It’s hard to beat Singapore urban energy; there is a constant stimulating ebb and flow to the city which makes Singapore unlike any other city in the world. It has been Southeast Asia’s most modern city for over a century and is definitely a place all people should experience at least once in their lives. Everything and everyone is constantly on the go, always moving, always moving fast. This is my second time in Singapore, the energy of the city gets me again, anything seem possible, I feel like surfing on that pulse of excitement. I had a few days to explore the city and I would like to share with you my favorite local places but also what has inspired me.
East-meets-West at Iggy’s
It is a popular Singapore address and a favorite for local and traveling gourmands seeking a taste blowing dining experience. Each dish is like an exquisite piece of art, with aesthetic with a print that is unique to Iggy’s. The dishes are a modern approach to European cuisine with a strong Japanese influence. My Akamustu was superb, the red miso was the purest, sweetest quintessence of umami I have ever tasted and was gone within a few seconds.
Homemade Carrot Cake at Guan Hin
Singaporean carrot cake (known as chai tow kway) is not what you think it is and has in fact, no carrots whatsoever. It is a savoury dish, eaten throughout the day and made from flash-frying radish daikon, eggs and chilli sauce. The best place in town to eat this popular hawker-style street food is run by a old couple frying the dish as you order it, I love it as a breakfast and prefer the white version without the rich black sauce.
Urban Oasis – Gardens by the Bay – The SuperTrees
Simply a Must See.
The nature park “Gardens by the Bay”, located along Marina Bay is a majestic achievement and a complete different approach to incorporate nature in the city or perhaps, the city in the nature? To me, it is the most inspiring and breath taking attraction of the city. The SuperTrees mesure between 25 and 50 meter tall and collect solar energy during the day but also clean air pollution. The energy is then used to light the magnificent structures after night fall as the Supertrees come alive with a coordinated light and music show. From an architectural perspective, this futuristic marvel takes you to a complete different planet. It feels like we are not on earth any more, we are exploring another world.
Arts from the street
Singapore is filled with spectacular street art from local and international street artists, and it is a fun way to explore the city. The best places are Armenian Street, Jalan Pisang Junction, Jalan Sultan and the neighbourhoods Clarke Quay and Little India.
At the back of Aliwal Arts Center is a wall of artwork that changes every one to six months.
Bali Lane & Haji Lane @ Kampong Glam: Coolest neighbourhoods
This tiny and narrow lane, hidden away in the heart of the Muslim quarter is also full of spectacular murals reflective of the quirky and artsy community surrounding it. It is also a fantastic destination for shopping as it’s packed with boutique shops, plenty of vintage and retro stores, solid choices for coffee and seriously tasty eateries. It’s also a section of the Singapore which remains untouched by much of the modernisation taking place around it, so there’s a quaintness you just won’t get anywhere else.
What’s next? A very exciting trip to Toba in Japan where I will visit the farm that source our Akoya Pearls for our Pearl me Collection. Can’t wait!