What Up Saturday? / Goobycakes

Bestfriend Chen and I spent the entire night (6 hours!) chatting away yesterday, over some Desperados and Tequila shots last night and it was such a soul fulfilling night.

I was showered with a lot of cat love (rare, but very real) because bestfriend Chen isn’t the most affectionate of people, but once in a while she shows the most genuine of affections and it makes me feel very very loved and appreciated.

Ahhhh. Nights like this.

Oh, the picture above? That’s my breakfast today. Leftover congee I cooked for Ellen before I left home. It is super easy and super yummy.

Just throw a bunch of dried scallops, ikan billis, goji berries, oyster sauce and some seafood soy sauce into the pressure cooker, along with rice to water ratio of 1:7.

Keep pressure time of about 30 minutes and then you’re done! Don’t even need to look at it πŸ˜‚

Easy to cook, good to store in the fridge (although my mum insists that you can’t keep porridge πŸ˜‚) and easy to reheat for a warm easy meal whenever you want it β™₯️

Putting the Fun in Chee Cheong Fun

I messaged Missgoob to reserve some of the cheese buns she’s making this weekend so I thought we’d head down to my favourite CCF place at Holland Drive Food Centre to grab the Tobiko Roe Smoked Salmon CCF for her too hehe β™₯️

This is my absolute favourite CCF place. The rolls are so smooth and soft and the sauce is sweet and slightly salty. I love it!

The Tobiko and Smoked Salmon one costs $5 for 2 rolls which are handmade on the spot. Abit pricey but it’s so shiok! The little bursts of Tobiko Roe and the cooked smoked salmon (I don’t like raw ones) are sweet and savoury and tastes like the sea.

Paired with the soft cheong fun and it’s HEAVEN.

A new flavour I tried today was the Chang wrapped Chang haha which is liver sausage inside the Cheong fun.

I was surprised by how creamy and tasty the liver sausage was and how it wasn’t too overpowering because they put just the right amount. 😭

This was $6 for 2 rolls which is…also pricey! But if you don’t like these fancy things, you can go for the regular charsiew and prawn!


We dropped by Goobycakes after breakfast to collect these gorgeous Brazilian Cheese Baked Buns that were the specials this weekend!

I first fell in love with these cheese balls when they served them piping hot at the Carnivore buffet. Fuck, I loved these buns more than the meat itself.

So when Missgoob put up a post for these, I immediately messaged her πŸ˜‚

The buns are really good! Not the usual fluffy buns, it’s really just Brazilian style and super chewy and salty and great β™₯️β™₯️

Thank you Missgoob!!!!!!!!!! 😭

She also gave me a cheesekek brownie which is 😚😚😚😚😚 omg we finished half of it in a night. Paired with ice cream, warmed up in the microwave, so…freaking good.

I warmed mine up in the microwave so it was soft and slightly gooey and so frickin delicious!

Paired with my all time favourite Valhorna ice cream and I just want to cry with happiness. Food really just makes me really happy β™₯️

Making Up For Lost Time

I’m a huge fan of telling people that beauty is but skin deep and I built a business around the idea that no matter what size you are and how you look, you are beautiful beyond measure.


Which is why when I burst into tears while sitting on the toilet the other night, it shocked me as to how easy those waves of worthlessness and despair washed over me. Even though I had spent a good part of my life helping others to chase those feelings away.


Ok, let’s rewind a little. Go back to the backstory.


I’ve had pretty ok skin all my life. Not great, but definitely low maintenance. I used my body soap as cleanser and slapped on the Laneige Sleeping Pack when I felt fancy. The sleeping pack started out as a gift that I didn’t mind using, and when relatives realised I used it, the gifts just kept coming.
So yeah, for a huge part of my life, this was it. Nothing else.


Then I started getting these cystic pimples on one side of my cheek. Usually the pimples come and go very quickly for me. Leaving no scars of marks. But this left cheek tho, had a tendency to leave very dark marks and spots. Only on the left cheek.


The days before my breakdown in the toilet, I had discovered 2 (!!) cystic pimples on the said left cheek and I knew I had to squeeze it. I kept telling myself not to do it, but I couldn’t resist because the last time I left one alone, it sat on my face for 16 days before I popped it. They just don’t go away unless I squeeze the fuck out of them.


So I squeezed and skin was broken, but the pimple was flat and pus-less.


I think it’s also important to mention that the week before the pimples appeared, I had started out on my china skincare (which had like 7 steps) and it was probably too rich for my skin.

Ok, so after squeezing, I slapped on the most expensive skincare I’ve owned in my life (mostly SKII cos my mum made me use it religiously in my secondary school days) and hoped for the best.


But it didn’t scab well and everytime I left the comfort of my room, I had to cover it up with 5 layers of concealer and even then, my mum kept asking why there was such a huge black patch (grey lah ma) on my face -_-


So the night of my breakdown, I was removing my make up and I think the friction caused the barely there scab to dislodge and my skin started bleeding.


It was like a huge hole on my face that couldn’t stop bleeding. Daniel walked into the room, shocked, and that’s when I burst into tears.


Even after my bath, I couldn’t walk out of my room to return Ellen her hairdryer and make small talk because I didn’t want anyone to see my face. For the first time in a long time, I was ashamed of the way I looked.


The next day, I wore make up at home, refusing to take it off even whilst I was cooking and cleaning.


It was only at night, when removing the war paint that I realised that I’d spent the last few years of my life trying to tell women that looks don’t matter and you can be of any shape, size, colour or assortment and still be beautiful, as long as you were able to feel that way.


But sometimes, it’s truly easier said than done. And when you’re the one dealt a bad hand of cards, the days can sometimes seem very much harder and longer.


I don’t struggle with my skin much, so this was a completely new experience for me. I’ve been fat all my life, so even though I’d have this feeling of worthlessness and insecurity about my size in the beginning, I’ve come to learn and know that it’s not ok to feel this way. That my body is beautiful.


Thing is, everyone of us experiences new insecurities each day. Sometimes, we feel that our hair is thinning, or that dandruff is obvious. Some days, we feel that our legs are too short, too long, too skinny, too fat.


Some days it’s our eyes, our ears, our nose.


Every day, something else finds it’s way to bring our worth down. But don’t let it. We’ve spent way too long having to believe that we’re not ok, when really, we’re perfect.


So feel down, but bounce right back. Take your time. To some people, a year is an improvement on a lifetime of self-hate.


To others, it’s a month.


But you know what, it’s never too late to make up for lost time. So begin now, today.


A Bout of Rambles

I’ve always been in love with the ocean, yet afraid of it at the same time.

I love harbour towns, nautical themes, aquariums and almost everything related to the sea, except being in the sea itself.

I like the idea of it and the notion that it’s possible to create a life worshipping it, but also thoroughly terrified of what lies beneath my feet when I walk on sandy beaches.

The thought of hermit crabs trying to nip my fleshy feet and the countless unknown creatures just swimming around me…scares me.

I think that’s how most people feel about love.

Beautiful from a distance, terrifying when you’re deep within it.

On another note, I’m just happy to be alive, considering how the worst part of a sickness usually is the long and tiresome recovery process.

My sore throat has manifested in a hacking cough that will not go away. I’ve coughed till my temples hurt and my stomach churn and still, I am coughing.

The new cough syrup I’ve been prescribed tastes like custard and chocolate which is such a weird flavour!

I always welcomed the brown syrup that tasted…I’m not sure if only in my imagination, like cola.

But this custard one is naassssty.

My mucus is also superbly thick and sticky and it clogs up my nose, throat and lungs. Making me wheeze when I talk for too long.

I somehow don’t recall taking so long to recover in the past. Perhaps this is what age does to you.

Or maybe it’s what business does to you πŸ˜‚

Talking about business…

I’ve been having this nagging feeling behind my neck that’s just yelling at me to do more. To move faster.

Just this week, we’ve had to send back 2 shipments of stuff because they weren’t up to standard. As much as this is making me lose alot of money, it’s better than not being able to sleep at night because you are worried people don’t like the stuff we’ve created.

Funny tho, I still couldn’t sleep last night because out of nowhere, I’ve been having hot flushes and just last night,

An incredibly heightened sense of itch.

Every time I would almost fall asleep, I would be jolted awake by the feeling of my hair, a single strand, tickling me somewhere.

These feelings and sensations I’ve always been able to ignore and just sleep, were suddenly amplified and it literally almost drove me mad.

I hopped out of bed at 3am to take a cold bath and still it took me an hour to fall asleep.

I wonder if it was because my period didn’t come for 4 months (no not pregnant!) And that my hormones were all out of place because I am so so so stressed and high strung.

Then I realised it might be because I’m too neurotic by nature.

My husband on the other hand, claims he heard me snoring, when he himself, sleeps like the dead.

Or maybe it was all just my dream?

Nope, I definitely bathed tho…or did I?

On Sick Leave! πŸ˜­

Got to finish up on my WordPress Guide for Dayreans and my BKK post, but guess who’s sick after calling the men on the trip weak?


Down with fever, cough, flu and sore throat since yesterday morning and the only thing saving my sanity and aching body is Yoko Yoko. πŸ˜‚

I’m also gearing up for one last #taobao post on Dayre, but I’m not sure if anyone still wants to read it!

Part of the post is this backless midi dress I used as a skirt cos #toomuchskin πŸ˜‚

Let me know what you’d like covered in the WordPress guide!

So far I’ve gotten tagging your posts, bumping your posts up after each update and maximizing your storage space.

I’ll keep them coming as I think of them. But if you have any suggestions, I’d be happy to hear!

BKK Day 3: Siam Aquarium

Starting off day 3 with an OOTD that actually has my face in it because haha, Joey dropped off this wonderful dress from Ohvola for me, on the morning I was leaving for BKK!

Saved this dress for Aquarium day cos I wanted to be in ~theme~ with the ocean. πŸ˜…

I really quite like this dress! Apart from the fabric being a little warm because it is thicccccc, it’s actually really wonderful!

Also lined, so when you sweat, it doesn’t show up on the fabric. I give 2 thumbs up!

Every morning, I start off the day by baby sitting this little one while his parents are out gallavanting.

He makes me so freaking mad sometimes, but he’s also super cute so I’m honestly, abit schizo about this whole thing.

Is this how parenting is like all the time? πŸ˜…

We also hobbled over to Siam Paragon for After You because we needed to match baby’s nap time so he would be awake when we went to the aquarium.

I’m no longer blown away by the desserts at After You because I’ve never had a sweet tooth to start, and it seems like their standard has been dropping?

The toasts used to be ccccrispy but now they are just soaked in butter and soggy soggy.

We had 2 tho, because my SIL is a huge dessert monster. I finally got to try the cheddar cheese one and it was not bad!

I’ve always been a fan of salty and sweet combis so this one really worked for me!

Sad thing tho, after this, Husband Ng and Brother Chow both got indigestion and diarrhea, which I suspect is the result of having so much milk fats and oils in one sitting.

Ice cream, cheese, fried toast?????? Damn. Bad for health number 1!

After baby woke from his nap, we went to the Aquarium near 5pm! Time really just disappears when you have a kid.

I’ve always been amazed by how they squeezed a full sized aquarium under a huge shopping complex and man I was really impressed.

The exhibits were really not bad and extensive in their coverage, even tho in scale it was smaller.

They also had 2 storey viewing tanks like in the SEA Aquarium in Singapore, but it wasn’t so wide. The selection of sharks tho!!!!!! Omg I was so amazed!

But it was a little older so it really reminded me of the defunct Underwater World which I really enjoyed β™₯️



They put him in the smallest life jacket, but he was still too small for it. So when YY carried him, he slipped out of the arm hole πŸ˜…

Inter again

By this time, my brother and husband are experiencing mild diarrhea.

But my brother more jialat la cos he was vomitting also. But dude insisted to MUST eat at Inter again, so we went back!

My favourite “Tum Sua!” which is like super sized version of the regular papaya salad. β™₯️β™₯️β™₯️

I usually eat 2 plates of this if I’m not eating any mains haha. There’s rice noodles inside as well!

Something new I tried this time round…rice noodles with hot curry. I’d expected the curry to contain some veggie or meat but uh. It’s really just curry sauce.

Perfect for me la! Cos I love the curry here and I love carbs and usually don’t touch the meats in curry πŸ˜…

Best fried chicken wings, also very easy to eat cos they split up the two bones

My favourite Pad Thai!

And Tom yam soup. Tbh the tomyam isn’t fantastic here, but it’s still pretty good!

Simple fried rice with Veggies which was 10/10 πŸ’›

We were supposed to go to a night market but ended back in the hotel completely pooped πŸ˜…

Daniel says he’s never been so tired doing so little, but you know what, it’s still fun in its own weird way!

BKK Day 2: Plus Sized Shopping, Rod Fai Ratchada

Good morning!

Haha, I have been extremely adventurous with my eye make up recently because I’ve always been wanting to find a good style for spectacles since I live in them.

But I always find that they are not “glam” enough so…but I’ve figured out a way!

  • Put eyeshadow. No matter how crazy the colours, after you put eyeliner and lashes, they will seem more muted.
  • If you wanna put lashes, choose shorter but more voluminous ones. And also must put thick eyeliner and eyeshadow (for my monolidded sisters out there)
  • Nobody understands monolidded eyes more than MEEEEEE. So thick eyeliner is a must. Anyway you open eyes then no more liao

Thats it! I’ve been very happy with my make up this far. I’m using blue eyeshadow btw πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ damn epic.

Also, my #ootd haha. Daniel ask me why I’m going to the office.

Aiya, I just super love this knitted skirt la. It’s damn comfy and stretchy and the material is thick enough so no VPLs! Woosh.

It’s from Taobao, let me just share the link…

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My brother went to Amari Watergate to have his suits tailor made this morning, so Daniel and I volunteered for baby duty πŸ˜‚

I’m always in awe of how much mothers sacrifice just to see their babies happy and well rested.

A mother is like the most unappreciated saikang ever. πŸ˜…

After baby woke up, we headed over to Platinum Mall to walk walk and also to have lunch at the food court.

Plus Sized Shopping

A huge part of shopping in BKK for me, involves listening to shopkeepers tell me “no size” or have them look at me with that dirty look because they know I can’t fit into the stuff they sell.

It’s sad la! It got so bad that during one of my previous trips, I’d get so rejected and feel so fat and upset with my body after walking through the malls and markets.

I was convinced that I was too big for Asian standards and that I was doomed to only see pretty clothes but not own them.

But you know what?

Fuck that shit

Enter plus size shopping haven in BKK πŸŽ‰

This mall doesn’t have a name, but it’s connected to Platinum Mall via a bridge.

What you do is walk to the furthest end of platinum mall on the second floor (away from the end with Starbucks) and you walk onto the link bridge and into the plus sized haven.

The first few stalls don’t look like they are plus sized, but if you go deeper and higher, you’ll realise they are!


My SIL found a shop that made her heart sing (LOL) because it sold Disney printed Lycra leggings. Once she put baby to sleep, we attacked the shop πŸ˜…


Checking out a Disney Villian shirt because………princesses aren’t really my thing haha. I do appreciate them from afar, but I cannot la. I prefer associating myself with the bad guys ahhaha.

Platinum Mall Food Court


Random insertion of the amazing Pork Leg Rice @ Platinum Mall’s Foodcourt.

I generally don’t enjoy eating there cos it is so crowded! I generally don’t like platinum mall cos the store owners are veryΒ chaobinΒ LOL and also because it’s crazy crowded.

But if I go to the food court, here are a few things I eat:

  • Kway Chap

Ya I know you’re thinking. Wtf Chow, come to BKK eat kway chap damn boliao leh! It’s true…but it’s good! The noodles are still rolled (not like the factory cut ones that look like huge kway teow in Singapore) and they have a small portion of all theΒ liao ζ–™…shiok!

  • Pork Leg Rice

Comparable to the famous and overpriced one in the Pratunam Market area. Pls don’t be fooled hor. Most of the PLRs in BKK are nice!

  • Fried Mussel Pancake

This is next to the Kway Chap store, and is like our orh jian except much much crispier. I also like how their mussels are mini so they are not as fishy.

  • Papaya Salad

My usual combination for the salad here is Papaya + Mango mix, add squid, rice noodle and pork rinds. Super shiok! It’s like recreating my favourite Tum Sua! at Inter, but closer to home hehe.

Rod Fai Ratchada Night Market


We abandoned baby and mummy (LOL) to head out to Rod Fai Market behind Esplanade Mall cos baby mummy was too tired. πŸ™ˆ

Rod Fai Ratchada is one of my favourite night markets because it’s closer to the city centre (usually 150 baht by grab) and has a good mix of food and shopping!

They used to have more food than shopping variety, but it has greatly improved over these few years.

Daniel’s holy grail night market is still the Rod Fai @ Srinakarin (near Seacon Square), because it is just HUGE ASS. But it’s not very worth it to travel all the way out (2 hour journey, 200-300baht by Grab during peak hours) because it’s very very tiring to walk through the shops before getting to the main market.

I’ll settle with Ratchada cos we’ve been to Srinakarin so many times already! Plus when you travel with other people…better not to go so far, in case someone needs to poop, is tired or something!

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Buying my favourite coconut shake haha. Always ask for no milk + no syrup! Unless you like milk la! But I don’t like haha.


This market has one of the most extensive food sections I’ve seen. Usually the food section is at the last few rows but this market has as many food rows as they have shopping. Shiok!

What we do is usually reach the market either early at 5+6 to have dinner, then shop and dabao supper home after the food section.


OR, eat dinner + rest, reach the market around 9 and then shop + dabao supper home.




Food I always dabao here:

  • Bacon wrapped enoki sticks (grilled sticks in general)


But I’ve realised that this year, a lot of these bbq stores are using mala sauce instead of their usual sweet and spicy sauce. WALAO. Why ah. Why.


  • Giant Fishballs


This one really my one true love! I buy the large portion every time. Haha, I would like to say that if you like normal bouncy fish balls, then this isn’t for you. It’s the chewy, doughey kind! But I luvvvvem.


  • Coconut Shake


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Just buy the XL sized one. Confirm can finish. Daniel and I have 1 XL each. Btw these photos I stole from my old posts haha.


  • Tako Pachi (my brother says is very good)


  • Grilled Squid



  • Flavoured Pork Rinds

New find this trip are these flavoured pork rinds! I bagged Sriracha home and it’s 99 baht for a huge bag! Worth it la. Daniel is saying I’ll finish em before this trip even ends.


We then proceed to dabao the food back to a sleeping baby and mummy. Mummy wakes up and wants to eat, but baby wakes up also, so we have to sneak out of the room (after sneaking in) and adjourn to our room instead. The adult room, where you can eat supper in peace and fart loudly.


Also proceeds to watch Black Mirror at until 1am and regrets everything the next morning HAHA.

BANGKOK, Day 1: Siam + Kid Talk


We’re going to Bangkok again! πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

It’s been awhile since we’ve made a trip there, simply because we’ve been super busy and most of the time, we’re dragged on planned holidays with the family, instead of planning one for ourselves.

Actually this time….my brother planned this trip as well and booked the tickets and accomodation for us.

Truth is,

Daniel and I are not travel bugs

We don’t have the urge to travel (which I’ve talked about in my previous post called Wanderlust) and we are very happy being homely people who can spend the entire day being couch potatoes.

But it does feel nice to be travelling once in awhile!

Packing last night tho…I really hate packing and unpacking. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

And we’re here!

Starting off the trip with a cup of rose milk tea…which sucks πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I regret falling prey to the pink cup trap πŸ˜‚ but ok la it is very GAO in rose taste πŸ˜‚

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A Weekend At Another Home

Daniel and I have started this new routine of going back to our own apartment on Friday nights and spending the weekend there.
It’s been tiring the first few times (because not used to the bed and we are glued to Netflix on our TV in the room) but I’ve grown to look forward to having these times alone, as adults.

I’m also always thanking the heavens that our house is literally 5 mins walk from East point and how eastpoint is so great πŸ˜…

I’m going to be cooking tonight so be prepared for some amazing food photos (LOL WTF) and maybe a recipe!

On the menu tonight

  • Bolognese Baked Rice
  • Calamari

I’m hungry already πŸ˜…

Lucky it’s lunch time! Today’s lunch choice is umisushi. I don’t like sushiz but Daniel does. He LOVES Jap food.

And burgers of course, as evidently as the burger he has on his t-shirt πŸ˜…

I chose umi over Pontian and Fishball Noodles! Man I must really love this dude.

My choice: Fish

I actually really like Fish and seafood as protein!

My favourite meat is Chicken, and like beef cooked western style and finally pork.

I’m very very picky about my pork because I cannot stand the porky smell that comes with Australian pork.

I dunno why the pigs eat cleaner things like grains but they smell so bad.

Indonesian pork on the other hand, pigs eat swill and taste clean πŸ˜…

I’ve moved WP to the first page of my apps list

That’s how serious I am about moving. I also actually really like this platform!

I know some of you are new to this, so I’ll definitely try to do up a guide on how to use it, chowster style πŸ˜…

It might not be like expert level, but it’s how I’ve been finding some of you!

Btw! Some new stuff in the house!

My dad handcarried this back for me because I COULDN’T RESIST!!!

I really like how having @ellenxxxo around makes me want to come home more πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

We are the weirdest toomies (tenant roomie) ever πŸ˜…

More fortune cats! I have a thing for fortune cats β™₯️

And a Gargoyle my friend brought back from Europe! It’s supposed to protect the house but my mum says it’s damn ugly πŸ˜…

Dinner time!

My Bolognese features the same ratio of carrot to mince cos I cannot tahan not eating enough veg in one meal πŸ˜…

Mince the onions and the carrots.

Looks like I’m slicing my fingers off but uh no. I really hate dicing carrots but they really taste damn good in Bolognese so I guaiguai just cut.

Really a lot of carrots!

In the meantime, while you’re dicing, instruct your husband to go and clean and cut the squid πŸ˜… For calamari.

Cut into small rings cos got more pieces so it feels like there’s more to eat!

And then start frying the onions!

While you’re waiting for the onions to soften, cook rice (lol anyone still uses the finger to measure water? Works leh? And cut your canned straw mushrooms worth a scissors cos you don’t wanna dirty your cutting board. πŸ˜…

I push my onions aside and then brown the mince first!

And then I mix them all up!

Adding in the carrots…I mean it when I say I eat alot of carrots πŸ˜… it’s a healthy dish!


I usually use canned tomatoes instead of pasta sauce…but I forgot to buy it this time haha, so I stole some from the loomie @ellenxxxo πŸ™ˆ

Easy lah, open a jar, pour everything in and then stir. I also added a cube of chicken stock for extra oomph. I add chicken stock to everything.

It’s the modern day culinary miracle!

While the bolognese lays simmering, I prep the squid for frying.


I put plain flour, salt, parsley leaves (so so important!) and chilli pepper into a leftover bag of flour. I had very little left, so I just mixed everything in the bag.

Otherwise, you can use a plastic bag, paper bag or bowl! Doesn’t matter.


This recipe doesn’t have a batter so all you do is put the wet squid (must be wet so the flour will stick) into the flour mixture and shake!


Obviously super easy. I agarate all the measurements of salt, chilli pepper and parsley flakes.

I usually test fry one piece first just to see if it’s salty enough.

Lol damn rachet got no sieve at my house so I use…a slotted spatula to let the oil drip.

Btw putting freshly fried stuff on kitchen towels makes it soggy πŸ˜…

So simple and so good la!

To finish off the baked rice, scoop out rice into 2 oven safe bowls or plates and put some olive oil uh because we like it πŸ˜…

And prevents too much sticking. Rice sticks. πŸ˜…

And then you layer on the meat sauce and cheese!

Put them into the oven

And voila! You’re done!

It’s really easier than it seems πŸ˜…