Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures.
I think the owner had come all the way to Tiong Bahru to get the car seats restored.
If you are unaware, there is a shop at block 60 Seng Poh Lane that can restore all type of cushion seats.
If you have some antique looking chairs that needed restoration, this shop can be a great help to you.
I've never used the services of this shop as I'm a "buy and throw" away kinda person.
The only encounter I had here was back in the eighties when my 3rd uncle bought a brand new Mitsubishi Lancer.
He decided that his car seats was just too plain looking to impress and so he had his car seat re-done up here.
I couldn't understand why he chose to cover his seats with the "furry furry" type of materials.
The loose "furs" kept getting into my mouth whenever I sat in his car.
Back then I haven't been introduced to the word "kinky".
Today, my 3rd uncle drives a Toyota Corolla with factory fitted leather seats.....kinda safe and boring hor?
(By the way, I had to ride in my uncle's car every morning from Monday to Friday to help him avoid paying a levy when entering the CBD. To make up 4 people, my brother and I had to accompany him and his girlfriend into the CBD every working day. And when passing by the gantry, we have to make sure our heads are high enough to be seen!)
Those were the days where we will do anything the adults tells us to do.
Okay, back to this Merc. I was curious enough to search the Internet for some info on this car and this this what I found out :
This Merc is a Mercedes-Benz 300 and was produced from 1951 through 1958.
It is one of the most graceful and classic creations of the post-World War II era.
The style was both classic and modern and built to high standards.
They were constructed from fine materials using the latest in technology and achieving minimal weight with a high degree of strength.
For those who are interested to find out more about this rare car, you can check out CONCEPTCARZ.
Monday, December 10, 2007
Thu, Dec 06, 2007
L-R: Chef Judy's signature Pralet, brownie with rum & raisin ice-cream, and Bavarian Kirschtorte, aka Black Forest Cake.The brownies here are much lighter on the palate and resemble a combination of moist chocolate cake and fudge, specked with chunky pieces of walnuts in between. Best of all, the home-made rum and raisin ice-cream topping this brownie will sent you on a "high" with its intense flavour.
One of my favourite sponge cakes is the Bavarian Kirschtorte or more commonly known as Black Forest Cake. Unfortunately many local chefs distort this wonderful recipe by using non dairy pastry whip, maraschino cherries, chocolate rice and an absence of any flavoured liquor. Experiencing Judy's creation was like rediscovering a lost heritage. The whipped cream, the sour cherries, the liquor-soaked chocolate sponge and the chocolate shavings? everything was there in the right proportions.
A patisserie cannot do without a brulee hence Judy puts out a classic version for all cr?me brulee aficionados. The rich creamy custard is a steal for its price but it will be ridiculous to expect real vanilla for it. Nonetheless the custard still merits a mention for its rich and silky smooth texture. It left a very pleasant and smooth aftertaste in the tongue. I found the caramel crust a little too thick for my liking but that's an issue that can be easily resolved.
Beside the cream based pastries, another house specialty is the Baked Guava Tart. A cross between an apple pie and an Austrian Linzer, the filling is made with a unique mix of fresh guavas and spices. A lovely crust made with crushed crackers and nuts provides the perfect contrast between crust and filling. It is great with coffee!
We cannot wait to return to Cafe Pralet for another lazy weekend afternoon sometime soon.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
I would have done the "notice" this way
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Instead of apologising, she went on to complain about the bad road design and how old this estate is.
And before I even had the chance to bring her up to view the unit, she started to share with me her opinion about this place.
"Too small....no good, Face road junction....bad fengshui, Above a shop....very lousy".
I was thinking to myself, why can't you reserve your comments till after we have view the unit? (By the way, she has an agent representing her and the agent obviously did not screen his client properly)
And tonight's unit was probably the worst unit to show a Tiong Bahru newbie as the place is tenanted to 18 people.
As the main door was left opened, I pop my head in to inform the tenants that I am coming in.
To my horror, 4 men were standing there with nothing but their towels and one was even walking around with a SUPERMAN coloured underwear.
I pulled my head out, stopped the agent and buyer from going in, popped my head back in to ask SUPERMAN to cover up.
So we ended up viewing the flat with 5 men with towels covering their lower halves.
The viewing ended rather quickly and the objections came fast and furious.
"Only 1 toilet....no good, too longish....waste too much space, Very Old...needs a lot of renovation, Remaining lease too short......no value. No En-Bloc potential.......bad investment".....etc etc etc.
But despite all these objections, she pointed out some units that she would like to view and would definitely buy them if they do come onto the market.
I was puzzled. If these things irks her so much, why is she still keen? Maybe that is her way of throwing smoke screen to confuse the agents.
But I think she targeted the wrong people. If she really want to bring down the price, she has to meet up with the owners to demoralise them....not the agent.
I remain optimistic that Tiong Bahru is a great place to work, live and play and like wine, the older it gets, the more valuable it gets....something like some overused cliche OLD IS GOLD.
Sorry Auntie, you wasted your effort on the wrong person tonight.
But despite what you have commented about this place, deep down I know you like this place very much but is probably annoyed with the current price level.
But if you see things on the positive side, it is because prices has risen to this level that we are beginning to see more and more beautiful units being put up for sale.
Just a year ago when prices were so much lower, most owners were reluctant to sell their flats. But at today's prices, owners are tempted and hence there is a wider selection for the serious buyers.
So SERIOUS buyers out there, this is the best time to check out the unit that suits you most......but you must be mentally prepared for the price. Have Fun.
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
See Moh Guan was born in Malacca and was the fourth son of Si Hoo Keh.
He was in the pepper and gambier business.
In 1879, he assumed chairmanship of Heng Shan Ting temple, taking it over from his father.
Mr See died in 1879.
Later, a street was name after Mr See Moh Guan.
Located within the Tiong Bahru Estate, the first Singapore Improvement Trust estate built between 1936 and 1941, this street is the address of a unique ring-shaped five-storey block of flats which used to boast a clock on its facade.
Among the older generations, Moh Guan Terrace is often referred to as Tiong Bahru Gor Lau (A Hokkien term meaning “the five-storey flat in Tiong Bahru”) in honour of the only five-storey building in Tiong Bahru.
Monday, December 3, 2007
(These are street names found within the Tiong Bahru Estate)
It was named after a Teochew merchant Tan Yong Siak (1835 – 1914).
Born in his native Zhaoan in 1835, he came to Singapore when young.
He first worked as an apprentice before becoming manager of Chop Ban Seng.
In 1863, he founded Chop Yong Hak Seng at 49 Circular Road and Ban Seng Soon at 71 Boat Quay in 1879, both dealing in Siam rice, rattan and rubber.
He was a founder member of The Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
He was a charitable man and an arbitrator.
He died in 1914, leaving behind many children and grandchildren.
Tan Jiak Ngoh was his second son.