19 March 2015

Exchange, here I come!

Hello everyone,

After a very dramatic week, I'm finally off to exchange!


Will be updating from Tokyo!


Till then,
track me on my IG: @princessamantha

12 March 2015

shewriteslove

Give to me the gospel if the fields and woods,
The sermons written in the book of books;
The sweet communion of the things on earth 
Fresh with the warm baptism of the sun; 
Give me the offertory of bud and bloom, 
The perfect caroling of happy birds; 
Give me the creed of one of God’s fair days 
Wrought in the beauty of its loveliness; 
And then the benediction of the stars, 
His eloquent ministers of the night. 

-Ravenscroft

09 March 2015

Simplicite Cafe

NEW GEM AT EAST COAST
march 5th, 2015

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More options for our sweet palates!

Chanced upon this new cafe while driving pass it the other day, did some research on it and what attracted me to try it was their pretty blossom waffles! I've seen round, heart, even snowflake waffles but never a floral waffle in typical cafes before, and I thought since it's so close to my place, why not give it a try!

“because new is always good"

Was there on a weekday during its non-peak hour and it's no surprise that we were the only customers there. The cafe just opened for about a month or so and not many have blogged or published on their social media platforms yet. It's quite underrated thus I recommend it's a good time to visit it before it gets too popular in future! I personally love the place and its simple dessert offerings!

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Living up to its name, the cafe has kept things simple with its minimalistic decorations. Spacious, white, wooden furniture. Really, it's pretty much fuss-free with nothing to be excited about, but one thing that impresses is the humility and good service attitude of their staff which made me feel like home upon entering. It's very important especially for a small start-up cafe like theirs. I enjoyed my time there over some sweet nothings.

Menu's pretty limited, simple like I mentioned above. After all, good food should never be too complicated. The cafe doesn't serve any all-day breakfast nor real food for lunch or dinner, think just coffee, tea and desserts (like their daily bakes) and of course the speciality blossom floral waffles with Gelato/Sorbet. They have normal shaped waffles but of course, since I was there for the floral waffles, I ordered that with a scoop of dark Belgium chocolate gelato!

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 single scoop floral waffles ($11)

"Did you know, psychologists have proven waffles taste better when they look prettier?" Well, I'm the psychologist...

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It proved to be a great choice! Not only were the waffles pretty looking, the taste was up to my standards! Not too sweet nor buttery, but rather it was crispy (yay my favourite type!) and light! It came with a perfect combination of chocolate sauce and lovely strawberries and blueberries. You could opt for the whip cream as well but I decided not to have them. As for the gelato, my dark chocolate was not too sweet, just the way I liked it to be. They have a special "Guess This" flavour, and it turned out to be Cherry Tomato! How special but not my cup of tea, hahaha!

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A sweet start to 2015, glad I found this gem in the east coast!
And for those who stays nearby, you'll be happy to know that they open till Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.


Simplicate Cafe
425 East Coast Road, S429012

07 March 2015

Monochrome Months

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because sometimes life throws you lemons, and you simply need some faith, hope and love


For the past few months, life has been like a monochrome. Black & White.
Kinda meaningless I would say...

IMG_5704 I mean life goes on.
Day in day out, week in week out, month in month out.
I've been doing the usual routines, weekends spent with the boyf and attending church/kids ministry. weekdays spent cafe-hopping and meeting up with old friends. Nothing wrong with that, but after a while, I find myself not being as productive with the huge amount of 24hours I have on hand everyday.

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Truth is, I thought that I would have been away from Singapore since January since most exchange students fly in that month or so. Little did I know that Japan universities start their exchange term in April! Gosh, it's March and I'm still stuck in Singapore... doing nothing. If I had envisioned this earlier, I would have gotten myself an internship stint or part-time job. Then again, as the days go pass, I admit I was kinda lazy to do something about it. But then again, even while doing nothing, I was procrastinating on documenting my back-dated blog posts. Trying to do up some posts before I fly at the end of this month...

But, having so much free time at hand, taught me many things about myself and others.
Having free time is precious. Use it to bless others as much as I can...

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Be practical.
I need a vision in life.
Appreciate every opportunity given to you.
I cannot simply stay home all day and night.
I need to have something to do everything else I'll be frustrated.

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It's true that...
"Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: "What! You too? I thought that no one but myself..."

In this world, it's already quite hard to get acquainted, to maintain that friendship, let alone being able to find someone similar to you. Once you have found that person, cherish.

Quite glad that through these few months, I have my equally unemployed girlfriend to entertain my boredom. We have been going for zumba/yoga/pilates try-outs, did some cafe-hopping and did some random photoshoots to kill time. Basically, she makes a great partner, one whom I can gladly and shamelessly try out new things with! Thank God for you babe, I don't know who else who crazily do all these things with me, heh. Thanks for everything!

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05 March 2015

羊 // Lunar New Year 2015

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After all the feasting, celebrations, gambling, games, partying and louheis, I've finally decided to seat myself down on the final day 15 of CNY (which is also the day my Dad decides to host an extended family dinner at our place tonight), to write up blog entry to serve as a closure for the festive season of love, joy, faith, hope, happiness and lots of food...

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This is one of the most fun and fulfilling (or rather, I would say... different) CNY ever!

To start off, finally from this year onwards, I don't have to worry about studies and school term examinations over the lunar new year. Because for the past few years, it has always been CNY holidays followed by stupid examinations or project submissions the week after. I can't even enjoy myself properly. Okay not like I really care about school, but you know the thought of having deadlines at the back of your mind VS not having to bother at all. Yes, that's what I'm driving at!

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Plus, this year I'm having a super long holiday, waiting to fly off for exchange. When others have to get back to work on a Monday, well, I don't have to!

So I'm a very happy girl this year!
Even if I'm stoning at visitings, I'm happily staring into blank empty spaces.
hahaha

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I must say that the weekends passed by quickly and one of the best part was having to spend time with my family, relatives, friends, and for the first time also, I am spending it with my boyfriend and his extended family. When I say extended family, I really mean it.

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Normally CNY for me ends on Day 1 after the routine affairs of visiting my maternal and paternal side of the family. But for his family, the next few days of CNY would be all the uncles/aunties taking turns to host at their houses, even though technically we are seeing the same faces every day. I found that quite interesting... and yet, at the same time, I enjoyed myself playing with the kids and watching cny-specials movies as a big family. So here's the rest of how the other days went...

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I'm quite an enthusiast when it comes to visiting. I don't like staying at places for too long of a time, I like moving from houses to houses. Keeping things fresh rather than cooping myself up at a place... hahaha, my own logic. But nope, we didn't do that. Everyday's programmes were rather decently scheduled and we found ourselves having time to catch a movie and play tennis amongst the busy period.

I enjoyed the catch up sessions with my dear friends too. You know those groups you hold dearly too, well everyone's too busy during the year, but yet no matter what, we make it a (silent note) point that we should/will meet up on special occasions like CNY and Christmas. Oh yes, and I refreshed my memory on how to play mahjong, bridge and many other card games. Those once-in-a-year kinda things you do...

Met up with my CHIJ girls for brunch at Working Title cafe, caught up on each other's life in all aspects includes love, work and much more. The constant teasings and laughters never stop.
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Happy to hear that everyone's doing well in our own fields. I'm not worried about them because everyone's so talented in our own ways, I'm just so so happy to see everyone coming together.

As the celebrations lasted for 15 days, the second weekend was spent with my poly classmates clique. Those familiar faces I've known since we were 17. Time flies, but friendship stays. Here's the massive amount of food (I forgot the guys were no longer army boys who eat a lot, hahaha) which thankfully we managed to clear most.
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and here's our family portrait, with our +1s, heh it just keeps increasing... for the better!
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Can't wait to see how we'll all be like & what we'll be doing 10years down the road. Hopefully, it'll be a pic with our kids in toll, hahaha I don't even dare to think so far, but I surely hope all's good in God's plans.