Poonnatasha – Dance to Dream, Dream to Dance

Hey lovelies!

Dancing has always been a passion for Natasha. To me she has the talent too!

When she was 8 years old she signed up for her school Talentime, she came up with her own choreograph and performed ‘Price Tag by Jessie J’. She has no background in dancing or anyone to guide her on dance moves. I feel very proud of her she was brave enough to go up stage to perform infront of the whole school.

 

 

She loves watching movies which has a dance theme, no prizes for guessing what her favourite movie is – Step up. Yes she caught all 5 films.

I’m the type of mother who doesn’t believe in forcing my child to take up an extra curricular activity or to cultivate one. To me its all about whether she is interested or not. No point forcing her to pick up an activity she has zero interest, this will end up being a chore.

Mid this year she suddenly told me she wants to learn dancing the proper way. She did her own research and signed up at Step Studio for ‘Waacking’ & ‘Popping’ dance classes. Natasha had so much fun during the course, she always looks forward to her next class. The teachers are really passionate, patient and attentive. That is what fuels her too.

 

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Seeing her enjoying herself so much and having so much fun makes me smile and feel happy for her. So when she asked if she could take up personal 1-1 classes for street jazz I agreed without hesitation even though knowing its not going to be cheap. Studies are already so stressful, dancing is her way of destressing and meditation.

 

 

Dancing causes a natural high. With the right beat and the right people a good dance can take you right to the top.

 

 

Yes she still has a long way to go before mastering the moves, but behind every young child who believes in herself is a parent who believed FIRST.

Thank you for reading.

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Taipei Theme Cafe – Alice Is Coming

Hi Lovelies

Having heard so much hype about the theme cafe – Alice is Coming in Taipei I had to check it out during one of my recent trip to Taipei.

Alice is Coming is located at Ximending MRT Exit 3 opposite FE21 Shopping Mall, on the 2nd storey of a shop house.

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After Exiting, walk straight down the road and you will see it
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From the outside it doesn’t look very fancy

Once you step through the doorway your immediately transported to another fantasy world just like how Alice was after falling through the rabbit hole.

The Cafe is beautiful decorated, like a page out of the story book. Makes me feel am indeed in wonderland.

 

 

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We ordered an Afternoon Tea Set – NT860 (ca. SGD40) consisting of 2 sandwiches, 2 croissants, seasonal fruits, scone, macaron, fruit tarts, crepe cake, cup cake, creme brulee, swiss roll and choice of 2 drinks. Not a bad deal for SGD40 but, well they are pretty and definitely instagrammable but unfortunately doesn’t taste as good as it looks.

The matcha red bean crepe was too dry, the cream could be ‘flaked out’, the pastries and sandwiches seems to have been sitting out far too long thus loosing its moisture and freshness, Creme Brulee was watery and not firm. Only the fruit tarts and seasonal fruits were more appetizing.

 

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The saving grace was the aromatic Rose Latte.

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We went down on a week day so the place wasn’t crowded, but if you plan to visit during the weekend do make a reservation.

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Is the cafe worth a visit? Definitely YES, let out your inner child and have some fun at Alice is Coming.

You don’t have to order food just get a drink instead and chill. I would suggest going there when they open at 11.30am so you can the whole place to yourself to take loads of photo.

Thank you for reading.

Date Night – Red & White Party

Hi Lovelies!

For date night last week we attended the Red & White Party hosted by Mediacorp to celebrate all things uniquely Singaporean in conjunction with Singapore’s Birthday next week on 9 August.

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Dressed in Red & White Theme

 

We had loads of fun from dancing to taking photos at the photobooth, meeting the cast from Tanglin, the DJs from Class 95 and Gold90.5. I even manage to catch up with a friend whom I have not met for years. Unexpectedly formed new friendship with a bunch of lovely and fun ladies!

 

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Playing at the Photo Booth

 

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We got photo-bombed
We got photo-bombed

A not so quiet date night but most importantly we had fun been a long time since we last went partying.

Thank you for reading, more photos can be found at https://www.facebook.com/ShenWendys/photos/?tab=album&album_id=938242969620384

Sunday Morning Date

Hi Lovelies!

Have a new routine on Sundays which is bringing my gal for private tuition which last about 2hours so what do we do? My man and I went cafe exploring of course!

Our first exploration led us to Atlas Coffeehouse situated along Bukit Timah Road.

 
 
The interior decor is simple yet classy and oozes a zen effect – cement polished finishings on one side and jaggered tiles on the other. Natural daylight spills in from the full height glass windows creating a warm and cozy ambience. Staff are friendly, jovial and the barista is really pretty too (sorry didn’t take a picture of her too shy to do it).

  
They have a decent selection on the menu and the serving are quite well proportioned. 

 

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We are both bacon lovers so naturally we chose “BBQ Bacon Baked Beans on Toast” for him and “Buttermilk Waffles with Candied Bacon & Vanilla Ice Cream” for me.

 

  

BBQ Bacon Baked Beans on Toast

 

  

Buttermilk Waffles with Candied Bacon & Vanilla Ice Cream

The texture of the waffles reminds me of A&W~ Crispy on the outside moist and fluffy on the inside. The fusion combination of savoury and sweet played out well and had me licking my plate clean.

 

Absolute satisfaction

We both had cappuccinos and was pleasantly surprised that we had different coffee art isn’t that cool?

   

   
I would say this is a good find and I’m definitely coming back again to try out the other waffles combination.

Thank you for reading.

Atlas Coffeehouse is located on 6 Duke’s Road, opens Tue-Sun from 8am to 7pm.

P.S. If you want to get a table go early when we left at 9ish the place was packed to the brim.

  

Punggol Point

Punggol Point has a small stretch of beach, across from it lies Pasir Gudang, Malaysia. The close proximity to Malaysia is unbelievable.  

 

At the jetty we saw lots of people fishing, families having picnics on the grass patch and kids building sandcastles along the beach.

  

 

   
 

A family adventure at Punggol Point
 

The water is so clear you could see many crabs scurrying on the sand bed. Natasha got really excited when she saw the crabs and wanted to catch them unfortunately they were too fast to be caught.

 

Baby Crabs scurrying on the sand bed

 
Picturesque Sunset
 

  
A nice weekend hangout away from the hustle and bustle of city life. A place to be close to mother nature.

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Date Night – Beerfest Comedy Club

Its been a while since we last went out on a date. Last Thursday we went to Beerfest Asia held at the Marina Promenade.

 
 

Fish Cracklings SGD10, Roast Sea Salt Pork Belly SGD18 & Guinness Draught SGD9
 

There were alot of fringe activities and entertainment taking place one of which was the Beerfest Comedy Club, they had a line up of gigs by comedians from Singapore and across the causeway.

  

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We watched the segment “Panel Show: The Last Laugh” a comedy show featuring all of the comedians of Beerfest Comedy Club. A show where comedians compete to see who will truly have the last laugh, it is played out in a competitive game show format with 2 teams of comedians pitted against each other in a battle of wits, genius, and hilarity. The audience get to decide which team walks away with victory by how loud their applause was.

 

Singapore (Fakkah Fuzz & Jinx Yeo) vs Malaysia (Kavin Jay & Rizal van Geyzel)

  
The Winners – Malaysia

 

Funny Man Fakkah Fuzz

We ended the night on a high with Frozen Rose Beer Ice Cream! Its yummy bitter sweet and refreshing!! 
 

Frozen Rose Beer SGD5 per scoop

 
  

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Cocktail Night ~ Piña Colada

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Chilling at home with the family and decided to make a Frozen Piña Colada!

What you need is::

3 Cups Pineapple Juice
3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Cup Malibu

  
Fill the blender with ice cubes till 3/4, add all of the above and blend till smooth.

  
  

  
I love using chilled glasses so put them in the freezer for 10mins to get them all frosty plus chilled glass keeps your cocktail cold longer.

  
Cheers!

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Ultimate Frozen Strawberry Margarita

I love making cocktails at home and my favourite is none other than a refreshing delicious, tangy, frozen margarita!

 What you will need::

1 punnet of strawberries cut into cubes, sprinkle 2 tables of sugar and let it sit while you prepare the rest of the stuff 

  
200ml each of Cointreau and Tequila, 2 tablespoon of Raspberry a Lemonade Concentrate
 
Fill half the blender up with ice cubes add all of the above to be blended altogether till it becomes a smooth mixture 
 

Rim the glasses with salt (place the glasses in the freezer for 10mins)
 

Salud! 

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Bonding Over Mango Ice Cream

Happy Sunday Lovelies!

Yesterday I tried making mango ice cream with my gal (my little Kitchen Assistant) and we had lots of fun. Just like me she loves cooking but not the cleaning part.

It’s real simple to make all you need is 

  1. 2 Honey Mangoes
  2. 2  Bottles of Thickened Cream (you can chose to add only 1 bottle if you want it less creamy)
  3. Half a can of Condensed Milk (full can if you want it really sweet)
Ingredients: Mangoes, Thickened Cream & Condensed Milk

My Kitchen Assistant help me blend the mango into purée before adding the Thickened Cream and condensed milk to be blended altogether till it becomes a smooth mixture. Thereafter, pour the mixture into a coin rainier and let it set in the freezer overnight.

The smooth mango mixture

 

Ta da! The next day you can savour your very own homemade mango ice cream!

Bon Appétit!

 

Homemade Mango Ice Cream
 
Thank you for reading!