March 11th, 2006


the pooh mission

last week, synn had a bad dental incident gone wrong. she ended up having an impromptu procedure, had to have stitches in her mouth and some of her bone had to be removed. her husband was the one who rang me at 11pm on tuesday night to inform me of what had happened.

i could only imagine how crap she must have been feeling, so i wanted to send her something nice to cheer her up. and our big brother @ work, sam also wanted to join in on this mission. so we scoured the mall. to no avail. after some running around, a good-sized piglet (about the size of a newborn baby) was in my arms, ready to be entrusted with the responsibility of cheering synn up. on the way to the cashier, we passed a very large pooh.

i paused in my tracks, looked at pooh, looked at piglet, and looked at pooh again.

piglet went back on the shelf and pooh came along with us. :)

pooh sat quietly under my table for a day, until the mission was ready for kick off into action. i orchestrated an sms chat with synn to casually ask for her husband's contact number, pretending that i wanted to discuss with him whether there was anything we could do about the complaint/compensation. luckily this went without a glitch, because i did have his mobile number sometime ago but didn't know he changed it. :P quickly told him about operation-pooh-surprise and he was happy to cooperate.

so i bundled pooh into a cab with me and we headed home to wait for the next move. about an hour later, i received the signal that the Transport Vessel was on its way. after a coupla final stern instructions to agent-pooh, he was strapped in the front seat of the Transport Vessel and took off on his mission!

half an hour later, my mobile bleeped with happy smses. pooh had accomplished his little mission with flying colours!


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beppu menkan japanese noodles restaurant

the new ramen place @ suntec city.

last friday, we decided to have a good lunch because it was a crap day @ work. since none of us had tried this spanking new eatery yet, we gave it a shot.

first up, i must say that the complimentary edamame rocks! it could be because of the little grains of salt rubbed on the skin of the pods. they weren't the prettiest pods i've seen but they were certainly the best tasting ones (even compared with the up-market joints).

apparently, one of their specialties is the ultra-spicy noodles. graded on a rating system of 2 chillies, 4 chillies and 6 chillies, the waitress advised that 2 chillies was pretty darn spicy. sorleng, who loves spicy stuff, ordered the 4 chillies-rating noodles despite the kind warning. she ended up struggling with it, though she insisted it was still tasty and wouldn't agree to buying a serving of broth @ $1. the good peeps must have considered the fact that people will underestimate their chilli-power and thus, on the menu is an item of broth to be used to rinse out your spicy noodles. ha!

my buttercorn ramen was slightly above average. i love corn and i love butter, and this seemed like the ultimate yumminess. however, the ramen is not as tasty as i imagined - it wasn't quite smooth and was slightly clammy. plus points go to uber fat and juicy corn kernels. i wonder what brand of corn they use...

we also indulged in a (quite extensive) feast of side dishes to go along with our ramen. the gyoza was to die for! smooth, tender skin and the perfect amount of stuffing within. octopus-balls were piping hot and tasted like they were made fresh on the spot. scallops in bread crumbs could have done with less bread crumbs (and bigger scallops) because we could hardly taste them. the grilled squid was a hugeass portion, and smelled heavenly! however, it was a little on the chewy side and would have been better if grilled for a shorter period. but it was still great to munch on because of the fantastic aroma and yummy teriyaki sauce. salmon and cheese nuggets were about average. again, too much bread crumbs which overpowered the taste of the fillings. the prawn things kinda sucked - the prawns were rather hard. i suspect they might have been overcooked. i took a small nibble of the chicken sausage. it was a little too salty (even for me) but the texture was good and very tender.

the cosy booths deserve a mention. this is quite a nice place for a casual, just-above-average japanese meal. don't rock up and expect kickass jap cuisine, and you'll be fine. :)

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