Tiong Bahru Bakery

I have to admit that for the longest time (living in my little well), I thought that the much hyped about Tiong Bahru bakery was a local bakery. I didn’t know much about it except that it’s become really packed and popular since it opened in (where else but) Tiong Bahru just a couple of months ago. Well, but a quick search on the Internet has revealed that it’s actually the brainchild of the local spa esprit group and Gontran Cherrier, a French celerity baker.

No wonder.

So anyway I finally managed to check it out last night because it recently opened a second store at raffles city! I was there for dinner and only a few tables were occupied. It has a weird system though. Basically you cannot get seats first. You have to queue, place your order, pay and then get assigned a table (table number will be reflected on receipt) before you can collect your cutlery and sit down at the assigned table.

I thought the chorizo croque Monsieur and the sandwich were pretty regular. It didn’t make me go WOW. But oh well to be fair I did not order their croissants which are their bestsellers. I thought the lemon tart was really yummy and refreshing though. I really enjoyed it! my only complaint was that the crust was a little bit too hard for my liking. My flat white was perfect!

I’ll probably return to try their croissants and other desserts (which looked pretty promising) someday but I think I’ll pass on their sandwiches.

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Tiong Bahru bakery
252 North Bridge Road
#B1-11/12
Raffles City Shopping Centre
Singapore

Aly, the dancing (bobbing) queen

Aly will probably hate me for posting this when she grows up but it’s too funny not too post. Remember I said she loves “dancing” and shaking her butt to music. Well, she dances even while sitting down too. And this is what happens when she gets excited and starts bobbing to the music.

This video was taken early this morning, when all of us were barely awake!

Aly at 9 months

I cannot believe Aly is now 9 months old! Everytime ys and I look at her, we cannot help but think that before we know it she will be walking down the aisle and starting her own family (I know, we exaggerate sometimes).

Here’s her 9 month update:

Feeds: Her egg yolk gets mixed into her porridge now. One meal of cooked porridge with egg yolk, fish/meat and some veg for lunch and few spoonfuls of brown rice cereal for dinner. She’s still loving her veggies and fruits (she squeals when she sees apples and bananas) and we’ve been letting her have baby snacks from gerbers and bellamy’s.

Milk intake remains the same.

Sleeping patterns: no updates. Still a bad sleeper. There are talks about sleep training her once we move to our new place. The serviced apartment is definitely not a good place to start because of the proximity between the flats.

Speech: she now knows how to say papa and mama among other things, although papa definitely comes to her more naturally now. On some evenings, she will put “papa” on repeat mode, much to our amusement. She’s also taken to say “neh neh neh neh” when she cries. I’ve no idea what she means. When she gets excited, she will squeal in delight (which is pretty often). She still enjoys “singing”. These days, she’s been making the kissing noise. Other than the fact that we’re worried it might turn into a bad habit, we think it is pretty entertaining. Because we will go “Aly u know how to make the [kissing noise] sound?” And she will immediately respond with the kissing noise.

Motor skills: still not crawling and is still not liking to be on her tummy. She is attempting to crawl backwards though. Pulling herself up these days with more ease.

Other developments she has this huge fascination with numbers, dogs, cats, pigs, airplanes, birds, bicycles and cars. She recognizes and can identify people and objects rather quickly. When she sees something familiar, she will squeal.

She also gets really excitable when the door bell rings and she is told that it’s papa or mama. Most of the time, I will hear her screaming away once I press the door bell and the screaming will go on until I pick her up.

She’s also learnt how to say bye bye. She waves her arm up and down in this limpy fashion. Hello is done the same way.

What I find most amusing though, is how proud she is of her watch. She wears it with such great pride and has never attempted to pull it off or put it into her mouth.

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Happy 9 months old, Aly!

Loving yourself

Somedays I feel like I spend so much time loving others that I’ve forgotten about myself. As I grow older, I realise that u cannot depend on anyone to teach you how to love yourself. Reminds me of a quote from a particular poem “So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul; instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers”. I have to remind myself to teach Aly this valuable lesson.

Today was a particularly emotional day and I marked the day by snipping my hair short, the shortest it’s ever been in years. And it sure feels liberating.