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April 27th, 2015 No Comments »

It is no secret that I’m the girl/woman that loves everything and anything whimsical (and frou frou.. almost). Nothing beats receiving or buying ‘happy’ merchandise. Items that make you smile, that have lovely quotes. Recently, I’ve been much into ‘quotes’. I’ve bought quite a number of quote cards and posters and actually, it’s been almost all my life that I love reading quotes.

Last week, I had the privilege of attending the opening of WEEKENDS brought to you by the same retail folks behind Monoyono. I had like to say that these guys got it right when they came up with this one-stop lifestyle concept with the one theme of “Do more of what makes you happy”.

Everything that you see in the store encapsulates this. The products are a cheerful and eclectic mix of designer stationery, jewelery, accessories, wall art prints etc that scream color, joy and fun. The store has loads of whimsical charm and cheerful colors with great merchandising to boast of. One of my favorite parts of the store is actually the facade which were inspired by drawers. Each has a little white card with a name of some celebrity or word. I was invited to contributed mine and of course, mine said ‘Hot Chocolate’. I mean that’s what my weekends mean. And it was aptly placed below ‘Afternoon Naps’ 😛

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What weekends are for

October 26th, 2014 No Comments »


Weekend brunch doesn’t always have to be done outside. One of the reasons why I would like to own a bigger space, is to accommodate more people for entertaining. I have a lot of brunch ideas but it’s tricky trying to multi-task in a small space, one oven, one stove and without a separate kitchen space so the easiest is making waffles! It’s easier than pancakes because the batter can be made ahead of time and I don’t have to watch the waffles, it’s done in a jiffy and the toppings are endless. I made homemade Thai iced tea ice cream in advance, had fresh fruit, maple syrup, nutella as options. Easy peasey.

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Top 10 Tips for Picnics

August 16th, 2014 No Comments »




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I love picnics and wished there were more places here that were conducive for having one. The botanical gardens is a lovely place to enjoy one albeit busy. I’ve always wanted a picnic basket. The one that comes complete with the flatware and whatnots but these days, you can get some lovely fancy disposable one – I love the ones that resemble porcelain wear but it’s actually paper! Well, after you’ve got the location and fancy stuff sorted out, don’t forget the most important thing – the spread. These 10 tips by Jamie O are simple but well thought out – check it out!

Nespresso Maestria

January 23rd, 2014 No Comments »

Admittedly, I’m not a coffee drinker. I drink tea. I absolutely love tea. Earl Grey is my favorite and when I discover fellow tea friends, I squeal. I’ve tried coffee before and somehow, strangely, I never quite got hooked onto it. I survived my junior college and uni years and work life without a single drop of coffee. Madness I know but chocolates do have caffeine too 😉

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when Nespresso kindly invited me for the media and consumer launch of the Maestria. Work didn’t permit to make it for the media event during the day so I popped down for the consumer launch and you know what, going with no expectations was actually lovely. I left with 3 cups of coffee in my tummy 😛

The Maestria which retails for SGD788, is a stunning red evocative machine that allows coffee lovers to bring the expertise and artistry of barista to the comfort of your homes, without requiring any skills. I love how the machine resembles Wal-E. Don’t you think the two retro looking knobs resemble the eyes of a robot? The dials allow coffee lovers to oscillate between their preference of an espresso or lung drink by simply adjusting to adapt the cup length. You know how you can request to personalize your coffee at a cafe? This now can be done at home too with the pivoting cup stand that accommodates both short and long cups.

Excellent cappuccinos and caffe latte are made well because of one key factor – creating milk froth at the precise density and the Maestria enables coffee lovers to prepare milk recipes like an expert, at home. The steam pipe on the side of the Maestria uses a cutting-edge air intake technology to optimize the preparation of the perfect light froth. While watching the demonstration, I noticed how professional sounding the Maestria sounds as the milk is being prepared and thickened – almost reminiscent of being in a true blue coffee joint. I think all coffee lovers enjoy the noises, touch and movements associated with carefully prepared barista coffee and the Maestria replicates that extremely well. It’s not just a coffee machine, it brings the experience of coffee making from the cafe to your home. Needless to say, I was really impressed with how a rather tiny machine could churn out so much in a short span of time.

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Nespresso Singapore collaborated with local celebrities – Glenn Ong, Kit Chan and Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (of St Pierre, Rocks-Urban Grill+Bar, Brussels Sprouts, Picotin Express and more), to create their personal unique Chinese New Year inspired coffee recipes (see below the cut for some of the recipes!).

I had the fortune to try all 3 of the concoctions! Glenn’s Espresso Vodka Affogato Shot was strong and made me slightly giddy high 😛 I also sampled Kit Chan’s Nephew Matthew’s Favorite Tiramisu, Chef Emmanuel’s Fortune Smiles Granita and his Abundance of Joy recipe which was a personal favorite. This was inspired by pineapple tarts! It had a subtle spicy flavor, a hint of pineapple sweetness and had a smooth pleasant finishing with the couple of mini pillowy marshmallows that topped it off all.

It was such an eye-opener and it piqued my interest (a little bit more) in coffee. Perhaps I need to attend a barista or coffee appreciation workshop and maybe, I’ll be a convert. Who knows? I just need a lot of persuasion. :)

Nespresso invited me to attend the Maestria launch and consumer event however, all opinions are solely my own.

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A small feature

October 28th, 2013 No Comments »

A couple of years ago, I made this epic cheese platter for a few friends that were visiting. It was one of the most beautiful cheese platter that I’ve put together and I should seriously replicate this, and I took several pictures. And again, a couple years back, I created a space on Flickr and posted a few photos that I took which I felt looked decently nice. It was under the Creative Commons license which allows others to use my images if they give due credit.

Imagine my surprise when I received an email from a nice man who expressed thanks as he had used this image in his digital book that was recently published. So it’s pretty dope that I have a complimentary copy of the digital book and I did check, my photo is inside the book, with a credit to my name :) And it seems like the photo is quite well-liked since it inspired another posting.

I miss that part of cooking. Spending time to plate and present, taking out my Sony Nex-5 instead of just snapping away using my iPhone which is convenient yet lazy.

Food and friends

June 15th, 2013 No Comments »




Summer hours Friday, winding down, hanging out at V’s place, doing catch-ups. All Fridays should be like this. This must have been the ninth bowl of guacamole that I’ve made in 3 months. Couldn’t resist doing the petit au chocolat too – sprinkled sea salt on the top this time around too! Yums.

Like a pro

February 10th, 2013 2 Comments »


Some time back, I asked if anyone had a good method of slicing a round cake evenly so that you can frost in between or stack on fruits and cream. I found a really simple and awesome way and although I’ve yet to try it out, I’m confident it will be a piece of cake!

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