Truth: You’ll never know what’s lurking around the next corner until you dare to look
Travelling for me is more than just an interest. It’s a lifetime passion. And when I get an opportunity to travel overseas, I try to strike a balance between seeing something new and something old. So last week, I took you to see Singapore’s newest exhibition featuring the famed Yayoi Kusama’s very spotty and spectacular masterpieces. This time, let’s take a trip down memory lane and visit the Katong district (i.e. the turning point into or “corner” of Singapore’s historic past).
Rich in culture and definitely worth at least a full day’s of exploration, Katong is well known for its many touristy points of interest (including food, shopping and architecture). For me personally, I was definitely in love with the old fashioned and very colourful shophouses. They were simply stunning in design and of course amazingly photogenic. Kind of reminded me of the pastel painted houses in Notting Hill in the UK but with a unique Peranakan flare. If you’re interested in visiting, head over to Koon Seng Road located just on the corner of the main Joo Chiat Road. Just watch out for the cars when you’re snapping away on your camera.
For food, there’s no corner just for it as there’s practically something delicious on every street. From curry puffs to bak kuh teh, to bamboo wrapped steamed fish to palm-sized hot chicken buns, I daresay you can honestly not go hungry here. Just make sure you save some room for dessert, specifically the ice-cream from Birds of Paradise that’s served with a hot and tasty thyme infused waffle cone (seriously good).
Tip: Leave no corner unexplored in Katong!
And when night creeped up on us, we returned to our comfy beds in Hotel Indigo. Although it’s got nothing to do with the colour indigo, this retro themed hotel is perfect if you want the full historic experience of Singapore. There wasn’t a single corner of our room that I didn’t like (see the below photos to understand why). I particularly liked the old fashioned tiles in the bathroom as they were seriously instagrammable. Make sure you try out the complimentary traditional sweets and enjoy a hot cuppa in the old fashioned rooster cup if you manage to book a room there.
Culture, confectionery and colourful shophouses – what will YOU discover around the corners of Katong? Let me know in the comments below.
This post is my response to this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge: Corner