CREATURE COMFORTS

You wake up one fine morning doubting the existence of hope, wondering if there is a point to everything you’re doing. It’s that time again when you wallow in melancholy as the ghosts of the past caper within your field of vision. There is really no way to go about it except to ride this wave of the blues, but the ride doesn’t have to be mired in wretchedness. My advice is to think of your creature comforts, which can certainly add in a dash of bright hues in your otherwise grey palette. These creature comforts of mine dovetailed with sessions of foot reflexology are more than enough to help me ride the pesky blues.

  1. Weekend high tea

A trip to Cascade Lounge at Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta, can be a huge ameliorating factor in lifting up the blues, and this is despite the exhaustingly infuriating journey to the city all the way from Bekasi because of the turtle-pace traffic and road closures that would have you making a huge circle to get to where you’re headed, which was normally accessible by a straight line.

A basket of flowers greet you as you make your way from the lobby to Cascade Lounge.

A basket of flowers greet you as you make your way from the lobby to Cascade Lounge.

There are numerous exquisite sofa sets to claim as your nook for that afternoon in the spacious Cascade Lounge, order the classic high tea set, and simply sit. Whether coffee – cappuccino or café latte – or tea (I recommend the green tea), it goes well with the set of little tuna/salmon/caviar with egg sandwiches, scone with jam and clotted cream, mini meat pie, and an array of delectable éclair, macaron, and mini chocolate cake. Completing the relaxing weekend afternoon is the music wafting through the air from the trio of Eastern European women on the piano, cello, and violin.

The musicians in flowing gowns enchant you with tunes from classical to modern.

The musicians in flowing gowns enchant you with tunes from classical to modern.

Naturally, the high tea is to tide you over before the gastronomic experience at the buffet of The Café a little later in the evening.

The Classic Afternoon Tea Set is your bridge to your next meal at The Cafe.

The Classic Afternoon Tea Set is your bridge to your next meal at The Cafe.

  1. Cool coffee

It has been a while since my last visit to Eight Coffee, this quaint coffee place at Grand Galaxy, and a lot has happened. The menu has expanded to included light meals like the fettuccine carbonara among others plus breakfast sets that early risers can dig into as early as 6 a.m. A new drink caught my attention, the Vietnamese iced coffee, which piqued my curiosity having had it always hot.

The verdict: it’s a serene afternoon with each sip as you nestle comfortably in one of the sofa sets, your current read in your hand.

A book, a bowl of pasta, and a glass of Vietnamese iced coffee make for a relaxing me-time at Eight Coffee.

A book, a bowl of pasta, and a glass of Vietnamese iced coffee make for a relaxing me-time at Eight Coffee.

  1. Tea and toast

Killiney Kopitiam has always been a favourite haunt of mine in Singapore. Whether breakfast or snack, a cup of sweet teh tarik (‘pulled tea’) and a plate of toasted bread with butter and sri kaya (coconut jam) spread satisfies those persistent hunger pangs. It’s now easier to make a teh tarik-kaya-toast run because a franchise called Killiney Kopi just opened for business at Grand Metropolitan in Bekasi.

Got the hunger pangs? Grab a mug of teh tarik and a plate of kaya toast.

Got the hunger pangs? Grab a mug of teh tarik and a plate of kaya toast.

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