Singapore "streets lined with shophouses are more welcome to many than high-rise buildings"

Shophouse Week!  From Her World writer Hong Xinying: "Streets still lined with shophouses are a sight more welcome to many than the glass-and-metal sleekness of modern, high-rise buildings.  Call it nostalgia if you wish, even if it’s an age that some of us have never lived through. "These days, such streets are thronged with fewer old trades, more restaurants and, most recently, a string of artisanal coffee cafes. Eco-chic newcomer Maison Ikkoku is one such recent addition to the Kampong Glam area; but it comes with a difference.  Maison Ikkoku doesn’t just serve up good cups of java. It is a cafe, a multi-label menswear boutique and a bar, all within one three-storey shophouse."  Full article here.