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A little January update

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Sorry for the radio silence folks – we have been super busy since we got back from our Bali holiday.

First of all, we celebrated seeing in 2012 with some of our lovely new friends in Singapore. Pia threw a super fun ‘wigs & hats’ party over at her condo (which is walking distance from ours). So complete with dragon hat (Will) and crown (me), we saw 2012 in with much food, drink, laughter and silly dancing.

Does pink hair suit me?! 

We then had a lovely bank holiday spent with the same friends we were partying with. What started as a brunch at Epicurious at Robertson Quay, turned into a bit of a bar crawl and saw us sipping cocktails and eating cake at the PS Cafe on Ann Siang Hill, before moving on to the rooftop bar at Ying Yang. When we arrived they were playing atrocious club music at a stupidly early hour, so we got them to put on some reggae, and relaxed with some cold drinks and a cooling breeze. Great way to spend a bank holiday – thanks guys!

I also went with Laura back to the Asian Civilisations Museum, which continues to fascinate me. It’s such a great place to explore – I love reading all about the different areas and looking at the exhibits. In particular, we marvelled at some of the relics of language and how modern people had deciphered what was written, when no-one alive could speak the language. We had a great morning pottering around all the exhibits, before a yummy Italian lunch on Boat Quay, and a very long natter catching up on everything that we’d been up to and putting the world to rights!

Will & I finally went to Little India and had a delicious curry courtesy of Jaggis – brilliant Punjabi food in a no frills setting, exactly what we needed after the last few days of excess! I also met a fellow Claire, who is behind the gorgeous blog and company Fellow Fellow (beautiful handmade paper gorgeousness). We had a lovely evening with a cold glass of wine and surprisingly delicious calamari and truffle fries, at a bar on One Fullerton. This was followed up by eating ice cream by the Merlion and watching the laser show from Marina Bay Sands (still don’t understand the laser show, but its pretty!). Great evening, and great to meet another lovely person who calls this tiny island home.

On Friday, we went to the cinema to see The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I loved the books  (see my review here) but hadn’t seen any of the Swedish film adaptations. This was actually quite a good version, despite a bit of artistic licence with the plot somewhat! I would say that the rape scene and subsequent revenge scene is rather disturbing and not for the faint hearted! However, Rooney Mara was brilliant as Lisbeth Salander, and I did find it amusing how Daniel Craig has obviously made it enough to not have to put on a faux-Swedish accent!

Then on Saturday we hosted a birthday party for Nav at our condo – our first time BBQing in Singapore. Except although they are called ‘BBQ pits’, they are actually more of a hot plate – bit of a shock when we opened it up, but we managed to cook up a storm. Great fun, and great to find our ‘host & hostess’ mojo here in Singapore, as we were both missing having parties and BBQs like we used to in London. So we made some new friends, swam in the swimming pool after too much food, used every glass in our apartment when we had to move upstairs, and danced to Bollywood videos on You Tube. Awesome.

This is a bit of a sign of things to come as we have a busy January ahead:

  • a good friend of ours is coming over on his ‘look-see’ so we will be showing him the sights and sounds
  • we are going to Vietnam for Chinese New Year – flying to Ho Chi Minh, exploring the city, and then travelling down to the Mekong Delta. Can’t wait, as its my first time visiting Vietnam
  • hosting Will’s brother and a few of his friends as they stay for a few days, en route to a wedding in Australia

I am relishing the idea of being tour guide, as it’ll be nice to feel like a Singapore expert, rather than the ‘green’ newbie! Plus it will be great to see everyone and catch-up properly with all the news from home. I also think showing people around will make me appreciate Singapore a little bit more, as it’s always good to see your city through the eyes of someone else.

I am also on the job hunt, so if anyone knows of anyone who might like to give a great project manager/researcher/writer/events organiser/PA a job, then please get in touch! 🙂

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Brunch at Food for Thought

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This morning I woke up with a craving for pancakes. Sometimes, once you get an idea for food in your head, you have to satisfy it, or nothing else will taste quite as good, no matter how delicious.

A few minutes on Google later and I discovered LadyIronChef and a post on where to get the best pancakes in Singapore (the rest of this site is awesome as well). A quick read later and I decided we should go to Food for Thought, as it’s round the corner from our temporary apartment, and the menu made me drool!

Food for Thought is on Queen Street, just around the corner from the Singapore Art Museum. It’s set back off the street slightly, and you can either indulge in air-con comfort inside, or opt to do what we did, and sit outside in the sunshine with a gentle waft of a fan to keep you cool. The seating area feels shady and cool and is surrounded by plants. Very relaxing and you can watch the world go by.

So, the pancakes. You get two and pick a topping to go with them – I ordered them with walnut and banana. They came out enormous – drizzled with maple syrup and a big scoop of cream. As I tucked in, I also came across the odd little chocolate chunk as well. Absolute heaven, with the soft pancake, crunchy walnuts and smooth banana.

Will got the Full House – complete with bacon, scrambled egg, garlicky mushrooms, little fondant type potatoes, and brioche toast. There was also a nice bit of salad to freshen things up. He declined the dubious sounding chicken sausage in favour of extra bacon, and was thoroughly happy about it. Seems tough to find good pork sausages here so if anyone has any tips, let us know!We had giant milkshakes to go with our food. Mine was a giant mixed berry one; Will’s was a malt Malteaser, with actual Malteasers crumbled up over the top (cue a very happy face!). Big hits with both of us, but we were pretty full after we’d consumed everything! They had a good selection of tea and coffee as well, although we didn’t try any this time.Food for Thought also does tasty looking mains – we saw a couple of people tucking into pasta and risotto. Portions are big, so go hungry! They also have a social good message (they do lots of charitable stuff), so you can stuff your face but still feel virtuous at the end of it!