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My new spectacles

Posted by icyelite on May 28, 2008

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This is my new spectacles. How is it? I guess this is my 4th pair of spectacles since I first wore during secondary school.

No pictures of my old spectacles but from what I can remember. My first pair of spectacles is with silver frame, that time the fashion trend was still having quite a big shape frame. Haha, so you can imagine how orbiang I am that time. That’s why during sec sch, I only wear it when I can’t see in class. If I remember correctly, this spectacle only last me for Sec 1 to Sec 2.

My second pair of spectacles is with dull silver frame. I wore it from Sec 3 onwards. But during poly times, I wore contact lens more, cos I find this spectacle is still very orbiang and wearing contact lens is more trendy at that period of time. In fact, getting this color is abit copy from my friend. Whenever its time to make new spectacles, I would look around at my friends’ spectacles. Look at their design and the color of their spectacles, imagining whether it will suits me.

3rd Spectacles

My third pair of spectacles is more fashionable this time. Its red in color, frameless and with a super light weight. Its so light that I always hangs it at my necklace and people will keep asking, won’t the weight of the spectacle makes your necklace break? Haha, I smiled and say nope! I made this spectacle at Poh Lay’s friend’s shop, Ah Teo. It costs me $100 which is much more cheaper than other places. Ah Teo recommended me this design and my cousins encourage me to try it, commenting that since I’m now studying at Uni, should look more fashionable. This is my first time trying something so different from my usual dull and boring style. Oh yah, for people who knows me well, I am always in a lok kok style wherever I go, regardless of school, tampines area or even orchard. Haha, and this is the history of my third spectacle. Now Ah Teo’s shop is closed due to poor business, so I gotta find another place.

I love this spectacle alot and it lasted me throughout my university days. Until the very last day of sch/exam, I went to bangkok for holiday and this spectacle declared spoil. The joining of the left wing is broken due to wear and tear of the plastic frame. Feels so sad but lucky I brought contact lens there, else I will be straining my eyes while shopping.

Enough of my spectacles histories. This is my 2nd pair of spectacles that is frameless, black color on the outside and white with red stripes inside for the joints. Since its frameless, it needs to use a special type of glass to make my lens instead of plastic, else it will breaks easily. When I wanted to make frameless, the uncle keep telling me its very fragile. But I keep telling him that I want frameless, cos I’m used to it already, then did he release me from trying the full frame and half frame spectacles. Trying a full frame, half frame and no frame, I guess no frame still suits me better or is it really because I am used to it? Cos I like the previous spectacle alot, I requested the uncle to make the same shape of the lens for me too. Although the result is having same shape but with a bigger size lens.

Damage of this spectacles is SGD 130. When I collect my spectacles, I was stunned to see such an authentic casing that came along with the spectacle. Doesn’t it looks like what my mum would like? A heavy casing with floral carvings over the whole box. I always tell the rest that if it dropped onto your leg, you will be shouting ouch very loud. lol

Authentic Spectacle Casing

Hope this new spectacle will bring good luck for a new start. 🙂


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Eclat D’Arpege by Lanvin

Posted by icyelite on May 28, 2008

Pleasant smelling EDT, Eclat D’Arpege by Lanvin is a perfume that I had been trying to look for. After trying a 50ml bottle bought from airport, I decided to buy one more bottle again. However, to my dismay, I can’t find it in airport DFS and most stores. Until yesterday, I found it again at Sasa @ Bugis junction.

Since I have a 50ml bottle, I decided to bought a small bottle, 30ml of EDT to keep. I guess I have fetish for bottles, boxes, paper bags. If the design looks pretty and special, I will always feel like buying it just to keep it. I kept most of the shoe boxes too, especially guys’ shoe boxes that is very big and sturdy. These kind of boxes are best to keep little little stuffs of my own.

Eclat D’Arpege

Back to my EDT, I did a mini research and saw the ingredient for Eclat D’Arpege:

Sicilian Lemon Leaves, Green Lilac, Wisteria blossom, Green Tea Leaves, Peach Blossom, Red Peony, Osmanthus of China, White Cedar of Lebanon, Swett Musks, Precious Amber

Wondering how it smells like? Go to any perfume shop and smell it if you see one. I’m sure you will love it. It has a pleasant light smell, which won’t makes you giddy like a strong perfume and it is unlike those super sweet smelling perfume. Just like what you see in the picture, it is purple in color in a round bottle. It comes with 30ml, 50ml and 100ml. I already had 30ml and 50ml. Lol, my next aim is to buy 100ml. Guess I better buy it soon before it goes out of stock or obselete.

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Food @ Circuit Road

Posted by icyelite on May 25, 2008

Circuit Road is one of my favorite eating place in Singapore. It has the most vegetarian stalls that opens till late night 1am. You can order food from many stalls and enjoying the hybrid of all stores. This is also one of the place where both me and my friends get to enjoy our own foods. Whenever we go there, I would order vegetarian food to share with my friends. In addition, they can order their own food like rojak, wanton noodles or zhi cha whenever they feel not full.

I can’t remember the names of the stalls I frequent. However, I knew that they gathered at the middle of the first market. One of the stalls name is Zi Zai Zhai which has two stalls situated facing each other.

Address: Blk 79A Circuit Road Food Centre

How to go there?

Going to circuit road can be quite inconvenient becos its not near any mrt station. There are a few ways you can go to circuit road listed below:

  • By car if you drive. Park your car beside the market or at the multi storey carpark hidden in between the HDB flats
  • By mrt and bus:
  1. Take MRT to Aljunied Station, cross over to the bus stop that has a bridge, take bus No. 40
  2. Take MRT to Paya Lebar Station, facing Certis Cisco building, turn left and cross over to opposite bus stop and take bus No. 135, alight at Pipit Road
  3. From Parkway Parade, take bus No. 135, alight at Pipit Road
  • Last choice, take cab

What are the foods I usually order?

  • Popiah
  • Carrot Cake, Black or White, whichever you like
  • Vegetarian Fried Oyster
  • Roti Prata
  • Yi Pin Mian is nice but it seems like Zi Zai Zhai no longer sell this

To be aware of:

  • Take note of where you are sitting, the drink stalls had drawn their own territory lines. If you happen to sit near that drink stall, you must order from them, else they ask you to change to another table which could be just next to you only. I have met an uncle who is quite unreasonable.
  • Don’t worry if you sit along the roadside and feels the floor shaking while you are enjoying your food. This is normal cos there might be a bus that just pass by.

Pictures of the food I had ordered before:

Vegetarian Fried Oyster
Yi Mian

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Chwee Kueh

Posted by icyelite on May 20, 2008

Successful Chwee Kueh

Chwee Kueh, one of my favourite foods for breakfast. Another favourite is chee chong fan but I have yet to learn how to make it. But heard from my mum that chee chong fan is easy but tedious.Initially, I thought making chwee kueh is very difficult but when I tried to make it few times, it is as easy as saying 123. Above is the picture of what I have made from scratch. So fulfilling whenever you see the successful output.

There are two methods to make chwee kueh. One method is the liquid mixture and the other is sticky dough mixture. The liquid mixture is fast and easy, anyone can do it.

When eating chwee kueh, the most important thing is to have Cai Po and chili. You can buy cai po off the shelf or prepare it yourself. But for vegetarians, look out for pure cai po, most of the cai po selling off the shelf has prawns mixed in it.

The basic things that you need in your kitchen before making chwee kueh:

  1. Steamer. Best if you have a big steamer that can contain at least 12 moulds per time
  2. Chwee Kueh Moulds. Have as many as you can if you are making alot. My house got more than 24 moulds. Bear in mind, if you have only 10 moulds, you might be taking out hot chwee kueh that has not been settled down out of the mould to continue steam the rest. You will destroy the shape and become “nua nua”. If you don’t get what I’m trying to say, you will understand when you try it yourself. If you are going to give it to other people, you can buy disposable chwee kueh moulds else get stainless steel/aluminum moulds for long lasting usage.
  3. Big Mixing Bowl
  4. Measuring Cup. To measure the amount of water for your batter and it makes things easy for you to pour inside your moulds.

Recipe to make Chwee Kueh

Ingredients A:

Rice Flour 150g
Wheat Starch 1 tablespoon
Tapioca Flour 1 tablespoon
Salt 1 teaspoon
Tap Water 280ml

Ingredient B:

Boiling water 550ml

Ingredient C:

Cai Po
Sesame oil
Cooking Oil

Preparations for chwee kueh:

  1. Grease the moulds with oil first to prevent sticking.
  2. Mix Ingredient A evenly first.
  3. Once A is even, mix Ingredient B into A well.
  4. Once done, pour the mixture into the mould and bring it to steam for 10 minutes.

Preparations for Cai Po:

  1. Dip the cai po into salt water.
  2. Drip dry and fry the cai po
  3. Add a lot of oil, sesame oil for it to cook first
  4. Subsequently, add sugar and pepper. Cook the cai po until dark brown.

Finishing: Let the chwee kueh cool down, dig it out from the mould and its ready for serving. To be presentable for serving, have at least 4 chwee kueh per plate and garnish it with Cai Po.

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First Blog, First Post

Posted by icyelite on May 20, 2008

Hi all, first time trying out a blog and first post. Keep a lookout my blog for more updates of every moment of icyelite’s life.

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