12th December (Friday) - Steamboat dinner and Internet Cafe
I rendezvous with DK and WG at Outram on this day. There are a few possible options for dinner, either steamboat or cooked foods. The steamboats look tempting (even though I had it 5 days back on the Sunday). It cost $15 per person and we just went for the shop offering special tasting soups. We went for two portions of soup (as can be seen in the photo below) - Tom Yam and Bak Ku Teh. The selectables are pretty much the same but this is much better than the last one we went. The service is definitely a plus point, we don't have to wait long to get seated and the foods are replenished very fast.
After dinner, DK showed us a off-the-beaten track Internet Cafe. It is really a off the beaten track! There is only 1 customer in the whole shop and the rate is amongst the cheapest I have seen so far, at $1.95/hr. I played a few games briefly before checking out on the Taiwan travel plan.
Here is the more or less finalised itinerary. It spans the entire 3rd week of February (8 days) where they will travel from north of Taiwan to the south. I gave a few recommendations for Taipei and let them plan on the rest of the places. The air tickets are really cheap, only $400plus for a return journey. I can't join them as I will be busy with work in the next few months till middle of the year.
13th December (Saturday) - Blood Donation
This is my blood donation of the year. We got there around 3pm. It is quite a great coincidence, while we were walking up to the National Blood Centre stairs, I saw L. Actually she recognised me first, I couldn't recognise her from afar. It's been many years since we last saw her. But I still occasionally chat with her via msn.
We go through the usual screening process for blood donation and we are in.
We left around 5pm. Here I am with all their blood donation gifts. I find the 'YOU ARE MY TYPE' card to be pretty cool. There is a collar pin with a 'O' on it. The other is a santa squeeze ball.
It's time to reward ourselves after a good deed. We decide to go for Central's Manhatten Fish Market. After looking through the menu, we went for the mega Seafood Platter.
14th December (Sunday) - BDS Reunion
On this day I had a chance to catch up with my BDS buddies. We decided on Soup Restaurant at Suntec City. There is a garden look-alike in the indoor restaurant.
We ordered lots of stuff, coming in first is the Samsui Ginger Chicken that is part of Singapore's specialty. KK gave all of us a treat, thanks a lot!
We walked around the area and came upon Marina Square's indoor christmas deco.
We break for tea at Hagan Das ice cream in Esplandae. We are the only customers in there. This really shows the economic crisis has hit the people hard.
17th December - Alfresco Seafood
After so many months, I finally have to chance to go for seafood dining. A Japanese colleague visited us this week and our company is giving him a treat at East Coast Jumbo seafood restaurant. This place is only 20mins walk away from my house. It has a beautiful ambience by the sea.
We ordered Singapore's famous Chilli Crabs. Of course there are many other orders like the normal Steam Crab, Samba Kang Kong, Toasted Mini-Octopus, Nonya Fish, Steamed Prawns and so on. The Chilli Crab is simply fabulous, and is a treat by my company.
19th December (Friday) - King of Fruits
On our Japanese colleague last day in Singapore, he decided to have a go at Durian. It cost $20 for this special durian. He was holding on to this single piece of durian for 10mins and slowly having it. 'Onion' is the word he used to describe the unique taste of this king of fruits. And it takes a bit of effort for him to 'eliminate' the smell. Haha.
21st December (Sunday) - Singapore Flyer and Christmas Lightings
FP has free tickets to the Singapore Flyer! I have not been up there too so we scheduled to visit it on this day. The day is splendid with blue sky and cotton-like clouds hovering above, making it a perfect photoshoot day.
We have an adventurous plan. FP suggested setting up a video on the capsule the moment we board and record the entire loop process. Thereafter we will fast track it and possibly submit it at the next Singapore Arts exhibit. While the video was ongoing from my casio camera, I used my Sony Ericsson handphone camera to take the below pictures. Here is a view of Kallang River and the surrounding residental condos.
The residental areas just next to the sea. The red arrow points directly to my house.
Here we are at the top most point of the Flyer.
On the way down, we are rewarded with a splendid view of Singapore commerical district. Below is the floating stadium against the Esplanade and the financial centres.
We got back to the ground and begin to explore the F1 race track. The coconut trees by the side of the road really give it a tropical island paradise feel.
Here is the main pit stop of the race track. There is absolutely no one around. All is quiet at this time but it will all come back alive once a year.
Thereafter from there we took a bus to Tanjong Pagar. I suddenly felt like taking authentic Korean food and after surfing a few sites, they recommended the Tanjong Pagar area. There are 3 Korean restaurants in that area. We went for Haebok Korean Restaurant which has a greater selection from its menu. They served the standard cold dishes.
I used to take korean food every day when I was in China. In Japan, I took it twice. Now back in Singapore, I decided to go for Korean cuisine as and when the nostalgic feeling come in. We ordered the Korean pancakes and Kimchi hotpot. Notice our bowls and utensils are all in metal. These are standard korean stuff.
After dinner, we took the train down to Dhoby Ghaut to catch the night lighting. Christmas lights are hang across the streets.
A majestic christmas tree in front of the Paragon.
The Ngee Ann City area is the most happening section of the entire stretch. There are stage performance and street shows setup.
Let's take a peek at one of the performance.
Many people posing with the christmas trees.
Wishing all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
23rd December (Tuesday)
This evening we have our company's Dinner and Dance (D&D). It is held at Novotel Hotel at Clarke Quay.
The entire event span from 7.15pm till 10.45pm. There are some fascinating games and entertainment besides the usual dinner throughout the 3.5 hours. At the end of the D&D is the main dance portion - disco.