Sunday, January 23, 2011

Alighting at The Chijmes, Singapore

After attending the Sunday Service and having lunch with church pals (plus breaking the 'relocation' news to some of them) somewhere in Clarke Quay area, my husband and I had a long afternoon stroll up to City Hall. He wanted to check something up in one of the shopping malls in City Hall so after we had it done, I dragged him to go somewhere else whilst we were in City Hall. I always wanted to show him The Chijmes.

In front of the Chijmes Complex.

The first time I visited this place was back in 2005 during the Singapore Excursion Study with my university friends and I fell in love with this place at the first sight - the architecture, the ambiance, the scene, etc. I personally had been there for some high-end dining twice. Food wise, it's nice but can't say it's that fantastic. We all just buy the environment.

 Taken in 2005: I never thought that I would see this kind of place in Asia.

The Chijmes is one of Singapore's historic buildings - once a Catholic convent, after the restorations, this place has become Singapore's high-end entertainment center for dining, shopping, art gallery and hosting performances and weddings. This complex is open for pedestrians and tourists to walk around and take pictures outside the building.

The Chijmes Hall as our background.

We looked down and found a nice open area somewhere in the middle of the complex that accommodates visitors' dining or drinking at the surrounding cafes, restaurants and pubs. Then, I discovered a beautiful small fountain in the background of that open dining area, one of similar concept to the fountains in Italy and loved it. I was personally a bit lazy to went down to see it but just could not resist the temptation of snapping some pictures with the fountain as the backdrop.

On the way to the Fountain Court.

I love this spot!

We should have done pre-wedding photo shoot here.

This is how the ethnic shops around the Chijmes complex look like: quiet, unusual and antique.

I guess I won't find anything to shop here.

Aah, I will never be able to shop here. Not my cup of tea. But, I will always love the chapel, that fountain court and open cafe scenery outside.

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