Hi everyone, I hope you all had a great week and were in the throws of a fabulous Christmas weekend. I felt very Christmassy yesterday! I met up with 2 of my great buddies (Joanne & Junyu) for annual Christmas meal (this year's was lunch) and we had a delightful time catching up over a delicious meal. We also exchanged gifts as what we did for the past few years. Christmas is a special time of year because of what the day represents. It brings people together to share in the warm embrace of family and friends. It is my most favorite day of the year.
We should all welcome the year which is fresh & new and cherish each moment it beholds because life is very short as i always say. Learn to be happy and celebrate this blissful New year & may the year ahead be full of contentment & joy! :-)
A pre-shot of my Christmas Present for Hwee Ling a.k.a Joanne!
A pre-shot of my Christmas Present for Junyu!
The 3 of us added a little punch to our X'mas gift exchange this year by creating a new idea of choosing a theme on which to base our gift-giving. Our usual past themes were related to "Colours" but this year was different. I came up with the word "DIRTY" - any X'mas gift relating to this word is acceptable. Guess what? We all did it! It was initially sounded like looking for a needle in a haystack! But with great effort, i managed to get a Bamboo 'Charcoal' Pillow Mat for Joanne and e-Coal Purifier for Junyu (above shots)!
I guess having such a theme can provide us with a jumping-off point when it comes to making gift-giving choices and can enhance and promote originality and creativity. In addition, the yearly themes create great memories as we reminisce about the funny or meaningful items that were exchanged. :-)
As mentioned earlier, our Christmas Gift Xchange theme for this year was related to the word "DIRTY". Hence i suggested the lunch venue to be held at PORN's, a Thai resturant located at Telok Blangah SAFRA. Don't get me wrong, this place is not dirty at all in terms of cleanliness or dirty-minded, though the restaurant place sounds like it. That's the reason why this place was chosen to host our X'mas meal this year, it exactly fits into our theme!
In fact, this is my 2nd time patronising this stylish Thai eatery at this location and the 3rd time for being an overall PORN's patron - the first outlet being located at Liang Seah Street, near Bugis Junction. For those who are not aware, “Porn” means “blessings” or "Good Wishes" in Thai Language.
To browse my other 2 reviews on this Thai Restaurant, please browse my "Food" category in my photograhic blog after you are done with this blog post, you'll find it there and please enjoy reading them too. :-)
With a provocative name like Porn’s and minimalistic white and blue decor, this Thai eatery opened by a local TV host Pornsak.
A shot of me & Joanne at the resturant while waiting for Junyu to arrive to start off the X'mas celebration.
An overall shot of the yummy dishes that we had for our X'mas Lunch at PORN's!
We had the Green Mango Salad to start off the meal. With fresh thin slices of unriped Thai mangos that packed a sour punch garnished with red chilies and peanuts in a spicy mix, this salad was pretty decent. The crunchy and sour mango strips was complemented by the spicy dressing that had a hint of sweet in it as well.
One of the dishes was Pik Gai Tai Sai which is actually fried stuffed chicken wing. This finger-licking good wings were firmly packed with marinated meat, shrimps and vermicelli, made even more brilliant by the sweet chili dip.
We ordered portions of a few traditional Thai dishes to share over white rice. The Green Curry with Chicken boasts a thick curry gravy that is a perfect balance of sweet and salty and an ample portion of chicken slices.
As Junyu is vegetarian, she orded one of the resturant's signature dishes - Olive Rice. This Olive rice is more of long and crunchy type of rice, different from those white rice that we eat daily. The texture of the rice is like eating bottom portion of clay pot rice, mixed with some pork floss and cashew nuts, a new style of thai fried rice.
Another reasonably-priced and yummy dish ordered by Junyu - The Deep Fried Tofu with Thai Sauce. The Tofu was crispy outside and smooth inside coupled with the sweet and sour sauce.
One of the superb dishes we had for the lunch - The Tom-Yum Seafood Soup The soup was authentic and really spicy with a mild lemongrass finish - a well executed dish.
After a yummy lunch and a long catching up chat, our annual X'mas gift exchange finally commenced! A shot of our gifts for each other, including some little gifts from Junyu who just came back to Singapore from a holiday at Switzerland.
A shot of Junyu with her presents received from me & Joanne.
A shot of happy me with my presents received from the 2 buddies!
A shot of Joanne with her presents from me & Junyu.
Another shot of Junyu with her wrapped-open presents - my eCoal Purifier from me and Origins Charcoal Mask from Joanne.
Special thanks to Joanne for this cute Gingerbread man cookie! You definitely always remember to include a gingerbread man cookie for my X'mas present as you know i love it! To me, a Christmas custom or tradition is sybmolised by a familiar symbol or icon such as the X'mas Gingerbread, have come to represent the spirit and meaning of this special time of the year.
Thumbs up to PORN's for serving such yummy Thai food in celebration during this festive season!
To Joanne & Junyu: We surely had a great Christmas celebration at PORN's yesterday, hope you both enjoyed the fun times as much as i do. I honestly can't wait for the new theme to be discussed for our next year's gift exchange!
Over the years, i acknowledge that how big a thing Christmas has become around the world with people treating this as a day for getting together with family or friends and having a good time. Christmas Day despite its religious connotations, has become a day for partying, eating, drinking and having a jolly good time with other people. I am thankful and grateful for all of the Christmas presents and wishes received and I would like to wish you again a very blessed, peaceful and happy Christmas. May it be a special time for you and your loved ones. A time filled with beauty and love. Merry Christmas, friends! :-)