Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Singapore: Part 2

Obviously this post is LONG OVERDUE, but since I promised one certain travel maniac I would eventually post PART 2 of my spring break escapades, (from almost 4 months ago... crazy how time flies!)... here they are!

As I mentioned in Singapore Adventures PART 1, street food is the best! This whole street was filled with makeshift hawker stalls and food trucks!
We went early in the morning so it was actually pretty deserted...
We bought from this guy who made the most amazing fried dishes.
This one below definitely deserves a special mention. It's called CARROT CAKE (not the sweet dessert kind) and you can find it everywhere in Singapore. It's actually not carrot - it's radish - so it's very similar to the Cantonese dish (radish/turnip cake). BUT... instead of being steamed in large chunks like the Cantonese way, this Singaporean-style dish is usually chopped up into little bits and fried with egg, little pieces of meat, and green onion. If I had to recommend only ONE dish in Singapore to try, THIS WOULD BE IT!!!
After eating, Randy and I went to walk around Singapore's "Chinatown" area, where merchants sold a whole bunch of random knick knacks and souvenirs.
The architecture in this area is pretty neat too. I would LOVE to live in a house this colour! Just looking at these walls makes me so happy =) 
After that, we took PUBLIC TRANSIT (the MRT/subway system)... which was painted in one of my favourite colours... yellowish-orange!! (anyway, that's probably not interesting to anyone but myself... haha.. but I was super excited about the walls)...
Our next stop was LITTLE INDIA, which might have been one of my favourite areas to visit, since you know, I'm obsessed with Indian things. haha. =P
Along the streets were Indian markets and shops.
I loved how COLOURFUL the buildings were. 
As we were walking, we found this market selling women's saris and suits... LOOK AT ALL THOSE GORGEOUS COLOURS!!!
Randy was a good sport since he had to follow me around as I stopped at every store to stare at all the outfits. haha. 
There were SO MANY styles and they were super cheap as well... around $80-150 CDN (at least I think that's cheap!) I'd say it's worth it!!
It was then that I noticed the hideously creepy mannequins...
... and had a sudden urge to be hideously creepy myself. 
To be honest, I ALMOST bought that white dress below because I wanted to wear it as a wedding dress. haha. seriously. But it was $145CDN and I didn't have enough money on me. hahahaha. So forever it shall just be captured as a memory on my camera. =*(
Afterwards, we ate at the food court... I had MEE GORENG - a type of Asian noodle - that was delicious... like everything else in Singapore. It's all about the foodddd!!!
Haha... again, another unflattering squinty-faced picture, but HEY. I'm enjoying my food and that's all that matters.
This picture below is one of my favourites from Singapore. HAHA. I think it's because I only noticed the guy on the bicycle (on the right) after I got home. I always love finding hidden surprises in photos after the fact.
When we got home, Randy's mom and sister had made an AMAZING MEAL. Honestly, they are like... the best cooks ever.
Sweet-and-sour fish!
Papaya Salad!
oh... and BIRTHDAY CAKE to celebrate a certain old fogey! =) 
Our next little Singapore adventure took place on SENTOSA ISLAND (which has attractions such as Universal Studios... which we did not go to). Instead, we tried INDOOR SKYDIVING for the first time!
Here I am, looking like a dork on one of my more successful attempts. The other pictures are pretty hilarious and sad-looking.
To be honest, it's quite expensive so it's one of those "try it once" kind of activities. The instructors can do some pretty crazy moves though. Us? We just tried to stay flat so we wouldn't belly-flop onto the floor. haha. But we did get our "flight certificates" in the end... and a DVD with evidence of our sad flying attempts for future self-ridicule. yay!
After that, we dressed up even more like dorks to go ride on SEGWAYS!!!!!!!!! (Yes... EXACTLY like GOB from ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT!!!!) It was my first time so it was pretty fun!
Afterwards, we took the CABLE CAR RIDE to take in the view around Sentosa. 

That's all for now. Part 3 (aka. the final barrage of Singapore Pictures) will be up one day... hahah... be patient, little grasshoppers... be patient.

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