Eight Slate's director shares her favourite spots in Singapore

Savina Chai, director of Eight Slate – Roomorama blog

City guide: Singapore

Savina is the director of fashion label, Eight Slate, a womenswear label of contemporary modern aesthetics. Besides running the fashion business, she also work with brands as a social media personality. Follow this trendy dandy on Instagram at @savinachaiyj for some super cool visuals.

What kind of traveller are you?

I think I'm quite a boring traveller, I am someone that enjoys the city life.

What are some of your must-dos when you travel?

I will shop as much as I can, especially the local labels of that country.

I will also make it a point to squeeze as much work opportunities as possible with clients of that country to make it worth my while (I'm a workaholic)

And lastly, I will find yoga/fitness studios for classes.

What are your top 5 destinations to travel to?

I wished I had the luxury of budget and time to travel! But my top 5 destinations are Bangkok, Paris, London, Sydney and Auckland.

What inspired you to start your fashion label, eight slate?

I knew starting my own fashion business was a childhood dream of mine and it is something very personal. So I spent my youth (since age 13) working towards that goal, through working double jobs everyday in my teens to save enough capital to start Eight Slate.

What are some of your favourite neighbourhoods in Singapore?

I love the Tiong Bahru/RedHill area, my partner grew up there along with his childhood friends, so the neighbourhood meant a lot to him which rubbed off onto me.

It is also one of the only neighbourhoods filled with culture from it's food, houses and eateries to the people living there.

I also love Katong, I dine there alone once in a while and take a stroll through 112 Katong Road and admire the bustling streets.

Where/what would you recommend to eat, drink or hangout in these neighbourhoods?

For Tiong Bahru, I recommend Caffe Pralet, a home grown bakery cum cafe of affordable yet delicious local and western dishes. Their must try dish is their 'Hae Bee Hiam Aglio Olio' and 'Sour Plum' drink, a modern take on classic Chinese ingredients.

I recommend Margarita's at East Coast (Katong), a Mexican restaurant of flavourful dishes that will delight your palette. Try their 'Carne Asada', with beef so fresh and grilled to perfection you can literally taste the charred flavour.

For after work drinks, check out The Cider Pit at Joo Chiat for a large selection of draught ciders and artisanal beers.

Margartia's Singapore - Roomorama Blog Pictured above: Carne Asada at Margarita's (photo credit: Savina)

Can you suggest a 3D2N Weekend itinerary for someone who's just visiting Singapore for the weekend?

I won't suggest the usual tourist spots which can be easily Googled. Check out the range of top local labels over at departmental stores like Tangs and Robinsons.

What's a weekend getaway without some shopping! Have a local breakfast of kaya toast and coffee at Chin Mee Chin over at 204 East Coast Rd.

Visit our National Art Gallery, its scenic exterior doubles up as a perfect place for #ootds.

National Gallery Singapore - Roomorama Blog Pictured above: National Gallery Singapore (photo credit: Forbes.com)

Experience our nightlife by hitting the best cocktail bars- Bitters & Love, Jekyll and Hyde, Sugarhall. Visit Kyo, one of my favourite clubs. (Check out their Poptart nights for indie rock, electro pop tunes).

Bitters and Love Singapore - Roomorama Blog Pictured above: Bitters and Love (photo credit: sunshinestories.com)

If you have sometime to kill after a day of shopping, stop by Overeasy Orchard, an American styled diner for juicy burger and root beer floats together with 90's nostalgia.

Overeasy Orchard Singapore - Roomorama Blog Pictured above: Overeasy Orchard (photo credit: drinksomewhere.com)

Where to stay in Singapore

This property is located in a quiet neighbourhood in Bukit Timah Road and is a convenient 7 minute walk from the train station.

Savina Chai Singapore - Roomorama Blog

Savina Chai Singapore - Roomorama Blog Pictured above: Savina at the Roomorama property in Singapore (photo credit: Savina)

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