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Lake Toya, Japan

Spot of Tranquility.

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Little India, Singapore

Spices, gold and splashes of colour!

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Singapore Flyer, Gardens by the Bay

Garden City, City in a Garden.

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Bryce Canyon, USA

Thor's Hammer

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Chocolate Test, Singapore

"All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt." -Charles M Schulz

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Kyushu Pancake Cafe

I have to confess. I have a slight obsession with Kyushu Pancake Cafe, to the extent that I have been there once every weekend for the last three weekends, partly also because I was using the Burpple Beyond deal.  

A Mujiesque interior with a cosy feel. Wooden furniture and minimalist, with lots of sunlight.

There is a documentary showing on the television, which is played on loop. It was part of a year long project where the videographer's team visited each farm where the grains were grown as they traced the activities from the sowing of seeds to harvesting. It is a bit of a brain washing because after visiting it a few times, we now can hum the jingle at home, and who can ignore lyrics about pancakes!

Made from seven grains grown in the Kyushu province, and 100% raw sugar from Okinawa and Kagoshima, these deceptively simple looking pancakes are on different level. We tried a couple of pancakes so far, and my favourite is the Berry-Licious Waffle ($16.90). It is on the pricey side and we would have settled for the cheaper Kyushu Good Ol' Classic ($7.90) if not for the Burpple deal (I think Burrple Beyond is less transparent than many food apps but that is a story for another day). Once you eat them, you don't feel like eating McDonald's hotcakes anymore. They are dense in texture, yet light enough not to taste like cake. The generous berries compote and ice cream give the pancakes the necessary moisture. When we ate the Kyushu Good Ol' Classic on one occasion, we felt that the pancakes were a little dry.

This cafe is kids friendly where they have a collection of books for children available near the entrance. If you wish to make pancakes at home, you can also buy the premix. Other random goods like wooden plates for children are also available for sale. Good pancakes, just on the pricey side.

Kyushu Pancake Cafe 
Novena Regency
275 Thomson Road
Tel: 6352 6265 

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Courtyard

As the birthday girl wanted to celebrate her birthday by going for high tea, we decided to go to The Courtyard at Fullerton. On Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, there are two seatings, one from 2 pm to 4 pm, and the other from 4:30 pm to 6 pm. It costs $55++ per adult. 

The Courtyard has lots of natural light flooding in, although it can get a tad hot when the sun is in its full glory. 

The afternoon tea consists of unlimited replenishment of the food on the tiers and free flow coffee and tea.

Although the quantity of food did not look like much initially, we walked away from the table feeling very full. There was a mixture of savouries and sweets, and I preferred the latter.

Amongst the sweets, the ones that stood out were the Pecan Maple Orange Tart, Chocolate Moulluex and Ondeh Ondeh Macaroon. For the Ondeh Ondeh Macaroon, it was refreshing to take a bite and go, "Oh my, was that a gula melaka flavoured macaroon"? I seldom eat macaroons because I find them too sweet but this was an interesting spin to the dainty French pastry. The Pecan Maple Orange Tart was not too sweet and the pecans lifted the profile of the tart.

For the savouries, I kept replenishing the Five Spiced Smoked Chicken with Guacamole on Sesame Tartlet - check out the gorgeous beet juice coloured tart! The other savouries were decent, but nothing to shout about.

We rounded off the meal with some coffee- look at the cute Fullerton bear. The tea selection was also interesting. When I could not make up my mind on what tea to drink, the waiter said "Aiya, you just trust me, I give you a good pot of tea." He selected the Silver Moon for me, which was a herbal and fruit tea, and it was indeed a good choice because of the subtle fruit hints.

What really stood out was the service here. They helped to take a picture of us and put it in a unique Fullerton-themed folder. They were also constantly at hand to ensure that everything was ok. One of them even demonstrated his magic tricks to entertain my niece!

Overall, the food here is decent but limited in variety. Service stands out nonetheless, and great ambience for afternoon tea.

The Courtyard
The Fullerton Hotel
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178
Tel No: 6733 8388 

Sunday, June 2, 2019

The Terminal Cafe

I wanted to dine near Seletar Aerospace and came across The Terminal Cafe, which was not located within the Seletar Aerospace Park (where all the hip food places are). 

It is located in the Airbus Training Centre. Scandinavian decor, with lots of natural light flooding in. 

We were surprised to find out that only two tables were occupied on a weekend- while the rest of the eateries in Singapore were packed to the brim, here we were on a Saturday afternoon, taking a leisurely and quiet lunch. A rare find! True to its location, there is a table shaped like a plane wing- how cool is that. 

Their menu offers European / Asian food and based on what the cafe uploads on Facebook, the menu seems to frequently change, which means that the people who dine there pretty often will not be bored with the choices available.

The Handmade Tagliatelle with Wild Mushroom in Truffle Sauce ($18) was cooked al dente and the truffle sauce was fragrant, without being overpowering. There was a homely Italian feel to this dish.

We were rather intrigued by the Linguine in Chermoula Sauce & Prawn ($18) and had to google what chermoula sauce was. It turns out that it is a popular sauce in Morocco. The sauce was like a breath of fresh air (because we never tried this before) and the generous portion of prawns was fresh and bouncy.

We also ordered a muffin and a scoop of ice cream thereafter, both of which were decent.

While our initial thoughts were that the prices were a little steep for an office cafeteria, we realised that the standard of the food here was far superior to your usual office cafeteria- this is a serious cafe with serious food and their prices reflect the quality of the food. If you want good food in a relaxing environment without the craze of the usual Saturday lunch crowd, this is for you.

The Terminal Cafe 
12 Seletar Aerospace Crescent
Singapore 797566
Tel No: 6262 5038 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Tian Wei Signature

I first encountered Tian Wei Signature at a baby fair. They were giving out samples of their food and to be honest, I was not too impressed then- the food was cold and looked pretty unappetising. 

After 4 weeks of confinement, I had to look after the baby myself and did not want to cook. Despite the initial encounter with Tian Wei, I decided to order another 14 days of food as they had really good reviews. No regrets for doing so. 

1. Taste 

After eating 28 days of food cooked by the confinement nanny, these food tasted a lot more palatable. Not too bland but not too heavy to taste as though a whole bottle of sesame oil and a whole jar of ginger had just been poured into it. 

My favourites include some of the fusion food (see next section), the Sweet and Sour Fish Slices and Stir Fried Pork Rib in Sweet Bean Sauce. They even have desserts for some meals, like Red Bean Puree with Orange Peel and Snow Fungus Peach Resin Hashima.  

2. Variety 

Tian Wei really stood out for their variety of food- 45 soups, 44 meat dishes and 42 vegetable dishes. I can't emphasise how important variety is- I really dreaded the repeated ginger dishes that my confinement nanny cooked. And when they put "Better variety, better mood", they got it absolutely right. I looked forward to every meal because it was tasty and not repetitive. 

They have your traditional confinement food such as Braised Pork Trotter

There was also fusion confinement food. 

The Mediterranean Signatures- Seared Salmon with Cauliflower Cream and Tri Colour Grains and Tian Wei Signature Coq Au Vin were a nice break from the traditional dishes and they were surprisingly good. The chicken in the Coq Au Vin, in particular, was juicy and flavourful. 

Other delicious Western food included the Basil Pumpkin Salmon, Black Pepper Fish Fillet with Basil and Chicken Chop with Basil & Pumpkin Sauce


They also did not stick to only white rice. There were so many types of rice- barley millet rice, toasted oats millet mixed rice, black barley mixed rice etc. Ideally, the white rice should be replaced with a healthier alternative such as brown rice. There were also noodle dishes such as Trio Mushroom Ee-Fu Noodles and Stir Fried Pork Liver with White Beehoon and Kailan

3. Portion 

The portion was generous for one person but not sufficient for two to share, in case you were thinking of sharing. There were some meals where the portion was bigger and some where it was only good for one. 

For example, the Dong Po Braised Pork and Fortune Herbal Chicken were good for two, whereas the Western meals were typically good for one. 

4. Quality and price 

I won't pretend that the confinement meal comes cheap. At $30 per meal, I consider the price rather steep. However, it is undeniable that the portions are generous, and they really use premium ingredients and are not shy to show them- the soup is always loaded with these ingredients, for example, ginseng, cordyceps etc. 

5. Flexibility and customer service 

One thing that really impressed me was Tian Wei's flexibility. These are the ways in which they have demonstrated their flexibility to cater to me, the fussy customer:

- Replaced ingredients which I did not like (no celery, pork liver etc.)
- Agreed not to deliver meals to me on weekends and replaced these with weekday meals instead. 
- When I suggested that I did not need two red dates longan drinks at night (did not want to waste), without any prompting on my end, they suggested replacing 4 red dates longan drinks with dessert, which I gladly accepted. 

It was also very easy to order meals and contact them. If you do not like calling in general, you can always use their online support. Their customer service was polite (although one of them did not understand my requirements initially, luckily another customer service officer explained things clearly subsequently). 

6. Delivery 

Their delivery times are between 10 am and 1 pm, and for dinner, between 4 pm and 7 pm. Their deliveries always came between these timings. The meals were delivered in a warmer bag and that was helpful since you may not consume the food immediately when it arrives. 

The delivery men were also very courteous and friendly. I liked how they do not make a fuss about deliveries- they will just leave the warmer bag on my gate handle if no one answers the door bell / their knocks. 

7. Areas for improvement 

As mentioned above, it may be possible to offer the option of white rice / brown rice to customers. 

The only food item that I remember feeling that it was not really appropriate was the Baked Fillet Fish with Ginger Mirin Sauce. It was good that they put a sticker on the outside of the box saying that the fish contained bones. To me, I felt like fish with bones should not be part of the confinement meal, as far as possible, because the last thing a busy mother wants is to slowly pick away at the bones when the baby is crying. 

Also, all the food were contained in plastic boxes which can accumulate to a lot of plastic waste.

Overall, the experience with Tian Wei Signature is very good, and I recommend it especially for those who do not have confinement nannies.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

The Yoga School: Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal yoga is said to have a whole host of benefits and I wanted to remain somewhat flexible during pregnancy. The last thing I wanted was to be an immobile couch potato.

After looking around for a yoga studio, I decided on The Yoga School. The class timing was great because it was after work (they have a few timings throughout the week). The location was even better because it is in the CBD area and walking distance from my office.


The Yoga School is located on the 39th floor of OCBC Centre. The view from the studio is beautiful- I couldn't think of a studio which has better views. I would always choose the mat by the window because it is so relaxing to wind down looking at the night view of the city.

Credit: The Yoga School Facebook

I enjoyed attending Lay Peng's class. Her class strikes a balance between having a sufficiently intense workout, yet not too difficult or taxing on the students. She also takes the time to walk around and correct incorrect poses. If there are some poses that you are unable to do, she will suggest alternative poses. You were also free to voice out any pains / problems you have during the pregnancy, and she will see if there are any poses that could help alleviate the pain. I had leg cramps and she suggested some poses to help with the leg cramps.

She was also clearly knowledgable and would share some pregnancy-related information during class. While my initial plan was to see if taking prenatal yoga classes would eliminate the use of epidural (didn't work for me), I think the classes made me fit / flexible enough through the pregnancy.

She also took the effort to remember the names of the students in the class- this was really quite exceptional as many teachers will just go through the motion without remembering their students' names.


There were lockers and showers. All equipment that you require for class (e.g. mat, blocks etc.) are also provided so you do not need to lug them to class.

There is also an area where you could chill out and have some water while waiting for class. A very comfortable and tastefully decorated studio.

Credit: The Yoga School Facebook

Booking a mat is fuss free and straightforward. You just need a username and password to login to their online system to book a mat.


I would have thought that attending yoga at The Yoga School would cost an arm and a leg because it is in the CBD area. However, it turned out to be affordable, all things considered.

One class costs $38, 5 classes cost $180 (valid for 3 months from date of first class) and 10 classes cost $280 (valid for 6 months from date of first class). I signed up for the 10 classes package because it made sense- that's $28 per lesson. I also liked the period of validity for their packages as many studios have much shorter validities. When I signed up for the package, I could also choose from a free water bottle or EZ link card- not that I fancied either, but hey, it was free!


For the location, teacher and place, I think it was the right choice to attend prenatal yoga at The Yoga School.

The Yoga School 
OCBC Centre
65 Chulia Street
Tel: 6532 8228 

Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Masses

I had wanted to eat at The Masses for the longest time and ended up going there twice in a month. After the Saveur group was sold to their silent partner, co-founder Dylan Ong went on to set up The Masses. 

As starters, I ordered the C&C&C&C Pasta ($10.90 for starter and $15.90 as a main) to share. This interestingly named starter is named as such because it contains crab meat, caviar, clams and chorizo. You also had the option of adding an additional C- the "C" urchin. Served cold (if you want it served hot, just let the waiter know), this C&C&C&C Pasta was a breath of fresh air. The C's were placed separately and the angel hair pasta was swimming in the slightly salty but flavourful lobster bisque. The crunchy texture of the chorizo added some texture to this dish.

I also ordered A Bowl of Dylan's Memories ($17.90). This is essentially premium hainanese pork chop rice. When the dish was served, the waiter introduced each component of the dish and said that it was all meant to be mixed together. My individual preference was, however, to keep them separate, so that the crispy iberico pork chop wouldn't become soggy. The iberico pork chop was crispy and had just the right amount of fats to prevent it from being too dry. It also came with some spicy bacon jam, pickled mushroom, 64 degrees egg and braised savoy. While these were interesting additions to the dish, the star was no doubt the pork chop.

The food here is good. The only problem is that we had to wait rather long for our food both times we were here. Also, if you want to get a seat in the restaurant, do call early to reserve as there was once we reserved too late and ended up sitting outside in the heat.

The Masses 
85 Beach Road
Singapore 189694
Tel No: 6266 0061