Sunday, March 31, 2013

Unconditional

Caught Moulin Rouge yesterday night again. This time, it left me with a lot of questions.

Can unconditional love exist between people who are not blood-related? Be it already married or not.

In our society, I guess, as much as I want to believe, pure love does not seem to be enough to keep 2 people together. When I say love, I mean love and trust. It's never enough. There will be other factors such as third parties, financial stability, power, status and the list goes on.

If only things are as easy as, I love you and we're gonna be together forever as long as we keep trying.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mini getaway // Batam

Just back from a mini getaway with the boy and it was time well spent.

My 3rd time to Batam within a time span of 15 months. LOL. No more Batam for the near future. Unless it's Montigo Resort.

Pretty much a failure in terms of photo-taking. Hahaha. Only took a few couple shots, that's all.

Stayed at a new hotel, Nagoya One Hotel. According to the tour guide, the deals and stuff, it says that it's a 5-10 min walk to Nagoya Hill Shopping Mall. It's NOT. Okay. Firstly, it'll take some time to walk IF you know how to. Secondly, it's not worth the risk, especially at night because the roads are so dark and I'm pretty sure nobody will know if you're just grabbed off the streets. The hotel is fine. Just small, and the walls are really thin. But I guess it's 一分钱一分货. It's pretty comfy for the both of us.

It's pretty much the same as the previous 2 times but the massage this time round is really awesome. Went to First Choice Spa, Massage and Reflexology and it was so comfortable that I fell asleep.

It was a great getaway after all the hectic schedules, especially with UGC, and this also signifies the start of the boy's hectic revision schedule.  The boy's an awesome traveler. Not that I don't already know from our hiking trip in Korea but he's really a great person to travel with. He haz everything! Poor boy fell sick. Get well soon b =[





My hands in yours, yours in mine. We don't have to face the world alone anymore.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Restaurant Week 2013 - Alkaff Mansion

Tried out Alkaff Mansion during Restaurant Week 2013 after hearing about it from Ivy and read the reviews about it!

Alkaff is located at Telok Blangah Hill Park, which means there'll be a little walk from the bus stop for those who are not driving. It's a majestic mansion and at its hidden location, it felt really tranquil and romantic. I didn't take any photos of the exteriors because I was already late for my reservation.




First off, the dinner started off with a complimentary starters which was not in the menu. A really nice surprise from the restaurant.



We had an argument on whether this was tuna or tenderloin because we heard differently from the waiter. He was speaking wayyyy too fast. Reviews said it was tuna though.

First course was the Homemade Potato Dumpling with ‘Rougie’ Duck Ragout in Port Wine Sauce.



The potato dumplings were really soft and smooth. Looks like marshmallow covered with sauce instead. It was really good though.

Mains for me was the Slow Cooked US Prime Beef Short Rib with Potatoes ‘Charlotte’ & Chestnuts Fondant and A had Oven Baked Atlantic Cod with Leek Veloute’ & Sautéed ‘Porcini’ Mushrooms.


His cod.


My beef.

The beef was surprisingly delectable and tender. It melts in the mouth. The sauce complemented the meat very well. However, the cod was not up to standard. It felt pretty normal and the mushrooms did not suit our taste buds. Do not judge the main course by it's portion size. It looks small, but it was filling. Maybe it wont be that filling for guys.

Dessert was ‘President’ Cream Cheese ‘Parfait’ with Blood Orange Coulis & Candy Orange Zest.



Just the right dessert when I was craving for cheesy food. It felt like frozen cheesecake but the biscuit crumbs inside the parfait was yummy. There were too little crunchy bits though. I like how the orange zest complemented the parfait.

Service was wonderful. I called in to ask about the menu for Restaurant Week but nobody answered the phone so I tried emailing. To my surprise, I received a reply 10 minutes later from their guest relations manager. Usually restaurants don't reply to emails that fast. The waiters were attentive and regularly come over to help refill our water. Speaking of which..



This cost us a whooping $9.

I would prefer it if the tables were spaced further apart. Initially there wasn't anyone sitting next to us so it was fine. As the restaurant gets crowded, both tables beside me were occupied and I can hear the other party's conversation and despite trying not to speak too loudly, I'm pretty sure others can hear our conversation as well. Besides that, I think we got a lot of weird stares maybe because we're the youngest customers there. The looks that people gave kinda says "what are you doing here? Can you afford it?" Hate to say this but I kinda felt that some waiters gave the exact same look too. WHAT. WHY CANT WE BE HERE. PFFFT.

Overall it was a wonderful dinner experience. One of the managers volunteered to help us take a photo when he saw us attempting to take by ourselves. We wanted to take a photo with the mansion as the background and the receptionist even recommended places for us to stand. I bet they must have received a lot of such requests.

Our bill came up to a total of $140. I have to admit this is not exactly pocket-friendly and I guess it would be much more expensive if it wasn't for Restaurant Week. I guess the service, ambience and the quality of the food makes up for the price.









And the receptionist suggested a photo by the fountain.



our self-shot. Not quite there yet..

Will be back for special occasions I guess. This restaurant is a ideal place for romantic dates and quiet evenings.

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
10 Telok Blangah Green
Singapore 109178

Monday, March 11, 2013

The first..

Sunday date!

It went all well with Sunday Brunch at Toby's Estate and then Gardens by the Bay. Didn't stay too long due to a passing rain which cheated my feelings and had to go off early for mom's birthday dinner. Still, a lovely time with my favorite boy.





Saturday, March 9, 2013

because fear kills everything

Indeed.

The fear of losing. The fear of not being good enough.

Because good things like this, like you, never happen to me. I fear that one day, I'll wake up to nothing, no you, no us.

Maybe because it's the fear of the previous failures, but I know, you and I, it's different. This is different. We are different. This is everything that I've ever wanted.

Thank you for tolerating my rubbish. I'll work hard for us.

Friday, March 1, 2013

lone

there are just times where you are surrounded by people but yet you still feel alone.

 today's one of those days.

A's

3 years ago, I received my A levels results.

It was the worst results I have ever gotten in my life. I kinda hit rock bottom and had no idea what my plan was. I was glad that I had my friends who stayed by me and gave me encouragements no matter what.
3 years down the road, I'm in my final year of being a UB student. I don't regret coming to SIM, to UB, because these 3 years has been fulfilling and enriching. I really enjoyed the American education system as it encompasses everything.

UB was a place where I've known many great and nice friends, not to mention nice and wonderful lecturers. SIM was a place where I met A.

Maybe my life would be different if I've gotten better results and went on to NTU/NUS. That's all just 'what ifs' now. Rather than wallowing in sadness that I couldn't make it to a local uni, I would rather not think about it and focus on all the good things that SIM/UB has brought me.

Every decision in life leads you down a different route. I'm pretty glad mine leads me here.