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Singapore . . . and We Even Squeezed in a Samosa

January 18, 2011

sunny 72 °F

We started our day off on Orchard Road which is the most famous shopping street in Singapore. . .it runs all the way through town. We went directly to the Food court for some Roti Prata (flaky bread with curry) and we actually watched him make it! We had never seen a food court with such crazy varieties of asian food. . . some less appealing. After a little shopping we were off to Chinatown and the Maxwell hawker station finally! We paired the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (saw it on No Reservations) with another order of, Roti, fresh fruit juices and Pad Thai. . . so we basically had to be rolled out of that food court! We decided that all this hard “work” deserved a foot massage and stopped at a local acupressure spot for a quick 30 minutes of pampering. After Tony got us lost in Fort Canning Park we decided it would be good to head back to our hotel with a few hours to spare. The Little India stop on the subway was too much temptation to resist so we ran out of the subway with just enough time to get a little bit lost but finally find some yummy samosas. We sat outside to eat because there’s a $500 fine for eating in the subway (that is why it’s so clean in this city). We ran to our hotel, grabbed our bags and were on our way to Bali. It was late when we arrived but even in the dark we could see amazing statues and temples and couldn’t wait for daylight!

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Posted by Tony.Ruby 09:43 Archived in Singapore Comments (1)

Singapore: Closed for Spring Cleaning

January 17, 2011

rain 70 °F

When traveling you never know how things are going to go. . . We started our day with a set plan: Maxwell hawker station (food court), Merlion Statue, and a walking tour of the city. Well, the hawker station was closed for spring cleaning, Merlion was taking a shower (closed for cleaning), and it was raining most of the day. Didn’t we tell you how clean Singapore is? We did make the best of the closed landmarks and decided to check out Chinatown. . lucky for us late January falls in the middle of the Chinese New Year celebrations (Year of the Rabbit) and this entire part of town was lively and colorfully decorated. The Buddhist Temple of the Tooth Relic has gorgeous architecture, an orchid garden on the roof, and the largest prayer wheel we have ever seen! We even sat listening to the chants and meditated for a little bit. Exploring the rest of Chinatown led us to some flat pork stuff (traditional gift for Chinese New Year) and some sort of Jell-O in every flavor of the rainbow that are super popular (Ruby got lychee). Dr. Ruby wanted to check out some traditional Chinese medicine shops. Later we tried to stay dry in the monsoon-like rains that came down as we explored some of the cool architecture in Singapore including the concert hall which reminds us of durian fruit and the crazy hotel with a ship like structure sitting on top of it. We went on a food mission down to the East Coast Seafood Center to get Singaporean chilli crab. . don’t forget the yummy rolls to sop up all the delicious spicy sauce that comes with the crab!! On the way back to the hotel we stopped at some bars at Clarke Quay. This area of bars and restaurants is like combining Disneyland and Miami. It’s over the top with themes, live bands, and has just about something for everyone, except the extremely low budget people, there’s nothing there for you!

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Posted by Tony.Ruby 01:10 Archived in Singapore Comments (2)

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