Thursday, November 16, 2017

New Hype: Maprow Coconut Chips

I am pretty sure I found the next big thing after Salted Egg Yolk Chips, (drum roll please.) Presenting coconut chips!!! What is impressive is that every munch, you can taste the flesh in each bite. To the extent, I am wondering, what don't they exist in bigger packets.

Fortunately for us all, despite Maprow being a Thai Brand, it is retailing in the shelves of Naiise. We don't really have to wait that long before sinking our fangs to these goodies. If you love the taste of Coconut, I am very sure this is going to be your favourite snack.

There are 5 flavours in total and I did a taste test on them all. All the chips have a pale, white exterior except for the spicy Tom Yum and  (You can totally see the flaming red in them. From Anti-clockwise:-
  1. Original - You can totally taste the fragrance in each piece of the coconut chips. Best for those who love the authentic taste of Coconut.
  2. Honey - Initially, I couldn't really taste the different between that of the Original. The sweet honey only strikes as an after-taste. I think it sorts of dilute the taste of coconut. Good for people who like a light, mild coconut taste.
  3. Tom Yum - Anything that Thai can go with Tom Yum. It is kinda of spicy so it mask the whole taste of the Coconut. (I thought it was a pity, cos I love the coconut taste!)
  4. Wasabi - I had high expectations for this. But I think this doesn't go too well with coconut. At first taste, you would think it is a harmless origninal, until it shoots right through your nose with a vengeance. Shiok!
Different people obviously have different taste preference. But I am not going to hide behind this excuse and not give you top choices. I don't really think that this comes as a surprise but my favourite is the original. (Guess I like my coconut authentic.)

They are retailed at $2.90 per pack with a decent amount. So try it (before they become a hype and we have to queue), and challenge my rankings if you think your favourite flavour deserve to be ranked higher. 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Hotel Jen: Meet Jeno and Jena

I am sure some of you have already heard of this Hotel - Hotel Jen Tanglin. Personally, I love their interior deco, cos it has this modern retro feel that really appeals to me. This is not the first time I am there. In fact, we didn't went there to survey for our wedding. Tang Tang Tang...but we are not revealing the location now. Naughty. Hahaha.

Much as I wished I was here for a staycation (Not lucky,fast and catching enough to be picked to answer the Q&A T.T), I was here for their X'mas Feast and the launch of something very, very savvy. <3

I am going to start off with the food first, because their seafood buffet is quite highly raved in the social media. What I sampled that day was not the seafood buffet, but one thing I am quite certain is the hype was not just because of great marketing effort but because of the good quality.

I had at least 2 servings for the food and even more for some because it was so good. The meat selection was really yummy and it literally melts in your mouth. Special mention to the osmanthus jelly dessert. (It was that good I had 4.) For the mains, I loved the prawn and lagasane. Mmm. And guess what's Jeno and Jena.

Alright, alright, I shall not keep you guys in suspense. The real reason why we are there today is to welcome the new colleagues of Hotel Jen - Relay Robots Jeno and Jena. Yes, please scream in excitement. We are really going to witness IA integration this lifetime.

Jeno is the male robot. He is located at Hotel Jen - Orchard and you can identify him in his turquoise suit. In terms of functionality, there is really not much difference between him and Jena.

Jena is the female robot and is dressed in pink. If you are into a robot romantic tale, she is also the wife of Jena. Like a Romeo and Juliet, they are separated. She works in Hotel Jen - Tanglin.

So in a sense, it is quite good for the guests because you will get to meet them whichever hotel you go to. If they are not busy serving you, you can see them lepaking in the hotel lobby, ready to welcome you.

Please don't tell them I told you this, but if you really want to meet them, you can keep requesting for amenities or call for food delivery. Yes, they can deliver you food. Although they can't really talk, your doorbell will ring when they arrive. And then you can have them all for yourself to take photos!

So if you want to experience this guest enhancement and have that close-up contact with robot "butlers", it is not too late to book yourself a stay. :D Otherwise, you could always camp and enjoy their buffet (which is beside the lobby), you will be sure to catch sight of these cuties!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Eulogy to my Pet Tortoise: Rest in Peace, Little D

Today my tortoise, Little D left us. My Dad and brother tried to let the news gently to me, but still I was devastated. I cried silently as I was bathing till my eyes were red and sore. My Dad said it was of old age (not of negligence since he bathed and fed him regularly.) But don't tortoises live to a hundred years?!?

I never really took death well. Every time, someone left, I felt as though a part of me was gnawed away and my soul would never be complete. Ever since my Grandma passed away, I had been kindly excused from wakes and funerals. And now this ball of negative emotions is back - anger, guilt, remorse, devastation and pain.

I am angry at my Dad for not informing us when Little D was acting out of sorts and more legathic than usual. I was furious that I didn't bring him to the doctor to cure his moldy shell (even when every one told me it was healthy fungi). I was infuriated that he did not show me signs that he was leaving and left so unexpectedly. Ingrate!

I am guilty for not being a better owner. Despite 16 years of thick and thin, we have not a single photo together, partially because he was always there, albeit silently but still very present. And also partially because my tortoise had this default sian face when he took photos. He always smiled when we splashed water at him though.

--- Chatted to my BF and is feeling better after googling about Little D's species. I am now very sure he led a happy, blissful life during his 16 years with us. I decided to write 10 facts of Little D for his Eulogy instead to remember him by instead of negative, nasty feelings. ---
  1. I actually don't know how old Little D is. Little D came into out life (literally crawl to our door one day). And he came around the time my hamster ran away. So we always thought Little D was God's compensation to me. (And he accompanied me for 16 years.)
  2. Little D is very mild-tempered and kind. Unlike many other red-eared sliders who bite and show aggression, Little D never once bit me even when I played with his paws. I always tot we should have got him a friend so he won't be lonely, but apparently his species are territorial and are happier alone.
  3. Little D has a chip on the back of his shell. It is because I was playing with him on a table one day when I was still in my early teens and he fell off. Initially, I was afraid he would die from shocked (My bro's tortoise died because of that.) But thankfully apart from that chip that never grew back, he lived till quite a ripe old age.
  4. Little D doesn't eat pet feed. He is quite picky, preferring Kang Kong and fresh fruits. We even grow his own little pot of vegetables. But I did make him eat pet feed for protein when his shell was a bit mouldy. Can't say he enjoyed it but he ate it nonetheless.
  5. Little D can really run. During his bathe time, it is usually a case of him crawling about as we chase after him. He can hop too! (Bouncing around on his shell). He is one hell of a weird fellow.
  6. Little D enjoys having water being splashed on his face like a waterfall. You can literally see him smiling when you put him under the running tap (slow stream of water). He would stick out his tail and sometimes even pretend he is swimming. Doofus. 
  7. Little D is quite smart. He knows who feeds him or will feed him. Usually he will knock on his aquarium when my Dad or me come home or is about to leave the house. He ignores the rest of the family.
  8. Like I say, Little D has this default glazed, sian face. I used to talk to him when I was younger and he seemed to be quite a good listener.
  9. When Little D is not in shy mood, he may let you stroke his head and play with his claws and paws. And sometimes even his tail too. 
  10. Little D hated scrubs. We had to do that when his shell was mouldy. But he really disliked it and would let his head out to do a snap. Sometimes he would snap at the brush too. :)
We love you Little D. You will be missed.
Maybe one day I will have another Little D2 for little ones but they will never be like you. Cute and gentle. <3

Treasure the things you love before they become a memory