Lessons In Life

“Do what you feel in your heart to be right — for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt


Every single time you’re about to give up, hold on, because you didnt come this far to give up and walk away.

Hold on because you know you’re stronger, hold on because you owe yourself that much.


Sakae Sushi @ Choa Chu Kang

We went to the newly renovated Sakae Sushi @ CCK Lot 1 on 5 Nov 11 for dinner. I noticed that the branch manager is not the lady who was there before. This one is a Filipino (?) who brought us to our table. He abruptly told us “No discount” as soon as we are seated. Huh ? What does he mean by that ? Did I ask for discount ? No ! I had never even seen him before ! Upon clarification, I managed to glean from his heavily accented English that there will be no discount for dinner that day..wah lau…foreign talents ah…can he please talk properly and not be abrupt with customers ?

While waiting for our food, I looked around at the newly renovated restaurant. The new deco seems quite nice and inviting..however, the menu there is still old one with crumpled & frayed corners. Felt grimy too ! Yucks ! Why can’t they replace the menu as well when they had spent so much time & money to renovate their outlet ? I read somewhere that there are more germs on menus than in a toilet bowl ! OMG !!!!! Faint !!!

We  ordered the combi set for 2 pax which comes with 2 soups, 2 rice, 2 salads, fried veggies, teriyaki chicken, 2 tiny pieces of goose liver, beef and salmon…

Our rice, soup, salad, liver, salmon and beef were served together. We waited and waited for the chicken and fried veggies to be served cos hubby does not eat beef. Dare not eat our rice and the rest of the food cos we want to eat the food together. About 15 min later, our fried veggies arrived. I asked the waiter about our teriyaki chicken. He told me to wait. We waited and waited and waited…our food had all turned cold by then. I asked at least 3 staff about my chicken. It finally arrived about 30 min later ! I was already very pissed off and could not be bothered to hide my black face. How can they expect customers to eat cold food ? The food should be served together ! The guy who served us told us that they had “forgotten” our order and mixed it up ! What kind of an excuse is that ?? The best part is, I think the manager saw how displeased I was and he stayed far far away from our table. I was so fedup with the service that I used my mobile phone to access Sakae Sushi’s website and sent a feedback to their company. Until now, there has been no reply..WTH ?? Is the feedback form for show only ? Or are the staff sleeping ?? Or customers’ feedback are to be ignored ??

My total bill came up to about $76 which is expensive for a dinner for 2 people. The dessert which was provided with my teppanyaki set before the renovation was removed as well. Wah ! Renovation costs $$$ so cut costs this way ah ? I had eaten at Sakae CCK regularly before their renovation. The service is not fantastic but at least I do not have to wait for a long time for my food to be served between courses. This time is the service is the worst and the attitude of the branch manager & service staff is most deplorable. I will definitely not patronise Sakae Sushi for a very long time cos I simply do not support such lousy service attitudes. There are so many Japanese restaurants in Singapore. Why should I spend so much money and have to put up with such nonsense ?? 花钱买罪受 !!!

Don’t Quit !



When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit,

Rest, if you must, but don’t you quit.



Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a failure turns about,

When he might have won had he stuck it out;

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow–

You may succeed with another blow.



Often the goal is nearer than,

It seems to a faint and faltering man,

Often the struggler has given up,

When he might have captured the victor’s cup,

And he learned too late when the night slipped down,

How close he was to the golden crown.



Success is failure turned inside out–

The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It may be near when it seems so far,

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit–

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.

– Author unknown








Thai To Go Delivery Service

Was on Facebook one day when I happened to see the advert by ThaiToGo. The prices of the food seems quite reasonable and there is only a $3 delivery charge. Decided to try it out. The food will be delivered within 1.5 – 2h of ordering. I was a bit kiasu so I ordered at 1pm and asked for my food to be delivered at 5pm. The delivery guy was quite punctual and arrived at 5pm exactly.

The pineapple fried rice is kinda bland. The pork floss managed to improve the taste a bit though. Didn’t really like it. The seafood tung hoon is much better. Tasted good but was a bit too oily though..

The stuffed chicken wings were not as good as expected. The skin was oily and not crispy enough. This was supposed to be the chef’s recommendation but hmm..a bit below expectations.

Egg with shrimp is also oily but tasted aright. The mixed vegetables was better. A tad salty for me but still tasty enough.

My fav is their tom yum seafood soup. Sour, tangy and spicy all at once. I had ordered their medium which is the biggest portion but since no one in my family likes it as much as I did, I ended up drinking a lot of it. The seafood inside is quite fresh too.

Overall the food from Thai To Go is cheap and good. Only thing is that most of the food is too oily and some, like the vegetables, can be too salty. The portion of food is a bit small though – the rice and the tung hoon only filled up about 1/2 of the small disposable container they came in with. Need to order more for bigger appetites.

OnT Authentic Thai Cuisine @ Ang Mo Kio

Read an article in the Chinese papers about OnT Authentic Thai Cuisine on 27 Oct 11. It is supposed to be fantastic according to the article, with many returning customers. Not many reviews online though. I called their number to place an order. However, the person who answered my call was not able to answer any of my questions. Never mind. I can wait. Will try again at a later time.

I ordered their mini buffet – 5 items for $89, with a $30 delivery charge. A bit pricey but if it can feed 12 people as they claimed, still alright. I ordered a fried seafood tung hoon, pandan wrapped chicken, sweet & sour sliced fish, kailan with mushroom & oyster sauce and a dessert – tako. The food was supposed to arrive by 4.30pm, but did not. I tried calling their number and the handphone number they used to sms me but no one picked up the calls. The food finally arrived at 5pm. Never mind, still in time but felt a bit miffed cos I was unable to contact anyone at the stall at all.

The seafood tung hoon which is supposed to be their signature dish was a letdown. The dish did not taste like Thai food at all ! I had just had this dish a few weeks back, ordered from Thai To Go and it was nice. The only saving grace is that there is quite a generous portion of seafood in the tung hoon which doesn’t really improve the taste that much. It was quite bland and  tasted like Hokkein style tung hoon instead.

The sweet & sour fish is only so-so. The amount of capiscums, onions etc is almost the same as the pieces of fish – almost can’t find the fish..

The pandan wrapped chicken is a bit oily which is to be expected as it is deep fried. The thing is, the chicken parts are not evenly cooked. Some parts are raw. We had to throw away these pieces. I didn’t really taste the nice fragrance of the pandan leaves which should be present if cooked properly.

The vegetables and the dessert are the best dishes out of the 5 I ordered. The vegetables retained their crisp and tasted good. It had a nice fragrance of the mushroom and oyster sauce. Lovely. The tako was a bit too soft and not set properly but it still tasted wonderful. Not too sweet and fragrant with the smell of the banana leaf casing, corn and water chestnut bits.


Would I order again ? Maybe..if the price and the delivery charge are a bit lower. Also, if the staff can pick up the calls instead of being uncontactable. I will definitely want to try the other dishes though.

When You Keep Learning Instead Of Taking Action


Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Alexander Heyne

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~Horace

It was day five without food, meditating in a cave in the Sahara desert.

In 2009, I skipped out on two weeks of my senior year of college to go to the desert.

Ever since I was a young I had been into exploring the boundaries of the self. I had always wanted a period of time when I could totally be alone for days—not a word spoken to me, where I could go deeper into my mind than ever before until I simply evaporated.

So there I was.

Just the desert sands, the sky, and me.

And I was bored.

The mind-bending impenetrable boredom was the first thing that hit me. Hard.

And I’m not one of those people who is constantly multitasking. You can put me in a room for 3 hours and tell me to do something quietly and I’ll come out fine, sanity-intact.

However there was something so stubborn about this boredom. I was wondering if perhaps I should’ve just gone back to my daily meditation routine instead of flying all the way into the Sahara desert.

The days eventually passed, the sun rose and set like it should, and every once in a while I had little visitors stop by.

A dragonfly.

I thought that was a little weird, since I knew dragonflies don’t go far from water.

Two dragonflies. Hmm.

Five dragonflies.

A cloud of dragonflies flying in formation. That was pretty bizarre, I thought.

As the days wore on, I started experiencing the subtle effects of hunger. Pain and nausea wore off after day 1—and afterwards I just experienced weakness from the lack of food.

Standing up produced prolonged dizziness and mild blackouts.

Dreams were much more frequent and incredibly vivid; I sometimes had more than 10 per night.

But as the days wore on I became curious as to why I was there, doing what I was doing at that moment.

Around day five when I was hanging in there, I had a feeling of someone sitting next to me who said, “Often times, to know God is to know oneself.”

It was similar to the inscription found at Delphi, “Know thyself.”

And I thought: well that was slightly creepy, although intriguing.

And incredibly vague, what does knowing oneself mean anyway?

As the afternoon sun set, I meditated into the night on that statement, and I thought about my past history:

I was notorious for “knowing” everything because of how much I read, but in reality I truly “knew” very little of the knowledge that comes via application.

It’s like in the Matrix where Morpheus tells Neo, “There’s a difference between knowing the path, and walking the path.”

All that book knowledge I had accumulated was essentially useless, because I hadn’t done anything with it.

I had merely put my brain into nice little jars, which sat on shelves to collect dust.

Knowledge without application. Useless.

I was containing it, absorbing it, and hoarding it. And I pondered that for a while.

I realized that reading gave me the false impression that I was actually “doing” something.

I had deceived myself for many years into thinking I was somehow getting work done, when in reality, I was merely using my brain as a changing station where new information constantly came and went.

Think of it like this: If you are working on a business, or working on a diet, or implanting good habits, “reading and researching” means 5% of your 100% toward success.

That 95%, that hardest part, that facet that distinguishes the accomplished from the not-yet-accomplished, is simply the doing.

And reading gives you the false sense of accomplishment associated with knowing rather knowing by application.

If you are like me, my recommendation to you is this: stop reading so much.

Stop the constant research.

Stop the constant planning.

Stop the constant “once I have everything together I’ll get started” type business plan.

One of the greatest gifts I’ve been given is the reminder that success comes first and foremost from doing—because ultimately the fruit only comes from sowing the seeds, not thinking about them, planning the garden, reading the farmer’s almanac, or talking to other farmers.

Sowing them.

So whenever it is that you get back to work, or head to the gym, or work on your blog, remember to spend your life wisely in application, not only in thought, speculation, or research.

What good is the smartest scientist if he doesn’t share his findings with others?

What good is the most effective diet plan if you don’t try it?

What good are 400 more strategies for blogging for your business if you aren’t already trying any?

The utility of knowledge rests only in its application.

It is the keystone of success, and even the tiniest steps are worth their weight in gold.

Action is the greatest gift that only you can give to yourself, so get started.