I thought I'd quickly write up my experience at the French Ambassador's Residence in Singapore because it's still fresh and it'd give you, my lovely readers a chance to actually attend all the events that will be coming up as part of VoiLah. A celebration of the crossroads, le Carrefour if you will, of both Singaporean and French culture.
My personal wishlist (for I will be unable to personally grace any of these events):
A Singaporean in Paris – 15th -24th Apr. Created by an Authentic French woman, who spoke passionately about the expatriate experience and deciding that no one was actually interested in being an expat in Singapore *pouf c'etait un cliche non?" she thought of writing a musical about the Singaporean expatriate in gay Paris. With a cast that screams of the Who's Who of our local theatre scene, this musical immediately appealed to me as a Francophile!
Parisienne – 01 – 16th May. @ Ion Art Gallery. Celebrating the street art of Miss.Tic, this exhibition appealed to me immediately for reminding me of the richness of European street art. *what locals may call graffiti, even when SingPost decides to do it to their own postboxes* Alas, leave it to Singapore to drag street art kicking and screaming into an art gallery. But at least, at least it'll give us locals a chance to appreciate this urban feature so foreign to us.
And this: Mark your calendars.
From May 1-15, several French restaurants and the fabulous Hediard will be holding special promotions celebrating French cuisine. Hediard was kind enough to let us sample their delicate Madelines and I have to say, even though they were minuscule, they were the BEST I've ever had. Makes you wonder how Delifrance can even call those spongy cakey … things they make "Madelines". But the restaurants that you should look out for is my personal fave, Choupinette which will be doing a modest $30-40 set menu. Whilst Michelin Starred chef, Laurent Peugeot will be at the Hilton's Harbour Grill and Oyster bar for a slightly pricier but probably so much more satisfying experience. And what would a meal be without… yummy choccy. Laurent Bernard will also be doing a $30 box of chocs which I know one of you will be buying for me 🙂
??- by the by, I refused to touch my Pierre Herme chocolates for the longest time, so precious it was to me-??
So that's it. These are the events I feel are worth looking out for. And why not, because whilst we may always have Paris, Paris won't always have us.??