My summer trip started in Singapore, the country where I was born. Every time I visit, I’m always amazed by the number of new buildings and establishments. It is constantly evolving and renewing itself. However, I prefer to visit areas that remind me of nostalgic Singapore, away from all the tall high-rise buildings. Here are some of the places that I really enjoyed…
1. Joo Chiat area
When I told my brother I wanted to see something ‘Singaporean’, he brought me to Joo Chiat to check out this beautiful stretch of Paranakan houses and we visited ‘Kim Choo‘, a Peranakan shop that carries Peranakan crafts and handmade goodies. They also provide courses for traditional Peranakan beaded work that is such an amazing craft!
2. Tiong Bahru area
Many years ago, my family had a pottery studio in Tiong Bahru and I remember spending a lot of time there after school. It is one of the few neighborhoods that still retains the charisma of old Singapore. When I revisited this time, I was surprised to see all the new shops and cafes in the area.
3. Ann Siang Hill area
I used to work part-time in a fine dining restaurant at Ann Siang Hill as a student. This area has transformed a lot over the years and is now lined with with lots of shops and restaurants. One of the cutest shops in Singapore is also located here – The Little Dröm Store, carrying some of the cutest zakka from local and overseas artists. After shopping at The Little Dröm Store, it’s always nice to take a break at K ki and enjoy a delicious piece of carefully handcrafted cake.
I hope you enjoyed this post on Singapore!