these unconcrete days


(photo from here, thank you!)

a couple of months ago, we decided not to serve breakfast/lunch/dinner in the store anymore. it was a difficult decision, but there were many factors involved, and eventually we had to make that decision. we got back to selling coffee and tea and sometimes freshly baked cakes (sometimes, because i can't bake and sometimes the person who bakes can't come in), just like the good old days.

so maybe it got some people thinking, so what can we exactly do in casual poet if there's nothing to eat?

i decided to come up with a list of suggestions as to what you can do here in our space (which we also like to think of as a living room):

1. Write
write a book. write a poem. write a love letter. i can turn down the music for you, if you like.

2. Work
we offer free wifi and an extremely powerful air-conditioning unit. we've heard that our place makes people feel productive. i hope it's true.

3. Have a meaningful conversation
maybe it's just me but i am always kinda moved by the sight of two people chatting for hours over a cup of coffee or tea in our store. i'd wonder to myself, what exactly are they talking about? they must have known each other for a long time to be talking to each other like that. sometimes i wish i could eavesdrop on their conversations, but of course i try very hard not to (okay sometimes i do, but minimally!).

4. Read
i am convinced that reading is one of the most beneficial activities on earth, but city life is busy and crazy and back-breaking, and we're always sucked into one busy schedule after another, and the books we buy from Kinokuniya or BooksActually or Polymath & Crust pile up. but believe me, all you have to do is select one weekday or weekend afternoon, come to our store around 4 or 5 (as the warm light of the settling evening slips into the store), bring a book, grab a corner, and start reading. it will make your day.

5. Make friends with a stranger
maybe this would be the one single life-changing event of your life. chat up the person sitting next to you, whom you think is cute or interesting. make friends. maybe everything will change in that instant.

6. Daydream
some of the best ideas come out of daydreaming, so dream away. make big, ambitious, over-the-top plans. imagine them coming true. dream as big as you want. who's gonna stop you anyway? we truly welcome daydreamers here.

7. Discuss
sometimes, a group of people come to the store and sit in a corner and start talking heatedly about certain issues. sometimes it's about art, or design, or business, or philosophy. i think it is important to have such discussions in our life. by exchanging ideas and opinions, we open ourselves up to the many possibilities of this world.

or you can sleep, or flip through our books, or listen to the songs we play over our cheap sound system, or stare into space....

whatever you do, you're safe here.

13 comments:

October 8, 2009 at 2:41 AM Debbs. said...

ahhhh my friend and i wanted to go down and get some project work done but you were closed! ): ah well we'll be around soon.

October 8, 2009 at 9:34 AM Cookie Cutter said...

I really like the way you described your space-- as a "living room". Immediate feelings evoked are cozy, friendly, at ease... one where we can be ourselves, which is something not as easy as it seems.

October 8, 2009 at 12:48 PM m said...

All these ideas sounds lovely. Is the rooftop open during daytime too? I think it be nice to sit on top of the rooftop with a glass of drink - minus the hot weather. :)

October 8, 2009 at 5:54 PM Anonymous said...

Awesome! I loved it!

Jac

October 8, 2009 at 8:32 PM de yi said...

thanks for keeping us safe. (:

October 8, 2009 at 10:04 PM W. said...

"i can turn down the music for you, if you like."

That's SO sweet. (:

w.

October 10, 2009 at 12:04 PM saifong@223go.com said...

love this!!
"i am convinced that reading is one of the most beneficial activities on earth"

October 11, 2009 at 2:08 PM jean! said...

no more food?? )):
will the apple struddel still be on the menu?? i love that alot!

October 11, 2009 at 4:50 PM jean said...

my bad! apple crumble i mean!

October 12, 2009 at 11:35 AM sugarxnspice said...

omg I would miss the rice bowls SO MUCH!! i LOVE your rice set!! but ah, i guess i would be happy with just coffee too; casual poet is still such a cosy ideal cafe like no other.

"whatever you do, you're safe here."
yes i most certainly am!

October 17, 2009 at 12:17 AM Anonymous said...

Been to your cafe and love it! :D But I have a nagging question in my head, without serving meals and such, are you guys making enough money? Hope to see you guys doing this as long as possible!

October 23, 2009 at 12:34 AM Anonymous said...

i brought someone i like(d) to your cafe and it's one of the most memorable nights i had for some time

October 18, 2010 at 11:14 AM Anonymous said...

last week our class held a similar discussion on this topic and you show something we have not covered yet, thanks.

- Kris