For the last month or so I’ve been working as a temp/intern at the national newspaper here in Singapore (The Straits Times) as a Photojournalist. It has been way more hectic than I anticipated BUT I am enjoying it all the same!!
Anyway, I have been lucky enough to shoot several book related jobs and stories and I thought I’d feature them here!
QITA IN THE PARK
Qita in the Park is a cute little cafe situated right next to Hong Lim Park in Singapore. They have homemade Kaya which is the bomb dot com, trust. They also serve a lot of local favourites and are really such a lovely quiet and calm place to be in such a busy area. It’s such a cute little safe haven!!
The thing about Qita is that they are a social enterprise. What that means is that not only are they a food and beverage outlet, but they also sell crafts and art work by local artists with different needs and from voluntary welfare organisations.
The main reason why I’m featuring them here on my lil’ ol’ blog is because they have a decent sized bookshelf filled with a damn good selection of ‘pre loved’ books. While shooting the cafe for the story, I found out that most, if not all the second hand books are from the owner and her friends’ private collections!! It took SO MUCH self control to not leave with a book or two…
And that’s basically it!! They really are such a lovely little place and I would 100% recommend you go and check it out if you’re in the area.
Here are some of their details so you can find them and at the right times:
- Cafe at Speakers’ Corner Hong Lim Park
- Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre
- Open Mondays through Fridays 7.30AM to 6.00PM
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Text from the article that was printed in the paper and that is featured below:
A new crop of social enterprise eateries has sprung up in the past 10 months, providing training and employment opportunities and raising funds to support marginalised groups, such as those with special needs and medical conditions…
To attract more people to visit Qita In The Park, owner Genevieve Tan-McCully, 53, expanded her menu to offer set lunches, instead of just serving coffee and light bites.
The corporate lawyer says: “Singaporeans are too busy to visit a shop to browse only. “With a fuller menu, I can target the office crowd during lunchtime.”
Her store sells artworks and merchandise such as cards and mugs made by those with special needs. She buys them “at no or a slight discount to ensure a straightforward revenue flow”. She says in jest: “If they do not sell, my friends get nice presents for Christmas or their birthdays.” Remaining sustainable is a crucial part of running such social enterprises.
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