Monthly Archives: June 2011

. the last train into Singapore .

30th June 2011


. plant a dream #9 .

“I would like the Pigeonhole to be a place where people can curl up on a sofa, hang out, feel at ease, read a book, have a drink, and escape from whoever or whatever is taking a toll on their mental health. I would like us to be a safe space for expression, while at the same time also be a safe space for those who don’t feel like expressing themselves at all. Perhaps in a way I am trying to mould the Pigeonhole into my own definition of home. And in my home, there is a time for quietness and a time for activity; a time for white and a time for black.”

– Ave & Rayner –

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. really really free market .

“The Really, Really Free Market (RRFM) movement is a non-hierarchical collective of individuals who form a temporary market based on an alternative gift economy. The RRFM movement aims to counteract capitalism in a non-reactionary way. It holds as a major goal to build a community based on sharing resources, caring for one another and improving the collective lives of all.”
– Wikipedia RRFM –

It was a couple of years ago when I first heard about POST Museum and its bimonthly Really Really Free Market (RRFM) event. Just as its name suggests, the RRFM means that everything that is offered at the market is for free (isn’t that something that we all love to hear?)! Intrigued by this “barter trade” concept, I thus made a mental note to myself to check out this place. Alas, somewhere along the way, this idea eventually faded to the back of my mind and it wasn’t until recently when I came across an article mentioning about POST Museum that I was reminded of this note. A decision was made. 

An interesting sight greeted me as I first walked into this tiny art space. Piles and piles of pre-loved clothes, books and vcds were laid neatly on the straw mats. There were also groups of people offering free services such as wellness analysis, hands-on healing, hair braiding (so cool right?), prophetic art and tarot reading (I wanted to give this a try but knowing myself, my life will probably end up as a fine example of a self-fulfilling prophecy)! I must have looked like a lost sheep because it didn’t take too long before a lady introduced herself to me and offered to pray to ease any pain or injuries that I might have. I didn’t need it so I asked her to pray for my grandfather who has been in and out of the hospital lately. It was this spirit of giving and sharing with the community that I found to be very refreshing and inspiring. 

Following my blessing session, I was introduced to a form of art called “prophetic art” – In Christian terms, prophetic art is a work of art that reveals the God’s vision for the person. It could be a case of pure coincidence as I ended up running into an acquaintance who turned out to be the person who drew the art piece for me! So, besides taking a new piece of prophetic art home, I also walked away from this event with a new friendship! Serendipity – the beauty of happy accidents. 🙂 

“Most things in life are moments of pleasure and a lifetime of embarrassment; photography is a moment of embarrassment and a lifetime of pleasure”
– Tony Benn –

Not wanting to visit the free market empty-handed or being labelled as a free-loader (LOL!), I decided to participate in this barter-trade event by giving out some of my photos, in hopes that I’ll be able to make someone’s day. The boy contributed by editing all the pictures and I’ve to admit that I’m smitten with them (so chio!) … love the lomo effects! 🙂 

POST Museum is an independent art space founded by a couple who wanted to share their passion and love for the arts with the community. Unfortunately, the journey to sustain the space has not been easy and it has been recently announced that the set-up will be leaving its premises in July. Not one to feel despondent about this closure, the husband-and-wife team will be celebrating the last hurrah by hosting more events and program in the last month, as a final effort to seek funds & donations. There are also plans to organize the last Really Really Free Market in its current space at Rowell Road so do keep your eyes peeled for that! Who knows, you might actually find “a treasure” in this hidden gem! 🙂 

. much love monday .


Waking up in the boy’s arms in the morning …

Chase away the Monday blues by sharing what you love with others!

. snapshots of my weekend according to my phone 2 .


. all day brunch & sweets at 1-Caramel .

What can be a more perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday than to wake up late before heading to a quaint cafe for a savory brunch? To spend the rest of the day idling & people-watching at the cafe before ending it with a sinful indulgence in something sweet would simply be the icing on the cake! In other words, it’s the perfect recipe to either end the busy work week or kick start the beginning of the new week!

Considering how much Singaporeans love to have a hearty breakfast, it’s no wonder that the dining concept of an all-day brunch is becoming extremely popular amongst diners from all walks of life. Good for us who love to have our breakfast at anytime of the day! 1-Caramel, the dessert boutique of 1 Rochester Group, has recently launched an all-day breakfast menu, much to the delight of its regulars. Eggs. French Toast. Crunchy Granola. Bacon. Waffles & Pancakes. 1-Caramel serves all the traditional delights and more as it introduces a dash of fine dining to breakfast – Look out for its Posh Platter that serves caviar!

Housed in a beautiful colonial bungalow set amidst the lush greenery of 1 Rochester Park, 1-Caramel seems like the ideal cafe if you’re ever up for an orgasmic gastronomic experience as it also serves an extensive dessert and sweet treats menu, on top of its daily brunch sets. Now, I’m not gonna lie to anyone … I confess that I have a sweet tooth, and my love for chocolate has become quite an unhealthy addiction. If I must die, let it be death by chocolate. The 1-Caramel Assiette, petite-sized desserts served on a sharing platter,  is a new addition to its menu and personally, I think a dessert platter is a brilliant idea so that dessert lovers like yours truly can sample a bit of everything. A smorgasbord of desserts. Plus, it’s an excuse for us not to feel too guilty about over-indulgence!

Dining at 1-Caramel is simply more than just a simple affair of eating out. Instead, it is all about the experience of indulging in sweet treats as you catch the pastry chefs whipping up each dessert with precision and care. This open dining concept gives the patisserie character as it encourages the friendly interaction between the staff and the diners, thus bringing the service standard to a higher level. 1 Caramel –  The place for all day breakfast & sweet treats. 

* The food tasting at 1-Caramel wouldn’t be possible if not for OMY Singapore and 1 Rochester Group. Thank you so much for inviting me to this exclusive bloggers’ event! 🙂

Traditional Eggs Benedict 
Poached eggs on toasted English muffin with hollandaise sauce and smoked salmon

The Posh Platter
Smoked salmon tart with creme fraiche and ocean trout caviar, asparagus wrapped in basil and prosciutto, truffled brie and cherry tomatoes on toasted brioche

Raspberry Chocolate Lollipop 

1-Caramel Assiette
Death by chocolate, 1-Caramel Baked Alaska, Earl Grey Creme Brulee, Raspberry Lychee Rose Panacotta & Lychee Lemon Compote, Midori Macaroon and Tropical Vodka Trifle. 

Death By Chocolate 
Valrhona Sofiato molten cake with dark chocolate sorbet

1 Caramel Baked Alaska
Combination of homemade chunky strawberry and vanilla Madagascar ice cream coated with Rhum Italian meringue on top of nutty chocolate brownie

Miso Souffle with Yuzu ice cream 

To read about 1-Caramel from a food blogger’s point of view, do check my new friend, Justin’s blog at Gourmet Estorie! A brilliantly written piece 🙂 

pic credit to moonberry

. footsteps of the faithful .

Living in a multi-racial country like Singapore, I’m sure that many of us have many friends who have different faiths – Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity, Catholicism, Islam, Hinduism amongst many others. Personally, despite the fact that I have been to several different places of worship, I honestly haven’t quite decide on which to settle with so until I finally figure out what fulfills my spiritual self, I shall remain as a free-thinker. 

Nevertheless, religion is a topic that I find to be very fascinating as my knowledge in the different core religions in Singapore is very limited to the stuff that I had learnt back in Primary School … which, frankly, was a long time ago! When I first knew that the Preservation of Monuments Board (PMB) has lined up a series of religious-cum-architecture related walking tours for the month of June, I was ecstatic and raring to embark on a new learning journey (E.g. I finally know the difference between a church and a cathedral)! Fortunately, my dear friend, Sara, was equally enthusiastic and together, we went on a 90mins “In the Footsteps of the Faithfaul” tour led by 4 student volunteer guides from Raffles Institution. I can imagine how nerve-wrecking it must be for the 16yrs old to be conducting a public tour so 3 cheers to them for being so daring and confident!

On another note, I have always wanted to visit Europe (so far, my current count includes Vatican City, Italy, Switzerland and Lichtenstein) as this continent is a treasure trove for lovers of history, art, architecture, and well, romance! Singapore, with its modern skyscrapers, has always been known as a cosmopolitan city with a breath-taking city skyline … But it doesn’t quite conjure an image of a historical city, does it? On hindsight, considering that we used to be a British colony, there is actually much to discover about our colonial buildings that were so significant in the shaping of our history. Through the tour, the few of us definitely had an enriching time not only learning about the past of the various religious monuments but also about how religion is intertwined with architecture. 
In the Footsteps of the Faithful – An insight into the past & present worlds of Judaism and Christianity in Singapore.


1.  The present site of St Andrew’s Cathedral was specially chosen for a church by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1823.
2. In 1838, tragedy struck as the original cathedral was struck by lightning twice and subsequently declared unsafe. As such, it was closed in 1852 and demolished 3 years later. The present day St Andrew’s Cathedral was consecrated in 1862.
3. Currently the largest cathedral in Singapore, St Andrew’s Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore and the mother church of 26 parishes and at least 55 congregations locally.

The Graham White Library, which is located at the North Transept Hall, was completed in 1952. It houses the Book of Remembrance that has a list of 27,000 names of both men and women who had given their lives between 1941 to 1945 for the country.

The Central Light is in memory of Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of modern Singapore and was dedicated in honour of him in 1961. The North Light and the South Light are in memory of Sir John Crawford, Governor of Singapore (1823-1826) and Maj. Gen. William Butterworth, Governor, 1843-1855, respectively. Their coats of arms are borne in the upper portions of the stained glass windows.

Wikipedia – St Andrew’s Cathedral
St Andrew’s Cathedral Official Site


1. Completed in 1833 (original building), the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Singapore. It is also the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archiocese of Singapore.
2. The current day cathedral was completed in 1847 and blessed by Father Jean-Marie Beurel who also founded St Joseph’s Institute (SJI) and the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (CHIJ) schools.
3. The architecture and design of the cathedral was inspired by 2 other famous churches located in London – St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Paul’s, Convent Garden. The round arches of the doors and windows indicate that the cathedral had also been heavily influenced by the Renaissance style. 

Much of its architecture, just like the columns shown in the picture below, reflects a Greek temple-like influence.

To celebrate 25 years of diplomatic relations between Singapore and the Holy See, the Archdiocese of Singapore had dedicated a bronze life-sized statue of the late Pope John Paul II that is now located within the grounds of the cathedral.

The Glorious Cross of 7.38m is a gift to Singapore from France during Jubilee 2000.

Wikipedia – Cathedral of the Good Shepherd
Catholic News


1. The Church of St Peter and St Paul was erected sometime between 1869 – 1870 due to an increasing need to serve  the Chinese and Indian Catholic community.  It became an exclusive Chinese parish after the Indian congregation moved over to the Church of Our Lady Lourdes. It was, once upon a time, the main church serving the Chinese dialect groups and community before the Hokkein, Cantonese and Hakka moved to the Church of the Sacred Heart and Church of Saint Teresa in the early 1900s.
2. Although the church was heavily influenced by Gothic style, there were some Oriental elements in its architecture. Some examples include: Chinese wordings, lotus flowers and oriental flower motifs.
3. Do you know that the Church of St Peter and St Paul was once used to host Alcoholics Anonymous meetings back in 1980s? How interesting!

Wikipedia – Church of St Peter and St Paul

1. Constructed in 1878, the Maghain Aboth Synagogue is not only the oldest Jewish synagogue in Singapore, but also in Southeast Asia.
2. Unlike the other places of worship that we had visited earlier the day, the synagogue is quite simple and plain in its architecture and design as it is void of the usual religious relics and statues. Simplicity is the key. Needless to say, the most prominent feature of the Jewish synagogue is the Jewish symbol of the Star of David.
3. As men and women are not allowed to be together in the synagogue during service, they have to enter the synagogue using different entrances. In addition, there is a balcony on the 2nd floor that is solely reserved for females.

Sabbath (the Jewish Holy Day) is celebrated every Friday evening to Saturday evening. As such, we were not allowed to enter the premises. Anyway, for those of you who are keen to visit the synagogue, please take note that you will have to send an email to the synagogue for permission before you may be granted entry.

Wikipedia – Maghain Aboth Synagogue