Heap Seng Leong Coffee Shop

A few weeks ago, my friends brought me to a very old school coffee shop – Heap Seng Leong. The moment I step into the coffee shop, it felt as if I have time-traveled to the 70s. The owner of the coffee shop is an old man who is always in his loose tank top and pyjamas pants. You can simply feel a strong sense of human touch and Singapore culture at Heap Seng Leong.

I heard that their traditional Kopi Gu You (Coffee with butter) is a must try. So I decided to order it!

Morning breakfast_kopiguyouYup, the yellow thin layer on top is actually butter, you are suppose to stir it and mix well with the coffee. I’m quite surprised with the taste! Really strong kopi taste with a tinge of saltiness, definitely worth the try!

And below are my favourites – Kaya butter toast and half boiled egg! Yums!

Morning breakfast_toastedbread

Morning breakfast_halfboileggI still remember when I was young, my parents used to pour the hot cup of milo into the saucer and gently blow on the surface to cool it down. Ahh those were the times, feel so nostalgic!

Morning breakfast_milosaucerReally miss sipping milo from the saucer and having kaya butter toast and half boiled eggs for breakfast! Do you have the same experience too? :)



How do you spark ideas?

I think ideas come from everywhere- your daily life, the things that happen around you and even through a conversation with your friends. Of course, there are times when you feel stuck and can’t think of great ideas. You will sit down and think real hard, trying to come out with an awesome idea. Sometimes this method works, but sometimes you will just end up complicating your thoughts and still come out with nothing.

Perhaps, the best way to spark idea is to take a breather and not think about anything. You can try going out for a walk, meet a friend for a chat or watch a movie. You won’t know when exactly you will spark an idea but this will help you refresh your mind. Who knows when you are on a train ride back home,  *Spark* a great idea suddenly comes to you ;)

“Great ideas come when you aren’t trying to think of them.”

Paper Boat

Paper BoatA man was trapped in an empty glass with a large piece of paper. There was no way he can get out of the glass with just a piece of paper.

“How can I make good use of this paper?” He thought.

After a while, he decided to make a boat out of the paper.

Suddenly, water began to flow into the glass. And of course, the man get on the paper boat. It was a rough sail for him. He had no choice but to fight his way through in order to survive.

The glass was finally filled to its brim. The boat floated to the edge of the glass and fall off.

Unknowingly, he was already out of the glass.

He got out of the soaked boat and look around. Another piece of paper was right beside him.

What will he do next?

“It is not often that a man can make opportunities for himself. But he can put himself in such shape that when or if the opportunities come he is ready.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

Read also:  http://ruyiii.wordpress.com/2013/08/18/paper-plane/

Colour my Dream

colourful dream

I always have a lot of things in mind on what I want to do, things which I hope to achieve. But there are always things that are holding me back – my lack of confidence, my worries and uncertainties. Most of the time, I need assurance from the people around me to tell me and make me believe that what I’m going to do is right. And I’m fortunate to have these people in my life. Especially this someone who can be a fun friend, who is a great leader, who make things happen and who inspire and create a positive impact on the lives of others. I am thankful for the stories and experiences you have shared with me and the meaningful talks which have influenced me to be another step closer in finding what I want to do in my life. :)

“I believe everyone is capable of doing amazing things – if they make the choice. Plus, if you have people around you that say “why not,” then you can turn dreams into reality and live the most extraordinary life.” Sarah Woods from The Last Resort

Lo hei

Lou Hei

 Lo hei (Yusheng) is a Teochew-style raw fish salad. It is often serve as a appetizer during our reunion dinner as it symbolize good luck for the new year. Yesterday was the seventh day of Chinese new year which the Chinese call it “Renri“, some will choose to Lo hei on this particular day.

I find it interesting how every ingredients in Lo hei has its meanings:

Step 1: All at the table offer New Year greetings.
Words: 恭喜发财 “Gong Xi Fa Cai” meaning “Congratulations for your wealth” or 万事如意 “Wan shi ru yi” meaning “May all your wishes be fulfilled”.

Step 2: Fish, symbolising abundance or excess through the year, is added.
Words: 年年有馀 Nian nian you yu .

Step 3: The pomelo is added over the fish, adding both luck and auspicious value.
Words: 大吉大利 Da ji da li.

Step 4: Pepper & Cinnamon Powder is then dashed over the ingredients in the hope of attracting more money and valuables.
Words: 招财进宝 Zhao cai jin bao.

Step 5: Then oil is poured out, circling the ingredients to increase all profits 10,000 times and encouraging money to flow in from all directions.
Words: 一本万利 Yi ben wan li and 财原广进 Cai yuan guang jin.

Step 6: Carrots are added to the fish indicating blessings of good luck.
Words: 鸿运当头 Hong yun dang tou.

Step 7: Then the shredded green radish is placed on the fish symbolising eternal youth.
Words: 青春常驻 Qing chun chang zhu.

Step 8: After which the shredded white radish is added – prosperity in business and promotion at work.
Words: 风生水起 Feng sheng shui qi and 步步高升 Bu bu gao sheng.

Step 9: Chopped Peanut bits are dusted on the dish symbolising a household filled with gold and silver. As an icon of longevity, peanuts also symbolise eternal youth.
Words: 金银满屋 Jin yin man wu.

Step 10: Sesame seeds quickly follow symbolising a flourishing business.
Words: 生意兴隆 Sheng yi xing long.

Step 11: Deep-fried flour crisps in the shape of golden pillows is then added with wishes that literally the whole floor would be filled with gold.
Words: 遍地黄金 Bian di huang jin.

Step 12: All toss the salad an auspicious 7 times with loud shouts of “lo hei” 捞起 and other auspicious New Year wishes.
Words: Lo hei 捞起 which is Cantonese for “tossing luck”.

Wishing everyone a prosperous year! Huat ah! :D