Foodie: Ssikkek Korean Grill BBQ Buffet

And the Buffet Queen is back! P.S This is a #throwback My boy treated my family to dinner at Ssikkek last weekend. Unbelievable but true, this was my mum’s and dad’s first time eating at a Korean BBQ buffet restaurant – or any kind of BBQ restaurant for that matter. We’re a simple family; we only eat at foodcourts, hawker centres, coffee shops, or at casual eateries at best. If it’s a special occasion like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, that’s when we would usually go to more lavish restaurants. Other than that. we’re pretty simple – not necessarily thrifty, but simple. So, we made a reservation for that evening… Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet Price List This place is always so packed. If you’re thinking of going in a big group, I would recommend that you make a reservation first. Otherwise, you might just have to wait till you get a table. 1908258_10152146471536464_1679472651266811348_n If I’m not wrong, Ssikkek was started by Korean-Koreans. I mean, step into this place and it’s already like a little Korea. They have Korean movie posters on every wall, they even have TV screens playing Korean music videos and live concerts. Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

Here’s their buffet spread.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe salad bar

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetCooked food section

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe meats

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe seafood spread

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

Heating up the grill… *Drools*

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetThe meats are really fresh.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet I’m a sucker for their fatty meats. It’s the only time I really indulge in heart-clogging anything. If you’re extremely careful about your weight, like I am on most days, you might want to reconsider this place. But of course, they have other stuff that won’t kill you or raise your cholesterol. Just make smart choices, that’s all.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

Ssikkek Korean BBQ BuffetEeks, we’ve both put on weight from the buffets. Sigh… My eyes were tearing from the smoke in the restaurant. Haha. Looked like I just had a tear fest.

Ssikkek Korean BBQ Buffet

My mum and dad. Do I look like either of them? I think I may be adopted. Haha. Kidding.

I don’t know for sure if they did, but I should think my parents enjoyed the buffet. If you do enough research and have gone a around Singapore to explore the buffet scene, you’ll realise that buffets are getting more and more expensive as Singaporeans are increasingly patronising buffet places over the usual restaurants. Ssikkek is among the more affordable Korean BBQ buffets in Singapore, which is why Darren and I frequent this place whenever we have a carnivorous appetite – well, it’s usually just him. Just a point to note, don’t expect a 5-star service standard here. The are obviously understaffed for the number of people this place accommodates. They do charge the usual 10% service charge, which I personally find ridiculous. You self-serve from start to finish, except when they bring you to your seat and at the end when they take your money. How’s that for service? Anyway, the food is really good – this I can assure you. If you’re living in Singapore and have never visited Ssikkek or never even heard of this place, it’s time you crawl out of your shell! I think they have 2 or 3 outlets, but the one at United Square is the one we usually head to. Remember, 1) make a reservation, 2) make sure your meats are sufficiently cooked before consumption, and 3) you’ll smell like walking piece of smoked meat when you step out of this place, so bring a change of clothes or go straight home (if you don’t want weird stares, that is). It’s a long weekend! Go find time to drop by Ssikkek sometime soon. You’ll love it :) Happy weekend!

The Reality Of A Dream

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I woke up this morning trying to recall the details of a dream I had last night.
When I got out of bed, all that was left in memory was me having a dream about my boyfriend (Darren) and myself and thankfully, a happy ending to it.

I also remember waking up when the dream ended, in the middle of the night, wrapping my arms around him and feeling an overwhelming sense of gratification.
I just had to know the details of the dream – there was so much emotion and meaning to it, I couldn’t simply let the whole thing slip away like that.

So, I thought about it for a while and it came back to me bit by bit – and it all makes sense to me right now.

Like all dreams, my dreams tend to lack clarity and the nitty-gritty details like where we were exactly, the faces around us, the time, the day, and whatnot. I’ll try to put together whatever I can remember and hopefully, it’ll make sense to you as well.

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The dream started out with us being upset with each other, though I’m not too sure about what, but I believe we kind of grew tired of the relationship and got bored, like neither of us felt the love and desire for each other anymore. We made a mutual decision to go our separate ways – no tears, no sadness involved.

Not too long after we split, he found himself a new girlfriend and I found myself a new boyfriend.

One day, my new boyfriend and I were having lunch at a carnival of sorts and for some weird reason, Darren and his new girlfriend were seated at the table right next to us.

I don’t think my dream included any awkwardness during the meal ‘cos I only took notice of their presence when she jumped out of her seat like a kid. Uh-huh.

Darren stood up, looked at me and I notice him for the first time. Our eyes met for a couple of seconds, but neither of us acknowledged the other. We acted like complete strangers.

He walked away with her and I suddenly felt a sense of loss. I felt slight jealousy and I think I started to miss him.

Not too sure if I was still at the carnival, but I remember standing alone at a back alley. Out of nowhere, get this, Darren walks up to me and holds my hands in his. He told me that misses us, that it’s not the same without me. We hugged and I cried.

Even though the dream ended there, I should the ending was a happy one for the both of us. Well, at least it felt like it.

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Our mind often pulls together the fragments of physical reality and builds the dreams we have in our sleep. Truth be told, I am a very insecure girl. I know guys find insecurity to be very unattractive, a turn-off even. Darren and I have been together for 4 years. I must say, I am truly blessed to have such an understanding boyfriend. He knows that the root of my insecurities dates back to the family problems I went through as a child. I sense his frustration sometimes and I swear I do try to hold back and hide my emotions whenever I can.

He works in an environment with lots of young – and very pretty – girls who are around our age. In a typical day, he spends 10 of his waking hours at work and only 2-3 hours with me. I know too well how the male dna is created, so I can’t help it when my insecurities kick in.

No, we’re not at all like a poster couple, even though we appear to be. We have our ups and downs too. Whether it’s what they call a girls “sixth sense” or simply an unhealthy combination of psychological trauma and a vivid imagination, the fact is that it haunts it. It never really bothered me with my exes, but because Darren means so much more to me, it all starts to surface.

Do I want to rid it completely? Yes and no. Yes because I’m afraid it might cost me this relationship, and no because the insecurity sort of acts as a bodyguard. How ironic, isn’t is? My insecurity actually prepares me, both emotionally and psychologically, for the worse in every situation. As the saying goes, “the less you expect, the less your disappointment.”

I trust Darren – I really do. But do I trust myself? No. As safe as I feel wrapped up in my insecurities, they are also my worst enemies.