A Singapore Christmas

Happy new years! We headed down to Singapore this year for Christmas to celebrate it with the rest of the family. In summary, I truly love Singapore’s transportation infrastructure; its safety and its breezes. Oh, how nice it was walking in the night in your shorts, when a whiff of breeze just blows across cooling your every being. Syok.

Double layer wha?!

After reaching Vivo City and wanting to rid ourselves of the hunger pangs, we couldn’t find the initial restaurant we wanted (looks like we’re far off from being called Masters of Malls) so we headed to some pizza place at the food court. And this blew my mind.

Double layer pizza
Double layer pizza

It’s a sandwich, but a pizza. Wha?! Anyway, taste wise was nothing to scream about.

Might fine fish noodles

The next time I come down to Singapore and I see a crazy queue at an eatery, I will put 80% of my trust in the Singaporean’s choice to tell me that the food must be good. Because damn, this fish noodle was super good to me.

Not far away from this stall, there was an even longer queue for Lor Mee but I’m not such a big fan of it.

Lor Mee queue
Lor Mee queue

However, I did catch a glimpse of the bowls ordered to the nearby tables. They must have ordered the large bowl because it was BIG! And I could see the gooey dark brown sauce; it looked tasty.


In 2013, me and the wifey travelled to Singapore in order to catch The Lion King (which was awesome) and Wicked (which was awesome too). And since we were in Singapore, we decided to catch Notre Dame de Paris.

I’ve only watched the Disney version so I was kind of confused with the storyline this time.

Though, I must commend the male voices for being clear when sang. And surprisingly, I found it really challenging making up the words when Esmerelda sang – maybe English wasn’t her strongest language. *shrug*

Father-Son Time at golf

Nowadays, I rarely have the chance to golf, let alone play with my brothers and Dad. So we took the opportunity to head Johor for a round at Kukup Golf Resort.

Full quorum
Full quorum

The course had wide fairways and a good range of Par 3s to Par5s for us to play. On the other hand, what was stopping this golf course to me for being good was the maintenance of the grass length.Ā Roughs were long enough to lose balls even after tee off, despite sure efforts identifying the ball definitely landed nearby.

And the midway rest area toilets were, well, to put it nicely…bad.

Johor-Tuas traffic congestion madness

Never in my life had I been stuck in a congestion lasting almost 3 hours or more. Thank goodness my bladder didn’t burst while in the car! And I do pray never to get stuck in it, ever again.

Now back in Malaysia, I miss the cleaner Singapore air, freedom from worries walking in the night and the cool breeze which moves. Sigh.

Wicked Singapore

Last weekend me and Ariel headed down to Singapore to catch the musical; Wicked.

Exploration mode

We stayed in a building which reminded me of a Japanese school and we stumbled on an elephant porn shop (no kidding – at least that’s what they call it) and an ice cream shop which had tiramisu with a “kick” to it. šŸ˜€

Whenever we watched a musical at Marina Bay Sands, we’d prefer eating nearby to not worry of being late. But don’t expect the greatest of food, especially in the food court.

Decent looking Sarawak noodles

It was definitely decent looking but you can say, it’s only to fill your stomachs necessarily.

The musical was suppose to tell the origin of the Wicked Witch of the West. And having not watched the Wizard of Oz film before (yes, you may scream blasphemy) I didn’t know what to expect.

Last time we watched The Lion King, I got us seats nearby the stage but it was too near to the right – where the speakers were placed. Though in my defence, I couldn’t help it because the seat selection was automated and I never expected the speakers there. šŸ™

This time for Wicked, I bought seats which were a little more pricier and you’d seat in the center rows. However, we weren’t all that tall so taller patrons kind of obscured our view. So, we may try the booth seats in future – if they allow me to purchase 2 tickets.

Thankfully, the musical was superb. It’s theatre design and performance was of the quality when we watched The Lion King musical. I’ve watched the musical Cats in Malaysia but for some odd reason, I’m not sure why the quality wasn’t as great compared to both musicals in Singapore. *shrug*

And before I wrap up this post, can you tell me what’s wrong with this photo?

Curry sauce, really?!

I was quite shocked to see the sauce. But thinking how bad it could be was a bad decision. The sauce was sweet and you could taste the eeny meeny bits inside it, like what you get from low cost sauce. I didn’t touch it after 1 dip. *shivers*

Garrett Popcorn finally in Malaysia

Om my gawd! It’s kam-bing. It’s kam-bing I tell ya!

garrett popcorn klcc teaser
If you know who took this picture, let me know.

So what the fuss about – it’s just popcorn right? Wrong. Believe me, that’s what I thought as well until I just ate 1 of it and by gosh, it’s a popcorn like no other you’ve tasted in Malaysia – nearest place which has this is Singapore. And like my friend said, once you’ve had the Garrett Popcorn, you’ll hesitate ordering cinema popcorn – ever!

It’s hard to describe the popcorn but here are some visually different facts of the Garrett caramel popcorn:

  1. It’s rounder.
  2. Caramelized all round – evenly.
  3. It’s bigger than your normal popcorn.
  4. It’s golden browned all over – well-covered with caramel.

Okay. It really sounds good. But hold your horses.

In Singapore, their Caramel Crisp sells from SGD8 for a small bag. And that bag is smaller than yourĀ McDonald’sĀ paper bag. Converted to Malaysian Ringgit, be prepared to pay about RM16-20 per small bag.

But the question on my mind now is, will local cinemas like TGV or GSC or MBG, allow us to bring this into their cinemas?

Or, will one of our local cinemas raise the bar and allow Garrett Popcorn to set up a small kiosk at their concession area for patrons who are willing to spend for this premium oh-so-nommy popcorn?

It’s going to be interesting to see how this plays out. So watch your social media timelines when Garrett Popcorn officially opens! šŸ˜€

Chronicles of Not so Life Changing events

Okay. Lots have happened since I last posted. Here’s what I remember from my spaced out world.

Strudels appreciation party

instagram pictureI got an invitation to the Strudels part to appreciate it’s current customers and business relations. And I guess you can call myself lucky for having a friend in Strudels who thought of me and my desire for yummy food – I devoured mostly salmon. LOL!

This was the same event Esty attended and I didn’t walk up to her to break the ice because it was only a lingering thought of familiarity when I saw her. Besides, I’ve not personally met her and I saved myself theĀ embarrassmentĀ – just in case.

Visit Esty’s blog to indulge in the food shots she took. Looking at them just made me missed my salmon. šŸ˜›

My birthday

LemeLemeOn this day, I pretty much gave work a miss and spent the rest of it indulging and enjoying myself. Me and Ariel popped into Empire Subang because we’ve not explored the place. Ending up in Serai to have lunch, which left my thought of the food to be like; Madam Kwan’s. But the food there is seriously not bad.

Later in the night, I met up with more friends to dine at Tenji in Solaris. If you hadn’t known, I’m quite theĀ JapaneseĀ (insert: food) lover. So if a Japanese place is suppose to have yummy food, you can bet that it’ll be on my must eat places. And that night, I seriously devoured a lot of salmon – practically cleared out 2 rows when it came out.


webcamp eventMy passion for the web is to also support events I know would lead to a greater cause. Ever since WebcampKL started last year, I’ve met and listened to great speakers. I don’t qualify as one of it yet because mine was a light hearted subject on Voltron. I can’t help being an 80s kid. šŸ™‚


Friend’s birthday

shoesWe celebrated a friend’s birthday at Sen Tsuru, Kota Damansara. Again, it’s another Japanese restaurant, buffet ala carte style. Different from Tenji since this buffet is only based on their ala carte menu. Nonetheless, we still got to indulge in salmon – what did I tell you. In addition, we got to try new and yummy dishes which we’ve now recognized this place.

Our party moved to Sunway Giza with some ice cream cake and coffee later. Oh, with some present exchanging. As for the presents received, the birthday girl got a useful tool. I’ll leave it as that.

SMCKL on Social Media ROI

smckl eventSMCKL or Social Media Club Kuala Lumpur is an event covering topics related to social media. The recent topic was on ROI with social media so I pulled Hawk along to attend this. But our worries became a reality the moment the speaker mentioned along the lines, “you’ll find it in our book”. Die.

The Lion King music at Marina Bay Sands

lion king musicalI’ve heard about The Lion King musical and I’ve watched Cats too, when they were in Malaysia. But having a strong feeling The Lion King won’t make it to our shores, me and Ariel made plans to head down to Singapore and catch it.

The show was well-worth paying SGB188 and the costume detailing was something not to be missed – cheetah scene still looks a little wrong to me. Since we got back, we’ve been telling all our friends it’s a show not to be missed – it’s on until May 31, 2011. Catch it if you can!

By the way, theĀ theaterĀ isn’t located at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. I’m not sure what do they call the building with the retail outlets, theater and eateries. But it’s at the building opposite the Marina Bay Sands.

Besides the hotel’s weird spaceship top design, I was captivated and inspired by the exterior element of the building.Ā Look out for shimmering wall which creates a water motion when the wind blows in the day and night.


Nerf Tour 2 at Bukit Jalil park

NERF malaysia event

Besides passion for the web, I want Simpleet to be a supporter of passionate people. This was how we came to support the NERF Community in Malaysia. After attending the first event organized by them, I believed we could extend a hand to support a healthy activity which not only kids but young adults took part.

After some discussion and advice given to Brien, he took it on himself to make the event more successful. He’s managed to also get Hasbro Malaysia to be part of this. Job well done and we’re proud to be part of this event supportingĀ passionateĀ NERF players in Malaysia.

Taking ownership and initiation

I’ve also become the new president of my business network group; BNI Radiant, for dynamic and young-at-heart business owners.

The universe may have been working for me as I feel myself taking more ownership and initiation to what I do and can do.

Hence, I want to better commit myself to whatever I’m engaged in now; blogging, events, social media, work and whatever else I can do without hesitation. It’s not soon or later but now.