Disclaimer: Do not read this post in the middle of the night, especially if you are trying to keep yourself from eating supper (:
This is really a backdated post. Haven’t had time to blog because I was busy celebrating my “unofficial’ graduation.
Q: Why the “unofficial”?
A: Because exams just ended on 11th May 2013, Saturday and results aren’t out yet so if I (touch wood) unfortunately didn’t make it for any of my modules, I will not be graduating.
Well, at least I’m hoping that all will be well since I seriously hate the thought of extending this last semester of mine with just one module for the whole six months. Sounds like a total waste of time. But anyways, since it’s the end of my school life, we had to celebrate right? 😀
Episode 1: Brunch
For every celebration, we cannot forget desserts! Whether it is cake, ice cream or whatsoever, sweets are critical! Hoped over to Department of Caffeine at Duxton Road to have a short brunch. When we stepped into the cafe, the first impression I had was “wow, it’s quite squeezy”. In other words, it was filled with people and luckily we had a reservation or we would have to join the queue for seats. Even though the place is quite small, the owner managed to maximize the space they had by furnishing it with rows of tables and chairs a little too close for comfort. However, we weren’t complaining because the next moment, we were overwhelmed with the aroma of sweets.
My habit immediately kicked in and I started to scan through everyone’s orders, trying to locate the most popular dish out of what they have in the menu. I had to say the most ordered dish was the thick fluffy waffles topped with an ice cream. Next was what I realised as “French Toast” since it is presented in a way that is different from usual (you’ll know what I mean later when I’ll upload some photos for illustration). And so, my tummy started growling for having used so much brain juice during exam in the morning.
Once we got settled, the waitress passed us the menu which didn’t have much choices (to my surprise) but my friends and I still had a hard time deciding on what we wanted to order. After much contemplation, we agreed to order a different dish each so that we can have a taste on the variety of food they had. Below are photos of what we ordered.
Photo credits to: Geraldine
I ordered the French Toast which was served with maple syrup, bananas, blueberries and yoghurt. I have never tasted this combination before so I expected much from it. On first taste, it gave a really great impression because the sweetness of the maple syrup coupled with the sourness of the blueberries and yoghurt was perfect. Not forgetting to mention that it was the first time I ate french toast that was presented in such a way. Usually french toast would be served as a whole and really crispy on the outside. This was a little soaked and soggy (not that I hated it) with maple syrup sandwiched with bite sized bananas. However after awhile, the strong taste starts to get on the wrong side of my taste buds and I found difficulty trying to finish the entire order. My verdict? Definitely recommended for people with a sweet tooth and those who wants to try something novel.
Me being biased with chocolate made it hard for me to give up the ice chocolate on the menu. The ice chocolate was good in the sense that it was very chocolaty (or in other words, chocolate “gao”) and to my surprise, chocolate ice cream was also served which wasn’t written on the menu (or I kinda missed it somehow). I feel that this is a must try for all chocolate lovers except that the portion might be a little too small to satisfy us and our craving! :p
The most recommended dish to order would definitely be waffles (or what they call it brown butter pancakes as stated on the menu). The waffles were thick and fluffy. Super, super AWESOME. It’s really crispy on the side too. I prefer the blueberries one in comparison to the bananas because I was a little sick of bananas after trying to finish my order. Even though the ice cream (which we think is homemade) isn’t very tasty, the waffle itself already covered its flaws (I’m not exaggerating. The waffles are really good). If I were given a choice to go back again, I would definitely do for the waffles.
The pulled pork burger and roasted chicken was average in our opinion. A little salty in my perception for the pulled pork burger but I didn’t eat it with the bread so my judgement might be a little inaccurate. The roasted chicken was just so so. It tasted like a roasted chicken, nothing more.
And so, that marks the end of the first episode of my celebration! In conclusion, this is a really great place to hang out for it is quite new and the menu keeps changing now and then so I guess I’ll definitely go back again to try new dishes (:
Episode 2: Anti-oxidant centre
We came across this (or should I say my friend) place through another blog, the luckiest chick. There’s an offer of $10 for the first visit so we thought that we should reward ourselves after studying so hard for three years in university. Apparently, they claim that there are several health benefits for this treatment and they are stated on their official website. To say the truth, I just wanted to experience something new so I didn’t really pay attention to what the staff said when she was explaining the health benefits of the treatment to us. I only remembered the magical sentence “It helps with weight loss”. HAHAHA Okay, not very significant benefit out of all that’s available but that impacted me the most.
The staff was really patient and helpful. There wasn’t any double standard service even though we were students. Normally when they see that we write “student” under the occupation field, they wouldn’t really treat us seriously but this was different. So, thumbs up for that. Before we went in, we had to change into yukatas (japanese pajamas). We weren’t allowed to wear anything except for the yukatas so I felt a little weird (not that I should after the experience of being totally naked in Korea’s onsen). After changing, we were given our personal tumbler to ensure that we are hydrated during the whole course of the treatment. We were requested to drink half of the bottle before entering the treatment rooms.
Since there was only three of us, we had to share a room with another customer. We were told that the temperature of the air in the room is 30 plus degrees and the stone beds were 40 plus. Upon hearing that, I was already starting to feel a little regretful since I really don’t do well with heat. So when the room door was opened, true to what she said, I could feel the 30 plus degrees. Felt like a really warm day in Singapore and kinda sucks since like I said, I prefer an air-conditioned room anytime to a warm one.
Oh, forgetting to mention, the staff also courteously informed us of the four positions we should do when we are on the stone beds (which we faithfully did during the treatment). The entire treatment lasted for 45 minutes (but I felt that it was longer, seriously). We perspired like crazy. Our yukatas were totally soaked. The first five minutes felt like hours to me. I tried to not fidget and breathe slowly to get use to the heat from the air and the stones.
After awhile, we got used to it. It really wasn’t THAT bad. But I’ll have to confess that when we were able to leave the room, I was quite thankful. The cold air that enveloped us once we opened the door was so welcoming. I felt really drained and the 2 small cups of cold enzyme drinks which were served to us felt like drinking from an oasis in a desert. We chatted for awhile about our experience and then went to shower. Before that, we being girls took some photos! (Remind me again why we didn’t take them before because we looked so haggard after all the perspiration).
Before we left, we retrieved our belongings from the lockers we were assigned to. There wasn’t any hard selling and that’s another thumbs up. Even though we didn’t sign up because we couldn’t tolerate the heat, we were convinced that it must provide some health benefits since the number of customers they have are quite a figure. Furthermore, there were also Japanese customers.
That’s the end of my (first) celebration post. More to come up soon ~ (: Till then!