Edit: Canelé is no longer located at Plaza Singapura.

As a mini-celebration for Mia’s brand new career-path, hurray!! – SL and I were treated to…Canelé, at Plaza Singapore. For some reason, Canelé reminds me of canary, lol. Here are some shots of the day.

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The Canelé interior – their trademark midnight-blue theme, coupled with grey craftstone walls that are highlighted softly with warm yellow lights – reminds me of a warm, moonlit night in fairyland. A delightful place for you to curl up in the soft seats, and share a cozy little moment with your bestie, over hot tea and sweet pastries.

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The Canelé branch at PS is located in the new PS wing, smack in the center of the traffic flow of shoppers. When we got there, it was near closing time. But lucky us :D We managed to snag a cozy little nook right at the back of Canelé, where we were able to plot out a luxurious little maraconial feast of our own – 6 different flavours of macarons, and our own little pots of tea.

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I am no foodie – so I won’t always be able to give the most accurate food reviews/blog posts.

But when I say something is delicious, PLEASE BELIEVE ME.

I had my very first taste of macarons at the Marriott Hotel’s buffet dinner. That was pretty awful, and for the next, sad few months of my life, I truly believed that macarons were mouthfuls of sour tasting crap. I almost gave up on them. I even went around telling everyone how macarons sucked (no thanks to Marriott).

Until my experience at Canele’s.

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The macarons are absolutely MOUTHWATERING! Soft and crunchy outside (if you don’t know how that’s even possible, use your imagination), and as you sink your teeth in slowly, a delightful liquid-cream flavour oozes out to surprise you. I gobbled up 2-3 pieces, and greedily asked for more. It’s really that good, so much much thanks to Mia for this yummy treat.

If you haven’t visited Mia yet, please drop by her blog at http://molly-mia.blogspot.sg today, a blog loaded with helpful reviews, and home to the fuzziest little bunny ever :)

Canelé
Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road #01-55 Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
Telephone
(65) 6837 2252(65) 6837 2252
Opening Hours
Mondays to Sundays : 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Woke up this morning to a conversation on the strange phenomenon that’s been going on around our island – the blossoming trumpet trees. Qin had posted a few pictures and articles in our group chat, and it spurred me to track down these trumpet trees for a phototaking session.

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A cute little old man who was taking a slow walk, lost in a dreamy little world.

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Finally, I arrived at a row of blossoming trumpet trees. It was a a beautiful, endless sea of pinks and whites.

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A pair of lovebirds were taking a romantic stroll….

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And a couple stopped by for some shots, among many others who had also whipped out their phones and snapped away.

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How can this possibly be Singapore, right? So amazing (:

Spot the birdie in the tree. It was having a midday snack…flower petals!

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I thoroughly exhausted (but enjoyed) myself after running from one tree to another. What’s amazing about this ‘phenomenon’ is how us pragmatic Singaporeans have been stopping in our tracks just to smell the flowers (literally). Beautiful shots of the flowers have been popping up throughout the internet (taken by amateur and professional photographers alike), and there’s just something really heartwarming about this.

A brief note on these trumpet trees – the theory behind the phenomenon, is that after a 27 day dry spell experienced island wide, flowers have had an island-wide conspiracy to celebrate the end of the dry spell, and are springing into bloom after one whole week of rain! I kid. This article provides a possible explanation:

The mass flowering is especially rare for a country like Singapore. The local climate of uniformly wet without prolonged period of dry spell does not cause such mass flowering to occur. However, the prolonged dry spell in the recent month followed by a sudden heavy rain triggered the intense mass flowering of the Trumpet Tree and thus bringing the ‘Singapore Sakura’ into NUS.

The blossoming trees ‘phenomenon’ isn’t something that’s new to Singapore…and I know this because my memories of these pretty blossoming trees have dated as far back as Primary School: I know that alongside a big drain next to the MRT track from Ang Mo Kio towards Bishan, are 2 long stretches of trumpet trees that burst into a fury of brilliant pinks and whites during certain periods of the year; by the expressway, random blossoming trees add bright dashes of colour to the roads; and some landed property boast a blossoming trumpet tree or two in their yard.

My point? It’s that beauty surrounds us everywhere – if only we would take the time to slow down and look around with a different eye. The grass might be just as green on this side, as it is on the other.

I won’t reveal the specific location of these trumpet trees (mainly just to the privacy of residences living there), but wander around Hougang Ave 1 and you might just be able to catch them (hint: they can be seen from the roadside, near and overhead bridge and some industrial buildings on the opposite side).

Made my way back to civilisation and because there was still a whole afternoon ahead, I went ahead with more shutter therapy.

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The neighbourhood cat lady feeding our cats.

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This  black kitty is the sweetest little thing ever! Her brother isn’t as friendly though.

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Xiao Hei, as MD and I have affectionately (and uncreatively) dubbed, is a cat with a distinct character of her own, and we just can’t help but adore her.

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…But I think I’ll leave this little lady as another story for another day (:


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On a busy weekday evening, I had a get-together with my beloved gang from group 8. These are folks who’ve known me since I was a wee lass of 17, and I have much love for them (:

We decided on a Korean BBQ place for dinner, recommended by Edwin – BBQ World Korean Restaurant at Tanjong Pagar.

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The restaurant is done up in a basic, no-nonsense layout. While looking squarishly boring, this makes navigating  especially convenient for a BBQ buffet. There’s none of that weaving in and out between seats just to get to the buffet table. Each pax is priced at $26++, exclusive of drinks.

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I’m no hardcore foodie, but I heart looking at colourful photos of food! I jumped at the opportunity to snap some shots but I was so busy taking photos, I barely got to savour the dishes thoroughly. Instead, I’ll just let the pictures do the talking!

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So so so fortunate to have friends who can cook! It feels damnnnn good to relax at the table while being served with top-notch cooked BBQ food. Haha. You go Gracie! Now cook more food for us.

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The 8’ers, along with a few of our better halves (:

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Love, love, love Grace and Meiyi’s matching nail polish and funky rings!

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The wonderfully nostalgic, familiar faces and smiles of my dear poly mates, together with a few of their lovely other halves. The wonderful bunch of people who have never failed to brighten my day with their hilarious jokes (and give me a treat or two whenever I’m broke)!

After dinner, we headed down to Wa Bar. Apart from being an authentic Korean Bar, there’s also some personal history behind this place (:

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Pretty, eye-catching beer bottles. Photos below taken by MD.

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Ending a wonderful night with my two lovelies. Here’s to many more years of friendship to come. Group 8, HUAT AH!

BBQ World Korean Restaurant
76 Amoy St.
Singapore 069895
Tel : 64231040 / 63245016
Opening Hours
Lunch : 11:30 am – 3pm
Dinner : 5:30pm – 10:30pm