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Singapore’s Secret Places To Eat, Drink, and Play – By Expat Marie Mangin

Originally from France, Marie Mangin is a Business System Manager at TNT Express. She left France 10 years ago for the Netherlands and never looked back. Five years ago, she felt the sudden urge to explore Asia and has stayed ever since. In her free time, Marie loves to sing and she says: “Did you know? It’s scientifically proven that singing improves health and well-being.” She is part of the International Festival Chorus and performs two concerts a year. 

For Delicious Treats 


Marie recommends Brasserie Gavroche for special occasions. According to her: “The food is excellent no matter what you order. I always want to try all the dishes!” For something different, Marie loves the Tartine d’os à moëlle )Bone marrow on toasted sourdough bread with garlic confit). “Leave space for dessert!” she says. 

If you want something healthy, Maries frequents Meat and Green for lunch. “The owner mixes the healthiness of a hearty salad with meat prepared Asian style!” she quips, “He also posts the daily specials on the Facebook page every day.” 

For a Java Fix (And Then Some)


She swears by Jar’d by Sarnies for her morning coffee where she claims “it is the only place that serves bulletproof coffee.” The coffee here is served with grass-fed cow butter and coconut oil. “They also have Cocowhip!” she says, “Sinless and delicious coconut water ice cream that becomes instantly sinful when you add their brownie crumb toppings.” 

For Relaxation


“Since I’m in Asia, I let myself enjoy massages as it’s more affordable than back home,” she claims. Her favourite spot? Sabaai Sabaai. “My favourite style is Thai massage and I don’t go nearly enough!” she adds.

Her Home Style


Marie describes her home as a “mix between Ikea and local treasures.” She also picks up the odd piece here and there when she travels. “For local design, I like Naiise at Central. It’s a great place for buying gifts!” she says.

What do you like about living here?

When I first arrived in Singapore, I really liked that you can find streets lined with trees. For an urban city, it’s still pretty green. I couldn’t live in a place and not be able to see trees. I also like the different neighbourhoods like busy Little India to quiet Holland Village. Or, traditional Joo Chiat to modern Marina Bay Financial Centre. And, simple Chinatown to fancy City Hall, just to name a few. I like to show these places to friends and family who visit. Most of all, I like the people here. I came to Asia to understand more about the complexity of the region. Singapore is such a buzzing hub, there are people from every Asian country, and they are always more than happy to share a bit about their culture. I find it fascinating.

How’s work going?

I work in a big international company. Thanks to my job, I’m able to work with people from all over Asia. It’s very challenging to work with so many different nationalities. But, it helps me to learn about myself and how to manage different people around me. I manage projects and make the link between IT and business. It’s about translating concepts to requirements and processes into expectations. With diverse languages and cultures added into the mix, my job is never boring.


By Joshua Tan, July 2016


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