Singapore has it’s pros and cons. In my late teens and 20s, i’m an Orchard Road junkie. I go to Orchard Road almost everyday to shop, hang out with friends, hang out at Paragon ladies room (because it was the best place for girls to talk cosmetics in the makeup area with sofas and large mirrors) and hang out at Danny’s since it was open 24 hours.
In my late 20s I hang out at Tanjung Pagar mostly since I used to work there and after work, I’d be at Orchard Road, hanging out at Borders’ bistro, Coffee Club and Coffee Bean. Those were the day when you had no worries, no commitments and friends are very much a part of your life.
But as I grow older I realized that my needs have changed dramatically and I no longer enjoy going to Orchard Road, crowded places and don’t really like swanky places. I love those places that are in the outskirts, and those places that remind me of little Penang, of course. Ah Boy and I love to go to Katong area mostly or just neighbourhood towns but our kids do not. As much as I love Chinatown, I cannot stand the crowd there so most of the time we will go Katong area trying out food in their quaint old coffeeshops.
Katong district is east side of Singapore
328 Katong Laksa
99 Hakka Food shop
Look at some of the pics I took when we were there few weeks back. This is the best part of Katong area, lots of little food shops. You can find the popular Katong laksa, Bak kut teh at Joo Chiat area, Nyonya Kim Choo that is popular for it’s peranakan food or even discover a Hakka food outlet here. There was once when I was told there was a Penang Place (that sells Penang food) but apparently it has closed down.
Katong is my little gem.