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My Accidental Discovery of a New Neighborhood Family Diner

It was an impromptu decision that led us to discover this restaurant located deep inside a neighborhood community centre. Find out where after the jump.

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One Saturday afternoon, my wife and I decided to have lunch at our town center. Wanting to have our lunch at a less-crowded area, we decided to check out a different food court. But on our way to the food court we got distracted and went into a community center to look at the weekend courses offered. It was there that we discovered the Asian American family restaurant Shady’s Diner.

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Located deep within Singapore’s Toa Payoh central community center, this out-of-sight restaurant offers the weary visitor a place to rest and have a bite that won’t hurt their wallet.

Looking at the menu displayed outside, our eyes were attracted by the all-day breakfast meals. Feeling very adventurous, we decided to give it a try even though the restaurant also offered hot dogs, burgers, and milk shakes.

We were the first patrons of the restaurant during the hour we visited. But soon, more patrons arrived.

Photo by uncle_jay

Most of the patrons were teens and young children ordering bubble tea, which I thought was out of place for a restaurant even though we are seeing a resurgence in the bubble tea craze in Singapore.

The lights in the restaurant were kept low, which was initially worrisome as I was using a roll of homemade red scale film. Still, I took the chance and snapped away as I thought the f2.8 aperture and slow shutter speed features of the camera can still produce a useable photo. Plus the fact that I turned on the +1.5 EV button helped just a tad bit more. So when the photos came out I was happy to note how versatile the Olympus XA was.

Overall, this is a nice place to rest your legs.

written by uncle_jay

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