But I can't be the odd one out when even the BAM co-president confesses to fostering creativity amidst the depressing atmosphere of the Thode basement.
In addition, flu season contributes to nominal levels of grime. Being a germophobe, a dim, cramped area with grey tinted tables and a lack of outlets is far from my ideal study spot.
It's at this point that I'd like to express gratification for nearby cafes. While venturing into the downtown area requires a minimum one-way travel time of thirty minutes on the HSR, the bright, comfortable atmosphere and serenity is well worth the trip.
The remainder of the items were listed in a similar - and might I add, eclectic - fashion: macchiato (4 oz. of milk), latte (8 oz.), mocha (8 oz. plus chocolate), etc.
A smaller chalkboard hovered above the cashier; this one only featured text, outlining their savoury hummus and spread options. A tempting selection of baked goods grazed the front of the counter, prompting me to grab their most popular item to accompany my Latte: a Herb and Cheese Croissant.
Climbing up to the second floor ever so curiously, I was amazed at the world that unfolded in front of my eyes. It was extremely spacious, with a lofty ceiling, stark white walls, and a surprising number of mirrors. Two large group tables were situated at either end of the seating area, while smaller tables lined the perimeter.
Hidden in one corner was a single stall bathroom. It was painted partly in a lovely shade of baby blue and then decorated with white tiles. While it succeeded in providing a interesting degree of visual appeal and sufficient amount of lighting, it wasn't the most pristine nor backpack-friendly. A thin layer of dust had settled on the sink and paper towel dispenser, and not a hook was seen in sight.
The facilities themselves also revealed signs of aging.
Caffeine content and flavour of the beverage was on par with other past experiences, though I did discover that its consistency was a tad smoother. The Herb and Cheese Croissant was the real star though.