Artistry Cafe Singapore

While I have noticed that peers and tourists gravitate towards the murals in Haji Lane when in the Kampong Glam area, I have not really seen anyone slow down and enjoy a cup and meal in Artistry.

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Hard to miss as it’s located just along Jalan Pinang, the cafe proves to be an intersecting point for coffee enthusiasts, creative minds and foodies. Artistry is a space which celebrates emerging talents allowing their quaint space to be filled with pieces of different artists, giving them exposure to locals, travellers and tourists. Continue reading “Artistry Cafe Singapore”

Artistry Cafe Singapore

Good Time at d’Good Cafe

One of the things I enjoy doing when I go to Singapore is to do a “coffeeshop hop”. What does that mean, exactly? Simply, explore the coffee scene in the city. It was also a good exercise on getting my shutterbug mode on, which I have been missing so much. It’s been a while since I last took out my camera for a spin.

I went to Singapore recently (January 18 to 23), and I was able to go to several coffee shops while I was there. Most of them, I was able to document, but there were some instances when I’d just take a cup for takeaway. The first one I went to was all the way in Holland Village–d’Good Cafe.

Situated just a few steps away from the Holland Village MRT station exit, d’Good Cafe is a bit hidden if you don’t keep an eye out on the coffeeshop. How would you know if you’ve finally found it? Simple: just look for the narrow door, with the equally narrow stairs.

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Good Time at d’Good Cafe

Random Shots. Singapore 2014

You know how some people have their own “Second Home Country”? A friend of mine frequents Thailand every year and not only for the Songkran Festival. Another friend of mine frequents Hong Kong and not just for shopping. And I bet you also know other people who would go to the same country year after year. At first I found it weird until I realized, I actually have my own: Singapore.

People say that Singapore is a country you only go to once then that’s it. People say that you go to Singapore to look at the Merlion, go to Hershey’s Chocolate World, go to Gardens by the Bay, the Universal Studios, then you’re done. Time to pack your bags then move to the next country, or go back home. I beg to differ. I really beg to differ. While there are those usual tourist attractions that are really wonderful, there are beautiful gems in the country that make me come back to it year after year. (Though honestly, last month was only my third) Continue reading “Random Shots. Singapore 2014”

Random Shots. Singapore 2014

Group Therapy

I went to Singapore last week, June 11 to June 16 to celebrate my birthday and to take my time to find myself and direct my life. As it was my third time in Singapore, I didn’t do the usual tourist attractions (Universal Studios, Sentosa, any of the Gardens, etc.). Instead, I was set on finding the other treasures tucked away in the city. Part of my agenda was to go coffee shop hopping but it didn’t push through, unfortunately, but I did go to a quaint coffee shop named Group Therapy.

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Group Therapy

It is Sometimes More Fun Elsewhere

Confession 1: I am only making this blog entry because I haven’t been feeling well since yesterday.

Since last night, at around 10:00PM, I haven’t been feeling well. No, not emotionally or psychologically, but physically. Headache, sore throat and the regular feeling of just being lethargic when one doesn’t feel well. It hasn’t really been helping me accomplish the remaining tasks I have to accomplish before we go back to school and it also doesn’t help that my phone of almost 4 years now, just died.

My phone’s death is really a sad thing for me because:

1. It’s our org’s project next weekend and crunch time means a lot of mega communication time 24/7 this whole week.

2. I don’t know how to coordinate with my mother with sudden schedule changes

I’m just praying I get the new phone soon early this coming week. More than wanting it, I really need it.

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Confession 2: I have not really explored the Philippines….yet. I have only been to a few places like Tuguegarao, Cagayan de Oro, Boracay, Tagaytay, Baguio and a few other places. 

Going back to the original topic of this blog…I miss not being in the country, or just in Manila at least. There is always something about traveling that excites me. I always learn something about myself when I’m not in my hometown, when I’m not in my home country. There’s always the sense of freedom, of being a modern-day Peter Pan sans Captain Hook, Tinkerbell, the Lost Boys and Wendy. I’ve also been really fueled with my peers wanting to travel like Krista Caballero and David Lozada. Right now, I don’t have much plans to travel around the country because even though I know we have a lot of beautiful sights to see along with things to do, there’s something within me that wants to explore other cultures, to be lost in trying to understand foreign language and, most importantly, a great part of me wants to experience thrill and excitement I can’t seem to get here.

I miss the tiny streets of Venice and this mask will forever remind me of my memories there.

DSC_0053These magnets as well will always remind me of some of the places I went to for JTA. The three mask magnets were given to me by my cousin when she went to Venice late last year. DSC_0054And of course Singapore will always be in my mind because my brother works there and because of these ribbons—I got them from the Esplanade October 2012—which are displayed in my room.

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I don’t know about you guys but I like the thought of being in another country and adapting to their customs and not being a tourist. I think traveling is much better when one attempts to be like a local and to not just go to the “Top 10 Tourist Attractions” as Lonely Planet or other Travel books/guides/sites/apps recommend. But to get lost and find your way around through your gut feel, by conversing with locals, by understanding their maps. It’s better that way, in my opinion.

And… I like how kind people have been to me to places I have been to. It makes me reconsider if Filipinos are really the most hospitable people. I’m not saying we aren’t, but, I have received better treatment from people in France, for example, than people here. I guess my theory is true that sometimes, some people are just more accommodating to foreign people…like because I’m just another Filipino, there is no “branding” needed much for others to be friendly towards me? I do hope my theory is beyond flawed but, just basing it on experience.

To each her/his own, as people would often say. I have friends who will be going to the Sinulog Festival on the 19th and 20th of January—and are the reason why our project in the org is moved earlier. I have friends who are really advocating Filipino culture and Filipino lifestyle. As for me, I am excited to travel around the world when I am finally earning my own cash. I can’t wait to revisit France, to go to Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Malaysia, Spain, London and so much more countries. I want to experience everything the world has to offer, to initiate conversations in public spaces and to be approached by people I don’t know and ask me how I find their country. I can’t wait to once again have that feeling of being someone new and to have that “And so another journey begins” feeling once I step out of the airplane or train. And also that feeling of not knowing what to order in a restaurant because there is no English menu, and you just take a risk, and you step out of the restaurant with a happy tummy! Haha!

Until then, here I am in my bedroom, wondering when will be the next time that I will fly and have more fun elsewhere.

 

It is Sometimes More Fun Elsewhere

Hope This Won’t Be Goodbye

Last day…I woke up early and left my brother’s flat before he did. I went to Toast Box to have breakfast and to read “What The Dog Saw” by Malcolm Gladwell and I brought along my brother’s book to help me decide what to do for my last day. I had a, what I would call “self-date”. It was calming and it felt nice to just feel good about myself being alone and simply just chilling.

I walked around and found my way going to the Fountain of Wealth. I made a wish of course and that is for me to keep…Really hoping that will come true! I swear, the infrastructure of Singapore is something that amazes me. I love the concept of the 5 buildings around it to be like 5 fingers and the center is the palm which is the fountain. Amazing!

I walked by the Esplanade where I amused myself with collecting ribbons each containing one “key value”. Sadly, I wasn’t able to get one for each of the 17 values. It was fun though! I looked like a mad kid trying to get all of the ribbons even when it was raining.

My brother and I met for lunch at a Kopitiam somewhere. I don’t know why but I really enjoy eating any food Singapore tosses at me. I got some noodle with a lot of good stuff in it. I was even able to sort of talk to someone who is deaf. So that’s a +!

I was off to be alone and I went to Orchard, I don’t know why exactly…but I went inside the Ngee Ann City to look for Kinokuniya. Sadly I wasn’t able to purchase a book because I couldn’t make up my mind which book is nice and will be helpful in life. Add to that I’m nowhere near halfway through “What The Dog Saw”. When I explored the place more, to my surprise. I saw Paul!!

I bought macarons and ate them right away. They still tasted as heavenly as they did in France! I bought a croissant for my brother before I left. I decided to go back to the empty ramp place hoping there would be people this time, and luckily, there were people skateboarding, spray painting and “scooter-ing”. My favorite one is the kick scooter kid because he’s friendly and he even asked me to take pictures of him and send to him…but he forgot to tell me his e-mail address before he just left. It was still fun shooting people because I really like taking pictures of inanimate objects and animals. It was different and quite refreshing! Add to that, the kid has some serious skill!

I met up with my brother for dinner after that. We had cereal prawns and it tasted really good! I think the prawns tasted better if you eat the shell, but my brother likes it without the shell. To each his own, I guess. We went back to my brother’s flat and we fixed our bags. We rested until around 10-ish then went to Changi. Our flight was at 2:20 AM so we just had so much time to kill.
At one point we got hungry so I we stayed in McDonald’s and I tried the samurai burger which tasted so good. Reminds me of the rice burgers we had here before!
+ side: it had much sauce so the burger was really full of flavor. – side: it was messy. Haha! Would love to have that burger here in the Philippines though!
More boredom so I decided to venture around and I saw this computer terminal place and what made it fun was the large touchscreen monitors that had multi touch functions. It’s like a gigantic iPad! It’s really safe to say that Changi is one of the best airports in the world. You can probably lock me in there and I wouldn’t even mind! Haha!

We went to the boarding gate at some point and just relaxed inside the airplane. Wanted to have a comfortable sleep but at one point a baby just started crying and he/she just woke up everyone! Haha! We arrived so late back in the Philippines, we were supposed to arrive at 5:45 AM but we ended up landing at 6:30 AM. What’s up with that? Haha! It was fun though!
I’m really looking forward to my next flight to Singapore! 🙂

Hope This Won’t Be Goodbye

The Unluckiest Day?

I decided to do some suiting up because I wanted to pass by the National University of Singapore to inquire on their postgraduate studies program. I met up with my brother though for lunch because I was to meet my friend for dinner so instead of our daily dinner, we had lunch. I arrived a bit earlier than expected so I went around and saw ramps and other skating stuff. Sad though that it was empty. I went inside the mall and after a couple of minutes found my brother. We ate in The HandBurger. They serve really really good burgers. I can’t remember the name of the burger I got but it tasted amazing.
I also loved how quick their service is! Not much time that my brother and I got to spend taking pictures though!

Wish I wasn’t blurry. But it’s fine, i still look a bit snazzy, right? Haha! We had much time to spare so we went to Orchard and brother wanted to have a picture in front of H&M because he barely has pictures…so, fine, here’s your GPOY. Haha!

My brother went back to work and I was on my own. I decided to go to NUS but my stay wasn’t so pleasant just because I got lost, my phone died and my camera ran out of battery, so I’m sorry I don’t have pictures. Add to that, I wasn’t even able to reach the building I was supposed to go to. Oh well, next time.
I fixed myself then met up with my brother for a late afternoon snack then I met up with my friend, Kyo.

We just did some catching up. It felt good to do some actual catching up. It went on for around a couple of hours then he had to go because he’s tired and he still has some internship/work thing the following morning.
So yeah, in all, it wasn’t so much of an eventful day but I guess it was still fun, nonetheless.

The Unluckiest Day?