Singapore Adventures || A Book Blogger Meetup

singapore book blogger meetup

Meeting fellow book bloggers is always a joy. These are my people after all. So imagine how happy I was when I finally met Joséphine of Word Revel, my blog twin from Singapore. In one awesome afternoon, we visited Library@Orchard, ate fantastic ice cream and explored the artsy Haji Lane and colorful Arab Street. 

Meeting Joséphine

book blogger meetup with Joséphine of Word Revel

Joséphine and I met at the Somerset station then headed to Orchard Gateway, where the Library@Orchard, which she’d featured on Word Revel before and which I was super interested in visiting, was located.

Next, we headed to the Bugis area for Tom’s Palate, a fabulous ice cream shop that served unique delicious flavors. We didn’t take photos then as we were busy devouring our ice creams and chatting but we did indulge in a photo walk of sorts when we went to Haji Lane. It was so fun to spend the afternoon with my blog twin, and I’m so excited for her adventures in Europe.

Library Visit

library@orchard singapore

library@orchard singapore books

Library@Orchard was glorious. It’s by far the coolest library I’ve ever been to. Two floors filled with books, it’s definitely a place I’d have loved to stay forever for a whole day to just browse and read. Talk about bookworm paradise. I loved the minimalistic modern design of the shelves, the awesome title selection, the wide range of collections. I’d be the happiest person if only the Philippines had such a library.

Exploring Haji Lane & Arab Street

arab street

piedra negra haji lane

josephine word revel

haji lane

haji lane details

capturing haji lane

haji lane bicycles

I missed visiting Haji Lane when I first went to Singapore back in 2013, so I made it a point to check it out this time. Unfortunately, I didn’t know where it was, although it turned out to be pretty near the area of my hotel, but Joséphine thankfully did. She toured me and my mom (who came along during the meetup and was responsible for taking photos of Joséphine and me together but kind of failed at it HAHA LOVE YOU MOM) around and we walked around and checked out some quirky stores.

Since Haji Lane was this sort of artsy hipster street, I took photos of the things I saw. Joséphine did the same and she captured gorgeous details with only her phone- go check out her post about it! After that, we explored Arab Street and saw the Grand Mosque then headed back to Bugis. Our afternoon ended here.

Aside from meeting Joséphine, I also visited some awesome bookstores- more on this in part two of my Singapore recap! Watch out for it!

Have you been to Singapore before? If you could meet any blogger, who would you pick and why?

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  1. Shelly on October 5, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Aww you ladies are adorable! That library is seriously gorgeous, I’d die if we had one of those here as well! I’m glad you enjoyed your trip & I can’t wait to read about all the bookstores!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

      Thank you, Shelly! Right? Although I’m sure you have some great ones in Canada that I’d also be happy to visit ;)

  2. Sana // artsy musings of a bibliophile on October 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Beautiful photos, Hazel! So glad you two got a chance to meet up. =D

  3. Zaira F on October 5, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I have relatives in SG and yet they’ve never told me about Haji Lane – even when I visited them in SG! It seems like everything there is so picturesque, haha! Must visit the next time I go, and also the library@Orchard ofcourse! (And yes, I wish we had one like that here in the PH!)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

      It’s not a very popular destination- I just discovered it from one of the blogs that I follow. If you know the local Cubao Expo area, Haji Lane is sort of like that. It’s a cool place to visit, especially if you’re looking to shop. :)

  4. Farzy @ Books Keep Me Sane on October 5, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Singapore but it’s one of the countries I’d really like to visit! Oh and that library is so gorgeous!

  5. Karen (bookertalk) on October 5, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    The pictures of Arab Street take me back to the holiday i enjoyed in Malaysia and Singapore many years ago. I still have the rug I bought

  6. Karina @ A Reader Under The Sea on October 5, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Wow that’s such a cool library!! I wish my local one wasn’t so plain, then I’d actually go and visit it. I love the pictures you tool <3. It makes wish I could travel as often!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 6, 2015 at 8:40 am

      Agreed! Local libraries in Manila are rather dull too. :( So glad you like the pictures!

  7. Kevin @ Tomebound on October 5, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I’ve only been in Singapore once and it was in 2010! That city is just lovely, vibrant and, clean! I wish I could go back someday! Also, that library is just swoon-worthy! Very modern, sleek, and edgy! Can’t wait for your next update!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 6, 2015 at 8:43 am

      I hope you do get to go back so you could visit library@orchard too, Kevin! It’s really awesome. I just shared part two of my Singapore Adventures- hope you enjoy the post as well! :D

  8. Joséphine @ Word Revel on October 6, 2015 at 4:33 am

    Yay! Your photos are uuuuup! And yes, I’ve been to Singapore ;) You were on my list of bloggers to meet and will continue to be on it for when the next opportunity arises :D Aside from you, I’m excited about meeting some of the German bloggers this month.

  9. Aentee @ Read at Midnight on October 6, 2015 at 6:59 am

    Wow it looks like you had an amazing time! The library especially looks wonderful, I love those curvy white bookshelves. I haven’t had the chance to meet bloggers in person, let alone in another country, so this is wicked cool! Really shows how blogging makes you connection all throughout the world, so amazing!

  10. Chrystal on October 7, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Your photos are beautiful!

  11. Alexa S. on October 9, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    I love Singapore! I’ve been twice now, and I still haven’t seen everything there is to see. I’m so glad that you and Josephine were able to meet up, and I’m totally jealous you were able to visit that awesome library :D

  12. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales on October 10, 2015 at 5:11 am

    THESE PHOTOS ARE ALL GORGEOUS!!!! I’ve visited Singapore once, when I was really small, and I visited again this year as a transit for my PH trip, if that even counts :D. I want to visit again after seeing your beautiful pictures! And hope you and Josephine had an epic time! You guys look so cute! <33

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 11, 2015 at 9:40 am

      *blushes* So glad you like the photos, Mishma! I hope you get to visit again- Singapore is awesome. Josephine and I did have a fabulous time hanging out! :D

  13. isha @ two sisters bloggin' on October 10, 2015 at 1:11 pm


    its absolutely beautiful ah and your pictures are so gorgeous <3333 i hope i get to visit one day. perhaps when we're in the philippines.


    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on October 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

      YESSS come to the Philippines and do a Singapore layover or something!!! ;) Thank you so much for your kind words on the photos. <3

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