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Sunday, June 28, 2020

[REVIEW] 8 Durian

If you remembered my review for 8 Crabs, they have recently sent me durians from their sister site, 8 Durian!
Each box contains 450g (+/- 10g) of wholesome durian flesh and seeds, with the durians freshly plucked everyday from old trees (15 years and older).

The containers were nicely heat sealed, but were unfortunately stored in the fridge for a couple for hours before I returned home (I wasn't expecting the delivery to be so fast hahaha - thumbs up for efficiency), resulting in this not-so-pleasing condensation oops:

Kept the 2nd box of 'AAA' unopened for my Mum who wasn't home that day.
left: Black Gold; right: AAA

Premium Mao Shan Wang ‘AAA Grade’ (S$42.90) - we ordered 2 boxes of these (only 1 shown here). The flesh was rich, creamy and sweet, with a slight bitter aftertaste. This taste combination is usually what I go for when I eat durians!

Did you know...? An authentic MSW should have long flesh and small seeds (checked!), and to be graded as an AAA Mao Shan Wang durian, the shell should be consistently round - any single protrusion is unacceptable.
Would love to see the roundness of this, but the durians came shell-less, so... too bad hahaha.

Premium Black Gold Durian (S$47.90) - it was my first time trying 'Black Gold'... this species is supposedly an enhanced version of their premium Mao Shan Wang durians, but there was a weird bitter-bland mix to it which I didn't like.
My father enjoyed eating this though! He cleared most of the Black Gold while I cleared the AAA hehe:

Predominantly small seeds such as the one seen here (pardon the messiness haha):

8 Durian provides fresh large shipment from their Pahang plantation, which arrives daily at 10am and 6pm.
They provide same-day delivery as well as express delivery!

8 Durian
Tel: +65 6853 8249 (ext. 248) / WhatsApp: +65 8555 3702

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Navel piercing... FINALLY?!

I'm so happy to announce that I FINALLY got my belly button piercing on 8th February 2020, at Rise Above Tattoo @ Far East Plaza right after teaching my open class! IT DIDN'T HURT AT ALL BTW I didn't even know it went through.
Me: "*in shock* It's done??"
Piercer: "Yah, but I can always take out and pierce again."
HAHAHA irritating.

Have to commemorate this day since it was probably THE longest decision I took to make because there were so many considerations based on the lifestyle I was/am leading.

I took nearly 10 years to go ahead with it?? Hahaha my last piercing (nose) was 8 years ago. I still remember how addicted I was to ear piercings when I was in Secondary school LOL it was started due to peer pressure.

There was always this impulse + hesitation for a navel piercing but I never found the 'right time' to do it cos I was almost always dancing, and I used to swim quite abit as well. The piercing takes at least 6 months to a year to heal and in this time I'm not supposed to be 'too active' (which I was/am), wear high waisted bottoms (which is like 90% of my wardrobe hahaha), or wear tight fitting clothes (which I needed, like swimsuits or leotards).
But... this time the impulse was so strong idk why hahaha I also had the push from my friends around me to JUST DO IT... so I did!

The week before, I googled and youtube-d so much about navel piercings... especially about side effects/scarrings/migration etc cos I wanted to be prepared for the worst. I shouldn't have because they made me think twice everyday haha I didn't want an ugly-looking navel if the piercing really shifted.

How my piercing looked the next day:

I had my dance company's training the following morning so I didn't get to let my piercing rest at all HAHA but I knew that beforehand, so, no excuses!!

The first week was the worst... even sitting down normally was a chore because the belly area is so sensitive - I had to constantly sit super upright. Also, any little stretching movement I did made me feel like there was a cut in the skin being ripped open.
I also couldn't lie on my stomach due to friction, which limited a lot of floor movements (which I like) when I dance :( Partnering/liftings were obstacles also cos I constantly pull my body away as a defence mechanism.
But... I still danced every day and night since then hahaha.

Just about 4 days later my ring dropped out while I was wearing my shoes (dropping fresh studs are a nightmaaarre because it's always so painful putting them back in, and it's also scary how fast fresh holes close) - I think the screw was already loose due to constant rubbing with the skin, and when I stood up after bending down, my shirt got hooked onto the screw and it fell out. The studs landed with a loud CLANG at my lift lobby hahaha.
THANKFULLY and surprisingly it glided back in in one smooth motion hahaha. After that day, I became so paranoid that I constantly checked to see if the screw was loose.

This was after putting the bottom back in, before screwing in the top part:

2nd week onwards was much much better! Sometimes I forgot the piercing was even there.

And this was ~3 months later (6th May), with consecutive weeks of vigorous dancing. I think it kinda shifted a little already... but it still looks okay. The stud actually dropped out again (4th May) halfway while I was dancing at home but once again, the inserting back in was so smooth.

Also these few days there has been this slight bloody discharge and the 'ripping' pain felt in the first week, which I think is a sign of infection...? :(

Since then I've decided to STOP TOUCHING/ADJUSTING IT with my itchy fingers and it has gotten so much better now hahaha.

Okay end of updates :D

Friday, May 8, 2020

Open for commissioned works!

I've set up a simple website recently for my illustrations! If you'd like to get your pets/flowers/loved ones drawn (especially for special occasions), you can head to the link below to find out more :D

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

[REVIEW] 8 Crabs Seafood Kitchen

My family is a huge fan of crabs (actually food in general hahaha) so I was thrilled when 8 Crabs Seafood Kitchen delivered some to my house! This came at a great time because I have so many food cravings that I can't satisfy during this Circuit Breaker period.

8 Crabs is the only company in Singapore that uses grade AAA premium Sri Lankan sourced wild crabs, which means their crabs are meatier, tastier, bigger, and less watery. To ensure freshness and quality taste, these crabs are caught, flown, prepared and delivered to consumers within 12 hours.

I was half expecting the food (especially the crabs) to be 'messy' because of the gravy and all, but I love how they were packed so neatly in clean containers it was already a feast for my eyes before I even started. Everything was also still nice and warm!

Some crab facts for you! Crabs naturally travel about 500m every night and prefer to live alone, but they are often bred in a confined space in order to be profitable. This causes them to get stressed very easily in captivity as many farms cannot replicate their natural habitat, causing the crabs to produce ammonia, which is a sign of decomposition of seafood.
Most restaurants purchase these farmed crabs because they are cheaper and as a result, highly fragrant gravies are used to cover up the ammonia smell.
HOWEVER, the crabs from 8 Crabs do not have ammonia taste or smell because they are wild crabs instead of farmed ones! ;)

Here's a Singaporean must-order: Award-Winning Chilli Crab - Large 600-800g (S$75) - the gravy was rich, with a great blend of sweet and savoury. The spiciness level was very mild, maybe a 1.5 upon 5 ? Which might not be enough for those who are looking for a spicy kick like my Mum, but this was good enough for me haha:

Look at that juicy pincer! Pincers are my favourite part of the crab.

Eating chill crabs will never be complete without some Fried Man Tou - set of 5 (S$9) to dip in the sauce!
The buns were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside, and somehow they went especially well with the chill crab sauce. I mean they always do, but this set was like THE perfect pairing for me:

Andddd... my favourite cooking style has always been with salted egg! Here's their Award-Winning Salted Egg Crab - Large 600-800g (S$75) - the creaminess and fragrance of the salted egg sauce was just right for me, it got so addictive I couldn't help finishing the sauce (I like how there were also salted egg bits which added on to the texture) even after the crab was gone.
I think I devoured most of the content in this container hahaha.

My Mum: "This doesn't look as appealing as the Chilli Crab, but wah it's actually quite yummy!"

Bean Sprout with Salted Fish - Small (S$12) - good for 2 to 3 pax. I would prefer if there were more salted fish, and maybe if the bean sprouts were less 'cooked':

Thank you 8 Crabs for the yummy dinner! :D

8 Crabs Seafood Kitchen

Tel: +65 8725 0725 (Whatsapp only, no calls)
* They have a one-driver-to-an-order policy across their 12 kitchens island-wide to uphold their promise of One-Hour Crab Delivery.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Photoshoot @ Coney Island

Random photoshoot day with my friends Nikki and Joelynn! :D