Pic Dump: Working Title

Did a super quick drop here; only had limited time! Grabbed a ginger beer and a “damn good chocolate cake” (which was… quite good lah) before rushing off for a meeting.

Interesting place, an extension of a hostel (next door). When I went, they had an area at the back in the making for a space for gigs and/or movie screenings. Coffee beans from Dutch Colony. Should be good! Prices for craft beers are also really reasonable, most going for $7-$9, including fruit beers, ginger beers and ciders.

In fact, the whole menu is $10 or below, sandwiches and pizzas included.

Pic dump below, seems like a super nice place to chill. Plus points? This is really unhealthy but shisha’s right around the corner. Arab Street too, for some indie shopping. Aaaand it’s open till late.

Fun fact? All the furniture was built by the owners! They had to pull it all together in a very short period, couldn’t really settle on a name for the place, and that explains the working title.








Better pics over at their Facebook Page.

Working Title
48 Arab Street
Singapore 199745
Tel: 9734 4187
Email: ask@workingtitle.sg

Opening Hours:
Mon – Thu: 09:00 – 22:00
Fri – Sun: 09:00 – 00:00

La Cuisson

I’d actually caught La Cuisson (previously known as “French Inspired”, previously at Holland Drive) on some channel U show that was airing late at night because there was nothing much else to watch on the tele. I caught a glance of angus beef which looked beautiful sitting on a bed of mash, and thought, I must eat that.

And these are usually the starts of culinary adventures – I catch sight of something delicious looking and I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it until I get a taste of it. Which, in this case, was rather troublesome, because the episode had been filmed a few months back, I was unaware that the place was 1. renamed and 2. relocated. So I actually took a cab from Holland Village and found myself at Prinsep Street, with parents in tow. Along with the move came the removal of that beef dish, and an increase in prices as well, but the chef mentioned that it’s justified since they’ve introduced some premium ingredients imported from France.

Thank goodness the food was worth it.


Pork and Kiwi, $14

Sous vide kurobuta pork neck served on a bed of sliced kiwi and topped with jamon iberico and … lard. Such a good starter, the pork was perfectly done and the kiwi and jamon were pretty unusual pairings that went well with it.


Escargots, $10

Disclaimer: I don’t really like escargots, I think, save for the cheap ones at Saizeriya  that don’t taste like escargots as well. My dad thought this was really good though.


Duck Rilette, $8

Good, a little too gamey for my mum but I liked it!

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Angus Hanging Tender, $26 We had this medium rare and it was such a pity that the cut was kind of stringy and hard to chew. Good taste wise, mash was nice, buttery and smooth.


Mushroom Pasta, $16

Roasted wild mushrooms (imported from France wor), sous vide egg, topped with parmesan shavings and truffle oil. How could you not drool at that description! If you had to choose one and one dish only to eat at this restaurant, this one should be it. It was so good, I would go so far as to say it’s something I’d definitely crave for. Plus the egg really adds another dimension to the texture.



Bacon and Prawn Pasta, $19

Although the pasta was done well, prawns were succulent and bacon lardons super tasty, it really paled in comparison to the mushroom pasta. Not denying it wasn’t good though. I generally like that their pasta is well done and the sauce really complements it, instead of overpowering it or making it soggy.


Dark Chocolate Ganache, $13

The chocolate tasted really good! Chef mentioned it was flown in from France as well. But I was really full and couldn’t finish it all. It’s quite rich, so if you’re planning to have this remember to save some space.


There’s enough room at the first floor for about ten diners, more space upstairs for 30-50.

Verdict? La Cuisson definitely makes french dining more affordable to le normal people like us, without stinging on quality. Of what I had, I’d recommend the pork and kiwi, and the mushroom pasta. Especially the mushroom pasta; it’s something worth travelling for and something I’d come back for. The rest? Not bad la.

La Cuisson (not le cuisson, and no longer at Holland Drive!)
44 Prinsep Street, Prinsep place, Singapore 188673 (near Strictly Pancakes)
Tel: 8332 0302

Opening Hours:
Tue – Fri: 17:30 – 23:00
Sat: 10:00 – 14:30, 17:30 – 23:00
Sun: 10:00 – 14:30

So I went back to NYGH to talk to a bunch of Sec 3s…

Initially I was reluctant because I don’t think I’m a suitable giver-of-advice and it’s actually pretty daunting to speak to fifteen year olds… at first I didn’t quite remember what it was like to be fifteen, but I dug out some stuff and the memories came flooding back. And even more memories came flooding back when I was back at the campus!

In any case, here are my slides:

The main gist is that you can use the Internet to do things beyond yourself! The possibilities are endless, and if someone like me can do it, what’s stopping fifteen year olds? They’re wayyyy more well versed in stuff like social media and blogs, and they have the access to the support of the school and fellow students.
Anyway, it all turned out well. Of course, Nanyang Girls are very polite and respectful (in front of me) and unlike the terrors I heard of elsewhere hehe. I even overran my time – couldn’t take questions. If any of you happen to be lurking, feel free to send me an email or tweet me ok? I don’t have all the answers, but I’ll be happy to help in whatever way I can. To the three that personally came up to me to chat, thank you so much for your feedback and I was really really happy to speak to you guys!! It meant a lot to get positivity from you girls, a decade younger. More than I ever thought it would. In fact, it’s a pretty nice feeling to be socially validated by fifteen year olds. HA.
I spent a good amount of time just eating at the canteen and wandering around, especially at the art department. Studying for Os and other exams were really stressful back then, but on hindsight, I miss those years so much. Mrs Tan caught me smiling outside her art history class like a creep and invited me in… I was secretly thrilled because I saw a lot of familiar art pieces, even concept boards lying around. 2004 AEP girls – we’ve left our mark hehe.


Nanyang’s campus has got to be the best designed building I’ve ever schooled in btw. It’s gorgeous!

Here’s an interesting new addition:


They have a self-run cafe called 4 degrees cafe that was established to sustain the plant / herb garden just outside (where students can also sit at). Coffee grounds go into the compost bin and is turned into fertilizer that helps these plants grow. While I was sitting there, I overheard the teacher in charge teaching them about how to run a business, how to serve customers and how to make coffee. Such a lucky bunch!


5 Things to do in Kanchanaburi, Thailand

Kanchanaburi is more well known with our local boys as an army training site and thus not very ideal for a holiday spot. But it’s actually surprisingly idyllic!

If you’re planning a trip to Kanchanaburi, the first thing you need to do is to really plan properly. It’s definitely much easier to rent a car – each attraction is quite a distance from the next, and you wouldn’t be at the mercy of public transport or a big group of tourists. Apparently you can also catch a taxi from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi for the day for about 2000 baht (about 80 SGD).

Bob and I drove about 2 hours from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi Town (for lunch), and another 1 hour from Kanchanaburi Town to Sai Yok. Wikitravel and TripAdvisor would suggest visiting a Tiger Temple and Elephant Camp but I’m really not a fan of seeing animals in captivity (although, apparently they have good intentions) and we didn’t exactly have the luxury of time after spending half a day at the Erawan Falls (which I would totally recommend visiting). As mentioned, we were there with a car and navigated with Google Maps, so I don’t really have the exact addresses or directions to things. (Google Maps will suffice, but remember to get a local SIM card before hand)

  1. Hike and swim at the Erawan Falls
    20130806_093940There are seven levels of waterfalls at Erawan, which are all pretty spectacular. Something about the minerals in the water make it seem really blue with sunlight hits. I’d suggest going early, about 9 or 10 in the morning if you’re planning to complete the hike (about 2km up), because we started down at about noon and it was teeming with tourists! Also, wear good hiking shoes that have good grip and you’re willing to get dirty / wet. Oh yes a bathing suit and a small towel too, because you can swim wherever you fancy! Continue reading