Henry Congressional

Better head down soon, because this place has an expiration date. Henry Congressional pop up cafe will be gone by 30 December along with all the other Henry Park tenants as the estate is up for en bloc. Who knows when this charming cafe will surface again, if ever.


I’ve never been the biggest fan of cafes because I don’t like cafe food, i don’t drink a single drop of coffee, and it’s probably overpriced too. But finally, a cafe with not only gourmet coffees, but gourmet teas and gourmet beers as well! The very elusive locally brewed jungle beer can be found here, along with a bunch of similarly unknown import beers appropriate for a hipster place like this.


There is a good range of sandwiches on the menu, all simple yet hearty. Very nice place to relax in, it’s quiet and cosy with just three tables and a counter top at the joint.

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Tim Minchin: If I Didn’t Have You

I believe I have said repeatedly that I don’t believe in ‘the one’. I’m not going to start again, because I found someone else who can do a better job at explaining anyway. I discovered Tim Minchin (comedian, singer) through thought catalog. He can be insufferable at times but I agree with what he has to say in this song. Don’t let the title fool you.

Look, I’m not undervaluing what we’ve got when I say
That given the role chaos inevitably plays in the inherently flawed notion of fate,
It’s obstruce to deduce that I’ve found my soulmate at the age of 17
It’s just mathematically unlikely that at a university in Perth
I happened to stumble on the one girl on earth specifically designed for me

And if I may conjecture a further objection love is nothing to do with destined perfection
The connection is strengthened the affection simply grows over time
Like a flower
Or a mushroom
Or a guinea pig
Or a vine
Or a sponge
Or bigotry

… or a banana (banana)

And love is made more powerful by the ongoing drama of shared experience and synergy
And symbiotic empathy or something like that…

Tristan Prettyman – I Was Gonna Marry You

So Tristan Prettyman is one of my favourite singers. I discovered her in 2007 when I attended an intimate acoustic gig she held at the Esplanade recital studios during the mosaic festival.

This new song is about how she was blind sided when Jason Mraz broke off their engagement unexpectedly. What’s worse is they were doing so well and he couldn’t give a legit reason for his sudden change of heart.

I watched a video of her singing this live, I don’t know how she did it but she managed to gracefully finish the whole song without her nose stuffing up and her voice breaking up, though she did shed some tears.

I can’t see why Mr A-Z would give her up, they were so musically in tune and their chemistry really showed in their collaborations. But anyway I think he’s on some road to try to attain nirvana now or something with his hippie beard and long hair and needs time alone to do yoga and om namaste.

Whatever it is I still think the position he put TP in is unreasonable and unfair and he was being so selfish and I’m speaking from experience. Sorry.


Random things that interested me today – Motonari Ono Spring 13 runway where models sashayed down the catwalk holding mannequins. So simple (no carousels), inexpensive (no escalators) yet  so surprising. Love the concept.

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Yay or nay? Marc by Marc Jacobs lambskin iPhone box bag.

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Kate Spade Cordelia sunnies

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The Lover’s Dictionary

David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary

True, love is hard to pin down into words. “Ineffable”, the author describes love to be. But with The lover’s dictionary, he tried. This book is like every other oxford dictionary, but with the author’s own definitions of the words A-Z. At the end you piece together a story of a couple, from all the evidence he sprinkled throughout the definitions.

The plot is my only gripe, because it wasn’t developed enough as a story. He may have the whole dictionary concept going on, but ultimately this is still a piece of fiction. The techniques he uses should support the story, not the other way round.

Maybe it has to do with that I’m in a relationship now so everything hits closer to home. I read one review that warned other singletons not to pick up this bore of a book. I disagree, I think it’s filled with gripping life moments that are so real, anyone would be touched.

Keep a real dictionary close by so you can compare a lover’s definition of a particular word with the original definition. What you find will be the true beauty of this book.