A lovely evening with the peeps of Ping.Sg at Essential Brew

Ping.sg is a bloggers community that I’ve been with for some months now. I don’t remember exactly how I stumbled onto this website, but it is a great place for Singaporean bloggers to gain some eyeballs to their blogs as well as finding interesting posts by Singaporeans.

After much contemplating, I decided to go for the meetup last night.

The evening didn’t start very promising. My lion hair decided to puff up and while riding my scooter on the road, the sky decided to rain. I went to seek shelter at a petrol station nearby and listened amusedly to two Indian men chatting amiably together.

At long last the rain abated and I went forward to the journey.

Pic of Holland Village, Singapore

Holland Village! It has been quite a while since I last been here. It isnt really my type of place as I was more of a heartlander, a neighbourhood person. But its a lovely place to go to. I should have brought Cartcart here.

There were heaps of well dressed people and expatriates there getting their groceries, having dinner in nice looking restaurants and people just walking about enjoying their saturday evening.

At length, I reached Essential Brew where the gathering was held. It looked very cosy. The decor was a mix of zen and homeliness. It looked like a good place to spend time with friends.

The first person I saw was Uzyn (Yes thats his real name!) as he waved at me from the room upstairs. As I entered the room, I saw Kevin, NTT and DK whom I met previously from the Nexus meet. As I sat down, I met this very sweet lady. She introduced herself as Tstar. She was very friendly! We hit it off instantly.

I was curious to see Ridz, who was sitting beside her. He was wearing the army uniform.

me : Did you just got off camp, Ridz?

ridz : Oh no, I am doing this because Tstar said that she’ll only come to this meeting if I wore my army uniform. She said she loves men in uniform. I’ve already completed my army training.

me : Ohmygosh. I cant believe you actually did that!

ridz : Yeah, too bad I couldnt find my camoflage cream for the face. I would have put that on too!

I realised later that the man who was sitting at the head of the table was Ebie, one of the owners for Essential Brew. He is a ping.sg member too! He sat with us for a while, but couldn’t stay long as it was a very busy night for him.

Pic of the Ping.sg group

From left to right : Tstar, Ridz, Kevin, NTT, Ebie, DK and Uzyn

Clappingtree arrived shortly after. She told me that she just came from mass from her church and that she lived nearby. It was really lovely to talk to her upclose. She was very friendly, warm and very easy going. The first time I saw her was at the Nexus meet, some weeks back. But I only managed to see her from a distance away and we didn’t get a chance to talk.

Any meetup with the Ping.sg gang will bound to have a plentiful of cheerful laughter. I am always amazed at how friendly these group are. I chuckled at the jokes and conversation. The topics ranged from the Pingnation netcast that Kevin planned to host, to the spontaneous netcast that Clappingtree suggested, to my cloudy drink ( Uzyn : It’s cloudy because its going to rain ) and practically everything else under the sky.

I looked at everyones dinner. Ridz had this yummy looking fish and chips. Uzyn had a plate of cream pasta. I think Tstar had a plate of beef and she looked like she enjoyed it. I decided to have the Vegetarian Verdure Pomodoro pasta. It was pretty good. So good that Tstar and I forgot to take a picture of our dinner šŸ˜›

Kevin and NTT had to leave after dinner, due to prior engagements but shortly after, Eastcoastlife and her husband arrived. She jokingly introduced him as her boyfriend. True to as what DK mentioned, she was a charismatic and attractive lady. When she talks, her eyes sparkled and it seemed that everyone warmed up to her.

Actually, I suspected that there could be something going on with Eastcoastlife and DK. Whenever they were in the chatroom, their chatting would dominate the entire chatroom that I got disgusted by it, quite frankly.

But DK explained that he has never met her before and regarded her as his “aunt”. They were both so funny and friendly that it was hard to stay mad at them.

Pic of the Panna Cotta Dessert

Ebie was so kind as to give us complimentary desserts after our dinner. Thank you Ebie! You rock! Each of us had a Panna Cotta with strawberries on top. It looked too pretty to eat. But when I started, it was so delightful to eat that I sighed when it was all gone.

Pic of the Ice Cream Bombe Dessert

We also had a plate of Ice Cream Bombe. I had to take a picture of this really quickly as everyone were eyeing on it. They couldn’t wait to devour it.

And it really was very very good. It had an entire medley of yummy treats like ice cream and lovely crunchy hazelnut bits in it. In no time at all, it was gone!

Rinaz wants more!


It was a very lovely evening, well spent with the group. The night seemed to end too quickly and we had to say goodnight to each other. I waved goodbye to clappingtree, saw Eastcoastlife walk the opposite direction, hand in hand with her hubby, saw chilvarous Ridz accompany Tstar to the bus stop. Uzyn and DK still wanted to to have coffee though.

Saying goodbye

I had to decline as it was nearly 11 pm. My parking was only valid till 10.30pm. Clappingtree said that this was a hot spot for parking wardens. Ack! I really didn’t want to get fined!

I had a really lovely time. It was definitely a great meetup! Here is a short clip from during dessert. Enjoy šŸ™‚

Click here to watch in youtube


26 Replies to “A lovely evening with the peeps of Ping.Sg at Essential Brew”

  1. hey, rinaz, no ned to be disgusted with me lah! I’m oredi married and hv a 15 yr-old kid. Tink dk would like tat? haizzz…. ok shall not appear in shoutbox often so gif others a chance to shout. hehehe….

  2. Rinaz, what a great summary and such a cute video (especially the last Fast Forward part)! And thanks for the kind words. At closeup, you look really pretty. And you are so witty and pleasant to be with.

    I’ve also enjoyed the company of the others, especially those sitting right next to me: Tstar, Ridz and Uzy. It was a great meetup, and I look forward to the next one. šŸ™‚

  3. Nana Jr

    We enjoyed it anyways! Actually that was meant to be a single serving, but I think that was a pretty generous size for 2 or even 3 people.


    Yeah, they missed something really good. But all the more for us, right? šŸ˜‰ Oh and check your email!


    Aww … *pat pat pats* There’s always next time, right? šŸ™‚


    15 year old son? You’re definitely worthy of the hottest mommy title šŸ˜‰


    Oh! How on earth did I mistake it for beef? Hehehehe


    Yes it was a lovely lovely evening indeed. It was such a pleasure to talk to you, clappingtree! I really enjoyed myself and I’m sure that the others did too! šŸ™‚

  4. Hey, was nice having you guys visit!
    Wow, you looked like you devoured the entire Plateau Serenade ice cream bombe yourself! haha! come get more before it runs out yeah!

  5. Ebie

    Ebie! Thank you so much for the desserts! It was truely yummilicious! The ice cream bombe was to die for! šŸ˜€

    As you can see, we really enjoyed ourselves there. Lovely place, lovely food, lovely people … what else can one ask for? šŸ™‚

  6. i think i’m gonna go there for dessert with my wifey, one of these days…it seems like a cosy place. i would always peer from d window of d bus & c d interior…hhhmmmm…cool…

  7. Gypsy Girl

    Yes, you’re right, it is a really nice place to hang out šŸ™‚ Sometimes I feel like such a tourist cause I dont even know much these places … hehehe. If it werent for the ping.sg outing, I dont think I would have known about it in the first place šŸ˜›


    Get the Plateau Serenate Ice Cream Bombe … its to die for … oooh so lovely šŸ˜€ There are tables on the first floor, but on the second floor, you’ll need to sit down. Good thing there is cuisions to lean and sprawl on … hehehe


    Thanks for dropping in my blog šŸ™‚ Yes, it was a very lovely night out hehehe … And gosh! Thanks for the nice compliments! You’re very sweet šŸ™‚

  8. Hmm, Holland Village! šŸ˜€

    There used to be a Chinese Serial involving it – the name of the show was even Holland Village, if I’m not wrong!

    I loved that show. (:

  9. Wati

    Haha! DK (or was it Uzyn) said that we were like piranas. But the ice cream bombe was really really good! One of the best ice cream that I’ve tasted here šŸ˜€

    Nana Jr

    I remember. They acted in a show where they sold nasi lemak I think. They cooked their nasi lemak in ice cream soda, while their rival cooked it in pandan. o.0

  10. eastcoastlife

    Alamak … I dont like tags ley …


    Oh yes, the ice cream bombe is to die for šŸ˜€ I think your dad will love it too, its generous enough for two people … but actually I’d like to eat it all by myself … hehehehe

  11. Hi Rinaz!

    I am a reader of eastcoastlife’s blog and she made me aware of this video. So I came over to see this. Felt sorry that you have to shoot the picture of everyone eating and almost not have any. But at least they save you some.

    Thanks for posting this. šŸ™‚

  12. Simple American

    Not a problem. I really enjoyed my time there, good food, good company, cant ask for more šŸ™‚

    No need feel sorry for me by the way, after all, I did have a nice bite of the ice cream!

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