Didn’t feel like doing a photoshop image this week, and wanted to add a little more variety to my blog, so here’s another post on Singapore! It’s been over a month since the trip, so some of the memories have already started to fade a bit. It’s still all good to remember some of these great experiences though!
Above is a delicious Mr. Bean pancake, filled with an assortment of delicious fillings, including Kaya, Chocolate, Peanut, Red Bean, etc. :9
I really like the mascot design. It’s super adorable. These food shops can typically found on the underground levels of most malls (it’s interesting how mall designs there are quite standard!)
Carrot Cake! It’s so good! Typical true Singaporean style take-out comes in a waxed paper wrapping. It’s quite friendly on the environment that way, although I have yet to see a recycle bin in Singapore. ._.
Delicious roasted chicken rice. Chicken rice is still my favorite, especially roasted chicken rice!
Of course, being of Western born tastes, I still prefer my chicken DEEP FRIED! I wish I wish I wish there was a Long John Silver’s in Vancouver! Those deep fried crumbs are the best!
Probably the largest KFC I’ve ever seen in my whole life. This thing literally takes up the entire one side of this building. Obviously, KFC is more prominent in Singapore than in Vancouver. Vancouver just has tiny little hut-sized establishments.
I’m assuming this is the reason why KFC is so successful in Singapore. They serve breakfast! One of particular note is the congee for $3.50. There are a lot of Malay people that eat it at KFC for some reason. I’ve yet to really understand why, but since Malay make up a pretty large cultural population in Singapore, and KFC is Halaal standard approved, it may be why.
This is a KFC breakfast sandwich. It’s like a Snacker, except with no lettuce, and a slice of scrambled egg. It actually tastes very good, and does fit the “breakfast” category due to the egg. It’s like eating a McMuffin!
A chilli dispenser. An interesting note, most Singaporean food establishments use chilli as their main condiment, like how we use ketchup in most western food cultures. You literally have to ask the cashier for ketchup like you would ask for hot sauce in North America.
“Blur like sotong, hot like cuttlefish!”
Is okeh, nevahmine lah. Is jus singlish!
Curry Puff! It’s like a deep fried pastry with curry filling!
It’s delicious smelling buns! They look real, but are fake stress balls that smell nice. These were bought as gifts for friends. I especially like the turtle bun!
Another KFC breakfast. All things considering, the price is incredibly reasonable for so much food!
Durian! Don’t worry if you don’t know what it is. Once you smell one, you will never forget.
The inside “meat”. Honestly, I have no idea why people love eating this. It smells like garbage. Oh, I’m sorry, it’s an aroma. My wife absolutely loves this stuff. I typically have to close the door when she eats it. “Sorry honey, I have a headache, please stay away from me for 24hrs.
This is inside Vivo City. It’s HUUGE! (but not super huge). The intricate design choices are quite nice to look at. You can tell that the architectural design was definitely aiming towards a surreal, sophisticated and modern design. What’s attractive about this mall is not the shops, because you can find all the same shops anywhere else in Singapore. It’s definitely meant for tourists, the way it’s designed.
At the back of the mall is a balcony overlooking a big boat. How it manages to get in and out with such accuracy is baffling, because it’s literally a foot away from the dock to hull.
A Japanese flag and a Singaporean flag together. This floored me. Those that know Singapore’s history will understand how both progressive, and offensive this is depending on your point of view.
I like this shot! If you didn’t know it was a boat, you’d thought you were looking at the future from a 1990’s artist rendition from a Popular Mechanics magazine!
Not too far off in the distance is the harbor for Singapore’s import and exports. I’ve never seen a mall built this close to such an industrial area. It’s an eyesore and a wonder at the same time.
On the roof of the mall is a natural wonderland. This is quite amazing – trees, shrubbery, grass, flowers, water, on a roof! Everything looks and feels very serene like a scenic park! You almost totally forget that you’re on the top level of some giant mall built next to an industrial harbor!
A naked kid running around in the water. The water goes right up to the edge!
Strange balls are littered around throughout the “park”.
Daiso! There’s one in Vancouver too! But it looks to me like the one in Vancouver is better decorated.
An endless maze of escalators. Feels like the movie Labyrinth.
More shots as the sun is setting. Yes, we’re still on the roof of Vivo City.
Since it was nearing Xmas, a massive (and I do mean massive) Xmas tree was erected.
This is one of the food courts in the mall, called Food Republic. There’s another Food Republic at Suntec with similar decor of old-china. The lanterns and all-wood setting is a really nice touch.
Just outside the food court. You can see a bunch of typical Singaporean girls and boys.
Delicious snacks! Many of these products are not available in Vancouver, unfortunately. I first had Cheezels from Australia, and I love Twisties (they’re like Cheesies but with a large assortment of flavors such as chicken).
So each of those strange globes contain some sort of interesting contribution to society or the world, or some great accomplishment. There are a lot of them, and they’re all displayed prominently under the beating heat of the Singapore sun.
This particular one is a scaled replica. Good for dollfie?
The palm trees growing here floor me. Yes! We’re still on the roof! I’ve honestly, never seen anything like it.
In the same evening, we went to Marina Barrage. Unfortunately, my piece of crap point and shoot couldn’t take very good pictures at night. The architecture is absolutely amazing. Singaporeans amaze me with the amount of stuff they can build in such a small space, and short period of time. There were A LOT of amazing photo opportunity places here that I was unable to capture!
Absolutely beautiful skyline of Singapore from here. Too bad my camera sucks. Fortunately, there are many photos taken online of the most beautiful skylines of Singapore from Marina Barrage. And also, there are some sweet pix from Kodomut and Paper Shot too!
Singapore is like Japan in many ways. One of which are rows of gashapon machines. My wife decided that she wanted one thing in particular – a Haruhi keychain. Specifically, the schoolgirl outfit Haruhi. What I find interesting is that every time she chooses something from a gashapon machine, that is exactly what she gets. It makes me wonder if Haruhi is the god, or her. Proof:
The proof is in the pudding, or in this case, the gashapon!
Another typical mall in Singapore. While they sport slightly different designs, the overall jist of it is the same – circular center with small branch-off areas, usually on one or two sides of the mall, and the center is usually for sidewalk sale type deals. Notice the little stalls marked “fitting room” over there. It’s that open!
I’m under the impression that this chocolate company is high-profile expensive. Chocolate potato chips! I love both, so this is a blend of both worlds. It tastes a little odd.
More yummy food! The little slab of meat on top that looks like spam is Otah. It’s essentially ground up fish. Many a Singaporean can attest to how great it tastes. (a bit too spicy for me). The uniqueness of this though, is that it’s made of chicken, (!!) and can be purchased from a single stall in a coffee shop in Bedok. It typically gets a constant line-up of 20+ people, and was also featured on a food critic TV show.
This one wasn’t my meal, so I kinda forgot what it is called… ._.
In Vancouver, establishments usually have a bucket at the door for people to put their umbrellas in before being a patron. Problem with that is there’s no guarantee someone won’t take your umbrella (either by mistake or intentional). It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a stand like this where you can put your umbrella in a bag and keep it with you.
More KFC. I love KFC, so I just had to eat a lunch. I was disappointed. It’s nowhere near as good as it used to be. Not gonna say anymore other than I felt sick after eating it. (and it wasn’t even a big meal!) The plus side is that the service was excellent. The cashier who took my order was the nicest, happiest, and most polite cashier I’ve ever met. Maybe Singapore’s Four Million Smiles Campaign actually worked?
Was shocked to see a Carl’s Jr. here in Singapore too. Vancouver doesn’t even have one!!
But it does have a Subway. The unfortunate thing is that Vancouver Subways tend to have this weird smell. Most of us think it’s the bread they use. There was also a huge stink with credit cards being skimmed, so we started calling it Skimway. It looks like they offer the same subs in Singapore.
Some inventive hotdog ingredients at some bakery. Not sure what is in there, but I can see lettuce, maybe it’s mayo, and chilli sauce? They look delicious though.
These signs (and variations) are EVERYWHERE on public transit. Singapore often does these campaigns to make Singaporeans more aware of themselves and be nice to other people. Honestly, if you need a campaign to do it, something is very very wrong. It’s worse when it doesn’t work either. Many Singaporeans can attest to that.
The problem is, these campaigns typically have a very negative reinforcement, like how a parent would try to rear their children “Don’t chew gum, or you will be fined! Don’t litter, or you will be fined!” They seem to be trying a more positive approach this time, but it’s still not there yet. I saw another one of these signs where one of the points literally said “Don’t pretend you are sleeping!” WTF Singapore?! You guys pretend to be sleeping so that you don’t have to yield your seat to an elderly person?!
Speaking of chewing gum, this is legalized chewing gum. Most everybody knows, it’s a criminal offense to chew gum in Singapore. (I believe it’s capital punishment 😉 But if it’s for oral hygiene, then it’s okay.
I reluctantly end this post with a photo of my last dinner this Lumix FX-9 took. Delicious Satay is delicious. With the exception of Tropica, I’ve yet to eat satay good enough to rival this.
I’ll post a final Singapore photo post the next time I don’t feel like doing a photoshop post. Hopefully I’ll get my groove back soon.