Travel

It's 'Me' time

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My poor blog, it's been awhile.

I've been so busy doing things for other people, I've had to put all the things I've wanted to do on the backburner.

I've come to my senses and with my 30th Birthday coming up, it's time to make a change and put 'Me' first. Or as they like to say in France* 'I have no more fucks to give'.

*They don't really say this in France...

PS. This is one of my favourite images that I took when I was in Ghent, Belgium, early this year.

Serpentine Pavilion 2013

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I was recently in London but missed on seeing this year's Serpentine Pavillion (which I was very disappointed about) but to cheer myself up, I'm posting pictures from last's year, which was by Sou Fujimoto.

I had a really bad cold that day, due to bad weather and the hotel didn't have any hot water that morning, but we sat and had a lovely Fortnum and Mason's breakfast and climbed onto the clear platforms.

Maybe it was the flu but I remembered it being a surreal experience. This structure that looked like a cloud from a distance but had amazing detail when you got close to it, truly unforgettable. There wasn't a single bad angle, everywhere you stood, there was something captivating to look at, especially when people walked through.

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Singapore Museum

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My last trip to the local museum was when I was in primary school, so late last year, I decided to spend an afternoon at the museum.

It was a lot more modern than I remembered (read: aircon) and the exhibits were much more interesting that I expected. There was a lot of colour, a lot of heritage and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

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Little drom store / K.ki ( relocating)

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The Little Drom Store is my favourite kind of store. Half minimalist cake shop, half zakka store. You can pick your cake and tea on one side and spend as much as time as your need going through every nook and cranny and discovering little wonders everywhere.

The store's Ann Siang location was lovely but I've recently heard that they're moving so I'm looking forward to visiting when they settle in their new home.

 

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Amsterdam

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This trip took place in Summer 2013.

Amsterdam is one of those places I had always wanted to visit. We stayed in a pretty interesting boutique hotel, which was a converted hospital (might have been a mental hospital), where we had to work out how to stay in a room where the toilet didn't have a door, let's just it involved communication and headphones...

I don't know if I would want to visit Amsterdam again, on one hand, I loved watching the locals on their bikes, the things they could do whilst riding their very pretty bikes was pretty mind boggling, I also loved the canals, architecture, the country side was really pretty but I wouldn't go back because of the weather. It was meant to be summer but with 180deg rain and strong winds, I found it hard to cope and fell sick. Also, the food was decidedly uninspiring...

Places I would recommend in Amsterdam: Art Unlimited for their staggering collection of postcards and the Anne Frank Museum (book tickets beforehand, queuing in the rain was really not fun).

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Eiffel Tower, Paris

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This trip took place in Summer 2013.

One can't possibly go to Paris and not see the Eiffel tower in person. Unfortunately, our trip coincided with the Eiffel tower staff strike, which meant nobody could go up to the observation deck. Disappointing for my friend since it was her first visit but I'd been up there before so it wasn't a big deal. I did enjoy the fact that I was there during 'golden hour' and so we spent some time eating terrible french crepes and crowd watching.

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Palace of Versailles, France

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This trip happened in the Summer of 2013. 

Versailles is the perfect garden. If you're short on time, I would be quite confident in saying you should skip the palace and just head straight to the gardens. Whilst the palace is crowded and oven-like, the gardens are breezy, relaxing and well worth a walk (leave the mini trains till the end).

This was my second time at the gardens so I didn't feel the need to take that many photos. I merely wore my sunnies and had a great time. We also rented one of the lake boats and took it for a ride, hard work but I felt very parisienne.

Ps. I recommend buying your tickets in advance, although the queue to enter the palace is as long as the queue to buy tickets. Also, if you're just going to the gardens, you can bypass the queue and head straight there, just ask staff for directions.

 

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S.E.A aquarium, Singapore

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The S.E.A aquarium in Sentosa opened this year and I waited till the crowds died down to pay a visit. The day I went there was only a school group so it was a fuss free visit. There's something about aquariums that I love, I never get sick of them and even if it's through a panel of glass, the inhabitants make really good photography subjects.

There were some really interesting animals, like the squid, the nautilus and oh the jellyfish, I adore jellyfish, they are so ethereal.

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Chye Seng Huat Hardware, Lavender

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Hipster place, Chye Seng Huat was on my 'to visit' list for the longest time and it's a great place, if you can find it. The industrial exterior and interior is strangely inviting and if you can score a seat at the bar, good on you!

The food is simple and hearty, that chocolate cake? I had to have it. If you can spare the time, you'll just want to sit for hours and people watch.

oh and stop by Tyrwhitt General Store upstairs for fab artisan and indie designer gear.

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Japan Instagram Roundup

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I just came back from a short trip to Japan, it was my 4th time and my parent's first so I was their tour guide. Here are the highlights (via instagram):

1. Can't go to Japan without buying a melon pan from the conbini. 2. Fat seal at the Kaiyukan. 3. I never get sick of jellyfish. 4. Checking out the newest Osaka mall, Grand front. 5. Yodobashi camera is the best place for camera accessories. I kitted out my 6D there. 6. Big spider at Koyasan. 7, 8 & 9. Kaiseki cuisine and the peaceful morning after at our lovely Hakone Ryokan. 10. My overstuffed travel bag. 11. I found this book at the conbini in Tokyo, haven't tried it out yet. 12. Tokyo sky tree limited tokyo banana, super delicious, too bad we didn't make it up to the observation deck. 13. 3 Michelin star dinner at Sushi Yoshitake. Amazing. 14. I hunted down a disney store just for this uniBEARsity plush. 15. New love of my life, a comb hairdryer I found at Don Quixote. 16. People watching at Hachiko whilst waiting for Judy.

More comprehensive photo posts coming, stay tuned :)

In the meantime, follow me on Instagram.

 

Sabio by the Sea, Sentosa

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I was in Sentosa for 2 days for a mini staycation, courtesy of my grandparents. I had company on the first day but my sister dropped by on the second day to have dinner with me. We went further inland to Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove, where there were pretty boats and an even prettier view. The plan was actually to have dinner at Kith cafe, but as luck would've had it, it was closed (they close tuesdays). After walking up and down the boardwalk for a bit, we ended up at Sabio by the Sea.

Spanish food as a memory is something the sister and I share, we travelled to the country in 2011 and had ourselves a real adventure. Well, it can't get any realer than finding out that restaurants in Bilbao don't open till 8pm and having to walk around most of the small city to find food.

Anyway, Sabio's spanish food wasn't the most authentic but it was definitely comfort food. ....And then we watched the sun set and all was well.

street signs, london

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Hoxton | Camden | Southbank

Street signs are a constant source of inspiration, I have folders and folders of pictures I've taken on random walks/trips. London made walking really fun, there was always something to see and admire. The cosmopolitan streets look the same as any other city in the world save for the street art and signs.

I'm particularly enamoured with the 'Let's adore and endure each other' art I found in Hoxton near our hotel. What are your favorite cities for street art walks?

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Believe it or not, even though I had lived in Singapore for most of my life, I've never been to the Singapore Art Museum. Of course, that needed to be remedied. So on my last trip, I did a mini Museum day.

After lunch with mum, we went our separate ways and I started with the Singapore Art Museum. I'd missed the major art exhibition by a day so entry to the museum and it's extension , SAM at 8Q, was free. I started at the main building, I loved how corridors, which would've once been open air, were glassed in and air conditioned, making  visit on a hot day that much bearable. The permanent exhbitions were a mix of local (main building) and regional (SAM at 8Q), it was really interesting to see the differences between artists around the region.

However, I reckon the masterpiece is the building, a colonial dream that was formerly a school. Also, how awesome is that dotty dog sculpture?