The road leading up to and around where Dempsey Hill is today, was named after General Sir Miles Christopher Dempsey. Dempsey had a decorated military career and earned a reputation for being an expert in combined operations. During 1945 he was the Commander in Chief of ALFSEA (the Allied Land Forces of South East Asia) and General Officer Commanding the Malaya Command headquartered in Singapore. Despite this incredible career, Dempsey is relatively unknown.
Amongst the grounds of Dempsey you will find the St George’s Church (still in use), the Tanglin Barracks (where’ll you find House), Ebenezer Chapel (which now houses the White Rabbit –go now!), the old Tanglin Military Hospital (houses Loewen by Dempsey Hill) and the Singapore Civil Service Sports Council’s Dempsey Clubhouse (houses Sam’s Curry).
The Tanglin Barracks originally consisted of thatched attap roofs with square columns, incorporating plenty of windows and doorways to let in as much fresh air as possible. Raised wooden floors and plank walls were used to keep the barracks breezy and went some way to help the English regiment combat the tropical heat, while open verandahs wrapped around each building.
My last visit was back on New Year’s Day 2014, our party of four nursing quite the collection of headaches from the previous nights’ revelry. Nevertheless, we LOVED the food. We LOVED the peace and quiet of Dempsey even better and it has become another one of those places I can’t wait to return to when I’m looking for a bit of quiet after the buzz of the city.
So when we wanted somewhere to have a nice relaxing brunch, House certainly came straight to mind.
I ordered the Asian sliders, a detox juice and shared and slice of pandan cake and then it was on to Stage 2 of Operation Relaxation – to get our nails ‘did’. And my favourite place to do that in Singapore is OPI at the Forum Shopping Centre. The lovely girls here buff, polish, trim and manicure your hands and feet to perfection and ALWAYS leave me feeling like with have a new pair of mitts. The hard thing is working out what colour to choose…. But luckily, OPI has put out a collection which suits our needs perfectly and made choosing a colour so much easier – you’ll have to keep reading to find out what we mean and what colours we ended up choosing.
Just about every time I am in town, the first thing on my list is a trip to this salon. Situated at the ION Orchard end of Orchard Road, in a small shopping centre mostly frequented by expat housewives and their children, this little salon offers brilliant quality mani / pedi services, all using my favourite OPI nail polish. My Mum and my besties have all been willingly dragged here at some point, and from the point onwards, always want to come back.
Jaclynne has been working here since I started coming and I am always so grateful for the amazing job she and her team do. My nails are perfectly shaped, cuticles massaged, any excess skin around my nails is trimmed, dry skin is buffed off, my arms and legs are exfoliated, my hands and feet soaked in paraffin wax coming out baby bottom smooth and of course, my colour is expertly applied.
Thank you OPI at the Forum for making me feel a million dollars!
For our last evening in Singapore, we didn’t want to venture far, so it’s a good thing we are down the road from the Chinatown Food Street.
Chinatown Food Street underwent a big renovation a couple of years ago, ‘sanitising’ the area (perhaps a little too much for the liking of some), and a large overhead roof was added to make the area all season proof – protection from the sun and rain. There are cute little carts lined up along the street selling all sorts of amazing Chinese and local cuisine – popiah, char kuay teow, barbecued stingray – just take your pick, grab a table and tuck in.
At around 10.30pm we jump into a taxi and make our way to the airport for the first leg of our European adventure.
Always sad to leave my Singapore, but you should see what we’ve got lined up next!