Whenever I have the time, I like to check out flea markets and arts & craft bazaars for unique handmade creations and super-good buys. One of my favourites is the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD) at the Red Dot Design Museum. Started July 2006, MAAD takes place every first Friday evening of the month. It is a platform where artists, designers, architects, craft makers, illustrators, photographers, performers or anyone with a creative passion can participate to showcase their works, gather feedback or test the market. It also means you are likely to score unique creations not available elsewhere, or snag a very, very good buy when sellers clear past season stock. Most of the sellers make handmade craft & accessories, plush toys, bags, illustrations, photographs or offer creative services. I have also seen F&B owners using MAAD as a test bed for new flavours/ideas, and you simply pay whatever you want for it and give them your feedback. Everytime I go there with a set amount of cash to shop as a control mechanism (most of the stall owners only accept cash), I always end up looking for a bank to get more cash. Sigh.
And here are some of my favourite MAAD folks:
I’m already looking forward to the next MAAD, and discovering more great buys!
Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD)
Every first Friday of the month
5:00PM to 12:00AM
28 Maxwell Road
Red Dot Traffic Building
Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar
In an attempt to stay healthy and escape the craziness of the urban concrete jungle, chum D and I venture out to explore nature whenever we can afford the time. Being avid photographers, we went on the Southern Ridges Trails as we wanted to capture sunset from Henderson Waves, Singapore’s highest pedestrian bridge at 36 metres above ground. The Southern Ridges comprises 10 km of green, open spaces that connect Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. We started our walk from the Marang Trail near HarbourFront train station, made our way up to Mount Faber, and finally roosted at Henderson Waves to wait for sunset.
Getting to Marang Trail
By train: Alight at Harbourfront station Exit D. The trail is just behind the exit.
By Bus: Take bus service number 10, 30, 57, 61, 65, 80, 93, 97, 100, 131, 143, 145, 161, 300, 408*, 646 or 855, alight at bus stop in front of Seah Im Food Center at Telok Blangah Road
By Car: Car Park is available at Seah Im Food Center
Getting to Henderson Waves
By Bus: Take bus service number 131, 145, 176, 408*, or 648 and alight at bus stop along Henderson Road, take the staircase up to Mount Faber Park.
By Car: Parking is available at Mount Faber Car Park D (17 lots) and Telok Blangah Hill Park Carpark 1 (17 lots) & Carpark 2 (total 39 lots).