It’s just a cool city! And made even more so by my friend SW and his family. Through them, I have really come to appreciate the many cultures, sites and experiences to be enjoyed (well, except for the Durian but that is a story for another time). It was a challenge to squeeze time into an already packed schedule to go to Singapore from Hong Kong (a nearly 5 hour flight) and it was disappointing to spend only 32 hours there. We jammed those 32 hours though!CF and I have been fans of Anthony Bourdain since he wrote his first book Kitchen Confidential and became even bigger fans through his television programs. He is wicked and clever and a foodie – qualities we admire in ourselves and in our friends. And so, I happened to fall upon a program he did for the Travel Channel named Layover. Luckier still was the first, and only episode I saw, was on Singapore.
Here is a clip – Singapore Layover. I highly recommend the entire show if you can spare 45 minutes. The premise of the program is to feature all one can do in a 24-48 hour layover in a great city. This first program on Singapore reflected the multicultural nature of the city and the obsession with food. Frankly, this is something I also love about the city – and about my friends. I honestly cannot think of anyone that loves food more than SW.
So, one afternoon, as I am working in Hong Kong, my personal email pings and it is an email from SW with a proposed schedule of activities in a nod to Anthony Bourdain.
11am – pick up from airport to hotel
12 noon – lunch at Jones @ Dempsey
1pm – shoot in Chinatown
3pm – coffee @ Nassim bistro
4pm – shoot in Little India
6pm – back to hotel to freshen up
7pm – dinner @ White Rabbit followed by ice cream @ Ben & Jerry 🙂
10am – shoot at Arab Street
12 noon – lunch at PS cafe
2pm – bird park in Jurong
6pm – Steve’s
7pm – pizza at Frankel ave
9pm – short walk in colley quay / and a beer 🙂
I am touched by his Nationalism. He loves his country and all that it offers. I LOVE his passion for food (note that nary two hours go by without some sustenance) and I am enthralled by all the Country has to offer, and by the generosity of his family and his two boys – Nattie and Christian – who will sit and share dinner with this American visitor who considers them a part of her extended family.
We had a great time – course we always do! I had some amazing experiences and caught some great photos. I hope to go back there again soon and spend a bit more time with my friends and family on the other side of the world. And to bring CF – who has yet to experience the country as I have. And for my friend SW to share with him his world.