SINGAPORE—I first spotted a very colorful Ketna Patel chair at All Dressed Up during a press event here last year and wanted to visit her showroom today, but with three boys to take care of, I simply had no time.
The British-Indian mixed-media pop artist is currently based in Singapore where she has been a permanent resident since 1996.
I have a feeling I can’t afford her, but I’ll make sure to visit next time I’m in Singapore (though I don’t know when that will be cause I’m sara).
Ketna Patel Studio
35 Jalan Puteh Jerneh, Singapore 278063
Tel: +(65) 6479 3736
Mobile: +(65) 9735 0901 http://www.ketnapatel.com/
SINGAPORE—I took it as a sign of aging when I passed by the outside of Topshop at Ion Orchard and felt really bad seeing the huge store, knowing I would be disappointed.
As a rule when traveling, I don’t enter stores we already have in Manila—such as the usual Topshop/Mango/Zara.
I still do enter Muji because there are more choices abroad. I check out Uniqlo, but H&M is too crazy for me. Plus I’m too old.
As someone who made her own clothes in college, I don’t really enjoy looking at massive collections of clothes anyone can buy. I also hate the fact that I am a Large in Zara and XL in Muji.
From Ion Orchard I walked all the way to the Hilton Hotel (well, it aint that far) in search of clothes that would fit me.
I entered the newly opened Swedish label store Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair—this one
Not this one
where everything is black and flowy. After choosing four things to try, I settled for a very soft and flowy knit top with an interesting, ghostly pattern
I was confused because the size ticket said XXS—a size I haven’t fitted into since 4th grade
Maybe I am an XXS according to Swedish standards. The only Swedish friend I had, was after all, 6’6″.
Fashion is basically slim pickins in Singapore. Thank God there’s a Club 21, which is currently 50% off everything. (I bought nothing.)
For the rich with no personal style, there’s Club 21 Style Services
Last stop: Comme des Garçons, where I am either Small or Medium
There was a lovely skirt which as a bit loose on the waist, but the last piece so I took it na.
Hello, I’m bored na!
After lunch at Paragon, we took the boys to Giordano Kids and Toys R’Us. Then the boys hit the hotel pool for the second time today while I shopped till I dropped. It didn’t take long as I didn’t buy much. I was just tired from walking.
I got stuff at Sephora, Kinokuniya, Takashimaya, Watson’s, Forever 21, agnés b. I covered a few other stores like Muji and Rockstar and bought nothing. In short, I am bored.
I even saw leaf pie at Takashimaya and had no desire (read: sawa).
We still have until Friday to entertain the boys and hopefully make the trip more fun for them. I seriously have to explore other countries. I am bored with Hong Kong and Singapore. Parang Greenbelt lang (no offence).
This trip was planned months ago and for some reason we could only get a booking to depart at 5:10 PM.
Left the house at 2:30 PM with one hour to spare at the Singapore Airlines lounge. I know it was the day after Christmas, so the male staff working at the lounge were very creepy and oversolicitous, like they were expecting a tip or pamasko. I think Singapore Airlines needs to know how creepy they are. I had no more pesos on me as we just had enough money for travel and airport taxes, so even if I was tempted to tip them, I didn’t.
The plane was an Airbus and not a 777 as I originally booked, so I was kind of scared. But Singapore Airlines has a good track record, so….
I prayed a lot and read four magazines while the boys ate. This was Jeroen’s starter
I don’t normally eat on the plane, but I it was 7 PM and my last meal was at 2 PM. There was grilled tapa on the menu. Not bad at all. Jeroen helped me eat this.
Could not resist an extra serving of garlic bread = busog
We landed safely. First to leave the plane
No wonder Changi is one of the world’s best airports. Simple yet lovely
The kids loved the indoor jungle
We took the free shuttle to the hotel
Here’s the room
The welcoming committee
I fell asleep reading Time Out Singapore and saw this woman on the back page