Founder and Director of Violet Oon Singapore
I love browsing the shops along Chip Bee Gardens in Holland Village. My favorite local designer Ong Shunmugam ( ongshunmugam .com), who makes exquisite dresses, has a boutique there, as does Bynd Artisan ( byndartisan.com), which is a leather company that makes these wonderful customized books that are perfect for special gifts. You can put them together yourself, including choosing your own color combinations and adding personalized messages. They also conduct interesting leather workshops where craftsmen walk you through some of their old-school techniques. I always tell people to check out Boutique Fairs Singapore ( boutiquefairs .com.sg), which is held twice annually. I could spend an entire day shopping the amazing collection of housewares, designer fashions, and gorgeous accessories. And one of my favorite restaurants is Blu Kouzina ( blukouzina.com) in Dempsey Hill. They serve the best Greek food in Singapore; it reminds me of the meals my husband and I enjoyed on our Greece honeymoon.