Ikea and Anchorpoint

I love Ikea restaurant\’s Swedish horse meatballs well that is aside from their home furnishings (Even if it was horse meat, it was delish and nothing happened to me, bletch!).

At times if I\’m bored or just want to get out of the house, I come here to window shop. It\’s just nice to look at Ikea showrooms. It\’s amazing how they can maximize the use of a small space and either make it look glam, homey, minimalist, child-proof etc. in a modern way.

I have this bedsheet and pillow case.

After some eye-strain in the shop. Time to eat!
                                   

My usual: Cheesecake (the cheapest but one of the tastiest cheesecake that I\’ve had), meatballs and garden salad to-go. The rest of the plates is my roomie Sharon\’s meal. That we will eventually share. Spell TAKAW.
I love the Ketchup dispensers. Squirt-squirt…
After the delectable feast. You can go shopping again in Anchorpoint, right in front of Ikea. For budget shoppers you can get your Cotton On, Charles and Keith, Billabong on big discounts. These are outlet store branches. So get ready for a shopping adventure. 
I was able to get a Cotton On mullet skirt and shirt for $5 each. A big steal as compared with their mall prices.
Enjoy!
XOXO

Deepavali

Late post.
Before I start, I want to greet my Indian friends and colleagues a Happy Thaipusam Festival. I was Orchard Road today and saw a lot of people in Dhoby Gaut. This is the second time that I experienced Thaipusam Festival from inside bus 190. I just admire their faith. I think pain is nothing when you devote your life to God.
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So off with my late post…Super late if I may add.
It was my  first to experience Deepavali. Ate Brenda, our host, welcomed us with open arms. She treated us like family that made it more awesome. According to Ate Brenda Deepavali / Diwali is the Festival of Lights. 
                           

                                   
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Ate Brenda shared a lot of interesting facts about the Indian culture. It\’s declared as a Public Holiday (PH) in Singapore and India. Expect a congested Little India especially the Mustafa Centre. They buy lots of garments and accessories, food etc. a few weeks  before.
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Ate Brenda second from left.
The food is simple. I like how the mutton curry was cooked. The meat was tender, making it easier to chew. Black pepper prawns and Spicy Chicken are all good. Pair it with bread and you\’ll be full in few minutes.

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Murukku, the crunchy snack from India. Fave!
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Booze!

We also did henna tatoo by Ate Brenda\’s niece. I forgot her name but, she\’s one creative gal.

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Henna tattoo still wet at this point.

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Ate Brenda\’s brother-in-law. He\’s been to the Philippines a few times. He specifically remembers Mabini Street where he hangs out. Just to get hold of our cheap alcoholic bevs. I ask him to marry a Filipina. He\’s still looking…
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He can sing Tagalog songs. His favorite Filipino singers are Gary V. and Renz Verano. He loves singing karaoke.               
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Ate Brenda and her beautiful daughter.
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After all the celebration we bid them goodbye and had coffee afterwards…

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My coffee buddies!

                             
Till next Deepavali!

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XOXO

Gastronomia di Paolo

Cupcakes to go…

I\’m a fan of their desserts, cheesecakes are not that sweet same goes with their cupcakes. I have yet to try their pasta and pizzas. Price range is reasonable, especially when the one prepping the meals is the chef. (It maybe a deli cafe but they take gourmet food seriously).

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.