Singapore’s Year: 2016
With my pro-Singapore hat on I see opportunities, particularly in the F&B sector but also in tech and other creative industries. The melting pot that is this small island has so many willing participants, people born here who appreciate how far they’ve come in such a short time, and people who see the opportunity to learn and create markets and opportunities. Of course there are the pessimists, but that is the case anywhere, as this quote sums up nicely, “Stay away from negative people. They have a problem for every solution.” Touché.
On the F&B side we of course await the arrival of the big fat tyre man, Michelin. I’m a little scared about this but, as an optimist, I see that there are many potential positives. Lifting the game in the service side of F&B for one, perhaps putting a focus on scouting and retaining excellent staff, making it worth their while to put some effort in and be rewarded fairly for that effort. No doubt there’ll also be an increase in the fancy food that so often leaves me wanting, but if Odette’s recent opening reviews are anything to go by, then maybe we’re in for a wonderful surprise of truly world class restaurants.
Giuseppe, an Italian from a small town in Sicily, is making real Italian bread and foccacia in Singapore. Now for anyone who’s ever been looking for proper bread, you’ll know how hard it is to find. Giuseppe’s bread is hearty, fresh and comes in all sorts of exciting flavours. He makes it from real Italian yeast culture that’s been brewing for over 50 years! You can read more on his website http://otiveil.com.
And for something truly courageous and ground breaking, check out Shiok Farm. This member only farm is taking subscriptions until 8th January. I’m about to sign up for six months for $30 a week to receive a veg and fruit box with local, organic produce. If you want to know more please Whatsapp the team on +65 9100 2711 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a visual feast check out this Aussie duo’s uber cool online art gallery, Addicted Gallery. These two art enthusiasts have been collecting for around 15 years, but theirs is no stuffy art collection. No, no, no, the range is as diverse as the tastes of this couple with a great eye for detail. From street art to traditional Chinese artworks, check out the highly curated range of work where you will definitely find something that catches your eye.
I hope this article doesn’t come across as an advertorial, it in no way is. The products, services and people mentioned don’t even know I’m writing about them. I’m writing because these are great people doing great things in a great place!! And I know it’s not all roses in Singapore (ha ha, get it?), there are plenty of issues I have with the way some things work, or don’t work, as the case may be, but overall it’s pretty darn good.
Tell us about the things you’re looking forward to in 2016!!