Teach as you bake.

I love teaching because I see the value of education for it enriches and empowers one.

That is one main reason why I chose to become a teacher in the first place.

Then I got interested in baking and realised that it isn’t as daunting as I thought it to be.

When friends told me that they dare not bake and wanted me to share with them, I couldn’t resist.

It’s always good to empower people, even in baking.

In Boston, I started giving one-on-one baking tutorial…

Teaching Y chocolate cupcakes

Teaching Y chocolate cupcakes

And macarons...

And macarons…

And then a pair…

Teaching the gals potato gratin and macarons

Teaching the gals potato gratin and macarons

And subsequently, a group.

Teaching the folks raspberry sandwich biscuits

Teaching the folks raspberry sandwich biscuits

Teaching macarons to a group of lovelies

Teaching macarons to a group of lovelies

So, I thought, “Maybe I can continue to teach baking to whoever wants to learn how to bake a certain item?”

It happened yesterday when i invited two ladies to bake Lemon Meringue Tartlets since they expressed much enthusiasm in my pictures (posted on FB).

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I enjoyed myself tremendously. There is nothing like seeing a person become more confident in doing a certain task after showing her the ropes. Satisfaction to the maximum.

Perhaps, I can teach baking at my home… for a small fee?

Do you think this is feasible?

* By the way, I had a good photographer friend, Mabel, on that day who has an eye for details so Natasha could document her learning from the pictures captured.
Awesome.

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Finally, a staycation.

stay·ca·tion

noun: a vacation spent at home or near home, doing enjoyable activities or visiting local attractions.

You have to know something about me. Every time, da man suggested a staycation which involves staying overnight at a hotel, I would reject him because I don’t see the point of forking out hundreds of dollars for a room when we have a roof over our heads. However, that changed after we have had one last week.
I had been feeling rather exhausted since Faith started her habit of waking up in the middle of the night. You could imagine dark eye rings, puffy eyes and an extremely tired body. Da man decided then that we should have a staycation and checked us into Equarius Hotel at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). Along with the package was a day pass to Adventure cove and a $50 food voucher.
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Our staycation started on Monday afternoon after da man came back from work and started his leave. We treated ourselves to lemon tart and a chocolate tart from Paul’s Boulangerie Patisserie before treating ourselves to a spa treatment at Aveda Spa. I have to mention that the tarts from Paul are sooo delicious and it is a personal goal to reach such a standard in my baking attempts.
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The following day, after having breakfast at Tiong Bahru Bakery, we headed to Sentosa. It was a rainy day but thankfully, there was much shelter at Resorts World Sentosa. As we could only check into the room at 3pm, the only thing we could do was to visit the hotels under RWS and to take the Sentosa express (train) to the various stations (and take pictures)!
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And finally, we could check in! Equarius Hotel is located furthest away from the congregation of hotels at RWS. I was told that this is the newest hotel and caters more to couples and folks on business. We had wanted to book Hard Rock Hotel or Festive Hotel but was informed that they were fully booked. Well, it turned out to be a blessing actually. Here’s why:
1. Equarius hotel brands herself as a haven for nature lovers and it is shown through their interior design. Canvas paintings of nature were hung along the aisle and one is greeted with lemongrass scent as you explore the hotel. It does give me a sense of tranquility, no doubt. It’s just what I need in a getaway!
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2. The rooms are big. And thankfully we were also given a room with a garden. The toilet is spacious, with double vanity areas, tubs and separate showers. The bathtub is huge, big enough to accommodate all three of us and we had fun in it. A big bathtub is important at this point in time since Faith is still young and may not enjoy much in pools. A bathtub would be a good alternative!
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3. Adventure Cove is just round the corner. In fact, all we took were just a few steps as it is located just beside the hotel. Adventure Cove is quite a fun place to go to and I believe you can spend hours in it. However, our princess fell asleep 30 minutes into our visit and we had to call it quits. Anyway, many of the activities are not suitable for a kiddo like her. Perhaps, the next time!
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4. Cosy breakfast at Forest restaurant. All right, I certainly don’t think the breakfast spread is anything to boast about but it’s the setting, the peace you get as you savour your breakfast. 😉
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Love looking at kitchens. This one is neat and clean!
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5. Friendly staff. ’nuff said. I like it when I see smiles rather than frowns. Oh yes, we were greeted by the staff whenever we met them on our way. This is what I call manners.
Equarius hotel does not have her own swimming pools, making it a push factor for families to stay there. However, you could still enjoy the pools from the neighbouring hotels without additional charges. What you need to do is to walk a longer distance but hey, they are actually not far from one another to begin with.
The staycation certainly gave me much rest and time with da man. If I was to stay at home or spend the night at home, the tendency is that I would busy myself in the kitchen or doing some household chores instead of spending time with him.
Now, I do see the value of a staycation.
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Signing off!