Journal #178 – Outing with Friends

Early this morning, I went out to meet my friends for a buffet lunch at a restaurant called 10 at Claymore, Pan Pacific Hotel. The purpose of this outing was to catch up, have some fun, and also in a way, celebrate my friend and my birthday. Our birthdays are just one day apart in October.

I would say it was a mixed cuisine buffet with Japanese, Western, and some Singapore dishes. From where I am sitting, I would say, I don’t think it’s very popular but then the ambience is pretty alright.

This is what is on my desk.

The restaurant attempts to be a fine-dining location but I don’t think the utensils are correct. I would say it’s nice that we get a cup of ice water first.

As for the food, there is some varieties and I went for the sashimi first.

I know, it doesn’t look very appetizing. The condiments, fake wasabi and soy sauce, I just took very little. It’s all about the intentionality and conservation. If I don’t need it, why should I take more?

The fish slices themselves are decent in terms of quality. They do have the firmness, not too soggy-like or have any fishy smell. But I have tasted better.

Then when it comes to the entree (not even sure if I should call it that), I also took very little. Very intentional with what I want to eat.

A couple of lamb slices, lamb satay, some grilled potato wedges, and half of a duck drumstick. With the exception of the potato wedges,

I did went for a second serving (no photo) consisting of three lamb slices, a few mouthful of fried kway tiao, two dim-sum shrimp dumplings, and two shumai, two slices of extremely salty smoked salmon and two slices of pork pepperoni.

I skip all the carbohydrates in this section. I don’t think it’s such a good idea to be eating so much carbohydrates at a buffet.

Then I went for a bowl of laksa.

The laksa was decent, not terrible or good. Just average.

After that, I took six slices of salmon belly sashimi, and two slices of watermelon and papaya respectively. I spent most of my time chatting with my friends, sharing my thoughts.

Guess what’s the final price?

Each of us pay $56.

I know what you are thinking if you read through all that. It’s a buffet and why the hell am I taking so little? And it’s so expensive!

Each of us adopted a stance with regards to buffets.

One said: I eat all I can
Another said: I eat all I want
Me: I eat all I need

I know what will happen to me if I take a lot and eat a lot. I will feel sick and I will waste food. I don’t want that and I see that happening so often in Singapore. It happened to my first friend. He felt bloated with some discomfort.

People waste food and they take just because they can. In Singapore, we are one of the few nations with the most waste food. This just show Singaporeans in general are pampered, wasteful, and lack gratitude.

After that, my friends and I went to the Apple Store at Orchard Road to shop around. While I’m there, I wanted to buy the AirPods so badly but I walked out of the store empty-handed. Why? Because I knew I don’t need it. I want it just so that I can complete my Apple collection. I also know that completing the collection doesn’t add value to my life. I don’t get any more joy from it then what I already have as I’m grateful for them.

After that, we went to Orchard Central to just walk around and help us with burning some calories before we went to watch the movie, Ninjago.

When the movie started, my friends and I were kind of surprised to see Jackie Chan and we wondered if we entered the right theater. I know Jackie Chan had another movie call The Foreigner and they were both released in Singapore around the same time. We double checked and yes, we are in the right theater. Jackie Chan was simply the narrator.

The movie itself was not that good. I give it maybe a 2.8/5 stars. The first lego movie was good because it was fresh and I don’t have any expectation of it. But as more lego movies are made, the quality dropped. It is just like how companies milk their franchises for more money and the quality just isn’t there anymore. Some examples are companies like Electronic Arts, Ubisoft and Activision milked their respective franchises dry. This is why I decided to stop buying their games all together.

After the movie, we made our way home, dropping by Jurong Point for dinner first. We had ramen but my friends aren’t exactly hungry. For me, I am hungry. Part of it was due to my gastritis.

Now you see? The choices you make even when it comes to food affect the rest of your day.

I also keep nagging at my friends to use payment apps and stop handling cash. Finally one of them installed DBS Paylah, an app developed by DBS Bank for the purpose of it being an e-wallet and uses QR Codes to send or receive payment. It stop the hassle of handling cash. So if you want to go out with me, please go cashless. I don’t handle or process cash unless absolutely necessary.

That’s all for now.

Here I conclude my journal for today.

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Daily Journal – Jul 29, 2017

This is my 114th journal.

0930hrs. I’m awake and went about my morning business.

Played a couple hours of Cities: Skylines.

Met my friend for lunch, accompanied him to check if his tailored shirts and pants are ready. Then we went to Sim Lim Square to do window shopping.

We also went to Bugis + because I got a craving for ice cream. Upon reaching there, the Gelare store was packed. So gave up. We made our way to the Challenger flagship store to look at drones.

Found myself liking the Mavic Pro drone. It looked pretty slick. But the cost is rather prohibitive. I shall wait until I start my new job before buying.

Then we made our way home.

I went Starbucks and got a venti-sized Ice Americano before walking home.

By now, my legs are hurting badly and I’m limping. I think I inured myself during the 10km run and I didn’t really do any stretching.

Upon reaching home, I decided to play cities skylines again. But this time I was attempting to recover from the mistakes I made with regards to the traffic. However, no matter what I do, my population keep dropping, my tax income keep dropping and majority of my commercial centers and factories couldn’t get material.

I gave up playing at around 2345hrs and got down to write this journal. After publishing the journal, I will call it a night.

Here I conclude my journal for today.