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Somebody let me into a kitchen today. Obviously they had never heard about my butter chicken fiasco (a year ago, to the date). Nor about the time I called my mother screaming while I gutted a chicken (poor George). Nope, if they knew, they never would have given me this sweet hat.

We did the group cooking class/bonding experience at Coriander Leaf, which happens to be one of my favorite restaurants in Singapore. Fortunately no one asked me to use an open flame. I did however roll a mean rice paper spring roll (aka Vietnamese burrito).

Crystal and I decided to make a video to share our underwhelming culinary prowess with the world (aka Mom and Dad). We also wanted to share Assad’s creative vision, as he felt it was “misunderstood.” [A’s peanut sauce not pictured]

We may not be excellent chefs, but it turns out we can mash peanuts and fold a damn good spring roll. I expect the food network to call any day now.

This was a delightful weekend!  I slept in and watched a little bit of HIMYM, had a really yummy brunch with S (complete with macaroons!) at Epicurious, fell in love with a new perfume, enjoyed copious amounts of sushi, powered through the Mt. Faber 10k race, soaked up a little poolside sun, and had homemade pizza with some old colleagues!

Is it really Monday again?  Sigh.

[pictures courtesy of S and wikipedia]

p.s. no, that’s not vodka in my O.J. – just a trendy water pitcher ;)

One of my favorite things about living in Singapore is that I can go Bhangra dancing pretty much any night of the week!  This picture is from Saturday night before getting sweaty at the Rupee Room:

Definitely not as infamous as Bollyween, but incredibly fun nonetheless!

After being suckered into attending an 8:30 am staff meeting in the office, I spent the majority of the day trying to procure a SIM card for my mobile, which in theory should have been much easier than it was.  The upside to this fiasco was that I got to see quite a bit of Clarke Quay (pronounced Clark Key), which is a hip, happening part of the river that runs through Singapore.  During the day people stroll or jog along the riverside, or some shop at one of the many pedestrian malls that line the banks.  By the way, there are malls EVERYWHERE here.   Over 250 of them.


At nighttime the neighborhood gets fairly busy, and everyone comes out to the modern restaurants and nightclubs.  When I say everyone, I mean mostly expats because it’s ridiculously expensive. For the time being I’m staying in an apartment that overlooks the river, just to the right of the picture below:


Goal for tomorrow: work on finalizing my employment pass and opening a bank account.  I’m trying to remain optimistic…

August 2020