Tuesday, December 3, 2013

ReStore.

Hi I'm back! Haha, it's the last day of exams so I'm finally free. 

Another piece of good news, I got a MacBook Pro! I went through so much to get this (OTL) but really, I kind of took a loan from my mum to get this so I have to find a way to pay her back if not I feel really bad. My mum is someone who goes for 3 for $5 socks, loves fruits like watermelon and pineapple because they are cheap and huge, loves Louis Vuitton handbags but chose to get bags from Coach outlets instead, and I think she always chooses the cheaper alternative so that she can save to get us stuff. So when she agreed to get me this MacBook, imagine my bewilderment. Oh I love you mummy hahaha. But I really love her alright. So much.

Anyway, back to the pictures. I visited ReStore together with Tuanhe and Shuwen after we left Strangers' Reunion. It's a lovely and cosy cafe that also sells vintage furniture, kitchen ware like small dishes, plates and mugs and secondhand books. It's a pretty small space but I love that they carry a variety of goods, all in good quality and are not commonly carried by other furniture stores.

For the food, Tuanhe ordered an eggplant sandwich (I can't recall the exact name) as the description on the menu really made it sound like a yummy and generous sandwich. If you refer to the picture below, I guess you can see why we were disappointed. I commented that the sandwich was really dry over at Instagram, and the kind folks at ReStore actually left an apology and recommended us to request for more sauces the next time we visit. I really appreciate that they take criticism positively and aren't offended by what I said. We didn't get to try the other food items on the menu but since they are very open to changing their recipes a little according to customer's preferences, I don't think they will taste bad. The drinks, on the other hand, were pretty good. I got an Iced Tea and it's just this perfect cup of tea that quenches your thirst, refreshes you and has a nice aroma to it. 






Café | ReStore Living
124 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore 088533

I believe the café has closed its doors, but ReStore continues to operate online. Visit http://www.restoreliving.com for more information.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Strangers' Reunion.

Visited the cafe back in August with Shuwen and Tuanhe. It was my second visit and the cafe interior was refurbished when I was back. The menu had changed too and I actually preferred their old menu. 

We tried their legendary Waffles with Greek Yogurt, Truffle Fries and Roast Pork Buns. The waffle was really really good in my opinion, crisp on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The yogurt did not change the waffle's texture too, it was still crispy when I sent it into my mouth after taking these pictures haha. The others ordered hot chocolate and I got a cup of latte, if I remember correctly. Again, I am no professional but the coffee was good. I've been to a few cafes and ordered coffee most of the time, and I don't really think I've hated any. I think I need coffee-appreciation classes haha. Truffle fries was so-so and we didn't really enjoy the buns. I had ordered them because I loved the roast pork sandwich they had on their old menu. I thought the new one on the menu would impress even more. However, the proportion between bun and pork wasn't really good, I think all we could taste was the plain bun, with the meat falling everywhere and then suddenly tasting the pickles. They don't really go that well together. 



I still love the place though - I love the new and more comfortable tables and chairs, the bigger space, the vases with beautiful tulips. For the next visit, the order will be more waffles and great coffee. 

Café | Strangers' Reunion
33/35/37 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169355

Sunday, October 6, 2013

High Road.



Cults | High Road

Cults is back!
And this is what I call a music video.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Fabulous Baker Boy.




The Beechees (best clique name ever, I know) went down to Viridian Art House today for some cakes! We have a vegetarian among us and we could only meet up late at 2pm, so cakes would be the good choice. Actually I think it was a great choice.

The cakes were really pretty. We got chocolate cake, red velvet, strawberry yogurt cake, green tea cake and a carrot cake for the six of us. I got a cup of flat white to go along with the cakes. If you don't really like sweet stuff (like me), I think this cafe is a to-go. I won't say they tasted superb but it was still wonderful. Not too sweet and cloying. I liked the red velvet cake and the carrot cake with coconut shavings.

Delightful day with perfect company. <3

Café | The Fabulous Baker Boy
The Foothills, 70 River Valley Road #01-15, Singapore 179037
Closed on Mondays
Closed from 4.30pm to 6.00pm on weekdays

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

An Abstract Love Story: Understanding Jasmine's Affection Towards MUJI.







If you don't already know, I am going to work at MUJI during the holidays! c:

Frankly speaking, for a holiday job, MUJI was the last place that I wanted to go. I love their products, concepts, videos, phone applications, workshops, music, paper bags (hahaha I actually have a collection) to the extent that I never want to see myself hating MUJI. But holiday job = pain-in-the-ass-but-I-have-to-earn-some-quick-cash-and-I-am-bored, so I don't want MUJI to end up in that equation. My first choice was Kinokuniya, then whatever I can find on the Internet, and lastly MUJI.

I went for Kinokuniya's interview, all dressed up in formal attire but still wearing my ear cuff to feel a little more comfortable, but I ended up looking like a fool because the other people beside me had so many colours in their hair/wore mini shorts/wore flip flops. I don't think that anything was wrong with my decision though, more like I felt that they didn't really respect the job or the managers there. But still I looked stupid. Kinokuniya took a long time to give me a call asking me to go down for an interview. The pay was $6/h. Cashiering duties plus packing and stocking. During the interview they tested me some mental sums and for the division questions I totally looked at them and smiled while whimpering 'I think I will have to use a calculator..'.

While waiting for their call, I was so grumpy I randomly decided to google MUJI jobs. Nothing popped up. They were not hiring. Then I was bored so I randomly called MUJI's HR department. With that one call they asked me to go down the next day, if I could make it. At first I hesitated because they were not looking for anyone, I was afraid that they were just trying to shake me off. 'Come, just come, we will not hire you anyway. Come to make yourself feel better.' I was still thinking that way when I was filling up my particulars at the HR office. But I was also thinking, 'Damn, I stepped into their cool Japanese-styled office and am sitting alone in a MUJI furnished room filling up a MUJI form with a MUJI pen. Even if they don't want me, it's still cool.' Yeah I am crazy but that's not the point. I sat there waiting after someone collected my form. Then suddenly the manager walked into the room. I was pretty stunned because I wasn't expecting anything more than the form. She said they observed how much I adore MUJI. My pouch, my pencil case, my stationery.. Lol she was joking about it but after making the joke she said 'But I am glad I don't have to explain what is MUJI to you. You know us pretty well as I can see. We have 5000 products and you make me feel like you know at least half of them.' At that moment, I knew I love MUJI in EVERY SINGLE way. She rocks. Then she went to ask the Events Manager if they should start recruiting temp staff for the new store in JEM (YES, MUJI in Jurong East OMG), and the EM said sure and tadaa I was signing a Letter of Appointment. $7/h but she apologized that I will be booked for the weekends. 5 day work week. MUJI at JEM. I will be stocking up an empty MUJI store. HELLO I DON'T EVEN CARE IF I AM DOING HARD LABOUR I WILL LOVE IT AS LONG AS I DON'T BREAK THEIR OVER $100 PORCELAIN POTS. I'm in!

We shook hands, I was giggling (I am crazy. Remember?) and now I have typed an extremely detailed interview process at the MUJI office. And to help you understand why I love MUJI so much, I have kindly attached three videos in this post.

/p.s. : About the results of the Kinokuniya interview, I actually kindly called them immediately after the MUJI interview to tell them that I am already hired so bye bye. And she went 'Oh do you want to reconsider? We accepted you!' Hello, even if it's not MUJI that I'm working for, my mental calculation has informed me that $1/h difference makes a huge difference.