Wednesday, September 23, 2015

FatCat Ice Cream Bar: Worthwhile waffles for the Weary


Mandatory meme of a fat cat - that's how I felt after leaving FatCat Ice Cream Bar. I was ridiculously tempted to get an additional single scoop of ice-cream, but self-control was necessary. 

RESISTING WAS SO HARD. /cries tears of absolute misery and regret/

Thanks to a wonderful recommendation from Caitlin and also with my proposed agenda (we were supposed to be planning my Japan trip....failed obviously), we took a ten minute walk from Bedok interchange to this little nook in the neighbourhood.

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I would describe the atmosphere as classic and pretty modern; with the faux brick walls adding in a touch of industrialism (Plus points for instagram-worthy walls!!). I would have preferred it more lighted, which would have made for good food photographs, but overall, the place produces a pretty chill vibe. 

Since Caitlin had been there four times already, we went straight for the ice-cream display. Their flavours were pretty unique - butter beer for example. I think we wasted a whole bunch of spoons just trying out random flavours that sounded pleasing to the ear. Finally decided to get two scoops - one of Thai Matcha, and of course, you can never go wrong for Earl Grey Lavender. 

They offer original brown butter waffles, or the gourmet, which was what we chose. 

In addition to the waffle, we also got ourselves a hot mocha and a latte. 

Caught sight of these gorgeous ice-cream bars?!?! Don't they look attractive... Is that even a question I should be asking? They look like mini magnums. Side note: I've never eaten a magnum ice cream. 

Unfortunately, the place was pretty full so we didn't get to sit next to a wall (which would have added a nice touch to my photos), so we sat at the nearest available seat.

We didn't have to wait long for our order to arrive, and of course, I went all Instagram-mode. 

Just look at the generous circular drizzle of salted caramel sauce, and the shiny perfect scoops of ice-cream in contrast to the crispy, dark surface of the charcoal waffle. And of course our coffee had hearts, because why not? 

The goodness comes right after, with the indulgent salted egg yolk sauce.

It flowed like a gorgeous, golden waterfall over the waffle just making its way through the little ridges and finally falling of the edge and onto the plate. 

My first bite was or-gas-mic

The ice-cream took quite awhile to melt (it lasted through my ridiculous picture spam) which is always a sign of really good quality ice-cream. 

See, this place has everything. Instagram-worthy walls, insta-gram worthy tables cause everything's wood, and now, an ice-cream that waits for you to take a whole bunch of pictures of it before deciding that it's done looking attractive for the cameras. 

That smooth, creamy (but not overly so) goodness slowly sinking into the waffle and melting all the flavours together - yummmmmmmmm. The best part of it all was when everything ended up in a huge puddle on our plate, and we're both scraping the last bit of the waffle through all of the salted caramel sauce and right through the puddle of ice-cream. 

Just letting that last, most important bite soak up all the deliciousness that ended up getting left behind. Sighhhh. Why do all good things come to an end?

The coffee was relatively okay. I think the waffles took away the glory from the coffee and they sat cold, and unwanted next to the "king". 

Let's just say, it's not going to be my last experience with this neighbourhood gem. You can also check out other desserts that they offer on their website here - !

FatCat Ice Cream Bar is located at:

Blk 416, Bedok North Avenue 2
Singapore 460416

Contact: 6241 0830 (They don't accept reservations!!)
Nearest MRT Station: Bedok MRT
Buses: 18 or 225

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

What are you thankful for?

I know I haven't been religiously posting my thoughts on this space right here, but since school has started, I've been swamped with revisions and all that. All of those, and it's only the third week in. Still going strong though!

You know during those long bus rides to and fro, where you stare out your window and just ponder about life as the somewhat scenic view passes by? Yeah I don't think I'm the only one who does that, and today was no exception.

I've been through some trials and tribulations in the past, and everyone definitely has had their fair share of their hard times. Usually I would complain about everything under the sun because it's the norm, and I guess we all channel our frustrations out the best way we know how - blaming others, one way or another at least.

Over the weekend and the past few days, especially with the madness of the General Elections happening and the really really horrible haze, I've found so much to be thankful for. You may or may not agree with me, but to each their own.

I won't deny that I've been complaining about the haze as much as everyone else - about how high the PSI is, how we can't breathe properly, how Indonesia needs to learn to accept help from Singapore because we're suffering under their supposed 'wrath'. And then I realized, it's not always about me. 

The thought never crossed my mind (I can be pretty shallow sometimes, I'm only human) about how the Indonesian citizens are taking the impact of their forest fires, or how the haze is taking its toll on Malaysia especially in addition to their recent economic downturn and their governmental issues. How, even in Brunei they're experiencing the haze as well albeit not as bad as the other countries, but we don't care to ask.

Think about it: we complain about the haze, and how the weather in Singapore is ridiculously hot and humid, how everything is expensive, how our transportation system is beginning to become unreliable, how Singapore is getting more and more overpopulated with foreign talent. That's all we do.

Dig deeper, and you'll realize that our biggest "natural disaster" would be an epidemic, or the haze we're experiencing, maybe in the future a lack of natural resources and a slight economic downturn in comparison to the bigger countries. Where people in other countries are braving huge torrential rains and floodings, earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons.

We complain about how the foreign talent is everywhere; when they're simply here to get a job to support their families back home because things are not as easy. They might not have food on the table, or enough money to send their kids to school. We'll never know, because we just accuse them for "stealing our jobs". Yes, I agree a balance needs to be there, but nevertheless, we have to be impartial.

Our economy might occasionally deplete slightly, and things might be expensive, but we have stability. We have an impartial no-nonsense government to keep track of how things are run. Sometimes we might find it taxing and exhausting, but I'm just thankful they're not corrupt and they believe in diplomatic relations.

I am thankful that we have a place to call home, where everyone gets along when others are still feeling the impact of racism and inferiority.

I am thankful for having family and friends that support me, encourage me, advice me. Ultimately educate me and shape the person I've become, where others are abandoned and can only dream of feeling love.

I am thankful for the struggles that I've gone through over the past few years, because they have made me a stronger, more mature person.

I am thankful for this education system (regardless of the stress levels), because in certain parts of the world, books and technology are hard to come by.

I am thankful for the opportunities that this year alone I've been given to pursue my craft - to write for people and design for organizations that I never ever dreamt I would even get to 'touch', to cover various events and meet influencers and people of inspiration.

And I am thankful, for the Starhub person who called me at 12 am earlier to tell me that she's helping me waive off my data charges when she could be asleep right now.

Regardless of how small or unimportant something might seem to be, appreciate what you've got when you still can. It helps you look at things in a whole other, more positive, perspective.

Look back on your life.

What are YOU thankful for?