Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sunday Snapshot: Cloud Control

This quirky sign can be spotted along the coastline in East Coast Park. The park quickly fills up on weekends, with everybody from grillmasters to skateboarders finding a place to enjoy themselves. Just don't step on the clouds.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Destination: Macau (Part 2)

On to part 2 of my quick trip to Macau. I'll be focusing on one of the most unique and dazzling performances that I've ever seen - the House of Dancing Water at the City of Dreams.

Destination: Macau (Part 1)

Macau - the Vegas of the Far East, but also one of the older Portuguese trading outposts in Asia. A recent addition to the country of China, yet still clinging to some autonomy as a Special Administrative Region (SAR). My visit to this territory gave me some fascinating insight into the complex nature of Macau.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunday Snapshot: Hong Kong Needs a Pop-up Blocker

Hong Kong is a fascinating city, with a healthy mix of gleaming skyscrapers and gritty alleys. Here, on the Kowloon side, the streets were dominated by countless advertisements and neon-lit signs. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Cafe Hopping: Department of Caffeine

Sorry I've been a bum with updating the blog recently. Maybe that means that I've been busying doing blog-worthy things? At least that's what I tell myself.

Anywho, back on the cafe trail. As I've said previously, the area around Duxton and Tanjong Pagar here in Singapore is full of stylish, cozy cafes that really do a quality job making their coffee. Another addition to that list is the Department of Caffeine. Besides their catchy name, they make flavorful coffee and some of the best waffles that I've had in the country.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sunday Snapshot: Cafe Corner

The Duxton neighborhood, in between Tanjong Pagar and Chinatown, is a quaint area with a high concentration of fantastic cafés. My weekends usually include at least one stroll through these quiet streets.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sunday Snapshot: Frog Porridge, Anyone?

Late night dinner after playing some badminton in Geylang, an area located away from downtown Singapore. Everyone began with a bowl of porridge and then added whichever entrées suited their fancy - chicken, pork, oyster omelet, and the main dish, frog. Add in refreshing lime juice and some cheery conversations and we had ourselves a great evening. 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

MINT Museum of Toys

Next up in my tour of Singapore museums: the MINT Museum of Toys. MINT, which stands for "Moment of Imagination and Nostalgia with Toys," provided a blast from the past with loads of vintage toys and collectables. The floors were filled with household names like Mickey, Popeye, and Batman, but many new Asian classics that I had never encountered before.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Baba House - A 1920s Peranakan home in the heart of modern Singapore

Last last weekend (that's Singlish for "two weekends ago"), I attended a Cyanotype workshop at the Baba House. Located just outside of Chinatown proper, the Baba House is a heritage home and museum that showcases Peranakan culture. The House serves a snapshot of 1920s Singapore, showcasing the Straits Chinese culture that has played a major role in the island's history.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Sunday Snapshot - Old Meets New

I came across this mural while walking strolling about Tanjong Pagar. The clash of tradition and progress is a major narrative in Singapore, and this piece speaks to this intersection of old and new.