Hello hello!!! How are we all doing after the four-day weekend? Suffering from post-Golden Jubilee withdrawal? That’s fine because it is a 4-day work week! Wooohooo. My Golden Jubilee week was epic! Among many things, I threw two parties! Those took up a lot of time and effort. In the end it was so worth it as my friends declared it the best party I ever threw. So now I am on a post-parties HIGH and want to organize more parties!
Here’s what went down during the weekend. The celebrations began on Thursday evening at The Manor Bar where we celebrated a friend’s belated birthday. I loved how quiet the second-level bar was on the eve of weekend compared to the noise downstairs. The drinks were good!
We surprised the birthday boy with his favourite “cake”, an ice-cream cake from Hagan Daaz. It couldn’t have been more pink! While difficult to cut and it looked as if we destroyed the cake, it was delicious.
My friend bought me this amazing cocktail book from the famous speakeasy bar in New York City, PDT. I devoured it like no other.
On Friday evening, I went with good friends to catch the Sing50 concert – the only Golden Jubilee event I attended. Before the concert, we met up for an early dinner at my favourite Korean Fried Chicken place, Oven & Fried Chicken. Specializing in fried rice chicken, I was super excited to introduce this joint to them. Despite the lack of Watermelon Soju (our favourite), they still enjoyed the crunchy skin and juicy meat as much! Food-street-cred solidified yet again. Woohoo!
We began dinner with a tiny jug of Yoghurt Soju or “Yoju” as my friend called it during the entire evening. Essentially yakult with alcohol, this was very appetizing! We swiftly ordered a second jug.
On this visit, we ordered the Kimchi Pancake that had more vegetables than pancake; loved it!
The classic Fried Rice Chicken and one with mild spicy sauce – all juicy half-portion boneless chicken. I recommend getting the spicy sauced version; out-of-this-world!
We also tried something new: Sauced Jambalaya came with a sauce filled with red chilli padis! This took down a lot of people during dinner.
The Sauced Soy Sauce version – sweet and savoury at the same time.
After dinner, we took the train to the Sports Hub for the Sing50 concert. The audience turnout was huge!
Watched home-grown Stefanie Sun and JJ Lin perform. I was blown away from their singing. But the highlight of the evening was Lang Lang, the renowed pianist. I was in awe of his nimble fingers.
The LKY montage during his performance was especially touching.
Here is a snippet of his performance.
After the concert, we could not resist snapping a shot of this view.
On Saturday, I spent the day shopping for the party in the evening. Mad crazy amount of shopping and rushing around for décor. It was the first party I threw with so much décor but the multiple trips to the Balloon shop (3! to Middle Road) was so worth it in the end! There was a backdrop to commemorate the weekend…
Went to town at Biscuit King…
This shop is so close to my house but last Thursday was my first visit to the shop and I was overwhelmed.
Got a KTV system going on…
Made a Singapura Sangria
The theme was Your Favourite Hawker Grub and my friends brought the best and craziest amount of food. Check out the spread…
Which increased as more people arrived.
Notable dishes that evening: Soon Heng Rojak, Bedok Satay, Popiah from Old Airport Road, Hai Cheong Gai from Siang Hee Zi Char
For desserts, there were Paddle Pop ice-cream (my guests went wild!), a beautiful SG50 cake from Edith Patisserie (pandan coconut gula Melaka frosted in red and white frosting), and more ice-cream from Island Creamery (Ping Pong Milo & Chendol).
Intersection of the rich, lovely cake that tasted strongly of Kaya. I was totally in love with the fluffy buttercream.
On National Day, BBQ Party with my family while watching the parade. My cousins know where to get good stuff.
There was a Paleo party going on…
Ran out to watch the fighter jets fly by.