a baby shower tea party

For international school teachers who are living across the world from their close family and friends, your co-workers become your second family.  My friends and I had the privilege of throwing a baby shower for our co-worker and dear friend Aimee. We had a lot of fun preparing and planning our first baby shower in Singapore. After spending a lot of time on Pinterest and Etsy, we managed to put together a tea party themed baby shower! This constituted  multiple trips to Spotlight in Plaza Singapura, trying to find suitable baby shower decorations. Forget being reasonably priced (we are in Singapore), but they did have some good finds, including pink gingham napkins, baby girl serving plates, and pink and white streamers. I didn’t like the baby shower banners they had and in the end I found a good one for free online. I printed it out on white cardstock and taped it onto string.

Another one of my good finds with the decorations were the pink roses. It was my first time to Far East Flora on Thomson Road. I was pleasantly surprised at the wide arrange of flowers at whole sale prices! I bought 3 big bouquets of pink roses, and it only cost $16 altogether. The babys breath was actually more expensive at $20 for one big bunch. I will definitely be going back there for flowers! The only draw back was that I had to take all the leaves off the roses, and I didn’t have gloves. Let’s just say it was a bit painful with all the thorns on the stems. If you are in need of flowers, I highly recommend Far East Flora!

The favor bags we ordered off of Etsy and we found a vendor that shipped internationally! We put tea bags inside to go with the theme. We ordered pastries from Paul’s bakery in Takashimaya and the cupcakes from Swirls in Robertson Quay. We also had a do it yourself caesar salad bar and finger sandwiches, in addition to all the sweets! I guess you should have some “healthier” options.  Overall,  I think we can say that our first baby shower celebration in Singapore was a success!  Aimee went home with a lot of goodies for her baby girl and was shown how much she is loved by her family here in Singapore.

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battery park restaurant review {seoul}

If you are living in Seoul or planning on visiting, you must visit Battery Park located near Myeong Dong station.  (From exit 4, walk straight a few minutes, and you’ll see the State Building. Take the escalator down and you’ll see it across the Starbucks.)  Little did I realize that my cousin, who is a few years older than me has become a restaurant mogul  in Seoul. He has recently opened multiple restaurants, ranging from Korean, Japanese, fusion, and even an American brunch place in the works. And, I’m in the midst of convincing him to open a Korean restaurant in Singapore (of course).

During my short and unexpected visit to Seoul a month ago, I was able to finally visit two of his restaurants that are located in the Myeong Dong State Building. We had a big family dinner after my grandmother’s burial service at his two restaurants. They are actually located right next to each other. One is called Battery Park and the other one is Kobachi. The “younger” adults, went to Battery Park, a fusion place, while the “older adults” went to Kobachi, a Japanese place.

I really loved the modern and clean interior of Battery Park. I was impressed with their menu and range of choices. They even had beer from Craftworks Taphouse there. Well, I quickly learned that when your cousin is the owner, we get great service and selection of food! He ordered us appetizers and entrees from the menu. There was a delicious salad with grapes and goat cheese. I specifically asked for the fig & prosciutto pizza with pesto sauce, which was well worth it. There were also some unique fusion dishes like the spicy pasta with pigs intestine (Korean dish).  I also really recommend the black sesame cream spaghetti! That might have been my favorite after the pizza.

Battery Park also has a great selection of bar food including big hamburgers with lots of french fries! We tried another fried platter that included fried chicken, onion rings, fries, and more. At this point, I was getting pretty full as the entrees kept coming out. My cousin even sent over a few sushi platters from next door. It was quite the interesting, but delicious combo of dishes. I knew my grandmother was smiling down on us. She would have been so proud to actually come to one of my cousin’s restaurants in person. She was definitely one of the best cooks I knew.

Obviously, there’s always room for dessert! Battery Park had some unique and delicious dessert dishes including a dropped ice cream cone, banana pudding, and Oreo cheesecake. I admit at this point, I could barely shove any more food in, but I tried. I’m always a sucker for good banana pudding. They actually opened a second location of Battery Park in the new Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park! I hope that all of my fellow foodies and bloggers (ahem, Melody, Dyanne, Elaine, Derek) in Korea will add this restaurant to their list of places to check out! :)

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amsterdam streets

I loved taking pictures of the streets in Amsterdam. I loved all the old canals, endless bikes, and houses that lined the streets. I loved the busy market places full of tulip bulbs and fresh flowers. I loved  how the streets were full of so many different forms of transportation from pedestrians, bicycles, scooters, buses, cars, and trams. I loved how it was a city  on the brink of spring.  There was a certain charm and appeal that Amsterdam had, that I can’t quite put my finger on. I tried to capture some of that charm in my photos. amsterdam-1548amsterdam-1505amsterdam-1516 amsterdam-1524amsterdam-1530 amsterdam-1539 amsterdam-1546 amsterdam-1547amsterdam-1513amsterdam-1570amsterdam-1573 amsterdam-1576 amsterdam-1583amsterdam-1600 amsterdam-1618 amsterdam-1619 amsterdam-1635

first stop: the hague

slice of life 2014

After a trip, I love being able to go through my photos. The great thing about photos are how they can capture different scenes, emotions, and memories that can easily get forgotten.  As I went through my photos in the Hague and Amsterdam, I felt like they came out better then my photos from Paris. Maybe it was being there for the first time or the fascination of their unique culture and foods.

I really did enjoy exploring the Hague and the neighboring town of Leiden with Carolyn! She was a great host and it’s always exciting seeing a peek of the lives of your friends in different countries. Not only did she teach me all about the Dutch culture of using bikes, but she introduced me to mint tea, stroop wafels, croquettes, windmills, and of course we did some shopping along the way.  I will let the photos from my first two days in the Hague do most of the talking for this post. Stay tuned for more photos from Amsterdam next… :)

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