Work trip with some extra days to explore.
  • Day1

    Chilli Crab

    March 30, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    After an 8 hour flight from Sydney, we landed in Singapore. As M described, walking outside in Asia is like standing in front of an open oven and Singapore is like Asia on training wheels if you get the picture I am trying to paint. After getting to the hotel, we cleaned up and headed out to find some dinner. We had our hearts set on finding some iconic Chilli Crab. You can see the before and after photos. DELICIOUS!! Dinner took us pretty far into the evening. We stopped at some small market kind of shops selling things cheap but didn’t buy anything before turning in for the night.Read more

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  • Day2

    Sentosa Island Pt 1

    March 31, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    We got up and had a very yummy hotel breakfast. We took a “Grab” (SG Uber) to Mt Faber. We had a little walk around, took some photos, and then from Mt Faber we took a Cable Car Ride to Sentosa Island where we spent the day exploring. On the Cable Car, it started to rain and when we arrived at Sentosa Island, it was really raining, as you’d probably picture for an island. We had some Starbucks which seemed very out of place for the island while we waited out the rain. After 30 mins or so we were on our way. We took another, smaller Cable Car to check out the ginormous version Merlion Statue. According to Wikipedia, it’s a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of a fish that is the mascot of Singapore. We took some silly photos from the mouth and the head before we continued on.Read more

  • Day2

    Sentosa Island Pt 2

    March 31, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    After seeing the Merlion we walked through an Orchid-less Orchid exhibit and took this romantic photo. Then we walked further down to the Southern Most Point of Continental Asia. This is really confusing because they consider the southern most point of “continental” Asia to be a teeny tiny island off the bigger island of Singapore. 🤔 It was still cool to see and the colors were beautiful.Read more

  • Day2

    Sentosa Island Pt 3

    March 31, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Next we explored a bit of the museum they created for Fort Siloso and ran into some wild peacocks and peahens, including a completely white peacock. 🦚 There is so much exotic architecture here, photo included. We also got to check out the pretty awesome Butterfly and Insect Kingdom. We held butterflies that had recently hatched and met an old man iguana called Bling Bling. After leaving Sentosa Island we spent the having a barbecue at a friends and having a swim in their condo’s pool.Read more

  • Day3

    3 Zoos Pt 2

    April 1, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Next I headed straight to the giraffes where I got to do the same thing. This Giraffe was a bit more interested in me than the elephant was, but not by much. The Giraffes were located next to the bank of the reservoir which would later be the body of water for our River Safari. I also so a baby chimpanzee, a stunning toucan looking bird, and a lemur that looked annoyed as hell we were preventing hi/her from a lazy nap. I also saw the toilet pictures below at the zoo. Some Asian countries squat to do a poo and it is frowned upon to stand on the toilet seat to this, so here a toilet specifically designed for this purpose. On the other extreme, Japan has a bidet even in public places. Funny to think that even though we are all people, how we poo is really important to us and how we do it is quite different depending which country you come from.Read more

  • Day3

    3 Zoos Pt 1

    April 1, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    Even though it was scheduled as my “travel to Singapore” day, it was Monday and M had to work. He also wasn’t as excited about going to the Zoo so I took the opportunity to go alone. As soon as I got to the zoo I hurried to the elephants. For $5 SGD you could feed an Asian Elephant. The one I got to feed carrots and bananas to was less interested in bonding with me or getting a pat but more interested in not having lag time between bananas. Still an awesome experience and even better when the $5 goes to animal conservation. Also pictured here is the “Eco-Link” which is basically a bridge for wildlife. This was just above the highway and I got to snap a quick picture while in the “Grab” on the way to the zoo.Read more

  • Day3

    3 Zoos Pt 3

    April 1, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 30 °C

    At 3:29 it started to rain and the 3:30 Orangutan feeding was cancelled. Then it started to pour and it became a heat storm full of lighting and thunder. There was a man and a woman I met when watching the chimpanzees earlier who met while traveling and are now just travel buddies who only meet up when they don’t have someone to travel with. We were all disappointed about the storm but we sat and talked for the hour while it stormed until they left the zoo and I went to meet M for the River Safari. The River Safari was a separate entrance that took you through different species of different rivers around the world, plus pandas, though one was hiding. We also got a boat ride on the reservoir and I saw the “Maned Wolf”, an animal I didn’t know existed which is stunning! We wrapped up the night at the Night Safari. The Night Safari was yet another zoo which opened from 7:15pm to 12am only. Of course this zoo showcased nocturnal animals. We saw the Fishing Cat in action, a sloth bear that wanted to eat us, bats, a white lion and Asian lions, Asian elephants, leopards, pangolin, and some others I never heard of. The zoo was really awesome though and felt like we were really in the wild and could actually see the animals in action.Read more

  • Day4

    Gardens By The Bay

    April 2, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    My first day of work and meeting my Asia Pacific (APAC) team for the first time! I have two teammates from China, two from Japan, one from India, and my manager is based in Singapore. We had some cultural experiences in the office including leaning about Dangal, a wrestling like sport in India and women ‘fighting’ for their right to participate. We also made traditional Indian Rangoli and art of decorating with colored powder. We did a little work in the morning but spent most of the day team building at Gardens By The Bay, an icon of Singapore. At Gardens By The Bay, there is a Flower Dome with flowers from many countries including Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom). There is also the Cloud Forest where the tallest indoor waterfall is. There is the Supertree Grove with large metal trees scaled with plants that light up at night connected by the SkyWalk. Plus there are many other Gardens for China, India, Cactus, etc.Read more

  • Day4

    Satay By The Bay

    April 2, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    For dinner at the Gardens, we ate at the hawker center called Satay By The Bay. It’s basically food stalls (and it’s supposed to be cheaper). I ate Stingray, pork belly satay, clams made the local way, Roti, and a Chinese “salad” that I can’t remember the name of. There was also this deliciousness that they called carrot cake that tasted nothing like carrots (thank goodness!) but rather and omelette type thing that was soft and tasty.Read more

  • Day5

    Hainanese Chicken Rice & Singapore Sling

    April 3, 2019 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    At work we experienced some Japanese culture including balloon making and lunch. I can now make a balloon dog or giraffe by the way. After work, I met M for dinner on Smith Street which is where the heart of Chinatown is. We made our way to one of the two hawker stalls that was awarded the Michelin Star. This was also our cheapest meal in Singapore - the iconic Chicken Rice. Traditionally the chicken is poached but we had heard it was better roasted so we went with that option. It was pretty delicious. We met a guy called Peter who sat at our table, an American guy who recently graduated college and was traveling alone for a Vietnamese wedding. Once we finished eating, we invited him to walk the street with us for dessert and looking in the shops. We had sweet corn traditional ice cream (who knows?) that actually was made from sweet corn. I know because there were the clear plastic-y bits of the corn that get stuck in your teeth in it. We stopped to check out another hawker centre and took the opportunity to try a durian smoothie. Durian is a fruit. Google a picture. It’s actually banned from some places because of its terrible, strong odor. It tastes nearly as weird but was a must try. Shortly after we parted way with our need friend and met one of my work mates at Long Bar, the originator of the Singapore Sling. The Singapore Sling is a gin cocktail that was created to give women something to drink prior to 1915. It was pretty tasty, but not $32 SGD worth, but I’m glad for the experience. You are allowed to throw your peanut shells on the floor and the free peanuts were bottomless which helped make up the outrageous price of the drink. I left my personal phone behind and had to go back to the bar with my fingers crossed it was still there. They made me unlock the phone in front of them to prove it was mine, I really appreciated this! Singapore is considered a “fine” country because you have to pay a fine for just about any wrong doing, including chewing gum which is illegal. Singaporeans like to play by the rules and I enjoy this.Read more