Happy Bintan-Kelong Trip (1)

When Friends Gather, All Hell Breaks Loose  Once upon a time, 35 friends/families/colleagues and 16 bicycles met at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal. They wanted to take the earliest ferry out to Bintan, to go to a kelong.  After a 2 hour ferry ride through pretty calm seas, they […]

Pummeled By Pandan

The pandan chiffon cake was a childhood comfort food. So ubiquitous, it can be found in any bakery here and very cheaply too. I should be able to handle it. Or so i thought.  But. First of all, I was troubled by the sheer number of discourses in […]

A Cheesecake Chortler

1 year ago, inspired by the blue moon, I decided to make Japanese chiffon cheesecake. I made many. And the results were all the same. I gave up. Or rather, my family suggested that I gave up. There’s a limit to how much failed cheesecake they could stomach. […]

Jocund Jakarta

We sped into the heart of Jakarta with minimal fuss (in a Bluebird taxi). There were no indications that sprawling traffic jams ever existed. Or could ever have existed. Why, the carriageways were generously wide and numerous and lined with lush greenery. Notorious traffic jams in Jakarta? Truth […]