48 hours in Singapore

I always love having visitors, but I was a bit nervous about how much we could get done in Nuree’s 48 hours in Singapore. I knew how tiring the flights are from NY are and I wasn’t sure what she would be up for. Luckily, the haze wasn’t too horrible and we were able to pack in a lot in the limited time. So in the two days we had, we accomplished the following:

  • Breakfast at the local hawker (Whampoa Market
  • Lunch at Din Tai Fung
  • Walking the streets of Orchard Road
  • Exploring Chinatown
  • Church service at RHC
  • Visiting Sentosa and going to the southernmost point of continental Asia
  • Eating coconut thai ice cream with free coconut water
  • Seafood Indian food at the Esplanade
  • Walking from Esplanade to MBS, via the double helix bridge
  • Cafe hopping on Keong Saik Road
  • Enjoying the view and drinks from the top of Marina Bay Sands hotel
  • Chili crab at Jumbo Seafood
  • Supper at Swee Choon
  • Visiting Gardens by the Bay Cloud Forest
  • Taking the water taxi from Clarke Quay to MBS
  • Visting Mustafa in Little India
  • Walking around Haji Lane and stumbling upon the Selfie Coffee cafe.
  • Taking the bus, MRT, taxi, rides from friends, and walking as means of transportation!

By the end of those two full days of eating and walking our way through the little red dot, we were ready to board a plane to haze free Thailand and relax on the beach. I forgot how tiring walking around and doing sightseeing in Singapore can be, especially when you are outside in the afternoon. There were a few times, where taxis were necessary. By now, I think I could plan tours for anyone interested in coming to Singapore in my sleep. Also, Nuree needs to come back to Singapore because we didn’t get to try durian. Next time, my friend.

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#sydneyeats

Before arriving in Sydney, I did what any normal foodie would do- searched Instagram Sydney food hashtags for recommendations on places to eat. After finding a few Sydney food based instagramers through #sydneyeats, I had a few places I wanted to try. We arrived on a Saturday morning, and right away we wanted to see things. Dave took us to Paddington market, where we grabbed lunch at a cute cafe (Crate bar & pizza). The cafe was pretty simple, but the sandwiches were amazing. Maybe we were just really hungry, but they were just so fresh and delicious. I instantly knew we would love the food there.

On day 3 of the trip, we were headed to Bondi beach, to do the coastal walk and spend time at the beach. We were getting breakfast at a cafe on the way. In the car, I showed Jenni a picture of these delicious hotcakes I saw on IG. Dave was taking us to a cafe that one of his friend’s works at as a graphic designer. We asked Dave what the name of the cafe was. He said, Grounds of Alexandria. That’s when I flipped out. That was the same cafe that I had just shown Jenni a picture of. Little did I know what it would be like when I arrived. It was amazing. Outdoor seating places, along with a few different shops, stands, and delicious food. I was surprised at how crowded it was on a Monday morning. Along with the lovely decor, the food was amazing.

After breakfast, we made Dave stop at Bourke Street Bakery which we passed along the way to breakfast. A second breakfast- why not? We saved the baked goods for the coastal walk. I could go on and on about our food adventures, but you get the idea. Nevertheless, Sydney, your food is impressive. I’m definitely coming back. 

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the ultimate singapore food trail

One of the many reasons I was so excited for my brother’s visit was that I knew that he would be down to eat ANYTHING here. Some visitors tend to be a bit pickier than others about new foods they are willing to try. However, with my brother and his wife, I knew that I could take them anywhere. So I got to take them to some of my favorite places along with some of the must eat places for authentic Singaporean food.

Here’s the list of places we tried and some of the must order dishes and foods we had:

  • Jumbo Seafood Restaurant @ Clarke Quay Riverwalk- If you are with a big group, order both the chilli crab & black pepper crab with the fried mantou buns. The salted egg golden prawns are also delicious. This is definitely the go-to touristy place for chilli crab. Make reservations before hand online! jane&brian trip-9005
  • Swee Choon Dim Sum @ 191 Jalan Basar – Considering the cheap prices of the dishes, it’s easy to try a lot of the dishes, especially if you go with a big group. Make sure to try the salted egg yolk buns, xiao long bao,mee suan kuay, sichuan oil chili wanton,egg tarts, and mango-pomelo dessert. Remember, it’s open from 6pm -6am. So go there for dinner or supper!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Foong Kee Coffee Shop @ 6 Keong Saik Street- This was my first time trying this place thanks to the recommendation by my friend. This place is known for their char siew. At $3.50 for char siew and rice, this was worth every dollar. Their wanton soup was pretty good as well! Next time, I want to try their noodles.IMG_4610
  • Tian Tian @ Maxwell’s food centre- Chicken rice. Apparently the best place in Singapore, which was evident by the long queue. Honestly, I still can’t taste the difference in chicken rice, but I’ll take everyone’s word that this place is the best.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Durian stall @ Balestier – There are a few durian stands along Balestier that are pretty well known. Luckily, even though it’s not durian season, we were able to find some durian. Thanks to Bryce for taking us and eating the majority of the durian!IMG_4616
  • Toastbox- These are everywhere in Singapore,just make sure to try their kaya toast! However, I prefer the peanut thick toast for breakfast.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Mozza @ Marina Bay Sands Shoppes- I had to take my guests to my favorite pizza place in Singapore. I usually go for the prosciutto de parma pizza! Jane even stated that it was quite possibly the BEST pizza she has ever tasted. That’s quite a compliment!IMG_4583
  • Tim Ho Wan @ Plaza Singapura- My brother was very adamant about wanting to try pork buns before leaving, so I had to take him here. Yes, they have the best pork buns, and you can’t forget that they are such an affordable 1-Michelin star restaurant here.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Salad Stop & Cedele- I admit that we needed at least one “healthier” salad and sandwich meal to balance all the unhealthier food we were eating. Plus, a good western style salad and sandwich are hard to come by in Korea.
  • Landing Point @ the Fullerton Bay Hotel– This is definitely one of my favorite afternoon tea places in Singapore! Even though it’s a bit pricey at about $45++ per person, it’s unlimited tea/coffee/hot drinks, scones, and a 3-tier set full of finger sandwiches and other delicious desserts. The view of the Marina Bay Sands and live music help create a lovely ambience. Make sure to make a reservation beforehand! Afternoon tea is only from 3-5:30pm.
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  • Las Ristrettos @ Novena Medical Centre- The cafe culture is huge here in Singapore. There are always new and hipster friendly cafes sprouting everywhere, it’s often hard to keep track. This place has pretty good food and drinks. It’s also on the eighth floor of a huge medical centre, so you kind of need to know about it. It’s not a place you will stumble upon.
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If we had a few more days in Singapore, there’s a few more places I would have loved to taken them to eat roti prata, stingray, satay, char kway teow and more…

adventures in the empire state

This summer in New York, I was able to do a few firsts, like riding the Staten Island Ferry and going to the Top of the Rock. I didn’t want to wait in line for the actual ferry to Liberty Island and do the whole touristy thing, so we decided to take the Staten Island Ferry, which happens to be free. It was definitely full of tourists doing the same exact thing as us, so try to get in front of the line to board and get a good spot on the upper levels outside! The ferry runs frequently and you can get there from the South Ferry station. The views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline were pretty good!  Now I can say that I’ve actually been to Staten Island.

I was playing tour guide for my cousin’s daughter that was visiting NYC for the first time. So instead of going to the top of the Empire State building, I decided to take her to the Top of the Rock at Rockefeller Center. The views from the top were stunning. I think it might be my favorite view of NYC. I love that you can see the Empire State Building along with Central Park. I would highly recommend it! The food pics below are from Maison Kayser near the flatiron district, another yummy place for food and drinks. It’s always so hard leaving NYC…

 

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mokbar @ nyc

This summer, I had the chance to check out this new and delicious place called Mokbar located in Chelsea market. My friend recommended this place,and I’m glad she did. This is a new Korean-Japanese fusion ramen place, opened by a Korean-American, Esther Choi. They don’t have too many tables, so be prepared to wait if you have a bigger group.

We tried a whole bunch of different dishes. Their ho-cakes were interesting, as they put pork in them, making them taste more like a pa-jeon/pancakes then the usually sweet ho-dduk. I enjoyed their disco fries, because kimchi, cheese, and fries are some of my favorite foods, especially when they are combined! Their tteokboki had bacon and poached egg which was a unique twist on this classic korean dish. I ordered the kimchi ramen as my main dish, and enjoyed it! I would definitely recommend this place. Next time, I want to try out los tacos, which the taco place located next door!

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wheeler’s yard {the new cafe on the block}

Wheeler’s yard, the newest hipster cafe and bike atelier in Singapore, just happens to be around the block from me! Finally, a decent cafe in my neighborhood. However, my friends and I made the mistake of going on a public holiday, so it was incredibly busy and packed inside. We had to wait on a long line to order our food, and when we got to order our food they said it would take an hour. Luckily, the food ended up coming out right away.  We were also able to find a table inside, instead of sitting in the open warehouse (NO AC!) section.

They  had the menu on your typical clipboard and brown paper. There was a small selection of brunch items as well as lunch options. I ordered the smoked salmon and scrambled eggs with toast. The serving size was pretty big and the eggs were very fluffy and filling. Probably not the best brunch food I’ve had in Singapore, but it was decent. I would want to try some of their lunch options next time, like their burgers and truffle fries.

I was just thrilled by the fact that I could walk here from my apartment, that I’m willing to overlook the average quality in their food. The next time I come,  it will definitely be during the week, and hopefully it’ll be more quiet and calm. I do think that the bike store in a warehouse concept is unique and fun. We’ll see how long it captures the attention of Singapore’s prolific and wannabe hipster cafe culture. Before we left, we HAD to take pictures outside, in front of the blue warehouse doors. So if you’re a bike lover or want to check out the latest cafe in Singapore, this is the place to be!

Address: 28 Lor Ampas, Singapore, Singapore 328781
Tel: 6254 9128
Hours:
Tue- Fri: 11am-8pm
Sat-Sun: 10am-8pm
Closed on Mondays

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