Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lemon Meringue Pie // Callmecupcake

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Came across Call Me Cupcake (click for recipe <<<) on Instagram and discovered a lot of recipes. it felt better than spotting a 70% sale when the 1st recipe you used received great feedback and pie was wiped up in 2 days.

With google, anybody can be a chef but some recipes are there to make you crazy.

26cm pan x silicon baking mat

Bought this pan from Robinson's GST absorbed member sales at 20% discount plus 10% member rebate but most items are cheaper/ same price as in Phoon Huat a.k.a Red Man all year round so no love lost if you missed their sales.

too crumbly 
I have a tendency of adding too much water which ends up turning into a lump of nonsense but this time I had too little. the right amount I guess should be 3 tablespoons and keep mixing till it's even and wrap it in a cling wrap. This homeproud cling wrap doesn't cling at all. 
patching up
what happens when your pastry is too dry: 
tears apart when you roll and shrinks too much when you bake.

didn't have baking/ normal beans but rice does the same thing
adding weight on pastry prevents it from rising while in the oven.

To be removed halfway through baking. thank goodness I didn't use my hands.. whenever I do something I only think of the fastest possible way but forgot safety. Imagine the burn.

this is totally optional but I added 1 teaspoon of tar tar powder to get a stiffer meringue in a shorter time. also a good thing to add if your eggs are not that fresh or mixer is weak.

jeng jeng!!! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

2nd Paris // Reims x 31 Rue Cambon x Eiffel Tower

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Never used to like Paris but after this one I'm going back again. Travelling is beautiful. Headed out after a hot soak for a 45 minutes direct train  to Reims, Champagne at 12plus to visit the different champagne houses. A pair of single trip direct train tickets was about 70 euros but save you the trouble of transiting and less risk of getting lost/ missing your next train. 

Missed the bus to Taittinger coz we went to ask for directions. Downloaded Reims map and walked about 2.4km to their house. At one point I was asked to run so we won't miss the tour.. oh gawd.. Lucky the next house, Veuve Clicquot wasn't too far away. I was praying I don't have to run again. 

Glad we went for 2 tour. Though they spoke about the same thing I learnt different things and understand better after a 2nd tour. Didn't take any photos in Taittinger coz I felt lost after running.

Veuve Clicquot

If you only have time for a tour, I recommend going to VC's. I'm not sure about others but I like their explanation and ability to maintain interest plus they serve grande dame 2004 at the end of the tour instead of Brut like Taittinger.   

Autumn >>> Winter

There we are in a chalk cave which stays at a constant temperature of 11-12C year round where the grape juice undergo fermentation before they're ready for the other processes and the market. 

A good pair of shoe will not give you aching feet, knee, back and shoulder. I'm never wearing Converse out again. #teamNewBalance

20 bottles.

Paris day #2

Always. Always wanna be here and for a photo. 

7pm in Paris

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Lone Pine Koala sanctuary // Brisbane, Australia

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I used to find it really difficult to find energy to head out for sightseeing and all I wanna do was sleep in without realizing the more I sleep the more lethargic I'll feel. So my last trip to Brisbane I decided on Lone Pine Koala sanctuary before reporting for work back to Singapore. 

Missed a bus and waited 1 hour for another. 
Made it there 1 hour before closing. 

Australians are very strict with their closing time. I remember slipping into Cotton On 1 minute before closing years back and the salesgirl told me "you have 1 minute." very firmly. 

Bus 42
bus can be taken from bus stop #40 and comes every quarter past the hour. ride was a 20 to 25 minutes of good scenery. can't remember the entrance fee but discount available for student.


Tasmanian devil

Suntanning w/ kangarooooo

avoiding pooooo...

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gloomy London

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After Santorini my plan for this London was to visit British Museum which many say should be renamed as World's Museum to view the missing pillar at Acropolis but decided to bring Jenny out for sightseeing since it was her first time there. Many flights to London but I haven't been to any of those places I went that day coz I always thought it's very far n'inconvenient. 

Thank goodness for Citymaps2go. 
It's an app that offers offline map which you can download when you have access to internet n'use while you're out. It'll show your location, save destinations and which direction you're facing if it's on iOS. 

We walked a fair bit from the subway station before reaching London Bridge. Felt retarded when I saw it coz all this while I mistook it for Tower Bridge, it's plainness and lackluster appearance left me quiet..

but it's a great place to take photo of the whole Tower Bridge. 

WWI warship

Tower of London

ceramic Red Poppies // Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the war.

London eye

Big Ben
Looking at this photo I miss Note 4 so much. If not for it lagging on me, having it's own emoticon that doesn't match Whatsapp, photo disappearing from Whatsapp chat when I delete them from my phone's folder and app developer neglecting android, it's the best phone I ever had. I could read for a long time w/o straining my eyes and it's battery life was impressive! Not to mention it's fast charging tech.

preparing to ask for directions
becoz I don't really know how to read a map n'citymaps2go doesn't have arrows to show me if I'm walking towards my destination I ended up walking back n'forth. good thing was I got to use my brain a little.

That was me asking for directions to St' James park.

Burger and Lobster // first, let's take a #selfie

Lobster roll 

beef burger
I think the beef burger was nothing special, I'll take a cheese burger from McDonald's anytime.

enjoying free wifi over a GBP$0.99 filtered coffee

Friday, October 10, 2014

OCBC 360 Account

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After working for 2 years I decided it's time to save up. Frankly speaking I have an embarrassing amount of savings. 

Tracked my expenditure for a year, majority of my expenditure was on clothes, transport and food. Apart from that I'll treat myself to something I like almost every month e.g. phone, camera, bag, jewellery etc 

Recently, I learnt, hawker and home cooked food taste tons better than some restaurants'. A plate of char siew rice cost $2.50 plus a drink the max you pay is $5 but $5 was the GST for a meal then you factor in transport: $35 round trip. A day out, more than $100 was spent. 
On top of that I have a habit of buying something before I head home - clothes or whatever. Anything.

When I thought I put too much focus on recording my expenses, I stopped. Obviously I didn't spend any lesser. If you'll spend lesser you'd done that long ago. I can't not take a cab coz my legs are not too far from breaking after I end work. Many think my job is very easy but hey, for as long as you sit, we stand. that's not the point here. So I decided to eat cheaper since expensive food doesn't necessarily taste better. 

For the last 1 year I was using FRANK account. it does a breakdown on how I spend my money to the best of it's ability but ATM withdrawals are listed as "Miscellaneous". Tho' I can break it into other categories I sometimes find it a hassle to login ibanking just to do it so saver app is better but it's a lot of manual recording.  

I've just started saving or at least I planned to. I was told about OCBC 360 Account

If you fulfill all and have $10k in your account. You'll receive $305 a year. 

read up a bit on the cards OCBC offers and decided on the 3:
365 card gives rebate on dining, petrol, groceries and online shopping etc which in my opinion is the best card for me but I got a Frank card coz it offers more rebate for online shopping.

the last one w/ Great Eastern is for paying my insurance w/ IPP.