Data-Addict

Let me get the record straight, being a data-addict doesn’t necessarily equates as a bad thing because I believe with adequate control over the time spent online vs heading out to meet real people. You also give due respect to those whom you’re hanging out with by giving attention to them and not being stuck with your phone all the time. But here’s some of the tell-tale signs that you can’t live without data/wifi when you’re overseas:

1. Before any trip overseas, you check for local SIM card/Pocket WiFi that is available and *punch fist in the air* when the data plans comes with at least 1-2 GB or even better if it says UNLIMITED!

2. When asked “Where shall we eat?” you often look into the ‘Search Nearby’ via GoogleMaps to decide on what’s good.

3. Social media is your friend; you interact with your friends/followers with back and forth questions/answers, especially on what/where/how to go about places.

Bonus: Last but not least, you CRINGE and CRY whenever you get a notification that you’ve used 80% of your data plan and it’s still a long way more till that reset date!! #storyofmylife

So for my recent trip to Japan, I have to really thank Japan-Wireless (Nope, I’m not paid to say this and props to Ivy for recommending this site to me) for the ease of connectivity throughout my stay in Japan. With the seamless way of getting your wifi unit delivered to your hotel (even before you set foot in the country) and convenient was of returning the unit via a paid postage envelope (one in white).

To also ensure that fear of your device being out of battery, Japan Wireless provides a portable battery charger. I personally didn’t quite needed to use that while I was out because I would on/off my device as and when I need it.

You can say that it’s rather troublesome but I personally find it less distracting on your commute/day which meant that I’d be looking up and out more than down on my mobile. But when I truly needed to use GoogleMaps while getting lost, it’s there for me.

Another appreciative part of what I truly call service is when Japan Wireless would never hesitate to answer your queries and drop you a note upon them receiving your returned unit! At least I know my Pocket Wifi has been safely delivered back to the company.

TIP: There’s a post box at the Narita Airport Terminal 1 (ONE) right at the departure gate which means you can still be connected till the very last minute. No need to ‘bother’ your hotel reception on the returning.

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The only time I experienced connectivity that turned slow was during the Halloween night where I presume the whole Osaka was probably logging in and sometimes when I’m underground on the subway/shopping mall. But other than that, it was usually fast and it was more than sufficient for the both of our usage.

 

Coffee Beans by DAO (Bangkok)

My recent trip to Thailand saw me having one of the best cakes in Bangkok and I was blessed to have Kaew bought them for me. I do feel that Coffee beans by Dao is a little underrated as it has really good selection of cakes yet doesn’t get much attention (online). Upon further research about them, I realised that it’s fairly popular with the locals too, which is always a good thing.

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(L) Thai Tea Mousse Cake and (R) Chocolate Meringue Cake

Special mention to that Thai Tea Mousse Cake which was a show stealer – irresistible piece, as I am a huge fan of cha-yen (typically known as thai ice tea), this mousse cake is packed with every ounce of flavour yet maintaining it’s light and fluffiness. I could eat this all day long and not get bored of it!

As for the Chocolate Meringue Cake is a moist cake filled with fluffiness. I am very selective when it comes to the chocolate flavoured items but this definitely got my attention. A cake that has a different layer with each bite.

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White Strawberry Cheesecake

To satisfy that sweet tooth, the flavors are rich and it’s worth that calories! Nuff said, I can never resist a cheesecake that comes my way!

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Thanks Kaew for thinking of me and I am always thankful for your hospitality each time I visit Bangkok, this time is no less!

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Lavender Food Square – #fiv5inaweek

There is so much to miss; food and the company that was all for it when I suggested that we should do our #fiv5inaweek challenge on food, so glad we did!! Thanks for wonderful memories!!

Special Mention to the food worth trying:

– Whitley Road Fish Ball Noodle
– Ju Hao La Mian Xiao Long Bao
– Ah Long Pancake
– Albert Street Prawn Noodles
– Kok Kee Wanton Mee
– Bugis Street Ngak Seah Bee Kuay Teow

And for those who are dying to know where the individual hawkers are moving to which I came across this link from Her World, do also let me know if you have any other sources that could help identify

“Aeroplane” by Charlie Lim

– I’d really love to let you hear how the song goes, but it has been taken down from Soundcloud. I’d say, enjoy the lyrics then and anticipate for his album release –

I only tell the truth because I love you
But all my words kept pushing you away
Remember the time when all the terms was simple
Holding out the doubt for better days

You can never know if you’ve tried your best
When you think you’ve still got time
So I stretched my sorrow across the cracks
To see if we’d intertwine

Every night I’m terrified of losing
A war we never won
And life keeps spinning
Like a broken record

But I won’t catch you if you let go
I’ll pick apart the things you let fold
If that’s what you want I guess we’ll move on
I’m sorry
I’m sorry

I only tell the truth because I miss you
But there you stood so many worlds away
We’d scale the walls just before they crumble
Put it on the line just to reel it in

You were tempted by the devil’s flesh
I was jealous as a God
So omniscient yet helpless
In a life out on your own

And while you sparkled in a different scene
I tunnelled through the hours
Replaying the past
Just like a broken record

A recent conversation between a friend went something like “How come we don’t get songs written about us!??” Lyrics, they make or break! But something like this is so heart wrenching, I can almost feel the pain and I must mention that my favourite line in this song has got to be “So I stretched my sorrow across the cracks, To see if we’d intertwine”… I’d leave things hanging right here, just because I don’t know how I should wrap up this post, off to think about life.

Disclaimer: This isn’t the official name, till then, I’d keep it as Aeroplane as how Charlie Lim introduced this song during the Mosaic Fest gig and please do check out the lyrics; so beautiful!!

Windowsill Pies – So we went pie hunting

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Despite the fact that my Saturday didn’t start out well, I’m glad that it ended well in the mist of a friend that I am extremely thankful for! For the fact that she was willing to travel all the way down just to try the pies with me! Yes, Soaps, you’re the BESTEST! Hahaha! Okay, back to the wonderful pies, I can only describe them as something magical! We had the mint flavoured one and it was awesome; packed with strong flavours. But I’d say, get a pie to share, couldn’t finish the entire piece without feeling it was too much to handle.

Another recommend try has got to be the VODKA COCONUT PIE (Pictured at the bottom right), it’s really awesomely packed with flavours. They definitely have no scrimping of vodka. I heard it’s a good whole 1 shot in each pie. But that said, you must like the bitter aftertaste of vodka which is very similar to the taste of the pie, but a tad sweeter.

Do take note of the opening hours:

Tue-Thur: 11am – 9.30pm
Friday: 11am – 10.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 10.30pm
Sunday: 10am – 9.30pm

Closed on Mondays

http://windowsillpies.sg/
https://www.facebook.com/WindowsillPies

Cup of Coffee on the wall

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I sat with my friend in a well-known coffee shop in a neighbouring town of Venice, the city of lights and water. As we enjoyed our coffee, a man entered and sat on an empty table beside us.

He called the waiter and placed his order saying, two cups of coffee, one of them there on the wall. We heard this order with rather interest and observed that he was served with one cup of coffee but he paid for two. As soon as he left, the waiter pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying A Cup of Coffee.

While we were still there, two other men entered and ordered three cups of coffee, two on the table and one on the wall. They had two cups of coffee but paid for three and left. This time also, the waiter did the same; he pasted a piece of paper on the wall saying, A Cup of Coffee.

It seemed that this gesture was a norm at this place. However, it was something unique and perplexing for us. Since we had nothing to do with the matter, we finished our coffee, paid the bill and left.

After a few days, we again had a chance to go to this coffee shop. While we were enjoying our coffee, a man entered. The way this man was dressed did not match the standard nor the atmosphere of this coffee shop.

Poverty was evident from the looks on his face. As he seated himself, he looked at the wall and said, one cup of coffee from the wall. The waiter served coffee to this man with the customary respect and dignity.

The man had his coffee and left without paying. We were amazed to watch all this when the waiter took off a piece of paper from the wall and threw it in the dust bin. Now it was no surprise for us the matter was very clear. The great respect for the needy shown by the inhabitants of this town welled up our eyes with tears.

Coffee is not a need of our society neither a necessity of life for us. The point to note is that when we take pleasure in any blessing, maybe we also need to think about those people who appreciate that specific blessing as much as we do but they cannot afford to have it.

Note the character of this waiter, who is playing a consistent and generous role to get the communication going between the affording and the needy with a smile on his face.

Ponder upon this man in need. He enters the coffee shop without having to lower his self-esteem; he has no need to ask for a free cup of coffee without asking or knowing about the one who is giving this cup of coffee – to him he only looked at the wall, placed an order for himself, enjoyed his coffee and left.

When we analyze this story, along with the other characters, we need to remember the role played by the wall that reflects the generosity and care of the dwellers of this town. What a way to show compassion and maintain human dignity for all.

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Got this in an email from Mom, who reminded me that being HUMAN towards one another is very important – that means to have feelings and think with my heart and not my head! As much as the Lord has never judged against us, we on the other hand shouldn’t do so either! I’ve been blessed in so many ways, yes, even if that means being out of job and still in search of one – it has been a good break!

My favourite phase from this excerpt would have to be “Coffee is not a need of our society neither a necessity of life for us. The point to note is that when we take pleasure in any blessing, maybe we also need to think about those people who appreciate that specific blessing as much as we do but they cannot afford to have it.“!

Coffee for thought, everyone!

The Coastal Settlement

Located right at the other end of where most of my friends and myself stay, so the usual reaction you get when you tell your friends that we should have a gathering in Changi would be “Yao mou gao chor ahhh?” or directly translated as “Are you serious/crazy/for real?”. So I’m all smiles when we finally made our way to The Coastal Settlements after hearing so much about this awesome place. In life what more can I ask for – friends, conversations, food, chill and a wonderful discovery!

Off we go…

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Such gorgeous blue which I was reminded of “The sky’s the limit”, a phrase I often tell myself! Singapore never felt so beautiful before!

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After a good whole hour of driving, we arrived and a rustic sign greeted us that immediately sets the mood right.

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*NOTE: A good advice is to call and reserve seats just in case by the time you travel all the way down and is left with nothing. There are both out and indoor seats, so do specify what you’ll like.
We had the outdoor seating and had quite a bit of a mosquito(sssssssss) attack but what later was told by friends that they might have been sand flies because the itch on the bites lasted quite a few days for Sophie and myself. Whatever it was, it was definitely fierce and HUNGRY!! Grrrr! Yes, this is definitely something to take note off when choosing your seats!! Choose WISELY!

It was quite a last minute decision to actually make reservation so by the time I called we were left with either indoor sitting but for a limited time only or an outdoor one that could last us all the way till the night.

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The good thing about sitting outside is you’ll definitely be greeted by an awesome view, fresh air, breathable space for thoughts to wander and great lighting (which made the photos even nicer)! This was taken when it was about to sun set, so you can totally imagine how it felt to be transported to another country for that brief moment.

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The interior of the cafe which I didn’t get to explore much because it was bustling with patrons all over and most of my photos ended up with blur shots of people moving around. But I’d be back again to Coastal Settlements, this time, a bit earlier when the crowd is lesser to take more photos. But the warmth feeling stays throughout in and out of cafe, which is what I liked most about TCS.

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FOOD wise, there were thumbs up and down too.
The Spicy Salami Pizza ($21) and Portobello Mushroom Fries got our thumbs UP while the Roasted Chicken got our thumbs DOWN. The only good thing that came along the chicken were the truffle fries, I must say that it’s not too bad.

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Portobello Mushroom Fries ($15) – Crispy on the outside, juicy and succulent on the inside. No joke!! I like how generous they were with the chucks of portobello mushroom that was fried to perfection. I’m not quite sure if the mayo that came along with it was the normal ones or from what I read it might have been truffle mayo. Tell me if you know?

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Warm Almond Cake ($12)

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My latte was okay (Not fantastic but could do better) and this was Sophie’s Hazelnut Latte which she claims that it can never taste wrong with an extract added to coffee.

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Friends that I couldn’t have asked for more than anything!! Let’s have a FULL turnup of The Alternative Kids the next time round, okay?

I’d definitely love to come back and try more food on it’s menu but all for one day’s experience, it was great!!

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200, Netheravon Road
Singapore 508529
Telephone: 6475 0200
http://www.thecoastalsettlement.com/

Tuesday – Sunday { 10.30am till 12 Midnight } Last order for Food @ 9:45pm 
serving: All Day Breakfast, Lunch ,Tea / Coffee Break, Dinner, Happy Hours & ‘Happier Hours!’.

*Unless Monday falls on a Public Holiday or it’s eve, it would remain close*

The good thing though would be TCS isn’t only accessible by cars (++ point is that there were aplenty of parking lots available next to the cafe) as we saw a bus stop right outside too (Check out Bus No. 29).

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