10 things I love about you: Far East Square

Not to be confused with Far East plaza, Far East Square opened in 1999 in a homage to more traditional Singapore architecture.

It’s also where my office happens to be, in an old second floor chinese shophouse that sits proudly amongst the Central Business Distract glass skyscrapers.

Far East is one those enclaves of cafes, shops & kiosks that make you feel like you’re in a posh Spanish plaza arcade. So hurrah to Amoy & Telok Ayer Street. Wear that ‘Art District’ badge with pride & keep Singapore heritage alive.

Here’s why it’s the best place to work in the city:

1)       Mr Teh Tarick Cartel. I’ve never witnessed anything less than a 20 person deep queue outside. And Singaporeans know their tea. They MUST be onto something.

2)      Fruite! It’s salad and fruit. Together. Strawberries, Pear, Balsamic, Walnuts. All in a cute basket for $6 – 8.

3)      Once Upon A Bar. Purely for the French themed beer towers featured in the pic above. Ok and $6 Asahi Beer 1 for 1 on Mondays.

4)      Oosters Belgian Brassiere. Strategically placed outside the ‘Watergate’ entrance. What’s that – it’s home time & raining? Oh well you might as well. Serves gigantic sterns of Belgian beer.

5)      Barbazza. Italian restaurant with the softest, creamiest mozzarella in town.

6)      O brien’s. Technically across the road but still a winner. Comfy armchairs at the back with decent UK mags whilst you wait. $9 salad/wraps.

7)      Evolve Gym. Need a Muay Thai punch-bag to vent after work? Sometimes. Here’s just the spot. Classes from 6.30am.

8)      Fuk Tak Chi Museum. Home to Singapore’s oldest temple, showcasing early immigrant lives.  Free admission.

9)      Tan Hock Seng Cake Shop. Over half a century old this Hokkien stall always has interesting $1 – 2 pastries. Not knowing what everything is means you have to sample it all, what a shame.

10)   Chinese Symbolism. A dragon’s head, a lion’s mane, a stag’s body and an ox’s tail all make up the Far East logo to symbolize goodwill, kindness, wisdom and fertility. And who doesn’t want those. :)

An.an.tas.in : The Anantasin is the name of a shipwreck just of the coast of the Sensi Parasise, Mae Haad Bay, Koh Tao, Thailand. It’s one of my many favorite places.

Lit.tle: Just because it’s cute.

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