I am feeling Singapore. No, like really feeling Singapore. Meaning: IT'S HOT. It's so hot. It was like ninety-five degrees today. Like the humid sweaty kind of ninety-five. Not the "yay it's summer" kind of ninety-five. And people are just ignoring that. I saw a woman today wearing tights and a blazer!! I get it... You are a professional. You have a job. But you are outside of the office. The first day I got here there was a road race going on (which they didn't close the streets for- hundreds of runners just weaving their way along the sidewalk with all the other non-participating pedestrians) and I saw two Muslim girls running in long sleeves, leggings and their hijabs!!! Good for them. That is some fucking dedication. I on the other hand refuse to wear any shirt that has sleeves.
Ok, you get the point. It's hot.
Onto the good stuff. I LOVE IT HERE!! Why? T H E F O O D . It is so good. Good enough to make me forget that I am sitting on the terrace in said tank top sweating my face off while I eat. There is free breakfast at the hostel I am staying at which is usually does not fall under the category of things worth mentioning except that here it means that I discovered two things I now love. The first being the tarik. It's a tea that is mixed with milk and "pulled" (or poured back and forth between two cups) to make it foamy on top. It is like a latte for people who don't like coffee. It tastes slightly like hot chocolate. It is GOOD. The second thing is kaya. Kaya is basically coconut jam and it is basically fucking awesome. Spread it on some fluffily white toast and you are in heaven. Mmmm.
Next on the list of honorable mentions is the Hawker Center. Basically these are giant stand alone food courts. There is a big one right by where I am staying which I was glad to discover the first day I got here when I was doing a little walk to scout the neighborhood. I have eaten lunch and dinner there every day. And it is cheap. Sooo cheap. This comes as such a relief after being in Australia where I could easily drop $18 at lunchtime getting a sandwich a drink and some chips. My dinner tonight was $6, so good, and extremely filling. I am going with the Anthony Bourdain (my mentor in all things) method and eating at any stall that has a long line- that's how you know it must be good. I have yet to be disappointed.
Have I talked enough about the food now? Hmmm, what else is there. I saw some cool gardens today...the architecture is pretty amazing... Nope. The food is the best part.
On that note I think I'll go grab a snack....
*Meant to be sung to the tune of "Good Morning Baltimore" from the film Hairspray by John Waters