My birthday was last March 29 so this is a really belated birthday post. But I haven’t had a time to sit down and do a write up of the day before now. While not exactly book-related, I think I’ve updated my blog about how I celebrated my birthday in previous years so I wanted to do the same thing this year. Good thing I kept posting pics on Instagram, so linking to them makes it easier for me to share how my day was spent. I took the day off but the night before my birthday, I had dinner at an Italian restaurant called No Menu, with two of my co-workers:
Best burrata that I've had in Singapore! Served with parma ham, greens and the tomatoes that I could tell right away were imported because they're sweet. The bread, homemade butter and olive oil from Sicily were delicious too. Didn't get to take a pic but their tiramisu was also awesome.💖 Will definitely be back for more. . . . #NoMenu #Italian #burrata #SGfood #SGfoodie #foodstagram #IGeats #ExploreSingapore
It was a lovely meal and on top of that, they gave me gifts that I loved: a fancy teacup from a store called T2 and a small purse (wallet?) from Coach. It was really a pleasant surprise to receive these gifts because I wasn’t expecting anything!
Sunday evening #bookanddessert. I haven't had that much reading time so I'm still in the middle of A Conjuring of Light. Pictured here with earl grey cheesecake topped with lemon curd, and T2's French earl grey. Thanks for the fancy teacup set, @karen_mrsg! I 💖 it. . . . #AConjuringofLight #VESchwab #ShadesofMagic #fantasy #Kindle #AmazonKindle #Litsy #bookstagram #bookblogger #booknerd #bookworm #bookphotography #IGreads #T2tea #teacup #teatime #tea #cheesecake #SGdesserts #SGfoodie #foodstagram #ExploreSingapore
The actual day of my birthday fell on a Wednesday and everyone I knew in Singapore was at work on that day so I spent it by myself. I decided to give the foodie in me an indulgence of a meal in the form of a two-star Michelin restaurant, Les Amis. I had previously only read about Michelin star meals in books but I’m happy to report that I’ve experienced it in real life. Scroll to the right to see all of the courses:
Yesterday's indulgence was a 6-course meal at Les Amis, a French restaurant with two Michelin stars and ranked 16th in Asia's 50 Best Restaurants. I think this must be the fanciest meal I've had and it was a great experience. I liked how each dish was served with an explanation, kind of like the server telling you a story about the food. It's art in food form! I hope I get to try other Singapore restaurants from the list (e.g. Andre, Odette, Burnt Ends)! . . . Here's the menu for this meal: . . - amuse bouche: smoked river salmon and eel with baby leek - (signature) cold angel hair pasta balanced with kombu, caviar and truffle - (signature) langoustine with courgette and an emulsion of extra virgin olive oil - seasonal white asparagus - turbot fish - lamb cooked in a veil of spinach served with green asparagus and stuffed morel mushroom - sugar sphere with seasonal strawberries, sorbet and a hint of lime . . . #LesAmis #LesAmisRestaurant #MichelinStar #Michelin #SGfood #SGfoodie #SGdesserts #foodstagram #IGeats #finedining #ExploreSingapore
After the fancy meal, I watched the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and loved it. More thoughts shared below:
I watched Beauty and the Beast on my birthday and as expected, loved it. I wish Emma Watson had a stronger singing voice but I enjoyed everything else, such as: seeing live versions of the setting (the town, the palace, the library!), more backstory for the characters, Belle being even smarter and more progressive than before, Beast's solo and more screen time for him as the prince in the end. Now I'm itching to read or reread a Beauty and the Beast retelling, which one is your favorite? Mine is Beauty by Robin McKinley. . . . #BeOurGuest #BeOurGuestSG #ShawLido #BeautyandtheBeast #PaperMarket #PrimaFlowers #EchoParkPaper #AmericanCrafts #scrapbooking
And last but not the least, I was planning to splurge by buying a Jo Malone cologne that I’ve been eyeing for the longest time (they smell so good but they’re also super expensive) but decided to go for all natural and organic skincare instead once a friend recommended Vanderohe:
@vanderohe no. 1 face serum is a blend of pure essential oils that are sourced from their countries of origin. I'm such a sucker for organic/natural skincare so I knew I had to try this once @munsq started raving about it. I use it as a moisturizer day and night. I love how it smells and feels, and also that it has multiple positive benefits, making it a one stop skincare solution. Still waiting to see if it will help me achieve smoother and clearer skin! . . . #Vanderohe #faceserum #faceoil #naturalskincare #organicskincare #foodgradeskincare #holisticskincare #botanicalskincare #skincare #skinfood #organicbeauty #crueltyfree #botanics #SGbeauty #beautygram #cleanbeauty #essentialoils #kakikayan #ChachicsBeautyHaul #PaperMarket #PrimaFlowers #scrapbooking
I did drop by the bookstore after watching the movie but SURPRISE! I walked out of the bookstore without buying anything. Also no books received as gifts because my family and real life friends never know what titles to get for me. So that’s a quick update from me about how my birthday went. 🙂 Back to regular programming and book-related posts after this.