[CafeThoughts] Selfish Gene Cafe

I have heard for quite some time now that Tanjong Pagar’s been sprouting up with many new cafes over the last few years. Since I was in the vicinity, I decided to head to the renowned Group Therapy for lunch. Yet when I arrived at Group Therapy, it was packed and I had to be put on the waiting list. Since we were already famished then, we decided to walk around there and found Selfish Gene Cafe.

Selfish Gene Cafe

Selfish Gene Cafe

It was not decorated in any special way, yet it gave off a very comfortable and relaxing ambience. The long shape of the shop space also made it seem more spacious. ๐Ÿ™‚

Selfish Gene Cafe

Beside the entrance, there’s a stand with the cafe’s menu, cutlery and water. Like the clear indication of self-service! ๐Ÿ™‚

Selfish Gene Cafe

Selfish Gene Cafe

After we ordered and paid at the counter behind, our receipt and change were placed in this yellow cup with an order number. I think this small prop was quite refreshing and cute heheh ๐Ÿ˜‰

Selfish Gene Cafe

The Chicken Salad (S$9.80) arrived very quickly, say 5-10 minutes after we placed our order. Great timing and great appearance. I thought it looked really fresh and appetizing ๐Ÿ˜‰ After trying my first bite, I decided I would come to this cafe again just for this chicken salad. The chicken slices were generous and the Gomadare sauce was delicious ๐Ÿ˜‰ The sauce was not overflowing the salad too, which is awesome. I love my salad not too overpowered with the sauce keke.

Selfish Gene Cafe

I ordered Ice Matcha Latte (S$6.00) less sweet and it tasted great. ^___^ My mom’s Ice Coffee (S$5.00) was too acidic and thick to our liking though. My mom had to add the whole milk from the lil jug and 2 packets of sugar before it tasted less acidic lol.

Selfish Gene Cafe

Shared the Breakfast Platte (S$15.80) too. The scrambled egg was very milky and the brioche bun was soft. Overall, the Breakfast Platter was alright.

Selfish Gene Cafe

Overall, I would come back to this cafe again. The food is not bad (except the coffee to my tastebud), price is reasonable and ambience is nice. ๐Ÿ™‚
Address:
40 Craig Road
Singapore 089678
Tel: 6423-1324
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[KoreanSelfStudy] ๋„ค์ด๋ฒ„ ๋งŒํ™” – Warehouse

Today, as I was starting to revise my untouched-for-6-months Korean, I am introduced to Naver comics from Hangukdrama’s recent post. I never knew Naver has a section for netizens to upload comics too hehe. ๐Ÿ™‚ So I started to look around a bit and found this really short and nice comic strip – about forgetting about one’s dream.. I must remind myself not to do the same.

๋‚ด๋งˆ์Œ์†์ด์•ผ๊ธฐ – ์ฐฝ๊ณ  (it something like “My thoughts – Warehouse”)

Also, hopefully reading such short comic trips will help me to improve my Korean/ Jap more quickly ๐Ÿ™‚

Today, i learnt this word from the comic strip:

๋Œ€๋‹จํ•˜๋‹ค ~ tremendous

[CafeThoughts] Hoshino Coffee

I went to this new eatery in the new Plaza Singapura wing yesterday and today since I had to come to Plaza Sg anyway. It is called Hoshino Coffee and serves Japanese (imo lighter – perfect for girls) food. I’ll start off again with photos of the decor and interior first:

Hoshino

It is located at Level 3 of the new PS wing and has an open dining concept as you can see in the photo above.

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At the front of the eatery and the place where you wait to be seated, one will surely notice the faux food display (as most Japanese restaurants do) thatย Hoshino Cafe had very cleverly placed. I just love faux food displays – they always look so mouthwatering haha.. Yet, I waited for more than 10 minutes today to be seated – nobody was really bothering to seat us. Maybe they were busy/ understaffed/ unsure of operations flow but.. its opened for business already right??

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The seats inside are of variety – long wooden tables, coffee tables (for 2) and normal square tables.

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There are also sofa seats at the corner near the kitchen. The interior’s a bit grim I feel though, due to the dark oakwood (?) furniture. But it does give the feeling of being in a lounge due to the same reason.

Next up, is the food, which I feel are delicious and just the right size (for me). ๐Ÿ™‚ Service was quite bad though, like I said above maybe due to understaffing or some other reasons.. Anyway, below of photos from the 2 times I ate at Hoshinos – luckily all different food were ordered ๐Ÿ˜›

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Iced Coffee ($6.00), served in the cutest and tiniest milk jug ever lol. ๐Ÿ˜›

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The cafe’s signature Hoshino Blended Coffee ($5.80) is a hand-drip premium hot coffee. I thought the coffee beans used was good and suited my taste bud, since it was not that acidic and not too thick and yet flavourful. This is served with their super kawaii milk jug as well. Man, I really love how tiny their milk jug is xP

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The second day (today), I decided to give their Iced Matcha ($7.50) a go. I didn’t order it yesterday as I thought it was wayyyy too pricey for a glass of cold green tea -__-. Anyway, when I took my first sip of the Matcha, it was disappointing.. It was way too bitter and coarse to my liking. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m not sure if that’s how authentic or premium green tea should taste like – since I have not learnt the Art of Tea in Japan before. I’m just stating my personal opinion here.

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Today, we decided to try the recommended Wafu Wafu Souffle Doria ($15.50). Although it was served after 30 minutes of waiting, its appearance totally wow-ed us. It was baked to a beautiful golden colour and when I scooped my first spoon, I noticed the top cover layer is actually foamy and bubbles on the inside. Wonder how they made it like that. Below the top egg puffy layer, was the normal baked rice with shitake mushroom and prawns. Taste-wise, it was great and had a slight cheesy aftertaste.

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Meanwhile, yesterday we decided to try another recommendation on the list – Tokyo Style Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich ($12.00). This was another dish that blew us away despite the long wait once again. The bread was baked just nice crispy and yet not dry. The chicken was tender and sauce was just delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Then, today I decided to try the Shrimp Avocado Egg Sandwich ($9.80), which has mayonnaise in it. It was great too, but not as awesome as the Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich. The bread itself was different too – this one was a bit dry and just normal white bread. Nevertheless, I think this is nice for its price! And I love prawns and avocado haha.

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To complement today’s meal, we ordered the French Toast ($9.80) as well. Presentation-wise, it wasn’t that appealing as compared to the photo in the menu – the French Toasts were not stacked neatly. Yet, its taste redeemed its lack of presentation. I feel that it tastes different from normal French Toasts. This one is chewy and has some foam around as well, and the foamy egg and bread somehow kind of merged together such that you cannot really see where the distinction is. We didn’t use the maple syrup that came with it though.

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My mom liked this Matcha Souffle ($9.80) but I thought it was okay. This was, on the contrary, served pretty fast, maybe 15 minutes considering that Souffle needs to be baked for sometime.

Overall, I like Hoshino Coffee. The taste is there and decor is quite comfy. But I will have to say they really have to improve on the some servers’ service attitude, as well as the long waits here and there throughout the meal. I will still come back here though, I still wanna try their Souffle Pancake hehe.. ๐Ÿ˜€

Address:
68 Orchard Road,
#03-84 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
Tel: 6338-3277

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[CafeThoughts] Cups N Canvas

This morning, I went to Cups N Canvas at Selegie Road for breakfast. I thought of going there since I came acrosss some posts on the Internet that it sells Sweet Potato Latte a few days ago ^^. Though SP Latte is EVERYWHERE in Korea, there’s barely any cafe/place selling it in Singapore.. Now what my exams are over, I took the chance to go there with my family before I forget about my findings hehe.. Anyway, I’ll start off with some photos of how the cafe looks like:

Cups N Canvas

Cups N Canvas

The interiors of the cafe is designed like the old Singaporean coffeeshops. The ambience is very comfortable, not too noisy which I definitely do not prefer. So this’ great.

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Cups N CanvasThere’s even a ย Art Corner in the cafe, where you can pay and take art lessons.

Next up, are the food and beverages. However, we waited for about 20 minutes which I thought was a bit long for simple dishes and normal cafe drinks?

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I read online on Cups N Canvas’ reviews and one stated that the Ice Blend Date Shake ($6.80) is recommended. I thought it was quite milky and I could not really taste the dates that much.. So this was quite disappointing.

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The Cappuccino ($4.80) was prettily made and taste was normal, but it was served in a smaller-than-normal cup and took a bit long to be served.. As for theย Sweet Potato Latte ($6.80), which we came to the cafe for, was not bad although a bit too milky once again. It was not too sweet (to my liking! :D) but the Sweet Potato taste could have been stronger, like those in Korea.. The violet colour was very pretty too ๐Ÿ˜€

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My brother had the Breakfast Canvas ($16.90), which is like a breakfast platter and you can choose the kind of egg. My bro chose scrambled eggs to go with it. This was served after 20 minutes and came with a complimentary Cloudy Apple (juice).

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My mom had this Red Hot Chick Pasta ($15.90) and she thought it was normal only. Nothing special.

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Another recommendation I saw was the PK Duck Sandwich ($9.90). Its taste was good, really like Peking duck meat and had cheese and crackers in the sandwich, on top of the Japanese cucumbers. It was rather small, which is perfect for ladies in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚ The price was just right too.

Overall, if you are looking for a cafe with a nice ambience, like milky beverages and wanna do some art, you may want to try Cups N Canvas. ๐Ÿ™‚

Address:
139 Selegie Road
Singapore 188309
Tel: 6884-6855

[SG์นดํŽ˜์ƒ๊ฐ] ์นดํ”„์Šค ์•ค ์บ”๋ฐ”์Šคย atย Naver

2NE1 Global Tour New Evolution 2012

So tonight I watched the 2NE1 Global Tour New Evolution 2012 in Singapore (1 Dec 2012). 2NE1 and the concert was really impressive: great (real) vocals, high energy and good English (lol). The fashion and costumes were very different, my friend and I noticed the short front skirt and long back skirt trend for one ๐Ÿ˜› Anyway, let me share some photos of the concert:

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Concert venue at Singapore Indoor Stadium was FULLLLL ๐Ÿ˜€

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2NE1 performing FIRE, the second song they performed tonight! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Cute CL! ^^

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The 2 ballads stages: It Hurts and LONELY

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I LOVE THE ENCORE STAGE SETUP! So fun, cute and playful, really befitting their theme ๋†€์ž!! ใ…‹ใ…‹ ๐Ÿ˜€

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And lastly, quoting CL, “Since Singapore’s our last stop in our World Tour, we would like to take a photo with [Singapore Blackjacks].” โค

Keke.

2NE1 is The Best! ํˆฌ์• ๋‹ˆ์›์ด ์ œ์ผ ์ž˜๋‚˜๊ฐ€!!ย 

start of a journey : at the beginning

This is the first post of my journey and (hopefully) my last December holidays scrapbook. Very quickly, I am writing on the Internet to carve a glimpse of me. I am thinking of mainly sharing about my journey of self-studying Korean & Japanese and cafe & food reviews. I may also show my miniature clay works or drawings, from time to time, which are my hobby since young. Unfortunately, as I grow up, I have less and less time for them but I hope to find my art self back. Slowly but surely. ๐Ÿ™‚

I shall start a similar blog on a Korean site, Naver, as well. To practice writing Korean keke.. You can find it at fukippang at Naver ๋„ค์ด๋ฒ„. ^__^

์•ˆ๋…•ํ•˜์„ธ์šฉ! ํ•œ๊ตญ์–ด์˜ (๋Œ€์ฒด๋กœ) ๊ฒŒ์‹œ๋ฌผ์ด fukippang ํ‘ธํ‚ค๋นต์— ์žˆ์Šต๋‹ˆ๋‹ค.