Work life transition

It’s my 4th week at work and I must say… it was not an easy transition.

1. Hours: I used to keep very late hours – waking up late and sleeping late. The joys of a student/hostelite/unemployed. It was tough at the beginning to wake up at 7.30am, go for rehearsal, reach home past midnight to start the whole cycle again. It takes a while to adjust… and I’m still trying to adjust. I feel super lazy now because I haven’t gone for dance classes for some time, which I promise myself I will… really soon.

I can come home and fall asleep at 7pm and not wake until the next day. That’s how tired I am.

2. Being SUPER conscientious: I’m not the most detailed person ever. Saving files with the exact same format – where the spaces are screws my eyes upside now.

3. Chinese language: I haven’t been in touch with Chinese language for the longest time. Coming from a Chinese speaking family – conversational Chinese still comes pretty easily to me. But characters, passages and newspapers, these are the killers. I think these 4 weeks at work, I’ve somewhat improved but I still have a long way to go and a super high standard to meet.

4. A change of wardrobe: No more tees, no more berms and no more (or rather less) sneakers. Okay, this gives me an excuse to shop.

5. Trying to meet a high quality standard of work: Receiving pay = producing a certain standard and quality of work. My friends keep telling me not to put so much pressure and stress on myself but I really can’t help it.

Tembusu College

After checking my stats, I realised that a lot of people were googling and reaching my blog on “Lao Ban tau huay”. Before I started work, I still had time to drop by and queue for tau huay. But as a working adult now, I really don’t have the luxury and time to do that.

Moving on with work, let me show you my work station:

My two monitors

The desktop monitor is an extension of my laptop. I know I’m really lucky to have a wide screen monitor but I’m really not used to having my eyes cross over to the other side of the keyboard. A lot of times, the desktop monitor just sits and sleeps there.

I dropped by Tembusu College for a visit the other day. Didn’t get much pictures but here’s my meal that I had at Tembusu:

nom noms at Tembusu

I must say it’s case of what you pay is what you get. In halls, our meal plan cost $4/day for breakfast and dinner – both of which I have a tendency to skip a lot. I admit that I’m a picky eater though. As much as I miss my times at Raffles Hall, one thing that I don’t miss is the food. Except for maybe Tuesday’s fish soup special.

Tembusu College residents pay $8/day for their meal plan which is pretty hefty but the food is way better than the meals at hostels. They get to choose between Indian, Malay, Chinese, Western and noodles for dinner. I had Malay food that day I dropped by for dinner – curry chicken, beef rendang, fried rice and veggies which I think its pretty good and not a turn off.

I like the fact that they have free flow salad with dressing. Also, there are drinks like fruit punch and atas coffee available. My friend was telling me that for breakfast they have bacon, sunny side ups and scrambled eggs.

However, my friend did tell me that he hasn’t seen anyone da bao food before. I can’t imagine any dancers staying there because we’re perpetually not at dinners since we have rehearsals every other night or we’re taking classes outside. My friend my Tembusu did tell me that they can roll over meal credits for 2 weeks. But, I still don’t see how this would have worked out for me.

Also, when the meals cost so much, that would mean I have to get up early for breakfast and this totally doesn’t work for me. I don’t get up before 12noon if I don’t have any morning classes.

Some pictures to share:

Tembusu sits in University Town (or UTown) which has a 24hours Starbucks. I think it’s lucky that I don’t stay there anymore because I can imagine me splashing a lot of money on atas coffee.

Apartments

This is how the rooms look like. They’re more of an urban jungle, somewhat like Sheares and Kent Ridge Hall. What’s special is that they have suites and rooms. I’m not sure how they allocate though. My friend stays in a suite where he shares a living room and toilet (with a few cubicles) ¬†with 5 other people. The communal space gets cleaned once a week.

It’s kind of like living on your outside.

I miss staying in Hall i think – the private space and the freedom with no one nagging at you to wake up and to come home early. I think I’m lucky in the sense that my parents don’t believe in micro managing my life as long as I have the sense to text them that I will be home late.

And my beloved Raffles Hall studio 3rd renovation:

new mirrors and flooring

Sumo Nabe

I have been tracking Sumo Nabe’s existence on Soup Spoon’s menu. This is the fourth week it’s on the menu despite Soup Spoon’s usual bi-weekly rotation of Chef’s specials. I suspect it’s due to the high demand for it.

I enjoyed the Nabe Sumo although I think some might not like it. I liked the salty taste and it’s mix of vegetables, similar to that what my grandma would add in.

lao ban tau huay spin-offs

8 Days had published twice about Lao Ban tau huay and judging from my site stats, I have been getting pinged a lot about Lao Ban tau huay. Although I’m not a hard core tau huay fan, but I like to buy all the spin offs of lao ban to see if it tastes the same. So here’s my two cents worth:

1. 51 tau huay at old airport road

It has the closest taste to lao ban but it’s much sweeter and more likely to induce a sore throat. Lao ban keeps for a longer time as compared to 51. It has a tendency to curdle after just a day and it starts to melt, despite being stored in the fridge.

2. Some tau huay store at marine parade, its opp the pet store.

Except for the no syrup part, it doesn’t even taste like lao ban at all. The taste is more bland, the tau huay is not as smooth as lao ban’s.

3. Tau huay store at Hong Lim Complex

I had the soya milk, which tastes like lao ban soya milk thats why I bought the tau huay. However, the tau huay was a disappointment. The texture was not smooth enough and it doesn’t melt in your mouth. Nonetheless, the taste was similar to that of lao ban.