Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brunch at The Assembly Ground.

I'm always on a look out of new cafes popping out and thinking which one to visit next for brunch but one of my main concern would be the location. I probably won't visit the cafes in the west no matter how good the food is unless there is another reason (other than food) for me to travel all the way to the west. It's scary how cafes are popping out one after another and it makes people wonder how long each will last but it seem like the cafe hopping culture in SG is still going strong. Ever since The Assembly Ground opened at The Cathay, i thought of visiting the place to tryout their food.
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This is a pretty overdue post so i can't really remember the details but i think i went on a weekday which explains why the cafe is quite empty. I totally enjoy visiting cafes on weekdays although i don't get a lot of chance to do so due to work, it's like less crowd, no queue, less noise, i can hear the bg music playing and i get to enjoy my food in peace...
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The 4 photos above are pretty much what we ordered for 2 pax. Nowadays when you go cafes hopping, cannot just order one main for each person one. Must order mains liao then choose sides so that the table looks full, then can take a photo in square format, edit with VSCO cam then upload onto instagram and show the rest of the world that you are enjoying yourself. Nowadays all the hippies not like that one meh? Haha, jokes aside. I think we ordered the Eggs Benedict, i had the rosti with sausage and eggs (not very nice btw) and for sides would be the popcorn chicken and truffle fries. Anyway the popcorn chicken is i came up with myself one, not sure what they call it on their menu. LOLOL
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That's all i have for this post. Short and Sweet. Ta-dahhhhhh!

Can't believe i have been unknowingly updating this space for more than 6 years. Thank god blogger is free. Imagine one day *touch wood* blogger decide that they are going to implement monthly subscription for blogger and if you don't subscribe, they will remove your blog that kind of nonsense then i swear most of the bloggers would pay for it no matter how unwilling. It's like like how ALL my photos are hosted under Photobucket and i have to pay a yearly subscription literally forever if not my photos on this blog will all be gone. Photobucket is free to use but the bandwidth is the issue, to make it simpler, the more people who view your photos, the more bandwidth is being used up. Geddit? I'm quite sure most bloggers outsource their photo hosting. Or maybe just the more serious ones? HAHHAHAA Bu dong the rest lah! LOL

Sometimes i wish i can update my blog everyday with my nonsense and pen down,i mean type down my thoughts and anything that comes to my mind, or an impromptu topic that i randomly think of but i don't know what's stopping me plus i don't really have the time to sit in front of my computer every night. Nowadays i try to update my blog at least once a week so that i don't disappoint, it's like a obligation to update my blog. As much as i want to proudly say that i blog purely for myself and nobody else, i can't. It's like a commitment to produce quality blog posts because you know that there are people reading based on stats, you know there are readers waiting and probably visiting your site every single day hoping there's an update and you hate to disappoint. Not only them, but yourself. How many can understand?

I don't deny that there are a lot of perks being a blogger. Invites to events, free movies, free food, free this, free that, sponsored overseas trip, monetary benefits and the list just goes on and on. But no one sees the hard work being put in behind the computer screen. The amount of time to take the photos, to edit them one by one, to think of what to write, how to relate to the audience, the amount of drafts submitted before being approved by the client. I hate it when people try to relate things that i do to blogging even if it's not related at all. Like for example when i go on holiday, some people will go, "sponsored again ah!" or when i buy a new gadget and they go, "wah, free de ah!" Totally feel like shredding their face but i have to give a very PR fake smile and go, "No lah, i pay myself one. Not everything is sponsored hello?" Some people just don't get it. Even if it's free/sponsored, do note the amount of effort needed behind the scenes even though most of you don't get to see it. There is no free stuff in this world. Ok, maybe there is but still.

Unknowingly i typed 3 huge paragraphs. This post was supposed to be a pure cafe/food post, LOL


Thursday, November 20, 2014

Homerun Baseball in Singapore!

Was randomly surfing the web on things to do in Singapore (too bored! lol) and came across this place called "Homerun Baseball" which is an indoor baseball cage which allows you to experience and try out "Batting" and "Pitching" in a indoor setting. Anyway my friend recently introduced to me this article on "50 fun and free things to do in Singapore" (LINK) Maybe you guys can check it out if you are looking for things to do in SG, some of the activities/ places mentioned are quite interesting! As part of my advanced birthday celebration this year, JingLong and Jiaqi brought me to this  鸟不生蛋 place in the west after our dinner at Dancing Crab! Homerun Baseball seem like a really good place to relieve stress! :)
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The place is basically divided into 2 parts/ cages - 1 of which is for "batting" and the other for "pitching" It's all automated so we have to purchase tokens to "start the ball rolling" geddit? HAHHAHA, no pun intended! For $20, you get 6 tokens, $40 you get 11 tokens and $50 you get 17 tokens. Each game cost 1 token. Average of about $3 per game.
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In this huge cage, you get to experience "Batting" and you can choose the different lanes depending on how fast you prefer your baseball approach you. It ranges from 80km to 110km/ hour. We chose the beginner lane where they use softball at a lower speed. Looks easy but when you are standing there waiting for the ball to be pitch towards you, the feeling is totally different. The bat is not exactly light either and you need to be really accurate in order to hit the ball.
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The other cage is where you can practice "Pitching" which i would say is more interesting and less tiring compared to Batting. All you have to do is just grab hold of the ball that is thrown lightly towards you and throw it towards the target board in front of you. You get more points if your ball hits a blinking number! If you are a home run baseball member and you managed to hit all 9 boxes, you can redeem a free can of Redbull! LOL Then again, it's not that easy...
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At the end of each pitching session, they will print out your score slips. We got better and better after each sessions! Spent about an hour and it was quite a good workout after dinner. If you are looking for a place to relieve stress, i would highly recommend Homerun Baseball. Just whack the ball only! LOL

Homerun Baseball
200 Pandan Gardens
Singapore 609336

Thursday, November 13, 2014

SIA Charity Run 2014!

2014 is coming to an end in less than 2 months time, the question to ask yourself would probably be, "What have i accomplished this year?" If you read my 2014 resolutions post this year (click HERE to read if you are interested) I set about 8 resolutions/ goals for myself this year and i'm ashamed to say that i'm not even close to achieving half of it, LOLOLOL Shall review it when i do my 2015 resolutions post, haha. Anyway, one of my resolution/ goal this year was to:
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Well, reason being is that i'm fat and lazy. Running is like my no. 1 most hated sports/ outdoor activity. I can never understand people who can do those long distance marathons or runs! Can't believe i'm telling you guys this but i failed my 2.4km twice this year and only managed to pass on the third attempt. For the previous years, i could pass my 2,4km without even training, achieving the minimum timing and i thought i could do the same this year but i was wrong, LOL Must be all the cafe hopping food that i've been having every now and then. Feel so fat omgg. Anyway, with this SIA Charity Run that i went last Sunday, i achieved my resolution #6! *throw confetti all over the place and pop champagne*

My first run this year was the Singapore City Race - 15KM. Then again, it's more like an amazing race around Singapore and the total distance covered was estimated to be 15km or more depending on how you plan the route, you don't really have to run throughout actually but never mind, it's still considered a run, HAHHAHA (Read about my attempt HERE!) I also got my very first race medal! I intend to join the Singapore City Race next year, hopefully with more friends to join in the fun as well! My second run was totally not planned for - Color Run 14 - 5KM. Once again, it's not exactly a run run per se but more of a fun run, LOL Not going to go through the whole grandma story on how i got tickets to join the run but you can read the post about it HERE. Just realised i diligently blogged about all the runs i went for! Applause, tyvm.

For my third and probably the final run of 2014, i registered for the 5km SIA Charity Run! Chanced upon it online and thought since it's for a good cause, i had to clock my third run eventually (and the medal looks good!), i should register for it! Was supposed to go with one of my colleague but he had something on last minute so i roped in Joyce to join :)
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Met up with Josh on the actual day who kindly helped to collect our race pack because i was away in Australia during the race pack collection day. Changed into our official run singlet, put on the race bib and we were ready to go! Did you notice that my name is "andystorm" on my race bib? LOL We can actually put anything we want to be printed on the bib!
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This Charity Run is organized by SIA so they had this whole aviation themed whereby we have to lined up on the runway before "take off" and the emcee was like, "ARE YOU GUYS READY TO TAKE OFF IN 5 MIN TIME!" I literally rolled my eyes HAHAHHAHA By the way the run started at the F1 Pit building. Slept at 1am plus the night before and woke up at 6am and travel just for this run. Less than 5 hours of sleep #zombified. Everyone was taking selfie/ wefies while waiting or the run to start. See i photo-shopped my selfie above until so flawless, no wonder i got no facial sponsor. LOLOLOLOL

The weather was pretty nice and cooling that morning (the forecast was 70% rain but thankfully it didn't, phew.) and the route was pretty easy and scenic. Even though we technically did not run throughout the 5km, it was quite enjoyable catching up with one another while strolling, HAHAHA It was a pretty healthy Sunday morning run/ walk! :D
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At the end of the run, we collected a bottle of isotonic drink and not forgetting, our medal of achievement! Now i have 2 running medals! Probably more in the future. While cooling down, we walked around the area and went to a few booths one of which was giving out free packets of potato chips, like totally defeating the purpose of the run but i still took one anyway! Another was giving away cups of chocolate cereal (still acceptable, haha) There was also an Old Chang Kee mobile van and i was like thinking in my head, "got people bring their wallet along to the run meh?" Apparently there is a queue at the van! The main highlight which got me and Joyce excited was the Milo truck! When was the last time we saw one of these? I think mine was during secondary school sports day. HAHA The Milo from these trucks taste exceptionally good and seem like it cannot be replicated where else. So magical, dunno what they add, LOL This SIA Charity Run is probably my last run of the year, November and December seem to be pretty packed and busy :)