Hello Singapore again!
This is before we leave for Japan next Monday. And I am now back in KL. It really does feel like I am living 3 lives at the same time.
I was trying not to fly too much since I’ve got another 5 flights to make (SG-KL-Narita-Nagasaki-Narita-KL), so we took a night coach from KL, so that Junya also can sleep throughout.
Anyway. Since I won’t be going out much (I am getting really, really heavy and walking really, really slow), most of the time I buy groceries and cook at home.
There isn’t any NTUC or local market near where I stay, so I always end up going Cold Storage or Isetan. And honestly I get a heart attack every time I see the price tags.
I posted this on Instagram saying that i was totally in shock, because in Malaysia the same broccoli (flown from Japan also, sold in Isetan also), is just RM8.90. This one is RM66. It is 7 times more expensive. T____T. It just. Doesn’t. Make. Sense.
Then got one Singaporean scold me la say if I like to complain so much please run back to Malaysia.
But wo bu yao worrrrrrr. 我要赖死不走 worrrr lolol. I love Singapore leh. How????? XD
This is how much I spent on groceries which probably last not even 5 days? T___T.
Ok la I did splurge on Nagasaki Ichigo which was $39 for two boxes. Which is maybe 4 times more expensive than in Japan. TOTALLY WORTH IT.
OMG Singapore also sell White Ichigo leh!!!!
When I posted this another commentor said “My dear, Singapore has (almost) everything”. Now I feel very silly. Indeed, Singapore has almost everything T___T. I just need to be a little richer lolol.
Our daily breakfast.
At first I was very gungho to make healthy wholesome breakfast – salad, avocados, Japanese ichigo, frozen prata reheated with tuna curry, Meiji yogurt with cereal…
But then as I ran out of grocery sooner than I expected, our breakfast became more and more and more shabby lol. Some days it was just a banana with milk XD.
In the end I just resorted to tapao zhap cai bng from nearby food court that was $3 XD.
And this is #lunchforjunya in Singapore. Prison canteen style.
Leftover tapao rice I could not finish from my lunch, instant baby food from Meiji, and shredded roast chicken from nearby chicken rice stall LOLOLOL.
HAHAHA WHERE HAS MY GLAMOUROUS BABY GOURMET FOOD TALENT GONE??
Bad mom. Bad, bad mom.
I do really enjoy eating out in Singapore though!
Yayoiken is one of my favorite because one wholesome set lunch is less than $10. And super yummy.
JunJun loves the salty preserved daikon which I accidentally introduced to him by mistake.
Another of my absolute favorite is Nakajima Suisan at Taka B2, the grill fish shop.
They have my favorite Kinmedai T_________T.
This is a perfect, perfect lunch. Less than $15 also.
And then there’s the hawker food. Which… I think after so long, I have finally come to a conclusion, which is that I agree to disagree with our tastebuds (Malaysian VS Singaporean).
A friend brought us to Chomp Chomp food court and I was very excited because a lot of my Singaporean recommended me to go there to fix my Malaysian food craving.
We ordered a few things. Orh jien was very nice!!!! Hokkien mee didn’t order because have to wait 45 minutes. And then my wanton mee I couldn’t eat because why so sweet wan??? Then grill fish also quite sweet.
And then there was the char kuey teow, which I really really looked forward to. I had one mouthful and I had the shock of my life.
WHY. IS. IT. SWEET.
And I don’t mean like you know a tad of sweetness to bring out the umami or whatever. No. It was taste-like-dessert kind of sweet. Why. Singapore why. T___T.
I spoke to a few Singaporean friends and they reacted huh?!? Malaysia CKT is not liddat wan meh?!?
And then I finally realized why I failed to like Singapore hawker food. Because most of the savory food is sweet wan. Mostly because of the black taoyou that they put in everything? Cai Tou Kuey, Pan Mee, Wantan mee, basically everything @.@
And I really really don’t like my savory food to be sweet (which is why I don’t like Osaka food like Takoyaki, Yakisoba, Okonomiyaki and Kushiage because of the sauce).
Singapore, it is not you. It’s me. I’m sorry.
Yes now I know you can order the “black” (sweet) version and the “white”(salty) version!!! But I still don’t understand why the black version existed in the first place lolol.
One of my Penang friend who worked in SG tapaoed this for us all the way from Penang.
After one whole day and then I microwaved it. But it was so good XD.
Long overdue for some maintenance!
With JunJun <3
JunJun’s favorite biscuit.
He was wearing singlet cuz he was sleeping when I brought him out. Hahhaa that was his PJ. Inside out summore XD *paiseh*
New color and after Ultrasonic Premium Treatment.
Whenever JunJun sees the 76 wave logo he says “papanomize” (Papa no omise: Papa’s shop) hahahha. And then danna would say “GOOD DISCIPLE!!!” lolol.
Went for hair set on a separate day. Styling: Danna.
Number76 company dinner!!!
Sorry about JunJun’s foot. Bad mom. Baaaad mom.
Catching up with Qiu and Meredith!!
Junya calls Meredith “Mandice” hahahhaha. He is so good with names now! Sometimes out of nowhere he would say, “Chewchew” (QiuQiu), “Miss Mandice” (dunno he is calling her politely or saying that he misses her). He also knows Qiu’s huskies by name!
My big baby <3
I really love my 3 lives now. It lets me appreciate all the things that could never before. I appreciate now the cheap prices in Malaysia and Japan. But I also appreciate how clean, safe and efficient Singapore is. I appreciate the haze-free clean air right now. Of course now I appreciate EVERYTHING ABOUT JAPAN MUAHAHHAHA.
I guess no matter where we go or live, just learn to appreciate the good things, and when it comes to the not so good things, we live with it. And sometimes complain a little bit. XD
Taste of Tohoku
My support for Tohoku this month:
Migaki Ichigo from Miyagi Prefecture!
What’s more meaningful is that I actually have been to the exact Ichigo farm in Yamamoto, Miyagi and tasted their strawberries, as fresh as it can ever get, straight from the shrub/vine/branch (what do you call it??).
Will blog more about that!!
Another specialty of Miyagi Prefecture is their Kaki (oyster).
Every February in Matsushima city, there will be a Kaki Matsuri (Oyster Festival) as it is the peak of oyster season. You can stand in a long line for one free grilled oyster as many times as you can make it through (!!!!)
Hello did anyone say free oyster?!?!
They also give out free bowls of oyster soup kakinabe to those patient enough to make it through the long wait.
Speaking of Kaki, there’s another Tohoku souvenir you shouldn’t miss out, and it is the Kakinotane in Kakiyaki Shoyu flavor (Japanese pun opportunity!!! lol).
That’s all for today!
For more tips on Tohoku local cultures, happenings, gourmet and delicacies, you can visit Taste of Tohoku!