This is a super delayed update on our two weeks in Singapore (late Sept – early October)…but oh well better late than never I guess! For most of the SG visits so far (to settle the house, attend weddings etc), I’ve been going back alone. So it was really nice that this time round, Agent D and I could head back together. 🙂
For this year, we actually made a decision to forgo a long holiday elsewhere and spend more time in Singapore instead. And I’m glad that the ‘sacrifice’ was worth it – we got to satisfy food cravings, spend quality time with family, and catch up with various groups of friends.
Here’s our SG trip summarised in pictures:
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them” — Desmond Tutu
Day out at Sentosa with dad and mom.
Both our parents! Such a cute picture.
Tourists at Madame Tussauds wax museum.
Its been a while since I last visited Sentosa Island and it has changed so much! Singapore’s landscape is constantly evolving…after a couple of months away, new buildings seemingly sprout out of nowhere and old buildings are suddenly gone.
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What an honour!
My parents with Mr and Mrs LKY.
Agent D’s parents with PCK.
Dwarfs beside Nicole Kidman.
In PM Lee’s office hehe.
Audrey Hepburn, such a classic beauty.
Zi Char and our moms.
“True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island… to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing.” — Baltasar Gracian
Boardgaming with Shane.
Flames of War (pretty intense eh!).
Agent D was a happy boy because he spent an entire day board gaming with Shane (pretty sure 1 day wasn’t enough actually) — something he was really looking forward to leading up to the trip.
I even indulged him in a game of Eclipse one of the nights, which left me pretty much brain-dead thereafter. #wifeyduties
Get–togethers with friends are always great, as usual.
Half of L Dearest, missing the other 5. When will we ever get full attendance with us in FIVE different countries?! 😦
Congrats on your lil’ one, Hannah and Fred!
GSF +1 + unplanned blue coordination.
Agent D’s church mates.
And more pictures…meeting baby fatty is always a highlight of my trip! Ain’t he so adorable *pinch cheeks*.
3) Food, food, and MORE FOOD
“Eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale.” — Elsa Schiaparelli
Singapore’s hawker food is one-of-a-kind and irreplaceable anywhere out of Singapore (at least to me). Usually after landing, the first thing I do is eat a delightful plate of hokkien mee. #comfortfood
Kim Keat Hokkien Mee – Claypot hokkien mee with sio bak.
Love prawn noodles’ broth.
Hualong’s delightfully savoury fishhead steamboat.
Famous AMK white beehoon – simple yet so good!
Leong Yeow Chicken Rice at Waterloo Street totally worth the queue!
Sliced fish bee hoon soup (yu pian mi fen), an all-time favourite.
Time allowing, I always stop by Melben Seafood for some good crabs.
Salted egg yolk crab.
So happy we finally got to check out the seafood buffet at 10 at Claymore, Pan Pacific Orchard. During my last SG visit, when they were having Oyster Occasions (1 June to 31 July 2016), I called to make a reservation 1 week in advance but they told me they were fully booked EVERY DAY for the next 3 weeks.
Oceanic gems aside (fresh lobsters and sashimi included), their other food like the premium New Zealand Grass-Fed Organic Beef and Penang specialties such as Char Kway Teow, Bak Kut Teh with Kurobuta Belly Ribs, Assam Laksa with Barramundi Fillet were good stuff too.
Freshly shucked oysters from France, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Premium meat for Shabu-shabu (limited to 1 portion/pax)
Can never tire of salmon sashimi.
Agent D and I also got to spend time chilling at cafes with a book. Simple pleasures I’m missing now.
High tea at Saveur.
Korean Bingsu (consisting of ice shavings and various ingredients) is currently all the rage in Singapore. I saw about 10 new Korean Bingsu shops during my short time there. Reminds me of the bubble tea/froyo/salted egg yolk anything craze, which have all more or less died down by now.
I just had to try one…
Green Tea Bingsu at O’ma Spoon.
Ending off this post with my all-time favourite salmon sashimi bowl from The Sushi Bar.
Thick, fresh pieces of salmon sashimi. #sogood
OH I WANNA GO BACK TO SINGAPORE SOON AGAIN! ❤ ❤ ❤