Coconuts, Sharks and Crabs - Oh My!

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Famous pork jerky - delicious! Can't find it anywhere but Singapore.

My wish of sleeping through the night didn't really pan out.  I woke up at 11 pm, got up and puttered around, then went back to sleep around 1:30am and then got up at 4am.  Everyone else was still asleep so I had some coffee and watched the night slowly turn into day.  It was actually quite lovely seeing the city so still and quiet.  Then around 6am, a crazy bird starting chirping really really loudly.  I had never heard anything like it before - sort of a "walloping" sound.  At first it was funny, but then it got really really annoying.  Nature sounds great - except when it's outside your window keeping you up....  It was quite a long wait before the girls were all up and ready to start the day.  I was determined to make this a full day and stay up until late.

Sleepy Amanda.

Everyone's still asleep so I munched on some pork jerky - it's pretty famous in Singapore - thick and sweet - I've tried to find something similar in Los Angeles, but failed miserably.  I know some people who try to "smuggle" it in - if you get caught, airport security confiscates it.  One friend's aunt was caught and sat in the airport and ate the entire package of pork jerky, instead of letting the security guards take it.  Impressive!

(Additional note - Amanda read this and reminded me that as i was waiting i just sat on the bed staring at her, willing her to wake up.  I used to do this as a little girl at slumber parties because i was soooo bored when everyone else was asleep.  I guess things haven't changed much.)  Finally, the girls were up!

First off - we went to Killiney Kopitian to get Kaya Toast - a yummy coconut jam spread on white toast with a pat of butter.

Me posing in V's penthouse - my hair still looks normal here (wait until week 3 of this trip). lol!
  Really delish!  We had it with super strong coffee to kick start our day.  I think it's a popular chain because I see it everywhere.  As I looked around, I was surprised that many people were eating chicken curry or fried rice for lunch.  They must have strong stomachs!  I don't understand the whole eat hot and spicy things to combat the humid heat - I'd prefer to combat it with ice cream  :)

After the energy boost, we headed over to Little India to stroll around.  It was mostly souvenir and jewelry shops, but it was interesting seeing all the different Indian snacks and desserts.  The local temple was quite beautiful and colorful with intricate statues and carvings.  Many people were there praying or giving offerings of flowers and/or food  We quietly walked around but didn't want to disturb anyone.
Breakfast at killiney koptian.
  These little birds, however, didn't share the same feelings and were hopping and flying about, snatching pieces of the sweets the devotees brought.  Yet they seemed so much a part of the activities in the temple - no one even batted an eyelash at them. 

After the pleasant stroll, we drove over to Dempsey Hill - an area filled with trendy restaurants, boutiques and galleries.  We had lunch at Samy's - fish head curry, mutton, chicken served with rice, stewed cabbage, stewed potatoes and little fried crispy tortilla-like things.  It was all quite good and super spicy.  We sat on the porch area overlooking the lush greenery surrounding the restaurant while enjoying our food and the light breezes.
Kaya Toast - white toast with coconut jam and a huge pat of butter. Yummy!
  A great experience for about $10 (US) each.  After dinner, we visited some of the galleries and rug shops - quite expensive but lovely.  Then we went to Jones - a high end food shop and cafe (similar to Dean & Deluca).  I had an espresso and a cupcake (super cute with frosting and marshmallows on top).  Amanda wanted a simple iced cappuccino - but they essentially brought her an iced cap with a scoop of gelato in it!  (there goes her attempt to diet - but we are on vacation so no diets allowed!) (Random note - The art in Singapore seemed rather eclectic with quite a range in quality.  The gallery next to Jones in my opinion had the best paintings - a nice mix but all seemingly good.  There was one particular painting that we all liked - with koi in whites and oranges swimming in a shallow pool of clear water above tan pebbles - very serene, with amazing movement and flow, as if they were truly swimming in sunlit waters.
Enjoying breakfast and much needed coffee!
)

Afterwards we went to Sentosa Island - an amusement park built on a nearby island.  Most of the amusements are rather cheezy (and everything costs money) but we wanted to check out the views and visit the Underwater World - a small aquarium with an underwater tunnel where you are surrounded by different types of fish.  Sort of cool, but rather expensive ($20 Sin).  We did take lots of cool pics before we realized that no flash photography was allowed (ooops!).  My fav was the "nemo" shot.  :)  There were also giant turtles, leopard sharks and lots of sting rays.  So amazing to see them up close in the tunnel!  The parking lot for it was quite amusing with signs that stated - beware of peacock attacks - park at your own risk.
Pretty floor decor in Little India.
  Never knew peacocks were so dangerous!   Afterwards, we stopped by Siloso Beach - a mini, man-made looking beach (Note - you can swim here but I wouldn't recommend it; you are near the port of Singapore and the water, though suspiciously blue, is sleek with oil spills); and then over to IlLido for drinks (located in a hotel on the island).  We indulged in some champagne while we gazed out onto the water.  We were even able to see Indonesia across the way.  V told us there were often pirates near there.  Cool, huh?  (but we didn't see any)

After the day's adventure we returned to V's for a rest, then walked along the river (Clark Quay) to our dinner spot - Jumbo Seafood - for Singapore's famous chili crab.
A temple in Little India.
  It was absolutely phenomenal!!!  Yummy, sweet and spicy.  We had it with these tiny little fried buns - yum!  We also had fried noodles, fried squid paste, cereal shrimp and some spicy stir fried veggies.  The entire meal was fab!  I wasn't even hungry when I arrived but I still managed to clean off my plate.  It's amazing what one can do when one really puts one's mind to it.  :)  After dinner we walked along the quay again to a wine bar  (Tasting Notes or something like that) where some of V's friends were meeting up with her.  Unfortunately Amanda and I were so pooped (it was 10:30pm and we had barely slept) so we had to call it a night early.  The walk back to V's place was quite arduous - I thought I was going to pass out.  But now I'm back and I'm blogging.  Go figure.


TRE69 says:
MMM...chili crab...I'm jealous!!!
Posted on: Apr 24, 2008
mellemel8 says:
OMG this reminds me of your europe blog. it is filled with food.
Posted on: Apr 08, 2008
keatsdad says:
It sounds awesome. All of the food there sounds great, especially since so much of it is seafood. Yum!
Posted on: Apr 02, 2008
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Famous pork jerky - delicious!  Ca…
Famous pork jerky - delicious! C…
Sleepy Amanda.
Sleepy Amanda.
Me posing in Vs penthouse - my ha…
Me posing in V's penthouse - my h…
Breakfast at killiney koptian.
Breakfast at killiney koptian.
Kaya Toast - white toast with coco…
Kaya Toast - white toast with coc…
Enjoying breakfast and much needed…
Enjoying breakfast and much neede…
Pretty floor decor in Little India.
Pretty floor decor in Little India.
A temple in Little India.
A temple in Little India.
Plenty of sweet sweets!
Plenty of sweet sweets!
A cute row of cafes in Little Indi…
A cute row of cafes in Little Ind…
Weird herbal supplement - there se…
Weird herbal supplement - there s…
Lunch at Samys.
Lunch at Samy's.
Fish head curry - spiiiicy!
Fish head curry - spiiiicy!
Feasting at Samys with A & C.
Feasting at Samy's with A & C.
Dempsey Hill - filled with boutiqu…
Dempsey Hill - filled with boutiq…
All smiles. :)
All smiles. :)
A shot of Jones - really cool plac…
A shot of Jones - really cool pla…
A with her iced cappucino with gel…
A with her iced cappucino with ge…
My afternoon snack: espresso and c…
My afternoon snack: espresso and …
View of the port from Sentosa Isla…
View of the port from Sentosa Isl…
Dangerous peacock!  (according to …
Dangerous peacock! (according to…
Enjoying the afternoon at Sentosa …
Enjoying the afternoon at Sentosa…
A merlion.
A merlion.
A monkey on Sentosa Island - from …
A monkey on Sentosa Island - from…
Underwater World - a stingray.
Underwater World - a stingray.
Underwater World - cool shot of a …
Underwater World - cool shot of a…
Ditto.
Ditto.
Cool aquarium tunnel - that is the…
Cool aquarium tunnel - that is th…
Underwater world - crazy looking c…
Underwater world - crazy looking …
Look at the huge blue fish!
Look at the huge blue fish!
Taking pics in the tunnel.
Taking pics in the tunnel.
Its Nemo!
It's Nemo!
Watching the turtles.
Watching the turtles.
Turtles in the outside pond.
Turtles in the outside pond.
Fort Siloso.
Fort Siloso.
A - all smiles at Siloso Beach.
A - all smiles at Siloso Beach.
Man-made silso beach (but we were …
Man-made silso beach (but we were…
Champagne toast at Il Lido!
Champagne toast at Il Lido!
Malaysia across the water - no pir…
Malaysia across the water - no pi…
Strolling on Clark Quay.
Strolling on Clark Quay.
Pretty nightlife along Clark Quay.
Pretty nightlife along Clark Quay.
Jumbo Seafood - where we gorged on…
Jumbo Seafood - where we gorged o…
Yummmm for chili crabs!
Yummmm for chili crabs!
Deep fried rolls with shrimp I thi…
Deep fried rolls with shrimp I th…
Stir fried noodles - nice!
Stir fried noodles - nice!