Last month was a busy time for both Charlie and I as we’ve both decided to leave KL and move back to Singapore after 3 years. We love
d KL and it was especially hard to part from the quality group of friends we met there and of course, the awesome local food (mmm, Sarawak laksa & banana leaf rice). But alas, new opportunities came up in Singapore and we knew that in order to achieve our dreams and goals, we had to leave our comfort zone. So a week after his last day at work, we packed our bags and moved to the Lion City.
It’s nice to be back in a familiar place although I must admit that a lot has changed in 3 years!
There’s so much going on in Singapore – the skyline has changed with new architecture, MORE streets are busy with fresh bars and restaurants popping up as soon as one closes down, and train lines have extended for more convenience to the masses. It’s amazing how fast this city is changing.
It’s even more diverse now, with foreigners from all over the world covering about a third of the population. How much you’ve grown, Singapore! I’m so happy to be back.
After settling in to our new apartment, I decided to explore what else was new in town. So I called up Liv, who had moved here from Japan last year and started up a website called StretchCity.com to help yoga enthusiasts and active people like me find yoga studios and fun things to do around town. If you check out the website, you’ll find a map where you can type in your location to get a fast and easy list of yoga studios, shops, healthy restaurants and events in the area. A super useful new portal for the healthy minded!
Totally useful for someone like me who’s “somewhat new” in town and wants to explore fun and healthy activities I can do for the day nearby. So we planned a day out together for a bit of fitness, fresh eating, and catching up around Bukit Timah.
We started off with breakfast at The Living Cafe (located at 779 Bukit Timah Road). With a bounty full of healthy entrées, raw treats and organic fruit and vegetables on the menu, we found ourselves in dire need of self-restraint! However, since we were headed for a hot yoga session afterwards, we decided to keep breakfast light.
I decided to try one of their ‘Superfood Elixirs’ called the Immune Booster, which is simply a wholesome blend of acerola, ginger, orange juice and raw agave. Since I wanted something light but satisfying enough to keep me full and give me energy for the workout later, Evan, the manager at TLC, recommended the Açaí Bowl. Açaí berry (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is known as a super food, which means it is exceptionally beneficial for your health and packed with essential vitamins and nutrition!
Açaí tastes like a vibrant blend of berries and chocolate. Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature’s perfect energy fruit. Each berry is jammed with antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. I absolutely loved the Açaí Bowl. What a perfect start to the day! However, eat with caution as it may stain your lips! My lips turned purplish brown after finishing the whole bowl. It was delicious though! *licks lips*
I uploaded a quick snapshot for Instagram while Liv showed me how to leave a review for TLC on StretchCity. What I love about the website is that you’ll not only find a listing of all the yoga studios, shops and healthy restaurants, you can also give a rating and write a review so that you can share what you love with others.
This feature on Stretch City makes it so much easier to sort and assess places, finding recommendations which can be very useful when you’re looking to check out a new spot for the first time. I’m also following Stretch City on Instagram for daily inspirational quotes and poses. The more you see, the more you’ll do. That’s how I find motivation.
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We headed to Updog Studio next (located at the South GrandStand of Turf City) for a hot yoga session with our instructor, Nicole.
As it was a non-peak hour, Liv and I got more one-on-one time with Nicole. She guided us through almost the entire class vocally while making sure we had the correct form through her descriptive instructions. Her voice was calm and relaxing, which made me feel at ease. Some of the poses were still pretty challenging but I powered through all of them!
It’s a shame that you can’t see the beautiful greenery that was outside the window due to the back-light in these photos; the natural view was definitely a relaxing sight for the eyes and a sweet escape from the busy city center.
Our photographer, Soon, had to leave the room just after 10 minutes because he was sweating so much even though he wasn’t the one doing yoga! It was also his first time stepping inside a yoga studio, though I’m sure it won’t be the last.
Thanks for having us, Updog Studio! Feeling super tired yet revitalized after our class, we realized it was almost lunch time and our tummies were starting to grumble a bit. Luckily, there were plenty of good food options at Turf City. We decided to check out PasarBella to see what they had to offer.
Whether you’re looking for fresh produce, organic food or simply somewhere to eat, the options are endless here! I love the old school marketplace vibe at PasarBella; reminds me of childhood visits to the local wet market with Mom.
I was so happy we also stumbled upon The Organic Grocer. They have just about every organic product I wanted to get and more. The best part is, they even do home delivery so you can shop online and not worry about carrying heavy grocery bags.
The hunt for food continues…
We were spoiled for choice when it came to deciding what to eat. I finally settled with a slice of thin crust pizza and chicken salad from Da Paolo Gastronomia while Liv had a beetroot feta cheese take away salad from Rabbit Carrot Gun.
I don’t mean to spoil your healthy diet but have you heard of cronuts? It’s basically a croissant + donut created by Chef Dominique Ansel from New York. People go crazy over it these hybrid pastries; there’s always a line outside the bakery because it’s so exclusive there that they even trademarked the name! I was so surprised to find something similar to cronuts at Da Paolo Gastronomia. Only this time, due to the trademark of the name, they called it a crodo (croissant + donut) instead. We contemplated whether to try it or not, but since it was pretty exclusive and new, we couldn’t resist a bite. Even Soon bought a couple for his girlfriend… how sweet, literally 😉
So that was it for our active day out guided by StretchCity.com ! I hope this inspires you to explore all the fun activities you can do in Singapore and to find healthy eats a bit easier.
It’s not difficult to plan a day out in Singapore, but with a bit of research nowadays especially you can really find some hidden gems.