Friday, April 28, 2017

Happenings in April - Movie Review + Chinatown Complex Food Centre + 100 AM Mall Food Hunt

Tuesday 18/4/17

Headed down to VivoCity after work to watch the preview of the movie. Thanks CK and CF for asking me along for the movie.

Shock Wave 拆弹专家 (PG13: Violence)

Running time: 119 minutes

 Cheung Choi-san (Andy Lau) is a senior inspector of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Bureau (EOD), a bomb disposal expert. 7 years ago, he went undercover and became the apprentice of Hung Kai-pang (Jiang Wu), a top wanted criminal specializing in bombs. During the operation, Hung manages to escape while his younger brother and allies were captured. To seek revenge for Cheung's betrayal, Hung comes back 7 years later and prepares to plant a series bombs in Hong Kong, which creates public panic, and lures Cheung out for action to unfold an ultimate plan for revenge.

Someone has to do the job, so Cheung wants to be that someone, to take on the job and protect everyone else. He is even willing to sacrifice himself to save the rest. His courage and righteous character is what I admire.

The movie also show the romance side of Cheung where he fall in love with a school teacher, Carmen, starred by Song Jia. They broke up eventually due to the dangerous nature of Cheung's work.

The thing that they feared happen. Cheung found Carmen in a car boot being tied up with a grenade held in her hands. Hung wanted Cheung to experience the helpless feeling he felt when they captured their brother. Now he is back for revenge against those participated in the operation 7 years ago.

Hung blocked the highway tunnel and exit and held hundreds of people as hostages with 1,000kg of C4 explosives being activated. He demanded the release of his brother from the prison and helicopter to get them out of Hong Kong.

With hostages, machine guns and bombs put all over the place, we can imagine how many lives are lost and how emotional the scene will be. It has heart wrenching and sorrow scene that drove me to tears.

Hong Kong's police film is always worth the watch. Head over to the cinema theatre to catch it now.

Rating: 4/5

Friday 21/4/17

Finally it's TGIF, weekend is here again. I welcome my weekend with a dinner and movie date.
We been wanting to watch Boss Baby since it started showing, but we couldn't find time to do so.

We decided to watch at Golden Village @ Plaza Singapura as I have a $10 capitaland voucher to utilize. After purchasing the ticket, we settled our dinner at The Manhattan FISH MARKET.

We have fish & chips for our dinner.
The dory fish was crispy on the outer and moist on the inner. The cheese and mayo sauce help to blend the oiliness of the fish so it did not leave much of a greasy feel after eating. Just nice for movie after our meal.

The Boss Baby is a hilariously story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family. With a sly, heart-filled message about the importance of family, 

Soon after his bossy baby brother's arrival, 7 years old Tim discovered the weird actions of his brother.  A baby could talk and conduct babies meeting with the babies in their neighbourhood. Boss Baby is here for a mission to destroy the puppy's plan and save the babies from extinction.

To execute his plan, he needs the help from Tim. In order for Tim to help him, they make a deal.
Boss Baby will return back to Baby Corp (the company he is working for) after the mission and Tim will then become the only child back and enjoy his parents' attention.

From loggerheads to brothers, the pairs has bonded and get along well through the collaboration to accomplish the mission. The movie sends out a strong mission on family bonding. No matter how fierce we always fight with our siblings, during times of danger, the siblings love will automatically be displayed and we will protect each other with our lives.

It is a hilarious movie with happy ending. Suitable for family to watch.

Rating: 3.5/5

Friday 28/4/17

Hurray, it's TGIF and also last Friday of the month.
I have spent my day eating the good food starting from lunch, an awesome way to end our work week and welcome the start of weekend.

I made my way down to Chinatown Complex hawker centre for lunch. Chinatown Complex houses many renowned local favourites comfort food. One of a must-go destination for the food lover if pass by Chinatown.

I ordered omelette chicken rice at $4 from the Thai stall.
I missed having omelette ever since I came back from Bangkok.

The omelette was fluffy and delicious, I finished all of it. The portion was generous too.
Initially I thought the soup was just some normal soup. It turned out to be tom yam soup that has a strong spice flavour in it. Clear soup is always the spiciest.

Bf ordered xiao long bao for sharing, $6 for 10 pieces.
The xiao long bao was juicy good, we queued quite long for this. I love it when the dumpling burst open with the broth in my mouth. It tasted so good.

Mango sago to end off our lunch.
It was a short but quality time spent together. See you again on weekend (:

The 2 late queens.

Meet up with the poly peers for dinner, it has been a year since we last met. Grace has called for this meetup to find out about the recent updates of everyone.

Chan Lin has recommended Ramen Keisuke Tori King @ 100 AM mall. We were there and managed to secure our seat without waiting.

I have ice green tea to go with my meal.

My pick: TORI KING Ramen Special (Clear Soup)(All Toppings).

What makes Tori King Ramen so special is their broth which is made from ingredients such as chicken bones, chicken feet, Japanese seaweed and an assortment of vegetables boiled for eight hours. It is infused with all the individually essential flavours. I love the generous chicken thigh that comes with the ramen.

Feeling super full until we have no space for dessert, we decided to take a little break by walking around the mall so that we can digest the food faster.

After resting, we proceeded to dessert shop next.
Tsujiri is a nice place to chill out with friends over their Matcha And Houjicha dessert and drinks.

Dessert makes a perfect ending to our dinner.
We have matcha Tsujiri parfait and matcha latte for sharing among 5 of us.

The bitterness of the matcha can be tasted from the soft serve parfait. Perfect for those who prefer a lesser sweet dessert.

Because Grace wanted to try the shaved ice right from the start but stopped by us, we decided to give it a chance and tried the sunrise shaved ice in the end. 

Me and Steffi.

We were all shocked to see the giant size of shaved ice in front of us. We helped ourselves with the fluffy shaved ice that was sweet at the top and bitter at the green portion. I like how they added red beans inside the shaved ice, it added sweetness to the bitter matcha. Lovely combination.

It was a lovely gathering with the peers.
Though we have not meet for a year, our relationship still remain strong and no awkwardness among us. Hope our next meetup is not one year later, see you guys soon again.

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