Let’s Start with a Few Days in Singapore

My experience in Singapore was a mix of the very Western (making my foggy jet lagged brain question whether I had actually left San Francisco and flew half way around the world) and the clearly foreign.  The farm-to-table dinner at Fordham & Grand and artisan cocktails at HongKong 28 made me wonder why I had bothered to leave home.  But then we ended up amongst the ladyboys, dancing to a 90’s cover band while downing pitchers of Tiger beer at the seemingly condemned Orchard Towers (or as my friend Kris calls it – “Four Floors of Whores”), which showed me the grungier side of this seemingly plain-vanilla city.  I was happy to be experiencing the mix of high-end and low-brow that is Singapore.  In the same day you can pay sing$4 to eat some questionable clams in your lunchtime Char Kway Teow at a locals ‘ hawker stand, and end your evening on the sky deck of the Marina Bay Sands sipping sing$30 beers (at least I was paying that much for Hoegaarden) with a view of the futuristic downtown skyscrapers.  While Singapore is “Asia lite” – clean and largely crime free with relatively few offensive sights and smells – you have to admire it for what it is.  A city state that has quickly shun the habits of its neighbors Westerners deem offensive (spitting on the street will get you a hefty fine while expelling such bodily fluids is considered a healthy habit in most of Asia) to welcome in international corporations and become an extremely wealthy but still culturally diverse country (and the most expensive.)  

Overall I am glad that I stopped through Singapore, even if I did only start my trip there to see my ex pat friends who I miss dearly and whose help easing me into Asian culture was a god’s send.

View from Ryan's high rise apartment
View from Ryan’s high rise apartment
I could get used to dining al fresco in this warmth
I could get used to dining al fresco in this warmth

 

After sunset
After sunset

 

Fresh off the 19 hour flight, we head to Ryan's local hawker
Fresh off the 19 hour flight, we head to Ryan’s local hawker
Noodle time!
Noodle time!
Happy Happy - spending some quality time with Kris and Rocco before Amy and Maite arrive
Happy Happy – spending some quality time with Kris and Rocco before Amy and Maite arrive
Hey there, blue eyes!
Hey there, blue eyes!
The year of the horse
The year of the horse
Shopping in Chinatown
Shopping in Chinatown
Scenes from Chinatown
Scenes from Chinatown
Stopped in at the temple
Stopped in at the temple
Chanting in the temple
Chanting in the temple
Yep, they take crime very seriously in Singapore
Yep, they take crime very seriously in Singapore
Lilypads at the Botanical Garden
Lilypads at the Botanical Garden
Segways must be popular in Singapore
Segways must be popular in Singapore
The coolest bench ever
The coolest bench ever
Chili crab on Clarke Quay
Chili crab on Clarke Quay – Nick made a special guest appearance (he happened to be in town on business, what luck!)

 

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