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One. Singular Australian Sensation.

One.

Singular sensation.

Every little step he takes.

One of Broadway’s most famous productions was coming to Singapore and we were going!

Before the show, Dad and I found yet another amazing restaurant in Singapore, called Pizzeria Mozza.

Mozza in Marina Bay Sands. Highly recommended!

We didn’t know it at the time, but it turns out that “Mozza” is an American chain out of California and had some seriously good salad, bruschetta, and pizza.  Our brushetta had squash and real bacon on it. Yes, real bacon. It sounds gross, but I assure you, it was heaven on crunchy bread. I think it had been so long since I smelled squash and bacon that I could close my eyes and be transported to the Thanksgiving table. Ah, pork and cold weather vegetables, I miss you so.

Mmmm…..I’m making these next Thanksgiving dinner!

As for the show itself….well, I thought it was a little disappointing. At first, I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, but now I think I can pin it on one minor flaw.

They were Australian.

Now, you know, I LOVE me some Australia! The people, the food, the country, everything. I don’t want to jeopardize my possible dual citizenship that I’m sure they are going to offer me any day now. Rest assured, I am still madly in love with Australia.

But, for a Broadway show set in New York city, those Aussies trying to do American accents weren’t quite right. Or, in the case of the sassy Puerto Rican girl, not right at all. I realized that this was my problem about half way through and checked back in the program and sure enough, it was an all Australian production! I wonder if every other nation feels that way when Americans make lame attempts at foreign accents. Before I moved overseas, I had never heard anyone “do” an American accent, so this is most likely the case. Get back to me if this is true or false.

Regardless, we got a picture to match with our Wicked one from a few months ago…(well, minus Dan) 😦

And got this gem of some kiddies posing with the sign too…

Their moms took about 50 shots of them! And who wouldn’t?!

And don’t worry Australia, I still love you and you are still invited to my birthday party.

(If you are over 25, did you used to say people weren’t invited to your birthday party when you were mad at them as a kid? My sisters and I used to do it all the time! Do kids still do this? I thought it was pretty effective as a six year old.) 


Eating Our Way Around Singapore

The second part of spring break was spent eating in Singapore. Holy guacamole, did we ever eat!

Singapore is known for their amazing food, from the very high end places to the hawker stalls throughout the city, there really isn’t much that I have tried that I don’t like there. Here is a sampling of some of our favorites in high school superlative style. (I attached links so you can check them out yourselves and pick what you would order. It’s a fun game.)

Hollywood China Bistro

Best Buns

This place is actually in Universal Studios, and serves up some serious dim sum. My favorite are the bbq pork buns. They are melt-in-your-mouth-push-small-children-out-of-the-way-to-get-the-last-one good. Trust me on this one.

Just look for this sign for the best dim sum!

Tanjong Beach Club

Best Egg’s Benedict 

This restaurant sits right on the beach and we can ride bikes to it from my dad’s condo. I love the style that it is decorated in, super California/Australian casual style with lots of blues and tons of light to fill up the restaurant. It also has the best Egg’s Benedict on the planet. (Seriously, the first time I had it, my dad said he has never seen me consume food so fast in my life. I think he was a little grossed out by it, but it’s that good.) In addition, the beach that it sits on is the only beach in Sentosa Cove that allows dogs on it, so we always get to go out and see the pooches loving life on the beach.

 

Don't you love it here?

Osia

Best All Around

When I am in Singapore, I usually try to finagle a trip into Osia. It. Is. Amazing. Everything that I have ever put in my mouth at this place has been sinfully delicious. From the flat bread appetizer, to the pork chop from heaven to even making vegetables taste good, this place has it all.  (A place that can make me eat veggies is always  pretty impressive.) And if you thought about leaving this place before you had dessert, you better head right back to your seat missy/mister*. (*said in a teacher voice) The hot chocolate soup is “a legend in the making” according to the website, and I couldn’t agree more. I don’t ordinarily subscribe to such hyperbole, but this is 100% true.

Feng Shui Inn

Best Chinese Dish that I don’t know the name of

This place is for the high rollers from the casino, so Dad and I fit right in with our flipflops. (hahaha) Service in Singapore is usually really good, but this place was unbelievable. They knew what I wanted before I knew what I wanted. They were that good. Everything we had at this place was amazing, but we had this duck dish (that’s right, after living in Asia,”Miss-I-only-eat-turkey loves her some duck!) that you made basically little sliders with bread and green onion and they were heavenly. I have had them once before at a Chinese restaurant over here, but still don’t know the name of them. I’ll just call them a plate of deliciousness until I figure out the real name. Oh-and if you get a private room, you have a mahjong set in room to play whenever the urge strikes you. Nice.

Sky 57

Best View

My last night in Singapore we headed up to the 57th floor of Marina Bay Sands. If you don’t know what Marina Bay Sands is, it’s a little hotel that looks like this:

The Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Marina Bay Sands - Credit: Reuters

Marina Bay Sands Pool at Night

Marina Bay Sands Pool at Night - Credit: green_kermit via Flickr

Oh wait. Did I tell you about the pool?

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool

Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool - Credit: Reuters

The building itself is all kinds of level of cool I didn’t even know existed and the view from the top was amazing. We ate dinner at the fabulous Sky 57, which is on the top floor and I felt like you could see the entire country of Singapore from up there.  It cost a bazillion dollars to build, but boy, does it look like it.  I did a little research beforehand and ordered two of the signature dishes: Lobster Hokkien Mee and Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao. The Lobster Hokkien Mee was good, but not amazing. The Foie Gras Xiao Bao was to die for. Dad had the mushroom soup (fabulous) and some kind of fish, which was very good he said.

Now the only bad part about this whole evening was the fact that I forgot the memory card for my camera! SOOOOO Stupid! I brought the camera all charged up, but when I pulled it out to get a shot for the first time, no memory card. What was I thinking? We did get this awkward looking one of us with Dad’s camera before dinner that looks like it came from the 1980’s, but it’s better than nothing I guess.

Sky 57 Marina Bay Sands

Of course, we should have stopped our binge eating right there, but I am nothing if not a quitter. So, most days, we kept going. Here we have a little frozen yogurt from my Dad’s favorite place in VivoCity, Yigloo.

Yigloo Fro-Yo

We visited Only You Desserts where we got a banana split with some extra stuff like melons and jellies in it. Unexpected, but delicious.

And what food splurge would be complete without a little corn ice cream to top it all off with, right? (Dad actually did try it. But it (shockingly) didn’t get rave reviews, in case it was on your list of “may consider next time I’m at the ice cream shop”)

So that is what I did on my spring break this year.

Tomorrow I will hit the gym, but it was worth every last mile I am going to have to run to burn it all off.