Haven’t Blogged in Ages & I’ll Now Blog About Spicy Ramen

Miss it but confess that it’s hard to get back on the saddle. I’ve lost the momentum and now understand why there are so many bloggers out there who decide to just stop writing. Maintaining a blog is quite a bit of effort, but it’s truly worth it.

Even though I haven’t been writing I have still been active on social media tools like Instagram. Don’t want to loose touch totally with the lovely people in the online world.

The last thing I’ve put up on Instagram is a spicy bowl of ramen. I tend to crave for specific things and the craving continues for weeks till at last I start to crave for something else. My partner can’t understand how I can eat the same thing every day and not get sick of it.

Well I found that I was craving pork ramen.  It had to be pork broth and not chicken. I found that the spicy ramen at Ramen Champion is pretty addictive for those who like the sadistic pleasure of torturing yourself with as hot as you can go (my aunts will understand).

Ramen Champion is a Japanese upscale food court Marche type place. I randomly chose the stall Buta God (which means god of pork). The first time I was there I was served by the actual Japanese chef owner and the egg he prepared was just perfect.  The second time he wasn’t there so it was not as good. I liked that he decided on poached egg for a change from the usual semi hard boiled eggs.

I didn’t dare go for the level 5 spice level which is termed ‘go to hell’ but took level 4 ‘danger’ instead. The lowest I’ve gone is level 3 ‘ very spicy’. I’m a chilli fanatic so when I say I can’t imagine going higher than level 4, I really mean it. There is fear and trepidation as to the effects on my poor stomach.

I finished a whole can of coke while indulging in the spicy broth. One drink wasn’t enough as I had to try to conserve it by only sipping after every two spoonfuls of broth.  If I come with my chilli queen aunts then perhaps we will all bite the bullet and go for the level 5.

When it comes to really tasty pork broth I like Ippudo (tried it at Mandarin Gallery and Westgate Mall). With the chilli oil you can’t really taste the broth. But I must say I love the perfectly dense noodles and poached egg at Buta God. Ramen Champion has other branches at Great World City and Changi Airport Terminal 3 but I believe Buta God can only be found at the branch at Iluma which is the relatively new mall connected to Bugis Junction.

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Rustic Ponggol

In spite of the heat it was nice to come here instead of a mall. I learnt that tortises have sharp claws that they used to go up the slope of the pond seemingly to lounge in the sun, and are not that slow, sometimes scurrying back into the lily pond.

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Beach Day: East Coast

It’s been hard getting back into the swing of things but I figure short and sweet posts are better than radio silence.

My life has been blessed though with angelic nieces who bring more joy than I could imagine. I do have a bias for little girls who are truly sugar, spice and all things nice.

I feel greater serenity looking back at my recent photos in a cool environment. It was sweltering hot, but for the shade the trees provided. Coming here in the wee hours of the morning would be ideal. I like being out when everyone else is still in bed.

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Clutter

It’s amazing how much better you feel when you just spend just 10 minutes to clear a surface. Even a task as simple as emptying your drawer of receipts. If you do this every day, soon you’ll have a load off your mind.

Somehow a cluttered space makes me feel more distressed. But when my living space is orderly I feel so good. A whole weight off my mind. And it doesn’t have to be a huge effort. Baby steps will do. A little bit here, a little bit there and it all adds up.

Similarly if I just loose 1 kg it makes a huge difference to how I feel physically and mentally. I am able to do more without that extra weight on my back.

I am not the most disciplined person but when I get motivated and into the groove, I can be quite the machine.

Blogging this to motivate myself to be accountable and get back on the bandwagon. Often we need to be our own cheerleaders. I need to believe in myself when no one else does. I guess we all need to so I hope this motivates you too.

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Jacob’s Cafe

There’s something about this place that makes me feel serene. A tinge of nostalgia and the quiet and emptiness helps (before the lunch crowd arrives).

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Beach Day

Back to Changi beach and before that a relaxing brunch at Jacob’s Cafe. If it wasn’t so blazing hot I wouldn’t mind swimming here. Wish most days could be cool and drizzly, although I know not many people share this desire. Saw families having picnics on plastic sheets, with homemade food like nasi lemak and was thinking maybe we should do that one day. The planes arriving make this beach rather unique and I do love the soft imported sand. This beach has always been nicer than the one at East Coast and I’m hoping that after East Coast beach is renovated it’ll surpass this. I have high hopes.

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Soft Serve Ice Cream at Dolce Tokyo

Found the green kiwi Japanese style jelly rather pretty. Felt a bit less sinful, but perhaps I’m deluding myself that this dessert was mostly ice? I have terrible food habits and tend to medicate myself with junk. I know it’s bad but it’s an addiction and I could write a whole book about it. Do certain food make you happy too?

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Kopi: Before & After

Just felt like taking a photo of the traditional kopi cup. This was from a stall at the Tiong Bahru Food Centre. I don’t take my coffee black but like how it looks before I stir in the condensed milk.

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Finally Did it: River Safari

The River Safari is a mixture of an aquarium and a zoo. I enjoyed the it more than I thought I would. I’m not usually an outdoorsy type of person.

My favourite exhibits would be the pandas, red pandas (more like raccoons or weasels but they look cuter like a half bear half squirrel) and frisky golden monkeys known as squirrel monkeys that you can get really close to. Signs posted warn you not to touch them or they will bite. What I liked the most is that unlike the zoo next door, the River Safari is well sheltered as I can’t bear the direct heat of the sun. The last time I was at the zoo I was so zapped of energy.

We skipped the boat ride (known as the Amazon river quest) as the earliest slot we could get was about 3 hours later and we didn’t figure that we would be hanging around the exhibits for that long. Also I read on tripadvisor that some people were not that impressed with the ride.

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There’s a perpetual queue at the zoo so you have no choice but to book tickets online. I would suggest that they allow birthday folk to skip the queue too but at the moment they don’t. So most birthday people would forgo the chance for a free ticket rather than waste time & feel frustrated queuing on their birthday. Hope someone at the zoo reads this as it will mean they are sincere about the birthday treat.

Also lately I have been updating Instagram more frequently than the blog. I think it’s the instant gratification of getting likes. Only in this era. It’s a bit like getting stars when you’re a kid.

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Places in Singapore I Have Yet to Explore

This may be a tiny island but there are still a number of places (not new)
I have yet to check out. Our country is tiny but fast evolving.

1. River Safari (zoo) to see the Pandas
– haven’t gone yet because the last time we thought we could see the Pandas at the zoo itself. And I wasn’t that keen as I imagined the Pandas would be very far away.

2. The Singapore Flyer
– mostly due to my claustrophobia but perhaps the capsule won’t be as small or cramped as I imagine

3. The Orchid Garden (botanic gardens)
– we were a bit too late and they were closing but this ranks about the highest on Tripadvisor the last time I checked.

4. Snow city

5. The new high tea place at the top of Westin

6. The vintage high tea place at The House (Dempsey)

7. Several new cafés (not that new anymore, making me feel so out of touch) that I see all over blogs and Instagram. Seriously tempting.

8. The unexplored parts of Sentosa like the beach club and Sentosa Cove area.

Just some places from the top of my head. Hope to cross them off some time in the future.

I guess the blazing sun and killer humidity has been keeping us away from the outdoor places and more than that the killer crowds during the weekends.

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