Monday, September 29, 2014

Trattoria Nonna Lina

We ended the work week with an awesome team lunch at Trattoria Nonna Lina on Friday. It was a day of triple celebrations as it was Val's 2nd anniversary, Amber joining us + upcoming birthday and the end of my probation! It has been so busy that I've forgotten that I have been there for 3 months!

We ordered a lot of food and shared the appetizers. The ingredients were fresh, the food was amazing and it was worth the wait. I'll let the pictures do the talking now! (Photos are all credited to Evans as I was too hungry to bother taking photos)

Calamari Rings 

Parma Ham with Mozarella

Beef Carpaccio

Medium Rare Tenderloin

Pappardelle and Tuscan Beef

Penne pasta with crab meat.

This was what I had. Premium penne pasta with high quality crab meat in their special homemade tomato&creamy sauce. There was an abundance of crab meat and it was soooo good. 

Seafood Platter

Panna Cotta

Chocolate Lava Cake



This is my favourite dessert among all three! The smooth chocolate texture and the rum makes a lethal combination. 

Trattoria Nonna Lina is definitely a restaurant that I will recommend to others. Definitely will be back here again!

Trattoria Nonna Lina
Mon - Sun 12pm - 2.30pm | 6pm - 10pm
61 Cantonment Road
+65 6222 0930

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Two-Ingredient Pancake: Banana + Eggs!

The boy and I were bored over the weekend and we were thinking of what to eat. He suddenly wanted some pancakes and as we all know, cafe pancakes cost at least a good $7-$8. I suddenly thought of the two-ingredient pancakes which I've seen floating around on Facebook. I remembered a friend of mine attempted the recipe and snap-chatted me a video. It felt really simple so we attempted it!

Serves: 1
Ingredient: 1 (big) ripe banana
                   2 eggs

If you're using smaller bananas, I would recommend 2 bananas instead. When I added only 1 banana, the overall mixture felt like an omelette rather than a pancake batter.

I was making 2 servings hence 4 eggs. 

Beat your eggs like how you would normally..

and mash those bananas..

Mix the 2 into a bowl and beat till smooth.

Add a little bit of oil into your pan to prevent the batter from sticking onto your pan.

Spread the batter onto your pan.

and the end product:

 And now, you can enjoy your pancakes!

Overall: very strong banana taste. (I mean, it's banana and eggs. Of course right?)

Some of my pancakes were burnt because the pan was too hot, but all the more delicious!

Monday, September 22, 2014

My Roaccutane Journey (Day 40)

Past: My Roaccutane Journey (Day 12)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 20)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 32)

40 Days! This is a happy post because my face cleared up quite a bit! I'm hoping this will continue. My period is coming soon so I hope it won't worsen my condition!

I've been taking Roaccutane twice a week - Monday and Thursday. No more nose bleed. But I have quite a bad case of back pain. I've googled and it seems like a less common, yet severe side effect. Everyday I wake up with aches on my shoulder, my back, my waist. Not only that, recently, my gums started bleeding. I don't really dare to use floss now.  I have yet to check with Dr Chiam. Hopefully this will all go away soon.

I should be heading down for my next visit either this week or the next. Update soon!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My Roaccutane Journey (Day 32)

Past: My Roaccutane Journey (Day 12)
         My Roaccutane Journey (Day 20)

It's been a month since I'm on Roaccutane! My colleagues mentioned that they have seen an improvement in my condition. Sometimes the pimples come and go rather quickly.

I had nose bleed for 3 consecutive days last week. The scariest was when I was waiting for a train and the blood suddenly flowed out. I finished my packet of tissue and had to stop someone for help. The poor dude looked up from his phone and jumped slightly when he saw me. Called Dr Chiam and he advised me to reduce my dosage from 1x everyday to twice a week. I'm gonna try and start on alternative days next week. I'm finishing my pills now. Gonna visit him soon.

I don't have any oily skin now, but lips are still as dry as ever. Condition on my left cheek improved slightly while my right cheek is a bit worse than Day 20.

The tiny bumps below my lips are most probably coldsore. Doesn't feels like pimples.

Hopefully we'll see an improvement during the next update!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Wake me up when September ends

Oh how cliche the title is, but rather apt for me.

Seriously can't wait for September to end even though we are only 3 days in. 3! Why! Feels like forever!

It's one of those days where I don't know what I want with my life. Quarter-life identity crisis? Maybe.

Sometimes I wonder if whatever decisions I make now is right. Like going into PR, a job with plenty of client servicing, lots of writing.

I'm thankful for this job with wonderful bosses and colleagues. Even so, it's been 3 months but I feel like I've not been contributing much. I'm not sure if I'm dragging the team behind, am I learning too slowly etc.

Somehow I scrutinize whatever I have written word for word. I feel like I've become very very rigid in how I write. I can't relax, I can't write casually. My confidence in constructing even one proper sentence is gone.

Then, my confidence in anything and everything just went down south. Like, I can't even write a proper email, what makes me think that I can do this, I can do that?

I began to think of what I want, say 5 years down the road. A very cliche interview question. What do I want to achieve 5 years later? Frankly speaking, I have no idea. Is it laughable if I say I want to become a mom by then? Not that I have any omg-i-love-kids-i-want-them-so-badly-yes-i-must-have-them genes but I've always wanted to start my own family by then. (Perhaps my maternal instincts is showing itself after days and days of reading Mother, Inc.)

Is it normal for a 24-year-old to not know what she wants?


Monday, September 1, 2014

Singapore ✈ Bangkok ✈ Kegalle + Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka (Day 7 & 8)

Finally continuing on my Sri Lanka trip which happened 9 months ago =X

This is a continuation of:

Day 7: Pinnawala Elephant Orphange! (Central of Sri Lanka)

It's the start of our road trip! We travelled to pick Upekha & hubby up from their mini honeymoon at The Kingsbury before we start our road trip proper!

Uncle acts as our tour guide for the day!

Here's what our road trip looks like..

It was a really really long van ride.. About 3-4 hours before we reached our first destination: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage! They were close to closing when we reached but we managed to catch the elephants in action in the river. Oh, and it's really really expensive for a tourist in Sri Lanka. The fee for locals is Rs100 (SGD1) while the fee for tourists is Rs2,500 (SGD25). Like !!!!! 

That was pretty much what I spent my Rs2,500 on. Watching the elephants walk in the river before going home. By then, the orphanage was closed already. It would be more worthwhile if we were there earlier but oh well.

King coconut! So refreshing and yummy!

The best milk ever. Yes. Please try this when you're there.

We made our way to our stay for the night and stopped at some road-side shop for dinner!

Sri Lanka is really beautiful..

Okay, this is called Hopper. There's the plain one, and these ones, with egg. Basically it's like our pancake, with egg, and it's really delicious. The chili is similar to our sambal chili. I can stuff myself with this.

We reached our destination late at night. It was a long trip up to Nurawa Eliya. This is one of my favourite stop due to the change in weather. We stayed overnight at a bungalow in an army camp because Rajinder's dad is some General or something in the army. Yay!

Day 8: Nurawa Eliya (Central of Sri Lanka)

We woke up to this view..

It was about 20 degree Celsius if I remember correctly..

This was our morning faces. Lol.. 

Picked up some bread for breakfast and we made our way to Horton's Plain National Park.

Lots and lots of plantation!

How shiok is this?!

After taking this photo, he couldn't take the cold and went to change into a pair of jeans.

These pretty purple flowers are Nelu flowers. They bloom once every 12 - 14 years and we are so lucky to have seen it!

Reached Baker's Falls! It's a famous 20m tall waterfall.

After Baker's Fall, it was a tedious hike to The World's End. 

The World's End, like it's name, means the end of the world, and you can look down a cliff 870m in height and on a clear day, we can see all the way to the sea. There's also a small stream which can be seen. However, This is our view instead..

Yes. Nothing but fog. :( :( Can't see anything! The fog cleared for a while and I timidly inched towards the end. Saw a tiny portion of the supposedly huge forest before the fog swallowed everything up.

We hiked for 10km and it was a wonderful place to be at. Even before leaving Singapore, I was already looking forward to coming to Horton's Plains. It's great to be so close to nature and with such a cooling weather, no sweat! 

I just realized my recent overseas trips involved hiking. Lol. Shall keep this up!

We then made our way to the next destination: Passikudah! (North-east of Sri Lanka)

Yes I'm definitely gonna update real soon :D