Loving Yong Tau Foo in SG Again
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July 25th, 2009 – by: planisphere
Okay, after more that a month since I came back. I would say that I am half way adjusted with my Singapore life. I got my own place now. I am getting used to my new shift (afternoon shift). I am loving my food here (of course yong tau foo and chicken rice as my staple). Yong Tau Foo has been my symbol for Singapore, not Merlion and definitely not Sentosa. :)
Yong tau foo is essentially a clear soup containing a varied selection of food items including fish balls, crab sticks, bittergourds, cuttlefish, lettuce, ladies fingers, as well as chilis, and various forms of fresh produce, seafood and meats common in Chinese cuisine.
This food is deemed to my Filipino food as punishment since it could really be bland for a Pinoy taste but with good amount of chilli and sweet paste, this food rocks! :)
Enough of food, what has changed here in Singapore since I left.... Let me enumerate the obvious:
1. Construction construction construction.
2. Singapore Flyer. When I left, it was still under construction and is operating now. It was just in front of the building where I work. I tried it twice - one at night, one in the morning. Both are free courtesy of my friend's card, both rides are uneventful. For me, it's not worth paying some much for a ride to the flyer for a reason that I could see the same view everyday, there's no novelty to me.
3. Cigarettes from outside Singapore are totally NOT allowed in Singapore.
4. Everything is a bit more expensive due to GST.
5. Taxi fare gets more expensive as well.
6. Singapore F1 - Night Race. There was already some preparation when I left, but this time, I was able to see it. I am working where the track is, so I can hear the sound of it. I am 16 floors above the track, allowing me to watch the F1 for free. :)
What are the things that have not changed:
1. People are still the same. Same same lah! People are still rushing. For what, I still don't know. :)
2. I still love the food be it from hawkers or from a good resto.
3. I still have to walk far everyday (unlike in the Philippines where anything more than 100 steps is far).
4. Singapore is still hot and humid. And weather could be crazy sometimes. Effect of global warming, I suppose.
5. Price for house rental is still high despite of the recession.
6. HAZE! It's either from the forest clearing in Sumatra or from the burnt incense during chinese ghost month. Nonetheless, it's not pleasant!!!!!
I could have missed more items on the list but those are the ones that are pretty obvious to me.
Since I am back here, the only way to survive is to enjoy whatever this small island could offer - the diversity in terms of culture and people (and food!), the shopping malls and travel to nearby countries (since SG is a travel hub).
Also, I am learning to speak Singlish again. Argghhhh!
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