Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. HOME TRULY.
And now on to our year end holiday in Singapore, where Agent D and I were like tourists in our homeland.
GOOD OLD FOOD
First thing we did upon touching down was…SATISFY CRAVINGS with oily lardy awesommmme hawker fare. That which never grows old on us.
Our first stop was Chinatown Food Centre where we had char kway teow (ohh the hum), a huge serving of claypot rice originally intended for 4 (complete with lap cheong!), and chwee kueh with loads of chilli.
Char Kway Teow hawker stall.
Char Kway Teow, Chwee Kueh, and Sugar Cane Juice.
After a very fulfilling lunch, we walked away the fats to my favourite egg tart store a few streets down – Tong Heng Confectionery. Their diamond egg tarts have a slighly flaky but firm crust with an almost jelly-like, egg-custard filling. Simply dan-talizingly shiok.
Tong Heng Confectionery.
Egg tart gems.
Queuing to buy 1 dozen egg tarts.
Another day, we headed all the way to Little India to have Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice. Do not be fooled by its appearance. Although the rice rice looks unappealingly messy and unsightly – it is absolutely sinfully delicious. A plate of ‘heart attack’.
Scissor Cut Curry Rice.
A glorious beautiful mess.
And no Singapore trip would be complete without my hokkien mee.
Hokkien Mee with plate of greens (meant to offset lard and oil).
This time round, Agent D and I hardly had time to check out cool and exciting new cafes/restaurants. One exception was Hana Japanese Restaurant, which my friends brought me to.
They’re known for their “flying noodles”, in particular the Flying Truffle Somen and the Flying Salted Egg Yolk Udon. You should also try their 4×3 grid box (chef’s selection of 12 small bites) and Matcha-misu dessert (beautifully decorated like a terrarium).
4×3 grid box.
SIGHTSEEING IN OUR HOMELAND
Food aside, Agent D and I probably covered more ‘tourist attractions’ in one week than in half a year when we resided in Singapore.
In between our food hunts, we explored and walked the quaint streets of Chinatown.
Shop houses in Chinatown.
Happy tourists couldn’t resist a roadside ice-cream!
We also spent one lovely evening at Christmas Wonderland in Gardens by the Bay.
I loveeee the gardens. It is a nature park spanning 101 hectares of reclaimed land in central Singapore, adjacent to the Marina Reservoir.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore.
Against the backdrop of Marina Bay Sands.
Fresh air + greenery = bliss.
Christmas Wonderland has been held in Singapore for three years now (including 2016) and it was our first time visiting this yuletide fair. So glad we made it. 🙂
Magnificent sculptures of light.
Charming festive markets. Agent D taking a picture of me taking a picture.
Pretty lights all around.
The lights came on at 6.30 p.m. and the entire place became more and more magical as the sun set and the skies darkened.
Gorgeous luminarie lights.
Ohh and we finally got to visit Adventure Cove Waterpark in Sentosa – an aquatic amusement park with an aquarium, waterslides, a wave pool, tubing, snorkeling, etc.
Agent D and I spent an entire day taking high-speed water slides (screaming our lungs out!), drifting on a lazy river, and bouncing around the wave pool. SUPER FUN!
Didn’t get to take any pictures because we left our phones in the locker. Here are two of my favourite rides (photo credit: RWS Sentosa):
Riptide Rocket – Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster.
Spiral Washout – an oscillating tube ride through a twisting, turning water flume.
We also did some Christmas shopping at Public Garden Christmas 2016, an annual flea market which runs during the Christmas season.
Checking out unique jade rings with gemstones.
Public Garden brings together quality brands and independent businesses with unique merchandise. Industries include design, stationery, art, jewellery, apparel, home decor, vintage, beauty, etc. #supportlocalbrands
If you missed Public Garden last December, you can always look forward to the next one this year! 🙂
MEETUPS & CATCH UPS
Around year end, there are more meetups, gatherings, celebrations and potlucks than usual. And we are thankful to be part of some.
GSF + 1.
Queky and Charmaine.
Happy Birthday Aileen and Alice!!
Agent D’s church homies.
Congrats on your lil’ one, Dania!!
Such a cutie with sharp features.
with our favourite little one!
A FLOWERY SWEET SURPRISE
Something to remember this trip by…Agent D surprised me with a bouquet of the prettiest flowers at our GSF +1 gathering.
Flowers from Fleurapy.
I’m a happy girl. 🙂
I asked him why he got me flowers and he replied, “We don’t need a reason to buy you flowers.” Awww, what a keeper. (Actually, he had just spent close to 500 bucks on board games that day…perhaps that was the untold reason heh??!)
Anyhow, the flowers made my day and gave me something to remember this SG trip by. ❤
Thank you husband! XOXO
Our flight back to Jakarta was two hours delayed and we boss monster-ed away!
Already missing you, Singapore. Till the next time!