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2011-2013

Singapore

Marina Bay Sands
Google Office
Infinity Pool
Infinity Pool
Gardens by the Bay top view
Gardens by the Bay top view
ArtScience Museum
Marina Bay Financial Centre

The Iconic Marina Bay

Who cares if it's soulless or artificial? I thought Marina Bay was gorgeous the first time I saw it. I still love its futuristic look. Although I don't think this area defines SG, this is still the first place I see in my mind when I think of SG.

Toa Payoh 244
My messy desk
Tiong Bahru 55
Shoes & Bags
Posters & Bed
Mirror & FrancFranc Chair

Toa Payoh vs. Tiong Bahru

I first stayed at quiet Toa Payoh with a Singaporean family. I liked the fact that it was only 3 stops away from Orchard. I got kicked out of the flat when my landlady didn't trust me to find a new job after I quit my first one. It was a blessing in disguise because I moved to Tiong Bahru, SG's old/new hipster neighbourhood. My room there was 2x bigger and had less rules so I could actually bring people over. It was even more central to the places I actually went to like Clarke Quay, City Hall and Tanjong Pagar. I had the added bonus of a flatmate who loves to bake and a super cute baby flatmate. See why I love Tiong Bahru so much in Part 2.

Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Drawing of Instagram of Supertrees
Instagram of Supertrees
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay
Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay

One of the latest additions to Singapore's iconic locations. Frequent comment regarding the gardens: reminds me of Avatar. One of my fond memories here is Laneway Festival 2013.

Techsailor
Mozat
DestrActions
DestrActions
Google
Google
IDEO
IDEO

Hard(ly) Working

My first job in SG was at the social media agency Techsailor, an unusually fun Singaporean company. I knew I picked the right company when I found out they had Monopoly Deal nights. My second job was at Mozat where I went from knowing nothing about mobile apps to making wireframes and visual designs for iOS, BB and Android. Aside from design at work, I sought design at other places like Destractions, a monthly design thinking meetup at Pigeonhole which is closed now :(. I attended lots of events from thelist.sg. Met more people than I could remember. I also got to visit my friend at the Google office which is my favourite one in SG (second is TBWA where I almost interned). By luck, there was an event held at IDEO and I got to see their office too. Another event I was lucky to be invited to was the Adobe CS6 Launch, I have no idea how they found me, all that networking paid off.

Bintan
Bintan
Bintan
Bridge
Melaka
Melaka

Side trips: Bintan & Malacca

Within my first month in SG, I was already travelling. Our company trip was to the nearest decent beach which was Bintan Island in Indonesia. Unfortunately it was very rainy when we went. The skies cleared enough for us to enjoy one of the beaches with clear blue water. The second trip was at Malacca with my new AIESEC friends. I thought a weekend there was enough, the best part of the trip was the yummy food.

Tunnel
Forbidden City
Karaoke
Bridge
Halloween
Christmas

Clarke Quay

I have none of the cliched CQ images in my set. My fondest memories there were not actually of partying but of jogging from Tiong Bahru to Robertson Quay to Clarke Quay. I still remember my first night at CQ with two AIESEC interns who couldn't be more different. Ended up waiting for the MRT to open again. Another awesome time was crashing Casual Connect's afterparties.

Club Street
Ann Siang Hill
Chinatown
German Sausage
Year of the Snake
Year of the Snake
Chinatown
Chinatown

World's Cleanest Chinatown

I like Chinatown but not the overpriced restaurants and souvenir shops. What I do like is the random Tintin shop there. And the random German Sausage stall. I like the cute little shops at Ann Siang Hill. They have a market on the weekend that sells vintage clothing. One evening I was walking down Club Street when I randomly saw one of my friends and I ended up randomly crashing another friend's birthday dinner. It's a small small world in SG.

Parkview Square
Parkview Square
Parkview Square
Parkview Square
Parkview Square
Parkview Square
Parkview Square
Parkview Square

The Batman Building

Parkview Square is my favourite building in Singapore because it doesn't belong there. It would probably fit in more at NYC or Gotham really. It's so detailed it's almost tacky, but it's not. I love the Divine Society bar because it's not hip and there's nobody there to bother you while you chill and sip your wine.

Gift of Time
SAM
Gift of Time
Graffiti Wall
Starry Night over the Rhone
How to Pretend You Are Okay
Minimalist Marina Bay
Lego Man

Art

I got to visit a lot of awesome exhibits in Singapore including Dali, Dreams and Reality (Van Gogh and Monet paintings!), the Lego exhibit at the big museums. I also got to visit some smaller but just as nice ones at Tanjong Pagar. I love that there is an unassuming gallery there that looks like a warehouse. I regret missing Open House: Tiong Bahru but I was able to go to the Marina Bay edition where the art is inside offices instead of homes.

Flatmates
Denise
Flatmates
Brian
Eymeric Francois
Paul Bennett
GameMaki Christmas Party
Farewell Party
Farewell Party
Farewell Party

People

I have to feature my flatmates first because I love them and they were fantastic. I came out of my shell and started going to events and met a bunch of people which led to meeting more people which led to some fun times. I could namedrop a few people I got to meet like Paul Bennett from IDEO and Tyler Brule from Monocle and the Pecha Kucha founders. This all would never have happened if I didn't start volunteering at film festivals but that's another long story.






Places:

San Francisco

Seattle & Los Angeles

Hong Kong & Macau

Singapore Part 2





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