Wednesday, May 31, 2006

dragonboat/ dumpling festival

it's the 5th day of the 5th chinese lunar month today - dragonboat festival (also known as the dumpling festival). i had 2 rice-dumplings today - sinful! :P

1st one was offered by a colleague at work... her mum made rice-dumplings yesterday, so i had the "nonya zang" (white rice-dumpling stuffed with sweetened meat) for breakfast.

after work when i came home, mum asked me to share rice-dumpling with her :P
this time, her friend made those for us. so i had rice-dumplings again for dinner - "ba zang" (dark rice-dumpling stuffed with pork slices and chestnut)... yum yum. ok that's it... no more glutinous rice-dumplings for me, had my fill today already :9

check out the origins of the dragonboat festival in the following links:
- hk fast facts

Saturday, May 27, 2006

i want donuts!

it's as if i'm making up for lost time on my blog, this must be the most number of words i've ever typed in my blog for a single day - set a new record *hehe*

for some reason, i'm suddenly craving donuts! donuts from krispy kreme - i chanced upon a krispy kreme store at excalibur when i was in las vegas last week. it was so amusing to watch the donut-making process on the conveyer belt through the glass window. it actually gave me a "high" just watching the donuts getting flipped into the boiling oil and out onto the dryer/cooler :) of course i couldn't miss the chance to get my hands on some fresh donuts there and then.

it was a conscious effort to resist the temptation to grab all the flavours on display. after staring at the donuts for some time, i finally walked away with (i) cinammon apple filled (ii) glazed blueberry (iii) limited edition strawberries & kreme (ooh yummy!) - a happy girl i was :)

with 3 precious donuts in my hands, i headed straight back to the hotel to look for S. - couldn't wait to share my joy. anyhow, to cut the long-story short, due to some hiccups, i didn't get to eat any donuts at all *bummer* :( now i'm really craving krispy kreme donuts, imagine how perfect they would go with my favourite hot tea with milk *yumm*!

i wish we have more donut chain stores in singapore.... the only decent one i can find is the small counter located at basement of takashimaya. hmmm... has anyone tried bringing back some krispy kreme from the states? my gf's going to new york next week, wonder if the donuts would survive the 20-hour plane ride? :9

7 new wonders of the world

we've always heard of the "7 wonders of the world", but i have to admit i'd never been able to name all 7 of them.

in an attempt to google for a list of all 7 wonders, i stumbled upon this very interesting website on the "new 7 wonders of the world" campaign.

"The 'New7Wonders Foundation' was created in 2001 by Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber, with a mission to protect humankind's heritage across the globe.......... At the end of 2005, the N7W panel chose 21 candidates from the top 77 nominees that had earned the most votes, and these 21 are now in the final stage of the competition. The official N7W 21 finalist candidates were announced by the panel's President, Prof. Federico Mayor, on January 1, 2006 in Zurich.The final round of voting for the New 7 Wonders will continue throughout 2006 and half of 2007. Then, on July 7, 2007 -07.07.07, the dream of the N7W initiators will become a reality as the globe joins together to celebrate the New 7 Wonders of the World, as chosen by the world's population using modern communications technology."

way cool! you too can now play a part in the voting of the new 7 wonders of the world, and make history. check out the 21 shortlisted monuments now!

wonder if singapore's esplanade theatre will ever make it to the nominations list some day ;)

the 7 wonders of the ancient world
time traveller tours
- 7 natural wonders of the world
- forgotten wonders
other lists

beautiful day

i don't usually wake up this early, especially on a leisurely saturday morning....
i guess i must have slept too much the night before - intended to take a short nap at 6pm last evening, ended up sleeping through the entire night till 5:30am this morning (miss piggy strikes again :P)

anyway, as though to reward me for starting my day early.... i was greeted by a beautiful sunrise at my own doorsteps :) just wanted to share this moment with all...

viva las vegas

hi folks, i'm back to the land of bloggers. sorry for the lack of posts recently, had been working round the clock to finish my preparations for company event before i went off for my vacation to las vegas :) finally arrived home late night last sunday, thank goodness i have this week off too - but it all just seems too short, never enough :P

las vegas is fun, lots to see and experience (and we didn't even venture away from the strip). and boy was it hot hot hot - 37 degree celsius (my gosh!), much hotter than singapore weather. we were walking quite a fair bit under the hot/dry sun, didn't realise i got sunburnt, until the last 1 - 2 days. now my neck and side of the ears are itching and peeling like nobody's business (well, it's not exactly anyone's business anyway :P) *scratch scratch* i've been applying aloe vera gel since i got home, seemed to have helped a bit... but today my neck suddenly started to itch again *scratch scratch* gotta resist the urge to scratch, cuz it gets my neck all red and patchy *scratch scratch*

besides gambling (and weddings *lol*), las vegas is well-known for it's shows and buffets. 1st day there, we went to wynn las vegas (vegas newest hotel) for buffet. beautiful lobby, the spread's good, wide selection of food ranging from chinese, asian, japanese, to italian, western, fusion etc. i suffered a mild heat stroke from the long walk under the sun from luxor (that's where we stayed at) - plus travelling on an empty stomach, so felt somewhat giddy by the time we arrived at wynn. nonetheless, i enjoyed the meal and the company :)

after lunch, we went across the street to check out the fashion show mall. one of the largest malls (multi-storey) in las vegas i suppose, housing big departmental stores such as nordstrom, macy's, dillard's, sak's 5th avenue, bloomingdale's home, as well as the many well-known american stores - bath & body works, victoria's secret, fredericks of hollywood, abercrombie & fitch, gap, banana republic, coach etc. they even have a zara store and louis vuitton there too! huge place.

another place i had the chance to go shopping at, was the desert passage mall at the aladdin. relatively smaller (single-storey) than fashion show mall, but still a very nice place to shop and walkabout. there's a clinique stand-alone store, and sephora is opened till 11pm on weekdays, and midnight on saturday ;) i just read that desert passage has some kind of manmade "rainstorm" show in the mall - a pity i didn't get to experience that when i was there, only saw the very interesting "blue skies" painted on the ceiling of the mall.....

"One of the miracles not to be missed during your Desert Passage visit is the live rainstorm at Merchants’ Harbor, featuring thunder, lightning and pouring rain. Catch the cloudburst every hour on the hour Monday – Thursday and every half-hour Friday – Sunday." (extract from

besides shopping, which dear S. isn't quite excited over *smile*... we walked about quite a lot along the strip. bought tickets to watch a cirque du soleil permanent show "O" at bellagio on wednesday night. we sat at the 2nd row "wet seats", and it was quite an experience. i found myself marvelling in awe for the first 5 mins. when the show started. the stage setting, the backdrop, play of water, wind and fire, the music and skilled performance... the entire choreography was breath-taking! greatly enjoyed myself. after the show, we had a posh (read: expensive) dinner at
circo. maincourse: lamb for him, sea bass for me; appetizer: some wrap with rabbit meat in it :P (the rabbit meat actually tasted very much like chicken, just slightly tougher).

one other to-do thing at vegas, is to visit the grand canyon. if you could afford it, go take the helicopter tour, which S. did - good for him :) check out maverick helicopter tours, don't forget your camera!

if you're looking to pick up some souvenirs for friends back home, then you have to pop by m&m's world at the showcase mall - 101% cuteness! 4-storey packed with all kinds of m&m's merchandise and chocolate candies that came in impossible colours (think pink, lavender, turquoise, black etc.) wish i had taken some pictures from inside the store.

to enjoy a bird's-eye-view of las vegas, i'd recommend the stratosphere tower (1,149 feet) - US$9.95 per entry (excluding thrill rides). good spot for photo-taking... it's located at the far north of the strip, easily accessible via las vegas monorail (sahara station).

there's so much to see and do in vegas, not just casino-hopping. really, that's the least we did in the week. (oh btw, we won US$11.75 together at one of the jackpot machines - *lol*) las vegas to me, is like a surreal land - i mean where else can you experience so many different "countries" in one single location? there's paris, new york, egypt, the desert, the victorian's, the castle, the imperial palace.... it's almost like living in some giant's toyland with doll houses all around :) and all that, smacked right in the middle of a desert! incredible.

to end off, just wanna share some nice pictures of luxor, where we stayed at. i absolutely love the pyramid-shaped hotel. the escalators (called "inclinators" there) move diagonally up and down - how cool! there's a sphinx statue right in front of the front entrance too. the sun rises in front of our hotel room window every morning - incredibly beautiful :)

last but not least, i dedicate this post to my darling S., without whom this entire vacation/ experience wouldn't have been possible :) thanks for taking special time off for me, and all that loving, romantic wine-and-dining too!! *heart*

Sunday, May 07, 2006

the all-new ford focus

the all-new ford focus really impressed me! it can perform soooooo many feats that none other cars even come close....

check it out :)
real fun! ingenious!

hint: click on the "hint" word beside the "do it" button if you run out of creative instructions.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

so proud of myself ;)

my company replaced my old-and-super-slow desktop with a new dell laptop last week.... yay! so finally i have a laptop that i can lug home to work on busy days, instead of staying in the office alone into the wee hours of the night (or morning).

it's an inspiron 710m, i like it for it's lightweight/ compact size, makes it a breeze to carry around. on the downside, the screen is super small, i have to really squint my eyes to read the tiny text (think the average text looks like 6.5 font size). imagine how tedious it can get when i have to eyeball and clean up thousands of database figures and work on text-heavy reports *faint*.....

nonetheless, i'm not really complaining... it's great to have a laptop to work on (even though it's company's property, not exactly mine) :) tonight, i brought the laptop home to finish some work. my home internet connection works via dial-up broadband. we don't have wireless network at home, but i got a free wireless modem when i upgraded the singnet service last year. haven't had the chance to make use of the modem's wireless feature till now. i couldn't locate the installation manual, so i basically tried to install the wireless feature to the laptop by gut feel. ok, to all you techies out there, you might be wondering what's so difficult about setting up the wireless modem and linking it to the laptop.... but to a common user like me, attempting all that without referring to the step-by-step guide in "wireless setup for dummies" is really quite a feat! :)

after 10 minutes of trial and error, and 2 x repeats of installation --> uninstallation --> reinstallation, i finally got the wireless modem to work with the laptop! yay! *applause* *pop champagne* *fireworks* boy am i proud of my own achievement... hehehe :D

so ladies and gentlemen, as you are reading this entry right now (100% typed on the new laptop and connected via the wireless modem)... do allow yourself to feel honoured and privileged in sharing this special moment ;)

Monday, May 01, 2006

i got fooled :P

check it out - titanic 2 trailer
(watch first, before you read on)

ok... i have to admit, i got fooled by this - how naive of me :P
but this trailer is really well done! *two thumbs up*

if i didn't tell you, would you have assumed it's real too?
i seriously wouldn't have guessed, until i found out the truth from cozycot. then when i went back to watch the trailer a second time, all those "cut-and-paste" scenes from other movies eg.
"romeo & juliet", "catch me if you can" etc. started to surface... hahaha...
good one, very entertaining!

btw, if the original 1997
titanic movie really did develop a sequel like this, ridiculous as it may seem, i think i'd watch it.... lol. kudos for creativity and skill - to the person who faked this trailer.