32. I had a very enjoyable first weekend back in Singapore (after being away for almost 2 weeks) celebrating my birthday with non other than Selwyn. I was originally scheduled to fly back to Manila with my mom on my birthday but we rescheduled it to this week instead. I don’t think I can bear the thought of missing Selwyn’s birthday a week before and not spending my birthday with him while I am actually back in Asia. It was a good call!
And so, it seemed to be a normal Saturday, I was catching up with some news and saw that Rogue Magazine (September Edition) was trending, the chismosa (gossip girl) in me made me purchase a copy via Zinio.
I read through the juicy bits and sent the PDFs of the pages to another gossip girl – my mom!
Selwyn then surprised me with a Tinapa & Tuna Sisig with rice brunch in bed – I want to believe that he was just being sweet but I think he was actually hungry and ready to eat and I was still busy reading!
I bought some of these from Angel’s Kitchen (Manila) & brought it back to Singapore. Yum!
He also hand delivered (no postal stamp, no details) a UPS package to me – it turned out to be his gift.
He requested not to disclose what’s inside…lol!
We hanged-out at home until it was about time for dinner - listening to music, cleaning up the house, unpacking and then pre-packing again for this week’s travel plans.
Dinner was at North Border -Rochester Park while dessert & coffee was at Da Paolo Bistro Bar.
North Border serves American Food in a colonial style (black & white) bungalow while being surrounded by a lush tropical garden.
I was told to wear something casual & comfortable for the night. I didn’t know where we were going until we reached the restaurant. We were seated outside – an outdoor deck by the garden.
It was hard to take a decent shot given the very poor outdoor lightings.
Chicken Quesadillas (S$14) – So simple, but so good!
Seafood Marinara (S$28) – We loved the generous amount of seafood and the marinara sauce was just awesome. We wiped the plate clean.
Baby Back Ribs (S$30) – It was just so-so, the meat was not that tender and the BBQ sauce just did not have enough of the smokey flavour.
Overall, we enjoyed our dinner at the North Border – the food was satisfactory and the ambiance was great. We really liked the garden feel and the quietness of the surroundings. The weather that night was also pretty cooperative – bringing a nice light breeze throughout dinner time.
Da Paolo Bistro Bar
We hoped to Da Paolo Bistro Bar for coffee and desserts, it was just at the next bungalow so it was an easy decision to just stay put around Rochester Park instead of moving elsewhere.
A cup of Cappuccino for Sel and Chamomile Tea for me.
A slice of Tiramisu a.k.a. The Birthday Cake.
It was a busy night at Da Paolo – they were hosting a costume party and it seems like the music was getting louder and louder by the minute and we just wanted a quiet night so we played K.J. and called it a night after finishing what’s left on our table.
It was a quiet celebration for someone who’s getting much much older but I was glad that I could be in town and spend my first (after marriage) birthday with Selwyn. I also want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent their birthday greetings via FB, SMS, WhatsApp & emails. Thanks everyone and I love you all!
The North Border
2 Rochester Park Singapore 139213 | For more details, visit their website [here].
Da Paolo Bistro Bar
3 Rochester Park 139214 | For more details, visit their website [here].