Flags and Checkpoints

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Hello hello from the train towards Farrer Park, Tamper&Co!

Life’s been rather peaceful over here, if not for a few pesky customers, one of which I am tempted to dedicate a post to. It probably isn’t the brightest idea, but I’ll  think thrice about it.

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Besides endless cleaning at the cafe thanks to my excessive sense of hygiene, I’ve been gifted reign over Tamper’s tip jar questions and instagram!
Do follow us at: @tamperandco
I promise the captions will be entertaining ;)

Moving on and talking about flags…

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I’m not sure if I’m cupid of something (that would be very sad) or if I’m hitting all the relationship flags.

Which is kind of ridiculous, since I’d just gotten out of my most recent boiling-over-with-cringe-worthy-instances relation-I-don’t-know-what-the-fuck-to-call-it.

Is this a sign? Am I about to meet the one? I really don’t know how to feel about that again, that is if I know how to feel again, especially since one of my friends is(?) going through his initial courting stage and it still looks as agnozing and I remember it to be.

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School or whatever is left to do with it wise, it seems like I’m finally graduating. Ah, what a formal way to be kicked out of school, eh? I’ll be graduating on 18 May, which isn’t too far away. All that’s left to do is to actually sign up for it by tomorrow. If I forget, I guess I wouldn’t be showing up to have my matriculation card formally confiscated. Which if you think about it, isn’t to bad.

Honestly, I’m pretty nervous for it (because I guess I should go). I wouldn’t know my classmate’s faces anymore (I couldn’t be bothered to remember) and I don’t know what to do during the day itself. Am I supposed to sit here? Do I get to listen to music? Which student portal do I enter? Am I actually graduating?

This is way too stressful. I didn’t take a module on how to graduate in poly. Do I really have to go back to school just to rent the gown? And 25bucks?!

I guess it’s this school’s last chance to rob me blind. Sigh.

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I broke fast very recently and have been in a pretty good mood since. Went out with fast buddy (now turned Nii-san) to have ramen and um, eat some more.

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Pardon how vain I really am, it’s just that thanks to my current job, I don’t get to gussy up very often. I wake up too damn early to bother.

And to all the readers who may like me just for my posted pictures, please don’t. It’s all make up. I think tagged photos on Facebook are more accurate. If you can find me on Facebook that is.

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While walking around China Square with Nii-san, we came across this board. Took a picture as reference to what I could do for the cafe.

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Ended off the day with PIEEE. Actually, we had ramen and went around looking for good pecan pie the rest of the day. Pretty much hiked from Farrer Park MRT to Windowsil Pies before I could sink my teeth into these sweet, sweet pies.

I really missed them. It just carries enough good memories for me to taste the happy on my tongue when I bite into them.

They did change their pecan pie to pumpkin pecan, which was surprisingly good too, except I was looking for something more sticky and sweet. Nonetheless, I would still go back for pumpkin pecan. It’s strangely… comforting. Now I know why grandmothers make pumpkin pie in books.

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Back at the cafe I’ve been practicing my milk frothing and pouring because my boss is thinking of sending me for coffee courses (YAYNESS).

Aside from that, I’ve started replaying this Line game called ‘Line: I Love Coffee’, where I run a virtual cafe. That being said, it’s a given that all my friends poked me about it. They say it isn’t counted as an off day if I’m still associating myself with coffee when I’m out and about. Hm.

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Speaking of off days, I wish I woke up like this. This picture wasn’t taken on an off day, more of just a short day at work.

I guess the good thing about working full time in F&B is the fact that every scheduled week is a surprise. The downside would probably be the fact that I work 6 days a week slaving away behind a bar. Not that it’s a bad thing, I actually like being behind the bar (Unless it’s a jail cell then I’d rather not). It’s actually quite fulfilling when you see yourself improve.

Anyway, the whole reason why I got that 4hour work day was probably because boss was getting me ready to work a really tiring week of back to back full shifts. You could say I was supposed to go home and rest up. But did I?

Of course not.

Instead, I went all the way out to town to slog away at building my 77dollar limited edition pink crystal (yes, I feel the need to justify myself) Tokyo Skytree for 7hours. Did I feel well rested? Maybe. I did, however, earn myself a ton of satisfaction and a stiff neck.

Ah blah. So today somewhat starts my so-called hell week where I have to push for sales everyday.

THEREFORE EVERYONE SHOULD VISIT ME.

Because poor me needs to make a living and practise on her form of art, okay?

I’ll see you guys around!
Cherie

Welcome to the Family – Avenged Sevenfold

Hey kid (hey kid), do I have your attention?
I know the way you’ve been livin’
Life so reckless,
Tragedy endless
Welcome to the family

Hey, there’s somethin’ missin’
Only time will alter your vision
Never in question,
Lethal injection
Welcome to the family

Not long ago you’d find the answers were so crystal clear
Within a day you find yourself livin’ in constant fear

Can you look at yourself now?
Can you look at yourself?!
You can’t win this fight

And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight

Hey (hey kid), I have to question,
What’s with the violent aggression?
Details blurry,
Lost ’em too early
Welcome to the family

Hey, why won’t you listen?
Can’t help the people you’re missin’
It’s been done,
A casualty rerun

Welcome to the family

I’ll try and help you with the things that can’t be justified
I need to warn you that there is no way to rationalize

So have you figured it out now?
So have you figured it out?!
You can’t win this fight

And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight

Gunning for you
And all mankind
I’ve lost my mind
Psychotic, rapid dementia
I won’t be fine

I see, you’re a king who’s been dethroned
Cast out in a world you’ve never known
Stand down, place your weapons by your side
It’s our war, in the end we’ll surely lose but that’s alright

So have you figured it out now?
So have you figured it out?!

And in a way it seems there’s no one to call
When our thoughts are so numb and our feelings unsure
We all have emptiness inside
We all have answers to find
But you can’t win this fight

[2x]
Deep inside
Where nothing’s fine
I lost my mind
You’re not invited
So step aside

I lost my

Daniel Fast Logs

This fast began one fine day on the roof of Junction 8 while I was having Onigiri, Bubble tea, sugar doughnuts and chocolate for lunch with a friend. I had expressed my interest in trying Parkour (because why fight when you can flee?) and he offered to help me train up. It also just so happened that I had been popping panadols like crazy (I really can’t stand screaming children and loud beeping noises) and needed a proper detox/cleanse.

Hence the Daniel Fast.

Basically I could have nothing but fruits and vegetables for a month. I thought I would get through it just fine, untill I realized I couldn’t have chocolate, bubble tea, bread or anything I was having on the roof that day. By then, it was already too late, I had agreed to it. Drats.

I’ll try to update this log as often as possible:

19TH MARCH 2015

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My day started with grapes and black coffee after I told roomie I was on a fast.
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I got hungry in the library (Current Location) really fast and moved on to my next snack, broad beans. It tasted like hamster food ):

Towards the end of the day, I decided that I should pack my meals when working the next day if not meals were going to start costing a bomb. I settled for a tub of tossed salad, something I hope I remember to do for my own monetary sake.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Cabstick/Salmon Onigiri
– Waffles

20TH MARCH 2015
I accidentally ate an onion while eating economic mixed rice without the rice. I thought it was pickled cabbage.

Anyway, breakfast looked like this:
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Am pretty proud if myself for putting everything together in time to meet my colleagues for my second breakfast, especially when I sort of overslept/pressed the snooze button too many times.

Later in the day, I found a pocket magazine about eating clean and picked it up
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I thought it would aid me in preparing breakfast and whatnot, till I peeked into it and found a ton of rather redundant articles about exercises and sustainability.

This was the only related article in my opinion,
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Pity I couldn’t have meat of any kind, if you know what I mean…

What I really wanted to eat today:
– KBBQ
– Mr Bean Pancakes
– Yakun Steamed Bread

21st MARCH 2015
Had two huge salads during the day, one made, the other bought and discovered my love for baby spinach and balsamic vinegar, almond milk too.

Walks through Junction8 and Ang Mo Kio are still as agonising and the list of food cravings only grows longer.
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Bought baby spinach to throw into the everyday salad. I almost bought the organic stuff till I finally found the normal with-hints-of-pesticides ones at the salad section for us middle income folks.

Really miss my meats and carbs. You never really miss something untill it’s taken from you.
On the other hand, I now know that my first break-fast meal will look something like a butter soaked waffle-crepe stuffed with brownies, whipped cream, nutella and ice cream. And that’s just for starters.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Brownies
– QQ Rice
OREO RICE
– Any milk based ice cream

22nd MARCH 2015
While looking for vegan snacks at Fairprice, I found Peppero at 95cents. I didn’t think it would last a month even in the freezer so I bought Honeydew Soy milk instead.
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Let’s just say that honeydew should not be confused with the melon fruit. I was hoping it would taste like a Melona original ice cream but it ended up tasting like flour. Not even the good kind, the uncooked kind. LIQUID FLOUR.

At night while scrolling through instagram, I saw
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SOY CHOCOLATE

You have no idea how excited I am over this. And by Hershey’s?!
Honestly, I’m not the kind that constantly craves chocolate but how can I possibly resist? At least that’s one thing I can finally substitute for sweet treats.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Salted egg yolk fried chicken
– Gummy bears
– Red bean buns
– Melon Bread

23rd MARCH 2015
Since it was the only day I could actually sleep in and be lazy, I conveniently forgot to prepare anything for myself in the morning and had to starve all the way till lunch.
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Kind of pigged out during lunch by ordering 5 different vegetables. I would have had all the vegetables they had including the tofu, but decided not to creep the mixed rice stall guy out by looking like an absolute glutton.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Jollie bean gula melaka/peanut Crispy Pancakes

24th MARCH 2015
Was at work wondering what I could possibly get for my staff meal and drink since I couldn’t have carbs, meat or milk. I would have gone for the chilled soba cucumber greens, except we couldn’t find cucumbers.

I did, however, find soy milk in the milk fridge and made an iced and hot soy latte for my break.
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I tried both, comparing them sip for sip and came to a conclusion that coffee-soy beverages suck. I could be wrong, of course. I’m not sure if it was the soy we used but I am definitely not a fan.

You can say that it wasn’t my cup of tea. Or in this case, coffee. Badum-fucking-tis.

Also, I don’t know why I found this so funny but I’m just going to leave this photo here.
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What I really wanted to eat today:
– Burritos
– Cereal and milk
– Tiramisu

25th MARCH 2015
Had an epic amount of food with the fast-buddy, Dale, which consisted of a cold storage salad, bananas with peanut butter, apple aloe, Japanese marble pop soda (from daiso) and most interesting yet, corn pasta. I guess you could count it as carbs but what the hell.

Spent the day watching Fate Stay Night Ultimate Bladeworks and doing Rin Tohsaka character study so the day of eating clean didn’t feel that painful. Except for when we were out in the mall and supermart shopping for those food items.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Ovaltine Crunchy Spread
– Pancakes
– Ba Zhang

26th MARCH 2015
I woke up at 9am to find myself alone and with no plan whatsoever to have for breakfast so I slept in till noon to procrastinate my meal.

I woke again at 12.30pm because I was hungry and got down to scavenging around the house. The entire task was tiring and torturous enough, especially since the fridge was stocked with fresh groceries and leftover dishes from the day before. Dishes I’m rather sure I’d wish were any way vegan.

Nonetheless, 45minutes of digging through vegetables I was too lazy or knew how to cook, I came up with this:
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I think for a vegan scavenger who doesn’t want to leave the house for her own groceries, I get on pretty fine.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Long John Silver anything-with-the-crispy-bits
– McDonald’s french fries

30th MARCH 2015
I went over to Malaysia a couple days back and bought this.
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To be honest I searched high and low for it because for some reason, I could only find jackfruit chips in Singapore and they were really expensive.

Friends know that I only photograph things I love or hate for this, I absolutely hated for two underlining reasons.

Perhaps one, I am too pampered by Thailand’s caramel banana chips. Or maybe the entire bag of crisp fruit tasted like flour.

Sigh. Only 17 days till everything is over!

What I really wanted to eat today
– Coffee butter buns

1st APRIL 2015
I’m starting to get very tired of salads with no baby spinach and have been binging on soy milk.

It doesn’t help that the Cold Storage with the salad bar at Centrepoint closed down and I have no idea where else to get cheap $4.99 salads. My next alternative were Subway salads, but they were still pretty expensive compared to the Cold Storage ones.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Carnivore
– Strawberry cheesecake cookies

2nd APRIL 2015
Today I walked by Twelve Cupcakes and they had my favourite seasonal cupcake flavor and I never wanted to stab something so much in my life.

A while later, I found out that my favourite Mr Bean pancake limited edition flavor was doing to disappear from stores by the end of the month.

Life sucks.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Nacho cheese Mr Bean pancakes
– Baileys Irishcream cupcakes

5th APRIL 2015
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Had a french fry party with my fast buddy because we both had bad sleep deprived days at work. And of course, I had corn, with no butter though.

Also, one of my co-workers started being vegan as well, except she isn’t off carbs most of the time.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– NTUC Roasted chicken
– Beehoon goreng with fried chicken

6th APRIL 2015
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Forgot to mention that I found the cafe’s peanut butter stash a few days ago and have been steadily eating it as a staff meal (plus afew cherry tomatoes). In fact, I’ve gotten so good at eating it (I’m not even sure if you can get be good at eating something. Maybe crab.) That I managed to eat it into a ball.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Bacon Cabonara
– Double cheeseburger with more pickles

8th APRIL 2015
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Had an awesome soba party on my off day from the cafe w the fast buddy. Had two servings of green tea goodness and fried tofu each. Except for the sushi conveyor belt going around with food that neither of us could eat, the day was looking up.

After any meal, I went around looking for dessert, if I could find any. We poked around Cold Storage for chips and what not for about an hour before finally settling for corn, mango sorbet, pop rocks lollipops and dairy free/soy chocolate. I finished the chocolate within two hours of buying it and totally forgot about saving it for the next day. ):

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Sushi
– Steak
– Gong Cha Alisan Milktea

11th APRIL 2015
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Shitake mushrooms fried in olive oil, spiced in cajun, salt and pepper with a side of cherry tomatoes.

I officially can’t stand the thought of a salad anymore and the cravings for carbo has only gotten worst. I want to punch something because I can’t have bread. This is agonising.

Things I really wanted to eat today:
– Pork sausages with mustard
– Egg mayo sandwiches
– Smoked Salmon
– Beer battered prawns
– Shrimp paste chicken wings

12th APRIL 2015
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Met up with my mother after work and she passed me cut mangoes that she froze in the fridge. Had it for supper when I finally reached home.

Is it possible to get fat is you eat late even if it’s just fruits?

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Candied Bacon

13th APRIL 2015
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Fast buddy cooked corn pasta and mushrooms for me today and brought it over. It tasted great, with more salt, cajun spice and alot of tabasco sauce.

Despite eating so much carbo/starch, I got hungry later in the day and came up with this after poking around the kitchen.
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What can I say? I’m not much of a chef, just a really hungry vegan.

What I really wanted to eat today:
– Pecan pie

15th APRIL 2015
Finally, oh finally, the fast ends tomorrow. It was especially hard today, especially since fast buddy and I decided to have soba at Ichiban Boshi and they sat us next to the conveyor belt of sin.

To change things up a little in the day, I bought honey granola oat bars to eat at work. I was getting sick of eating bowl after bowl of peanut butter, you see. In fact, I’m pretty sure that over the month, I’d managed to eat half of what was left in the tub of peanut butter. This is not something I’d be very proud of in the long run.

Anyway, it struck me that even though I was still vegan, I could still buy food home to eat the next day. So started the hunt for melon pans all over town. Unfortunately, I only came to this conclusion at 8.45pm, when all the shops were closing. I only managed to get one melon pan. ):

/shrugs

Can’t wait to have a proper staff meal at the cafe tomorrow! Finally, a day where I’m not boiling, frying corn and eating peanut butter!

Off to get bubble tea first thing in the morning,
Cherie

Chapter Two

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In case no one knows, this is how my hair is now. It looks quite okay now, but this is after at least 15minutes of blow drying my fringe alone. Also, I look like my secondary school self. Something I’m not sure how to feel about.

Met a couple of my good poly friends today for dinner. Life really sucks when you’re vegan. I felt bad because I couldn’t eat majority of the things at Serangoon Garden, especially the two ice cream cafes there.
Note to self, get there earlier if you want seats at Chomp Chomp and eat all the ice cream you humanely can when you break fast, Cherie.

Eventually we sat down for prata and I had a jumbo sugarcane drink while we caught up with each other. Thanks to them, I remembered that my graduation ceremony is in May, only when they asked me because they wanted to come down.

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Seriously going to miss these guys. Meeting up has been hard since both are serving nation service now and it’s about to get harder because..

Tomorrow (or in a few hours) I’m starting a new full time job, this time in FnB. Yup, I’m finally putting myself out there again. Been sort of moody the past few days because of this since I see it as losing my freedom and possibly my soul to it. Bad experiences while working does this to you.

Hopefully it will be a job I can stay long on for experience!

Wish me luck!
Cherie

How to Smoothie in Desperate Times

With my Daniel Fast/Cleanse going on, it’s almost impossible for me not to post anything about it at all.

Basically thanks to my change in diet, I can’t have anything on my cafe’s menu except for black coffee, not that I’m complaining. It’s just that thanks to that I’m almost always perpetually hungry. #horriblelifedecisions

I’m really happy I’m allowed peanut butter though!

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