Artisan Boulangerie Co at Katong Mall

I am thankful that Artisan Boulangerie Co has opened a branch in Katong. Sometimes, I just want an uncomplicated brunch and I’d like to know that I can have simple food cooked well. No need for frills or trendiness, thanks. I prefer consistency and freshness.

I especially appreciate the breakfast on the run section. It makes a lot of sense when I am not quite awake.

We have enjoyed our food at ABC thus far, and I particularly like the french toast. The brioche is fluffy, and the vanilla sauce a veritable companion to the bread.

The service at the Katong branch is pretty good for the dine-in section (although we received some grumpiness once when we went rather close to the closing time to take away some bread), and the place is clean and bright. Maybe it is a sign of age – I tend to care about the simpler things and that they are done properly.

Bicky and (Unnamed) Go Riding

We have progressed from walking. Considering musculoskeletal concerns, coupled with the inability to swim, we have adopted cycling as an additional exercise form for our thirties. In badminton courts, the only green you see would be the court mat, but out in the open, the greenery and the energy of other people (when they aren’t in your way) seem to impart some vitality. We also realised that our parks are pretty nicely done up.

One route we took was from Bay East Garden (near Tanjong Rhu) to the Marina Barrage and along the Marina Bay towards Sheares Bridge. It is a route that is only about 3 km. We went in the late afternoon, and turned back in time for us to get back before it gets dark.

The other place we ride is at East Coast Park. There are long stretches for cycling on, but one has to contend with many obstacles – children, learners, couples who ride abreast (and slowly) – and also various other situations but you get a seaside view, and I like seeing big trees.

A Bucket That Is Also A Stool 

I amuse myself sometimes. I see a bucket that can double up as a stool and get so interested. But this bucket looks like something we would see in a Japanese mail-order catalogue, and wish we had a service (and a market) like this in Singapore. So I brought it home, and am using it to house some gardening tools. I sit on it while I prune my plants.

The bucket comes in different sizes and colours and can be bought at Atomi, located at Mandarin Gallery, Singapore. Atomi houses furniture and a small selection of household goods. They carry Fog Linen Work. (!)