april in film

I bought a disposable film camera last month. I'm no professional photographer or an expert with film - my first and only experience with film was last year, when I bought the same camera to document the last few days of school.

I'm trying to make it a point to buy a camera once a month, at least in the short term. With it I hope to be able to document how I'm spending this break of mine, and also to capture the beauty of our little country. Singapore is actually quite beautiful, but we often overlook this beauty and take it for granted. Which is a pity actually, because we go to other countries and to us, these places are "the most beautiful place on Earth" but we can't even appreciate our own home.

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Taken during one of my breaks from work while I was interning in a law firm in the CBD

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Hong Lim Complex, Chinatown 

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Hort Park 

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South Buona Vista Road (Paddy Hills!!) 

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(I don't even remember where the above photo was taken but I like it anyway) 

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Ghim Moh / Flock Cafe 

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Clarke Quay 

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Tiong Bahru / Plain Vanilla / Forty Hands

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Botanic Gardens on a Sunday 

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Potato Head Folk // Chinatown 

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Artistry x SAM in film 

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On the way to Hoopla (the flowers along the road were really pretty) 

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National Museum of Singapore in evening

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Bloomsbury Bakers / Haji Lane (which came out blurry sob) 

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Chun Tin Road / The Bravery (detox day) 

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Everyday things 

Most of these photos came out underexposed. I think it's because I pretty much didn't use the flash at all in this roll of film, so that's something to take note of for May's camera. It's quite a pity because I took some night shots with this camera, and they came out completely dark. That being said, this camera works wonders in bright light! Hopefully the next roll of film will be better : ) It's such an exciting journey!

A week in stuff

In hopes of not losing touch with my life and forgetting what I've done (in pictures), I'm going to try to upload some pictures of stuff that goes on, on a weekly basis.

Also to keep this thing alive. Been trying to get my baking spark back, but time is always a constraint! Funny how I thought I had so much time to do things with this break, but time is actually running out... At a really fast pace...

Lunch at Equinox with Mommy

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Walking around the CQ; Havelock area

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So daddy came back with two blocks of chocolate cream cheese one day as they were on sale and expiring soon... I tried to bake something with them - it was a little hard and I was honestly quite afraid to as I had never even tried chocolate cream cheese for myself before.

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Chocolate cheesecake with salted caramel & bananas on top

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And the next day, I made cinnamon rolls!!

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Initially, I added waaaaaay too little flour to the dough (I misconverted the cups-to-grams thing as I didn't convert it for bread flour), and essentially messed the whole thing up. So, I had to start again from scratch. Going to try baking these (or at least, a variation of it) again, sometime this week! Will share the recipe once I've worked the kinks out. Really happy with how these turned out, though! Especially for a first attempt.

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Cinnamon Rolls

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Solo lunch trip to The Bravery after collecting my passport one morning, makes me wonder why I don't do this more often

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Went for a walk with mommy at Hort Park one morning, walked to Gillman Barracks where we had breakfast at the Red Baron (a new cafe!!) 

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Post-lunch surprises with the best friends at Rise and Grind Co - another new cafe! 

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Artistry x SAM

What was meant to be a regular brunch turned into a rather artsy-fartsy day. We met at Artistry, one of our favourite cafes where I waited for about half an hour for his arrival (but it's ok because he brought a portable charger which had juice for me hehe). Had a nice chat with Sue and Gerard while waiting, though! The Artistry staff are really lovely people, and this is just one of the many reasons why I love this cafe so much.

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They had only just started doing this piece of art the day before I came, but it looks great already - I can't wait to see the finished product!

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And of course, I had their Peanut Butter & Jelly french toast! I had been craving it for ages, and it was an amazing feeling to be able to satisfy my cravings! This is definitely one of the best french toasts in Singapore, no doubt about that. The layer of peanut butter and jelly in the middle is simply divine, yet the toast itself retains its moist, eggy texture. The berry compote is a great accompaniment, as is the vanilla ice cream and the speculoos crumble. I just wish that ice cream didn't melt at such a rapid pace in our hot and humid country.

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Darryl had the baked eggs which were oh-so-spicy but also oh-so-creamy-and-good. I should have let it cool a bit before taking a bite though, for I could practically feel smoke coming out of my mouth because it was so hot.

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Raspberry-and-mint-infused water!!

Had a great chat over food and coffee, and we went to buy some dance stuff for Darryl before heading to the Singapore Art Museum (SAM)!

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We also visited the new exhibition at the Queen's Street branch of SAM, Imaginarium! It was mostly about children and their imagination, and it really made me miss my childhood quite a bit. Although I was never quite the imaginative kind, it was nice to look at these artworks and draw bits of inspiration from them.

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One thing about my childhood though - I never did learn how to ride a bike properly. Like, the two-wheeled ones. Ooooooop. I do wish I didn't have to rush off for an interview that day, but no matter! Darryl also told me about a few more art exhibitions around Singapore so I might take a day to go and visit all of them.

Soon, soon.

Photos from the West Coast

I was clearing some photos on my phone today, and found all these photos from my trip to the West Coast of the USA in 2013! For some reason, not all my photos were there but here are some of the nicer ones that I've managed to find and import into my laptop. On this trip, I went to San Francisco, Yosemite National Park and Monterey, California. Unfortunately, however, my Yosemite photos are missing from my phone so I guess this will be a (somewhat awkward) collection of part 1 and 3 of my trip! Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset IMG_0330

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A distinct feature of San Francisco is its hills - there are hills everywhere, or slopes - whatever you'd like to call them. I'm just thankful that my parents decided to rent a car for the trip, although climbing these hills on a daily basis would do wonders for my fitness (albeit temporary).

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Made a trip to Blue Bottle Coffee, but unfortunately this was before I got into coffee...

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City lights bookstore! If I'm not wrong, it has appeared before on a buzzfeed list of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, and I'm really glad to have been to at least one of them so far. Hope to go to more in the future!

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Day trip to Stanford University.

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Bits and bobs -

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Monterey Days

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Visited the loveliest crepe shop - if I'm not wrong, the name was crepes of brittany and the crepes were fantastic. One of those things when you just remember how amazing the taste of it was but you've forgotten too much to be able to put it into words.

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 Other things

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 We celebrated my sister's birthday in Monterey, and my mom baked a lovely cake!

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The beautiful house that we stayed in -

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 Oh, how I wish that I could go back there sometime soon. It's such a beautiful place. I've recently been hit with a bout of wanderlust - maybe it's seeing people travelling everywhere and the pictures that make me just want to go somewhere. I just finished a month-long internship at a law firm (which explains the lack of bakes recently), which was a great experience and I met some awesome people. But I kind of want to take some time off and fly somewhere and um, eat. Or explore. Something, anything.

Coast and Company x FatCat

So today, Alex and I went all the way down to the East to strike off two places that have risen quite high on our to-go lists!! My transport luck was terrible this morning, though. First of all, I missed my bus - the only direct bus to that part of the East for me, and although SG NextBus said that the next one was coming in four minutes, it never came. SO. I decided to try out an alternative route, but I got off a few stops too early and had to re-route. On the way to my new bus stop, I saw the bus that I was supposed to take leave. So I hopped onto a random bus for a few stops before I decided to take a bus to an mrt station that I kind of knew my way around (Kembangan), and find my way from there. Well, I made it in the end - after a lot of walking from Kembangan. Sigh, the East. The journey is never well.

That being said! The food at both Coast and FatCat was worth it - although I was pretty sad to see that the sour cream toast had been taken off the menu, for Alex and I were both really looking forward to trying it. Instead, we had the smoked salmon brioche toast and almond peanut butter toast, both of which were pretty darn good.

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The coffee was ace as well. Which was a relief, because I was so afraid that the amount of walking I did would not be justified by a substandard cup of coffee. Thankfully, I was not disappointed.

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After a good first brunch and chilling session, we made our way to FatCat Ice Cream bar - somewhere that had been on our to-go list ever since it opened because of all those darned Instagram photos of those charcoal waffles drizzled with salted egg yolk sauce and the myriad of ice cream flavours available ranging from the classic to the mysterious.

(Seriously though, there is a 'Mysterious' ice cream flavour - Alex tried it and it's truly a FatCat mystery, for she cannot tell you exactly what it is after tasting it)

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We were first in line. This was the queue as we were leaving, and we left at like 12:50 (the shop opened at 12). We got there at 11:30 due to our earlybirdiness (is this even a word) and by the time 12 rolled around, there was a really long line of people waiting (even more people than what you see in the photo above) and we were so proud of ourselves for being the first. We even took a selfie to celebrate.

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Anyway, the Gourmet Waffles - yes, they deserve that capitalisation. They're that fantabulous. We had ours with butterbeer and hay-and-honey ice cream.

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The wait - and the journey - is worth it. The fifteen-minute wait for our Waffles was probably one of the most agonising waits ever, as we were so excited to try this special thing and well, our expectations were surpassed. Isn't it lovely when you look forward all year to try something and it ends up being even better than you imagined?

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I think half-eaten shots are our signature photos.

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Everyone can do with a little bit of salted egg yolk sauce in their lives. The sauce was very grainy, much like those found in liu sha baos (which are truly some of the best things ever). I think my terrible pouring skills didn't manage to cover the whole Waffle in that sauce very sufficiently - thank goodness there was a generous amount of caramel surrounding the Waffle, with some of the most delicate bits of lavender. Truly Gourmet food.

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(Not gonna lie, we kind of went crazy with the photos.)

Cafe-hopping mornings with Alex are the best mornings :'))) The ambience at the two cafes we went to were actually quite different - pretty interesting. Coast and Company was incredibly chill and peaceful, while FatCat was bustling with people right from their opening - they've really become so popular in such a short span of time. The only gripe I have with FatCat is that there seems to be no 3G in there...? But it's not quite their fault! (Singtel please). I would love to go back to FatCat sometime soon - I actually thought it was a lot more accessible than Coast and Company, for the walk to the main road is a lot shorter, thus making it a lot more convenient.

Anyway, we've got our next Eastventure planned out already, and I can't wait.

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