Ma Maison / Haato & Co. with My Girls

I met up with a group of my close girlfriends last week. We been meeting only about 2-3 times a year since we graduated secondary school, which I think is pretty sad. We’ve all taken very different routes, so it’s never really easy to have every single one of us free at any one time. But thank goodness, it’s the year-end and we’re all a little less busy than usual.

Our friendships were built over the course of our secondary school days, but more so during our final year in CHIJ – the year before we left for college and went our separate ways. That year was one of the best (and also worse) years of my life. We were 16, growing up and discovering more about ourselves. While we were under immense pressure to do well for our GCE O Levels, we were also having fun the way most 16-year-olds do.

We parted at 16, and we’re now 23. That’s 7 years on.

We’re all IJ girls, so that’s what keeps us so close till this very day. IJ girls are known to be very ‘wild’ and boisterous. We are stereotyped as being lesbians even. So that should give you a clear picture of what we’re like.

But NOT all of us are like that. Not me at least. I may speak my mind often, but I also know my limits.

Anyhoo, we had dinner at Ma Maison.

Heard of this place before and walked past the outlet at Bugis quite a number of times, but it was my very first time eating there. We went to the Clarke Quay outlet , which was hidden at this little corner at level 3 of The Central.

I ordered the Oven Baked Fish (S$16++), which I expected to be a healthy option.

But…But…But…

The generous amount of oil drizzled over the entire dish defeated its purpose :(
But it’s still yummy. Not the best, but still yummy.

Us girls..

Amanda’s Mentaiko Pasta (S$15.90++).
She complained that it was too dry. I just thought it looked bland.

Jean’s Beef Stroganoff Omurice (S$14.80++)

Ma Maison has a 20% off Ladies Night promotion on Mondays.

Whoohoo right? Not.
Those living in Singapore would understand. For those who don’t, let me tell you. Be prepared to pay 17% in taxes when you dine at restaurants. So essentially, a 20% discount just helps us cover the taxes (and a little more), but it’s something no one ever willingly pays for anyway.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not complaining about the discount, really. I’m just saying discounts as such barely excite me anymore.

In Singapore, when $$ is involved, whatever goes up, never comes down.

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After dinner, we decided to chill over coffee and ice cream at Haato @ Co.

Haato & Co. is located just by the Clarke Quay riverside.

It’s always so bright and colourful around here. Although I come here often, I hardly visit the food places along this stretch.

Priscilla was telling me of this super posh Chinese restaurant nearby. She said that they offer manicures, games, magazines,etc. while customers are waiting their turn in line. Like for real?!? I can’t remember what it’s called, but I’m definitely gonna pop by one day.

Jean, Priscilla and Amanda :)

One last group shot to end the night. We’ll be meeting again when I get back! Can’t wait for that!

In my 23 years, these girls have probably been the most pleasant, down-to-earth and easygoing. Being around them is just all fun and laughter – no bitching, no superficiality.

7 years of friendship and hopefully 70 more :D

 

Change of Plans!

Hey guys! I mentioned in an earlier blogpost that I was gonna leave Singapore for San Francisco on 10th November. But there have been some changes made and I’m actually still in Singapore.

Haven’t updated here ‘cos I’ve been busy clearing up some work and trying to get whatever settled before the 12th of December – yes, that’s the confirmed date of departure!

I’ll be sharing an apartment with the guys from Gushcloud (my boyfriend’s client). My flight was pushed to December because of some hiccups with my¬†accommodation. But now that it’s all settled, I’m all ready to leave 2 weeks from now.

Bags are packed! I’ve got my winter clothing, boots and everything else I need. I’m from sunny Singapore, so I hope I’m not being over dramatic with my winter¬†apparel. Don’t want to look like a tightly wrapped burrito when I’m there. Haha.

I’m still in the midst of clearing up the loose ends of work, but I’m eagerly counting down to the day I leave. Can’t wait!!!

My boyfriend left about 3 weeks ago. It seems like he’s been having lots of fun. He visited the LinkedIn office just last week and if I’m not wrong, he’s set to meet the Paypal guys, Facebook developers, Wongfu Productions, and some other guys from Angelhack.

Everything’s so geeky there. I love geeks ‘cos they’re cool in a weird way. Haha. My boyfriend’s a complete geek, which makes him so awesomely cool and sexy. LOL.

I’m pretty sure I’ll enjoy their company. Hope to meet cool people :D

Check back soon!