Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The better ones thus far: The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore.

This series of posts to hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore is specially dedicated to a good friend of mine. I hope each post will be my humble way to send my friend blessings and good vibes.

This post shall be a brief attempt to highlight some of the better mashed potato in Singapore that have been featured in this series so far.

Worthy of mention will be the mashed potato that is made by my maternal grandmother. It shall be one of the best since I deemed that it's made with care and love. Admittedly, I confess I may be biased in some ways. :




One of the best mashed potato in my opinion since I prefer the creamy mashed potato that is mixed with a dash of butter will be the mashed potato from Miss Clarity Cafe. It's not on the menu so I suppose it was a made-to-order dish?




In addition, Miss Clarity Cafe also serves country mash that is worth a good try:




Hog's Breath Cafe also offers mashed potato that is worth a try. I ordered the mashed potato on its own, and was served mashed potato with a patterned presentation:




For folks who likes mashed potato with a garlic taste, they could consider visiting Breeks! Cafe:




One of my other good friends, Mystic, would prefer mashed potato with a more chunky texture. Aerin's would meet the craving for those who prefer a chunky and non-creamy mashed potato that is not too dry.




For the people who likes mashed potato with a dry, chunky texture and earthy taste, Cosafe Maid Bar & Restaurant would be one place to visit:




Mashed potato lovers who prefer to have their mashed potato eaten with brown sauce could go to Border's Bistro and try its homemade mashed potato. Alternatively, one could consider the mashed potato from Billy Bombers:







For the folks who are tired of the brown sauce that often goes with mashed potato, and are in the adventurous mood to try a different kind of sauce, they may wish to consider Jalapeno's Pepper's Home Style Mashed Potatoes:




The best part is that good mashed potato are not necessary only available from the restaurants. Delightful tasting mashed potato dishes are also available from food-court and coffee-shop establishments. Try Belly's Western Food and Western Chow's. These serves good mashed potato at affordable prices. Interestingly, Western Chow's mashed potato is actually mashed potato salad that is served cold.







There are some other food establishments that serve good enough mashed potato that are worthy to try. These are:

Astons Express mashed potato
Mashed potato from Paulaner Bräuhaus' Sunday Brunch
Brewerkz's White Cheddar Mashed Potato
Brotzeit's mashed potato
Botak Jones' cheese potato
Mashed potato from Bobby's @ CHIJMES
Outback Steakhouse's mashed potato
Vittles' mashed potato
Empire State's mashed potato

For now, stay tune please as I continue to search for the best mashed potato in Singapore. If you have leads to offer, please let me know.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The porttrait of an INFJ

There are things I don't exactly know how to verbalise. I hope somehow I could better make sense of things with guidance. So I ask for guidance.

In the meantime, for anyone who loves to read about my MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) profile, i.e. INFJ (Introverted Intuition with Extraverted Feeling), here's a link: http://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html

I wonder, how could I better use my gifts, and to live with enthuasiasm in this world?

Monday, September 28, 2009

An evening at Sembawang Park



Nature can serve to be a healer and pain-relief remedy at times. I visited the Sembawang Park last evening to be nearer to Nature.

I took the bus service 882 from Sembawang Bus Interchange (nearest MRT station: Sembawang) to get myself to Sembawang Park. The ride took about 10 minutes.

There are a few things that I like about the Sembawang Park: 1) It is relatively quiet even on a Sunday, 2) there is a natural beach at one end of the park where I can enjoy the sounds of the tides and the waves, 3) I can spot a few pre-war houses at the park, and I generally have a liking for pre-war houses!

Here's sharing the tranquil and healing moments with you.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Week 39 of year 2009 on the double bass

20 Sep 2009, Sun: After a few days break from the double bass, I went back to practise. I decided to practise on my solid-wood Korean-made double bass since I have not been using it for a while. The practice was considered fairly elementary with me working on simple studies and scales. I need guidance on how to improve technical and musical competency on the double bass.

21 Sep 2009, Mon: When I was in need of some soothing moments, it was heartwarming to hear the lovely sound on my new double bass. I played the second movement of Dittersdorf's Second Double Bass Concerto and my dear new double bass sang in a lovely and soothing voice. I played the first movement thereafter and realised that I still need more work on the technical aspects. More practice, and good practice.

23 Sep 2009, Wed: It has been a while since I had attended the orchestra rehearsals. We had a reading of Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet Overture. Admittedly, I know that I need help to sight-read rhythms more proficiently.

24 Sep 2009, Thu: During the double bass lesson, I sight-read a couple of studies and exercises. The goal was to improve my skills in sight-reading. Afterwhich, I spent some time playing Dittersdorf's Second Double Bass Concerto.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The least favourite subject test

Compared to most other subjects, I have found it most challenging during times when I have to figure out gymnastic. I would rather have read a book or sketch instead.



Disliking Gym Says You Are Thoughtful





You are thoughtful, philosophical, and downright cerebral.

For you, gym is too intense and competitive. You aren't always in the mood for playing hard.

You may or may not be into exercise - but any physical movement you do is under your own terms.

You don't get your happiness through thrills or adrenalin rushes. Your bliss comes from quiet reflection.



Thursday, September 24, 2009

The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore, part 51



On 29 Jul 2009, Wed, I headed to Iluma Mall. I remember that mashed potato is served at Empire State, at Iluma Mall @ Bugis. 201 Victoria Street, #04-03, so it was one establishment to check out for my hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore.

This is at least the 50th kind of mashed potato that I have tried in Singapore. May blessings and good-will find their way already to my friend to whom this series is dedicated to.

Back to the mashed potato, I have a preference for mashed potato with a buttery taste and smooth texture. As such, I've found myself liking the mashed potato from Empire State. While it is not the best in Singapore, it is definitely above-average.

Please take note that the mashed potato from Empire State is a special order. Each serving is $3.90 before taxes. The mashed potato was soft, buttery. It delighted me that the mashed potato was made from good-tasting real potatoes.

The brown sauce left a slightly salty aftertaste. An apropriate amount of the brown sauce did help to enhance the flavour of the mashed potato. I would prefer the brown sauce to be served by the side so that I can choose how much sauce could go with the mashed potato. I checked with the restaurant's staff and found out that I could, at the time of ordering, request for the brown sauce to be served separately from the mashed potato.

The serving of the mashed potato was large enough for more than one person. I felt pretty full eating it.

With this post, I wish my friend to whom this series is dedicated to: contentment.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Green is for Gladful moments



A couple of weeks ago, I was in the midst of preparing for a music exams. In efforts to help myself feel at peace wth myself and to be inspired by the beauties of Nature, I had visited several parks in Singapore. One of my favourite places was the Singapore Botanic Gardens.

Admission was free. The park was beautifully landscaped. There were lovely plants and animals to be spotted at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It is generally a safe place to visit even on one's own. My favourite was to be able see large open spaces of lush green grass. Enjoy the peaceful moments that Nature could bring. Of course, imagine unknown insects and birds singing away.

Wishing you soothing moments in the meantime.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Nature's therapeutic


This is a time when I have to ask for some care and soothing moments.

Nature is preciously beautiful, and I have found a recent photograph that I have taken at Swan Lake, Singapore Botanic Gardens. I've found it soothing and inspiring just to sit nearby Swan Lake watching the swans swim about gracefully. Here's sharing the photo with everyone here. May it soothe.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Hari Raya Open House at the Museums

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to Muslim friends and readers.

If anyone of you is wondering what to do today, on 20 Sep 2009, you may wish to know that the various National Heritage Board museums will be offering free admission to all the galleries.

You may wish to know that there is a special art exhibition at Singapore Art Museum, 8Q, Yellow Ribbon Community Art Exhibition “Vision of Hope”. Till 20 Sep 2009, this exhibition is part of the Yellow Ribbon Project, and it features the finest selection from the Yellow Ribbon Art Competition.

"Find out more on the journey of arts in prison and how it has affected many others in their journey to a successful reintegration through the eyes of one inmate artist." Check out the video below.

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUkXp3C3ZqQ

Week 38 of year 2009 on the double bass

13 Sep 2009, Sun: I started with two quick studies. Afterwhich, time was spent working through selected passages from the exams programme. The goal was to improve articulation. I went through the passages at a slow tempo so as to ensure the intonation is good and to help the fingers remember their places on the fingerboard. The practice has been stimulating mentally.

14 Sep 2009, Mon: The goal of the rehearsal for the day was to perform all the dynamics markings stated on the scores, and to play musically. Many thanks to my tutor and the piano accompanist for their time and feedback.

The evening was spent rehearsing selected passages at slower tempo. The goals were to improve articulation, work towards a good sense of rhythm and play a clear sound while playing near the bridge.

15 Sep 2009, Tue: Continued practising for quick study. I continued to practise for the diploma exams.

16 Sep 2009, Wed: Practise continued. And then it was the exams day! I am grateful to the many people who have given guidance, encouragement and assistance. Thanks a lot everyone!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Congratulations to Laokokok

The results of the Singapore Blog Awards are out. Congratulations to Laokokok of Times of My Life for winning the Best Individual Blog Award. Cheers!

Check out his nostalgic blog here: http://timesofmylife.wordpress.com

The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore, part 50



On 23 Jul 2009, I walked from one end of Joo Chiat Road (near the Joo Chiat Complex) to the other end of Joo Chiat Road. On my way, I was searching for places that sell mashed potato. I did not enquire at the various pubs along Joo Chiat Road, and the only place that I've found along Joo Chiat Road that serves mashed potato was Recharge Station located at Katong Mall. I ordered the mashed potato with mushroom sauce.

This mashed potato costs $3.80 per serving. The mushroom sauce is delightful with bits of mushroom shreds in it. It adds a nice flavour to the mashed potato. I like the way the mashed potato was presented.

In terms of the taste of the mashed potato, the mashed potato was fine in texture and soft. However, the fine-grained texture of the mashed potato makes me wonder if it was made from instant mashed potato flakes mixed with hot water? It might be. The mashed potato was served at a pretty hot temperature. Anyway, the taste of the mashed potato was less than average. Thank goodness the mushroom sauce was good enough to redeem the less-than-average mashed potato.

The Recharge station has a relatively pleasant ambience, and could deserve a bit more patronage from folks who would like its cosy and relaxing ambience.

I don't think I would go back for the mashed potato though. I have a personal liking for mashed potato that is made directly from real potatoes and not from potato flakes mixed with hot water.

With this post, I wish my friend to whom this series of posts is dedicated to: The faith to continue to strive while achieving her life-goals. Press on!

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Recharge station
112 East Coast Rd
#01-24/25 Katong Mall
Singapore 428802.
Tel: 6346 5751.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Iced Tea test



You Are Lemon Iced Tea




You are refreshingly honest and real. You believe that life is simple, and that's good enough for you.

You are confident and self-assured. You present yourself truthfully - you don't have anything to hide.

If you could ask anything, it would be that people lighten up and start acting real. Phoniness really turns you off.

You think the world would be a better place if we just accepted each other... flaws and all.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Week 37 of year 2009 on the double bass

6 Sep 2009, Sun: I worked through the programme for the exams while taking some time to play through a few orchestral excerpts. I spent some time working on improving the vibrato technique. There are some slight improvements and I shall continue to practise.

I learnt that it helps to be kind to myself, and encourage myself to improve what has been good, and to improve on what needs to be improved on.

In the night, I took some time to slowly play out the piano parts from the full scores of my exams pieces. I find it easier to study the scores if I could hear and feel what was going on in the piano part.

7 Sep 2009, Mon: I practised the entire exams programme while working on selected passages to improve on rhythm, intonation and vibrato technique.

In the evening, during the rehearsal with dear piano accompanist, I got some tips on how to approach a passage from the first movement from Capuzzi's Concerto in D major. More practice will be needed for a particular passage from the second movement.

9 Sep 2009, Wed: The practice got me to work on simple studies and a few quick studies. Subsequently, time was spent on selected passages from the exams syllabus.

In the evening, I have had the privilege to get one of my friends, XT, to lend me her ears to be my audience when I rehearsed through all the programme for my exams recital. It was comforting to hear that the programme was well varied and my friend managed to sit through my entire programme. Once again, I thank XT for lending her time and ears, and for helping me with carrying the stool. I could not have managed the stool without a help! Thank you XT.

10 Sep 2009, Thu: I did some warming up at home. Thanks to my supervisor at work, I managed to get a half-day of leave from work so that I could rehearse for the exams with the piano accompanist who had so kindly lent her time. My tutor was also present despite his tight schedule. Thank goodness for their kindness.

We rehearsed the entire programme. My tutor suggested that I could attempt the quick study first on the day of the exams. To much extent, his suggestions made sense. I love the way he gave me guidance to interpret and perform Faure's Apres Un Reve and the third movement of Marcello's Sonata in G major. I enjoyed the rehearsal experience and the learning that I have gained from it. More practice on my end.

11 Sep 209, Fri: I worked specifically on selected passages from Capuzzi's Concerto in D major and Faure's Apres Un Reve.

12 Sep 2009, Sat: I had double bass lesson in the afternoon. We started out with sight-reading. My tutor reminded me to observe the dynamics and exaggerate the performance of the performance directions for Berkeley's Introduction and Allegro. For the Marcello's Sonata in G major, I was reminded to play the fourth movement with light strokes.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Read: Gracious Living in a New World

A week ago, I finished reading the book titled Gracious Living in a New World: Finding Joy in Changing Times by Alexandra Stoddard. This is the second book that's written by her that I have read.

Reading this book gave me a calm sense of ease and peace in general. I particularly find it inspiring to read the chapter "Lessons from a Village". It reminded me that many times we aren't after the greatest achievements on Earth, more than we yearn to connect at a deeper level with the significant people in our lives.

The chapter "Working with Grace" also reminded me not to become victim of the "efficiency trap". Time spent "not working" can also be a vital part of productivity. Just because we are not doing things that is highly focused, goal-oriented or deal-closing do not mean that the time spent is unproductive. Time spent writing a friendly card, saying a word of appreciation and so forth at work can be productive too in that they help us get in touch with our essence as human beings.

One thing that I appreciate about this book is that there are many lovely and inspiring quotations that are placed in various parts of the book. I enjoy reading these quotations as I read the book itself.

So I end this post with one of the quotations: "To cultivate kindness is a valuable part of the business of life" - Samuel Johnson.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore, part 49



The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore continues. This time (on 14 Jun 2009), I chanced upon a stall in (Clementi) City Vibe building that sells mashed potato with cheese. The name of the stall is Fromage. I don't know French, but my online searches informed me that "Fromage" means "cheese" in French.

The mashed potato from Fromage is topped with a fairly generous serving of cheese. The mashed potato with cheese has a spicy tinge to it. Actually, the texture of the mashed potato was too much on the liquid side for me. I find the mashed potato having too much liquid and a less than average taste if eaten on its own. Yet the cheese layer stole the show. The mashed potato was merely playing a supporting role to the cheese.

Considering that this mashed potato with cheese is of a modest serving, it actually helps customers enjoy the rich flavour of the cheese with the soft mashed potato without getting too full by the last scoop. Cheese lovers who like mashed potato may find this worth a try.

To be honest, I would prefer the more refined cheese and mashed potato taste of the cheesy potato from Seasons Reasons restaurant. Yet, this mashed potato with cheese from Fromage is likely to have a stronger mass appeal because of its more affordable price and modest serving.

Compared to the mashed potato from Chippy British Take Away, the mashed potato with cheese from Fromage has a much better cheese sauce to go with the mashed potato.

On my end, I may not try this mashed potato with cheese for the second time. Anyway, cheese lovers can find a fairly affordable range of food with cheese at Fromage. One of the items that can be found is the deep-fried cheese coated with bread crumbs (not found in this photo of course).

Each serving of mashed potato with cheese from Fromage costs $2.90.

With this post, I wish my friend to whom this series of post is dedicated to: a meaningful adventure while realising one's destiny.

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Fromage
(Clementi) City Vibe
3151 Commonwealth West Ave #01-K4
Singapore 129581.
(Nearest MRT station: Clementi)

This is a halal food-establishment.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

The walk test




Your Walk Says You're Bold



You are intelligent, thoughtful, and even philosophical. You like to go unnoticed for the most part.



Other people see you as confident. You are proud of who you are, and that shows immediately.



You are cooperative, easy going, and liberal minded. You are accepting of new ideas, and you truly believe that you can learn from people.



You are a kid at heart. You love to have fun and believe that life is for living.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Choosing Happiness, part 2



This post is a part of a humble blogging project that I have started off recently to pen down some of my learning points and reflections from reading Stephanie Dowrick's Choosing Happiness: Life and Soul Essentials. As mentioned, this series of post shall be dedicated to one of my friends, XS, to honour her for being the first to introduce to me the concept of choosing happiness.

Yesterday evening, I spent about an hour reading the book at the Singapore Botanic Gardens. I decided to find a spot away from the crowd to read the book. At the same time, the spot that I had chosen was close enough to the speakers from a nearby stage such that I could hear beautiful live music performed by the Singapore Symphony Orchestra while I read the book. My favourite piece of music that was performed was Mendelssohn's The Hebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave).

I realised it was nurturing to be kind to myself and to treat myself to fresh air from Nature. Somehow, the act of taking care of myself by going for an activity that would recharge me seems to coincide well with the topics that I was reading today: self-love, and soothing oneself.

Here are two strategies that I have found very useful from what I have read from the book thus far:
1) The strategy of emphasising and thinking of what had went well, what we appreciate and enjoy.

2) The strategy of telling ourselves "I can deal with this" when we recognise symptoms of panic, anxiety or fear in our body. I figured that this strategy can help us to shift the focus of the mind to something more positive, and hopefully we can look at the issue at hand more effectively.

So far, I have enjoyed reading the book. I am delighted to realise how enjoyable it can be to read a book out in the Nature. I've got to listen to the lovely sounds of Nature, breathe in fresher air and feed my mind with insights.

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Entries in the series:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Week 36 of year 2009 on the double bass

30 Aug 2009, Sun: Progress was a little slower than I would like due to health reasons. I worked on sight-reading. Afterwhich, I spent time working on Faure's Apres Un Reve, selected passages from Capuzzi's Sonata in G major.

31 Aug 2009, Mon: It seemed helpful to practise on a weekday morning. I worked on the programme for the exams as well as on sight-reading. My main focus was to work on securing a better sense of rhythm. As such, the metronome was the must-have item for the practice. I am in need of a more lyrical line.

2 Sep 2009, Wed: The double bass lesson was brought forward and I felt thankful that my tutor tried to spend time to work on my vibrato technique. I still need time to comprehend how to achieve an effective vibrato technique.

The lesson got me working on Faure's Apres Un Reve and Capuzzi's Concerto in D major.

3 Sep 2009, Thu: I decided to go slow by playing Pachelbel's Canon in D transcribed for the double bass. Time was spent working on the quick study component.

5 Sep 2009, Sat: I practised all the repertoire of my exams' programme with a metronome. I enjoy experiencing the vibrations and the sound of the double bass. In the hope to review my playing, I decided to record it down on a digital recorder.

Some time was spent studying a few of the full scores. Admittedly, while I could read the notes, having never been a pianist, I needed to slowly play out the piano parts so that I could hear what the piano would be playing at certain passages.

Wish me ease and confidence from within please.

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Choosing Happiness, part 1



I have just embarked on reading a new book titled Choosing Happiness: Life and Soul Essentials by Stephanie Dowrick. While writing this post, I have found out Stephanie Dowrick is the author of a number of life-changing best-selling books, and she has lived in Sydney since 1983 and is the mother of two children.

I wonder if it is by good grace and fate that I ended up choosing this book to read in the month of September 2009? To read a book on the subject of choosing happiness, by an author based in Sydney?

It is now spring in Sydney. It has been close to a year after my last trip to Australia. About a year ago, in Sydney, one of my friends, XS, shared with me a powerful insight that happiness is often a choice. That insight helped me be more mindful in my everyday choices and has helped me find the strength to face challenging situations with greater ease than I had in the distant past.

I am still practising how to choose happiness mindfully in my everyday life. Earlier this evening, I decided that I shall make an attempt to have a humble blogging project to blog about some of my reflections and learning points that I have had while reading Stephanie Dowrick's Choosing Happiness. To honour my friend who was the first to share this powerful insight with me a year ago, I shall dedicate this blogging project and all the related posts to dear XS. May she be blessed with joy and happiness every moment.

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Entry No. 1:

For the past few days, I managed to read up to page 50 of the book. One strategy that I find helpful from what I have read so far from the book is that when faced with challenges, it can help by paying attention to the strengths needed for the situation. Stephanie Dowrick suggests that we could ask the question, "What does this situation need?".

Reflecting upon some of the past challenges that I had faced recently, I realised that when I had asked similar  questions, I was more able to face the challenges squarely and positively than to be paralysed by the challenges. I shall practise this strategy for now as I am facing the inner challenges preparing myself mentally and psychologically for the upcoming music performance exams.

I find it a useful move for the book to start its first chapter with the topic: Trust who you are. I suppose this reminds us that happiness starts from within ourselves, and the first place to start is with understanding ourselves.

So far, I think Stephanie Dowrick's writing is fairly accessible. I look forward to reading the rest of the book.

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Other entries:

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Read: Just Who Will You Be?

I continued my endeavours to read at least one book per month. Just a few weeks ago, I finished reading the book Just Who Will You Be? by Maria Shriver.

In this book was a speech that Maria Shriver has made during a commencement. It's a simple to read book and will probably be quite a easy-reading for anyone who needs to be reminded that we are each unique individuals. It encourages us to constantly seek to find ways to be our authentic selves. While I may not read this book again and again, it is still quite a nice book to read at leisure when one needs a reminder "Just who will I be?". I would think that anyone who is going through some life transitions searching for answers on who they are would find it useful to read this book.

In the meantime, I am still working in progress to answer the question "Who will I be?" and to be the person I want to be.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Thank goodness for good friends


Earlier tonight, I have had the pleasure and honour to meet up with one of my good friends, Mystic. We had dinner at the food court at Raffles City and we both agreed that the Korean food stall's bibimbap needed more improvement. We will probably not visit that stall in the near future.

Many thanks to Mystic for being helpful to help me with shopping. The company of a good friend makes the task of shopping much more bearable.

We rounded up the night with tea at Cedele. Mystic told me that the organic soy milk there is good! I had the Rooibos Tea for I was told that it could help to relieve stress. The cakes were lovely. We ordered the Real Dark Chocolate Cake and the Blueberry Hazelnut Cheesecake. My preference was for the former for I seem to prefer food that has a bittersweet and intense taste. Mystic has such love for food that she took lovely photos of the cakes with lots of care and love. She even helped to cut the cakes with lots of love for the cakes.

I thank Mystic for lending me her company, listening ears, support and encouragement.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore, part 48



The mashed potato from the Western Cuisine Stall at SMU (Singapore Management University) shall be the mashed potato to be reviewed in this post of "The hunt for the best mashed potato in Singapore" series.

This mashed potato costs $1.50 per serving. It is way better than the mashed potato from NUS Arts Canteen Western Stall.

The mashed potato from this Western Cuisine Stall at SMU has a soft, silky texture. The taste was average. The brown sauce is light in taste and is not too salty. The brown sauce and mashed potato left a rather gluey aftertaste. Overall, at $1.50, it was not great enough to eat on its own, but it will be good enough to satisfy the craving of most people if it was eaten with any of the main dishes.

With this post, I wish my friend to whom this series of posts was dedicated to the joy of being true to oneself.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Serene Centre: During my Junior College Days


My secondary school's building was previously located fairly near Serene Centre and so I had the pleasure to spend some memorable times there.

In some ways, it was a rather conscious choice for me to eventually study in a Junior College near my secondary school. That probably explains why I still occasionally get to visit Serene Centre during the times when I was a Junior College student.

To get to Serene Centre from my Junior College, I would need to take a bus. Serene Centre is about three bus-stops from my Junior College. I remember visiting Serene Centre several times with one of my friends who was also my classmate back then. The Mac Donalds at Serene Centre was a place where I had spent quite a number of hours studying with my friend.

Honestly, I can't remember what I had studied during those hours spent at the Serene Centre's Mac Donalds. However, I do remember it was the time spent at Serene Centre's Mac Donalds that helped me learn more about what good friendship is about: to be there for one's friends, in good times and bad.

It was those interesting times with friends that made my growing-up years as a Junior College student much more bearable. Those were also the years when I fold countless origami and doodle on most of my lecture notes. I am thankful that I have positive memories of those days thanks to my friends.