Monday, July 22, 2019

Cavalock and The Quick Tokyo Fad Observation

Ever since our previous vacation in Tokyo last August, I knew the locals were crazy bout bubble tea. Still, to see that long never-ending queue for Gong Cha last week in the heart of Shinjuku is something to be believed. Remember the American fast food joint Wendy's? They got on their menu bubble tea with tapioca balls called 'jewels' now. After more than a year, the fad is still going strong.

What else did we see with a long queue? Tim Ho Wan! What's interesting wasn't exactly the queue, it was more like they were. It was the same location where over a decade ago, when we first visited Shinjuku, that was a Krispy Kreme shop that I blogged about! Also with a crazy ass queue! Now it's Tim Ho Wan but there's still a queue. If I recall correctly, there was another tenant after the doughnut folks moved out before Tim Ho Wan took over but I can't remember what or who it was.

Oh, I think I can add one more thing to the list of things I like about Tokyo. Hardly a freakin' PMD in sight on the roads. I never felt for a second that I was in any danger of getting run over by one of those damn things while I was there which is a hell lot more than I can say back home. Now if anyone is keeping track of what's hot in Tokyo, this character appears pretty popular as in lots of shops are selling her merchandise. I assume she's some kind of ... er... motivational speaker.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Cavalock and The Tokyo Recuperation Vacation

Hey, lookit that! It's a post bout the new Haagen-Dazs flavours in the Japan and that can only mean we were back in Tokyo again! We kinda needed a break from me recovering from me operation if that makes sense. I guess after being bedridden and home bound for two whole months, me and the Baker-at-Home just felt that we wanted to get out, like really really out of the country. Heh.

I really really wanted to have that Cherry Custard Pie ice cream but was either too full or didn't walk back past any convenience store! Cherry Custard Pie!!! I can't imagine how that's gonna taste but I really regretted not having it. Hah!

Lychee and Raspberry sounded interesting too. But ya gonna remember ya ain't young anymore, eating all that ice-cream can't be good for ya.

Even though it's the start of summer here in Tokyo, the weather wasn't exactly hot and sunny. It was the opposite as in being rainy and cloudy although temperature-wise it was great, hovering around the lower 20s. Fortunately the rain was light and powdery, a slight drizzle here and there that didn't hinder the vacation at all.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Cavalock and The Mystery of the Disappearing Ducks

And then there were none... well, that's what I'm assuming by the time this gets posted. My last post bout the whistling ducks at Garden by the Bay, there were nine ducklings well, last week me Dad was there and there were six, couple days later four. I'm guessing by now there won't be any more ducklings left. I heard it could be a snakehead fish gobbling them up one a day (or night), my Dad says it could be a monitor lizard lurking in the Garden. C'est la vie non?

Kinda early but it's that time of the year again when the wash pole patriot is back in action. Can't believe its like a decade since I started snapping this annual pix. Hah!

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Cavalock and The Post Gym Lunch Options

Absolutely gutted to learn that Meidi-Ya supermarket will be gone from Liang Court by the end of the year. I know they got a new outlet down the road over at Great World City but I heard it's dreadfully small compared to the current one at Liang Court. I guess I'll have to drop by one of these days to take a look. 

On the good news side, there's a new eatery right next to me gym at Raffles Place. Kipos opened an outlet at One Raffles Place and it's me first time having them and after two trips, they kinda won me over. I'll still do Daily Cut so for now post-gym lunch will be spilt between the two. They got a pretty neat selection. Metal cutlery and decent tables and chairs too! But it ain't perfect, it's a little more expensive than Daily Cut and paying by cash is a hassle.

A family of whistling ducks was spotted at Garden by the Bay and me 85-year-old Dad managed to snap a couple hundred shots of them. Hope you guys like them.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Cavalock and The First Giant Paintover

The Baker-at-Home had a belated birthday treat with her friend at Olivia recently. Our first time there and we really enjoyed the food and company. Some mild amusement provided by three overdressed aunties and one uncle at the opposite table who can't seem to stop taking selfies outside the joint and then inside. Seriously? Anyway, one of the few times I had actually had a tapas kinda meal. Not exactly a tapas fan but the food at Olivia won me over. Like I said, amazing food and I can understand why it's a full house almost every night.

From this to that, the biggest figure I ever painted so far, the Aleguzzler Gargant. Had a blast painting it and really hope to use him in a game soon. Games Workshop changed or rather added the new Mercenary rules that allowed different armies to bring in figures from other factions. All to make us buy figures we would not normally buy. The Baker-at-Home's friend carried five big boxes of Games Workshop miniatures from London back for us. Very grateful for that. That's enough painting to keep me busy for the next few months.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Cavalock's Day Off

Yes, I know it's weird to call it a 'day off' when I'm out of the rat race but damn it, I can walk again! Dropped by mezza9 for lunch last week, after a harrowing five months away from town. Oh, how I missed my tasty little crab cake. And its always a joy to walk up and down stairs again although there's still some minor resistance or pain. It's more the descending part that hurts.

Anyway, another cause for rehab milestone to take note as I finally had my own Ferris Bueller's Day Off in which I worked out and played for almost 12 hours straight. Hit the gym again for the first time since my operation in March and right now my body is aching all over (again). Not a good idea to push myself too hard as I still tire easily. Then a quick lunch at Daily Cut (damn the new menu! What happened to my sweet potatoes base?!?) before meeting the guys who took half-day's leave and we played card games and board games till 9pm. Wanna know how dedicated or some would say 'crazy' we are bout gaming? After my Daily Cut lunch, I met the guys at one of their office's cafe where we played till 2pm cos one of them wasn't on leave. Then the rest of us drove to a gaming shop at Marymount where we continued gaming till 6pm and broke for dinner. After that, more folks showed up after work where we played more board games!

That there is Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done the boardgame. Excellent fast-paced game where you only have one thing to do each turn, or maybe two later in the game. Five different actions to choose from, you can either only move, build, crusade, muster or travel. Your opponents have the same choices and you gotta strategise and see where they travel to or who they are fighting cos the Slavs and Prussians get stronger after each fight.

"Move your knights, erect buildings, and go crusading to spread the influence of your Order. When the Orders get too strong, King Philip will become nervous and disband all Templar orders, ending the game.
Crusaders: Thy Will Be Done uses a combination of rondel and mancala mechanisms. Each player has their own rondel, which they can upgrade over the course of the game, that controls their action choices during the game. Your faction gives you a special power to control your rondel, and the buildings you erect will help you form a strategy."
Played the twice this year and my overall strategy is to get another knight out in the field as soon as possible and build the churches fast as they give you 'influence' or victory points. The more you build, you more points you get.

Monday, June 03, 2019

Cavalock and The Pigeon Beef Masquerade

Back to Esora we go! ... or is it 'went' since we were already there. Anyway, was my second dinner at the Mohamed Sultan Road restaurant but the fourth or is it fifth time for the Baker-at-Home, which I guess makes her enough of a regular for folks there to recognise and engage her in some friendly dinnertime conversation. Unlike myself an all-out introvert, the opportunity to engage in or at least eavesdrop on such fascinating banter is always a delight.

Well, we had the sake and wine pairing to go with our the eight-course dinner. Although we would have loved an all sake pairing. Worth every penny, excellent meal. The pigeon was amazing and in a blindfold test I would have thought it was beef. And ladies and gentlemen, this is why I am not a food blogger!

Foie Gras, mango, myoga

Fried sawara, caviar, asparagus, yamawasabi


Hamo soup, winter melon, sudachi

Grilled kinmedai, pea, hamaguri

Grilled pigeon, nasu, fushimi pepper

Ayu Donabe

White peach, yogurt ice-cream, tohobjin jelly

As always, we had a little parting gift. The slice of Castella cake was a perfect addition to breakfast the morning after. Seriously, the Baker-at-Home and I would be surprised if they don't win a Michelin   Star soon.

Well, I have been hitting my regular stores over the last week in my cast and clutches. And after having to explain to at least three different storekeepers my current condition, I have decided to spice it up the next time someone asks me what happened to my foot. Telling folks I tore my tendon sounds extremely boring, so I'm currently wavering between "fell while skiing over the Swiss Alps" or "hurt myself during a hip-hop dance off".

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Cavalock and The Doppelgänger Dilemma

Two meals in a row at Imperial Treasure Fine Teochew Cuisine. But the second time was lunch with me Dad. Been out of the rat race so long that I forgot how hot and crowded the CBD can be in the afternoon. Last couple times we were there was over the weekend. Me Dad was on his way to the Nikon camera office to update the firmware in his mirrorless camera. By the way, we were pleasantly surprised to learn that a company was interested in purchasing one of bird photos from his book Taking Flight, to hang in their office. Not bad for an 85-year-old guy. The food wasn't bad either, I mean there's a reason why we are now always there and I think we over-ordered a wee bit.

After making me way out into the "wilderness" on me clutches, I noticed a little interesting behavioural quirk. Is like whenever I see another guy on clutches, me first instinct is to avoid that individual, and this has happened to me twice! Stay as far as possible from that OTHER GUY on clutches!* I have either changed direction or backtracked and I have absolutely no idea why I'm doing it. Maybe it's like if you see another person wearing the same outfit as yourself walking in the opposite direction, you would instinctively walk away right?

* Does not apply when I'm at a hospital or medical facility.