Sunday, 26 July 2009

Exhausted!

It's Monday morning and I'm Exhausted! It has been a hectic weekend afterall.

Here's a rundown of the events, starting from dinner on Friday at a zhi-char stall tucked away in Tanjong Rhu. According to the owner, they've been in business for a long time which explains the crowd. The food is good and prices are very reasonable.

The hae chor (minced pork and prawn rolls) was fragrant and tasty, though the texture is quite different from the ones I make at home. I like my fillings chunky with more bite. The ones served here is slightly pasty like they've added yam inside.

I like this interesting dish, stewed duck thigh in lotus leaf. For only $12, the portion is generous and good enough for our group of 4. The meat was stewed until very tender. I found pieces of chestnuts and mushrooms inside too. Very delicious!

The sambal crab was nice too, slightly better than the normal chilli crab because of the addition of fragrant sambal.

We were so stuffed after dinner, even Chris' suggestion of durian for dessert didn't tempt anyone of us. Instead we ended up in a dark Middle Eastern cafe in Arab Street called Ambrosia. It was a mistake actually. The drinks that we ordered tasted so weird, we had to force ourselves to drink up the icy concoctions. Maybe that inspired us to make a pact to go hiking the next morning.

EY and I with our disgusting drinks!

SATURDAY was spent hiking at Macritchie Reservoir along the Treetop Trail. Though we were blessed with good weather, the air in the forest was heavy and humid, we worked up a good sweat.

My camera lens was foggy after nestling next to my ice cold water bottle, giving the photos a soft edge. I quite like this effect.


Some of the trees in the forest are really old and massive!

Tall bamboo cluster framing the trail.

A question mark?

This slow moving monitor lizard's stomach was bloated. It had just swallowed a prey.

Heading towards the treetop walk.



Lovely view from the top. Tree canopy and the reservoir in the distance.

The macaques were so bold and came so close towards us.

SUNDAY was a rather exciting one. I got up at 5am to get ready for the launch of our gardening products at the funfair. It was an interesting experience. The fair was a huge success and we managed to sell all our products within 5 hours. Huier, my blog reader, even came by to visit, bringing a box of Cedele muffins. She's so sweet!

Best friend and I in our apron.

We roped in CH to help.

Fund raising is hard work!

The boyfriend's so sweet! He bought her a planter box of vegetables for the windowsill at her university hostel.

Nonya lady selling traditional Nonya kueh (cakes).

The stall opposite ours was selling shoes and handicrafts designed by kids from the special school.

The satay stall was one of the most popular ones there. It filled the entire church ground with smoke and smells of barbequed meat.

A young gardener with green thumb.

We donated all our proceeds to the church.

These 2 friends came by our stall. Seeing them so interested but with insufficient funds, I gave them a huge discount. Afterall, our aim is to promote gardening amongst kids.

We sold everything before the funfair came to a close. The entire exercise was an eye-opener, we learned that retail business is hardwork and left the place feeling exhausted and thirsty.

Last night, we were back at best friend's house again for a celebratory dinner. The food was good and the mood was excellent!

The three Amigos.

9 comments:

Nick Phillips said...

I'm exhausted just from reading your post! LOL!

You sure do lead an interesting life la :D

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

it's a very fun-filled and meaningful one! =)))

The Real Mother Hen said...

Oh the food looks so yummy as usual. And congrats on the successful plant sale.

The World According To Me said...

Wow, you did pack a lot into your weekend.

Well done with selling all your products. It must have been a great feeling seeing people interested in them and exchanging money for them.

Blur Ting said...

Nick - heh heh, i know. The post is so long and tiring to read :-P

Blur Ting said...

Fry - Yes, indeed.

Blur Ting said...

MH - Oh, I think you must miss our local food so much!

Blur Ting said...

World - It was a busy weekend. Too hectic for me and I needed days to recover!

It's great when we could sell our products but a fund-raising funfair is not the right place to gauge the success of a product. People were buying because they had to use up their coupons.

Amel's Realm said...

GREAT job on selling those greens and on doing charity work! :-))))