I don’t wanna be an adult ANYMORE

Thoughts, Wisdom
Look at how stressy adulthood is making me! God I CANNOT believe I'm actually using this crazy unflattering photo of me.

Look at how stressy adulthood is making me??? CANNOT believe I’m actually using this crazy unflattering photo of me.

Recently I have been feeling like I’m not enjoying being a grown-up.

Part of this has to do with the fact that I just paid my taxes (I know man, IRAS came after me super late).

THEN I bought some pretty pricey life and medical insurance.

I got my first bonus at my new job – and was reminded that I really should be working harder.

And a bunch of other stuff that I promise is equally adult-worthy.

For some reason all these things that have happened, which are really positive (except maybe paying my taxes), have made me feel like there’s a weight on me.

Whenever I make a decision at work now, I feel like I over-think every single thing – because every outcome matters. Each press release seems that much more crucial and each new idea I have needs to GETOUTTHERERIGHTNOW.

The same goes for friends, family and god – even my health. I mean, did I need to eat that ginger-chocolate cookie after lunch? It was delicious, but my metabolism is slowing down and I definitely have a food baby in my lower belly at all times now.

So even the act of eating that cookie is loaded. Did I make the right decision. I mean should I just YOLO or consider the implications of my cookie in terms of diabetes and heart disease?

The thing is I know that decisions, big and small are going to keep coming to me hard and fast. Maybe they always have.

But as an adult now, in charge of my own destiny, I truly feel the weight of each decision I make. I agonize after I’ve made a decision and wonder if it’s right.

Which has led me to realize. I will probably get it “right” and “wrong” and maybe sometimes it wont even be that cut and dry.

But I have to learn how to let go and also live with each decision I make.

Like I said. I kinda don’t wanna be an adult anymore.

P.S. Cafe at Harding Road

Eating Out, Restaurant Review

P.S. Cafe is one of those places that you’re supposed to hate.

It’s pretentious, it’s expensive, it’s full of expatriates and you always feel slightly uncool when you’re there.

But the thing is – I don’t hate it.

In fact I kinda love it.

Why? Because the food is good, you always feel like it’s a special experience when you’re there and the cakes.

P.S. Cafe at Harding Road is arguable the P.S. Cafe. Forget Ann Siang, forget the teeny-tiny Paragon branch and puhlease, those P.S. Petit branches seriously don’t count. Harding Road is where it’s at.

This is because this branch sits in the cocooned enclave of Dempsey chi-chi/atas restaurants. Where wearing billowy chic caftans and acting super casual about paying SGD8 for a coffee is necessary to fit in.

So obviously when I visited I was totally at home in my New Look distressed jeans and flea market black t-shirt. TOTES.

I visited P.S. Cafe on a bustling Wednesday for lunch. It was PACKED. Don’t people have jobs?

Onto the food.

The first thing they tell you to order at P.S. Cafe are the truffle fries. So of course my table ordered truffle fries.

Famed truffle fries

Famed truffle fries

I don’t even like thin fries but these are great. The truffle scent was aromatic and yummy and the parmesan shavings just amp the whole experience up. Definitely order the truffle fries.

Spicy King Prawn Aglio Olio

Spicy King Prawn Aglio Olio

For the main course my boss and I shared the Spicy King Prawn Aglio Olio and the Chargrilled Portobello Salad (not pictured). The salad was dense and interesting, a sweeter dressing than I usually like but it worked. The Pasta was classic fusion – mamak mee/pad thai pretending to be fancy – but who cares when it’s actually good?

Chocolate blackout cake and carrot cake

Chocolate blackout cake (can’t actually remember the name) and carrot cake

And then the cakes… oh the cakes. Please excuse how hideous the picture is above. But that cake, oh god that blackout cake. You eat it and it hits you and then you just keep going. It’s intense. The carrot cake and key lime pie (not pictured) were good but that chocolate cake was something else. It’s like a high class version of the Celine from Nickels (Canada shoutout, skip if you’ve never been there).

Sticky date pudding with ice-cream

Sticky date pudding with ice-cream

But, but, but the best was the pudding we ordered right at the very end. The sticky date pudding was ooey, gooey and three shades shy of being an Indian dessert. It was basically perfect. Mmm.

The seven of us paid SGD470. Like I said, it’s expensive but we ate well and I’m pretty sure all of us loved it.

Stop hating and embrace the atas-ness. It’s delicious.

P.S. Cafe at Harding Road
28b Harding Road
Singapore 249549
+65 9070 8782

Green Things Sandwich

Recipes

Whole shebang

Whole shebang

Looks like Salad Monday has became Sandwich Monday.

Ok so I saw this sandwich on Shutterbean and had some version of a meltdown because it looked SO amazing that I knew I had to have it.

But I have to tell you, this recipe, calls for goat cheese.

I don’t know if you know this but goat cheese is freaking expensive.

Like a tiny amount cost me SGD13.

I don’t know about you but SGD13 is a lot of money.

I mean I could buy like a salad in a mall for that money.

Or watch one movie on the weekend.

Ok. Clearly living in Singapore is not exactly a value-for-money type situation.

Serves 1 hungry girl

Cilantro Hummus
1 can garbanzo beans, drained
1/2 cup cilantro, stems removed
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
salt and pepper, to taste

Other things
2 pieces of bread
2 Tbsps of Cilantro Hummus
1/2 avocado, sliced
dollop of goat cheese – up to personal preference
handful of mixed salad

Cilantro Hummus
Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor.

Seriously. It’s that easy.

Assembling the sandwich
Toast the bread to your level of toastiness.

Spread one side of bread with the Cilantro Hummus.

Top with the sliced avocado.

Top that with the goat cheese.

Top that, carefully, with the mixed salad.

Top with the second half of bread.

Bite, enjoy, savor.

It’s a fancy sammich.

*Disclaimer: I ate this with a boiled egg because let’s face it. Ain’t nobody got time to be vegan.
** Adapted from Shutterbean.

Tiong Bahru Bakery

Eating Out, Flash Restaurant Review
A Hazelnut Financier - that I got for free! Because I have one of those faces... Actual price SGD4.50 (I think?)

A Hazelnut Financier – that I got free! Because I have one of those faces…

What: Arguably THE cafe that started the cafe hype in Singapore – it’s an expat haven in the now very chic/expensive Tiong Bahru area.

Pros: Some really good pastries (you gots to try their kouign-amman, almond-chocolate croissant and almond financier) and yummy coffee (I know this clearly means I don’t know good coffee, but I clearly don’t care).

Cons: The savory stuff is very so-so and I swear anytime I try and eat bread from that place, the roof of my mouth ends up a bloody mess.

Verdict: Dude I get at least one pastry a week from there. What do you think I’m going to say?

Details:
Tiong Bahru Bakery – many outlets but I go to:
56 Eng Hoon St., #01-70
Singapore 160056

Salad Monday Fail

Thoughts, Uncategorized

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Exhaustion reigns today and I could not bring myself to make ANYTHING. So Salad Monday became Sandwich Monday. Or takeout Monday. Whichever.

It’s been one of those days where I had too little sleep the night before but work demanded 100% and then some. It’s weird how you can rise to the occasion even when you’re running on nothing. Actually that’s not true. I had chocolate 🙂

Goodnight world!

Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee

Eating Out, Flash Restaurant Review
Mocha Latte *shudder*

Mocha Latte *shudder* – also forgive my horrifying picture

What: Serious coffee place. OK?

Pros: Really nice owner and FREE coffee!!! J/K it operates by a tipping system, so you can pay what you feel it’s worth. Also you can buy lots of different beans. If you’re into that kinda thing.

Cons: There is almost too many different coffees to choose from and their “serious coffees” are quite good. If you pick the right one. The “frou frou” coffees like their cappuccinos and the mocha latte that I tried was ohgodno.

Verdict: I can’t say I recommend it because I think maybe you have to be a real coffee aficionado to appreciate it. And there’s NO food.

Details:
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee
170 Stirling Road
#01-1133 Singapore 140170

Last Resort Salad with Lemon Dijon Dressing

Recipes

This was a salad that was borne out of desperation.

Last-resort salad in it's full glory

Last-resort salad in it’s full glory

Picture this.

It’s Thursday night and it’s 8:00pm I am ready to make my dinner. I had already gone to the grocery store two hours before and I got my salad leaves and MAH chicken.

I had gone for a run and I’m now showered and ready to EAT.

I should have the chicken ready by 8:30pm. I slit open the clear wrap on the chicken packet.

*Sniff*

*Sniff* *Sniff*

What the hell is that smell?

No it’s nothing. No, nevermind, it’s fine, I mean uncooked meat sometimes smells interesting. Right? Right.

Hmm.

Facetime beep boop boop sounds.

“Mom, MOM, can I eat chicken if its smells a little weird? Like just a bit?”

“Like how weird?”

“Like, just a bit. Nevermind I’m sure it’s ok.”

“Dini, just throw it away. Do you have eggs?”

“No Mom, it’s fine, really.”

Looks at chicken – takes a big sniff.

Facetime beep boop boop sounds.

“Mom I think I won’t eat it.”

“Good idea.”

BAHHHH. That was 10 minutes lost and me 10 minutes hangrier.

WHATDOIDONOW?

The only thing there is to do. Boil eggs and fry bacon.

Find some lemon and make a dressing.

Lemon Dijon Dressing - oso goodddd

Lemon Dijon Dressing – oso goodddd

Chop up all the vegetables I have.

Pre-dressed salad

Pre-dressed salad

Oh wait. This is yum.

Dammit. I was ready to be irritated allnightlong.

Serves 1 hungry girl

Protein
2 free-range eggs
3 strips of streaky bacon

Dressing
2 Tbsps olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/2 garlic clove, crushed
dash of salt
sprinkle of pepper

Salad
½ cup cooked quinoa
handful of mixed salad leaves
1 Japanese cucumber, chopped
1/2 yellow pepper, diced
9 baby tomatoes, halved

Protein
Preheat water in electric kettle or stove for eggs.

Once boiled pour over eggs and boil on stove with lid on for one minute.

Remove from fire and let sit for 10 ten minutes. Pour out hot water and submerge eggs in tap water.

Fry the bacon until brown and crispy in a saucepan over medium heat.

Remove from fire place the bacon on paper towels to get rid of excess oil/fat. Crumble once cool.

Dressing

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl.

Salad

Put the salad ingredients and protein in a bowl.

Toss evenly with the dressing.

Eat. And congratulate yourself for being resourceful.

Where do you see yourself in 30 years?

Thoughts, Wisdom
SELFIE! For all of YOU!

SELFIE! For all of YOU!

Three years ago I had a Professor, who asked me and my class to do an exercise that would not only help us outline our goals for the future but would also make us accountable for what we did everyday.

It went something likes this, write down the answers to the following:

Where you see yourself in 30 years…
Where you see yourself in 20 years…
Where you see yourself in 10 years…
Where you see yourself in 5 years…
Where you see yourself in 1 year…
Where you see yourself in 6 months…
Where you see yourself in 1 month…

Now what are you doing today, to make that happen?

Now, I should just leave you with that so that it’s all impactful and stuff BUT I want to explain why this is important to me now.

After a number of years of soul searching (I’m talking professionally), I’m finally in an industry and area that I both believe in and am interested in. This makes me feel happy and fulfilled. Still there is always the possibility of becoming the employee who does the bare minimum so that they aren’t fired.

In order to get around that, I thought maybe it was a good idea to figure out where I wanted to be in 30 years and it made me realize that shit – if I wanted to be that in 30 years, in 20 years I had to be that and that and that AND THAT means by a year I better get that promo-oh-my-god-im-hyperventilating.

But honestly, what the exercise above does it it forces you to think.

If in 30 years I want to be a CEO of a corporation, then in 20 years I better at least be a VP and in 10 years I should be a senior manager and in 5 years maybe I should be an assistant manager and in 1 year I should be a senior executive, which means that TODAY, instead of spending 80% of the day on Facebook I should maybe actually reply to all the e-mails that need my attention and maybe I should get started on that report.

The exercise above helps you visualize your future and makes you more accountable for your day-to-day actions and makes you appreciate how they eventually lead you to where you want to be. This hopefully will help to mitigate the whole aimless fulfillment of tasks. Hell, it might even make you feel more fulfilled and productive at work – which you should be, especially since we basically spend 1/2 of our waking hours, if not more, at work.

So, instead of just scraping by – maybe it’s time to take your destiny into your own hands.

artisan boulangerie co.

Eating Out, Flash Restaurant Review

What: A chain bakery that should be generic, but is anything but.

Pros: REALLY good quiches and REALLY good tarts and REALLY good service.

Cons: Unpredictable coffee (sometimes fantastic, sometimes just no) and very average sandwiches.

Verdict: I’m basically obsessed with ABC (the acronym – just go with it) and I didn’t want to do a post on it because I didn’t want everyone to know about it. But then I realized sharing is caring. So go ahead. Have the bacon and leek quiche and take home the caramel pecan tart thingy that they have for breakfast the next day. You won’t regret it.

Details:
Many outlets but I go to the one below:
artisan boulangerie co.
Great World City
#01-23
Singapore 237994
+65 6887 4062

READ THIS: VOLUME 17

Thoughts
Pretty picture I took at Gardens by the Bay - which I may have already used on Instagram

Pretty picture I took at Gardens by the Bay – which I may have already used on Instagram

Guys – I can’t do my Salad Monday post today because I’m busy with some ultra secret plans.

BUT I did come across some truly fun reads to kickstart not only your work week but the new year. Oh yeahhh Happy New Year cool kids – may 2015 be awesomer than the last and may you be kind to everyone around you!

Great fashion and generally closet advice/rules for the new year here. Definitely going to be following it. Also goes hand in hand with my don’t-spend-money-coz-you-don’t-have-much-of-it resolution.

Another thing to be mindful of next year is that chatting online while at work is definitely bad for you and NO you are not good at multitasking because multitasking isn’t actually a real thing.

Also GREAT food habits to incorporate into your life.

So, I’m not sharing salad with you but I definitely want to eat one. This one, specifically.