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Singapore Circuit breaker – day 1

Yesterday was the first day of essentially a lock in. We can leave our apartment but only for food and if we can get it delivered, we should. We can leave to exercise but if we can do it inside our apartment, we should. Critical medical care is also available but we shouldn’t be outside. Neither of us have jobs in the supply chain, food, or medical so we can’t leave the house for work. Anyone who has a job that has to leave the house to work, can’t work. Anyone who can work from home, has to work from home or not work. It is an official 4-week lock in. Please stay home. We will stay home. We didn’t leave the front door, not even for a moment on day 1. Lola, Lola is adjusting. We are all adjusting. Lola is just cuter.

Construction

I have been joking with Triston for a few weeks that these guys are just building new fences. Also, that they might get sick of me watching the progress and generally stickybeaking at what is going on. And then, the fence, they start building it directly in front of our apartment. Plenty of space either side but they start right on us. Do you think that they would really be feeling self conscious, with me looking out the window all the time? They are making progress. Our view. Not amazing but interesting.

Singapore botanic garden – orchid garden

We are going to Bali in a week to pick up my grandma after my cousins wedding and bring her back to Singapore. She didn’t really mind what we did in Singapore but she had one request. The botanic gardens and the orchid garden there. She went years ago. Simple request, we haven’t been and thought with Nan’s trip fast approaching and only 4 days instead of 12 days we needed to find the easiest way to get there. Off we go on an orchid adventure. We got the MRT to Botanic Gardens, blue line, just a couple of stops down from our Blue Line stop at Bugis. Then we had to walk all the way through the botanic gardens. It is kind of huge. While we enjoyed the walk, we decided we couldn’t take Nan on the MRT. We have to semi isolate her so probably get a grab or taxi. They are cheap enough. Eventually we got to the orchid garden. Usually you pay to enter but today it happened to be free. …

Ah Chew Dessert Bugis

For over a year we have seen long lines of an evening and sometimes during the day at the large hole in the wall that is Ah Chew Dessert. It happens to be directly next door to the entrance to our apartment. Given the lines can be over an hour long, on a food street where half the stores are actually dessert stores (most of the rest are hotpot stores of some kind) we decided it must be good if it is worth the wait. You would think if it wasn’t worth it people would go to one of the many alternatives. Generally, they don’t though. This is the kind of thing Triston doesn’t like so we haven’t been. Today, I was super thirsty but also energy-less after a very stressful day/afternoon. I decided that I was going to try it and Triston came along. Now, you may think that I ordered two dishes because I wanted to try it. In fact, Triston ordered two. They were fairly cheap and he wasn’t sure if he …

Sakura 2020 Gardens by the bay

It is once again Cherry Blossom season at Gardens by the bay. We have only been in the evening so far. It was a very lovely display. Triston thinks it is better than last years where I think it is equally as good. Hopefully we will get to see it a few more times before the display finishes. We don’t leave the house too much at the moment because of the whole Covid19 thing and my needed to be tested for cancer etc etc. Crowds haven’t been too bad in Singapore with everyone taking steps to avoid each other. I guess the restrictions on entry have also helped ease crowding, there just aren’t as many people in the country as there was previously. At any rate, it was worth the walk to have a look through the flower dome and see the new display. Likely I will go back in the day during the week and in the evening again as well. Probably also a weekday night. Just to avoid larger crowds that tend to …

Astons Bugis Plus

One of the things that showed on my health screen was that I have low red blood cells along with low blood pressure and some kind of mild infection. We don’t really know what to do for the low blood pressure as my sodium levels are at the higher end of fine so I can’t just add a heap of salt to things. Randomly we decided I ought to have some steak and we remembered a place over in Buigs Plus, which is a chain so there are a number of stores around the island. Astons. Under the pressure of ordering before being seated I chose the pork ribs. Who can go past some tasty BBQ pork ribs? Only to be told by Triston upon being seated that a chicken leg/thigh probably has the same amount of iron and I really should have gotten the steak. Oh well, too late now. Triston did get the steak and we shared. Both dishes were pretty tasty and fairly well priced compared to similar sized dishes in Bugis …

Purple sweet potato waffle cone

Soft serve isn’t something that I particularly like but McDonald’s in Singapore has limited-time flavours. I like the Bandung flavour and peach ice tea. Currently, the offering is Purple sweet potato waffle cone. Usually, they don’t come with a waffle cone, just the standard cone. I would generally go for a twice just in case the flavour is too strong, or not nice, at least I can “water it down” with vanilla. Purple sweet potato waffle cone doesn’t come with a twist offering. I have had a couple, they are super tasty. Triston will get himself a treat as well and that means there are not enough hands for the photo of my waffle cone. If you have the chance, grab one. The prices do vary, I think I have seen some stores with the price up around $3.20. Our local store is just $2.00 and this is the 24 hour store just a little further away, also just $2.000.

Baker and Cook Bugis

The Intercontinental Hotel in Bugis has a bakery called Baker and Cook. When we filmed our episode of House Hunters we had breakfast at the Baker and Cook one morning. They took so long to be bothered to start on our order it was frustrating. As the only people in the store we expected it to be fast. They waited 7 minutes and yes, I was timing it. Then just as they were about to start to make/prepare/create our order one by one 3 sets of other customers came it. Our quick stop for a coffee and snack before filming took 40 minutes. By the time we got out food, we had no time to eat it. That was so annoying. Anyway, today, sulking slightly because I had my specialist appointment I decided I wanted a pie and I remembered they sold them. I asked for it to be take away as I didn’t have 40 minutes to wait. Service appeared faster but it is hard to say that it was for sure. I didn’t …

Scootplus – formerly Scootbiz

Years ago, when Scoot first launched we booked flights to Singapore, twice. The prices were so good, I just couldn’t not do it. Our first trip was just to Singapore, the one where Triston rubbed his hands together when we were leaving and said ‘well, we never have to come here again’ but we had a trip booked for 3 weeks or a month later. The second was luckily merged into a work trip and we ended up in Malaysia. We did call into Singapore on the way home, have dinner at Straits Kitchen (as we had stayed at the Grand Hyatt and enjoyed the buffet for dinner) and then went to the night zoo. Our flights didn’t connect very well so we have all evening to hang out at the airport, or Singapore and we chose Singapore. Well, this flight I booked Scoot. I booked economy with a bag and added luggage up to 40kgs. Unfortunately, I arrived at the airport with 96kgs of luggage. 10kg was carry one and allowed in addition to …