Friday, July 20, 2018

Cavalock and The Ramen Game Rant

Finally there's no long queue at Konjiki Hototogisu, the latest popular ramen joint in town. We were at CHIJMES for an early dinner and lookit that, no queue at 5.30pm. Hah! Early lunch and dinner have been a thing with me since I started working out again. Anyway, absolutely enjoyed the broth from my shoyu hamaguri ramen. The hamaguri clams, pork and everything that's in there just came together perfectly. The menu says homemade black truffle paste there too but don't go expecting a heavy truffle aroma like some western dishes are fond of producing. It's pretty subtle here as it should be.

Harking back to my previous post bout soccer and now folks here are lamenting bout how much the country sucks at the sports. But I'm like "So what? Why are locals getting upset bout our national team or the entire country sucking at soccer? There are other sports that we are good or even great at, like swimming. No country can be great at every sport. I bet we suck just as bad at basketball and tennis but why aren't anyone making a ruckus bout that? Just accept the fact that we suck at soccer and move on."

My friend said, "S-League is crime prevention." Which I thought was rather amusing, well, maybe politically incorrect but it still got a chuckle out of me.

So what have I been painting? Almost finished these bad boys and so far this month, I have played 12  different boardgames and miniature war games. Played two rather heavy Euro games for the first time recently, Lorenzo il Magnifico and Great Western Trail. Both very popular among serious boardgames, each game about 2 hours long. Loved the former, hated the latter. Great Western Trail was a mess because no one knew the rules and we were reading them and playing at the same time. Got more than a couple rules wrong. Anyway, am always up for a boardgame or two, if anyone wants to, just let me know.

Monday, July 09, 2018

Cavalock and The Teahouse Theorem

Broke my no-beef "diet" and strolled down to CHIJMES for dessert after a steak dinner. Destination was Hvala, a new Japanese teahouse that I have hastily marched past numerous times after gym and on my way to a lunchtime board game session.

Not a very big place and it was packed right after dinner. Nice little zen deco and we sat at the bar counter and enjoyed one of the best black sesame cake the Baker-At-Home ever had. Always a joy to sit at the counter at Japanese joints and marvel at the intrinsic handiwork unfolding before us. Not a big fan of the zen-like seating layout. Much prefer a counter seat.

I must be one of the few living souls on this island that has absolutely zero interest in the World Cup. The last time I was into soccer was about a decade ago and that was only cos I was betting like crazy every weekend. One of my earlier posts did talk bout that. Was never ever interested in sports unless I was taking part of it.

I can only be interested in any competitive event if I'm actually playing it and that's something I could never get enough of. I mean playing games. I am definitely not competitive. But pitting your wits against other folks, whether its just betting against the odds or playing board games or miniature war games, it's something I really like. Something to show for after hours and hours of painting.

A friend passed me his new Kickstarter set Giant Killer Robots last month and we had a blast playing it. It's a huge game! Giant heavy box with big miniatures. Cool gameplay where we are piloting mechs and shooting each other in a city landscape map.

Oh and last month, the old family home was featured in a local interior magazine! Hmmm... won't say which mag it is for obvious reasons. Hah!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Cavalock and The Little Didi Spotting

Still taking it easy on all things beef so when the Baker-at-Home and I stopped by Kimme for lunch last week, it was all seafood for me. Starting with a pan-seared scallop and century egg which I thought was an ingenious sidekick, and you can't really go wrong with pan-seared scallops. The barramundi wasn't too fishy and came in a delicious broth so definitely enjoyed it. Rounding it all up nicely was my very sweet honey ice-cream although the Baker-at-Home's makgeoli dessert was much better.

Upstairs seating was nice and bright so maybe you won't see any illicit office lunch dates happening here. Come on, like you don't notice them happening all the time! A pretty decent 3-course set lunch menu at $45++. Having had dinner at Meta, I think this is like a slightly more down-to-earth and affordable joint by the same folks behind the Michelin Star restaurant. 

Now this is the kinda things you stumble upon when you live in the ember light district of the island. That's what I call my neighbourhood on account of the numerous KTVs and massage parlours around, we don't have the legal brothels like Geylang so I won't exactly it the red light district.

Anyway you can't be more obvious than this pix. And yah, just upstairs is a whole buncha foreign KTVs and massage parlours. I bet business will be up in no time once they open for business.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cavalock and Wargaming Dessert Weekend

Looking at my recent posts, it would appear that I'm eating waaaay too much beef lately. And that's never good or at least it's what folks are saying these days. So something healthy for a change, and what's more healthier than ice-cream and waffles? Hah!

Last weekend saw me in Tiong Bahru and it's a neighbourhood that I don't normally find myself in. But I think I now have a couple good reasons to drop by more often. For starters, my friend's latest Creamier outlet is there. Yah, I know its been there for a few months but it was just easier to head to the other outlets for me. Nicely hidden in that neighbourhood, bit of a walk from the main road and bus-stop too.

One of the best performers on UK's stock market, Games Workshop has opened their second Warhammer outlet in Tiong Bahru. They are behind the miniature games that I play, like Warhammer: Age of Sigmar. The one where I spend hours and hours painting. I was there for the shop's opening and they had some limited edition stuff for first few customers. Love the special store opening dice! The free pin was for the first 25 in line and I had to queued in the noon sun for like an hour!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Cavalock and The Gym Villain Team-Up

After viewing all them mesmerising videos of overflowing ikura and reading the food reviews, we finally hauled ourselves over to Kyuu along Keong Siak Road. There's only the Omakase dinner menu to choose and of cos I had to have a high ball to go with that.

Couple of the highlights from the list of 10 dishes with the almost non-stop avalanche of (extremely) fresh ikura being tops. I'm not a huge fan of lotus root but the lotus root with sweet soy sauce was an unexpected delight. All that sashimi was another favourite that everyone enjoyed.

Then came the penultimate ikura and rice just before dessert. It does live up to the hype if you are anywhere near being an ikura fan. But one of the more memorable things bout that evening was this guy and his social escort/hooker that was seated at the bar right next to us. Quite a spectacle. I can't think of any politically correct way to describe his or her appearance but they certainly enjoyed themselves.

Gotten back to the gym and one thing I like doing there is giving names to the folks working out there. I'm usually there in the off-peak morning so the place is pretty empty. There's the Marvel Comics' Kingpin lookalike, Batroc the Leaper cos he's (I think) French and very fit plus a buncha Putins. Yah, more than one Putin lookalikes here. It's like a crazy super-villain team-up every time I work out. I refuse to know their real names cos that humanises them. Hah!

Me Dad found an eagle's nest at Fort Canning couple weeks back and has been snapping some pix.


Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Cavalock and The Marbled Meat Madness

First I wanna say 'wakey-wakey' to all the sleeper agents here who are activated for the summit event. You know who you are. Time to finally earn that paycheck! :) Back to food now! It ain't everyday I get to sink my teeth into beefy goodness that's this tender here in Singapore. I have to thank Masa Steakhouse at Robertson Quay for that. Chargrilled wagyu meat from Japan that's quite different from your ang mo steak joints like Wolfgang. The insane marbling is the kinda thing you don't see or savour everyday. Cos of all that delicious fat, this ain't the kinda steak you wanna stuff yourself crazy with. Not cheap either but worth the three-figure price tag.

The crab cakes are great too. Tough call to decide this or the Mezza 9's crab cakes are better. Anyway this is a pretty dark and intimate restaurant, not exactly what I was expecting. But I could certainly find no fault in that. Passed by the place numerous times and I'm glad we finally took the time to have dinner there. And no meaty Japanese meal is complete without a highball.

I'm still somewhat amused by the things I find in our local supermarkets. Spotted these that I believe are new and may be unique to their respective outlets. Asahi Dry Black at Cold Storage and Fairprice. Very, very tempting.

Not your everyday Kit Kat, these from Meidi-Ya are from the U.K., not Asia.  Not bad, according to Baker-at-Home who bought them.

Saving the best for last! Hah! Yes, pig masks or like the real skinned heads of pigs. Taking your Journey to the West cosplay to a whole new level! I know you can get one from your local wet market but this is the first time I'm seeing it in a supermarket, the Thai supermarket at Golden Mile to be exact.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cavalock and The May MishMash Roundup

Feels like ages since I wrote anything here. Been busy with new and old stuff, some I like, others not so much. Well, more stuff I like than not which I guess is a good thing. The Baker-at-Home and I got to drop by Bread Street Kitchen for their popular Beef Wellington Pie which she learnt how to prepare from Masterclass organised by Bread Street last month.

Not bad but little too dry so I had to kinda go crazy with the sauce there. Their fish and chips is still one of my favourites here. Always a good enough place for dinner at MBS.

The aim of the month was to try as many new things as possible and one of those was me attending a reformer class. If you ain't sure what that is, go Google it. I ain't making it easy for you since the reformer sure as hell didn't make it easy for me. Not that the workouts were tough, just that I was the only guy (as in the only male) in the class and me being naturally self conscious to the max, it was ...well, rather uncomfortable. Reminder to self: Never wear short shorts to a reformer class, wear track pants!

First time for everything. A few weekends ago, I snapped and posted my first selfie on Facebook. It's something I have never done before and also something I absolutely detest doing. The only reason I did it was cos it was the only way to get the above two free ork figures for my Warhammer game.

So yah, I pretty much sold out on my principles for two little plastic figures. I guess it's also a reflection of how low I would go for anything game related and geez, it's lower than I thought. Think how much I was willing to sell out for an entire board game!?! Who's glad I'm not in politics?

In my defence, those two figures are rather fun to paint. They are 'mercenaries' and I could add them to my Order army. Totally useless through except maybe as disposable guys to engage the enemy first to like, tie them up a bit while my main guys move into position.

One of the unique experiences of life in lazy breezy Pasir Ris. No, not my neighbourhood. Sweet muther of gawd, no, just no.

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Cavalock and The April Board Game Blowout

Finally made our way to new steak joint Wolfgang at Riverside for lunch couple weeks ago and after that experience, this is gonna be our go-to place for a fancy steak meal instead of Bedrock at Somerset. They are both kinda in the same price range and I much prefer the ambience at Wolfgang as well as the more attentive wait staff. Of cos, gawd damn bestest steaks we had here in Singapore in a long time.

Funny thing is we almost stepped into a Wolfgang back in Tokyo last year. It was right after our visit to the Snoopy Museum at Roppongi and we walked pass the restaurant just as they were opening for lunch. But after we looked at the price and also since we had just spent a small fortune on Snoopy merchandise, we just kept on walking. Heh!

Last month April turned out to be an excellent month for board gaming. Since the beginning of the year, I have been keeping track of the tabletop or board games I played and last month I played 39 games, from 25 different titles. And out of those 39 games, only 10 of them were mine. The rest were friends' copies. I still got more than a few unplayed games in my collection but this here is a way of making sure I'm playing the games I bought. And of cos it's always important to be doing the things one enjoys.

Santa Maria, a little brain burner of a game but still lotsa fun. Also, one of the few games that I actually won.

Monday, May 07, 2018

Cavalock and The Labour Day Sensibilities

Slowly settling back into a routine, the subtle kind of normalcy that I believe most people crave for but are just too afraid to say out loud in today's world. It's alright to not wanna be super ambitious or 'king of the hill'. Anyway I got back to my 'own-time-own-target' writing and the Baker-at-Home got to do what she does best. As in last week, she baked this here apricot bread while I was busy putting together a mobile game project for a friend.

It's not unusual to forget that the rest of the world celebrates Labour Day in different ways. This year we got a chance to spend Labour Day holiday at a friend's home for a good ol' burger BBQ. I guess that's how they do it in the US, non? Helped ourselves to some cheesy delicious home made meat patties. And there's a huge blueberry lemon cake that's not in the picture too. Plus that's real honest porky bacon down there, not some pseudo turkey crap.

Guess I still can't stop mentioning bout this year's Japan trip just yet. Hah! One of my best buys, a handy Snoopy and gang tote bag that's huge enough for two boardgames!