May 24, 2015

Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House @ Bukit Timah Plaza

Bing Go Jung
Having skipped lunch and gone slightly further down from home for Korean desserts on a Sunday afternoon is undeniably some kind of unanticipated event.

Suggested by one of my housemates who are into Korean culture and food, we took a bus ride down to Bukit Timah Plaza for the hidden gem - Bing Go Jung Korean Dessert House (okay it's hidden because I've never heard/seen/known about this place).

We're fortunate enough to find some seats, as it's said that you usually have to wait until you find a seat. Majority of the customers are Korean - this adds some flavor I guess?

We ordered 2 bingsus and 3 waffles. I was starving a bit as I didn't have lunch prior to that, thinking of ordering a bulgogi sandwich, but luckily I didn't. I realized that, one bingsu can feed 2 or even 3 - never underestimate the size of their bingsu.

Cheese Cake Bingsu @ $13
Meiji crackers dug! How dare they incorporate Japanese stuffs here...

Choco Brownie Bingsu @ $13
And dug here are Koko Krunch cereals...

Milk & Red Bean Bingsu @ $11
*This was ordered on another visit with Alison & Emilia on Sep 12, 2015.

Caramel & Cinnamon Waffle @ $13

Injeolmi Waffle @ $13

Hotteok Waffle @ $13
Can I say it's 90% similar to Injeolmi Waffle?

Not a bad idea at all to have some cold desserts during these warm days in Singapore, at least for me, it's just one bus ride away from home.

1 Jalan Anak Bukit
Singapore 588996
Opening hours: 10am - 11pm

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

May 23, 2015

Wawawa @ Bedok Reservoir Park

Wawawa - Bistro by the Reservoir
Who doesn't wanna have a slothful sleep on a rainy Saturday morning? I do but I couldn't, on the day when we had company team bonding event (for manufacturing engineers) at Forest Adventure located at Bedok Reservoir Park.

Supposed to start at 9am, the event was postponed to 2pm due to rainy weather. And I can't express further how terribly I hate rain water sipping into my shoes, it's just simply gross! Sacrificing a sweet dream on my bed, traveling all the way there, we were just merely unfortunate.

I didn't join the afternoon slot for Forest Adventure as I had busking session at Ngee Ann City in the afternoon, and because of that I had to bring my keyboard all over to Bedok and then to Orchard, when I could have gone straight from home to Orchard directly.

Well, We did however, have brunch at Wawawa - Bistro by the Reservoir (I still find the name comical), which was budgeted for - at least there's something to look forward to while stoning under the hut.

Strawberry Milkshake @ $8.90 | Iced Café Mocha @ $7.90

Wawawa English Breakfast @ $15.80
Scrambled eggs, hash brown, sautéed wild mushrooms, shallot marmalade, grilled bacon, sausage served with toasted brioche bread
The grilled bacon was too salty, luckily I have high tolerance for saltiness

German BBQ Pork Ribs Pizza @ $16.80
12inch classic German-style minced BBQ pork ribs, onions & cheddar cheese
Boon Kiat said this was one of the worst pizzas he's ever had :(

Smoked Salmon Pizza @ $16.80
12inch pizza topped with smoked salmon & cheese
I think this was not bad, and it's very filling for one person...

Team bonding game prize presentation

Industrial Engineers' Team Bonding (Cameron)

It would be great if the sky were bluer and clearer. This would make having a brunch by the reservoir a more sunny and gleeful event.

901 Bedok Reservoir Road
Singapore 479266
Tel: 6285 8038

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

May 19, 2015

Kimly Seafood 金味海鮮 @ Bukit Panjang

Tuesday is gym day. Claire, Jason, Elyse, May, Syndee and I commit to visit the gym at Senja-Cashew Community Centre every Tuesday after work to ensure that we don't compromise maintaining a healthy lifestyle as working adults.

The million-dollar question everyone has upon a taxing gym session is - what are we eating later?

Syndee hadn't been joining us ever since she enrolled in part time undergraduate course in NUS (like almost a year?).
Out of the blue she joined us this time, and to celebrate the reunion of the 6 of us, having a zi char dinner nearby sounds like a good idea.

One of the famous zi char in Bukit Panjang would be Kimly Seafood, the one located under the HDB Block 163A along Gangsa Road, and that's also where Jason's home is.

Ikan bakar @ $12
This dish doesn't come under Kimly Seafood but is from the same coffee shop, we usually ordered this on top of the Chinese dishes

炒芥蘭 Stir-fried Kai Lan @ $10

媽蜜排骨王 Marmite Pork Ribs @ $9
The portion is not very big but they taste good.

日本魚鬆豆腐 Fish Floss Beancurd @ $12
This certainly reminds me about takoyaki.

泰式芒果雞 Thai Style Mango Chicken @ $14
Fancy sounding and looking dish, only turned out to be a slight disappointment...

We hope that Syndee would join us more often for gym, the more the merrier, with more fun and laughter filling the gym.

Kimly Seafood 金味海鮮
163A Gangsa Road
Singapore 671163
Tel: 6314 5436
Operating hours: 5:00pm - 10:30pm daily

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

May 9, 2015 - Internship & Part Time Jobs in Singapore

Image courtesy of The Prospect
I remember I struggled for a while just to get a Singapore internship offer during vacation when I was in NUS back then it was called VIP (Vacation Internship Programme).

It's no big deal actually, it doesn't mean you'll be jobless graduating without an internship experience.

But an internship with a company may offer you with:
  • Experience, Expectation & Exposure (3 x's)
  • Sounds like something your parents or even grandparents would tell you. Some enjoy working than studying and some enjoy the other way round.
    You may be an elite student who excels in studies, but the working world may seem grey to you, and it really might not be what you've been expecting - studying is different from working, moreover, whatever you've learnt may not fully utilized at your workplace, the only place where you can utilize is the exam hall.
    Instead of getting a culture shock upon graduation, it's pretty essential that you're introduced to the working environment and job nature.
  • Money
  • Let's be realistic, given a thousand benefits an internship could offer but will you work for free? 'No way Jose', you must be thinking, 'I might as well go farming'.
    The pay is definitely not a wonderful figure as well though (unless you're one of those fortunate interns who receives the ordinary employee's pay), but take that as an encouragement, motivation and self-realization of how hard earning money is.
Without having listed down many points, one should know that the first point results in different benefits, like a more attractive resume and interpersonal skills.
Being an intern is also a mentally healthier way to kill your long school vacation than being a couch potato.

I admit, that I hated my internship, the job scope, and how I think I was kind of exploited, you can read more about my terrible internship experience.

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Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.

May 8, 2015

Baden Restaurant & Pub @ Holland Village

Baden Restaurant & Pub
T.G.I.F. It's been almost half a year since the last meetup at Orchard Gateway with my Lund University exchange buddies.

Yiting suggested Baden Restaurant & Pub located at Holland Village as she heard good reviews from her boyfriend.

I would say that, since it's a German restaurant, the name Baden could be derived from the old German territory.

It brought us back to having cheap and delicious pork knuckles, sausages and beer in Berlin and Munich 3 years ago.

I managed to get a table of 4 by walking in, and it seemed to be the last isolated table available, it was 7pm. As reservation is not available, you might want to reach earlier to get a place before the restaurant is full.

Erdinger Weißbiers (500ml) @ $16
One-For-One during Happy Hours (ends at 9pm)
I was wondering if I haven't been eating out for too long, I find the food and drinks ridiculously expensive. Thankfully we managed to whop the one-for-one Erdinger draft beer before it was too late.

Pork knuckle was not bad, but they can definitely cook better sausages. The standard is still far from Germany.

I enjoyed the reminiscence, the food however... I would give a thumbs up if they were more affordable.

Pardon the quality of the photos, they are all taken by my iPhone 6 because I forgot to bring my camera.

Hühnerflügel @ $10
Deep fried chicken wings with thai chili sauce

Schweinshaxe @ $36
Baden's famous pork knuckle with crispy whole potato and sauerkraut

Würstplatte - fünf @ $35
Platter of 5 different types of sausages

Kalmarkugel @ $7
Cuttlefish balls with thai chili sauce

42 Lorong Mambong
Singapore 277698
Tel: 6463 8127

Javin Tham A master's degree graduate in engineering, a musician at heart, loves playing with soft toys.