How today's sunny afternoon transported me to brunch in Singapore
South East Asia:-
Western Art depicting Eastern scenes:-
1. Selfish Gene Cafe @ China Town
2. Prive @ Chijmes
Brunch lovers rejoice; no need to go all the way to Sentosa! For Eggs Benedict fans, their straightforward serving is sure to check all the boxes – generous hollandaise, runny egg, and yummy smoked ham and homemade bacon. If traditional brunchfare isn’t your thing, 2 words: wagyu burger. It’s alfresco dining in Chijmes so it can get a bit warm, dress accordingly.
3. Marmalade Pantry @ ION Orchard
Take a break from shopping at ION and grab a meal at Marmalade Pantry – that is, if you don’t mind waiting for a table. Since it’s in the busiest mall in Orchard Road, it goes without saying that there is always a queue. The mains weren’t as strong as their desserts so I’m thinking maybe next time, skip brunch and just go for coffee and cake.
Have you guys been? Any thoughts? Or, what about YOUR favorite brunch spots whatever city you’re in? Let me know below!
Let me know your plans are for the weekend!
Tomorrow, Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday. Haters gon’ hate, hate, hate *ahem*Amos Lee*ahem* but from the looks of it, this year’s National Day Parade is going to be amazing.
Thanks to my boyfriend and his recent reservist, I was able to witness the preview last weekend. We were in the Floating Platform instead of Padang, but it was still full-house and action packed. You could really feel the SG pride! My favorite part, as with the previous parades, was the airforce display. I am a huuuuge fan of the Red Lions. Seeing them jump live and at such a height(!) was really exhilerating. The fly by of the aircrafts were also very impressive! There was a criss-crossing fleet and one jet that went vertically upwards. Very Top Gun!
Aside from the airforce, we also got to see the SAF, SPF, and SCDF mobile column. We weren’t expecting them to drive by the float but the SAF did and the crowd went wild!! The lead tank was carrying a retired leiutenant colonel who led the first ever NDP mobile column. I mean, how cool is that!? Even I was cheering along!
Anyway, below is a photo dump of the events that transpired. And just coz it’s SG50, there’s a total of 50 pictures in this post. :p
Living and working in the farthest of Singapore’s far East, I’ve always frequented White Sands for my essentials. Heck, even before living in Pasir Ris, I would go to White Sands after work to shop in NTUC and Cotton On because it was conveniently located next to the MRT. Recently though, it underwent works and renovations so like most residents, I’ve been feeling a sort of emptiness from being White Sands-less. I mean, come on, bring me back my Pepper Lunch and ang mo (American, hehe!) Pringles from Valu$!! :'( But like the saying goes, good things fall apart so better things can fall in place. And guess what!? It’s already starting to fall in place!
The revamp may not yet be completed, but I urge you to go inside and check out the new and improved White Sands. They’ve been effectively utilising the space, expanding here and there. Moreover, they’ve upgraded the interiors making it more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. Props to them for investing on nicer lighting! 🙂 Thing is though, it’s not just the physical look that is different. Even the feel of it is much more cosy. I mean, I loved the old White Sands because of its convenience and all, but I wouldn’t really hang out there. It’s impressive how they’ve kept White Sands’ practicality while adding this fresh and much appreciated layer of leisure on top of the usual shopping. What was once good enough yet impersonal has become a whole lot of better as the new White Sands is turning out to be the embodiment of the ideal neighbour – helpful, warm, and inviting.
You should definitely make your way to White Sands to check out what I’m talking about. Bring your friends and family and share some quality time going on a relaxing stroll or bonding over delicious food. If you need more convincing, below are more mouthwatering reasons for you to drop by ASAP:
1. SAKAE SUSHI
2. THAI EXPRESS
Chilled desserts for a nice ending – Ta Kor (Famous Thai fragrant pandan jelly with coconut custard) and Thai Chendol (Fragrant jackfruit slices, colorful strains of chendol and chewy flour bits in a sea of rich coconut milk and traditional Thai palm sugar)
Today, the world lost an exemplary human being. Singapore is in a very somber mood and why wouldn’t it be? Even if Mr. Lee and the public don’t always see eye to eye, how can anyone not grieve the death of a father? Lee Kuan Yew was the man that turned a swamp (his word, not mine!) into a metropolis. He paved the way for the Singapore that it is today. The radio was right, LKY doesn’t need any new monument to commemorate him. One only need to look around because his monument, a concrete tribute to and reminder of his legacy, is Singapore itself.
Beyond the red dot, the world shares the loss of this great man. Other nations may not know firsthand the specifics of his and the PAP’s rule, but that doesn’t mean non-Singaporeans are unaware of his huge impact – it can easily be seen in Singapore’s prosperity and quality of life. He was a great leader, no arguments there. But more than his policies and his political insights (HDB and NS to name a few), the reason I look up to him is his unwavering persistence. Here is a man who saw Singapore’s potential, believed in its capability, worked hard for it and overcame great odds to finally achieve its place as a world-class city. The circumstances he had to deal with were less than ideal – British pull out, being kicked out from Malaysia, rise of communism in the East – but he got through it. Even when faced with uncertainty, even when the odds were not in his favour, he held on to his vision and pushed through. So aside from thanking him for being an inspirational politician and wishing more leaders were like him (ahem, Philippines, ahem), I thank him for being an inspiring person. His memory is a reminder to chase and work had for your ambitions because anything is possible. All you need is a clear vision and lots and lots of determination. The possibility of making a mistake is quite paralysing but don’t be afraid! If it’s for an “honourable purpose“, decide, go 100%, and do your best. It’s the only thing that matters.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Lee.