Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tim Ho Wan at the Mega Fashion Hall

I first encountered Tim Ho Wan during last year's Hong Kong trip.  I enjoyed the food very much, especially the BBQ Pork Buns.  It was good and filling, too bad that we had to go all the way to North Point to enjoy it.  Last year too, I think the first international branch opened in Singapore.  I also was able to try it with some friends during our New Year Singapore trip.  And a few months back - Tim Ho Wan finally opened its doors in Mega Fashion Hall in Megamall.

When it first opened, there was a long long queue to get it.  I like queueing - because its so civilized and polite.  There is no 'palakasan' when it comes to queueing - you really need to wait.  But one time, we went to Megamall early - and when we walked passed Tim Ho Wan and we were shocked since the line was so very very long and there was a sign that said that they will be opening at 12noon!  So imagine the wait - you queue immediately at 10am and wait until it opens at 12noon and wait for your turn.  Madness, madness!!

So last Saturday morning - I decided to queue.  I mean, I had nothing to lose because my Panget was renewing his passport and I dropped the kids off at Active Fun.  And so I was slowly walking towards Tim Ho Wan when I noticed that it was already busy!  It was only when I stood in queue that I noticed that they were already open.  When the staff asked how many was in my party - I just said that I was alone.  Hahaha!  So they gave me a table immediately.  The first thing I asked was, was there a limit to the BBQ Pork Buns order, and the lady said it was 3 orders per person.  I sat on the table and ordered away.  A few minutes later, I received a call from my Panget - he was done!  OMG - that was fast!  It was surely less than 30 minutes!!  So I told him to go to Tim Ho Wan because I was already seated.  So while waiting for the kids - we ordered and ordered and ordered.

The famous BBQ Pork Buns of Tim Ho Wan

We ordered like there was no tomorrow since they were only dimsum.  We were still eating when I noticed the time.  I picked up the kids and the server Mark, graciously allowed the kids to sit on our table (he gave us more chairs and another table to connect to ours - nice right?  And we ordered some more and more and more.  Hahaha!!  You won't believe our bill - I was shocked, but what the heck - we were all happy and filled to the brim with Tim Ho Wan yumminess!!

Lotus Leaf Glutinous Rice
(sorry, I forgot what it was really called!  Too hungry and excited!!)

I would like to make a special mention to Mark - our server.  He was very attentive, helpful and very efficient.  His efficiency and warmth made a big difference to our experience at Tim Ho Wan.  Thank you Mark, we enjoyed our meal and your service to us and the kids.  Thank you for indulging our every request and additional orders.  Thank you very very much!!

So, there - I will suggest you go when the mall opens so you won't need to wait in line for a long time.  I'll be sure to visit again, during opening time!  Hehehe...

Tim Ho Wan
Mega Fashion Hall

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Panels at Nerd HQ 2014 at the San Diego Comic Con

I was exposed to comic books at an early age.  My uncles (my mom's younger brothers) drew very well thus I was used to seeing Superman, Spiderman, Batman, the X-Men and more.  As I was growing up, my twin brother was into comics, he too is very good in drawing.  When he was doing nothing, he would just doodle and the super heroes would come out!  Well, he got the family talent, and I didn't.

When I met my Panget, I learned that he too was into comics and other geeky stuffs.  So, we sort of had something to talk about.  I remember asking him a question on Star Wars, anyways - we started going out and eventually we got married.  His interest with Sci-Fi has rubbed off on me, thus for the last 3-4 years, I have been so fascinated on the Comic Con, more specifically - the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC).

It was just two years ago, that I started watching the panel videos on YouTube, and man are they super entertaining!  I feel so excited whenever July comes because I look forward to the panel videos.  This year, I learned of Nerd HQ.  Nerd HQ was founded by actor  Zachary Levi and he has one of the most exciting panels (in my opinion).  I spent one whole last night during the holidays watching the Nerd HQ panels on YouTube.

It was sooooo much fun!  I'm sorry but the geek in me is the one talking typing.

Here are the panels that I loved:

Orphan Black - I was so shocked that Sarah and Felix do not have real English accents!  And Felix is very ver very good and convincing!  WOW!  I found the character Paul too cocky though, I didn't want to listen to his opinion.  Hahaha!!

Supernatural - this is one of my Panget's favorite show.  He was so happy that this show has been renewed over and over again.  The bromance is indescribable!  I love you Dean Winchester!!  Hahaha...

Nathan Fillion & the Mystery Panel - Can I just say - because of my Panget I became a Nathan Fillion fan.  My Panget loved loved loved Firefly, heck - we got Kailee's name from that show!  Haha.. (trivia!!)  I remember seeing him from the TV show Miss Match with Alicia Silverstone and Two guys a girl and a pizza place with Ryan Reynolds!  So he was quite a familiar looking TV actor.  I didn't know that he has a huge following - apparently, he's quite popular!

I wish someday, I can visit the San Diego Comic Con - but they say its super hard to get tickets.  Sigh.  Someday.  Someday.

Friday, August 22, 2014

A B & Me features, Me!!!

Sheila is an online friend.  I met her years ago in an online forum, where I met most of my online friends.  But you know what?  We've never met each other in person - no joke!  But in this age and technology - we don't need to be physically in proximity just to be friends.  I have to be honest, I sincerely love love my online friends - why?  Because they are always there for me, one tweet, one FB message, one email and I have my supportive friends who do not pass judgement.  I feel their sincerity and their concern.  They're my support group.  I am so glad that I met them online.  Grateful.  That's why I am also there for them too, forever!!

Thank you Sheila for giving me this opportunity!!

Love, Didi

Please visit her blog at A B & Me

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zelda Baked: S'mores Fudge

Dada and I have been friends since... I have no clue!  But how did I meet Dada?  I met her through her husband Jayson, whom I met through Twitter who is actually good friend with a friend Oliver.  That was long right?  As it turns out, Dada is the younger sister of my BIL's good good friend Abot.  Small world right?  Tiny!  So we developed this friendship - through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Yes, it all started there and we became text mates.  We had so many many common friends!

From her IG posts, you'll see that she's a dedicated homemaker.  I spy (through her IG posts and pictures on social media) that she cooks, bakes, and is a wonderful wonderful homemaker.  We've graduated from likes here and there to textmates.  We've helped each other out in travel itineraries and travel tips here and there.  Now, we have moved to teaching the kids how to read!

Two weeks ago, while I was pestering her to help me teach Kailee how to read, she very willingly (SUPER Thank you!) lent me her Keywords with Peter and Jane books to help Kailee.  She mentioned that she has something for me when I pick up.  Surprise, surprise - they were these S'mores Fudge.  Of course, I had to take a peek right?  And this was what welcomed me:

She specifically told me to freeze them.  And I did.  I had to control the urge - so I waited until dinner time to try it.  I took it out of the freezer and got a piece - I immediately took a bite and OH. MY . GOSH.  It was sooooo good!  Wow!  It is a fudge alright with pieces of marshmallows and graham crackers.  These bite sized goodies are so good that I had to control myself for I might finish them all in one sitting!  Kailee was so curious on what I was munching on that she asked for a piece, I had to give her one - and she enjoyed eating it!  I had my Panget try it too and he liked it!  We were literally all over the box asking one piece after another.  Yes, its that good!!

It so reminded of the fudge that I ate in Alaska more than a decade ago.  I really really liked that fudge and was thinking of how to make it.  Thank goodness for Zelda Baked, for I won't need to trouble myself with making it, I know she made this with love and care!  All I need to do now is ORDER!  Hahaha...

Please, if you like S'mores and fudge - give Zelda Baked a try!  I promise, you won't be disappointed!

For orders please visit her Facebook page - Zelda Baked

Here's a closer look of the S'mores Fudge

2014 FERN-C Ambassadors

Last week, I was invited by FERN-C to attend the awarding ceremonies of their 2014 FERN-C Ambassadors.  I was excited to see what was in store.  Since my Panget is a huge huge fan of FERN-C, I was more than happy to see what was in store.

FERN-C is the first non-acidic vitamin C in the market.  And my Panget has been a loyal user of this brand since it started.  I'm so happy now that FERN-C is already available in Watsons, South Star Drugstores, Rose Pharmacy, Manson Drug, Generika and the most convenient of all - 7-11!!  Thank you FERN-C for making this product available for everyone!!

In this event, I learned that FERN-C partnered with the leading BPOs in the Metro to support their industry.  As we all know, working in a BPO is stressful, thus FERN-C is showing their support and at the same time helping those in the industry fight stress and boosting their immune system at the same time!  In line with their partnership, FERN-C launched its campaign with the search for the 2014 FERN-C Ambassadors.  With thousands of entries - they picked two (2) ambassadors to represent their brand.

Congratulations to FERN-C and to the 2014 FERN-C Ambassadors!!

The 2014 FERN-C Ambassadors really look their part is are glowing with happiness!

You know what's nice about FERN-C?  Their work environment speaks very highly of them.  They greet everyone 'Good Morning!' regardless of the time of the day.  Their cheery-ness is infectious and I feel that, that's very good!  I'd love to have a working environment with everyone smiley, happy and very positive!

Again, CONGRATULATIONS to the 2014 FERN-C Ambassadors and of course to FERN-C!