Tea at Raffles

Hello dear readers! How are you?


In September I went to Singapore to visit my mother’s side of the family. My mother (my parents live in England) was there too so it was lovely to see her plus all my aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins and friends! I also got up to some touristy things.


I finally went for tea at Raffles! It’s probably the most famous hotel in Singapore but this trip was my first. You can see the pretty colonial architecture, traveler’s palms and the tall and dashing Sikh doorman!



I wore one of my favourite hot weather outfits, my Mary Magdalene onepiece and Shirley Temple headdress.



I discovered Cad’s Alley, much frequented by bounders and rakes in days long past, and struck a caddish pose to honour their memory.

Cad’s Alley (カッズ・アリー)を見つけました。意味は「プレイボーイの路地」です。ポーズをやって見ました。


Or I tried anyway! After exploring the hotel and taking pictures it was time for tea.



Tea consisted of sandwiches and desserts on a tiered stand, plus a buffet of sweets and savouries. There was lovely fresh fruit, bread pudding, steamed dumplings and other delicious bits and pieces. I enjoyed everything very much. I suppose I go for tea quite frequently in Japan but I do miss that characteristic British stodginess at times. This tea had that plus a little Asian influence.


The service was really excellent at Raffles, and it made the experience so relaxing and comfortable. Of course the hotel was beautiful and interesting and nicely old fashioned. I’d like to try staying there someday!



After tea I went for little walk. Near Raffles you can find CHIJMES which was formerly the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus. Now it’s an event space and shopping and dining area. I’m not too interested in all that but I did enjoy walking about and imagining that I was a nun!



I’ll be sharing more about my trip to Singapore in future posts so please look forward to them. By the way, if you are thinking of having tea at Raffles, check the hotel website and book online in advance! It was very full indeed.


Thank you very much for reading and see you next time!





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