T.A.Z Cafe and Bistro— A place for your Paw Buddies to meet New Friends.

I’ve decided to visit this newly established dog-friendly cafe as I had always wanted to dine with my three lovely dogs. Besides, it is always good to bring them all out to mingle and play right? Yes, there are many dog cafes available in Singapore. But why T.A.Z? 

T.A.Z Cafe and Bistro was found by a kind-hearted and hardworking woman,  Adeline Ho. She is a major sucker for all kinds of dogs. Like Literally. She practically picks up most stray and lost dogs on roadsides and bring them home to raise and take care of them. This lead to the cafe titled as T.A.Z, which is named after three of her dogs- Teddy, Ah girl and Zealous. She is the chef of this cafe as well. From cooking delicious human and dog foods, to baking extremely cute cakes. 

Whats makes this cafe unique is the fact that, T.A.Z cafe always host private events such as birthdays and even raise awareness for dogs by collaborating with various dog adoption drives!!! So, be sure to help save all these poor puppies~ 

The Interior

The layout of the cafe is fantastic and ideal for all dogs to come along and play as there is a huge space for them to run around.

And if you notice, all the brown chairs are accompanied with a white chair. I reckon that these white chairs are specifically for all your paw buddies! How thoughtful is that? 🙂 

Wall decals~

Comfortable seats~

Besides having a big and air-conditioned area, they even have a VIP room catered to any of your groups’ celebrations or requests!

For food wise, I would not comment much as I did not order any food that day. My ultimate goal was to let my dogs have fun. So, the owner herself made a specialty for them: Sweet potato, meat and carrot bits.

They do look  pretty appetising for dogs yea? Definitely smell good too.

And here’s Adeline giving treats to all the dogs. Haha. They are so obedient! CUTE~


Meet Teddy the Poodle!

I bet it tasted really good that Clover finished the whole plate!

Amenthyst, the love of my life. ❤
Enuff said about the food and place.
Retail services are available too! You need pet shampoos, dog tags, apparels? You can get them right after your meal here! No need for the hassle to buy from other places. Woo-hoo~

All dog lovers, do visit T.A.Z cafe and give it a try! Remember, your purpose of visiting a dog cafe is to let your paw buddies meet new friends as well as to enjoy themselves in a new environment by stepping out of their comfort zone at home. 😀 It is always good to socialise. 


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T.A.Z Cafe and Bistro
10 Jalan Leban, Thomson
Singapore

Tel: +65 9027 6109/ 9234 1926

Adriano Zumbo Patisserie—Macarons Fever.

Macarons, a french confection that is meringue-based, have been ranked as one of the top dessert choice world wide.
Having said that,  many cafes/bistro/bakery had attempted to make these colourful and lovely-looking sweet. Even Mcdonalds have their own macarons!

Besides Ladurée (paris), there are many good competitors that sells macarons at much more affordable prices.
For example: in Singapore— TWG tea, housed with  a variety of macarons that are of unique tea-based flavour.

So, in Australia there is…..

Discover Sydney’s best Macarons—- ADRIANO ZUMBO
Zumbo, shot to fame from reality TV show, Masterchef, is now a country-wide known chef for his exotic sweet creations. Exotic, as in literally crazy, unimaginable and unexpected flavoured macarons, or to be exact, ZUMBARONS

PRETTY MACARONS— IRRESISTIBLE~

Wide Selection of exquisitely designed cakes and tarts…

Lemon meringue tart~


From left to right: Hazelnut Praline, Lime and Mandarin, Choc pop, Salted Butter Caramel, Malted milkshake and Toasted marshmallow.

My favourite—- MALTED MILKSHAKE! Trust me, its the best among all!


Zumbo provides tutorial classes as well! Learn how a bake perfect macarons and  marvelous desserts and pastries! Read more on: http://adrianozumbo.com/

Adriano Zumbo
Shop 1, Cafe Court

The Star 80 Pyrmont Street
Pyrmont NSW 2009

 Opening Hours – Patisserie Monday | 11am – 10pm Tuesday to Thursday | 11am – 11pm Friday & Saturday | 11am – Midnight Sunday | 11am – 9pm

 

10 steps to plan the perfect 21st Party.— #C.Faith’s 21st

Three years back, if you asked me ‘how are you going to celebrate when you turn 21?’ My answer to you will most likely be,’Probably travel with friends…’
However, now that I’ve finally reached the ‘prime’ year of becoming an official adult, somehow, there will be a drive within that will have the desire to want to open the best 21 party of my life! #YOLO

In my case: I’ve brought my 21st party exactly 4 months in advance to gather and celebrate my last few moments of youth as well as farewell with all my loved ones…

Trust me, organising a party yourself is crazy madd and stress, especially on that exact day! It is quite a hassle, but you will appreciate this hectic process and know that the amount of unconditional love and help you get from your friends are nothing else but a sparkling gem etched in your heart. ❤

1. Start Early—Set a Date.

Planning a 21st birthday party isn’t just about planning a party. IT IS A BIG PARTY. A MASSIVE PARTY. It may probably be the last party of your life (unless you are getting married then wedding party will be a much more grand and magnificent one). Hence, setting a specific date early would be good so as to notify your guests early as everyone is busy with their own life happenings. It will be good for them to know early so that they can block out and draw a huge circle on their calendar stating: _______ 21 Birthday Party!!

You might end up feeling that this first part is already a pain in the ass because you will want all your important people to attend but at the same time, worried that they might not be able to make it on that day. Weekends are usually the best days to hold a party—Either a Saturday or a Sunday.

A word of advice: Saturday is usually best for night events as some people do have to work on a saturday such as hospital jobs.. etc. Sunday will be best for a whole day event such from morning till prolly 10pm as it is a public holiday, so the probability of turn ups will be much higher. 

People that actually do care about you, will definitely attend your party, no matter what circumstances. So, just select a date that best suits you! 

2. Theme
The first part of planning a party is the THEME. Now, this is probably one of the more crucial part as you will want your party to be memorable to yourself as well as others. Most importantly, it must be unique and extraordinary! So, be creative, and think of whatever ideas and inspirations that comes to you. Let your inner artsy-fartsy character out (no one will judge you even if its the worst colour combination ever, its your party)! Eg. wild & crazy, quirky & fun, sexy & naughty, dainty & flowery, pinky & barbie… etc.

Well, one thing is to do tons of research online. Your best friend in this period will probably be Google. HA! 

Theme for #C.Faith’s 21st: Parisian style, together with Tiffany Mint Green as main colour. Well, my theme is chosen out of love! Because it is how I love paris so much and also, Tiffany mint green 🙂

3. Budget
So now that you are all set for your date of your party and the theme, you can start thinking about the cost.
This section is subjective. It depends on the how important this day is for you and how you want it to be displayed to your guests. You can be simple and nice, expensive and glamorous or just average but still look as awesome.

Budgetting fora party is typically about $500 and above (including the venue). Ultimately, it all depends on yourself, number of guests and how many sponsors you can get.

Budget set for #C.Faith’s 21st: $1000 nett. (including venue and food)
As I am not a filthy rich person, my budget is rather tight. So this is my breakdown of the cost of my party:
1. Birthday cake— approx. $250 (sponsored by my brother)
2. Decorations— $150
3. Food and drinks— $600
4. Venue— $0 (condo function room)
5. Photo Booth— approx. $300 (sponsored by my sister)

Since my cake and photobooth are sponsored by my siblings, I actually spent less than 1K for my party! Also, note that my venue is FOC because I already had plans to host my party in a function room. The approx. amount of people I invited was 80 guests, turn up was about 60plus? (More people = more money have to be spent on food and drinks—bear this in mind). Having to pay for a venue on your party is really expensive. Eg. Chalet— run down and not unique but yet it is still about $300 per night?! 

5. Venue and Environment
At this section, I need to stress and emphasize that, if you want to get a good venue, or rather the BEST location to fit your theme party then you must start planning at least 6 months in advance. The fact that you are not the only 21 years old baby of the year, there will be lot of other people that might had booked the place way ahead of you!

Top list of birthday venues:
-Condo function room
-Hotel (eg. marina bay sands, studio M, etc.)
-Chalets (eg. costa sands pasir ris, east coast park)
-NSRCC at changi

Well, from the list above, the only one that is FOC is condo function room. Others are just too costly or too small like opening in a hotel (unless you host in a suite).

Venue for #C.Faith’s 21st: Marina Bay Residence 
Because my party is parisian-themed, to find a venue that is able to fit my theme had been a real challenge for me. With my wide social networking and connections, my bf and I managed to get a function room at Marina Bay Residence. It is a huge space and could cater to just the amount of people I invited— 80+ guests.

The breeze up there is soothing, the mind blowing infinity pool, the gorgeous sight of Marina Bay sands right in front of your eyes and the choice for my guests to choose to sit indoor or outdoor~ impressive! The whole level is literally mine!

Thank God for the  existence of nice and kind  people in the world~ 🙂

6. Decorations
At this stage, everything is more or less set, move on to decorations—the most interesting and fun part of planning a party! It is also very important as it is a showcase and impress your ‘dream’ party to all your guests.
If you don’t want to spend too much money on decorations, it will be highly recommended that you make them out of your bare hands and not just buying off the racks.

Besides, your DIYs will definitely be exquisite, special and EXTRAORDINARY.

Decoration breakdown:
a) Invitation Card/ Facebook event page
Now, this is the very start and beginning of your party. You want this invitation card to look good so people will actually be of significance to them.

Since your theme had already been selected, you can go ahead and create that collage of words and pictures to entice your guests. MAKE THEM EGGCITED FOR YOU!
This card/image should include every details of your party (so you don’t have to spend too much time answering questions about details of your event).

Invitation card/ image for #C.Faith’s21st: 

FYI: Easily made with iphone apps such as vscocam, doodles, picarts….

b) Backdrop
Parties are all about taking photos… Therefore, the backdrop must be the one that displays exactly what your theme is, by just a glance at photos.

Backdrop for #C.Faith’s21st: Mint Green-Dyed Streamers with  Eiffel towers.

In my case, as mint green streamers are not commonly sold (either buy them from extremely expensive online stores and ship from america, or can just forget about it).

I have a budget so I made my backdrop from scratch, literally. & I can say, the backdrop is my proudest part of my party. It took me a whole long of one and a half month to finish it, apart from my busy schedule. And I am so happy that the finished product look so fantastic and dreamy…


TIPS–How I made this beautiful streamer that I love so much :

  • Step 1: Use green white board maker inks and mix with ethanol. The use of alcohol is essentially because apart from the fact that it evaporates faster than water, it will not disintegrate your streamers and retain the crinkly crepe paper effect still.
  • Step 2: Find the picture (eg. eiffel tower) and paint ’21’ on the lace baking papers.
  • Step 3: Paste the lace paper and eiffel tower alternatively on sewing strings that are so thin that it is not visible from far.
  • Step 4, tie the streamers individually on a rafia string or normally rope and alternately, string the lace papers and eiffel tower. Repeat as many time as you want to make it as long as you want.


FYI: It is easier for me since I work in the lab. Do not attempt unless you know how to handle ethanol!

c) Miscellaneous decoration goods for the venue
Party goods such as balloons are definitely a must! I chose 21 helium balloons of colour combination of yellow, pink, blue and white. Wall streamers were made of white lace papers (folded into halves) and tied with balloons in between. The colour combination complimented my photobooth backdrop so well!
My guest book shown below is DIY by my talented sister.

You can purchase balloons from: PARTY JOY  http://www.harvestwell.com.sg/party.htm
– highly recommended and is the cheapest among all party shops in Singapore that I know.

You can also get decorative papers and glitter powders from paper market to enhance the ambiance of the venue.
Eg. ‘Welcome to my party’ (as shown below)

7. Food l Appetisers l Dessert Table
The highlight of all parties–FOOD/DESSERTS/SWEETS. This practically what your guests anticipates and look out for. Who doesn’t love desserts? Not only must it taste good, it must look IRRESISTIBLY TEMPTING too!

Appetisers for #C.Faith’s 21st:

Mini Tart Canapes by Delifrance.
Delifrance has a wide range of mini party delights to choose from! From sandwiches to quiches and tarts…etc.
Make your order at: http://www.delifrance.com.sg/deli-cater/mini-party-delight.html

Mains for #C.Faith’s 21st:

Dessert Table for #C.Faith’s 21st:


Cheesecake in shot cups by Yours truly.


Jelly Shots by Yours Truly.


Choco-dipped marshmallow by Yours Truly.


Best Macarons ever by TWG Tea.
Chocolate sugar cookies with royal icing  by Afternoonsinthekitchen (she baked my birthday cake too)


Luxurious Cupcakes by the High Society.


My super GLAMOUROUS eiffel tower-laced chocolate cake by Afteroonsinthekitchen. Check out her website at http://afternoonsinthekitchen.wordpress.com/tag/21st/ .

8. Dress code
Typically, a party is a time where everyone gathers to celebrate a joyous occasion with you.
Usually, most of people will just sit and talk, catch up on one another’s life happenings, but this is no difference from celebrating Chinese new year, clubbing… where it is all about mingling.

Therefore, to make things more interesting, since it is a themed-party, there should, obviously, be a DRESS CODE/ COSTUME to fit the theme. This, not only makes photos to look nicer, and also it makes your whole party like a ‘perfect package’.

Dress code for #C.Faith’s21st: Lace and Leather.
While most parties that I had attended are commonly based on colour dress code, I did not want my party to fall in the same category of colours…

Knowing that my party is a French-Paris style party, it is impossible that people will be spontaneous to actually dress themselves with stripes and berets. I did a whole lot of research and finally got inspired by Maria Antonietta.– the classic, vintage concept of using LACE. Lace and leather is therefore decided.

I am really happy that eventually many of my guests did turn up according to the dress code!
Some of the best outfits:



Of course, not everyone will be bothered to dress up as well, which is why, I organised a BEST-DRESS COMPETITION, so as to encourage people to actually bother to dress up for my party.

FYI: It is a cash prize. 😀 As a token of appreciation that you actually did dress up by going through your messy closet to find that perfect look!


My two lovely judges- Jessilyn and Mavis.

9. Photography l Photo Booth
For such big parties, an instant print photo booth is no doubt, A MUST!

A photo booth is always fun and most importantly, the instant printout for your individual guests will be a piece of ‘memory’ for keep sake.

Some fun ideas could be adding props such as:

Paper straws are great crafts for props!
I purchased them from TAOBAO, which is so much cheaper!!! Not to forget, the pattern and colours of the paper straws are prettier on TAOBAO~ ^^

Photo Booth for #C.Faith’s 21st: Photolux Singapore.

I love how Photolux personalised and customised the border of the printouts to fit the theme of my party!

To engage photolux, visit their page at: https://www.facebook.com/photolux.sg

10. Don’t Panic! Just KEEP SMILING and be PHOTO-READY. BE THANKFUL.
Because you are the host and you are the limelight of the day, you do not want your candid shots to be a sulking and frowning face.
The first thing to tell yourself is to NOT PANIC. Alright, this might sound impossible since you are the party-planner and you won’t want to afford any forms of mishaps or screw ups.

But in order to really enjoy your big day is to calm down and go with the flow, remember that your family and close friends will always be there to clean up any mess for you and help make sure that everything runs smoothly. So, the only thing you have to do, really, is
to SHOW THAT WIDE BIG SMILE OF WHITE, SHINY TEETH.

Overall, my party was a success. Even though there was quite a few hiccups, but still, everyone enjoyed themselves! I am really thankful for all who had sacrificed their time to attend my party and also the ones that really put in 100% effort to help me! Really, THANK GOD for all these wonderful people that I had met in my life. ❤

Ending this post with my quirky ladies~

Paramount Coffee Project.— Sticky Date with Peanut Butter Waffles.

Named, ‘Paramount Coffee Project’, it gives you the idea that this cafe is probably linked to the film production: Paramount Pictures.

To a certain extent, it is. With it’s logo looking like the mountain and the peak surrounded by stars, and also a wall poster of it, it seems like this cafe is themed according to the well known film production.

The interior of the cafe is huge,– like a wide warehouse. There is an immediate hipster vibe and really high ceilings which I love about.



As you walk further in, they have a ‘pitstop’ for bicycles and a layout of bicycle parts which I think is for sale.

Having a coffee here alone doesn’t seem to be that lonely after all, as you get a choice of a variety of free magazines you can look into.


The FOOD

  • Sweet Peanut Butter Waffle with Caramel Popcorn: Top rated as Sydney’s best waffles, I couldn’t agree more. The first bite was indeed heavenly and sticky! Am not really a fan of peanut butter, but this taste just right. Topped with the ice cream and popcorn, now that is something new. I never knew popcorn and waffles can go so well together. Worth getting fat from this. But if you are person that loves FLUFFY waffles, this might not be the best one for you. Its rather hard, more of crisp kinda waffle.
  • Soft Shell Crab Burger: Have you ever heard that there is this combination of burger?! And the crab, is definitely super soft! This is the best dish among all. If I ever re-visit this cafe, this will be my first choice. Not really a burger person, but this is one special dish that brings signifies this cafe. You don’t usually get to have this kind of burger. The onion ring does not taste like ordinary onion rings. It taste like tempura-style. GREAT! A bite to heaven. Literally.
  • Crabmeat, pickles and toasted sandwhich: I did not really get to try this dish. But according to my friend, its liek a modern japanese combination dish. Unique and a good choice for Brunch.

The PRICE
Maybe it is abit pricey for the portion served, but overall some might think its worth it. After all, is a cafe in Aussie.— you pay for what you want. 

The AMBIANCE
Am a sucker for high ceilings, so what can I not love about this cafe?! This cafe gives a feeling of home and comfort. Fine breeze from the open windows just make the whole coffee experience a totaly relax mode onz.

Paramount Coffee Project
80 CommonWealth Street
SurryHills
NSW 2010


A group photo to end this post~ #throwbacktohappythursday

In the Heart of Newtown— Black Star Pastry.

Fancy a watermelon cake? Or a strawberry cake? Can’t make up your mind? How about both? Sounds weird/odd?
Fret not! It’s a Perfect combination!

Braving through the hot weather and crowds, we made our way to Black Star Pastry, to give it a try. We’ve heard about this famous watermelon cake and got curious over it. True enough, indeed, it was a marvelous experience.

Black Star Pastry, located in the heart of Newtown is one of the main local tourist spot. —Mandatory.

Long benches and wooden stools are provided outdoors, or you prefer pillows on your buttocks, you can choose to sit inside. However, seats are limited because give the space inside, it is limited as well.

Just look at the amount of awards and recognition they had gotten!

Have a look at the inside, it is just a small bakery/ cafe. Even thought it is miniature in size, but the queue they received daily, beats almost everywhere!

The flowers on top are not just for display, they are edible.— Now, that’s definitely their specialty.

It is a great place to just rest those tired feets. 🙂

Their signature— Strawberry and watermelon cake.

Have a closer look, you will notice that there is a layer or ‘red’.—- That’s the water melon, sliced and frozen, stacked in between cream and chopped oatmeal.  Sound good?

Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St
Newtown NSW 2042

Opening Hours
7am – 5pm 7 Days

On Another Island: Privé Café. Bakery.

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A glimpse of the fine, night lights and swaying yachts on the peaceful sea.

Located on another island, Keppel bay island. There, lies a hidden gem by the name of Privé. 
Surrounded by nothing else except the nature reserve and cool breeze from the sea, such ambiance is only best described as B.L.I.S.S.

I chose to dine here for the Birthday Boy because its located on this fine, private island.

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The FOOD 

  • Spicy Sausage Ragu Spaghetti— Arrabbiata sauced with three chillis, it is indeed spicy. I love the texture of the spaghetti, cooked just nice, QQ that is.
  • Club Sandwich– the sandwich that is most worthy to be in your stomach! There, this is good enough to express

The PRICE
For such ambiance and good food, I don’t mind paying the twenties. Well, typically, you are paying for the ambiance then the food. This is a private island, how much cheaper do you expect?!  GEEZ

The AMBIANCE

  • Love how it is situated at a private, surreal quiet place, away from the busy crowds and city life,  surrounded by sea water and a magnificent view of yachts and night lights from high rise buildings. Ahhh.. Life at its best moment.

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Birthday boy trying to be funny.

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Dessert of the day: Oreo Mudpie, with customised birthday wordings.– another reason why I chose to dine here.

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Of course. every dinner have to end off with a photo together.

An additional art piece behind us—the bridge— which makes this place more than just the word ‘lovely’ can describe.
I will definitely revisit here again for their BRUNCH MENU.