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Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre

With its green hue lights, desolate corridors and a hint of classic Cantonese music reverberating from afar, the scene on a Sunday afternoon at Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre looks like it was picked straight from the outtakes of a Wong

Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre

With its green hue lights, desolate corridors and a hint of classic Cantonese music reverberating from afar, the scene on a Sunday afternoon at Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre looks like it was picked straight from the outtakes of a Wong

A night at Eminent Plaza and Lavender Food Square

Much has been made recently about the impending closure of Lavender Food Square come the end of 2014. It seems that to many Singaporeans, the memories of food and its familiar comforts, be it the location, conversations or simply the

A night at Eminent Plaza and Lavender Food Square

Much has been made recently about the impending closure of Lavender Food Square come the end of 2014. It seems that to many Singaporeans, the memories of food and its familiar comforts, be it the location, conversations or simply the

Azmi’s vadai and teh tarik – the best snack combination in Little India

Located just beside the Abdul Gaffor Mosque at 43 Dunlop Street is a humble establishment by the name of Azmi Restaurant. Not to be confused with the more famous Azmi Restaurant at the nearby Norris Road, this little hole in

Azmi’s vadai and teh tarik – the best snack combination in Little India

Located just beside the Abdul Gaffor Mosque at 43 Dunlop Street is a humble establishment by the name of Azmi Restaurant. Not to be confused with the more famous Azmi Restaurant at the nearby Norris Road, this little hole in

The Hakka Cemetery

For many Singaporeans living in the west, a trip on the East-West line towards town is often filled with the dread given the distance and jostling for space on board. Yet in a pocket of space in-between Buona Vista and

The Hakka Cemetery

For many Singaporeans living in the west, a trip on the East-West line towards town is often filled with the dread given the distance and jostling for space on board. Yet in a pocket of space in-between Buona Vista and

Coffee with Butter at Heap Seng Leong

Located at Block 10 on North Bridge Road is Heap Seng Leong, a traditional coffeehouse whose authenticity in both its decor and coffee has made it an important icon in understanding the beginnings of Singapore’s coffee history. Over here, you

Coffee with Butter at Heap Seng Leong

Located at Block 10 on North Bridge Road is Heap Seng Leong, a traditional coffeehouse whose authenticity in both its decor and coffee has made it an important icon in understanding the beginnings of Singapore’s coffee history. Over here, you

From the rooftop of People’s Park Complex

A walk in Chinatown is never complete without at least catching a glimpse of the 31 storey People’s Park Complex. Built in 1973 by DP architects, it’s been regarded as symbol of Asian Modernism that helped pioneer Singapore’s shift from

From the rooftop of People’s Park Complex

A walk in Chinatown is never complete without at least catching a glimpse of the 31 storey People’s Park Complex. Built in 1973 by DP architects, it’s been regarded as symbol of Asian Modernism that helped pioneer Singapore’s shift from

A film swap between Hougang and Jurong West

A couple of years back I did a film swap project with my girlfriend to see how we could merge and document what we felt were two very different neighbourhoods of our very own Hougang and Jurong West. I first

A film swap between Hougang and Jurong West

A couple of years back I did a film swap project with my girlfriend to see how we could merge and document what we felt were two very different neighbourhoods of our very own Hougang and Jurong West. I first

The Singapura Cat in all of us

To many Singaporeans, the mention of the Singapura Cat probably brings to mind one’s encounters with the community cats of our neighbourhoods. While to others, particularly in the West, it holds the distinguished honour of being a pedigree cat that

The Singapura Cat in all of us

To many Singaporeans, the mention of the Singapura Cat probably brings to mind one’s encounters with the community cats of our neighbourhoods. While to others, particularly in the West, it holds the distinguished honour of being a pedigree cat that

Block 316: The rainbow painted block that made me want to find them all

This rainbow painted mural is located at Block 316, Hougang Avenue 5, just two blocks from where I’ve stayed all my life. Up till now I’ve never thought much about it, but as I began exploring different neighbourhoods, I realise

Block 316: The rainbow painted block that made me want to find them all

This rainbow painted mural is located at Block 316, Hougang Avenue 5, just two blocks from where I’ve stayed all my life. Up till now I’ve never thought much about it, but as I began exploring different neighbourhoods, I realise

Lei Cha – A Hakka recipe and tradition of my family

Lei-Cha (擂茶) or Thunder Tea-Rice is a traditional Hakka dish that consists of an assortment of vegetables placed over a bed of rice , topped off with a fragrant mixture of tea leaves and other earthly herbs like coriander, garlic,

Lei Cha – A Hakka recipe and tradition of my family

Lei-Cha (擂茶) or Thunder Tea-Rice is a traditional Hakka dish that consists of an assortment of vegetables placed over a bed of rice , topped off with a fragrant mixture of tea leaves and other earthly herbs like coriander, garlic,

Roadside Newspaper Seller

Every evening at around 5.30pm, the same uncle unlocks a table latched to a nearby tree, pulls up a beach umbrella together with a few red plastic chairs and proceeds to unload a minimal number of magazines, fortune related pamphlets

Roadside Newspaper Seller

Every evening at around 5.30pm, the same uncle unlocks a table latched to a nearby tree, pulls up a beach umbrella together with a few red plastic chairs and proceeds to unload a minimal number of magazines, fortune related pamphlets

Singapore’s bird-singing corners

Bird-singing corners are the only places legal for old men to display their birds for all to see, and while this unique activity is slowly dwindling, there still remains a healthy number of mainly male hobbyist looking to keep their

Singapore’s bird-singing corners

Bird-singing corners are the only places legal for old men to display their birds for all to see, and while this unique activity is slowly dwindling, there still remains a healthy number of mainly male hobbyist looking to keep their