Bollywood Veggies @ 100 New Tiew Rd

Ivy Singh, founder of Bollywood Veggies, is a firecracker. She’s loud and unapologetic. When we walked in to Poison Ivy Bistro she started talking to us like we were best friends, I actually believed that my mom and her knew each other. And in the middle of lunch she suddenly raised a glass to the entire bistro to make a toast, and offered whiskey to everyone, on the house. Apparently she carries a knife in her pocket at all times, so she’s really not someone to mess with. She’s no mafia’s wife, she is the mafia. Her husband is an accountant.

Everything at the bistro is cooked with NO MSG, low salt, and in the healthiest way.  It’s also very affordable; budget about $10 per head and still get change in return.

The veggies at Poison Ivy Bistro are homegrown organically, cooked and served. I think that if you were to visit, get all vegetable dishes, don’t bother with the meats like chicken/ fish. Because that’s not where their strength lies.

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A MUST order is the moringa tempura, which are moringa tree leaves fried as tempura. It’s an addictive snack, like French fries or potato chips but a healthy version. Every table had at least one of this, and when I asked a waiter about it he described it as “DAMN GOOD”. Fact: it has even more calcium than 4 glasses of milk.

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I ordered sweet potato leaves stir-fried with garlic and it’s so good. The warrior’s chicken curry is forgettable. And the other interesting dish I ordered was the otah omelette. I wish I ordered: Jackfruit lemak, banana curry. The water they serve is also collected and treated on the farm itself.

The fun part actually took place after the meal when we took a walk around the farm to see the different plants and growth. How do you make a farm interesting? Put up lots of funny witty signboards, and props that call for Kodak moments.

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Even the toilets in the farm are eco toilets. And there’s a ‘sanctuary’ too where nudity is allowed. We believe that Ivy actually walks around naked in there.

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Please note that the location of the farm is HIGHLY inaccessible and driving is strongly recommended. You can plan a whole day excursion during your visit to the Kranji area, as the goat’s farm and Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve are located very close-by.

BYE!

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Where Stephy met 屎伯 (Taiwan)

So recently during Qing Ming Festival, I visited Kinmen in Taiwan to pay respects to my ancestors and to see where my grandfather came from. That’s the proper way to put it, in honesty it was just a food and drink trip because there was not much else to do and the trip was way too long. Damn, had so much of their kaoliang liquor. It’s 58% of alcohol, no joke. Here’s the documentation in photography:-

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If you’re wondering who 屎伯 is, he’s someone I met in Taiwan! 屎伯 means Uncle Shit. There’s shit on his head and hanging out from his ass.

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Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day this year was quiet and quaint. GT surprised me at my place at 7 in the morning and we went our separate ways for school stuff in the afternoon, but reconverged for dinner when he surprised me again with a bouquet of flowers before an entire audience at a bus stop (aww..), and we wined and dined.

Here’s me outside IN ITALY (the restaurant we dined at) with the flowers, and another one of the two of us along Keong Saik Road.

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After bringing the flowers back I gave them a new home. I was trying my best to keep them alive but my fingers aren’t that green after all, no surprise. So I told GT we should get a plant together! It’s a lot more meaningful because we can grow it and keep it. And it’s a lot more rewarding to watch it bear fruit than watching roses die. So we are going to make a trip down to Bollywood Veggies and find ourselves an organic plan

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CNY Day 3

I had a CNY party at home the other day, and invited a few friends over. Since I was already home anyway, I decided to go big and dress up. Cheongsams are too mainstream, so I had to wear a red kebaya. Cheesy picture below.

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CNY Day 2: Lucking Out

Second day of the CNY holiday was a bit more eventful. After drinking with friends the previous night, it sucked to have to wake up early. But lunch at Hua Ting was good. My fortune cookie advised me to buy 2424 for 4D. I’ll just check the results tomorrow and decide how I want to feel about this.

On second thought though, my luck today wasn’t too bad. I went to the casino at Marina Bay Sands for a New Year’s gamble, and walked out with a net gain of $12.50 and a big smile plastered on my face. Gambling for Singaporeans in Singapore is really stressful (especially for poor students like me). The $100 entry levy really does it job because it is a huge and expensive deterring factor. The minimum bid for blackjack is $25 (wtf?) and there were only two of such tables. I bought in at $100 which would give me only 4 hands (or 4 minutes) in the worst case scenario.

To make a commitment to gamble, I had to be very sure I was going to win back at least $200, or lose at least $200. The latter is a scary thought. I was very close to that and it was very very depressing. That’s why I packed up and left once I had $212.50 worth of chips on hand. I love the thrill and all, but I suspect my wallet does not feel the same way.

Later on in the night we popped a bottle of champagne and ooh la la. It’s a wrap!

Below is what I wore today. I scored this Moschino Cheap & Chic dress at a major discount, one of my best bargains ever!

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A Toy Story

It’s true, I have no friends to hang out with so I’ve turned to toys for company.

Bringing these babies around the island wasn’t easy. I definitely needed a car. And a shopping cart if I’m lucky enough to find one. Otherwise a real life person to help out. But as mentioned, I turned to toys for a reason.

Picture above was taken at Tan Quee Lan Street. Where? It’s just adjacent to, and greatly overshadowed by, Liang Seah Street. If you are ever there, you must have the fish soup. One of the best in Singapore!

I will put up a few pictures of my adventures with these babies, because a friend has been asking to see them. But firstly let me thank the person who made it all happen, Amos Yeo was so kind to lend me his very expensive and treasured bearbricks. Had such absolute trust in me, and was so generous and understanding all the way. Thank you!

Brought the bearbricks out for a traditional local breakfast. Food probably turned cold as I was taking this.