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!
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Bagels, Doughnuts & Me

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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!
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The Tastemaker

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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!

tastemaker-6782 tastemaker-6781 tastemaker-6779 tastemaker-6777 It currently has a very simple menu which the owners are hoping to expand on soon. So in the meantime, I recommend the Ice Matcha Latte and the Lemon Curd Toast! Oh and we stock M&M cake at The Tastemaker as well so… *wink* *cough* *cough*

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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! :)

 

MR x SUPERGA SPRING 2014

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Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 9.13.01 PMJust bought myself the only size 36 pink satin Superga x the man repeller sneakers from Robinsons. Soooo puurrrdddyyyy! They just came in TODAY and I was lucky customer number 1! Just what I needed to perk up a slightly-dreary-moody-hormonally-charged day.

This wasn’t planned at all. I swear I didn’t intentionally skive off work to go shopping. I didn’t even know about her Spring collection till today! The truth was, I was being a horrible boss moping around the shop, picking on anything that irked me. And lo and behold, everything annoyed me! So before I could do more damage and get everyone in the shop to hate me, I left mid-day to get a good hair cut. The horrendously hot weather was making me feel even worse, with or without air-conditioning. So if I couldn’t do something about my imbalanced hormones, I would at least try to literally take some weight off my neck and shoulders.

So while at least 10cm of hair was being loped off, I chanced upon a write up about Leandra Medine’s collection. Honestly, I didn’t read the whole thing even if it was barely 100 words, because the title Superga x the man repeller was enough! I didn’t even bother to see when it would be out with the assumption it already was, so I had to make haste. And I guess sometimes, being kiasu really does pay off well. :)

I only got to know about Leandra Medine about 2 months ago. I know… travesty right? It was her youtube videos that really appealed to me. She seems to have so much zest for life through the way she talks, the way she dances and runs around the streets of New York and of course, the way she dresses – fun, quirky and super fabulous. Oh and she’s such a good writer too! Man Repeller is probably the only blog where I read the entries word for word. Reminds me quite a lot of Carrie Bradshaw but not at all as neurotic. :)

So if you haven’t started following her yet, it’s about time you did! And for all of you wanting to grab a pair, I was informed they only bring one of each size for each design, so hurry down to Robinsons to try them on. Or if it’s too much of a hassle, you can also go online to buy from their Singapore based online store. Oh and do note, they run a bit big, so while I’m usually a size 37, the 36 fits me just nice! *best / safer to go down to Robinsons to try your size if you’re not sure, in my opinion*

Sighs. How I wish I could have all of them! Happy shopping my loves! xx

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Dream Apartment

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When I saw this post on Design*Sponge, I knew I had to share. They always share images of very beautiful homes which homeowners DIY themselves, but this particular apartment owned by Stylist Anthony D’Argenzio, creator of Zio & Sons, made me fall in love with it almost immediately. If I had a dream apartment, this would probably be it! Do follow him on Instagram because all his photos are just enviously goregous.

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Images from Zio & Sons

 

BINCHO

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I had truly cultivated a love for yakitori when I was staying in Tokyo for awhile. My Japanese Godfather had a favourite yakitori-ya where he’d have a meal at, at least once a week. When I was there, we’d drop by twice a week. We’d sit at the counter while he’d chat with the boss. They spoke really fast, occasionally asking for my opinion…most probably out of courtesy. I didn’t mind being left alone to watch the variety programmes showing on the tiny TV in the corner, eating good food and sipping on a big glass of Calpis High. Bliss.

When I came back to Singapore, I couldn’t find any yakitori restaurant that was as good as the one in Tokyo. Friends didn’t know. Even google couldn’t help. So for the longest time, I gave up the notion that I would be able to savour tasty yakitori outside of Japan….

until a month ago…

I got an invitation to a food tasting at BINCHO.

Maybe this sounds quite ungrateful, but I’m quite picky about the food tastings I attend because I’m quite wary of being bamboozled into writing a nice post about food I don’t really like. Shamed to say it has happened before, but now I tell myself, if I’m not gushing about it to my friends and family, then it really isn’t worth writing about. *2 & counting…*

The email said Yaki Tori and that peaked my interest immediately. A potentially good Yaki Tori restaurant in Singapore? NA NI ?! I nearly didn’t make it cause I was stuck at the shop covered in cake flour... But thank God I did, for I would have nearly missed out on a really decadent meal.

Because I’m not very good at writing and would not wish you to sit through horrible (vocab-wise) descriptions of the food and the space, I’m sharing my evening with you through photos and short-but-sweet comments below.

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Front bar.

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Back dining area.

bincho-2-15Front row seats.
Chef Masashi has been in Singapore for more than 10 years so don’t be shy to have a conversation with him while he prepares your dish for you.

bincho-2Assorted Appetizer
The chicken pate was quite divine.

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Hello super fresh Uni.

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For the Tofu fanatic. Must eat with the ginger and spring onions on the side.

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Sweeeeettt little tomato…..didn’t even need the drizzle.

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Not for the feint of heart. If I remember correctly, the heart, liver and oh the cockerel’s comb. The comb gave me a little bit of the eeby jeebies, but I got to try it just once.

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Chicken. A lot of tasty tasty chicken.

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Beautifully grilled vegetables – a refreshing bite from all the meaty disposition.

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I chew the meat of the bone like a ravenous lion. You can choose wagyu beef if you’d prefer that.

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Tsukune & Egg Yolk
Only had one chance to take that photo with the yolk on top of the tsukune. Made of meat from the chicken’s neck, it’s tender and juicy. This probably doesn’t sound very appetizing, but there isn’t much meat on a chicken’s neck so you can imagine how many chickens it took to make that one piece of meat…… #meatloversonly #carnivores

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After all the meat, it was hard to take more than one mouthful of the kurobuta don, which was very unfair to the dish. If you’re chuffed like me, must have the rice and meat with the broth to make it a good mouthful.

Best part of any meal for me
DESSERT!!! RAWWRRR!!

 

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Amao Strawberry | Green Tea Ice Cream
You know how I feel about Japanese strawberries! And Green Tea Ice Cream…. Pshh. Obviously I LOVE THEM ALL. :)

The following dishes were from two set menus I got the privilege to nom on!

FUJI $80 | BINCHO $120

I know you’re probably thinking, HOLY CRAP, that’s expensive. But Yaki Tori is expensive, both in and out of Japan. If dinner is too pricy for you, you can consider having lunch instead. Their lunch menu is pretty affordable and very very good. They share their space with Hua Bee Coffee Shop which sells  meepok. So if you’re going in a group, there’s an option of casual or finer dining!

Another post on that soon!

BINCHO
78 Moh Guan Terrace
#01-19
Singapore 162078

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Ssek Jewelry

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I had spied a familiar face behind a table full of beautifully handcrafted jewelry at a recent Public Garden market.

We both stared at each other, trying to remember each other.

Tammy had joined pPp after I stopped working there so we never really got the chance to get to know each other. Our only proper conversation happened during a mutual outing to club Avalon. So technically, with alcohol at hand and loud music in the background, the conversation probably wasn’t very proper after all.

Tammy is so talented! I love her Ssek Jewelry creations! She also does beautiful ceramics by the way, so if you already like the jewellery she makes, hopefully you’ll get to lay eyes on her ceramic creations.

All her necklaces come wrapped up in a beautiful piece of fabric that is hand painted by her, which is a really sweet personal touch. You’ll find yourself initially admiring the cloth more so than the piece of jewellery actually. haha.

I already own two of her necklaces. Hope you’ll find something you like from Ssek Jewelry!

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Picnic In The Park

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This past weekend, L and I had our first picnic at Fort Canning Park. Besides the scotching sun and the infestation of mosquitos and ants, we had an enjoyable time. You know what they say, it’s the company that counts…

picnic-6649Ok… and the food too.. I made mac & cheese, cheese on toast, roasted vegetable salad and egg-mayo salad with bacon bits! Cheated a little and bought a slice of chocolate cake from Food For Thought nearby. :)

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I finally got to use the vintage food carrier that I had inherited from my dear Grandmother. It even still has “YAP” which is my grandma’s maiden family name, that she would write on everything she owned! When she passed, it was a good thing I took home most of her prized kitchen accessories before my aunt could throw them all away. I miss her and her Peranakan cooking. :)

The basket, I bought from Tokyo and the drinking glasses are from Plain Vanilla.

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From this experience, I learned that I need better planning in terms of location and what things to bring. I looking forward to having a another and hopefully better, picnic! Anyone have any suggestion on good picnic spots in Singapore? Please share!

Happy Weekend ahead, my fellow Wanderlusters! xx

Perk By Kate

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*Warning : Shy away boys… this probably isn’t for you. Or it might… if you have some fetish…or whatever… I’m not judging. 😀

I wonder why I didn’t already know of Perk by Kate. My friends who I’ve travelled with to Japan or Bangkok will tell you that one of my priorities when on holiday is to look for nice lingerie underwear. It’s quite the obsession! I know you can find some nice ones in Singapore… but they are unbelievably overpriced. Buying a Triumph Bra here might be able to almost buy you something from Agent Provocateur! And that exact same bra is probably going to cost you half of what you pay locally, in Bangkok. It’s true! I’ve done my research. 

The selection at Perk By Kate is gorgeous and affordable! There is so much to choose from and I’ve managed to pick and am sharing a few of my favourites.

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1. Sabel Cut Out Soft Cut Bra / 2. Scarlet Racerback Bralette / 3. Earth Angel Tunic by Eberjey / 4. Addiction Nouvelle Shorty

By the way, this is not a sponsored post! I was lucky to chance upon Perk By Kate on Instagram and I felt the extreme need to share something so wonderful! Oh the Joooooyyyy! hehe. Anywhooos, I’m going back to decide which ones I want the most cause there is far too many in my basket and I can only afford two max! #firstworldproblem

Happy Shopping Ladies!
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