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Favourite Finds of Singapore

Grace Clapham, co-founder of The Change School, shares her “secret” spots for good food, drinks and a little R&R.

Jakarta-born Grace Clapham, co-founder of The Change School, a lifelong institute for transformational learning, moved to Singapore as a young girl when her father was posted here in the 80s. Her family returned to Australia in the 90s, but as she wanted to set up her business in a place that would give her easy access to the Asia Pacific, she felt that Singapore was the natural choice.

The 32-year-old says, “I decided to move back here in 2009 because I felt it was the perfect location for a business, and to set up for a business that worked across the Asia Pacific region. Singapore has always been a home to me.” 

 

Where do you take clients for a business lunch?

Our new office is now on Keong Saik Road at The Working Capitol, so it’s convenient to head to Lokal (136 Neil Rd) – great vibe and good food. The owners also run Sarnies (136 Telok Ayer St), which I love for the coffee. When I’m in the city, I usually head to PS Cafe at Paragon, or The Hub (113 Somerset Road) if I’m working near Somerset.

 

Where would you go for afterwork drinks?

I’m a fan of the cocktails at The Cufflink Club (6 Jiak Chuan Rd); and you can’t go wrong at Jigger & Pony (101 Amoy St), and 28 HK (28 Hongkong St). 

Jigger & Pony

 

Where do you get your fix of Singaporean fare?

I eat nasi padang (Malay rice dish) all the time, so when I’m working at The Hub, I’ll always go to Warung M Nasir (69 Killiney Road). I also love chee cheong fun, or rice noodle rolls, which I get at a stall at 324P Changi Road.

 

What about shopping?

I’d describe my style as casual chic and I’m a big fan of Converse, A.P.C. (#02-08 Raffles Hotel Arcade), and Melissa shoes (#01-11 One Raffles Place). I love buying my skincare from Aesop (52 Club St).

 

Where do you go to get away from the bustle?

I like to go to Henderson Walk, it’s very peaceful there at the right times, and Mt Faber. I also enjoy going for a walk around the black and white houses near Hort Park, just around Hyderabad Road. It’s one of my favourite places. 

 

Could you recommend great networking platforms or groups for expats?

Secret {W} Business (www.secretwbusiness.com) is set up for women entrepreneurs, change makers and innovators across five cities, and this includes Singapore. I co-founded this with a friend. CreativeMornings Singapore is a free monthly breakfast lecture series for creative professionals and entrepreneurs (men and women). We currently hold our sessions at the Singapore Art Museum. 

The Change School also holds short workshops and inspirational sessions at the The Working Capitol (thechangeschool.com).

 

By Barbara Koh, The Finder, May 2015

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