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.
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!).
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).
Just about two of my favourite food ever – combined into one single dish!! And won’t you just look at that price!?
Chocolate Hazelnut cake from La Marelle Café
Salted Caramel cupcake from Plain Vanilla Bakery, $3.50
Poached eggs on thick toast, smoked salmon, gruyere and hollandaise from Group Therapy Coffee, $15
Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Tart from Carpenter & Cook, $6.50
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).
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.
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.
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.
Shop with the prettiest front at Wonderland
Wearing top from Zalora, Asos pants and Lovisa accessories
I did find these two cuties though for $5 a pin!
Wearing Zara top, vintage skirt from Editor’s Market and F21 clutch
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.
Fell in love with the typography and attracted to the concept of these jars found at Bloesem Shop
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:
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!
All images are mine