Fabulous Food, Delicious Drink and Cool Company
Trip Start Sep 28, 2009
92Trip End Apr 22, 2011
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Jane and Jimmy's house
Hanoi Airport didn't have a lot to offer but Singapore Airlines did. Our first glass of wine in 8 months was sipped and savoured until the second glass was offered. This was to be the start of a very indulgent week as far as wine and food are concerned. We watch a film on the flight to pass the time and the plane landed on time. We got as far as immigration before we hit a stumbling block, they wouldn’t let us in the country unless I knew the address we were staying at, as Jane and Jimmy were picking us up from the airport we hadn’t looked it up. We had to go back into the terminal, luckily Singapore Airport has lots of free internet stations, log on to a working station and go into our email account to get the address. We finally got through, our bags were the only ones left sitting dejected on the floor but we were met with big hugs from Jane, Jimmy and baby Andrew.
Jimmy did a fantastic BBQ on our first night, Gary was in his element with fresh prawns and beer flowing. We sat outside on the covered patio, with ceiling fans whirring over head, the pool bubbling away nearby and the dogs panting under the table in hopes of a messy eater or two. Jane put baby Andrew to bed and Jimmy got the whiskey out for the boys.....I was happy to stick to JD. I then fell in the pool........sorry rephrase that I was pushed fully clothed in the pool by one that will not be named. So the nice quiet civilised evening became a pool party that finished sometime in the am.
A taxi arrived at 8am announcing the arrival of Jimmy’s Mum, Dad and brother, Jimmy was meant to pick them up at the airport but for some reason was a little worse for wear and hadn’t woken up. Jane and Jimmy have a fantastic house in Singapore four bedrooms, massive living area and kitchen. They also have a wonder girl called Nanette who lives in and helps out with the cleaning, washing and dog walking. I think she was a little wary of us at first, a couple of scruffy backpackers but she soon got use to us. I did feel bad that she ironed my shorts.... these are the ones with holes in but are so comfortable I can’t let them go yet.
Andy and Carol (Jimmy’s Mum and Dad) are great, really fun people with so much energy it hard to keep up with them. We had another great BBQ that evening fantastic steak and more prawns, which Gary piled into. The conversation flowed as fast as the wine and it was a great evening.
Sunday Brunch at the Hyatt hotel is a must do in Singapore, all the expats head there for the ultimate eating experience. Dressed up in our finest or in Gary’s case Jimmy’s finest, we took two taxis to the Hyatt. Sunday Brunch is pay one price and eat and drink as much as you can in three and half hours..... a challenge Gary is always up for. All the food is buffet so you can have as much or as little as you like, you have the choice of roast dinner, Sushi, Chinese, Seafood, kid’s food, salads, cheese board and puddings. The food was fabulous and Gary couldn’t get over how tasty the Lobster was....so much so he had to keep going back for more. I had eaten so much I couldn’t even fit in the sticky toffee pudding.... what a waste.
Monday was a slow start, still full from the day before we headed out to Orchard Road the major shopping area in Singapore. We want to get Baby Andrew a pressie from my Mum and Dad and from us, plus we want a look around. The shopping malls are enormous and have every type of shop imaginable. All the big names, Prada, Versace, Jimmy Choo ... all the shops I am only allowed to look through the window at, as well as high street names like Dorothy Perkins and Monsoon....now those one’s I was allowed in!!! We spent the day looking round and also hit the cinema to see Prince of Persia. Once back home Jane and Carol had cooked a delicious stew and afterward we all chilled in front of the TV.
Santosa Island is a resort off of Singapore which a theme park with rides, beaches, hotels, golf courses and Universal Studios. You would need a week to do all the things on the island so we just headed for Universal Studios for the day. The weather was bright and sunny and not too hot and the studios were big enough you could do it all in a day if you didn’t queue too long. It wasn’t very busy so our longest queue was only 40min the rest were about 5 to 15 mins long. The rides and shows were excellent and all the staff were very friendly.....not like that lot in France. We shot into town on the way back and watched the new Robin Hood film.
Having not cooked for eight months I was keen to get in to the kitchen, Jane drove us to the supermarket in the morning and we bought all we needed for Lasagne and chocolate brownies. We drove back and unpacked the car. I didn’t take notice of what had been unpacked and left it an hour or so before heading back in the kitchen to start the preparations. Andy, Carol and Matty (Jimmy’s Brother) had gone into town to watch Prince of Persia and had taken the car. It wasn’t until they had gone 20mins that I realised we didn’t have the mince and it must still be in the back of the car. Nightmare, unable to contact them Nanette took us to the local market to try and get more mince, but the market was finished so we ended up with frozen mince from the local supermarket. It was good to get back in the kitchen and although it is hard to use someone else’s stuff it is a well stocked kitchen and had everything I needed. I left the Brownies until the next day as time was getting on. We had a trip down to the local pub, The Dog and Bone, before coming back and consuming lasagne and large amounts of garlic bread...... keeps the vampires away.
Our last day in Singapore was an easy day, we lounged in the pool and chilled. I made brownies and we had lunch outside. The Moran’s took us out for dinner to an amazing Chinese seafood restaurant where Gary fed his addiction for Lobster and I ate my favourite shredded duck. Jane and Jimmy have been fantastic, the perfect hosts, Andy and Carol have been charming and mad, we have enjoyed the banter with Matty and the cuddles with baby Andrew. Thanks also to Nanette for cleaning up after us and helping me make brownies and Dougie for not biting us. We have loved our stay in Singapore, thank you all for making us so welcome.