Shophouse Week! From the Today (Singapore) writer Serene Lim: "Selling yet another side of Singapore is new hostel Matchbox The Concept Hostel. It isn't your usual run-of-the-mill dorm -- the only pod-style hostel in South-east Asia occupies a shophouse building in Ann Siang Road. "On top of that, the Singaporean spirit shines through in several touches: it's furnished with homegrown Ministry of Chair beanbags. Matchbox also supports local institution Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) by exhibiting paintings done by their students, and all donations collected will be given back to the school.
"With its private two-bed mixed dormitory, 12 single-bed ladies' dormitory and an 18-bed mixed dormitory all arranged pod-style, as well as other thoughtful -- and complimentary -- add-ons like an electrical socket in each pod, Matchbox sees itself as appealing to 'discerning working professionals who love travel and immersing in another's culture while appreciating good value,' said Cass Kong, marketing manager for Matchbox." Full article here.