The Bencoolen Set: For Saturday Mornings 

  • Park at Lasalle at around 10 am 
  • Stalk stationery at Overjoyed 
  • Walk to Sunshine Plaza and have dim sum at Victor’s Kitchen 
  • Walk around if Let’s Play is not open yet 
  • Admire  cute Tomica cars. The Let’s Play shop has a good selection of Plarail tracks too. 
  • Get on way home, with the whole afternoon still ahead of you! 


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Brunch at Pacamara

Saturday mornings feel full of promise. And it feels especially pleasant when you decide that you would go for brunch, but instead of making a booking, you decide to wake up early instead. We got to Pacamara early enough, and took one of the few remaining seats.

We have been hearing good things of this place, and it is great to finally sit down and enjoy this wonderful little cafe. We took a while to choose what to eat. The menu sparked a little discussion on what would be the three brunch items our ideal cafe should serve.

I had the Spanish eggs (S$16.9), while Siew had the Crab Benedict (S$19.9). The food was good, and the portion just right for us. Maybe bigger eaters would need more sustenance. Our coffee came after our food, which makes great sense! It is always annoying to have your coffee arrive shortly before your food, or while you are eating.

This is a cafe that satisfies. The food, drink, service, and ambience should meet most expectations.

More information: Pacamara Boutique Coffee Roasters is at 185 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574333. Parking can be had, via Jalan Pelatina, along Upper Thomson Road or Taman Permata.

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Ferry Boats!

We sailed from Oslo, Norway to Copenhagen, Denmark. Siew was planning the Scandinavian trip, and every day, the cities to go to and the route between them seem to change. But somewhere, the plan settled, and then the idea of taking an overnight cruise to get from Oslo to Copenhagen was mooted, and I said, “Okay, why not?”

Siew bought tickets from DFDS Seaways, and we took the Commodore class cabin. It costs about S$500 for the cabin, which can take two people.

The check-in process is very civilised, and there is staff on each floor when you first arrive to direct you to your room. There are many cabins on each floor! We were pleasantly surprised by the state of the room, and the water pressure in the shower is good.

Before the cruise departs, someone comes by and asks if you want to reserve a table for dinner. Which is great. We got ourselves a table at 7 Seas, which serves a buffet dinner. Before dinner, I took an anti-histamine (which apparently should relieve motion sickness), and then we set off to explore.

Dinner was awesome! I don’t do well at buffets, but this one was so good (and diverse) that I managed to enjoy myself very much. Siew went to the crustacean section countless times. I didn’t even get to the Black Forest cake because I was too full.

After dinner, we completed some gift-buying at the duty-free shop, and then watched TV to while the time away. (The coverage on American primaries was very entertaining.)

Overnight, we slept the best we had on this trip! The next morning, there was breakfast and more photo-taking. The breakfast selection was not as wide as the stupendous buffet spread, but it was a good breakfast.

I was worried that taking a cruise would not be that pleasant, but now if anyone asks me, this is a good way to get from Oslo to Copenhagen. Even though we had “sea legs” that day and the next, we enjoyed our cabin and we had fun.

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