Cafe Hopper at Chinatown, Singapore

I decided to take a walk down the old lanes and corners of Chinatown in Singapore yesterday. I love walking through the stalls and shophouses along all the avenues, Smith Street, Pagoda Street, Kreta Ayer Street and more! Took lots of photos as I walked through the many people and the braving the hot sun. But I think it’s worth the effort as I captured some interesting angles and corners of the area. Here are some of my works from yesterday….of course I didn’t forget to hop into some cafes along the way. I have written about The Lokal…next on line will be Roosevelt Diner and Bar.

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Cafe Hopper Review: The Lokal@Neil Road

I heard so much about the cafe and looked out some review about the place. Now finally I am here today. It’s not exactly a difficult find but still I decided to take a cab just to avoid wasted walking. The cafe is really located at the corner between Bukit Pasoh and Neil Road. A very nice corner indeed. I walked in and just as I expected, not crowded. It’s a weekday you see and it’s always a good privilege to be able to visit cafe during weekdays, not crowded and you can slowly take your time to savour the coffee and the cafe food. Over the years, due to the cafe culture, there has developed this category of cafe cuisine. I guess it’s the same for The Lokal as well.

I ordered my usual latte and this time with their French toast. They did surprised me with their combination of,French toast, melted ice cream and crispy strip bacon. Lovely combination of sweet and savoury taste. The coffee was something I would really love to have another cup if not because I was hopping to somewhere else later. The overall environment is cosy and with a little pinch of street arts on the wall and at the counter. The cafe provides nice, cosy corners for people to have mini discussion or simply to soak in your quiet time alone!

They have friendly staff here. Was reading somewhere that somebody commented the staff were unfriendly. I didn’t feel that at all when I was there. The lady that served me was even sensitive to my need of my personal quiet solace and thus recommended a corner that I was able to have that. Thanks Germaine if you are reading this.

Lovely place and accessible…So do drop by The Lokal and experience the cafe space too.

The Gatekeeper

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Cafe Hopper at Braddell Heights Symphony Orchestra

It was a full house performance! It’s awesome and magnificent. I love it when at the beginning Adrain Tan, the music director, brought down the formality of classical music for the general audience, making it closer to everyone.

The symphony itself brought the audience into the deepest and darkest corner of human struggles, manifesting for the listeners the reality of human suffering and turmoil. It’s like a journey… A journey into our deepest self. Then at the third part of the symphony, it was like spring emerging after the cold and dark winter. You can literally feel the sun beam penetrating through the cold and life returning to the pasture.

The piece reaches its climax at the fourth part and the final part, when the symphony broke through into singing, deliberating joy and hope to humanity. Just when you thought that is all, the singing and the music proceed on to a joy and pleasure so heavenly and so divine…ending with an expression and explosion of elation so unexplainable!

Marvellous presentation of Beethoven 9th Symphony by the Braddell Height Symphony Orchestra or BHSO. At the end,.it received from the audience a standing ovation of almost 10 mins!

AWESOME! This is truly an anthem for all humanity! A hymn of freedom and joy unspeakable! #sg50

The Gatekeeper

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Cafe Hopper Review: My Awesome Cafe @ Telok Ayer

This is one very unique cafe in Singapore. It’s uniqueness is in the fact that it’s formerly Chung Hwa Free Clinic! This Chinese clinic used to provide free medical care to our pioneer immigrants in the early days of Singapore history. Till today, Chung Hwa Free Clinic still functions as a free clinic in various parts of the island. I love the fact that they have preserved the original main entrance of the clinic. The interior decor of the cafe left some traces of the old medical clinic and added in elements of the modern cafe. Love the overall feel the cafe have to me when I stepped into the premise.

However,I was rather disappointed with the food they serve. I couldn’t decide what to order and eventually ordered their Awesome Breakfast Set. Well, since it’s called awesome, I was expecting it to be awesome. When the set came, I was rather disappointed by the food. It was simply very ordinary croissants and a few pieces of normal hams and scrambled eggs. That’s about it. They tasted very ordinary and
I really don’t think it would take a lot of skill to make the set at all. Adding to my dissatisfaction, the avocado and pineapple which was in the menu were missing from the late and when probed, the service free said they don’t have the ingredients in the kitchen. Well, I mean if you don’t have the full ingredients in the kitchen, you should at least inform me before I made a decision!

This incident made me minus some points from my original good impression of the cafe. The latte was ordinary as well I must add. In general, I should think that the selling point for the cafe is really the historical context of the place. Give it benefit of doubt, maybe I haven’t experience the cafe enough to give a fair judgement. Perhaps the next time I will try something different and maybe I will say something else about it.

Just a side note, I did have a good get together with my friends, chatting and making jokes. Thanks for the very cosy place to chill out.

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The Gatekeeper