Journal #220 – Singles’ Day, Just another chilling day

Today is actually marked as Singles’ Day. It’s a festival that originate from China celebrating single hood. It is also a day where irresponsible consumerism rules because things will be on massive sales and people buy these things en-mass. Just like Black Friday or any other day where companies make compulsory consumption a thing.

To me, it doesn’t really affect me. It’s just another Saturday. I woke up much later today, at around 9.45am. After brushing my teeth, I went out with my parents to have breakfast. After we came back home, we made our respective coffees and I proceed to start up my desktop to play Everspace.

I played for quite a while consistently and for the first time while I was playing through Sector 5 to 6, I didn’t die. I had been very very careful with my resources and the battles I got into. My longer than usual sleep and the coffee definitely helped with my reaction time and calmness.

Then I finally reached Sector 7. There was a moment when I felt excited. It was the last sector of the game and also the end.

After several nerve-wrecking situations in sector 7, I managed to finish the game by early afternoon.

I took 35 tries just to reach this stage. Talk about patience and drudgery.

After that, the game was about collecting 8 DNA pieces. I played for the next couple of hours but by then, I got pretty tired.

I had my late lunch and was waiting for the rain to stop. These past few days, the weather in Singapore had been rather wet. The rain can get pretty heavy.

Once the weather cleared up for a bit, I went for a 5km run. That actually wore me out but it was good.

I went for a shower and decided to just lie down and read the Jony Ive biography until my family members are ready to go out for dinner.

We went to Crystal Jade and ordered a whole bunch of dishes, including meat. I didn’t eat the meat but it doesn’t mean my family don’t.

First dish, steamed buns and Po Lo Pork.

Second dish, Xiao Long Bao.

Third and fourth dishes, stir-fried french beans with minced meat and sautéed vegetable with three kinds of eggs (scrambled, salted, century).

I want to note that the fourth dish was the worse due to the strong ammonia from the century egg. At first, we thought the food was spoilt until we narrowed down the ammonia. So, next time we will not order this dish.

Fifth dish, sweet and sour fish.

Sixth dish, stir-fried prawns. And these prawns are frozen. Very obvious from their sheen.

So you see, even Crystal Jade’s standard isn’t even there. They can’t even use fresh prawns.

Seventh dish, was a vegetarian one. It’s the fried beancurd skin with mushroom strips.

Overall, the dinner was filling but in terms of quality, it’s just isn’t there. I expected better. Anyway, it was my treat.

After the dinner, my family went to the NTUC supermarket to get stuff for a vegetarian soup that my mom wants to prepare tomorrow.

By the time we got home, it was already 10.15pm. That’s when I got down to business and start writing this journal. I shall spend the rest of the night watching some show and turn in.

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Journal #185 – Meals with Family

The hawker center near my house opened for business about three days ago. So my parents and I decided to have our breakfast there.

We had rice with fish (Spanish Mackerel) slice soup.

For $5, the fish slices are thick, fresh, and there is quite a lot of them. The soup itself is clear, well seasoned with a touch of saltiness.

After breakfast, we went home after packing Chicken Rice for my younger sister who always sleep until noon on weekends before waking up.

By right, the afternoon was supposed to be spent with my friend, B, but he decided to postpone it because of IBS attack.

So I spent the afternoon playing Everspace. Because it’s a roguelike game, I spent most of the time grinding, slowly earning enough credits to upgrade my ship. I must have sucked at these kind of games as my game always end by the third sector, killed by my enemies.

Then my family and I went out for dinner at The Good Trio Chinese restaurant located at JCube, Jurong East.

We ordered our food and so we had to content ourselves with empty plates and unused utensils.

The first thing that arrived was Chrysanthemum Tea.

The tea itself is not well brewed and is almost tasteless.

Then came the Xiao Long Bao. Not particularly good to eat. The skin is a bit thick and the soup inside is not well made.

Next up is the Chinese Ramen with Seafood and some kind of milky white broth. It was one of the better dish with a balance broth taste. Noodles were a tad bit hard but not outright inedible.

Next up is the BBQ Pork Rib. This was the slightly better dish although it was on the salty side and the meat on certain part of each piece of rib is overcooked. I guess it’s my bias because I like to eat meat.

Then came the crispy pig intestine. This dish was ordered by my second sister because she found it nice. I didn’t eat this dish because the moment it arrived, I could smell it being not well-washed or cooked long enough.

After the pig intestine, while we were still scrambling to eat the rest, the main carbohydrate dish came. Funny how, it came mid-way through our meal. We were given the choice of white rice and mixed grain rice with beans during the ordering process. I went with the latter.

This is the only thing that I enjoy eating. It didn’t taste complex and is healthy. I like the balance between hard and soft.

After the rice, the deep fried yam chunk covered with maltose came.

The inside is soft as with all yam. I love the inside as I love yam. But the outside, with the maltose, it is too sweet for my liking. I don’t really take sweet stuff anymore. The yam taste and the maltose just don’t go well together. It’s like they are two separate thing.

Next up is the rice vermicelli with prawns. I ate this much later as it was on the other side of the table. My sisters and parents were eating it while I ate my rice and other dishes.

Instead of eating it separately, I took a mouthful and a prawn and dump it on my plate which still had the rice. Mixing it in and eating them together just made everything taste better.

The spinach dish came later but I ate it first because it was placed right in front of me.

I enjoy this dish. Like the rice, it wasn’t particularly overwhelming and tasted simple.

To conclude the dinner, the herbal chicken soup came. I took a bowl with two pieces of chicken and various kind of mushrooms.

Somehow, I found the soup to be a tad salty. I did ask my family About it but they said it tasted just right. I guess it’s just me. Or maybe it’s that I’m overly sensitive to certain kind of seasoning.

After the dinner, we spent some time walking around JCube before making our way to IMM. My family bought some grocery and some other household items. The latter I found to be a form of unnecessary consumption. Well, that’s the minimalist talking. I have reached a point where whatever in-store advertisement or sales tactics just won’t work on me because I keep training myself mentally to ignore them. I trained myself to think about what I need and the purpose. Impulse purchase I like think believe that it is a thing of the past for me.

Ok, that’s all for my update today.

Here I conclude my journal for today.

Daily Journal – Jun 10, 2017

This is my 74th journal.

Today is the day where my family went out for a dinner to celebrate Father’s Day.

We ate at Beng Hiang Restaurant in Jurong East.

The first dish that came was what is known as Ngoh Hiang. As I got some minor issues with my throat from eating too much fried food and chocolate, I only ate one piece.

The next dish was Sea Cucumber with Duck. I ate a few pieces of the sea cucumber and a big slice of duck meat.

Next dish was Mayonnaise Prawns. I ate one too. So far the dishes, I find them to be neutral. I couldn’t really taste if they are any good. My depression somehow is suppressing my appetite. In addition, I had my lunch at around 4pm, so I guess I wasn’t feeling hungry.

The next dish was fried rice with prawns and Chicken chunks. Well, generally I love fried rice and this was decent actually. But I only had one bowl

Then came Black Hokkien Fried Noodle. The moment the dish came I could smell something was wrong with it. It smelled like urine. Then when I ate it, it taste burnt. It’s as though the cook used too much heat. So, it wasn’t good in my opinion. Actually, I would say it’s one of the worse of all the dishes.

Next is Stir-fried prawns with Chives. Well, I don’t really like to eat vegetables. So I only ate the prawns. It was decent.

The last dish was one of my favorite, Kong Ba Pau (Braised Pork Bun). But then I don’t feel particularly hungry and so I only ate one but it was decent also.

After the dinner, my family and I went out for a quick walk around JCube and went home at around 2230.

Here I conclude my journal for today.