Thursday, 27 March 2014

I haven't been blogging anything recently, and honestly, I am left with no time as of last and this week, but I definitely will start to blog and go out more before school begins and we all know what will happen, I'm gonna be school and home bound basically 24/7. Ugh, Asian Kid Life. But I'll definitely update on what I'm busy with this 2 weeks once it is over.

p.s Definitely will miss the Japanese when they head back, had an great experience.
p.s.s someone remind me to take photos with them please!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Mu Parlour | Impromptu

So on friday, after a great night's rest, I woke up to see Sheera's message, asking me what should she do today, since it's the last few days before she enters Year 3 madness. And on that day as well, I had to go for a briefing for some school stuff. And after a few hours of planning, and while I was in school as well, finally decided to go to some café and just chill. And that day was humid as fuck, meaning on top of the sizzling heat, I have to deal with the humidity. Off my pedestal, so obviously I was having none of that. 

And after meticulous googling and searching for a café at Holland, we finally decided to eat at Mu Parlour. 

Photo Credit : Lady Iron Chef

Mu Parlour is a Café located at the second level along the streets of Holland, and if you're not meticulous enough(I know we weren't), you will probably miss it! There's only a narrow-ish stair case leading you up. But upon reaching, you will be delighted homely this place feels, not too big, not too small. If you're lucky enough to pick the right seat, you can glimpse out to have a liberating view of the streets outside, and see gorgeous ang mohs. HAHAHA. Kidding. But sitting beside the huge glass panels does have its benefits. The photos you take would be super bright and ethereal, cause god's light is shining upon us. Once again, I'm kidding. 

After settling down, we took a few minutes to catch our breaths and keep our cool, get it? Cause it's too hot outside? And when we finally do, we got to ordering! YAY! So hungry that day I don't even know why. 

Damn, iPhone 5s and the iOS 7 can really take good food pics huh! Like the filter 'Chrome' is just AMAZING. Like the photos looks super bright and enchanting. So I ordered the 'No. 1' burger, which is in short, beef, BACON, cheese and some other veggies. I mean how wrong can you go with that right? Chilli Sauce. Right. Next time, remember to ask! And Sheera ordered Something like this dish where there's eggs, bread, salad and fries, which is whatever you see in the picture. 

The burger tasted ok, though I can get it for much cheaper if I go to Mad Jack, which I seriously recommend EVERYONE TO GO, the beef there is just heavenly. Either that, or I'm just way too famished while I was there. 

What is a meal without dessert right? Exactly, so being the typical Café people, we ordered the classic café dessert, Red Velvet Cake. I always have a lukewarm response and impression of Red Velvets, like I love cake and stuff, but cream cheese frosting, hmmm not my cup of tea, or tub or cream. BUT, Mu Parlour's Red Velvet is just decadent, and speaking about it now makes it crave for it so much!

The cake is really moist, and the cream cheese isn't even that heavy at all, and one thing I cannot love more about this cake is how there is a distinct chocolate undertone. Meaning there is enough cocoa powder! Red Velvet is usually just sweet, but the chocolate undertone really off sets the richness and slight tartness of the frosting. Just really nice.

After a good hour of talking about politics and people, and by that I just mean on school and new acquaintances, the sun finally started to set a little bit and the weather got a lot cooler, which also signifies Holland Village's exciting and vibrant night life X T.G.I.F. One thing that I raved about is Holland Village's night life scene. It feels exuberant even to walk past the alleyway. It feels like for the 1 minute of walking, you're taken out of Singapore and to some place else. 

Once we're done 'touring' Holland V, decided to take the train back, and we initially decided to go back to Northpoint, Starbucks, to grab a drink and just continue talking, but alas, seats were all taken. I should've known right? Exactly, and poor thing Sheera trained to Yishun with me! Haha! But after walking around Northpoint and buying pajama pants, it was time to go home and hit the snooze button. Great time meeting her because god knows when I'll see her again because she'll be very busy with her school stuff since she'll be graduating! Oh my my, soon enough she'll be off to university!

Gonna end this post off with the photos we taken!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Carpenter And Cook | Fun Times

Finally got to it and met up with my 2 and a Half S group, and do I miss them or what? The last time I saw them was the last holidays! Exactly, it's like we only meet once every holidays! And guess what? Sheera and Suvi are going to be Year 3 students once school starts again. Weird and amazing how time passed so quickly and also how we all know each other for 2/3 years. So for this time, we decided to go to Carpenter and Cook, a café obviously. And coincidently, it's 10 steps away from Nook! So it's like going to the same place 2 days in a row! The one cool or weird thing about the shops at that area is that, it looks small and confined, but the moment you step in, it's actually pretty big! So since we wanted to buy Suvi a present first, we met at Jem, which I too manage to gift myself, with a H&M shirt, while waiting for Wani and Sheera to come. And yes, for once, I am the first to reach.

Totally managed to catch up with school drama and progress pretty quickly when we met. And after a good search around what Jem had, we settled with a Victoria Secrets' perfume set. Once we're done with that, we leisurely walked around the area, and decided to go to C&C first since Suvi's gonna be late, and we'll fetch her when she has reached. Thankfully, the weather wasn't as bad as the day before, even though it's still burning hot. And I was wearing a sweatshirt!

One thing that I love about C&C is that their exterior design is so incredibly cute. 

And upon reaching inside, I love how it has a vintage kind of feel, with wooden cupboards and exquisite floorpapers, which made the whole place feel really nice and cosy. And also the lighting of the place was not too bright, which felt good, but bad for photos. Hah!

And while waiting for Suvi, Selfies!

 With the pretty ladies. 

Once Suvi arrived, we went to look at their food. And this really is a Café. Meaning they only sell pastries and desserts, so if you are really famished, I don't think this is the place to go. They don't have a paper menu, because everything is presented at the counter, which is good, meaning you get to see how your food will look like. And after considering, I bought the croissant and a rolled bun, along with earl grey. While the rest ordered some other stuff.

 Isn't it so pretty, like the cups they give you with tea. Like nice dainty british tea cups. Great, it's tea time anyways!

How does it taste? The ones that I bought were really good, the croissant tasted pretty ok, like all of the things a croissant should have. Thankfully it isn't soggy and chewy with NO crunch. Love how buttery it is too! As the for the rolled bun, pretty not bad too, it's extremely dense, almost like a cake-bread if that made any sense. I managed to try Suvi's and Wani's as well. (Suvi's top left, Wani's top right). Their's were ok, though Suvi's one tasted pretty bland, but just ok lah.

And in case you wanted to know the drinks, its Ice Latte, Ice Chocolate, Earl Grey and Mint Tea.

The food may be average, but the ambience was amazing. It felt extremely homely and cosy and a great place for groups of friends to gather and catch up while having tea time with great drinks and small bites, let it be pastries or sweet treats!

If you remembered earlier, we talked about getting Suvi a present right? Here's the entire process. In images of course!

One thing I realised that is great about cafés, or at least most of them is that their air-condition is not too crazy freezing, which is great, like usually when you go eat at restaurants or food outlets, the AC is turned to Elsa from frozen's playground, which leaves your stomach shivering from inside out! 

So after we're done with food and talk, we left for other places, or at least take a walk to digest all of that yummy goodness that we just ate. And by that, I just meant going around taking photos. And iPhone 5s' camera and its filters are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Like just perfect, and it is super clear also. I was super satisfied with the photos taken through Sheera's phone. Ughhhhh, just PERF OK. 

 ^ I love this photo, like it's just so cute! haha!

 Tourists, form somewhere

After C&C, we somehow landed ourselves back in town, to have 4fingers, since they weren't full from just eating pastries, which I agree. Haha! Once we were done we basically continued to walk around and enjoying views we all know too well. So much fun when I'm around them, and I'm ending this post with a quote by American writer Phyllis Christine Cast:

“If you have good friends, no matter 

how much life is sucking , they can 

make you laugh.” 

And clearly, they are good friends like that.