FASHION, FOOD, Food reviews, Uncategorized A SHOPPING & FOODIE WEEKEND 2 July 2006

Went with Chris to a Microsoft get-together yesterday. It was fun πŸ™‚ It’s crazy how things change so much in such a short time; it seems like either someone new joins or someone leaves every few months. But it was nice catching up and I was amused at the MASSIVE assortment of food there, because everyone ended up bringing something to the party. I think there were 3 tables piled full of food of every kind! Was actually very good though, and didn’t go nuts eating myself stupid. In fact, I barely ate, because Chris had the smart idea to make sure we had a full lunch beforehand πŸ˜‰

Makan @Alice’s
262β€”264 Pennant Hills Rd
Thornleigh, NSW 2120

Today, we went to Alice’s – again! We’d been there last week too, but since Chris has this stipuation that he MUST have the char kway teow there every 2 weeks, it means that if I want him to order something else, we’d have to go every week. So we did πŸ˜‰

However, his sub clause was that if he doesn’t get his char kway teow, then we’ve got to get the next closest dish – that is, Chai tow kway (aka Fried Radish Cake). So we got that πŸ˜› It was yummmm.. all hot and steamy and perfect since it was so cold outside. And also tons of egg in there! I’d have prefered the bits to be chopped smaller though, so you get more surface area and thus more sauce and flavour. But super good πŸ™‚ Also had the Roti chanai with chicken curry. Their chicken curry is fantastic, as good as Kopitiam’s @ Ultimo. All smooth and creamy and PROPER AUTHENTIC chicken curry – yummers! And lastly, some yam cake, I think it’s called “wu tao go”? Not sure. It’s one of my faves and is so tasty with the chilly sauce :)~

Was keen on getting some popiah, but it wasn’t available today *siiiigh*. So decided to get some desserts again, the standard Sago with gula melaka (which Chris insisted on) and Onde Onde, which is a sweet glutinous ball with gula melaka (aka palm sugar) on the inside. Those things were so friggin’ sweet!! There was actually a lump of the soaked sugar nestled inside each ball. They were good though ;)~


People queuing to make an order

Roti chanai with chicken curry

Chai tow kway

Yam cake

Sago with gula melaka

Onde onde

Just a random pic of a fountain at the Hornsby Shopping Centre


Hit Chatswood afterwards, as I’d heard word that Peter Alexander were having a massive sale, and nothing excites me more than the word “sale” (well, apart from “food”, that is). They have fantastic home/sleep wear, I practically live in their flannel PJs in winter! Ended up getting a couple of things:

Space Cadet Hipster PJs

Lace Trim Singlet in Red

2 Silky Soft Tanks in Pink, and in Brown

Waffle Knit Hoodie Top


Watched Superman afterwards. It was pretty good, though I didn’t have very high expectations! Best-looking Superman though, imho πŸ˜‰ And the husband, James Marsden, is really hot too. But I found a ton of plot loopholes and things that didn’t make sense, which annoyed me – but I guess the very fact that a dude’s flying in the air is something that “doesn’t make sense” in the first place, haha! The movie went for almost 3 hours, so we had to speed off to Church afterwards.. and had to walk in late πŸ™

May’s Malaysian Treats
Mandarin Shopping Centre
Chatswood NSW, 2067

After Church, we were delighted to find that the food court opposite the road was, unbelievably, still open. Hurray!! Had a quick dinner there, May’s Malaysian Treats is our fave stall, we always eat there.. and if I try and look at another store, Chris re-directs me back to this one πŸ˜‰ Their food is cheap and good, with a huge selection. Had the Special Indonesian fried rice this time, and it was super!! The rice was full of flavour without being salty, and had bits of chicken and egg with it. It came topped with a fried egg (of which the yolk oozed into the fried rice when I popped it.. mmmmmm..) and was served with some prawn crackers, prawns, tomato and cucumber. It was a BIG plate and totally satisfying. Nothing beats a good ‘ol delicious fried rice!



So feeling quite guilty today from all the naughty food. Not to mention I was like a crazy food demon at the movies and demolished everything and anything I could get my hands on – chocolates, Mamee noodles, chocolate biscuits, chilli fried peanuts, BBQ corn kernels.. ummmm… just everything I could find in the bag (Chris carries around a backpack that I always stuff with lots of snacks, as we kinda get the munchies constantly). Which means, tomorrow is Monday and Monday means the start of a new healthy week.. so gotta eat healthy and hit the gym tomorrow because the cycle begins all overr again!

56 Comments

  • protozone posted on July 2, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    I saw Superman on Friday for $5 and still felt ripped off. I think I hated it about as much as I can hate a movie.
    Summary of gripes:
    – Superman/Clark Kent never really had anything to say. “Are you okay?” doesn’t really add much depth to the character.
    – Superman ignored Lex Luthor for most of the movie. That really annoyed me.
    – The Lex Luthor side of the plot mainly involved Lex Luthor wanting to get into real estate by creating a new continent.
    – They should’ve called it “Lois Returns” – I think she got more screen time than Superman did…

    Reply
    • daysies posted on July 2, 2006 at 3:46 pm

      sadly, i agree

      i did enjoy the movie, but i have to agree with all your gripes. i had to google articles/interviews to see where they picked up last (which is after Superman II) to understand where they were going with the storyline (or lack thereof)… i mean, i recall Superman and Lex Luthor having long diatribes before the kryptonite came out. there was hardly any verbal exchange when Lex and Superman saw each other again. of course, this is Bryan Singer’s take on the Superman saga. so maybe there was a reason for that. *shrug* anyway, seeing Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark Kent gave me goosebumps because he really looked like Christopher Reeve. i think he even go the bumblingness/fumblingness of Clark down pat. i can’t wait to see the DVD. i also should’ve picked up the old Superman movies while i was in Best Buy.

      Reply
      • protozone posted on July 2, 2006 at 4:45 pm

        Re: sadly, i agree

        The one thing that did have me a bit excited about this movie was Kevin Spacey being cast as Lex Luthor. I thought he could’ve been really good, but I don’t think the writers gave him a chance.

        I was hoping for the Superman equivalent of Batman Begins or Spider-Man…

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        • daysies posted on July 2, 2006 at 4:48 pm

          Re: sadly, i agree

          me, too. i read in an article that they (the ominous they) thought Bryan Singer could bring Superman in the same light as Batman Begins, X-Men, and Spider-Man… sort of darker, more brooding, etc. not in the same cheese as the original Superman movies… we can only hope that there’s a sequel and the writing gets better.

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        • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:42 pm

          Re: sadly, i agree

          Kevin Spacey’s incredible, love all the movies he’s in.
          I’m REALLY looking forward to Ghost Rider with Nicholas Cage – comic books and one of my fave actors? Super combination!

          Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:40 pm

      5 bucks?! How’d you score that????

      I said to Chris “Superman acts kinda wooden”, but Chris said that’s the whole point, so I didn’t list that as something I thought was bad.

      Reply
      • protozone posted on July 3, 2006 at 2:53 am

        Three Coke labels (with the Superman stuff on them) = a $5 ticket.

        I was hoping for some depth to the character, at least on the Clark Kent side. I also can’t really remember what happened between the beginning of the movie and the end of the movie. It seems like the middle was all filler? A bit of perving on Lois outside her home here (what was with that?), a bit of saving a random person there… The only significant events seemed to be the car/museum thing.

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        • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:25 am

          Haha I giggled at the perving bit, it was so random. But yeah, wasn’t a spectacular movie but better than the other shite on at the moment..
          I can’t WAIT for Pirates to come out!!

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          • protozone posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

            I’ve noticed that the current movies are pretty awful. In fact, the past few movies I’ve seen have been really poor (in my opinion), which is unusual because I usually enjoy most movies at least a bit. The one exception to this was The Chumscrubber, which I saw at Dendy about a week ago. It was excellent, although probably not for everyone. It’s been compared with Donnie Darko…

            I also noticed a few other movies at Dendy that sounded good, so I’m headed back there next time I feel like seeing a movie. πŸ˜›

  • jacintahuang posted on July 2, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    What a weekend!! Chai Tao Kueys are the best. :P~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:43 pm

      I wish they were as cheap as SG’s.. but I’ll take what I can get, hehe

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on July 2, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    Love the clothes that you bought – the space cadet PJs look comfy and cute.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:43 pm

      the PJs are super soft and brushed cotton, I LOVE Peter Alexander’s PJs, they’re always really comfy πŸ™‚ And not too $$ too, esp when on sale!

      Reply
  • medlabtech posted on July 2, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Mouth-watering food pics, as usual!

    Going to see Superman tonight.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:44 pm

      Hope you like it!! I thought it was a decent movie, but nothing spectacular.. I preferred Spiderman πŸ˜€

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      • medlabtech posted on July 3, 2006 at 4:01 pm

        I enjoyed the movie. We watched it in IMAX 3-D, but there were only four scenes in 3-D and they were quite disappointing. It was kind of annoying having to put on/take off the 3-D glasses.

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  • mzlizbit posted on July 2, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    u know, every time i see your food pictures i think to myself “wow that looks good”. but for some reason now i am just DYING to actually TRY THEM. the dishes just look so ridiculously goooood, and i’ve never had singaporean food (is that the correct term? hehe) before. i don’t know of any places in new york though…i’m gonna have to investigate. lol

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:50 pm

      I hope you get to try some soon! I don’t know of any really authentic SG places in NY either… but hey, at least you get to live in NY!!!

      Reply
  • protozone posted on July 2, 2006 at 1:59 pm

    I saw Superman on Friday for $5 and still felt ripped off. I think I hated it about as much as I can hate a movie.
    Summary of gripes:
    – Superman/Clark Kent never really had anything to say. “Are you okay?” doesn’t really add much depth to the character.
    – Superman ignored Lex Luthor for most of the movie. That really annoyed me.
    – The Lex Luthor side of the plot mainly involved Lex Luthor wanting to get into real estate by creating a new continent.
    – They should’ve called it “Lois Returns” – I think she got more screen time than Superman did…

    Reply
    • daysies posted on July 2, 2006 at 3:46 pm

      sadly, i agree

      i did enjoy the movie, but i have to agree with all your gripes. i had to google articles/interviews to see where they picked up last (which is after Superman II) to understand where they were going with the storyline (or lack thereof)… i mean, i recall Superman and Lex Luthor having long diatribes before the kryptonite came out. there was hardly any verbal exchange when Lex and Superman saw each other again. of course, this is Bryan Singer’s take on the Superman saga. so maybe there was a reason for that. *shrug* anyway, seeing Brandon Routh as Superman/Clark Kent gave me goosebumps because he really looked like Christopher Reeve. i think he even go the bumblingness/fumblingness of Clark down pat. i can’t wait to see the DVD. i also should’ve picked up the old Superman movies while i was in Best Buy.

      Reply
      • protozone posted on July 2, 2006 at 4:45 pm

        Re: sadly, i agree

        The one thing that did have me a bit excited about this movie was Kevin Spacey being cast as Lex Luthor. I thought he could’ve been really good, but I don’t think the writers gave him a chance.

        I was hoping for the Superman equivalent of Batman Begins or Spider-Man…

        Reply
        • daysies posted on July 2, 2006 at 4:48 pm

          Re: sadly, i agree

          me, too. i read in an article that they (the ominous they) thought Bryan Singer could bring Superman in the same light as Batman Begins, X-Men, and Spider-Man… sort of darker, more brooding, etc. not in the same cheese as the original Superman movies… we can only hope that there’s a sequel and the writing gets better.

          Reply
        • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:42 pm

          Re: sadly, i agree

          Kevin Spacey’s incredible, love all the movies he’s in.
          I’m REALLY looking forward to Ghost Rider with Nicholas Cage – comic books and one of my fave actors? Super combination!

          Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:40 pm

      5 bucks?! How’d you score that????

      I said to Chris “Superman acts kinda wooden”, but Chris said that’s the whole point, so I didn’t list that as something I thought was bad.

      Reply
      • protozone posted on July 3, 2006 at 2:53 am

        Three Coke labels (with the Superman stuff on them) = a $5 ticket.

        I was hoping for some depth to the character, at least on the Clark Kent side. I also can’t really remember what happened between the beginning of the movie and the end of the movie. It seems like the middle was all filler? A bit of perving on Lois outside her home here (what was with that?), a bit of saving a random person there… The only significant events seemed to be the car/museum thing.

        Reply
        • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:25 am

          Haha I giggled at the perving bit, it was so random. But yeah, wasn’t a spectacular movie but better than the other shite on at the moment..
          I can’t WAIT for Pirates to come out!!

          Reply
          • protozone posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

            I’ve noticed that the current movies are pretty awful. In fact, the past few movies I’ve seen have been really poor (in my opinion), which is unusual because I usually enjoy most movies at least a bit. The one exception to this was The Chumscrubber, which I saw at Dendy about a week ago. It was excellent, although probably not for everyone. It’s been compared with Donnie Darko…

            I also noticed a few other movies at Dendy that sounded good, so I’m headed back there next time I feel like seeing a movie. πŸ˜›

  • jacintahuang posted on July 2, 2006 at 2:12 pm

    What a weekend!! Chai Tao Kueys are the best. :P~

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:43 pm

      I wish they were as cheap as SG’s.. but I’ll take what I can get, hehe

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on July 2, 2006 at 2:15 pm

    Love the clothes that you bought – the space cadet PJs look comfy and cute.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:43 pm

      the PJs are super soft and brushed cotton, I LOVE Peter Alexander’s PJs, they’re always really comfy πŸ™‚ And not too $$ too, esp when on sale!

      Reply
  • etherealprey posted on July 3, 2006 at 1:55 am

    yeah i saw superman too, it didn’t suck like i had thought it would have. but at least his suit isn’t spandex you know? hee hee.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:35 am

      He looked okay in the suit, at least I didn’t snicker πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • isla_quack posted on July 3, 2006 at 2:46 am

    ohh YUM, your pics never fail to disappoint me!
    onde onde is my fave!! but too bad they don’t make them everyday.. πŸ™
    the indo fried rice looks delicious too!

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    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:46 am

      I found the Onde Onde sooooo sweet, I like Dar Dar more πŸ™‚ But Chris liked it!
      The fried rice was SO GOOD, going to have it next time as well, heh

      Reply
  • medlabtech posted on July 2, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Mouth-watering food pics, as usual!

    Going to see Superman tonight.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:44 pm

      Hope you like it!! I thought it was a decent movie, but nothing spectacular.. I preferred Spiderman πŸ˜€

      Reply
      • medlabtech posted on July 3, 2006 at 4:01 pm

        I enjoyed the movie. We watched it in IMAX 3-D, but there were only four scenes in 3-D and they were quite disappointing. It was kind of annoying having to put on/take off the 3-D glasses.

        Reply
  • mzlizbit posted on July 2, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    u know, every time i see your food pictures i think to myself “wow that looks good”. but for some reason now i am just DYING to actually TRY THEM. the dishes just look so ridiculously goooood, and i’ve never had singaporean food (is that the correct term? hehe) before. i don’t know of any places in new york though…i’m gonna have to investigate. lol

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 2, 2006 at 9:50 pm

      I hope you get to try some soon! I don’t know of any really authentic SG places in NY either… but hey, at least you get to live in NY!!!

      Reply
  • esthered posted on July 3, 2006 at 3:46 am

    The sago look really really good! πŸ˜€

    Just a question though, what do you usually do at the gym? Do you use the cardio machine or anything?

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    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

      I usually either hop on the treadmill, or the bike… then I’ll do some of those weight machine things and sit-ups and stretches.. that’s about it πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • etherealprey posted on July 3, 2006 at 1:55 am

    yeah i saw superman too, it didn’t suck like i had thought it would have. but at least his suit isn’t spandex you know? hee hee.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:35 am

      He looked okay in the suit, at least I didn’t snicker πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • isla_quack posted on July 3, 2006 at 2:46 am

    ohh YUM, your pics never fail to disappoint me!
    onde onde is my fave!! but too bad they don’t make them everyday.. πŸ™
    the indo fried rice looks delicious too!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:46 am

      I found the Onde Onde sooooo sweet, I like Dar Dar more πŸ™‚ But Chris liked it!
      The fried rice was SO GOOD, going to have it next time as well, heh

      Reply
  • esthered posted on July 3, 2006 at 3:46 am

    The sago look really really good! πŸ˜€

    Just a question though, what do you usually do at the gym? Do you use the cardio machine or anything?

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 11:47 am

      I usually either hop on the treadmill, or the bike… then I’ll do some of those weight machine things and sit-ups and stretches.. that’s about it πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • to_want posted on July 3, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    Love the lace trim tank!

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    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 9:50 pm

      I realised I don’t have a red tank top at all! So it was totally a justified purchase, and only $19 too πŸ˜€

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  • to_want posted on July 3, 2006 at 5:33 pm

    Love the lace trim tank!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 3, 2006 at 9:50 pm

      I realised I don’t have a red tank top at all! So it was totally a justified purchase, and only $19 too πŸ˜€

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on July 4, 2006 at 9:47 am

    hello ive just started reading your blog and i love your fotos of food! i was reading along until i just came along that post about alices and im like 0_0 becos we’re close family friends with her! i love the kueh selection and that foto of the onde onde is GOLD! -chocolatesuze.com

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    • beverly posted on July 4, 2006 at 10:15 am

      ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Are you serious?? We are there at least every 2 weeks, they make the most spot-on authentic SG/M’sian food in Sydney. Are you there often? I’ve got 12512421 foodie posts about Alice’s, sometimes I wonder if they think I’m a crazy person taking pics of their food πŸ˜‰

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  • Anonymous posted on July 4, 2006 at 9:47 am

    hello ive just started reading your blog and i love your fotos of food! i was reading along until i just came along that post about alices and im like 0_0 becos we’re close family friends with her! i love the kueh selection and that foto of the onde onde is GOLD! -chocolatesuze.com

    Reply
    • beverly posted on July 4, 2006 at 10:15 am

      ARGHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! Are you serious?? We are there at least every 2 weeks, they make the most spot-on authentic SG/M’sian food in Sydney. Are you there often? I’ve got 12512421 foodie posts about Alice’s, sometimes I wonder if they think I’m a crazy person taking pics of their food πŸ˜‰

      Reply

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