Epiphany

Had sort of an epiphany a few days ago… a revelation of sorts.  Occurred to me that I feel that my blog is at its most “real” and most meaningful when I write down my thoughts.  Sort of like how one might share one’s innermost thoughts in a diary.  The thought just came to me while watching The Seventh Day and seeing how Nikki Chow’s character pen her thoughts on her blog.  Will try to write more often… even if the post is very short.  Smile

An Answer

Finally got an answer tonight. Before I joined my current company, I also interviewed with a trade credit insurer. After going through 3 rounds of interview, I was told by HR that I stood a very good chance, and they asked me to wait 2 weeks for the CEO and his deputy to return from overseas to know the result.

Before the two weeks was up, my current boss made me an offer and I accepted. Thus I never knew for sure if the other company was really keen on hiring me (the recruiter withdraw my application when I told him I accepted another job).

Today, I had drinks and dinner with the person who would’ve been my boss had I joined the insurer. I asked him if they were really going to hire me back then and the answer was yes. He had already given the approval as the head of department and left it to HR to negotiate terms with me. All this while he was under the impression that HR made me an offer but I declined. I told him that was not the case! Although my current company was my first choice, the fact is, the offer was never made known to me! Really sounds like a case of screw up by HR.

Anyhow, this is all in the past now. This same underwriter is also open to me joining the company he’s in now but I’m not so keen on the opening.

That said, only God knows what the future holds. Never say never!

Hong Kong (24 – 28 Mar 2011) – Part 2

More food photos!!

 

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I hardly hardly eat street hawker food in HK… the one and only time was when I shared this erm… flour egg balls thingy with Azure last year.  After trying the curry fish balls, however, I’m totally in love with it!  Yummy!  I prefer those that just come with the “curry sauce” rather than those with peanut gravy mixed in.  🙂

 

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Tried the spicy pork cube noodles from some random Cha Chan Teng.  Paled in comparison to my now defunct Kam Moon Kok.  *Sad*.

 

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My friend’s pork chop bun… looks not bad… but the slice of pork was a little small I think.

 

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Booze Queen’s breakfast.  The Polo Bun with 2 slices of butter looked sooooooooooooo delicious!

 

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Happy to share that the French Toast at the random Cha Chan Teng was as good as the one from Kam Moon Kok.  The secret is to spread a bit of peanut butter inside the thick toast before dipping it in egg & frying it.  And I eat it by pouring tons of syrup on top.  YUMMY!

Ok… Gonna leave the last set of photos from Tai Ping Koon Restaurant for another day… Heh.

Hong Kong (24 – 28 Mar 2011) – Part 1

The trip was extremely fun despite the terrible inconvenience and distress caused by Jetstar (they kept sending me SMSes & e-mails saying my flight itinerary changed, despite me logging into their system to confirm the amendment to my return flight 3 times.  Then on the night before my  flight to HK, I got an erroneous SMS saying that even my departure flight was changed when it wasn’t!)

Shopped quite a bit & ate even more!  Only sad news is that my favourite cha chan teng, Kam Moon Kok, has closed.  Learnt from a neighbouring Chinese medicine shop that they sold the shop to this real estate company and closed.  I guess they cashed out.  Sob.

Anyway, I didn’t take much photos of my companions nor me this trip… my photos are all of… FOOD!  Here’re some selected shots!

 

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Saw this on Jetstar’s menu.. poor chicken.. had its balls crushed and laughed at?

 

Che’s Restaurant

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Fried fritters in cheong fun.  Not bad.  The fritters were light & crispy, cheong fun skin was thin.

 

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Custard & salted egg bun.  Really love this.  I like the balance between the sweet custard & the salted egg bits.  There is also a generous amount of filling!  Slurp!

 

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Siew mai.  I’m not a fan of the siew mai at Che’s ‘cos I find the meat a little fatty.  It’s tender & tasty & the skin is thin… but I don’t like the bits of fatty meat inside.  Heh.  Personal preference.

 

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Har gow – I love this ‘cos of the super fresh and crunchy prawns.  The skin could be thinner though.

 

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I didn’t order the beef tripe but was told it was pretty tasty.  It comes with some dried beancurd skin that’s hidden below the tripe. 

 

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Egg tart.  This really has to be eaten when it’s fresh out of the oven so that the egg in the middle is still gooey and the flaky crust melts in your mouth!

 

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Char siew cheong fun.  I’ve always liked this ‘cos the char siew is lean & the soya sauce makes the entire dish very tasty.

 

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Dumpling in chilli oil & vinegar.  First time I tried this at Che’s.  Average… Booze Queen says the one from Din Tai Fung in Singapore is better (will try that soon!!)

 

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Che’s signature crispy char siew pau.  This is the epitome of crispy char siew pau!  The crust is crispy, sweet & buttery at the same time.  The texture sort of reminds me of the Rotiboy bun that took Singapore by storm a few years ago.  The char siew inside is tasty & moist with gravy.  Excellent!  This never disappoints!

 

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Lotus leaf rice.  Looks normal right?  Wait till you see what’s inside…

 

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There was a fresh scallop, baby abalone, dried scallops, mushroom & meat!  Super tasty!  Probably the best lotus leaf rice I’ve ever tried.  Yummy… Will definitely have this again on my next trip!

 

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I can’t remember the exact name of this dish.. white sesame & black sesame ball or something.  Anyhow, it was good.  Really like how the black sesame inside flows out the minute you bite the ball.  *Slurp!!

 

Yat Lok

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Tried the highly recommended roast goose from Yat Lok.  I really liked the skin – super crispy & tasty even after being soaked in the soup.  The meat, however, was smelly!!!!  Only ate some parts that were less odorous and gave the rest to Iceman.  Bleah!

 

Tim Ho Wan

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This is an apparently well known 1-star Michelin dimsum place.  It opens at 10am but Azure got us there at 9am and she obtained pole position in the queue!  Well done!

 

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Check out the losers in the queue behind us!

 

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The dimsum was pretty good… but I didn’t like it more than Che’s… the pricing, however, definitely deserved that 1-star!  Super cheap!  The 4 of us paid what 1 of us paid at Che’s!  (In other words, the price was like a quarter of Che’s!)

 

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Funny English. Heehee.

 

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Phoenix claws aka chicken feet.  Hehe.  I didn’t (and don’t) eat this but I recall those who ate saying that the way it’s done is pretty different from Singapore… so… maybe it’s not not nice… just that it doesn’t match our expectations.

 

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Char siew cheong fun.  The parsley (“yim sai” in Cantonese) inside totally ruined this for me.  The only thing I thought was good was the super thin cheong fun skin (better than Che’s).

 

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Har gow – average.

 

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Siew mai – I didn’t really like this.  Somehow the taste wasn’t that fantastic. 

 

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Crispy char siew pau – there wasn’t enough crispy bits on the skin.  The char siew was also a little too sweet so the blend between sweet & buttery/ salty wasn’t there.  Really paled in comparison to Che’s.

 

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Pan fried carrot cake.  Bland.  Tasteless.  🙁

 

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Lotus leaf rice… I can’t remember much about this except it was super salty and we couldn’t finish it.

 

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Steamed pork ribs.  I think this was not too bad.  Tasty.

 

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For dessert, we had this osmanthus flower & wolfberry seed cake.  It was good.  Light & refreshing, I like the bits of flowers & wolfberry inside.  Good!!

 

Tong Tai Seafood (Temple St)

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Sweet & sour pork ribs.  Not that good.  I wouldn’t order this again.

 

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Kangkong in bean paste.  I thought this was average only.  The kangkong was a little “old”… would have been nicer if it was more tender.

 

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Salt & pepper squid with vinegar dip.  Super love this!!!

 

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Pomfret steamed in soya sauce (Cantonese style).  I really hate pomfret ‘cos I find the flesh very smelly but this one was actually not too bad (I pinched a small piece).  Maybe ‘cos it was taken fresh from the tank… or maybe pomfrets in HK are less smelly… I don’t know… but my friends agreed this dish was the highlight of the night for them.

 

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Claypot bittergourd.  The gravy was tasty.  (Can’t say much ‘cos I don’t eat bittergourd.  Haha).

 

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Razor clams cooked in black bean sauce.  This was not bad.  Would’ve liked it more if it were spicier!!

 

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Ah… beer… Tsingtao… one of my favourite…

Ok… that’s all the pics for now.  Just way too many food pics and my stomach is churning like crazy.  Will post the rest another time!  *Drools*.

Picture credits: Nokia N8!!

Missed It!

Aiyah!  I know I said I’ll try blogging at least once a week but I missed it last week.  Was just way way way too busy.  Came back from HK to tons of e-mails… and my colleague was on 2 days leave so there was no one around to help me.  Worked past 8pm from Tue – Fri.  Visited Universal Studios on Sat (which was a whole day event) and stayed at home to rest on Sun.  Siong!