Mama Shop - A New Hidden Eatery Located In The Heart Of Singapore's Chinatown, Boasts A Charming Retro Ambience
Need to get away from Singapore's city bustle just for a while? A retro-looking eatery that pays some tribute to the past has become a new entrant to hip-trendy cafe scene at Singapore Chinatown area. The newly opened cafe is located at 195 Pearl Hill Terrace, formerly known as the Police Operational Headquarters that now houses small set-ups offices.
Opened by Mediacorp actresses Felicia Chin and Sora Ma and two other partners not in show business, the eatery named "Mama Shop" serves snacks like quiche, curry pie and waffles with sweet and savory fillings, as well as burgers. Childhood knick-knacks like country flag erasers, wafer biscuits and chaptehs are also on sale.
When i was a little girl, I would save my money to indulge in the 10-cent ice pop or the occasional packet of chips. After all, with the seemingly large amount of allowance of one or two dollars then, what could a primary school student love more than snacks from the nearby 'mama shop'?
This cafe brings about a cozy feel with its retro decor.
These are probably some of the oldest snacks that are still 'surviving'. Even though they are old-favourites, most of us do not even know what these snacks are called. Who cares about the names though, as long as they taste good and can still be easily found.
"Mama shop" is a typical provision/snacks/toys shop in Singapore. They are usually found at the void decks of the housing estate. Everything is random in the little shop and it's the randomness of it that makes it uniquely Singapore.
Happy to see the Long Player as a "portable" turntable. It's a record-collectors answer to the iPod in this hyper-mobile world, and about as compact as a turntable can get, considering that records aren't getting any smaller. Newbie vinyl-lovers will take a shine to the tote-able briefcase design, super easy setup and built-in speakers.
We are old enough to remember saving allowances to buy CDs and listening to a particular radio station because a favorite song was on its rotation, but young enough that dropping a needle on a record has a magical appeal. We listen out of a borrowed nostalgia for an unremembered, pre-internet age. Putting on a record allows us to escape the internet for 40 minutes or so before returning to our lives as web developers, tech bloggers, social media marketers and graphic designers.
Here you'll find immersed in the old Police Headquarters and also an inviting cafe serving up some yummy waffles and coffee/drinks. I love that you can sip on your coffee and feel inspired, surrounded by the quiet surroundings.
Managed to strike of one of the owners, Felicia Chin in front of her cafe!
Even though the cafe is located in yet secluded enclave and may be hard to access via the main road, it is accessible via a back gate from People's Park Complex that leads directly to 195 Pearl Hill Terrace. So you are happen to be around the Chinatown/Chinatown area, why not make a trip to visit Mama Shop for a quiet break?
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