so lovely here

Jan 30

Just Plain Coffee

Good coffee is hard to come by in Singapore but success is sweet! And even sweeter when said good coffee place also serves reasonably priced breakfast sets and is accompanied by a bright airy light-filled setting (:

say hello to the The Plain!

Pretty self explanatory - yummy coffee, yummy all day breakfasts (mostly consisting of some variation on poached eggs), yummy prices, yummy design magazines scattered about, oh! did I mention Yummy coffee? - Try it!

Also, apparently they also do something called hump nights every wednesday (temporarily suspended till post-CNY) where they serve aussie beer and a selection of treats! How fun!

My only complaint possibly is that the acoustics of the place aren’t great - ie, it gets noisy but hey! maybe your next table neighbour is having a juicy conversation you want to get in on :b

50 craig road, tanjong pagar
aka near to duxton hill

Photo credit: (1) from ladyironchef, (2) mine, (3) from the plain website

Jan 29

Shit Singaporeans Say

(boy @ ez-link) wah need to top up again!
— SO TRUE CAN!

actually more accurately imho would be “wah, sian… need to top up again”

BADASS!theurbanlion:

Black Knight Fly-Past above UOB (by eng  kit)
Jan 29

BADASS!

theurbanlion:

Black Knight Fly-Past above UOB (by eng kit)

Jan 29

You must be MAAD not to go

I’ve gone to Maad a couple times now and seriously, its amazing! People who say Singapore is boring NEED to come here - reason #183920 why I love Singapore! (:

Highlights!



#1 Super cool retail therapy options:

“Localised” hand drawn birthday cards, yummy cupcakes and home made icecream, bracelets made of traditional Buddhist prayer beads except MULTICOLOURED and carved into miniature SKULLS (
-whew- thats a mouthful!

Instead of frequenting overpriced stores selling quirky adorable Edward Monkton in Raffles City (disclaimer: I love him!), give Maad a chance for more offbeat, cheaper localised designs! WAHOO (:



#2 Free music!:




I was fortunate enough to catch part of Kevin Matthew’s performance and it was super sweet and chilled out and added to the amazing ambience of the place (: He also sang some slightly more interesting political songs - I do believe there were some digs at our ministers $1million salaries -___-

Even better, you can enjoy the free music lying on astroturf with a pile of cushions or cozying up with your lurverrr in a little quiet tent - GLORIOUS! Sneakaboo!

They also rebroadcast the music in the different rooms so you can listen to it even when you’re busy on your shopping escapades in other areas! (: Trust me, you’ll wanna!



#3 Check out red-dot design museum - FOR FREE!


One of the art installations that I really loved which if I don’t remember wrongly won the 2009 design award competition for having such great colourful and simply designed kitchen ware - Which they then turned into this beautiful art installation!

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AND MORE! (Which I failed to take photos of cause - well, how I see it is that a mark of a good night is lack of photos taken because you’re busy enjoying it!) (:



#4 Be a model for a night! - an art model that is


One of the things that struck me was a group of people clustered at the back busy painting portraits of 2 lucky visitors to maad - SUPER COOL CAN!

No you don’t get to keep your portrait (although maybe if you asked the artist pretty please) but still - its great training and perhaps you can get in some meditation whilst you’re at it! (:

Word of caution, one of the people modelling chose a pose where she was looking surprised, body leaning backwards somewhat, at her husband. I have a niggling suspicion she might have regretted that pose after holding it for such a long time although she had this amused smile on her face - I would be too if there were 10 random strangers trying to draw me!

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The upcoming Maad dates are 10th feb, 9th Mar and 13th April 2012 - all Friday evenings and all in the city centre so there is really NO EXCUSE not to go! Mark your calendars now! Trust me - you won’t regret it! (:

See their site for further details!: here

PS: Completely random and irrelevant but did you know red dot is only red from the front? HOW LAZY!!

Jan 28

SMELLS LIKE TEEN SPIRIT

Don’t you love those days where you’re aimlessly walking around in the evening which wanders you into a store where you then spend 2 hours in chatting with the most delightful and informative pair of people?

Hide & Seek is a darling gem of a store located in the CBD (soon to change - keep yourself updated on its facebook page!). Well hidden behind the facade of an old shopfront and narrow door, you’d be forgiven for walking past and completely missing it.

It comprises of 4 floors. One floor features menswear, womenswear and accessories by local designers; another with sale items; another with household items and random exciting trinkets to litter around your room or gift to besties; and then the last floor which is really the exciting part - a floor dedicated to perfume!

The one hour I spent was basically an all out sensory experience - I LOVED IT!

Dark wooden flooring and furniture against white walls, soothing music in the background, learning about a mysterious world of perfume and exposing my nose to an entire spectrum of new scents. This is what heaven must smell like!

Did you know perfumes are constructed like a pyramid with top notes which sometimes take up to an hour to evaporate (which is why its always recommended that you wait for a while before deciding whether you like a scent), heart notes which comprise the main heart of the perfume and base notes?

Also, did you know theres this super cool interesting perfume to be found at Hide & Seek which is actually constructed like a star (ie a multi faceted pyramid)?

Yes - thats how complex and exciting the perfumes there are!

They also had an entire range of perfumes of which I’d never smelt anything like it - they don’t stock no MJ Daisy or DKNY Apple scents here! Some of the scents they had literally smelt like wood and forests whilst others had cryptic names like “A mother’s fury” - seriously guys, how can you not be curious about a perfume called a mother’s fury?!

And of course - I didn’t leave empty handed!

The best thing is that for some of their perfumes, you can pick and choose and buy a sampler set! I got a trio of perfumes for about $100 and whats better is that they all fit into my handbag so I can spray them whenever wherever - PERFECT (:

If you’re looking for a unique and special gift for a friend, bestie, mom, dad - this is the place to bring them. Its not the cheapest perfume but by far and away, your nose will be in for a massive treat and at very least you’ll go out smelling great!

NB: You know sometimes you go to buy perfume and after trying on a lot you feel pressured by sales staff to buy something otherwise they’ll look down on you? This is not like that! They were super friendly and totally encouraging me to take my time especially because the scent the longer you wear it etc. LOVELY!

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Hide & Seek
176 Telok Ayer Street, in between Raffles Place & Tanjong Pagar (NB: they are going to move early 2012)
http://hideandseek.com.sg/main.html
http://keithpng.blogspot.com/

Jan 27

aWAKE IN SINGAPORE

I’d be meaning to try my hand at wakeboarding for ages but of course given my propensity for laziness, it just didn’t happen till a couple months ago, I was reminded again of my commitment by the Singapore team winning the SEA games.

So I did it.

I got off my ass, rounded up a group of friends, booked the wakeboard session and coordinated to get to that super isolated corner of Singapore in Punggol called Marina Country Club.

Next thought,

WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG?

Fear of being complete crap at it was one - which turned out to be a completely WELL-FOUNDED fear.

So all I do is hold on, go from crouching down to standing up whilst leaning back and then keeping my butt in and then turn the board to face the boat and whatever happens to holding onto the handle for dear life?

Yesyesyes, don’t worry - its easy!

(me mentally) Erm dude, that statement is practically a tongue twister to say and when you’re actually in the water theres less time to do all that than it takes to say it!

But so said my instructor cum boat driver cum only person in the boat who knows how to wakeboard so I trusted him.

Repeat that conversation about 5 times and you’ll get an droplet of how much sea water I was drinking!!

On the plus side, floating about on your back with a life vest strapped to you staring at a beautiful sunny sky whilst waiting for the boat to make a U-turn is really quite pleasant (:

And then the boat approaches and you try to flip your body with a block of wood strapped to your feet and with flailing arms swim/scramble/paddle towards that elusive handle, with a cacophony of SUPPORTIVE friends laughing from the safety of the boat - FUN TIMES! :D

Thankfully, it only took me a litre of seawater and a half dozen tries to learn how to wakeboard - I use the term wakeboard loosely, in my case to mean standing up for a good 5 seconds (hey we all have to start somewhere!)

If you’ve done cable skiing before, it takes even less time - my fortunater friends were able to stand in all of 1 or 2 tries!

And of course if you’re a guy theres always the option of just DIE DIE ALSO DON’T LET GO CAN LIAO

Full disclaimer: said guy told me the next day that he couldn’t even lift up his arms

So there, three perfectly acceptable options to learn how to wakeboard successfully! (: Plus its an excellent work out especially with said clenching of butt muscles (:

Also, did I mention the weather - its AMAZING!

Its definitive, no arguments allowed: THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO ENJOY SINGAPORE THAN IN A BIKINI ON A BOAT WITH SEA SALT SPRAY, HOT SUN AND A BEER IN HAND.

Full disclaimer #2: I do not actually recommend a bikini whilst wakeboarding unless you are the kind who enjoys nipslips -___- You have been warned!

Full disclaimer #3: Okay, we didn’t actually have beer on the boat BUT WE TOTALLY SHOULD HAVE cause its amazing and we sincerely regretted not and so I say so (:

And then to round off the whole afternoon I fully recommend parking yourself at the seafront of Marina Country Club to enjoy the sunset and a chilled tower of Tiger, which for once actually tasted quite decent, particularly when served in these most adorable Tiger beer shot glasses.

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I wakeboarded with Ryders, paid $400 for 4 hours (2-6pm) shared by 5 pax bringing it up to a total of $80 for an entire arvo. Sure its not the cheapest recreational activity but trust, its WORTH IT! (:

http://www.ryders.com.sg/
600 Punggol 17th Avenue Marina Country Club
63863891

Also, if you don’t have the luxury of a car, share a cab with friends from Yishun and take the Seletar North Link which goes through the old airbase. Once you see the warehouse with all the boats stacked up on your left get the cabbie to drive really slowly - theres actually a small pavement entrance demarcated with several stone road boulder-pole-thingums* where you can walk 100m into before hitting Marina Country Club. This route is a lot faster because otherwise the cab driver has to drive all the way to Punggol and then all the way in again - I would say it definitely shaved a few dollars off our cab fare which turned out to be $12 - not too bad!

* I tried googling for the correct term which yielded me nothing hence my convoluted description

Jan 26

"You make me feel so la la la la la"

Clearly, this should be Singapore’s theme song, lah~

I can’t believe I haven’t seen this around but now I’m definitely going to make a trip down there to check it out!i-cognoscenti:

Major street art off Haji Lane near Singapore’s Arab Street.
Jan 26

I can’t believe I haven’t seen this around but now I’m definitely going to make a trip down there to check it out!

i-cognoscenti:

Major street art off Haji Lane near Singapore’s Arab Street.

Randomly Cool: Yishun WaterfrontNot exactly the highest resolution photos but still, the sunset looks amazing no? And yes, this is Singapore! More specifically this is Yishun dam, which cuts across to Seletar airbase (soon to be Singapore’s newest hub on the block, specializing in aerospace), TPE as well as Punggol. A completely clear view of 360 degrees over the water, some bicycles passing by as workers ride back from desolate aerospace hub chatting good naturedly about their day at work, the heavy breathing of cement mixers and lorries leaving progress behind for the night and occasional zooms of cars who then promptly realise the futility of racing down a one lane road littered with speed humps and aging lorries yonder. And all this, blending into the brilliance of water and golf course greenery which slowly turn a golden-blueish hue that Monet would be proud to paint. A bit further ahead, there are kelongs (I shall visit these someday!) with wooden sticks cobbled together into slender platforms stretching out in solitude to the ocean.A few cars are parked by the side but most whizz past, not noticing or perhaps too numb to see beyond the bumper in front. A couple or two sit on the cement looking out to sea and sometimes, the breeze brings the familiar scent and sounds of makeshift family barbeques. And of course, the runners, amble by. Even further ahead nearer to Seletar North Link, over the bridge, you get a perfectly clear birds eye view into the airport’s backyard. If you have a car, you can even explore the hidden roads and literally be within 2m of a $2m plane - its amazing; who needs an air show with throngs of crowds? Its the perfect mix of modernity, progress and nature. Super chilled out, super romantic and just all in all gorgeous. Plus theres the added bonus that come nightfall, a different crowd descends, the cool crowd - but thats another story. Watching that sunset just gave me such a sense of joy and euphoria and hope for the next day - its amazing how so much pleasure can be derived from something seemingly so insignificant, something that happens every 24 hours. Why do we constantly feel we have to go overseas before we can appreciate beauty? Its right here, in Singapore, in your head, really, its so lovely! Next time you’re driving around at 7pm in Singapore, look out for the sunset - be it at CTE or near your HDB, its gonna be beautiful.
Jan 26

Randomly Cool: Yishun Waterfront

Not exactly the highest resolution photos but still, the sunset looks amazing no? And yes, this is Singapore!


More specifically this is Yishun dam, which cuts across to Seletar airbase (soon to be Singapore’s newest hub on the block, specializing in aerospace), TPE as well as Punggol.


A completely clear view of 360 degrees over the water, some bicycles passing by as workers ride back from desolate aerospace hub chatting good naturedly about their day at work, the heavy breathing of cement mixers and lorries leaving progress behind for the night and occasional zooms of cars who then promptly realise the futility of racing down a one lane road littered with speed humps and aging lorries yonder.


And all this, blending into the brilliance of water and golf course greenery which slowly turn a golden-blueish hue that Monet would be proud to paint.


A bit further ahead, there are kelongs (I shall visit these someday!) with wooden sticks cobbled together into slender platforms stretching out in solitude to the ocean.


A few cars are parked by the side but most whizz past, not noticing or perhaps too numb to see beyond the bumper in front. A couple or two sit on the cement looking out to sea and sometimes, the breeze brings the familiar scent and sounds of makeshift family barbeques. And of course, the runners, amble by.


Even further ahead nearer to Seletar North Link, over the bridge, you get a perfectly clear birds eye view into the airport’s backyard.


If you have a car, you can even explore the hidden roads and literally be within 2m of a $2m plane - its amazing; who needs an air show with throngs of crowds? Its the perfect mix of modernity, progress and nature. Super chilled out, super romantic and just all in all gorgeous.


Plus theres the added bonus that come nightfall, a different crowd descends, the cool crowd - but thats another story.


Watching that sunset just gave me such a sense of joy and euphoria and hope for the next day - its amazing how so much pleasure can be derived from something seemingly so insignificant, something that happens every 24 hours.


Why do we constantly feel we have to go overseas before we can appreciate beauty? Its right here, in Singapore, in your head, really, its so lovely!


Next time you’re driving around at 7pm in Singapore, look out for the sunset - be it at CTE or near your HDB, its gonna be beautiful.