It was another birthday celebration for my nephew (Ryan) again, 2 days before the whole family did one for him at home. In fact, today is his actual birth date and his mum is back to town in time to celebrate for him together with the rest of family. The whole birthday celebration was filled with warmth, laughter and happiness for the Teo family !! :-)
Yesterday was my nephew, Ryan's birthday ! Time flies, he is 7 years old this year. We meant to throw an outdoor party for him but because his mum has to be out of town for work, she is unable to celebrate his birthday with the whole family, we went for a close-up & warm home birthday celebration instead.
As usual, each year i will get a different theme cake for Ryan and i ordered a Diego birthday cake for him this year. I meant to get a Transformers cake for him from Bengawan Solo but unfortunately that pantry shop announced they no longer hold rights to bake Transformers cake since last month. I sought Ryan's opinion and in the end, he agreed to having his next favourite Diego themed cake.
We just recently celebrated his sister's (Rachelle) birthday a few weeks ago. Yes, so coincidentally, these 2 siblings' birthday falls in the same month, March. In my earlier blog posted this month on Rachelle's birthday celebration, i mentioned that she is a big fan of Dora The Explorer - a Spanish animated 7 years old girl girl who embarks on a trip in every episode in order to find something or help somebody. This Diego boy is actually Dora's older cousin who helps animals in danger, mainly in the rainforest.
Yesterday was a great day to unwind, relax, catch up with self and friends. I met up with Ivy & Ee Lin to chill out at 1 Twenty-Six located at The Playground @Big Splash, East Coast Park!! The whole night has no fuss, no frills. We just pub grub, each with a cold bottle of beer.
The natural and soothing environment of Changi Beach Park can really cool your nerves from tormenting blows of day to day life and give you the ultimate bliss. I simply love taking breathtaking shots of such old-world, rustic charm of this area !!
I must say that Changi Beach Park is for the people who are bored with the hectic life of the cities and want to spend some days facing some pleasant sea breeze. One can walk silently on the boardwalk viewing the sea, trying to listen what the waves have to say.
It was my cute little niece's (Rachelle Teo) birthday yesterday !! She turned 4 on 13 March !
As she is a big fan of Dora (in case, you might be wondering who is Dora?? - Dora the Explorer, is actually a young 7 years old girl who embarks on a trip in every episode of the animated show in order to find something or help somebody. She asks the viewers at home to help her find new ways to reach places with the help of a map. She also teaches viewers Spanish, introducing them to short words and phrases - that's explains why some kids are 'crazy' about this Dora), our whole family was excited to celebrate her birthday with this big Dora cake (see pic below) !!
This coming May, i will have the opening of my first solo photo exhibition at one of Singapore's hip bistro areas.
I have been working tirelessly on this collection of images and installations. I will get a good look at the final prints before they are being sent off to the framer and i just can’t describe how excited i am to see the body of work all together in its final stages. It is a mix of pure joy and excitement !
Invitation cards with exhibition details are on the way. The exhibition opens on the 1st May 2011 and runs through to the 31st May 2011, so please make sure you come out and hang, have a drink, find me, say hi and enjoy the opening day (1st May) with me !
Yesterday, my colleague suggested lunch at this famous Bak Ku Teh stall near Little India and without much hesitation, most of us in her team nodded our heads and set off in a hungry look manner !! We managed to reach just before the norm lunch hour and could get a table without much waiting.
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House 黄亚细肉骨茶餐室 is located in an ordinary, awkward little corner, almost obscure shophouse at No. 208 Rangoon Road, just beside the slip road to CTE along Race Course Road. You'll miss it if you don't look carefully when you pass by this street.
This famous pork rib soup restaurant made headlines after it turned down Hong Kong Chief Executive Donald Tsang’s request to dine after its opening hours. Thaksin Shinawatra, the ex-Prime Minister of Thailand, also made his way here for lunch in 2007.
Their service is prompt, with the uncles & aunties wiping out their wireless PDA device for order. That really impressed me.
Ng Ah Sio serves traditional Teochew bak kut teh. Literally translated, this means pork rib tea. This Teochew-style pork rib soup here is made with garlic, soy sauce, cinnamon and peppercorns from Sarawak, and is full of peppery goodness. Using pork from Indonesia, the meat is also flavourful and a joy to eat. The reality is a bowl of pork ribs simmered for hours to make a complex and delicious soup full of flavour and spices and herbs, predominantly garlic and pepper, served with hot tea.
We all managed to finish up the food within minutes as it was just simply yummy !! It was a worth while visit all the way to Rangoon Road from our office (CBD area) just to try out at this little restaurant that's able to draw such a big cowd.
The other type of bak kut teh that is popular among food lovers is the Hokkien variety which uses dark soya sauce as well as the addition of other spices like star anise and cloves to the stock to produce a sweeter, almost medicinal herbal stock. I enjoyed my meal a great deal here due to the great spices used in this Bak Ku Teh. I will definitely be back again !! :-)
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