Month: January 2016

Booked A Haunted Hotel?

Unless you’re a thrill-seeker, most of us would try our best to avoid spending a night in a hotel that’s rumoured to be haunted. So to save you some time the next time you’re booking your hotel, I’ve put up a list of allegedly haunted hotels in a few popular cities around Asia.

Ten Things You Didn’t Know Abt Singapore

Think you are a true blue Singaporean who knows your country well? I am born in Singapore and have been living in Singapore all my life, but there are still so many things to learn from my country. Do you dig fun facts and trivia? If so, I think you’re going to enjoy these little, useless information about our beautiful country! (Image by Sheng Long Lua)

Travelling With Prima Taste

Fun fact 1: I once brought a Chinese cabbage from Singapore to Paris. I hid it in my haversack (ok, I did not hide, I just packed it along) and it travelled with me from Singapore to Munich and Austria before finally getting cooked into a delicious Asian-style soup in Paris, Montmartre. I love Wong Bok. I love Asian food. One biggest headache for me when I travel is Chinese food, or rather, the lack of. Fun face 2: I am actually quite a Scrooge when it comes to food while I’m travelling. This is especially so when I’m in Europe. Firstly because the food there is expensive and its standard is not as high as the price. Secondly, I am often on quite a shoestring budget and I’d really rather spend my money elsewhere. Fun fact 3: Although I co-own a café, I can’t cook to save my life. – – – This is a common sight at the bnb when I travel: In Paris with friends… In Rome with my family… Just look …

Butter My Buns

And so the new journey begins, and the journey is called Butter My Buns. This is exactly like our sleep-deprived days slightly more than 2 years ago when The Tiramisu Hero was just starting up. Now, sitting in our new lil space, it really feels like pretty amazing to realise that we’ve done it yet again. Compared to the previous setup, Butter My Buns was actually a lot less stressful. The experience we got from setting up the previous cafe gave us good insights into what to do, what not to do while designing and planning the space, the timeline, the interiors and our menus. And I really count my blessings everyday for the good people we have in our company. Really, we would be nothing if not for the immense amount of support we have from our colleagues, friends and family. Although Butter My Buns is just a really tiny store snugged in a corner of NUS, it is now our second baby. You must now be thinking “What kind of name is Butter …

ViewQwest and Chill

In this day and age where we are more connected virtually than in reality (sad truth ahem), good connectivity is no longer a privilege, it is a right! Heh. Having been frustrated with my laggy home connection, I switched over to local broadband operator ViewQwest, which is known for their fast and stable connection. Guess what? My buffering days are over. I first heard about ViewQwest from my gamer friend, Finn. According to Finn, ViewQwest is THE internet service provider to go to if you want to have a seamless connection with zero lag. I was both skeptical and excited when I first got my hands on my ViewQwest broadband bundle; after all it claimed a freaking speed of 2gbps per second! Sounds lightning fast! I can’t speak the bandwidth, router and booster language so I’m going to give you the most layman tech review about my experience with ViewQwest. THE SERVICE Dealing with the ViewQwest technical guys was a breeze because I personally felt that the staff was really knowledgeable; I do appreciate someone …

Being Unproductive

We should all try to be unproductive every once in a while. Pick up a paint brush or a calligraphy pen and draw or write something. Listen to music. Listen beyond the voices and the lyrics. Listen to each and every instrument in the piece. Listen to a good song. Write a poem. Or a song that no one will ever get to hear. Give your camera another chance and go out one afternoon just to take pictures of everything and nothing. Sew something. Or perhaps knit. Learn how to play a musical instrument, oh yes! Or a foreign language. At times, when all I can do all day is look at Excel sheets, I really just want to be unproductive and listen to Aubrey by Bread all day.


I have never thought that I would visit Estonia one day. As much as I’m concerned, “Europe” to me was pretty much Paris, Italy, England and other more-touristy cities – places where a lot of my friends have been, and I know it would be relatively safe-ish if I head back to my apartment early. There are also lots of stories shared among my friends and relatives, so these countries are somewhat more familiar for me. Eastern Europe, on the other hand, gave me a very different impression compared to Western Europe. I always thought that Eastern Europe is poorer, more rundown, more backward and somewhat more dangerous. But in my recent visit to Tallinn in Estonia, I have totally changed my take on Eastern Europe. Tallinn has got to be one of the most beautiful, magical and enchanting cities I have ever been to. And one that I would visit again in a heartbeat, any time! First and foremost, I am lucky to be able to stay in the heart of the city in …