Movember

What is the one thing Tom Selleck, George Clooney and Johnny Depp have in common? A set of perfectly trimmed moustache that makes them look sizzling hot and prolly was what made them an added bit famous. And November is your turn to have a go at looking sexy with moustache without being laughed at..

November is a month to support Prostate Cancer by growing a moustache in honour of Movember. We’ve had breast cancer awareness movements on Facebook, collars pins sold to raise money to help fight AIDs, so I’m glad to actually find out that Movember is celebrated to honour the man who fight Prostate Cancer and raise funds for research!

Here in Asia it seems growing a moustache may be challenging but there are more ways than one to show our support. For starters, do check out this page where Movember is explained and directions on how we can donate or take part in activities.
www.movember.com or visit a Singapore dedicated Facebook page where you can post the progress of your month long pursuit of the perfect moustache or attend events around Singapore to support and raise awareness for Prostate Cancer.

If you really can’t grow one out, here’s a little something to help you..

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from us.movember.com

and for the ladies, if we arent so brave as to slap on that cut out while on the streets, here’s a little something that could get you part of it plus its fun!

So in whatever little ways we can get things going, let’s do it. 🙂
P.S. i think Orlando Bloom looks adorps with a lil tresses!

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7017 flavours for you?

a short hiatus that brought about a new addiction caused my one week lull. many apologies but not regretted due to the new discovery in an exciting sport which I promise to update in one of my following posts..

on to what I have been meaning to update following a full flavoured Thai food hunt is another full-flavoured cuisine – Filipino food! 7107 flavours is an outlet boasting authentic Filipino food choices, atmosphere and staff outfit. Leaning towards slightly pricey, the haunt is visited mostly by foreigners which also means less crowd but still recommended by my Filipino friends in Singapore, a good sign I reckon!

7107 Flavours has a good menu with a wide variety of local specialties although the ingredients were tweaked a slight bit to suit a more foreigner friendly palette.
A small group of 4 of us means we couldnt order too much as Filipino food is meat laden n heavy so these are some personal favourites of my Filipino mate and it did win us over to want more!

Sisig - Crispy Minced Pork

Sisig - Crispy Minced Pork


Sisig has become my personal favourite due to its simple flavours, slight spice and so easy to eat! Apparently, it is a great companion to beer and in Filipines, it is cooked with parts of the pig’s face such as the ears and fatty parts. Rumour has it, that sometimes they do add in the brains.. Shudders! I wonder how adventurous I could get with food… Thankfully, in Singapore, its just minced pork (i hope!).

Chicken Adobo - A National Dish

Chicken Adobo - A National Dish


Chicken Adobo is a popular dish in Philippines. A simple yet hearty stew set in flavours such as garlic, vinegar and soya sauce reminds me much of Chinese cuisine! The wonders of immigration that influenced cooking.. goes great with their garlic rice for a complete meal!

Lastly, always looking for a healthy meal.. vegetables upon their recommendation..

Pinakbet - Traditional mixed vegetables in shrimp paste

Pinakbet - Traditional mixed vegetables in shrimp paste


what I really enjoyed about this dish besides the selection of vegetables is what else went into the shrimp paste sauce… Corned Beef! Seldom have i seen corned beef be used in sauces to thicken and taste it.. Love it!

Filipino food is really a world filled with flavours albeit to the heavy side of everything. So long as you pair it with rice (which is something they swear by), the food comes out just right. Don’t forget to end off with a dessert but be prepared for a sweet treat, much like Thai food; rich in flavours. They say 7101 represents the number of islands Philippines have in total, I say it also tells you what to expect from their food! Bursting in flavour!

Apparently there is another really good outlet located in Tanjong Pagar/Tiong Bahru.. Anyone heard of it?
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7107 Flavours is located at:
6 Raffles Blvd
#02-02 Marina Square
Singapore 039594
http://www.7101flavours.com.sg

A taste of Thailand…

Every now and then, I’d need my quick fix of spicy, sour and sweet all on one plate and there is no other cuisine I like more than Thai food for this! One of my top haunts after work is to pop by Beer Thai at Golden Mile Complex for a quick bite before heading home and boy is it gratifying. First introduced to me by my thai friends; food is authentic, cheap and oh so good! The menu is also helpful for non thai-speaking individuals as there are pictures tagged to each menu item. But fret not, some of the waitresses there do speak decent English to take your order! Golden mile is also the place where most Thais do hang out so you will get imports from Thailand readily available such as spices, fruits and ingredients! (Even their famous instant noodles!!)

Last week, I needed my quick fix once again and here are some of my favourite dishes! Brought my godmother for the first time and along with my mum and brother, we definitely had a feast!

For Starters….

Goong Chae Nam Pla (Raw Prawn in Fish Sauce)

Goong Chae Nam Pla (Raw Prawn in Fish Sauce)


Goong Chae Nam Pla is a dish made from fresh prawns that are cleaned thoroughly, dipped in cold water to firm up the flesh, and drizzled with garlic, chilli and then soaked in seafood chilli sauce to serve. A little bit like the Japanese Sashimi that you get but spicy and tantalizing. Pop the whole prawn in your mouth and feel the prawn melt away while flavours quickly take over. Best with beer I heard. ($15)
Goong Chae Nam Pla (Raw Prawn in Fish Sauce)

Goong Chae Nam Pla (Raw Prawn in Fish Sauce) a closer look

And the ever popular soup for a Thai meal…

Tom Yum Goong

Tom Yum Goong


This dish definitely needs no introduction! Packs a punch and gets your appetite raring to go! ($10)

Time for the mains….

Nam Tok Moo (Spicy pork salad)

Nam Tok Moo (Spicy pork salad)


This is one of my favourite meat dishes! Sliced pork is cooked with roasted rice, garlic, chilli, dried chilli, shallots and MINT leaves! The mint leave really brings out the flavour of the spice and the meat meanwhile taking away the monotony of meat on its own. The marriage of the flavours is really something new but very well received! ($8)

Gai Pad Krapow (Chicken stir fried with Basil)

Gai Pad Krapow (Chicken stir fried with Basil)


After these two dishes, you should be able to guess how important spices are in Thai Food. Basil is used extensively in Thai food and this is no exception. ($8)

Last but not least, the highlight of the night…..

Thai Deep Fried Fish with Fried Garlic and Chilli

Thai Deep Fried Fish with Fried Garlic and Chilli


Not much needs to be said. Fish is fresh, meat is sweet, deep fried to perfection, accompanied with garlic and onions is like heaven. The size is good for 3-4 people but you’ll never have enough! There are 3 other ways available to eat this dish. ($25)

Of course, Beer Thai does serve desserts and drinks that would end the meal on a high note. However, cautious for my waistline, no more sweets and coconut milk for the day! Cha-yen or Kafei-yen (Thai milk tea/thai milk coffee) are best pals with the spicy dishes as the milk quells the heat. It doesn’t taste like our chinese made tea and coffee nor european/american styles, word of warning though, it’s a strong brew – no more extra shots required!

Beer Thai and many establishments are open till late. Word of warning though, large crowds and a smell like wet markets may greet you initially but its definitely worth the trip. Do not be afraid to venture the other stalls there as there are many hidden troves of delicacies littered in Golden Mile Complex. And don’t forget to get a pack of Thai mangoes that are so difficult to come by!

Cheap Cheap! =)

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Beer Thai Restaurant is located at:
Golden Mile Complex, #01-94
5001 Beach Road
Singapore
Nearest Mrt Station : Nicoll Highway (5 Mins walk), Lavender Stn (10 Mins walk)
Bus: 100 (Right in fron of Golden Mile Complex), 10, 14, 16, 70, 196 (5 mins walk)
(P.S. Don’t confuse Golden Mile Complex with Golden Mile Tower!!)