My time in Singapore is almost at an end again. I have most of today to finish off my list of must do’s. Of course, there are still things I didn’t get to do and plenty more inspiration for next time. I still haven’t made it to Pulau Ubin (grrr) and I would love to stay in a totally new location again next time – more residential if possible or even out as far as Changi. Who knows – I’ll always be back, so there’s no hurry.
I have been to Tiong Bahru before, but only briefly (for a stop at the Nimble/Knead beauty salon in shipping containers – check it out if you get a chance), so I really wanted the chance to return again and stroll around it’s up and coming streets.
The architecture of Tiong Bahru is art deco and quite different from elsewhere on the island. I really like its clean lines, which I think have held well against modern times considering it’s one of Singapore’s oldest suburbs.
The two main streets to consider for funky little cafes and shops are Eng Hoon Street (where you’ll find the fabulous Tiong Bahru Bakery and the Orange Thimble) and Yong Siak Street (where you’ll find cafes like 40 Hands, the Open Door Policy bistro and Books Actually). But wherever you walk, there’s a nice relaxing treat for your eyes and most likely, your stomach.
Much, much quieter than Orchard Road or any of the areas in the CBD, Tiong Bahru marches to a different beat and it’s easy to see why there has been a resurgence of people moving back into the suburb.
I definitely look forward to spending more time here from now on.
With only a few hours left before I need to get to the airport, there’s one thing I have got to do with my remaining time – track down one of the ice cream men on Orchard Road so I can try the ice cream in bread. I have no trouble finding one just outside Wisma Atria – he’s just served up an ice cream to a foreign couple and has now unexpectedly been asked to pose for a photo with one of these strangers. He looks as though he’s not sure what the heck is going on, he’s just serving ice cream and now he’s going to wind up in someone’s photo album? He grimaces into the camera before turning back to his cart and looking anxiously around for his next customer. Which is me. I’m still not sure about this bread thing, so I’m definitely not going to go with an exotic ice cream flavour. So I scan the list and think surely ‘Ripple’ would ease the blow in case the bread doesn’t cut it.
I grab my sandwich, exploring the texture and colour of the bread, clamp it down and bite into it – the berry flavour of the ripple ice cream is just gorgeous and the bread is, almost sweet I guess. Or is it just that I think it’s sweet with those pretty pink and green swirls surrounding the sweet ice cream?
In any case, it’s really great and I would have no hesitation in making this a must do every time I’m in Singapore.
I’ve enjoyed this (nearly) week in Singapore so much. It’s been amazing getting to know the other sides of her personality and I can’t wait to see more next time.
So long for now, Singapore!