Saturday, March 10, 2012

Singapore Tourists: Singapore Night Lights

Hey all!

Okay, here it is! At last, the pictures I took of Singapore's night lights. I won't say much, so please enjoy my pictures and let me know what y'all think! :D

The Esplanade's outdoor stage.

Watching free concert with the water view behind it.

Downtown lights.

Marina Bay Sands at night. It really does look like a space ship.

I guess they were trying out lights for the NYE's celebration.

The Double Helix Bridge and Marina Sands Bay.

We took a walk from the Esplanade to Singapore Flyer. We went around the Food Trail and went up the Flyer to see the night lights from a different altitude.

Old school drink shop.
Usually the ones like these are the best ones.
The entrance to the flyer.
Anxiously waiting for the flyer to go up and face the city.
Getting ready to take pictures :D
Here you go ladies and gentlemen, Singapore's night view.
I hope y'all enjoyed these pictures as much as I did. I'm planning to post on my last Singapore Tourists series soon, so stay tuned!

Have a good weekend (and an awesome Spring Break for you college students!).

Friday, March 2, 2012

Singapore Tourists: Makansutra

Welcome Back!

I know I said I was going to show y'all Singapore's best night views on this post, but I think it's better to post my adventure in a chronological order. So, on this post, I would like to show y'all the food that we ate in Makansutra Gluttons Bay at the Esplanade before the sunset. I have to say it was our best meal of the trip. Big Bro can't stop smiling while eating it and kept on ordering MORE food. So here it goes, get ready to drool!

BBQ Pork with Hainanese Rice.
Big Bro said he's been looking for the perfect BBQ Pork in Singapore and this is the best one that he had so far.
Indian Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles) Combo with Chicken Wings.
I usually don't like this kind of dish, but I was surprise that I was actually satisfied and happy with this one.
Chicken Wings.
After sharing 2 pieces of chicken wings among the three of us, we wanted some more wings. It tasted really good but I have to say it's too oily.

Indonesian Sate Gado-Gado (Satay with Indonesian style peanut sauce salad).
It tasted good but a little bit too pricy for they size the served.
Roti John Mutton. It was THE BEST dish of the meal.
The texture, the taste, the size were just perfect. Big Bro doesn't eat bread, so more for KL and I.
Starfruit + Pineapple juice.
I know right, so tropical.  KL asked for no sugar, so it's a bit tasteless, but it's healthy!
Es Kachang (Shaved Ice with Peanuts).
I think the one in Marina Bay Sands is bigger and better (sadly I lost the picture). Nonetheless, this was a very satisfying dessert for the three of us.
Yeah... we ate a lot that night. Yum yum!
The best shot I have on Makansutra.

After we ate all those fattening yummy food we went to sit outside of the Esplanade to watch a free Christmas concert. It was pretty cool: the weather was perfect (meaning no rain), breezy, the sun slowly going down, the city started to light up, listening to classic love songs, and of course, two of my favorite people are there with me. It was just a perfect night! But... sorry, you'll have to stay in tune for my next post next week to see it!

Have a good weekend y'all! :D

Friday, February 17, 2012

Singapore Tourists: Culture or Germophobic?

Initially, we didn't know what to do on Day 5. Our initial plan was to chill in a cafe, but right on the day, we forgot that we haven't done something: go downtown, see the best views of Singapore. We wanted to see the Singapore's night lights. Since night was still a couple hours away, we decided to go to Asian Civilization Museum. I guess, the Museum was pretty good. Some parts are interesting, but some parts are just plain scary (they have those really huge Asian statues/dolls). So I'm just going to show you some of interesting things I found in the Museum.

When we were there, they had an "Elephant Parade". It's something like how Boston has those cows, Austin has those guitars around the city, etc. The ones on the streets are just okay, but the ones in the museum is really pretty. So here are a few shots I got of them.

In one of the rooms, they have a really big table and tons of colored pencils for visitors to design their own elephants and post it on the walls. These are the ones that my siblings and I designed.
Miniature Coolie Keng (laborers' quarters).
Chinese Puppets.
Some Persian looking tent.
Gamelan, Indonesian traditional instruments. I heard they have a Gamelan set in the Music Building here at UT!

KL and I found the picture below is pretty interesting. I guess now I know why we always insist on people taking their shoes off when they enter into our apartment. For me, I thought I was just being germophobic (well, I am....slightly... or more than just slightly I guess), maybe it's just a part of our culture?

Okay, I just literally googled "why Indonesians take off their shoes before entering their home". And this is what I found from Indonesia OK, "Most Indonesians take their shoes or sandals off before entering a house. That makes perfect sense, because going barefoot on the cool floor tiles is far more comfortable in a tropical climate than harassing your feet with shoes and socks." So, yes, it's a part of our culture.

Well.... thinking about it again, I think for me, it's still more of the germ part than the culture. I feel like I can feel all those tiny germs crawling on the carpet when I see people wearing their shoes in my apartment. Euw. Haha. Anyways, so please do not feel offended when I ask you to take off your shoes when you're in my apartment. It's just that I can see those germs...almost literally.

Well, that is the first half of our Day 5 in Singapore! I hope y'all enjoy my little discoveries in the Asian Civilization Museum. Please look forward to my next post on the BEST views of Singapore and of course on more food that we ate along the way!