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Spending Saturday With Marleeeena (M)!!!

on July 31, 2022
Steeples, a family runned deli located in Tanglin Shopping Center. Photo image courtesy of M.

“Marleeeeeena” is how I would holler when texting my classmate. We have known each other for a long time and I am so grateful that we are still keeping in touch and having fun!

Marleeena is an adventurous chef Boyadee and would buy kitchen gadgetries to lighten her time in the cooking space. I am not in anyway like her, as I am the sort that just boils, microwaves or toasts!

We had initially planned to cook a meal – brunch, using her latest kitchen helper, Thermomix. But it fizzled out as fast as it was suggested.

Why? The un-inviting idea of washing up threw that brainwave out of the window and we ended up eating a sandwich at Steeples when the Deli at Nassim Hill had a long line waiting for tables.

Steeples resides in a sleepy corner of an old but iconic mall – Tanglin Shopping Center that has already been sold, enbloc to make way for a new mall that is more relevant to today’s shopping trend.

I have not set foot in this mall for a long time and much less knew about this long time existence of Steeples that sold sandwiches and operates till 6.30pm on Saturdays.

We got there in the nick of time as by the time Marleeena placed out orders, the line formed had more than 20 people waiting. Our seats allotted were near the exit and it was just cosy.

I settled for a pulled pork sandwich and latte whilst M had her craving for a Reuben sandwich fulfilled with black coffee. She is quite a coffee connoisseur and foodie as she knows where good places to eat were located.

Typical us quickly shared half a sandwich of what we ordered with each other and M commented that she liked my choice of the pulled pork sandwich on a type of focaccia bread. I think it was because of the pickling type of dressing used and it was tangy and delightfully tasty.

Still M was satiated with her craving of her Reuben sandwich. I had her half share for dinner last night and it was ok, though I preferred my pulled pork tangy sandwich better.

After brunch, we browsed through an old shop selling qi paos or cheongsams from Hong Kong. I was looking for an outfit for my upcoming award ceremony with the Dukes of Yore but did not manage to find the right size. Yesssss, I need to lose weight! Sigh!

It was fun looking through the old merchandises that were sold in the eclectic mix of shops – Chinese art and artefacts, Peranakan jewellery and tailors. It gave a sense of nostalgia as these trades are few and far between,

We then left for M’s house. I have always loved M’s house as it is designed like a Balinese resort to me. But before that, M decided to do a dessert and off we went to a mall near her home, Oh My Village. My first time there, I found it a hive of activity with eateries. It was not horribly crowded but had a nice ambience to it.

M picked out coconut milk, a new product that we were both interested to know how it tasted. After tasting it, I felt it was a good coconut milk to use for Chendol, a dessert treat and M felt it was too watery to be used for cooking curries. We agreed on sweet potatoes, green beans and water chestnut dessert.

M’s house Surrounded by her garden and a water feature, I spotted yellow lemons, calamansi limes and ugly limes. She is self sufficient in Pandan leaves and it was so convenient when she decided to make dessert using her Thermomix. M does have green thumbs.

On and all, dessert was excellent although we felt the spinning and peeling of the waterchestnuts were left for too long and it came out as a small morsel of its original size. With Lemon grass, ginger, pandan leaves, it was a delicious dessert.

All good times came to an end and I was given a ride home by 6pm as M had a family event to attend to.

It is always good to sit with M and chat about our school days and sharing it with M’s husband as we chatted and talked about things under the sun, which included Buddhism (which I learnt from M’s husband who took it from an academic view running down the differences of Indian, Tibetan and Thai Buddhism correlating to Taoism and Christianity)

I really appreciate the company of M as she treats me like a family member and genuinely cares about well being.

Thanks M and S for a lovely Saturday outing.

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3 responses to “Spending Saturday With Marleeeena (M)!!!

  1. I am so glad you had a good time, darling!

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