I wanted to celebrate my birthday a little differently this year. Previous birthdays were with various friends. Since this is my first birthday with PJ, I wanted to spend it with him in Melaka, Malaysia.
The ride getting there was six hours due to traffic at the causeway. We stayed at Timez Hotel near Jonker Street. My birthday fell on a Saturday this year. Which is perfect. ❤
Lately I’ve been feeling more exhausted than usual. Climbing up a flight of stairs feels heavy. I don’t know if it’s because my fitness levels have been stagnant the last few weeks. Or that I eat too much (or not).
I feel like I’m constantly in a need of catching up.
I miss old comforts. I was in Tanjong Pagar earlier and it made me smile. It felt familiar, obviously. I worked there for almost five years.
I don’t know. Maybe I need to chill more. Or maybe I do it too much.
The company I work for is big on learning and development. It’s also big on diversity. Together with other Filipinos in the office, we put together a “Filipino Day” where we can showcase the warm hospitality our people are known for.
There was Pera o Bayong (Philippines’ version of Deal or No Deal), a tinikling dance (traditional folk dance involving bamboo sticks), food and drinks to share. We had lumpia, puto, pork barbecue, Chippy (those bags of chips)… and of course, since it was a Friday, we had a budget for San Miguel Beer.
Everyone looked like they were having a good time. ❤
We moved into a new office space this past week. Our company took over a new floor inside Marina Bay Financial Tower 2. We’re now on three levels in the building. Our team joins a few other teams in moving to the new floor.
There’s more spaces for collaborations and meetings. There’s a library, games room, training rooms, new “drop-ins” and a barista. I’ve heard multiple describe it as “it feels like Facebook” (but I wouldn’t know… because I haven’t worked there).
Without a doubt this is a hidden gem! Located in Basement 2 of Westgate Mall in Jurong East, it’s a simple “basement level” eatery that blends in with all the others. But I am consistently impressed by the fresh grilled taste of their pork belly served over rice. PJ also ordered the kimchi beef which is equally delightful.
What I love is that it’s rarely ever crowded. I’m surprised we always chance upon it as being almost empty. For a good price, you get a good lunch of freshly grilled meat (and the sauce is pretty good that it makes you want to eat more rice). They also have other meats and mushrooms on skewers which you can add onto your dish.
For our third week of cooking something every Wednesday Monday (because of Game of Thrones), we went with Tuna Pesto Pasta. This is not going to be some recipe post. You can find loads of tuna pasta recipes on the internet.
A group picture of the ingredients
I’m going to describe to you my life-changing experience cooking it.
Pour olive oil into a wok until satisfied.
Add two tablespoons of ‘instant’ chopped garlic.
Stir the chopped garlic before it gets burnt.
Add in a slab of butter and watch it melt while thinking about our life choices.
Pour in a cup of evaporated creamer (it’s supposed to be heavy cream). I google’d and it says it’s the same. But the evaporated creamer I got is used in ice kacang apparently so let’s see what happens.
Once it’s all incorporated, add in a can of tuna chunks. It’s supposed to be tuna flakes LOL but PJ got the chunks instead because I forgot to tell him to look for the flakes one. I smashed the chunks into pieces using a wooden spoon.
Add in the pasta. And then mix it all.
While it would’ve been nice to smash basil and nut and create the pesto from scratch, I didn’t have time coming from work. Instead, add a jar of pesto sauce (which you can buy at the groceries) into the pasta and tuna. Mix everything.
Add in parmesan, cheddar, and sprinkle with pepper and salt to taste.
Eat with your favourite protein. I picked roasted chicken. The store-bought one.
PJ loved it but I think I could definitely put a little more love into making tuna pesto pasta. Investing in the ingredients would definitely pay off. Especially the part of getting the heavy cream done correctly and using a different type of pasta to scoop up the pesto sauce and tuna bits. I want to make pasta my go-to dish.
We’re kinda in the middle of summer already. Can you believe that? Labour Day breezed by and we spent it at my friend Paul’s condo in Kallang. It has this gorgeous view of the Kallang River Basin, Stadium, Tanjong Rhu, and the area surrounding Golden Mile.
The video above is like a cutout of what a typical weekend (or public holiday) is like since I moved to Singapore. I enjoy spending it at a friend’s house having some drinks or singing videoke.
Bonus: What am I thinking about lately?
Job security and fulfilling my goal of securing a sufficient emergency fund
Getting good work done no matter how steep the learning curve is
A new sport or physical activity to try (outrigger canoeing, dancing, cross-fit)
Looking for an opportunity for solo travel
Finishing the third book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy ‘Rich People Problems’
Reducing my belongings by half (donate, recycle, trash, digitize, etc.)