So it seems that I am destined to be Cake Person in this trio. Ade’s birthday was on the last week of March, soÂ Puey and I decidedÂ to spring another surprise birthday cake, this time from Pine Garden’s Cake. Turns out that everyone and their dads know about Pine Garden’s Cake except for me; it has had a history in the community it seems. As usual, I alighted the bus one stop too late, read the map wrongly, and walked blocks in the opposite direction before finally realising my error, at which point the skies suddenly opened up in a heavy downpour. Typical.
Luckily, despite not knowing myÂ home countryÂ as well as any good citizen should, I do know to pack an umbrella. I also donned my Elizabeth cap, which offends Ottie to no end because I apparently look terrible in it; but being stylish wasn’t my agenda of the day- getting my mission done in the likely event of stormy weather was. So it was that I trudged through puddles, dealt with the brusque, no-nonsense shopkeeper at the bakery, packed the cake box in my trusty backpack, walked to the nearest train station in the ceasing rain, and then rushed to find our lunch venue before Ade did (she’s always either early or on time, and it was only by a hair’s breadth that I arrived before her), in order to pawn the cake off to the waitstaff.
I may or may not have unlocked an accomplishment level that morning.
We had lunch atÂ East Ocean Teochew Restaurant. It’s located in Ngee Ann City, and it was so crowded that we had to wait for half an hour despite having made a reservation. The dim sum we ordered was not bad- some were good, and some were so-so. I just left everything up to Ade, the dim sum queen:
Ade had previously expressed interest in their Lychee Martini cake when we were considering bakeries for Puey’s birthday, so I thought we ought to give it a try this time. It was good; in fact it was so good that we packed the leftovers and finished it after dinner. I suspect that it might be tastierÂ had it been refrigerated, but until next time.
Watch her in action:
After lunch, we took a leisurely stroll down to The Cathay, dropping by theÂ SingapluralÂ exhibition being hosted at Dhoby Ghaut Green. I’d previously seen pictures of the installations on my Instagram feed, so it was quiteÂ exciting to be able to catch this on itsÂ last day.
We met this cutie pie volunteer at the site, who becameÂ our personal tour guide! She was so enthusiasticÂ and had such a contagiously positive personality. Here we are with an installation thatÂ amplified the music from my phone.
Getting a go at actually being on the see-saw. The other end of the see-saw had bronze birds affixed onto it, which from afar look like spikes, so I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be sat on like that…!?
Photos taken by Ade and edited by me unless otherwise stated.