Food Review | Man Man, Non Entree, Aloha Poke, Tendon Ginza Itsuki, Tsujiri

It's been awhile since I have written a food review post. I kind of gave up on it few years ago when I started cooking more at home and the habit of taking photos of food kind of died out too. I noticed I am getting out more recently, but still not really taking much pictures. That is why I decided to compile all the reviews in one post, because there isn't really that much photos. Okay, might not be a "proper" food review post but hey, whatever. It's for my own amusement anyway but hopefully I could introduce good food around Singapore.

Oh, and uh.. I never bothered to edit the pictures. So, they are basically... #nofilter. *grin*



Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant | Facebook

We heard this place from a friend. Actually, from his facebook post and the queue he had to endure before getting his dinner was blardy long and the review was good. Therefore, we decided to go and have a try. The place is not easy to find but that doesn't stop the crowd from coming here. We started queuing at 6.30pm on a Thursday evening and I think we waited for an hour and a half or so. We could have entered earlier actually but 2 of our friends weren't there yet so the staff didn't let us in.

Large Una Don | 32.80$+
Actually I don't really remember if I ordered the Una Don, but I remember it was definitely a large portion and it's portrayed on a single page on its own. I guess it's a new menu which I can't find online. 
We heard there was like 4 ways to eat the Una Don, but we didn't really had any explanation from the staff. One of our friend instructed us instead since he came here before. So you can enjoy your meal by itself, with wasabi, with soup, or with seaweed and scallion sprinkle. 

Unagi Chazuke | 14$+
I love Ochazuke. I always make Salmon ochazuke at home. That is why I ordered Unagi Chazuke to try this time. 
Overall, the unagi is definitely a delicacy. The price is also reasonable in my opinion because they really gave a generous portion of unagi meat. Will definitely come here again. The only down part of this place is the venue. It is quite small and that explains the number of people outside everyday. They also serve and clear the plates very fast. So you have to rush in and out to make way for other customers. 



Non Entree Dessert Cafe | Facebook

This place is very well known for it's quirky dessert menu. The food doesn't only look cute, wonderful and brilliant, they taste as great as they look! Although the dessert can be a little bit pricey, but it makes sense I think because it's the workmanship that you are paying for!

Ike | 17.90$+
We were given a "soup" base to pour it in but we pour it incorrectly and it looked like bleh.. So I'll just show you the before picture. I don't know how to describe this dish but many things are going on in this bowl. Everything is just an explosion of flavours and even the flowers are edible!

Chocolate Avalanche | 13.90$+
Out of the 3 desserts that we ordered, I think this is my favourite. The chocolate is not very sweet and it has that perfect balance. 

Rubber Ducky | 12.90$+
I think this is the most famous one in the shop?? It's just too adorable to eat. P.S. It's made from mango. 





Aloha Poke | Facebook

Tried this place after my yoga session on a weekend and it was unexpectedly good! 

Salmon and Tuna Poke from Dinner menu, around 20$
Yes, it is a little pricey but they are very generous on the portion especially the salmon and tuna part. Me and my friend shared this and we were quite full. I think they have more poke choice in the afternoon but very limited choice in the evening. I am not sure. 

 

Tendon Ginza Itsuki | Website

This was introduced by a friend of mine. One of the branch from the famous Keisuke. This shop only serves two type of dish, special tendon and the vegetarian tendon. 

Special Tendon, 13.90$

Portion wise, super generous! I couldn't finish mine. The prawn tempura was huge and the egg tempura (yes, they fried raw egg tempura-style). The chawanmushi was to die for. I never really liked chawanmushi actually but I changed my mind after tasting this version. No kidding.



Tsujiri | Website 

Apparently this is a very well-known matcha dessert place but I never really paid attention to it until one fine day, my boyfriend's sister recommended this as it was around the corner from the place we had our lunch. The first Tsujiri I went to was in Malaysia in PJ area. Then I found out Singapore also have 3 branches. 

Guys, you HAVE to try the ice cream. Errrmmaahhggeerrdddddddddddd. Especially the brown rice tea ice cream. Unfortunately the Clarke Quay branch doesn't have the brown rice tea version, I learnt the hard way. Omg, I'm craving for it right now. 






Alrighty, that's it for today. Toodles!

July & August-17

// Today's post features //
Cat Town, Seremban
Bianca & Grey's status & 1st Birthday
Sprained ankle
Gathering X colleagues
Gathering X Alicia & Sam
Sweets from India

*Small rant*
I actually spent one day to write a food review post on multiple places the other day, I published it and reverted to draft because some of the maps are not embedded correctly. Then today, I used Ctrl + Z and suddenly evey thing on the draft post is gone, then autosave happened. I panicked and press the close button. And now everything is gone. Not even Ctrl + Z or Y can save me. Urghhh. I'm not gonna write it again. It's too darn frustrating. It's like playing a game from level 1 to level 30 and then I didn't save and then my game crashed. aslkdfalweualsjkdc nadasdlfja hjkasd fha Okay rant over. 



Heard that there's a new cat place in town! It's not a cat cafe. It's a cat haven(? If my understanding for this English word is correct). They charge per entrance so you can stay as long as you want there. I don't really remember how much it was, because I was not the one paying it. I think it's around RM16? *Not sure, so don't take my word for it*


They keep quite a lot of cats here, mostly different breeds but I think I saw two bengals which was very fierce. They were hissing at all the other cats because it was fighting for food. I guess that's one of the problem of keeping so many cats at one place and also just using one pet dish. 


The cats are very friendly compared to the cats from the cat cafe that I have gone before in Singapore. I had the chance to hug the Maine Coon! Actually it wasn't really feeling it. I went to touch it at first but he bite my hand.. gently, so it didn't hurt me. But then he was really chill about it afterwards. He gives of the vibes of an old man, tired of all the humans around. I guess if you face people who try to forcefully pet you every single day, you get kind of tired of it? 
Truth to be told, I didn't like the place because it seems like the cats are.. kind of neglected? All of the cats fur are falling like crazy. Like with every touch, the fur came off like nobody's business. Some of the long haired cats are scratching so much behind their ears, there's a bald patch and it shows some kind of sign of bleeding as well. Some cats have dried mucus on their nose. Seems like it was sick?? I feel really bad for the cats, I hope they would feed them better food since most of them are not the typical tabby cats you see on the streets. I guess they are feeding them Royal Canin? *Which has grains, and cats shouldn't eat grains* But thinking about it, I don't think the place is earning enough to even maintain the cats. Well... I guess at least they are not starving? Idk, mixed feelings. 


Well... Speaking of cats...

Grey
Bianca
Here are mine. Recently turned 1 year old on 08.08.17! They are now officially adults. Yes, cats mature very fast. But they are still as playful as ever. 




Just to show you guys how big my furballs are now. They are long but you don't see that when they are walking normally. BUT they are fluffy as ever! and also furs everywhere in the house. 



I manage to do a handstand at yoga class on one fine day! YES! Guidance is super important, thank ye instructor of mine! 


But also happening on the same night. I fell down at home and twisted my ankle. LOL. The panel clinic asked me to go to the AED which worried me. Luckily there wasn't anything serious and my ankle wasn't swollen or anything. *Remember to apply ice as soon as you fall, it'll help tremendously. Lesson learnt from past 4 or 5 ankle twist incidents*. 






Finally we manage to meet up! Now that two of the group has left the company, it's harder to meet up and talk but thankfully we still manage to make a gathering. It was fun! Next plan is to have a barbecue gathering. :D



Also, met with long lost friend on a different weekend back in Malaysia. Haven't seen Sam (my ex-housemate) since I moved out of the rented room during universities year which is like back in 2014?? And also Alicia which I haven't meet quite long too! Quality time again with the girls. Looking forward to my next trip back. 
It seems like 2 days for a weekend is too short. I wish we had one more day for the weekend! I have so many people in my to-meet list. I know we have whatsapp or facebook or what not these days, but I feel like meeting and talking in real life gives it much more meaning. It certainly feels very nice. 

So, one of the colleagues just came back from India, and he bought this Mysurpa back. IT WAS DELICIOUS though it is SUPER fattening. I mean it's sugar. But I can't stop eating them once I start. Gosh. They are so so so so so good. I hope I can find them in Singapore or Malaysia... or not. If I do, I know I couldn't stop myself from eating the whole box. Hah, love-hate relationship with a candy. 

Joey's Diving Trip | Tenggol, Terengganu X Viking Scuba

screenshot from Viking Scuba Instagram page

My first diving trip for year 2017. Our destination this time is Tenggol island, which has recently gain some fame over the year mainly because of whale shark sighting and only recently, like few weeks ago, some divers did met one and video-ed it down.

There were 10 of us on this trip. 5 from KL, and another 5 from Singapore. 2 fresh blood taking Open Water Course, 3 Open Water certified, and 5 Advanced Open Water certified. Oh yes, we are building a diving army soon (jk, even though it's not that funny, idk why i crack that joke). We signed a package deal with Viking Scuba (I think our friend found them in an expo or something) and got some discount, since we have quite a number of people. 

*Disclaimers: We divided some cost equally among us, so what I am writing does not represent the official cost they are charging and also keep in mind that this is a package deal. 

To break it down:
RM888~ per person which includes

24-May-17

Today's post features

- Journal Inspiration -
- How's work? - 
- Knitting projects - Windlass - Kit Kat hat - 
- Diet/Exercise effort - 
- Art Science Museum - Punggol Park -
- My 9 months old cats' hobby -


Ijen | Mount Bromo | Madakaripura Waterfall Trip 2017

// T O U C H D O W N //

What | Bromo Trip
When | 13th - 16th April 2017
Where | Surabaya, Indonesia

Thanks to Shy Bey for arranging everything, and all we need to do was buy the flight tickets, pay deposit and wait for the day to come. :D Everyone contributed to the pictures posted in this blog. So, it's all a mixture of pictures from our phones, GoPro and DSLR.

Price | ~220$
Inclusive | Tour, accommodation, transportation, entrance fees, breakfast
Flight | 222$ via JetStar from SGP to Surabaya 
Other expenses | ~100$ for food and shopping

Overall, I think each of us used around 500$ per person for the whole trip. It's quite a good vacation trip but need to exert a little extra energy. The view provided by mother nature is amazing, and there's none other like it. I highly recommend it if you're into nature and scenery. 
Like anyone who is going there for the first time, we were fretting a lot about what we should bring and wear. Since I've already been there, this is my advice to anyone reading this. It can get very hot and it can get very cold too. Yes, both! So, be sure to bring clothes that you can layer as the difference of temperature of the same place can change drastically during the day and night time. It was predicted that the temperature would be around 10 degree Celcius for both Ijen and Bromo in the middle of the night. It's bearable but if it's windy then it can get quite cold. Invest in a windbreaker if you can. I almost froze to death on the second night. Mask and raincoat is also advisable as you will need it at Ijen and the waterfall respectively. Some chocolate snacks would be good too to keep your body energized during your hike but not necessary. Be sure to change enough money because money exchange services are very scarce there! If you must, change at the airport as we found that the rate given outside was very very bad. Maybe it was our luck too, as the bank exchange service was closed and it was a holiday that particular day when we wanted to change some money. 

Our flight were scheduled on Thursday morning and by the time we reached there, it was already a little bit after noon. There, we met our driver who chaperoned us for the 4 days. His name was Pak Iman. Overall, I think he was okay, but I didn't like it when he deliberately drove us to some restaurant which cater to foreigners.. and also charge us the "foreigner price" too. When we see there was an English menu, we knew what was happening. There's this dinner place that charged us 25,000 IDR (2.60$/RM8) for a meager plate of rice with a pathetic excuse for a chicken drumstick and 3 pieces of blanch (or dying) cooked leaves. When we stood on our ground and asked him to find us a place where local eats and making sure there was no English menu, we found a place that sells a plate of food for only 5000 - 6000 IDR (0.60$/RM2). That's a very big difference folks! He was making this kind of creepy and nervous laugh at some point.. We suspected something before but.. it's not nice to allege accuse him for something publicly. So, I'll just leave it at that.  

Anyway, TLDR version; Be careful not to get scammed and stand your ground.

In our private van.
Not the most comfortable van but we endured. Our first journey was from Surabaya Airport to Ijen View Hotel & Resort which took 5-6 hours. Before heading off on our journey we had to take our lunch first. We ate at IBC and also made a little pit stop at the local mini-mart called Indomart to stock up on some water and snacks. 

Bangkok for Coldplay 2017

// T H U R S D A Y // 6 A P R I L 2 0 1 7 //
// A R R I V A L // 
I was thinking of writing this post down once I collect and upload all the pictures that we have taken in Bangkok. But then I realize, I'll forget all the info and experience if I were to wait any longer. And besides, I already have the pictures from mine and his iPhone. The only pictures missing are the ones from the camera and his GoPro which I think most probably won't be happening that soon. Anyway, I'll get started on writing and add more pictures in sooner or later. I hope. 


Where we stayed | Check Inn Regency Park
The first night there was pretty bad because when we arrive to our hotel at night, they told us our room was not ready and they didn't have time to clean so they transferred us to another branch with a much much smaller room space and they don't have hot water for shower. We were tired and I was pretty pissed off. I wanted to complain or something but then I didn't want to waste my time or energy doing something like that on our vacation. Well, at least the room were decent when we got our intended room on the second day. The hotel also have a sauna, gym and a swimming pool. The view up at the balcony is super (look out for pictures below). 

Other than the issue we had with them, I think that the hotel was quite a decent place to stay for the price itself. I mean the location is pretty good, Family Mart is just right beside the hotel. The view from the swimming pool is great. The room is quite clean and spacious. There's a bar next door which is an extension to the hotel. There's a really nice massage place just nearby called Lek Massage and it only cost like 250 Baht for an hour of Thai massage. There's a lot of massage places (including inappropriate one) but if you're looking for food, I'm sorry to say there wasn't much choices. There are some roadside stalls outside of the hotel, but we never tried any of them. Instead we took like a 10 mins walk to Phrom Phong or Asok MRT and tried most of the street foods there and all of them never failed to impress. 

I look so much older recently. Not sure if it's the adult world that is making me look that way or what.
// F R I D A Y // 7 A P R I L 2 0 1 7 //
// P R E P A R E D F O R C O L D P L A Y // 

Disturbing

My mind is running wild again. Probably doing some parkour moves in my head if it is even possible. I've been thinking a lot lately again, constantly worrying, constantly blaming myself, and constantly blaming other people as well. Most of the time, I keep it to myself, and some times the one close to me suffers for no reason, as if hit by a ricochet bullet because of my mouth.

Guadalajara | Second visit ft. Mexican Carnaval, Lucha Libre, Guachimontones, Snacks and Food list

I realized that I didn't blog about my first trip to Guadalajara. If it was the usual me, I would jump at the chance of blogging a travel post but.. it seems like my laziness has reached a whole new level. I was thinking of writing it now, like what I did with my Europe travel trip blog posts (which I finished not long ago, even though the trip was done back in 2015)... I don't want to squeeze it all in one post, I think it will be too long. And my memories are getting a bit fuzzy, so I won't be writing much stuff anyway since I don't remember them very well. It's always good to write everything down while the memory is still fresh in my mind, as they say.

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F R I D A Y // 2 4 F E B 2 0 1 7
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So I posted a picture of two pretty ladies sitting in the front seats of a car with the caption "Road trip with friendly strangers.", I'm sure most of my friends thought that I really went to hitch hike with some complete strangers. Well, it's not a complete lie or a complete truth either. 

Joey's 28 Days in Europe | 2 days in Nice


I have also added some useful info in the description on my map. E.g. the opening hours, costs, how to get there or what is recommended to do there. Please fully utilize it!

Is being too independent a bad thing?

This is going to be another long rant post of mine. Just had this thought because I feel like being independent is good but some times, maybe too independent... is not? Well, I guess this is very subjective. Well, I admit, I have thrown myself out there in the world, so with all those experience on hand, I might say I am quite independent. This may affect how I think and how I tend to judge other people. I know I know, it's kind of like hypocrisy. I always ask people not to judge other people, but in reality, I am like the supermarket employee that is always holding a label gun. HAHAHA. It's kind of like I am slapping myself when I am admitting this. Anyway...
Recently, I just feel like the words coming out from my mouth is hurting other people (especially my boyfriend and my close friends). Well, I mean well actually but maybe the way I say it or the words that I have used might be a little offensive... in a way? It's kind of funny, you see, I know I am being offensive right here (I mean after I say it) but I am never the person to filter out pretty words if I am talking to someone I know for a long time. I have a few friends who would straight out tell me when I am crossing the line, I honestly appreciate that because right then and there, I would know to when stop and apologize.

Rooster year 2017

This year, I was a bit smarter in choosing my transportation choice back home. Instead of taking the bus, I took a flight back to KLIA then had my brother to fetch me back home. Well, it's not cheap but I think a 160$ flight beats a 100$ bus trip back any day. At least I don't need to deal with traffic jam at the custom. 
It's also a lot quieter this year, I mean I think the trend now is to travel with family during the Chinese New Year. You know, just to avoid giving ang paos if you are married. Hahaha. No, I mean it's true though, think about it. Instead of giving the moolahs out to other people, you spend it on travel instead. Damn, all man for himself aye. Jokes aside, seriously though, my relatives are migrating, marrying, and the older one are having health problems. Friends are busy working or busy spending time with family cause this year's timing for CNY ain't that great. I only took 3 days off my work. 

Starting with pictures from the first day of CNY at my grandma's (dad's side) house. 


Easy DIY Apple Pen Cap Holder

If you own an Apple Pen, I am sure you are familiar with the problems of gripping the pen properly and storing the cap when you need to charge the pen. Honestly, the design of the pen is not that "great", it is nice to look but using it is somewhat a pain. I only had it for a week, and I have already improvised my pen twice.

 

I find that the pen always slips easily and it doesn't feel right when I am using it. So, I decided to add my own grip with

21-Jan-17 | DIY hair dyeing, Gathering dinner, Afghan cookies, Bathing my cat

 


Went to this really good Chinese restaurant that serves China's style cooked fish the other day with my colleague. It was unexpected good. If you have a chance, try the salted vegetable styled fish and order the "fruit fish", the meat was so smooth.