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

Fitness Journal: Coming back after illness

Filed under: exercise — Tags: , , , , — toru @ 4:59 am

I was down since last Friday with a mild cold.  Nose was stuffed, sore throat and phelgm.  Saw a doctor and decided to take it easy for a week and did no exercise.  Had my first exercise session yesterday and did bodweight 350.  It was surprisingly easy considering that I had been off exercise for a week.  Followed up bodyweight 350 with 10 dips using the parallel bars at the exercise corner.

January 28, 2008

Mrs. T’s Operation

Filed under: family — Tags: , , — toru @ 4:29 pm

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.

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