Beginner’s Choice: Discovering New Flavours and Textures

Treats for Teresa International travel has started again. Teresa, a teenager from Spain, is here on holiday. She wanted to visit a country where she could practise her Mandarin. Singapore is the perfect place as she can get by with her fluent English, and have exposure to spoken Mandarin. This morning after attending Mass inContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Discovering New Flavours and Textures”

Beginner’s Choice: Nature’s Healing Powers

Post-Covid celebrations This week has been an intense week in many ways. I am happy to say that everyone who came down with Covid has recovered, and there is no more need for special sick tray menus. Everyone has had enough of plastic disposable plates, cups and cutlery. They were excited to sit down atContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Nature’s Healing Powers”

Beginner’s Choice: The Spice of Life for Feast days, Fish days and Feeling Better Day

The Spice Tour I went on a museum tour (the National Museum of Singapore) last Sunday. My brother announced to my friends that I was on the tour for the umpteenth time. He was right, because I couldn’t remember how many times I had been to the museum. Every time I asked my brother toContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Spice of Life for Feast days, Fish days and Feeling Better Day”

Beginner’s Choice: Creative Cooking and Speedy Recovery

We are getting used to living with Covid 19, just as we have got used to living with the common flu and dengue. But the reality is that when we do get sick, it’s not a pleasant experience, even though we might like the idea of not having to get up early and to rushContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Creative Cooking and Speedy Recovery”

Beginner’s Choice: Meal and Cooking Solution Finders

A Student’s Solution to Missing Spicy Home-cooked Food By Soph                            (Founder of the Weave the Story YouTube Channel) I lived in a university town in New England, NSW, where there were 6 Chinese restaurants, but no Thai, Vietnamese or any other Asian restaurants. After eating at various Chinese restaurants, I got a bit bored andContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Meal and Cooking Solution Finders”

Beginner’s Choice: Student meals and YouTube recipes

Entertaining at home My brother and I went over to our cousin’s place for dinner last Sunday. Cousin Siri had invited Soph of the Weave the Story YouTube Channel and a couple of Thai friends over for a Thai dinner. My brother made itim kati (Thai coconut ice cream), and he brought peanuts for theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Student meals and YouTube recipes”

Beginner’s Choice: The Long Weekend Challenge

I finally met up with Sandy, a dear friend and former colleague, after more than two years. We kept in touch through this blog. My friends get subjected to my weekly posts! Sandy and I were colleagues during the SARS outbreak. Somehow we survived SARS without a lockdown, and it ended as abruptly as itContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Long Weekend Challenge”

Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Sharing and Recycling

There has been some semblance of normality in the past weeks, though I understand that we will have to live with the “new normal” once Covid is over. The past weeks have been very busy, though a lot of activities have been over Zoom. I realised that I have made some new friends over theContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Sharing and Recycling”

Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Comfort Food

We have featured a variety of cuisines and dishes and a lot of celebration meals. Brenda, a law student, who is currently abroad on an exchange programme, surprised me by saying that what she liked most was a fried rice dish which was featured (Garlic, egg, tomato and carrot fried rice). To her, it wasContinue reading “Beginner’s Choice: The Joy of Comfort Food”

Beginner’s Choice: Family, Friends and the Tiger

The Eve of the Lunar New Year is the only time in the year that the streets are quiet at night. Most people are home for the Reunion Dinner. I suppose it’s like Thanksgiving Dinner. I asked around to see what friends were planning for their reunion dinner, most said: “Steamboat. It’s the simplest!” Well,Continue reading “Beginner’s Choice: Family, Friends and the Tiger”