Bohemian Capsule Wardrobe

A little something to break up the chain of food posts.

A large part of my wardrobe is decidedly classic or preppy, but bohemian style is something I keep returning to. I’m not sure if I’ll ever decide on a “signature style”, and honestly, where’s the fun in dressing in just one way?

I’ve assembled three outfits from the capsule, and there’s lots more that you can create. 🙂

Fresh Fruits Lab

Dined at yet another pretty place while in Singapore, but this was definitely more casual and laid back compared to Picnic and d’Good Cafe.

Yes, that is a stethoscope on the table.

Drinking cold-pressed juices from test tubes and water from beakers, as one does, naturally.

I suppose if you’re going for a theme, might as well go all out, right?

Brunch.

Alright, this marks the end of an exceptionally lazy post. I was watching “The Five-Year Engagement” on TV, and now I wish I were somewhere with snow. I’d do some fantasy holiday planning, but it’s really late right now, and I’ve got an early day tomorrow. Goodnight!

d’Good Cafe @Takashimaya, Singapore

Another short and sweet post today, as I gradually work my way through the photos from my Singapore trip back in May. As it had been ages since I was last in town, I tried my best to meet up with as many friends as possible. Priscilla was free in the afternoon, so we met up for coffee before later meeting the rest of the group for dinner (that’ll probably be another post).

Pris and I were walking around Takashimaya after she had to “rescue” me from the labyrinth that was Orchard and its countless underground paths. We spotted d’Good Cafe and decided to spend the next few hours there.

Like Picnic, this place is also calling out for Instagram, with its swings, flowers, and outdoorsy feel.

Ah… “al fresco” dining, but with air-conditioning. Isn’t that the best of both worlds?

Fries with mayonnaise and some kind of truffle sauce. Golden and crispy, they didn’t disappoint.

Rose and lychee cake. Usually it’s all about the chocolate for me, so I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Light and fluffy, and not too sweet!

A cup of mocha, with what is now the usual coffee art. I’m not quite sure what it’s supposed to be. It looks like something alright, but I’m not going to spell it out.

I heard that the branch in Holland Village is a lot prettier, but unfortunately it’s also out of the way for me. Still, if I do get the chance, I’d love to check it out.

d’Good Cafe
391 Orchard Road #B1-56
Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City
Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6694 1411

Picnic Singapore

So as mentioned in the last post, we’re in the second half of 2017. Where has the year gone? I’d been wanting to do more on the blog, but now I feel like there’s a case of writer’s block. Yes, it’s just a blog, but it’s my outlet. Honestly, I shouldn’t feel too worried about it and just create whatever makes me happy, and the “flow” should naturally work its way back in, right? After all, the best way to improve at something is practice, practice, practice.

So with that in mind, I’m going to tackle the post that’s been sitting in “Drafts” for some weeks now. While in Singapore, Edwin and I had a double date with my old friend Ruihong and his girlfriend Pamela. As we’d been out of town for a while, I asked Ruihong to pick the place and he sent me a link about this place called Picnic.

Picnic is an indoor food court that is slightly more high-end than most. While the decor is lush, I wouldn’t exactly call it “bringing the outdoors in” – more hipster chic than actual urban jungle, if you will.

The food choices on offer are a good mix of international cuisines, from Japanese to Italian, with some fusion thrown in.

Edwin and I arrived super early, so we had time to snap a few photos.

First impressions: this place is begging to be Instagram-ed. If I were based in Singapore, I might routinely round up my girlfriends to have monthly gatherings at the prettiest eateries, and this would probably be fairly high on the list.

For anyone who’s ever dined at Marche, this would feel rather familiar. You order either directly from a stall or from a touchscreen next to it, and collect your food from a pick up counter when it’s ready. Payment is made at the end of your meal at the exit (where the girl in the red top is standing).

I’d been craving a root beer float for the longest time. Quite excited about A&W coming back to Singapore, but I’m guessing there’ll be insane lines for the first few months. It might be easier to go to Malaysia instead!

Rosti with the usual toppings you might find on a baked potato – sour cream, chives, and bacon bits. Not quite the gloriously crispy rosti I was hoping for, but it was decent.

Beef rice bowl with foie gras, truffle, and onsen egg. This would be rather indulgent on its own, but paired with everything else on the table, it ended up being quite “heavy”.

Burger, onion rings, truffle fries… Pork rice bowl?

My bacon cheeseburger, and garlic fries that left me feeling quite cheated. As you can see, someone literally threw a few cloves of garlic on top of regular fries and called it a day. While most of the truffle fries tasted like truffle, the “garlic fries” had none of the garlic taste, save for maybe the six fries on top that were in direct contact with the cloves.

Well, at least the burger was pretty good.

Salted caramel ice-cream, because no meal is complete without dessert.

And… that’s all, folks! I’m hoping that the next few months will be relatively uneventful so that I’ll have the time to slowly catch up on the backlog. In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me. See you soon!

Picnic Singapore
Wisma Atria, #03-15
435 Orchard Road
Singapore 238877
Tel: +65 6734 8352

Goals for July 2017

We are officially in the second half of 2017, and it’s been a roller coaster ride, to say the least. A lot’s been happening, and I don’t quite know how to put it in words at the moment.

Still, it’s the first day of a new month, and here I am, like clockwork. So my goals for July 2017 are:

  1. Buy only the essentials
  2. Track daily spending
  3. Remember to use sunscreen and bug spray
  4. Experiment with summer hairstyles
  5. Create a morning routine
  6. Cook dishes inspired by other parts of the world
  7. Embrace spirituality
  8. Begin an investment plan
  9. Embark on the KonMari project
  10. Set aside time to play

I’m going to leave this as it is, for now at least. In the meantime, thanks for sticking with me.

Alice in Wonderland Makeup: Perfect Drawing Eyeliner by Solone Cosmetics

Hello my lovelies! Today’s post is a quick review of the Perfect Drawing Eyeliner by Solone Cosmetics. It’s part of the Alice in Wonderland series, which is a permanent collection, as far as I can tell.

As you probably already know, I love Alice in Wonderland. Just look at the adorable packaging!

There’s a poem of sorts at the back. Let me try my best to translate it:

Alice walks into the woods
She does not see any trace of the White Rabbit
But the scene that surrounds her
Pink and purple mushrooms among the grass
The sky an endless purple
Confusing directions written on the road signs
A pair of yellow eyes appears in the tree
A cat with purple stripes begins to speak

Not my best work, but you get the idea.

The package opens up like a book. The “page” on the left has more text, which is too long for me to translate. It mostly encourages you to go on an adventure, like Alice did, and for some reason likens the eyeliner to the tail of the Cheshire Cat. There’s a quick bio of the artist behind the series on the bottom left, and the “page” on the right has a few instructions on how to apply the eyeliner, as well as suggestions based on eye shape.

Do you see Alice following the White Rabbit?

I got the shade 01, which is a matte black.

Made with Swarovski elements, because it wouldn’t be a fairy tale without a little sparkle.

It also comes with a pencil sharpener!

The pencil glided on smoothly with no resistance whatsoever, and application was completely effortless. In fact, it might be a little too smooth, as I usually end up drawing a much longer/thicker line than I intended. Still, it’s a vast improvement from my last pencil eyeliner, which was incredibly stiff and barely yielded any colour.

In this photo, you can see that there’s quite a thick cat-eye going on, and that wasn’t actually the look I was going for. So I need to be really careful when using this. There’s also slight smudging around the 6 hour mark, and a bit of a panda eye situation by the 10th hour.

Okay, that’s all for tonight, I hope you enjoyed!

Emoji Dim Sum at Dim Sum Icon

Hello! As usual, it’s been a while since my last post. I’d been putting it off as my mouse wasn’t working and it simply killed the mood. But fret not, I finally got a new mouse and cleared my schedule for the next few days (well, cleared somewhat), so we’ve got some goodies to look forward to!

Anyway, the title and pictures should be pretty self-explanatory. Enjoy!

So the big question is: does the food taste as good as it looks? Unfortunately it’s more gimmick than gastronomy, but hey, at least we get to eat with our eyes.

That’s all for now, folks. See you soon!

点心代表 Dim Sum Icon
B/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central
中環德己立街1-13號世紀廣場地庫
Tel: 2807 1682