Chocolate Origin

I’m sure some of you, my friends, have heard about or tried Chocolate Origin, known for its amazing chocolate cake that’s the best in Singapore (as voted by myself).

They come in Original or Dark.

Chocolate Origin

Simple, elegant, and rich in flavour.

Chocolate Origin 2

Their cake needs no raving reviews because there are plenty out there already. What grabbed my interest this time round was the cute latte art that’s available at their outlets in Bugis Junction and Kallang Wave Mall!

Check out these 3D latte art creations.

3D latte Art

Minion Latte Art

Chocolate Origin Cake and Latte Art

They go perfectly with Chocolate Origin’s Cuppa Lava Cake, or a slice of their speciality bitter-sweet dark chocolate cake.

Lava Cake

Here’s their website so go check them out!

http://www.chocolate-origin.com/

Remember to hashtag #ChocolateOrigin when you post on Instagram, and stand a chance to win a prize~

 

 

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Porcuprints & Co.

With the proliferation of the internet era, many of us have not put pen to paper when keeping touch with our friends and loved ones. It is so much easier to type an SMS or email to send your well wishes, and most of all it’s instant and free! This ease of communication is convenient, but often loses its sincerity in the delivery.

Through observation of mine and other’s Facebook accounts, we can see the Great Wall of “Happy Birthday” posts once a year from friends that we hardly keep in touch with. The intentions are good, but these flood of posts are no different from another. Truth is, most of them probably know of your birthday through a timely notification.

Here’s the solution.

Birthday Greeting Card

Porcuprints & Co. specializes in making water-colour themed greeting cards, postcards, and invitations for all occasions. These will be painted by our artist and reproduced on high quality art paper. Some of our specialities are

Greeting cards: Birthday, Christmas, and New Year etc.

Postcards: Postcards are great for any rhyme or reason. Part of the snail mail revolution? Take it one step higher by sending personalized postcards to your pen-pals.

Invitations: Party invitations or wedding invitations, we got them covered too.

All these can be customized to your liking if you order in bulk. Feel free to contact us via the links below for any query you might have.

If you are not looking for large orders, we do have pre-designed cards for sale. These will be cheaper and can be found on our Facebook or Instagram sites.

Links

Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/porcuprintsco

Follow us on Instagram: http://instagram.com/porcuprintsco/

Check out our limited edition prints: http://porcuprintsco.bigcartel.com/

Ask us any questions: porcuprintsco@gmail.com

Reconnect with your friends. Go ahead and impress them.

Starbucks Card: Singapore River scene

I am an avid collector of Starbucks Cards from all over the world, and I thought it would be nice to blog about the Singapore River Starbucks Card.
It’s the first Starbucks card to be released in Singapore during October 2010, and needless to say, it is very rare and hard to find one now that is still in mint condition.

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It features the Singapore River scene, and the back of the card would mention that you can only use it in Singapore (not anywhere else).

Some useful information to note is that ALL Starbucks cards in Singapore have to be loaded with minimum SGD$10 in order to receive the card. One may then spend the balance on drinks/merchandise. This makes Singapore Starbucks cards slightly more costly to obtain as compared to some other common cards from North America, where they might be free to take off the shelf depending on the barista.

An important point to note – most collectors put emphasis on the PIN code at the back of the card being unscratched. This means that if a card is to be collected and you wish to retain its “collectible value”, it should not be registered online.

I hope this basic 101 post will enlighten many Singapore Starbucks lovers as well as overseas readers. I will probably continue on with this series of Starbucks card blog posts when time allows.

 

CNY 2014

I have been a boring blogger for the past few months, and it’s partially because my work schedule doesn’t permit for regular updates anymore.

1) Work takes up about 80% of my time

2) I can’t post anything about work.

The remaining 20% are spent with loved ones and friends, which is also why I’m going to blog about my CNY spent with my family!

CNY 2014

Thanks to my Uncle Henry for always taking photographs (and putting them into collages instantly), hence he is also not inside this photo oops. Also my Aunt SK for hosting us every year during CNY.

I like this photo the most because they look so candid and joyous. I’m thinking they were shouting “HUAT AH!” or something along those lines.

Here’s wishing all my readers an prosperous year ahead~

恭喜发财!

Merry Christmas 2013

Christmas is something I always look forward to every year, but I must admit I was so swamped up with work this year that I definitely didn’t feel the festive mood until I reached my cousin’s place.

It’s been my extended families’ tradition to hold a party/gathering on Christmas Eve, where we would dine, chat, sing christmas carols, congregate around the Christmas tree and give out presents near midnight!

This year was even more special because Santa Claus did a cameo.

Christmas 2013

A family picture, that’s another first!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my family, friends, and loved ones!

 

Summer Holidays

Hi everyone, just a short update about what I’ve been up to the past few weeks.

I had an awesome vacation with my family in Taiwan for 9 days, during which we tried and did many things that I felt brought us closer together.

I then had to do reservist almost immediately for a week.

This was followed by a short getaway to Bangkok with Michelle, where I tailored some work clothes and ate like a pig.

Coming soon would be my Dad’s Birthday and the long-awaited OSOS vacation to Surabaya!

This (also my last) summer holiday have been awesome and I’m really loving it!

Will try and post photos and do my blog posts soon, after everything settles down.

Feelings of a Final Semester Student

My university life is finally coming to a close.

3 years in NBS (with a semester spent in Schulich) seems just about the right amount of time. I honestly can’t imagine studying for another year. The cramming for exams is too unbearable to me, hence I am here blogging.

I have met many new friends from hall and school, although I must say I regret not going for NBS camp. Being a floater does seem to have quite some pros and cons. I have more time for my friends outside of NBS, but that also means I attend classes alone most of the time and I don’t have a close clique (sorry for the cliche) that I belong to & hang out with.

Anyways, it’s still been a pretty successful undergraduate experience for me I guess. Most importantly, I found a job after graduation and I am oddly looking forward to this next step in life.

The working life. A giant step that might last for the next 40 years.

Let’s Go.

Gardens by the Bay East

I’m going to let you in on a not-so-known spot in Singapore that’s perfect for picnics/jogs/relaxation.

It’s Gardens by the Bay East! If you drive/cab, alight just before you turn into the Marina Bay Golf Course. Those of you who do not stay near the east, you probably will get lost. It’s really deep in Tanjong Rhu area. However once you get there, the lack of crowd is really peaceful. The gardens are also very well-maintained for a public park.

This is also where you can climb up several flights of stairs to get onto Benjamin Sheares Bridge. Yes, you can walk along it like those KPMG cyclists you saw in Ah Boys to Men.

It’s a once-in-a-lifetime thing which I wanted to try for a long while already. One thing off my bucket list =D

It’s also quite fun to go for such “hiking” trips on Sunday mornings. Next time I’m going to get into my running gear and jog along the River/Reservoir because the scenery is beautiful.

I only hope that this place remains empty and serene for as long as can be.