There were countless things that I wanted to do or wanted to be.
It was filial piety that made me start work at one of the statutory boards, as it was to fulfil my mother’s good intention of a comfortable life (she said 'iron-rice bowl'). It took me almost a decade (luckily 9 years not 10 years) to venture out. It took me another decade to realise my dream of being a salesman when I sold engineering plastic. And it took another decade before I started my own business - an entrepreneur finally! It may not be the most lucrative job, but I love what I do. My Mum was around when she saw my gung-ho spirit, and she was most proud of me.
I must say nothing was lost in the three decades. I have fond memories of people who became friends, who indulged me with food and wine. I also learnt to be more disciplined, patient and tolerant.
My journey of a thousand miles is reflected in my favourite classical piece; Moldau (12.10mins!) - it is about the river from the beginning before it reaches Prague. It is meaningful with a fast and slow speed which is similar to one's life’s journey as we meander through trials and tribulations while we experience what is around us.
For now, I believe our existence is to help someone, to love someone and to take care of someone (this reminds me of one of my favourite karaoke favourites – What if God is one of us.)
Merry Christmas and may this be a season where you show and receive much kindness and love!
Our Favourite South African Wine Critic Says ...
The go-to name for all South African wine ratings is the John Platters Guide, a well-respected reference in the country. According to the guide, 5 stars is Superlative, and 4.5 stars means Outstanding.
We are proud of the list of Superlative and Outstanding wines in our collection. Don’t say we don’t share the good stuff!
Wines rated 5 Stars that we have stock:
Eagles’ Nest Shiraz 2014
Wines rated 4 ½ Stars that we have stock:
Vergelegen Reserve Merlot 2013
Vergelegen Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Vergelegen V 2012
Vergelegen Reserve Shiraz 2014
Vergelegen G.V.B. 2012
Vergelegen DNA 2013
Credo Shiraz 2015
Stellenrust Timeless 2014
Stellenrust Cabernet Franc 2014
Thelema Rabelais 2014
... means to your good health in Afrikaans
Lunch in Nature
(and it's 5 mins from Orchard!)
Woods at Dempsey is our best-kept secret, and after so many years, customers are still asking us “how come we didn’t know you have this place? Another reason to pop by! Our value for money lunch offerings.
Where to go for Supper
If you fancy a late bite or supper, don’t just go for prata. The Dempsey and Sentosa Boardwalk outlets are serving food till late in the night. The last order is at 11pm for weekdays and 1am on Friday, Saturday and eve of Public Holidays.
Celebrate the Festive Season with us!
$69.90 excl gst for 5 course menu + 1 drink now till 1 Jan 2019 Available at all outlets.
So what’s up our culinary sleeves this year? A 5-course menu with a welcome drink (bellini, red or white wine) and dessert - the price is right! We’ve drawn some inspiration from our Asian roots – Turkey Breast with Mala Kung Pao flavours and Laksa Spaghetti, so come by with your loved ones, colleagues, friends or family!
Other than our Pig Trotter Bee Hoon and Cantonese Porridge at Dempsey, we’ve amped up our local line-up! Introducing our Beef Brisket Curry Noodles with aromas of lemongrass and Abalone Fried Noodles with chinese mushroom, japanese tofu and spinach only at Sentosa Boardwalk.
Now, our next question is - which wine will you enjoy this with?