We only had one full day in Singapore – New Years Eve. We kept our plans pretty loose, heading out for a hike in the morning and avoiding the tropical rain in the afternoon. This post is pretty much also dedicated to the only other activity we really got up to Singapore this time around – eating our way through some more of Singapore’s hawker centres.
We stayed in Chinatown for two nights, strategically close to Chinatown Complex Food Centre, a hawker hall full of stalls offering a variety of foods for all meals. We tried out getting breakfast there, and it was so good (and cheap!) that we ended up going both days.
For breakfast we typically had a kopi o from 1950s coffee (near the central escalators), and some savoury breakfast dishes. We tried yam, glutinous rice, congee with duck and ‘economic’ noodles.
For lunch we ventured to Telok Ayer hawker hall, in the central business district. This hall is located in a refurbished building and offered food from a broader range of cuisines (Indian, Turkish, etc) in addition to local flavours.
We ended our lunch with some more kopi o – and a side of kaya toast because apparently our sugar levels weren’t already high enough from the kopi.
It had begun raining whilst we were eating lunch, but we managed to dodge away between buildings to LeVeL 33, a microbrewery on – you guessed it – level 33 of one if the financial buildings along the marina. The beers were nothing to write home about, and as overpriced as to be expected in Singapore, but it was 100% worth the visit for the views we were treated to in between rain showers.
The rain temporarily stopped, and we thought we were safe to walk back to our hotel. We made it about halfway before we ended up saturated and stuck at a mediocre bar for an hour or so whilst we waited for the rain to pass. It was fun to watch, and we had a good laugh about how similar recent weather in Melbourne had resulted in flooding half the city, whereas in Singapore it was just another day.
After eventually making it back to our hotel for a quick rest, we ventured back out to the hawker centre in Chinatown for some dinner. 50c dumplings, popiah, and yam alongside some locally brewed beer (craft breweries in the hawker hall? Yes please).
As you can tell, Chris’ love for dumplings is strong.
We had halfheartedly hoped to stay awake to midnight for the fireworks, but due to the three hour time difference, the dramas of travelling the day before, and all the other emotions associated with leaving everything you know and love, we were asleep in bed at 9pm.
We were up early for more breakfast in Chinatown before jumping on the exceptionally efficient (and eerily quiet) Singapore metro to our bus over the border to Malaysia. But more on that later.
Happy new year to you all! I hope 2019 brings adventures – it sure it for us!