Pizza Express Duo Galleria is one of four restaurants that the pizza empire has set up in Singapore so far. Pizza Express has more than 500 outlets worldwide. Our first impression when we arrived at Pizza Express Duo Galleria was an admiration of the clever use of space by the interior designers. The restaurant occupies a corner space at the Duo Galleria. The outdoor area looks like a curved sliver of pavement. But they managed to squeeze a lot of tables into the space and make it look good as well. Likewise, the interior was simple but they made use of the large windows to create a sunny, attractive space.
Ibuki Shangri la Taipei seemed like a good choice to have a meal at a Japanese restaurant in Taipei. According to their website, “ibuki by TAKAGI KAZUO is Taiwan’s first Japanese restaurant to operate in concordance with Michelin standards.” It is located on the seventh floor of the Shangri La Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei (香格里拉台北遠東國際大飯店).
Swee Lee, the musical instrument store that we have grown up with since their earlier days in Bras Basah, is undergoing some changes. According to Straits Times article Wilmar founder’s son Kuok Meng Ru building cloud-based music community BandLab, the younger Kuok had bought over Swee Lee in 2012 and is now making it into a modern enterprise. Sales have doubled since then. The smallish Swee Lee store at Star Vista has been converted into a 5,000 sq ft flagship store. A cafe called Swee Lee Social Club is tucked away in an inner part of the store. Looks like Mr Kuok is really refreshing the musical scene. There was another Business Times report on his inroads into the global music business Kuok Meng Ru wants to buy 51% of Rolling Stone he doesn’t own.
Drawn to the attraction of free weekend car parking, we headed down to Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) to check out the restaurants and places to eat there. After surveying the options, we ended up in Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant @ Alexandra Retail Centre. ARC is the podium block at the foot of the PSA Building. The shops and restaurants at ARC serve mainly the hordes of office workers from PSA Building as well as the neighbouring Mapletree Business City which is a huge place. Lunchtime is probably the main busy period. Which may explain why this is a rare Singapore mall that offers free parking after 6.30 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.
The former Singapore Badminton Hall is now a mixed-use venue. It houses a yoga studio, a rock climbing and gymnasium facility. The only thing that was of interest to us was the cafe on the ground floor – Brawn & Brains Coffee. It takes up the best location directly facing the main entrance on Guillemard Road, near Geylang.