Month: January 2015

Arteastiq- Paint with your pals

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Needed to kill time the other day with Rachel before T ended work and Kit had some dance thng so we decided to walk along the entire of orchard road only to realise we’ve probably seen it all. Whilst walking past mandarin gallery we chanced upon 2 women carrying canvas carriers and Rachel was telling me about some social painting concept at Mandarin Gallery and in the spur of the moment we signed up.

You get a 50 x 50 cm canvas, a pack of brushes and unlimited amount of paint and you can literally go wild and do whatever you want. If you’re running short on inspiration there are many reference books for you to browse and when you find something you like they can photo copy it for you to keep at your easel. Had a lot of fun pretending we were tai tais waiting for our husbands to end work (okay maybe that was just me) and painting with a friend is very relaxing, you literally sit there and chill and talk for 3 hours while blowing off steam by attacking the canvas.

It’s rather affordable too in my opinion. For students (only weekdays) it’s $28, and if you’re going with your boyfriend or husband on monday’s it’s $48 for two of you guys and you get free drinks. There are lots of other promotions that you can check out on their website. I highly recommend this not only for the whole social aspect but you get a certain sense of achievement trudging your hugeass canvas home on the MRT and placing it nicely on your walls to serve as a reminder of a great day.

Arteastiq

333A Orchard Road, #04-14/15 Mandarin Gallery

Singapore 238867

www.arteastiq.com

Cya soon!

xx

Department of Caffeine

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Hey hey quick post for today!!! It’s finally and off day and I’m meeting Rachel and Matthew later for lots of food and fun stuff which makes me very happy.

After ramen the other day (post here), we went to Department of Caffeine for dessert! It was initially our first choice for lunch but we realised it wouldn’t be very filling and there wasn’t much savoury options anyway. We had two waffles! The Buttermilk Waffle with Butter Rum Bananas as well as the “special” Varlhona Chocolate Waffle. Honestly speaking there wasn’t anything really special about the waffles. They were made very well though and I really enjoyed the texture of the waffle with a crispy exterior and soft interior! The chocolate waffle had a very rich hot chocolate taste to it but I don’t think it was a good flavour in general just because everything about the waffle seemed a bit disorganised? It’s very simple and didn’t really feel like much thought was put into the creation of that flavour. Really nothing special to rave about… meh.

The overall ambience of the place was great though. It’s rather cosy and dark so it’ll be good for intimate gatherings with a small group of friends (their largest table fits about only 7 people?). I’ll probably go back another time for their savoury waffle and pulled pork burger which I heard was good!

Overall 3.5/5 from me!

I’ve a lot more to post but very little time 😦 Soon soon…

xx

ps: thanks everyone who’s ordered cookies!!! I’ll be having a busy busy time making all your orders but rest assured they’ll be delivered on time and I’ll smell like butter once this all blows over. On a side note, I’m really super thankful for tangs for advertising and collating orders for me ❤

Ching Chong Lelong

Hi pals! If you don’t already know I’m gonna be selling cookies this Chinese New Year!!!!!! Honestly, I’m really doing this to experience of what it’s like running your own food business and to also raise a little money for my future wedding (9 more years guys, mark it down on your calendars pls) (I’m kidding) (Not really). Okay sorry for the excessive bracket usage. Anyway here are some general things to note!

1. Cookies can be ordered here

2. All orders are on a preorder basis! Meaning you’ll only get them in February when festive season really hits you hard (this is to prevent over excessive eating even more the new year hits, lest you won’t be able to fit into your new clothes)

3. But don’t worry, after you order you’ll get a text from me and we can decide where you will get them!

4. Payment to be made in cash upon collection

5. All orders are final and cannot be taken back.

6. jk Orders end by 5th Feb so feel free to alter your orders till then. But if you place orders and take them away for fun I will hunt you down and kill you -.-

Lemme introduce you to my happy kookie family:

1. Chocolate Chip Cookie

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200g for $8

Classic chocolate chip goodness to die for. Each cookie contains at least 6 chips (you can hypo test that to 5% level of significance) that just blend in with the buttery cookie base to give you a heavenly choclate-y sensation that isn’t too sweet but hits your sweet spot just right!

2. White Chocolate Cranberry Cookies

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200g for $8

I’ve scaled down the size of these cookies into perfect mini bites that you’ll be able to pop into your mouth for a quick snack. These cookies are soft and chewy. For the ultimate sweet tooth, the chewy cranberry bits and creamy white chocolate will put that smile on your face. Plus! The cranberries make you believe you’re actually eating something healthy this festive season 😉

3. Cashew Nut Cookies

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40 Cookies for $8

These little morsels are my favourite favourite! The salty Cashew gives the cookie that nutty taste plus the crispy cookie makes you feel like you’re eating crunchy peanut butter? You can just keep piping them in and I assure you you won’t stop!!

4. Pineapple Tarts

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20 cookies for $10

These are so labour-intensive to make?? My first time making them but they didn’t disappoint at all! Flaky pastry plus sweet jam that (I feel) is just nice with the tart base. They are the classic CNY cookie to make the occasion.

5. Happy Konflakes

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A full jar for $4

You’ve probably seen them before but they’re happy cornflake cups that are crispy and sweet! Great for little kids plus the rainbow sprinkles just make them so cute?? Even if no one visits your home, they are great just to put around the house and snack on when your mouth gets itchy :p

Making all these cookies to share with friends and family make me rather happy, thus “Happy Kookies”, so y’all can continue to share that happiness with loved ones all over and get some happiness for yourselves 🙂

Happy Eating!

xx

ps: come find me for samples if you wanna!!! 🙂

Keisuke Tonkotsu King [5/5]

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Hey hey gonna share about my favourite ramen place in SG today!!! Can’t really take credit for finding the place cause it was really papa Lim who introduced it to us. Papa is a taxi driver so he often finds himself in various parts of Singapore he wouldn’t regularly visit and he is never one to turn down something new. He first brought us there almost 2 years ago and it’s been a go to place for my family and I to get our ramen fix.

They have many many outlets but my favourite is definitely the Tanjong Pagar outlet! Really just because it’s so small and it makes you feel like you are in Japan during the Summer haha. The ramen is rather special as each bowl is customisable where you can choose how thick and oily you want your broth, doneness of your noodle and what toppings you like. I typically put no oil and have my noodles really al dente cause I like it chewyyyy. The place is rather ‘no frills’, they literally only sell 3 types of ramen and nothing else (besides drinks, of course). Each table also comes accompanied with a mountain of unlimited hardboiled eggs that you can crack and dip in mayo/sesame/bonito as well as cooked bean sprouts which I love to pile into my ramen bowl. For big eaters you can add a portion of noodles for an addition $2! But my favourite favourite thing about their ramen would have to be the onset eggs!!!!! Every single time I go, each egg is perfectly cooked with perfectly soyed whites and oozy, creamy yolks that will keep you coming back for more.

If the limited choices are slightly underwhelming, Keisuke has a chain of other restaurants that serve the same quality ramen in many more varieties! They even have a shop dedicated to just Gyoza’s called Gyoza King. If you’ve ever been to japan you may find business men eating just gyozas as a side dish with rice and Gyoza King gives you that experience so it’s definitely worth a try! Rice is also unlimited there so the inner jew can be unleashed HAHA. Go go go, you won’t regret it!!!

Keisuke Tonkotsu King

1 Tras Link, Singapore 078867

keisuke.sg

xx

Check Mate

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Shirt and top: Editors market, Headband: DIY, Shoes: Mum’s, Purse: Coach

Somehow I’m really into pants lately?? I think it’s due to the chilly (sort of) weather we’ve been having lately and my new found insecurity towards my legs HAHA. I love how well patterned and nicely cut pants can immediately make an outfit seemingly formal? I particularly enjoyed how the pant had a checkered print that was sort of cute but the dark muted colours made it more wearable and functional. Coincidentally the hairband i made a year ago was in a similar checkered print, so obviously I had to match them together because I love to look like I put a lot of effort into matching everything when really it’s all a happy coincidence. wow my sentences are so long. Paired it with a matching fluffy, white sweater to add an additional cosy factor and balance out the slim cut pants (though not very slim cause I have thunder thighs). Wore this out to eat with Sammy and Yangz and the last photo is a great depiction of what happens. Sammy is always helping me take pictures, while nuisance Yang Han is just standing there being useless and making inapropro jokes HAHA. More post will be up on the food we ate that day!!

See ya’ll on Saturday

xx

ps: I just realised ps means post script and not please see wowowow bimbo moments all day, everyday.

Toby’s Estate [3/5]

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Hohoho coming to you with a food review as my first post to ring in the new year, cause why not yeah? Ever since I started working at Strangers’ my mother has been very excited that she can finally bring me along to all her hipster coffee joints cause I can finally appreciate it rather than giving the usual sour face in the past. First up was Toby’s Estate. It’s not really a new place and if you’ve been to Australia you may have visited it’s branch there. It’s sort of the in between Starbucks and Nylon. I could possibly call is pseudo-hipster? Anywho, I was more excited for the FOOD cause I am fat that way hurhur.

I decided to try something other than the traditional eggs ben with ham/smoked salmon and had it “Brooklyn Style” with stewed beef. At first glance the portion seemed rather small. And at $19++ it really didn’t seem worth it. But as I dug into the perfectly poached eggs, I knew it was going to be worth every penny (that I did not spend ha ha ha thanks mum). The stewed beef was perfectly tender and surprisingly sweet. Each bite of beef atop of lightly toasted brioche bread and smothered with runny eggs sent my tastebuds into savoury brunch heaven. A definite must try in my book!!!

Brother had the Tobias Burger which was very simple and classic. The patty was juicy while the raw mushroom and pickled beetroot gave the burger a rather interesting kick. If you’re not a fan of raw veggies or odd things like beetroot I don’t think it’s worth your money cause essentially it’s $25 for a burger where you’re gonna take things out and it’ll be the same burger as you’ll get for $9.50 at Ollie Café.

Lastly, Mother had the Tropical Chicken Salad. It’s essentially very very well grilled chicken, leaves and fruit. Though it was filling and I must say, very tasty, considering I’m not the type that enjoys fruit in my savoury items, I highly do not recommend eating a salad if you’re café hopping or something. If you’re like some tai tai and is at clarke quay waiting for your other tai tai friends to come before y’all go for hot pilates or tropical yoga or whatever nonsense y’all are into then by all means it really is a great salad. For everyone else… yeah no.

Coffee was very nice I must say, enjoyed the blend though I can’t say much cause I am not expert in this area HAHA. Oh oh the iced chai was really nice too then again all chai’s that I think are nice just taste like the remnants of milk you get from eating a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch for breakfast.

TL;DR: Pretty chill place. Good place to study/ do work since there is free wifi. Food is a little pricey so you may wanna give it a miss if you’re cafe hopping on a tight budget. Try savoury breakfast items cause the sweet ones like french toast is not worth it. But for meetings with friends and you have the money to spend then go ahead.

Toby’s Estate

8 Rodyk Street #01-03/04, 238216

I’ve got many more adventures to post so stay tuned for more food porn~

xx

PS: Lol this is in no way discriminatory towards tai tai’s I am just here sitting at my computer writing BS half the time that sounds funny to me. So please don’t take much offence. Everything else besides the tai tai thing is highly serious okay food is very serious!!! I don’t know what I am saying anymore it is 2am help me.

Haw Par Villa

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Hey pals let me tell you something: the poverty is real. Once As ended so did the bank account and with every outing the money slowly dwindled into nonexistence. Reasons why T and I needed to find ways to have fun in Singapore without spending a single cent. This was my first time at Haw Par Villa and it was really super fun. Honestly there is not much you can do but the Chinese culture from the place was super worth walking in the scorching sun. Who knew there were so many ancient Chinese stories?!?! We even explored the abandoned stage but I was too scared to venture the underground HAHA. On the down side I got 826176 mosquito bites. Hoping to do more free + fun stuff before T enlists in March!! Perhaps go on more hikes and runs cause God knows I need the exercise 😭

Till next time

xx