Bangkok 2014 On Film | P1

I usually like travelling alone because my pace is different from previous companions. However, travelling with Ethel and Jovy was such a joy. We’ve discovered when the 3 of us are together, the strangest, funniest and craziest things happen to us. 3 of us shared a bed, experienced a proper haunting (omg, i’ll never forget), ate everything we saw (dirty but crazy tasty street food included) and of course, went on the most fruitful 2-day cafe hunt I’ve ever been on. We had so much fun, we’re already planning our next trip! :)

Bangkok changes so much every time I go there. It’s simply amazing what can happen in a year. While you could say the same for Singapore, somehow Bangkok’s change is more inspiring… probably for the fact that they seem to be able to do whatever they want – build a small cafe from ground up in the middle of nowhere, build cafes/shops out of old freight containers etc. I really admire Thai people for their outstanding creativity. What they create and do, is awe-inspiring.

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The Bloc
A really great location to take some whimsical wedding photos, or better yet, a wedding! Imagine it all lit up at night. How Pretty! Not the most convenient to get to, with the nearest BTS Station being Bang Wa, you’d still have to take a cab. From Siam area, it was about 300 baht for us.

Anyways back to The Bloc. It has the shop that Jovy and Ethel were looking forward so much to going to, Things to Make and Do. They source for their products overseas from Japan and carry some items from KikiK intact. Prices are a little expensive seeing how much you pay for most stuff in Bangkok, but still a really nice shop space that will make you go “omg” at almost everything.. well… at least that’s what happened to us.

It also has ice cream parlour, Simple Day Ice-Cream, dessert place, Think Cafe and restaurant, Treebox. You’ll want to order everything because it all looks so damn cute. Cute when it comes to food? You’ll understand when you see what they offer.

Find out their location and other details on the FB page HERE.

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Casa Lapin X26
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One Day Wallflowers 

Looking for extremely good-looking hipster boys, good tasting coffee, super delicious tarts, really nice chilled out outdoor seating space and the most beautiful flower shop you’ll ever know? Then Casa Lapin x26 with One Day Wallflowers just outside it’s main doors, is the perfect stop over for you! The place feels expensive and I sort of get the vibe I would get at PS Cafe over here. The crowd is very good-looking, both service staff and customers, however, I somehow I feel like everyone’s friends with everyone else. If you’re not comfortable with that sort of thing, sit outside! They have some really cushy seats and tables, way more relaxing than sitting inside in my opinion.

One Day Wallflowers is housed in a tiny “greenhouse”. Filled with stunning blooms, you’ll be tempted to buy everything in the shop, even though you have no idea what you might do with the flowers. Because of that flaw in the plan, Ethel & I settled for super adorable little wooden houses for 160Bht each. That purchase satisfied us just enough. :)

Casa Lapin x26 FB page HERE
One Day Wallflowers FB page HERE.

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(UN)FASHION Ekkamai 10

An extremely tiny cafe, you can only fit a maximum of 4 at a table and I think the whole space has a maximum seating capacity of 12. And that’s it. Cozy and quaint, you’ll feel like Peter Rabbit in his little rabbit hole with his family. I loved it! Plus, their Mixed Fruit tart was scrumptious! Ethel & I enjoyed it lots!

(UN)FASHION is located at the corner between Sukhumvit Soi 63 and Ekkamai 10.

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QUEST – Connaisseur Cafe

This was actually our first stop on our cafe trail bonanza! Quite close to the condominium we were staying at, it was while I was getting us quite lost that I noticed this cafe. Somehow, I always have a keen eye for places filled with natural light and raw wooden furniture… no matte how obscure. The coffee was good and the pastry the right size and just enough to keep us satisfied till our next pit stop. haha… Morning refreshments at Quest made a good start to the day!

Quest FB Page HERE.

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One Ounce For Onion

One of the cafes I would definitely go back to the next time I’m in BKK because the atmosphere is so frigging chilled out. The coffee was great, the ice matcha latte was hella good, I almost finished it in a go. I could hang out there all day long! If there is one cafe you can’t miss out on, it’s One Ounce For Onion! :)

Their FB Page HERE.

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Cafe Hopping Notes

Bring your smartphone charger when you travel around BKK. Lots of cafes have electrical sockets for you to charge your phones and they really don’t say anything if you use it. If not, you can do what Jovy does and ask if the staff mind charging your iPhone for you! No one rejected her yet!

Remember to buy your SIM Card at the Airport! It’s just 300baht for 7 days!

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More photos to come.
Thank you Bangkok for the hospitality.
I LOVE YOU!

All photos in this post were taken with Nikon FM2

Categories: Bangkok Travels, Cafes, Film Photography
Creatory 2014

It’s extremely sad for me when really fun events happen on the weekends, which, obviously, they always do! Weekends are the busiest time of the week for the bakery, and this past one was no exception. But because my friends at Creatory had rallied together to “push” me to go down, I knew I definitely couldn’t miss out on all the fun. And although I could only afford about an hour there, I managed to stuff myself silly with great food and drinks, catch up with friends and see all the other amazing works by talented Singaporean folk.

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Hopefully Creatory happens again next year in 2015! xx

Categories: Outings
SUNDAY

 

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Bagel Brunch at SEASONS BISTRO

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Probably the best Public Garden weekend yet! I wanted to buy everything and I almost did!

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One of the best Sundays I’ve had in awhile!

 

Categories: Outings
LOVE

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June & July have been the months for weddings and lots of love.
I’ve been feeling very grateful to have the most talented and hardworking team supporting me.
Because of them, I can really focus on the decor for the tables.
Everything was organised and ran so smoothly, it was unbelievable.
For everyone interested in having a dessert table for their wedding, please drop an email at
events@mapleandmarket.com
Looking forward to the weddings in August!
xx

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Categories: Cakes, Weddings
Ordinary Co.

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I love jewellery. I used to be a big fan of chunky jewellery, till I finally realized they made my fat fingers and short neck look even fatter and shorter. Pttff. Now I love buying jewellery from Nasty Girl… but unfortunately with 15USD delivery charge, it’s not quite worth it.

So I was really glad when I found out about The Ordinary Co. They have simple, beautiful and affordable jewellery pieces available in their online shop. Bought a few delicate pieces (this and this) and have been wearing them on a regular basis because they’re so light and definitely don’t get in the way of work.

I wish I could have them all.

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Categories: Shopping
Coast & Company

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Coast & Company
Located on Siglap Drive, it’s not the most accessible if you don’t live around the area and with the unavailability of parking space, the best way to get here is to cycle. :)

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It was my birthday… so cake was necessary. I had the strawberry rhubarb crumble cake which was tasty, however, hard as a rock. If people thought cakes at M&M were dry, this took the cake. Oops. Yes, lame pun intended. I think it was such a waste to store it in the chiller cause the flavour was good, but unfortunately, tea cakes are best kept and eaten at room temperature and instead, dry out real quick in the chiller.

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However, the Sour Cream Cheese Toast with Honeycombs was absolutely delightful. Actually… So. damn. good. I don’t know about the rest of the menu, but I would come back just for this.

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For concise reviews, read here and here

Coast & Company
54 Siglap Dr 456176

Categories: Cafes, Singapore Travels
All Script

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Digital publications on the iPad aren’t really for me, I still prefer flipping through physical books and magazines… especially… when they are made of beautiful paper stock.

That’s why I’m so grateful an Allscript branch opened near my home in Serangoon Gardens. That way I wouldn’t have to travel downtown just to get a copy of my favourite magazines like Cereal and Kinfolk. They offer a treasure trove of rare magazines available for order online that can be delivered to your doorstep (with a small delivery fee) or to one of their Allscript branches (free) for collection. So convenient… Ahh.. thank you Internet God for online shopping!

Happy browsing folks!
xx

Categories: Shopping
Bagels, Doughnuts & Me

I finally feel my creative juices flowing again. Recently, or actually, just yesterday, I passed on my managerial duties to someone whom I know would be far more suited for that role than me… during this current point in time. I’m still the boss of M&M but I’m taking a back seat and going back to the things that I really like doing… the fun stuff… like amateur styling, taking photos, teaching and events. I am very grateful for the notoriety M&M has been gaining, however the more customers we have, the more stressed I get. I’m too emotional, too sensitive, too much of a people pleaser (One bad review can have me cry one bucket of tears… people can be so mean) which are traits that make me dreadful at running a business.

So in celebration of my new “freedom”, I made bagels and doughnuts – which will be new classes for July and August! Nothing beats soft fluffy freshly made doughnuts, not even you Krispy Kreme! Damn you and your delicious original glaze! Mmmmmm…..

Sorry I digress…

Anyways do look out for the class schedule on the Maple & Market website soon! I will be also working on cake classes too, so look out for those too! :) In the meantime, have a wonderful week!
xx

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Categories: Food
The Tastemaker

When I was younger, I couldn’t quite understand why other people liked studying outside. Wasn’t it quieter and more conducive at home? How can you focus when there’s like a million people surrounding you?

Well I haven’t quite gotten my head around the idea of hanging about at Macs. The aroma of fast food that soon turns into an oily stench that seamlessly intertwines itself with the cotton fibres of your clothes… aka you smell like crap…. or the screams of elation followed by cries of dissatisfaction of the denial of the last french fry by the fat kid at the next table… that used to be me btw... No, no and no thank you.

However, now as an adult, I can understand why being somewhere besides home and work, might be a better option for your mind and soul.

I learnt that I can never really get anything done at home because it is too comfortable. I live in a loft, so you can imagine, when I’m all comfy, I’m like a bear in a cave during winter. You can’t ask the bear to do anything else but laze around and sleep. It’s unnatural! For both the bear.. and me..!

At work, I can’t get anything properly done either because there is always some distraction… mostly external and sometimes internal…”what was that Ed Sheeran song that just played on the radio… must… google… now…” . and I always end up doing things half way. Blargh*

That’s why, I like looking for somewhere else I can have some “me time”, have some food and do some work… or read.. or write… or draw…. without any distractions…

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When I stepped first into The Tastemaker, the first thought that popped into my head was… ”I could hang out here all-day…” I love the space! If M&M wasn’t that small and if I was a much neater person, this is what it would look like. Or actually this was what it looked like in my head when I was dreaming of my dream cafe. It’s white with lots of wood… SOoooo my thing!

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Nice space right?! I’m there quite a few times in the week, delivering cakes and sometimes loitering about,catching up on some reading. So hopefully, I’ll see you there too~

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For opening hours and location, please check out their website here.

P.s Always check the FB page or website of any store or F&B outlet you intend on dropping by, do NOT follow the opening hours listed on other blogs or websites because they are usually not updated! Better to be kiasu than disappointed! :)

 

Categories: Cafes, Singapore Travels
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Itadakimasu! Woof! Woof! 

Categories: Videos