Perfect Brunch at Toby's Estate

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Perfect Brunch at Toby's Estate

So yesterday, we just visited Toby's Estate Café and Roastery at Rodyk Street. I practically showed the cab driver uncle the address because I didn't know how to pronounce it well. I would probably go all complicated, calling it 'Ro-Dyke' instead of 'Ro-dic', like how it's supposed to be pronounced.

Anyway, bimbotic moment aside, a friend recommended this place to me and when we arrived about 12pm or so, it was super crowded!


The roomy, homely cafe looked like a great place to chill out, so we stayed on even after we finished our brekkie for more HTHT conversations (heart-to-heart-talk). There are 3 types of seatings here: the communal tables, the high chaired tables and the alfresco seating.

You'll see more caucasians taking the outside seats, while Singaporeans (ack-hem) like the inside seating for the pure fact that it's just air-conditioned. Actually, I'm really just speaking for myself.






Here's what we had for brunch:

Cold brew, $7
Eggs Benedict (Rodyk Style), $21
Toby's French Toast, $14
Peppermint Mocha, $6
Check out the menu board to find out the daily brew!




The poached eggs and smoked salmon, married with the hollandise sauce, gave us a best eggy morning ever.

Letting it flow~


Can I just say I really loved the toasts here! It was so so fluffy and went soooo well with the apple and berries sauce. Perfect. I will come back here for the toasts again for sure!



Come out with friend, keep texting boy. TSK TSK.


Coffee lovers can check out their range of coffee beans here, as well as various coffee related merchandise.





Did I also mention the staff there were all pretty friendly and funny? They made sure we were well taken care of and stopped by to ensure everything was well and good. Also got to meet the cafe manager Mr Michael as well, who was very friendly as well!

Overall, we had a great time there and totally recommend this place to those looking for a great brunch venue! :)

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Toby's Estate Café and Roastery
Location: 8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04 Singapore 238216
Opening Hours: 7.30am-6pm (Sun – Thurs) / 7.30am-7pm (Fri – Sat)
Tel: +65-6636-7629
Website: www.tobysestate.com.sg

Prettiest Foam Cleanser ever? Evita Beauty Whip Soap by Kanebo!

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Prettiest Foam Cleanser ever? Evita Beauty Whip Soap by Kanebo!
Yes! I finally got down to writing this review, after using half the bottle.

When I say it's the prettiest cleansing foam ever, you know what I'm talking about!

Yes, it's the Evita Beauty Whip Soap by Kanebo.

To be honest, Kanebo’s Evita Beauty Whip Soap is actually meant for women that are older in age, whose skins are more lacking in moisture.

But did I care? Heck no! (Okay, also because I am already considered to have a more matured skintype already, but still in denial).

Let's get down to it, shall we?


The packaging was normal looking though, a flammable bottle with a plastic cap, decorated with some rose prints.







But the true beauty of this product lies in the dispensing of the product itself. All you have to do is shake well, and then press down the dispenser with 2 fingers on each side and YES - the foam comes out in the form of a perfect rose, blooming in your face!

The dispensed foam is a dense Motchiri foam that can hydrate dry skin! Once the foam touches your face, a gentle rose scent hits you and as you lather the foam onto your facial areas it just feels like you're rolling about in a rose bed. Yes, the foam is super fine and so smooth.

And because of the lovely smell, I can't stop but keep lathering it on my face. (not overly, of course, I'm not a psycho). After washing it off my face, my skin totally feels fresh and wonderfully clean!

I love this product!

This product contains propolis extract and soluble collagen, and is said to help boost hydration. Unfortunately, I have also heard some friends who used it previously complain that its a little drying to the skin. I did not have this problem and I cannot comment.






I asked my friend Kiyo, to get it for me from Japan and it was such a steal at $16! Well, Singapore doesn't carry this but if you want to try it (cos it's really damn pretty), you can consider to airfrov it!

Let me know if you've used it and what you think!


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A letter to grandma: 4 years on

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

A letter to grandma: 4 years on

Dear Grandma,

Since I'm posting this letter online, I'll abbreviate your lovely name: HSF. I will never forget your beautiful name. Sorry this letter came so late, it took me 4 years to be able to write this.

Hows life in heaven? You must be having alot of fun with Jesus now in Heaven, right? I've prayed for your salvation and I know that the Lord will not fail to reach out to you when you were on your deathbed.

Has it already been 4 years since I last felt the warmth of your wrinkled, soft skin, and heard your lovely voice calling out my name?

I'm sorry I couldn't rush back from Korea, where I was holidaying then. Even as I cut short my holiday and rushed back, I wasn't in time to see your last smile before you slipped into a coma, one which you never woke from.

I heard from the uncles and my dad who were there with you that you called out for me. That very thought of you calling out to me still tugs at my heartstrings till this very day. The fact that I could not be there was very painful to me, even till today.

On the flight back, I remember thinking to myself you'll be okay - it was just a small surgery, how could anything happen? When I touched down at the airport, dad was waiting for us. It was the first time I saw the man tear. It tore me apart because I knew what was waiting for us at the hospital. The final goodbye.

I remember moments before you passed on, I thanked you for loving me. Ah, I also remember promising you that I will lose weight, slim down and be healthy. Also to find a nice boyfriend who loves me. I did lose some weight as promised, but I haven't found a nice boyfriend yet. haha. In time, grandma, in time. I promise I will let you know once I do.

Remember that time, as part of my project research in the past, I wanted to do an autobiography on your life, do you remember how we sat through a 4-hour long session and I interviewed you about your life and learning all about my uncles and aunts, when they were much younger? It was fun. You were full of vigour and excitement as you recalled the old days, bringing those naughty boys up and showing love for your little girls.

One of the hugest regrets I have till this day though... I told you I'd complete writing the story and share it with you and the rest of the family - but I never completed it. I always thought to myself, 'what if...', but I guess it's just too late. It's okay. I will finish it for sure.

I know you loved hearing me laugh, so much so that you gave me a nickname 大笑姑婆. It's in cantonese, but the meaning is so apt, I loved it. I know you loved that I was your 大笑姑婆, so I will continue to be it, laughing and smiling on.

Remember my favourite dish? Yes, sweet and sour pork. One which you always cook for me to perfection everytime you knew I was coming over to eat with you. I remember the time where you taught me how to make egg fuyong for my dad. I tried making it for him twice, but it never tasted as good as yours.

Whenever I think about you now, I still dish out your photos or even rewatch the old (and only) video I ever took of you - while you were doing what you did best - cooking. We pretended to be recording a cooking show, then, remember? That was really funny.

I loved hearing your voice again, and I was so thankful I took that video that day. If I didn't, I wouldn't ever get to hear your voice again. Thank God for technology, huh? It made me fall in love with taking photos and videos now, usually of people who are really important to me.

I hog all those photos and videos now because I don't want to ever lose any precious moments with those people I love.

I hope you get to read this letter in heaven, 4 years on, and know that you are still living on in my heart. I still think about you, but I know that you're happier staying with Jesus. I will meet you someday when I get there. :)

Love from your 大笑姑婆,
Janel

Impact Mints continue to make an impact!

Monday, 11 September 2017

Impact Mints continue to make an impact!

Some time ago, I received an invitation to join Impact Mints at a cozy cafe and to learn more about their mints selection!

These little mints in tin boxes are a common sight in some of your supermarkets, and we've definitely had them before growing up! Impact Mints was created in Germany by a company which have been producing dextrose and mints for more than 60 years now. Branded Impact Mints were only created in year 2002 and since then, their brand name really took off, creating an Impact in various markets which retailed them.


At the start there only were two mint types, but this slowly grew with their fruity mints proving so successful that they constantly look to develop more new great tastes for our customers. Now, there's a total of 5 mint flavours: Peach, Strawberry, Mango, Blackcurrent and Fresh Mints.

Mango is the latest addition and we just love it cos it carries a strong mango taste!

What I love about these mints are that there's no trace of artificial colouring agents in them and this product is of the highest quality! Each one retails at $2.60 (100g)!

The party was so colourfully decorated with coloured cupcakes, macarons and of course, we had a lovely dinner too!

I mixed blackcurrent and mango juice, which had a secret ingredient in them... yes you guessed it, they blended Impact Mints in there (say what?) It was extremely refreshing and impactful, no kidding.

After a lovely dinner, we also proceeded to make our own fruity yogurt which we could bring home and enjoy too. Impact Mints was very kind to give us a few mint flavours to giveaway, so if you want to enjoy them, please send your requests to me via email and I will mail it to the first person who emails me! :)












Once again, thanks Impact Mints for the wonderful night!

To learn more on Impact Mints, visit http://www.impactmints.com/ .

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A Saturday spent at Don Ho and Yayoi Kusama's Singapore Exhibition

A Saturday spent at Don Ho and Yayoi Kusama's Singapore Exhibition

On a bright Saturday morning, we did what most Singaporeans would do: Brunch!

In the sweltering Singapore heat, we made our way to Don Ho to try their latest Melbourne-inspired brunch offering a couple of weeks back.

Very quickly, here's what we had:

Hot smoked salmon ($20)
Brioche French Toast ($22)
The Don Ho ($18)
Flamingo Paradise ($12)
Latte ($5 - I forgot, estimating it out)


I've always loved Don Ho for their lovely decor. The cozy environment just makes you feel so at home, and at a classy one at that.

Did I also tell you before that many of my friends call this place the Flamingo place at Outram road? Because their signature wallpaper is filled with Flamingos! (on the side of Loloku, though, which shares their space and design)


Some of my friends think I'm crazy to order salmon early in the morning, but honestly, who can resist all that omega-3 and topped with a soft poached egg?


And because it's called The Don Ho, I reckon it's something you definitely have to order since they're confident enough to bestow the dish with the name of the restaurant. With a lovely fried sunny side up, candied maple bacon, grilled pineapple, pickled slaw and ranch dressing on their homemade bun, this delicious looking burger scored some good looking points from us.

On a side note, seriously, is their Brioche French Toast super pretty or what? Pink cream cheese? Send that to instagram! 



We also tried their Flamingo Paradise, an in-house smoothie made with strawberry, mango, banana, chia seed, fresh milk and coconut milk. We loved this!




Thanks Don Ho for the invitation.


DON HO - SOCIAL KITCHEN & BAR
Location: 1 Keong Saik Road, 089109 Singapore
Website: https://www.don-ho.com
Tel: +65 6223 5001

Next up, we head to check out Yayoi Kusama's exhibition at the National Gallery Singapore!

Description extract from National Gallery's webstie: 
"Yayoi Kusama is one of the world’s most influential artists, and has played a crucial role in key art movements of the 20th and 21st centuries. The first major survey of her work in Southeast Asia, this exhibition focuses on the immersive and expansive nature of her practice. Discover Kusama’s creative vision through paintings, sculptures, videos and installations from the 1950s to the present, including works never shown before. Step into her infinity mirror rooms, explore the development of her intricate nets, dots and pumpkin motifs, and encounter new paintings in which the artist continues to push artistic boundaries."

It's really not hard to tell that you're in Singapore when there are queues everywhere. I queued about 40 minutes before being able to get my tickets, then queued to enter every exhibition. Especially the infinity mirror room, which was an extremely small space and the ushers stuck 4 people in for 20 secs. The strangers appeared in all my shots, and I was a sad puppy. (I love people, but don't we all love single, instagrammable shots?!)


Classic Kusama for you - the dotted pumpkin.


If I can share abit of my thoughts, I just think she is extremely a troubled individual. From her weird song (which they played the video of her singing a song with eyes that seemed totally detached from the face of this earth) to her extremely troubling sexual sculptures, I was really uncomfortable with anything she created which was 'un-dotty'.

Because I felt that it was a deeper view into her mind, that part scared me quite a bit because by the end of the exhibition I really deeply felt what a troubled, disturbed life she led and I felt quite sad for her.

Haters gonna hate, but those are my two cents.



I was still more comfortable just seeing her dotty art. To me, despite her troubled past reflected in her dotty works, it still felt like it was therapeutic for her and that makes me feel like at least she found solace in something. Her dotty works seems to speak of the consistency she yearned in life, and the desire to fill up her life with the repetition through those dots and lack of much empty space seems to be a reflection of her dislike of having anymore emptiness in her life. Again, just my two cents.




Anyhoo, I'm glad I visited her exhibition before it ended on 3 Sept 2017, because now I felt like at least I've seen and understood more about this artist I've known and heard about since a long long time ago. :)

National Gallery Singapore
Location: 1 St. Andrew's Road, Singapore 178957
Website: https://www.nationalgallery.sg/
Opening Hours: Sun - Thurs & Public Holidays - 10am to 7pm / Fri - Sat & Eves of Public Holidays - 10am to 10pm

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