Artistry

Artistry is perhaps one of the most underrated cafes around. I’m a huge fan of their blueberries, ricotta and bacon pancakes, peanut butter and jelly french toast, and truffle fries. That sea salt chocolate fudge cake is deliciously rich and moist too. Do note that the pancakes are only available on weekdays before 12pm and after 2pm.

Artistry
17 Jalan Pinang S(199149)
Open Tue-Sun: 10am-7pm

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The U Factory

The U Factory will be stationed at Gillman Barracks from now until 26 Jan, featuring works from local designers and a Monocle pop-up store. Psst, it carries magazines like Cereal and The Travel Almanac at non-inflated prices!

The U Factory
37/38/39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, S(109452)
Open Tue-Sun: 11am-7pm

Singapore Art Book Fair 2013

Armed with a polka-dotted brolly, we braved the erratic weather for a session of book therapy at Gillman Barracks. It was the inaugural Singapore Art Book Fair, jointly organized by BooksActually and HJGHER. As the fair celebrated the renaissance of printed material, our back muscles were simultaneously reawakened by the mounting weight of our loot.

The wonderful people from Dominie Press showed us how to make the sleeve of a hard cover book. This craft calls for nimble fingers!

I Will Survive

Sunny-Side-Up is a weekend column celebrating clear blue skies, fancy bookmarks and the snooze button. In other words, expect book/film reviews, DIY crafts and easy recipes for a lovely weekend.

We do no harm to others, and simply ask to be left alone. That’s all we want.
–Stefanie

I Will Survive is a collection of real-life experiences from 21 LGBT people in Singapore. But you don’t have to identify as one to read this book. Reading their stories makes me realise how narrow my mind is, and teaches me to embrace diversity. What Reverend Yap Kim Hao wrote is very true: Who would knowingly join a despised minority group?

The fight for gay rights is a long and tough one. But it will get better.

New Philosopher

Sunny-Side-Up is a weekend column celebrating clear blue skies, fancy bookmarks and the snooze button. In other words, expect book/film reviews, DIY crafts and easy recipes for a lovely weekend.

New Philosopher is an independent quarterly magazine devoted to exploring philosophical ideas from past and present thinkers on ways to live a more fulfilling life.”

Picking this up at a bookstore in Australia, I was instantly reminded of how I’d enjoyed reading philosophy in university, intrigued by the words of Plato, Aristotle and John Locke. (Having a young, suave assistant professor was the cherry on the cake.)

It’s too easy to get caught up with life, chasing momentary happiness blindly like stimulated rats. Reading philosophy helps me to rethink my way of life with logic and purpose. According to Seneca, life is long if you know how to use it. But when it is wasted in heedless luxury and spent on no good activity, we are forced at last by death’s final constraint to realise that it has passed away before we knew it was passing.