Cooking tutorial: Thai Green Curry Chicken

A lot of what I cook highly depends on my mood and what my family members request. At the supermarket a few evenings ago, Sam randomly said, “Cook green curry chicken!!!!”

And so, cook green curry chicken, I did.

I decided to record down the process because it was fairly easy and fuss free to make, and I was surprised at how authentic and genuine tasting my home made, first trial green curry chicken was! If you love sweet, thick, spicy, meaty curries… you’re going to love this. Trust me when I say you really don’t have to be a good cook to make this well because essentially it is chopping stuff up and throwing everything into a pot and stir, almost zero kills involved. I know I still owe some of you cooking recipes of ginger chicken, rosti, etc.. sorry for the wait, but hopefully this will appease you for now ;) Rosti is going to be next up on the list if things go well in the kitchen.

So here’s how you can make Green Curry Chicken in your very own kitchen at home, all in just 7 simple steps! 

YOU WILL NEED: (this recipe serves 4-6)

Chicken Mixture
♥ — about 500g of chicken meat, bones removed, sliced into small pieces (I used a combination of thigh meat and fillet pieces, the thigh meat tasted so much better so I recommend that!!)
♥ — 1 large onion, roughly chopped (doesn’t matter yellow or red but I prefer yellow in general)
♥ — 4 cloves of garlic, minced
♥ — half teaspoon salt and black pepper
♥ — 2 stalks lemongrass

Eggplant Mixture
♥ — 1 large eggplant (if you like more veg, you can add in chopped long beans!)
♥ – A dash of salt & pepper

Curry Mixture
♥ — curry leaves
♥ — chilli padi, deseeded, cut into long strips.. add according to your own spice level, I used 3.
♥ – water (approximately 700ml, if not enough add more, if too much let it simmer away)
♥ – coconut cream – 400ml
♥ – white sugar, to taste (I added about 2 and a half tablespoons)
♥ – a good, authentic packet of thai green curry paste. approximately 300g worth
♥ — juice of one lime

Step 1: Slice chicken into small pieces. You don’t really want big chunks of meat in green curry chicken, you’d want thin-ish strips for an easy bite.

Step 2: Prepare lemon grass stalks by cutting away the bottom bulb. I chose to chop mine finely like this, but if you don’t like biting into lemongrass bits then you can opt to use it whole, or cut into strips instead.

Step 3: Cut the eggplants into rectangular pieces as seen above. I’m sure you don’t need me to instruct you on how to mince garlic and chop onions so let’s move on to the next bit…

Step 4: With a tiny bit of oil and about 2 tablespoons water, stir fry all the ingredients listed in the Chicken Mixture with medium-low heat, until the meat seems about 90% cooked. Don’t overcook this or your chicken will be too dry and hard, it will cook even further in your soon-to-be pot of curry anyway. Remove all of chicken mixture, set aside on a plate.

Step 5: In the same pan, cook eggplant over high heat with a dash of salt & pepper until it’s about done but still firm, not to the point that it’s mushy…. If it’s mush before you put it in the curry, it’s going to be a complete sludge by the time it actually is IN your curry. Once done, also set this aside on a plate.

Step 6: Combine all ingredients in Curry Mixture in a large pot and bring to a boil, then let it simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly so that it is evenly mixed through. Do a taste test and at this point in time, you have to decide how thick, spicy, or sweet you like your curry.

 I think curry preferences can differ greatly from person to person, so I’ve just given you a rough guide on the proportions of ingredients I used, but you should definitely alter it to how you like it! I like my curry extremely coconuty, quite sweet, and really spicy. (Y) If it’s not thick enough, let it simmer awhile on the stove, but bear in mind the longer it simmers the more intense the flavors are going to get.

Step 7: Once you’ve got your curry taste and consistency spot on, pour in the Eggplant & Chicken Mixture into the pot, and stir. That’s all there is to cooking green curry chicken!!! I know it doesn’t look like very much now, but give me a sec….. this will all come together….

Ready???



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Hey presto!!!!! What do you know? Not baddddddd right. -nods furiously and agrees with self-



Kob kun kaaaa!

Serve your Thai green curry chicken hot, with jasmine rice! I garnished mine with chilli padi and leftover curry leaves. If you attempted this correctly, your eggplant should be soft but not mushy, the chicken pieces still tender and your curry full of wonderful different spices that literally explode in your mouth. I can take super spicy stuff so I went a little nuts with the chilli, but I think next time I’ll tone it down a little so my family members don’t break into perspiration when they’re eating it. :P There are many things I don’t go out to order in restaurants any more after I’ve learned to cook them, and this will be one of them. The ingredients are inexpensive, it easily feeds my whole family and I think it tastes a helluvalot better than a lot of variations I can get outside.

Although this is a traditional Thai dish, I don’t claim that my recipe is the professional / authentic / genuine / traditional way of making Thai green curry… so if you’re a Thai person and this is totally different from your traditional recipe, please don’t get offended!!! This is just how I do my cooking at home, and I want to share with people easy & yummy ways in the kitchen, which may not always be the classic way of doing things, but it works for me.

P.S – Do choose a good brand of green curry paste. Although I know this is kinda redundant advice because you’re not going to know wth it tastes like until you cook it anyway…. -_- but these were the ones I used.

I used two different packets to try out. Left one from NTUC Fairprice, right one from Thailand… my brother’s gf bought it when she went to Thailand some months back. Even though the left one claims to be authentic obviously nothing beats the real thing on the right!!

The right one was super spicy, and the left one super salty… I had to balance it all out with adjusting the coconut milk to water to sugar ratio.

Have fun making green curry chicken, and pooping fire at night!!!! 

This would be such a great winter dish because its so spicy and shiok that it kept my tummy warm for HOURS after I’d consumed it. You know how some people say certain foods are soul warming, heart warming even… this one confirm tummy warming. Lol.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Eu Yan Sang – Weight Management Program Post 2

This is my second post to update you guys on how my Weight Management Program by Eu Yan Sang is going!

If you haven’t seen it already – check out my documentation of the beginning of my weight loss journey with Eu Yan Sang here.

To be really honest, everything is panning out even better than I dared to expect… I’m feeling quite delirious typing this because I’ve been in better health these days than I have in the last 2 years!! And my progress is coming along quite nicely, so I am very pleased and proud of myself. Like I’ve said before, I wasn’t quite sure how much Acupuncture could help me with my weight woes, or overall health, but let me explain my first-hand experience of what it was like to get poked with 20+ needles and zapped with electricity, twice weekly, for the past 2 months. I promise you everything I write here is my true testimony, I’ll tell you everything good about it, and also about the few negative points you need to know about. :)

— What improvement / changes in your health have you noticed after 2 months of acupuncture treatment?

First of all, I feel great.

I’ve started wearing jeans again – can you believe it? I’m in minimal make up in the above btw, just in case you thought I looked funny.. which I suppose I do :3


I couldn’t wear jeans for the longest time because I couldn’t find any that fit me nicely.. now I actually fit normal pants, yay. This picture was taken just yesterday. (Note: I wrote this post in early July) 

AT MY LARGEST, I used to wear a freaking UK size 16 for dresses. At that point in time, it didn’t seem so big. *facepalm* I just told myself I was big boned, and structured differently from other girls. Somewhere along the way I wisened up and realized I was terribly mistaken, and that this wasn’t just about whether I was confident being myself any more. It’s gotten past that stage and has developed into a full blown health problem.

Now, I can happily say I wear a UK size 10 for most dresses. ♥

Being lighter and fitter means it’s easier to find clothes that fit ya (most clothes in Singapore are sized super small), I don’t get exhausted from doing certain activities as easily… I find that generally I have more energy and spunk in me, and especially since I’ve been exercising more regularly and watching what I eat, my overall health has improved leaps and bounds!

This is Physician Yang taking my pulse, calculating how many times my heart beats per minute, during my first trip to Eu Yan Sang’s clinic in Hougang months ago. 

She told me in a concerned tone that my heart rate was abnormally high, about 116 beats per minute – which means I had a weak heart. My heart needed to pump many more times a minute to make sure enough oxygen gets to the organs in my body, and because of my weak heart, I become out of breath and tire easily. She reckons this is so because I used to exercise so little and eat foods that are oily and high in fat. A normal pulse rate is usually about 70-100, and people who are athletically trained have rates about 40-60 per minute. Of course, I got worried… A weak heart at 20 years old?!?! Are you kidding me??? I don’t want to die early!! I have so many things left to do. Although I appeared calm on the outside, I panicked silently. I told myself I HAVE to start taking my health seriously, I’m a grown up now, my own health is something my mother cannot help me look after any more…

So with continuous treatment from Eu Yan Sang, and making it a point to exercise more often, after a month I went back for one of my sessions and Physician Yang happily informed me that my heart rate is now down to about 82 beats per minute. It has been steadily decreasing since my first treatment. This is a significant improvement from the 100+ beats per minute now – my heart rate is actually healthy and normal!! It only took one month’s worth of efforts… I breathed a huge sigh of relief. In the past, doing a bit of exercise made my heart pound like crazy and I got very light headed – probably not enough oxygen to my brain. Felt like my heart was going to beat right out of my chest. BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM it screamed, begging me to stop, “I can take this no more!! I’m going into cardiac arrest in 3, 2…”

Now I can run, jog, do sit ups and moderate exercise with a fair amount of ease again. It’s a vicious cycle, really. When you don’t exercise for a long time, the next time you attempt to, you’ll feel like you’re going to die, just like I did. BUT if you force yourself to slowly introduce regular exercising into your life again, it gets easier and less painful every time you do it.

Taking charge of my health has been the best thing I’ve done in the whole of 2012 (besides a lot of awesome cakes!!!)

— How many kilograms have you shed since your first treatment?

I just weighed myself, and although I won’t tell you just yet how heavy I weigh (you’ll find out soon enough anyway lol) I have lost a total of.……….. *drum roll* 4.2kg so far!!! ^___^ *throws confetti*

 It probably doesn’t sound like much, to you it’s just a number “4″… but to me, it means downsizing my clothes size, looking less flabby, feeling less sluggish and being more confident. Eh, in 2 months or so 4kg is not bad hor, considering I didn’t go on a crazy fad diet, take any risky slimming pills or exercised everyday! I’d still like to lose more until I reach a healthy weight, and since my treatment hasn’t ended yet, I will update you guys the final weight loss count in the third post, after I’ve completed my whole course.


— If you’ve been exercising and watching your diet, what makes you think acupuncture treatment from Eu Yan Sang helped you lose the weight, and not the lesser food intake / increased physical activity?

Good question. How do I know it works? Let me break it down into different points for you.


• Hips Don’t Lie

Before I started on this treatment, I’ve already been trying to lose weight. In fact, I lost about 5kg on my own through dieting from my heaviest point up until before I started Eu Yan Sang. It was so much more difficult to do it on my own. However, I realized the weight loss didn’t appear significantly in any particular areas, but rather, I only shrunk in overall size generally. Since beginning my acupuncture treatment, amazingly enough my hips specifically have shrunk A WHOLE LOT. Physician Yang measured me the other day, around the hips area I lost a whopping 10+ cm.

Before, they were HUUGGEEEE… Now, they’re just… big. Lol. But I was amazed to see my hips go from HUGE to Big because I have only ever seen my hips increase in size – never in my life have I seen it become smaller. That was the first thing my boyfriend pointed out to me after 10 sessions of acupuncture – “Hey, your hips have gotten a lot smaller!” That totally made my week. :D

I know my acupuncture treatment was responsible for the reduction of my hips because she inserts these super long needles into my hips – 2 of them on each hip! They’re almost twice as long compared to the normal short ones used on my tummy. Don’t be intimidated, just because they’re longer doesn’t mean they’re more painful. Considering my hips are 99% fats, most of the time I don’t feel much. 
Even though I’ve been exercising, I have not done anything to tone up my hips area.. I would think love handles are one of the most difficult parts to get rid of because there’s not exactly a lot of muscles you can work there to burn the fats off, so I’m convinced acupuncture is really effective for targeting specific problem areas. Of course, I’m not attributing all my weight loss to the treatment, and discrediting my diet and exercise. Watching what I ate and making an effort to exercise made a massive difference as well.


Me in my exercise outfit about to hit the gym last month! Not meaning to say the last time I went to the gym was last month… I just don’t normally take pics of myself gymming :P 


• Maintenance 

I have to admit, as hard as I tried.. during these 2 months plus, some days (and weeks) I completely failed at my weight loss routine. On average, I’d exercise at least twice a week, and limit my soda / sweet drinks intake to 2 a week, but some days I would just pig out, succumb and go to a buffet, or get so busy / lazy / tired I didn’t exercise at all for the whole week. *hangs head in shame*…. I TRIEDDD. To my surprise, however, instead of putting on weight like I normally would, the acupuncture has helped me MAINTAIN my weight, keeping it at a constant. Judging by the way I ate some days, I’m pretty sure the weighing scale would have gone up if not for the acupuncture treatment increasing my metabolism rate.

If I have a big meal before I go for acupuncture, I 100% always need to poo straight after my treatment is done!!! Like I’d be running out of the treatment room to the toilet. This is probably due to acupuncture’s effect of increasing bowel movement (I know, TMI :P) and reduce water retention. As such I did feel like I needed to pee more often!!



• A natural appetite suppressant

Without having to take any risky slimming pills, my appetite has decreased drastically. I feel like it shrank my stomach, quite literally. It takes a lot lesser food for me to get full now. I noticed this only after 3-4 treatment sessions. You have no idea how big my appetite normally is – bigger than my hips, and that’s seriously big, let me tell you. LOL. I’m very happy coz I get to save a lot of money on food :) I used to go for expensive buffets and extravagant meals ALL the time! These days I’m happy with just having an apple for breakfast, tofu for lunch and fish for dinner. Now, having said all these wonderful things about acupuncture, I have to stress it’s NOT a miracle treatment… It really does what it says it does – helps you manage your weight. If your eating habits are still spiralling out of control all the time, and you don’t put in any effort on your part, then the effects of the acupuncture will be greatly lessened. But if you’ve tried losing weight without acupuncture before, like me, then you will realize how much it truly helps you on your journey.

— What habits did you have to change, other than going for Eu Yan Sang treatments?

Changing my diet, completely. It absolutely killed me to go on a low-carb diet, because I love carbohydrates to heaven and back. My favorite food is pasta. I love linguine, spaghetti, penne, fettucine, creamy, tomato, pesto, ANYTHING PASTA. My second favorite food is potatoes. I love potato salad, baked potato, roasted potatoes… ok you get my drift. *stomach growling*

One of my ideal dinners I cooked some time ago – home made rosti (a potato pancake) with lots of smoked salmon and sour cream. That much potato is SO fattening (but yummy)!!! My diet change started really slowly, and painfully. From drinking sodas almost everyday, I limited myself to 4 times a week. Then slowly, 2 times a week. I had to cut down from having pasta at least twice a week to eventually none at all. I CANNOT remember the last time I had pasta or a whole can of soft drink….. *emotional* Excuse me, I think I have tears in my eyes. *sniff* Tears of sadness, and also, tears of pride for myself.

BUT IT IS SO WORTH IT.

Every time I don’t eat carbs, I drop the most weight. The past week I’ve been very strict with myself and have seen an amazing improvement.. it makes me so happy! Even without exercising, I’ve dropped a full kilo and a half.  And don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m eating rabbit food or shit food – I’m still eating nutritious and healthy food, just not eating a lot of carbohydrates.

These have been my type of meals recently, all home cooked myself – spicy kimchi soup with spinach, cabbage, golden mushrooms, tofu, cuttlefish balls.. salad with grilled chicken, cherry tomatoes, onions and italian dressing… creamy mushroom soup… grilled dory fish…

I highly recommend anyone who’s trying to lose weight to QUIT the sweet drinks (especially bubble tea omg so damn fattening!) and cut down on carbs. The difference is pretty amazing. Low carbs doesn’t mean NO carbs – have your carbs, you need it to live, but in very moderate amounts. I try to only have a carby meal either for breakfast or lunch, so I have enough time to digest it before I go to bed and it doesn’t turn into fat cells.

Feel like snacking or having dessert? Have some grapes, ditch the potato chips or ice cream!!! My physician has honestly been a true angel this whole time, gently encouraging me, giving me exercise and dieting tips, never one pressuring me too much but instead always pushing me at a comfortable steady pace for better results. Thanks to her constant support (and monitoring hurhur) I’ve been eating a lot more fruit and healthier foods these days, it keeps me sane when I get hungry in between meal times, and even though they’re full of sugar, they’re natural sugars that are much better for your body than artificial sweeteners and chemicals found in soft drinks, desserts, or anything artificially made that’s sweet.

Exercising more often goes without saying of course – surely you don’t need me to tell you how to exercise. Just skip some rope, jump around like a monkey, run on the spot, go the gym, go swimming… do anything. For me, I’ve been doing badminton playing (I’m pretty good at it I think hehehe) and hitting the gym! During the days I pig out more, I try to make up for it with more exercise. If I’ve been eating a lot lesser, I will exercise less vigorously. Overdoing exercise can cause harm to your body especially if you weren’t terribly fit to begin with.

— If I’m not overweight or looking to lose weight, can I still benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Anyone who is interested in a holistic approach to total health & well-being can seek TCM treatment. TCM treats a range of conditions from acute to chronic illnesses, such as asthma, dermatological conditions, insomnia…. the list goes on. You can find out more by visiting one of Eu Yan Sang’s clinics for a consultation. Here is a list of the all the clinics. Recently my mum has been having some leg pains, so I brought her to see Physician Yang…

TCM acupuncture is well known for treating nagging muscle aches, tense areas, or even increasing the rate of recovery for some injuries, so I hope they can ease my mother’s discomfort after a few sessions.. she’s already gone for her first session and said she noticed an improvement in the pain – it’s lessened by quite a fair bit.


— Do tell, what are the less favorable points about your experience with your treatment so far? Surely it’s not totally perfect?

Nothing is perfect. But as weight loss approaches go, this is as healthy as it is EVER going to get, besides strenuous exercising and dieting by yourself (duh, if you can do all of that alone, then you don’t need this what). There are certain things that I find is important to know if you’re interested in trying the same treatment as mine:

• Some times, you’ll get bruises on your body. I’ve had several on my stomach and legs already… it’s not very painful, it’s just a little sore when you press on it (like any other bruise) and it goes away within 10 days, sometimes less than a week.

“Since the needles are very fine in diameter, acupuncture generally does not cause bleeding. If a small capillary is punctured—and capillaries are everywhere—it may cause a tiny spot of blood to emerge. Similarly, slight bruising may occur, particularly in those who have blood vessels that are fragile. These are mild reactions and no cause for concern.” – source

• For your acupuncture treatment to be effective, you should go for sessions at least twice a week. Even more preferably, thrice a week. Not everybody can commit this sort of time to travel down to the clinic and lie there for a full hour, twice weekly.. However, acupuncture to treat other illnesses may not require as frequent visits, for example my mother is advised to only go about 3-5 times in total, an estimated time frame they think she will recover by.

• Acupuncture, obviously involves… needles. If you have a needle phobia, obviously it’s not really going to work out. Nevertheless, I strongly encourage people who are afraid of needles to man up and give it a try if they’ve a health problem that won’t seem to go away. The needles are so fine, and not painful most of the time, it is nothing like taking an injection at all.

• Traditional Chinese Medicine is damn bitter. LOL :(

For more detailed information about Eu Yan Sang, their Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and clinics, visit this link to learn more!

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fun fact: I will be filming for a show on Channel 8 called Modern TCM. It’s the 10th series running, and it airs from 25 Aug to 27 Oct, every sat 930-10pm on Channel 8

A Mediacorp crew from Channel 8 actually came to my house to interview me about my TCM experience. They’ll be doing a Before & After analysis segment on my experience with Eu Yan Sang’s Traditional Chinese method for Weight Management!

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As mentioned in my previous post, Thye Hua Kwan is Eu Yan Sang’s adopted beneficiary as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations, and they are now gathering donations for the non-profit organization by placing donation boxes in their clinic outlets.

So if you see one of these during your clinic consultation or treatment, please don’t hesitate to reach into your wallet and give a little something!! All donations go towards Thye Hua Kwan. What’s more, Eu Yan Sang Clinics will top up an additional 10% of all the donations collected. The boxes will be in clinics until the end of the year.  Your efforts will go a long, long way, I’m sure. :)

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Universal Studios Singapore VIP Tour

Nicholas and I have been looking forward to this day for what seemed like months!

Thanks to the amazing people at Resorts World Sentosa, we had the opportunity to visit Universal Studios Singapore and experience a super fun-filled VIP tour of the park! If you don’t know what Universal Studios is (are you kidding me???) it is a special effects theme park where you can ride the movies produced / owned by Universal Pictures!!!

The last time I was at Universal Studios Singapore was a longgg time ago (2 whole years, for Sam & I’s first anniversary, we just turned 3 on August 15th) and the theme park had barely launched anything. In fact, at that point in time, they hadn’t even launched their official opening party yet!

I was too excited to check the theme park out and made the mistake of going a little too soon – I’d say at least 30% of the stuff were closed, so when I went back this time it felt like a new experience all over again.

Walking past the crazy masses of people lining up… feeling really glad I didn’t have to be one of them waiting under the scorching sun!!!

When I reached, these excited smiling faces were already all pumped up, waiting for me at the lounge room & ready to go!!!!

HELLO Melody & Nicholas! ^________^

They sure know how to make ya feel special on the VIP tour. Please excuse me for constantly using the word “VIP” in this post!!! The whole point of this post today is for me to cover what its like to experience USS the VIP way, through an exclusive guided tour. So no choice, it is what it is… a “VIP” tour. Bear with me k. :P

They have this comfy lounge specifically for the VIPs right outside the entrance of the park, where you can take a break and have some complimentary drinks any time of the day. Upon entering the lounge you’ll see hand prints and signatures of all the famous people who have been on this very same tour, who sat on the same chairs in this very lounge. I saw quite a few famous names but the few I remember are Donnie Yen and Paula Abdul. Give them a bit more time, they are going to add Jessica Loh / Shiberty to the wall lolol.

Then we were all armed with a special lanyard, sun screen (oh how thoughtful, extremely useful for ang mohs who turn lobster red under our sun), a USS VIP pin for keepsake and the map of the park for you to plan your activities with your group!

Our SUPER adorable, friendly, and professional guide of the day, Lilian!!!

She’s the one who will be bringing us around the parks, and taking care of our every need. I love her, she’s too cute, and she’s great at what she does. Fantastic service is hard to find in Singapore, so this was a real gem :)

Lilian had the rough itinerary for our day already planned nicely, now all we had to do was to tell her which attractions we fancy, and which ones we’re not so interested in! Of course, she’d already included all the major rides and mapped out the easiest route around the park to cover them all at one go.


Ready, set go!!! 

Universal Studios Singapore here we come!!!!!!!!!!

We were so excited that day.

You have NO idea… we were all basically bouncing around in ecstasy and screaming at the top of our lungs whenever anything happened!

Take two steps into USS and you will be immediately transported into another world.

The elaborately decorated buildings, architecture and atmosphere is so convincing and welcoming. It brought back so many fond memories of Sam and I at Universal Studios Florida :)

Love this bunch of people! ♥

Sam LOVES being treated like a VIP.

He often says things like “I am god’s son.” and “I am the king of the world!” LOL this is his dream come true

Kung Fu was going around taking pictures with people! Although I don’t think like the movies I think he’s super cute. So rotund and jolly hahaha

Lilian briefly explains each part of the seven differently themed zones as we walk past them… But I think we all know enough from the movies already!

Check out the flowers in Melody’s hair~~ I told her to dress up in a “bright florals, summery theme” and she gamely did – makes our pictures that much pretttier!! :D

Our first attraction of the day – the Water World show!

I haven’t seen the movie this show is based on but Sam said it was a good one.

Super happy day~~~ &

 I’m wearing my new ASOS headband! All extra ASOS pieces have already been sold btw, so please don’t send in any more enquiries.

While everyone else walked into the normal seating area, we were led in a different direction… into this air-conditioned VIP room!!! Thank GOD. I would have definitely melted under the heat while the show went on for 30 minutes.

Nicholas being SUPER excited :P

From this room on top, we had an awesome bird’s eye view of the whole arena and got a good idea of everything that was going on!

A perk about being in the VIP room? There’s no chance of you getting randomly attacked by water guns. You can just sit on top and laugh as you see poor people get sprayed left, right and center.. Hahahah F this Guy’s life!!!!!

The last time I came to this show, I SPECIFICALLY sat at the back because they were spraying the people in front with water like crazy… but what do you know? This guy with a massive water hose / gun came up to me, a poor helpless innocent girl sitting at the very last row and DRENCHED my whole back with water!!! I think I screamed with horror. Omg! I didn’t know to laugh, or to be angry. I guess I was both amused and ticked off ahahah it was a minute relief under the scorching sun though. You will not believe the extreme heat at Universal Studios… can get heat stroke one. Remember to pack a fan, sunnies, even a hat, load on sun screen, and drink plenty of water!

While waiting for the show to start!

I was saying “wait one second” because I wanted to adjust my hair. Clearly they didn’t wait lol. Lilian was very nice that day and helped us take so many delightful photos!!! She knows all the best angles, unique spots and lighting to make picture perfect memories… and it was nice to have someone else help carry my heavy DSLR around :P

Park tip: Bring camwhore friends if you don’t have a VIP tour guide to take nice photos of you. You’re gonna want these memories to last you a long time and there’s nothing worse than awfully taken blurry, badly cropped pics!!!


Whenever there is a wait for anything, camwhores do what they do best.

You might not be able to tell but Sam and I were so tired that day. I had to digitally remove a whole lot of eyebags LOL. We’d woken up at like 7am prior to our USS trip to finish a few cake orders and the night before we stayed up from 9am to 2am to do a whole day’s worth of back breaking work!!!!!!!

 To have freedom on other days, we sacrifice and work like crazy on others.

Even though I have not caught the movie, Water World was still highly entertaining with lots of action (punches, kicks, back flips, falling from 4 storeys into the water!) and EXPLOSIONS!

 Melody & I kept involuntarily shrieking in shock whenever a “BOOM” went off somewhere. Super auntie we areeee.

I know they’re professionals, but I feel so worried for these stunts men!!! Where’s your harness? I know not as cool… but imagine if they failed omg… which hopefully… they never do.

Can she go one second without taking a photo of her own face???”

Can…. I include my friend’s face also lor LOL

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WATER WORLD DONE!!! What’s next?!?

 Lilian brought us to take Canopy Flyers in Jurassic Park – a good, scenic mild-ish ride to start the day with. If we’d gone on a big roller coaster I might’ve had a heart attack. I’m getting old, sigh. Roller coasters never used to faze me.

Park tip: Always start small on rides, so you don’t puke up your lunch.

We’re having none of that today! ;)

Unlike Universal Express tickets whereby you can only cut the queue for any attraction once, on the VIP tour you can skip the lengthy lines and go on ANY attraction for unlimited times a day (again and again on your favorite ride!) for as long as the tour lasts (5 hours)

This ride is actually more thrilling than it looks.. especially if you’re going backwards, which was what Sam and I did – you kind of “fly” over the Lost World zone, you can’t see where you’re going and the turns are surprisingly sharp!!

OH HEY!!!

Spastic face hahaha I couldn’t contain my excitement!

Sam’s favorite part of the park cuz he loves dinos :) What did I say about Lilian, our guide, taking amazing pictures?!

Wowww this picture’s got some weird illusion shit going on. Sam’s arm “blends” into mine, making me look like I’ve got some SERIOUSLY long bendy arms!

Lilian was gonna snap pics of Nicholas & Melody when…..

I turned around and realized they weren’t behind me. I look around.

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WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Those BITCHES are taking photos with my camera without ME around?!?? NO WAY!!



*screams at the top of my voice while running towards them*

HOW CAN YOU ALL TAKE PICTURES WITHOUT MEEEE AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

LOL look at their reactions super hilarious. Dunno why but it was like we were on drugs that day.

Say CHEEZ!!!!

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We’re in Ancient Egypt now!

It sure FELT like Egypt, if you know what I mean….. *dies* Desert weather!!!!

We suddenly realized both boys were wearing matching Abercrombie & Fitch shirts so we told them to pose models :P

But then REAL MODELS came along on stilts… o.O

Such an odd, odd job. Hah. Stand around on sky high stilts, wear lots of eyeliner, look fit as hell, be gawked at all day.

HAHAHAH Sam.

Anybody keen on hiring Sam as a performer in USS??? He can be a monkey or statue holder person thingy.

Park tip: If you’re not on the VIP tour, chances are that on a busy day, you are unlikely to be able to experience every single ride and show in the park.. So plan your itinerary nicely!

There are some kiddy rides that adults can probably give a miss, like Treasure Hunters. The wait for this was longer than it was worth because it was kid-friendly and all the parents had to bring children on it.

Unfortunately I cannot bring my camera onto the rides (besides being a VIP and all lawl for safety reasons) so I can’t show you guys how AWESOME The Revenge of the Mummy ride was!!!! My favorite part of USS because its so spooky, dark, and the effects were great. Super love the part where it’s pitch black indoors and you’re going at top speed and all you can see are foggy ghouls coming at your face! It was like a smaller scale of the epic one at Universal Studios Florida. So glad we have our own version in Singapore! :)

I tried to find a Youtube Point-of-View video to show those who haven’t been on the ride before how cool it is but then realized 1) I shouldn’t spoil it for you guys and 2) It looks lame on camera. The effects have WAY more impact in real life, its something you have to experience because my words can’t measure up to some of the best special effects in the world!

Passing by all these trucks selling snacks, we got pretty hungry even though our day just begun!

 Melody recommended us to have the turkey legs and I was like OMGGG I remember that from when I was 10 years old and sharing some with my Dad in the USA… it was the BEST on a cold day. Piping hot turkey leg, Florida winter and a hot chocolate. Perfection.

The nearest stall to us that sold turkey legs was located in Far, Far Away so that’s where we’re headed!

Loved the Shrek movies!!!!! And here I’m not trying to be FIERCE, just that the sun was really blinding and I was squinting.

The moment we walked in, Accidentally In Love started playing… such a random choice of song for the movie theme but it put me in such a good mood. Love that song! :D

The Fairy God Mother Potion’s shop is actually a juice bar!!! How cute. Wish I could’ve checked that out but accidentally skipped that in our itinerary.

But that’s okay because we can haz TURKEY LEGS!!!!

Woooo they’re a whopping 12 bucks each, but they’re massive and good for sharing within 2 people! They’re just as good as I remember. Piping hot, salty, oily…. totally delicious. I don’t even like turkey but this is on a whole ‘nother scale, brudder.

OM NOM NOM NOMZ

Trying to be hipster with Melody’s reflective sunnies!!!!

….This shot. Not bad.

Got artistic value!

Having a VIP tour guide around was awesome because Lilian knew exactly where everything was, so our day went really smoothly! Around the corner in some obscure tent, Puss in Boots was taking photos with guests, so she ushered us there immediately!!!

If not for her attention to detail and sharp mindedness, we would have definitely missed the photo op, because the location was so inconspicuous.

PUSSSSSSSSS IN BOOOOOOOTTSSS!!!

I find the whole concept incredibly adorable… I love his accent, his sword-wielding ways and glistening kitty eyes when he pulls that face *____*

LET’S TANGO BABY!

I walked towards him thinking we’d take a normal smiling photo but he suddenly took me into his arms and held out his hand and I was like HELL YEH LET’S DANCE.

Meow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (= ^;^ =)

Everybody seems to know that cats hang their paws out like that instead of me. My “super special” brain seems to think its two fists in front of my cheeks… don’t ask me why.

I turned my frog into a prince charming alright.

We decided not to take any rides or see any shows in Far Far Away as we’d all been there and done that before so…

Took a short walk to Madagascar where we settled down to finish our turkey legs and to take a breather before our meet and greet session with the Madagascar cast!

Hahahaha Sammmmmm…. *Monkey eating Banana*

Yay for complimentary bottled water for VIP guests throughout the park. We chugged those down like crazy!

Nicholas & Mel sharing a turkey leg. I think its way too huge to finish one on your own…. Anyway while we’re on this topic let me tell you guys a funny story.

2 years ago, Sam and I were in Florida at one of their theme parks buying a turkey leg to share. As we’re lining up, we look over to the tables of people enjoying their turkey legs and noticed one table full of an Asian family and another one with a Caucasian family, sitting next to each other.

The rather scrawny and skinny Asian family were sharing ONE turkey leg amongst themselves (2 parents, 2 kids) while the Caucasians were all having ONE turkey legs to themselves…. EACH. The irony of those two families sitting side by side made the comparison and differences extremely obvious.

Keep in mind that the turkey legs are bigger in America… The Caucasian kids were stuffing their faces in such an unabashed manner, Sam couldn’t stop laughing. Initially we were considering getting 1 each but then settled for sharing one in the end… Good decision.

So from that day onwards I solemnly vowed to always share my food with the people I love. Cheaper, keeps me thinner and sharing = caring. #randomtruestory

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ADADJSJ9R9KSFSL THE CRAZY CUTE MADAGASCAR CAST!!!!

With the VIP tour, you get a specially arranged one on one meet and greet with your favorite character at the park! Normally you would have to be lucky to catch these characters roaming around the park taking pictures with people, and that always comes with a long queue.


We were soooooooooo excited to seee themmm because they’re so kayoootteee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See I’m so excited that I couldn’t even open my eyes.

This was us realizing that one penguin was late and stuck at the back while we snapped photos hahahah

Dat hippo so fat!!!!!!!!!!! And dat lion so darn TALL!

So any ways….. we accidentally left hippo out on one of the shots, like this….

I don’t think she was very happy about that, because when I asked for a solo shot with just the penguins, THIS was what happened – - -

HAHAHAHAH get out of my picture fat ass!!! She ran into the picture frame and blocked our shot!!! I doubled over with laughter. Its incredible how much they can portray without ever saying a word, just hand actions.

These people are so good at what they do! It must be BLAZING inside that suit.

When the penguins came out I couldn’t stop jumping and screaming and hugging them. I FUCKING LOVE PENGUINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AND THESE WERE SO WADDLY AND ROUND AND HAPPY LOOKING.. LOL I LOVE, LOVE, L♥VE THEM.

And there was one that wouldn’t stop playing with my hair…… I think they like that red color. :’) I want to take them home. Please?? PLEASE UNIVERSAL STUDIOS???

She (I know her name is Gloria, but it sounds wrong calling her that) then asked for my apology by asking me to take a photo with her :P she came up with this pose, not me!!!

The penguinsssssssssss ♥

I wanna try wearing one of those mascot suits one day!

Just to see how well I’m able to move in them. After taking photos with us, these guys RAN (and I mean ran, like damn fast) onto stage to do the “I LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT” dance where they shaked their bootays with great energy and did dance moves I can’t even do WITHOUT a huge mascot suit on. Wowza!!!

I like to movit movit is now officially stuck in my head. *nods and bobs head and points fingers*


Madagascar – A Crate Adventure!

This was one of those slow paced indoor water tunnel rides where colorful figurines pop up everywhere, following the story line from the Madagascar movie :)

Besides the roller coasters, I really enjoy these slower scenic rides!!! Its when I can really soak up the atmosphere and appreciate my surroundings.

♬ New Yorkkkkkk~~~ ♬

Concrete jungles where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t doooo   ♫

These streets will make you feel brand new, the lights will inspire you ♩ ♪

Sipping on an ice cold milo. Bliss.

Not the gross, watered down with ice and still warm type, either. Best iced milo I’ve ever had!!!

Watching Sesame Street perform… Nicholas and Melody walked off without me lol why I cannot watch Sesame Street?! :(


Pssst I hear USS has a spanking new attraction hitting our little island soon and it’s going to have a big yellow bird and his friends in it! ;)

Bring your nieces, cousins, your own kids.. any child deserving of a treat!!!

HUGE Transformers robot!!!! Realistic huh?

There was this massive line of people waiting to take pictures with this autobot but we skipped the queue and jumped straight in there, much to a lot of peoples displeasure. Skipping lines feels horrid and great at the same time. Horrid because people already in line waiting for a long time try to kill you with their death stares, great because you don’t have to wait for anything at all – that’s why they call it VIP treatment!

Nich and Mel couldn’t stop raving about how great they thought the Transformers 4D ride was.

I don’t like 4D rides (read: motion sickness) but it was still cool nonetheless! Very realistic 3d animations!!!

So this is the crazy coaster I’ve been hearing so much about, and I’ve waited a long time to go on this.

Battlestar Galactica is the highest dueling roller coaster in the world at 42.5 meters, at times you feel like you’re going to crash into the opposite coaster because you’re mere inches apart from each other!!!

It was. INSANE.

One of the FASTEST, brain masher roller coaster I’ve ever been on. O_O

The blue (Cylon) was wayyy worse (or awesomer, depending how you look at it) than the red (Human) side because it had all these crazy loops that had me on the verge of puking because I took the red one first, then the blue one STRAIGHT AFTER THAT.

Park tip: Do not attempt both Cylon and Human in the same hour. You will die. LOL.

If you can’t take a lot of loops or rides that go around in a repetitive motion like me (for eg Teacup spinning rides, Pirate ships), do yourself a favor and stay away from Cylon. Human is fun enough. Knowing I have a tendency of motion sickness, I went on the Cylon anyway… because you don’t just go to USS without going on both, right?

I’ve taken a lot of roller coasters in my time… In fact they’re one of my favoritest things in the world- buy boy, these were so so so fast the G-Forces were out of this world!!!

These shook me up so badly, I had to take a break at a nearby cafe because swear to god, I couldn’t even walk in a straight line. Everyone said my face went white hahaha.

Our last attraction of the day.

We all got SOAKED on this River Rapids adventure… saved this for the last because I knew I was gonna get wet, thank goodness Lilian provided us with complimentary ponchos on a whim other wise I would’ve hated this ride!!!

If you can’t tell already, I hate getting soaked. Nicholas was so mean, he tore a massive hole in Melody’s poncho just as we were about to go down a big dip LOL she got a lot wetter than I did!

Walked past Ancient Egypt again on our way out of the park, and took photos with Lilian in front of Revenge of the Mummy!

By this time I’m totally beat. Zero care about appearance – tied up my hair, ripped off my falsies and walked around like a corpse. LOL

I like how there’s non-stop entertainment at USS for everyone – even if you’re not big on roller coasters, there are cinematic shows (you HAVE to watch Lights Camera Action! featuring Steven Spielberg), dancing performers, character mascots to entertain you, rock climbing & more.

There’s something new along every corner you turn!

I actually don’t know who Mae West is, but since she looked kinda pretty… we took a picture with her anyway lol

This one not so pretty.

Last shot, and we’re out of the park!!! What a day its been. I look back at these pictures and laugh every single time :)

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Thank you so much Resorts World Sentosa for this amazing day out at Universal Studios Singapore with my friends, experiencing it in the best way possible – on the VIP guided tour!!!!! ♥ ♥ ♥

All of us had the time of our lives!!! It was such a different experience and (obviously) so much more enjoyable than the first time I went with just Universal Express tickets.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Universal Studios Singapore’s VIP tours, click here!

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P.S!!!

Universal Studios Singapore is now having a Hollywood After Party every Saturday after the rest of their park closes, from 7-11pm – its an awesome place to hang out with your friends at night, $13 for free flow beer and $15 for all-you-can-eat buffet madness!!!!! Say whaaaat?



We went to check it out when it first opened on 28 july and it was so much more happening than I’d expected. We spent the night stuffing our faces with food (laksa, satay, paus, wantons, and more) and guzzling beer while watching the Olympics.

Chyeahhh. That’s how we roll.

Ok bye now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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