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Limited Edition Riz Labo Strawberry Soufflé Pancakes with Ice Cream, Whipped Cream and Strawberry Sauce [$20++]

Today’s my first time trying these pretty Japanese soufflé pancakes! I shared these with my mum 🍓 Decided to pay a visit after reading reviews of various new soufflé pancake places in Singapore and seeing Riz Labo being voted as the best in town.

Riz Labo Kitchen hails from Omotesando in Tokyo, Japan, some Japanese people work there so you know it’s pretty legit.

It’s located on level 4 within Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria, near the escalators. It’s taken over what was previously Bar Nippon, so the ambience is very bar-like and dark.

The pancakes are made fresh when you order, so we waited about 20 min for the pancakes.

The menu mentioned that the soufflé pancakes are made with egg whites, and Japanese organic, gluten-free rice flour which was promising! We did find that the pancakes were pretty eggy in terms of taste, colour and smell so there are probably lots of egg yolks involved 🤷🏻‍♀️ To me, the pancakes kind of taste like chiffon cake meets pancakes.

We thought the whipped cream would have been better if it was fresh, cold + real not artificial whipped cream. The vanilla ice cream (not strawberry as stated in the menu) went really well with the pancakes.

Personally, I thought the price of the pancakes was pretty steep for the ingredients involved and also it wasn’t that satisfying. Perhaps it’s the labour costs involved in making the pancakes that explains the price 🤷🏻‍♀️

PS. They don’t serve tap water. Recommend ordering the $3 refillable English tea if you don’t have any water.

There’s a new Taiwanese bubble tea store in town, and it’s called The Moment. Each cup has a very philosophical saying printed on: “We remember the moments not the days”.

Located just outside Telok Ayer MRT Exit B (formerly the now-defunct poke place, Pololi Singapore).

I ordered the Matcha Latte with Red Bean and Pearls [$5.90].

I was contemplating getting the famous bamboo charcoal grey milk tea, but after reading reviews saying it was expensive and bland, I decided to go with my gut and ordered this instead with pearls.

It’s a really good combo, I love the delicious, generous amount of chewy red bean and pearls. I had no complaints! Let me know in the comments what’s your favourite drink at The Moment ☺️

Took me 7 days to finish this massive 471-page tome! The Night Tiger is a unique mystery novel set in 1930s Perak, Malaysia during the colonial era. The main plot involves 11 year old Chinese servant boy Ren’s secret mission to find and return a missing disembodied finger to his master’s grave within 49 days, or else his spirit will roam the earth for eternity. Intertwined with Ren’s story is the story of our protagonist, Ji Lin, a young woman who moonlights as a dancehall hostess to pay off her mother’s mahjong debts and her misadventures in love. Throughout the book, deaths occur under mysterious circumstances.

While Yangsze Choo expertly weaves in Chinese and Malay myths of weretigers and dream-eating tapirs, we see dual worlds in this book converge: the worlds of the living and the dead, the worlds of the masters and the servants, the worlds of boys and girls, the worlds of what is taboo and what is socially acceptable, and the worlds of dreams and reality.

One of my favourite lines is: “The European werewolf is a man who, when the moon is full, turns his skin inside out and becomes a beast. He then leaves the village and goes into the forest to kill. But for the natives here, the weretiger is not a man, but a beast who, when he chooses, puts on human skin and comes from the jungle into the village to prey on humans. It’s almost exactly the reverse situation, and in some ways more disturbing.”

The Night Tiger is very much historical fiction mixed with magical realism. I’m not the most patient reader so the book felt like a long, occasionally confusing and repetitive, meandering trek through a forest with no end in sight, observing every leaf and investigating every sound along the way.. I felt that the characters were better written than the plot which felt a little thin at times.

The story was a lot slower in pace than anticipated and at times, most of the book could have been better edited for conciseness. Having said that, Yangsze Choo is a hardworking storyteller with a vivid imagination and admirable ability to write.

Some books that remind me of The Night Tiger are: Life of Pi, Midnight’s Children and Crazy Rich Asians.

First and foremost, They Told Us To Move is an important piece of Singapore history.

They Told Us to Move is a collection of interviews, reflections and short essays about many elderly Singaporean residents who had to relocate from Dakota (one of Singapore’s oldest public housing estates) to Cassia Crescent and the volunteers from the Cassia Resettlement Team who provided support during this relocation process.

This book gives a voice to a segment of society whose opinions are often unheard and ignored – the elderly.

It provides clear insight into how the elderly are not sickly and frail people we can just cast aside and forget about.

The older generation like us have their own vivid lives and memories and connections to the community. Their lived experiences and stories are just as important as ours. And in the face of adversity, change and loneliness, they prove to be really resilient in character and are pretty hopeful and optimistic about their new lives and memories, even when their important ties to the community around them are removed, and their homes in which they have lived in for so many decades are pulled down to make way for economic redevelopment.

They Told Us to Move is a bittersweet call to arms, to think about what we want Singapore society to be, and to acknowledge and embrace the community around us and to extend a helping hand to our neighbours.

They Told Us to Move: Dakota—Cassia edited by Ng Kok Hoe and the Cassia Resettlement Team published by Ethos Books (2019)

What an experience. This is my book haul today after surviving 2 hours at #sgbookdeals! It’s a book warehouse sale in an industrial park (I’ve included the address below.)

They give you a box and you fill it up with as many new books as possible for $50. I managed to squeeze in 29 books. The box must be able to be closed and sealed shut.

I calculated, each of the books pictured here is S$1.72 so that’s a pretty good deal! (The football manager and quit smoking books aren’t for me, and 1/3 of these books are my mum’s.

A random find at the packing area.

Don’t pack like this!

My wonderful stack of books! Some are for my mum, some for me, some to give to others.

Survival Tips

1. Expect crowds. Please leave your kids, babies, and prams at home.

2. T-shirt and shorts is the way to go.

3. Bring a tiny trolley, rope and hook to secure your box (optional).

4. Bring water (optional).

5. Bring your money/NETS/card and as little stuff as possible.

6. Parking space is limited so be warned.

7. Bring a hair tie if you have long hair. There are lots of big fans/outdoor aircons.

8. The place is pretty hot and not super well ventilated. So be prepared for the warmth and sweat!

9. Also FYI there is a huge delivery lift, so climbing down three flights of stairs isn’t necessary.

10. Expect obscure fiction titles, and expect to see lots of the same books.

11. There aren’t any Chinese books, but there are lots of Star Wars, Minecraft, self-help, business, non-fiction, cookbooks, children’s and colouring books.

12. Pack the books standing to maximise the box.

13. Pack the thicker books first and slot the thinner ones in after. Pack similar sized books together 🙂

Where: Pansing Building, 438 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 1, Level 3, Singapore 569619

When: 8-16 March 2019 (starts at 9am, ends at 4pm on weekdays and 6pm on weekends)

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