Linklovin 3 – Quit Day Job Then Travel

If my situation right now has been the complete opposite, I would like to travel the world SOLO. How I wish I used my money wisely and saved up for it. But that\’s the thing of the past now. Everything that I know now are because of my past mistakes that served as life lessons. I\’m also thankful that I\’ve met a lot of people who are very open-minded. For me, living and working in Singapore was my game-changer. My perspective to life changed. I even remember Nerisa (my Malay colleague) that I think differently and very open to try other options.
Don\’t get me wrong, I love what I have right now. And if it wasn\’t for my day job, I couldn\’t have met my husband. What I want now is to travel the world with my family. Although not exactly the kind of travel that this link-lovin\’ folks did. We all have different choices.

What I want to happen is to work part-time on my chosen profession (if possible). Think of a business that could keep me occupied and earning. If a baby comes along the way, (I want to be hands-on with child-rearing) I have a fall-back. Of course, a planned travel from time to time won\’t hurt. Anyway this won\’t be happening all at the same time. I\’m still open for other opportunities.

For all the single 20 somethings, let this links be an inspiration. I don\’t encourage to follow exactly what these people had done, because the truth is everyone of has different issues, upbringing and mind-set. At lalong di ko rin sinabing mag-resign kayo agad-agad sa mga trabaho nyo! Read and learn from the experts who have been there done that.

Ask yourselves, Hanggang dito na lang ba talaga ako? May iba pa ba akong kayang gawin?  Lagi na lang ba ganito? Bakit wala akong nararating? Bakit parang di nakakatulong ang mga taong nakapalibot sa akin? Evaluate yourself. Malaki ang mundo para mag-move on.
  1. The Poor Traveler
  2. Just One Way Ticket
  3. Wandering Earl
  4. They want to travel for the rest of their life

From Suntec to Bugis

I was finishing the filling up my first ever balikbayan box, I went to Suntec to scour RSH for Ipanema slippers (Note: Prices go as low as $5 for an Ipanema, especially on their last day of sale but I wasn\’t able to come. I\’m not even sure if they lowered it down to $5). Unfortuantely, my relatives\’ feet sizes are small from the available sizes (9 and 10). I stuck to the plan of going to Bugis if I come out empty handed. I  decided to walk since it was just a few meters away.
I\’m familiar with the place because my wedding venue is within the vicinity. I decided to stop by Subway for a quick bite. I was surprised that Subway is conjoined with a coffee shop. So far, its the biggest subway joint that I have ever been to.

The place inside is very spacious.
I\’m not adventurous to try coffee on that day. Though the siphoned coffee sounds interesting.  I\’m not sure if its connected to Oromo Coffee Company with a very good cause for making coffee. 
My usual $5 dollar combo: Cold Cut Trio
Why the face bebeh?!
After my meal, off I go to Bugis passing through Hotel Intercontinental. I noticed there\’s a newly opened store (I think?!) that sells asymmetrical designed clothes (meaning: weird and unique looking but looks awesome when I wear it hehehe). I wasn\’t able to get the shop\’s exact name. All I see is the Japanese character in the hangers.

I will definitely go back and check out their while merchandise. They also sell accessories and handbags.
I go to Bugis Street for the chocolates. I buy them at this store behind Bugis Street beside the durian stand. The store is somewhat like Valu$ in Toa Payoh. The products are mostly cheap especially if you\’re going to compare it with Choc-Spot in Lucky Plaza. But be very careful to check the expiration date of the food. I haven\’t encountered anything expired. I have been buying my pasalubong there ever since.

As of this writing, my box is on it\’s way to PHL. I just hope and pray that nothing bad happens to it. 

Chef Icon: Au Naturel

Ate Cynthia and her Chocolate Trovana Cake
I\’ve tasted this scrumptious cake during our meeting in the workplace. I can\’t get over it. Really!  I found out from my housemate Ate Cynth about this bakeshop in Kampung Bahru Road. I was like \”Hey! I see that shop everyday from work!\” Good thing, Renze gave Ate this luscious Chocolate Trovana cake that stirred my curiosity. Good thing,  I ate this cake for free, twice.
It\’s just across the street

After one busy work day, I dropped by at Chef Icon to see the goodies. The place is a cozy bakery and coffee shop where the smell of bread is a delight for my olfactory nerves. Artisanal breads and pastries are all over but what attracted me are the cakes. The counter is manned by the uber-friendly Chef Francis. He helped me with that to get. We also got to chit-chat a little about cakes, Philippines and work.

They adopt the Avina.Neutro Baking style, which makes their products healthier. Their products contain:

  • No Animal Rennet
  • No Animal Gelatin
  • No Animal Meat
  • No Liquor
  • No Margarine
  • No MSG
  • No Onions & Garlic
  • No Preservatives
  • No Chemical Bread Improvers
 Since then, every payday I indulge myself to some au naturel sweetness.
Clockwise from left Cookies and Cream Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Tiramisu, Chef Icon box packaging and Chocolate Marble Cheesecake 
I tried the American Carrot Cake first. I\’m not a fan of fruit cakes primarily but it\’s not that bad. Just OK. As for the cheesecakes…HEAVENLY! Creamy, not too sweet, tasty and light on the stomach. It was a \”Ratatouille\”  moment…there\’s fireworks 🙂  
Get to know about their vision from their website:
Visit them at:
5 Kampong Bahru Road
Singapore 169341
Phone: 9337 3900

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.

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