Rainbow Cakes at Nom

2 weeks ago, we went to Nom Cafe at Macpherson Community Club to celebrate Lee Lee’s birthday.

It is quite a cosy place which serves decent food at reasonable prices. There is also a small play area for kids with a slide. Really love kid friendly restaurants like these as kids can get really restless sitting at the table for too long. Just a simple small play area like that is really helpful for parents to chill and chat and the kids have something they enjoy doing too.

But the highlight of Nom Cafe to me is really their rainbow cakes. They have a variety of rainbow cakes …… Chocolate rainbow, salted caramel rainbow, rainbow cheesecake. Rainbow cake is usually just pretty to look at but just simple sponge cake layered with cream between each layer. But the rainbow cakes here are so much more exciting and delicious and they look good too. We got a slice of the salted caramel one and the cheesecake. Both were really pretty and tasted good too. Luv it when food looks good and tastes good too! Worth every calorie and and cent too 🙂 And the best is when it’s eaten in the  company of lovely people! Luv birthdays……a time to gather and explore new places to eat.

   

       

National Day 2014

 8 – 9  August 2014

To celebrate National Day this year, our cell group had a potluck dinner followed by prayer for Singapore. For the potluck, we had to bring a dish which was red/white and also wear red/white in the spirit of national day!

Decided to bring Mee Goreng. I have never cooked Mee Goreng before so I did some research beforehand. Consulted my mother-in-law who can cook mee goreng that is quite delicious and also googled and read other recipes. Finally, this was the recipe I went with after combining all my research. And the result? Yummy! This is an easy to do one dish meal too 🙂

Mee Goreng (Serves 6 adults)

Ingredients:

1) 2 packets of yellow noodles

2) Cai Xin

3) Tomatoes (2-3, sliced)

4) Bean Sprouts

5) Fish cake (3 pcs, sliced)

6) 4 eggs (beaten)

7) 1 large red onion (chopped finely)

8) Garlic (4-5 cloves, chopped finely)

9) Tomato Ketchup

10) Bottled chilli (I used Singlong Sambal Belacan)

11) Dark Soy Sauce

Method:

1) Add oil

2) Fry the garlic and onion

3) Add the vegetables, fish cake, tomatoes and stir fry quickly

4) Add the noodles – Mix and stir-fry together with the rest of ingredients.

5) Add the egg and stir fry evenly

6) Add ketchup, dark soy sauce and chilli (Unsure about exact amount as I added based on the colour and taste)

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After dinner, we spent some time praying for Singapore followed by a time of charades on local topics.

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Here’s another birthday cum national day gathering I had with friends on National day itself.

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Adventure Cove July 2014

Spent a lovely Saturday at Adventure Cove together with the Chous and the Lings, an outing that we had planned for earlier in the year.

It’s really nice to gather with other families. We don’t have many good friends with family and such outings don’t come by often.  The kids had fun together and the parents too. Daniel loves it and is really happy when he has friends to play with!

Although I was not able to try many of the water activities and slides, I had fun bobbing around the adventure river in my life jacket. The wave pool was pretty fun too. The only gripe was that being a Saturday, it was super super crowded. There were people everywhere and long queues for the slides.

The weather was really great. God is really good. It started to rain shortly after we arrived, but it lasted only for a while and for the rest of the day, we had really fine weather – it did not rain and it was not too hot either.

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Fishing at Bedok Jetty

18 Apr 14

It was a fun morning, going fishing with the cell family. For all of us, it was the first time fishing at Bedok jetty and only one of us had some fishing experience.

I borrowed fishing rods from my father which I had no idea how to assemble. Thankfully, there was at least one of us in the group who knew something about fishing and assembling rods! Not being early risers, we reached the jetty around 10am and the sun was already blazing hot! We found a spot and started assembling the fishing rods, which took quite a bit of time since only one of us knew how to do it. To avoid baking in the sun, I found an excuse to help everyone go get some drinks, together with Shane.

By the time we came back, all the rods were set up but no catch yet. One of us remarked that our target will be to catch a fish and then we can all pack up and go home.  It was no fun waiting and baking under the blazing sun! Then suddenly, Ivan caught a fish, and quite a good sized one. Everyone got excited and more motivated and hopeful.

We decided to change to another spot and there was a Malay lady beside us who was catching A LOT of fish. She kindly shared some tips with Ivan who quickly shared them with us.  As a result, within about an hour, all of us caught at least one fish, even Daniel, with Shane’s help! The weather was also much cooler. Our total catch was about 17 fishes, which we gave to the kind Malay lady beside us. We left for quickly to grab lunch as the weather looked threatening. Thankfully, we made it to the East Coast food village before it started pouring!

What an enjoyable morning! Think we will be back to fish more often as Daniel enjoyed it so much that he wants to fish again 🙂

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Art Jamming with fellow counsellors

3 April 14

Have to do a post on this as this is probably the only time I will ever go art jamming!

Art jamming was one of the activities which our cluster had planned for our peer support sessions. This is probably an activity that I will never go on my own. I am no artist and have always sucked at art since primary school! I don’t hate it, but it’s just something I don’t have a natural flair for. But since this is a group activity, I thought it would be a good experience and it would be nice to bond over a painting session.

We went to Arteastiq at Milenia Walk. It was a pretty cosy place. It was a 3 hour session from 11am-2pm. It cost $48 and includes a cotton canvas, free flow of paint, brushes and a beverage. I have never painted for such an extended period before and wondered how it would be like. There were lots of pictures for us to choose so that we could copy/get inspiration on what to paint. We chose our pictures and settled down to paint. I ordered ice lychee tea which I absolutely loved! I chose what I thought appeared to be a simple picture of a fish. But, I eventually realised that it was not as simple as it looks. What I found most difficult was mixing the paints to get the shade that I need. And the 3 hours passed quickly as there was lots to paint! Halfway through I was tired but persevered on as I wanted to bring home a completed work! I just managed to finish by 2pm. Some of us extended – $5 for each additional hour.

It was fun to see what everyone had painted. And they all looked pretty good! Some of us really had artistic talent! Julia really enjoyed herself so much and her painting looked so beautiful and effortless! We then realised that she took art at O level. No wonder! In fact, after the session, she was so inspired she actually went to buy art materials and it’s her new hobby 🙂

What an enjoyable self-care and peer bonding session!

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My favourite piece – done by Julia

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Christmas cookoff

This is a much belated post but one that I must definitely do!

Christmas 2013 was spent with cell group. This year, we had a food/cooking competition. It was a potluck format where everyone had to bring a dish, with the option of either cooking it or buying it from somewhere. Each person got to pick an invitation card with a specific food category (eg. Meat, dessert, veg) that they had to prepare. The dish also had to be in line with the theme Christmas/Western. There would be prizes for Best Chef and Most popular dish so as to recognize efforts to cook as well as effort to source out and bring a really tasty dish.

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What was amazing was that 90% of the dishes were cooked with love by our cell members. A lot of effort went into each and every one of the dishes. Most of the time these days for potluck, we just da bao something out of convenience. Guess the competitive element helped to motivate us all to cook something. I like what one of them said – that he would rather attempt something and have it fail rather than just simply buy something. And it turned out that his dish was quite a hit! So the event was a successful one because everyone participated. The dish that was bought were really good too!

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The food category that I picked was vegetable!! Not my favourite food and not easy to make it shine ….. how to win with a vegetable dish?? Nonetheless, I tried my best and was quite pleased that I managed to do a yummy coleslaw – almost like the one at KFC. My dish did not win but it was quite palatable and enjoyable and I was happy with it 🙂 I used this recipe. There was a lot of love that went into it for sure! Was quite sick during that week and had contemplated abandoning the dish. But decided to do it anyway donning a mask and all. Glad I managed to pull off quite a pleasant dish in the end.

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My husband won the best chef. He picked meat and chose to do ribs. Good choice! It was a winner! Not bad considering that this is the first time he is cooking ribs.

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After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon exchanging gifts and chillaxing over card games.

What a lovely Christmas day spent with my spiritual family!

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Baking with friends

Had a great baking session with fellow school counsellors Theresa and Ilyana.

It was our date for the school holidays and was glad we managed to do it! Enjoyed session together and the bonding over baking 🙂

We did peanut butter banana cupcakes and nutella chocolate chip cookies.

Our products were not that successful. We felt that the cupcakes were too dry and couldn’t taste the nutella in the cookies. I thought the cookies were too sweet too.

But it was a great time anyway …… and Theresa’s parents and husband enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies 🙂

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