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3.12.14

SKM - #nationofkindness

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"Whenever there is a human in need, there is an opportunity for kindness and to make a difference."

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One fine Saturday,
I woke up earlier than usual (was reallyyy tough because I always sleep in on the weekends) to do my part for a meaningful campaign organised by Singapore Kindness Movement and Project Awareness.

Honestly,
it has been ages since I last did any volunteering.
Ever since I left school,
I have not had to chance to participate in volunteer acts or giving back to society.
Really grateful for the chance to get back into volunteering again - through this event.

We were supposed to distribute these Gardenia sponsored bread loaves to families who are under-privileged in the Lavender area.
These families are mostly old folks leaving on their own in one room flats.
We also met some families with a lot of young children,
all cramped up in a small and crowded area.


But first,
we had to finish tagging the loaves with the SKM tags!

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With the pretty Sheila!

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Ohai Spiderboy,
you want to help out too?
;)

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There were so many families who volunteered at the event.
Many kids running around and trying to help by doing whatever they could.
So cute!

I personally think kindness is a valuable trait which every parent should inculcate in their kids from young.
This is how we can build up a nation of kindness slowly but surely.
It is really admirable of them to bring their kids along despite some of them throwing little tantrums due to the heat and tiredness from walking around.

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My partner-in-kindness of the day!
:)

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Also got to meet Geck Geck in real life for this first time!
Volunteering was really fun with these girls.
:)

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And a picture with my fellow Nuffnang bloggers before we proceed with the distribution of bread loaves!

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Elson Soh, founder of Project Awareness briefing everyone on the do's and don'ts while going about our rounds.

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Return of the Spiderboy.

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Oh, look!
We have Superman too, apparently.
Hahaha.

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All the volunteers saying HI before we got started!

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We were a little shy at first,
having to knock loudly and calling out to check if anyone was home.
But soon enough,
we got the hang of it and was knocking door-to-door like we did this on a regular basis.
Heh.

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That's me, your Agent Of Kindness in action!
Wahaha.

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We also got to give these pamphlets out to the elderly,
explaining and informing them of some dental care benefits they are entitled to.

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Some of the residents were really shy,
which explains which we did not get many photos of them.

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"No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted."

I actually think it is a good idea to step out of your comfort zone once in a while,
make some extra effort to spread the act of kindness to people around you,
or even people you don't know personally.

Living in comfort might have made us oblivious to the sufferings of certain groups in society.
I was glad that I got the chance to be part of this Singapore Kindness Movement event,
not only because it made me better appreciate the comforts of life that I am enjoying,
but also to reflect upon how little I have been giving to society and how much more I can give.

Now,
I do too understand that it takes real effort and commitment to participate in the event which I did.


But no more excuses!

Singapore Kindness Movement is bringing forth a new digital initiative which makes it almost effortless to perform the act of kindness.

I'm sure that social media is something which most of us (especially if you're reading my blog!) are extremely savvy with.
Actually,
you don't even have to be really THAT savvy to be part of the initiative.
You can easily spread more good vibes and positivity the online way!


BE ONE GENEROUS HASHTAGGER

Singapore Kindness Movement has partnered up with some companies to pledge food items for every one who contributes to the hashtag #nationofkindness!

You don't even have to worry about whether it is a hassle or if it is difficult to do this.

It can be something as simple as you sharing your umbrella with a random stranger across the road today,
or you leaving little encouraging notes to your schoolmates in the library during examination period.
The list is non exhaustive,
really.

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I've done my part,
now it's your turn.

Visit  http://makesomeonesday.sg/#!/nation_of_kindness to find out more!

18.11.14

Cafes Compiled Part II

It might not be such a good idea for me to be blogging about cafes during my Eat Clean Week...
But a promise is a promise and I am already a day late in doing so.
So...
Here goes!

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This is my second visit to Baker & Cook,
but first visit to their Holland Village outlet.

We were admittedly headed to Holland Village for Sunday Folks.
But unfortunately,
we were not aware that Sunday Folks only open from 4pm onwards on weekdays.

So we settled at Baker & Cook instead,
along the same row of shops as Sunday Folks!

The eggs benedict was a miss for us though.
The toast was so hard that we had to chew and tug at it with all our might before we could even detach a bite.
The quiche was average but not memorable.

Twice the disappointment for us because we thought we would be eating soft serve with ice cream that day.
Hahah.

Baker & Cook
44 Jalan Merah Saga
#01-56 Chip Bee Gardens

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It's been so long since my visit that I've already forgotten the name of this cafe.
Either that or my memory is failing me at the age of 25.
Hahah.

Hooray for Instagram!

This cafe is called Quarter to Three.
Chanced upon it when I met my friends for dinner at Chicken Up and suggested it for brunch with Jazreel.

Loved the meatballs dish I ordered!
The meatballs are handmade (if I am not wrong) and so, so tender.
Wins Ikea meatballs hands down.

Rainbow cake was not impressive though,
tasted like your run-of-the-mill vanilla cake.
Still prefer NOM's any time!

Quarter to Three
88 Tanjong Pagar

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Anthesis is one of my favorite cafes out of all that I have visited.
But sadly,
they closed down a couple of months back.
:(

I don't think I will be blogging about the food much since you would not be able to visit this cafe anymore.
Enjoy the photos!

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Anthesis, why you close down???
:(

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Visited Bloomsbury Bakers because I saw the speculoos apple crumble tart from IG and it looked SO GOOD.

But I guess luck was not on our side when we visited,
because we got a deconstructed tart in a plastic cup instead of a full tart.
Although it should have tasted the same technically speaking...
But a whole tart would have looked a whole lot nicer!

The lemon meringue tart and strawberry shortcake were not really worthy of mention.

Bloomsbury Bakers
30 Bendemeer Road

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The food selection at The Tastemaker Store was really limited.
I think Yoko ordered some curry chicken rice (?) while I ordered a peanut butter cake with an iced matcha latte.
Don't think I will be returning to this cafe again,
but I think the decor looks really nice and rustic.

The Tastemaker Store
Blk 22 Havelock Road
#01-705
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Our first successful visit to Sunday Folks!
And it definitely did not disappoint.

We went on a late Friday afternoon and...
THE QUEUE WAS SO FREAKING LONG.

After getting ourselves a queue number,
we had to wait for about 20 minutes before we got our seat.

Another 20 minutes went by before we were served our waffles.
We ordered 2 of the regular waffles (2 slices of waffles) with pistachio soft serve and gula melaka soft serve.
Loved both!!

While I would hesitate about queuing for such a long time again,
these soft serve waffles were definitely worth the hype and rave reviews.

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Waffles with ice cream only look good before you start eating,
though.
Hahah.

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Made our second visit last week because we were craving for it.
This time round,
we ordered pistachio with their premium sea salt chocolate honeycomb toppings.
SO GOOD.

Guess it will be my regular haunt for ice cream and waffles from now on!

If only the queue can be shorter.
Or maybe they can consider opening another outlet?
Hehe.

Sunday Folks
Chip Bee Gardens #01-52
44 Jalan Merah Saga
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Tian Kee & Co is also a cafe which I see myself frequenting every now and then.
Main reason is because it is near to my work place!
Secondly,
they are going to close down in a year or two due to redevelopment of the Dakota Crescent area.

So,
better visit while you still can!

On my second visit,
I tried the eggs benedict (not a fan of their cheese sauce, I prefer the traditional hollandaise!) and their rainbow tofu cheesecake.

The cheesecake was pretty good!
Loved the texture.
And of cos,
the pastel colours make it extremely IG worthy.

Tian Kee & Co
12 Dakota Crescent

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I loveeeee Grub.
And especially so because it is really near where I stay.
Plus,
the food hardly ever disappoints.
I think this is my 4th time there already.

Brought my mum there for her birthday lunch recently.

Ordered the sakura ebi pasta for the first time and I think it just made it to my list of must-orders at Grub.
Mentaiko fries goes without saying,
of course.

DAMN.
So hungry just looking at the photos.
Eating clean is so tough.

Grub
510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1

Okay,
that's all for part II.
Will do up another post once I accumulated more cafes to blog about.
Doubt I will be visiting any this week because am trying to eat clean.

Till then!