Sunday, August 24, 2014

Humble Origins.

I am so grateful for this humble café in school. Sometimes the traditional coffee with condensed milk just won't do. I really like to treat myself with a flat white when I'm feeling tired and grumpy, haha. I can't guarantee that the coffee at Humble Origins is always good - the coffee is often prepared by students from NUS that are part-timing there, some of them are still beginners at what they do. The last cup of flat white I had over at the café was so bad that I couldn't finish it. But I don't blame them, the barista's hands were trembling in fear when he was pouring and he passed me the coffee with an apologetic look. He's learning and I really don't have the heart to blame someone who is juggling both work and school.

The food however, has always been great. The tarts are prepared by the owner himself and they are really legit. I would say it's on par with the ones at Carpenter and Cook! I think they have a schedule or something as different tarts are sold on different days. I can't seem to find the Lemon Curd Tart anymore but it's my favourite. The second would go to the Banoffee Tart, which has a centre made from a combination of banana and toffee. It's sweet, gooey and so sinful. The croissant and pancakes are standard, but still good if you want a treat.

The café is my secret hideout. Haha. Whenever I've really long breaks or have to have lunch alone, I would run to Humble Origins. It's really sad to be sitting at a table alone in the school canteen, so I felt more comfortable visiting the café. The food never disappoints anyway, so it's just the best place to go while I'm still stuck in school. The prices are also more friendly to the pocket compared to other cafés out there.

Café | Humble Origins
NUS Kent Ridge Drive Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Beside Lecture Theatre 12
Opens from 8.30am to 6.00pm

Sunday, August 17, 2014


Curated | Leaf
s. /stylohotmilo/plants on pinterest

They say you can't have too many plants at home because they release carbon dioxide at night. If not, I would have pots hanging on the walls of my room, pots lined on the floor along my bed. I love all these various shades of green and I like to marvel at how pretty the leaves grow alongside one another.

Monday, August 11, 2014


Instagram | @no.___

@no.___ features No. Ceramics by Romy Northover, as well as inspiration that the ceramicist herself has gathered. I really really love her works. The matte glaze tea cups painted with insouciant brushes are my favourites. The colour palettes used are also hues that I love. I started this whole new Pinterest board dedicated to Ceramics after I found her works on Instagram and Pinterest.

According to No.'s website, Romy Northover currently uses the Japanese techniques of Kinuneri, Tebineri and Rokuro in her works. I've read from elsewhere that she's also enrolled in a master's class for Japanese Kintsugi. The Japanese aesthetics of imperfection, irregularity and asymmetry crystallise in her works. Her works do remind me of Japanese bowls and tea vessels.

If you're interested in collecting or viewing more of Northover's works, the studio has a website and a blog at

Monday, August 4, 2014

Home Hues.

Home and Living | Miwako Akatsu
s. ideelifecycling

My favourite colours are blues, browns, greys, deep green, black and white. So I've always dreamt of having a house filled with wooden furniture, ceramics, glass and wooden tableware and pots of leafy plants or succulents that can be found in every corner of the house. Put together, the atmosphere may feel a little gloomy. The dark hues will overpower the lighter ones. But I guess light can change that. I also wish to own shelves of magazines, cookbooks and art books if I can afford any haha.

I can't wait to own a house.