Early morning breakfast before heading off to the airport.
And then, before we knew it, we were home again. Yuki was happy to see us. We think.
Thanks for the fun times and good food Singapore! See you again sometime!
Long term viewers of our blog may feel we focus a little too much on food. Well, this trend will not change in Singapore. Too much good food here. Our method on this trip has been to try and have smaller meals during the course of the day — with the idea being we can have 4 meals a day. This has been partially successful. Today we started with a Vietnamese coffee and roll. Great way to start the day.
A Vietnamese coffee to start the day…
Then off to the River Safari zoo. It was really well themed and laid out nicely. We saw lots of animals that we had never seen before. And some weird ass fish.
Of course, when a zoo has pandas, they are always a highlight. There were two pandas at this zoo – Kai Kai & Jia Jia. We visited them twice. On the second time around they were both quite active and enjoying themselves eating bamboo. They really do look like people in costumes.
We went here for lunch. Note the poster makes it look much better then it actually was. The panda shaped steamed bun was nice, but the other things we got were a bit budget. But, what do you expect from a zoo restaurant?
We went on a river cruise. We saw some more animals. The squirrel monkey forest was really cute.
One of the coolest things there, however, was the massive tank that was home to a whole bunch of manatee. They were kinda freaky looking, but they were awesome. One of them was huuuuuge!
After the zoo, we headed back to our hotel for a rest and a swim. And a beer.
Then it was off to Chinatown for Black Pepper Crab dinner. Delicious!
One last stop for the night – Steve got some Icecream in bread.
Department of Caffeine was so good yesterday, we started our day there again. It being a weekday and all, it was much less busy. Still delicious.
After a brief shopping stint at Singapore’s largest Uniqlo shop, we accidentally found the Guinness book of world record holding biggest fountain — the fountain of wealth — we didn’t even know that was a thing.
Caught the train near to the end of the line to go visit the Chinese Gardens. Quite, nice, and we found some Chinese heroes, as well as our Chinese zodiac animals.
We also saw our second world record for the day! The largest collection of different types of turtles in one place. We decided not to pay the 5 bucks to go in though. Didn’t really want to see turtles.
Later, headed home up Orchard road. See the bike umbrellas on the right? That is the Icecream slab in bread (or waffle) vendor. A nostalgic Singaporean favourite. Have been too full every night to try it yet. Better try it soon though. Time is short.
We were pretty tired today. Had a bit of a sleep in afnd a slow start to the day. It is Sunday after all. After some pondering about what to do with our day (and suffering from lack of good coffee), we decided to hunt down a cafe called The Department of Caffeine that reputably made good coffee and also had lobster sandwiches on its menu. So we headed out on to the Metro bound for Duxton Hill. We found the cafe easy enough, but we were not surprised to find it was full and there was a waiting list. We put our names down and had a wander around the area. Lots of cafes and bars and a cool book shop. A great little area. After about a 45 minute wait, it was finally our turn to go in. Coffees were ordered and, after yesterday’s over eating, we decided to share the Lobster Club sandwich. We also got a side of crispy chicken. And Steve got a mango smoothie. You can’t really see the lobster in the sandwich, but there was plenty in there, and it was delicious. The coffees were great too. We are thinking a re visit is in order.
After lunch, we headed off to Gillman Barracks. Once an army barracks, now a whole lot of galleries show casing local and international artists. We saw some really cool stuff. The highlight was, however, discovering that one of the galleries had played host to Gilbert & George exhibition earlier in the year. It was a shame we missed it. Gilbert and George were there in person and all. But, they still had a stack of signed books and posters from the exhibition. We couldn’t really leave without buying one. We got a couple of (signed) posters thrown in too, which was ace.
We stopped for some afternoon bevvies at a small bar at the barracks. Whilst we were sitting there it began bucketing with rain. After about 10 minutes in stopped.
On the walk back to the train, we took a detour along a boardwalk through a mangrove area. We saw some monitor lizards swimming in the water.
We followed the boardwalk all the way round and then kept walking along the harbour and looked at luxury boats and shiny apartments.
For dinner, we headed to Chinatown. Steve had a prawn laksa and Blainie had pork and noodles and chicken wings and a beer.
Then we went home. (Well back to our hotel I mean)
We started today by seeking out a good cup of coffee on Yong Siak Street. Which was a bit of a hike away, but we were to believe good coffee and cool book stores would await us. We enjoyed a coffee at Plain Vanilla bakery. Plus some cupcakes – Red Velvet and Salted Caramel.
We learnt handy hints from the magazines there – like how to dye mops and hang them on your wall 😬Really? Is this what the world’s come to?
But I digress, Singapore Post has a Hello Kitty promotion at the moment with Hello Kitty dressed in Singapore Post uniforms and the like over the years. Blainie wasted no time in snapping one up.
Then we went for a late lunch at Paradise Dynasty in the ION Orchard shopping mall. We were lured there by there colourful dumplings.
They were delicious. Flavours included: truffle, crab roe, ginseng, garlic, cheese and some others I forgot. But we ordered and ate too much food. So delicious, but so full.
After a rest and a swim back at the hotel (and a very small dinner of sushi from the nearby Isetan supermarket) we headed off to the Night Safari Zoo. It was really busy and we had to queue for quite a while to get on the tram that takes you around the park. It was pretty cool though, and we got to see lots of animals – the elephants were particulary large and kind of scary in the dark. After the tram ride we wandered around the park on the walking trails. We saw cool flying squirrels and Bintarongs and more. We haven’t really got any photos though (a couple of blurry ones coming up) as it was pretty dark and obviously no flash allowed.
Today we headed out to the Mint Museum of Toys. Before we got there we decided we were hungry so we stopped for an early lunch at our favourite Vietnamese chain Nam Nam Noodle Bar.
The Vietnamese coffee was delicious and just what we needed to give us energy for the day ahead. We found The Mint Museum of Toys and went to it. It was so good. How good you ask? So good. 5 floors of vintage toys from around the world. Some Disney stuff, Star Wars stuff, Buck Rogers stuff as well as loads of tin toys, pedal cars and other cool stuff. Here are some photos of the excitement.
After all the excitement of the museum, we wandered up to Haji Lane in the Arab quarter. Blainie bought a cute cat badge from a cute shop. (Not pictured). Then we wandered through Little India, and then caught the metro to China Town. In China Town we stopped for a coffee at another cat cafe – The Company Of Cats. It was super cute.
Then we went for a wander around China Town. We didn’t get very far before we decided to stop for some food. Duck & rice and pork & noodles. And a Tiger beer. Beer is extra enjoyable in this Singaporean heat.
Wandered the streets a bit more and checked out some things. Nearly won a $100 voucher from a radio station that was broadcasting from a plaza we were sitting in. But we were too slow and had to be happy with a drink bottle and bottle opener keycard thing instead. Decided to head back to China Town for dinner. Decided it was time to try Chilli Crab. Did not regret. Messy, but delicious.