Pad Thai and Red Rubies

After reading a freshly pressed blog on Thai Iced Tea, I was tempted to have some Thai Food myself.  I decided to try out Diandin Leluk which seems like an authentic place with chefs from Thailand. Thai Food always features a strong element of fish sauce, lime and sugar which gives it the unique sourish, sweetish, out of this world, spicy taste. The curries are coconutty and spicy sweet too.

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The first thing that caught my eye was the lunch special for $7.50 (including the $1 top up for dessert). I was majorly craving for Pad Thai and a dessert called Red Ruby.

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The restaurant is spacious on the inside with huge teak tables with ornate flowers carved into them.

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The Pad Thai which is a sweetish flat noodle was so yummy I wished I could have had a larger portion. Maybe I’m greedy but the portion size for the set seemed rather small. This is very close to what I had in Thailand. It is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, tofu, prawns, chicken, fish sauce, tamarind juice. You garnish the dish with a squeeze of lime and you can add the condiments provided like crushed peanuts and grounded chilli peppers to it.

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For the other set we chose pineapple rice for the main course which was lovely too. The pineapple rice is garnished with pork floss and is usually served in half of a hollowed out pineapple (sadly it wasn’t done here maybe because the portion size for the set was too small.) The pineapple which the rice is cooked with gives it such a wonderful flavour that if you haven’t tried this, you just must. It’s quite a taste sensation.

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We ordered a green curry with chicken off the ala carte menu. It was so good, but so decadently rich with coconut that we were quickly filled up. This cost $8.50 Singapore dollars.

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It was great that we could share the 2 starters and we had selected Tom Yum soup and Mango Salad. The Mango salad of half ripe thinly sliced green mango, was a great accompaniment to the potently spicy Tom Yum soup which is basically a spicy seafood soup with mushrooms and lemongrass added. Luckily they provided us with a free flow of iced water.

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The set also came with a choice of drinks and we had Thai iced coffee and lime juice. The iced coffee was just right and not too sweet, while the lime juice had a intensely sourish sweet taste that we liked. A great counterbalance to the deceptively spicy meal we were having. And believe me, the both of us can take a lot of spice. It’s just that the spiciness takes a while to hit you.

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The red ruby which is water chestnut and tapioca balls in ice and coconut milk was so divine I would definitely choose this for dessert again. If you are hankering for a cold refreshing dessert I would recommend coming here for just this. Although my favorite Thai dessert is actually warm Thai sticky rice with mango, but this was not one of the selections on the set menu. Well maybe next time.

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This steamed sticky sweet tapioca dessert was lovely too, but I was incredibly full by then. I would chose the red ruby over this the next time as I found this a little bit too sweet. It would be ok if you share it with a few people and just have a small portion.

The total cost of the very satisfying meal was S$23.60, with no service charge or any extra charges, which was great! The waiters were polite and attentive. Although it helped that the restaurant was quite empty, and they didn’t have many customers to handle.

Diandin Leluk
68/68A Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555964
Tel: 6286 6768

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Strange: Unrelated Celebrity Twins

I thought I was the only one who saw the mind boggling similarity between the oldest Jonas brother’s wife, Danielle Deleasa and Hillary Duff’s older sister Haylie Duff.  I am not interested in these celebs, but it is so fascinating when two totally unrelated people look that much alike.  Apart for the eyebrows, the resemblance is uncanny, don’t you think?

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Seinfeld vs Gaga: Baby Boomer vs Gen Y?

I’m Gen X and I’m going with Team Seinfeld, and to me 56 ain’t old.  I am sounding like a fuddy duddy already but I totally don’t get her music. Please take the Poll! I’m curious to know who will win this poll match.

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Huffington Post reports:

Twelve days after Lady Gaga wound up in his box during a Mets game, Jerry Seinfeld has called her “a jerk” and then some. Joking or no? Read and decide.

“This woman is a jerk. I hate her,” Seinfeld said during a WFAN radio interview on Monday, perhaps . “I can’t believe they put her in my box, which I paid for.”

Gaga, dressed in bra and swilling beer, was moved from her front row seat to Seinfeld’s empty box (without his knowledge) after flipping off photographers.

“You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now?” he said.

Seinfeld first said when asked about the June 10th incident, reports the NY Post, “I wish her the best.. you take one ‘A’ off of that and you’ve got gag.”

“I don’t know what these young people think or how they promote their careers,” Seinfeld said. “I’m older, I’m 56. I look at Lady Gaga the way Keith Hernandez watches these kids when they pull the pocket out, they wear the inside-out pocket. … Do you think he understands that? He can’t understand that. That’s a new game, that’s kids.”

He added, “I’m not one of these all-publicity-is-good people. People talk about you need exposure — you could die of exposure.”

Time Magazine also covered the Seinfeld vs Gaga:

Seinfeld, a die-hard Mets fan, originally brushed off the incident. But in a radio interview on Monday, Seinfeld sang a different tune. “I changed my mind. This woman’s a jerk. I hate her,” he told New York sports station WFAN. “I can’t believe they put her in my box, which I paid for. You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now?”

He continued with a riff that NewsFeed could not believe was the work of the actual Jerry Seinfeld and not a Seinfeld impersonator: “What is she giving the finger [for]? What’s the finger anyway? Speaking of interesting and new, how old is the finger? How did it even get to be the finger?”

I’ll leave you with why I love Seinfeld. Here he is feuding with Newman. Oh how I miss that show!:


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Wednesday’s Design Inspiration

I was browsing a lovely blog called Decorology.  I fell in love with the deep purplish navy, almost black armchair with the ornate French vintage legs.  The vermillion lamp acts as a great accent.

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I think this cup might be available at Style Nordic at Ann Siang Road. I know it’s bad to covet, but I covet it deeply, especially the one in midnight blue.

Klaus Haapaniemi’s new Taika (Finnish for fantasy or magic) collection for Iittala merges folklore and architecture to create a modern world on ceramic dinnerware. Produced in two colour schemes, Haapaniemi unveils a world of mythical creatures, animal hybrids with some human features, living within a floral and fauna based forest.

Each Taika piece is hand crafted by applying silk screen print design to basic white porcelain before being glazed and fired. Modern style comes to life in this dinnerware collection, maintaining Iittala’s ability to mix and match pieces while adding a touch of magic to your home and everyday life. Iittala products are built for life and oven, microwave and freezer safe.

Cup 200 ml, saucer 15 cm


Cup 100 ml, Saucer 11 cm

And more from Cloudberry. Imagine a treetrunk vase.

Or a Living Tiny Train Wall Sticker

And what a gorgeous pale pink rotary phone. I wish we could have kept our old phones but the telephone company then which was Telecoms Singapore took our beautiful old ones away and replaced then with the ugly push button ones. These days with Singtel you have to buy your own phone. I can see why Vintage is back in vogue.

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Spiritual Significance of Flowers Offered at Pooja

Whenever my friends asks me questions about Hinduism and the significance of this or that, I try my best but I’m embarrassed to say I don’t have an exact knowledge.  What I know is hazy and based on what I have observed my relatives do.  That’s why I decided to do a post about it so that I learn about my own culture in the process as well.

I took super close-up photos of 2 tiny flowers – one white and one yellow.  I know that these flowers are picked by women for offering at the Hindu temple, but I wasn’t too sure about the exact significance so I googled it.

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This flower is offered for Pooja (prayers conducted at home or at the temple). At first sight I noticed the pinwheel structure of the petals. True to its form the flower is known as the pinwheel flower or crape jasmine, a member of the Oleander family of flowers. It symbolises mental purity.

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This one is known as a West Indian Holly or a Yellow Alder and signifies the awakening in the mind.

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My favorite flowers that I have seen used during Hindu prayers are the beautiful red roses and rose petals and the divinely scented white jasmine. The jasmine stands for everlasting love and which is why it is always used at weddings.  I must confess that didn’t know this before today.

My observation is that most of the flowers that are used can be commonly found in India all year round and that is probably one of the main reasons for their selection, besides their wonderful scent that’s often extracted to produce perfumes.

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#41. Satire on Local Blogs

I found this poster on the Blog, The Online Citizen on how to be a patriotic Singaporean and had a good chuckle over it. Joshua Chiang is brilliant in capturing our frustrations. Yup, I can see it….I bet it’s close to the truth that Singaporeans only spend 1 minute a day to make a baby.  We are too exhausted and stressed out for anything more. This is so funny! I think only Singaporeans who have been following the local headlines and debates will get it. One more thing to bring a smile to my face on this Tiny Island.

Even The Noose (satirical local TV Show – the only local show I watch) chips in on our declining birth rates.  I love Michelle Chong’s comedic brilliance.  She’s so underrated as an actress.


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Why I Love The Shaytards Vlog

Out of all the crap on YouTube there are some gems.  One of them is the Shaytard Family where the father Shay Carl invites you into the life of his family. It’s a bit like the reality show, Jon and Kate plus 8, but more raw and definitely more positive because the parents have a loving relationship.  Also Shay holds the video camera as he speaks.  There is no external network involved or professional crew filming the shots.  He’s also a naturally charismatic and funny guy.  The mum is a little dorky but that’s her charm and she’s incredibly sweet and patient.  Because Shay has a beard and 4 kids, I thought he was a lot older, but he’s only 30.

Here’s an old video that’s a real good one with babytard starting potty training, Princesstard explains that she has to say potty power. The girls are so cute in this video.


What Shaycarl looked like before the beard.  I think babytard looks alot like Mummytard, and Princesstard and Sontard look like Shay.  Does anyone else see the resemblance?

I like this family because they are so positive and they have the cutest little toddler they call Babytard who has a fanbase of her very own.  All the kids are called nicknames ending with tard, like sontard, princesstard and babytard.  Even the mum is called mummytard.  It could be obnoxious, but it’s actually pretty cute and the family grows on you.  The kids are a huge draw! Sontard is very sweet especially with his baby brother Rocktard. Princesstard oozes charisma like her dad and babytard is a cutie patootie with the sweetest smile ever.


Don’t know if anyone out there in the WordPress Blogosphere family is a fan, but I am liking their positivity a lot.  They are always so cheerful and I think that comes from the parents.  Positivity breeds positivity and vice versa.  Here is their latest video. It’s better if you leave the video to load for a while because it’s usually about 15 minutes long and that way you can forward the slow bits.  I always like the parts where the kids are being cute.



Check out all my Shaytard posts.

Babytard is Famous
Babytard is on the New James Blunt CD
Babytard Stop Sucking Your Thumb
Babytard’s Reaction to being on the James Blunt CD
Episode with Rocktard and Coopertard
Shaytards Vlog Episode from May 2009
Why I Love the Shaytards’ Vlog


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Pretty Breakfast Nook And Wish Wall

I love the breakfast nook created in this small space.  Being slightly OCD, I immediately thought of chalk dust in the food, but another free spirit part of me loves the giant chalkboard the couple endearingly call their wish wall.  When I first looked at this space, the vermillion lamp caught my eye.  I think I am particularly attracted by tiny accents of colour in a white space.  The pictures are all from Ikea Live, a site I love browsing.

The couple behind the fresh ideas are Prime and Luis from Berlin. Prime tells the story behind their space:

I like having the time to let things grow When I moved here with my girlfriend Luise I only had a rail of clothes and a chair. We let the space dictate what we needed rather than rushing to furnish it. The home I had before this was white and minimal – I wanted it to be perfect. I don’t feel that pressure anymore.

I love how the city can see into our home I was a baby when I moved to Berlin from Laos. I have come to understand the city by learning its history and I love that everything here is a big melting pot of ideas. By having no curtains I invite those possibilities inside.

Your environment can help you improve your life I like to be able to see the things that inspire me. My books are placed so you can see the covers, my kitchen has open shelves, I have lights and lamps everywhere and in the bedroom I have a wish wall filled with images of things Luise and I hope for.

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I’m a Night Owl Trying to Be The Early Bird (& Failing Miserably)

I can relate to Sunshine and Starlight’s post on so many levels I just had to reblog it!  Sadly, I am a night owl and so ashamed of it. Somehow, I just function better and write better at night. Maybe someone will read this and give me a job as a night shift writer…I can dream.

If I am compelled to I will get up early, usually on a few hours of sleep, but feel awful and zombie like the whole day through. I think it’s got something to do with not getting quality sleep due to anxiety and being too wired up. I tend to toss and turn all night long so I figured I might as well be up and get stuff done.  I secretly love the night time because it is quiet and peaceful and I get so much more done in perfect silence.  My powers of concentration peak at 2am when everyone else is soundly sleeping.

Being a night owl is not all bad.  I get important stuff done, like reading the fabulous blogs on my blogroll and discovering new gems.  Your writing keeps me inspired and I love belonging to the WordPress society of fully functioning owls like me.

Secret Society of Early Risers There seems to be a club of people who will NOT let me in…no matter how hard I try.  I’ve done everything!  They just refuse to accept me and it’s starting to really annoy the heck out of me.  I never even thought I would want to be in this elite club until a few months ago.  Now I can’t stop thinking about how to make my grand entrance.  -The Club of Early Risers- What does a girl have to do to hang out with you people?  I’ve tried it all – go … Read More

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Searching for the Perfect Reading Chair

I wish chairs like these came with Ikea price-tags. I am searching for the perfect most comfy reading chair that won’t give you a backache after hours of sitting, and costs less than $200 Singapore dollars. Oh yeah, it can’t be too bulky either or it won’t fit in my bedroom. Yup I know that’s a tall order, but I will savour the search and I least I can blog about it for a while:

I love this bright vermillion orange Ikea Poang armchair and at least the cover is machine washable although I don’t like cloth furniture. If I get sick of the colour I can always change it later. The cushion costs $70 Singapore dollars and the frame costs $89 and the footstool cushion costs $20 while the footstool frame costs $49. A total of 228 bucks.

And these are some other chairs I covet and I don’t think are available on this tiny island:

This is the most beautiful shabby chic chair I have ever seen. I would love a restored version of it but I am betting this is probably French Vintage and like a one piece kind of thing.

From a house in Denmark on Ikea Live. This chair just looks for comfy and easy to wipe down.

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