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I had to do a quick pack up of my room in Singapore before flying back to Pittsburgh, and I managed to dig up some of my childhood collections and I just had to share them!

Did you own any of these when you were a kid? These are collections I’ll probably never bear to get rid of. What did you collect when you were a kid?

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My sister’s good friend Shenn recently opened a new cafe and vintage furniture shop in Bukit Timah, called Carpenter and Cook. So my sister brought us there for a visit and it was a really really nice place! It was packed that weekend, as it was their 2nd week open and they had quite a bit of press about them so far.

Carpenter and Cook is not just a cafe, they also sell vintage furniture and do party planning! The place is decorated with vintage furniture that’s for sale, and the place is packed with lovely pieces and details all over:

We ordered a bunch of pastries from their display, and they were all very yummy! Dylan attacked the strawberry tart while we had the savoury Olive and Sundried Tomato Brioche:

The passionfruit tart was one of everyone’s favourite and we all rounded it off refreshing lemonades. Will definitely be heading back if we ever get the car!

After the mini meal, we decided to hope by Jiaqi’s Uncle’s shop Nylon Coffee Roasters to see it and have a cup of coffee. We’re not big coffee drinkers, but it tasted great, they have a great set up going on down in Everton Park, a really cosy place to have a coffee and have a chat with the owners.

It was a great day visiting 2 lovely new places to chill out and have a drink or some yummy pastries. Hope we can head back soon!

Carpenter and Cook
19 Lorong Kilat #01-06
Singapore 598120

Nylon Coffee Roasters
4 Everton Park #01-40
Singapore 080004


Group Therapy

It sounds quite obsessive that I’ve been to Group Therapy 3 times in the last month! An old friend brought me there, and I started suggesting this quaint cafe everytime I met different groups of people, and trying as much of the menu I can. The nice thing about this place is that it has a menu with its staples (poached eggs, pies, 4-layer carrot cake etc) but has some changes every week. I haven’t managed to snap a photo of everything my friends and I have tried there, but here is a quick snapshot of some of it:

Poached Eggs

One of their most mentioned dishes online is their Poached Eggs (with thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere, hollandaise). It’s simply delish! One of the best hollandaise I’ve tried, and not to mention the thick toast which was soft and fluffy. All the components blended well together to form yummy bites, and we couldn’t stop eating. Make sure to break the yolks early if you want it runny. The only drawback was it was a little heavy and rich with the sauce, but can be taken back a bit by putting some of it to the side.

Salmon Avocado Sandwich

We also had the Salmon sandwich, it was alright, sufficient and good enough, but I loved the couscous side salad, and came back subsequent times wanting more of the side salad, as weird as that sounds!

Belgian Style Waffle

To end off one of our lunches, we had their much talked about Belgian Waffle with all the fixings. Very yummy, and very generous with the fruit and ice cream, prepare to share as its too much to eat after a meal there.

I’ve tried a bunch of other stuff here too, and I have no complaints about any of them. I highly recommend Group Therapy, its a great place to hang out and spend hours without feeling the pressure to get moving, and great food and drinks (too bad I’m not a big coffee drinker so I can’t help much there). Just do note that it’s only open for dinner on Friday and Saturday, so do make a note to drop by for brunch or lunch if you are on leave!

Group Therapy
49 Duxton Road
Singapore 089513


When we read about coastal settlement in 8 days, we earmarked it to make sure to try it out one day since it was in the east, living in Tanah Merah and all. A few weeks ago, we tried to make a reservation on a Friday evening, and it being fully booked, it made us want to go all the more haha. So last week on my sisters birthday, we made earlier arrangements, and got a table of 7 for a Saturday night!

Coastal Settlement

Upon arrival, it had a really small carpark, so opt for the free valet parking, the one lane outside meant if more than 1 car needs valet, it holds up the whole street. But that’s not a big deal, just the Singaporean drivers honking impatiently behind us. The first impression was pretty good, with the old school decor (chairs and tables), gardens, vintage Volkswagen beetles all over.


Inside, the atmosphere hits you full on with a live singing acoustic duo and the vintage decor continues, with Vespas, retro furniture, and knick knacks strewn all over the place. I have to say I was impressed with the look and feel of the place, it was really nice!


The place was packed with people, so definitely get a reservation if you’re in a big group. We ordered a ton of food but only snapped a few pics of the highlights. (Pictured) The truffle fries wasn’t too gasoliney tasting and was very very addictive, though some of my family found it a bit too salty for their tastes. The salad was pretty good as well, but the real highlight was the Wagyu Beef and Mushroom Pizza, we ate 1 and half of that flavour cause it was so good! Tender pieces of beef, and a mixture of different mushrooms, brought together with sauce that made the pizza very tasty. That pizza is a definite must try!

And to end it all off, here’s a random picture of my lovely brother tasting the weird almost radioactive looking retro f&n that came with the kids meal. But Coastal Settlement is a great place to hang out and chill, the food prices mirror a place like P.S. Cafe, so its not a place you can go too often. Great food, great ambiance in a not-so-secret getaway in the east.

The Coastal Settlement is at:
200, Netheravon Road
Singapore 508529


I don’t really shop at Uniqlo except for underwear and winter essentials, but I was mucking about in Vivocity a week ago waiting for hubby Tan, and being a sucker for vintage and bright prints, I was instantly drawn to the new collaboration uniqlo have with Orla Kiely! I’ve always loved Orla Kiely’s prints, but always felt her stuff was a bit pricey, so a uniqlo collaboration is perfect for the pockets! I grabbed everything I liked and made a dash for the changing room:

I ended up with the red dress (pockets sucked me in!) and a the blue sleeveless top which I can’t wait to wear tucked into a skirt! There’s quite a crazy variety of prints in tops, scarves and blouses available, so do drop by Uniqlo today!


Popped by this new joint at the Botanical Gardens on a rainy Thursday for my brother’s birthday, having been at the 8Q branch quite a long while ago, I was really keen to try this new branch. I can’t really recall, but at the 8Q branch and I remember having risotto which was pretty good. However, I think the Botanical Gardens branch serves up a more simple cafe style menu with burgers, pasta and a few mains, but there’s enough variety to keep everyone happy. Didn’t capture everything we ordered, but here’s 2 main highlights:

Bacon and Sage Wrapped Chicken Leg

This was delicious! I am a fan of smoked chicken, and this is definitely not as salty as a typical smoked chicken you get from a supermarket. It was like snacking on tender bacony tasty tasty pieces of meat. You could clearly taste the bacon throughout the meat and pieces of sage between the bacon and the chicken. I couldn’t stop stealing bits of meat from my husband on this one! The portion was huge as well! But I reckon it may be a tad too salty for some people if you are sensitive to this kind of food.

Cheeseburger with Fries

I opted for the Cheeseburger (which was a steal at $8), I topped up $4 for the fries + drink combo. The burger was really good, but i wished it had more onions! Their fries (called Crispy Fries) had an interesting texture where it was almost glass like and crispy outside and soft on the inside, pretty yummy stuff.

We also ordered the juicy Portobello Salad, Barramundi, Ribs, Steak and soups. One particular favourite was the mushroom soup. Very delish! Some other pros to this place is that its really huge and spacious, and my nephew loved running around and playing with the lights and shadows from the high ceilings.

If you’re heading down to the Botanical Gardens, I reckon Food for Thought is a good spot to chill or rest your tired feet and have some great food and drinks while at it!


PicnicSunday Vintage had it’s virgin outing to a flea market recently!

We had such a great time meeting previous customers and new customers! Loved it, loved it, loved it! I think i scared my first customer a bit with my excitement haha.

Sarah’s Loft had a booth there that day, and I said hi and got a bunch of of her beautiful cupcakes. They were rich and delicious! Yumyum.

I was so happy my nephew Dylan and my bro-in-law dropped by. It was so spacious and he had a whale of a time running around the flea looking at everything and anything! He even found me the Finders Keepers prize! He even joined in MessyMsxi’s Breakfast Barter, can anyone guess what he drew?

It was a great day, and time flew by really fast. I’m hoping to attend the next one, for sure!


I used to love stuff in H&M whenever I visited Europe during my uni days and Norway when I started work. They had such a variety of stuff and all kinds of diverse designs. However, visiting H&M in HK a few years ago and in USA this year, I find H&M stuff getting more and more vanilla. I think they filter the stuff that goes out to the foreign branches, so in USA its very clean basics and I hoped the Singapore branch wouldn’t be the same.

I headed to H&M one weekday afternoon after a mad trying spree at Topshop Knightbridge (and I love topshop), so going from the great styles at topshop to H&M i wasn’t very blown away by the clothes there. But it was huge! 3 floors of goods means it was definitely more diverse than the branches I visited in US, but yet I couldn’t find anything that stood out enough to me to tackle the changing room queues or to want to purchase. They had very clean classic styles which were not my style but I have to say its a great shopping experience by the sheer volume of clothes there. And it wasn’t very overpriced either which was nice. Here’s some stuff that was quirky enough to stand out to me:

(l->r)The cutest hello kitty ear muffs, deer pullover and a very foxy clutch!

I’m not as excited about H&M arriving to Singapore but due to the size of the store here, I’m looking forward to H&M’s summer collection more next year!


I was never a big fan of Vans shoes till I set eyes on these pair of shoes, the Camryn.

I own 2 pairs of this, one in Tan and one in Black/Gum. They are the perfect sneaker for pairing with that vintage dress or any floral dress for that matter.

Photos credit to Vans Shop

I bought a pair in US, and a was delighted to find it in Singapore too, so I bought it in another colour. It might still be at the shops. Vans has recently opened quite a few full fledged Vans shops here in Singapore and they were very helpful in helping me get my size. You can find Vans branches in Singapore at Orchard Central in Somerset or at Marina Square!


Love these vintage prints and designs from Marks & Spencer!

So pretty!

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