We single out star Singapura buys this month to #supportlocal!
Wear your love for Potong ice cream on your sleeve–literally. From fabricating laksa tees to a book of Singlish sonnets, Singapore crafters are taking heritage into their own hands and channelling local inspirations into unique products. We single out star Singapura buys this month to #supportlocal!
HAPPY RABBIT COFFEE CUP
Remembering grandpa’s habitual savouring of java from his favourite coffee cup. That was the inspiration behind pop artist Jahan Loh’s Happy Rabbit which is designed to bring back the time when having a kopi “merely meant a little indulgence to soothe a hard day’s work”.
$30 from Zha Huo Dian (The Corner Shop), #03-16 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road. Tel: 6235 7614
“KEEP CLAM AND ENJOY YOUR LAKSA” TEE
Meet Melvin Lee, English teacher by day and Bombastique Tees designer by night, whose t-shirts bear witty slogans. This keeper features wordplay on the “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, students’ confusion over ’clam’ and ’calm’, as well as the Singaporean obsession with hum (clams) in their laksa.
$25 from Bombastique Tees, www.bombastiquetees.com
SONNETS FROM THE SINGLISH
Classic poetry fans, here’s a local spin on the archaic 13th century style. Delve into Joshua Ip’s collection of 44 poems on love, language and the pursuit of laugher, loosely translated from Singlish. To be read out loud in a Singaporean accent of your choice: ah beng, auntie Lucy or sarong party girl?
$16 from Books Actually, 9 Yong Siak Street. Tel: 6222 9195
POTONG ICE CREAM PIN
Don’t you just love wearable Potong (’cut’ in Malay) ice cream? Pin this mini darling (red bean, yam, durian, corn or cendol) onto your blouse, tote bag or just about anywhere else. Each hand-moulded stick of joy is made of oven-baked polymer clay by local makers wheniwasfour.
$15.90 each from www.wheniwasfour.com
GOOD CITIZEN IPHONE 5 CASE
Remember school days spent poring over Good Citizen textbooks? Then you’ll covet this collaboration between Goodstuph Originals and New York based woodcarvers GOODWOOD which proclaims your pledge of allegiance. Available in carved wood (The Committed Patriot) and popular black (The Understated Overachiever).
$32 from Tyrwhitt General Company, 150A Tyrwhitt Road. Tel: 8444 5589
PLAYGROUND MINI MAGNETS
The Little DrÃƒ ¶m Store brings retro playgrounds to your fridge or whiteboard. Meet the dragon of Toa Payoh, elephant of Pasir Ris and pelican of Dover (demolished)– colourful mosaic sculptures turned into mini magnets that children of the 70s and 80s remember fondly.
$22 from Shinnpark, #01-43 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street. Tel: 6534 7624
MY HEART BADGE
Now you can literally wear your heart (for the nation) on your sleeve. Designer Casey Chen has been designing for 20 years and hopes this symbol will become as iconic as the “I Heart NY” design. A champion of all things local, he makes taxi tops into lamps and crÃƒ ¨me crackers packaging into cushions. Also check out his 2013 book of Singlish tales, The Three Little Pigs Lah.
$2.50 each, $18.00 for 10 badges, from The Farm Store, www.farmstore.sg
TAKE FLIGHT NECKLACE
Wear this to watch the fireworks on National Day, or any occasion. A black version and customisable colours are available too. “If you can dream it, we can print it!” say TINKR cofounders Freda and Xiaohui. Their strength lies in 3D printing: bespoke items, art collectibles, figurines and typography art.
$35 from TINKR, tinkr.sg
Photo courtesy of National Heritage Board
CHILLI CRAB RECIPE APRON
If you love chilli crab and you love to cook, this collab between MUSEUM LABEL and local designers Winston Chai and Donn Koh is for you. Other than protecting against splashes, a seemingly upside-down recipe is printed for your easy reference. Food for thought: the dish was created in a makeshift stall along the Kallang River in the 1950s.
$25 from The Museum Label Shop, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road. Tel: 6336 6387
This game with origins during the Trojan War (1184 BC) is also called Knucklebones and Jacks–variations which may require a rubber ball. You’ll need good hand-eye-coordination to see you through an eight-step series of throws and catches. (Video of gameplay by Soh Jun Hao here: youtu.be/qSKqx4Obhg4).
$3.50 from Munch Munch, #B2-03 Chinatown Point, 133 New Bridge Road. Tel: 9638 5714
America has Hollywood, India has Bollywood and Singapore has Hosaywood. Experience Singapore through homegrown filmmaker Jacen Tan’s short films Tak Giu (Kick Ball), Zo Gang (Go Work), Kwa Giu (Watch Football) and Zo Peng (Go Army). It’s so relevant; you can’t help but say “Hosay!” (great!) when you watch scenes of the legendary Kallang Roar.
$16.50 from Objectifs Films. Tel: 6293 9782. www.objectifsfilms.com
KUEH COMPENDIUM POSTER
Can you tell kueh salat from kueh dadar? How about Indonesian kueh lapis from rainbow cake (also kueh lapis)? You’ll find the answers and more in architecture undergraduate Lee Xin Li’s poster, which started off as a proposal for a Peranakan restaurant and took on a life of its own.
$60 (no frame) from Naiise, naiise.com
SINGAPOREAN QUIRK 101 POSTCARD
On 9 Aug, we celebrate Singapore’s 49th year of independence and embrace our eccentricities. A special edition postcard by Jacqueline Goh and studio dog Sumo of The Fingersmith Letterpress sums this up perfectly: “Singaporean quirk 101: As one united people, we stand in line for the best of food.”
$4 from Etsy, www.etsy.com/people/Fingersmithpress