Mad Jack cafe

Thought of visiting the newly opened Eighteen Chefs outlet at Nex mall; but upon seeing their menu, I decided to give the place a miss. Too pricey and none of their menu items actually enticed me. :/

Loitered about the mall and finally found myself in front of Mad Jack. Thankfully, the friend readily agreed to the location choice. :D

An Australian themed diner, everything you find in the place associates with Australia. Except that, I was surrounded by, lots of Malay friends. This establishment is Halal certified……. Almost half the service crew are Malays too! :O

Anyway, the staff will show you to a seat, place a few menus in front of you, hand you a piece of order chit (find the pencil where the condiments are), decide on your order then proceed to the cashier for order and payment.

The eatery was not crowded when we arrived, despite it being meal-time.. a “good thing” I thought; then the food won’t take so long to be ready. I was wrong. It took more than 15 minutes before I saw my Black Pepper Chicken Chop placed in front of me. It took another 5 minutes odd before the friend’s Blue Mountains burger arrived.

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Loved by Chicken Chop, less the Salad. The fries were a little too thick for our liking though. You might celebrate that these are “real” potato fries… Chunky and thick. But, it was really tiring chewing through each single piece!

Lol. The friend absolutely struggled to finish the Mountain high burger. The beef patty, we both agreed, was different from the standard ones we will get in most local fast-food outlets. Here, the patty tastes like clumps of minced up meat that has been compressed out into a flat patty. I wouldn’t say it tasted awesome but, well, I guess that’s where the authenticity comes into play, for this burger joint.

And who eats burgers without eating the 2 bread buns?? Well, the friend does. For this meal, at least. The full tower was way too much to stomach, in a single seating… :P

Food here is pretty economical too. For the 2 dishes, it was about S$20.40 in total cost. I was sure not expecting that……

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A mug @ Starbucks

So, I din have to “work” in Church this weekend, and one of the church friends got too lazy to go for service, even though he was already in church. -.-
I somehow, was convinced to spend a morning, chilling over a cuppa @ Starbucks.

A nice change to my usually hectic, busy Sundays.
It’s been some time since I had a good chat with this friend of mine and the hour plus spent was, well, a good catch-up. :D

Make’s me feel that I sure can do more of these cafe chills (again) once more.


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Jack’s Place

If you know Jack’s Place, you know the place, If you don’t know, how about recalling if you know a restaurant with the green and white checker table cloths? :D
Yes.. I associate Jack’s Place by the table cloth used.

I love the Baked Potato that is served up on a hotplate here. It’s where I was first introduced to eating a full potato, by having its centre cut open, and requesting for the tartar sauce and bacon bits added after the dish has been served. A favourite since I was a student.

Strangely though, I stopped visiting Jack’s Place after I started working. Or more accurately put, my visits became so infrequent, it was barely once in a single year.

2 weeks back, I had the chance to revisit the restaurant, this time (possibly the first time), with the parents. We were trying to decide on a place to have lunch, when we went by Jack’s Place and the mudder had this sudden inspiration to have a meal in the restaurant. Hahaha.. as she walked past the restaurant, I was silently wishing she would suggest entering it. Talk about answered silent wishes… :P

Rather nice to know that Jack’s Place has kept her prices rather stable/consistent all these years. They still have their lunch set promotion where, you can choose from the day’s Special (usually a choice of 2 main courses), and get a bowl of soup, coffee/tea and dessert. ;)
Garlic Bread is still served upon order of your main course. I did not get to checking if it is still a Free re-fill of the bread. I used to enjoy the bread so much, I would ask for at least a second serving of the bread, whilst waiting for my meal to arrive.

For a firsts, I decided to try the Pasta in Jack’s Place.

IMG_0784The Seafood Pasta.. well, that’s what the dish is called, with 2 “mini” prawns…
The noodles were springy and was very flavourful. Overall, the dish was awesome and left me craving for more. However, I would think it is rather pricey to have this dish at S$16++ …? Well, that’s in my opinion at least.

The parents on the other hand had the lunch set special that day, which was a Steak served with vegetables. No hotplate so no baked potatoes.

As much as the lunch sets are very well worth it, the portion sizes are certainly way too much for a quick lunch. How does one shove down so much food within an hour?? I certainly can’t do so, now. In the past, I most certainly won’t have a problem with the quantity. It would be good for a 2-3 hour lunch… relaxed, slow, chat and chill lunch…..

Hmm. Will do just that. One day, when I have the time, and can find the company…. ;)

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Now and then, one (specifically me) gets lazy and decides to go straight home with the mind of calling for food delivery. Professional food delivery services. So, one particularly day, back in August 2014, I thought of having some McDonalds. Possibly the most convenient fast-food joint around and STILL, I am THAT lazy. :D

So, once I reached home, an online order was placed for a meal. Well, the service does come with a fee and “additional charges” because of the minimum order, I am forced to order more than I can actually eat.

The Satay Beef Burger meal, upsized and a Double Cheeseburger. That satisfied the requirement. ;)

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Finally my hands on the burger that quite a few of the friends have raved about since it was out. I personally almost missed the promotional period to try the burger…

Satay sauce taste – checked. Cucumbers (probably the one burger from McDonalds that has cucumbers in it) – checked. Beef… the meat patty is chunkier, unlike those you would get in a Cheeseburger, it is more like a Quarter Pounder‘s.. Good.
However, I did not think the sauce and beef patty complemented each other. Somehow, the pairing was not right. It was not as “SHIOK” as I had expected or wanted it to be… :(

No matter how many times others would go back for the burger, it would be a one-time try affair for me. Been there, done that… is all I can say.

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Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

I used to be a big fan of Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) when I was in college, remembering how I used to carelessly spend those S$5 over dollars for the Ice Blend Mocha, earning a stamp on a pink card for every drink purchased.
Now I really wonder how I seriously managed to afford those drinks back then. My allowance was certainly not high…. and the drinks….. in those times and age…. well. Would be considered very pricey. Hmmmm.

My loyalty has over the years dwindled, now I am more a Starbucks fan.. aside from those Bubble Tea cravings. Then again, maybe it is an age issue… that now I feel I no longer like “super sweet” food items, particularly drinks. The sweetest I possibly can take are the ones with ice, that will gradually melt and dilute the drinks.

One work weekday, the ex-colleague and I stole some time off to pamper ourselves with some “high class” coffee. There was no convenient Starbucks too near office, neither was the ex-colleague into traditional Kopi… we found ourselves in CBTL.

IMG_0693I’ve never had a proper meal in CBTL (not that I can recall at least)… so I was no good in advising the friend on what to order. I’ve had their cakes once or twice and found them to be too rich… I cannot stomach it. Yes.. Not even when I was younger.

I had the Ice Mocha while the friend had his usual Ultimate Ice Blend which, he unsuccessfully tried convincing me to order as well. Claiming it to be the “Best Drink” in the world. -.-
In addition, he had the Chicken Sandwich… Ha. That unfortunately did not get good reviews from the diner. Much to improve on there, CBTL…. *winkz*

One thing good about CBTL is, most, if not all the outlets I have come across are rarely packed full. Comparatively, to Starbucks. So, it makes for a good place to chill, chat with friends and simply, people watch…. :)

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Dessert in the morning

Well, I’m not too sure if you would classify this as dessert but, as I normally associate it as a mini meal after the main course, dessert.. it is to me.
I am, referring to a bowl of Glutinous Rice Balls, served in either Peanut soup or Ginger soup.

IMG_0676Ah Balling as it is informally called. These rice balls typically come with Black Sesame or fine-grinded Peanuts as a filling. Less conventional ones will have Green Tea and any other possible inputs the seller can think of.

Prices of these go up during the Winter Solstice (yes, even here in hot Singapore).. there will be a LONG queue waiting in line to purchase bowlS of this Glutinous Rice Balls. So celebrated is this occasion that, even those DIY pre-packed frozen Rice Balls sold in the supermarkets can go out of stock!

It was a rare occasion that I found myself in the Beach Road Hawker Centre on a Saturday morning. The mudder and I had sent the Grandma to her hairdresser and we were waiting for the job to be done…..

4 for S$1.70, 5 for S$2.. choice of soup. I chose to have a mix of both the Peanut and Black Sesame filled balls. Nice…. ~
Self-pampering after a full work week!

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in His time

In the last few months, I have been on the look-out for jobs. Permanent ones as well as free-lance ones; most permanent ones. To move away from my current position.

The intensity of my search has somewhat gone down, though my motivation to move to another company is still high. Yea.. if I were to tell you all the stories about what happens in the office, every week can form a chapter in a book….. :X

Search intensity has somewhat died down because… it is already September, without a concrete offer. There were 2 companies that have KIV me till they have a headcount approval, some gave positive comments but I never heard from them since, mostly, I figured it to be a salary issue.. I am possibly costing them too much. So, they would rather get someone ‘cheaper’ for the same quality… haha.. who wouldn’t? It’s the same as buying clothes and vegetables huh…. :P

Okay… back to September.. my current company has the policy that the employee has to work through the 30th September and be an employee at the time of any bonus/AWS payouts. So can you guess now why I’m holding back my horses a bit? MONEY. I’m not going to forfeit the bonus/AWS that I have worked (so) hard for these past 10 months plus. >:@

Another reason is, it is already near the year-end, when everyone starts to gear into the holiday mood.. I’m not so keen on joining a new company, being on probation with no entitlement to leave for about 3 months…. even with entitlement, it is not so nice to be taking a whole week off just a month after joining a new place huh?

Yet, in all of this, even without a positive, concrete future, I somehow have this peace and calm in me, that things will work out exactly the way I wish it to be… that I be able to start a new job and a new future in the beginning of the new calendar year 2015. Simply, that everything will be just alright for me..

This peace is so nice and such a wonderful feeling.. yet sometimes it drives me crazy… wondering what in the world I am thinking of! Zzzzzz

Starting this new work week, starting this new month.. I remind myself; that God’s time is perfect. In His time, He makes all things beautiful, in His time. 

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