Tanglin Halt Food Centre

It's funny how life brings us back to the same places time and time again. I used to live in Tanglin Halt in 2004. My best friend bought his own place a few years back and it ended up being the same block I was staying at.

We've been visiting Tanglin Halt a lot and the food centre (I still prefer calling it an hawker centre) has just been renovated with quite a few new stalls opening up alongside old ones from before the upgrading.

Coming back here to eat so often, I figured I'd take a few pictures of stalls that have relatively long queues and share what @robingo thinks about the food.

See Robin Goh's picks at http://jermyntoh.com

Funny Signs

Some signs that I've come across that tickle me. This first one is from Ximending in Taipei. It's the name of a men's fashion outlet. Why would they call their boutique Rigid :: Everyday You Live!?!
Rigid :: Taipei Ximending

Full post at http://jermyntoh.com

Hope you had a great weekend everyone !!


Eye Massage Technique & Direction

From http://jermyntoh.com

The biggest problem I have with my eyes is them HUGE eye-bags that are a result of genetics and long hours in front of the computer. I've tried all kinds of products and various massage techniques through the last 10 years to counter puffiness and dark circles.

Recently, I found out that I've been doing it wrong.

As a result, I searched videos and tutorials online and I realised there are so many different methods that it's hard for anyone to know which advice & technique really works or is correct.

I recently started a new facial regimen and I've been told the direction of circling the eye that I've been using all these years actually works to accentuate lines and puffiness rather than counter.

Key things to remember are:
- use your fourth finger so as not to use too much strength around the sensitive eye area
- circle from outside in under the eye and NOT inside out under the eye
- then as you move above to the brow area ... move in the direction of the eyebrows hairs rather than against

I tried this and when I compared both sides there was a visible reduction in puffiness.

Given the hugely different pieces of advice out there, I can't say if this is the correct one but its the one the works best for me so I thought I'd share it.

Here's a video that uses the inward stroke but she's using the middle finger instead of the fourth finger. The strokes under the eye start at 2.53.

Here's another explaining how to massage the face and the part where they show how to massage the eye area is from 6.53.

Silly Conversations

Jerm says: so i meet u at 6.30 later at Plaza Sing?
we grab a quick one at the food court then go watch the movie?

Robin says:
tu peux parler en francais?

Robin says:
a quick one?
but too quick how to grab
it will run away

Robin says:
I can't run
I have bad feet

Robin says:
although I have nice shoes

Jerm says:
sigh ... u know ..maybe u shud do stand-up ... that way u won't need to use ur bad feet so much and can terrorise the audience with ur bad lines?
so when they run away u won't be able to run after them too?

Sparks & Fizzle

from http://jermyntoh.com

Strangely enough I’ve been persuaded out of hermit mode and dating a few people. It’s been interesting to connect with people again on a romantic level. I’ve been single for 3 years now and as 40 approaches, there are moments I wish for the presence of someone in my life besides my close friends. This has led to a few instances where I’ve thought of taking things a little further.

Which brings me to this debate that I’ve been having with myself; a quieter and possibly stabler kind of companionship or one that gets your heart beating faster with sparks and fizzle?

The various guys are all charming and very eligible and we connect on a sane and sensible level but it isn’t a case where there are pangs of longing or bouts of missing him. It’s a kind of connection that is more head than heart.

I almost forgot what it was like to have sparks fly until this kid 13 years younger started chasing me and managed to get me beneath the sheets. It was subsequently revealed to me that this guy was attached so I put a stop to things. But there were fireworks and talking + cuddling at length after made me rethink about taking things further with the other more mature and sensible guys.

I’m getting to the point where I can commit to someone whom there aren’t exactly fireworks with and slowly work at things so deeper feelings develop. But I’m also reminded that sparks & fizzle do make a connection electrifying.

Sigh … I guess the romp that was thrown at me is life’s way of reminding me about what I’ve forgotten in hopes that I consider carefully before making a decision.

Jury is still out on this issue … I’ll let me head and heart ponder a little more and maybe hold out a while longer to see if I do meet someone who stirs both head and heart.

Silly Conversations

while looking for a parking space I pull into a handicap lot for a minute while I rush to the ATM

jerm: if anyone comes just be yourself

robin: u mean like this *makes faces and sounds"

jerm: yup ... that's what u do all the time right?

while chatting with my brother
bryan: you ah ... told me the wrong day to go and pick up the new Macs

bryan: you said next day so I went on Monday and they said 3 days time

jerm: i said wedNESday ... ur hearing so bad u heard next day ah?

bryan: *speechless*