“I always strive to do meaningful work,” says photographer Robyne Hayes, whose subjects have included gender-based violence, HIV and climate change.
Robyne’s pet project in SG is to organise beach clean-ups. “Seeing the ocean get polluted makes me anxious and depressed,” she says, noting that her son inspired her first clean-up.
Originally from the U.S., she has lived in Samoa and Ireland. She and her husband, Justin, and children, June, 7; and Joey, 5, made SG “home” in 2016.
“If I had to describe my style, it’s bohemian, colourful and casual. British India has some beautiful shirts that speak to my style.” She also loves shopping for unusual jewellery at Haji Lane.
“One of my favourite things about living in Singapore is the access to the beach,” says Robyne, whose “office” is usually the
Starbucks at Parkland Green, which looks out over East Coast Park. Otherwise, it’s The Hangar – “for a lovely second breakfast and Cold Fresh Mint Mocha” – on Haji Lane, which is also one of her favourite neighbourhoods in SG to photograph. (25 Arab St, 199724)
Robyne is a big fan of Joo Chiat mainstay Eng Seng First Grade Seafood Restaurant. “The black pepper crab might be one of the best things I have ever eaten,” she says. Other loves? Nakajima Suisan Grilled Fish in Takashimaya Food Hall and, with her kids, Singapore’s fave Taiwanese dim sum chain Din Tai Fung. (247 Joo Chiat Pl, 427935; 391A, Orchard Rd, #B2-01-01, 238873)
“My husband and I are pretty laid back, and our ‘dates’ are rollerblading along the East Coast, or finding a new hawker stall and taking a late-night walk home.” A special treat? Spending the day in Sentosa on a sun bed at Coastes – “such yummy food and drinks” – or having a massage at Bath Culture Foot Therapy in Chinatown. “They are the best!” (50 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, 099000; 59 Temple St, 058604)
Text: Sandhya Mahadevan, From The Finder Issue 296, / Photos: British India, Coastes, Din Tai Fung and 123RF.com
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