out to me with the invite for The Singapore Design Week, I knew that the
trip and the agenda would be incomplete if I didn’t experience and
bring back the design and the vibe from the streets and neighborhoods of
Singapore for you. As I shared my ideas with the team, they put together a
comprehensive itinerary that really hit the nail on An Indian Summer’s
passionate spot. [Erm, it isn’t meant to sound like the way it might be
sounding. If you get what I mean, hush, move on, don’t linger. There,
read ahead]. This trip has me wanting for more [Ok, I give up. It’s all in Your mind by the way!], and I can’t wait to go back and revisit every nook and cranny again.
heart behind the steel and glass exterior. The streets that have a past
and buildings that have a tale or two to tell. Talking to the locals, the young and the old, finding commonalities and discovering something new. Singapore particularly has such an interesting juxtaposition of glitzy, modern, state-of-art architecture and traditional shop houses, stately old buildings reminiscent of Singapore’s colonial past and beautiful old architecture and design influenced by the native country of origin of the early settlers. I fell in love with the louvered windows in China Town! And gasped at the gorgeous colorful facades in the Joo Chiat neighborhood. The art deco style in Tioang Bahru reminded me of parts of Bombay. The vibrancy of Haji Ali Lane took me back to the urban villages turned chic designer hubs in Delhi. The sprawling bungalows at Dempsey Hill had me doing quick mental calculation of how much one of those might cost, and then giving up mid way. [The calculation bit ie. Quick calculation is a misnomer in my case. Nothing is quick where numbers are involved. Time slows down considerably] The pride with which residents maintain their heritage, their residential areas, the public spaces is commendable. It all adds to a city and a country which is very pleasing to the eye and easy on the aesthetes soul.
As I mentioned, my little camera [little, my foot! it’s heavy as a rock!] and I went berserk and clicked everything clickable, and more often than not, the not-so-usually-clicked. Check here on Monday, and you will be delighted [please do be delighted!] to see a fresh album with all the above pics independently and many more. More design, more cafes, more quaintness, more art, more craft and, more cats! Remember to visit me on facebook on Monday!
Part Uno of Singapore right here.
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