Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Trivia

Tradition has be on going for a long long time that we eat certain delicacies during certain festive seasons. This Christmas maybe besides eating all the traditional goodies, you may want to know about the history and significance of eating them!

Bûche de Noël, AKA "Log Cake"

A common holiday cake served in countries that were at one point a French colony, the Bûche de Noël, or "yule log", is a cake prepared and decorated to look like, well, a log. It's supposed to symbolize the log used in the fire festival of the winter solstice. Yes, winter solstice. While the cake's name has "Noël" in it to refer to the birth of Jesus, it turns out, the tradition is rooted in 6th century Anglo-Saxon paganism. No surprise there: the yule log is just one of two Christmas observances that originated from paganism. The other would be mistletoe.

Candy canes

This sickly sweet treat originated in Europe during the 17th century. The Christians back then had just adapted the Christmas tree, and as ornaments, used cookies and sugar sticks. It was in 1670 when a German choirmaster decided to bend one end of the stick, supposedly to represent a shepherd's staff. The treat was handed out to children during the long Christmas Mass, and the tradition of handing out candy canes to kids was passed on to the Americans. But back then, the humble candy cane was stripe-less: think a plain white sugar stick with no flavoring at all. No one knows who added the stripes to the candy cane, but Christmas cards printed before the 1900's showed plain white canes—those printed after 1900 has striped canes. Wintergreen and peppermint flavors were added to the candy around the same time it earned it stripes!


Gingerbread goes waaaay back to the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, who used it for ceremonial purposes. But the cookie that we know and love today can be traced back to the 11th century, when spices were being discovered in the East—because of its rarity, only rich European folk could enjoy the treat. When gingerbread finally became affordable to the masses, it was pressed into wooden molds and decorated with white icing. (Or gold, if you could afford it!) The first gingerbread man was actually a woman—Queen Elizabeth I, to be exact. Apparently, to impress some visiting dignitaries, she had one made in her own likeness. Since then, gingerbread men were sold at fairs. Oddly enough, crumbled gingerbread was also used to mask the odor of decaying meat.


Possibly the only alcohol children are allowed to drink (well, at least just a little bit!) around the holiday season, eggnog is a Christmas tradition that goes back to the 17th century. Literally meaning "egg in a cup", it was used to toast to one's health (the Brits, however, call the drink "egg flip," as they "flip" the mixture between two pitchers to mix it). Eggnog used to be the trademark drink of the upper class, since they were the only ones who could afford milk. It became widespread in America, since milk was easily accessible there. If you're planning on making your own egg nog and are worried about salmonella, use pasteurized eggs, or cook the eggs into a custard to ensure all salmonella bacteria is killed.


Also known as the world's most gift-recycled food item during the holidays, since they're notorious for staying edible for years. People reckon the first fruitcakes (at least the ones that we know of and enjoy today) were made in the 13th century, around the time dried fruits arrived in Britain. Since then, fruitcakes were used in important celebrations, such as weddings. To say making fruitcake in the 18th century was hard to make is an understatement—fruit had to be washed, dried, and stoned. Butter was washed in water then in rosewater, and the eggs were beaten for half an hour or so. While there are machines that can do this work for you today, bakers still make the cake months in advance in order for the bread to soak in the alcohol—which also acts as a strong preservative. How strong? Well, an article published in the New York Times in 1983 tells a story of a woman who inherited the family heirloom: a then-86 year old fruitcake, baked by her great-grandfather back in 1794.

Now you know. Merry Christmas to all! Loves! (",)

Sunday, November 13, 2011


I know I haven't been blogging for sometime. Was held up with the Malaysia promo tours and other activities. I'm sorry if I disappointed anyone. But I'm back for good now. Hehe.

Attended a few weddings lately. Just yesterday was my cousin's wedding. It only seems like yesterday when we all still play together at the void deck, running around playgrounds, having sleepovers and all the silly things kids do. And now, he is the first of our gang to tie the knot. Really happy for him!

Congratulations Lionel and Xin Yi. May you both be blessed with all the love in the world. Wishing you two a blissful marriage. 白头偕老,永浴爱河!

Cant help but ask myself, who's next?

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Malaysia Promo Tour - Johor Bahru

Just came back from my Malaysia Promotional Tour at Johor Bahru. First stop was KSL City. Was greeted by a pleasant sight when I reached K Box Plus. You guys see anything familiar? Hehe.

You'll Never Be Mine playing on the TV screen outside K Box Plus.

Me and my pretty junior Evangeline, who also hosted my events.

Event started!
After that was autograph session.

After that we headed to City Square Mall for the second stop.

After a long tiring day, we went to this place near KSL City for dinner. I swear the BBQ sticks are damn nice!!!

During dinner we all also found out a secret of Evangeline. Will disclose it some time later! Hehe. After dinner we headed to our last stop for the night, Jazz & Blues Discovery.

The boss of JB Discovery! Very nice and friendly. (",)

The following day we headed to Plaza Pelangi for the final stop of my Johor Bahru promotional tour.

Management of Plaza Pelangi!

After that was dinner. Met up with my good brother Jae Leung who happens to be having promotion on the same day too.

Bah Kut Teh!!! Nice.

After dinner we finally got to head back to Singapore with a heavy heart. I felt as if I haven't had enough fun. Thank you for having me at Johor Bahru. I met quite a lot of new friends and supporters there. Thank you for everything. I will see you guys soon!

Next appearance at JB would be on the 24th September 2011, 8pm at Bata Bahat Mall and 25th September 2011, 12pm-6pm at KSL City. Below is my upcoming schedule for my Malaysia promotional tour.

For now, I'm preparing for my friday trip to Kuala Lumpur. If you are going, do drop by to say hi!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Elson Soh at Urban Fitness Lab

I'm proud to announce that I have officially started my workout regime with Urban Fitness Lab! I'm currently working out using the Power Plate, which enhances the workout performance by the use of vibrations.

This is the Power Plate machine that I'm using now.

A usual workout regime lasts about an hour. Your personal trainer will customize your workout according to your ability and body needs. My trainer is Tanuja, a very friendly lady!

Before I start every exercise, Tanuja will demonstrate the right way to do it! This is the "Push Up" exercise routine.
After which is my turn! She will guide me through the proper steps.

This is the first time I'm exercising using the Power Plate machine and I can say it is really different as compared to the usual gym that I go to. Moreover working out using the Power Plate also increases the effectiveness of the workout.

Basically the benefits of working out using the Power Plate machine includes:
  • Improve muscle strength and performance
  • Increase flexibility and range of motion
  • Enhance critical blood flow throughout the body (oxygenation and lymph drainage)
  • Increase secretion of hormones that are important in regeneration and repair processes, such as HGH (Human Growth Hormone), IGF-1, and testosterone.
  • Increase bone density Increase of the happiness hormone serotonin and neurotrophine, a substance that supports our thinking process.
  • Decrease cortisol levels
  • Rehabilitate injuries and ailments
  • Enhance explosive strength
  • Enhance conventional training results
  • Speed training recovery
  • Accelerate weight loss
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Enhance pain reduction
  • Improve collagen production
  • Reduce appearance of cellulite
  • Eliminate the effects of stress
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Will be blogging on Real Ryder soon. Stay tuned!

Join me at Urban Fitness Lab today! (",)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

23rd Birthday Bash at Party World KTV!

Had a wonderful 23rd birthday celebration with my friends, supporters and family.

Pleasant surprise by Patsy and the Urban Fitness Lab family. First to sang me a birthday song on my birthday.

Patsy, the manager of UFL. Very very nice lady!

My trainer Tanuja who reluctantly presented the cake to me. NO CAKES, she says. Haha.

Rafee, the nice dude I met during my training there.

Not forgetting my birthday bash at Party World KTV too. (",)

God Sis Sarah and Lao Da. Thank you for your support and sponsorship!

Finally, cake cutting! Every year I wish for the same thing. It's a simple wish.

Thank you all who came and be part of the celebration. Thank you for the presents and gifts. Lastly, thank you all for the well wishes and messages. I love you guys. Hope I can celebrate every year with everyone. (",)