I was so lucky to spend my birthday with my friends. I swapped one of my flights with a Singapore-Melbourne flight and it made me as happy as a bumblebee. Just when I thought it was all going super, this awful Greek colleague ruined it for me. He was the most awful person that I met on my birthday and the fakest smile that I have seen in my lifetime!!!! He deserved the oral herpes that he got after one night in Singapore. Yuck!!! Bless him!!! I hope I will never see him again.
Done with the bad part, now with the good stuff.
First day of the layover. I met two friends that I haven’t seen for the longest time. The last time I saw them, they were still single and child free. Now, they are both married and parents too. By the way, they are not married to each other, just to be clear about it. 😉
Here she is! She looks exactly the same as ten years ago. The greatest advantage of being Asian. 🙂
You see, when you are in doubt of what to eat and where to eat in Singapore, just go to No Signboard restaurant in Vivo City Mall and they will make your tummy very happy. So I took Raissa and Jor-el to No Signboard. Not a surprise, it was my husband who lead me here.
Here are some of our orders. Of course I had to order the Singaporean chilli crab for them. We had the Sri Lankan crab, the cheapest one I guess. But it was enough for us. The other crabs such as the Alaskan one would have been too much. Those pieces of bread called the mantou (mantaw) bread have to be ordered with the chilli crab. They were like sugar glazed bread and perfect for dipping in the chilli crab sauce.
The gang—Raissa and Jor-el after a great dinner.
Gossips, er, catching up over coffee.
Raissa’s promise ring.
The morning after.
Tried the waterfall braid for the first time for my brief walk in the sun.
It looks so much better with curly hair.
Breakfast could not get any more Singaporean than this. Went to the Food court in Raffles City Mall. It was the most convenient place since I stayed just across the road.
The one on the left is a set of the traditional Kaya toast. Kaya is basically a coconut jam made from coconut, milk, eggs and flavored with pandan leaf. And it tastes delicious with a capital D. I often bring home a jar to Dubai. They make it by placing two chunks of butter on the toast and then spreading a generous portion of kaya on top. The bread is then dipped on a very runny boiled egg. The traditional partner of this breakfast is the milk tea with a pool of condensed milk at the bottom of the cup. 🙂
The one on the right is just chunky peanut butter spread.
Meanwhile, back at my work station.
Second day of layover. Destination: Melbourne.
I got sick. Bummer!
I had a lovely dinner on my own. Sorry, cousin Raymund.
For a spotless application of the winged eyeshadow, I utilize the help of a stencil, a tape or my credit card.
Table for one at the hotel. Anywhere I eat in Australia is expensive so might as well dine at the hotel with my discount.
So unladylike of me, I finished everything, including half of a bottle of red. Happy birthday to me. Yey, said my lonely heart.
Back to Singapore and back to my favorite hotel chandelier.
Rousy saved my day!
Straight from the flight to the party—STORY OF MY LIFE. Still wearing the company standard makeup.
We had very late dinner at Spize. in this restaurant, dinner is served by the sidewalks. They only open after all the sidewalk shops are closed. Our seats were just a finger away from passing cars.
Those were a main course of omelette that was pregnant with lots of meat and a paratha dessert with ice cream on the top.
My birthday was almost complete—now, to the tequila shots! Found this bar beside Carlton Hotel called the Embassy bar. Entrance was free for ladies so we went. Now, welcome to Singapore and its 50 shades of crazy.
FYI, prostitution is a legal profession in this crazy part of the world.
We entered to this club that looked like a prison. Imagine this, a little smaller, with bright lights, a stage in the middle with Korean-looking girls complete with the big bows and fringe and a cutesy peace sign dancing and looking cute onstage. Those who got sold wore the price tag like a beauty queen stash. Drinks were sold by the bottle so if you don’t have money and you are not a girl, don’t go there.
Found a few tame photos online.
That was some pit stop for a tequila shot.
Thank you for the birthday gift, especially the priceless gift of friendship. ❤
My bed mate for the night.
Getting dolled up for today is a long day.
When choosing false eyelashes, it is better to buy the thick ones
as compared to the normal looking ones like these. The latter ones won’t really create significant difference.
Good to go.
Back to Raffles City Mall Food Court with my good ‘ol salted fish fried rice.
A view from my window. Enjoyed the view very much. To swim or not to swim? Maybe later, lah! 🙂