August 2005

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404?

The friendly support guy in the office was having trouble setting up an existing ASP application on a new Windows 2003 server. It was throwing out 404s even though it was plain to see that the .asp pages were there. I thought it was a permissions problem at first until we figured out that static html was working ok, but not dynamic .asp pages.

Google turned this up from Microsoft.

“HTTP Error 404 – File or Directory not found” error message when you request dynamic content with IIS 6.0

Who knew?

Tomorrow-ed

MUAHWAHAHAHA…. I [heart] Tomorrow.

My 0.2 seconds of fame. Blink. Gone.

Committed geographical faux pas some more. So malu.

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Found this young’s lady (kutu) response to a tissue peddler in Orchard road via Tomorrow. Am tempted to post a “What is the world coming to?” kind of rant, but will it make a difference? I haven’t explored the rest of kutu’s blog, but suffice to say, she seems like a educated young lady who can write and express herself well enough. What makes a person call a street peddler a “boulder” and to write…

I believe the police had been call in before over this and every single time, a warning that is not heeded is given. Just because someone is old, does it make it right to give exemptions over and over?

Because in that case, every other convict will also have a sob story to tell and to that, they shall be pardon.

Bullshit!

There are probably more beggars than dustbins on the streets right now already.

It was a cynical response at best. At worst, a disappointing reflection on the state of society. Shame on us all.

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On a recent escapade to Chinatown to hunt down a handphone pouch (yes, you heard right, a handphone pouch) with a friend, I stumbled upon a cosy little Korean restaurant, Togi, along Mosque Street. We were looking for a dinner place when we walked pass this little hole-in-the-wall that was very simply furnished but was almost packed. We stepped in after seeing a few Koreans, and had to wait a while before a table was available.

I didn’t feel like having meat and decided on the seafood ramen soup, while my friend went for the Ginseng chicken soup ($17.50). Our orders were taken by the restaurant owner who was an attractive Korean lady. When I asked if the seafood soup was spicy (I wanted something to wake my taste buds), she recommended the spicy seafood soup with tofu ($9.50) and I decided to go along with it.

Instead of plain water, we were served a refreshing chilled tea which, we were told, was brewed from the root of a plant. It was pleasant and we found it to be the perfect palate cleanser during the course of the meal. Shortly after our orders were taken, we were pleasantly surprised to be served 6 different appetisers. They were:

  1. Cabbage kimchi – with strong hint of white vinegar
  2. Potato and egg salad – generous with the eggs, contrasts nicely with the spicy kimchi
  3. Spicy anchovies – we wondered if it was a local adaptation because it reminded us somewhat of the ikan billis that comes with nasi lemak
  4. Boiled spinach with a hint of miso
  5. Finely shredded cabbage kimchi
  6. Mixed vegetable kimchi – tastes remarkably like our local achar

It was a generous serving for 2 ladies, and frankly quite tasty. We didn’t manage to finish it all, but it had us looking forward to our mains.

My seafood soup came with prawns, clams, squid, crab stick (the only item in the pot that I wasn’t too fond of) and plenty of tofu. Although the soup did looked bright red and fearsomely spicy, it was actually quite good and not at all tongue-numbing. The soup had a natural sweetness and had just the right amount of heat to jumpstart my appetite.

The ginseng chicken, cooked whole, arrived still bubbling hot in its earthen hotpot. The lady owner came shortly after to cut the chicken up into smaller pieces with a pair of meat scissors. From what we can tell, the soup was cooked with ginseng, dried red dates, and whole garlic cloves. Interestingly, the chicken was also stuffed with some glutinous rice. I have never had glutinous rice in soup before, and quite unlike our normal steamed version, it retained some of its bite, reminding us a little of Teochew-styled porridge. I’m not particular fond of ginseng soup (or most herbal soups for that matter) but my friend found it to be fairly good, with a a touch of “kum-ness” typical of such soups.

Our meal came up to about $30, and we only managed to polish off half of the ginseng chicken. Service was good, and from our conversations with the lady owner, we found out that her mother is responsible for the cooking and most of staff in the restaurant was family. The restaurant offered great value for money, serving mostly down-to-earth home-styled dishes. My rating? I’ll certainly be back for more. And I’ll remember to take pictures the next time round.

[Update 2007.05.06 – See my latest post on Togi. Suffice to say things have changed since my first visit.]

Togi Korean Restaurant
11 Mosque Street
Singapore 059491
Tel: 62210830
Email: togi1004@yahoo.com
Closed on Sundays

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