1) 23rd November (Sunday) - Indian Cuisine and Anime Festival
Just a day after I am back from Japan, I decide to catch up with FP and check out the Anime Festival that is happening down at Suntec City. While waiting around, I caught sight of this unique building. Notice it is perfectly orange to the left and perfectly white to the right. Later that evening, FP also show me a photo exhibit display at Millenia Walk that has this exact photo, except it is taken from the ground floor with great contrast and lighting.
Thereafter we move on to Suntec City. Previously I have suggested checking out Muthu Curry but didn't have the opportunity. This time round we can go for it.
We ordered a number of dishes, coming up to $55 for all. I ordered the Kebab, Cauliflower, Tandoori Chicken and Indian rice.
And here we are in to the anime festival. It cost $5 for the entrance. We timed ourselves such that we will arrive there around 7pm to catch May'N in action. Heard she is the main singer for the Macross Frontier songs. We got there at 7.20pm and the concert is just about to start. There were a great crowd gathering around the stage.
There were a few shops around, some shopcasing anime, arcade games and display toys (below).
I noticed this cosplay couple and asked them whether can I take a photo of them. It is only after I got back home and started processing the photos do I find them familiar. Oh ya! I saw them previously at the Nagoya World Cosplay Summit, they were the representatives from Singapore.
While checking out the exhibits, I came upon the characters I know best, those from Final Fantasy! Here we have Luna and Lulu. They posed for us to take photos. Thanks a million!
Thereafter we just walked around Suntec City and saw a few of their internal shopping mall christmas deco - Hanging Christmas Tree.
2) 25th November (Tuesday) - Thai Cuisine
On this day directly after work, we decided to just drop by Bishan for a quick dinner. Nevertheless, I led them unknowingly to Thai Cuisine. There were 6 of us: HV, JT, JC, JL and CH.
We ordered Tom Yam seafood, Thai Green Curry and the usual salad and vegetables stuff.
3) 27th November (Thursday) - International Buffet at Cafe Brio
This is a meetup which we have arranged since 2 months back. It's time to catch with the BSB gang. And we are off to our favorite fine dining hangout at Cafe Brio. It cost $54 per person but UOB credit card has some discounts. I met up with WG, YS, DK, CK and A. Cafe Brio is at Grand Copthrone Hotel and it is already decorated for the Christmas season with this large christmas tree.
The best part is the international buffet spread featuring both local and international cuisine. For locals we have our chicken rice and laksa; for international they have lots of seafood, japanese sushi and sashimi, indian and western varieties. There are also lots of cakes and desserts (sinful).
This is my 3rd round off the buffet table with the seafood selection and laksa.
4) 29th November (Saturday) - Sunrise/Sunset and Marche (French Cuisine)
I woke up at 7am and is greeted by this beautiful morning sunrise. I took a photoshot from my house window of the sunrise.
In the evening, while taking a bus past the Benjamin Sheares Bridge, I caught sight of the sunset against Singapore financial district skyline and also snap another photo of it.
For the evening, I will be going to Marche at Vivo City to catch up with some friends from the BSF. There were also six of us and the rest were JH, FY, QR, WZ and ZH. It has really been 2 years since I last saw them. Time really flies and I had been overseas most of the time, so it really seems like I have just saw them recently. Marche offers a European style cuisine which has a good mix of French and Italian varieties.
After Marche, we just pop by a cafe place and chatted till they chase us out.
5) 3rd December (Wednesday) - Dinner at Ikea (Swedish Cuisine)
This is a family outing. J decide to take all of us to a baby-friendly place which is Ikea at Pasir Ris. The special set for tonight is Curry Chicken. And oh boy, we were really surprised by the crowd on a weekday evening. It took us 30mins to get a seat and queue for our food.
We ordered a fair bit of dishes and it is my treat! Yea! This is the first meal where I am totally filled. The curry chicken potatos were humongous.
Just a short detour out from my blog, I share a few photos of Baby Bryan. This young guy which I see everyday after work. My friends say he has big eyes.
Here is one with small eyes.
6) 5th December (Friday) - Geylang (Old hangout)
After 2 weeks back in Singapore, I am finally visiting Geylang again. This is the frontier of my territory (which spans from East Coast to Geylang). I have walked to these areas from my house before. So any place that is walkable from my house is considered to be within my area of visit.
Geylang is renown for its Red Light district but I will steer clear of those areas. I normally hang around the more quiet part of Geylang where once a while I can catch my friends who are also in the area. The photo below is taken with great risk, with me standing in the middle and taking a snap shot.
7) 7th December (Sunday) - Post-Exams Celebration
One of my Jap class buddy CY skipped his exams in the morning, but we still agreed to meet up for lunch. We are off to our usual sushi place at Sakae. The last time we met up was in August when we registered for our exams.
Here is Sakae sushi conveyor belt.
After an hour rest back at home, I am off for my first evening jog. We ran 4km, my first long distance run since 6 months ago. After the run, we went to the East Coast Hawker Centre for our regular dinner - Fried Hokkien Mee and Coconut Drinks. This is life~
回到家休息了一個小時，傍晚就與我的鄰居到東海岸跑步。我們跑了4公裏。我已經有6個月沒有運動了。跑完步，我們就去東海岸露天熟食中心用我們的晚餐 - 抄福建蝦面與葉子水。人生快樂。
8) 8th December (Monday) - OldSchool and Marina Barrage
On this day, I have arranged with FP to catch up on some places that we intended to check out previously. One of which is the OldSchool. I read about the OldSchool on the SIA KrisFlyer Japanese magazine which briefly mention about the unique architecture of the building. The OldSchool is actually located at the hill behind Plaza Singapura. I read about staffs working in the OldSchool complaining that they have to climb 137 flights of stairs from PS daily. Here is the exact same photo as I have seen in the KrisFlyer magazine.
There are many arts studio in there. One of the notable building is the Sinema which showcase only local productions. A busty girl came up and chat with us, and we found that the capacity of the theatre is 120. FP and I have a similar interests in arts. For my side, I enjoy drawing and literary (writing) related arts.
After the visit to the OldSchool, we proceeded to our next destination, the Marina Barrage which has just been opened. I mixed up a few things here. The marina korean-bbq and steamboat are all gone. That area is now the packing space for concrete mixers. And the only highlight in this area is the Marina Barrage. Don't bother taking public buses there cos there are free shuttle services there every 10-15minutes.
So here we are at the Marina Barrage.
A closer view.
Walking along the barrage.
And me with the Singapore Flyer at the background. The wind is pretty strong down here, just like my home.
Just the night shot of the Singapore Flyer.
There is a small exhibition place in the Marina Barrage which explains on how Singapore, the barrage and the environment interacts.
FP recommended this perfect spot which shows a circular orb superimposing in the middle of the Singapore Flyer.
This place reminds me of Nagoya's Sakae Oasis 21 terminal.
After the Marina Barrage, we proceeded to Bugis' Tian Tian hotpot for dinner. We got there at 8.30pm and was quite amazed by the crowd. We finished dinner at 10pm and proceeded back.