Wednesday, 29 August 2012


For most people, the supermarket experience might be as thrilling as a game of chess. Strange analogy, I know, but really - you do it, you finish, you get out of there and it doesn't really leave a lasting impression.

For the folks behind SPRMRKT however, that shouldn't be the case. When they set up this multi-purpose bistro and convenience store, they wanted to redefine the local supermarket experience and repurpose it into something that satisfies daily needs with a little extra on the side.

What sets this restaurant and retail space apart from the myriad eateries popping up all over Singapore is the element of surprise. From Monday to Saturday, you get varying menus that consist of tasty salads, comforting soups, hearty mains and perfect side dishes. If you're in the market for freshly baked cakes and pastries or ingredients for a home-cooked meal, feel free to browse the humble yet interesting retail section - items range from eggs and breads to ciders and English enamelware.  

Photo from Great New Places
On the Friday menu: Barbecue pulled-pork sandwich with a side of onion rings. Might look simple, but it sure packs a whole lot of flavour!
In a country that's saturated with celebrity restaurants, fast food chains and run-of-the-mill eateries (don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining!), SPRMRKT is definitely a breath of fresh air. It's a wonderful place to catch up with friends over unpretentious food and it's also quiet enough, allowing you to catch up on your reading over a cup of coffee. And for those who are in constant need of visual stimulation? You've come to the right place. It also doubles as a mini-gallery from time to time, with works from creative individuals adorning the walls.

Photo from SPRMRKT Facebook Page

2 McCallum Street, Singapore
+65 6221 0712

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Alphabeticalife on Instagram

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So I just joined Instagram and slowly figuring things out. Anyway, my username is Alphabeticalife. Follow me!

A Closer Look: Property Of... Amsterdam

Property Of... is more than just a bag and accessory brand. Its flagship boutique, located in a picturesque neighbourhood in Amsterdam, is a lifestyle destination that serves up strong espressos and tasty croissants, alongside a well-curated range of magazines that customers are free to peruse. It's no surprise then that the boutique sports a look that can be mistaken for a French brasserie - tiled floors, a solid wooden bar, mirrored walls, as well as perfectly weathered benches and stools.

An incongruous concept you might say? Not quite. In Singapore, where the brand is originally from, the retail ideals of the company is "influenced and shaped by the culture of cafes which it owns and operates (PS. Cafe)... the daily changing cast of characters, the activities, events and 'life' that unfolds within an urban oasis are a constant source of ideas and inspiration."

The boutique's charming shopfront
Magazines by the bar - great selection of reading material as you sip on coffee and take a break from shopping
A wide range of stylish and functional bags
Stylish leather accessories

An assortment of wallets
A busy Saturday afternoon
Water flavoured with cut fruits and vegetables, which they also serve at PS. Cafe

Herenstraat 2 / corner Herengracht
Opening Hours: 11:00 - 18:00 Daily

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Jack Spade Expandable Day Bag

Jack Spade has a new bag out, but you didn't really think they'd just plonk it on their website and call it a day did you? Of course not. To celebrate the new bag, the brand created a short yet fun and interesting video to introduce the Expandable Day Bag. Take a look:

The Expandable Day Bag sports a slim profile and immediately doubles its carrying capacity with a simple pull of a zipper. Now, who wouldn't want extra space? In addition, the bag also has functional features, such as a front velcro closure, long-lasting ripstop nylon lining and a convenient side pocket for keeping essentials nearby.

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Alphabeticalife on Facebook

So I finally caved in and made a Facebook page for the blog. I've been holding out on this one for quite a while now. Why? I'm not really sure. Blame it on laziness? Maybe I got a little too comfortable on Twitter? Either way, it's up now.

I'd appreciate it if you'd give the page a Like! It's about time I harnessed the full potential of social media and Facebook seemed to be the perfect platform to reach out to a wider demographic. At the same time, it'll allow me to interact with more readers who don't necessarily leave comments here or have a Twitter account.

So again, please Like the page and let's talk; let's trade information; let's interact more and let me know your thoughts on anything and everything! That would be really cool, right?