9-hour foodie marathon ended with@Sushi Tei, Raffles City, Singapore

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Tiong Bahru Bakery. One place I will always, always, always, always ! Visit…if I am ever in Singapore. Despite only having 9 hours here, I was not going to leave this land without packing away these crunchy, sweet, flaky, delicious goodies!

Stopping at City Hall MRT before Changi, we quickly ran up and bought a pack of croissants and kouge amman. The buttery aroma filled the air. So, so, so, so yums!

After that, we took a several flights of escalators up Raffles City mall to the top floor, and headed to Sushi Tei. Singapore’s sushis are actually great. The quality of an average chain like Sushi Tei already serves quality sashimis. The quality varied so much from the STs in Klang Valley, and I am serious about it!

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The photo speaks for itself. The sashimis were really fresh and decently sliced. My favourite was the maguro. No regrets having the sashimis in Singapore! The only slight downside observed this time was that they were more thinly sliced than the ones I had on my last trip here, earlier this year.

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The grilled unagi rolls, were nicely seasoned. Taste was great as the grilled unagis did not have the muddy, greasy taste and texture to them, but the slight downside observed was that the sliced unagis were also thinner than the last time I had them.

Cost cutting measures? Gosh. I hope not. You guys are doing well already with serving quality Japanese food. Please do not take this measure!

After having our meal, we hopped on the MRT to Changi. My jaw dropped as I paid SGD 2.50 for my train ticket. Nowhere in the world, we pay so little to get to an airport. People may argue that the distance is short…to me…regardless on the distance….2.50??? It would only bring us 2-3 stops for us in KL. I don’t even want to go towards the public buses (horrifying experiences with Metrobus).

Good job Singapore public transport system! Keep it up!

The foodie equation of value@the age of plummeting MYR

There used to be a time, where a bowl of char kuey tiow is RM1.00 ( 1990ish) in Taiping’s hawker stall.

And there used to be a time, where bringing RM0.50 would be good enough to get a bowl of curry mee from a school canteen.

How things has changed, where RM50 today is more or less equivalent to the spending power of RM10 in a not so distant past ( late 90’s to early 2000’s)

As our nation are embroiled in the 1MDB saga, with politicians spewing toxic soundbites garbage daily, I bravely boarded an Korea Air’s A380 ( better service + RM1.5K cheaper than our goodie MAS) to Los Angeles to search for a quiet peaceful time, to take a short break away from this dire states that all Malaysians are in.

On the day that i landed, Ringgit vs USD was at its lowest rate: at RM3.7ish to 1 USD.

An average engineer starting pay is about USD4K/month. While a average engineer starting pay in Malaysia is about RM2.5-3K/month.

I could feel my wallet catching a cold and shrinking in size, when i exchange RM1500 to get back 4 pieces of USD 100 notes.

The first stop in LA was definitely the local WholeFoods grocery market, where each branch try to source fresh produce locally (http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/)

I chance upon a punnet of fresh local strawberries: USD 10 for 3 punnet. ( WOW, vs RM15-20ish per punnet in Malaysia.)

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I chance upon a tub of Hagen Daz ice cream ( USD3.50/tun vs RM30/tub in KL) + others local favourites (Talenti’s Sea Salt Caremel ice cream rocks http://www.talentigelato.com/our-products/sea-salt-caramel/)

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Braving the difficult economic situation, i whipped out my credit card and just sapu all the delicious produce and prepare a dinner for 4 at our place in LA.

a bottle of wine: check! USD10

a slab of cheese: check! USD4

a huge bowl of salad with half of each filled with assorted meat: Check! USD9.90

2 huge sandwich: check! USD20 

a slab of smoked wild caught chinook salmon: check! USD6

All in all, i fed my family of 4 of an extravagant meal of wine and dine, with just USD50.

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Let me pose a question to all of us here today…

How is our RM50 doing in KL today?

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