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My experience: Singapore

Hi everyone,

Hope you’re all having a lovely day (or night) and thanks for coming over to read another post! Today I wanted to share my thoughts and experiences of Singapore with you all as I recently visited on my way to Australia!

So to start, I will say that I have never been to Asia before this visit. My dad has visited Singapore tonnes of times on business but neither me, my mum nor my brother had ever been. I was really excited to go because 1. I had been told it was really clean 2. Shopping 3.I knew for a fact it was a foodie’s paradise!

  

We stayed at the Shangri-La (view of my balcony above) which is only about a 5-10 minute drive to Orchard Road (the main shopping road) so the hotel location was really good. If you want, I can do a post reviewing the Shangri-La in detail, just leave me a comment letting me know! The rooms were big and modern. The gym was awesome (pictured below from outside), the pool was really nice and the food was too notch! Overall – very impressed! 

  
The weather: My dad had warned us that it was VERY hot and humid in Singapore and that it rains everyday at around 3 or 4 pm. I can definitely vouch for the humidity – it was seriously sticky! It only rained on our first day for about 30 minutes but it was quite heavy rain (good excuse to duck into some shops!).

 

 

What we did: We only had a few days in Singapore and we wanted to not plan or book too much because we didn’t know how jet lagged we would be (it turned out – not very!). We shopped on Orchard Road (pictured above), went to Raffles (probably better to go there for a meal/drink) to look around, went to some shopping centres, ate at Dempsey hill, visited the Marina Bay Sands for dinner (100% recommended), chilled around the pool and relaxed! It would have been nice to go to Sentosa Island if we had been there longer or if my brother and I were younger but we didn’t particularly want to and I don’t really feel like I missed out!

  

FOOD: For sure I would recommend going to Naddaman in the Shangri-La for Teppenyaki for dinner! My first Teppenyaki experience and it was so yum! (Pictured above.) Also, The Waterfall restaurant (an Italian) also at the Shangri-La was probably the best Italian I’ve ever had – and that SERIOUSLY says something – and omg I still hate myself for not ordering dessert there! Ce la vie restaurant on the top of the Marina Bay Sands was one of the best evenings ever for me – the food was incredible, the view was so unique, the service was amazing, what more could you want? (Pictures below). I wanted to do more breakfast/brunch I while we were there but unfortunately we only got to go out once in the morning – to Rider’s Cafe. This is somewhere I would say you have to visit if you go to Singapore as it was a really cool location and the food was literally the stuff of dreams! (Yes. I ordered 2 breakfasts. It had to be done.)

   

 

Generally I felt really safe in Sinagpore, it was very clean, the service was very good. The city had a very cosmopolitan feel, with everything very modern and trendy. Taxis were a bit of a struggle (to call one, you need to give a Singapore mobile number, SILLY IDEA). It was for sure a foodie’s paradise as there were truffle fries literally everywhere. My idea of heaven.

  

I really enjoyed Singapore and would definitely stay there as a stopover on the way to or from Australia again. I personally don’t think I would specifically go there on holiday for a week or two but for a few days it was incredible!

Have you ever been to Singapore? If so, what did you think? What would you recommend next time I go? I’d love to know so please leave me a comment!

Thanks for reading,

Harrie x

Review: Ruby’s Diner, Sydney

Hi everyone,

The reason for the lack of posts recently is that I’m on the other side of the world! I’m currently in Sydney, Australia which is our third stop out of six on our month long tour! Now, the great thing about australia is brunch. Yeah, the beaches are great, the wildlife is crazy and in summer its amazing weather but seriously…brunch. In Europe, breakfast or brunch seems to be more of a take it or leave it kind of thing but here in Oz its definitely treated like the most important meal of the day.

After visiting Melbourne and its many breakfast cafes, I thought Sydney’s offering might disappoint as I had heard that Melbourne is the place for brunch. I was wrong. Today, I dragged everyone to Ruby’s Diner in Waverley for something to warm us up during Sydney’s current ‘cold snap’ – AKA British summer!
  Bearing in mind it was 9.30 on a sunday morning when we arrived, we only had to wait 10 minutes for a table because we didn’t mind sitting outside (with cold little me practically on top of the heater of course).

3 freshly squeezed orange juices, a bottle of water, one flat white and one long black later and we were ready to look over the menu. I could have literally ordered everything on there as it all sounded so good but I’ve had eggs, avocado, bacon and all that stuff for the past few days, so today I fancied something sweet. I couldn’t decide between the ‘5 grain bircher muesli with seasonal fruit, nut crunch, yoghurt and honey’ or the ‘Roast pears with coconut yoghurt and buckwheat coconut crunch’ (pictured above). 

  
My dad decided to get the bircher (pictured above) so I went for the pears as it sounded like quite a unique dish (Plus, I have a thing for coconut yoghurt). The bircher muesli was delish and the fresh banana plus the crunchy stuff on top was right up my street and when I tried a spoonful, I was jealous that my dad ordered it and not me. The roasted pears were really good. Fragrant, juicy and soft, they had been cooked in vanilla and orange (among other things I’m sure) and the coconut yoghurt on top made the sweetness of the pears not seem overwhelming. The buckwheat crunch, which I thought would just be boring roasted buckwheat when I saw it was actually really yummy. It added a different texture and a nice extra cinnamon flavour. The only thing I would say is that I think three pear halves is a bit much, as towards the end it seemed a bit sickly and started to taste a bit like a candle smells. I still somehow managed to eat it all though so it can’t have been bad!

  
Both my mum and brother ordered what I would have ordered if I had gone for something savoury, the ‘House-made baked beans with manchego and oregano on sourdough’. My mum got it plain and the competitive eater brother ordered a poached egg, avocado and bacon to go with it. They both loved the beans and the toast and my brother (who has probably eaten more avocado than anyone I know) said the avo was really nice and fresh. My mum is the most selfless person in the world and to prove it, all I need to say is she spooned a big heap of beans on the crunchy toast and gave me the first bite. My thoughts? Aaaah, how nice of her… F*$#!!! Yep, I burnt the roof of my mouth. Its blistering as I type this. The beans were worth it. The perils of being a foodie.

The service was probably one of the worst out of the places we’ve been for breakfast but that could be because we were seated outside, on the very end and it was very busy! The atmosphere was nice, although as I said, we were outside so it would have felt different inside but it seemed to be a very popular, buzzing, family friendly neighbourhood cafe, which I liked.
Taste: 9/10

Presentation: 9/10

Service: 6/10

Atmosphere: 7/10

Location: 3/10

Price: 7/10

Menu: 9/10

What’s your favourite breakfast dish? Let me know in the comments! 

Thanks for reading, 

H x