Sunday, April 25, 2010

At the Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant with Mystic



One of my dear friends, Mystic, has superb ideas. We had planned to visit Resort World Sentosa on 25 Apr 2010. On our way to the island of Sentosa, Mystic proposed for brunch at the Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant.

The service at the Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant was excellent. The waitresses were very attentive and thoughtful. They readily served us with tea when our cups were not full.

We ordered the congee with century egg and lean meat, stir-fried baby kailan with garlic, and some dim sum. The food that we ordered was average. Perhaps we did not order any of the restaurant's signature dishes? Anyway, I was pretty impressed with Mystic that she can recognise and even name the chef of the restaurant. I can see her love for good food.



The restaurant revolves! The person who came up with the vision and idea of a revolving restaurant is a genius, I think. Having said so, building and maintaining a revolving restaurant is probably not an inexpensive project. The restaurant lent us a view of the island of Sentosa, the nearby Keppel Harbour, Mount Faber and the nearby hills, and a bit of the city's landscape. It was my first time at the restaurant, and it was a novel experience to enjoy a meal in a revolving restaurant.



More importantly, I thank Mystic for her company and her treat to the meal at the restaurant. These alone has made the trip to the restaurant a memorable and treasured one.

Back at home, I found some information about Prima Limited. There is a lot we can learn from a company like Prima Limited that has evolved over the years from a humble flour mill to a company that is involved in a variety of diverse business sectors.

For readers who are interested to know about the cost of the food at this restaurant, I think this is a bit on the higher than average side. While the dim sum and dessert are generally moderately priced, the baby kailan seems to cost at least $20 for a small serving. While the service is excellent, it is not a factor that will draw me for another visit to the restaurant. Perhaps the factor that really draws people to visit the Revolving Restaurant is the fact that the restaurant revolves and ofers its guest a good paranomic view of the nearby sceneries.

Well, our trip to the Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant did save the day. Both Mystic and I went to Sentosa after our meal. Somehow, both of us prefer our visit to Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant to our trip to Sentosa. Well, both of us miss the Sentosa island that we had visited about half a decade ago.

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Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant
(百龄麦旋转酒楼)
201 Keppel Road
Level 9 Prima Tower
Tel: 6272 8822

Saturday, April 24, 2010

The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore, part 74


On 8 Feb 2010, I was strolling along Clarke Quay area and I ordered a take-away serving of mashed potato from Hooters. Each serving of the mashed potato costs $3.90 before taxes.

Hooters serves mashed potato made from real potatoes. The mashed potato has a tinge of garlic taste. It is creamy and very smooth. Despite its smooth texture, it also has a generally firm texture. The thoughtful waitress got me a spoon to go with my order.

This is worth checking out.

With this post, I wish my friend to whom this series of posts was dedicated to beautiful memories.

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Hooters
3D River Valley Road
#01-03 Shophouse Row Clarke Quay
Singapore 179023

http://www.hooters.com.sg

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A day of mourning

For reasons unknown, I felt a general sense of melancholy much of today. I may not be able to express my experience very aptly in words. Perhaps humming a tune may better express my heartfelt melancholy.

I wonder if my general mood today is declared the national day of mourning for the victims of the earthquake in China? This piece of information, I had found out towards the end of the day.

Last week, an earthquake struck Qinghai province. Two major earthquakes have happened in China within two years.

I am still searching, to make sense what purposes do natural disasters and man-made disasters have in our world?

Whatever it is, today shall be a day of mourning. May peace be upon the world.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

PY's gratefuls

I am inspired by the post entitled Gratitude and Action – A Recipe For True Happiness by Katie, I make a list of the things that I am grateful for now:

1) I am grateful for having my basic physical needs for food, shelter and water met.

2) I am grateful for my parents who show their love for the family by ensuring that there's electricity and water in the household, and a generally clean enough home environment.

3) I am grateful for the recent time spent with long-time friends to reconnect. For example, this evening, I had the pleasure and honour to catch up with long-time friends, WL and SB.

4) I am grateful for a dedicated double bass tutor who constantly inspires me with his passion for music and the lovely music that he plays on the double bass.

5) I am grateful for the opportunities, during the course of my work, to facilitate growth in the people whom I work with.

6) I am grateful for two wonderful brothers who are generally peaceful and respectfully.

7) I am grateful for many good friends who will provide me with support, validation and encouragement during the times of need.

8) I am grateful for the opportunity to be educated. Being able to read and write opens me to more opportunities to learn about life. I would think that being educated is one of the things that I am most grateful for.

9) I am grateful for the fact that I am human being, to be able to feel emotions: happiness, interest, sadness, anger, fear, shame, disgust and etc. While admittedly I feel vulnerable to express and be in touch with these emotions, I suppose these emotions helped me be a human being and not a robot. I am grateful too that I am getting better and better at regulating my emotions over the years.

10) I am grateful for my maternal grandmother whom I know loves me and her other grandchildren unconditionally.

11) I am grateful for being blessed to work with colleagues who are generally understanding, compassionate and most kind to me.

12) I am grateful that I have made the time to travel to various parts of my own country, Singapore, and to know more about it, possibly more than most of my peers.

13) I am grateful for the opportunities to be of service to people, particularly doing things that I love which include some of these:
- facilitating growth in people
- music making
- sketch
- write
- share about how the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can promote self-understanding and understanding of others
- share glimpses of Singapore's history and ways to explore Singapore
- be there to lend a listening ear, or simply my presence
- organising information and concepts
- gives ideas

14) I am grateful to be alive.

15) I am grateful for you, readers, who offer your encouragements and validations by your lovely comments and visitation.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Moments to be grateful for


It is past midnight. I am spending the time doing a quick check of the emails in my inbox. While I was browsing my blog, a part of me prompted me to put into words some of the moments that I feel grateful for. Moments that had happened this evening.

This evening, I have the honour and pleasure to catch up with a long time good friend, MY, whom I have known ever since I was 13 years old. I treasure the time to reconnect with good friends like her, and it was an honour to be invited out for get-together. I'm happy for my friend that she has the companionship of a wonderful husband who cherishes her, and whom she cherishes.

So in this very simple post, I would like to express my gratitude to MY for making the efforts and time to remain in contact, and for her openess in reconnecting with me. I find it a privilege to be able to engage in a deep and meaningful conversation with her. I thank MY for the reconnecting. May she and her loved ones be blessed with joy, growth and good health.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Real Secret of Thoroughly Excellent Companies

I would like to thank Walter of Cooler Insights for pointing me to this article, The Real Secret of Thoroughly Excellent Companies. It is interesting to understand the processes that are involved in making companies excellent.

It is insightful to learn about the value of proximity management, and how it builds trust. I would like to be able to contribute to the making of excellent companies one day in the future.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Happy Wednesday

Many thanks to a master trainer whom I had attended the course on the Silva Method with, I was informed of a blog that dedicates Wednesday as a Happy Day.

So here are excerpts  from the post in which the author of the blog, Nancy, dedicates Wednesday as a Happy Day:

It is important to be Happy because it is a positive energy that has loads of benefits...

...We can choose to be happy however, it really takes Effort and the Right Mindset. It requires cultivation!  In essence, being Happy starts with ourselves.  It is an attitude that comes from within us.  In short, Being Happy is an Attitude! When we project that Happy Attitude, we also affect and influence the environment and people around us...

...Please join me in dedicating Wednesday as a Happy Day and live the 3 Happy Principles...

To read the full post and other related posts, check out http://happynancy.com

Have a happy day!

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Cherishing the time to connect


I am thankful to maintain contact with some of my friends from my Secondary School and Junior College years. I suppose it takes more effort for both parties to do so when our lives somehow diverge into different paths after the school-going years.

Yesterday, I have had the honour and pleasure to meet up with different groups of friends. In the mid-afternoon, I met ML to catch up over tea. In the evening, SH, JY and I had a lovely dinner at Ippudo, Mandarin Gallery. We each had a bowl of Shiromaru Classic. This is the "original recipe tonkotsu soup served with thin noodles, Rosu chashu (Pork Loin), cabbage, kikurage & scallions". The soup-base was pretty good. Many thanks to SH, we were given a free serving of green-tea ice-cream. It was deliciously good.


What is more precious than good food is the time to connect with cherished friends. Many thanks to my friends who have kindly and steadily maintained contact over the years.