Saturday, November 15, 2014

Baby, it's cold outside..mm maybe not.

up this early sipping on my tiny tea in my oversized sweater. i actually love this time of the day especially on a Sunday, everyone still in dreamland... old folks taking their morning strolls outside in this chilly weather. such bliss, such peace.. the not-so-peaceful part is Brandy randomly barking at the slightest thing out there. music at this time seems to be a lot more clearer and melodious.

addicted to these songs ever since i watched It's Okay, That's Love, was really surprised by the selection of music in this drama because for once there seemed to be more english songs than korean.

have a listen..


  close your eyes and bop your head to the beat.

on a random note, i'm actually turning 22 next week (so not hinting), on the 22nd (i'm just sayin') and i'm not happy about it at all.. i love being 21 :( why and how are you taking that number away from me, pfft. i've always looked forward to my birthdays but i've finally came to a point that feeling of growing older just seems all too real now. i'm sorry for making you feel like an old hag if you're older than me :p age IS just a number so chillax because you're only getting wiser.. or just getting wrinklier? HAHAHA! #sorryimnotsorry

anyway, i will work on my birthday because why not? one class wouldn't hurt, in fact.. it's pretty awesome! i love what i do.. well most of the time anyway. right after that i'll be attending my Les Mills quarterly workshop, more sweat for me! what a fantastic start to the day :)

i can't leave without a few vain pictures, these were taken in June.

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long sunday ahead of  me :)
xx,
Mel

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Singapore Trip in July 2014 Part 4

4 days had passed by too quickly, there wasn't enough time to just kickback and relax as we were on-the-go most the time.. My ideal holiday is as simple as it gets, free and easy days just discovering whatever that comes my way, enjoying the change of atmosphere and getting away from reality (that's most important). So, our last day was just filled with eating and some last minute shopping along Orchard Road going from mall to mall (duh... that's what Singapore is all about anyway :P). 

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Orchard Gateway @ Orchard Road
A new mall is like music to my ears! Yes, Orchard Gateway at that time had just opened, damn ngam just in time for my visit! I was really surprised by the unique range of retail outlet, not your typical brands like TOPSHOP and such, very niche and fresh in today's trends!

Fascinating architecture, feels like i'm at a park or playground!

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fake grass everywhere!
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Supply & Demand @ Orchard Gateway, Lvl 2
We spotted this cozy looking cafe which seemed promising as there was a good crowd lunching away. Supply and Demand is an italian southeast asian bistro that basically serves italian food with a twist of asian taste. And what attracts customers more than a lovely rustic ambience (sorry to disappoint you but the plants around are fake) and some good sunlight (with good lighting, comes better looking pictures.. abuden?)! Perfect place for casual dates and gatherings :)

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Hailey, such a pretty smile :)
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They serve tea by Tea Forté, a global luxury tea brand and i must say it's definitely up to standard! Its aroma and most importantly the depth in flavor is strong. If you love fruity teas, you'll go crazy because they have a really wide selection of interesting mixes! Yang bought some back for my mommy, so sweet of him :) 

and... food time! We didn't order too much because lunch wasn't supposed to end just yet..
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Arrabbiata Spaghetti
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hungry till the tongue can stick out.. my my..
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another one! ƪ(ړײ)‎ƪ​​ 
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ahh.. food is getting cold!
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The best prop for an asian is Food, food and just FOOD!
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Grilled Chicken with Mash, now this tastes as good as it looks!

Our jalan-ing around the mall continues! Sorry there are not many pictures of the shops we entered, was very pre-occupied viewing stuff!

Came across this multi-brand concept store called Sects Shop located on level 4. Their fashion is over the edge, a lot of punkish and goth items as well! The girls section is very limited so that's a bit sad.. if you're into caps and other swagger headwear you probably should check this place out because they've got a good range! 

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Spot Min purchasing..
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us.. well let us take a Welfie!

WOODWOULD @ Mandarin Gallery 
This shop never fails to bring a smile to my face, the colors and deco just brings everything to life! They sell very cute random nicknack from all over the world, a mixture of the past and present! A perfect place to find a gift for somebody :)

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We walked from the tail of orchard road to its head where ION Mall is located and guess what? It was time for more food!


Our last stop was Bécasse Bakery @ ION Mall located on the 4th floor. This Australian bakery and was brought in by jones the grocer. They are known for its French pastries by artisan bakers. 

Continuation of lunch...
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waitress mixing my Mixed Berry Tea, if you're a berry lover like me you must order this!
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Mixed Berried French Crepes (with honey and crème fraiche)
My idea of a perfect crepe! Look at the generous amount of fresh raspberry puree!
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Banana Tart with Salted Peanut Brittle
I need to go back for this again! You probably would need to share this with someone who shares that same undying love for banana+peanut butter. The crunchy peanut brittle pieces on the top (sweet and salty) and soft, banana cream hiding underneath. 
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Wagyu Foie Gras Burger 
This beats the one at DB Bistro flat, plus so much cheaper! Oozing with beefy goodness, i know the pictures don't do any justice to it  (i mean look at the fork omg!!) but oh well.. the person taking it couldn't wait to eat -.-' that an easy guess!

Yang and I walked back to the condo and thankfully for good weather, it was a pleasant stroll down Orchard Road. Got back in 20 minutes :)


Here's more pictures before leaving the house earlier in the day!
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Thank you Min for being an amazing host and friend :) Going on this trip gave me the chance to make new friends, of course at first we were in our shy modes but that couldn't continue on for too long, after a while everyone just broke through those shy walls and had a blast! Even though it was just a few days of time spent together, friendships were discovered.
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Goodbye luxury.
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As much as he gets on my nerves at times (or vice versa), he has always been there for me, always so considerate and helpful in many ways. I'll always treasure the friendship we've built through these years. Thank you for taking good care of me, not only during this trip but like all the time! Love you much :)
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Home.

Hope you guys enjoyed reading about my trip to Singapore! Will continue blogging about my Taiwan trip soon, there are so many pictures! So be patient ok? :D

xoxo,
Mel
Click on the links below to read part 1, 2 and 3 of this trip!

Part 1 ♥ Part 2 ♥ Part 3

Monday, November 10, 2014

Singapore Trip in July Part 3

It was a long day ahead of us and therefore the first thing we did was filled our tummies with some breakfast! So Min our awesome tour guide brought us to one of Singapore's famous chicken lice! Ehem, i mean Rice :P (you'll probably get the joke if you are a Phua Chu Kang fan!)

Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice @ Katong Shopping Center

The shopping mall itself is old and quite rundown but the food court was just filled with people! Especially the chicken rice stall, LOOK THERE'S A QUEUE! Must be good, must be good :D

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The steam and roasted chicken was really tasty, Delicious for real! The char siew and siew yok wasn't too great unfortunately.
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I loved how they gave pickled vege and the soup was just slurp-licious!

Once breakfast was in the tanks, we made our way to Sentosa Island for some fun with sea creatures!

Before stepping into Singapore's S.E.A Aquarium, we got greeted by a Minion and a talking ship! 
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Follow me as we walk into the blue blue ocean ƪ(ړײ)‎ƪ​​ 
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My apologies if the pictures aren't very clear, our photographer hasn't learnt how to take "underwater" pictures lol.
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The starfish is a rather hard creature! I'm a bit cautious when it comes to touching living things underwater.. yeah my expression is a LIE.
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Shark eggs! Amazing balls..
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BAPPLE!!! stalker alert!
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papa nemo will be happy to know.. HE'S ALIVE!
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Found this picture hilarious! Jellyfish riding, YEEHAW!
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Hi Min you're in my picture :P
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credits to Kabby's Canon compact camera :)

The only thing that really amazed me was the giant aquarium. I think the best way to really enjoy the view of the underwater world would be in comfort, which is totally possible as there is a restaurant overlooking the giant aquarium! Ocean Restaurant by Car Cora is located inside the SEA Aquarium. My next visit maybe? :)
Here are the mandatory USS pictures!
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The girls ditched us for USS while Yang and I continued our shopping at VivoCity and Min went home to rest.

Jamie's Italian @ VivoCity

I almost got to try his food when i was in Sydney last year but it was fully booked. The outlet in Vivocity was pretty empty.. I guess singaporeans prefer the wanton mee! Or perhaps it was neither lunch nor dinner time. Since we were on holiday, there was no proper eating time! 

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Love its cozy atmosphere, brings out that homie vibe!
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tired faces :(
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"THIS WILL DO THE TRICK!" says Papa Americano
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Special of the day was their Pork Knuckle so we had to try! 
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Tender goodness! We pigged out, literally ;)
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CONQUERED!

The day wouldn't have been complete without some sort of dessert! Yang and I met up with Jon, it has been awhile since I last saw him :) A great catch up session over these delicious japanese icy desserts at St. Marc Cafe @ Vivocity!

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He's one of the few who actually kept in touch after high school :) so glad!
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Look guys you're on candid camera! hehe! Hope to see you again soon jon :) 

After bidding our goodbyes, Min came to pick us up for dinner! We drove to some food court outside town just for the famous Bak Chor Mee he kept harping about! 

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Extremely black char kuey teow, pucat prawn mee and 3 DElicious bowls of bak chor mee!
The bak chor mee really damn syok! And for the first time i loved drinking sugar cane juice, probably cause it's pure juice, no added syrup.

Min brought us to 1-Altitude @ 1 Raffles Place for a round of drinks. The bar is on level 63, pretty damn high huh? That's not the best part though, it stands at a peak of 282 meters along with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Singapore! It was a waste because we didn't bring down the DSLR thinking they wouldn't allow it in but there were so many people with their DSLR's.. so pfft (́_̀to that.

Oh well, thankfully for Kabby's Canon we managed to capture our moments!

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came back for a midnight swim with the girls, what a pleasant way to end the day!
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The last part of this trip will be coming up soon... 
To read part 1 & 2 of the trip click the links below:
Part 1 ♥ Part 2
xx, Mel