Notable Eats

Just, well yeah.

A. So Pho, Paragon Mall. On the right is the imperial rolls, a crazy good version of spring rolls oh ma life.
B. Chinatown Complex. Olive fried rice sounds weird but tastes great.
C. Chinatown Food St (aka Smith St, meant to be). More of a touristy outdoor hawker centre, but you can't really go wrong with fresh roti and some good satay.
D. Fried carrot cake. A famous Singapore dish - doesn't actually have carrots in it, nor is it a cake haha. Made with rice flour and radish, growing on me.
E. Marche. For the homesick days when you just want some Western food. 
F. Paik's Bibim, VivoCity Mall. Warm soy noodle bibimbap! Tasty, affordable, and healthy-ish.
G. Thai Accent, VivoCity Mall. Originally went here because everywhere else was closed. Pleasantly surprised! Especially with the Thai beef salad.

I'm just one big vacuum cleaner with taste buds really.

I see trees of green...

4 May

Singapore Botanic Gardens. Really fun, really boiling. I was reminded that I suck at pushing the wheelchair around in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Overheated game way too strong haha. Becks and I made a deal that she would try and wheel herself when she could (all that physio and strengthening paying off woo!). Overall it was great - the gardens were so pretty, especially the ginger garden and orchid garden. Almost too perfect.

Pixie moment: I am no expert, but I am on the team that believes that nature holds the answers to many problems, big and small. I often wonder what could be learned from existing eco-systems, structures, functions, forms, patterns, and then translated to design strategies and solutions. Yes that’s right, I am claiming that there is a world secret locked in the patterns of these leaves. Notice normal*.

*reference/mantra from my friend Brady in Kansas, thanks Brady.

Also, the lunch we had at one of the restaurants Halia deserves a mention. It was probably one of the best meal experiences I’ve had in the past year. I went from a hot mess to being in a cool tropical resort escape in a second. Change of demeanour. Sister went for the duck while I had the grilled prawn and mango salad. Afterwards we shared a couple of treats from the snack shop across the footpath: ginger nougat parfait ice-cream and a raspberry meringue. Both in the what-is-life category. Success.

Father says it's hyper calorie therapy. I say accurate. New country new treats! Save the judgement, my skin's already done that for all of us.

Because of my cold I could hardly taste this, but the sample I tried a few days earlier was super legit. This spot does dairy free coconut gelato with fruit sorbet, served in a coconut husk with coconut flesh, toppings, and a fresh cup of coconut water to finish. So much goodness.

Air con cold

24 April
Going in and out of air con screws with you. I've had a head cold for the past three days. So minor but a tiny taste of how being sick makes you just want to be at home in your own country in your own bed. Respect, Becks. Because keeping sister germ free is of utmost importance, hospital visits are accompanied by a thug life surgical mask. Sichuan spicy chili wontons also working miracles.