I recently chanced upon a new app. magazine titled SPOON. They have two volumes out and I love them both. Beautiful styling, clean typography and delicious content. Here are some screenshots! Makes me want to make my own magazine as well. Sighs. xx
Hidden in the depths (and I mean the depths cause even my car’s GPS was confused) of Siglap sits a little place named The Big Sheila. The place resembles M&M quite a bit, with a large communal table in the middle and a cozy corner of 3 tables.
Chicken Salt Fries & Chicken Gravy / $14
Just how we do it in Australia! Super crispy, fluffy inside chippies with Chicken Salt, Aioli & Gravy.
Move aside truffle fries, I found my new favourite!
TBS Chickie Schnitzel / $28
Big herb & lemon zest crumbed chicken breast, with fresh apple, mint, coriander & baby caper coleslaw. Served with a lemon wedge, aioli & a warm French crusty baguette.
Bangin Burger / $26
Little meat balls with red pepper & jalapenos. With caramelized onions, gherkin, bocconcini cheese, rocket. Served with a warm Baguette, beetroot dip, aioli and tomato relish.
Chick n’ Chili Crepe / $28
Enveloped in a spiced egg crepe, grilled sliced chicken breast with shredded beans, cucumber ribbons, chili, mint, spring onions, peanuts, fried garlic slivers, honey, dark soy and a cheek of lime.
Irish Eyes Pies / $24
Two cuts beef slow cooked with Guinness, whole shallots & mushrooms to make a thick yummy gravy!
Fleur’s Pho / $26
In a large bowl a bed of soba noodles, baby spinach, braised leeks, snow pea and mushrooms, with char grilled chicken breast sliced on top. On the side a jug of smooth chicken consume, with hint of orange and star anise. On the side you have bean sprouts, chilli, herbs and orange cheek.
I had the Pho and I loved it. The broth was beautiful and replacing the usual rice noodles with soba noodles was a brilliant twist. If you love vegetables, you’ll be happy to know that the dish is overwhelmed with a good amount of vegetables
Caramel Banana & Mars Pot / $14
Gooey Salted Caramel, slices of big banana and Mars Bar with vanilla cream in a pot.
Flourless Chocolate & Orange / $14
A cake made with 85% Ecuadorian chocolate, orange aromatic emulsion, scotch soaked raisins & almond meal cake. With a milk and dark chocolate ganache top & almond flake toffee.
My friends and I utterly enjoyed the dinner. The food was great and the service staff very helpful and friendly.
If you’re looking for a cozy spot that is away from the crowd and have a great meal with your loved ones , then I highly recommend The Big Sheila.
The Big Sheila
15 Swan Lake Avenue,
A vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
I cannot stress the importance of staycations… especially when you reach your late twenties and work doesn’t allow you to travel too far or for too long. And while my staycations only last slightly less than 24 hours, every minute and every second is precious… and the memories, not less important or vivid as say… a trip to Egypt. Who am I kidding? Nothing has been more epic than Egypt.
This time round, I planned a staycation with my little monkeys at M&M. Although it was mostly for me to get away from the emails, phone calls and in general anything work related… it was also to celebrate the birthday of two of the boys by having too much fun.
My little monkeys! XD
After some baking in the morning, we had a craving for truffles which was satisfied by a dose at Barracks.
Staycation venue: W Sentosa.
I won’t go into the details of what happened. But because we spent too much time by the pool, both day and night, I didn’t have the time to take photos of the whole day… but let’s just say, it’s the best staycation I’ve ever had. My dysfunction Maple & Market family are the best company ever. Let’s do it again kids!
If you’re looking for a fun staycation venue with your friends and family, W Sentosa is really a great choice. The room was really luxurious and comfortable and while I would have spent most of the day in it, the pool was the real deal. Love it!
Sometimes I pause and wonder if my life is heading in the right direction.
Sometimes I get tired, not of working hard, but of people who are mean.
Sometimes I make mistakes which make me question what I’m doing and who I should be.
Sometimes I want to hide because the real world can be so ugly.
Sometimes I feel scared.
Sometimes I feel miserable.
Sometimes … just sometimes… I want to stop, give up, and run away.
Sometimes I meet the most wonderful people who love what I do.
Sometimes I receive so much more love than I think I deserve.
Sometimes I bring joy to people and that makes happy.
Sometimes I feel inspired.
Sometimes I feel brave.
Sometimes … just sometimes… I forget the bad stuff & remember the good stuff.
& the world is a beautiful place again….
To all of you chasing your dream, you may falter and you may fall… but what matter is you pick yourself up, keep calm and carry on. Don’t mind my language, but fuck the haters, ignore their insincere bullshit and remember you don’t owe them anything. Listen to those who really care, take in constructive criticism, learn from it, improve and be better.
Live. Love. Laugh.
Life is too short for you to let someone else ruin it for you.
My hair had been getting on my nerves recently… an unruly quaff (urban dictionary = Ginormous hair of epic proportions) I call it. I’ve never been a fan of long hair for two main reasons… with one being the weather/the heat I have to endure in the kitchen and the other, the fact that I never have much patience to truly look after hair.
I’d been thinking of lopping off most of my hair, but wasn’t sure where to go to get a good job done. I know everyone has their go-to stylist who knows their hair well, but I’ve never been a loyalist in that aspect with disappointing encounters raking up one after the other. Boo… I have rarely seen nice short hair cuts on girls locally… so was worried I’d end up looking like a small boy all over again. Ahh… superficial problems of life.
And one day, amidst thinking of how to deal with my quaff, I got an offer for a haircut/color/treatment package from COVO. Honestly, I wasn’t too sure in the beginning, but when I found out they were a Japanese hair salon, I didn’t flinch when saying “onegaishimasu!”
COVO (which actually means “a hiding place” in Italian) is located at 43 Keong Saik Road, right next to boutique hotel Naumi Liora / Keong Saik Snacks.
And this is my quaff… No doubt I had blow dried it prior to my visit, so it doesn’t look too much of a mess, but neither was it fabulous either.
This is Rie-san! She’s from Toyama prefecture and is 2* years old. haha… I had found that out while talking to her in my broken Japanese that has deteriorated to a very limited vocabulary. While she was impressed with the little Japanese I knew, I was more impressed by her English which she had only started learning about 2 years ago which was when she first came to Singapore to work.
She also informed me that the COVO stylists are all qualified hairstylist from Japan, whom have had work experience in Tokyo. As you know, Japanese people provide the best service in the world, so you can definitely be sure it will be a very pleasant experience!
I was contemplating perming or cutting… and after a brief discussion and a few Japanese-hair-book-page-flipping moments later, I decided to take the leap of faith in Rie-san.
I’ve always had the idea in my head that Japanese girls always look good in short hair. And because of that, maybe being a little bit biased, I feel like Japanese hair stylist are the best with short hairstyles on girls!
I wasn’t sad at all as my hair was being snipped off!
At first they had given my local magazines to read till I asked the friendly staff for Japanese magazines in Japanese. haha…
Almost done. Now for some coloring! They use hair color from Japan.
Thanks Jovy for accompanying me and being my camera woman for the day!
After the colouring, I got my hair washed! At COVO, they use carbonated spring water when getting your hair washed to all the customers without any extra charge. Carbonated spring water usage is a more effective way of getting rid of grime and dirt from the pores of your head than regular water. This also helps to reduce hair damage and generates healthier hair. They also have carbonated products for sale so you will be able to achieve similar results at home.
And after 3 hours of pampering….
I tried to make it look the photo look like one of those you’d find in a Japanese hair look book. haha… I’m sure I don’t look like one of the models in there, but I’m really very happy with my hair! My parents were extremely pleased with it and commented “You look so much neater now, you used to look like a hobo.” Thanks mum and dad. haha.
Thank you COVO for such a good experience! I will definitely be back!
And of course, a special promotion for my readers!
*All the new customers, we offer 20% off for the 1st visit. (promotion does not apply to product purchase.)
*Quote “Sarah’s blog” or “Sarah’s FB post” when you select any service on their hair menu and the hair treatment comes free. (If you would like to have only hair treatment, this promotion does not apply.)
* The promotion is valid till end of September
43 Keong Saik road (Near Outram Park MRT),
Being a blogger and now, bakery owner as well, it’s so important for me to always have access to the internet. Whether it’s for more serious stuff like emails and accessing important dates on my iCal, or more fun stuff like uploading photos of happenings at the bakery on instagram and Facebook, 4G allows me to get so much done fast and efficiently while on the go.
If I’m not at the bakery, you can find me going around Singapore running errands like going grocery shopping, buying flowers or delivering cakes… and sometimes, if I’m lucky to have the time, hanging out at my favourite cafes, all which, at some point of time, were made much easier tasks because of 4G! For example, *deep breath in* on the way to work, travelling along Kallang Road, I had to find out if Cold Storage Kallang Leisure Park was opened at that moment because my staff had suddenly called me to inform me that they had ran out of raspberries which were needed for a cake that was to be picked up at 10am. I checked my iPhone to find out that bit of information and within a minute, was turning in, into the carpark.
“But what exactly is 4G?”, you’re wondering. Most of you probably don’t have much a clue about it and neither did I before this blogpost. And I suppose I could share with you all the technicalities of it… which would probably bore you to tears… so really, all you need to know is that it allows us fast access to the internet. It’s really that simple. How fast? Get your hands on a 3G phone, compare and within seconds, you’ll know how fast.
So what do you enjoy on 4G? Do you get to watch your favourite Korean drama while you’re on the bus on the way to school? Or get to download the Backstreet Boys’ song the moment you and your girlfriends reminisce about it because of it? The lovely people at M1 would like to find out!
* M1 For Everyone Contest *
To join the contest, you’ll first need to like M1′s Facebook Page
On a large cardboard, write down clearly what you enjoy on 4G, just like what my team has done above! Then submit a video of yourself holding the board, onto either the Facebook Contest Page or Instagram. Do remember to #M1foreveryone if you submit your entry through instagram! 5 videos will then be selected and then stitch together into 1 winners’ video and upload onto the Facebook page every week! On weeks 1 and 2 winners will get a HTC One and during weeks 3 and 4, a Samsung GS4 each! And even if your video was not picked as one of the 5, there will be a lucky draw and you’ll get a chance to win a Sony Xperia Z Tablet or a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1!
Want to see what I like on 4G? Watch the video below!
This year I celebrated my birthday by going cafe hopping!
33/35/37 Kampong Bahru Rd,
The new Strangers Reunion is gorgeous! I love the floor to ceiling windows that allow natural light to fill the space.
Coffee is still good!
Truffle Fries! The reason why I’ve been to Strangers twice in the past 2 weeks! They were THAT good. However, the second time I had them, they had changed the fries to shoe string fries which I felt were a little oily and lacked the truffle flavour in the fries themselves. The dip still had truffle oil but you have to coat your fries in quite a lot of it in order to taste the truffle, which led us to getting another serving of the dip for $3.50. I hope they might be able to change it back to the old recipe which was brilliant!!
136 Telok Ayer St.
You can find me here once a week, buying coffee beans for M&M and having a smoothie while chatting with their super friendly and very very awesome staff. It reminds me of the cafes I used to hang out at on Brick Lane on the weekends in London with a really chilled out East end vibe. Very indie. A little dodgy. Just the way I like it.
Their coffee is good, but their brownies are to die for. Must.eat.brownies.
5 gemmill lane,
I’ve had dinner here 4 times already. One of my favourite places for dinner with my favourite dish from them being the Lobster Bisque soup. Mmm… Great wine and cheese platters, tasty paninis and salad choices.
It would be a good idea to go early because they don’t take reservations and they can get quite packed after 7pm.
To all other 27 year olds out there! We’re still young!! Though we’re like 3 years away from 30… we’re still young! XD xx
Hello Mon Chers! Hope your week is going well so far!
After hearing so much about it from friends, I found a little bit of time to make my way down to Pasarbella. You would know by now I’m a avid fan of Markets, so I was very excited about it!
Located in the Grandstand, it’s not the easiest place to get to if you’re not driving. Thank goodness for me someone else was kind enough to do the driving while I snoozed a little in the passenger seat.
Walking into Pasarbella kind of felt like I was walking into Marche. Perhaps it was the soft lighting, brick walls and the different vendors offering a wide variety of food to choose from – seafood, meats, fresh bakes etc.
While I wished I had the time and money to sample everything, the main purpose of the visit was to have a cuppa at Dutch Colony Coffee Co. as I had heard so much rave reviews about the coffee. First of all, the staff there are so friendly…. And as for the coffee… in my opinion, the best damn latte I’ve had in Singapore! Well Kai ordered the latte… I got myself a mocha which was too good. He then ordered a Colombian wood-neck brewed coffee. Superb!
I guess it was a good thing we went on a weekday. I can imagine the place being overcrowded on a weekend. It gave me time to enjoy my coffee while doing some work. My little black book is a little overused I tell you. Not that that is a bad thing of course. Is Pasarbella worth the trip down just for Dutch Colony Coffee Co.? Hell yeah! …Well at least for me it is.
Till my next entry, take care my loves!