but my team didn’t finish last :)

I earned respect. People came up to say good job and I had guts to do it. The big surprise was when my team won overall, first place baby! So we each earned a pair of customized kicks. Team effort for the win, that’s what I love about sports. You never know how far you can push yourself too. Even if you don’t win, there’s a lot to gain just by trying.

Perfecting waffles

October 4th, 2015 No Comments »

I have 2-3 more waffle recipes that I want to experiment on. But then this one that I’ve discovered requires no egg white whisking and simply put, takes just minutes to whip up. So I keep using this over and over again. I finally figured out how to get it real crispy – just use cold batter. Simple as that. The result is waffles that are crispy around the edges and slightly chewy center.

Random note. Don’t you love that you no longer have to post in squares on IG?! Love love love.

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