TLA x Lomography Singapore

Last Christmas, we had the chance to play with Diana F+ and Diana Baby 110 Gold Edition, all thanks to Lomography Singapore. We lit sparklers, roamed the streets of Orchard, and had a lovely brunch at Toby’s Estate. Everyone cooed at how tiny and pretty Diana Baby was, and what a great accessory it would make for parties and gatherings. Indeed, just look at this darling!

The pictures didn’t quite turn out as I’d hoped (due to my own inexperience, really), but it was fun going trigger happy with no idea how it’s gonna turn out. That’s the charm of lomography, isn’t it? Don’t think, just shoot. And all that anticipation leading up to the final reveal can be rather addictive!

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PACT

PACT is a unique collaborative venture that brings food (by kilo), retail (by K.I.N) and hairstyling (by PACT+LIM) under one roof, in a spacious yet secluded corner in Orchard Central. I especially enjoyed the tuna tartare and beef pho.

Above: Vietnamese drip coffee
Below: Fried quail eggs (left), avocado-wasabi tuna tartare + flour chips (right)

Above: Beef pho with tenderloin slices
Below: Chicken rice bowl

It never gets too crowded at Orchard Central, which is why I love it. You can find some of the best local labels here, like Blackmarket & Reckless Ericka, while enjoying understated peace and privacy. And PACT’s introduction just turned coolness level up a few notches more.

P.S.: The debut issue of August Woman looks great and eye-catching, don’t you think?

PACT
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #02-16/17/18/19
Open Tue-Sun: 11am-10pm

Tea Bone Zen Mind

Having tried wine pairing and coffee pairing, it’s now time for tea to take center stage. And our visit to Tea Bone Zen Mind was truly an eye-opening experience.

Tea sampling sessions are priced at $38/pax, by appointment only. Serving three rounds of tea and snacks, visitors are encouraged to spend at least 3 hours here, as tea is best when enjoyed slowly.

Is this tea? That was our first question as cocktail glasses were served alongside a tall shot of Bacardi Rum. That’s right. We are to spike our plum tea as we liked. And the result was perfect: smooth and subtle, accentuating the sweetness of sour plum.

The second set of tea was a traditional pot of Long Jing (龍井), served together with a few side dishes and Chinese tea eggs. It was probably the best tea egg I’ve ever had.

Instead of boiling the eggs in herbal tea for hours on end, these eggs were medium-boiled and then soaked overnight in herbal tea, much like the Japanese way of making soy sauce eggs. That’s probably why the egg was fresh and flavorful while the yolk remained soft and flowy.

The third pot of tea was Lavender Pu’Erh, which is good for lowering cholesterol levels. Those dainty bunny pastries, filled with white lotus paste and a shave of orange zest, were introduced to us as the Japanese version of our Chinese mooncakes.

What’s really interesting about TBZM is that the menu changes every few months, according to the mood of each season. It’s autumn now, which was why we were served mooncakes. But I do hope those tea eggs are served all year round, because I’d definitely be back again next season.

Tea Bone Zen Mind
20 Hoot Kiam Road
Open Mon-Sat: 11am-7pm
Tea sessions are by appointment only. Call 6334 4212 at least one day in advance.

Vanilla Gastro Wine Bar.

This casual wine bistro is a new establishment by Vanilla Bar & Café, which serves a variety of wines to be paired with tasty comfort food in a homely zakka environment. Quite a unique setup, don’t you think?

A glimpse of Yoshitomo Nara.

Think this was slow-cooked pork with soft boiled egg..? Well, it was absolutely delish!

My favorite Norwegian smoked salmon with egg mayo sandwich was still as gratifying. Omnomnoms.

A quiet waterhole at Regency House dishing out quality comfort food. Think I’ll be back soon to pair a good wine with a good read.

Vanilla Gastro Wine Bar
103 Penang Road, #01-02, S(238467)
Open Mon-Thu: 10am-11pm, Fri: 10am-12am, Sat-Sun: 11am-9pm

Five & Dime.

Five & Dime is a new restaurant along River Valley Road which serves comfort food that’s perfect for that rainy Sunday morning.

But what caught my attention first is its clean and holistic branding done by Bravo Company. Lovely, ain’t it? Makes me wanna order takeaway coffee just for that cup.


//via Bravo

The staff are attentive and chirpy, while the environment is cosy and unpretentious. I had a lovely window seat to people-watch and to gnaw at my scheduled reading.

I’m not an expert in coffee, but this is smooth, strong and good for me.

The first time I’ve seen a blueberry muffin split in half, toasted and served with butter slices. So sinfully soft, buttery and crumbly. Omnomnomnom.

Felt that the Mentaiko Pasta needs another pump of sauce for the oomph. But the chicken yakitori is so deliciously wicked, with alternating layers of meat and fatty skin for extra succulence. Comfort food indeed.

I’d be doomed for fatness should I reside nearby. A happy fatty nonetheless, haha!

Five & Dime
297 River Valley Road S(238338)
Open Mon-Fri: 12pm-12mn, Sat: 10am-12mn, Sun: 10am-10pm
Last orders for lunch at 230pm; dinner at 930pm.