Archive for March, 2014

Our next stop this weekend

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2014 by crystalake


Tucked in a discreet corner at the entrance of Marina Mandarin, Café Mocha dishes out an average of 50 to 80 chicken pies daily. Fresh rosemary, sage and bay leaves, celery, onions, carrots, sweet corn and chicken bones are combined in chicken stock to intensify the pastry’s peppery filling. The chefs add fresh cream towards the end of the cooking process to enhance the filling’s velvety texture, before seasoning the stock with simple spices like black pepper and sea salt. The pastry dough, made in-house, is layered with butter from Belgium, and left to rest in the chiller for at least six hours to bring out its buttery goodness.
Level 1 Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6845 1066


Carlton Hotel’s team of award-winning chefs make the chicken pies from scratch everyday, using only good quality imported flour and natural poultry to maintain freshness and fragrance in the flavours. Fresh dough is set aside for a few hours before it’s folded with homemade butter and left in the oven to form the perfect crisp. This results in an extremely creamy pie filled with heaps of chicken chunks, carrots, potatoes and onions enclosed within a layer of buttery crust.
76 Bras Basah Road. Tel: 6415 7887


If you fancy your pie fillings moist and saucy, go for these perfectly round golden brown gems from The Gourmet Pie Company. Made fresh every day at the central kitchen in Admiralty, they are encased in flaky, buttery short crust pastries which follow a family recipe handed down to co-owner Jane Wilson. The restaurant uses halal certified chicken breast from Brazil, and the chunky pieces are trimmed to ensure only the most succulent parts are used. While the chefs maintain there is nothing new to the pie, care has been taken to use a blend of herbs to give the filling a distinct aroma.
776 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6298 8896


MH-370 news update : Malaysia PM Najib Razak says flight MH370 ended in Indian Ocean

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2014 by crystalake

If this is the truth and nothing but the whole truth, I just hope that everyone on board MH-370 can rest in peace …… Based on the venue where the debris/objects were discovered, my only guess/speculation is … I wish to salute the pilot for his difficult but wise decision of trying make a detour and land in M’sia (the plane might be encountering some mechanical faults/the plane has caught fire), but as he was unable to do so in time/find too risky to do so, he chose to crash the plane in ocean rather than having more fatalities if it crashes to any building or on any part of M’sia. Why I choose to believe this? As the situation must have left the pilot with no other/limited choices. He was an experienced pilot (> 30 yrs of flying experience), I respect his final & painful decision for doing this. But, meanwhile, we shall await further investigation outcome on this unfortunate mishap. My condolences to the families of the victims.

now Satellites from Europe and Asia are spotting images by the hundreds but why not much earlier say perhaps after the plane went missing? Oh yeah, no clues. What was the clue ….. ????
Anyone with more intriguing clues to where the plane might just be, so more countries can now make full use of their long hidden Satellites without having to feel shy.



The Sparrow Part 2

Posted in Uncategorized on March 24, 2014 by crystalake

It’s very normal to hope for a miracle when life turns into an unexpected tragedy.
But, it’s much wiser to accept the harsh reality and face the awful truth instead of living in denial.
That’s the only way to make peace with oneself and treasure

What is Death?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2014 by crystalake

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
that we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference in your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without affect,
without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolutely unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am waiting for you,
for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.
~ Henry Scott Holland


Posted in Uncategorized on March 17, 2014 by crystalake






The sparrow

Posted in Uncategorized on March 16, 2014 by crystalake

Just saw that in this country, strangely, it is usually the poor who look down the the poor. I just saw a poor old man who was gathering cardboards at the void deck, and a group of “slum” kids gathering around him, ridiculing him, and clapping their hands near his ears and stomping around him noisily to scare him off. These kids may remain in this class with no future of advancing, as they are focusing on the wrong area. The rich seems to have more class in this aspect, and sometimes, is gracious to lend a helping hand. How the time is spent and also the attitude is a good indication of why some remain poor and some are rich. Poor kids… hope there is someone humane enough to guide them, otherwise they would be the end sufferer of their own joke of an existence.

Learn how to fulfill your responsibilities as a human being for the betterment of society.

M370 : That they don’t give up hope, that we find out what happened so we can prevent it from ever happening again.

Posted in Uncategorized on March 12, 2014 by crystalake

I can’t even imagine how physically and mentally demanding it must be to search for something missing in the ocean. Even just a few sq km of water is just endless flat blue.

Remember not just the families of MH370 in your thoughts, but also everyone involved in search and rescue. That they don’t give up hope, that we find out what happened so we can prevent it from ever happening again.