Looking back at 2012…
2012 passes especially fast for me. I felt like I just celebrated New Year not too long ago? And now I am celebrating it again in a few days’ time. It wasn’t easy to write this post because there are simply too many happenings in 2012. It felt like I just took a deep breath on 1 Jan 2012, and then days and months passed very quickly as if I was on a F1 race, and now I finally released the breath and preparing to take another deep breath on 1 Jan 2013. Thank you for going through this journey together.
Top 3 Posts for 2012
I did a post on the recipe for beancurd pudding, it was a hit last year and it continues to be a hit this year! I guess many people still love this and wants to try at home. I have even received an email from a Malaysian reader asking me to help him set up a business which was quite funny. So anyway, if you want to have a bowl of Lao Ban similar beancurd, try this recipe and I hope it works for you.
Thanks to YC for bringing me around, I get to try very interesting food places in Bangkok. From the best Pad Thai, to fish maw soup, wanton soup, mango sticky rice etc.
3. My best 5 at Ang Mo Kio Central Market & Food Centre
Everyone loves food guide. And writing this food guide in Ang Mo Kio Central Food Centre is easy for me because I stay in Ang Mo Kio. I hope in 2013, I will have more time to do this! 🙂
New on Misstamchiak 2012
1. New blog design
I am sure you have seen the new blog design (DUH!) and are already accustomed to it. I paid for the design and it is going to be on my blog for a long time, so I really hope you love it as much as me.
About 80% of the blog is already done. The INDEX page is already up and it has all my 5 years of blog posts. You can search them easily in alphabetical order or simply use the “search” box.
2. New oven
My wish for this year is to get an oven and the kind boyfriend has bought me one as a birthday present. Very happy and I spend quite a lot of time playing with it, especially when I am feeling stressed at work! Haha! I am still not very good with it and need to explore more. But this is for leisure definitely, I don’t think I can write a book about it!
3. New Hobby: Bento
I remembered last year, I was busy making food miniatures using clay. But this year, schedule has been so crazy and I didn’t have to time to do it, so I stopped. It is a pity because I really want to learn how to make traditional clay food before they disappear. I hope I can continue to do it next year.
But this year, I have done quite a lot of bentos. Thanks to J Mama & Baby, I received many interesting bento moulds and cutters and created many interesting bento designs. It pushes my creativity to the limit and make me brainstorm for more creative ideas for each ingredient. I think my future kid is very lucky, such a talented mother! LOL!
Read more about my bento posts here.
What I have done for myself in 2012
Totally no food related, but I guess people just like to read some juicy news once in a while. If you have been following me on twitter, you may know that I have recently gave all my savings on a new Executive Condominium in Fernvale (Seng Kang) called Topiary. I think buying an Executive Condo is the biggest thing I have done this year and I am still very shocked by it myself.
The boyfriend and I have tried to apply for BTO four times and it is seriously not successful. We applied as first timers (2 chances) and chose the flats which are within 2km from our parents (another 2 chances), but the queue number we get are just way too shitty. EVEN when I have went to see the MP for this matter. So how to start a family and kids?
Just count ourselves downright unlucky. I know many of you may have tried more times than us but seriously, I can continue trying if I am 21 years old. So anyway, thinking that we are already so unlucky with BTO, we tried our luck with this EC and our queue number is 26. -_- I think some things are destined to be. So yup, I am slowly accepting this big news myself but are really looking forward to it (though I will continue to eat bread for many more months).
I am already looking at some interior design books and want to make full use of the small space. The new house will be ready in 2016 only lah (THAT IS WHY the boyfriend has NOT proposed). But if you have any recommendations for interior design firms, furniture shops or household appliances brands, let me know.
Wish for 2013
So I did a makan gathering at High Society a few months back and we have about 60 people joining us that night. The BIGGEST gathering I did till date. It was definitely not easy but it was nice to mingle with readers, friends from the hotel & PR agency, food bloggers and people who love to eat!
I guess restaurants are already recognizing the power of social media. This blog has given me the chance to meet many many good friends with the same hobby. We have no competitiveness among ourselves and we just purely love to eat and be merry, to have more group gatherings with foodies! I hope we can keep it that way instead of killing one another, the food blogging scene is definitely going to go stronger and better!
I started out 5 years ago with a small goal of just keeping my articles online for memory. But this food blog has grew over the years and this year, it has reached the highest readership of 90K per month, with about 45K unique. Thank you so much for reading this blog. I really work very hard on this blog and aims to post 5 times a week as I hope you have something new to read everyday!
2013 is definitely going to be more exciting. I look forward to you joining me in Miss Tam Chiak’s little food adventure! Here’s my Facebook page. You can follow me on twitter and instagram (@misstamchiak) too!