Thursday, 7 May 2015
I never finished my Singapore posts and it has *again* been a long time since the last one! These are what I have been wanting to share most from my trip, favourite addresses!! Although it was a super quick trip we managed to visit some really lovely shops and had amazing food, so here they are! (I was going to include all of them together in one post but later decided to do one for shops and another for food.)
The Little Drom Store (pictured above)
As I wrote in the earlier posts (ages ago), visiting our friend Polkaros' pop-up shop was the main purpose of our trip and it was at The Little Drom Store. Since I met the two cute owners of this really charming store Antoinette and Stan when they visited my shop earlier when they were in Tokyo, I had wanted to visit their store so it was perfect! Going together with Ros was very special too :)
They had moved from Ann Siang Hill to this current location which is inside SOTA, School of the arts and it's really really nice! The store is full of unique and lovely products from stationery, homewares, jewelries, books and a lot more. They are very clever with their displays and we admired their original store fixtures! Polkaros display (seen in the second picture above) was very cute too, I could not resist some pompoms!!
After we had some good exciting moments at the Little Drom Store we all had nice cakes and tea at the next door K-Ki, the sweetest Antoinette gave us a long list of must-try local delicacies and she even took us to the Supermama - a great design store which was also in my list of want-to-go places. It was quite close from The Little Drom Store but it surely was not easy to take anyone around in the pouring rain but she so kindly did!!
We also visited the Red Dot Design Museum (again thanks to the tip from Antoinette!), where we enjoyed exploring around. The building was very interesting and it houses many little shops and offices of creative companies.
Haji Lane was fun to explore, it's lined with so many beautiful looking stores for both clothing and homewares, even spotted Tokyobike!
I really loved the Tiong Bahru district, one of the places I really wanted to visit in this area was Books Actually. It's a really great book store that is way more than just a book store, a kind of store that I wish were in my own neighbourhood. There are some more lovely independent stores around this area, Bloesem was one of them although we didn't get to go in as it was closed when we got there. Forty Hands Coffee was also in my list but it was also closing for the day. It turned out that he wonderful design team Foreign Policy Design has an office right across Books Actually, so hopefully next time we can visit them - great people & amazing work!
Maybe it's a little too touristic, but Raffle's Hotel is well worth a visit to check out the wonderful architecture and to have a glass of famous Singapore Sling at the Long Bar!
There are so many hotels in Singapore from budget to luxury, but we picked this boutique hotel called Lloyd's Inn and I'm glad we stayed here. It's located near Orchard Road so is very convenient but it's in a lovely and quiet residential area with big open space with lots of greens around the building. The best thing staying here was to wake up to the birds singing looking at the lush green view from our room in the morning! Check out their website, those beautiful photographs made me want to stay here but later it turned out that they were photographed by the very talented friend and a photographer Rebecca Toh!
Food places to follow in the next post! (promise!)
Monday, 16 March 2015
Back to Singapore memories...
Looking at the photos from our Singapore trip back in November I just wish I could be here right now. I am quite happy with the way the colours came up on the film shots, I have not edited them except I did cropping on a few of them. The light was just perfect I think, and oh everywhere I looked I had to snap!
The first 3 photos are from Ann Siang Hill where our dear friend Ros took us around to (thank you Ros!). This area had a really lovely atmosphere with many nice looking shops and eateries, I would love to go back and do more exploration in Ann Siang Hill next time. Ros showed us this beautiful and quaint building with amazing mosaic work on the facade that belongs to her grandparents where she spent many weekends in her childhood days. Ros told us a little history of her family which is very interesting and I imagined the time she grew up and spent as a teenager in Singapore before she came to Tokyo 10 years ago. Very special.
From the 4th photo and below are from the Joo Chiat and around, Ros recommended this are so we took the MRT to the nearest station (which was far) and tried to walk to Joo Chiat. Without wi-fi and google map we walked up and down many directions but wondering around this residential neighbourhood was very enjoyable. Finding the street full of beautiful pastel coloured Peranakan houses after a long wondering around was a real joy! I wish I could live in one of them.... I am always fascinated by things old and beautiful with history especially interior and architecture related and it was very nice to find those things in Singapore. It was actually a little bit of a surprise to me, a good surprise, since I had imagined scenes of Singapore to be of pretty much just a modern high-rise city. But wow there are so many lovely neighbourhoods of the kinds that I love and wish to live in! I'm sure there would be lots more that I didn't get to see of course!
Wednesday, 11 March 2015
I recall that day which was supposed to be just another ordinary day, I do this every year I can remember it so clearly it still makes my heart tingles and tears come up. 4 years since the great east japan earthquake today.
I have so many feelings that I wanted to put into words this morning but they don't seem to come out, in the right way. So I will keep them in my heart…. I just feel so grateful today for being able to live everyday with just what I have and what I can.
posted by hiki
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Hello, it's been so long... I don't know if anyone would come to see my posts any more but I am slowly trying to get back here. As promised (too long ago) here are some film shots from my time in Singapore. Such a beautiful country Singapore is, I miss it so much especially on this cold Tokyo night.
Hope February has been a good month to many of you.
Oh, I almost forgot, it's Lunar New Year isn't it. We don't celebrate Lunar New Year in Japan but if you are Happy New Year!!