it's the F1 weekend, but here i am sitting at a restaurant/pub at Serangoon Gardens while Liverpool fans all around me (including my boyfriend) are getting all testosterone-charged and going GOOOOOALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!
but well, to be honest, i've never really bought into the hype of F1. not interested in race cars. and besides they whiz by so ultra fast you can't even see them! nope, not for me.
my last couple of weekends have been pretty chill and relaxed, and i really really like it this way! been in need of some "off-days" lately, but i don't get them much on the weekends, because of choir rehearsals on Saturdays, and photoshoots on Sundays. took a Sunday off, and dated my boyfriend out :P poor YZ has been accommodating to my super busy schedule, and we haven't gone out for a date for the longest time! we do see each other, but mostly at home after work, or out for dinner nearby at our usual few haunts.
a good Sunday always starts off with a good meal, and we've recently discovered our new favorite restaurant: Cedele! there's a modest but very nice branch at Serangoon Gardens, which is only a short 5 minutes drive away from my place.
Serangoon Gardens 4 Maju Avenue Singapore 556682
Tel: (65) 6281 4283
Fax: (65) 6281 4809
Sun–Thu/PH: 8:00am to 10:00pm
Fri–Sat/Eve: 8:00am to 10:30pm
i'm so glad we chanced upon this little gem here at Gardens!
as i've mentioned, i've started personal training sessions at Amore Fitness (for about three weeks now) together with Evonne and one of the things we have to do is to keep a food diary. my personal trainer at Amore, Nani, checks our food intake weekly, and she always starts nagging away when she sees all the unhealthy food we've been having :P
happy to say, i've been eating much more healthily lately, and even managed to rope YZ into keeping healthy and fit together with me! we've started to become more conscious of the food we've been eating, and doing things like replacing white bread with multi-grain bread, looking at the nutrition tables provided on the packaging when we shop at supermarkets, and cutting out junk food and deep fried food from our diet.
other than working with Nani during personal training sessions at Amore Fitness twice a week, i try to attend at least 1-2 classes at Amore Fitness weekly too, as well as run 5km at least 2-3 times a week. it feels great after a good workout, and motivates me to eat better as well, cos i don't want all that hard work at the gym to go down the drain! YZ has also been going back to his regular runs around the reservoir, followed by his own workouts.
bearing all that in mind, we've been looking for healthier eating-out options! it's quite difficult to find really healthy restaurants though, our old favourites like Everything With Fries (the name says it all hahaha) or fast food like Arnold's Fried Chicken are definitely not viable anymore :( hawker centre foods are pretty okay, but there's only that few choices that are healthier, such as yong tau foo soup, or sliced fish soup etc.
i was taken aback with surprise when i took a glance down the menu, Cedele has got options for wholewheat pasta, as well as little symbols to indicate dishes that are vegetarian, gluten free, carb free, etc. most of the food choices available on the menu are really healthy too, like grilled lean chicken, sauteed vegetables and grilled sea bass!
by the way, we have really fallen in love with the bread at Cedele, it comes free flow with a soup purchase, and they have got freshly baked breads to choose from daily! i love the whole wheat breads, and our favourite is the walnut bread. the bread goes really well with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, or dipped into soup!
ordered a roasted vegetable soup that's gluten free, cream free, and also vegetarian! definitely one of the healthier soups around. cream soups usually have starch and cream added as a soup base, but Cedele only uses natural thickeners for most of their soups, like roasted vegetables!
the branch at Gardens is self-service, but it's pretty fuss free.
YZ choosing from the selection available in the bread bin and cutting thick hearty slices for us :D
my main: sea bass, mushroom patty, sauteed mushrooms with edamame beans!
YZ chose the chicken mushroom arrabiatta, with grilled lean chicken, spicy tomato basil, mushroom and fresh coriander leaves.
the food was really delicious! i was worried that YZ wouldn't like the food because he likes very rich (and usually unhealthy) food, but he dug right into his pasta and enjoyed it so much! although the chicken was lean so you'd expect it to be dry and tough, it still tasted good and went very well with the tomato basil sauce. my sea bass was fantastic as well, i loved the mushrooms and edamame that went with the fish, and every bite was bursting with flavour.
we were super full after our meal, because we each ordered a set that came with a soup, a drink and the free flow bread! oops. kind of too much food even though it's healthier. but it was extremely satisfying, and felt doubly good because we were eating food that was delicious and healthy at the same time! prices are also reasonable, it costs about $20++ per pax for a full and satisfying meal which isn't too expensive.
me! :D i need to visit Salon Vim soon, my black roots are all showing :(
brought my new arm candy out too :D my Prada Saffiano Lux Tote in lilac! loooove the color hehe. it's surprisingly roomy, i can fit in my camera, wallet, and still have space to spare!
love spending time together with the boy :)
we've gone back to Cedele a few times now, and we're still loving it so far! awesome place for healthy dining out. don't forget to try their freshly baked bread that's so good! if you're having soup, the chunky beef stew is super tasty too! can't wait to go back again!
went back to Cedele again last Saturday for brunch, and we shared a Chunky Beef Stew with soup and bread, and a Portobello Mushroom Salad! yum yum.
my outfit for the day: upcoming floral bustier and the Isabella maxi skirt in Coral from TheVelvetDolls! still my favourite maxi skirt of all time :D i love how the Prada in lilac sets off the coral skirt and purple accents of the top so perfectly!
went shopping in town afterwards, and i stopped by Lush at Wisma Atria to get this dry shampoo that Evonne recommended, and it's really a godsend!
No Drought, costs $27 for a bottle if i remember right, but it lasts forever!
it's awesome if your hair gets oily easily during the day, just a little of the powder applied onto your scalp and hair helps to absorb the oil and makes your hair look fresh and nice again! i like the citrusy scent too! it's really great when i have no time to wash my hair and have to rush out in the morning :P or after a workout at the gym and my hair is all sweaty and gross!
went KTV-ing after that, at our usual KTV place at Balestier :P hehe. love Sundays like this! i think i need to re-prioritise a little, and keep every other Sunday an "off-day" for some couple time with the boyfriend. i kinda of need a break from work too. my perfect Sunday! just food, shopping, and KTV hehe! so easily contented :D
gigged at Switch with GroundZero last Wednesday and it was tons of fun!!! i love GroundZero cos they're a really awesome band. heh. Allie (the other singer) is amazing, and so are all the musicians. i feel really fortunate to be up on stage singing with 'em!
and guess what, i wore my new Guess jeans too hehehe. they fit so well that i didn't feel self-conscious even wearing them on stage! yayness!
grabbed all these photos off the instagram accounts of my super supportive friends who came down!
just one group of many friends who came down! thank you everyone!
ok i'm gonna try to list out everyone: my dear Cherri and her friends Aretha and Chaijun, my primary 6 classmates (!!!) Jerry, Jieying, Hock Chuan, Garry and Yi Heng, Huiwen, her boyfriend David and the Nuffies, Fish and her friends, the SYC peeps Woon, Song Ern, Delin and Wailun, Nubbie Jiamei and Shaun, Gina my sissy and her bunch of BBRs, William our XYY keyboardist, the entire bunch of LL crew: Reenie, Min, Collin, Eils, Matt, Serene, Tricia, John, Simin and bf, Shaye and Munheng! also my cuzzie Nelly and cuz-in-law Paul! :D my poly BFF Yinghol and his friends, and Evonne, Eve, Yang and Meizhen!
i hope i didnt miss anyone out cos there were too many D: you guys (and girls) are really the best! i feel so absolutely lucky.
and of course the most important person who came down: my boyfriend YZ hehehe i sabo-ed him to go on stage to sing together with me! :X
TGIF, enjoy your weekend, folks! :D thank you so much for reading and sharing my moments with me here. you don't know how much i appreciate it :)