Went for a movie “marathon” last Saturday, at the spanking new GV Paya Lebar, with “nation’s first laser projectors”. Yes, the images were really sharper than other cinemas, but to be honest, once you are immersed in the movie, you really don’t go and take note if the images are “sharper” or not. At least I don’t focus on the sharpness when I was watching the films…
We caught Geostorm (I won’t ever miss any natural disasters movies!) and Mary and The Witch’s Flower. Geostorm wasn’t as bad as what most reviews said it was. I quite enjoy the movie actually. Of course, as with all movies, just leave your brains at home and stop questioning if it’s scientific or logical or what-not. Despite all the disaster scenes to be purely CG (obviously), the state of CG really takes my breath away every time I watch such scenes.
Mary and The Witch’s Flower is very Ghibli-ish (after all the studio’s under Hayao Miyazaki’s favourite student), but the story telling direction is quite different from Ghibli. I like the colours, I like the art – there are only very few parts where the animation/expression doesn’t really fit (Ghibli really does them better), but otherwise I enjoyed the animation too.
I realise I’m easy to please – especially when it comes to movies. LOL.
We met again on Tuesday, because I had to clear my ethnic half day leave since I didn’t take it on Chinese New Year this year. So off we went for lunch at the newly opened Ramen Nagi at Suntec, and that was a bad decision. Despite only 2 hours into operation for that day, they told us they “ran out of eggs”. So um, okay. Ramen with no egg. As if that’s not bad enough, their soup is laden with MSG. I was so damn thirsty for the entire day, geez. Never again.
After lunch, Bruno accompanied me to TCM where the doc helped me adjust the medication a bit because the TCM medicine she gave me was giving me insomnia and heat flushes again. After that, we had to go down to SGH to collect extra medication for my that. A 60 tab box of medication cost me S$134.40! Geez… heart medication is freaking expensive.
After that we lingered around Chinatown for a bit, before we head to Ming San for dinner. We were celebrating our friendniversary in advance, so we were more generous in terms of the dishes we order, and honestly all their dishes taste so good!
The Aburi Salmon Maki ($11.00) is just so good! Aburi Salmon is usually partly torched (top), and bottom half is raw. I honestly have no idea how to describe the taste and texture of it, but I swear to you, it felt like I went to heaven and back whenever I put a piece of that in my mouth. That’s HOW GOOD it is.
Next, we ordered the Unagi Tamago Yaki (S$18.00). It’s grilled unagi, with some mayo, wrapped in warm half cooked omelette (almost like scrambled eggs), topped with more mayo, terayaki sauce, dried Japanese shrimps and pieces of fried fish skin. End result? A harmonious blend of tastes exploding in your mouth – allowing you to taste the unagi, the egg, the mayo, and a bit of saltiness and crunch from the dried shrimps and fish skin. I was half worried that things will fall apart when I picked up a piece with my chopsticks, but even though it looked that way, nothing dropped / fell apart while my chopsticks move it from the plate to my mouth. The chef is just so amazing at putting things (not just the tastes) together!
We were kinda worried that the above two dishes will not be enough to fill our tummies, so we ordered a grilled Ika (S$8.00). This dish, compared to the above two, is a lot more plain. Nothing much to shout about, but it’s fresh and perfectly grilled, all the way to the tip of its tentacles.
Last but not least, we ordered a garlic fried rice (S$13.00) after eating all three dishes above, because we felt that we were still a tad hungry. I really couldn’t see any pieces of garlic in it, but oh boy, the garlic taste simply exploded in your mouth with each mouthful. It’s so amazing. And the best part is there’s no garlic after taste at all! What sorcery is this?!
The total bill adds up to S$55.00 (with two drinks, not in pictures), a price which we feel is totally justifiable, considering how good ALL the dishes are. We’ll definitely be back for the Aburi Salmon Maki and Unagi Tamago Maki! =D
On a side note: 22 more days to Taipei trip! Yay!