I'm a Singapore event photographer; specializing in corporate events, weddings and birthday parties.


Kopi Tiam Food Court, Plaza by the Park

"Kopi tiam" is Chinese (Hokkien, I think) for coffee shop. This is a food court chain or franchise, called Kopi Tiam. A traditional coffee shop here is actually a mini food court.

"Kopi" is Malay for coffee (try asking for kopi in Hong Kong), so it's really a mix of Chinese and Malay. Lots of Malay words have slipped into the local dialects. Will probably confuse people from mainland China.

At center-left is a duck noodle stall called "Master Duck." Center right is the fruits stall (sometimes called "cut fruits"), which is part of the drinks stall on the right. Far left, near the door, is a Dim Sum stall. 

The walls are glass panels that are removed at about 9pm or 10pm, when the air-conditioning cuts out. This turns the whole place into an open-air restaurant. 

They usually have fierce "No Photography Allowed" signs inside, but my understanding is that photographing from outside is okay.
  • Nikon D7000, 35mm f1.8.
  • At 35mm, f2.8, 1/60 seconds, ISO 400.
  • Program exposure, auto ISO, center weighted metering, incandescent white balance.
  • Picasa: Straighten, auto contrast, crop.
2012 update: The building is now called Manulife.