Singapore 2015

This is only my second time in Singapore. The last time I was there, was for work. And I spent most of the week either manning my former company’s booth at a trade show or at the office. It was nice to be in the city as a tourist and to do touristy things this time around.

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The pretty Mexican cantina along Haji Lane. ❤

Our first day was a frantic day of shopping, since we had nothing planned. I wanted to buy all the IKEA and Art Friend (a ridiculously comprehensive art supply store in Bras Basah). Managed to control myself for the most part, only really buying things I need that I can’t get back home, although I did kind of lose my shit at Sephora.

Just a little. Damn you, Urban Decay.

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Day two was for Universal Studios!

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I didn’t really expect to enjoy it as much as I did because I’m such a wuss when it comes to rides, but we had so much fun! You could not pay me enough to ride either of the Battlestar Galactica coasters but I did ride (and love!) Revenge of the Mummy! The only ride that I enjoyed just as much was the Jurassic Park Rapids Adventure. I still can’t quite decide which I loved more.

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Fake Egypt was definitely my favourite section of the park, though. No competition there.

The weekend was dedicated solely to Singapore Toy, Game, & Comic Con, which I’ll make a separate post for.

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We took our last day kind of slow. Getting up late, checking out the pretty murals at Haji Lane, and making one last mall run before heading to the airport. Also getting one last order of curry rice from my favourite food stall at the Bugis Junction food court.

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Mmmm. Two meat dishes, one veg, fried rice, drowning in curry sauce for around 6SGD.. Mmmm-mmmm.
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Best paired with Cla’s discovery of waterchestnut juice.

Honestly, the longer I stayed in Singapore, the angrier and sadder it made me about Manila. Despite the haze (and the haze got pretty bad when we were there) the air still felt cleaner. And commuting! I haven’t had a pleasant commute in close to a decade. When was the last time you got to sit down on a train in Manila? When was the last time you exited a train not smelling of someone else’s sweat? Or actually get on or exit a train platform without having to fight through an ocean of other commuters? Drivers let you cross first when they see you, and I’ve never felt this safe walking around at 3am with my phone out.

Oh, Philippines. This could have been us.

IMG_1516Anyway, here’s a Wong Kar Wai-ish shot of us waiting of our train home after a long day at the convention + Kinokuniya. 😛

Up next: all my flailing at STGCC.

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Back from Singapore, lah!

sporeThe company I work for was having a trade booth at a conference in Singapore, and since I’m both a company and industry no0b, they decided to send me there for a couple of days. Anticipating the work, the conference, the meetings, and my terrible, terrible sense of direction I didn’t expect to be sight-seeing or doing anything remotely tourist-y during my stay — my lack of camera proves that. (The picture above was taken by my Singaporean colleague while we were having dinner at the fountain area in Suntec.)

Turns out, I was pretty spoiled by my Singaporean hosts and I now regret not bringing a camera. A lot of firsts on this trip. First time in Singapore, first time traveling alone, first “business trip”, first time out of the country in more than 10 fucking years and I have missed traveling terribly.

So, two things there that wasn’t related to work:

  • Food:

What I love about food in Singapore is the variety that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. You can take your pick from Chinese, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian food stalls for about 3-4 SGD. My favourite was the heaping plate of briyani rice, mutton curry and a little curried eggplant on the side for about 2.50 SGD at a food stall in Little India. Stalls at the mall food courts run up to about 5-7 SGD.

I went a little crazy with the Indian food there just because it’s so expensive in Manila. Plus it’s actually spicy and they don’t skimp on the cardamom. Mmm-mmm, cardamom.

I gained about 3 lbs in the 5 days I was there. Good food can be so evil.

After work one evening, a colleague took me out for drinks and dinner at a bar in Chjimes, which apparently used to be an old nunnery. They’ve kept a lot of the old buildings intact as well as the gothic churches and all I could think about was how awesome would it be to do a shoot there haha.

  • Shopping:

I stayed away from the malls, because I wasn’t too keen on impulse spending half a month’s salary, but I did go to Bugis St. where there’s  just a whole area of little shops. They have a whole bunch of 1,2 & 5 SGD things for sale, as well as a lot of 3 for 10 SGD things which is great when you’re buying a whole bunch of souvenirs for people back home.

I could go on, but let’s not. All in all, it was an awesome trip. It would be great to come back with friends and not have to work, but then I’d have to pay for my own ticket and accomedations hahaha. 😛