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5 posts categorized "Singapore"

Supermama in Singapore

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If you are ever in Singapore be sure to drop by Supermama. Irene and friend Marjon Hoogervorst was on a mission earlier this year to produce a shopping gift guide of Singapore for Anthopology Magazine. Supermama was on the list, and according to Irene it was probably one of the nicest stores in Singapore.

Supermama is a retail gallery started by a husband and wife who shares the same passion for beautiful things. Open to everyone who appreciates unique finds, designs and carries a good mixture of products. You can take a look at what they have here on their website.

PS. MARJON AND I HAVE A WHOLE CITY GUIDE ABOUT SINGAPORE AVAILABLE FOR YOU WHO WOULD LIKE TO PUBLISH IT IN A MAGAZINE OR ONLINE! - just email us

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Singapore is only a couple hours away by flight from KL and I enjoy seeing the difference in lifestyle and also what you’ll be able to find only in Singapore. Supermama herself also writes a blog and shares her love for writing and daily inspirations. 

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All images by Marjon Hoogervorst

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Foundry design furniture

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Are you ready for visiting another shop with me today? This time we are going to Seah Street in Singapore. Just behind the famous Raffles Hotel and right in the arts and heritage district of Singapore. Here you will find a couple of streets with hidden gems ... like supermama, P5, the best chicken restaurant (I am forgetting the name as I am writing this post) and one of my favorite furniture shops, Foundry.

My friend Marjon Hoogervorst and I visited Foundry a while ago while making a city guide about Singapore. Just by coincidence we met the friendly owner and founder Felix. Marjon had the wonderful idea of making some extra images of one of Felix' own designs 'Loppa' a gorgeous paper lamp.

I recently bought one of the String shelving systems and will come back for other goodies.

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Foundry: 3 Seah Street
Unit 01/01
Singapore 188379

All images by Marjon Hoogervorst 

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P5 design furniture

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If you are wondering where to go for the best design furniture in Singapore how about starting right here at P5. Brands like moroso, e15, artek and royal tichelaar makkum all under one (beautiful) roof.

When I walked in I was happily surprised to see  the vases by Hella Jongerius when I mentioned them to the sales person he was impressed that I recognized them and understood I knew a thing or two about design  so we started chatting... Aloyus, no longer the salesperson, but the owner and founder of this shop, is as passionate about furniture as he is about food ... hopefully soon he will show me around in town and chat about our love for design. P5's address.

Today I am helping you with a visual tour inside P5

ps. If you can't find it here perhaps wonderful Foundry just 5 minutes away can help you.

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Irene reporting from Pulau Ubin in Singapore

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Another Birthday in the family this week... Happy Birthday Love of my Life! It was a wonderful day today and I hope you enjoyed it too? We went to a small island here in Singapore, calles Pulau Ubin. Yes for you who didn't know Singapore has a couple of islands and some of them are absolutely worth visiting.

Pulau Ubin is known for it's bicycle tracks, so DUtch as we are we had to go and see for ourselves. We start by driving to Changi Village, but taking a taxi is a very simple alternative. At Changi Village you will find that brings you to the island, only 5 minutes away but a nice little adventure, especially for young kids :) see the image of the ferry here below. 

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Pulau Ubin is an island North East of Singapore where often said as the last “kampong” (village) in Singapore. When you arrive at the Island you are warmly welcomed by lot's of Chinese decoration and a world of bikes... bikes, bikes and more bikes... al for rent... that's what we did too of course :)

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Everything at the island is simple and easy, you just follow the path... what I liked during the day, was being outdoors in the jungly forest and of course all the details in the small village. Lot's of chinese temples and offerings. For lunch we went to one of the fish/crab restaurants and after spending around 4 hours at Pulau Ubin we decided to go back home. Of course there is much more to explore on the island but the heath and two very young boys were ready to go back home.

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There is an intriguing story about a 'German Girl Shrine' at Pulau Ubin that I first heard about via this wonderful blog by jeffrey and flora,  two Americans living in Singapore. Some people really worship this ghost from the past.. today we did see the sign of a small road leading up the holy place, but we are saving this little adventure for our next trip to Pulau Ubin. If you are already curious than click here and read Flora her wonderful story about the German Girl and her Shrine.

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All images were taken by me, Irene, you can use them for your blog but please give credits via this link. 



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Charlene reporting from Singapore

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Singapore is a city state with modern buildings and convenience of transport. If you ever consider going to Singapore for a short visit and would like to go to attractions that do not require entrance fees. Here are some of my personal favorite places to go.


Visit the Chinatown if you’re interested in the culture and sights of the largest ethnic group in Singapore. A great place to shop for traditional Chinese goods plus great shopping bargains. Singapore is a food paradise so you must not miss the local Singapore food. So, eat your heart out at the huge People's Park Food Centre. A few of those must try local dishes are Laksa, Char Kway Teow, Hainanese Chicken Rice, Satay, Nasi Lemak.

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While you're in the vicinity, I highly recommend you this noteworthy shop :: Casualpoet
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Casualpoet – a newly opened arts and cultural concept store housed on the 3d floor of an old shophouse. I love this small, cozy boutique (with a mini café!) itself, the home, paper goods, books, record labels that they are stocking. You will love this shop if you have a thing for linen and natural fashions. They have 2 separate online stores selling cultural goods and daily goods.
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Location: 3rd level, 273B New Bridge Road.
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Singapore Art Museum is a great place for photography. The building itself has fantastic architecture and the inside is filled with amazing and beautiful pieces.
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For Japanese craft lovers, Kinokuniya is located at Takashimaya. Also, don’t miss the Art Friend, a huge store selling art supplies. It is located just right above Kinokuniya. Another great place to shop for craft supplies is Spotlight at Plaza Singapura.

For the scrapbookers, go experience the magic of paper at Laine’s Papeterie located at Wheelock Place.

Let’s move away from the hustle bustle of Orchard Road and head to Bugis. A few minutes walk from Bugis will take you to Arab Street, the shopping paradise for all crafters. There are a lot of small shops where you can shop for beautiful textiles, silks and other craft supplies.
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Just beside Arab Street is Haji Lane, the Singapore designer street with a lot of hip, quaint, quirky shops. Some of my favorite shops include Soon Lee, Pluck and Salad. Check out the lovely accessories, clothing, the beautiful interior designs, unique ornaments in these shops.

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Soon Lee is located at 56 Haji Lane, level 2.

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Salad - A black and white theme boutique with modern fashion and home accessories.
Location: 25/27 Haji Lane
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If you love greenery, resort-like ambience and nice dining places, you have to visit the Dempsey Hill area that caters to families and diners.
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Complete your trip and enjoy a glass of Singapore Sling at the Long Bar in the famous Raffles Hotel.

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There are of course other things to do and see, but in my opinion the above places are the best to give you an overview of the latest, coolest shopping finds along some narrow lanes/streets hidden in Singapore. I'd like to thank Irene for inviting me to contribute to Bloesem’s World Tour project. Thanks for reading and I hope to see you all in Singapore soon! {Thanks to you too, Charlene for this great write-up}

* * * Charlene's shop  :: going simple on linen
* * * Charlene's blog :: Scrapabee

{posting date May 2008}

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Irene Hoofs portrait
Hi and welcome to Bloesem! My name is Irene Hoofs and I started this journal in 2006 wanting to share my passion for design, art and craft with you. New to Bloesem? Here are my 10 favorite posts to get you started. Or would you like to see the necklaces I make?