Singapore "Slinging" through Formula One

Trip Start Aug 19, 2012
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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Yes, that's how it feels folks.  Like we've been slingshot through Singapore.

But no, we did not have any Singapore Slings even though it's one of the "must do's" in Singapore.  They run $20-30 per drink, and we've been told by a Singaporean/Malaysian friend that they taste like cough syrup and it's hard to find the real original deal in town.  Can you imagine PAYING to drink Buckley's?

Here's a synopsis of what we've seen or done:
Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Gardens by the Bay
Super Trees
Raffles Convention Centre and Mall
Maxwell Food Centre
Food courts - yes, these are AMAZING here.  $6 gets you beautiful restaurant quality food in a CLASSY setting.  Puts our food courts to utter shame.
Jumbo Restaurant
Plaza Singapura and other malls
Little India
Mustafa Centre (imagine everything under one roof, but NOT commercialized)
Katong district (famous Singapore laksa)
East Coast district
"Heartland" of Singapore (i.e., real Singapore)
Kicked toads at Marina Barrage - yes, we kicked one each...unintentionally (it was gross cuz we were in flip flops and they felt soft and squishy)
Singapore Botanical Gardens (well, the first 5 min anyway to Halia Restaurant)
Partied with Dan and Mel's friends at Loof Bar (rooftop alfresco bar)

And one cannot forget...FORMULA ONE baby!!!!

 
Here's a synopsis of what we've consumed:
Chili crab
Pepper crab
Razor clams
Cereal prawns
Singapore laksa
Bak kut teh
Real handmade Indian naan with paneer, mutton curry, and daal
Xiao lung bao from a restaurant chain that has won michelin stars 3 years in a row (but in HK)
Several pounds of delicious BBQ (chicken, prawns, scallops, sausages) from Dan and Mel!
Homemade barley drink (no, it's not alcoholic)
Tiger beer (yes, that is alcoholic)
Grilled STING RAY (so yummy!)
Spicy tofu with pickled vegetables
Prata = roti (plain, egg, and paper)
Prawn paste chicken
 
Oh, and does grape + mint, or mango shisha count?  :) 

Singaporeans would be seriously proud of our foodie experiences, especially given that we were in town only 5 nights..  
   
Booze here is even more expensive than Vancouver.  Think Manhattan, New York prices.  Beer STARTS at $9 if you're lucky, and cocktails start at $13 if you're lucky.  One night of partying can easily set you back $200-400 depending on what you like, if not more.

But boy is Singapore clean for a SE Asian city!  It's about as clean as Vancouver.  It's SO nice to not smell sewage every 5 feet, or to be afraid of seeing cockroaches or rats scuttling along the edge of the curb.  I even saw a shopping mall garbage guy WIPING DOWN the lid of an outdoor garbage can!  And don't be caught smoking in unauthorized areas, peeing outside, not wearing a seatbelt, littering, or horking in public.  Apparently, you can even get fined for j-walking, but everyone does it.   
 
It really is the New York of SE Asia.  We felt rather underdressed in our flip flops, casual t-shirts, and shorts, etc. wherever we went.  

We had a fabulous time in Singapore (mostly because of our friends, Dan, Mel, and Brian, and friends we made like Ezra and Sally.  Formula One wasn't bad either and we have pictures to prove it. We even got to watch Maroon 5 live!  But standing for 5 hours in packed crowds in 28 degree weather and 75% humidity with no breeze was not cool (pun intended).  Keep in mind, the heat increases in crowds.  The heat and fatigue drove us home early that night.  

You should check out where we stayed with our friends in Singapore.  It's ridiculously nice. Also ridiculously overtly advertised to expats.  And yes, we DID try out the pool and jacuzzi.  It is most definitely the fanciest pool I've ever been in in my life.  Even including 4-5 star resorts I've stayed in before.

http://www.singaporeexpats.com/singapore-property-pictures/condo/icon.htm 
 
So, we had a taste of classy, glitzy SE Asia.  Singapore really does deserve "slinging" through, even if only for 5-7 days.  Especially if you're a foodie.  

Goodbye Singapore!  But more importantly, goodbye Dan, Mel, Brian, Ezra, and Sally!  We will miss the city, but we will miss our friends so much more.  Thanks for making it special!
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