Monday, July 28, 2014

Singapore Sling (A fling with SG's colorful store fronts)

I've only been to Singapore once. That was back in 2010 and it was for a class field trip in college. It was fun because I was with my friends and 90% of the time we were just shopping. I never thought I would want to go back, since I felt like that was all there is to it.

 Being a small country, having this mindset is inevitable. You can go on a drive and already see the entire city. And since I've always been the type to trek through unknown streets, eat weird street food and explore messy night markets, Singapore fell flat on my "adventure" meter.

 Fast forward. 4 years later. Singapore trip. For free. Awesome Tour Guide. Film Camera. So that happened. Our awesome group and I were brought to streets I've never seen before (or knew existed) and for a while there, I felt like I was in SG grounds for the first time.

 Here are a few surprises I enjoyed in my 4-day adventure or shall I say, re-adventure in Singapore captured in film.

Ann Siang Hill's charming bar fronts and back alleys. Usually visited during night for drinks and casual partying, the hill is also worth a beautiful day time walk. 



Haji Lane's colorful store fronts and funky boutiques.


Of course, there's China Town.



Tiong Bahru. This neighborhood is somewhere I would want to live. It's small and it tries a little less to be hip. It naturally showcases some of the best bakeshops in the country. (the photos aren't film but from my iPhone)



Bras Basah Complex, Bain Street. Popular among the art students, this center is filled with services like film processing and book binding. They also have specialized book and arts and crafts stores and is home to the famous Basheer books. I stumbled upon a cute little shop called Cat Socrates. (Photos taken with an iPhone as well)
So basically, this trip was an unexpected rainbow. Singapore proved to be a bright side after all.

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