Mid Autumn Festival

Mid-Autumn Festival in SG was about to finish this October 4. Too bad my eyes can\’t feast on the colorful decorations for this year\’s festival. Last year, I decided to go for a photowalk for some sensory overload of colors and lights. This is one of the perks living in Everton Park, I get to enjoy Chinatown anytime that I want.

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple



Lanterns are all over the temple premises.
From a nearby store. Reminds me of Mr. Shooli of  the 90\’s show Mongolian Barbecue
I remember one Feng-shui expert said,  this cat is waving to attract luck to \”to come into the business\”.
The stretch of South Bridge Road. The lanterns are like little candies hanging.

Northeast Line MRT Chinatown exit
This looks like a school project of  some kiddos.
Along Eu Ton Sen street. They have longer garlands of lanterns
Porcelain Hotel made a huge canvas out of their \”side wall\”
It\’s like a design out of a china plate.
These are delicious but very expensive! I\’m not sure if these are the bakkwa.
Giant Fruits
You could also check-out the Clarke Quay decorations for MAF. They have more designs pertaining to houses, animals, flowers/plants. They are located along the bridge and the riverside very suitable for photo taking together with decors. 

Everton Bubble Tea Point

Bubble tea stores are present everywhere in SG. It\’s a national craze that could turn into a pop culture and will be in circulation for sometime. There\’s different kind of brands (Koi being the most famous one, check out the queue!), strategic locations and gimmicks. But there is bubble tea that is very accessible to me and that is EBTP (Everton Bubble Tea Point)! I just need to go downstairs. Yey! Lucky me. It\’s cheaper than the others.

It was early in the morning. They are still closed.

Another Grin Affair

I was only able to come around again after quite sometime. But like what Jody said the important thing is I came back. The next time I\’m there, I\’ll show Jody my wedding pics. I have 3 jars in my loot, I\’ll be returning it back soon. And its nice to know they already have a website.

The place was packed when I came, so I have no other choice but to take out these lovelies. Looks like grin affair has already gained some loyal customers. Well, who won\’t notice a different kind of dessert coming from a jar.

Mango Mousse (If I\’m not mistaken)
Every ingredients compliments the recipe to make it stand-out. Its not too sweet, not too creamy. Perfect for those who are diet-conscious.
Kiwi Cheesecake

The chocolate crispies on top is a surprise for me. The vanilla cake is soft and chewy. And again, not too sweet. The kiwi is fresh as if it was just cut after I ordered it.

Will be back soon.

Visit their website: grinaffair.com

It\’s a Grin Affair

I\’m a fan of shops, cafe or stores that are hindi pa ganong kasikat, just starting and has this very cozy and personal vibe. Everton Park is home to some of it. First off is Grin Affair.

I first noticed the promo board near the stairs towards our block. I thought that they are selling sa paglalako. It turns out it was directing the people to go over the shop. Quite misleading at first especially, I still have no sleep coming from my night shift. So I was left curious. the products are pretty enticing.
When I came back from one of my meetings for my wedding, I went down from my usual bus stop and was surpirsed to see the corkboard sign again. And its now directing to the place itself. So I went in, the vibe is very homey and eco-conscious. It feels like I came into my mom\’s kitchen and I await for my mom to finish the cooking. Earth tone colors dominates the place. There\’s also a little space for hand-made items for sale.
I met Jody, the shop\’s owner and pastry chef (I\’m not quite sure about her title aside from being the owner). And we had a little chit-chat. One concept of the store is to promote recycling thus the use of glass jars for her cakes. There\’s an attached chit on each of the jar, you can collect all 20 pieces of it then you can receive a freebie if you return all the jars!
Jody has been to Manila for 5 days for a short vacation. She has an interesting insight of it. She liked Intramuros and the old buildings. Meaning the uniqueness of Manila comes from its old world charm that sets us apart from other countries. She also like the idea of having food carts (like everywhere!) even on the LRT/MRT. She thinks it\’s one of the most profitable way for F&B. She hopes to come back one day and would like to explore our beaches.
Ok, back to the food. I ordered Banana something cake-y (sorry I forgot the name). The taste is delectable. Not too sweet and not too creamy. It melts in your mouth for quite a while so you can savor the flavor and ingredients. The banana fruit is still fresh, and it doesn\’t give a lamog flavor.
I haven\’t returned yet from the shop. Most of the time that I want to go there its closed. I still want to try the other cakes. I\’m looking forward to it.