January 11, 2013

Every year around this time I watch a lot of travel shows and get the itch to get lost in a foreign country.  And some years I actually get to do it!

Last year I took a trip to Singapore (okay, so maybe not so foreign since I was born there). I’ve been several times before as a younger person but this was my first visit with my camera in tow.  The heartbeat of this city is the glorious food culture. So glorious, it deserves it’s own post detailing each dish I ate and how to correctly pronounce it and where I got it- because really, what’s the point of posting photos of food if you can’t use it as reference for the next time you travel to Singapore?

But that is not this post. This post is all about places in Singapore.

Like the food, the buildings and neighborhoods of Singapore also tell the story of this multicultural melting pot.  You get a glimpse of its beginnings as a British colony, the influence of generations of immigrants who came from southern China and southern India (my family is third generation ethnic Chinese, born in Singapore.), and all the modern flair of the first world metropolis it is today.

Views of and from the Marina Bay Sands, or “MBS” as locals call it:


Ann Siang Hill.  These types of buildings are called Shophouses.

PS Cafe in Ann Siang Hill


Stevie’s General Store  in Ann Siang Hill.  The most unique shop in Singapore.  That’s the owner, Stevie, below.


Chinatown.  Red lanterns are up in preparation for Chinese New Year.

Haji Lane, a street with trendy boutiques (see ironic mustache on mannequin below) in the Arab street/Kampong Glam neighborhood-  the heart of the Singapore Muslim community.


The gentrification on Haji Lane: Bar Stories for the mixology enthusiasts and Masson Ikkoku for the coffee enthusiasts.  The National Museum of Singapore      

More nightlife.  This  is a for reals bar found on Tras Street.

People, people, coming and going everywhere. Or as one might say in Singlish, ” Wah, everywhere so crowded, man!”  An MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) station, Orchard Rd., and Joo Chiat.

Dempsey Hill, on the west side.  A former army barracks turned neighborhood and quaint shopping/dining destination.

East Coast beach

For a great travel guide to Singapore, check out  this episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show, The Layover!

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