As mentioned in the previous post, my Korean friend Bom Soon was here on business. He extended the trip for three more days and since he was here alone, I thought I'll get my friend Kristy (who speaks a little Korean) along to show him around Singapore.
The first few places that surfaced on my mind were Sentosa, The Zoo, Night Safari, Orchard Road & Marina Bay Sands (MBS). Many of which he visited days before I met him but when asked where/what else he was interested to visit/do, he specifically mentioned The Singapore Flyer, observation deck of MBS as well as getting gifts such as traditional Kaya and chili crab sauce.
With all these in mind, the plan went like this.
LUNCH AT HOLLAND VILLAGE
Thought Holland Village would be a good place to bring Bom Soon as there were multiple eateries (where he could get Kaya from Yakun), a variety of artsy shops and gift shops we could visit.
Decided on Chinese cuisine and we started the day later with a quick lunch at Crystal Jade. Since we had a bit of time to kill before heading to our next destination, we agreed that coffee/tea after a meal was a good idea. Popped by d'Good Cafe for a cuppa and continued chatting. Before we knew it, two hours have passed!
Thankfully Kristy drove, we were right on schedule for our next activity – The Singapore Flyer.
Being tour-guides for the very first time and aiming to show our friend the most of Singapore, we decided to park at MBS instead. We took a stroll along The Helix Bridge, (my first time doing this in the day actually), briefly introducing the Marina Bay area, enjoying the unblocked view of ArtScience Museum and MBS.
Doing touristy stuff together ;D
How can Bom Soon leave without trying our local delights?
Kristy and myself were still pondering where should we go for a local feast. Due to time constraint (we underestimated the duration of our walk), we settled for Singapore Food Trail which was located just right below the Flyer.
Not too sure if this was new, but the place was uniquely 1960s themed and we managed to find almost all kinds of local delights. Standard of food was pretty good in fact, except for Kang Kong which was quite disappointing. Bom Soon really liked the Hokkien Mee and I thought that was one of the better ones I had too. #localfoodftw
We ended the day with a movie, supper at Rochor beancurd (thought this would be another must-try in Singapore) and headed home to rest after sending Bom Soon back.
Dead beat but it was an enjoyable day. *smiles*
Come to think of it, it was actually quite fun to play host and explore Singapore in the eyes of a 'tourist'. Feeling a lil embarrassed to say that I haven't quite noticed how clean and beautiful Singapore is. How accessible and how safe our country is. How globally connected we are..
Although some seem to fly in the face of a strict government, but perhaps that's how amazingly organized we are, yet again – safe and being able to live in such a holistic environment and enjoy world-class infrastructure. Definitely agree that it's one of the best cities to live in and am proud to be called a Singaporean ;D
Making it a point this year to write more and update more consistently.
Have been rather active on Dayre, where I recently updated with two wordy posts.
Been a long while since I've written something & I'm kinda enjoying it. Taking it as a way to practise writing and as a base for memories, reflections. Always remember this statement I came across very randomly – 'what gets us from experience to understanding is reflection." Many of us have the tendency to focus on the negative when problems arise and I myself am no exception. Jotting it down and sharing can be a good exercise at times. Perhaps once we look back on those entries, the reflection exercise could be useful in encouraging us to think about the positive in a structured and safe way, don't you think?
More musings on Dayre (@beatricesays) if you are keen and leaving the pictorial entries here for the blog instead.
Be back soon!
P.S: Happy Lunar New Year!