A filthy case of cheese lust

Trip Start Feb 26, 2010
Trip End Feb 26, 2011

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Cheryl & Siong's House

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Saturday, August 7, 2010

We only opened our eyes at about 10am. Cheryl had already gone to work for the day, Siong was cat napping and Qian Ying was colouring in in the living room.  We got up after being jumped on by Qian Ying, got showered and then Siong made us a breakfast ham and egg roll, we are really being spoiled here.  We then watched a few episodes of Entourage as we had managed to buy Season 4 in Kuala Lumpur from the Chinese market and were itching to see it.  It was so nice to be somewhere that we could just make ourselves at home and have a bit of a break from all the sightseeing.  At lunch time Qian Ying went to her Grandmas in Malaysia for a few days and was picked up by one of Siong's friends after which Siong took us for lunch at a fantastic hawker’s court in one of the many shopping centres in town.  The meal I had of chicken and rice with Thai sauce was amazing and all for probably about 2 quid, I think Andrew had some kind of 'Pho Bo’ a kind of Vietnamese soup with very rare beef in it.  Apparently Singapore doesn’t really have its own cuisine as such but there is a real fusion of all different types of Asian styles available, usually all in the same hall.

We then went to the supermarket in the same shopping centre to buy the ingredients for tomorrows ‘Sunday Roast’ that Cheryl and Siong had planned for us.  Just looking around all the aisles we couldn’t believe how expensive even everyday things are, they were selling two apples for seven pounds!  It was becoming obvious that most things were out of our price range including the heavenly looking brie when we loitered around the cheese counter.  We only bought a few beers for the fridge and a bottle of wine for tomorrow while Siong had two baskets on the go getting sausages, bacon, potatoes, carrots everything!  I think his bill came to over one hundred dollars and that was without the chicken and much booze.  We took everything home and watched some more episodes of Entourage and waited for Cheryl to get home over a few beers, Anchor of course as it’s quite a bit cheaper than Chang.

When Cheryl got home at 6pm they suggested that we go over to Clarke Quay for a few drinks as they could make the most of being responsible parents for a couple of nights.  We got changed and took the MRT over to a hotel that had a restaurant and bar on the top floor offering fantastic panoramic views across the city.  We were stopped at the bottom of the lift by a very apologetic lady who told us that there was a dress code and unfortunately Andrew’s shorts and flip flops just wouldn’t cut it (Andrew Edit 0 Well that makes a change even with a full wardrobe I cant get into Mancunia's trendy night spots).  Oh well.  We got in to a taxi outside and instead headed straight to Clarke Quay.  Singapore looked beautiful by night all lit up.  We drove past lots of landmarks, like ‘The Durians’ just on our short trip.  We got to the Quays and there were hundreds of bars and restaurants all heaving with people.  Our favourite was definitely ‘The Clinic’ where customers sit in wheel chairs with cocktail mixes suspended in ‘drip’ bags above their heads.  It was hilarious. (Andrew edit - after the abuse I poste in the last couple of blogs I own up to almost telling erica of for taking photos of a group of people unfortune enough to all be sat in wheelchairs...... until five of them got up and went inside.

We got a table at a really nice bar on the river and had couple of jugs of beer between us all and took a peak at the snacks menu.  We were horrified at the prices but Cheryl and Siong treated us two unemployed wasters to a cheese board and some beef carpaccio that we all shared.  To have cheese again was such a treat and I know I’m going to come away from Singapore a few pounds heavier than I arrived.  It took Andrew, Cheryl and I back to the days when they lived with us in Manchester and we would get the red wine and cheese board out on many a winter evening with the wood burner roaring away (Andrew Edit - Always the creamy blue eh chezza... always a creamy blue to be honest I felt like crying to taste great blue cheese again, ok so bar family and friends, and chips and gravy, the only thing I miss from home is great cheese with a few bottles of red between us always a sunday treat) .  From here we walked around the Quays for a while and across to another area opposite the Fullerton Hotel and Asian Civilisations museum that was full of seafood restaurants with the menu shown off in tanks.  Everything was on a huge scale, and I mean huge, crabs, prawns, oysters it was a sea-foodies dream.

We took a table at ‘The Penny Black’ a cute little bar styled like a traditional British pub we bought a pitcher of beer for 30 Dollars that gave us a half a pint each – you have to just go with the flow and accept that everything is just really expensive and not really the place for a couple of unemployed backpackers.  We called it a night and got back home and started to watch a film together but all our eyes were dropping so we turned the film off and climbed in to bed. (Andrew edit - I thing it was gone 2am again....).
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natalie1983 on

Aww, glad u made it to singapore alright! say hi to cheryl and siong for me! speak soon, take care x x

cheryl on

Hi to you too Nat-hope you're well.... we cannee wait for the travellers return - allbeit an overnight stay, such stories ;-)!!!!! Hope you're enjoying Indonesia A&E love Siong, chezza and QY

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