Singapore Seen: Old Is Gold (Cont’d)

Hosting Colleen, a friend I made while on last year’s backpacking trip, I once again embarked on a trip to the streets of Haji Lane and its surrounding features while showing our foreign friend around. This place is truly a gem, I am always revealed to something I didn’t notice the previous time.

I terribly enjoy hosting a foreign friend and exploring my country together with people. Sojourning Singapore from the eyes of a foreigner definitely brings a whole new perspective to the mundane that we may take for granted. Here are some of the images that caught my eye.

P.S. If you need a personal guide in Singapore, you know who to find.

 

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Bak Kwa, or barbecue pork, Singaporean style.

 

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Looks like a foreign place somewhere in the Middle East?

 

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Reflections.

 

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Rare old bus stop.

 

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Touring.

 

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Building for a better future.

Introducing Kinfolk

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I was just browsing Kinokuniya few weeks back when I chanced upon this relatively new magazine; Kinfolk that hails from the States. i like the slogan of the magazine – A Guide For Small Gatherings. But what really caught my attention at the start was the images featured in the magazine. There’s something therapeutic about syncing two things; ice cream my true love and flowers into one picturesque treat. It’s an eye feast for me. But that’s not all. The writings on the mag is so intimate and full-of-heart. It seems as though they are writing to old friends, and I sure feel like an old friend reading the letters from the good people at Kinfolk. Kinfolk is a quarterly mag that caters to the young artists and food enthusiasts. Each (144 paged) magazine is packed with ‘lyrical essays, recipes, interviews, personal stories and practical tips with a keen attention to design and details’ and more. Some articles make you wanna get up and do something, some reminds you of things past, some make you crave for a particular food(and teaches you how to make it), it’s magic. And our folks at Kinfolk make it their mission to fill in the gap at newsstands, so you can be assured that every issue is quality and bang for your buck.

Learn something new, do something different. Their writings is like poetry to me, I love every image and articles they have to feature. It’s actually quite hard to entice me with magazines because I have a very and I mean very, exclusive taste bud, only a select few have captured my attention thus far. Yet, I devoured Kinfolk in less than a week..! The price is pretty steep at SGD $30.98 (Kinokuniya), a total one up from the already expensive magazines I follow but hey, you got to pay for good content right? And what makes it even better is the contents are ‘evergreen’ (means you will still enjoy it five years later) and makes for good conversation and activities starter. Congrats Kinfolk, you got yourself a new follower. Oh I will quit talking and let the images do the talking. By the way, their next issue will be released June 4!

Other magazines I follow: Frankie (Australia)(SGD $15.90) // Oh Comely (UK)(SGD $17.90)

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The folks at Kinfolk separated the magazine into three parts in whole; Entertaining For One, Entertaining For Two, Entertaining For Few. Each part is unique on its own and yet combined together makes this a totally apt magazine. Enhance the experience by attempting the activities with a partner or few.

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Love the bird’s eye view of farmlands! So much symmetry. Thank you Kinfolk!

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Learn how to make yourself a good cuppa, folks.

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Interview with like-minded individuals, all extremely talented. It’s good to know one is not alone on this sojourning.

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Ice cream is both a time of day and a dessert.
Like tea, it is both a snack between meals and something to finish off dinner.

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Floral scoops! Two loves put together! I’m in love.

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Really oddball articles but I love it!

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Beautiful photography, enough said.

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Being neighborly. I was inspired and got to work after reading this!

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As the saying goes, “Man don’t need a lot of revelation, man just need a lot of reminders. I’m inspired and reminded to do something different.

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Familiar Stranger

IMG_4882PHOTO: Reuel Eugene Tay (The Streets of Hongdae, Seoul, South Korea)

 

While sojourning on earth in this short period-of-a-life that we have, have you ever have those moments where you see distinct faces that seem to etch into your mind? Days like this, I walk down a street minding my own business but see a face that seemed to strike a chord in my mind, or leave a deep impression, or so I think. Some may induce deja-vu, [Some are really pretty,] some gives a very homely, familiar feeling as though you have known them for a long time, but as a matter of factly have never met him or her before.

But the queer thing is, these faces never stay in our heads as long as we believe them to, and we forget them soon after.

But life is so interesting. This stranger one cross paths with every now and then – may become a close friend in the future, that stranger over there may become one’s life partner in the future. Who knows what the future beckons?