So today it would just be the three of us. We met at 8:30 and went to the breakfast buffet at the Hilton. Remember we had reserved these rooms with free Hilton points from the American Express card. Due to Julie’s Gold member status we all received the buffet free as well. There was a crazy amount of food which we got to eat while looking over the pool area. Beautiful!!! Now that we had our belly’s full it was time to get the day started and walk or waddle off some of our breakfast.
We walked to Mustafa which is a huge store that has just about everything you could imagine. In fact they call it Amazon.com offline ha ha. It was crazy big and really does have anything you can imagine. From there we walked to Haji lane. Haji lane is known for some really cool quirky stores and a lot of people go there to just to take Instagram shots. We loved the street and everything it had to offer. In fact Lyn bought a dress there. While we were there some really cool looking scooters with some sidecars pulled up. I asked the driver if we could rent them and he said you could but you could only ride in the side car. So many cool ideas in Singapore! After that we headed around the corner to Arab street.
Arab Street has just about everything from Mosques to restaurants to really cool shops. We had a great time walking around and especially liked the shops with all of the lights in it. The food smelled great and we were tempted to stay but we had another Hawker court calling our name. So after about an hour we decided to catch a cab and go to Newton Hawker Center. This is where the actual scene in Crazy Rich Asians was filmed even though in the movie they called it Lau Pa Sat. We decided to take a cab there for time sake and in about 15 minutes we arrived at Newton Hawker Center. It had a big open area of tables and many many vendors selling food. Just like last night you buy your food and and then head to a table to eat together. In case your wondering Hawkers centers are just Singapore’s way of selling street food. Many years ago Singapore decided they wanted to control street food vendors by centralizing them at different centers and also giving them a place that would be clean to prepare their meals. The end result was these great food courts where you can try all kinds of great foods at very low prices. I heard the saying that in Singapore you can throw a pair of chop sticks up in the air and they will most likely land in food when they come down. Based on my experience I would have to agree!
After lunch we road the metro back home to our hotel to take a nap and get ready for dinner. That’s right I said dinner ha ha. I know what you are thinking….didn’t you just have lunch?!?!? Why yes we did but we are determined to enjoy as much of Singapore as we can before we have to leave tomorrow. (No Judgement please!!!!!) Tonight was going to be fun because we were going to meet a friend of a friend in the Holland Village area. We were going to meet at a bar called Wala Wala and grab some dinner after that. We decided we would take a nap and then meet up at 5:30 to go to there. We were supposed to meet our new friend there at 6:30 so leaving at 5:30 should give us enough time. Julie somehow set her alarm at 5:30 only to wake up at the very time we were leaving ha ha. Being the trooper that she is she got her act together……. well sort of ha ha and we were out the door at 5:45! (Way to go Julie!!!!)
My best friend Tim, the one who introduced me to Lyn by the way, use to live in Singapore and he suggested we meet up with a few of his friends while we were here so that is exactly what we did. We met Yumin who is from Singapore at Wala Wala and got know each other over a few Tiger beers. We all seem to hit it off right away and had a fun time talking and decided to go right down the street to another Hawker Center. But this time we had our tour guide Yumin with us! She helped us order food while I went and got us a bucket of Tiger beer. (We all play to our strengths right?!?!?!) I will have to admit you never know how meeting someone under these conditions will work out but we had so much fun talking about everything and just about every subject you can imagine. Yumin thanks for showing us such a good time! We really had fun and hope to do it again if our paths ever cross again! (Oh and by the way if you ever decide to quit your day job you should consider touring people around Singapore! You would have a never ending supply of customers.)
After dinner we headed back to Clarke Quay which is a beautiful place to end any night in Singapore. We walked around and just took it all in before finally heading home and calling it a night. We got home about 10:30 and called it a night.Tomorrow we have to say goodbye to Singapore and catch a plane to Chiang Rai Thailand. Chiang Rai is in Northern Thailand and a little rough around the edges. It will be the complete opposite of well organized Singapore but that’s what gives it its charm. We have all three never been there so this should be interesting. Our flight leaves at 12:10 so we will probably just head out after breakfast at the hotel. It always feels a little sad to leave a place but also a little exciting to be visiting a new place. As usual thanks for following along.