Sunday, November 12, 2017

Solo Biz Trip HCM

Sorry I've not been posting daily. Have been busy lately as the pace of my project started picking up. I'm actually attempting to blog this from my mobile phone! Almost a first if not mistaken....And as the above photo shows, I'm currently in Vietnam, again. Only this time, I'm on a solo trip...

 I've actually just arrived today. The flight was more Japanese than Vietnamese as I sat with a bunch of students here. I've so far taken 3 cabs while here, one from airport to the hotel, one from hotel to Chinatown for a hot stone foot massage, and one from bahn min store back to hotel. 

Here's what my hotel room looks like. Kinda brings back memories doesn't it? Again, if only they have long bath!


Incidentally, I took a photo of my work clothes for this week, and wow, the lack of color is amazing! Lol. But yeah, that's basically how my work wardrobe looks like. It's fast and simple. I guess you can say it's kinda like my uniform. 

Anyway, that's all for now. Time to take a bath, get into bed and listen to emo songs again! 

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Houjicha Latte Success!


Ahhhh, is that just a beautiful photo of a homemade houjicha? The satisfaction I get just from looking at that. Knowing that I can now make that anytime I want. Not having to rush out to buy it, or complain about how much it cost outside. Now, all I have to do is boil some water and milk, and voila! Homemade houjicha, with foam and all too!


My husband bought a milk foam making thingy, and I finally managed to get it to work correctly after he finally pass me the manual for it. I have made houjicha before, you can read about it here. But this was by far the most successful experiment. First of all, I brew two packs of tea instead of one to get a strongly taste. Note to self, need to pack separately for latte making vs normal tea drinking. I also managed to get the foam making thingy to make hot milk, and because it was hot milk, the foam finally rises nicely as I want it to. Plus, when mixed with the tea, since both are hot, I don't get a luke warm latte like I did previously. And the whole making process probably took 10 minutes inclusive of boiling water and milk timing! Not too bad!


Since the foam was so pretty and firm, I wanted to add some colours to it. So I threw a ready pack of matcha powder on it. Not too pretty is it? Lol. 


Anyway, I managed to make two small cup of houjicha latte, although one was a mutated green tea wannabe too. I didn't add any sugar to it. I was quite tempted to do so, to get that Starbuck sugar high taste. Luckily, since I have been eating healthy lately, I stopped myself from going overboard.

It has been fun having the time to play in my kitchen lately and experimenting with all sorts of food and drinks. The plus side is, I save money and eat healthy all at the same time! My meal portion are also smaller and I have better control on what actually goes into my food and drink. The only part I don't like is the washing up. But something's gotta give, right? Here's to more houjicha! Cheers!


Monday, November 6, 2017

Beautiful Bedok Reservoir


Sometimes all of us are always so busy working and taking care of our families and friends, that we don't stop and really appreciate the beauty around us. So from time to time, usually more often than most people I know, I would take a break, do on a holiday, take a walk, do something different. Just to break from the norm, and see life from a different angle. And this post is about ordinary places, looking so beautiful that we never really notice them in our daily lives. Today's post, is about photos of Bedok Reservoir. I have been spending some time there lately, cause it's so relaxing to take a walk there.


These photos were taken on a Saturday, when my husband drag me there to accompany him for an evening walk. The whole circle is around 5km, and I can cover that in 1 hour just by walking. My motivation was to complete the walk so that I can go get my houjicha fix. But as we walk, we notice how beautiful the sky colour has changed. So we stopped along the way to take some photos. Actually I only took these 3 shots. And they are all so beautiful. Capturing a moment in time. So simple. So empty. So calm. So peaceful.


The reflection on the water, the canoe floating on top, the pink sky. Everything about that day was just perfect. All shots taken with my lovely HTC U11, which reminds me, I haven't done a HTC review for ages, partly because the previous model kinda sucks. But the recent one is awesome! Love it to bits! Especially the squeeze function. But we are getting side tracked again. So just stay calm.... and look at these photos.... hopefully they would also inspire you to go out and take a walk and admire the beauty around you.... Life is too short to stay at home! 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

A.R.C. Coffee


It's amazing how much time you have when you stop studying part time. I quit my Japanese study in July 2017 after 3.5 years due to work. And it has only been 3 months, but I felt like I've done so much  in those 3 months. One of the things I find I have more time now is meeting up with friends and drinking coffee in cafe! So one Sunday, I meet up with two of my friend (one excolleague and one current colleague) in a place call A.R.C Coffee. The one thing I love about this place is the warm feel of the whole place. The wood furnishing, and how the light just shine in from the french window, and how they actually use real spin record to play their music in the cafe! We were seated in level 2, at a table looking out of the window. I could have sat there whole day. Everything about this table was so comforting and welcoming! I haven't even starting writing about anything, and already one long paragraph on the feel of the cafe itself. Would I come back again? Yes! It's just so relaxing here!


Anyway, back to business. They specialise in coffee. Interestingly, I didn't order any! Hahaha. I shared the above 1+1 platter with my friend. It comes with one order of milk coffee, plus one espresso. Since I'm an espresso drinker, I took the bitter among the two. It wasn't really to  my liking sadly. It was kinda acidic, sourish. Kinda like my Vietnam drip coffee, but even more acidic. Didn't like it.


One of my friend order this nitrogen cold brew coffee and it looked so cool! It smells wonderful too. And the staff there explained to her that as the coffee cool, the taste changes! Yup, this is definitely on my to-order list next time I come back here again. It look so delicious. I didn't order it cause I have been eating too much lately, and I wanted to give my liver a rest from all the caffeine and alcohol it has been consuming.... As I write this, I am actually 2 weeks alcohol free! (except for chocolate liquor...)


Next is the food. I needed starch in my tummy, so I order rice bowl. I needed to be healthy as well. The donburi was actually quite simple and healthy, and served so beautifully too!


My friend also ordered rice bowl, but hers was salmon while mine was beef. The only thing I can say is, the food wasn't salty enough, which you can say is either a good or bad thing, depending on your taste preference. 


One friend ordered the salted egg chicken cutlet, and seriously, it wasn't salty enough for me. It was value for money cause the piece of chicken was rather big, but I wish the sauce was more addictive, if you know what I mean.... Oh yeah, above are normal fries, but they also serve truffles fries, and it smells heavenly! 


Dessert was ok. We ordered tiramisu which comes in a pot and a spade. I really like the spade. The serving was rather small, and nothing memorable. We also ordered I think an affogado, and that was delicious cause the coffee was awesome there over creamy vanilla ice cream.

The last item we ordered as apple crumble cake. It was very sweet, but the cinnamon taste of it was very strong that I really love it. And they soak the cake in maybe apple juice? I don't really know, but it was so yummy even though it was a big too sweet for me.

Been hooked on nice cafe lately. They are expensive to go to. But when I go with good company, I don't really mind. Here's to more Lim Kopi outing with friends!


Ref:
A.R.C. Coffee

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Dark Gallery


I am a chocolate lover, and I will always support any chocolate cafe at least once. My favourite place for chocolate is actually Laurent Bernard Cafe at Roberson Walk. I'll leave a link below in the reference section. My to-die-for drink there is Irish Hot Chocolate serve with Whiskey. It never disappoints! So I was excited when I read a review of a new chocolate cafe in Singapore from the Straits Times. This place was call The Dark Gallery, located at Millennium Walk. So one day, I brought my chocolate loving friend there for her birthday treat. Aside from chocolate, they also server coffee and tea. The coffee was ok, but the tea was really overpriced considering they serve it in a paper cup with a tea bag.


We tried two of their platter. Each was around maybe SGD10 or so. So above was the first one my friend selected which comes with macaroons, praline chocolate, a marshmallow burned treat, and a chocolate banana pudding. I did't try everything, but the chocolate pudding was my favourite of this plate cause it was thick and bitter. I only eat dark chocolate whenever I can help it. 


Above was my selected platter. It also come with mini macaroon, a chocolate ice cream, and one hot chocolate shot. I like mine better cause it was an overdose of chocolate! I really like the ice cream and wish I had drank the chocolate shot while it was hot. The only complaint I have of this place was, I wish there were more dark chocolate. The menu is kinda limited as compared to Laurent Cafe. It's fun and the location is central. I may go again just for socialising sake. But should I ever need a fix, I would always go back to Laurent Cafe, cause that damn Irish Hot Chocolate can make everything okay for me. Maybe I should go there again to get a fix soon.... Oh yeah, the Irish Hot Chocolate cost SGD9.50, and it's better than any Starbuck drink! Trust me, go try it! Isn't it weird I am writing a post on cafe A, but asking you to go cafe B? Lol. My loyalty lies in the best chocolate cafe!

Ref:
The Dark Gallery
Laurent Bernard

Friday, November 3, 2017

Soya Stick Soup


Sometimes I have no idea what to cook during the weekend, and sometimes, some childhood memory would just suddenly pop into my head and I remember soya stick soup! So that was what I cooked last weekend. Again, not saying I am a health freak, but I totally adore soya products! So I am really happy I am Chinese cause we have soya milk, soya bean curd, soya sticks, tofu, soya skin etc. In case you don't know what is soya stick, the yellow thing above in the photo is what I am referring to. It was part of the ingredient, together with pork ribs, some garlic, and carrots. 


Pork was really expensive. The above pot cost me SGD8 for pork alone, soya stick SGD1, and carrots maybe another SGD1 or SGD2. But it was enough for 5 servings, so around SGD2 per serving. And because I didn't have enough meat, I actually added omelette as one of the side dish, as well as some green vege. This meal also gave me some thoughts on whether I would be able to live on SGD10 per day when I retire... 

To cook the soup, add oil in the hot and stir fry some chopped garlic until slightly brown and fragrant. Add carrot and stir fry a bit. Then add pork, and some soya sauce. Cook for a while until brown (maybe 3 -5 minutes?). Then add water and let it bowl. Done! I really love the soya stick taste that adds to the soup. I'm the type that love soya milk steamboat, and yes, there really is such a thing! 


So here above is my lunch and dinner. I added stir fry green vege for lunch, but was too lazy to cook them for dinner. The soup was surprisingly tasty considering all I used for seasoning was some soya sauce (also a soya product!). Chinese cooking is so easy! So healthy!


I even have a surplus, or rather, I did planned to cooked enough to pack at least one serving for weekday lunch. It looks so yummy and full of stuff that my container was to show case all the wonderful colours of the food. Lol. Probably one of my most messed up bento ever!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Earth Friendly

Today I'm sharing with you my earth friendly habit that I practise. No I am not an environmentalist. I am just naturally earth friendly. Plus I really really hate plastic bags! And if there is one thing I am very proud of my state of Penang in Malaysia, it is that it is the first state in Malaysia that stop issuing plastic bags in supermarket. It is such an easy thing to do to stop using plastic bags that I sometimes wonder why people don't do it more often, or why people are resistant to change. My bag of choice is actually cloth bags like the one shown above.


I actually use cloth bags for everything! I have a bunch of them hanging in my kitchen. I use them for marketing, for shopping, for bringing my lunch to work. I also use them for gym, to carry my clean clothes to the gym, and carry my dirty clothes back. And they are so convenient cause I can throw them in the washing machine and just wash and reuse them. They never tear! Heck, I even make my own! You can see them here and how I got started with all this.


If you are in Penang market, the seller would usually wrap your produce in newspaper. But in Singapore, for some reason they wrap everything in plastic. So above is actually the view of my vegetable drawer in the fridge. Everything is wrapped! And the amazing thing is, if you buy these from the market, they will put it in more plastic bags for your ease of carry. So I've been just carrying them home in my cloth bags. I don't even like the plastic they come in, but since they are already pre-packed, I'm ok with it, I guess.


One of the thing I love about my wet market egg seller is, they wrap your egg in these cardboard looking egg carrier. I love these although they tend to take up a lot of space in my bag. You can also keep the carried and bring it back with you the next time you need to refill your eggs. So environmentally friendly!


And this weekend was the first time I started using glass container to carry my meat back. We have lots of these glass container at home which I use for my office bento. Now we bring them to the market to buy meat in. The seller was ok with it, so I guess I'll use this method more often. I have a big round one too which I think I'll start using to buy my weekly fixed of Mala Fragrant Pot! They charge me SGD0.30 for the take away container which I always throw away after just one use! Interestingly, people in Penang have been using these type of carried, and sometimes even thermos carrier whenever they go out and buy things. It is very common there, where tiffin is still used to buy dishes in. But in Singapore, people are so plastic crazy! Ugh. Hope they ban plastic here soon! 



Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Rice


I've been cooking a lot of rice lately for my weekend meals, as well as my weekday lunch bento; I thought I'll share with you how my rice are like. I have mentioned before that I usually cooked mixed grain rice. Well today, I'm going to show you what I actually mean. So above is what my rice grain looks like. I've switched to Japanese short grain rice since last year June. They are more expensive, at SGD7 per kg, and it is one of the luxury I allowed myself. I can eat 2kg of rice in 2 months. I started this switch after coming back from Wakayama where I ate an average of 4 bowl of rice a day (2 bowl for breakfast, 2 bowls for dinner), not to mention sometimes rice is also eaten for lunch! Yes I do love my rice. I am truly asian!


Interestingly, I also love mixed grain rice. Actually I fell in love with mixed grain rice from my trip to Korea. Again, I ate a lot of rice there, and they usually serve me glutinous rice or mixed grain rice. I want to say that I am not a health freak or anything, but I really love brown rice or mixed grain rice cause it makes the rice texture so much chewier and crunchy. So again. small luxury I allow myself, I buy like 2kg of mixed grain from Taiwan whenever I am there for a business trip. The above was my latest buy which I got in May this year. It has ten types of grain inside it! 2kg should be sufficient to last me for maybe 2 years. 


You must be wondering why I can go through 2kg of white rice but 2kg of mixed grain can last me 2 years. Well above photo might explain a bit. So for example today I cooked total 5 serving of rice, using 2 cups of white rice, and half a cup of mixed grain. The reason being, I just wanted to texture, and mixed grain usually need longer to cook. It is better to soak the rice before cooking as well. And now that I've learned to use my timer function on my rice cooker, I usually let the rice soak for one hour or two before cooking it. I read somewhere that Japanese rice is also better if you soak it before cooking. 

So there you have it, my high end rice eating habit. When I cook more japanese dishes, I don't add the mixed grain at all to make it more, well, Japanese like. This usually mean grilled fish dishes, or Japanese curry. I will probably continue to support my little expensive rice habit until I can no longer afford it. It is not really a necessity, its just those small pleasure that I really enjoy in life. And because the grains are so damn expensive, I actually pick up every single grain that fell on the floor. And when cooked, not a single rice is gone to waste. It really makes you appreciate your rice a lot better!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Exploring Vietnam


If you haven't figure it out yet, my next project is based in Vietnam. Hence the fascination with Vietnam recently in my blog post. In fact, I will be spending half of next month there working and holidaying. I wonder if I should pick up Vietnamese. I'm really excited about it and looking forward to going back, but this time, on my own alone... So I have been trying to read up more about it, and I got these two books from the newly open Bedok Library. I love Singapore library. Me going there is like me shopping in a bookstore where everything is free! 

For a start, I am headed back to Ho Chi Minh in November for work, and I look forward to explore it on my own. Top of my list is actually Vietnamese massage, and Bahn Mi. Lol. Plan to stop by the market and supermarket to shop for coffee and stuff as well. And on the web, I found back Mark Wiens' webpage that has a wealth of information. I used to watch his YouTube on Japan last time when I was planning my trip there. And now, woohoo, he has full information on Vietnam too. I especially love the 25 Dishes to Try information. Thank you Mark!

Next, I'll be headed to Hanoi, finally going to Sapa for some tracking, and Halong Bay to cruise the beautiful scenery that looks like they came out of some fantasy world. I am really looking forward to it. Not only that, I've also exchanged all my sky miles for a Business Class ticket back via Singapore Airlines. Between getting a round trip to Taipei, and a Business Class ticket, I decided I wanted to experience something new. I sure as hell wasn't going to pay for a Business Class ticket myself, so this was my chance to experience it for free (kinda, I still have to pay cash for the taxes which totals to around SGD70). Now here's hoping they will upgrade me to First Class with any luck!

Interestingly, I've also booked a cruise from Hong Kong to Singapore next year December 2018! I know I know, it is only 2017.... But I just love cruises, and so does my husband. It was a motivation for me to stay on in my job since I have to pay for the cruise. It is a 14 day cruise, and it will stop at 3 location in Vietnam! Hahaha. See, I told you next year is a Vietnam year. So looking forward to being bored on a cruise! So if you're wondering what I am up to most of the time, yeah, this blog kinda says it all: making and eating food, and planning my travel :)  

Ref:
23 Things To Do In Saigon
25 Dishes to Try in Saigon

Monday, October 30, 2017

Vietnamese Ice Coffee


Ok, as all stories goes, it started with me watching YouTube. YouTube is a dangerous channel that gives you funny ideas! So I was well, I couldn't remember why I was on YouTube.... Oh yes, I was watching bento making videos cause I have started packing my lunch to work again. So to get some ideas, I go to YouTube for inspiration. One thing lead to another, and I was watching Bahn Mi videos, and that lead to Vietnamese Ice Coffee Video cause I didn't have the necessary ingredient to make Bahn Mi and I wasn't going to settle without making something! But I'll leave the Bahn Mi video below for future reference. So let's continue with making Vietnamese Ice Coffee! What you need as shown above: Vietnamese Coffee Powder, ice, and condense milk! Easy!


I have a post on Vietnamese Coffee before, so you can refer here to read more on how to make it. Usually I drink it black, but YouTube convinced me that I had to have a cup of ice coffee now! And since it was 9pm at night, I went easy on the coffee and made a weak one. But I did add 2.5 teaspoon of condense milk in it. It was kinda diluted cause I don't like sweet drinks. 


Voila, ice coffee. I need to make it thicker, or with more milk at least, although it was already too sweet for me. And I needed more ice. Or let the coffee cool before pouring it to the ice. The other alternative I saw on YouTube was to make a cold brew coffee, but that would take hours! Maybe next time. 


This is what is left of the coffee powder. And I use this as a body scrub. It is kinda rough, so I only use it maybe once a week. Just mix it with water and apply on your skin. It's kinda acidic and feels really clean after use. It's gentle enough to use it on your face as well, or at least, I do use it on my face. It's great for getting all those stubborn blackhead off! I've stopped buying commercial scrub after using this cause it feels better, and more natural. For softer or milder feel of it, you can mix it with yogurt or milk before scrubbing. I'm just too cheap to waste perfectly good milk, so no. I will leave that to the spa expert when I go there. 

Ref:
So it started with this video cause I really really miss the Bahn Mi in HCM


Reason for this post was caused by this video


Cold Brew Option


Btw, I love her videos!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Popcorn Experiment

Popcorn is ridiculously cheap to make on your own. I have tried it for the first time making it here. But the problem was, how to make it as tasty as the commercially bought type.


So above is the type of commercial popcorn that I usually buy for my popcorn craving. My favourite is cameral, although I will also eat the cheese and dark chocolate flavour. This brand is kinda hard to find somehow, but it only cost around SGD1.50 per pack. And I only need one pack to stop my craving that comes around maybe once every few months. But sometimes, I can go thru 3 packs in one week.... But the thing is, corn kernel are really cheap. Like a whole bag for SGD1? And you only need less than a cup of it to make a huge amount of popcorns. So even though my first experiment wasn't as successful as I expected it, at the back of my mind, a devilish voice kept echoing: caramel syrup can cure everything!


Yeah, so one sunday at Liang Court, I decided to splurge SGD10 for two bottles of the above: Caramel Syrup, and Chocolate Syrup. They were kinda expensive for such a small bottle, but I didn't want a big Hershey bottle and let it sit in my fridge forever. Plus, I had this delusion that Japanese products are better. Regret..... the caramel syrup tasted like cough syrup and was kinda watery. After the first use, I decided to keep them in the fridge in the hope that it will help thicken them up. I really didn't  mind the cost of them at all cause apart from popcorn, I can also use them for waffles, ice cream, french toast, and maybe flavoured milk or coffee! Actually just yesterday I was thinking of chocolate baked chicken.....


So making flavoured popcorn is dead easy. Above just combine everything together! Duh. But I did add a bunch if truffle salt to my popcorn before adding the sauces. I don't really use my expensive truffle salt that much, so I didn't mind throwing them into my popcorns. It tasted really awesome with the caramel sauce! Hence the flavour: salted caramel! Wahahaha. 


They do look pretty when you drizzle it as per photo above. Kinda gourmet looking! Too bad the sauce was kinda watery. My hands were covered in sauce after that. Even the bottle of the container was covered in sauce. And just to add, in my previous post, I put half a cup to make one serving. In this post, I actually used less than a quarter cup. Maybe half of a quarter cup to make one serving. And even that was too much popcorn for me! So I can actually reduce further! Maybe just one or two table spoon of kernel is actually sufficient! This is so economical! Popcorns are also healthy snacks! And keep you really filled up with air! hahahaha. Bye now!




Saturday, October 28, 2017

21 Days Blogging Challenge


One of my goal when I retire is to maintain this blog full time. And one of the challenges was whether I was able to update it on a daily basis. Well if you have noticed,  I have been posting one post a day since September 2017. But I stopped after 21 days or so. They say that once you do something daily for 21 days, it will be come a habit. Is it true? Na! Old habits are hard to change. But yet here I am, blogging again after reflecting on that. Will I continue to blog daily? Maybe not. But I'll probably increase my blogging cause I realise, I really like blogging, and I really like reading my own blog. It is a place for me to keep all my memories and useful information. It is like my own personal reference page on the internet. And best of all, whatever I put here can be reuse and share with people. So yeah, even though I don't earn any money from it (yet), it is kind of a passion to continue doing it. And one day when I am dead, this may still remain....

So yeah, just to show you what I do alone when I am blogging, above is actually how I am blogging right now. Seated on the floor, home alone, with Marcus my macbook, my Little Cordy Notebook, and a pot of germaicha. All my favourite things :)

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ajin-Demi Human


Have you ever gone to a cinema not knowing what you will be watching? And after the movie, you just come out going "Wow! That totally blow me away!". Well recently me and my friend went to watch a Japanese movie just because we miss seeing the main actor in movies. We were fans of Takeru Satoh since the Kenshin Movie (which was awesome by the way!). We watched all three movies, and was rather sad when we went to watch the last one. So fast forward a few years, I told her that one of his movie will be showing in the cinema, let's go watch. I gave her a link to an unimpressive trailer of the movie. The story line was kinda like Tom Cruise's where he had to reset himself by killing himself.

Anyway, we both got tickets and went to watch it last Saturday, and we came out blown away. Not wanting to give anything away, I would say, GO WATCH IT! Not everything in the movie make sense, but hey, we all enjoy Kingsman, right? This one was much more serious, and bloodier, and just wow. Many plot twist, and also sympathy for the bad guys. I laugh more in Kingsman, but I thought this movie was much better in terms of storyline. Although I love the dancing disease scene in Kingsman, that scent look like a cool MTV!

Anyway, let me leave some trailers below for your reference. 

Kingsman

Ajin-Demi Human

Rurouni Kenshin

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno

Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends



Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Magazine Scrapbooking



I'm on a crusade to eat healthier whole food currently, and I turn to my loyal scrap books for reference. In this post, I will share with you what I do with magazines and unwanted insurance booklet.

I love reading magazine. I used to subscribed to them. At first it was ladies magazine, but I found that most fashion magazine are full of ads and full page fashion photos which I am not interested in. Why would anyone pay SGD6 for pages of paper you have no interest in? So I decided to only buy magazines that has more word content, or at least some useful information for me. I downsize to Women's Weekly cause of the recipe they provided, and Shape magazine for health, and also recipe. In fact, I used to take part in SHAPE run every year just so that I could subscribe to their magazine for SGD2 per copy! (and also buy ridiculously cheap milk and cereal during their events etc). But after a while, you realise the article just repeat itself, so I've stopped since. Now I only buy them if I'm in a roadshow, and they give goodie bags when you purchase a magazine. 


So after spending so much money on magazine, do you just read and then throw them away? Of course not. So what I do is, I actually save up all the articles I am interested in, and make them into a compact scrap book. So above photo shows a few of the scrapbook that I have. It is a lot of work, but it's a great way to spend your afternoon what you have nothing else better to do. Most of the magazine goes into the trash as per expected. I will only keep contents like: recipe, health tips, travel tips, life hacks, cleaning tips, deco tips. My scrapbooks are categorised by the content as well. So it's pretty neat knowing that my money doesn't go to waste. All you need is scissors, glue, and books you don't want. I use insurance diary which my agent keep giving me and I don't use them. As they are all the same size every year, it's pretty neat to use them as scrapbook. I like small compact books anyway.


So here is my collection of scrapbooks. Pretty cool huh? Actually only the first 3 are filled up with content. The rest are still waiting to be used. I have one A4 size magazine clipping that is still pending to be process into these little books too. And whenever I am free, or need reference or a need to buy magazine, I just go back to these little treasure of information. I do own a few recipe book which I buy from the store (mainly Penang and Peranakan recipe book), but somehow these scrapbooks are more personal to me. Cause I only keep recipe which I think I will make. 

By the way, just to share, that is my gold Hello Kitty coin bank! It only contains SGD1 gold coins!  So whenever I come across an SGD1 gold coin, I keep it and put it inside my coin bank. And whenever I want to buy something but can't really justify for it, I sometimes take out money from here to purchase it. For example I recently bought a waffle making machine which I can't really see any reason why I needed it. It cost SGD59, and I actually have a similar sandwich maker like it. So Hello Kitty to the rescue! No regrets!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Houjicha Latte


You know how I was mentioning about my addiction to Houjicha in my previous post? Well after writing about it, I decided to YouTube recipe for Houjicha, and was inspired enough to make my very first Houjicha Latte at home! I will leave some of YouTube clip in my reference section below. After drinking it, I was inspired enough to start taking photos and decided to post a tea entry here in this blog. So above photo shows my tea canister. The dark blue tin is actually from Tokyo Disneyland, and I use it to store my raw tea: tea bags SGD2 from Daiso, tea scooping plastic spoon (note to self: I should get a wooden one). Currently I have two type of tea inside the can: one is Genmaicha which my ex-colleague got me from Hong Kong. They originate from Kyoto actually, but it is good to know you can buy them from Hong Kong cause guess what, I'm headed to Hong Kong next year end! Woohoo! The other tea is Houjicha which I got from Hokkaido if I am not mistaken. Thankfully for it, I can now make my own Houjicha latte at home!


I remember when was the first time i fell in love with Houjicha latte. It was at a Starbuck. To be honest, I hate the coffee at Starbuck. So being social, I ordered their Houjicha latte, and have been stuck with it since. The fragrant of it was just wonderful! On my shopping list next should be Houjicha Powder! I know they exist cause I saw them on YouTube!

Anyway, to make Houjicha latte, boil hot water with Houjicha tea leaves for at least 3 minutes. I just added boil water to my tea leave. It wasn't as strong as I would have like it to be, cause my tea bags are usually packed for just plain tea. To make latte, you usually need more tea powder, or tea essence. So when my tea was ready after 3 minutes, I add full cream milk into it and the colour just turn a very light brown, almost white! Looking at it, it didn't look very promising. But when I took a sip, the distinct fragrant of the tea just hits you, and everything was alright again. I was happy, cause my version has no sugar in it. Although next time, I would make the tea a lot stronger. And maybe even heat up the milk and make some foam.... 


By the way, if you are wondering why you see a container of the famous Taiwanese milk tea in the first photo, it's because I use them to store my tea bags. I love it that they are so colourful, and since they are colour coded, I can remember which tea is in which container. So black is my Houjicha, pink is some left over tea which I think is green tea, green is my Gemaicha, and the light brown one is actually oats which I add to my hot milo. I really love them cause they are airtight, and easy to carry around. So if I feel like drinking tea in the office, I just throw one of these into my bag and bring it to the office. They store around 10 or so tea bags and look pretty on my table too!

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Houjicha Latte


Houjicha Pudding