About MeA 20-something who's out to explore what life has to offer to her. A life of oxymoron. A dreamer who loves to daydream about the perfect life and her aspirations but yet lack the guts to step out of her comfort zone(for now). A life full of choices and sometimes in the midst of making decisions, she finds herself in a struggle between her identity and her alter ego. The girl at the traffic light junction. And, this is the virtual space where she records about her adventures and journey in life ...
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Monthly Archives: April 2011
In all honesty, I’m feeling miserable at work. Sadly, I’m becoming one of those irritating people who does nothing but complain about it all the time. Poor MK, he’s the main victim of my constant ranting and frequent bouts of bad temper. Anyway, when work gets tough and dreadful, it is the weekend trips to the quaint & charming shops at Ann Siang Hill & Club Street that remind me that there’s more to life than work. 🙂 Click here for pictures & details of my first trip back in Feb 2010!
Ann Siang Hill & Club Street REVISITED – A place of many dreams.
Presenting the “THEN NOW NEXT” exhibition at the Fred Perry Laurel Wreath Shop (23rd April – 22nd May). A visual art exhibition, this display features stories and personal items from 18 individuals – ZOUK, JUICE, :phunk, Tracy Philips, Kenny & Karen from Books Actually, etc – who have shaped the local art scene in one way or another.
A stroll along the stretch of Ann Siang Hill will reveal that there are still many Chinese-Dialect associations in existence. Obviously, the participation in such associations has been a downward trend, especially amongst the younger generations. As such, it quips my curiosity to find out more about the origins and history of such associations. Shall conduct a research on it soon. Here’s a peek into 1 of the association.
Up for some vintage & thrift shopping? Anyone?
K Ki Sweets shop needs no introduction. It has been the talk of the town since it opened early last year. Selling a range of freshly-baked Japanese pastries and cakes, K Ki has been attracting hordes of food bloggers to its premises and many of whom have spoken very highly of this little cafe.
The Dream: Unlike many pastry chefs, Kenneth (the baker) is self-taught and has never been to any professional baking schools prior to setting up his cafe. His passion for baking has spurred him to quit his job so that he can continue to share his joy of baking with the community. Perhaps, it is his love for baking that has made so many people enchanted by this humble yet delightful cafe.
Classic Chocolate cake for me. A boring and predictable choice. True indeed, this slice of cake failed to satisfy. Taste was average and for $6+, I could have bought 2 slices of chocolate cake at a less up-market cafe. Note to self: Be more adventurous with my choices next time 🙂
The signature Antoinette (white chocolate cake with mango filling in the middle) for Soy. Absolutely heavenly and a must-try!
In short, it is the Children Little Museum comes ALIVE. 🙂
The Dream: It’s true that many of us have big dreams. However, it is easy to cast those dreams aside when life gets practical or well, when money becomes an issue. Therefore, the majority of us remain as just that – day dreamers. To Stanley and Antoinette, opening the little dröm store is a result of turning their dreams into reality. Their dream? To create a space where people can come and be inspired, revisit childlike wonder and just enjoy the little things in life. Be inspired by art. Be inspired by creativity. Be inspired by your childhood memories. Be inspired to take a leap of faith. Be inspired by the dream-keepers (aka the owners) of the little dröm store.
P/S: Stanley is a very lovely chap who shared with me a lot about his knowledge on film cameras (for film camera enthusiasts – do check out the collection of vintage film and Polaroid cameras that are sold in the store!). He has certainly been of a great help! 🙂 They also publish limited edition illustration and photography books under their independent publishing arm, The Little Dröm Press.
It wasn’t too long ago that I visited a local exhibition, SYNAESTHESIA @ Substation (click here). Synaesthesia is a visual extension of Ceriph – A quarterly book publication showcasing the different works from local artists and writers. Decided to purchase the 1st issue of Ceriph as a congratulation gift to my best friend, Sara, who received news that she is accepted to a Masters in Publishing program! Awesome 🙂 Can’t wait for your return in May, dear.
The Dream: People grow up too fast and may not know what they have lost. Founders, Shannon & Mike, want to create a cozy corner where they can re-inspire people to rediscover the simple joys in life. What can be a better way to inspire jaded adults other than pictorial books that we, once, loved and adored so much when we were children?
Such a pretty, charming house with a beautiful garden filled with blooming flowers. I could wake up to this every morning.
all pics credit to source
It has been 6 long months since my last feature on “Plant A Dream“. Honestly, the past couple of months were probably one of the lowest period of my life as I felt as if I was constantly stuck in a rut … at a crossroad in life, or some might call it, a quarter-life crisis. Hence, I didn’t feel like I was in a best position to talk about dreams and the future. It was a rough patch of my life and even up till now, I still find myself struggling with the direction that I want to take in life.
Nonetheless, my decision to bring back this feature/blog stems from the fact that I’ve received several requests from friends and readers alike to revive this feature. Thank you so much for your support and encouragement! 🙂 “Plant A Dream” is a collection of dreams shared by ordinary people and I hope that in the years to come, the people who have shared their dreams can look back and see if they were a step closer to fulfilling this dream of theirs. This blog entry marks the return of “Plant A Dream”. Will be posting a feature once a fortnight (Weds) instead of weekly so that it will be more manageable for me.
Since young, i’ve been wanting to be a scientist! Always inspired by inventions and want to have my own inventions. I place high hopes on myself, aiming to be a scientist someday…
But sometimes, winds do change directions, didnt do so well for A levels, and serving NS, Local Uni rejected my applications. However my current university accepted me in sports science degree. With that I went out to look for jobs relating to this area to gain working experience. whatever doors are open(even not related), i’ll just walk in and explore.
Opportunities came and I took every one of it. Some people do give not so nice comments on what im studying, but I believed in myself. As time past, im now have the opportunity to work as a Research Assistant in this area. Never expected back then when i got my A levels results. As of now, im still furthering my studies, hoping to be even more specialised in the field of my interest-rehabilitation, to help people in hospitals.
Dont think that you can fly just by flapping your arms, but believe in yourself and invent an aeroplane. The sea is broad, got to sail out to look for other shores, by staying on shore, you will never get out of “pulau comfort” and nv know whats out there for you. Yes sometimes you might not find a land, or the land has been fully populated, but its the experience that you gain out there which can nv be gained by staying onshore. At least now you know more.
and with this experience, you can venture out even further to look for the land of “your own”=)
– Tom –
A volunteer with RDA
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Just spent a couple of hours on a mini-revamp of my blog. Added the following pages:
# About Us – The story behind this blog
# Ask Me Questions – FAQs
# 2011 in Summary – The highlights of my year in point forms
# CozyCot Ezine – A summary of my articles for CozyCot
Sorted the many blog links according to the different categories for easy reference:
# About Singapore
# Food Galore
# Let’s Travel