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Singaporean Style

Sometimes I forget the time of day, but something I never forget is style. Luckily, Singapore had plenty of that, though it might be a while for every tourist to embrace it and leave the Bintang tops from Bali behind.

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Okay, so life gets a little bit crazy sometimes. This can mean different things to different people at different times, of course, but for me, it means that I am swamped with so many things that there are no blank spaces left on my calendar. I know that when my Dad was growing up, he didn’t even have a calendar. At the age of 17, he’d dropped out of school, moved out and was doing whatever thing teens did back then (I’ll spare you the stories). My mother was trying to complete school and get work, wherever she could in the field she had already been studying, in order to better her own life in Indonesia. I always hear stories of ‘back in the day’ from a variety of people, comparing today's kids to kids back then, which usually ends in some sort of complaint, but my parents aren’t the type to do that. They’re so pleased with their teenage kids, who have something planned for almost every day of the week, three months in advance (or something ridiculous) because we actually ‘kind of’ have a plan. I say ‘kind of’ due to the fact that this changes a fair bit, but whatever it is we always find ways to pursue it. We are very busy people.

So no questions are asked when I decided to go on a holiday instead of ‘schoolies’. As fun as ‘schoolies’ would’ve been, I’ve got a busy schedule and that type of fun and partying would not allow me to have a level head. Especially when some evenings I’d be editing this or that, even during my holiday. However, it wasn’t on the tightest schedule in the world.

I quite miss the predictable weather of Singapore and the scenery that came with it. The only thing I could really take home with me (other than pretty snaps, and well-shot videos), was the fashion/style that Singapore holds. Adopting the style that Singapore’s fashion companies seem to follow is something that I can keep with me as it is quite different to our own Western styling.

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Bag clothing with different structural designs were often seen, showing interest in how the clothes can fold and move to draw attention, rather than creating interest purely by using print. The way that these clothes are sewn and designed are something that I’ll forever carry with me (not just because of the items I did buy). Singapore’s style feels and seems more relaxed, like an effortless chic that’s more effortless than usually seen. Here, at home, the styles often seen, other than board shorts and flip flops, is skinny jeans, and perhaps a print shirt of some kind. Something along those lines in various forms. In Singapore, everything seemed to flow, and I suppose it does have something to do with staying comfortable in the humid weather, but it’s still pretty damn fabulous.

It’s easy to tell who lives in Singapore and who’s a tourist. Spot the out of place Bintang top, flip flops with the southern cross, or those who can’t seem to fight the humidity, compared to the free flowing stylings of the Singaporeans. Though it is a normalised sight in Bali, and unfair to compare to the stylings of Singapore, judgements are still made by a vast majority of people. Where we stayed, there were more tourists than Singaporeans, but you could spot the few, and the various native clothing stores showed more interest than chain stores that we’d see back home. Spotting the store In Good Company at ION Orchard made us go on a rampage for Singaporean brands, not to mention how much my mother and I bought in that store alone (we wouldn’t have been able to fit more in our suitcase, honestly).

With all of these things piling up for me this month, I just want to be back in Singapore, relaxing in the gardens and eating good food. I think this article is the closest I’m going to get for a while longer. I treasure the fashion that is shown in Singapore, and the city truly holds all of the iconic fashion brands, it’s a place that I want to call my second home (but I’m going to be serious, we’re not there yet). One can dream.

The 'Must-By' Shops of Singapore:

In Good Company,     Aijek,     Stolen,     Max.Tan,     +   Retailer: Nana & Bird

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PS. More work is coming! It's just been a bit of a slow progression on the blog, expect more soon. (Also, why do I always refrain from taking portrait images?)

Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 20mm Lens

24 Hours in Singapore

Okay, maybe a little bit more than 24 hours.

Could've been a How To: Singapore post but, I've never been before, and a how to didn't seem to cut it. Especially considering how I got lost on Orchard Road, but I think that getting lost is part of the experience (and I'm totally not saying that to not seem like an idiot right now).

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4pm: Check into the Orchard Hotel. Located at the beginning of Orchard Road, this is the perfect place to stay because it’s shopping central. Here we have ION Orchard and the Paragon within walking distance, both home to a large amount of shops. (It’s also a 10 minute drive to Marina Bay, and a 5 minute drive to the Botanic Gardens).
4:30pm: We grab something to eat from the Orchard Hotel noodle bar, and that just gave us all the stamina that we needed. Definitely worth trying out. I love my chilli and having easy access to all kinds of chilli there, just works for me.

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5pm: Explore Orchard Road. And then get lost ten minutes later within ’T Galleria’ because I saw makeup and decided to explore all the levels of this place. Which included buying a little more than intended due to the sales at Marc by Marc Jacobs on the the second or maybe third floor.
6pm: After finally exiting the store that I wasn’t exactly looking for, I continue on down the road. I see ION Orchard on the other side, which is blocked off by gates, which we cannot cross.

 

 

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6:30pm: I find myself in the middle of the Paragon, where there is a massive macaroon tower from Laudree. Still wondering whether or not those macaroons were real, but they looked delicious all the same. Getting lost is kind of fun. Well, in Singapore it’s kind of fun, every corner has a Tiffany & Co I swear. (Every corner also has a Starbucks store, which doesn’t exist in Perth, really.)

7pm: Once we've spent a little while exploring areas within the Paragon such as 'Club 21' which is home to DKNY and other brands, it's time to try and find a way across to ION Orchard again. I have no idea why it's blocked off by gates, that's something I'll have to google later. But at least every store has such great air-conditioning which keeps me going for a bit longer

8pm: Search the stores at ION Orchard (after finally finding a crossing path to get across to it), noting the big Sephora store that lurks inside, along with all of the designer fashion. Also since it's Christmas, take a photo in front (and inside of) the Swarovski Christmas Tree.

8:30pm: I realise how tired I am already from walking around, and try to find my way back to the hotel. Finally finding a crossing way that would take me around and back to the other side of Orchard road, faster.

9pm: Matcha green tea frappes at Starbucks before having a nice cool shower, and relaxing at the Orchard Hotel while watching movies.

10am: Rainbow cake and coffee at Marina Bay, while wondering why the shoppes weren't open yet. The site said 10am okay, but the barista said 12pm. So that was confusing, but once heading down to the lowest level, I noticed that the shops down there were open, so perhaps each level opened at different times.
12pm: The exploration of the Shoppes at Marina Bay continues, as Louis Vuitton and Saint Laurent have opened their doors. Louis Vuitton is a special kind of place here in Singapore, as it's lower level actually holds a Louis Vuitton art gallery, showing pieces that were created decades ago, along with their monogram service.

 

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1pm: I take on more shops, the mall practically endless, before having a look at the river stream in the middle of the stores. With gondolas rowing down the middle, it was a trip I desperately wanted to be on, just chilling in the water, but the line was almost as big as the ride itself. Next time, I'll have to arrive earlier to catch that ride.
3pm: After a moment back at the hotel to relax, and eat more at the noodle bar, I've recouped and headed off to the Gardens by the bay. A flawless display of nature, within two domes and more. The flower dome and the cloud dome being the main displays for tourists.

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4pm: The exploration of the flower dome was first, with various types of plants from Australia, Singapore and other places around the world. This dome was rather beautiful, obviously, with little Christmas decorations which were still up while I was there. So many people took so many selfies, but apparently (according to the Louis Vuitton travel guides) the use of technology at any time isn't considered rude here, answering at the table, or sending off an email while at dinner, is just part of the fast pace living of Singapore. Something that I'd get yelled at, while at home.

5:30pm: The dark leaves of purple and green were of much interest to all those who entered the cloud dome. The first site that we all laid our eyes upon was the waterfall coming from a large mountain of green. A mountain where we would soon be standing at the top.

6pm: As we headed to the entrance of the mountain and it's pathway across the top of the mountain, I noticed the old trunks which had been planted onto walls. Perhaps recycled, into that art of faces, dragons, and koi which was very intriguing to all who noticed. But it was easy to just walk by and not notice, as these pieces were so harmonious with the plants around them.

7pm: At the top of the mountain, it's ridiculously scary to walk down, but we went down each level of the mountain, finding new things, being able to almost touch the waterfall from the other side and noting the crystals that were placed within the mountain.

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Images taken at Gardens by the Bay, Shoppes at Marina Bay, Orchard Hotel, The Botanic Gardens and ION Orchard.

Shot on a Nikon D3200 + 18-55mm lens. Edited by Tiffany Kennedy.