Walked around Joo Chiat area this morning and lusted over the Peranakan (early Chinese settlers) style shophouses of the area. Love their pastel color facades. Pastels, isn't that one of the big trends for this summer? Shophouses traditionally housed shops at street level and living space for the shop owners above. Each have their own veranda as to create a protected walkway, very handy in this tropical climate. Singapore definitely has some of the most eclectic architectural styles I know of, undoubtedly a reflection of the melting pot that Singapore is.