The Cafe Hideout in Farrer Park

The previous article on the English town inspired streets in Farrer Park ended on a hanging note, because there was something else worth talking about which deserved a whole post of its own. Farrer Park is not just a residential district wedged between the heritage spots of Balestier and Little India, its also a cafe…

The English Towns in Farrer Park

The English Countryside, vast, green, peaceful… Source, BFGL The English Towns, compact, small, beautiful. The Roman influenced town of Bath, England, UK The University town of Cambridge, England, UK The English inspired roads in Singapore? Dorset Road Truro Road Bristol & Carlisle Roads Compact, small and very Asian. These streets named after English towns are…

Makan Place – Makko Teck Neo Peranakan Food

It’s very hard to find good and affordable Peranakan food in Singapore. The good ones such as True Blue Cuisine, will burn a hole through your wallet, while those at the malls tend to be poor imitations. Its perhaps not surprising. The Peranakans were the original Straits Chinese, descendants of Chinese/Indian men and local women….

Methodism and the Church in Kampong Kapor

Methodism is a branch of Christian protestantism. It started as a revival movement from the Church of England and was led by John Wesley. Wesley believed in a concept called Christian perfection – where born-again Christians may attain a state of holiness to be made free from original sin, or depravity, and where there is a…

The Baweanese People in Kampong Kapor

Pulau Bawean is a small island off the coast of Java. The tiny island is 15 sqkm in diameter and is circumavigated via  a single road. The island is centred around an extinct volcano and is ancestral home to the Baweanese people, an ethnic group comprising some 70,000 Indonesian Baweanese, 80,000 Singaporeans and some 200,000 …

Makan Place – Guan Kee Fried Kuay Teow

“Ya, wa dor Ah Guan hi gor, Ah Guan, Ah Guan… Kuay Teow la… le ai mai… ai hiam mai… ok…” (Yes, I am ah Ah Guan’s place, Ah Guan… I said Ah Guan… I’m getting Kuay Teow of course… do you want one? With or without sambal? Okay…) “Yes, I’m going to order a…

Turf Club at Kranji

Kranji Station said the intercom reader on the train. When the doors opened, a large population of elderly people stepped out. I looked around me, there were no housing flats around, why would anyone go to Kranji for no reason? As the elderly stood up, I stood up and followed them. They turned enmasse and…

The Farmer’s Market at Kranji

Singapore has a countryside, we will still have it at least until 2019 and the Kranji Countryside Farmer’s Market is a great excuse to go up north. Getting to Kranji is easy if you have a car, its not very much harder (just a little more tedious) if you don’t. To get there by public…

Makan Place – Casuarina Curry

There’s a number of famous prata shops in Singapore, most of them located along Upper Thomson Road and Jalan Kayu. The Roti Prata House at Upper Thomson Road Prata at Jalan Kayu Another popular prata store is Casuarina, everyone claims that Casuarina’s curry is a must have. I’d never had it before. So it seemed…

In and around Dempsey Hill

From plantation to garrison, from military headquarters to lifestyle enclave – Dempsey Hill has seen a lot of changes (with only a few exceptions). There’s a lot of very interesting things within this lifestyle enclave, mostly food joints these days, here are some of the notable ones in and around Dempsey Hill. Samy’s Curry Samy’s…

St George’s Church, the former Military Chapel

St George is the patron saint of England. George is a Christian martyr who served as a officer in the Army of Emperor Diocletian and was sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christianity. The cross of St George lent itself to the National Flag of England. Flag of England/ Cross of St George…

Do one thing, and do it well – Nylon Coffee Roasters

If you can only do one thing, do it well. That is the common adage that is given to young people. This was something that got Twitter, Instagram, Google, Facebook and Alibaba where they were. They did on thing really well. The same applied to brick and mortar stalls, I like how this point is…

Pictures from Kranji Countryside

I had previously blogged about the beautiful countryside in Kranji as well as the amazing food at Poison Ivy Cafe. The farms at the Kranji Countryside were recently granted a lifeline with the move out date shifted from 2016 to 2019, its future is still uncertain. But a trip back to the countryside was in…

Makan Place – Urban Bites Lebanese Food

Good Mediterranean food is generally not cheap in Singapore. There is the Moroccan exception in Kampong Glam with Deli Moroccan and then there is another exception, this time Lebanese, located at Telok Ayer – Urban Bites. Lebanese Cuisine is an ancient cuisine part of Levantine family of food, including Eygptian and Syrian. Many of these…