The Tempinis diaries

March 30, 2008

Review of Sweet Salty Spicy

Mrs. T and I went shopping for shoes and nuts today at Bugis. After my usual coffee at Hup Cheong and bean curd with gingko nuts at Bukit Timah Food Centre, we went to Bugis to hunt for a pair of black shoes from Charles and Keith for Mrs. T. We got what Mrs. T wanted and then went hunting for nuts at the famous Fu Lu Shou Complex. The place was on top of a hawker centre near OG. It reminded me of Hong Kong. Anyway, the place sold lots of dried goods and also nuts. It wasn’t very hygienic – but the prices were good and certainly cheaper than NTUC. I will probably toast the nuts in the oven before I eat them. I bought lots of walnuts, cashews, peanuts and almonds. Hopefully, my stash will last me at least 3 months.

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I decided to go to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve this evening with Mrs. T. Took an off the main road trek (Catchment Path) to Summit Hut. Didn’t manage to take the Dairy Farm Loop though. Anyway, it was getting dark and the I didn’t fancy being stuck at night in a secondary jungle. All in all it was a pretty good trek.

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Mrs. T and I went to Sweet Salty Spicy at Rail Mall for dinner. The restaurant was very stylish from the outside. Nice beautiful mural of orchids on the walls, black slate floor, wooden tables and a lot of glass like a posh Italian deli. We ordered the sharing platter, pad thai and green mango salad. Unfortunately, the food did not match the very nice ambience. The pad thai was so salty it made my hair stand – it’s a mistake to put in salty chunky dried shrimps (hae bi) and sweet chai por in the pad thai. The sharing platter was also not too great – the soft shell crab was passable, the crispy crackers with chicken curry were not very nice (crackers weren’t as crispy as the ones in Patara and the chicken curry dip was too salty) and the pomelo on betel nut was all wrong (the blend of saltiness, chilli, sweetness and spice was not done well). The mango salad was also pretty weird. It had salmon flakes and was not sour, sweet or hot enough. We paid close to 60 bucks for two. Mrs. T said we would never come back again. I bet the chef is not Thai. No self respecting Thais will serve food like that. Maybe I have been too spoiled by the wonderful Thai food at Thai Noodle House at Coronation or the Thai Cze Char place at Beauty World Hawker Centre.

March 24, 2008

Buddhist Dog

Filed under: exercise, family, food, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — toru @ 1:44 pm

Had a simple dinner with Mrs. T at Forture Seafood at Bukit Timah. Mrs. T had fish slice noodles soup and I had Hong Kong Mee.

Still feeling the effects of Bodyweight 500 which I did yesterday. My time is not improving. Finished it in 51 minutes 37 seconds. The afternoon heat sapped all my energy and I could barely complete the workout. Wonder whether I can ever complete it in under 40 minutes.

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Love the story about the Buddhist dog below.

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Buddhist dog prays for worldly desires Buddhist dog prays for worldly desires
Monday, March 24

NAHA, Japan (AFP) – – Buddhists clasp their palms together to pray for enlightenment, but Conan, a chihuahua, appears to have more worldly motivations.

The dog has become a popular attraction at a Japanese temple after learning to imitate the worshippers around him.

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February 23, 2008

Chinese New Year 2008 in review

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It’s been a long time since I posted.  I went back to KL with Mrs. T for Chinese New Year and came back sick.  Mrs. T thinks I made myself ill by stuffing myself with too much Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa.

 Chinese New Year this year was quiet.  It’s sad that this was the first CNY without father.  But mother and I got along well and we didn’t have any tiffs.  Mom did her steamboat which was pretty OK except for the fact that she put too much dried scallops.  It made everyone very thirsty.  My eldest brother didn’t have too rush back to sis-in-law’s hometown this time because his in-laws was in town.  Instead of giving Mom an ang pow, Mrs. T and I bought her a gold pendant.  I thought that she liked it very much.

I went to visit our neighbour who suffered a stroke and was staying in an old folk’s home on the second day of new year.  She was suffering mentally.  It was really sad and I am glad that my brother, sis-in-law and I were able to distract her for a few hours.  Co-incidentally, we bumped into her son and husband as we were about to leave.  I used to play ping-pong with her son when I was a kid.  Her son mentioned that my father used to bring us to play badminton at the university.  It was a nice memory that I had almost forgotten about it.

Rounded up this CNY with loh-hei-ing on chap goh mei with Mrs. T, my classmates and their little daughter. 

January 30, 2008

Fitness Journal: Bodyweight 350 + Bodyweight 100

Filed under: exercise, family, food — Tags: , — toru @ 2:29 pm

Did Bodyweight 350 + Bodyweight 100 in 26 minutes 48 seconds.  I am quite pleased with it considering that I am feeling quite tired because I have been taking care of Mrs. T.

 But any good effects of the exercise was probably negated with what I ate.  I had a Ham Cheem Peng in the morning (as a snack after breakfast) and loads of kueh from Xing Xiang at Maxwell Road.  The kueh kosui and tapioca cakes from Xing Xing are really yummy!  I bought a whole bunch of kueh for Mrs. T.  But Mrs. T said she wasn’t hungry so it all ended in my stomach!

I will do this workout one more time before I try Bodyweight 500 from the Belly Off programme.

January 29, 2008

Mrs. T is Home!

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Eating and watching her Korean programmes.  And studiously ignoring me.  She must be feeling better!

January 28, 2008

Mrs. T’s Operation

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Mrs. T’s operation went well today.  But it is heart wrenching to see Mrs. T all groggy and in pain.  The doctor actually called me on my mobile to let me know that the operation went well when I was at the ward waiting for Mrs. T to be wheeled back .  My heart dropped to my stomach as I thought it was bad news.   All went well although Mrs. T is complaining that she can’t pee.  Mrs. T should be discharged tomorrow – hooray! 

Learnt something today.  Private hospitals in Singapore are like five star hotels compared to Malaysian private and public hospitals.  And never ever book a double-bedded room.  You get no rest when your room mate has an endless stream of visitors. 

Private hospital bills in Singapore can be quite frightening.  For a simple procedure like this – it will cost us S$ 10 k.   It’s not that we can’t afford it – but imagine if you have something major.  A huge chunk of your savings will definitely be gone.  Fortunately, we have adequate insurance coverage which will take care of everything.

January 27, 2008

Positive Thoughts for Mrs T

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Mrs. T is going for an operation tomorrow.  The doctor says there is 99 % chance of success.  So that’s pretty good odds.  We both have to get up really early (5.30 am) for the 7.30 am operation.  Hope all will be well.

January 23, 2008

Mrs. T’s Surgery

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Mrs. T will be going for a minor surgery next week and I am pretty worried. She has a good doctor and we are insured but I am still concerned.  I know everything will turn out well.  Must read up more on her condition and force Mrs. T to eat a more healthy diet after her surgery. And I have to devise means to make Mrs. T exercise  instead of watching TV all day.  Hmmm. Maybe I can ask her to do a modified Bodyweight 100 while watching TV.

January 21, 2008

Bodyweight 350: Part II

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I finished Bodyweight 350 today in 28 minutes.  Yay!   That’s a pass (I think).  I did six sets of HIIT training on the treadmill and then went into Bodyweight 350.   Initially, I thought I couldn’t finish the workout because my hamstring was acting up.  My lower body strength is pretty weak as compared to my upper body.  The prisoner squats were tough as hell.   Of course, the last 15 pullouts was a real killer.  I had to break it up in sets of three.

 After I finished the workout, I felt like puking and was quite woozy for a while!  Also, lost my appetite.  I could only eat an hour later.  Mrs. T is pretty cross with all this over-exercising.

After the first Bodyweight 350, I had to go for a massage at House of Traditional Javanese Massage Hut.  Every part of my body was aching and the massage felt really good.  My regular masseur did say that my shoulder blades were very hard and suggested I go for a ginger treatment next time to soften it.  Hmmm.  Like steamed fish!  Of course, I had to go wreck her good work by doing another round of Bodyweight 350.  Hope I don’t feel too destroyed tomorrow.  I think I won’t exercise until Friday this week.   

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Tried teaching Mrs. T how to cook tuna pasta today.  It is something I used to cook in the UK.  Mrs. T actually said it’s my best dish ever!  Tuna pasta sounds really gross – but it is actually quite delicious.  The trick is to use a certain brand of canned whole tomatoes.  I thought you couldn’t get this particular brand in Singapore but I found it recently in Cold Storage.  Mrs. T was really happy that her beloved tuna pasta is back.  I wonder whether she will be able to make it herself after my instructions.

January 19, 2008

Bodyweight 350

Filed under: exercise, family, food — Tags: , , — toru @ 3:15 pm

 Did this workout today which only utilises your bodyweight .  I thought it looked really easy but it turned out to be tough.  It really took a lot out of me – I was feeling kinda woozy during dinner and my legs felt like jelly.  The prisoner squats and the lunges were tough!  And the pullouts were a killer.   Finished the workout in 38 minutes – which is a fail unfortunately. I am supposed to finish it in 30 minutes.  I guess I am not as fit as I thought.  Hopefully, I can do it within the stipulated time the next time round.   I am quite tired from the workout and will probably sleep early today.

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Discovered a pretty good pan mee in Beauty World Centre Hawker Centre today when I went out for lunch with Mrs. T.  Hooray.  Pan Mee in Singapore tend to be damn gross e.g. the horrendous Qiu Lian Pan Mee which has a thick inedible floury soup.  This Pan Mee had a nice clear soup.  I will probably go back to this stall again.

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Dinner was with my cousins and Mrs. T.  Coffee later at Jones the Grocer.  The coffee was a little below standard but I really like the atmosphere of Jones.  It is nice to get to know my cousins.  Part of my resolution to make an effort to be closer to my relatives.

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