Sunday, July 20, 2008

My Favourite Restaurants

Visiting Singapore and don't know where you will get vegetarian food ? Cannot decide where to go for dinner ? Well, let me help you. Listed down are some of my favourite restaurants in Singapore.

An italian restaurant. Had blogged about it earlier here. My first love (if I can call it that) in Singapore.

Awesome food and amazing Swiss market theme. I just LOVED it! And they have hot cross buns!

Lemon Grass
They best Thai food that I have eaten outside Thailand! I just cannot wait to go there again.

Bread Talk
Oh! Its a treat for bread lovers! I was so taken in when I saw this place the first time and two and half years down the line, I still feel the same way. I literally drool whenever I pass in front of their outlets!

Cafe Iguana
The best Mexican food that I have had in Singapore. Overlooking the river and situated in the very happening Clarke Quay, its a must visit. Very colourful paper napkins. I just don't feel like using them.

The Soup Spoon
Wonderful soups which you can make a complete meal out of. For the vegetarians they have the following soups - Roasted pumpkin (highly recommended), Meatless minestone, Tangy tomato and Mushroom. Also worth trying is their mezze platter!

Cafe LeCaire
Yummy Mediterranean food! The 'babaghanush' in particular requires special mention. Did you know they make them from eggplants ? I had no idea!! :O

Green Connection @ Melleos place
Chinese vegetarian food. Lots of emphasis on organic ingredients and healthy food. Just the place to visit for all those people who are vegetarians but would like to try some local food!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Guilty of Shopping ?

Have you ever shopped a lot and felt guilty about it later ? Have you ever accompanied a friend on their shopping trip and ended up spending more than him/her ? If so, then welcome to my club!!

Its not the first time that such a thing has happened to me. A couple of years back, I accompanied a friend who wanted to buy a pair of pants for his birthday. I had absolutely no intentions of shopping and tagged along as I didn't have anything else to do. I ended up spending four times more than him. As much fun it was when I went on that impromptu buying spree, I felt quite guilty later on buying clothes that I really didn't need at that moment. But it looks like I hadn't learnt anything from that. Fast forward to last Saturday. I accompanied Shub, who wanted to do some shopping at Vivocity (one of the mega malls in Singapore). In the end, I spent five times than more than what she did.

Whoever said that "Shopping is a national pastime in Singapore", knew what they were talking about. Visit any mall in Singapore in a weekend night and its gonna be crowded, inspite of the fact that there are a lot of malls. Its so easy to get tempted to buy something. Most of the stores have some sale or the other going on. Its sometimes hard to not give into the temptation. So, that brings us to the question - How do we overcome this feeling of guilt ?

Well, I happened to have realized a very simple method for not feeling guilty after an impromptu shopping spree. It is specially designed for people who use credit cards a lot and get a heart attack when they see their credit card statement at the end of the month. Yes, you can now shop guilt free.

So this is how it works - While making a credit card payment before its due date, you "accidentally" pay more. For ex, as per your card statement, you have to pay 600 dollars. You "accidentally" pay 1000 dollars. Note the emphasis on accidentally. As you have paid more, nothing can be done about it other than - YES! Shopping. There is nothing to feel guilty about spending 400 dollars as it is already pre-paid. And your statement for the next month will say zero dollars. Brilliant no ? *wink*

The inspiration for this idea is my dear friend Shub, who by mistake (an honest mistake, not an "accident") made payment for her credit card twice! Way to go woman! Now go and shop all you want! Are you asking me what I want as a gift ? One iPod Shuffle will do ;)