Elen Winata, illustrator of Everybody Loves Porto, likes parks, moon rocks and peppery soup.

What are three favourite places where you live?
Singapore is known for its food, so picking a favourite restaurant is tough! However, if I have to pick one restaurant that I can eat at everyday and not get bored, it would be Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. The soup is fragrant and peppery, just the way I like it. It also gives me enough energy boost to power through my day.
Founder Bak Kut Teh

An honorary mention for food is Timbre+. It’s a cluster of food trucks and hawker stalls housed in one giant container park. The food ranges from typical hawker fare to restaurant quality with interesting fusion dishes. It’s perfect for those who want to try different types of food but don’t want to commit.

I don’t have a favourite shop in Singapore, but I do enjoy going to the occasional art/design markets like Public Garden, SABF or MAAD. There are many interesting items for sale by local and international designers, some of which are one of a kind and you can’t find in the typical store.

In my free time, I love strolling in the parks around Singapore. Many of the parks are connected, so it’s also a fun way to explore different areas in the country. My favourite park right now is the Punggol Waterway Park – it’s far from the hustle and bustle of the city, and is a good place to recharge.

And three favourite places anywhere in the world?

Recently I had Gyukatsu Motomura on my trip to Tokyo, and I must say that it is life changing. The beef is melt-in-your-mouth good, definitely a must try for anyone visiting.

I’m not a big fan of shopping, but I always make a trip down to the MoMA store if it’s in the neighbourhood. I’m always tempted to buy everything because it’s all so nicely designed.

Probably my favourite thing to do in the world is visiting museums. I can spend hours just going from one exhibit to another. The most memorable museum I’ve been to is the American Museum of Natural History in New York, because who doesn’t like dinosaurs and moon rocks?

Favourite city or place to visit?
I love New York’s Central Park during fall when the leaves start to change colours, and during Christmas season. The area overlooking the skating rink is the most picturesque for me, because you can see the scenery paired with the iconic New York skyline; like something out of a postcard! It’s almost like you can feel the energy and mood of the city just from that one scene alone.

A travel tip or best travel item.
Pocket Wi-Fi and Google Maps are my two life savers. I would probably be lost in a jungle somewhere right now if not for them.


photo of Song Fa Bak Kut Teh by Jnzl

photo of Punggol Waterway Park by Rudy Herman

Published 12 May 2017

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