My Singapore: Yah-Leng Yu and Arthur Chin of Foreign Policy Design Group

I am so delighted to welcome Yah-Leng Yu, Creative Director, and Arthur Chin, Brand and Business Strategist, of Foreign Policy Design Group, a design strategy, design thinking, and ideas bureau, to notabilia! They work on smorgasbord of projects ranging from art direction and design, branding and brand strategy, and digital strategy for a number of local and regional fashion and lifestyle brands and arts and cultural institutions.

I have particular love for their local campaigns, especially the branding, identity and signage for Wanderlust Hotel in Little India.

And now, to Yah-Leng and Arthur…

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Must-eats?

Riders Cafe. Sunday brunch with friends in this lush environment is a great escape from the concrete craziness of the weekdays.

Dalian Mee Pok at Jia Yuan Coffee Shop. We begin our day at this local breakfast joint almost every day. The shop still retains original tiles and the facade from the 1960s. The mee pok noodles help kick-start our engines for the day!

Must-shops?

BooksActually for reading materials and Basheer Graphic Books for design essentials.

David’s Junkyard. We pick up old furniture from this nondescript house opposite a famous bak kut teh restaurant.

We like Like that One.

Atomi JP. We are great fans of Japanese goods; this is a place we frequent.

Must-dos?

BooksActually (again). We like attending their interesting array of literary and cultural offerings.

Loysel’s Toy. One of our favorite place to chill and read with a cup of coffee or tea.

Night & Day Gallery + Bar. Secretly hidden in a row of shophouses on Selegie Road above what looks like a sari shop, Night & Day is an interesting place to hang out with a bunch of friends for drinks. Be sure to check out the gallery that shows works by local designers/illustrators/artists. The interior is somewhat reminiscent of graffiti in a Berlin alleyway or New York City street.

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Need directions? Check out notabilia’s My Singapore guide!

Know a creative person who wants to share his or her must-stop spots with my readers? Please email all suggestions to me with the subject line ‘My Singapore.’

(Additional credits: Photographs provided by Foreign Policy Design Group.)