Saturday, July 23, 2016

National Gallery of Singapore is a brand new art gallery in Singapore which represents collection of Singapore and Southeast Asia art. Located in the heart of Civic District, City Hall and the former Supreme Court, this is the largest visual art gallery in Singapore and one of the largest art venue in the region. The art gallery has more than thousands art to see and you will fall in love with this space. 

I did left my heart at this place. I fell in love with the architecture and the collection. It's a unique experience for me to see more than 8.000 pieces of Singapore's national collection and the heritage that Singapore and Southeast Asia have. What a unique experience!

If you are person like me, who likes to do museum hopping, you must put this art gallery on your list.

National Gallery Singapore
1 St. Andrew's Road Singapore 178957

Opening Hours
Sun- Thu, Public Holidays: 10AM - 7 PM
Fri-Sat, Eve of Public Holidays: 10AM - 10PM

Free for Singaporeans and PRs
$20 for Non- Singaporeans


Sunday, July 17, 2016
I don't know how many times I've been to Singapore, but I never have a chance to visit Tiong Bahru. Last vacation, I went to Singapore and made Tiong Bahru as the priority. I heard that there are so many hip and cool cafes and restaurants in there. Tiong Bahru is recently known for its hipster cafes. I had a chance to go to three cafes and its market. There are still a lot more, so you need to at least spend 1-day (maybe) if you want to visit all cafes.

Located in Yong Siak Street (near Tiong Bahru Market), this cafe is known for its coffee. My friend who lives three years in Singapore said that this is her favorite cafe. People go to Forty Hands for the coffee and fyi, Forty Hands is one of the few cafes that serve the best coffee in Singapore. I am not coffee drinker, but my friend bought two coffees at the same time. Coffee drinker, Forty Hands should be on your list. 

It is quite difficult to find this place. I went there by MRT and I walked for 10 minutes from the nearest station (Tiong Bahru station). I suggest you to take a cab if you don't want to walk. Not only for the coffee, I also love this cafe because it's on the same street with Books Actually (a book shop). You can go to two places at the same time.

Blk 78 Yong Siak Street #01-12 Singapore
Tel: +65 6225 8545

Operating Hours : 
Tuesday: 8.30 AM - 6.30 AM
Wed & Thursday: 8.30 AM - 10 PM
Fri & Sat: 8.30 AM - 11 PM
Sunday: 8.30 AM- 6.30AM
Closed on Monday

2. Books Actually
Located at the same street with Forty Hands, this indie book shop is my favourite. From the outside, you will know that this book shop is really something. If you read their site, it is an independent bookstore specialising in fiction and literature. You'll find the book you cannot find elsewhere. As book lover, I'm in love with this place. You should check this out. You can also buy their books online by go to their site, Books Actually

A-line skirt - H&M
White shoes - New Look 

9 Yong Siak Street - Tiong Bahru Estate
Tel: +65 6222 9195

Operating Hours:
Mon: 11 AM- 6PM
Tue - Fri: 11AM - 9PM
Saturday: 10 AM- 9PM
Sunday: 10 AM - 6PM

3. Tiong Bahru Market
Third stop, I visited Tiong Bahru Market for the lunch. I heard there are some favourite stalls in there. My friends ordered Lor Mee and I ordered Fish Ball Mee. We also ordered Jian Bo Chwee Kueh. Delicious. I love local foods!!!

You also can see some murals in this area. I found that mouse deer!

Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898

4. Tiong Bahru Bakery
I have no photos for this cafe because my camera ran out of battery BUT this is the BEST. My friend said to me that they have the best croissant ever. I have to admit it. YES YES YES. Unfortunately, I was so full that time, but I had a chance to taste their croissant and brioche. No words. Love it! You should put it on your list. 

310 Orchard Road, #L1-16B, TANGS Orchard, Singapore 238864
Tel: +65 6735 3787

I have no regret to visit Tiong Bahru. It's a great place. I love every corner of this area. Till we meet again, Tiong Bahru.