Not-A-Retail-Shop

Haystakt is a great platform to find unique, well-designed goods that are sourced directly from independent makers around the world. Its pop-up space at Chinatown features Singaporean makers, their goods and the stories behind them. Visit it before it disappears end March, and while you’re there, drop by the Edible Gardens to see how you can add some greenery to this concrete jungle we live in.

Haystakt Not-A-Retail-Shop
People’s Park Complex, Level 6
Open weekdays from 4-7pm, weekends from 11am-7pm

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The Scarlet Hotel

Sunny-Side-Up is a weekly 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.

How’d you love a staycation?

What we did: Hit the snooze till mid-day. Head for a swim. Dine in a fine restaurant. Cuddle up with our books and cable TV.

The Scarlet Hotel
33 Erskine Road S(069333)

The Space Program

The Space Program is a project initiated by Foreign Policy Design Group, in collaboration with Unlisted Collection and supported by National Heritage Board.

Quite a mouthful, huh? Well, that basically means there is now a pop-up store at the lobby of New Majestic Hotel, selling everyday items related to the Singaporean culture.

Carefully curated by Foreign Policy Design Group, you can expect books, art prints, DVDs, and even freshly roasted coffee beans from Papa Palheta.

I especially loved how the display shelves were constructed using stacked washboards. Very innovative and nostalgic!

I was elated to see the latest issue of apartamento here as I had been searching high and low for this. It was featured for a short fiction story set in olden Singapore.

The Space Program is happening from now till 11 October at the New Majestic Hotel. If you’re interested to see how contemporary popular culture can also be uniquely Singaporean, then you won’t want to miss this.

The Space Program
New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh S(089845)
Open daily from 11am-7pm

Club Street Social

Club Street Social is a gorgeous New York-styled restaurant serving lip-smacking italian-inspired dishes. Over here, breakfast is served all-day, every day. It’s the perfect way to start any given morning. And, perhaps to end the day, as I hear they serve fantastic spiked drinks too!

Above: Duck Rillete, Green Apple, Fig Compote Crostini, and Latte.

Below: Bacon, Egg and Maple Butter Panini.

Above: Half-sipped Hot Chocolate.

Club Street Social
5 Gemmill Lane, S(069261)
Open Mon-Fri: 11am-1030pm, Sat: 9am-1030pm, Sun: 9am-9pm

茶淵|Tea Chapter

關於品茶:我喜歡慢慢地泡茶,細細地品茶,然後一邊吃著小點心,一邊聊天看書發呆。隨著時間的流動重新調整自己的生活步伐,找回心中那個平衡點。

但每次沏茶,我和這些工具總會面面相覷,頭上懸掛著一個個的問號,真不好意思。還好當天招待我們的叔叔人很好,很有耐心地教導我們沏茶的每一個步驟與細節。

原來紅茶不能用紫砂壺,須用瓷壺。花茶也只能用玻璃壺。我們點了祁門紅茶和一些點心,其中糯米飯和荔枝茶凍還挺不錯的。

下次沏茶,希望不會再和工具們面面相覷了。

茶淵 (Tea Chapter)
9 & 11 Neil Road S(088808)
Open Sun-Thu: 11am-1030pm, Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm