What Could Have Been at Fort Canning
*cough* Laneway *cough*
Laneway Festival 2014, I’m coming for you!
Cafe Bookstores are the best.
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.
Bonus points if you know the artist, hehe. Anyway, we went to Peek-ture awhile ago to buy film for my polaroid camera. And, well, we failed. I will never understand why most shops here are close on Mondays.
Granted, the weather is nowhere near ideal for lazy afternoon strolls. I just couldn’t resist bringing my cousins to this quirky little street. Never did I encounter this spot in any of my online researches for places to visit in Singapore. Actually, I just stumbled upon it while spending an entire afternoon with my new friend Jinny. We were walking along one of the main roads when I found a beautiful blue building then I asked if we can go ahead and visit it. Turns out, it was the Peranakan Museum and right beside it is an antire row of cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and indie theaters.
Okay, so they’re horribly overpriced. But who cares? We wouldn’t have dared to pass up on the opportunity to taste the holy grail of all macarons. To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of macarons myself. I never really understood what all the hype was about, and I would choose a Vanilla Sunshine cupcake over a macaron any day. That is, until I got to try le macaron Marie-Antoinette. It was… divine.
The shop itself was glorious. They have managed to recreate heaven — just look at the damn ceiling!
We got lost in Tiong Bahru and rode an impossibly long (and wrong!) bus ride home for this store and this store alone.
Located in the heart of Tiong Bahru, Books Actually is one of the many independent bookstores you will find here in Singapore. It’s one of the few shops along Yong Siak Street, in one of the hippest and quirkiest neighborhoods in the city. I have a feeling that it wants to remain hidden and slightly inaccessible. Banish any seconds thoughts about going through the hassle because it’s definitely worth the visit. When I tell you that you can literally spend an entire day in this store just perusing through all those original titles and vintage whatnots, please know that I am not kidding. It’s everybody’s wonderland, really. I’m no cat-lover, but I found their kitties adorable.
I’m definitely going back because, um, it’s only logical to want to go back to this newfound paradise.
Last one, I promise.
Sorry, I’m not going to stop posting Botanic Gardens pictures anytime soon. It’s impossible to get over the fact that they have something as beautiful as this nestled in this bustling city.
This vacation is doing me some good. I can feel it already.