Close encounter of Feng Shui presentation

My personal attentance for Feng Shui talk

A few days ago I attended a preview on fengshui and four pillars. It was held in a hotel on the southern part of Singapore. I was so busy with my job search that I got the dates all confused and thought it was supposed to be held a week later instead. I called to check if there were any vacancies left and fortunately there were.

I had only a vague idea of its locality so I did an online search for the venue. Somehow, the map seems to be outdated causing us to miss the entrance to the carpark. We had to make a big ‘U’ turn to finally get into the carpark… urghhh ….waste our petrol…

I was surprised to find the hotel to be so quite, you could literally hear a pin drop. We had to whisper when we talk for fear of rousing the quiet environment, which seems rather stupid now that I come to think of it. There were just a couple of tourists in the lobby and activity was scant. I think the employees out number the visitors in the lobby. They were just standing around and chit chatting. Ohhh… not a very good sign. Does it mean that business is really so bad or could it be that the hotel is not located in Orchard, thus it’s so dead quite quiet?

Overview of my Feng Shui experience

Anyway, back to my Fengshui talk, we arrived at the reception to register and was told that since we registered in the last minute they did not have time to prepare our charts. Obviously, I was not too happy with that aspect, as I think they use a software to generate these charts, so how difficult could that be to just churn one out for us. In any case, I knew they were giving out the charts but was under the impression that these would be done on the day of the talk. One minus point for him.

The Fengshui Master is a Singaporean, but he didn’t leave a very good impression on me. He seems to be very commercialized and desperate for business. I am sure everyone who attends the talk knows that this is a sort of prelude to attracting business for the him, but he didn’t have to be so extremely aggressive. Everytime someone asks him a question, he will tell them to ‘attend my lesson and I will teach you’. He seems to be very knowledgeable but he didn’t come across as the kind who could be a good teacher. It’s such a shame, cause he must have loads of knowledge, but seems to be very selfish to impart these to the attendees. I feel he should provide sufficient information but not too much cause he needs to earn his keep right. He should try to bait and tempt attendees to sign up for his class by ‘seeming’ to be very generous with his knowledge and not keep harping on the fact that this is just a preview and we need to attend his class to gain more information. Dude, like we don’t know that???!!! Two minus points for him.

One lady asked if he provides private consultation and he replied to the affirmative. Further, he informed us that he charges $200 per session. We were allowed to ask only three questions and he will only provide six answers. When interrogated by various attendees on how long each session lasts, he kept rather mum and was rather evasive about the answer. It was only after much probing that he finally revealed that the duration is about 15 minutes. He added, ‘If I don’t limit the session, one question will lead to the next and we can talk till tomorrow also cannot finish’. I thought that was not very tactful of him. He just goes to reinforce my view that he is too business minded. I mean I don’t really know if fifteen minutes is sufficient to reveal everything about your whole life, but as a lay person it seems too short a time. He should have told us that he has a ‘give and take’ attitude, but will put his foot down when people overstep those limits. Most people will understand that as we all know that there are some people who are just really inconsiderate. Three minus points for him.

There was this particular lady who was a ‘non-believer’ on this subject. Everything that he said was greeted will a vigorous shake of her head. He did mention that he will prove to her how accurate this system is, but sadly, he kind of avoid her after that. I think, if he could convince her on the spot on the benefits of using this system to decipher what’s happening plus going to happen in our lives, he would have hit a home run. Instead, he chose to ignore her and it does make one wonders how accurate these systems are. Four minus points for him.

The Fengshui Master keeps touting about how precise this system is, but regrettably, we did not have our charts, so we were unable to form any kind of opinion on the system. It is virtually useless to attend the talk without your charts since you are unable to see the benefits in the system and how accurate it is when applied to yourself. Five minus points for him.

During the talk, he just rush through the slides and kept saying that we will not understand them, so it’s pointless to elaborate on them and besides it’s just a preview so we shouldn’t expect too much…ohhh…not a very good thing to say in my opinion. Six minus points for him.

Just before the end of the talk, he announced the fees for a two full day course which is $500, inclusive of meals. Then he went and spoil it all but saying, ‘I took twenty years to master this, so it’s quite impossible for you to learn everything in two days’, geeze… he just killed off all chances of having people signing up for his course. He added that all attendees of his course are welcomed to re-attend his course (a sort of refreshers course) as many times as desired, but they need to pay for the meals which is $180. More minus points for him.

Right after that, quite a number of people started to make an exit from the room, leaving the Fengshui Master in utter SHOCK. That look on his face was precious; he was just lost as to why people were leaving just like that. I feel so sorry for him.

It was not a total waste of my time as I did learn a teeny weeny bit of information. I was just disappointed that the Fengshui Master was not what I expected him to be. If he had done all the right things, perhaps I would sign up for the course as I was rather keen on learning more on the subject. Ah…well…ces’t la vie… There will be other Masters. Perhaps he is not the right teacher for me.

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Eating cakes

Cliched as it sounds, to many of you out there, it could be that time of the year again.

It could be a birthday, anniversary, celebration etc etc. And you basically need a cake!

Its easy to buy a cake, but its never easy to buy a good cake. One that makes people go ooohhh and ahhhh, not because it looks great, but because the taste is simply awesome.

My family and I have accumulated our fair share of cake experiences. For what its worth, we have 4 different cakes every year. Unfortunately, the cake selection has dwindled and we find ourselves stuck with those few.

But I’ll just share with you some of the cakes that we’ve eaten throughout the year. Most of them come from the same store.

Cakes from 4 seasons:

strawberry cake
Strawberry Shortcake

strawberry cake
Top view of Strawberry Shortcake

This is a very commonly seen cake from 4 seasons, pretty much everyone buys it for their loved ones because the message of the cake is pretty clear right? I mean heart shaped = love. End of story.

The look of the cake is extremely appealing, blood red, great design. You see it and you love it immediately.

Taste wise though, the cake is simply not as sweet tasting as that of love.

Crudely put, the taste sucks.

I’ve never eaten authentic strawberry shortcake before, but if this is any hint to what the former is then I’d probably avoid eating this for an eternity.

The taste is not even sweet, the cake is very dry. When you bite into it, you can literally feel the roughness of the spongecake. Like, rough spongecake. HAHA.

But I didn’t like it. So don’t buy it if you trust me. (:

chocolate cake
Chocolate cake

chocolate cake
Different version of Chocolate cake

I’m not sure if the cakes are actually the same 2 cakes with different designs. But I can safely say that if its the chocolate cake from 4 seasons, then you are in safe hands.

The cake is really great. It is currently, one of my favourite cakes.

The chocolate can prove to be so thick and rich, that after eating one slice, you might have to pause till the next day to continue eating the others. Its really extremely good.

If your an avid chocolate fan like me, and you love it when you taste really thick chocolate cake in your mouth, then you can definitely afford to indulge in this cake. (:

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Cherry and Rum Chocolate cake from Awfully Chocolate

Awfully Chocolate:

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Cherry and Rum Chocolate cake

Comparing chocolate cake (4 seasons) to chocolate cake (Awfully Chocolate), I actually preferred the one from 4 seasons. I love thick, rich chocolate that makes your mouth borderline sticky and sort of painful from indulging in too much sin. The one from 4 seasons gives you that. The one from awfully chocolate was not as chocolatey as I expected it to be.

Maybe its because my mummy bought the cherry and rum one and not the chocolate chocolate one. But going by the chocolate sponge and the layer of chocolate on top of the cake, I think this is one for people who prefer a more mild flavour of chocolate and a stronger flavour or rum and cherry.

I’m not a fan of cherries and rum, which is probably why this cake just doesn’t cut it for me. However, the amount of cherries inside were aplenty, and you can literally feel like your biting into half a cherry as you eat the cake. The taste of rum was equally strong. I read various reviews about the cake from Awfully Chocolate and it seems that rum and cherry lovers alike, generally fancied the cake.

So if your a rum and cherry lover and prefer a milder version of chocolate cake, one that allows you to eat at least 2 slices of chocolate cake in 1 serving, then go for the cherry and rum cake from Awfully Chocolate.

Angies The Choice:

durian cake
Durian Cake from Angies The Choice

Their durian cake has always been my daddy’s most favourite cake of his lifetime. Simply because he loves durian and this cake always manages to provide him with his durian fix.

Unfortunately, in the last time that we ate this cake, (I can’t remember how long ago), the cake is no longer as good as it used to be.

Having been frozen in the refrigerator for too long, the durian inside the cake forms like little icicles. So when you bite into the cake, you don’t taste the smooth texture of the durian anymore, but you instead taste alot of icicles which means instead of eating durian cake, you sort of eat watered down durian.

The cake simply isn’t what it used to be. And I think you pay quite a hefty sum to get a good durian cake, but you end up being disappointed. So we now are fruitlessly hunting for better durian cakes.

Secret Recipe:

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Oreo Cheese Cake from Secret Recipe

I SIMPLY LOVE IT!!

My mummy and daddy bought this for me to motivate me to study harder. HAHA. But thats not the only reason why I love it, its because it TASTES SOOOO GOOD.

They aren’t stingy in the least on the oreo. So when you cut into the cake and look at the seperate slices, you can see those definite pieces of oreo in it. The taste of the crunchy oreo, together with the extremely smooth creamy cheese cake, just makes my mouth water thinking of it!

I love cheese cake and I love oreo. So combining these two wonderful combinations, you can never go wrong!

Plus, the standard of cakes in Secret Recipe is often of a high standard. Hence, you won’t buy this cake one day and it tastes great and buy it another day and it tastes really bad. The cheese cake is extremely wonderful and is definitely a great buy.

Its not like those other cheese cakes, like the ones with the cow on it or others. Cheese cakes are generally spongy as in, when you cut into it you can see these little holey holey stuff that makes it look like a sponge inside a cake! (hence sponge cake!)

For this oreo cheesecake, its more like slicing into a slab of better. Because its all smooth and creamy, its definitely unlike that of any other cheesecake!!

I’m not sure how the other cakes taste from Secret Recipe, but I think its definitely a place where you can be adventurous and try the other cakes! (:

All along, my mummy and I have been extremely tempted to buy the cakes from Ikea!

And we finally got around to buying them!

princess cake
Princess Cake

princess cake
Princess Cake

princess cake
Princess Cake

OMG, this cake SUCKED BIG TIME!

NEVER BUY THIS FROM IKEA!! LIKE SERIOUSLY!

We had such high hopes for this cake because it looks seriously extremely pretty and nice. And this is like a traditional dessert from Sweden supposedly served at Swedish celebrations. So obviously, we thought we were in for a sweet treat!

Its description was also very attractive. I can’t remember the description but I rememberd tha it was attractive. Plus its topping of lime green marzipan is really attractive!

But the taste is YUCKS!

Absolutely horrible. The marzipan was too sweet for me and the whole cake just didn’t work out for me.

Ewwww, I couldn’t even finish one slice of the cake.

If you really want to eat a cake from ikea, this is worth a try…

tarta mandel
Almond Cake

almond cake

almond cake

almond cake

The almond cake from ikea is pretty nice!

Though the appearance isn’t as attractive as the princess cake, it makes up for it in terms of taste!

It is pretty nutty but there isn’t enough creamy topping for me. The topping is very milky and it just blends very well for the cake.

I loved every bit about it! It was crunchy enough, flavourfu enough and a gabillion times better than the princess cake!!

So if you really must have cake from ikea, try this one out instead!

If you visit Taiwan, you might want to consider picking up this snack:

taiwan

taiwan

taiwan

taiwan

Its called TAI YANG BING! And the taste is as attractive as the packaging!

When you open the packaging, you can smell the really milky flavour wafting through the air. And taking a bite into it, you can taste the milky flavours and upon tasting the honey filling in the centre, you practically melt!

Thats how delish it is! I really love taiwan snacks cause the packaging is always awesome and the taste is also extremely good!

If you’re looking for a quick lunch fix , I would recommend…

mac and cheese
Kraft Mac and Cheese

This is how is looks like after its done:

mac and cheese

Its very simple to prepare, you just need butter, milk and the macaroni and cheese mix is given in the packaging!

I cooked the macaroni about 10 minutes, though the packaging said 6-8 but it wasn’t soft enough for me. And I just mixed in the ingredients!

The mac and cheese is cheesy enough. Kraft cheese is always extremely nice and you can taste how great their cheese is in this concoction!

Of coure, I would prefer the cheese to be more cheesy, so I’ll be trying their four cheese next time which should be more cheesy!

But its a really great food to cook if you’re in the rush and you love macaroni like me! (: