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SMRT Train gets painted

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In what might be the first case ever, a Singapore MRT train was graffiti’d while parked in the depot. Train painting has a long history tied to the origins of modern day writers and is fairly common in some parts of the world, but until now unheard of in Singapore. It’s easy to pass something like this off as simple vandalism but in a country which such well known policies against it this is kind of an exciting occurrence, as many people believe that graffiti is an example of the culture of a society being so active it literally bursts onto the walls. Active culture is a good thing in my book, and something that takes a little looking for in S’pore. Here’s a brief documentary about the Singapore Graffiti scene called The Art Behind The Vandalism.

Vegan in Singapore


Speaking of being vegan, I’ve been on the hunt for good vegan food since setting foot in Singapore. Anyone who knows vegans, we’re kind of an elite class of foodies who are constantly seeking out the best spots in any city we visit. I’ve been lucky enough to have a vegan friend to guide me in most places I go, but when I first got to singapore I was completely on my own. One of the first things I found which was really helpful was the Singapore based Living Vegan blog. The site has a lot of general animal rights and veganism info, but it’s peppered with restaurant reviews so worth spending some time scrolling through.

I think that is where I found Annalakshmi which has been my favorite find so far. Given the population break out here there are a lot of veg-Indian spots in town (like Ananda Bhavanand Chellas – though I think they have recently been renamed) but Annalakshmi stood out to me because it’s Chinatown Point location is a super crazy underground spot, there are no prices so you pay whatever you think your meal was worth, and the food was just plain delicious. It’s not 100% vegan, but it is vegetarian and if you tell the server you are vegan they seem very happy to point out the dishes to avoid. I went there 3 days in a row after I found it and others seem to agree.

There’s also a pretty good list of spots on Happy Cow and I plan to check each and every one out in person as soon as I can. Living Greens is apparently right around the corner from HackerspaceSG so I’m kind of embarrassed that I haven’t been there yet, but that neighborhood is kind of bursting with options so it’ll take some time to work my way through them all.

If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

Straits Records is now on Haji Lane

New Straits records location. They had a snapcasr 7" in a glass display case.

I should have posted this back in April so that is was actually relevant, but whatever. Before my first trip to Singapore last year I read about Straits Records in the Monocle Magazine Singapore Survey. What?! A record store run by a vegan straight edge guy specializing in hardcore? Obviously this was a place I needed to check out and get familiar with. Unfortunately that task turned out to be harder than I imagined, and after several visits to various addressed only to find the shop closed or recently moved, I kinda gave up. In April Shannon and I were walking around near HackerspaceSG and stumbled (he knew about it beforehand to be fair) on the shops new spot over on Haji Lane. It’s pretty much parallel with Hackerspace, just a few streets over. There was a pretty fun glass display case with some old hardcore memorabilia inside – if I ever end up getting rid of everything I own like I keep threatening to do, maybe this store would be a good spot to donate some vinyl. Given the seemingly transient nature of this store, and the fact that this info is several months old, it might have already moved again. I’ll check sometime this week and update the post if it’s not there anymore.

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