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YOUR (ALMOST) GUIDE TO SINGAPORE

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I know you’ve noticed I’ve been on a hiatus. In fact, I didn’t even finish posting about my Melbourne trip (missing out good ol’ Ballarat)!! After that holiday, I had been living alone – for the first time in my entire life. And things change when you live alone. I think I grew to be somewhat a recluse, preferring to take this whole “living alone” thing to another level by spending time mostly … well, alone (weirdo). I kept my verbose self occupied with Instagram (I’m a LOT more diligent with this thing) and stayed active by running marathons – the New Girl marathon and the Carrie Diaries marathon.

Now that I’m back in Singapore, I have a lot more interesting things to share on this page! I hope you’ll find a thing or two useful and/or interesting.

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A few hours upon arrival, my family decided to bring me to parts of Singapore that I’ve never been before. I know – how can this be?! Singapore is so tiny! This was taken at the Woodlands Waterfront – literally across from Malaysia (in the background).

This January/February I also got to celebrate Chinese New Year with Iylia and his family for the second time (I missed out on the hong baos or packet money last year – dammit! Hahah!).

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Donned in our New Year outfits: Iylia in a shirt I bought him from Pigeonhole and me in a dress from Grammah at Haji Lane. Both were at 50% off. #solucky

I also got to eat lots and LOTS and LOTS (!!!) of good food. What’s a “guide” (not really a guide, just lumping all my pictures together to be honest :3) to Singapore without having pictures of food!? Food is to Singapore what a tap is to a sink (I tried).

home_3Mutton Chop and Bee Hoon Goreng Combo from Adam Road Food Centre, $5

Just about two of my favourite food ever – combined into one single dish!! And won’t you just look at that price!?

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Salted Caramel cupcake from Plain Vanilla Bakery, $3.50

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Poached eggs on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere and hollandaise from Group Therapy Coffee, $15

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Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Tart from Carpenter & Cook, $6.50

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Green Banana Cake and Caramel Popcorn cake from The Pantry @ Shop Wonderland

Food in Singapore is a lot more than these sweet treats. I unfortunately didn’t take enough photos of the food I’d consumed.

While in Singapore, I also did a lot of exploring – on my own, or with friends. I love feeling like a tourist in the city I was born in (though Death Cab for Cutie disagrees and I am also really lame).

Raffles Hotel

My cousin, Shafiqah, and I headed down to this popular landmark to visit an exhibition. I like being in here because I forget that I’m in Singapore – although ironically most tourists relate this place to this little island.

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Windowshop exhibition by Dawn Ng

Ann Siang Hill

Probably one of the last places in Singapore that still boasts old world charm. It’s the perfect hideaway for drinks with friends at bars or cafés. Or you can follow our lead and pass through here to get from Chinatown to Singapore’s business district.

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Wearing Zara top, Forcast pants, Kmart Clutch, Lovisa beads and watch

Haji Lane

No trip to Singapore is complete without a trip to Haji Lane and its surrounding areas. I love Haji Lane for its constant abuse of colours.

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Elffin & Elffin café
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Books at Soon Lee

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Shop with the prettiest front at Wonderland

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Wearing top from Zalora, Asos pants and Lovisa accessories

We also took a short stroll from Haji Lane to a Very Small Exhibition by The Letter J Supply at Shaw Towers on Beach Road.

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I was being all picky trying to find a dolphin pin out of a whole container full of animals. No, I didn’t find my dolphin.

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I did find these two cuties though for $5 a pin!

home_29Wearing Zara top, vintage skirt from Editor’s Market and F21 clutch

Tiong Bahru

As one of the oldest housing estates in Singapore, Tiong Bahru was recently given the treatment it needed to inject vibrancy into this quiet and mellow neighbourhood. It is now filled with gems hidden in each and every nook. You can find plenty of cafés here as well as boutiques that offer local or exclusive products.

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Plain Vanilla Bakery

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Woods in the Books

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The Dispensary

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Remnants of Singapore’s past

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Fell in love with the typography and attracted to the concept of these jars found at Bloesem Shop

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Taken by the lovely Irene, owner of Bloesem. Here I’m wearing vintage yellow pants found in Northbridge, beaded necklace from a shop in Mandurah and Decjuba‘s clutch

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Err, one pants two ways?

Coincidentally, I had worn the same pair of pants taken on my last visit to Tiong Bahru. What can I say? This girl’s been rotating her minimal wardrobe for a month now.

Speaking of wardrobe, here are some of my buys in Singapore:

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Floral dress (worn earlier in the post) and candies from Grammah, botanical top from Bysi, tote bag and brooches from wheniwasfour and card by Teresa Lim

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Parrots clutch from C.A.M, Bak Choy tote and 70s plates from Oddyssey – Odds & Whatnots

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Pink Pointed Pumps from Charles & Keith, $79.90

I bought the above pair (trust me, there’s one for my left foot) to commemorate the start of a new job! Yes, I am moving on to a full-time, office working environment. Not exactly my childhood dream … but this will hopefully get me there one day!! Which also brings me to the next point: I’m moving back to Singapore come March, leaving practically a week to pack up my Perth life. Heartbreaking.

While I’m upset that I will be leaving my home of almost 6 years now, I’m very much excited to start this new life too! Singapore’s been good to me the past month and I can’t wait to discover more things about my hometown to share with all of you. For more instantaneous updates, look me up on Instagram! @thepocketissue (shameless plug, yay!)

I hope you’ve also enjoyed this post where I’d aimed to show all of you living abroad the good finds in Singapore and to those already here, to constantly keep our eyes open because Singapore really isn’t that boring if you look hard enough – me, included!

x
Hannah

All images are mine

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CAMBRIDGE STREET

Iylia and I hit up Cambridge Street a couple of weeks ago to have brunch at Piccolo’s Corner in West Leederville. Ugh, I don’t know why we didn’t go to this place sooner but it’s hands down our favourite place to eat in Perth now … yes, even though we’ve only just been there once.

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I absolutely fell head over heels for the eclectic interior style. And I’m also a sucker for small cafes like this. Piccolo’s Corner is neatly tucked in a quiet and pretty residential area.

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Service is amazing as well! Iylia was interested to purchase another bowl of my avocado mix/salad … and Shanel, the owner, personally came to our table and gave him a quick guide on how to make it at home! How sweet, right?

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They even sell NERDS!!

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Bluebird Vintage was definitely in the itinerary after brunch. I’m usually good with directions and navigations but this time, I swear I had no idea the store was literally streets away from Piccolo! Score!! Bluebird Vintage is located on Cambridge Street, Wembley while Piccolo’s Corner is located on a road off Cambridge Street in West Leederville … hence the title of this post. Hehe.

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Isn’t the changing room pretty at Bluebird!?  A little small, but entirely lovely. Most of the mirrors up on the wall are for sale … but what I really wanted was that Tiffany blue wrought iron chair. I think that’s for Bluebird to keep! ): The store has all sorts of vintage goods that are reasonably priced! From toys to branded shoes.

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Words cannot describe how happy I feel when stores have chairs that customers can actually sit on! Whenever there’s somewhere for Iylia to stay comfortably and submerge himself in Scramble and Songpop (two of his favourite iPhone games), I feel at ease shopping! No pressure! Because men who are comfortable are men who won’t complain! HAHA. It’s true. Unless you take like 2 hours to shop … then that’s pushing it.

bluebird 3 Dress – flea market in Singapore, $3 // Necklace – Lovisa, $3 (on sale) // Bag – thrifted from Anglicare, $9 // Shoes – Big W, $15

I purchased a cute 1960s lace shift dress with a not-so-cute price tag so I won’t reveal the cost. Ha! It’s not as bad as you think, but as a bargain queen I am pretty embarrassed at the price I paid. Can’t wait to share it with you!

x hannah

ACCORDING TO INSTAGRAM …

Oh dear. I’ve been naughty – neglecting this space.

To make up for it, this is my week (or two) in gist. Or in other words, according to Instagram.

#OOTD

outfit collageLeft to right:

1) Perth Glory vs Melbourne Hearts soccer match (1-0 score, fyi)
2) Perth Glory vs Sydney FC soccer match (exact score, if you’re interested)
3) Araluean Botanic Park

Places

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1) Toilet in Sayers Sister – one of my recent favourite cafes in Perth. Considering moving in.
2) This is where I have lunch on days that I do my internship – isn’t it charming!? I LOVE this space.
3) Took a much needed cooling down at San Churro Mandurah – it was SO hot that day!
4) The only vibrant flowers I saw at Araluean Botanic Park – the rain started to pour at this point.

COFFEE

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I am an avid Flat White drinker … though it doesn’t necessarily mean I am a coffee connoisseur. That’s also because I usually have about 1.5 – 2 teaspoons of sugar with my coffee. Yeapp, I know. I have a sweeth tooth.

1) I tried the Adventure Blend at Sayers Sister which apparently has a mix of floral and fruity notes.
2) Casa Bianchi Flat White matches my iPhone cover – heck yes!

LOML

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I don’t know if you are interested in this (ha!) but Iylia and I have been spending our weekends watching soccer matches supporting Perth Glory (of course), as well as ticking off places on his WA bucket list before he goes back to Singapore for good </3. While I’m very happy that he’s finally completed his honours dissertation, I am doubly sad because I will no longer have my favourite buddy. Tears aside, I thought this will be the best time to maximise his WA experience.

We’re always keen to try new places to discover. I’m thinking of going for dinner at KiRi Japanese in Shenton Park over the weekend as well as a day trip to Rottnest Island (can you believe I’ve never been?! Apparently it’s one of the BEST things about WA!!).
If you are a Perthie, share with me your favourites!

Follow me on Instagram @thepocketissue!

x Hannah

BEAUFORT STREET MERCHANT X VANS CAFE

The Beaufort Street Merchantbeaufort st 1Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetbeaufort st 3Potato gnocchi with truffled swiss brown mushrooms, toasted hazelnuts and comté cheese, $29beaufort s merchant 4Hand cut chips with garlic aioli ($9.50)

Every week, I try to make it a point to try a different eatery. On the Saturday of my birthday weekend, I suggested we go to The Beaufort Street Merchant after hearing so many people rave about this (actually, I kept seeing this place pop up on my Facebook feed … so there’s got to be a reason for that right?)

I liked the feel of the place. It definitely offers something a little different from the modern, contemporary fittings of the other Perth diners. There’s a mix of rustic charm and luxury to the space.

We were served by an Italian waitress which I am perfectly fine with, having frequented a few authentic Italian restaurants (okay, normally just one: Ciao Italia) … but this time, her accent was so thick, I could barely understand anything she said. Also, I’m actually a little hearing impaired – not medically certified but family and friends-approved, most definitely. So I kinda left the ordering to Iylia. In addition, I also felt that she could’ve talked to us in a nicer manner … she had an almost rude, as-a-matter-of-fact tone in her voice. This is one thing I really don’t understand about people working in the service industry. It really irks me when they treat customers (who have not provoked them in any way, I might add) in an unpleasant manner – if you hate your job so much, quit! Go find something else that allows you to sulk all day. Grr!! And I’m saying this from a perspective of someone who’s been in the service industry for a few years, and still am. Well, anyway back to the food …

I actually don’t really like gnocchi so I don’t know why I picked that out of the menu – oh wait, it’s because I’ve heard it was a great dish! Well, to be fair, I don’t eat gnocchis so I can’t really judge it but according to Iylia, it actually kind of sucked. The hand cut chips were people’s recommendation as well … and honestly, I have tasted better.

I tried to like the place, I really did. I mean, it was my birthday weekend … I wanted things to go smoothly! If it weren’t for this cute boy and his mom sitting next to us dreaming up plans on opening a business (he looks all but 9 but sounded so ridiculously sure of himself that it was endearing!) I bet we would’ve scrambled out of the place faster than you can say “Gnocchi!” Okay, okay. I know. I make it sound horrible. I should be nicer … I really liked that metal sieve thing that comes with the chips!

Next came the bill. I knew the place was a little bit more on the pricey point, but I wasn’t expecting to pay about $60 for brunch and two hot drinks! *Gulps* Also, the manager or whoever the person was at the till barely made eye contact with us. Rude.

So in all, we found this place to be pretentiousI wanted to suggest coming back here for dinner because maybe that’s when it shines but Iylia said that The Beaufort Street Merchant is a definite F&L for us (first & last). Pity. It really did look like a nice venue for dinner.

The Beaufort Street Merchant
488 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003
Open Daily
Breakfast: 7am – 11:30am
Lunch & Dinner: 12pm – late

Speaking of pretentious places …

Vans Cafe vans cafe 1Homemade onion rings with lemon-infused vinegar, $8 x Stir fry Asian greens with crispy shallots, $10

I actually had a little trouble planning for my birthday brunch place only because my birthday fell on a Monday and God knows most restaurants don’t like being open for business on a Monday! It was tricky, to say the least. Also, because Iylia has very odd sleeping hours so he wakes up at a time where the remaining cafes are about to close for the day. I know! Well in any case, I did think it was a brilliant excuse to just head to Marie Antoinette in Cottesloe for some waffles or crepes since we were going to have a proper dinner afterwards. According to their Facebook page and Urbanspoon (I read Urbanspoon like my life depended on it), they’re open 7 days a week – YIPPEE! So we travelled about 30 mins to get to Cottesloe … only to find out … they were closed! WHAT! No way! You mean I can’t trust Urbanspoon anymore!?

So we thought, Ah heck it. It’s not meant to be! Let’s just go fill up our empty stomachs. Napoleon Street over in Cottesloe is abundant with cafes, so that was a good thing! We walked right up to the end of the street … I saw the monochromatic, French villa-inspired interiors and said to Iylia, “Okay, let’s eat here.” So Vans Cafe it was!

A cafe in an old money suburb … I guess I really should have seen it coming – to be served by a grumpy waitress. She is an American, and boy was she unhappy about something! Sometimes I can’t help but wonder, is it cause we’re Asians? As much as I’d like to think that people are becoming more accepting of racial differences, discrimination actually still holds true. I’ve learnt to accept it, of course, having lived in a Western dominated country for 5 years now … but you know, we’re still customers after all. And I promise you, I’m a really nice one … unless I feel you’ve really crossed the line (like this one time, a ticketing counter girl spoke to my mom in a way that I thought was unacceptable when my mom had been nothing but cooperative, and I actually raised my voice at her! Everyone around me got quiet and probably thought what devil of a creature managed to possess into me…). That said, service-wise, bleh. Though I fully understand that waiters are humans too, and humans have feelings. She might be having a bad day … and had too much on her plate (or vice versa, because you know, she’s a waitress! Ha ha.)

Food was ordinary, nothing special. Iylia had ordered the Stir Fry Asian Greens because on that day he had this idea of experimenting what it’ll be like to turn vegetarian (crazily short-lived, of course) … and he wanted to know what was their interpretation of this dish. It was not too bad, honestly. Pretty good, if I may say so myself – though a dash of chilli would have made it perfect. The onion rings were alll right~ as well. Without trying to sound pompous, again I’ve honestly had better. Maybe it’s because I found it a tad too oily for my liking.

The one thing that reigned champion for me at Vans though was the coffee! Ahh, thank goodness! I order Flat White everywhere I go – with “2 sugar” if it’s a regular cup. Hey! No judging. On this particular visit, I was only given 1 packet of sugar and because the waitress already had her sour face on I didn’t want to irk her any more by asking for an extra packet of sugar. Too menial. So I had just 1 sugar (miracle, by my standards) in my regular cup of Flat White. And you know what, it was still really good! I was amazed!! I shared this with Iylia because he knows how I always have to have (at least, oops) 2 packets of sugar! So yes, all is not loss! The coffee is pretty awesome! I’ll go back just to have my cup of flat white if I’m in that area.

Vans Sidewalk Cafe
1 Napolean Street, Cottesloe WA 6011
Daily, 7am – 10pm

This wraps up my first of 2 posts on the places I went to over my birthday weekend! I know it’s not your typical food review, but I just thought of sharing my experiences with you. Hope you’ve gained something from this, and if you had a similar experience or disagree with anything I’ve said, let me know! I might just be convinced to give it another try (:

x Hannah

GREEN FIND

IMG_9153Jacket: Oasap.com // Skirt: Oh Henry Vintage // Necklace: Lovisa // Shoes: A Little Love // Sunnies: Dangerfield // Handbag: H&M

Finally I found the time to wear out my $5 skirt from Oh Henry Vintage. Even though the only remotely pink items on me that day were my sunnies and handbag, I felt as though I was a part of the Pink Ladies (from Grease). I’m not quite sure why …

I was so happy that morning too because at last I could bring my family to have breakfast at my favourite cafe in my neighbourhood: Harvest Espresso! The first time I tried their Smoked Salmon dish off the newly-released Winter menu, I just knew that my parents would enjoy it, and of course my recommendation didn’t disappoint! :p (I would’ve been devastated if they didn’t have a good time.)

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We then drove over to Matilda Bay to check out the restaurant as a potential site for my parents’ wedding anniversary dinner next month!

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The thing that attracted us about Matilda Bay Restaurant apart from the obvious romantic and serene view was the fact that they serve Halal food options – which was perfect for us!

Let me know if you’ve tried the food at Matilda Bay Restaurant. Would love to hear about it! x

VALLEY GIRL

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Parka – Valleygirl // Top – New Look // Necklace – Lovisa // Bag – H&M // Boots – Portmans, $13 (!!!!!! at almost 85% off)

This past Saturday was spent rollin with ma homies down in the valley. Swan Valley, to be exact – just about 30 mins drive from the CBD. It was a fuss-free, relaxing trip where we did nothing else but eat!

And also where I got acquainted with the most awesome coupon book I’ve ever laid my eyes upon – which is why you never see me without it in these photos. I swear, if any of you are ever coming down this way, get this book!! Or contact me. My housemate/best friend/strange woman with oranges hovering around people’s back happens to sell them at a reduced cost as part of a fundraiser ($60 instead of $65). It houses incredibly great deals from fast food places, fine dining restaurants, cinemas and bowling alleys. You will not regret this purchase! I know this sounds like a selling post, but it isn’t. I’m really just trying to create awareness for this book (if like me, you were trapped in some rabbit hole and have never heard of its existence).

Just a bargain queen sharing great finds, really … (:

x,

Hannah

JUXTAPOSITION

Winter is now upon us.

But in classic Perth style, even through winter the weather likes to play punk – mixing the day with too much sun and sudden outbursts of icy cold wind. I believe Perth folks would agree with me that when it comes to the weather of the world’s most isolated city, never believe the forecast, and expect the unexpected, which, if you think about it are kind of the same thing.

So I’ve decided that the only way to beat this troll of Mother Nature is to juxtapose what you wear against what is anticipated.

Like wearing bright colours in winter! Who does that? Not many … but it’s fun! You should try it!

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Literally 5 minutes after these photos were taken by my brother, the air decided to go for a chilling spin. It left me to wonder if I should bring along an extra jacket – and an umbrella … which I did because I am paranoid well-prepared like that.

It was another day spent with Stephanie before she’s due to leave Perth once again. We had an almost non-existent shopping trip (because it is 10x cheaper in Macau & Hong Kong – “10x” may or may not be an exaggeration), followed by a chill out session at Tea for Tu over in Northbridge.

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So, it’s another day off for most of you tomorrow seeing as it’s WA Day. Have a good long weekend! (:

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