Got a large-ish update for today. This set is from November 9th. Siti and I went to Singapore’s Jurong Bird Park and saw more birds than I have ever seen in my life. We met up at the crosswalk by my house, then went and got some Tom Yam seafood soup. They make it right in front of you, so we sat down to eat. I whip out my camera to take a picture, and within seconds I have a guy telling me no pictures! So I risked my seat there and took one anyway. I can always say I didn’t see the sign next to us that said “No Pictures.”
So after we ate, we took the bus to the Bird Park. First stop was the Penguin Room. It felt great because it was H-O-T outside, and the temperature was at least 15 degrees cooler (By the way, that’s Fahrenheit, not Celsius. I am American).
We finished checking it out, and went out to the Gift Shop where I bought a Lemon Barley Drink. Kinda weird, but refreshing nonetheless. Next door were the Macaws and Pink Flamingos, so we walked over to take some more photos. One thing I found odd was that the birds weren’t tethered down, so they could technically fly away at any time, but seemed content to hang out where the food was. Birds really are smart!
Down the path was another place called the Birds of Prey. I just missed the show by about 20 minutes, but there was a private show going on. I took the opportunity to take some pics for free! There was only one bird, but it was huge! It’s called an African Secretary Bird, and it’s the only bird in its species. It is sort of related to hawks and eagles. I will post some videos of it trying to kill a snake in the next post.
We left after the people there got crabby about us taking pictures (and not paying like the others had). There were some very ugly giant birds when we left that exhibit.
I am pretty sure this is a type of orchid, but I’m not sure. There was no sign or anything.
Across the way, there was another bird exhibit (surprise) with a weird-looking bird. Looked like a stork’s cousin to me!
Okay, I am about to board my plane from Japan back home, so I have to stop here. I will finish this post, as well as the rest of the updates when I get back home. Sorry to disappoint!
This next set is from November 8th, my 24th birthday! Coincidentally, this day was also Deepavali, the Indian New Year. It felt like everyone was celebrating for me. I’d have to say it was one of the best I’ve had yet. Unfortunately for me, I forgot to charge my camera, so everything had to be taken from my cell phone. Good thing I had one. I woke up and walked outside and I had to take the pic below. His face was just so… crazy looking! I mean, wtf!
Anyway, I met up with Siti’s parents and we went out to breakfast at this Muslim center where there is all sorts of halal food. We had this bean dish with egg and bread and a drink called Te Tarik. It was superb! After we were done walking around a bit and doing some shopping, we drove out to their house and had some more snacks. The green leaves are palm leaves wrapped up with fish inside. We also had some fried bananas. The panda ad was too hilarious to not snap a picture of it.
After we hung out for a while, we went over to her neighbor’s house where they were having a Deepavali party. Everything I ate there was so good. Her neighbor also sung me a happy birthday song in Hindi. He said he wished that I would like until I was 1,000 years old! Too cool, but I think I’d be a wrinkled mess by that age. I sampled everything they had, and finished off with some ginger tea with milk. It was spicy, but good. Homemade cookies from Siti finished off the lunch of the day.
We drove around some more and went shopping for a bit afterwards. Check out some of the pics below of what I saw:
After that we went to Swenson’s at the Airport for dinner. It was quite Americanized food. The flag was sort of an ongoing joke, but the place wasn’t too bad at all.
Check out what Deepavali is like in Little India on my next post. Pretty crazy!
This set of snaps is from November 7th. Siti, Khalid and I all went to Carousel for lunch, which is a huge buffet restaurant that serves any kind of fod imaginable. I will try to document everything as best as I can!
We sat down and the first thing I noticed was the place settings. Everything was very neat and ordered and upscale! However, I will come back to the settings later because the first thing I did was grab a big plate of everything that looked good. The first course was Poached Rainbow Trout and Chick Pea Mousse, Tomato with Mozzarella, Asian Spiced Roasted Duck Breast, Pan Seared Fillet of Sole, Homemade Gravalax Salmon, Mediterranean Black Eyed Peas with Tomato and Ricotta Crumb, Sauteed Mushroom with Baked Tomato Salad, Oven Roasted Caramelized Corn with Herb and Butter, and Tuna wth Green Onion. Before I started digging in, I snapped a few pictures of the areas around our table.
Everything I ate was great, except for the tuna.Since lunch was a 2.5 hour affair, I decided it was time for the second course which was: Grilled Baby Octopus with Tangy Lemon and Virgin Olive Oil, Slow-Baked Free Range Chicken Breast with Braised Apple and Raisin, Sirloin Beef, Black Pepper-Crusted Margaret Duck Breast on Creamy Polenta, Black Pepper Chicken, and Bread Rolls with Butter. I cleaned up everything there, and got a few cups of tea. I should also mention that every time I got up, we had new silverware put in front of us in the holders, and our napkins were folded! Talk about service.
The third course was: BBQ Squid with Stuffed Fish, Dimsum, Chinese Style Braised Beef, Roasted Chicken with Rice Ball, and some kind of Hot Sauce. It was pretty good, but not as good as everything else was. At this point, I was feeling pretty stuffed, and even the sushi in front of the bar looked like it would be too much for me to have. I decided dessert was in order.
Okay, first let me say that this place had more dessert than you could even think of trying. I took pictures of everything even if I didn’t try it. Most of the fruits were on skewers for dipping in a giant chocolate fountain.
And right behind all this was some private rooms that I thought were extra swanky. Check it out.
And here’s what I finally ended up getting.
I’d have to say that I have never eaten so well in my life and I don’t expect to until I go back again! I highly recommend trying this place on Orchard Road if you ever get to come to Singapore! Make sure you have reservations, it gets packed.