2010 in review

2010 was a good year if you compare it with other events such as the 2004 tsunami or the Krakatoa eruption. Where’s Krakatoa you ask? Precisely. If I were to use two words to describe 2010, it would be “Leaks” and “Healthcare”. And of course, “Lindsay Lohan”.

So before 2011 is penetrated too deeply and to be absolutely sure we recognize the same mistakes as we commit them again in the near future, let’s take a good look at 2010 starting, as is so often the case, with…


…which began with a big bang as the world’s tallest man-made structure, the Burj Dubai Khalifa was officially launched only to have it’s observation deck closed “indefinitely” a few days later.

This blog decided to do a study of Claypot Beef and discovered the Italian version of Nouvelle cuisine at Michelangelo’s, furthermore an acquaintance turned friend introduced this blog to the joys of Black Avocados but dinner at Jing Long didn’t elicit joy-joy feelings.

The world was concerned about employment and in his infinite wisdom, the Leader of the Free World decided to turn his attention to Health Care Reform. J.D. Salinger goes to the Great Catcher in the Sky.

And for the first time in 3,000 years, the longest Annular Solar Eclipse occurred. In other unrelated news, Toyota made a huge recall of its Camry model following reports of unpredictable behavior such as accelerating, decelerating and voting for Dancing with the Stars.

Speaking of athleticism, in…


…the world gathered in Vancouver, Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics where it was immediately canceled due to a lack of snow because of El Nino. The CEO of Toyota apologizes in front of the US Congress and Tiger Woods appears on television vowing not to have sex with multiple women everyday; immediately his golf game declines.

This blog celebrated a friend’s birthday with a new menu from Wo Peng, fell in love with deep-fried oysters at the Ootoya Teishoku-Ya (which was removed from the menu subsequently), got to know about gluten-free baking from Sweets by Vicky and walked into the long and windy halls of Forlino’s for a fun lunch with an acquaintance. This blog was also treated to a first-hand experience of cooking Paella by an expert.


Alexander MacQueen makes his last handbag. And finally, the Iranian Space Programme launches a rat, two turtles and some worms into space in a mission of a peaceful nature because “Iran will not tolerate any un-peaceful use [of space] by any country”. The Iranian space rat is called Helmz 1.

Speaking of triumphs, in…


…the US Democratic congressional leaders managed to pass the Health Care Reform bill which leads to a big signing ceremony, the highlight of which was Vice-President Joe Biden dropping the F-bomb before being hustled away by secret service agents.

This blog went to the Loewen Garden Farmers’ Market and built a in-office picnic lunch. And after a successful birthday celebration, the Makansutra people decided to host dinner at Wo Peng featuring a similar menu. This blog attended a tasting at Muthu’s Flavors but forgot to publish the write-up (the short: I liked the food).

More trouble was brewing in the US in the form of a Tea Party Movement consisting of “average” Americans who are determined to elect representatives who are not career politicians and are fed up with big expensive government programmes except for, as far as this blog can tell: Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

On a brighter note, many people from many countries around the world decided to listen to Al Gore and turn off their lights during Earth Hour but leaving their air-cons on because there is a limit to how much we want to save the Earth.

Unfortunately, the environment is dealt a serious blow in…


…where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico explodes after being struck by a runaway Toyota Camry. BP officials downplay the situation but America soon responds, as it always has in times of national crisis, with lawsuits, officials in helicopters frowning seriously at the scene and tweeting.

Apple launched the iPad tablet computer so that people can finally have something to stroke with their other hand.

This blog did his annual road trip to Malaysia with makankakis and discovered really good Beef Noodles in Seremban. He was brought to Papa Palheta by a coffee aficionado who, amusingly, followed form but not function. On a more delicious note, this blog was glad to have finally found a makankaki to investigate Le Bistrot du Sommelier which recently found new acclaim with the addition of Chef Patrick Heuberger to its team. In a fit of health, this blog also discovered that Edamame Pasta makes a good meal provided you have a good lunch before.

And on a final culinary note, friends of this blog paid good money to hear Ferran Adria speak in a crowded hall and all this blog got was lunch with him.


We had lunch.

Continuing with the environmental disaster news, in Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull erupts, sending clouds of ash and travel plans up in the air. As a precaution, Greece asks the IMF for some lunch money.

Speaking of disasters, in…


…the Deepwater Horizon oil spill threatens to cover a large part of the Gulf. US President Obama shows the world he is on top of the situation by standing near the waters and frowning deeply.

On the terror front, a SUV packed with explosives was found smoking in the New York Times Square where it was immediately cited with the non-smoking ban. The terrorist was captured by US Customs officers on board a plane bound for Dubai filled with passengers who, like the terrorist, have been screened meticulously by the TSA to make sure no one has more than 100ml of shampoo.

On the food front, May saw the Food and Hotel Asia 2010 and this blog was introduced to many sides of beef and good people. And as a thank-you for having lunch with Ferran Adria, this blog attending the EU Film Festival with a Nasi Lemak supper afterwards.

Frank Frazetta goes to the Big Bosom in the Sky. And riots erupt in Athens as the Eurozone and the International Monetary Fund agree to a €110 billion bailout package for Greece on condition that Greece think about getting a part-time job.

The tension mounts in…


…as heavy monsoon rains begin to cause widespread flooding in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Over 1,600 are killed, and more than one million are displaced by the floods. And on the local front, Singapore’s Orchard Road was flooded despite past assurances causing a major supply surge in the local car resale market.

Continuing in consumer news, Apple finally released the iPhone that includes many innovations that culminate in the inability to receive or make calls. Naturally, it is a major hit.

Su-Lin of Tamarind and Thyme was in town with friends for work but managed to find time to brave the Bastion of Country & Western bars to have kick-ass Thai food and smoked fish at Wo Peng. This blog made Apple Ice Cream and did a study of Mentaiko which resulted in a surprisingly popular Easy Mentaiko Pasta Sauce and Aglio Olio Mentaiko recipes. This blog was taught how to make a Cheesecake and was treated to a fantastic Teochew dinner at Mu Liang Zai Liang Kee.

Flaming Tom Ka Gai

In sports, the World Cup gets under way in South Africa where the early tournament highlight is provided by the French team, which, after getting off to a bad start, goes on strike. Possibly because of the Vuvuzelas.

Speaking of tragedies, in…


…the Deepwater Horizon oil spill officially becomes the “worst thing that has ever happened”. And just when all appears to be lost, James Cameron directs a movie about solving the oil spill problem starring Kevin Costner and a submarine. And out of the blue, BP announces that they have stopped the oil leak by plugging the hole with the submarine.

On international news, anger erupts over plans by the governments of Greece and France to raise the retirement age, this means workers would have to continue striking for a few years longer before they could start collecting pensions. In protest, everybody in both nations goes on strike.

Food-wise, this blog attended the Parker in Asia Wine fair where he experienced Chateau Angelus up close. This month also saw the launch of the Singapore Food Festival and this blog was busy as a bee making Coleslaw, Parma Swirls and Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream for parties.

In World Cup news, Spain defeats Holland in the Finals only to have the trophy stolen by Somali pirates. This was predicted by a psychic octopus named Paul who was immediately hired by Goldman Sachs.

Speaking of sensational news, in…


…JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater curses a passenger, grabs two beers and escapes the plane by deploying the emergency slide. He is, of course, immediately hired as the PR director for the TSA.

In other international news, 33 copper miners in Chile are trapped underground following a land slide caused by a runaway Toyota Camry. Rescue operations are delayed because all the emergency equipment are in the Gulf of Mexico.

On the Singaporean food blogging scene, Yahoo! News broke the story about why a fact check before publishing anything online is a good thing. Not to be outdone, The Straits Times Life Section published a dubious manifesto regarding high morals and principles.

On a brighter note, it was the Annual Food Bloggers’s Dinner where lot’s of food bloggers gathered to pay for their meal. Simon was in town and this blog got treated to a treatise where the difference between Malaysian and Singaporean Bak Kut Teh is merely a cultural one. But mostly, this blog stayed at home and studied how to pan-sear a duck breast, made Moules Marinière and was treated to a fantastic Tomato Galette

Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh

In New York, plans to build a Muslim Community Center for the purpose of creating dialog, two blocks away from Ground Zero, generates so much dialog that police may need to be called in.

Another heart-warming inter-faith story bursts forth in…


…where a pastor of a small church in Florida announces he will burn a Koran. But after much soul-searching TV exposure, he decides against the action, finally figuring out that he’s just a small-time attention-seeking jerk. Immediately, the news media switches back to cover Lindsay Lohan.

And not long after publishing a manifesto on high standards, The Straits Times report that a Senior Vice President of their publishing house was dismissed following allegations of corruption. But on a brighter note, this blog managed to catch the final day of the magical Mirabelle season at Le Bistrot du Sommelier. Unfortunately, this blog wasn’t impressed with his burger encounter at Fat Boys.

Drilling for the trapped Chilean miners begin in three stages.

Speaking of freedom, in…


…Solomon Burke finally breaks free. The 33 miners near Copiapó, Chile, trapped 700 metres underground in a mining accident in San José Mine, are brought back to the surface after surviving for a record 69 days. Coincidentally, the International Space Station surpasses the record for the longest continuous human occupation of space, having been continuously inhabited since November 2, 2000. There’s a joke about the smell in there but I’ll let you drill for it.

October was all about meat and this time this blog got to have dinner at Seven on Club with a good dose of Hubert de Bouard de Laforest’s wines. This blog was also fortunate enough to sample Michel Roux’s cuisine at the Brunch 78 buffet which also featured free-flow of Beluga Caviar, thus contributing to Beluga fish conservation efforts by keeping them in employment.


The US economy suffers another blow as the Federal Bureau of Unemploymentreports that, for the 37th consecutive month, unemployment is unexpectedly high.

Speaking of blows, in…


… US President Obama, while playing basketball, suffers an injury to his lips by an elbow believed to have been launched by North Korean artillery. US President Obama immediately departs on a 9-day tour of Asia to see if anyone is interested in listening to his Health Care Reform plan.

The world becomes a sadder place as Leslie Nielsen boards the Big Airplane in the Sky.

November was a month of traveling as this blog visited Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and was suddenly attacked in mid-air by kidney stones but fortunately, when it comes to private health care, Malaysia boleh. Fortunately, this blog was not deterred with the minor setback and experienced Malaysian cuisine in the form of Fermented Durians, Abalone Pasta and old-school Hainanese western food.

This blog also caught up with old friends in Sydney, Australia and basically ate his way through so much food that he hasn’t had time to blog about it yet.


In other travel news, air travelers in the US express concern about radiation from the TSA’s new high-resolution scanners, especially travelers at O’Hare are seen to have a glow about them. TSA chief John Pistole insists that the scanners are completely safe “as long as you move through briskly.” Nevertheless some passengers refuse to be scanned; they are required to undergo a manual procedure that involves latex gloves and a certain amount of cold air.

Speaking of exposure, in…


…Wikileaks publishes classified cables leaked from the US State Department, which apparently has the same level of data security as a Post-it Pad. The cables basically reveal what sort of conversations happen when diplomats have drinks and cocktails.

Much of December was spent at home cooking for friends and other people. One major highlight was this blog’s Gula Melaka Avocado Ripple Ice Cream. This blog also attended the Annual Monthly Food Bloggers’s Dinner and was treated to lunch at the newly-opened, soon-to-be-renamed Ku De Ta.


Finally, Time Magazine, in a controversial decision, names, as its Person of the Year, Iranian space pioneer Helmz 1.


And, whew! There you have it, a quick rundown of events as this blog remembers them. It was not a good year so this means that there’s hope for 2011 to not suck as much. But in the mean time, let’s not think too much as we hoist glasses of Champagne to drown our misery that is 2010.

Honey, do my hips look big?

Posted on 1st Feb 2011 in Year in review


There Are 3 Comments


alkanphel commented on February 1, 2011 at 12:44 am

Great rundown of 2010! Very interesting read 😀


Xin Li commented on February 1, 2011 at 7:37 am

Excellent and interesting review of 2010. I wish you the best for health and Happy Chinese New Year in advance =)


Su-Lin commented on February 1, 2011 at 10:33 pm

What a rundown! Tried to see if there was any correlation between world events and what you ate but… no. 🙂

Happy New Year!

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