Sometimes the best ideas are born on the spur of the moment. In December I had been browsing travel sites as we wanted a little winter break but hadn't found anything we liked. Having our first coffee on New year's morning I was reading an online magazine and stumbled upon an article about Singapore. My husband had lived and worked there several years before we met. His commentary "I wouldn't mind going there again someday" got me moving - by afternoon I had booked flights and hotel and off we went two weeks later.
Great timing actually as we got there just in time to catch all the wonderful decorations and preparations for Chinese New Year. And as 2014 is going to be the Year of the Horse and I am a horse according to my Chinese horoscope I felt very honored.
Singapore is fascinating - the architecture, the mix of nationalities, fabulos museums, breathtaking attractions and all the international shopping anybody might ever want to do .And, even better, all the international cuisines anybody might ever like to explore. And explore we did: Chinese, Malay, Thai cuisine - all those tastes we don't find in Provence. From Hawker Food Courts to beautiful restaurants - Singapore is a foodie's heaven! Have a look - I am still dreaming!
Street decorations for Chinese New Year
The little old Merlion and the gigantic new Singapore landmark - somewhat disrespectfully called "The Ironing Board"
Our "canteen" - Maxwell Hawker Food Centre
Crispy outside, deliciously chewy inside: Oyster Cakes
Even Anthony Bourdain recommends the Oyster Cakes from this hawker stall
Green Mango Salad
Spicy Thai Fish Soup at "Bali Thai" in Katong
Grilled Cuttle Fish
A German Food Chain "Brotzeit" specializes in Schnitzel and no, we did not eat there
preferring the local fare like this beautifully seasoned beef and seafood salad
or another spicyly delicous soup
Glass noodles and Chinese Greens
Mango and Strawberry Pudding
Dumplings that are handmade in front of you
at Din Tai Fung, the probably best Dim Sum Place in Singapore
Yu Sheng salad that you have to toss with your chopsticks and pile as high as you can shouting "Lo Hei" is a Singaporean Chinese New Year's speciality promising good luck and prosperity
Met this warrior in Orchard Road, Singapore's main shopping street