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!


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!



Carinderia hits in SG. Chin Chin was geeeewd.



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



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.



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


Balanced diet? Work life balance?

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.


Hello from me and Tin!




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Spent some me-time window shopping at craft stores near Bras Basah.

CSHH_Coffee2Saturday morning coffee fix at Chye Seng Huat Hardware, a hidden gem in Tyrwhitt Road.



Craft Assembly‘s selection of Singapore-inspired souvenirs. I swear, those pillowcases are haunting me. Easily one of my favorite stores in Haji Lane.



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


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!


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


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


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. 🙂
Last train ride back to Bras Basah.
LetterJTeam ABC + Team Letter J!

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 🙂

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

    • abbey

      Thanks, Jamie! See you then! 🙂

  • 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

      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!

  • 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

      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

    Definitely one of the countries I want to visit

    • abbey

      You should!

  • 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

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