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This Easter, I decided to spend my long weekend in Singapore instead of going away on holiday. I started my Friday morning with brunch at Choupinette on 607 Bukit Timah Road with a bunch of friends from Penang. It was really good catching up with them, but frankly $24 for two poached eggs sitting atop smoked salmon on two half buns, a cafe latte and (not) fresh orange juice is a little bit pricey – and also Bukit Timah is a trek for me.
I then spent my afternoon at the Body Shop Mega Sale at EXPO, hauling home over $100 worth of body scrubs, facial masks and shower gels. The items were not dirt cheap, but everything was at least half price. I then checked out the new Capri By Fraser Hotel next to Changi City Point and hung around the very swanky lobby charging my phone until my ride came to whisk me away for a BBQ at Yio Chu Kang.
On Saturday I basically hung around at home, and would’ve gone for lunch at The Garden Slug if it wasn’t for a tummy ache. The Garden Slug on 55 Lorong L Telok Kurau is my current favourite neighbourhood eatery, which in my opinion serves the best Ham and Mushroom Carbonara and a dish called Mindy’s Chicken Pasta. It’s tucked away in the very posh neighbourhood of Telok Kurau, and I love going there because it’s quiet, suburban and has none of that Orchard Road commercial feel to it.
On Saturday night I explored the northern part of Singapore around Yio Chu Kang, Yishun, Seletar and Sembawang. I had really cheap and good Indian food at Shami Banana Leaf Rice on 930 Yishun Avenue 2. My huge servings of rice, boneless mutton, fried fish, mango lassi and ginger tea cost no more than $14!
Sunday was Easter, which means Jesus is alive (yeah!) and there was no better place for me to celebrate this special day than with my family at Changi Christian Fellowship. An artistic interpretation of Easter was presented, which included abstract acrylic art on brown paper, a duet dance and a 4-minute short filmed called ‘Isaac’ by Marc Nair – which totally blew me away with its cinematography and filmography shot on location in Bukit Timah.
My winning week ended with dinner at my favourite Thai food place in Singapore – Jane Thai at Orchard Towers. Five of us shared the papaya salad, tom yam soup, mussel soup, fish cakes, prawn cakes, fried chicken wings and prawn omelette washed down with cold lime juice with chewy jelly bits. Jane Thai, in my opinion, serves the best Thai food in Singapore. And now, I’m ready to conquer the week ahead. Bring it on.