Blogs from Singapore, Asia - page 17


Asia » Singapore » Singapore Zoo May 24th 2014

Singapore… I think we spent most of our time here with our mouths open as we gazed up at the ridiculous engineering feats that crowd the skyline. It seemed the most contrasting place we could have finished our trip with. There is so much wealth on display in Singapore, with mega-malls and gravity-defying skyscrapers all through the CBD. We were told that in some of the malls (actually pretty much all of them given the last 3 months of holidaying) we would only be able to afford to shop in the basement levels. Prices rise as the building does, so seeing street level Chanel, Dolce and Gabbana and Versace shops made us feel pretty intimidated! I prefer Aberconbie and Friche or Procshe, same same but different. Singapore is also a very well planned city and there ... read more
Singapore financial district at night
Panda! Her name is Jia Jia
Red Panda! No name but super cool

Asia » Singapore May 23rd 2014

My main motivation in writing this entry is because I have a hard time describing Singapore cuisine to my American friends, so I thought I'd write this blog and simply point anyone who asks about Singapore cuisine to this post. A picture is worth a thousand words; I'll describe each dish pictured in this entry and also identify its origins to the best of my ability - note that many of the dishes are fusion to some degree so it is not always accurate to pinpoint one single origin. I'm not an expert in food or culinary history, so there may be inaccuracies. This is an evolving blog entry and I'll add more pictures as I make more trips to Singapore. For a more comprehensive and authoritative collection of pictures of Singapore cuisine, check out my ... read more
Kai Lan
Steamed Bamboo Clam
Hor Funn

Asia » Singapore » Orchard Road May 21st 2014

Wednesday 21 May, 2014. Singapore. We left the UK on Saturday night after spending a night with my Aunt Sheila and then a night with my cousin John and his partner. My Aunt Lives in Settle, Northern England and along with her daughter Julie, my cousin, they showed us the town. Not a late night, but very enjoyable. The second night we spent with my cousin John and his partner Clare along with my uncle Chris and his wife, another Sheila, who had just visited us in Australia. This was a payback night for all those I had shown them in Australia. After the fabulous dinner Clare cooked and a s&#t load of red wine the whiskey came out, this may explain why I felt so crap the next day, more of that later. We had ... read more
Cousin John's
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Cath on top on the Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore » Boat Quay May 19th 2014

Cat cafés are a well-established phenomenon in Japan. Jeff and I visited one in 2010 and we fell in love with the concept. I was therefore very excited to learn that Singapore's first cat cafe has opened for business. Neko No Niwa, as this cat cafe is called, is unique in that it features only rescue cats instead of purebreds. This venture is a labor of love for Sam and Sue, the owners, and their goal is to educate Singaporeans on animal welfare issues and, in particular, to advocate for adoption rather than breeding. I visited Neko No Niwa on a humid Monday afternoon with my high school classmate Shareen. Shareen knows Sam and Sue and she had made advance reservations. Starting out at Shareen's cafe The Muffinry, we walked about ten minutes to Boat Quay ... read more
Layout of the cafe
Checking out my backpack

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour May 13th 2014

I have been in Singapore for six weeks now and in spite of the loads of work I do I managed to do a little bit of sightseeing and get an impression of the city. It is an amazing and crazy city, full of superlatives with so many things going on. There is amazing architecture. For example, from my office window I can see the Marina Bay Sands, three high rises which are located right next to each other and linked by a structure that symbolises a ship on their very top. On this “ship” there is the famous Infinity Pool, a pool where the water seems to be ending in the sky. When it is dark there is a laser show that takes place almost every evening at this building. Other buildings look like a ... read more
Gardens by the Bay II
Gardens by the Bay III
Marina Bay Sands

Asia » Singapore » Little India May 12th 2014

Mustafa Mall, Night Safari & Jurong Bird Park When we, a team of eight wanderers from India, landed at Changi Airport in the early morning hours, there were signs of the overnight rainfall but it was not raining and the climate was pleasant when we came out and proceeded to our hotel CherryLoft which was in Little India on the side of Rangoon Road. As our check-in time was at noon, we completed the booking formalities and kept our luggage safely in the locker room there. The hotel had a nice view from outside. The front office personnel were courteous and helpful. We then just walked beside Rangoon Road towards Mustafa Shopping Mall, one of the giant malls but economic comparing to other shops in Singapore, needless to say the most expensive Asian country. We spent ... read more
Riverwalk Restaurant
Moving for Safari
Jungle Tram

Asia » Singapore » Bugis Village May 6th 2014

Singaporeans, and honestly Asians in general, are hugely into fashion. On any given day, I see at least 2 girls wearing what I would consider my nicest party dress and f*&% me heels to work. It hurts my feet just looking at them….and here I am, wearing my tennis shoes on the MRT and changing into my nice, serviceable Hushpuppies once I get to the clinic. My Clinical Instructor (CI), also wears heels to work. Yes, she treats patients while wearing heels. And dresses sometimes. So with this in mind, I've been actively searching out some good places to shop for nice clothes. Now back home I would just pop into the nearest Ross or Marshall's to stock my closet with a bunch of cute pants and tops without breaking the bank. There are no Ross's ... read more
Sagar enjoying some ice cold coconut water
Chicken rice and char siu pork!
Satay chicken and peanut sauce

Asia » Singapore May 3rd 2014

And she's back again! Not complaining, absolutely love the place! This time I got to spend two nights in Singapore, then had a nightstop in Sydney again (separate blog entry) and finished the trip with another two nights back in Singapore. We actually did so much in this week, was an amazing trip and crew. On our first night in Singapore I had to take a miss on heading out for drinks. Was absolutely exhausted from my weekend antics and wanted to be fresh for the rest of the trip. I managed to get about 14hours sleep so obviously needed it! The next day a group of us headed to the beach at Sentosa Island. This really is the best place to come if you are looking to catch some rays as it's too hot to ... read more
Swimming (paddling) to wee island
Where we swam too
Cool down hut

Asia » Singapore » Singapore Harbour April 27th 2014

Last time I wrote something here I had just returned from a great and very relaxing holiday on the island of Lanzarote. And having recharged my batteries was really important for the months that were to come. I had two and a half months left to write up my PhD, submit it, and prepare for a nine month work secondment to Singapore. Crazyness… During the next months, my whole world was revolving around the PhD. I made sure I got enough sleep (which was not always easy because I must admit that there were quite a few nights when it was difficult for me to go to sleep), kept a healthy and balanced diet, worked out four times per week, and did not drink any alcohol. No travelling, no visitors. But, most importantly, I worked on ... read more
Reflections @Keppel Bay
Reflections @Keppel Bay pool
Sunset @ Reflections

Asia » Singapore April 26th 2014

My first Saturday night in Singapore was a success! I was invited by some classmates of mine from the Bangkok days to join them for their weekly dinner and drinks night. We ended up going to this really great mexican restaurant (you can take the girl out of Texas…..) called Lucha Loco, where one of my classmate's sister was a chef. The food was great, and the drinks were delish! I obviously had to order the house margarita (when in Rome) and then tried this amazing passionfruit cocktail. All in all, a great experience, company included. It felt like we were all old friends, even though I hadn't seen my classmates in over 16 years and I'd just met their friends, but they were all fun and friendly, and very welcoming. After dinner we went to ... read more
Delicious fall-off-the-bone spicy braised ribs and a beef and pineapple taco
Delicious appetizer, courtesy of the chef!
A very long list….

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