Monday, July 21, 2014

Lessons from little girls

D and I were in church yesterday and shared a table with two girls, one primary 3 and the other primary 4. They were given a bunch of confectionary and snacks from a prior birthday celebration and talking between themselves about stuff.

At some point, they were struggling with opening a package of Oreo cookies and I offered to do so for them. I said, "Come let auntie help you open that."

Said Pri 3 girl gave me a bewildered look, replying, "Huh, you mean you are married??"  (So now you know how a Pri 3 person defines "Auntie".  Hahhaa. So tickled!)

I replied, "Yes, I am and this is my husband (pointing to D beside me)." The girls stared at each other, giving the disbelieving look.  I was starting to feel flattered. LOL.

The girls started to dunk their Oreos into a cup of milk.  After a little while, Pri 3 girl started whispering something to Pri 4 girl and obviously talking about me as she kept stealing glances over my side. I wanted to continue disturbing them, so I asked her to share what she said.  After much stress from D also, the Pri 3 girl finally said, "I think she is pretty."  (Awwww!)

D then asked them, "how do you define 'pretty'?"

The girls agonized over that question a little, and decided "pretty is just pretty!"

Well, I believe the girls think I'm pretty because I, an "Auntie", had chosen to take time to talk and engage with them, be interested in what they were doing and offered them help when they needed them.  God bless them for they reminded me an innocent heart easily finds the "good" in people, in situations, and not to overcomplicate matters. So much to learn from them.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Catching up at Sushi Kuu

One of the newer ("new" is all relative eh) sushi places that I tried is Sushi Kuu at Palai Renaissance. Both times I had the kaisen chirashi. I wanted to try something else but I don't think I could find something else that I would have probably enjoyed more. The lunch set comes with udon soup and dessert as well, making it a better deal. But then again, the chirashi is already so satisfying on its own I didn't really need anything else. I made a mental note to bring the Man to try the beef don. It looked darn good!

I like that Sushi Kuu offers a good variety of main staples; lots of options for the fuss-free eating.  It is a little notch pricier but the quality is pretty decent. Just another option if you do like your Japanese food :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shinji with the Man

It seems that once upon a time, I had been so eager to try out as many new restaurants or cafes as possible. It made me feel so "happening". Alas, with age, and maturity, I know that is silly. Besides, I can no longer eat all I want. My stomach seems to have shrunk and I put on weight more easily if I don't make an effort to work out or watch my diet. Most importantly though, with ongoing major milestones in my life as a thirty-something, newly married female, going out and indulgences have definitely taken a step backward in priority.

Nevertheless, special occasions do re-spark my interest to try new experiences, as if to commemorate the events. Most recently, as a treat to the Man and also to mark our first quarter together as a married couple, I brought him to Shinji at Raffles Hotel. It was the Man's first time at a proper sushi restaurant and needless to say, he was astounded first by the prices. You see, he is a typical man who eats to live. My pleasure is to bring him new experiences he would never otherwise bring himself to try :) But as we got into the sushi ritual, I believe he could see why we had to pay these prices.

He loved the theatrics of watching the sushi chef prepare the food. He also saw the little details that had gone into the making of the sushi.  To me, my satisfaction comes from sharing my reverence for proper sushi and have him acknowledge and understand that my so-called "high standards" are not unaccounted for. 

The Man had the Tsuki set, with 12 pieces of sushi. He made some observation on the rice, that it was loosely compacted, that it tasted less vinegary compared to the other sushi places, that the rice was slightly tinted brown in color and it was not served cold. Though at some point, I cringed a little when he asked me if he could only take the fish and leave the rice, because he didn't want to load up on carbs. I told him that would be so impolite and so he continued to enjoy his sushi. Phew!

The standouts of the meal for me was the shima-aji and aji. I love a fatty fish and they were absolutely gorgeous that day. So sweet and fresh.

The Man got to try the uni and he must have been blown away because he didn't say a word after (probably so as not to let me feel bad knowing how delicious it was because I had the Hana set which didn't include uni).

The sushi tasted especially good after a long absence. Definitely a keeper.