At Long Last...
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December 19th, 2009 – by: stevenguyen
The drive took about 20 minutes from the downtown area.
Most of the day in Bottle Tree Park was spent making sure that everybody had a good time catching fish while capturing the candid footage in the process. Believe me, there was a lot of big fish out there! As you can see from some of the images, most of the village folk that do this all day are really pro at this... so it's usually very entertaining to watch! And you know when big crowds gather around, it was definitely a big catch! All in all, we had a good time, and ended up splitting the commission check we earned.
One of the great things about venturing out into the city with friends is that you have a lot of options offered to you. I'm the kind of tourist that just goes along for the ride, but I knew that I wanted to get something good to eat. When you spend most of your morning in the hot and humid weather, your appetite is going to surge! From what I heard in LA, Singapore has the best chicken rice the world has to offer... so I told David to take me to the best restaurant where they served chicken rice. Around noon it started to rain like crazy, so we had to move swiftly. During the monsoon season in Singapore, it's usually advisable to carry an umbrella or some sort of windbreaker/poncho.
We headed towards Balestier Road, a busy urban area towards the center of Singapore.
Here's something great that I discovered just 10 minutes down Rochor Canal Road is a mall called Sim Lim Square, or SLS. I gotta say that this place is the mecca of IT and electronics in Singapore! I can see why it's a common tourist trap, because from what I hear... many of the tourists fall victim to the various scams and ripoffs, and from observing.
At the end of the day, David was cool enough to drop me off at the Raffles Hotel. For those of you that aren't familiar with what that is... it's one of the most famous hotels in the country. If you go to Wikipedia, you would probably get a list of things that it's noted for, but the most notable thing about it of course is that this is where the "Singapore Sling" was invented.
After the drink, I had a nice walk through the Suntec City Mall. During the holiday season, there are so many people... so you just have to fight your way through the crowds. The Suntec City Mall is right across from the Marina Mandarin where I was staying, so it was very convenient for me! I got another early day tomorrow, and I'm going to be doing some studio work with David and Linus... so I'll update you on how that goes!
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