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It’s felt like forever since I have sketched and posted like I used to, and I miss it! I have had good reason to though.

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I am back in Singapore, like I think I mentioned last and I am sooo happy to be back. Yesterday my friend and I spent the day sketching and I could not stop saying how much I missed it. I have posted for you today a sketch I did when I was here in 2012. I never got the chance to post it, so here it is. I was staying at the Global Residence on Tiong Bahru Road, and this was my view from my apartment. Lush, green, and so much development.

Stay tuned for the ones I did yesterday.

Have a great day and it’s good to be back!

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Pack lightly.. all you need are your taste-buds!

Today I thought I would post my culinary travels in Singapore thus far… in cases where I remembered to take photos… Hope it’s not too painful on your eyes… and stomachs..

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This was my first meal in Singapore.. It was ok.. nothing to talk about just yet… I think I was just settling in and overwhelmed by it all…

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Ki had this soup.. it was good.. but we wanted more spice! More heat!

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Thus far, this guy is my favorite! I have had food from him only twice.. but both times I was blown away..

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Heat!

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Delicious!!!

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The beer of Singapore it seems..

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I had this for breakfast… Milo (which I am very familiar with.. I grew up on it), lightly toasted bread with something akin to a jelly in it, and soft boiled eggs… I tried the soft boiled on my friend’s encouragement…

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Soft boiled eggs after adding soy sauce to it.. this was not my cup of tea… My palate could not wrap around the texture… and the taste wasn’t much either.. it needed seasoning or crunch or something.. I could not finish it!

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Ki had laksa.. this was good! I would not have it for a breakfast meal due to its spiciness, but it was really good! There were some little things that looked like beansprouts, but had the texture of slightly boiled dumplings.. it was really, really good!

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Bakery with so many delights!!

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Get in my belly!!!

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Dinner at home.. On this night I tossed some green leafy vegetable (like pak choi) with garlic, had left overs from lunch, bread, and ramen…

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This was a good meal…

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Fish was fried in a batter, and there was a chilli sauce accompanying it… It was warm, light and tasty…

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Fried chicken.. it was ok.. it was a bit cold… so not enticing to my palate…

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Mmmmm.. this ramen was a boss!!! It was very delicious and it looked good too..

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At this point I was sleepy and wanted my bed…

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Black pepper fish, with veggies and rice… this was good too.. the fish especially was very tasty with a light crisp on the outside!

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I can’t remember what this was too clearly, but it was chicken.. and there was tofu with the veggies…

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Fish Delights – FAILED! This dish was not for my liking, neither was it for Ki… I think maybe with time we can get used to it… but for now.. it was a failure for us… Currently Ki is 2/14 when it comes to failures… I am  0/7… haven’t had a failure as yet.. and I hope it stays this way…

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LOL!!! Ki eventually discarded his meal and got another dish…

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I had black pepper beef.. It was good… It wasn’t enough, and if you know me.. if I say something was not enough.. IT REALLY WAS NOT ENOUGH..

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Best Thai Green Curry I have ever had!!!

This was the best green curry I have ever had, hands down! This was so good I can still remember my experience as I ate it.. OMG! The curry was rich, flavored, aromatic, all the adjectives to describe an awesome meal… This chef is currently my favorite  thus far… I am going to try almost everything he has!

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Mango Salad… This is the second mango salad I have had here.. This time I took it without the peanuts.. It reminds me of Chow (a Trinbagonian favorite). It is essentially a mango chow, but presented as a salad.. which means sans the soul of a chow which is the sauce.. But it is really well done.. This salad had carrots in it too, but the previous one I had was 100% mango… mango, salt, cilantro, onions, hot pepper, and maybe a bit of lime.. just a little… Heaven!

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I like spicy food… so peppers are always at my side.. I had a scrumptious meal this night.. My stomach was definitely full after this meal!

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Ki had this which contained noodles, and seafood… it was also very tasty.. cheap too!

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I had this meal from ‘Pots and Pans’ I think was the name of the stall… You get your food simmering on this hot plate… I had black pepper pork and rice… It was good… but again my stomach felt it was not enough..

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This will burn you to smitherines!

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Ki went back to the place with the failed meal above to try this… numerous people were leaving that stall with this meal.. so he tried it..

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You get your meats (fish, shrimp, and more), veggies (lettuce, pak choi stuff) vermicelli all raw. Along with it comes a boiling pot of soup to cook them in…

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It seemed like first degree burns were on the menu for us tonight .. 🙂

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This was a success.. the soup still needed a little work.. but great experience!

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After walking around in the hot sun I had this.. Sprite never tasted this good!

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Ahhhhhh!!

Smile!!

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Where did I wake up?

After having an intense 2 days in London, including a Coldplay concert, my cousin and I woke up on Sunday morning ready for me to head to the airport once again… My poor cousin was tired this morning… she started feeling it.. She dropped me off at the airport, I did my security check and went up t0 my gate for my flight…

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At the gate waiting for my flight… Falling asleep, and anxiously awaiting the time to board… I just want to sleep!!!

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The food on this plane ride was good.. I chose to have curried shrimp, rice, and vegetables… The shrimps (prawns) were really good! Well seasoned, succulent, the gravy rich.. and tasty! I slept for a couple hours then watched movies for the remainder of my trip..

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I disembarked from my flight and headed to baggage claim once again… Where am I you may be asking?

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Singapore!!!

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Inside the Singapore airport…

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Going to collect my bags at the carousel… The water wall intrigued me though…

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A look at the water wall once again..

When I exit my driver Micheal was there (sign in hand) to meet me… The airport was really nice, and way-finding was easy… which is paramount when someone exits a plane in a foreign land.. We went to the car and proceeded to my place of stay…

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Michael told me that this was their new terminal, Terminal 3 – it has an annual handling capacity of 22 million passengers, bringing the total handling capacity of Changi Airport to about 70 million passengers per year.

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En route

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Took some shots while driving… shots of excitement!

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These clusters of buildings blew me away..

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Blown away again… This will be visited eventually by moi…

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Passing nearby the Marina Bay Sands, which looks as though a cruise ship is mounted atop the building… Marina Bay Sands is an integrated resort fronting Marina Bay in Singapore. Developed by Las Vegas Sands, it is billed as the world’s most expensive standalone casino property at $8 billion, including cost of the prime land…

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I’m impressed…

I get home and am happy to see my buddy Ki waiting for me! We are happy as usual… and we are in SINGAPORE! But there’s no time to waste.. I can’t wait to have a shower and have something to eat…

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View from my apartment’s window onto Tiong Bahru Road… it is sooooo humid today!

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Almost 10am, we make moves to get food..

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Apartment buildings behind ours.. TALL!!

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It feels like a decked out forest here… The trees and other vegetation are lush, green, and abundant.. But behind and among such thick forest are these tall buildings that range from 30 – 50 stories tall… It’s amazing!

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We go to Tiong Bahru Plaza a few footsteps away from us…

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My first Singapore meal… I had rice, chicken with caraille aka bitter melon, greens, and another kind of chicken… there are soooooooooo many options here, you can’t eat them all.. I doubt…

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Ki had a soup.. It was ok.. not spicy enough for us.. but still alright..

After eating we bought a few things then went back home where I fell asleep for a bit..

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It’s dinner time and we go to a market just across the street from us.. I love all of these little kitchens and options for food in Singapore.. There are soo many options it makes choosing difficult… Food prices can range from $2.50 (Singapore dollars) to $18.00. I see fish meals running in the $18.00 range and I am not sure why just yet.. But most of the food is cooked right there on the spot.. like this one for example.. Almost everything else here is expensive..

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The green peppers (jalapeno) are really good… they have a slightly sweet tone to them.. really good! The red peppers.. burn the hell out of your palate if your not expecting it.. We call them bird peppers in Trinidad.. The brownish looking thing on the left tasted like something to be eaten with seafood..

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This was a successful meal!

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Why not have a beer. I do not really like beer, it’s way too much to drink for my tiny stomach.. This beer has only 5% alcohol content.. but it was refreshing in this heat..

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Heading back home…

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Apartment buildings behind ours…

Interesting facts about Singapore (Wikipedia)

Singapore:

  • An island country made up of 63 islands
  • The English name Singapore is derived from the Malay word Singapura (Lion City)
  • Singapore is highly urbanized but almost half of the country is covered by greenery.
  • Has a tropical rainforest climate with no distinctive seasons, uniform temperature and pressure, high humidity, and abundant rainfall.
  • United with other former British territories to form Malaysia in 1963 and became a fully independent state two years later after separation from Malaysia.
  • The world’s fourth-leading financial center
  • The world’s second-biggest casino gambling market,
  • The world’s third-largest oil refining center.
  • The port of Singapore is one of the five busiest in the world,
  • The world’s highest percentage of millionaire households, with 15.5 percent of all households owning at least one million US dollars in net assets
  • Noted by World bank as the easiest place in the world to do business.
  • Has the world’s third highest GDP PPP per capita making Singapore one of the world’s wealthiest countries.
  • Some 5 million people live in Singapore, of whom 2.91 million were born locally. Most are of Chinese, Malay or Indian descent.
  • On 31 August 1963, Singapore declared independence from Britain
  • Gained independence as the Republic of Singapore (remaining within the Commonwealth) on 9 August 1965
  • Has penalties that include judicial corporal punishment in the form of caning for rape, rioting, vandalism, and some immigration offenses.
  • Mandatory death penalty for murder, and for certain drug-trafficking and firearms offenses.
  • Outdoor public processions or assemblies require police permits. Without police permits, such outdoor assemblies are illegal.
  • Consistently ranked as one of the least corrupt countries in the world
  • Attracts a lot of foreign direct investment because of its location, corruption-free environment, skilled workforce, low tax rates and advanced infrastructure.
  • Roughly 44 percent of the Singaporean workforce is made up of non-Singaporeans
  • The world’s fourth largest foreign-exchange trading center after London, New York and Tokyo.
  • Acute poverty is rare in Singapore; the government has rejected the idea of a generous welfare system, stating that each generation must earn and save enough for its entire life cycle. There are, however, numerous means-tested ‘assistance schemes.’
  • Singaporean military arguably the most technologically advanced in Southeast Asia
  • Total fertility rate is estimated to be .78 children per woman in 2012, the lowest in the world and well below the 2.1 needed to replace the population.
  • Buddhism is the most widely practiced religion
  • Life expectancy in Singapore is 79 for males and 83 for females

That’s it for now folks… looking forward to another day of great food and experiences…

Smile!!

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