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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

VERY NICE. PLEASE ORDER.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

I WANNA BE FIFTEEN AGAIN.

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

[AD] Reebok One Series

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For starters, I know NOTHING about running or running shoes. In fact, the Reebok Delta One is my first proper running shoe. Its predecessor was a cheap pair that I bought from Mustafa that cost me $25, which I used less that five times. Never was a fan of running shoes; the only sneakers I own are for dancing, which are mostly bought based on how good they look, how comfortable they are, plus how flat and broad the base is for better stability while dancing.

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My first pair

Which of course are factors that have nothing to do with a good running shoe.

When I first saw the shoe I was pretty bowled over by the colour – it’s damn neon lor! At first I was presented two options – one that was more blue, and one that was more neon green. I chose the blue for aesthetic purposes… oops, turns out that colours shouldn’t be your priority with running shoes. The blue ones were meant for flat footed individuals.

Which I was not.

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Nghh.

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All the bloggers convened at the CrossFit Fire City and we were asked to give brief introductions. So there was a guy who blogged about running, there were 3 lifestyle bloggers who ran regularly, there were 2 fitness bffs and champions of eating clean, and then, there was me.

I said something along the lines of hating exercising, and that the only exercise I did was dance, and I didn’t even do it that regularly anymore.

>_<

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Coach Sam, our designated coach, then proceeded to give us a walkthrough of what was going to happen today, and take us through some warmups.

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So then we were taken out to have our running assessed.

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With our new neon shoes, it was time to run!

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of course, being bloggers, we had to Instagram that first…

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Rare moment!!

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Sam had a nifty iPad thingy that could record you as you ran, and then later playback in slow-mo so that he could better assess your running style.

I learnt that there were 3 styles of running:
Heel Strike: The heel makes contact with the ground first, followed by the forefoot
Midfoot Strike: The heel and the ball of the foot make contact with the ground simultaneously
Forefoot Strike: the ball of the foot makes contact with the ground first

Most of us ran with a heel strike (except Daph!) and apparently it’s really bad for the knees and body when you go heel first! This shoe is designed to reduce heel strike and guide you to run in a forefoot strike motion which according to my running friend Mr Sham Ong, is more natural and would in turn reduce the impact between the foot and the knee

So we did a few jumpy – jogging on the spot exercises to learn the proper posture of running.

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I had never in my life thought so much about running before. Wasn’t it supposed to be a natural instinct?

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After some tips, we set off for… a grand finale of 3 sets of running around the carpark + 30 squats!!

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Can you see the difference? (Ok, it’s called “toe off” and not push off…)

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We had a 2nd round of analysis after, and it did show small improvements in our running style. Not bad, for just a few hours of training!

All in all, I learnt a lot about running in this exercise – studying your movement can really improve the efficiency of how you run; it really is a science. And thus it’s important to have a good shoe with the proper technology to support your feet and guide them through the entire movement. The gait assessment was also really interesting… you might want to try it if you’ve been running and experiencing leg or back pains! Just get someone to take a video of yourself as you’re running. Understanding your running style will also help you in getting the right shoe.

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The Delta One has a good fit – the ones we were given were the Cushion version, so it’s really comfortable and absorbs impact well. There’s a Guide version for more advanced runners. What’s great about this series is that instead of being built bottom-up like most shoes, it’s designed to meet the cushioning and response needs of the 3 zones of your feet – the heel, midfoot and forefoot.

The Reebok One Series Collection comes in both men’s and ladies’ styles and is available at Stadium and selected Royal Sporting House stores from July 2013 onwards for $169 (regular retail price).

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Casa Lapin x49 – Bangkok

Because we love cafes, Bob and I couldn’t miss out on visiting at least one in Bangkok. Of all the cafes we looked to visit, this one was really hard to find! It didn’t help that it was set in a little unnamed road across from Samitivej Hospital, somewhere near Sukhumvit Soi 49. Try looking for these signs:

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Casa Lapin x49’s is the wooden one. Walk right in and you’d find yourself in a residential looking area, that houses an eclectic mix of a tapas bar and an upmarket pet accessories store. This is Casa Lapin x49. Complete with a hipster foldie bike.

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This is the 2nd cafe set up by owner Surapan Tanta (an architect turned barista) – the first being Casa Lapin, which can also be found a little nook at Thonglor Art Village. It’s very tastefully done, I’ll let pictures do the talking. Reminds me of a greenhouse, and even has a little attic like space on the 2nd floor.

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There’s a huge shelf of some of my favourite magazines – like Smith, Kinfolk and even our very own Encounters.

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It was a tad too hot to sit outside, but the external seating area is also lovely. To the left of the photo you can see that there are little tables perfect for an intimate conversation between two, or if someone might prefer to have more privacy to read / do work.

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More one seaters, with little metallic drawers that double up as tables. (we found some stickers from Papa Palheta in one of those drawers!)

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Go upstairs if you’re coming in a bigger group of 4-5

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Plants everywhere! Lends the cafe a very nice touch.

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Even the toilet is brilliantly done up.

Coffee was not bad – I didn’t really study the menu, but they serve cakes and pasta too.

Oh there are power plugs everywhere + WIFI, so I think it’s a perfect place just to sit around, chillax, check your emails or get some work done. Wish we had more pretty little enclaves like this in Singapore!

Casa Lapin x49
Sukhumvit 49, across from Samitivej Hospital, between Thonglor 13 and Sukhumvit 49/7

Opening hours:
Mon-Fri.: 7:30am – 8:30pm
Sat-Sun.: 10:30am – 8:30pm