Saturday, January 18, 2014
Gus and I finally made it to Singapore. Craig went last year for a conference, so this was his second time. To start off, let's talk about the food. It was fantastic. We totally forgot to take pictures of a lot of what we ate because it looked/smelled so good we just dove right in. We didn't get any pictures of the Hawker Centres we went to, either. I think that was because they sent me into sensory over-load. Hawker Centres are buildings filled with different food stalls. In the past, according to the Singapore Art Museum, hawkers would take carts (often attached to bicycles) around to different neighborhoods, cooking up and selling their food. The country wanted to make sure they were getting their cut from sales, so they forced the Hawkers into set locations. These places are big, loud, crowded, and there are 100 different smells. On the first day, Gus and I went in with Craig but it was a little overwhelming trying to navigate with a stroller and everyone reaching out to touch my baby. Gus was quite the attraction and, literally, 50 people probably reached out to rub his arm, cheek or head. This was all done kindly and he loved it but I was ready to start charging. For the rest of the week Craig would venture inside while we waited in the shade.
On our last day we relaxed by the pool. I could not resist drinking from a coconut.