This is the second time I’ve been to Singapore. To be honest… Singapore isn’t that great. Basically, the entire city is a giant shopping mall. With the most miserable climate imaginable. The only reason I came back is because I have a ton of friends who live there that I wanted to visit. I probably stayed too long though, one of my friends wasn’t even in town.
Skip straight to the next section for food (probably the only thing anybody cares about).
The first day, we met up with two of my friends, their year-old daughter, and the wife’s extended family. We took the girl to the aquarium. She promptly fell asleep. The stringrays were very moe though.
We had stingray for dinner.
The next day, we visited the same friend at his workplace. He works at the Singapore research place, and they had a big fancy building with a nice view. Saw some robots. Walked around some malls.
Later, the guy I was traveling with wanted to see a ping pong tournament. So we rode the train for an hour to get to the ping pong tournament. Turned out it was a tournament for middle schoolers. We watched a match, but then we were embarrassed so we left. It was approximately as exciting as the Ping Pong anime.
The next day, we met up with another friend of mine, who took us hiking on a rural jungle island. We had to take a boat to get there.
It was pretty awesome. Basically just jungle and the occasional shack.
There were wild coconuts and bananas everywhere.
Also tons of wildlife. We were particularly impressed by the family of wild pigs, and also by the monkeys (the sun had set and they were up in the trees so I didn’t get a pictures of them, sadly…). There were lots of tiny crabs too. And yes that bird is carrying a fish.
We also got to see the mangrove forest which was cool.
The next morning we met up with another friend of mine, who took us to a museum. We saw some photography and dinosaurs. Then we saw a bunch more shopping malls. Like I said, infinite malls. I hate malls.
We also visited Little India and saw this cool temple, although I don’t remember what day that was.
While Singapore isn’t that exciting, it does have really good food. It has food from all over Asia.
The first night we had spicy hot pot. They gave me a fork and spoon and my friend chopsticks. Racists. So of course he used the fork and spoon and I used the chopsticks. When we ordered, they asked how spicy, we said medium spicy, they looked at me, and they were just, “No.” So we got low spicy.
Slashe and n4gaiyume took us to dim sum.
And sampling the delicious fruits of Singapore at the fruit stall. Definitely the best food of the trip. We didn’t have durian since I’d had it last time and suffered enough then.
We also had some pig intestines. It wasn’t bad.
And for dessert was mango sago. This has little pieces of mango and also sago, these transparent balls. It was amazing. We had mango sago two more times while were in Singapore. When the mango is fresh it is to die for.
Another good dessert was this hot sesame soup. Forget what it was called.
We also had lychee juice which was delicious, and some Indian nan things. Forget what they were called but it was good. Also chili crab, which is exactly like it sounds, crab in this chili sauce, which isn’t actually that spicy. There is bread which you dip in the sauce too, it’s really good. We had a bunch of other seafood that night as well.
Another cool thing in Singapore is the “food markets”, which is basically like a mall food court, with a bunch of different options, except the food is pretty cheap and very delicious. Each stall usually only sells a couple dishes so they’re quite good. Here are a few things we had from the food markets, although we ate at them quite often:
We stayed in Singapore too long, we were a bit bored by the end. But I got to see my friends and eat lots of delicious food. Next stop: Okinawa.