18.9.11

A local weekend in Singapore


This weekend I decided to stay in Singapore and do some things that locals do. On Friday night we ventured out on the 14 bus to the Katong district in the east of the island. For any foodies looking for a place to satisfy gastronomical urges, you will be spoilt for choice on East Coast Road. We ended up at Naive which is a asian fusion vegetarian restaurant. With a table full of cloud tofu, monkeyhead mushrooms, olive rice and green tea jelly we ate until we could not breathe.
On Saturday we decided to head to the Singapore Art Museum at Bras Basah. One of the exhibitions was created by inmates who were encouraged to paint on their way to rehabilitation. I liked the picture shown above - it shows how an inmate uses the guidance of his mother to keep him away from negative external influences. With attention deficit kicking in midway through, we went to a shop opening event where a friend was working to have some German beer and play the alpine horn badly.
A quick swim and a game of badminton was the perfect route into an amusing night at China One in Clarke Quay. A 5am meal at a greasy hawker centre in the city ended a great day and set me up nicely to start reading the autobiography of Lee Kuan Yew today. You cannot get much more local than that, lah (well there may be some karaoke on the cards tonight, obviously...)