It irritates me that he almost never plans dates. But then, serendipity can be fun too.
Once there, however, the sticky humidity killed my eagerness to hunt for a bargain (although I did buy a vintage pin and a beaded necklace). We dove back into the air-conditioning comforts and checked out theAlain Fleischer: Time Exposures exhibition (his b/w works are brilliant) instead.
I have been good to my bank account, so I figured I should buy my favourite guy dinner at Absolute Haven (70 Prinsep Street). It was highly recommended on foodie forums and it was near the SAM so we took a leisurely stroll over.
Verdict: hits and misses. The ambience was nice: a cosy nook located on a quiet street in the city. Service was flawless too. But the food was inconsistent. The Spinach and Wild Mushrooms Salad ($8) starter was a yummy choice. The mushroom soup ($6.90), though, wasn’t his cup of tea. It had chunky bits of mushroom, which was good, but it was too bland. He wasn’t too keen on my main, the Seafood Risotto Rice ($22), either. The murky seafood taste was overpowering and the octopus pieces were tough. But I liked that the rice had flavour, unlike the tasteless risotto served up by rival restaurants. The favourite of the day was his main, the Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb ($22). It was juicy, tender, the flavours (and decadent fat) bursting with every bite.
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Then, we were off to the Singapore Toy and Comic Convention! There were lots of excited fanboys but I’m not much of a toy fan and was just there to ooh and aah at the exhibits. The Domuya reminded me of Lester’s beloved Sharon, who is a devoted collector. And when I saw the Oyako Tofu, I thought immediately of Mel and her recent purchase. I almost caved and bought Tofu and Tokidoki tee-shirts but thankfully, common sense prevailed (I don’t wear tees) and I kept my wallet safely in my bag.
It didn’t stay in there for long, though, because when we went to Marina Square, I got myself a pair of Diesel vintage-esque high heels. I hardly wear heels and those were killer heels so common sense basically flew out of the window. But then again, I have been eyeing those chunky T-bar heels for the longest time and they were on 70% discount. Savings, no?
Maybe when we are married with kids, these dates will be far and few. Right now, I am just happy to indulge in the present.
And no, “impromptu-ness” is not really a word.