There were five years during my time in Hong Kong when September meant back to school season for me. I was an undergrad student for the first three, then I worked at a school, while also going back to school myself as a postgrad student.
I left school behind me now, and will always think back to my years in university with many fond memories (see my campus tour/education story here!). These days though, September brings me towards Mid-Autumn Festival events instead!
Here is my September diary, where I filled my calendar with three Mid-Autumn Festival events, checked out an éclair cafe and discovered several delicious food spots! I also included a great book I finished and a movie that made my day. :)
Mid-Autumn Festival Events in Singapore
Festival wise, I checked out a Tsumtsum themed display, visited Gardens by the Bay and Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall. I won’t go into too much detail because I did a whole post on this. Check it out here!
New Delicious Eats
Eating good food and discovering new places for it is one of my favourite things to do. In September, I tried three places that I had to recommend!
This casual Italian bistro in Tiong Bahru is my new favourite! They have a wide menu selection, delicious food, fun decor and amazing gelato and waffles, you absolutely must order dessert if you try this place! I love the Chapter 55 waffle, yum!
So Good Char Chan Tang
If you enjoy casual Hong Kong food like me, I have the best news to share! Thanks to a recommendation from some Hong Kong family friends who also live here in Singapore, my family and I have found a place in Bishan that serves Hong Kong food that is pretty much as close to the real thing as you can get. You won’t believe how happy I am to get to order a plate of Hong Kong char siu fan (roasted pork with rice in Cantonese cuisine), that is done exactly how it is in Hong Kong! This place has it, along with my fave pineapple buns and Hong Kong milk tea. Forget Honolulu Cafe SG (standards dropped over time) and Tsui Wah SG (too expensive), So Good is really as good as its name describes.
This restaurant is a little fancy and the plant themed decor makes for a beautiful setting. Food’s good and I enjoyed my dinner here!
Éclair cafe in Singapore
So I heard about this cafe specialising in éclairs a while back, called L’ÉCLAIR by Sarah Michelle and based on the good reviews and reading that the two owners and pastry chefs were trained in Le Cordon Bleu Paris, I popped by for a visit, while also treating my sister to a birthday éclair! The eclairs are not cheap, about S$7.50 – $8.50 per piece, but they are as pretty as they look on Instagram and are delicious. My sister and I ordered the dark chocolate and the vanilla ones, which were $8 each. The latte we got was very good too, but cost $5.50 for a small cup. The downside was the average service, considering the prices they are charging.
Book & Movie
I’ve been reading Seoul Sub-urban by Charles Usher, adapted from his website of the same name. Usher is an editor and writer, who is also a long time resident of Seoul. I love reading his site and I ordered this book once I heard of its release. I always have a big pile of books to read, so finally got round to this one only recently. It’s a great read, and Usher takes you along on his wanderings around the big city of Seoul. He visits places away from those that the usual tourist/expat/foreign student would, talks to the people he meets, shares the fascinating stories he encounters, history he researched and just reflects and presents a side to Seoul beyond the typical. I love this book!
In September, I caught the third Johnny English movie, Johnny English Strikes Again, which I really enjoyed! I loved the first two, and while this one didn’t have that many super funny moments, it was still hilarious and I loved all the old school references! I’m just not sure if anyone below the age of 21 is going to get those references hahaha.
That’s it for my September catch up. Can you believe we’re in the last quarter of the year already? Ahh, soon it will be Christmas, and I’m already excited!