July 22, 2013

Too much of a good thing is not good

When I was a kid, char siew was a rare delicacy. We had it only on certain days like on my father's pay day. When my uncle visited us sometimes he would buy some char siew and bring it to our house. We kids loved char siew and looked forward to eating it. To us, char siew had a certain allure and prestige.

Nowadays, I can eat char siew every day or even at every meal if I want to. Although I still enjoy eating it, it has lost its allure and prestige.

I think it is the same with other good things. Once you get too much of a good thing, it loses its charm or mystique or whatever appeal it used to have.

Another example is movie shows. When I was young I enjoyed going to the cinema and used to wait eagerly for my favourite TV shows. 

For many years now I have not been to a cinema to watch a movie and I don't have any 'must-see' shows whether on normal TV or any other media channels. Even when I read very good reviews about some shows, there is no urge to go and watch them.

July 16, 2013


There are foods that I like but seldom eat. Laksa is one them. Another is roast duck.

I like seafood and eat fish often.

I think I mentioned this fish soup and duck stall before. It is at Geylang East Hawkers' Centre. 

I have not eaten there for quite some time. Last week I intended to eat there. It was past the afternoon lunch hours and I did not see many people waiting, but the stall assistant  said I had to wait for about 45 minutes. She said there were people who had booked or ordered in advance. I asked her if  I could order a day in advance. She said yes.

Even if you have ordered in advance, I think you still have to wait because the cook cannot just prepare the bowls of fish soup in advance and leave them there for too long.

I didn't want to wait for 45 minutes, so I ate something else.

July 09, 2013


6 July 2013 at Kreta Ayer People's Theatre

July 05, 2013

Opera @ Hougang

A friend called to inform me of opera performances at Hougang Ave 5. I went down on the last day to watch. Arriving at the scene I remembered I came here about 2 years ago. At that time my impression was that the place was very small. This time it looked even smaller because some area next to it was fenced off for upgrading work.

 The shows ...

The lead artistes 任丹楓,紫令秋 ...

That afternoon the audience was quite small, about 50 ...

The show ended quite early as it was a shortened version. Another thing - there was no yang qin player in the orchestra.

July 02, 2013

Altinbas melons

About two weeks ago I saw these Altinbas melons which are from Turkey at a FairPrice store. The price was more than $9 then. About two days later, it was $7.50 and after another day or two they were on special offer at $6.95 each. So I bought one.

It is not very big, good enough for two persons. The seeds are yellowish and the flesh is pale green. It is sweet, but I think it is not good value for your money.