When Deedee and I met other BNI members in the Singapore Conference we attended, there is an instant rapport even if you meet them for the first time. We can assume to have the same mindset and the same ideals that we are working towards. One such member was Judy Koh Teck Neo of Creative Culinaire. We caffepralet-in1.jpgvisited her restaurant Caffe Pralet on Eng Hoon Mansions and we savored her coffee, rose tea, Laksa and chocolate mousse. Deedee and I also met up with Maya Hidajat, Senior Event Manager of IMG as they are working on the planning of Philippine Badminton Open in Manila.

caffepralet-out.jpg Her café is very cozy and she told us that several BNI chapters have their breakfast meetings there. In fact, another chapter bumped off even the chapter she belongs to, Crescendo.

The café features her poems on her wall. One poem I liked read was entitled “Teabags”:


Teabags dipped in water
Listening to talks between girls
Stolen secrets, hearts poured into china teacups,
Pain diluted and friendships stirred,
Sweeten with honey,
The lemon no longer sour,
And sip it slowly
And somehow, it tastes better than water unadorned



Stately aromas from English Earl grey,
Jasmine flowers plucked from the fragrance of Chinese bosoms,
Teas from India, dressed in veils of mystery
Choice aplenty and you have it all,
The world at a sip away,
Have tongue will travel,
And let your mind’s eye roam the perfumes of the lands

Judy Koh
15th Jan 2004

She also conducts cooking lessons at her huge kitchen beside Caffe Pralet. When in Singapore, check it out!

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