Unibic Raspberry Tartelette

Yet again in my quest for healthier food in Singapore, I found this Unibic Raspberry Tartelette. I am not exactly sure what this is but it should be some sort of...

Yet again in my quest for healthier food in Singapore, I found this Unibic Raspberry Tartelette. I am not exactly sure what this is but it should be some sort of biscuit or cookie. But unlike cookies, this set is pretty firm and hard. Taste wise, I find this Tartelette very unique. The raspberry isn’t very strong but the cookie portion of the tartelette isn’t strong tasting either, which makes this a very light snack. Of course, it is not particularly filling. I ate all 6 pieces in one go.

Anyway, I have taken a few photos of this Tartelette.

Looks tempting isn’t it? Note that this is not the soft kind of cookie. Neither it is chewy. I had expected it to be like those shortcakes which is slightly soft but crumpy. The Unibic Tartelette is pretty hard when you bite into them. Feels a bit like Famous  Almos hard cookies but it is more firm. Oh, for those with a sweet tooth, you will be disappointed to know that the Raspberry filling isn’t sweet, neither is the cookie itself. But hey, for me, it is good enough. And this is anything but ordinary! It doesn’t even feel like a tart!

Wow, the Unibic Guarantee! Well, if I am not completely satisfied, I would certainly shoot an email to Unibic and give them a piece of my mind. This Tartelette isn’t cheap at all. I would say it cost quite a bundle to a poor guy like me.

I really hope that the milk they used is not from China.

The photo of the actual Tartelette. Very different from the photos on the packaging isn’t it? It looks so nicely baked in those pictures but here, we have the actual snack. Anyway, please don’t worry much about it, it does taste delicious enough for me to eat all 6 pieces in one go. One bite and you will be hooked for life.One big complain I have is that it is pretty hard. Of course, it is not rock hard but this is something which (to me) is unexpected. The small amount of raspberry filling is also a bit disappointing. Hahaha, come on Unibic, don’t be a miser when it comes to fillings eh?

If you are looking for a healthy and tasty snack, go for this Unibic Raspberry Tartelette. It really goes well with some English tea or just as a wonderful afternoon snack. Too bad in Singapore, we seldom drink English tea nor have time for a wonderful afternoon snack.

Melamine – Other Uses

Do you guys know that melamine has other uses other than poisoning little children? I didn’t know that. I had thought that those people in China often use melamine to poison...

Do you guys know that melamine has other uses other than poisoning little children? I didn’t know that. I had thought that those people in China often use melamine to poison their kids but apparently it has other uses too. Just yesterday I was at Watson’s and I was surprised to see Melamine Sponge, made by some Roman guy.  From the photo below, you can see that it is supposed to be a good cleaner. Something like the scrub pad we use to clean our kitchens and other kitchen utensils, but this is a sponge like material. Apparently it can remove tough stains, dirt, grime, grease, ink and scuffs as well. There are reviews of Melamine sponge online and they seemed to be very positive about this sponge for cleaning.

Stain fighter! A big hit in Japan it seems but it is probably marketed as something else. In the US, they call it magic eraser. The concept is that when you wet this sponge, it sorts of sticks (adheres) to the surface and this way, it lifts solids and stuff off the surface. After a few times, it will disintegrate and you will have to get a new one. Yes, the term eraser is correct as it acts exactly like an eraser.

Another picture of the Melamine Sponge. I think it is rather stupid for them to advertise their product with the word Melamine as we all know has negative implications right now. Won’t it make more sense to name it “Super Cleaner Sponge” or “Power Eraser Sponge” or something like that? I mean how many household would be willing to buy this Melamine Sponge after they spent a few weeks getting rid of China milk and dairy products from their home? Sometimes you would wonder how they spent money on advertisements. Oh, again, I would apologize for the poor quality photos. I taken them using my mobile’s camera.

We all know that Malamine is added to milk to kill off kids like what those China guys are doing but please understand that melamine has other uses too. So don’t go off and demand your government to ban Melamine. Your kitchen will look horrible without it!

Meiji Yoghurt – Mixed Berry

Well, taking my doctor’s advise, I decided to eat healthy. I guess the years of eating unhealthy fried stuff everyday has taken it’s toll on me and thus the result was...

Well, taking my doctor’s advise, I decided to eat healthy. I guess the years of eating unhealthy fried stuff everyday has taken it’s toll on me and thus the result was the last 2 weeks of high fever, sore throat, flu, cough and tons of other illness. Sad. Never felt so sick in my life! Spent the entire week in bed like a bed bug and doing nothing but coughing, sneezing and puking. Yes, so I decided not to go through another round of illness and start eating healthy. So I got myself Yoghurt!

I got this Meiji Yoghurt from Sheng Siong. It is yoghurt with mixed berry and it comes with a very attractive packaging. I don’t normally eat yoghurt. The only yoghurt I ever eaten was some chewy candy made from yoghurt and it was sour. But this is surprisingly not sour at all. Perhaps due to the fact that it has a lot of fruit pieces in it. Good for those who don’t really like sour stuff.

Ha, low fat, low cholesterol and with live cultures. I think the live cultures is the yoghurt”bacteria” which is supposed to be good bacteria. It comes with Japanese wordings but of course, it is not made in Japan or made for the Japanese market. Just marketing gimmick.

Looking at the ingredients – it contains fresh milk, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry, sugar, starch, natural flavouring, sodium benzoate and yoghurt culture. The sodium benzoate should be the presevative for the yoghurt. I find it weird that they use preservatives and live cultures as well. Won’t the sodium benzoate kill off any live yoghurt cultures? I would expect that is what preservatives do right? Oh, sorry for the blurred pictures.

This is the photo showing the actual yoghurt. Don’t worry, there are big pieces of berries in the yoghurt. Just that the photo doesn’t show it. If I am not wrong, I believe it contains about 30-40% of fruit pieces. The price is very reasonable as well. About S$1.60 for 2 bottles and you can mix different flavours as well. However, the yoghurt is a bit watery. Unlike the yoghurt we find in stores which are usually rather lumpy, this one looks and feels very watery. I am not saying that it is watered down or anything, but it doesn’t have the “fluffiness” that yoghurt is supposed to be.

Anyway, this dessert taste quite delicious. Not too sweet and definitely not sour. I don’t mind the sourness of yoghurt but others do. So if you are worried about the yoghurt being sour, this dessert will surely surprise you. I am sure that it is also very healthy for you. It works very well as an after meal dessert too. So why not try a dessert that is both healthy and taste great? Furthermore, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Holidays Are Coming!

Well what’s your plan for this coming holiday? Planning to go overseas for a vacation? Or staying at home and rot? Looking at the current economic climate in Singapore, I have...

Well what’s your plan for this coming holiday? Planning to go overseas for a vacation? Or staying at home and rot? Looking at the current economic climate in Singapore, I have to say that a good number of us are staying at home. Even my company has hinted that there will be no bonus this year. Well, they said the same thing last year about the bonus and the economy was supposed to be good last year. Ha, that’s businesses in Singapore for you.

Anyway, I am sure that there are a number of you guys who are going for tours this coming holidays. Maybe to faraway places, or just nearby. You can always get help from travel agencies or tour operators to help you out. Unless you are planning to go to Hong Kong or Malaysia, you should get the expert advice from these tour agencies instead of going there blind. No, I am not paid by travel agencies to say that but in all seriousness, language and the simple fact that a foreign country is “foreign” to us will definitely make things bad for first time travelers. Even if you have been to the country before, it still doesn’t mean that you are familiar with the place. Food, lodging and transport is always the biggest problem in any travel. And since you are supposed to enjoy yourself there, why not get help from travel agencies who will book and even plan everything for you. Saves you a ton of headache and even money. Of course, if you are traveling nearby like Malaysia or even Indonesia or some country which has about the same cultural and language as Singapore, you would probably be better off doing things by yourself. Check out the forums or the country’s tourism board foruseful information and tips.

And you did better do it now. November and December is always a peak season for travel. And if you are still interested, please take a look at the Singapore Travel Agencies and Tour Operators Listings I have created. Hope that this will be useful to you for your planning.

Cyclists – Danger?

Don’t you just hate cyclists? I mean you are trying to get from one destination to another, you have to go through a bunch of cyclists riding like they own the...

Don’t you just hate cyclists? I mean you are trying to get from one destination to another, you have to go through a bunch of cyclists riding like they own the roads. And it’s a danger. Just imagine walking with your kid and some cyclists who don’t give a damn about anything comes riding by fast. I am not talking about those old folks riding bicycles slowly and carefully, I am talking about what you see on the roads and pedestrians walkways these days. These group of people are not riding carefully or even defensively. They are riding recklessly without a care about others.  And with a bicycle, it can be very very dangerous to other pedestrians. Getting knocked down by a bicycle is no small matter.

I work in an industrial estate and I discovered that the situation is getting worse by the day. I know that in other countries it is the norm to ride bicycles to work. But in Singapore, the roads and the pathways are just not meant for bicycles. Every morning, we will see huge crowd of cyclists riding on the roads, either slowing the traffic for buses and cars or riding on the pedestrians pathways. If you are walking on the pathway, you will bound to come across these cyclists and they are at best a nuisance to other pedestrians. At worst, they are a danger. Unless you drive, all you have to do is to take a walk on the pathways and you will know what I mean. There are even cyclists who must ride together in a group, blocking the rest of the roads and pathways for others!

Sadly, the LTA don’t seem to be interested in stopping these reckless cyclists on our roads. I think it has gotten out of hand in Singapore. Singapore is just too small to have such a big group of cyclists roaming in the streets. We just don’t have the space, unlike other bigger countries. It is about time the government start to put a stop to this nonsense.

Wheat Beer Suggestions?

Anyone? Seriously considering to do a Wheat beer for my next brew and was hoping someone to give me a little suggestion or recommendation for a Wheat Beer. My original idea...

Anyone? Seriously considering to do a Wheat beer for my next brew and was hoping someone to give me a little suggestion or recommendation for a Wheat Beer. My original idea was just the Cooper’s Wheat Beer Kit, some Brew Enhancer 2 (that is dextrose and dried malt extract), some additional hops and that’s about it. But now I am thinking of something more “exciting” than just a plain old boring kit and enhancer type of beer. Life is too short to do the same thing over and over again, right?

I am also thinking of using some steeping grains as well. Not too sure what steeping grains will do to Wheat beers but hopefully, it will be able to add some body and flavour to the final product. And what type of steeping grains should I be using? From what I read, steeping grains are normally used for adding freshness, body, some fermentables, flavour and/or aroma to the brew. The problem with using extracts and kits (which are actually extracts) is that during the boiling or preparation process, some of the “freshness” and the aroma/flavour would be removed.  By using steeping grains, we are actually adding some of these “lost” properties back to the brew. Hey, it would be something (close to) like doing an all-grain setup. Of course, an all-grain setup also requires you to use fresh ingredients in order for the brew to turn out good.

Anyway, it will be two more weeks before I can do the Wheat beer and this gives me plenty of time to prepare for what I need. The Apfelwein needs a little more time to mature in the fermenter first. I will read about in the forums and give you guys a little heads up on what I am planning for the Wheat beer. Ciao!

Intel Core i7

What do you guys think of it? This is supposed to be the successor of the very successful Core 2 processors and from what benchmarks there are out there, it looks...

What do you guys think of it? This is supposed to be the successor of the very successful Core 2 processors and from what benchmarks there are out there, it looks to be yet another powerhouse. Hmmm….not very good news for AMD. As you guys know, I am a supporter of AMD since the K7 series and I had expected them to destroy Intel a few years back. But alas, money talks and Intel was able to win back the performance crown from AMD easily and seems that they are very aggressive against their only competitor. Of course, some people might think that this is good news for the market as strong competition will weed out the weakest but let’s think long term. If Intel beats AMD completely and we are left without any competition in the processor market, will Intel go back to it’s old tricks again? Remember the Penitum IV and the RDRAM joke that Intel played on us a few years back? You want that to happen again? You want to buy extremely costly processors and boards that has subpar performance? If AMD falls, that is exactly what will happen.

I really don’t expect Intel to come back so strongly and aggressively after their big massive failure a few years back. I had expected AMD to reign for a couple more years before Intel slowly gets back on it’s feet. This really surprised me. But now that it has happened, we can only speculate what will happen in the processor market. I would think that once AMD is out or nearly out of the market, we would see sudden increases in prices of processors and chipsets. And don’t be surprised to see that non-Intel chipsets to be released slower than before as Intel will attempt to find ways and means to restrict other chipset developments. Why would Intel want more competition in the chipset market when they themselves are doing so well there?

Anyway, let’s hope that AMD will come up with something to beat Intel in it’s own game. If not, dark times ahead for us consumers.

I Love KFC! Who Doesn’t?

Don’t you just love KFC? The blend of special species that makes it extremely tasty that you cannot help yourself but go back and buy some more? No? Why not? Don’t...

Don’t you just love KFC? The blend of special species that makes it extremely tasty that you cannot help yourself but go back and buy some more? No? Why not? Don’t you love rock solid chicken pieces that can break your teeth when you bite into them? Every time you walk past the KFC fast food restaurant, don’t you see a huge crowd of people there. Apparently a lot of Singaporeans do love KFC. And they can’t get enough of it. If you are wondering well, it isn’t that difficult considering that Singaporeans love McDonalds too.

Well just a few days ago, I bought myself a KFC value meal because I was feeling very adventurous and it came with 2 piece chicken and some potato whip and a drink. However, one thing caught my eye about this meal. One of the pieces of chicken looked very small. In fact, it looked smaller than those chicken wing you buy from the hawker centres. If you don’t believe me, I have taken a photo for you.

Yes, the thing on the left is my nail clipper. Small nail clipper. Not those for aunties and uncles to clear off chunks of nails from their bloody huge toes, but those for regular nail clipping. That’s one of the chicken pieces KFC has given to me as part of their “value” meal. Now, that’s really value. I am pretty sure that no one will be full after eating that small piece of meat and bones. I guess that when KFC says that it is “value”, it is really “value”.  No doubt about it. Of course, it could be value to KFC instead of value to their customers. Singapore, it never changes.

Anyway, surprisingly I enjoyed the meal. Of course I was still very hungry after eating the S$6.20 meal but the chicken was quite good. Just a bit too hard and dry. If only KFC had really tender juicy chicken like what Arnold’s is serving.

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