Vacation recaps continued: 1st day in Singapore

Whoa, we did a lot on our first day in Singapore.  I’m going to make it detailed for those that are interested, but I won’t be offended if you skim through this ;)

We got to our hotel at 1am after our flight from Hong Kong.  Our hotel room at Naumi was absolutely gorgeous from the first glance.  After the concierge showed us our room and stepped out, I actually squeaked in excitement!  Some pics of the room…

hotel "kitchen"

hotel room livingroom

hotel room bedroom

hotel room bathroom

Pretty gorgeous from the first glance, right?  We thought so (we love modern design!) until Adam opened the guest book and baby ants ran out of it all over the table.  On further inspection there were a few of them on the nightstand and some more all over the living room walls.  Eww!!!!  I called the concierge and told him we wanted to be transferred to a different room.  Unfortunately all of their rooms were occupied (it’s a small boutique hotel) so they just cleaned off the bugs and brought us this fruit plate as consolation (PS- the bugs came back every night after that).  Yeah, some fruit does not make a buggy room better!!  Gross gross gross.  Since it was past 1am, I didn’t touch this until the next morning.  I had just a few bites.

fruit plate

For breakfast the next morning we decided to hit the Ah Teng’s Bakery at the Raffles hotel, which was just around the corner from ours.

me in front of the Raffles hotel

This is my kind of breakfast! :D

coffee + cream pastry at Ah Teng's bakery

pastry closeup

I also had a bite of Adam’s delicious pastry too…

Adam's pastry

And then we decided to just aimlessly walk around and explore Singapore.  We ended up in Chinatown and completely randomly stumbled upon all the sites we planned on visiting.  Awesome!

Me in front of the Thian Hock Keng Temple

One of the guarding foo dogs

Inside the temple

Of course the food is one of the main attractions in Singapore.  We hit up the Maxwell Rd Hawker Center for lunch…

Maxwell Rd Hawker Center

Adam was so excited to try Tian Tian’s famous chicken rice (supposedly best chicken rice in Singapore!).  He felt like Anthony Bordain in this picture :)

Adam in front of the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall

I had one bite of this without the sauce.  It tasted like regular chicken with rice to me.  Apparently it’s all about the sauce.  Someone was so busy eating that he forgot to share this with me ;)   J/K… I still wasn’t hungry from that huge breakfast pastry.

Famous chicken rice

I had some fruit a bit later instead.

fruit

More random walking/site seeing…

me at the night market (during the day)

me in front of the Sri Mariamman Temple

temple detail

inside temple

I really wanted to hike Mt. Faber but since we didn’t really make an itinerary, we ended up doing it on the first day.  Like my hiking gear?  It was SO hot… I thought I would die (mid 90′s and humid).  I don’t recommend wearing a dress and flip flops on a hike.  It was quite beautiful though, and the hike was super easy if it wasn’t for the heat.

hiking Mt. Faber Park

park views

views from the top of the mountain

See those cable cars in the background?  Adam made a deal with me that if he hikes this thing, we’ll take the cable cars on the way down.  I hate things like that, but since I wanted to do the hike I had no choice.

This thing was SO scary at first, but I got used to it after a few minutes.

in the cable car

views from the top - lots of construction

All of that construction is for a mega casino/resort they’re building.  It’s going to be huge!

views from the top

We took the cable car to Sentosa… really to go to a bar (we didn’t feel like going to the beach).  But first we walked around the park for a bit…

me in front of the merlion tower

inside Sentosa park

drinks at Cafe del Mar

Mmm, this was so good.  Strawberry + sangria = yes, please, I’ll have another one :)

strawberry sangria

Food republic at the Vivo City mall

Isn’t this food court entrance beautiful?  I wish food courts in the US were this awesome.  I forgot to take a picture inside.  This place was gorgeous!  Oh the picture after this one was of me from behind.  Apparently my dress is completely see through.  Yeah, awesome! :lol:

I was so overwhelmed inside but finally chose an Indonesian stall, Java Kitchen, because I’ve never had Indonesian food.  This dish was called “mini tampeng“  – special yellow pendan rice meal with chicken rendang, honey glazed tempe and assorted vegetables. Ok, I kind of got it because the rice cone looked too cute.  This was really delicious!  I liked how the rice was the star and the rest was like a tasting plate to go with the rice.  Every bite was a little bit different.  The veggies were mostly pickled (with sugar) and were a nice way to balance out the spiciness of the chicken.  I need to find an Indonesian restaurant in Boston!

Indonesian dinner

This food court was inside the Vivo City mall.  We walked around for a bit and came across these crazy “breads.”  They looked kind of funky and it took me a minute to figure them out. They are fake!  Crazy Japanese people (I’m pretty sure these were Japanese) :lol:

breadous

bear "buns"

toast you can write on

Ok, and we ended the night at the Quays… basically it’s a bunch of restaurants and bars on the river.  We had a blast!

beers at Brewerkz at Clarke Quay

my fruitBrew

the view (after it got darker)

Cute napkin at The Coffee Connoiseur (TCC)

I don’t get it…

water on a strange coaster

Dessert: chocolate devotion

more views from the Boat Quay

me with a glass of red

I think I only had 2 of these calamari… they were way too fried!

fried calamari

That’s that for our first day in Singapore.  It was definitely the busiest day.  We slowed down after that :)   Hope you enjoyed this recap!  More to come…

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