What’s in my Kopi? Oh, I don’t want to know…

Ordering local coffee and tea is a whole art by itself. There is a whole unique lexicon to specify what you want. For starters, coffee is known as kopi and tea is known as teh. The milk used is not fresh milk but either condensed milk or evaporated milk. The most commonly ordered drinks are:

Coffee with milk – kopi (condensed milk)/kopi-c (evaporated milk with sugar)

Tea with milk – teh (condensed milk)/ teh-c (evaporated milk with sugar)

What I like is either kopi-c kosong or teh-c kosong (coffee/tea with evaporated milk and no sugar).

Kopi – coffee
C – evaporated milk
Kosong – no sugar

So it’s kopi-c kosong! Continue reading What’s in my Kopi? Oh, I don’t want to know…

Absolute Thai restaurant – are you sure it’s Thai food?

I love Thai cuisine. Something about the combination of aromatic herbs like basil, lemongrass and mint, as well as coconut cream, appeals to my taste buds. Thai food, when cooked properly, can also be very paleo and nutritious. I remembered the first time I went to Bangkok, I was shocked at how small the food portions were! For every bowl of food the Thais ate, I could eat two times of that! That’s how Thai people remain so slim!

I have been to Absolute Thai a couple of times now. It’s an easy restaurant to eat at because it’s seldom crowded compared to the other restaurants in the vicinity of Tampines such as Din Tai Fung. Well, there is a reason why it’s usually empty – the food is just mediocre.

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Continue reading Absolute Thai restaurant – are you sure it’s Thai food?

Anahata Yoga studio at Arab Street

Anahata Yoga studio is a small yoga studio tucked away in the back alleys of Arab Street. It was quite difficult to locate because it was not on the main street. Here is the entrance.

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I signed up for a two for $20 first time promotion, which allowed me the chance to try two power yoga classes conducted by Kiki. She came recommended to me by a colleague and I was told that she used to teach at Hom Yoga.

There were two studios at Anahata yoga and I only saw one of them because the other was meant for hot yoga. We were given mats and towels at the counter, which we brought into the small studio. I liked that the studio was small and could only house about ten students but the room didn’t have a mirror, unlike Yoga Movement, which meant that it was difficult to follow the teacher if you were right in front staring at the wall. The quality of the mats was also not as good as those provided by Yoga Movement or Hom Yoga; the material was less “sticky” and slightly harder to grip. Continue reading Anahata Yoga studio at Arab Street

Crossfit Singapore boot camp – fun, hot and itchy

Following my first CrossFit trial at CrossFit Hub, I was raring to go for more. What’s there not to like? CrossFit seemed like a fun group exercise class where you motivate each other to get fit. So when the chance came to sign up for a boot camp organised by CrossFit Singapore at only $20 for a Sunday morning session, I was quick to take up the opportunity.

The session took place at CCAB at Evans Road. This was a different location from their regular CrossFit sessions, which are held at Ubi near Tai Seng MRT.

It was an extremely hot morning. We stood in the blazing sun to register ourselves and sign disclaimer forms.

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There were about 35 people, who seemed to all be new to CrossFit.

These were two of the coaches. There were about four people assisting the whole group at any point, which was good because they could pay some attention to all of us. Continue reading Crossfit Singapore boot camp – fun, hot and itchy

Alternatives to peanut butter

I remember when I was a child, my fridge was always stocked full of various spreads because eating plain white bread was our breakfast staple. We had butter at first, which was then replaced by margarine (eww) as our health promotion board told us that plant oils were better. We also had strawberry jam, kaya, chocolate spread, marmalade and marmite. But my all-time favourite was peanut butter. I loved crunchy peanut butter. I loved the chunks of peanuts trapped in a creamy, sticky mess that was both sweet and salty at the same time. I could eat peanut butter straight from the jar and I often did.

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Skippy Super Chunk was my favourite. Continue reading Alternatives to peanut butter

Yoga – headstand

headstand yogaglo Source: Yoga Glo

The headstand was the first inversion I learnt in yoga. Well technically, the downward dog is also an inversion but this is the first inversion in which my legs were off the ground. The headstand is also known as the Salamba Sirsasana. This move requires some fearlessness, a straight back and some core strength.

headstand yoga

Alicia demonstrates her headstand here. Her body is not fully straight but actually you get a lot of stability even if you’re not ramrod straight. She goes into her headstand from a pike (i.e. with legs extended out) but that requires quite a lot of core strength. I found that the easiest way is to tuck your legs into your body first, like so: Continue reading Yoga – headstand

Review: sugarless Blues Gourmet Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate

First of all, this chocolate bar is NOT paleo. It is low-carb, low-sugar and gluten-free. But it is definitely something to be avoided on a paleo lifestyle. That being said, I am reviewing this because I didn’t pay attention when I picked it up. All I thought was, “Ooh chocolate! Ooh sugarless chocolate!”

chocolate no sugarlow carb chocolate

This Sugarless Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate bar, which I purchased from SunMoon, contains: Maltitol, Cocoa Paste (Minimum Cocoa 52%), Cocoa Butter, Inulin, Cocoa Powder, Soy Lecithin, Natural Mint Flavour. There are 12 squares in the package and each square contains 39 calories and 0.02 gram of carbs. Continue reading Review: sugarless Blues Gourmet Fresh Mint Dark Chocolate

My 5km run at Run & Raisin’ 2013

Run & Raisin is one of the lower profile running events in Singapore. Organised by TOUCH Young Arrows, a charity organisation, the proceeds from the race go to help out children in need.

The race took place last Saturday on the 6th July 2013 at Gardens by the Bay. This is turning out to be a very popular location for races; the Nike She Runs race was held there as well. But unlike the Nike race, which was packed to the brim, Run & Raisin’ was not crowded at all. It was a pleasant surprise. I expected to be squashed elbow to elbow on my run but it was not so. I could even see the starting line! As a result, the running was relaxing and way more fun than the more popular races, such as those organised by the big banks and brand names.

run and raisin singapore Continue reading My 5km run at Run & Raisin’ 2013

Restaurant review: Dian Xiao Er

Dian Xiao Er seriously sells the best roasted duck ever. I would be perfectly happy eating their roasted crispy duck every day. Granted, Chinese restaurants are, in general, not paleo friendly at all, given the amount of soya sauce and starches that go into their sauces but I found that several dishes in this restaurant fall into my “tolerable” range.

This restaurant looks rather gaudy with its red lanterns and Chinese inn-style decorations. I would have never stepped into this place if not for my mum’s recommendation. She, who didn’t really like the taste of duck, said that the duck sold there was heavenly. Prices were also very reasonable.

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Since then, I have been to Dian Xiao Er three times. It has become my family’s favourite weekend Chinese dinner haunt. Continue reading Restaurant review: Dian Xiao Er

Restaurant review: Red Pig Korean Restaurant

I found another paleo-friendly restaurant!

Red Pig is a Korean restaurant that specialises in BBQ meat. It has a similar concept to Mookata, the Thai BBQ place I reviewed recently. I think I prefer Red Pig because the meat have less sauce and feel less heavy in my tummy.

It was Alicia’s suggestion to go to Red Pig for a girl’s night out. We made a reservation for 730pm on a Thursday night because it was known to get packed really quickly.

Red Pig Singapore

All the tables came with a BBQ grill and some vacuum tube from the ceiling that sucks up the BBQ fumes. Nonetheless, be prepared for your clothes and hair to stink after Red Pig. Continue reading Restaurant review: Red Pig Korean Restaurant