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13 November 2005 @ 03:40 am
wine hut  
last friday night with the babes and nicole, for a night of yummy wine and juicy girltalk.

this place came highly recommended by dishysue, and it sure didn't disappoint!

we had 2 bottles of "sue's sparkling ribena", which was super delicious yet deceptively potent... we were pretty sloshed! i didn't drink as much because my nose went bananas. i suspect i have become allergic to second-hand smoke. my nose was a pretty trashed combination of being blocked and running at the same time. all night. it would start to clear when everyone (well, actually only 2 out of 5 of us present) stopped smoking... but before i can completely recover, the next stick gets lit. and it starts all over again... (that's why i look a little out of it in the photo... heh)

i've been smoking for about 10 years now, and i've never react so violently to second-hand smoke. i have a tendency to stop smoking suddenly. the last time i did it, i stopped for a year. i'm currently in one of these 'stopping phases' now. i didn't plan to quit, and i don't consider myself to have quit smoking... i just don't feel like lighting up, that's all. i will have a stick when i feel like it. and if i still have ciggies, i'll carry them around in a ziplock baggie. sometimes my friends end up finishing my ciggies for me. i've carried the same box of ciggies for months sometimes.

i've even started to put namecards and membership cards into my metal ciggie box. :P

anyway, this wine hut is an ultra lovely place, right opposite the gallery hotel. the interior is really beautiful, very chill and very tastefully done with comfy couches and candles. we didn't sit indoors because we had 2 smokers, but i had a peek inside when i walked through.

outdoor seating was great for people-watching. we had a good view of party people entering or leaving liquid room and sound bar. if you're the sort who hates singapore heat and humidity, i'd say indoors is a better choice.

our brilliant evening was slightly marred by this weirdo prickface of a german (no offense to nice german peeps out there). he'd been drinking alone at another table for awhile, and suddenly decided to come over and sit himself at ours. he told us to ignore him, he just wanted some company instead of sitting alone, so don't talk to him. we were flabbergasted. after awhile, nicole tried to make friendly convo by asking him what his name was. she was rewarded with a rude retort of "don't talk to me, just pretend i'm not here".


at this point, nicole, esther and i were eyeballing each other with incredulous looks. raina and mingster came back from the loo, and were like, "hey! who's the new friend?". raina tried to talk to him, and received the same treatment as nicole did. what a dumbass son of a cow.

t'was a good thing he didn't sit his ass at our table earlier and ruin our night. we were about to leave anyway, so we didn't inform the wine hut owner keith about the weirdo. we said our thanks and byes to keith, upped and left without a second glance.

bak kut teh from the 'newish' stall at the junction of mohd sultan was had to round up the night. :) pigged out without a care in the world, and weirdo german person was forgotten quite swiftly. too tired by then to take any pics but the BKT was about average. i'd say founder's @ balestier is still the best. eventually got home at about 4am.

despite my crazy nose and the crazy german, it was an excellent night with my excellent girls. we'll be back for more sparking ribena!
feelin': cheerfulcheerful
(Anonymous) on November 13th, 2005 02:13 am (UTC)
Hey Jessica, if you want really good food, try the Miharu Ramen at the same Gallery hotel you were just at. Its typically about $13 for a normal size bowl and $15 for a large. They are one of 3 ramen bars in Singapore that import their noodles fresh from Sapporo Japan - you can really taste the authenticity, I eat a $15 bowl of ramen once a week.

That german sounds like a twit. Did you take a photo of him?

PS I was just in bali and your food blog inspired me to put in some food photos and pics of me in my usually standard photo gallery, youve influenced the way I now do my website. Use your editor skills to critique me if you get the time.


Cheers Julian.
JVdrag0nette on November 13th, 2005 10:40 am (UTC)
unfortunately, we didn't take a photo of him. that would be paying him too much attention - we might have been attacked. :P

some cool pics you've got on your site, though there are some i like less than the rest. different equipment perhaps? colour and clarity not as sharp in some sets, for example, the ones in china.
(Anonymous) on November 13th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Heh thanks, its interesting you even took the time to look at my ancient galleries like China...If thats what appeals then i think i need to go back there and do a digital set as all the ones you saw was film shot 7 years ago and scanned using a crapola-not-designed-to-scan-film Epson scanner.

I eventually moved to digital with the thailand and bali trips, so thats why those look sharp on a computer screen, however in a photographic print comparison, it all evens up film looks great.

About that german , I think I would have most definately gotten into a swearing argument with him. Just reading about it made me angry. If only you could have gotten that photo!
(Anonymous) on November 13th, 2005 09:22 am (UTC)
what a freak
It's like having an invisible friend who isn't invisible and isn't a friend. What a nutjob. -MercerMachine
JVdrag0nette on November 13th, 2005 10:37 am (UTC)
Re: what a freak

aptly put, mr machine. :)
 Lee  (Tracy Lee, actually :)popcorn_feet on November 13th, 2005 08:12 pm (UTC)
I would have hated it if that guy came and sat down at my table - big loser...BIG loser... sheeesh. no wonder he was sitting alone before he sat with you guys.
JVdrag0nette on November 14th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
hehe! yeh, i wonder if he has any friends!
sticker mansilver_crv on November 14th, 2005 12:56 am (UTC)
you could have met adolf hilter....haaaa
JVdrag0nette on November 14th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)

i won't mind meeting hitler... will be interesting!
emerald___emerald___ on November 14th, 2005 04:28 am (UTC)
That guy is so... wtf.

Anyway, you make the place sound so good! Haha I really wanna go try some sparkling ribena now. :D
JVdrag0nette on November 14th, 2005 12:59 pm (UTC)
you should! :D
The Citygentcitygent on November 14th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
sparkling ribeena that gets you trollied? I'm intrigued!!

heh - bizarre German man! lol - Germans abroad can be a little strange. Once they cross their boarders, expect the unexpected!!

Sounds like you did the right thing giving up on the cigarettes - how odd that it affects your nose so..... :o
JVdrag0nette on November 14th, 2005 03:08 pm (UTC)
sparkling ribena is just my friend sue's name for it. it's really a sparkling red.
The Citygentcitygent on November 14th, 2005 08:07 pm (UTC)
Great Scott!! Sparkling red wine? Why have I never come across this in Europe?!? Seriously, I have never heard of such a thing!! :oO