An afternoon with the Chow Chows at Chow Cute Cafe - Sweet bunny

                                                

Throwback to Deepavali when it was a public holiday, dear and I made a date to go to Chow Cute Cafe together. It is unbelievable that we have not been out for a meal together since covid19 started and it felt refreshing to head to Seletar Air Base to get some fresh air and spend the day with adorable dogs. An advance booking has to be made on their website to avoid disappointment, so I booked an afternoon slot about a week before. 
                                    

Our journey to Seletar Air Base was just a bus ride away; we reached the area within 30 minutes. Making our way to the cafe from the bus stop was a breeze just a 10-minute walk. I really adore the quaint colonial houses in Seletar airbase makes one feel like you have entered another realm into the charming countryside.

Chow Cute Cafe
                              

I really liked the look of the exterior of the café; it had a very elegant feel to it. You may choose to have your meals al fresco on the lovely patio furniture or indoors. 

Cute Chow Chow from Chow cute cafe



Our experience at Chow Cute Café was an overall review - Greeting us at the front door was an adorable older brownish-black Chow Chow. It is no surprise because Chow Chow has a history of being guard dogs to livestock and homes, untrained Chow Chows tend to be more on the aloof side and aggressive with strangers and other dogs but I am glad to report that all the Chow Chows at Chow Cute Café are well trained and friendly. The younger pups tend to be more cheeky and playful while the older ones are calmer and mellow perfect for children because they would sit around and allow a child to pet them.

Brown Chow Chow



 I truly enjoy seeing that the dogs would light up with delight each time they spotted their trainers, this goes to show that the dogs are well treated by their owners and well taken care of. I do have my reservations when going to pet-themed attractions, I always keep an eye out how the animals are treated. We had an enjoyable quiet afternoon interacting with the dogs and stroking them, this is a rare treat, as we do not own any pets due to our busy work schedules. The cafe has a nice range of board games for a fun-filled afternoon, a very nice touch I must say for a relaxing afternoon.



                                                                                     
There are mixed reviews on google about the food at the café, the team at the café are a young group and are most helpful we were served dessert before the main course and drinks are expensive but considering the fact that you aren’t charged for playing with the dogs, it is well worth the cost. We did wait rather long for our meal but the fish was fresh and delicious.

 
                                           

salmon

salmon

Ice Cream Waffle



Shall I close with a few ...

Chow Chow Dog Breed Fun Facts - The name Chow Chow is not of Chinese origin but from a pidgin-English term that was used to describe things that came from the East in the 18th century.

  • Chow Chows has 2 extra teeth compared to other canines most dogs have 42 while Chow Chows have 44.

  • Unusual coloured tongue, young Chow Chows have punk tongues but as they age, their tongues turn blueish black.

Chow Cute Cafe
16 The Oval, Seletar Aerospace Park, 797873
Tel: 6974 7916


 






Handmade beaded crystal necklace by Lilac Jewels - Sweet bunny



Youth entrepreneur- I got to know a very sweet girl via social media who runs Lilac Jewels. It has been a couple of months since we exchanged messages back and forth to get to know her business better. I just must say I am very impressed with the young lady who started her very own handmade jewellery business and even shares a tip or two with me from time to time on how to improve sales and better connect with your audience.

It was an honour to be her first customer; I purchased a customised crystal chip necklace from her, as I do not quite fancy the gold-coloured chain of the original design but glad customisation was available. I liked that there was a selection of mini crystals to choose from in different colours, the pastel stones went well with a silver chain and the workmanship is impressive. I really like the style of her dainty jewellery and would



handmade crystal flacks necklace

 

Thoughtfully packaged jewellery- I love all the freebies that she packed in the tiny parcel she sent me an intricately made necklace, a ring and a couple of stickers with a thank you note. I could tell that a lot of consideration was made with the tiny tags she attached to each piece of jewellery carefully placed in a purple organza bag,

                           handmade necklace packaging 

I invited Lilac Jewels to guest post on my blog, do lend her your support.


I started my small business to make affordable yet nice jewellery for everyone. Jewellery should not just be for those who can afford to buy high-quality ones, leaving those who are not able to afford them buying the lower quality ones.

 Such as necklaces that tarnish easily or bracelets that break when worn. Thus, I set up Lilac Jewels. to make dainty and pretty jewellery, which everyone can afford. Since young, I have always liked crafting. Especially beading. 

I have also aspired to help the less fortunate. Thus, every 20% of my earnings will go to a charity organisation.
 Handmade items are way more significant than store-bought ones. 

Behind the scenes is a lowly paid worker struggling to make ends meet just putting the jewellery pieces together. However, small businesses make everything by hand. Even the cards they give out is designed by hand! Jewellery is not overpriced pieces of gold; jewellery is a piece of decoration, used to make someone happy and more confident.

Flotation Therapy at Palm Ave Float Club (Kampong Bugis) - Sweet Bunny

                                         Palm Avenue Float Club Sign

I received a gift card from my sister for Christmas last year. It was for a 60-minute float at Palm Ave float club for my hubby and myself. We delayed our trip to the float club for quite a number of months due to covid-19 but finally decide to go down and utilised the facilities.

We took a cab down to Kallang River Side Park and what looked like an old building in the middle of nowhere was charming when we entered, we were a little lost but the kind restaurant staff from the Raw Kitchen Bar on the first floor guided us to which lift to take. When we reached the Float Club we were greeted by a scenic view of Kallang River Side Park, the sight of old banyan trees and tranquil waters from the window walls just gives you a sense of relaxation and peace.


Lobby area of Palm Avenue Float Club
Lobby area of Palm Avenue Float Club



Floatation Therapy Benefits- In a blissed-out state is attained during floatation therapy, which can improve mental clarity, creativity, and problem-solving abilities other benefits from deep relaxation is better to sleep and muscle repair. Epsom salt is used in the pod water the solution is beneficial for your body and mental health.

Things you have to note before going for Floatation Therapy- As much as possible you might want to refrain from shaving before heading down for a floatation therapy session as the saying goes adding salt to a wound, shaving might cause micro-cuts and it will really hurt once the saltwater seeps into a wound and sting. However, the club does provide you with packets of Vaseline which you can use to seal up any nicks, cuts, or wounds before soaking. Dyeing your hair before soaking is also not advised because the hair colour may run.
 
shower and shower facilities
The staff was very efficient and friendly and after checking in via safe entry, we were guided to our floatation rooms. The pods were huge! The staff showed me all the facilities in the room like the shower area and floats for the neck because during floating some may feel a straining their necks so the float was provided to ease the tension allowing you to fully relax. The water is deep enough to allow you to float but the depth is nothing to worry about for people like myself who aren’t good swimmers. There are earplugs available to prevent salt from entering your ears. There is also a button within the pod that you could press for assistance from the staff.

closed pod float therapy

open pod float therapy



I started my floating session with a shower before heading into the pod, it is important to cleanse yourself removing any oil from your hair and body, which might create a distracting bubbling sensation. I did not close my pod as I didn’t like the claustrophobic feeling small spaces give me and also for the reason that I was told that one of the hinges of the pod wasn’t working well. I did not want to risk being stuck in a pod of water.


There is relaxing music at the beginning and ambient lighting before it is lights out and the music stops allowing you to fully relax. To be honest I began my first couple of minutes playing with the water and just enjoying the fact that I could float. The warm water has a calming effect. I tried a few positions before I could really relax for the remainder of the hour. The music and lights turned on when the hour was up so I hopped out of the pod to get a good shower to remove all the salt off my body. The salt does crystalize once it dries so do make sure that you wash yourself thoroughly.

                                        float therapy



                                          
Hubby was in a separate room and did enjoy his float session, would we like to go back for another float? Most likely no, don’t get us wrong it was enjoyable but at a slightly pricy range of SGD$89.00 an hour for a single float but it makes a good gift idea for someone you know needs to relax and would enjoy this experience.