En Route: Singapore 2016 Photo Diary

June 27, Monday, 6:14PM | Starbucks Coffee, Changi Airport Terminal 2

If you’ve known me (virtually) for a long time now, you’d know that I love Singapore very, very much. The art, food, efficient transportation – I fell in love with it the first time I visited and spent a week exploring on my own, two years ago.

I always wished I would get to live in SG or maybe settle there for a good few months (for experience), but it looks like that’s never happening anytime soon. And as I grew older I may have realized that I’d rather stay in Manila and call the PH my home. 🙂 So for the meantime, here’s a visual diary of my recent “work” trip – squeezing in three classes in a weekend plus a few sidetrips here and there at some old favorites and new discoveries. Enjoy!

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First stop: Basheer Graphic Books, Bras Basah Complex. The damage? New copies of B & Flow magazine. No regrets.

Also: discovered Cat Socrates in the same building. So much artsy finds!

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Carinderia hits in SG. Chin Chin was geeeewd.

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Revisited National Gallery for a quick art fix. The museum shop is very promising – with complete lineups of books, stationery, and merch.

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This girl was reading her Penguin Classic book before the museum opened.

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Something my future child would definitely wear. Not that I’m thinking of motherhood already. Bring that up to me in 10 years. HAHA.

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It just so happened that this exhibition explaining the Gallery & Co branding can pass up as Tippy‘s room. Hmm.IMG_0153

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Balanced diet? Work life balance?
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First time to visit Holland Village. We found a lot of nice stores and cafes. Funny that it’s located inside a real neighborhood – with houses, and nice letterboxes such as that one on the photo.

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Hello from me and Tin!

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THE MOTHERSHIP.

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Spent some me-time window shopping at craft stores near Bras Basah.
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CSHH_Coffee2Saturday morning coffee fix at Chye Seng Huat Hardware, a hidden gem in Tyrwhitt Road.
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Craft Assembly‘s selection of Singapore-inspired souvenirs. I swear, those pillowcases are haunting me. Easily one of my favorite stores in Haji Lane.

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“Don’t mess with my teh tarik & roti prata” face

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National Library

Our hotel faces the National Library. I wasn’t able to go in but it was a beaut on the outside!

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Workshop snippets. The Letter J Supply studio was beautiful – look at all that light!

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It’s Mikka Weeeeeee!

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Coffee + adulting conversations with a long time high school friend at Stateland Coffee. It feels great to find home outside Manila. (Thanks, Peter!)IMG_0309

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Library @ Orchard. I was glued to my seat for a good thirty minutes browsing every type book in the typography section.

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Surprisingly discovered an array of indie shops at Orchard Central & Orchard Gateway. I’m rounding up a comprehensive list soon on the blog!IMG_0351

A little present for Jo of The Letter J Supply, who helped organize the workshops. 🙂
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Last train ride back to Bras Basah.
LetterJTeam ABC + Team Letter J!
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Airport sightings: a sunflower garden. Changi is really something.

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Peace out, Singapore. It’s been real. You’ll always be a favorite. I can’t wait to be back soon!

PS: Thanks to everyone who attended the workshops. I’ll share about it soon. For PH classes, sign up here.

PPS: Whipping up a comprehensive list of places to go for art, books, crafts and coffee! Coming soon 🙂

10 Comments
  • Jamie Catt
    Posted at 21:33h, 28 June Reply

    Ahh, love it. Super hoping I can visit SG soon! See you on Saturday, Abbey! x

    • abbey
      Posted at 22:24h, 28 June Reply

      Thanks, Jamie! See you then! 🙂

  • Louie Cristine
    Posted at 22:54h, 28 June Reply

    This is a great post! I’ve been living in Singapore for 5 yrs but just realized that I haven’t really explored the country. You inspired me to do so. Will probably start this weekend. Hope you can hold another workshop in SG soon! Love your works! I’m officially a fangirl! xoxo 😀

    • abbey
      Posted at 22:56h, 28 June Reply

      Hey, Louie! Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed the post. Hope you enjoy exploring SG then! I’m looking forward to visiting again soon to teach. Hope to see you soon!

  • Odee
    Posted at 23:24h, 29 June Reply

    Woohoo great job on your international workshop! 😀 First time I went to Bras Basah (I read it from your blog before so I made sure to put it in my itinerary), naloka talaga ko teh. I dunno where to go first; everything seemed to be a priority LOL! Hope to go back so I can hoard again. 🙂

    • abbey
      Posted at 13:44h, 30 June Reply

      Thanks, Odee! 🙂 OMG yung first post ko mga 2 years ago pa :)) If you go back, you’ll realize na hindi na maraming ma-hoard dun. Hahaha. Visit Straits Art too if you need watercolor! More options there. 🙂

  • Yasmin Llagas
    Posted at 18:15h, 30 June Reply

    Definitely one of the countries I want to visit

    • abbey
      Posted at 22:41h, 30 June Reply

      You should!

  • Camy Cake Cabral
    Posted at 19:39h, 30 June Reply

    Girl, I will wait for that list. I want to go back so I can hoard…I mean, -cough- check some artbooks.

    Good job Abbey!

    • abbey
      Posted at 22:40h, 30 June Reply

      CAMYYYY There’s a diy notebook place in SG! I think it’s cheaper than IKEA. Hahaha. Thanks <3 Miss you!

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