Friday, 30 November 2007

Minced Meat Noodles

My preferred lunch everyday!

Tai Hwa Pork Noodle has been hailed as one of the best five "Good Food in Singapore", and I couldn't agree more. Their minced meat noodle is the best!


For the noodles, you have two choices. One is mee kia (thin noodles) and the other one is mee pok (flat noodles). The noodles are tossed with soy sauce and black vinegar (more vinegar, mas masarap). I think it's the vinegar and soy sauce that give's that punchy flavor.


The meal includes lean minced pork, tender pork slices, wonton, pork balls, and slices of pork liver. Garnished with crisp-fried dried fish (like daing in Pinas but not salty) and a bowl of soup made rich with pork bones and sea weeds.


They have a lot of customer's, so expect a long queue of hungry people especially during lunch time. I usually go to the place at around 11:30 AM to avoid this long queue.


Price ranges from 4SGD (Php120) for the smallest bowl, 5SGD (150Php) for the medium one, and 6SGD (180Php) for the biggest. I always go for the biggest.


Here's a glimpse of it. Spare me if the pictures couldn't capture the enticing taste of their famous Minced Meat Noodles. But one thing's for sure about this good food, "may sarap na babalik-balikan!".

Before the invasion...


...Mix it all together...


Woah! It's all gone! What happened??


Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is located behind the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority building, near Lavender MRT station.

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

The 'Kapuso' in me

While most of my friends are hooked up with the latest episode of Heroes and other foreign shows, I on the other hand remained "makabayan" or should I say "jologs" by watching Philippine prime time series. Thanks to youtube and veoh, I won't miss an episode of Marimar and La Vendetta, though I hope the uploaders will never get tired of recording and uploading each episode. Aside from these series, I also watch documentaries (I-Witness) and infotainment shows like Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho and Pinoy Meets World. I also watch Eat Bulaga, because I miss their Bulagaan portion and Joey De Leon's rants. SOP (Sobrang Okay Pare) just to have a glimpse of OGRE (Ogie and Regine), Nuts Entertainment (mainly because of their Balakubak portion) and Bubble Gang for a dose of laughter, thanks to Bitoy. When it comes to news, I go to gmanews.tv, watching 24 Oras and Saksi.

I just hope that, by next year, GMA will launch their international channel here in Singapore. Kahit solohin ko na lang ang pagbabayad ng subscription. haha!

Saturday, 24 November 2007

Warehouse Sale

(My fever is gone, and so I'm back in the blogosphere. :D )


Last week, we went to Jurong East to check out Creative's Warehouse Sale.


I bought a Zen Microphoto for 180SGD (under 6000PHP), I know it's so 2005 but for an 8GB mp3 player with FM radio, photo, and voice recorder, I think it's a good deal. I also bought an optical mouse (with the Singapore Flag design) for 5SGD (about 150PHP).


There's a lot of Pinoys in the venue, buying “pasalubong” or gifts since the Christmas season is now just a month away.

Change of Blog...template!

As you can see, I changed my blog template to Minima, and I also tweaked some html codes so that I can maximize the space. Me thinks this one's better, I just need to add or change something on the header (an image perhaps).

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Fever

These past few weeks wasn't smooth sailing after all.


My parents are once again in the midst of a “shaky” relationship. This has been very nostalgic for me. When I'm still in the Philippines, I served as an “absorber” of my mother and father's grievances. Though I believe that they should handle it themselves as mature individuals, I have no choice but to listen, because that's the only thing that I can do for them. Somehow, if their marriage fails (which I hope not), I can accept the reality that our family is not as intact as I thought it could be - an idea that I used to reject few years ago.


The house where I'm staying at has been a shelter of never ending conflicts. I've been here for three months now, and since then a lot of things had happened in this place. We even reached to a point where one of my house mate was about to move out because the landlord was so furious. I cannot call this place a “home” - just walls, floor, windows and rooms.


Some personal matters that I don't know how to handle that it feels like I'm always left hanging with unanswered questions. Emotional roller coaster as you may call it. I hate the feeling...


In times like these, no matter how hard I try to cope up, I still feel helpless. I try to keep myself busy so that my mind can focus on some other things, but at the end of the day, when you're all alone, they're all coming back to you. I tried to talk to somebody, especially those who proclaim themselves as your “best friend”, but they're so busy with their own lives that they can't spare you at least a minute or two.


So I keep it to myself, most of the time. I have to deal with the same set of emotions over and over again as if I've never had enough. Until when? I'm not quite sure.


Friday, 16 November 2007

Garbage


Many people are like garbage trucks.
They run around full of garbage, frustration, anger and dissapointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it.
And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.
When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.
You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on.
You'll be happy you did.

Monday, 12 November 2007

Thanatos - If I can't be yours

listen to the song here. (courtesy of rgutierezd of youtube)

Now its time, I fear to tell
I've been holding it back so long
But something strange deep inside of me is happening
I feel unlike I've ever felt
And its making me scared
That I may not be what I think I am

What of us? What do I say?
Are we both from a different world?
'Cos every breath that I take, I breathe it for you
I couldn't face my life without you
And I'm so afraid there's nothing to comfort us
What am I, if I can't be yours?

I don't sleep, don't feel a thing
And my senses have all but gone
Can't even cry from the pain
can't shed a tear now
I realise we're not the same and it's making me sad
'Cos we can't fulfill our dream in this life

So I must let us break free
I can never be what you need
If there was a way through the hurt then I would find it
I'd take the blows, yes I would fight it
But this is the one impossible dream to live
What am I, if I can't be yours?

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The Eminence Orchestra performed this song in their 2005 concert, A Night In Fantasia. You can watch the video on youtube courtesy of dimix86. I think the orchestra version is way better. Viola Power!


This song goes to all of my fellow Evangelion fans. Enjoy!

Eben's Crib

One quiet sunday late night, I found this nice website. It calls itself "the real estate test". You'll draw your idea of a house, answer some questions, and an explanation of your personality will be revealed to you. Here is a drawing of my kind of house and its relation to my personality, explained:

You are sensitive and indecisive at times. You are a freedom lover and a strong person. You will avoid being alone and seek the company of others whenever possible. You love excitement and create it wherever you go. Once you have a problem, you need a friend with you. son.

When it comes to love, you shut yourself off. It's difficult to win your heart because you have decided to keep your feelings deep inside. You see the world as it is, not as you believe it should be.

You added a flower into your drawing. The flower signifies that you long for love. It also safe to say that others don't see you as a flirt. You don't think much about yourself.



I must say that the explanation is a direct hit! Here, draw your own house. Try it!

Friday, 9 November 2007

Ano bang latest, Eben?

Noong nakaraang miyerkules, muntik na ako masagasaan. Hindi namalayan na naka-red light na pala at wag munang tumawid. Abala kasi ako sa kakatext.


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Ngayon ko nadiskubre na may pagka Kengkoy yung manager ko. Napapasayaw pag may error yung program! Hindi siya ganun pag yung indian teammate ko yung kasama niya. Haha.


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Walang YM at Internet sa trabaho for the whole month of November (sad). Wala kasi nun sa ICA (Immigration and Checkpoints Authority).


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Kelangan labanan ang antok sa trabaho, kelangan ko ng mp3 player.


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Nabawasan yata ang timbang ko, yun sabi ng tita ko. Yung isang friend ko naman ang sabi, mukhang bangag daw ako palagi sa mga pics ko. syet!


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Kinakabahan ako sa deadline ko!!! November 16. Sana lang matapos ko lahat ng enhancements at unit testing. Yung unang batch ng Test Script umabot ng 45 pages, at may susunod pa dun. Naiiyak na ko. Haha!


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Masakit ang ulo ko. Para akong magkakasakit. Siguro dahil kulang sa tulog, kulang sa kain, wala lang makausap sa opisina (kasi ako lang ang naka-deploy sa kliyente, walang pinoy na makausap), o dahil....


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Ang worry ko, I'll be hitting rock bottom this November. Kaya lahat ng pagtitipid ginagawa ko na. Dalawang araw ko na nilalakad mula MRT station hanggang bahay kapag umuuwi ako para lang makatipid sa pamasahe. Ah basta, kaya ko 'to.



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Kailangan ko ng Time Machine.

Thursday, 8 November 2007

TV Links Signing Off

Gloucestershire police have confirmed that a 26-year-old Cheltenham man at the centre of an investigation into the website TV-Links was arrested under section 92 of the Trade Mark Act, on suspicion of supplying property with a registered trademark, without permission.


read full article here.


So this explains why I can't access the site for weeks! Is linking illegal?

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

My SG Random Facts


I've been here for three months now, and so far here are some of what I discovered:
  1. Tampines got its name from the word tempinis, a tree that once grew abundantly in the area. Tempinis means ironwood. Tampines is the largest residential area in the city-state.

  2. Sengkang means “prosperous harbour”.

  3. Hougang means “river end”.

  4. Kopi Tiam is a breakfast and coffee shop.

  5. Hawker or Hawker Centre is their version of the pinoy “karinderya” or eatery.

  6. I noticed that for every hawker centre, there is only one stall that sells drinks.

  7. Pinoys here loves to eat Chicken Rice....count me in.

  8. Take away means “For Take Out”.

  9. Having here means “For Dine”.

  10. “-la” is always present in every sentence when the locals are speaking. (i.e. Yeah, la! Take away, la!)

  1. Can? Can!

  2. A number scheme is used to determine buses. For example, route of Bus 72 is from Yio Chu Kang to Tampines and back. (I wonder if the buses in EDSA can adapt this scheme. :D )

  3. The first time I experienced to ride a double decker bus.

  4. Right hand driving.

  5. They follow british english in spelling words. (i.e. Organise, organisation)

  6. No gravy in fast food chains.

  7. No bubble gum.

  8. Cigarette smoking is discouraged. Pictures of diseases caused by smoking is printed in every cigarrete packs.

  9. If you are not in a hurry, you must keep left in the escalator. The right side is for people who are in a rush.

  10. They use smart cards in riding buses and MRTs for a cashless, no hassle trip.

  11. Favorite pinoy hangout? Lucky Plaza!!! Crowded during weekends. This is where pinoy products are being sold, SIM cards/E-loading stations, remittance centers, and Pinoy pubs.

  12. Uncle and Auntie are your "Manong" and "Manang" respectively.

I'll try to add more soon.

Sunday, 4 November 2007

LSS: Start of Something New

Music from the Disney Channel Original Movie, Highschool Musical starring Zac Efron as Troy Bolton and Vanessa Anne Hudgens as Gabriella Montez. (IMDB Info)


This is one of my favorite songs from the soundtrack, including "What I've Been Looking For", "We're All In This Together" and "When There Was Me And You". Kind of 'jologs' kasi hindi na ako highschool pero...Walang kokontra. lol. Enjoy the video!



Living in my own world
Didn't understand
That anything can happen
When you take a chance
I never believed in
What I couldn't see
I never opened my heart yeah!!
To all the possibilities
I know that something has changed
Never felt this way
And right here tonight

This could be the start
Of something new
It feels so right
To be here with you
And now looking in your eyes
I feel in my heart
The start of something new

Now who'd of ever thought that
We'd both be here tonight
And the world looks so much brighter
With you by my side
I know that something has changed
Never felt this way
I know it for real

This could be the start
Of something new
It feels so right
To be here with you
And now looking in your eyes
I feel in my heart
The start of something new

I never knew that it could happen
Till it happened to me
I didn't know it before
But now it's easy to see

It's a start
Of something new
It feels so right
To be here with you
And now looking in your eyes
I feel in my heart

That it's the start
Of something new
It feels so right
To be here with you
And now looking in your eyes
I feel in my heart
The start of something new
Start of something new


Youtube video courtesy of cutefluff.

Thursday, 1 November 2007

The Long String of Patience Broke

Note: What you are about to read is just the tip of the ice berg.


Carrying my laptop and a travel bag, I was rushing to the bus stop in the middle of the night. Sweat falling down my face, catching my breath as my heart pumps ceaselessly, there's anger burning inside me.


I had a quarell with the alleged antagonist of the house. I now baptize him with a new name, Freakazoid.


He was accusing me of “spying” on his personal life, particularly his alleged residence in Quezon City, Philippines.


(Dinner time. In the kitchen, Eben took his second helping of rice from the rice cooker, Freakazoid was busy making his fruit shake)

Freakazoid: Pare anong meron sa Quezon City?

Eben: Huh?

Freakazoid: Narinig kita sabi mo Quezon City...

(Eben went to the living room, ignoring the nonsense blabbering)


I ignored him, because I honestly don't know what he's trying to insinuate. And what's the big deal about Quezon City in the first place?


After dinner, while I was sitting on the couch, my brother and I were exchanging chat messages, we were talking about DotA and I was jotting down some notes on how to effectively use Rhasta as my new found Hero. When suddenly, Freakazoid came out of the kitchen, spilling these lines from a distance:


Freakazoid: Pare yung sinasabi mong Quezon City, may bahay kami dun sa kamag-anak ko...

(He went back to the kitchen, now talking with our guest housemate who's washing the dishes)


Then I heard him saying, “...nag-iispiya sa personal life ko....”.


He's now getting in to my nerves, I changed my Yahoo! Messenger status to “napupuno na ko”. This draw attention to some of my online friends especially officemates. They know what I'm trying to say, and so I told them that something's not right in the house as of the moment.


Still, I let it pass, because I don't want to make “patol” on some nonsense jibberish. I took a deep breath, and I told to myself, “Isa na lang”.


He went out of the house, carrying his bag and two tennis rackets. It's now past 9 in the evening. This time I know something's troubling Freakazoid again. And any moment, the talks that we had before, will be repeated once again, but this time, I am the accused.


I received an sms from him, he was waiting for me on the building grounds and he wanted to talk to me. This time I told my other housemates that no matter what happens to me, they are my witnesses. And so getting my keys, I unlock the main door and took the stairs going down to the ground floor. There he was, standing, a tennis racket in his right hand and a green ball on the left, waving at me as if ready for a rally.


(Eben approached Freakazoid)

Freakazoid: Pare ano ba problema? (with the conio accent)

Eben: Ano na naman ba pag-uusapan natin?

Freakazoid: Kaya nga tinatanong kita kung may problema ka ba sa akin eh?

Eben: Wala akong pakielam kung may bahay kayo sa Quezon City, at wala rin ako pakielam sa personal mong buhay

Freakazoid: Teka wag kang defensive pare. Tinatanong kita, kung wala, eh di wala (playing with his tennis racket)

Eben: Next time wag mo 'ko uumpisahan ng mga nonsense bullshit talks mo! (voice rising)

Freakazoid: Nonsense? Bakit matalino ka ba? (He is pointing his tennis racket on my face)

Freakazoid: How many times ko sinabi sayo na invite me kapag kumakain kayo (seriously this made me laugh)

Eben: Di ba nasalubong ka namin dito sa baba kanina, sabi mo kakain ka na sa labas, ibig sabihin kumain ka na eh. Bakit pa kita yayayain?

Freakazoid: (Ignoring me, playing with his tennis racket) Nung Sunday ka pa ganyan eh, bakit ka nagpapapasok ng ibang tao sa room?


***FLASHBACK***

Two days ago, my pinay colleagues and I had another badminton session, and after an intensive fat burning game, we decided to call it a day and returned to the house to have some rest before taking a hot shower. I let them in our room, since they just wanted to cool down a little bit while the aircon is on. They were sitting on my bed, and we were having a chat. Then suddenly came Freakazoid, he was greeted by my pinay colleagues but he just responded blandly, as if he is not in any way happy with what he just saw after entering the premises. When my colleagues left the room, Freakazoid said, “Pare next time wag naman tayo magpapasok dito sa room, lalo na yung mga chismosa...”. I replied but obviously I am not happy with what I've heard, “Oo sige next time”.
***END OF FLASHBACK***


Eben: Nag-uusap lang kami, at isa pa, may karapatan ako sa room na yun dahil nagbabayad ako at hindi naman nila pinapakielaman ang gamit mo, dun sila nakaupo sa kama ko.

Freakazoid: (Not looking at me) I don't care...nakalagay sa contract of tenancy lima lang (ang nakatira sa bahay)

Eben: (WTF???? Anong konek?) Alam mo wala namang patutunguhan 'tong pag-uusap na 'to. Nahihirapan na ako makisama, ang hirap mo pakisamahan, magpapalipat na ako. Ayoko na.



Then I went back to the house, leaving the speechless Freakazoid and his tennis racket. I phoned my “Nanay” (our Resource Specialist) and I told her that it is a must that I can speak to her personally. She knew what I'm up to, and she told me to spend the night at her house in Sengkang. So I packed my things, grabbed some clothes, shoes, and other necessities. I told my other housemates that it is necessary for me to leave the house for a while because it's not “healthy” anymore. I can't stand to share a room with a psycho. I am always the one whose catching all the crap that comes out of Freakazoid's mouth, and it has to stop.


I was waiting for the bus, sitting on the bench, thinking. I was trying to justify my actions. Am I doing the right thing? After three months, my long string of patience broke. It's as if I've had enough of all these negative vibes around me, adding stress from what I'm getting at work and other personal stuffs, that I badly needed an escape, to relax, to breathe and once again rejuvinate.


From Tampines Central, I took Bus 72 and after 20 minutes I reached Hougang. The bus aircon helped me cool down a little bit. I dropped off at Hougang Central, few minutes has passed and there came “Nanay” and my “Uncle” (my dearest friend). I told them what happened. “Nanay” said that I need not worry, and that I can stay at her place for the meantime.


And so here I am, writing this entry at “Nanay”'s house here in Sengkang, this is my third night. I just want to let Freakazoid realize that of all the Tampines housemates, I was the only one who remained calm and patient and understanding for the longest time. He broke the last line of communication that bridges the gap between him and the other housemates. Somehow, I pity him. Nobody wanted to talk to him. I remember the first time we talked, I was thinking how he might have spent his childhood, was it happy? On how his mind functions, what's troubling him? On what brought him to be the kind of person he his right now, I wanted to understand. But I gave up.


These weekend, I need to go back to Tampines, I have to do the laundry! Haha. But seriously, my other housemates was planning to have another forum. I'm still hoping for the better, I still have nine months to endure...



By the way, Freakazoid is 28 years old, making him 4 years older than me.