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Sunday Healthy Sunday

What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday morning? Sleep in? No judgement here, because all of Material World’s founders are guilty of doing just that too! But we found ourselves mixing it up last Sunday with our “yoga in the park” event, which we jointly organised with the good folks at Wawawa Bistro.

The weather looked quite threatening when we woke up that morning. In fact, it was raining in the West side of Singapore, where Deborah and Vanessa were coming from. Though it was cloudy in the East, the rained held at Bedok Reservoir … at least until we were done with yoga!

The lovely (and super toned) Jingshi, yoga teacher

The lovely (and super toned) Jingshi, yoga teacher

Our 21 participants arrived early or punctually for the event (good job, guys!), which was due to start at 10.15am for the class led by Lu Jingshi, who currently teachers yoga at Yoga Movement and Viva Fit. She’s been a yoga teacher for four years now and says of her job, “After teaching a few classes, I really enjoyed it and decided to make a career out of it, as it’s hard to find a job you truly love! It’s very fulfilling too when you see the happy faces of your students who managed to do challenging postures, or experience benefits from their practice with your assistance.”

Esther, one of the participants of our yoga event last Sunday

Esther, one of the participants of our yoga event last Sunday

Most of the participants were new to yoga, and wanted to use this opportunity to find out if it was for them. One of them is Esther, 29, who says, “My exercise regime involves swimming and pole-dancing once a week each. Today’s my first time trying yoga!”

The class covered the basics of yoga, which included a basic vinyasa sequence, sun salutations, as well as ab- and leg-strengthening exercises, all expertly guided by Jingshi. Actually, it was hard to tell that many participants were doing yoga for the first time, as most seemed to be holding the poses really well!

The outdoor area just behind Wawawa Bistro at Bedok Reservoir proved to be a great location for a spot of outdoor yoga, with some shade provided by surrounding trees. It happened to be breezy as well (thanks to the impending thunderstorm), which helped make the experience really enjoyable. Jingshi put it best when she said, “I think it is fantastic to be able to do yoga in the open and close to nature. Yoga focuses on connecting the breath with the mind and body, so it’s important that the practice environment is open with a good supply of fresh, clean air. Unfortunately, most studios are unable to provide fresh air as classes are conducted in an enclosed space.”

Hard at work doing the chair pose

Hard at work doing the chair pose

Denise and Vanessa get in on the action too. Denise is, anyway ... we're not exactly sure what Vanessa's doing!

Denise and Vanessa get in on the action too. Denise is, anyway … we’re not exactly sure what Vanessa’s doing!

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Fitness, friends, and food … what more do you need?

After an hour of hard work, it was time for brunch! Wawawa Bistro had a healthy brunch tailor-made just for this event. We started with a light wild rocket salad, which was tossed with berries and almond toast in a grapefruit balsamic dressing. It was really refreshing – great for whetting the tastebuds for the mains.

Wild Rocket Salad

Wild rocket salad

For the main course, participants had a choice of either the honey chicken breast, or a grilled salmon. The chicken breast was served with marinated vegetables and a lemon sauce that gave the dish a nice zing. The salmon proved to be a hit, with participants commenting that it was well-cooked and satisfying.

Honey chicken breast

Honey chicken breast

What’s a good meal without a sweet ending? We had a choice of fresh fruit or blueberry yoghurt for a creamy and guilt-free end to a great meal.

Blueberry yoghurt

Blueberry yoghurt

Though it started to rain halfway through the meal, it did nothing to dampen the high spirits of the participants who took the opportunity to make new friends or take the chance to catch up with old ones. The relaxing ambience of Wawawa Bistro, coupled with the lovely surrounding greenery of Bedok Reservoir certainly made it a conducive environment to rest, relax and mingle!

To cap it all off, the kind folks at Maybelline prepared a goodie bag for each of our participants to take home! The goodie bag included a Baby Lips Dr Rescue in Pink Glow, $6.90, which heals dry and chapped lips while giving it a hint of colour, as well as Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream,$17.90. The latter promises to even out your skin tone, minimise the appearance of pores, hydrate the skin, conceal imperfections and much more. Plus, with SPF50/PA+++, it protects skin well from damaging UV rays too. it’s a steal of a beauty product at just $17.90, we think!

Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream, $17.90

Maybelline Clear Smooth BB UV White Cream, $17.90

Happy participants with their Maybelline goodie bags!

Thank you, Maybelline!

What a fab way to spend a Sunday. It’s (almost) making us rethink our habit of sleeping in. 😉

Wawawa Bistro is at 901 Bedok Reservoir Road. Tel: 6285 8038. Read our review of its regular menu in this post.

Maybelline is available at Watsons and Guardian pharmacies. 

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Food Review: Wawawa Bistro – Deborah Tan

(6) IMG_0446To be honest, I’ve walked past Wawawa Bistro a couple of times but I’ve never thought to eat there. Not because the surroundings or the ambiance ain’t welcoming enough. I’m just always iffy about eateries that are the ONLY dining option at far-flung places. I am of the opinion that they won’t care about the food because most people would have “no choice” but to eat there.

So when I was invited by the PRs of Wawawa to do a food review, I was – honestly – prepared to be underwhelmed.

We arrived at Wawawa at about 7pm on a Monday evening where there was still some daylight left for us to appreciate the beauty of the surroundings. I must admit that, once seated, the view in front of the restaurant was pretty breath-taking and relaxing. The vibe was casual – diners wearing their jogging clothes fitted in easily among diners in office-garb – and I liked the “wall-less” concept of the restaurant because you really feel as if you’re dining IN a park, not inside an air-conditioned box located in a park.

(1) mini burgerThe menu is extensive, boasting Western dishes and Asian-inspired ones such as the soft-shell crab laksa. While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the food here are culinary works of art, but they are comfort food done well and the portion sizes, generous.

For appetizer, I recommend you share the Mini Beef Burgers ($13.80) with your friends. The juicy grilled mini patties are rich in beefy flavour and whet your appetite instead of filling your stomach. If you’re a small eater and are looking for a meaty dish with a manageable size, this could also work as your main. With mini burgers, there is always a chance that the entire patty is done too dry and you’d have to douse the entire thing in ketchup for it to be palatable. These were done just right and the buns were fresh and pillow-soft.

(2)pork knuckleThe Signature German Pork Knuckle ($25.80) is a dish for sharing. The crackling was addictive and worth every fat and calorie. The meat retained its juiciness and did not have an overwhelmingly “porky” taste. Still have room to try another main? I strongly recommend the Soft-Shell Crab Laksa ($12.80). When Vanessa wanted to order it at first, I was like, “Please?!?! Why are you ordering something you can easily get for $3 at a hawker centre?!!” But when the dish arrived, I found my mouth beginning to salivate. With an entire fried soft-shell crab on top of the laksa, this dish hit all the spots and checked all the boxes. It was flavourful, rich, comforting, spicy, and every bite makes you just want to have some more.

(3) lavaFor desserts, don’t turn your nose up at the Wawawa Chocolate Lava Cake ($10.80). Ours was done perfectly with a soft chocolate cake and a crusty shell that opened up to a thick, molten center of warm chocolate sauce. It was the perfect end to a more than satisfying meal and I understood why the restaurant had such a healthy crowd on a Monday evening – when you’re stressed, all you want is eat food that is focused on being unabashedly shiok. At Wawawa, the food is just that – shiok.

Wawawa Bistro By The Reservoir is located at Bedok Reservoir, 901 Bedok Reservoir Road. Tel: 6285 8038.

Material World was invited to a tasting by Wawawa Bistro. All opinions are the author’s own.

YOGA & BRUNCH WITH MATERIAL WORLD AT WAWAWA BISTRO

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How would you like to do some yoga and have brunch here?

20 Material World readers will have the chance to enjoy a Sunday morning at Bedok Reservoir with a yoga session followed by brunch at Wawawa Bistro. Details:

DATE: 15 September 2013, Sunday
TIME: 9.30am SHARP
MEETING POINT: Wawawa Bistro at Bedok Reservoir
This is a LADIES-ONLY event. Gentlemen, we appreciate the support but we are unable to accommodate men at this event.

Every participant pays $10* to sign up. You’ll receive:
1. An hour-long yoga session with yoga instructor Lu Jingshi
2. A healthy brunch courtesy of Wawawa Bistro
3. A beauty goodie bag by Maybelline
4. A yoga mat

*The $10 will be spent solely on covering the expenses of the yoga mat and logistics. Wawawa Bistro will not be profiting from this event.

Booking Deadline: 11 September 2013, Wednesday

To sign up, simply fill in the form below and we’ll advise you on the payment method. WE DO NOT ACCEPT PAYMENT ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT. Only by bank transfer or cheque. All payment must be made by the Booking Deadline. Your spot will only be confirmed when we receive your payment.

BOOK MY MAT!

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