So most of us living in India are familiar with Singapore (corporate jobs, seminars,honeymoons,you get the drill)
And why shouldn’t we misuse the place for being so close? It takes only about 4.5-5 hours on an average from most cities, is relatively affordable (may not be true, 1 Singapore Dollar = 50 INR),and has very less visa hassles.
So the husband and I too keeping all these factors in mind and the fact that we had friends who were more than happy to host us,decided to travel to Singapore for our first anniversary (yes yes we turned one already) *inserts happy dance*
Now this wasn’t the first trip for either of us. I had visited the place before with family (though visiting a place,a decade later changes pretty much everything) and the boy had visited friends before. So the idea was to take the week off just to chill,eat,drink and repeat (and oh boy,did we not do just that?)
This is traditional singaporean breakfast (image above). It is essentially Kopi (coffee), half boiled eggs eaten with dark soy sauce and pepper and Kaya toast. Kaya toast is basically bread filled with butter and kaya, a jam made from eggs, sugar, coconut milk and pandan leaves.
This was our lunch, evening snack and dinner on most days and I think I am having withdrawal symptoms already. Sigh. (image above)
How can something as simple as Chicken rice be so damn good? But it is.. So the trick is to boil the chicken to a point where it is almost cooked and then dip it in freezing water to ensure the chicken retains its moistness. The rice is prepared with oil and seasoning. The clincher though is the orange tangy sauce (looks alot like our dumpling sauce) but is very different in taste and texture. This is sometimes garnished with cherry tomatoes and salad leaves. This I am told is the go-to everyday food for most Singaporeans.
This is usually paired with beer (see image on top) or sugar cane juice (see image below).
Tiger or Anchor beer are the usuals and both are absolutely easy on the palate and are brilliant thirst quenchers.
But even for hardcore beer loyalists like us,the sugarcane juice was so refreshing. Refreshing also because when they call something “Large” they deliver it.
Now what one must remember in Singapore is to ditch the fancy diners and eat at what are called as ‘Hawker Centres”. These are somewhat like food courts,offer local authentic cuisine and are at affordable prices. Hawker centres are located almost everywhere so all you have to do is to find one close to you and die in food heaven.
Now since this wasn’t a regular touristy trip so we decided to spend the anniversary day at the beach. East Coast Park is not only beautiful but it is also the most scenic places to workout.We walked over 5 kms just to get to the hawker centre, and that was just half the distance, as we took a bus post the 5k to avoid getting drenched in rain. There is something for everybody.. Kids making sand castles, dogs playing fetch, barbeque stands and covered canopies to find a spot, grab a beer and snooze.
How can the anniversary celebration be complete without some fancy wining and dining? So the husband decided to book a table at the highest rooftop bar in Singapore ‘1-Altitude’. It is on the 63rd floor and oversees the entire city and even the borders of Malaysia and Indonesia (I am not making this up). The club is divided into three parts,the Alfresco rooftop bar (highest in the world), level 62 is the restraunt and level 61 is the club.(Must visit)
This was one place that we absolutely loved hanging out at..Haji Lane was a burst of color, graffiti and so much fun. The lane has outdoor bars and small cafes all along the stretch. It is perfect for a day time buzz *hic hic*
The lane also has small shops selling artifacts and clothes too (not the cheapest though) If you love your Polaroid as much as I do, please visit.
This place (KINKI) was a find by accident. It was way past 11 pm and not too many bars were open and we really wanted beer. We were walking across Collyer Quay and stumbled upon this bar. It was 11.30 pm and we had half an hour to finish the beer bucket. Did we disappoint? Of course not 😀
Thank you for the unlimited coffee, snacks, wine, chocolates and your warmth. Best host ever.