Handmade Noodle

Handmade Noodle Ban Mien, Kapitans by Koptiam Foodcourt, 10 Tampines Central 1,  #05-05/06/07 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536.

One of my favourite stalls in the Tampines One’s foodcourt during my days working at Tampines. The handmade noodle is always long queue during the lunch hours, even during the weekends. I joined the queue when I visited the food court today.

The noodle is cooked al-dente and the ingredients are generous so far, no complaints even after about a year or so I did not eat it. There are many choices to choose from their menu and you can combine with different type of meats.

Do try the dry ban mien which give you a different taste of eating ban mien. Of course, their soup based ban mien is always a good choice especially during a rainy day.

I added the chilies paste into my dry noodle which gave me an extra kick. Their chili paste is a must to try and when I mix it with the thick dark soy sauce, it gave a good blend. You may want to adjust the level of spiciness because the thick dark soy sauce is sweet.

Old place, old taste. I am glad to finish my brunch with full satisfaction.

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Lady M

Lady M, 3 Gateway Drive, #02-25/26 Westgate, Singapore 608532.

After the team lunch at the Din Tai Fung, my boss asked for a dessert place for second round. I did not expect there would be a second round, therefore, I did a quick search for desserts around the JEM and Westgate. Since, West side of Singapore is my less travelled place and I am not a dessert person, finding a good dessert place gives me some challenges.

Finally, we settled down at Lady M at Westgate. Lucky the place was able to accommodate large group of people. Initially the waitress wanted us to sit on the high table, which we rejected and asked them to combine some of the tables for us at one corner.

Lady M, specialized on mille crepe cakes which was said to be no less than twenty paper-thin handmade crepes layered with ethereal light pastry cream. They are  using the combination of French pastry techniques with Japanese etiquette of precision, Lady M prides itself on creating fresh and finest cakes.

They do offer set of two cakes with 2 drinks of your choices. During our visit, it was March, the Japanese sakura season, they serve specially made Sakura berry mille crepe cake.

The strawberry pastry cream layered on the the twenty thinned layer crepes. It tastes slightly sweet toward the end, and I do not recall if I tasted the sakura floral smell. If you do not like the favoured cake, you can always go for their signature cake, the Original Crepe Cake.

They do offer normal type of cakes. One of them is the chocolate cake which my colleague ordered and I tried a small bite. It is very rich chocolate cake. My personal preference after trying most of them is the Matcha crepe cake.

If you are going there with a group of people, I would not suggest you to order too many set of cakes because you may end up repeating the same cakes among your friends. Besides that, the portion of the cake is good enough for sharing.

Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want

After the first time meet up with the mentor, I wrote an email to my CTO to seek his advice. He replied saying that email was not an email, it was a conversation. He spent some time to reply me with 3 emails and I summarized them with two things he wanted me to think about.

How long would I want to be a software developer?
After I switched my career into BI development, I involved in some coding works. I did some few years back as a .net software engineer. I would not want to do coding forever, I can code once a while, but I wanted to keep moving, learn new things, gain knowledge in those areas that interest me.

What I want to do?
When I told him what I wanted to do, I gave him a vast area of interests. He tried to explain each of them except things related to data science and data analytics. So, when I replied him, I made a clearer statement, I loved to work with data and slightly narrowed down my scope by telling him what I expected to achieve in near future.

Up to this point, I am glad that he listened and supported me. Making sure I articulate my interest and have my voice and presence is important for other to have a good understanding of who you are. Direct and open is essential for success.

Getting a mentor.
Find someone who appreciates you and your skill and that is in a position to support you. That person has to be well respected, senior and their opinions need to carry a lot of weight.

Be yourself.
Lastly, do not be afraid to ask question when you do not know something. When I first started the data science course in Coursera, I remembered the first words I learned is curiosity.

“There are going to be people who don’t like the way you do something or don’t like you for any particular reason. Don’t let the fear of that hold you back—there’s so much potential out there.” – https://techbeacon.com/women-software-development-8-success-stories-5-tips-advancement.

Mentorship Program

It was back in February 2018 when I saw the mentorship program under the Data Science user group. Like everyone else who wanted to be mentored, it was a golden opportunity to get advice and guidance from the experienced people and move into this field. Two months later, I received an email notification from the user group and informed me I was chosen to be part of the program.

Know your mentor before meet up.

Alright, I should admit, I did not know anyone from the list of the mentors and I did not do any further checks on their profiles to find who is the most suitable person to be my mentor before submitting the application. I did not do an extensive search on my mentor’s profile, I just did not want to appear to be a stalker.

Know what you want.

Our first meet up was a bit awkward as I appeared to be unprepared and I was confused what should a mentor do and what should a mentee do. I wanted to understand what mentor has had to do so I can figure out what path I should take. However, the mentor asked me what I want to do. At that moment, I was not clear.

Mutual mentorship.

Do not underestimate the mutual benefits of the constructive mentor-mentee relationship for both parties. For the mentors, the satisfaction of helping someone else achieve his or her goals is undeniable. My mentor has asked me to read up more articles and blogs to get more sense of the information and resources and attend the regular user group meet up.

Shabu Shabu at Ramen Champion

Ramen Champion – Shabu shabu promotion, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 03-89, 059817 Singapore. 

When there is a free lunch, people will definitely make their way to attend the event regardless of where they are and what they are doing. It was a word shared by my friend last time. However, I received a different remark when I organized a farewell gathering.

Some ex-colleague gave me a jealousy remark after she has gotten to know the gathering was held days after her last day of service, as though I was the one who decided the date for the farewell gathering. First of all, it is none of her business because she left the company and the gathering was not planned for her too. It was supposed to be held in late April but it was brought forward and I did not think I need to explain more so I ended the conversation with the ex-colleague immediately after the remark.

Neither I would control people’s jealousy toward us nor how much you want to eat for that night, it was a buffet style shabu shabu in a Japanese ramen shop. If I am not mistaken this restaurant sells quite good ramen too and I ordered a bowl of noodle to try as well during my visit.

Free flow of meats, comprises of chicken, beef and pork of your choices, you can choose your soup base too. My table ordered 6 tray of each meat with other additional seafood ingredients picked from the bar such as clams, crabs and prawns. During my visit, the crabs and prawns are not fresh enough, clams are quite fresh.

Besides meats, they do offer vegetables and various types of mushrooms. They are quite fresh and always replenished by their staff. The drink is not included in the buffet so you have to pay additional cost if you want to get their drink as well. The buffet does not come with desserts means it does not serve ice-cream, something that Sukiya does offer.

Since we are quite large group of people and they have other customers who either went for the shabu shabu or normal meal, sometimes, their services then to be slow and not too attentive to our request for additional meats and noodle, replenish our soup.

Overall, it is worth for the money especially I bought the ticket through fave with discounted price for visit during the weekdays. The wide food varieties and quiet ambiance in the Japanese restaurant make it worth for revisit in the future when they have the same promotion again.

You Alone Are Irreplaceable

You Alone Are Irreplaceable (唯獨你是不可取替)

It is a Cantonese song, originated from two Japanese singers, Miho Nakayama and Uesugi Shou. The Cantonese version has the male and female versions, sang by Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng. Recently, this song has been added into my song playlist. There is a couple of meaningful words from the lyrics and of course, the title itself is meaningful too.

I cannot read Chinese by myself, however, I managed to get some of the lyric translated into English. The whole song is about an irreplaceable love of a person.

All love stories left people lamented with sad feeling. Do not dare to believe true love.  But, your unconditionally love toward me, surprised me. I am willingly and passionately love you. If today, I am going to lose everything in front of my eyes, leaving with nothing, you are the only one (person) that cannot be replaced. You are my everything in my life.

If I had known we are destined to fall in love with each other, I would have worked hard for our future. For my next life, allows me to stay with you and continue to love you.

Asking what I want the most, I am asking you to entrust your life to me. I will take good care of you and emphasize with your needs. Unconditionally, give all the love to you.

–End.

Hutong Lot 10

Hutong, Lot 10 Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hutong is an high class, air-conditioned and well-maintained food court in the KL city. It is located at the Lot 10 Shopping Center, it is just next to the Iseten Japanese supermarket. It is decorated with old decoration and display items and it is using all the old style’s tables and chairs. They are the famous stalls which you can find it around KL city. well-known eatery. Even I mentioned “high class”, the price of the food here is inexpensive when compared the price with other food court in the city.

My aunt wanted to eat the Penang fried kway teow with egg and the minced meat noodle from the Soong Kee Noodle for lunch, therefore, we went out to the city with the MRT, a little bit adventurous with her on the Saturday’s afternoon.

The stall which sells this Penang delicacy located opposite to the Bak Kut Teh stall. You cannot miss this stall when you are coming down from the side escalator as you can see some delicious pictures of the fried kway teow on the wall. If you wish to try the fried noodle with duck egg, they do offer it with additional cost. The fragrant from the fried noodle and the chili’s spiciness give a good kick. If you do not wish to eat spicy, you can tell them no chili.

Although I am not sure they are originated from which famous stall in Penang city, the cook does a good job. I guess the cook who prepared my plate of fried noodle is not a local, however, he has a good skill and with the fresh ingredients like cockles, middle sized prawns and bean sprout and the “wok hei” (heat from the wok), the fried kway teow still as good as those in Penang.

Next, we tried the minced meat and beef balls noodle from the Soong Kee noodle. You can find the original Soong Kee noodle stall in Petaling Street, the Chinatown in the KL city. I quite like their noodle cooks al-dente and it is not oily after mixed with the minced meat. More importantly, they add vegetable into the bowl of noodle which is rarely found. The taste is well-maintained, not overly done and it is not salty. The beef balls are handmade, springy and firm.

Again, I guess the workers are not local but they are trained and monitored by their local masters who eventually helped out to prepare my bowl of noodle with extra minced meat. My set of noodle comes with a bowl of four beef balls, a plate of vegetable and a cup of hot Chinese tea.