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A leisurely afternoon on Orchard Road

Met an ex-classmate from the secondary school days for tunch at EwF (Everything With Fries).  She has been raving about the “Har Jiong Gai” Burger for a while now, and since I have not tried it before, we decided to go there after my dental appointment yesterday.

It seemed like they were over-staffed on a Friday afternoon at 3pm, but hey, nobody complains about having too many staff at one’s service. The counter girls who took my order were friendly enough, but I cannot speak the same for the grouchy-looking waitress who were dishing out food to the other tables.

The seating was air-conditioned alfresco, if you know what I mean. The only complaint I had about our table (which I chose) was that it also led to the seating for Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf outlet just beside. Other than that, it was rather peaceful, and quiet enough for a decent conversation with my gal pal.

We were on a penny-pinching campaign, and decided to pool our orders together to make the penny go further.

We ordered a Har Jiong Gai Burger set at $9.90 which came with French fries and a drink (instead of 2 sets), 1 ala-carte Har Jiong Gai Burger $6.90 and 1 ala-carte drink, $2.50. We paid $4 for a Nutella Tart (U.P. $5.90) coz we ordered the set. We only saved $0.50 though.

The HJK Burger Set came with coleslaw and our choice of fries on the side, which was sour cream & onion shoestring fries.

Precious time was wasted when we spent an eternity trying to open the packets of chilli & tomato sauce.  I gave up in the end, and simply asked the staff for the loan of a pair of scissors to cut those stubborn packets open.

I like the salty crispy layer of chicken skin and despite the time-lapse, the HJK burger was as juicy as I could have ever imagined. Some meat juice even squirted into my face when I bit into the artery-clogging, cholesterol-laden burger.

We ended the meal with 500-calories worth of Nutella Tart shared between the two of us. (I need a better camera. Badly. This is considered the better shot of two, one taken with the help of some flash light, and the other one, without. The brown tart appeared copper-red-like here, nothing like the real McCoy. The photo without flash was too dark to be seen.)

All in all, I must say it was a pretty good suicide meal.

Next we decided to go-see-and-be-seen at the latest hot fad in town, H&M. Nah! The reason we were there was because, and only because, we were in the vicinity.

There was a queue formed outside the store but it was a moving queue, so my gal pal and I figured we would be in there in no time. She had already been to the store before, so the real hill-billy was yours truly.

Hustling Madness would be how I would describe the place. There were people, people and people everywhere I turned. The fitting rooms had throngs of people in neat lines all queued up. The cash registers too, were having a field day ringing non-stop, thanks to the many, many, many people in line to burn holes in their proverbial pockets.

I must add that it is indeed a cheap skate’s haven, with merchandise like 3 pairs of earrings selling at $7.90. Despite that, I felt that I breathed better the moment I stepped out of the store.

We then went to Antoinette at Mandarin Gallery.  What a sight to behold! Especially after that rampage at H&M.

It was less than an hour since we had tunch and we couldn’t stuff ourselves with much of anything else. I ordered tea while the gal pal had hazelnut ice-cream with caramel. We then sat and talked while a queue was formed outside the small restaurant.

We then aimlessly sauntered down Orchard Road from Mandarin Gallery, and past Ngee Ann City, Wisma Atria and Ion Orchard. It has been a long while since I took such a stroll and the hill-billy mode was still in me.

There were kiosks along the wide boulevards, garden swings in place for some garden festival and even LED lights running across the pavements!

I enjoyed the walk though it was a short one. I hope to cut back on the sloth and walk more instead of parking at one place and not venturing anywhere outside the mall at all.

Last but not least, some shots of the kiosks: