Back in the Garden City Part II
Trip Start Oct 01, 2007
34Trip End Apr 21, 2008
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So as I said previously, this time I have elected to stay in the Orchard Road area of SP, which is known for it shopping and come to find out... its "ladies." Ha-Ha. I have been spending time on Orchard Road, as it intersects with Scotts Road where my hotel is just a short walk away. I have a beer or glass of wine after work or do some shopping/looking and grab dinner or have a coffee and people watch. This is a great place to people watch. After a while you can categorize people and there seemed to be a particular type of woman that kept popping up
Sunday April 13, 2008 - After being a bum much of the day Saturday and drinking beer and reading Into the Wild while chilling at the Boat Quay, I decided to take the Singapore River Cruise today and headed out via subway to the Boat Quay again. I had lunch at some Italian joint on the water and than jumped on the bum boat and cruised up and than down a span of the river in a 45 minute canned recorded presentation. But it wasn't crowded, just me and one of couple, and the day was nice (sunny and hot) so I just enjoyed being out on the water and taking in all the sites that I had seen from land or hadn't had a chance to get to yet
Read: Eat, Pray, Love (come on I almost had to while I was in India), couldn't put down Into the Wild after I saw the movie and am finishing up the Last Concubine - just something I picked up at Borders, while shopping on Orchard Street.
Eating: The food is so good here. I am trying to sample as much of it as I while still being healthy. I have given up my ethnic breakfasts and am back to my western ways, except I have a salad with my egg whites. Yes, a salad. I have gotten particularly used to this custom. I think it is just "hotel" because salad is not a staple over here (see next sentence). I wonder if they will put that on the breakfast menu in the cafe at work when I get back? I have a feeling that might prove difficult. Lunch is a bit harder as my co-workers will not have "lettuce" with me, so I have whatever with them. Luckily we dodge each other a few times a week and I can grab a salad or get sushi from this place that I like.
Listening to: Accelerate -the new REM album..woo-hoo, going to see them in June at Madison Square Garden
Friday April 18, 2008 - It has come upon my last weekend in Singapore and I must play tourist and do all/some of the things I have put off until the last minute. I was going to work through the end of the month and tack on some vacation over here but have decided it is time to get home. So that being said I started off the weekend by taking out the girls from my office for lunch. I have encroached on them for over a month and they were gracious to say the least. So we headed down to the waterfront and lunched on pepper crabs (a Singapore signature dish) and some interesting desserts (the prime word here being interesting). I was brave and tasted them. I have become particularly fond of sago, refreshing little beads of, uh something I think flour, that is usually served with fruit in some format. Today it came with 3 fruit sorbetish kinda concoctions in varying electric shades of red, green and orange. I must admit it was very good and probably preserved some part of my body for all eternity. After work I was so tired that I just headed back to the hotel and had some beers at the bar and listened to Jenny and Fredo sing some songs. They have been here since I got here and have been belting out elevator music every night in the lobby bar
Saturday started off with a subway ride to Chinatown. The subway here is clean and cheap and very easy to get around on. I have put off Chinatown on my previous visits because well, I was going to China. So knowing I was finally headed to the Chinatown in SP, made me realize that my trip really was wrapping up. I took a trishaw tour, which is a bike with a sidecar thing on it, very similar to the ones in India, except the bike is on the side which makes it easy for them to talk to you while touring. It was only $16 US and I got to see not only the novelty section that has been restored and maintained for tourists, but all the surrounding land that has given over to growing commerce and changing demographics. I must admit when I saw my driver Elton ride in with his Ipod blaring hip hop I was like Hell No. Thank heavens he turned it off because it was a site in itself to maneuver this trishaw through the narrow and crowded streets of the touristy sections. It was enough with him blaring his horn at these poor people. I could not imagine it with Snoop Dog's Ego Trippin or Ray J's Sexy Can I blaring
Elton and I got out of the Trishaw and walked around the Temple. He explained some of the stuff to me and pointed out things including the bats overhead. There were two gods in particular, who were best friends but died in a storm (one waiting by the bridge for the other, who got detained and later committed suicide over the death of his friend)...now I have seen offerings of many things on my travels including orange fanta and canned coffee, but never cigarettes. Elton explained that these guys were apparently big partiers and also liked a fag now and again. So people came and prayed to them and brought them their favorite vices. After my tour of Chinatown, I found a Hawker Center and sat down to what I must admit was one of my favorite meals on this whole trip
See you back in New York to wrap things up for good. Thanks. Brandy