Jul 232013

The sister (in law) is back for a month from the States before her next big move — PhD for the next 5 years! (-_-”)

I was joking with Darcy that we probably should send boy1 over to her since she’s gonna be studying, so at the same time, she can also encourage the boy to push himself to work harder and think out of the box. To be honest, the education system here doesn’t sit very well with me. I think the boys are not benefiting from it. They are .. well, a little different and i do hope they can pursue their passion and have an angel to guide them at the same time.

Darcy and i did talk about it for once and he was so so against the idea, like seriously. This time round, he didn’t oppose the idea as much as when i first planted the thought into him.  Now, the rest is up to the boys. If they are really keen about it and able to show us that they are dead serious, we will definitely give it a thought on another level. The idea is not impossible and i will probably be the first person to support it, with a heavy heart of course.


Anyway, the sister is back and as usual, i was asked to pick a venue for lunch. After sifting through tons of recommendations, i settled on Hide Yamamoto. The food was decent and everyone was pretty pleased with my choice. The much raved about Ramen hit all the right spots but of course, if you were to ask me, “Will i pay $28 for it?” My answer is hell, no! :P




I love dressing up when i’m in the mood. I even like snapping pictures of it, for memories’ sake. It’s a pity that the camera doesn’t adore me as much as i adore it.. so most of the time, i’m behind the camera. Anyway, i’m more comfortable that way too. :)

I bought this cheerful dress a couple of years ago but i’ve only worn it once. Lol! I know right.. but at least, i’ve not forgotten about it. It’s just that i have no suitable events/lunches to wear it to…

While some friends and family find the dress cute, the sister thought i looked pregnant in it. Her first reaction was, “Why are you wearing pregnant dress?!?” but but.. i really like it. I’ve this odd penchant for baby dolls and flare dresses. So yeah, her comment doesn’t bother me at all. I’m still gonna wear it again and again and again.. Muaaahahahaha! :P


Hide Yamamoto -Marina Bay Sands
8 Bayfront Avenue #02-05

Call Us: +65 6688 7098

Mar 052013

When i spotted this onsen egg on the friend’s IG, i squealed in delight. How cute can an egg get?!?!

Onsen Egg.. definitely my first. :D

Needless to say, Onsen Egg was the first food item i dove into when we finally get to sit down and eat. Grin. I had certain expectation of it but after i had it, it was quite a let down to be honest. It was very mild tasting. Nothing that could excite the palate. Lol!

DANRO @ NEX serves an authentic Japanese Hot Pot & Kiritanpo Rice Skewers at a wallet-friendly-price. They have a huge selection of nabemono across the regions of Japan. Nabemono is a term referring to all varieties of Japanese Hot Pot dishes.

The variety of food items available isn’t extensive but sufficient to make one a happy man/woman.

I, erm.. was filled up that i actually gave the dessert section a miss! Totally unbelievable eh? ME? No dessert?!?! Trust me, i can’t believe it myself too.. hahaha!

There are 8 nabemono broths to choose from and the ones we picked were :

  • Nara (奈良) – Chicken and Milk Broth
  • Toyko (東京) – Tonkotsu Broth
  • Shikoku (四国) – Chicken Spicy Broth
  • Akita (秋田) – Wafu Broth

My favourite?

Akita – Wafu Broth.

I liked it because it was light and comforting.. ;)

There is also a rather big selection of c00ked food items, great for young children who couldn’t wait to tuck in. DANRO is family friendly restaurant. With its affordable price, i actually made a mental note to perhaps bring the boys here for a different dining experience one day.

But of course, expect no top notch food for your meal.. because if you’re expecting that, i say, go ala carte else where. But then again, with this sorta money involved, GO TRY! ;)
DANRO’s buffet pricing :

Weekday Lunch: [Adults - $16.90++] [Children (12 and below) - $9.90++] [ Seniors (60 and above) - $13.90++] [ Students (excluding tertiary) - $14.90++] [Members - $14.90++]

Weekday Dinner: [Adults - $22.90++] [Children (12 and below) - $9.90++] [ Seniors (60 and above) - $18.90++] [ Students (excluding tertiary) - $18.90++] [Members - $20.90++]

Weekend Lunch: [Adults - $20.90++] [Children (12 and below) - $9.90++] [ Seniors (60 and above) - $18.90++] [ Students (excluding tertiary) - $18.90++] [Members - $18.90++]

Weekend Dinner: [Adults - $24.90++] [Children (12 and below) - $9.90++] [ Seniors (60 and above) - $20.90++] [ Students (excluding tertiary) - $22.90++] [Members - $22.90++]

* You can use your MOF Member card here!

DANRO Japanese Hot Pot by MOF

Serangoon NEX #02-04/06
Tel : 6634 4608

Operating Hours

  • Mon-Thurs, Sun & PH: Lunch: 11:30am-3.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm-10pm
  • Fri-Sat & Eve PH: Lunch 11:30am-3.30pm, Dinner: 5.30pm-1o.30pm


Thank you Lena and Daniel for the fun company!

Aug 312012

Whenever i run out of ideas for lunch, i’ll turn to one of my very awesome Furikake packets that i stock up faithfully whenever i’m in supermarkets or Daiso –> costs just $2 from here! Ssssshhh.. don’t tell too many people about this okie?!


How is my Inari Sushi different than the usual ones?  One thing for sure, it’s got more calories in each and every one of it and that could only mean one thing – YUMMIER! Hee! But you know what? It’s worth it! (not that it’s that much more calories.. cos it’s Japanese food that we’re talking about ya know.. *wink*)

For Sushi Rice

  • 2 cups Japanese rice
  • 2 1/4 cups water
  • 3-4 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 0.5 tsp salt


1. Put the rice in a large bowl and wash it with cold water. Repeat washing until the water becomes almost clear. Place the rice in rice cooker and add water. Start the cooker.

2. Prepare sushi vinegar (sushi-zu) by mixing rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Pour the mixture into the rice and mix well. Let it steam for 10 minutes.

* This is where i’ll mix in the Furikake, a tablespoon by tablespoon till i think it’s enough.

What you need to make Maameemoomoo’s Not-Your-Usual-Inari-Sushi

Furikake + Deep Fried Shrimps + Sushi Rice =

And then, you take the above and add the seasoned fried beancurd skin + fried seaweed, and you’ll get your extremely satisfying but light and easy lunch!

So, there you go. One of my best lunches, lovingly made at home, by the children, for the children. Errrr yeah, the boys have to make these themselves. I’d taught them how. :)

Sharing part of my reads – Once your child is capable of doing something, congratulate yourself on the job well done and move on. If i don’t practice this, seriously, i’d probably be in a mental hospital right now. Like seriously serious. 3 young very active and cheeky boys and just one pair of (my) hands.. well, i don’t think i need to tell you, Go figure, eh? *smile*

For another similar Quick Lunch idea, check this out. :)