Oct 12 2016
I got finger-trigger happy earlier and was trashing a bunch of blog posts, and then of course the inevitable happened and I discovered I’d permanently deleted something I’d wanted to keep.
You see, earlier this year I’d received a comment on the blog from someone very special to our family, on this post.
Dearest Evelyn, Alf and layla!!! Stumbled upon your blog by chance! Was searching
around the internet for some old articles… Anyway was so moved by your entry that i
couldn’t resist and had to reply you immediately! Miss you guys terribly and definitely
cooking for Layla! You guys are the one of the few reasons i still continue cooking everyday, i have learnt a lot throughout this journey with you guys! Big respect on the kind words. Hope you will have a pleasant day, write to you soon! — Xander
I’ve written back but we haven’t heard from Xander since; I hope he’s doing OK and I’ll probably check on him around Christmas. His message meant a lot to me, Alf, and Layla. I remember getting up at 6AM because my phone pinged, reading it, and tearing up. It’s not stuff we would’ve said to each other in person, but he was a big part of our lives and I’m so glad he’s still doing what he’s great at.
Below is the post that Xander found, which I’d deleted, but there are usually ways to get around that. In this case, it was the Wayback Machine to the rescue. It’s happened to me several times this year but anything lost and found becomes infinitely more precious, and so I’m republishing this again:
Alf and I discovered Basil Alcove the year we had Layla, and let’s just say we discovered real food there.
We’re both sentimental about this family-run eatery, it was our “everything” place and you’d find us there on date nights, nothing nights, friend nights, birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas… The Basil crew definitely got to see Layla grow up! If they were paying attention they might’ve caught us breaking up or making up, many times over. I guess Layla was the only one doing any growing up.
Alf found out recently that Basil Alcove will be shutting down in mid-Feb and I dropped in tonight to say hi and bye. If you’re in the Bugis/Beach Road area, do stop by while you still have the chance. Try the Mushroom Bacon pasta–I was hooked on it for years!
* Basil Alcove is at 01-12 Fortune Centre (Middle Road).
p.s. If you’re not chatty and you’d like better service at your favourite restaurant or coffee joint, try this: Order the same thing in the same way, every single time. I think servers get a high from correctly predicting what you want; they’ll like you better for it (and you’ll like them) and you can work your way up to a friendship. It works for me!
p.p.s. This picture of Layla was taken at Basil Alcove in 2007. Check out the attitude!