Expat Life: Week 1 – 3 [Part 2]


Continuing off from my previous post, i’ll cover more of the places that i’ve been to during these past few weeks. Starting off with Orchard Road. This is place is known as the shopping street with a bunch of shops and department stores at every turn. 313@Somerset is shopping mall which is conveniently connected via Somerset MRT station. The mall comprises mostly of the mid price range such as Cotton On, Forever 21, Uniqlo, Zara, Typo, Smiggle and a number of restaurants and cafes. The Marche Restaurant caught my attention when i walked through here. I love the design of the shop and the bread looks so appetising! I couldn’t resist and had to grab something at then bakery section. I ended up getting the bruschetta which was really good! They can offer to toast it for you so that you can enjoy it all nice and toasty.


It is also connected to other malls such as Orchard Gateway and Orchard Central. You can find shops such as Dorothy Perkins, Topshop and etc here. One thing I found interesting was the fact that there’s a library in Orchard Gateway. It’s situated on level 3 and 4 and named Library@Orchard. I love hanging out here if i feel like having a quiet weekend reading books or surfing the internet on my laptop. It’s also a great place to catch up on some work. They have desks equipped with plenty of power plugs.


Next up was a trip to Haji Lane and Arab Street which is just a short walk from Bugis MRT station. Arab Street has a mosque which is pretty popular with the tourists who come here. Since i’m also from this side of Asia, it’s quite a common thing to see and in fact we have bigger and nicer mosques. But I guess it’s an alright place to visit if you’ve never experienced the Malay/Arabic culture before. As for Haji Lane, it’s known for its quirky little boutiques. Along this stretch of road you will find many shops selling clothes, accessories and some decorative items as well. The items range from mid-mid high range as there are a number of upcoming local designers who have opened up their shops here. A number of nice restaurants and cafes can also be found in this area. What’s great about this place is the atmosphere. It’s probably one of the rare spots in Singapore where you can find street art on the building walls and stroll through rows of shops without worrying about traffic as it’s meant only for pedestrians since it’s a narrow lane. Haji Lane itself is not that big. In fact it’s just one small lane. But definitely worth dropping by to check out the unique stores and experience a different type of shopping experience than the typical shopping mall.
One particular shop that I managed to drop by was a shop called Victoria Jomo. The prices are pretty reasonable and you can find some rather cheap stuff too. I bought the striped shirt for around 22 dollars and 2 of the cute vintage sleeveless tops for 18 dollars!

As for lunch, I dropped by this bistro cafe called “I Am” cafe. Much inspired by Amsterdam, the cafe is designed in a black and white color scheme with a pop of bright red. They serve mainly western food and this Honey Mustard Chicken burger was rather popular with the crowd there. So I ordered one too and i’m glad I did. This was really good! They’re also one of the few cafes which serves halal western food. Also fyi, you may need to queue for a bit to get a seat. They’re pretty popular with the folks here, so be prepared. I went there on a Sunday at an odd hour like 3pm or so and still had to queue behind a number of people.


Another spot worth mentioning is Tanjong Pagar, which is the area I’m staying at. There’s a number of hipster cafes sprouting around this area and one particular cafe I dropped by was Department of Caffeine in Duxton Road. Like most cafes they serve all day breakfast such as the french toast, pancakes, big breakfast and etc. I ordered this lovely french toast with bananas and strawberries served with yogurt and drizzles of honey. This was so good and so filling too! I had this for brunch and it kept me full all the way till like 7pm.


One more spot I went to was Sentosa Island. I’ve already been to Universal Studios, so I decided to go to the Aquarium this time. To get to Sentosa Island, just simply head to your nearest MRT station and make your way down to Harbourfront station. From there you will come out into Vivocity Mall which is a pretty huge place full of all the stores you need under one roof. Head over to level 3 to grab the Sentosa monorail to Sentosa Island. Tickets for the train is 4 dollars and will take you to and from the island. To reach the Aquarium you will just need to stop at the next station which is Waterfront station. Loved the Aquarium! It’s really therapeutic to watch all the sea creatures glide through the water. I especially enjoyed the section where it had a huge glass window and it really felt like I was under the sea with all the fishes. Spent about 3 hours in the aquarium and it was really nice and relaxing.

So that sums up my 3 weeks here in Singapore so far. Will follow up with more posts for the next upcoming weeks~


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