July 9th, 2010

28 bday

Mid-week Wednesday

Do we look alike?

I turned another year older yesterday and wherever possible, I took a day off. In fact, I was told by a colleague that an old Chinese saying goes - if you work on your birthday, you will work for the rest of your life.


Point noted.

Birthdays to me now are different from how I used to view them. Definitely no fancy outlandish parties, heavy drinking and endless celebrations. Instead, I prefer quiet time spent with loved ones.

I spent the day running some errands and having a long over-due lunch with Mudder. She was quite the sweetheart to meet me and give me a lunch treat. I love the food at Marmalade Pantry and I had cupcakes to take-away. Yay! Limonata and I decided to be daring and go for the Red Velvet with coconut shavings - I'm not a fan of coconut frosting etc but this one passed the test!

I treated myself to some shopping at Alldressedup - I think our local brands have cool designs (MU, now defunct Song+Kelly21, Alldressedup, M:)phosis are a few of my favorites), the unexpected detailing, rouching, scrunching and asymmetrical hems are the common design lines that I love of these brands. Then, I couldn't resist but to add another pair of ballet flats to my collection. Urk. I need more s.p.a.c.e. I just can't get enough of flats and I keep looking at heels but I stop myself because I know I will rarely wear them!

Everyone asked if I did any major celebration but that was all I really did plus rounding up the day with a relaxing evening with B.T. We devoured 6 fat cheese frankfurters, salad and like he said, spent some quality time together. And that was really more than enough for me.

Plus the numerous sms-es that started coming in from the night before and when I woke up, I had a couple in my inbox, many FB notes, private messages and emails, I had say that I am one blessed and lucky girl! It is nice to be remembered and to have friends and colleagues that take the time and effort to wish me. And so I tried my best to reply to each and every greeting.

Cheers to a brand new year and a happy and healthy year ahead :)

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Kiss Bali

Our villa

I can't believe that Bali came and went just like that. It's been two weeks since we got back and I already miss it. More specifically, I missed the Villa that we stayed at.

My expectations of Kiss Bali were high. Based on the pictures shown on the website, I was really intrigued and I fell in love with the whole feel of the place. But I was quite afraid that it wouldn't quite turn out to be what it was described as. SO I held my breath as we neared the villa and when I stepped in, WOW. Okay. This was totally worth it.

Service at Kiss Bali was impeccable. They were friendly, polite and quick in cleaning up our rooms - almost stealth like even though we were mostly lounging around our villa. They provided a free shuttle between certain hours of the day, helped us with our reservations and recommended a nice massage spa which I will write about in another post.

The complimentary 15 minutes shoulder and hand massage was so good! It was short but I was so tempted to book a full package. We had a round of (10 cans) complimentary soft drinks, fresh fruits and free WIFI. The only thing that wasn't delivered were the free chocolates.

We loved our villa so much, we were reluctant to leave it. I was busy playing Plants vs Zombies (just started on the trip itself), catching up on magazine reads and just lounging. It reminded me of our Lombok trip a few years ago although B.T insists that was better - food at Qunci was really good. But I also think that was because it was our first trip together :P

I'll stop yabbering now and let the pictures do the talking!

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OSIM mini run keeping strong

Hot run

Today's 7 tempo mile run didn't exactly proceed as it should have been. It was so hot (1230pm) and I figured that the heat was a good training element so I just maintained at 10:32 min/mile pace and did 6.44miles.

It was hot hot hot. This really feels like June now!

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The rather grand looking entrance

Metis in Bali came highly recommended by several friends. If not for the fact that it came highly recommended, we would not have stepped into the place as it looked too posh!

This restaurant serves French cuisin and getting a reservation was challenging. The hotel tried calling on our behalf a number of times for a whole day and couldn't get through. We only managed to contact Metis successfully after our massage session for a late dinner that very day! Even when we went at 830pm, the restaurant was full!

Metis might seem like a touristy place - many foreigners are seen here. I was quite afraid of the prices but surprisingly, for what we ordered, it came out to about SGD$50 per person. For good French food, that is reasonable. I had a list of must-haves so ordering was quite easy. Although, we still took awhile to ponder over the menu because everything sounded so good! We even started observing what other tables were ordering! After seeing countless souffles being brought out, we decided that we definitely needed to reserve space for dessert!

There were a few choices of fois gras - we went for the lengendary. It was a melt-in-the-mouth experience. The portion was generous and the raspberry sauce that came with it was a perfect combination with the pan-seared fois gras. We were glad that we shared it because the thing about foi gras is that it is rather rich. I wasn't keen on the lamb order because I'm not a fan of lamb. In fact, I don't even take lamb. But B.T liked it so we decided to try it and it actually was good considering that I don't take lamb at all!

My gnocchi was delactable. It might seem a waste to order pasta at Metis but I was enticed by the description of 'beef oxtail ragout'. Mmmm. The chunks of meat was tender and I enjoyed the unusual combination with the spinach and potato gnocchi. By the time we finished our mains, we were really glad that we decided to have dinner at Metis.

Dessert was my biggest highlight. The souffle is a huge serving - a chocoholic like me doesn't even think that she can finish all of it! I was hoping and praying that I wouldn't get a reaction to the chocolate - thankfully I didn't! I think souffles are one of the hardest desserts to make and this one was well done. It was soggy or undercooked and the thick slightly bitter chocolate inside was heavenly.

If you visit Bali, Metis should be on your list. It might seem weird to have fine dining cuisin in Bali, but trust me, it is worth it. I guess for us, this Bali trip turned out to be pretty.. expensive :P

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