Sunday, July 27, 2014

Review on the Movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" (2014)

Dear Freaders*,

Hello! I am going to write a review on the "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" movie that was recently out in the Cinemas. Hope this will inspire you to go and watch it cos I think it is a GREAT show! ^^

By the way, Freaders is a phrase that I had just created from the top of my mind. It represents Friends + Readers = Freaders. I feel that Freaders sound slightly personal than saying "Dear readers". :)))

Here's my Movie Review:

"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" is not just an action-packed and thrilling movie but it is integrated with meaningful thoughts that we should all reflect on.

The tone of the movie is kinda dark and gripping for me as it is the sequel of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" in 2011. In the previous show, a devastating virus was unleashed, almost sweeping the human race off the face of the earth. In the 2014 movie, the feeling is bittersweet as the centerpieces - the band of the humans and the group of genetically evolved apes are fighting each other in a quest to survive. It hurts me to see humans and apes fighting but it puzzles and traumatizes me even more to see the conflict within each band. However, this paves way for the purposeful messages in the plot (which I will elaborate on below).

Well, I have to comment that the genuine trust and friendship between a few apes (Caesar, Maurice) and Malcolm (casted by Jason Clarke) and his family is so, so SWEET!!~

You have to WATCH the show first-hand to experience this emotion.

My rating on the movie: 4.5/5.0

1) There can be conflict within your own kind. 2) Actions by individuals might have a huge butterfly effect on what happened in this world and what little peace and things we might have can disappear in an instant. 3) This does not mean we should accept it and let things spin out of control. We must do our very best to make amendments to the situation. In the movie, we can see how hard Caesar and Malcolm work to make things better. I really admire their undying spirit in a bid to furnish the best environment for their families.

Anyway, for me, there's one phrase in the movie that really stands out -
"They don't need power, lights, heat, nothing. That's their advantage. That's what make them stronger." (A Human talking about the apes).... Somehow, this makes me reflect on a teaching in the Bible.

Teaching about Money and Possessions in the Bible:
Jesus mentioned "That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life --whether you have enough food to eat and enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?" .... "Don't worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. " (Luke 12:22)

Food for Thought: We should spend time building a relationship with God and not store up earthly treasures mindlessly. :)

SO, make some time with your loved ones to watch the "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" before it is too late to catch it~ =)

Movie Trailer:

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Dear Readers, :)

I'd just finished reading "Have a Little Faith" by Mitch Albom. Mitch is the author of popular international bestsellers like "Tuesdays with Morrie".

Other Books from Mitch Albom:
- For One More Day (Finished Reading =))
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Finished Reading =))
- Tuesdays with Morrie (Finished Reading =))
- Fab Five (Sports book)
- Bo (Sports book)

Here are my 5 favourites lines from the true story "Have a Little Faith" :

1.      About Faith (p.47)

 “Let me answer with a story.” He said. “There’s this salesman, see? And he knocks on a door. The man who answers says, ‘I don’t need anything today.’
“The next day. The salesman returns.

“ ‘Stay away,’ he is told.

“The next day, the salesman is back.

“The man yells, ‘You again! I warned you!’ He gets so angry, he spits in the salesman’s face.

“The salesman smiles, wipes the spit with a handkerchief, then looks to the sky and says, ‘Must be raining.’

“Mitch, that’s what faith is. If they spit in your face, you say it must be raining. But you still come back tomorrow.”

2.      About Happiness (p.101) (My FAV!)

When a baby comes into the world, it hands are clenched, right? Like this?
He made a fist.
“Why? Because a baby, not knowing any better, wants to grab everything, to say, ‘The whole world is mine.’
“But when an old person dies, how does he do so? With his hands open. Why? Because he has learned the lesson.”
What lesson? I asked.
He stretched open his empty fingers.
“We can take nothing with us.”

3.      About Home (p. 111)

“A soldier’s little girl, whose father was being moved to a distant post, was sitting at the airport among her family’s meager belongings.
“The girl was sleepy. She leaned against the packs and duffel bags.
“A lady came by, stopped, and patted her on the head.
“ ‘Poor child,’ she said. ‘You haven’t got a home.’
“The child looked up in surprise.
“ ‘But we do have a home,’ she said. ‘We just don’t have a house to put it in.’ “

4.      The Second Death (p. 128 – 129)

The second death. To think that you died and no one would remember you … … Names quickly blur and in time are forgotten.

How then, I asked the Reb, can you avoid the second death?
“In the short run,” he said, “the answer is simple. Family. It is through my family that I hope to live on for a few generations. When they remember me, I live on.


(In the long run) “This is why,” the Reb said, “faith is so important. It is a rope for us all to grab, up and down the mountain. I may not be remembered in so many years. But what I believe and have taught ---about God, about our tradition---that can go on. It comes from my parents and their parents before them. And if it stretches to my grandchildren and to their grandchildren, then we are all, you know ...”
“ That’s it.”

5.      Pleasure vs. Sorrow (p. 176)

I walked a mile with Pleasure;
She chatted all the way;
But left me none the wiser
For all she had to say.

I walked a mile with Sorrow,
And ne’er a word said she;
But, oh! The things I learned from her,
When Sorrow walked with me.


Hope these are good motivational reads for everyone! Cheers! ~~


Monday, June 30, 2014

SPRUCE @ Phoenix Park, Tanglin Road

Hi to all!

I must say I really miss all my readers and the FUN in WRITING! So I am determined to start writing again! Well.. here is my first post to start my Blog up & running again... I had been busy working and cafe-hopping around quite a bit. I will introduce the lovely cafes to you guys soon. =)

On Saturday afternoon, I visited Spruce at Phoenix Park (directions to Spruce is provided at the end) with my buddies. Who doesn't enjoy the idea of having a good Brunch over a nice cup of roasted coffee on a weekend? Spruce has an added advantage as it is nestled among the trees so having a meal and happily chatting with your friends in the Alfresco area of Spruce provides you the wholesome experience of dining in a Tree House.

Spruce serves Modern American cuisine such as Meatballs, Hot Wings, Salads, Baby Back Ribs, Salmon Steak, Pasta and Desserts with a warm hospitality. Spruce has simply 2 types of Menu - Dining Menu (available all day everyday except during Brunch on weekends and public holidays) and Weekend Brunch Menu (available on weekends and public holidays from 9am till 3.45pm). I really love the idea of the cafe operating everyday.

For those who love Brunch (like me!), here are some of the dishes on the Weekend Brunch Menu:
Egg Benedict, Greek Yoghurt, Banana Hotcakes, Spruce Signature Cinnamon Pecan Roll, Spruce Signature Burger, Spruce Signature Prawn Pasta, Beverages and Desserts.

Here are my reviews (the pictures below are in order of reviews):

1. Cappuccino (My order)
I must say that I am pretty disappointed with this cup of coffee. Some notes of the Cappuccino are off somehow. There is a slightly weird sour backnote. Overall, this cup fails to delight me in any way. But, I must say the coffee art is not bad.

2. Cafe Latte (Friends' order)
Their reviews: The Latte is a disappointment. One of my friends said that she'd tasted better Latte elsewhere.

3. Spruce Egg Benny
Corn Waffles topped with two Poached Eggs (drizzled with Hollandaise Sauce) and Back Bacon with greens at the sides. One key highlight of the usual Egg Benedict dish is how well-prepared the poached eggs are. In this case, I was looking forward to trying the poached eggs and corn waffles.
Again, this dish fails to justify its delish appearance. I tasted better poached eggs but luckily, this is not the worst. As for the corn waffles, there is not a single surprise element at all. I would expect the corn waffles to be slightly crispy but nope, it is not. The corns are not even juicy or sweet. Well! At least, I did enjoy the greens (they are really fresh).

4. Hotcakes
The Hotcakes are not bad. I tasted a light tinge of orangy flavour (which I love). Plus, this side order is value for money, priced at $6.

5. Soft Scrambled Eggs (with Avruga Caviar and Smoked Salmon)
My friend ordered this. I did not try this as I was sick and did not want to dig into her plate.

Having said the above, considering the lovely ambience, friendly customer service and the credentials of the cafe, I may still give the cafe another chance if I am near Tanglin. I will like to give the Spruce Signature Burger a try.

Travelling to Spruce is not tough. Just take bus 111 at the bus stop (B09022) opposite Orchard MRT Station (Exit B) and alight 6 bus stops later at Tanglin Road before Chartsworth Road (B13039). You will have to walk about 2 to 4 minutes forward and then cross the road. You will see something like a campus. Spruce is located in it.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Our Deepest Fear ...

Dear all,

I would like to share this really inspiring quote with everyone:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Reference: Williamson, Marianne (1996). A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. New York: HarperCollins.

For more information on the internationally acclaimed Author, Marianne Williamson, this is the link:

Friday, December 23, 2011

Touching Marriage Proposal!

Hi all, :)

I want to share this touching marriage proposal video. Timothy Tiah, the Co-founder of Nuffnang was recently engaged. Congrats!!

Meme Proposal | Tim * Audrey from Crazy Monkey Studio on Vimeo.

Really sweet and touching! :)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Dear all, :)

On the last weekend of November, I went to Swensen's for lunch with a friend. =)

This is my first visit since several years ago. Reason? Found the food and ice cream rather average. But I believe in positive change thus, I've decided to reopen my senses and mind to trial.

Since it is the Christmas season, Swensen's whipped up a Christmas dine-in menu:

6 Main Courses
(Ranges between $8.90 to $22.90):

- Hearty Soup (A vegetable broth with chicken bites)
- Turkey and Chicken Ham Salad
- Grilled Turkey Breast (See my review below)
- Roasted NZ Ribeye
- Baked Barramundi with Mustard Cream
- Fried Dutch Milk Fed Veal Cutlet

12 Sundaes of Christmas
(Innovative Christmas-themed names, ranges between $8.90 to $10.90):
Off the top of my mind..
- Gingerbread House
- Merri-Mint Macaron

I ordered a Grilled Turkey Breast main course ($16.90). This happens to be my first Christmas-inspired meal.

My Review (Overall, 3/5):
1) Grilled Turkey Breast - Not too tough and dry. Tastes like chicken to me. Comes with a chicken gravy which is slightly oily and really average.
2) Glazed Chestnut - Sugary sweet with a tinge of cinnamon. Great for lifting up the Christmas spirit!
3) Mashed Potato - Love the shape. Average-tasting.
4) Vegetables - Consists of carrots, cucumbers, baby tomatoes and something that tastes abit like potatoes. I find the vegetables oily.
5) Cranberry Sauce - It does a good job in adding flavour to the grilled turkey breast.

Christmas is a time for joy and laughters! So why not start by sharing a lovely meal with your loved ones? Let them know how much you treasure their company and warmth! =)