Eating Singapore

Trip Start Feb 28, 2011
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Monday, March 7, 2011

I arrived in Singapore with no idea where my hotel was or how to get there. All I had was an address hand written on a crumbled up piece of paper. I found a cab driver that had a general idea where the hotel was. I eventually made it to the hotel, still tired from my last night in Hong Kong and called it a day.

My first full day in Singapore I was able to meet up with Tilden and Andrea; they are two of Clara's friends whom she put me in contact with. They were so gracious and agreed to show me around the city even though they had never met me before. We basically ate our way around Singapore.

We started in Chinatown with Laksa (spicy noodles), then strawberry and mango snow shaved ice, mangos wrapped in fresh coconut rolls, chee cheong fun (steamed rice rolls), rojak, ('salad' with peanut sauce and veggies - pineapple, cucumber), tau kwa (dried beancurd skin), turnip, bean sprouts, kang kong (leafy veg), satay (chicken and beef meat on sticks with peanut spicy sauce and rice cakes), popiah (radish veg mix in thin skin), bbq chicken wings and a Singapore sling cocktail at Long Bar in Raffles hotel.

We finished things off at Clarke Quay river walk with a Tiger beer. Without Tilden and Andrea there is no way I would have found or figured out all of this amazing food and I am forever grateful. They gave up there weekend to take a stranger around the city. When I decided to pack my bag and get on plane by myself the week before, I didn't know anyone or anywhere I would be going. I just felt an inner knowing that I would never be alone even though I didn't know anyone or even where I was going. I started being thankful for anything and everything and would begin to visualize myself with great friends in each part of the world. I didn't know "how" it would happen but knew the "how" would show up and it did once again in Singapore. I truly am beginning to understand that whatever you're thinking and feeling is creating not only your moment but also the future.

I then spent the rest of my time in Singapore walking along the river walk and around the city in amazement at how big, modern and clean the city really is. It’s a beautiful city and I was sitting in awe on the steps of the river one day just as the sun went down. I didn't come from a bad neighborhood or a broken home and never had to deal with abuse or addictions, but it still felt like I had overcome something to get to that sunset in Singapore. I think its the point where people either continue on with the day to day and status quo of an ordinary life or make a decision that there is more to life and decide to take a leap of faith toward there dreams. The funny part is that once you realize everything is easy there is no risk involved. 

I stopped by the Marina Bay Sands casino, one of the nicest casinos in the world. The Esplanade Theaters on the river and the Singapore flyer make the cities’ skyline so unique.  I finished up my last day in Singapore checking out the shops on Orchard Road and walking around the city.  Ben, friend of mine from college, had a friend staying in Singapore for business that week so we met up at Jazz Cafe for dinner along with a few pitchers of Tiger beer and traded travel stories.  The next morning, my bag was already packed and I made my way back to the airport with a different crumbled up address in my pocket.  I heard about a special beach in Thailand and decided that it would be my next stop.

"Your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no one will stand in judgment of it, now or ever" - Neal Donald Walsch
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