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Last day of holiday

Last day in Singapore, also known as the day you try to stuff as much food as possible into your protesting stomach. We are tamchiak like that. Before we went to bed, ah Ma Whatsapped me from her room (does everyone do that because we do that a lot!) listing all the food items we had to finish off, it went something like sio bee, Lao Ban tau hway, Tai Cheong egg tarts, cheng teng, nashi pears …. 😱😱😱 Despite this list, I am still regretting not having another bowl of lor mee, maybe it’s best to stop while I have such fond memories of that first bowl.

The day started well with a mug of Toastbox kopi, for some reason I keep thinking that their kopis are very popular with Singaporeans and I should try? Anyway, it was very nice but I’m not sure that it was nicer than the ones I’ve had at kopitiams? I will miss kopis so much!

Ah Ma had nasi Padang which was very good. She let me have a few bites and everything I tasted was very tasty, she was quite pleased.

We also ordered chai tow kueh to share, I didn’t eat much of this but I remember it was good the last time I had it.

Or luak/ oyster omelette was piping hot and yummy, the oysters were fat and juicy, egg crispy, so good. I have to confess these were just shared dishes, my main was chicken rice and ah pa had curry laksa 😓.

Ah Ma asked me to take a photo of this attap chee from our ais kachang for my sis. She loves attap chee.

It was a back breaking day because Saitaoha was at her needy best (more on that later) and I ended up baby wearing her instead of the baby! My poor parents had to take turns carrying Saitaomei, I tell you, Salonpas is a must in our household. We stopped for a rest at Taka where we finally bought Tai Cheong eggtarts coz no queue. Ah Ma was like ‘aiyoh I only bought 2 eggtarts, why they package until so nice?’

Eggtarts were nice, I don’t know that they were wow though, maybe I’m used to the puff pastry egg tarts in Perth? But they were still good eggtarts.

It started pouring again late afternoon. Saitaoha fell asleep at 3pm because she was so tired after our day out. Poor kid has been walking so much (she hates being carried and doesn’t like strollers so we didn’t bring one) she has a blister on her foot. Ah Ma and I were resigned that late nap = late bedtime ‘we die loh’ she exclaimed dejectedly 😅. Anyway we still took advantage of her nap to sneak out for last minute shopping. That’s when Ah Ma and I shared a Yole, not as good as Ilao Ilao!

On our way back home, Ah Ma stopped and said ‘oh oh, what’s that ?!’ She pointed at Saitaomei’s head.

She thought it was bird crap and burst into laughter when I told her sheepishly that it was the chocolate sauce from our Yole. ‘That’s what happens when your mother is a tamchiak gui‘ she laughed. I told her that earlier in the day ah pa also noticed a grain of chicken rice on Saitaomei’s head 😓, she almost collapsed in laughter in the lift. Took out my mobile with her shaking with laughter hands and snapped this photo saying ‘quick must take photo to show your sisters’. It’s so nice to be the joke of the family 😏.

We were planning to go to our usual zhi char for Chap Goh Meh but the heavy downpour cancelled all plans for a feast. To be honest, we were so stuffed anyway. Ended up taking away some food which we had very late.

Looks messy but I had yong tao fu. I only had it around 9pm so it tasted very nice haha.

Saitaoha has been driving me mad! Her neediness and whining had reached new heights since we’ve arrived in Singapore. During the start of the holiday, I thought she was just delighted that I was going to be around 24/7 and that the novelty would soon wear off. But it’s grown worse! She refuses to let anyone else carry her or hold her hand except me, she cries if I leave the room, she insists that she wants milk if she sees me feeding Saitaomei, she cries when I am carrying Saitaomei and wants to be carried at the same time. It’s driving me mad and I keep getting so impatient with her. SIGH, I don’t know what to do. Part of me thinks I need to discipline her, another part of me is fed up with myself for telling her off. Lately she’s learned words like ‘wait’ ‘stop’ ‘sorry’, it makes me feel sad because I know she’s picked it up from me 😢.

I didn’t realise we could see the TP central shopping street lights from our window, so pretty! I love the night views of Singapore from our windows. Good bye Singapore, I will miss you, thank you for another gorgeous holiday💕.

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2nd last day in Singapore

Sigh, it’s our last day in Singapore tomorrow, which means our holiday is nearly over 😭😭. I guess I shouldn’t be greedy, after all I’ve had a glorious time for close to a month, it’s time to go back to reality.

It’s funny how one’s mind starts adjusting out of holiday mode automatically now that the end is near. I have been messaging R to ask him to buy necessities in preparation for our return. I’ve also started checking Aldi specials online , I guess auntie mode is back on 😅.

Breakfast of the champions this morning. I actually ordered this hoping Saitaoha would eat some but nope food strike back on. She eats best at home with food that we cook for her.

Lek tau suan, my ah ma’s version is nicer, she makes it using the instant pot!

Ah Ma had vegetarian beehoon, I tried some and it was delicious.

Ah Ma and I sneaked out to Nex during Saitaoha’s nap. Ah pa said she was very good with him when she woke up, apparently she’s only super whiny and needy when I’m around 😭. Dapaoed Tspellstrouble ‘s favourite ToriQ for our late lunch. We skipped dinner again! Sigh too much yummy food too little stomach space. I don’t think I’ll even get to have another Loh mee before we leave.

The weather cleared up so I brought the munchkin to the playground. She enjoyed herself I think, she had a really indulgent and nice holiday. We’re hoping she will settle back into her usual routine and habits when we go home.

Spotted a cat on our walk home. She was a little scared but thrilled at the same time, kept saying goodbye to the cat when we left.

I will miss our night outings when we return to Perth. There’s so much more to see and do at night in Kuching and Singapore. Ah pa wanted to bring Saitaoha to see the lights. I do love Toa Payoh central, such a great hub.

Can you spot the two ah mahs in the photo? They were having a chat in Teochew along the lines of

Ah mah A: nowadays my memory is so bad. I remember things from long long ago, but things that just happened, I forget !!

Ah mah B: Wah you too? Me also! My son always says Ma you remember everything from the old days but you can’t remember anything from today!

Sigh, I wish my parents could stay young forever.

Singapore Day 1 : Seafood feast @ Toa Payoh

It’s May! How time flies, scarf and boots season all over again. I’ve caught a cold too so it’s a pretty crappy start to the autumn/winter season. Which brings me to my long overdue sunny Singapore posts.

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Our first breakfast in Singapore was Ya Kun kaya and toast, with a side of soft boiled eggs.

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YaKun kaya toast is very crispy but a tad dry. We like Killiney kopitiam’s kaya toast more.

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When R and I were in Hongkong, we didn’t get to try the famous Michelin starred TimHoWan. But lo and behold, TimHoWan is now available in Singapore! And best of all, there is a branch conveniently located in our neighbourhood of Toa Payoh.

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Braised chicken feet which was tasty but nothing extraordinary.

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The signature baked char siew buns of TimHoWan, a cross between a polo bun with the sweet crunchy exterior and the yummy charsiew filling. It was very sweet and tasty, but I’m not sure that I would queue for hours to eat this.

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Nice siew mai which we all enjoyed. I think TimHoWan’s claim to fame is consistently good dimsum at affordable prices. Would definitely go ahead providing there’s no long queues.

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It was really nice being with my parents and sisters together in Singapore. Our first dinner was in our local neighbourhood zhi char stall @Hao Wei Kitchen. We decided to go all out with a seafood feast :). This was our seafood claypot pot.

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I love eating stir fried bittergourd whenever I’m in Malaysia or Singapore because the local bittergourds are so much better than the ones in Perth.

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I can’t remember the name of these local lobsters but they were deep coated in a salted egg york better and deep fried, really good. I even ate parts of the crunchy shell (-____-)”.

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Jo’s favourite dish of the night, Singapore’s signature chilli crab. Believe it or not, it was my first time eating chilli crab and I was impressed. The spicy sweet chill sauce was great especially when soaked up by fried mantou. We liked these so much Jo and my ah pa had chilli crab again a couple of nights later!

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The sambal squid was fabulous too, we all decided that we were really pleased with our first dinner in Singapore.

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Oh wait, there was dessert too! Two packs of different durian species, one was Mao Shan Wang which I believe is the king of durians, the other was another type called creamy butter. Surprisingly, everyone preferred the creamy butter species.

It was a good end to a lovely first day in Singapore.

Singapore Fling

Just a short note to say that we are having a great time in Singapore.

It is turning out exactly how I anticipated it to be, a lot of wonderful food experiences and ample family time. My poor ah pa has had to endure long shopping sessions and our never ending foodie excursions. I know half the time he’s looking at us girls in amazement and thinking ‘how can they eat and shop so much?!’ (*_______*)”

But it’s great even though I know the sisters will be happy when we get back home and they’re reunited with the boys and babies again. It’s always bittersweet leaving a vacation place to know that something lovely is waiting for you back home …

Bangkok Day 10 : Songkran festival & Geylang

This is my final Bangkok post!! Bangkok feels so long ago and already the heels of Bangkok shoes are scuffed and worn. I need new shoes but more importantly, I need more holidays (^___^)Y.
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Our last walk around Pratunam in the morning. I knew I would miss the street vendors selling knick knacks and the most amazing variety of street food.

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Stall selling water guns and other water weapons. It was the start of the Songkran festival and in that regard, I was glad it was our last day in Bangkok. Still, we didn’t manage to avoid the locals and their water festivities during our last hours, I recall being chased by locals brandishing their water guns and of a greater magnitude, buckets laden with water. At one point R had to negotiate his way out of the bucket instead convincing the local to let him off with a water gun. It sounds scarier than it was, actually it was all in good fun, a little troublesome since we were hoping to get to the airport dry, but a half wet outfit wasn’t too bad and the locals did let us off easy with cheeky grins and smiles.

Inside the safety of our hotel lobby, we stood by the windows and laughed at others getting completely drenched by water hoses and giant buckets. Even the hotel staff were soaked from head to toe as they helped us with our luggage, but everyone was very sporting and partook in the water activities with gusto.

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Remember the Songkran festival poster that I featured in my last Bangkok post? We thought it was a poster advertising a concert but we completely missed the mark and it was actually a foam and water party!

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This was held at the Central World arena, the once pristine and clean grounds were covered with foam and bubbles and very wet water gun totting people.

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If only it wasn’t our last day in Bangkok, I reckon I would have bought a giant water gun and jumped into the water festivities too. The festive atmosphere was really something to behold.

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I spotted this sinful snack of fried quail eggs during the early Bangkok days but somehow kept missing out on them. So I was really happy that they were selling this during my last day and bought a whole serving. This is not for the faint hearted but it was very yummy.

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A friend (you know who you are) commented that all my Bangkok posts seem to feature chicken rice, ‘is that all you ate throughout the whole trip?’ I was queried.  *Hangs foodie head in shame* I did eat a lot of chicken rice in Bangkok, and even had chicken rice during my stopover in Singapore, I can’t help it, I love chicken rice!

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I can’t remember what this was, obviously some porky soup dish with rice. We didn’t have anything that was less than yummy Bangkok so I’m pretty sure this was good too.

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Another popular Bangkok snack, the humble waffle. Their waffles have many different fillings in them but this one was just the original waffle, very tasty it was too, chewy with this slight crispy caramelised texture on the outside.

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Time to say goodbye to Bangkok! This sculpture was smack bang in the middle of the transit hall.  I really enjoyed our trip to Bangkok, the food was amazing, the BTS system was impressive and efficent, the shopping was great, there’s so much to love about Bangkok and I would love to return again.

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A few hours later and we were in Singapore, or Geylang to be exact. This red light district of Singapore is also well known as a late night  foodie joint.

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We passed by many coffee shops boasting popular Geylang fare including frog leg congee, stir fried fallopian tubes and 24 hour dimsum. But somehow they didn’t seem appetising and we ended up having wanton noodles for supper instead!

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Our wanton noodle stall was popular and it was a little wait before our noodles arrived but they were worth it, a simple and perfect midnight supper.

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What’s for breakfast? Chicken rice of course!! (= ^ ^ =). I’ve had much better chicken rice in other parts of Singapore (and Bangkok haha) but hey, can’t stop by Singapore without eating chicken rice.

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Changi airport’s Terminal 3 has all these new shops (or maybe it’s been a long time since I’ve been there) including this shop that sold lots of cute Miffys. I wish I could have bought all of them for my baby niece (and maybe keep one for myself hehe).

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Last look at Merlion and we were back to Perth. Sigh, I wonder when I’ll be able to blog about another holiday again….

Singapore Day 4 : The last breakfast

Sob, it was the last day in Singapore. Not even a full day since our flight was in the afternoon. But we made the most of it foodie wise and had a massive breakfast at Albert Food Court.
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I love this food court, so much choice and a kopi stall in every lane! HC and I had a kopi everyday (^__^).
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HC’s brother joined us for breakfast. He was still suffering from the aftermath of a bad cold poor guy.

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My mum’s roti canai with curry sauce. This looks yummy.

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Jo’s second Lek Tao Suan in Singapore. For some reason she developed a craving for this sweet mung bean dessert in Singapore, best eaten with lots of yew char kuey (fried dough sticks) on top. I used to love this dessert as a kid, hmm, maybe I can make this at home!

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I don’t know who’s char kway teow this was, was it mine? I think we might have shared this.

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I can imagine Jan shaking her head at this photo. Instead of her favourite vegetarian beehoon I bought vegetarian kway teao instead! I miss vegetarian stalls in Singapore.

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No prizes for guessing what my dad had for his last meal in Singapore. What else but the famous fishball noodles? We also bought a huge pack of fried carrot cake to share. So good. Gosh, we are such gluttons but what a happy life (^___^)Y. If you haven’t guessed by now, it was a fantastic Singapore holiday.

Singapore Day 2 & 3: Orchard & the Family reunion

I know I haven’t been blogging for a long time. To tell the truth, life is at a low slump now and I just didn’t feel like writing emo posts that I would gag at later. But I’m going on holiday soon, so hopefully things will turn for the better soon 🙂

Ok, back to happier times. Day 2 in fun Bugis.
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This is Bugis Street early in the morning minus the crowds.
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This time we ventured out of Bugis and we went to Orchard the shopping haven. It was Jo and HC’s first time at the ION shopping centre with pretty cool ceilings.
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We met up with my parents at Heeren for a Japanese buffet at Kiseki. Hehe, HC was nice enough to pose in front of the sumo mascot for me.

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It was a fun shopping day but we were glad to get back to our favourite Albert food court for good local food. Snacks included ondeh-ondeh, popiah and pie tee.

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One of our must-eats in Singapore was Mos Burger. It took us a while to find the Mos burger outlet but it was worth it. There’s just something different about the Mos burger.

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This was our durian stall throughout the Singapore trip. My father made friends with the Uncle durian seller. His stall was just opposite the hotel. HC stopped by on our way back to the hotel to ask him whether there were any good durians that day for my father.

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Day 3 was just all about the family reunion. All the Singaporean relatives gathered at Uncle Richard’s place, some that Jo and I had never seen before. It was a very heartwarming event and I know my parents had a great time catching up with the old folks.

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Guess what I had for dinner?


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