Trafalgar Square was not the most hygienic of places to be at last Saturday. It played host to the 6th edition of the International Pillow Fight Day. Eager, fun-loving participants, some draped in their PJs while others in outlandish costumes, came in droves to the famous landmark in the heart of London. Armed with their drool-stained and mushy old pillows, they promised to put up a good fight!
The event, a brainchild of a group that calls itself Urban Playground, runs free events in cities around the world. Its sole purpose: to get people out into the streets to interact. A brilliant idea if you ask me, for I believe as long as I live, I will never experience this back in my home country, the pillow fight that is. I shall not go on. I shall not ramble on, lest I want to make this a poignant entry about how I am missing this event already.
Any relationship has its ups and downs. However, things get more challenging when you are separated by 15,000 kilometers and an 8 hour time difference from your loved one. School has taken out a large chunk of me in recent weeks. Preparation for the incoming exams, meeting supervisors for my Master’s project and meeting more deadlines.
The point I want to make here is that I am just grateful to have Eileen by my side. Thanks for putting up with all my nonsensical antics, helping me relieve some major pent up stress, bringing some festive cheer this lunar new year and always making sure that I eat well and sleep well here in London. It may sound that the gender roles have been switched a little in this case but nonetheless, I still appreciate deep down! Really.
The Theatre of Dreams, a name so aptly coined by Sir Bobby Charlton, is by far the jewel in the crown of British football stadiums. From George Best to Ryan Giggs, Bryan Robson to Paul Scholes, this magnificent arena has seen generations of superstars come and go. Yet, the certain magic that the stadium beholds has withstood the test of time and I am proud and lucky to have experienced it before my eyes.
The holy trinity
Arsenal fan interviewed by Sky Sports.
Still as magnificent in the evening.
It’s not easy settling down in a new city. It’s even harder if you have to do it alone without your loved ones around.
London will be home for the next 1 year as I embark on my Masters at Imperial College London. Coming from a country where I experience eternal sunshine, the weather here can be quite a challenge at times. It’s all gloomy and wet, not to mention the strong winds that will turn your brolly inside out. Besides that, I have to juggle with the notoriously high cost of living in which London is infamous for.
Sad stories aside, the capital is a leading global city in the arts, entertainment and tourism, just to name a few. This translates into many photographic opportunities for shutterbugs. Be it medieval buildings, people or landscape, you want it, they will most probably have it.
House of Parliament
The National Gallery
National History Museum
Imperial College London
South Kensington Gardens – The two men none too pleased with the old couple feeding them pigeons
MC RAS at Portobello Market
Free pizza at Portobello Market
Till next time, Cheers!
Tenants often come and go at The Fire Station. One of the main reasons for such a high turn over rate is probably due to its location. There are hardly any shopping malls in the vicinity and you must be out of your mind to even consider Bukit Timah Shopping Centre a place for your weekend retail therapy. So I was really surprised when Spruce decided to spring an outlet here.
Words coming from my friends suggest that Spruce is a must try place. What’s more, the fact that it is situated adjacent to my home gave me the perfect reason to indulge.
Again, for the umpteenth time, E got herself Eggs benedict, Crab Cake Eggs Benny ($25.00) to be exact. The concept was a refreshing one. We have never come across Eggs Benedict served with crab cakes. After getting used to the initial “unique crab odour”, for the lack of better words, the crab cake was a joy to savour.
I was more adventurous. I opted for the Spruce Garden Brekkie ($18.00) which consisted of exotic goat cheese served on thinly sliced tomatoes and avocados. My initial thought after a few nibbles of the goat cheese with tomatoes and avacados was, yeah, I shouldn’t have come out of my comfort zone and try something that I seldom attempt. This is really not to my liking. A few mouthfuls my dislike for this order was confirmed. But I believe it’s just me being picky.
I left the place with mixed feelings. On the one hand, Crab Cake Benny was quite the superb Eggs Benny on the other hand the serving portion was a little small. Also, it wasn’t the cheapest brunch that we have had. However, I must add that having a meal at the used to be fire station is a nice feeling. The place has a nice design and was bathed in lots of natural sunlight but was tad noisy.
Spruce is located at:
274 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Tel: +65 6466 5582
The place did not change a single bit since they first step foot on the lush green grass. The tortoises are still wadding lazily in the pond and if you are observant, you can still spy little children feeding them.
After almost 20 years of education, the three sisters returned to the familiar grounds of Little Guilin to mark the end of their formal education.
Some people discard old objects like some soiled garment never to be used again while others idolize them fervently. At Carpenter and Cook, antiques fill the shop to its brim.
What’s interesting is that items being displayed are actually on sale too.
I would say the items on their menu are few and far between. Being a slob, I would prefer someone to wait patiently at my table, smiling while I decide on what I should have. However, getting your food meant ungluing your butt from the seat and queuing up, recess time style.
The Bacon Quiche ($7.00) sang of aromatic onions and salty bacon embedded inside a sea of soft and moist egg. E’s face dripped with content when a mouthful of quiche met her tongue. It was simply amazing.
Frangipane Fruit Tart ($6.20) was a feast to the eyes. Pretty to look at but the taste hovered somewhere along the average. The berries were a tad sour and the tart dry.
A great place to waste your afternoons away, Carpenter and Cook is surprisingly crowed considering its location.
Carpenter and Cook is located at:
19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06 Singapore
Tue – Fri: 12.00pm – 10.00pm
Sat: 10.00am – 10.00pm
Sun: 10.00am – 7.00pm
(Closed on Mon)
Tel: +65 6463 3648