Meet Laila Lu, local entrepreneur and founder of hip fashion blog, Rock The Trend. She shares her picks of the best of Singapore.
Social media guru by day, blogger by moonlight, her rise to prominence through the digital media revolution represents a generation. She says growing up in such a vibrant and diverse city gave her all the inspiration she needed.
Singapore’s best kept secret is... Telok Ayer. This street alone sums up Singapore—with its Chinese temple, Indian Muslim Heritage Centre, a mosque (one of the earliest in Singapore) and a church. Some of Singapore’s oldest hawker food stalls sit on one end of the street and an MRT station sits on the other. Offices, as well as bars and restaurants selling Vietnamese, Mediterranean, Cantonese and other cuisines are are housed within the shophouses here. All that in one street!
The nightlife scene here is... the after-party of the after party. All the top nightspots and bars are in quite close proximity so you can roll from one to the next—the party never has to end. My ideal itinerary would be a first drink at Anti:dote at The Fairmont, followed by Bitters & Love, and finish up with some dancing at Zouk.
No one should leave Singapore without... a walk around Marina Bay at night. I have been to Marina Bay for the 100th time and it still looks breathtaking to me. It feels great just to stand and soak in the atmosphere. The best views are from the top of Marina Bay Sands? and from the Helix Bridge.
Creative communes... are thriving in Singapore. Some of Singapore’s best and most promising designers are all gathered in Jalan Besar.
Local designers are... loyal. I once asked a homegrown designer why they wouldn’t move overseas. The answer is that their contribution to the local design scene and being part of the growth here are much more important to them. My favourite local label is Reckless Ericka, they have a thing with shapes and are probably one of the most outstanding established labels in Singapore.
High tea... means teh-siu dai (tea with condensed milk and less sugar) for me. Nothing makes you more Singaporean than ordering your coffee or tea the local way and making friends with the kopi (coffee) uncle. I have foreign colleagues who are so proud of their grasp of kopi ordering lingo. I usually get my local coffee at Ya Kun Kaya Toast or the coffee shops along the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street.
Healthy... is the new black. Juice cleanses are super hot right now in Singapore, as well as funky yoga and cycling studios. Oh, and cycling generally. I cycle everywhere.