Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Spirit of Christmas in Singapore

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010 to you. This post should have been put up last year. Yes, 2009. Somehow the last few days of 2009 flew by too fast. I was too busy to even think of writing. Whatever it is, since I have the pictures taken I thought I might as well post it.
Hubby was the one who suggested this short trip to Singapore just to 'take a break from everything'. December is a real nice month to be in Singapore.

Look at all the greens you see even before you touched down on the island?

Greens....greens, almost everywhere. Is it a wonder that Singapore is sometimes known as the City of Gardens? Oh, I didn't even know that it is known as such till the taxi driver mentioned it.
The floor to ceiling Christmas tree that you see as you stepped into the hotel.
The scene as I stood outside our hotel. Busy hour, heavy traffic but very orderly. This is Singapore.
A little bit of the mesmerising Christmas decorations put up, in the day time.
More greens as I take a walk further down the road from the hotel where we stayed. I thought the weather here is cooler and the air, cleaner. We walked to Ngee Ann City in search of food. Just take a look at the Christmas decorations. The people who put these up, they are so creative. There are many different types of designs created. Elves, Santas, Reindeer, etc...etc... The list goes on.
After walking around the shopping complex, we decided to have our lunch at the Imperial Treasure Nanbei Restaurant. This restaurant serves Dim Sum and others. We decided to try their dishes with rice.
Jin Bai with Ham. This is Chinese lettuce with ham. We had the Soya Chicken and BBQ Pork Belly too. Somehow, I thought the taste of the food here is different. They are very good and tasty. There is something very 'Hong Kongese' about the taste of the dishes. It is quite different from what we get back home, in a better sense.

Even the accompanying dips are different. The ground chili comes with tau cheong (fermented beans) and the other one, it is spring onions, garlic (and something else) in oil. This is one good dip. Now I wonder why I didn't ask the waitress more on this. Hmmm......

These little fountains caught my fancy. I find watching the water spurt out, curl and dropping in to the holes on the ground and the process reversed so intriguing. Hopefully, you get the idea of what is happening to the water from these pictures.

We headed back to the hotel for a 'siesta' after that.
We are out again after our siesta. Standing at one end you can see all the lights lit. I was awe struck. It isn't the first time that I'm seeing these decorations but then....who wouldn't be mesmerised by all of it. They are such beautiful sights. The lights, the designs, the atmosphere as you walked down Orchard Road. You will get caught up in the Christmas spirit. I did and that is all I can say.
I had to join in whether Hubby likes it or not. Okay, we are here only for a short visit (not enough time) but then.....never mind the man, I stood and listened to the carolers till they finished one song.

Our next destination was Clarke Quay. We are going to have our dinner there. This is one place you really have to pay a visit. It is so full of food! I mean food joints and activities. There are so many people all over. There is even a Singapore Bungee here. (Sorry, I didn't take any pictures of this.)
Turkish ice-cream found here, Clarke Quay.
Riverside Point is on the other side of Clarke Quay. I didn't walk over to this side.

How people dine at Clarke Quay. You can opt to sit and dine inside the restaurants but we opted to dine alfresco. It is fun watching all the people walking by, looking at the sky and also the colourful lights all over.
A Kebab stall.
Food Court in Robinsons.

This is the one time I enjoy eating at Food Courts. The place is clean and the people here, they are friendly. I must say there is some kind of quality control here. The food served here has a standard.
City cab of Singapore, the one in yellow.
Children in Anime cosplay costumes. I only managed to 'catch hold' of these few. The rest had already crossed the road to the other side. Interesting seeing these children walking on the road in costumes. Singapore has good transport system and it isn't uncommon to see school children using the underground trains after extra classes or 'chilling out' with their friends even at such a time as 10:00pm. (I'm not a Singaporean so correct me if I'm wrong.)
Singapore is really 'packed' this time of the year. Restaurants, food courts, pedestrian walk, everywhere you turn your head, there are people! Look get a seat for a meal in this case our dinner, we had to queue.
A last walk up and down Orchard Road. Enough of shopping, eating or just mere looking.
Time for me to say goodbye to Santa and Singapore. It was an enjoyable short trip. :o)


kenwooi said...

singapore! i was there last year during xmas season.. like the pictures before the plan landed! =) said...

Enjoy yourself there? I hope you did. I did.:o)

jfook said...

Hope you enjoyed yourself in Singapore. :)