Saturday, December 29, 2012

Whole Earth, a place for vegetarian Peranakan and Thai food

One fine evening, I met up with one of my good friends, Mystic, for dinner. We did not have any place in mind for dinner. Somehow, without much conscious thought, our feet led us to the Whole Earth, Peranakan Thai Vegetarian Restaurant.

This is possibly the place to consider for vegetarian who would like to Peranakan or Thai flavour to their food.

As Mystic and myself had relatively small appetite that evening, we decided to share a plate of Signature Olive Brown Rice and the restaurant's best-selling Oatmeal Tofu. When I was doing a quick scan of the food that others had ordered, almost everyone who was at the restaurant had ordered a plate of Oatmeal Tofu! That led to me urging my friend to order a plate of the Oatmeal Tofu too. A plate of Oatmeal Tofu costs $15 per plate. It has a fragrant smell and I quite like the oatmeal on the tofu. However, I do find it a bit overpriced.

The Signature Olive Brown Rice was in comparison more value-for-money. At $7 per plate, each grain of brown rice tasted heavenly such that I could happily chew each grain of rice at one single time. This is one of those brown rice that I had tasted that had left in me such a positive impression. Mystic felt the Olive Brown Rice was slightly on the oily side. While I did notice it was on the oily side, somehow the taste of the brown rice made me overlooked the slight flaw of the dish.

My friend and I were probably in the mood for healthy drinks. Both of us ordered a glass of 90-minute Lemongrass (hot) for each of ourselves. I read from the menu that "lemongrass is great for detoxification of the body as it improves digestion, calms the nerves and keeps the eyes and skin healthy. Citral, the active ingredient in lemon grass tea, is a wonder cleanser." Each glass costs $5.50.

The food was pleasing and the company was good!

I am hesitant whether to visit Whole Earth on a regular basis however. For a plate of Signature Olive Brown Rice, a plate of Oatmeal Tofu and two glasses of 90-minute Lemongrass (hot), our total bill came up to $40.05. I would prefer a meal that is more economic in its price range. Maybe the next time if I were to visit this place, I would just order the Signature Olive Brown Rice.

Nevertheless, this is still one place to consider for a healthy alternative for vegetarians, vegans and anyone else. This place does not serve mock food. I thought that it was quite a brilliant idea. The general ambience of the restaurant is clean and neat. We saw a group dining away. This looks like a good place for group gatherings too.

Whole Earth Vegetarian
76 Peck Seah St 
(Tanjong Pagar MRT station, Exit A) 
Singapore 079331
Tel: 63233308

Operating Hours:
Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm (last order at 2:30pm)
Dinner: 5:30 to 10pm (last order at 9:15pm)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Life of Practice - Kuo Pao Kun: Special Guided Tour with the Curator

Sometimes I find it hard to believe that I had visited the exhibition, A Life of Practice - Kuo Pao Kun, more than thrice! Maybe there was so much that one can learn from Kuo Pao Kun and his creations that it was necessary to make multiple trips to the exhibition?

Here's a post that I have written on my experiences attending one of the special guided tour with the curator of this exhibition:  A Life of Practice - Kuo Pao Kun: Special Guided Tour with the Curator.

Reflecting, the play Mama Looking For Her Cat has gotten me to think about how my lack of command of Hainanese had made it challenging for me to communicate with my maternal grandfather and some of my paternal relatives. Interesting, after watching a recording of excerpts of this play, I seemed to be getting a message that when we put our minds and hearts into it, we could still connect with someone who does not speak our language. The meeting of the hearts and the minds can transcend language barriers. Maybe there is a place where our souls can connect with one another?

Do check out this exhibition.

A Life of Practice - Kuo Pao Kun
15 Sep 2012 - 24 Feb 2013
Exhibition Gallery 2, Basement
Admission: $5 (Inclusive of SISTIC fees)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Read: The Wish: How to Make Your Dreams Come True

Title: The Wish: How to Make Your Dreams Come True
Author: Angela Donovan
Published: Hodder and Stoughton Ltd (2012)
Paperback ISBN: 978 1 444 74060 8

A few months ago, I had some Popular book-store vouchers to redeem. While I was deciding on which book to choose, this book by Angela Donovan somehow caught my eyes. The mystic has somehow intrigued me of late. The acknowledgements that were found at the start of this book was more intriguing. The first paragraph of the acknowledgements read "As thought holds the greatest power, so this book has come into being with its own life force to attract all seeks with a love of knowledge and whose quest is for their own betterment through their 'knowing'."

This is quite an intriguing and interesting book to read. What I have found most interesting were the sections titled "Time to Balance" and "The Soul Test". This book also discusses on how one could boost one's life energy so that manifesting wishes can be easier. More importantly, The Wish puts strength, hope and peace of mind in place.

If this book has caught your interest, you may find the synopsis here:
The Wish by Angela Donovan

Friday, December 07, 2012

Places: A visit to the Maritime Experiential Museum

It took me a while to put together in writing a blog of my visit to the Maritime Experiential Museum a few weeks ago. Join me in A visit to the Maritime Experiential Museum.

Maritime Experiential Museum
Resorts World Sentosa
8 Sentosa Gateway. Singapore 098269
Tel: (+65) 65778888    

Monday, December 03, 2012

At NUS Museum. 106 Joo Chiat Place: The Ng Eng Teng House

Recently, I have made a visit to the NUS Museum to learn more about the Ng Eng Teng House. Here is an account of my visit: At NUS Museum. 106 Joo Chiat Place: The Ng Eng Teng House.

106 Joo Chiat Place: The Ng Eng Teng House 
9 October 2012 to 3 February 2013 
NUS Museum 
Free Admission