Ruby Photo has come a long way since 1945. It has established a reputation for quality photography equipment and materials. It also does film processing and sells many types of film like the Kodak Portra 400 35mm and Ilford HP5 Plus 400 35mm. Yoke, a long time employee at the store says that a lot of her customers are students because its services are more affordable than most. Although not a photographer herself, she has learnt a lot about the craft in her time at Ruby and has observed that more people are picking up analogue photography.
Just a short walk from City Hall MRT, Peninsula Shopping Centre stands tall but looks a little sad. Surrounded by the spanking new Funan and with the swanky Capitol just down the road, the greying and shabby building does not exactly exude charm. Since its opening in 1974, the mall has largely stayed the same. But beyond its looks, it’s home to a bunch of shops run by passionate individuals who make Singapore’s retail scene more colourful.