Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday in Singapore (Day 2)

Woke up at 6am and went for a run in Botanical Gardens with Sindya.
This time we found "Mr Prata" and ate a paper dosa, two pratas, fresh orange juice, and coffee. Mmm.

Came back and took a quick swim in the pool. After a short post-exercise-nap, we headed out to Serangoon Road and walked around taking pictures of Indians, making sure to keep an eye out for any Chindians (we may have seen a few, but not sure?). We ate at Ananda Bhavan, did an obligatory tour of Mustafa's, and then took a taxi to Grange Road.

Ah. Grange Road. Stopped at both Lucky Tower and Beverly Hill to show Sindya where I grew up. We even walked around on One Tree Hill Road - where my best friend used to live.

Checking out of the hotel to go spend the evening with the Iyer's. Tomorrow we catch a bus to Kuala Lumpur.

  • Singapore still has too many malls - it's freaking me out.
  • The food options are great. I'm full (but exercising just enough to keep my appetite)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Saturday in Singapore

We got in to Singapore on Friday afternoon, surprisingly un-jetlagged.

The room is quite fantastic (will post pictures later) - good thing we aren't paying for it.

On Friday night we met up with Aditya and his wife in Clarke Quay, and had a beer at the Crazy Elephant. Then headed to a tiny hawker-restaurant-type-place near his house and ate chilli-crab, some chicken dish, etc. I know I'm allergic to crab, but had to eat it it anyway. Don't ask why I was under the impression that I wouldn't be allergic to Singaporean crab. So yeah - I had a mild allergic reaction on the way to bed.

This morning I got up and went for a run around the Botanical Gardens, in the pouring rain. Part of the mission was to search for Mr. Prata - a 24 hour Roti Prata place. The other part of the mission was to get rid of the pounding headache, and digest enough so that I could eat more. It was cool - I saw the little pond where I used to feed the swans with my mom growing up.

We worked out at the gym, showered, and then headed out in search of food. After some hunger-induced-panic, we finally found a food court (basement of Lucky Plaza) and ate Kaya Toast and Mee Siam.

We took the MRT to Harbour Front, and met up with Reuben - a.k.a. Jambool Intern version 1.0. He took us to The Cheese Prata Shop - near NUS - to eat Roti Prata (mmm).

Came back, did a complimentary wine tasting at the hotel, and then took a nap, tired from all the walking. Went out for a late-night snack at a Chinese vegetarian restaurant on Orchard Road.

  • there are way too many malls in Singapore
  • so many road names are giving me flash-backs to my childhood. Even some of the geography is coming back to me (within the 1-mile-radius that I knew as a child)
  • it's pretty dang humid here
  • for a place with not much to actually see, they've done a great job marketing it as a tourist destination
  • there are way too many malls in Singapore
Tomorrow I will take S to the street where I grew up.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

trip update

The Wife and I are headed to Singapore and Malaysia. Here's what we have planned:

- a weekend in Singapore - showing her where I grew up, meeting some old friends, and eating
- a couple of days in KL - staying with my alternate-mom (a.k.a. Aunty Ann), checking out KL, eating.
- 3 nights in Pulau Redang - tropical beach paradise.
- a few days free (current thinking is to go into the teman negara rainforest)
- a night in Singapore
- back home

We are unwittingly taking the scenic route to Singapore. San Francisco - Hong Kong - Bangkok - Singapore.

On the bright side - hopefully that will result in more meals (and miles?)

Not sure how regularly we'll (want to) have internet access...