singapore diary


The view flying into Singapore for the second time. And for once, I wasn't seated next to an ugly plane wing that got in the way of pictures...

So since I'm at home doing nothing right now, I thought I'd post about my time in Singapore while it's still relevant. Honestly, even though I was only there last month it still seems like such a long time has passed! I guess I've been on holidays for too long now... Anyway, my family and I only got to spend three whole days there which really wasn't sufficient. I can't wait til I can go back and just experience the country fully!







After landing, the first thing we did was meet family friends for dinner at IndoChine. That, as well as a nice stroll around Clarke Quay... I love how everything just seemed to light up at night! The reflections on the water made it that much prettier, too.









My grainy photos really don't do justice to the food - a tasting platter, duck noodles, soft-shell crab... I was extremely full afterwards but it was so worth it. That crab was especially delicious, which is saying something considering I've sampled a lot of soft-shell crab in my lifetime...







Some pretty sights around the quay, including a few restaurants on boats. Even late at night, I'd say it's pretty safe to roam around the city. So much so that my family friends (who are just little kids, mind you) are allowed to go out and about whenever they feel like it...





Chocolate cake for my sister's birthday. She had to spend the day in a plane and probably would've had a hissy fit if we forgot about it, hah!





The next morning we visited Albert Centre, which can best be described as a Singaporean food court. I had spicy noodles and fish ball soup, which I guess is pretty normal for breakfast considering how crowded the place was. I didn't get a picture, but they also had delicious grass jelly drinks that I'm craving right now... The canned version they sell in Asian supermarkets just doesn't cut it, honestly.







Marina Bay Sands, or the hotel with a surfboard on top as I preferred to call it. To be honest, I think it's become more famous for being a tourist attraction rather than an actual hotel! It even has a shopping centre with its own waterway and gondola inside.







Even though we weren't staying for long, I was pretty set on going to see Gardens by the Bay. I guess it's no secret that I'm obsessed with taking photos of flowers... not to mention, the air-conditioning was such a nice relief after walking through all that humidity outside.









The coolest snowman I've seen, which isn't really saying much. There were so many little things put up just for the holiday season!







The man-made waterfall situated in the Cloud Forest. The structure actually has numerous levels and its own elevator, which I thought was pretty amazing. By the way, standing underneath the thing was SO cold, especially with water droplets getting all over you (though to be honest, I'm not sure what else I was expecting)...









Exotic fruits, most of which are really hard to find in Australia! And even if you do, they're definitely not as tasty as the actual ones from Asia. As you can see, my mum went a tad crazy and bought a bunch of rambutans to eat then and there...







There's just no good way of making buffet food look presentable. By the way, this has to be some of the best sashimi I've ever had! I probably could've made myself sick from eating too much, it was that buttery and delicious.







The view from the rooftop of the restaurant. From here you can see the other Supertrees, the Flower Dome and Ferris wheel, which I regretfully didn't have time for! It's a shame too, I don't think I've ever been on a legit Ferris wheel...















Aaand just some food that we had on our last day in Singapore, which wasn't really anything special. Anyway, I hope you've been enjoying all these travel posts lately! They're fun to write, but sadly it'll probably be ages before I go on another overseas trip. I guess that's just life calling... But on that note, I hope you're having a good week and stay tuned for more posts on here soon!
Posted by : Mani

new year, new buys

Well considering the disproportionate length of time since my last post, this is pretty awkward... but regardless, happy new year everyone! My absence can only be explained by two things, really - laziness and the fact that I just haven't been doing anything interesting lately. Anyway, since I wanted to break up all the travel posts I've been doing lately, I thought I'd do a roundup on some of my favourite new items:





Belt, dress and anorak from Vinnies. I don't know if it's because I'm becoming more stingy, but lately retail stores seem so pricey to me (even if things are on sale). Anyway, thrifting is always good fun and I find it's so much easier to come across nice stuff! Even though it's midsummer in Australia right now, I'm already looking forward to wearing this anorak when the weather cools down a bit...



Pearl collar that I bought in Hong Kong. It was about $6 which I was pretty happy about, considering I've seen the same thing in Australia for $20.





... aaaaand some more jewellery purchases from Colette Accessories. I don't usually wear a lot of jewellery, but I can't wait til I can wear this necklace with collars in the near future! I think it pretty much has the perfect shape to wear it in that way.



Skirt and collared blouse from Tokito. Now that I think about it, I should really start buying clothes that aren't strictly black and white for a change...



Phone case that I bought from the markets in Hong Kong. I really regret not stocking up while I was there, especially since this one's starting to get a bit dirty now! In addition it's pretty hard for me to find cases in the first place, considering my phone model's becoming outdated...



Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Honey and Precious. The colour of the packaging seems a little off, but these things are amazing! I don't particularly like wearing lipstick, so I find these are a good alternative. They even smell like peppermint which is just a bonus, really.







Some food photos taken during the 'heatwave' a few days ago. Honestly, whenever I go out to eat it's usually Japanese that I gravitate towards... I really need to expand my horizons and try something different this year! Speaking of new years resolutions I did want to start blogging more frequently, but I think I've already failed on that part (oops). I think I should accept that being creative just doesn't come easily for me, and the best ideas are made when I go with the flow... Anyway, I hope you guys are enjoying the new year, and I'll see you all in a bit!
Posted by : Mani