My friend Itsy took me to this little art café called The Orange Thimble in Tiong Bahru a few days ago. She had chanced upon it, thinking it was still the sewing supplies store she used to go to (the sewing connection is in the name and logo — check out the stitching). What a lovely surprise. So (or should I say “sew”) adorable!
So today, my friend Tara and I went there with our Mac notebooks to have some brekkie and finish stories due tomorrow. The establishment is really new, so I forgave the slow-ish service (albeit with really polite staff) and the lack of Wi-Fi (it’ll be available from August 11). We split the breakfast — 2 sausages, bacon, mushrooms, tomato, 2 eggs and 2 slices of raisin bread — then ordered coffees (mine was a Mocha, above). The breakfast filled me up (at least my half did) and the coffee was okay. But I didn’t get any real writing done as I marveled at the little details of the café: the colorful shotglasses that lined a window sill; old-style kopitiam cups on a shelf above Coke bottles (the tiny, good-for-one-glass servings); the art on the wall; and the homey, calming feel of the place with its decor, wall scribblings, and the clever use of a taxi light as a lamp on one of the tables. By observing these details, it sparked creative ideas to start flowing again — no wonder they call it “A corner for creativity fuelled by passion and espressos.” Check them out at Block 56, 01-68, Eng Hoon Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore, www.theorangethimble.com
Glad that something good has come to this neighborhood!