The immigration officers in the Philippines and Singapore must be familiar with my face by now as I have been frequenting the little red dot almost every month.
The Singapore side always have this puzzled look on their faces when they see an old stamp for my Singapore Access Card.. And I always tell them: “I used to work here but just visiting now.” Sometimes it will be enough but sometimes they would ask for my return ticket.
Anyway, this recent visit at the Lion City was a bit different as I got the chance to meet more friends, go to some places familiar and try several food places.
It would be too dramatic if I say, I felt nostalgic as I visit the places but yeah fond memories came back. I visited my first work place at Ang Mo Kio and met some colleagues who became good friends.
East Coast Park and Joo Chiat reminded me of my first two years in the country; the place where running became my way to battle homesickness and challenges of being in a new country . ECP will always have that special place in my heart. On one of our night out, we did a relaxing walk along the boardwalk heading to Sentosa; nothing much changed except that there was an additional Merlion at the entry, it was a display of how the Big Merlion was built.
Coach T.’s parents were in town so we served as tour guides for them too; yeah, yeah a tourist like me serving as tour guide too! They are nice company to be with. We visited few places like East Coast Park, Sentosa, Mt. Faber Park, Dempsey Hill, Bukit Timah Reserve.
As many travel blogs would claim Singapore as a gastronomic paradise, we did some share of trying few restaurants in town. Ok it isn’t local food but mostly Western as one of our tourist has quite a sensitive tummy.
One dinner, I met some friends from my former job. We ate at Delicious at Scotts Square. It was a cozy place for catching up with friends. Their menu served a mix of local and western dishes. I initially thought of trying their pasta but luckily changed my mind, and decided to try Rendang (a local beef delicacy). It was a good choice, I must say… Mind you, the serving was big and good for 2 people! Their desserts looked good too but we were too full after the mains.
Another food place that we visited was Serenity at Vivo City. It was a nice place to hang-out as it faces Sentosa; it gives visitors that relaxed atmosphere. We didn’t try their mains but ten different tapas surely filled our stomachs! Though the place was a bit crowded during our visit as it was a weekend. I like the meatballs with lots of tomato with it..hihi don’t ask me the name, it was in a long Spanish title but I think it was the only meatball in the menu. All the tapas were mouth-watering too.
We also visited Spruce at the Fire Station located at Bukit Timah area. It was a fire station turned into a restaurant; and it is near our place. It was my second time there. Coach T and I had dinner there once; and this time we had lunch. Their signature salad was quite a handful (good to share for two as main) and had an interesting twist; we were not sure whether the corn and dates compliment the dish but nevertheless, it did not fail to satisfy our taste buds. the signature burger and french toast looked equally good and satisfied our tourists’s tastes. I like the place except the echoing sounds when it is crowded; its high ceiling gave a more spacious feel of the place but also bounced back the noise which could be a bit overwhelming. You could consider sitting out… If weather permits. I’ve yet to visit the place again to try their desserts 😀
We also visited La Forketta at Dempsey Hill. I had their meat lasagna which was good and tasty. The men in our party had some wine too; I don’t know much about wines but they didn’t complain about the one they had… So I guess it was good enough 🙂
I never thought I’d ever write an entry on review of restaurants or food but last week’s trip was generally a food trip; it wasn’t a comprehensive review but I hope it helps you give some dining ideas when you visit Singapore. Too bad, I don’t have my camera with me and my phone cam is just broken. I’ll remember to bring a camera next time; or better yet, upgrade my phone 🙂