So before the New Year’s revelry and subsequent non-resolutions (see previous post), I went traveling for my American holiday of Christmas! These travels took me to Singapore and Vietnam, which I will introduce through my photos, and primarily, through the totally amazing food that can be found in each.
There are other cool things in Singapore besides food, but don’t ask a Singaporean resident! They’ll just shrug and say, “Eh, the food, the shopping, that’s about it.” But don’t believe it! Singapore is a city-state teeming with an incredibly rich array of diverse cultures, which mix and meld together in fascinating ways. The food may one way into seeing the different cultural angles of Singapore, but it certainly doesn’t end there.
Check out neighborhoods like Chinatown, Little India (and its Muslim Middle-Eastern section with the beautiful Sultan Mosque and the amazing Café El Caire), Joo Chiat, and places like the Peranaken Museum, Hawker Centres for local street food (I went to the Newton Centre and one by City Hall but the Esplanade Centre looks like an amazing night spot), and Orchard Street– famous for its shopping– for a taste of the many different characteristics of such a small place.
And don’t forget to take a walk around the Marina Bay and Esplanade, for beautiful views of the city skyline. I was amazed at the night view as well from the freeway at night! I haven’t seen such a gorgeous– as well as varied and whimsical– skyline since Las Vegas. Say what you like about the nature of the Strip in LV, but the lights are amazing. Same with Singapore at night– it’s really quite breathtaking.
I had the pleasure of visiting two college friends, who both grew up in Singapore, so they offered the insider’s view of places to go and things to see. (I also got to experience a Singaporean version of a Chinese wedding banquet, thanks to my friend’s lovely family and their engagement party!) Then, on my second full day in the city, I had what might be the most delicious food day of my life! Check out the photos for more… the only borrowed photo below is of Chili Crabs, which my friend Kee took me to eat before we went to the Night Safari, another not-to-miss evening delight.