Friday, April 30, 2010

9 years & counting

 
you know how some friends just stick around, despite the growing up, the changes, the difference in lifestyles and each other's hectic schedules (: (yes! that's Koi we're holding on to. yumtumtum)

and how you can still find common topics to lament over,
how it seems like you just picked up again where you left off the last time,

how you can still camwhore together with ease and familiarity! :P






twas a good dinner date,
at Ootoya, Orchard Central! my first time there, but the bff loves it there apparently,




anyways, 
they serve really good japanese food, but it's really scary, because they list out the calorie count for every single item on the menu T.T


sauteed ginger pork set. ONE FREAKING THOUSAND AND THREE HUNDRED CALORIES??!! that's MORE than a macdonalds meal!!! omgggggg. you cannot imagine how freaked out i was by all the calories. practically lost my appetite thinking about all the calories i would be consuming if i ordered this or that.

1327kcal is like my supposed max calorie intake for one day! not one meal (exclusive Koi and dessert)

how scary.


and the healthiest/lowest calorie count item on the menu which also sounds utterly unappetising, 
mixed-grain soy milk porridge with chicken, which is only 335kcal.

-_-

after flipping through the menu back to front and front to back for half an hour and considering my calories,
i decided to heck it, and went for this:


which is 990kcal = death by food but nevermind.







rather horrified by all the amazingly high calorie food :( suddenly you just feel like just eating salad or something, but even salad has like 200 over calories! ):


a starter dish, some seaweed with beans thingamy

looks kinda gross, but tastes okay :P and it's like what, 56 calories? tsk. all these calorie counting. the japanese people are really dedicated. weight loss has been perfected to an art.


chien's main course,



healthy less than 600 calorie salmon + rice set. complete with veggies, pickle cucumbers and miso soup (:





my 990 calorie Ootoya special dish. hahaha the sunny side up is so pretty <3 





digging in!





the food there is very much more authentic than typical japanese restaurants here,
my Ootoya special dish was good! the frittered items like the coquette and karaage taste fresh and not reeking of oil, and the food presentation is really painstakingly done.

look at our caramel egg pudding dessert! <3
so pretty you can't bear to eat it.

 



the pudding is really decadent, very rich and the burnt caramel sauce complements it nicely.
very yummy. but chien doesnt like it because it's too milky for her! so i polished off most of the 300-ish calories. sin.

very very filled from dinner and koi,
we entertained ourselves camwhoring. hahaha.
the joys of having a good camera.

my WIW,
which is the floral romper that's gonna be up on TVD's next collection, together with Vel's zara-inspired blazer.
i'm really into rompers/jumpsuits lately! <3 


the cutting is really gorgeous, and i love the very brilliant prints! not to mention the impeccable workmanship and material. it even has an inner lining! which is usually really rare for rompers/jumpsuits. very luxe and expensive looking.

it'd look awesome if you glam it up with accessories and a clutch, for a fancy dinner,
and also just as good if you wanna wear it out for usual days out, tone down the bling and let the florals speak for themselves!



throw a blazer over, immediately tones down the whole look with a bit of chic :)






:)))))



all printy today! prints are happy things. and make for good photos!





much love!





my two favourite shots of the day, 
we've found out (well i already know) that i look absolutely stupid when i dont smile for the camera :(
so smile i must.



say cheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeese.


TGIF,
happy labour day weekend everybardi!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

-.-

today,

i got a shock for about 5 seconds when i opened TVD inbox and saw this









YOU TELL ME. WHERE GOT FRIEND SO EVIL ONE. DO THIS KIND OF THING TO YOU!

darling,
April is nearly over already, you still want to "April Fools" me?!

T-T

sad.

hahahahahaha.


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anyway, just a random morning entry,
and some overdue pictures!


me loves ayam penyet but the chilli is really spicy ttm but super shiok!


bakso (beefball) soup



lele (catfish) penyet



ayam (chicken) penyet!!!!


followed by "yum cha" hahahaha at non other than KOI!!!

<3

someone asked me in the previous entry how come i eat so much good food but i look like i lost weight,
i think the answer is either 

1) i never lose weight T.T getting fatter already
2) when i'm not eating good food (as seen on blog) i'm usually starving myself!!!!

so you see. one day got three meals.
one week got 3 x 7 = 21 meals.

i blog about maybe 3-4 good meals a week,
thus the other 21-4 = 17 meals are unaccounted for,

and sometimes, very busy, i dont eat anything the whole day until late afternoon/evening time.
if not, i eat junk food, like macdonalds, KFC, KOI.

thus maybe, i look like i lost weight?
but as i'm typing this, i have a huge bag of famous amos cookies next to me (courtesy of YZ's mummy!!!)
and another 3 tubs of Jagabee too (courtesy of YZ!!!)

so. how not to get fat :(
very guilty!!!

and do you all know, that CP has very good ban mian/mee hoon kuay? 
if you all ever go CP, must go upstairs to the foodcourt to try the ban mian! add an egg for 50 cents, it'll be $3.50 for a big big bowl of ban mian and very nice chilli!




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loots reviews,
i got my pair of BC nude wedges from eils who sent me that above email,
her feet are skinny but too big to squeeze into size 38, so i backordered size 39 for her, and got her size 38 pair!!!
<3 <3 <3













they're very comfy and gorgeous! despite the height, very easy to walk in, and versatile too!



 mod-color throwover, i like the color blocks and the shades of blue really reminds me of varsity sweaters for some reason! feel all smart and uni-studenty when i wear it HAHA (yes i am a lousy diploma holder dont laugh at me)


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anyway,
wanted to share with you all,
this very chio floral romper that's really awesome, with fantastic workmanship and material! (even got inner lining!)

but, the retail price is $32! :(



sigh :(

have to sell at this price though because it's fixed by the suppliers!
however, i really <3 it. will be up in TVD's next collection! along with some other color exclusive pwetty pwetty dresses.



and the BO for the crochet embroidered blouse in cream is up already!
http://thevelvetdolls.livejournal.com/11139.html

go over to 's blog to see how chio she looks in it, confirm you will want to join the BO. hahaha! :P :P :P

but for those who dont wanna wait so long, and like this kind of crochet chiffon design, we brought in another similar blouse, except it's 2-piece and comes with an inner slip! just as floaty and pretty, most importantly, affordable!

stay tuned for next launch then!

Monday, April 26, 2010

everything with fries and more!

i <3 fries!
i love anything potato actually, like chips, jagabee (!!!!!), fries, etc etc etc! sin. just can't resist that potatoey carb filled goodness!!

first time at Everything With Fries, isnt the name cute?
i like the very stark and clean white interior with black serif fonts used for the logo, menus and various slogans you can find on the walls.

went to the Joo Chiat outlet, because i have a soft spot for Joo Chiat/Katong, worked there for 2 years and the streets there are filled with lots of yummy food man. i can name them off the top of my head, my fav beef noodles, chicken rice at katong shopping centre, the zi char right under my old studio, an oldschool confectionary which has really awesome cupcakes, the ba kut teh further down the road, katong laksa (we once saw ekin cheng having his lunch there! D: ) and many more! <3 so many fond memories of katong. sighhhh.


took us a few minutes, but we located Everything With Fries pretty easily because it really stands out, very modern interior in contrast to the old shophouses it's located amongst,



the menu is scrawled out across a huge chalk board! cute.




and the placemat teaches you how to order. +choose your fries +select your main and all.



the menu is quite simple, a small but decent selection of sides, mains, and desserts/drinks! prices are really reasonable too!


obviously, the highlight of the restaurant is the fries, they come in two cuts and a variety of flavourings, you can have either shoestring or straight cut (think macds vs mos burger), and lots of yummy flavours like salt & vinegar (my pick!!!), curry, garlic & herb, curry etc.

we were attended to by a very nice lady (i think she's the boss or manager?) who knew every item inside out on the menu, and recommended items very knowledgeably to us! and we ended up ordering so much we could barely finish, was sooo stuffed even before dessert came ):

first item to be served to us, butterscotch milkshake <3




it looks deceptively plain, but it's very creamy with just the right amount of butterscotch, tastes very vanilla-ey but not too jelat! we likeeee alot.

followed by something called One Egg Soup:



this soup is really interesting, apparently the egg white and egg yolk are separated, the egg yolk goes into the soup and the egg white is whipped into meringue, deep fried and added to the soup as a topping! it tasted abit like campbells hehehe i can imagine making my own version at home already :X

the other side we ordered was the skinny wings,
a word of advice, dont order it if you only have two people :( the serving is enough to feed 3-4 people as a side! omg.




thank goodness for YZ who helped to finish most of it :X they were very good, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside! and well seasoned as well but really. TOO MUCH FOR TWO PEOPLE. especially if you're having a main course by yourself. and still intend to have dessert later. 


the next time we go again, i think i might skip the wings/milk shake just so i dont feel like i ate an elephant after the meal.


as for mains,
YZ had the chicken cutlet burger, with sour cream & onion straight cut fries and coleslaw on the side :)




didn't think his fries tasted seasoned enough, kind of reminds me of mcdonalds' shaker fries actually, the whole concept of the flavoured fries i mean. the pork cutlet was pretty good, and tasted awesome with the mayo/bun! 


i had the cheeseburger, though i saw this breaded salmon on someone else's table only after i ordered :( and it looked amazing! so gonna try that the next time we dine there.


mine's with straight cut salt & vinegar fries, and caesar salad.


 
 

yumehhh. i love the fries!!! salty and vinegary, love love. the cheeseburger had a very fat and thick patty, not too dry because i asked for it to be medium done, but still would have preferred it more moist! didn't even touch the top half of the bun cos i knew i was gonna be stuffed already.


at this point of time, YZ & I were really full already, but ive heard so many good things about the nutella tart we couldnt leave without giving it a try! so i forced him to order the nutella tart with one scoop of ice cream on the side! :X




the tart crust is made from oreos, and it's just a creamy chocolatey filling with chocolate sauce over (can't really taste the nutella!) very rich, very jelat if not for the ice cream to counter the taste! i dont think one person can finish this by himself/herself unless they've got a reaaally sweet tooth.



mission accomplished! you can't imagine how bloated we were at this point of time. in fact, i'm still full now. i think i'm going to go on a detox today -.-



:D happy with the food face



D: so full i wanna die face

our total bill only came up to $35 which is quite reasonable considering the amount of food we stuffed ourselves silly with!
nais. 


<3 am wearing the polkahearts romper from the upcoming collection (tonight!)
it has tiny little hearts printed all over and cute vintage square buttons! paired with my mustard bag again (you can tell i'm trying to get alot of mileage out of it. no laaa i'm just lazy to change bag ><)



when we left, the staff actually said to us "happy fries night!"
so cute.


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a couple more prevvies of upcoming items for tonight's launch:

a lace trim chiffon dress with military details on the front, it comes in this gorgeous shade of indigo <3



the floral babydoll dress i wore in the previous entry (the belt pictured here and above will be up for pre-order as well)

and JY's favourite

crochet embroidered blouse in cream
it's so her right. she wore it out immediately after the shoot! :X

lots of other yummehhh items!
preview is on the TVD blog (yes! got new blog!)
http://thevelvetdolls.wordpress.com

check it out! <3


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oh randomly,
my daddy's stingray gave birth to baby ones! hahahaha so cute and tiny please, they're only palm sized!





this is my dad fishing them out from the pond because he says they'll die if you leave them there by themselves. because they need to be fed fish food pellets or something!



kpo dog watching my dad do his thang

some of you might know my dad is a arowana fanatic and there are like two ponds and many fish tanks at my place filled with them fish.


my backyard with mad many fish tanks!


and baby arowana, with their egg yolk still intact! my dad bred them too in the fish pond! the egg yolks will gradually become smaller and smaller as the fish grows bigger and sucks up all the nutrients from the yolk, until it's big enough to eat!


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everyone loves polaroids!


ciao now!