Wild Honey- SG Cafes

One of my favorite brunch cafes in Singapore is Wild Honey. If you go at 9:00am on a Sunday morning, and you can usually get a table right away, however if you want to go any other time, you will probably need a reservation. Walk in and there are an array of tables, chairs, and couches. The tables range from two-seaters to long tables that are more communal style. The light-green covered chairs are a perfect place to park yourself for a couple hours to have brunch and catch up with your friends. There’s an outside balcony as well, which can be nice if it’s not too hot! Their menu is by far one of the best and most extensive brunch menus I’ve ever seen. A couple of my all-time favorites are the Brittany, the Tunisian, the European, the Caribbean, and the Brazilian cheese bread. Our latest outing to Wild Honey consisted of the European, the Caribbean, Brazilian cheese bread, and of course iced coffee.

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The 5- piece Brazilian cheese bread comes in a martini glass on a bed of rock salt. They are perfectly sized warm bites of heaven. The outside is a little bit hard, with a crunch of cheese, and the inside is warm, gooey, soft cheese bread. This is a must at every brunch. The European is two pieces of butter-toasted brioche, sautéed mushrooms, a poached egg wrapped in prosciutto, and covered in hollandaise sauce. I had this for the first time last weekend, and I think it’s my favorite dish on the menu. The brioche is so soft and buttery, the mushrooms are sautéed with herbs and butter which adds a little bit of bitterness, the prosciutto is generously served and adds the salt, the hollandaise sauce adds a bit of tanginess and the egg is perfectly poached (you stick a knife through it and the yolk spill out at the right consistency. We polished this dish off in a matter of seconds. The Caribbean is a close second favorite to the European. The Caribbean is coconut waffles with fresh bananas, mangoes and raspberries, served with passion fruit cream and passion fruit syrup. The waffles are light but also with a heavy passion fruit cream on it, but the fresh fruit and passion fruit syrup cuts through the heaviness with light and fresh flavor. These two dishes are paired perfectly together, especially if you can’t decide whether your want sweet or savory!

Go visit them at 333A Orchard Rd, #03-01/02 Mandarin Gallery, or visit their website to make a reservation at http://wildhoney.com.sg/11/index/ for a great brunch with friends!

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Perfect Sunday brunch location!

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The European

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The Caribbean

 

life in the +65

May 29th, 1999-Singapore: I was born. It wasn’t until 2015, 16 years later, before I realized how fortunate I was to have been raised in such an amazing country. For so long, I would sit at the lunch table with my friends and complain about Singapore; complain about how boring it was and small the island-nation is. One night in early June 2015, I was having dinner with some friends at the Chocolate and Cheese Bar located at the top of the Marina Bay Sands. Once we were seated at our table, I looked around to see a stunning 360-degree view Singapore. The sky was dark, yet a perfect shade of blue. The Central Business District was densely packed with tall, funky buildings. The large laser lights filled the whole island with red, green and gold strobes. Right at that moment, I realized how much love I had for Singapore, and how Singapore defines who I am as a person.

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The Marina Bay Sands put on a laser light show every night

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Singapore’s Central Business District

Visit Singapore and you’ll find an island with possibly the most diverse population. Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, Indian, Americans, Europeans, and the list goes on and on. Never before have I visited a country with so much diversity. I’ve always taken for granted that I am surrounded everyday by people from all over the world. I’ve taken for granted that I have been able to travel to exotic places. I’ve taken for granted that I know can say that I know somebody from each continent. It took me 16 years to realize that not every teenager has this experience, and not every teenager is able to understand what true culture is. Although I am American and Greek by blood, I feel like I am so much more than that. I have a little bit of Singapore in me, a little bit of Japan, and a whole lot of culture and respect for everybody’s backgrounds and beliefs.

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Birds’ Eye View of Singapore

Singapore is a place that houses expats, especially from the US. Going to Singapore American School, I understand the expat way of life far too well. Each year, anywhere from 120-150 new families move to Singapore, mainly from the US. The good thing about this is the sheer number of people I meet and become close with. However, no matter how many times friends come and go, saying goodbye is something that nobody ever gets used to. These families come and are used to their neighborhood gatherings, long car rides to visit their families, and the feeling of belonging wherever they are in the US. Coming to Singapore is usually a culture shock for them. They are so intrigued that you can be in Chinatown one minute, and drive 10 minutes to get to Little India, and another 5 minutes to get to Arab Street. The amazement I see in these expat families is fascinating to me, as I just assume that all countries are as diverse as Singapore. My appreciation for the exposure to all of this has grown immensely in the last few months, especially after my annual 2-month trip back to California.

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The bustling streets of Chinatown

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Temples in Little India

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The colorful walls of Arab Street

 

As Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday this year, I am so grateful that I have a place in the world that I can always call home. Even though when I come back to visit Singapore in 10 years, it will probably be so different, I’m sure that the culture will be just as colorful, if not more, and that’s what makes Singapore so amazing. No matter who you are, where you come from or what you believe in, you’ll feel so warm and welcomed in our little tiny island. I have so much love for this little red dot, 1-degree north of the equator. Singapore, you will forever be a part of me, and I can’t wait to see what the next 2 years have in store for us.

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Singapore in 1965- Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday this year

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The little red dot in Southeast Asia

 

 

A Game of Balance

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Being a 15 year old student athlete, there are 4 things that are on my priority list; school, sports, recovery (sleep and food), and my social life.

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If you put everything in a chart based on how much time you should be spending on each aspect, you would end up with a 30+ hour day, which is simply impossible. For most people, school and sports are the 2 things that cannot be changed. Now we’re left with recovery and our social lives. Because we are teenagers, we will simply do whatever we can to not lose or give up hanging out with friends. Because of this, our sleeping and recovery time becomes severely shortened. This, especially after a long period of time, can begin to effect us in negative ways. As growing teenage athletes, we should be getting a minimum of 8 1/2 hours of sleep every night. In reality, most of us are lucky to get a mere 7 hours. For athletes, sleep is not just a time for us to rest, but it is a time for our bodies to fix any tears or breaks in our muscles from that days workout. If you have a super hard dry-land session followed by a 2 hour killer sprint workout, chance is you have done some damage to your body. If you don’t allow your body plenty of time to repair the damages, then they will stay with your body until your next workout, and this is when injuries occur. Sleep cannot be sacrificed for anything. It is a vital part of your health.

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If you look at what else can be sacrificed for sleep, it’s your social life. When this happens, you begin to sleep in later on weekends and get to sleep earlier at the expense of going to a movie or breakfast with your friends. This exact thing happened to me during my freshman year of high school. I had morning practice and afternoon practice almost everyday, and Saturday morning practice. On school nights, I would go to practice, eat, work, and then go to sleep. This seems normal, until you see what my weekends were like. After friday evening practice, instead of going out to dinner with my friends, I would go home, eat dinner, maybe watch a little TV, then go to bed early, and I would wake up early on Saturday morning for practice. Afterwards, instead of going to breakfast with my friends, I would go home, eat breakfast, and then sit in my room doing nothing because I was exhausted. Eventually, I would get around to doing some work. At night, I would be way to tired to do anything, so I would stay home, eat and watch TV. Sundays were my only practice-free day, meaning that it was my designated work day. It was the only day that I wasn’t too deadly exhausted to work, and because of this, my Sundays weren’t exactly the best days to hang out with my friends. So there was my 7-day week, filled with school (work), sports, and recovery.

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You could look at that and say that all my needs were covered, however things began to go downhill. My grades began to spiral, I was constantly tired no matter how much rest I got, and I was always in a bad mood.

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It wasn’t until Sophomore year until I realized that my social life wasn’t something I wanted back, but it was something I needed back. I decided to drop one morning practice every week to get more sleep and work done, and I learned how to manage my time better so that my work was getting done much more efficiently. Even though I lost a morning practice and those eventful Saturday mornings of sitting alone in my room doing nothing, I was able go to that movie, or go to dinner or breakfast with my friends. After a couple weeks of getting back into a healthier routine, I started to feel much better. My grades improved, I was always full of energy, and I woke up every morning, excited about what the day was going to be like.

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From that experience, I’ve learned the importance of leading a balanced life. It’s okay to have those weeks here and there where you just can’t get enough sleep, or you have no time to hang out with your friends, but make sure that on a regular basis, you are finding time to do things that make you happy. Finding a healthy balance can improve your mind, health, and happiness. Figure out what works for YOU, to live a life where you wake up every morning with a smile on your face.

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What Would You Change?

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We live in a world where social media is the starting point for almost everything. This can be a great platform to raise awareness for important causes, or becoming reacquainted with an old friend. But while those are positives, the negatives can be extreme. Social Media opens up a door for anybody to say something (negative or positive) about somebody else. Sometimes this is anonymous, and sometimes it is not; but whether you know the identity of the person saying things about you or not is almost irrelevant. No matter what, hearing someone say or write that you have short legs, are ugly or fat is always going to make you begin to feel insecure about yourself. Everybody has their insecurities and they don’t need bullies out there making it worse for them. My big question is why these people write nasty things about other people, why do you even care what they look like when you don’t even know them? For some reason, people dwell on what other people think of them, even more than what they think about themselves. Isn’t the most important thing for you to be happy and feel healthy? With all of those body trends out there, it is impossible to have a body that everyone will think is perfect, and at the same time, there will always be something about yourself that you will not like. Why is having a gap between your thighs important, and why do your hip bones need to stick out when you’re lying out by the beach in a bikini? These body trends are not only unimportant, but they are unattainable by most people. I have never been the skinniest girl out there, but the important thing is that I am healthy and happy. I may not have a super toned 6-pack, but I can hold a plank for hours. I may not have a thigh gap, but I can do hundreds of squats and lunges. My hipbones may not stick out when I’m lying down, but I feel good in a bikini. It has never bothered me that I can’t be super skinny and have a thigh gap because that’s just not who I am and who I am supposed to be. So many people out there obsess over every little thing about their body that they forget what the most important things are. At the end of the day, you are not going to live longer because you have a thigh gap, you’re not going to find true love just because your hip bones stick out and you’re not going to be happier just because you have all of the body trends out there.

To all the body shamers out there, it isn’t necessary to hate on other people’s bodies, especially if you don’t know them. Accept them for who they are and their inner beauty. To those of you who are always trying to change things about your body, remember this; the most important thing about you is who you are on the inside. Your friends and family will love you for who you are, thigh gap or no thigh gap. Instead of always trying to lose your body, build on it. Maybe today you can only run 1 lap of the track, but make it your goal to make it to 2, then 3 and 4. As long as you are happy and feel good about yourself, then there shouldn’t be any reason for you to listen to the haters out there. Love yourself for who you are, and the world will do the same!

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