Etude House – Oct 2015

Had wanted to get just Look at My Eyes Shadow yet … I walked out of the pretty store with beauty haul, lovely samples & Etude House membership card.


Leia was with me in the girly store and she was as fascinated. I let her choose nail stickers for herself. Back at home, she was so excited about her “manicure” session.


Our first time with nail stickers was lovely. The technique of transferring stickers to nails was new to us. For Kids Nail Polish, look up Snails. It is washable using water and safe for kids.

Mother & daughter time.

Saturday at Farmart Centre

On a Saturday afternoon, we made a trip to Tai Kwang. Bret needed to stock up the chlorine for our fountain at home. When we reached the far faraway place, Leia asked to feed the koi.


Watching the colourful koi swim peacefully through the water and the bubbles floating to the surface can really relax you. Our family of three watched the beautiful fishes surfaced to water for feed. It was a simple and nice moment.


Then we took a short walk down to the Farmart to feed little animals. There were goats, birds, rabbits, toads, tortotises and different kinds of fishes.


Bret and Leia experienced feeding bird for the first time. The birds ate sunflower seeds. Little girl was hesitant and excited. Bret guided her at the first attempt, afterwhich she fed on her own.


We moved onto feeding the rabbits with carrots. Leia has done this several times since she was a young toddler.


We fed other animals as well however photography was not allowed so I didn’t take much pictures. Bringing Leia to farmart was impromptu. An errand trip turned to encounter with little animals. Well, our unplanned surprise in the afternoon brought fun to us.

Leia called it, “Family Fun”

Farmart Centre

67 Sungei Tengah Road, Singapore 699008
Tel: 65-6767 0070

Shashlik Wednesday Oxtail

Few years ago, beautiful vbff introduced Shashlik Restaurant to me. Located at Far East Shopping Centre, the old orchard road draws executives working nearby for lunch. This year, it was in the news announcing Shashlik is closing… no more Wednesday Oxtail and my favourite, Baked Alaksa.

Last week, B asked me for lunch at Shashlik. She was early and there was a queue outside the restaurant. There is no reservation allowed and only full attendence will be allowed to go in. B and I were surprised to know Set Lunch Menu is no longer available but… Oxtail is still available on Wednesday.

And we have to have our borsch soup. We love the soup.


And then Oxtail…


Vbff & B visits Shashlik mainly for this main course. I miss Baked Alaska which is only available for dinner. Someday.

Source Travel Cnn

The history: Singapore’s first Russian restaurant, Troika, opened at Bras Basah in 1943; it subsequently moved to Liat Towers in 1967. When Troika shut its doors in year 1986, a troop of former staff — mostly Hainanese folk –- got together to create Shashlik at Far East Shopping Centre. Today, a sixth-generation chef helms the kitchen.

Why it’s still good: “It’s been 25 years but Shashlik continues to serve borsch soup from a rickety push-trolley and baked Alaska is still prepared at table-side with fanfare,” says Anthony Ang, an IT professional who dines here regularly.

“Best of all, 81-year-old, Shashlik co-owner Uncle Tan still calls the shots and runs the floor.”

Shashlike Restaurant

545 Orchard Road,

#06-19 Far East Shopping Centre

Opens 12pm

London Fat Duck, “Waygu of Duck”

We asked Bret’s colleague for Chinese Restaurant reccomendation and London Fat Duck came into his mind. He told us the duck was good so we decided to try it out over weekend.


Source London Fat Duck, Akashi Group

“A Hong Kong-style restaurant called London Fat Duck, serving roast duck like the ones made famous by restaurants such as Four Seasons and Gold Mine in Bayswater, London. Using the best Irish Duck famous for its quality, we call is “Wagyu of Ducks”. Enhanced with our Hong Kong chef’s secret duck roasting technique and heritage recipe. Not only roasting of ducks, London Fat Duck also features Dim Sum, Hong Kong style Wanton Noodles, Lobster Noodles and many other Hong Kong comfort food.”


One of the reason I like roast duck is the cripsy, flavoured skin and London Fat Duck did quite a splendid job hence the crowd. We arrived just before lunch else we would be in the long queue. The duck we had was really fat though and noodles on the saltier side. I love roast duck so if I am nearby, I would be back.

One of the Signature dish, Black Pepper Duck Bun


All pictures from The Ranting Panda

The outer layer was sweet and tasty, reminding me of the popular bun at tim ho wan. However I wasn’t into the black pepper fillings. Good to try as its something different!

London Fat Duck

6 Scotts Road, #B1-16/17
Scotts Square
Singapore 228209

Monday – Friday: 11am – 10pm
Weekend & PH: 10am – 10pm

Leia & Ukulele: Lesson 1

On Friday evening, Leia had her first ukulele private lesson. We engaged a private lesson at our place. I sat in and get to learn ukulele too. I supposed I need to learn and practice with Leia.

After 45mins, my daughter reached a new milestone. She played her first ukulele song with C Chord.

Not too bad, I had some takeaway. Now I know how to play “Do Re Me Fa So” on ukulele. Didn’t sit through as I wanted to let Leia bond with her teacher.

Playing a musical instrument needs a whole lot of eye and finger coordination, memory and discipline. On my own, I am learning “I’m yours” by Jason Mraz 🙂