Friday, November 22, 2013

Singapore... Round 2

It was that time again. We needed to leave Bali for yet another Visa run. Where to go? After relentless Google searches, we decided on Singapore because it was the cheapest option and we had a new friend that also happened to live there (Pam, if you read the last blog post!) It turned out that one of Estelle’s best friends, Martini and her husband were also in need of a visa run. And so, the four amigos set out for Singapohh (that's how they pronounce it there).



And So It Begins…

We had a SUPER early flight over, and before we knew it, we had arrived in Singapore with the full crew (Estelle, Martini, David and myself).

We were greeted by our friend Pamela, who Estelle had met at the Ubud Writers festival. Pam promised a few surprises for us as our tour guide, and she delivered!

Time to Eat

First things, first…we were hungry! Wanting to give us an authentic Singaporean experience, Pam took us to the world famous (Anthony Bourdain endorsed) Tian Tian that serves the unique Hainanese Chicken Rice. 

It was delicious, and proved that looks can be deceiving! There is a famous story, that Anthony Bourdain was booed off the stage of the Singapore Food Event, when he admitted that he had not had this famous dish…legend has it, he promptly came here and became an instant fan! We then made a quick pit stop at a famous kaya toast place where delicious pastries have been served by the same family for generations! 




(WITH THE BEST TOUR GUIDE IN SINGAPORE - PAMELA HO!)


More Food

On the way back to the car, us gluten eaters (David and I) made a little pit stop to try some of the other famous Singaporean food… Kaya Toast! Which is a toast with a spread consisting of eggs, sugar and coconut and a 100% deliciousness. Wow, great stuff! A very authentic experience…check out the receipt below??


(HOW THAT IS LEGIBLE - I DO NOT KNOW)

(DAVID AND I TRYING KAYA TOAST & JAM!)

Shopping Time

Next stop, Lulu Lemon. As you may well know, Estelle is a bit of a workout addict (working out twice a day sometimes!) and had been looking for new workout shorts since the day we arrived in Bali - to no avail. With no Lulu Lemon stores anywhere in Indonesia, she had heard that there was one in Singapore and couldn't stop talking about it :). After finding a pair that fit and looked right, she was a happy girl! Happy girl = happy boy!



(DAVID & I TRYING ON SOME LULU GEAR HAHA)

We decided to stay at a hostel this time around, we figured it couldn’t be any worse than the Hotel we stayed at last time we visited Singapore - in the red light district! The Bunc Hostel was quite simple but it had all that we needed; clean rooms, a good location, wifi and these really cool Japanese style pods. 



(MARTINI - EXCITED TO BE STAYING IN A 'POD')

Other Adventures

With only one night in Singapore, we wanted to make sure we got a well rounded experience. Some of our highlights (I don’t know how we fit it all in) included: 

  • Going to the uber nice Marina Bay Sands Casino! Since we are now more or less unemployed-backpackers, we didn't really gamble… I did however, manage to put a few bucks in the slots - but that was it. 
  • Enjoyed the street ice cream sandwich! For only $1.50 (about $0.50 USD) we got to enjoy an awesome slice of strawberry ice cream between two wafers… Best deal in Singapore and YUMMY! 
  • Lunch with Estelle's friend, Rohr-Junne and her daughter (they havent seen each other in over 5 years!)
  • Exploring the Raffles Hotel! Named after Sir Raffles, this hotel is the number one choice for all heads of states when they come to town! 
  • Enjoyed some great, diverse foods! Singapore features fine cuisine from all corners of the world… and it is ALL amazing. 
  • Smoking a hookah and drinking a cold one on the river walk! I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally had my chance!
  • Awesome reflexology massage! You can get some great “feel good” massages, but the reflexology massage we got in Singapore hurt so good – definitely felt the therapeutic effects. 

(CHECKING OUT THE FAMOUS RAFFLES HOTEL!)

(80 YEAR OLD MAN - STILL GOING STRONG!)

(ME AND MY LADY IN FRONT OF MARINA BAY SANDS)


But last and not least, my personal highlight was going to an authentic Chinese doctor. I really don’t know why exactly… but I REALLY wanted to try this “cupping therapy” treatment. Since I have been in Asia, I have been looking for a clinic that performs this therapy. And low and behold, we found a place that did it! Funny story… by time I had left the clinic I had received a foot massage (single foot) and I had about a quart of blood removed from that same foot - using this crazy suction contraption! Not exactly what I had initially expected, but I gotta say I enjoyed the adventure... and the fact that I had no idea what the staff were saying to one another during the whole time! AND… my foot that had an inflamed tendon did feel much better afterwards!



(MY VERY OWN CHINESE DOCTOR!)


We reunited with Pam on the last day and to ensure that we kept things interesting…we decided to watch “The Escape Plan” (awesome film by the way!). In order to make it work we would have to run to the theater and then promptly run to the car and speed to the airport -so we wouldn't miss our flight! MISSION SUCCESS!
Checking in we realized we actually had a little extra time to kill so we got food and leisurely walked to our gate. Hmmm….Where is everyone? OH SH%T! They had moved our gate to the other side of the airport and it was now “last call”… After running what seemed like 5K, we made it on our plane and off we were to Home Sweet Home… Bali!

More soon,

Kurt


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