Finally able to track down a battery charger for my digital camera in Singapore so photos are on the way.
After Hua Hin Mom, Mary Anne and I spent a day in Bangkok to regroup We visited a friend's wedding boutique, called Aunchalee Couture (her name!) located off of Sala Daeng and later ate at my Uncle Robert's house.
The next day we took off for Singapore using Air Asia. Imagine Southwest Airlines but with a bunch of pushy Chinese people who have never heard of standing in line. Plus, we had to load into a bus to get from the gate to the plane. They also only allow 15 kg/person check in. We learned the hard way and bought a carryone suitcase for the return trip.
Back to Singapore. So whenever I ask locals about this place, they always tell me to try Chili Crab. I tend to imagine something between an american chili dog and chinese chili sauce, which of course taste completely different from each other. Anyway, at every meal I tried to find this chili crab but was foiled by more enticing food. The food courts had to be the highlight. Sorry no pictures! And for those wondering, i never ate Singaporean noodles. =P
I Started with Colo Mee the first night at Suntec City mallnear the Pan Pacific. Noodle soup, Char Kwe Tieu and a mix of Malaysian/Indonesian Satay the next day while exploring the food courts interspersed along Orchard Road between Takashimaya and Tangs. Finally, on the third day we visited Marina Square, Vivo City and the Esplanade Mall where I finally got a great view of the skyline and found my Chili Crab. Since I was the only one with a healthy stomach, most of that crab belonged to my plate. I have to say delicious, but not something I could eat repeatedly. Sort of the way I feel about Philly cheesesteaks but not that extreme. It really does taste like American chili to me, but with the consistency of a gravy containing bits of minced crab. At least I hope that was crab. Also managed to squeeze in a movie (Flashpoint w/ Donnie Yen and some other guy).
It's really insane how many shopping malls they can pack into one city. While it wasn't too hot and humid, the major benefit for me was the air con. I also found Clarke Quay to be a great place to walk around at night, and I would have loved to spend more time there. Overall, I liked Singapore and could probably see myself visiting often. I still can't stand the accent when locals speak Singaporean English, but I guess that's where the Mandarin is supposed to come in handy.
Oh yeah, this building really looked like a giant durian to me. Mom found a durian stand inside a food court. The funny part was that there were two chinese women in front of her who purchased over $200 USD worth of durian products. I feel really sorry for the passengers on their plane. They actually had to buy foil bags for the durian pancakes so it wouldn't stink up every place they went.