Creatory 2014

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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

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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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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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

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

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!
xx

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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!

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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~

xx

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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