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2nd-Jul-2010 11:07 pm

A Singaporean staple.
The SO's favorite.
And quite possibly the most unhealthy breakfast yet.

Another late morning and this time, I wanted to visit old favorites. Unfortunately I missed the memo that the usual Kovan food court had moved to the open space outside the bowling alley due to renovations. It meant a major scale-down in variety, but by jolly, I was going to have my mee pok for breakfast and the SO his chicken rice.

And this time, we were going to make another attempt at visiting the monstrosity that now dominated the bay skyline and Singapore River harbour.

Unfortunately the bridge wasn't quite complete and it is shiny and new. It's certainly not as hideous as the bridges in Brisbane, but... the Helix Bridge?! Really? That's the best you could come up with?

And then there's the Marina Bay Sands. I call it the 'sausage', the SO the 'ship'. Either way, my face = (?___?)

The SO, being the foreigner, was the only one who could enter the casino for free, so we opted not to bother. Pokies are everywhere in Australia, including the pubs. And we get to play with them from 18 years old, not 21 as they do in Singapore.

The mall is HUGE! And features a tiny 'river' for the sampan style gondolas to gently cruise through. But everyone we saw take the sampan looked extremely bored. Hell, I was bored watching them.

And the shops were the same as every other store found on Orchard Road or Raffles City - high brow, designer brands and completely inaccessible to the common man. And 70-80% of them weren't even open yet. I caught a peek at the Gucci store when a contractor opened the panel to go into the shop space. The walls are still grey concrete, the wires are still hanging from the ceiling and the floor isn't tiled or carpetted yet. It looks at least 1-2 months away from opening, and it wouldn't surprise me if the other stores are the same.

And because I desperately needed more homewares, we ducked to Dhoby Ghaut and grabbed Shihlin Taiwanese Street Snacks oyster mee sua and crispy chicken.

My Daiso hit:
  • inflatable boot inserts
  • (lots) faux eyelashes
  • dinnerware
  • bento separaters
  • grater
  • mueslin bags for spices
  • cake scraper
  • spritzer
  • mini timer

And just cuz we could, the SO wanted his Saturday staple when he was working in Singapore: Hougang Mall's chicken chop. The things we remember from our days slaving in Singapore.

Unfortunately the rain came beating like ropes, so I had to buzz the parentals to pick us up.

Read about the pub and grill they took us to.

And we visit Char at her shop in Telok Kurau, while the parentals went to get some kuah tutu. It's good to see her business doing so well, even if it meant we weren't able to chat as much as we could.
8th-Jul-2010 05:10 pm (UTC)
I've seen SANDS in Macau. The building was actually rather plain compared to all the other Casino Resorts =O But still looked less wth than ours.

I still think it looks like a surfboard from below...lol
9th-Jul-2010 01:34 am (UTC)
Pffft. If Singapore is trying to be the Vegas of SEAsia, this is hardly the appropriate execution to that vision.
9th-Jul-2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Looks like the architect was like "you want me to give you something special. HERE TAKE THIS LAH"
9th-Jul-2010 04:09 am (UTC)
Nothing will beat this Casino Resort opening in 2011 that I saw in Macau srsly


It is MASSIVE and absolutely GORGEOUS! I would totally go back to Macau JUST to visit this place D:
8th-Jul-2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
If that breakfast is so unhealthy, where's the bacon? ;)
9th-Jul-2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Trust me, the noodles have lard in it and the chicken rice has chicken oil and soy sauce. Not very healthy stuff.
9th-Jul-2010 02:06 am (UTC)
But can I add bacon to that? ;) See, that's how I think breakfast LOL
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