Friday, April 8, 2016

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than

2015 found me sorely ignoring my bibliophilistic tendencies.  I've experienced dry months before, where I find myself not wanting to pick up a book, but 3 months is usually my max.  A year?  Unheard of.  Until 2015, that is.

What I did find myself craving for is a return to simpler times.  Admittedly, the big move (again) to Singapore drained me -- both physically and emotionally.  Missing family, taking care of my own little brood, and adjusting to everyday life (including work) in another country took a toll on me.

I find that one of the ways I could cope was to start doing things I enjoyed doing when I was younger.  And nothing more exemplified my childhood than hours spent with a good stack of Archie and Harvey comics (which I have my one of my titos, who was an avid collector, to thank for).  And so, that was where I reverted back to. 

Waiting for someone?  Read a comic.  In the MRT on the way to work?  Run through a few pages before my stop.  Archie and Harvey comics are an easy read, requires no heavy mental effort to appreciate, and was always a surefire way to perk me up (even until now that I am in my 30s).

But man does not live on these comics alone.  And eventually I did have moments when my favorite comic characters were not able to lighten my mood.  So on one particularly bored night, I came across a review about Zen Pencils.

Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than (SOURCE: http://zenpencils.com/)

Friday, April 1, 2016

SG | Quick Bites | Dimsum at Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery

NOTE: Quick Bites are short posts about anything and everything; on things I don't exactly have much information on but have photos or short snippets I want to share.

Two blocks away from our place here in Singapore is a quaint little dim sum shop called Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery.  It's a small place, no seating inside and only take-away (or take-out in our part of the world) allowed.

My favorites?  Their Char Siew Pau (or asado siopao), big Chicken Pau, Siew Mai (siomai) and those green meat and chives rolls (not sure what they're called).

Assorted dimsum

Their food's so good, it's no wonder there's always a line of people.  Warning: they charge a bit higher than most neighborhood dim sum shops (S$1.40 for a "big" chicken pao but you definitely get more meat than dough) and the staff are moody (depending on the day, I guess).  But all in all, so worth it!

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Tanjong Rhu Pau & Confectionery
389 Guillemard Road
Singapore 399788

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