Mr. Bean and Supermama (Two Singaporean Favourites)

While retail therapy is often perfectly partnered with travel to new and exotic destinations, on our recent Singaporean sojourn the Mr and I didn’t do much at all.  But of course, in between taking about a gazillion photos, we did indulge a little …

It was while we were wandering around trying to find our way back to the hotel from the nearby MRT station, that we chanced upon a tiny little food store called ‘Mr. Bean‘ – a delightful place filled with soft serve soy ice-cream treats and other soy-based sweets like cakes and biscuits. For a soy milk lover like me, this was a match made in heaven. Since enjoying that first delicious soft serve, I then kept my eyes open for other Mr.Bean outlets (as I doubted we’d be able to find the first one again). I happily indulged quite a few more times, and even came away with a few cute Mr. Bean goodies on my last visit … just look at how happy he is!

It's Mr Bean ... full of soy bean goodness!

Wandering back to our hotel on a different day, we discovered the entrance had been blocked off by maintenance staff while they were cleaning up the footpath (it was covered in leaves … how shocking!). So rather than rest our weary feet, we had little choice but to wander a bit further down the road and kill some time. It was then that we noticed a cute little sign which lead us up several flights of stairs to the most beautiful of stores. Now, as a general rule I don’t go into stores that require me to walk up or down stairs to some unknown destination (hey, I’m complicated!), but I’m glad I made an exception here. Supermama is a wonderful retail experience – warm and welcoming, it is a space filled to the brim with all sorts of well-designed goodies.

The Supermama entrance

The beautiful indoor garden at Supermama

We found it impossible to leave empty-handed, and so I came away with a mustard yellow bag handmade by ‘StitchandSew‘ (a Japanese label), not to mention the coolest watch ever (an old-school black Casio). The Mr was quite taken with the musical stylings of Lullatone (a super sweet pyjama-pop duo), and so we indulged in a CD from them as well.

One bag from each of two favourite stores

So here are my two favourites shown side-by-side … as represented in bag form. I hope they get to accompany me on many future travels, where wonderful new memories will be created. It’s nice how the places you’re meant to see, and the things you’re supposed to own, find a way to come into your life. In this case it seems like a case of ‘bag serendipity’ was at play …  Do you think you’re serendipitous by nature too? xx

18 Comments

  1. Teresa

    Mr Bean is adorable! No wonder you couldn’t resist.
    Often some of the best stores are up stairs (as I’m finding in Hong Kong) and you certainly found such a gem with Supermama! You bag is fabulous and MUSTARD! So perfect for you. (I love lullatone) 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Teresa – Isn’t he just? I couldn’t resist his cute pudgy, and very smiley face! 🙂

      I bet you’re finding all sorts of wonderful stores in the delights of HK … I can’t wait to find out more of your ‘hot tips’.

      I do very much adore that lovely mustard bag … haha, and to think I *almost* didn’t buy it!?!?! xx

  2. Hila

    I seem to have ‘book serendipity’ these days. Although I am tempted by bags when I go travelling – I wonder why that is? Maybe there’s something about wandering that compels buying bags that seem like temporary mini-homes?

    I love reading your travel posts Tracey 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Oh, book serendipity is one of the best kinds to have … there’s nothing like discovering the right book at just the right time.

      I wonder about the attraction of bags when we travel … perhaps it is that idea that we are looking to carry all the bits of our lives with us. Whatever the reason, I’m glad I’m not the only one who can’t resist a lovely bag. xx

      PS. I’m so glad you enjoy these posts Hila, it’s so nice of you to say.

  3. Rel

    the little shops off the beaten path are often the ones with the best treasures
    wonder if mr bean will ever find his way to our city – sounds yummy

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rel – Agreed. There’s something almost magical about discovering an out-of-the-way store. It’s the modern day equivalent of being an explorer in foreign lands. 🙂

      PS. I’d LOVE to see Mr Bean open up in our part of the world … that would be wonderful.

  4. Debby

    I definitely am…I love holidays when we just drive we don’t know where we’re going to stop for the night or where we’ll eat…that’s when we have found the most delicious places and have the best memories…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I love your idea of holidaying … just driving out into the great unknown is wonderful. You never quite know where you’ll end up or what you’ll find … the possibilities are so enticing! 🙂

  5. Camila Faria

    Oh, Tracey, Mr. Bean is adorable! I visited Supermama’s website and loved it. So many beautiful things! Great find!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Camila – He’s super sweet isn’t he! Supermama have the most wonderful anti-consumerist approach to retail. The owners are delightful too … it would be dangerous to live close to such a lovely store though, I’d always be popping in ‘just for a look’. 🙂

  6. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    That is one cute bean!!! I love finding little ‘out of the way’ shops and places that feel sort of ‘hidden’! Great finds! xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Linda – Haha, my little Mr.Bean plush toy now keeps me company on top of my bookshelf … he always brings a smile to my face. I’m glad to hear you like him too. xx

  7. woolf

    that kind of serendipity, well any kind of, really, is wonderful, isn’t it? you found yourselves rocking things! and the experience in itself… priceless. wandering off the beaten track is so necessary, for its surprising nature. we need that. we do.
    the bean is funny!!
    n♥

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Woolf – Yes indeed. Any kind of serendipity makes the heart soar in the most wonderful of ways. I’m so glad you liked my little travel finds … and you’re so right, the true riches come through the wandering about and experiencing unexpected places and sights. Surely as humans we all need to be surprised from time to time? xx

      PS. The bean does make me giggle. 🙂

  8. Lucent Imagery

    Ok… where do I start? A girlfriend was horrified that on our trip to Europe last year I did not purchase one thing (except for a point and shoot camera for rainy days – but that’s a necessity like water for me!). I haven’t come across Mr Bean. How cute. I think he looked happy to be going home with you. The only time I’ve seen Singapore looking dirty is straight after the midnight New Year’s Eve fireworks. Of course, by the time we started walking back to our hotel it was nearly all gone, such is their speedy clean up system. Oh I got a big grin on my face. I have to make big exceptions to going up or down into stores too and try to avoid pokey, hard to get out of shopping centres at all costs. Give me a street or a mall with open skies and I’m happy to pop in and out of a shop. Ah we are beautiful in our complexity! Love the greenery inside/outside/atrium? The bag seems perfect for you and your sandals and your ongoing love of yellow. x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lucent Imagery – It sounds like you shop on your trips in the same way that I tend to … succumbing only when it’s necessary (or clearly in my case when my willpower is too weak to resist!). 😉

      I couldn’t get over how efficient the cleaners in Singapore are. Nothing is left messy for long at all, and even the smallest of tasks have a person assigned to be responsible for it. That certainly aligns with your experience at New Years too.

      Haha, how funny that we both prefer shopping from the street or on a mall … 🙂

      Yes, that atrium is indoors at the Supermama store … they were happy for us to take photos, and I’m so glad they didn’t mind. I’ve always wanted an indoor glass enclosed garden like that!! 🙂
      xx

  9. primoeza

    i loved supermama when i stumbled on it recently. missed mr bean though!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Elizabeth – Supermama was such a joy … such a lovely store and beautiful concept. I wish I’d found it sooner, even though my bank account doesn’t! 😉

      You’ll have to check out Mr.Bean next time you’re there … he’s too cute (and the food is too tasty) to resist.

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