“Me Time” at Ronin
It can be tough living and working with your spouse 24/7, So Cass and I try to have personal time at least once a week to recenter ourselves. Cass will go to the office without me, or I’ll go get a massage, or I’ll just go to a coffee shop.
My favorite experience having time to myself was on Aug 9, Singapore’s National Day. I went to Ronin for brunch. (Sidetrack: The most amazing breakfast! French toast with poached apples, bacon, and hazelnut butter — I seriously teared up the first time I ate it). The restaurant was crazy busy due to the holiday, so I went to the far back and sat down at a bar area. There were just two modern bar stools, and a thin wooden plank artfully attached to the wall. I ordered my heavenly breakfast and caught up on missed messages from friends and family in the states while I waited for my food.
After about 5 minutes I looked up to see a girl walking towards the back of the cafe looking for a seat, we made eye contact and I smiled. The stool next to mine was the last seat available, and as she was also at Ronin alone she came and sat next to me. I don’t really know how we started talking, it just happened! We made small talk — I am from America, I just moved to Singapore, and as always... yes, I look about 10 years younger than I really am. I asked her if she lived in the area and she said she was actually just in a yoga class! There was our connection. We ended up just having brunch with each other, chatting all about yoga; she was airdropping me screenshots of all of her favorite classes, and even showed me an app where I could find a yoga class near me!
It was such a unique experience. I went into the restaurant to have some “me time” and ended up eating brunch with a complete stranger. Her name was Annett, and I’ll probably never see her again— which to me, makes the experience so much more meaningful.