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

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/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.

12 Gifts You Can Enjoy Now : Improve Your Outlook On Life

 

 

 

 

 

Quite agree with this sentence – “If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~ Mary Engelbreit

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/12-gifts-you-can-enjoy-now-improve-your-outlook-on-life/

Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Kevin Tyler Smith

“If you don’t like something change it; if you can’t change it, change the way you think about it.” ~ Mary Engelbreit

About 10 years ago, I started on a journey any college dropout would embark on to quell the little voices in my head that said, “If you want to be happy, earn good money, and validate your choice of quitting college, you better get moving.”

This epiphany fueled my mission. What was my mission of choice?

Get rich quick schemes. The guy on the TV said it would work so it must be legitimate, right? Needless to say, I dangerously careened out of control in the years to follow with each scheme I bought into.

At rock bottom and nearly bankrupt, I did some serious soul searching sprinkled with a little counseling. I learned I was correlating my level of life satisfaction with the size of my bank account.

At that time, I was not happy with my meager vocation or the person I had become. The wealthy, extraordinary life I longed for was vanishing further out of reach with each passing year.

I didn’t realize it, but I was searching for something I already had. Cloaked before me, right within my immediate reach was a beautiful life worth living. All I had to do was open my eyes and change my perspective.

Maybe you feel like the fire is gone and there’s just nothing exciting in your life. Maybe you’re just plain disheartened with who you have become and the life you are living.

No matter how discontent you might feel, know it’s only temporary. You can choose to change that feeling if you lift your veil of dismay and aim to create clarity about your life and what matters.

Focus on these 12 gifts and the world will seem like a much brighter place:

1. Your buddy network.

Friends are there to comfort and guide you every step of the way. They also deal with trials every now and then, like you. It is adventurously therapeutic for you to walk together,communicate authentically, and support each other through times of difficulty.

2. Your beautiful world.

Stop and take time to appreciate the trees, the birds, and the wind blowing in your face. Look around you. It’s a magnificent world that’s available to you 24 hours a day—for free. Thesimplest things that can make you happy are around you, right now.

3. Your ability to work.

Even if you’re currently out of work, there are opportunities, and you will seize one eventually. It’s always empowering to realize you have options to earn and take care of yourself.

4. Your opportunity to travel.

It’s a big world out there and you have the chance to explore new sights and different experiences. The cultures of other countries will leave you mesmerized with how congruent or vastly different we all are, even though we live under the same blue sky. And if you can’t travel far, you can still venture to unfamiliar places and experience something new.

5. Your opportunity for altruism.

Release worries about your own plight and focus on others in need. Join causes and relief programs, talk to a suffering friend, or assist people in hospitals. When you take the focus off of your life through meaningful advocacy and volunteering, you will make a difference andappreciate how fulfilled you really are.

6. Your family.

You most likely have a partner, a child, or a relative who heavily depends on you. These people enjoy life in part because you are alive. This is an important role, treat it with care.

7. Your role in the environment.

Your time here on earth will determine how the future generations will live theirs. Quite empowering, huh? People today have a responsibility to keep the environment safe for others to enjoy down the road. Life is meant to be shared, including the generations that follow.

8. Your uniqueness.

Grab a pen and paper and write down all your skills and talents, no matter how small. You may be surprised at how many you have that you do not utilize. Start sharing these gifts to bring joy to others around you, and give them the chance to appreciate your uniqueness.

9. Your blessings.

Pessimists have the habit of complaining about things they don’t have. Do the exact opposite and love your life for the things that you do have, no matter how little. Be thankful for your home, your food, and the people you care about in your life.

10. Your goals.

Goals make you feel alive and keep you motivated. Challenges make people stronger. If you keep working toward your dreams, you will feel more confident and empowered with every passing day.

11. Your modern technology.

Technology enables us to share and learn on sites like these. Without the web, I would never have discovered the simple wisdom of Tiny Buddha and how to deal with criticism, especially at a time when I needed options. Where else can you get such insight? Remember that we are fortunate to have access to tools that enrich our lives.

12. Your potential.

Be part of the big solution in changing the world for the better. Every person has a moral responsibility to live their life mindfully and bring about positive change for others. The cause and advocacy may vary, but as a whole, our commitment to utilize our potential makes life and the world better for everyone.

We have options to combat a negative outlook on life. Of course, we still have to deal with the natural ebb and flow of happiness and sadness in life, but that gets easier with practice.

Choose to see what’s right about the world. Then go out there and really live.

 

 

Life…Echo

Some stuff I read & liked…

Life is an echo, what you send out, comes back.

What you sow, you reap.

What you give, you get.

What you see in others, exists in you.

Remember, life is an echo, it always gets back to you…

Recommend ! Challenger Website 12BuySg

Bought some clothes from Challenger’s online store – 12BuySg (http://www.12buy.sg/OnlineShopping/Home) last week. Unfortunately, some of the items were too small for me. As I had bought them at a special 70% discount with free courier service thrown in – already very cheap, I thought that I would have little chance of getting a replacement or refund. Decided to try my luck anyway and wrote in to the customer service.

The next day, I received a reply from them. They are willing to refund me for the clothes as they do not have a bigger size for the ones I had bought. They were prompt in arranging for their courier service to pick up the clothes from me within 2 days. They were polite and friendly throughout which is very rare nowadays. Haven’t seen such good service for a long time ! 🙂

Definitely will buy from them again if there are suitable items. Good & prompt service with door-to-door courier service – Great !

Creating Happiness From Within Even When Times Get Tough

 

I totally agree with the author..hanging around with negative people will only drag you down with them…most tiring…

 

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/creating-happiness-from-within-even-when-times-get-tough/

Tiny Buddha

The Sun has got his hat on, hip-hip-hip-hooray

Editor’s Note: This is a contribution by Jessica Ainscough

“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.” ~Denis Waitley

Why is it that it can take something as dramatic as a cancer diagnosis to wake you up to the way you should be living your life? One wasn’t even enough for me. I needed to be hit with the C-bomb twice in order to get the message that I was looking at life all wrong.

Just a few years ago I was working at my hectic dream job as the online editor for a teen magazine, partying three nights a week (and that was just the week nights) and living on a diet that consisted mostly of champagne, canapés, and late night Lean Cuisines.

But then in 2008, when I was just 22 years old, I was diagnosed with a very rare, aggressive, and essentially “incurable” form of cancer called Epithelioid Sarcoma, in my left hand, arm, and armpit. Chemotherapy and radiation don’t have any success with this type of cancer, and I had too many tumors to perform surgery.

With no knowledge whatsoever about cancer, apart from the fact that Kylie Minogue has survived it, I was eager to do whatever my doctors told me to do—everything except have my arm amputated.

So I went for their second choice of treatment and had an extremely high dose of chemo pumped into just my arm. If that amount went into my body, I would have been dead in an instant.

Following scans showed I was clear of cancer, but in 2009—not even a year after going into remission—the cancer was back. The doctors told me that my only real chance of prolonging my survival would be to have my arm amputated at the shoulder, but that this would just be biding my time.

I decided then to take matters into my own hands. I refused their offers and began searching for natural, alternative cancer treatments.

The way I saw it I had two choices: I could let them chase the disease around my body until there was nothing left of me to cut, zap, or poison; or I could take responsibility for my illness and try to bring my body to optimum health so that it could heal itself. For me it was an easy decision.

This all led me to Gerson Therapy—a strict and rigorous regime of hourly juicing, round-the-clock coffee enemas, a basic vegan diet, and a program of cancer-fighting supplements. I went to Mexico to stay at the Gerson clinic for three weeks, and then came home to continue the therapy with the help of my family.

I am now 16 months into the therapy and I am ecstatic to report that it is working. I have had no cancer spread, no more lumps popping up (they were popping up rapidly beforehand), and I can actually see some of my tumors coming out through my skin and disappearing.

My cancer journey has been the most emotionally taxing, but completely liberating and fascinating experience, and I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything. Before, I was just going through the motions. Now, I live my life with intention and authenticity.

When everything is peachy, it is easy to get caught up in superficial pursuits and pleasures. Hard times call for us to go deep and tap into a source of happiness that miracles are made from.

We tend to think that life comes at us, not from us; and that our thoughts are a result of our reality rather than the other way around. We are constantly looking outside of ourselves for happiness, when all we need to do is send the search party within.

I think there’s nothing worse than someone acting all holier than thou and telling you that happiness is as easy as sitting in a trance for an hour a day. So that’s not what I’m going to do.

Instead, I’m going to share some of the powerful practices that I employ daily to keep the drunken monkeys in my mind in line.

How to cultivate happiness from within, right now:

Control what you can, and let go of what you can’t.

Instead of struggling, fighting, and beating yourself up over things that don’t flow as smoothly as you’d like, accept what you can’t control. Worrying about it won’t change it, so why waste your time spinning your wheels?

This doesn’t mean that you should just surrender when things start to get a little tough. If there is one thing I have learned through my dance with cancer it’s that we generally have more options than we realize. This just means that with practice, we can learn to recognize the difference between what’s within our power and what’s not.

Sometimes, we need to accept that something is over. Sometimes, our options run out. I was completely shocked when someone suggested that eventually, I’ll need to accept that I’ve learned all my lessons and my time is up. I thought, “How dare they be so casual about something as horrible as death?”

But death is a part of life for all of us. Coming to terms with your own mortality adds an extra layer of empowerment to your life.

Learn to love yourself.

According to the Mighty Mother of Metaphysics, Louise Hay, most (if not all) of our issues stem from the belief that we are not good enough. We’ve been berating ourselves our whole lives—of course we aren’t happy! It’s time to turn that around.

I have the affirmation, “I love and approve of myself” on constant repeat in my mind. I also have it stuck to my bathroom mirror so that it catches my eye whenever I go to criticize myself.

Spend time with people who make you happy.

When you hang out with Negative Nancy and Alexander Downer, there’s no wonder you’re in the doldrums. Surround yourself with positive, inspiring people who you love to be around.

This seems like a bit of a no-brainer, but it’s amazing how often we keep people around just because they are familiar or because we don’t want to rock the boat.

I’m now very careful about the kind of energy I allow myself to absorb from other people. If they aren’t supportive or considerate, I don’t let them zap my enthusiasm.

Of course, this is a little more difficult if the negative energy belongs to someone you love. If this is the case, perhaps it could be helpful to gently let them know the way you feel. If they are receptive and take it on board, great! If not, it might be time to reevaluate whether the relationship is still serving a balanced purpose.

Get some perspective.

When it seems as though life has handed you a bad hand, take a moment to think about all the people who are in a far worse position than you. I watch Oprah every day and it always helps me realize that as bad as it seems, there is always someone dealing with a bigger pickle than me.

Pay it forward.

Remember those people who have it far worse? Look out for them. Being charitable, doing your bit for humanity, going out of your way to do something for someone else—it all helps to make you feel good, as well. Not only will it help others and attract good karma in the long run, in the short term it will give you a great feeling of self-worth.

Get your OM on.

I know I said I wasn’t going to tell you to sit in a trance for hours each day, but how about starting with just five minutes? In my opinion, the absolute best way to re-connect your mind with your body is to meditate.

I aim to do about 30 minutes to an hour each day, and just lately I have really been noticing the subtle changes being carried out into my everyday life. Start with five minutes a day of sitting silent and still, focusing on your breath, and work your way up to half an hour. It might be a struggle at first, but the benefits will make it worth it.

What helps you cultivate happiness?

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