Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Two Weeks To Go

Only two weeks to go until we leave Singapore. One thing I'll miss is the weather. Although it's hot and humid, at least it's sunny, and I don't have to wear layers like I did in London. The other thing I'll miss is the food. It's cheap, delicious, and relatively healthy as long as you make sure to order a side of vegetables.

The Yuan Ching 5's last drinks together

Our roommates have already left. What used to be the Yuan Ching 5 has now become the Yuan Ching 2. Ritchie, Sophie, and Sif all left within a couple days of each other, which precipitated a lot of drinking and outings in a very short amount of time. It took awhile to detox after that, but I think I'm recovering alright if you don't count getting used to the void that has replaced them in the Yuan Ching Apartment. It's so eerily quiet around here without them.

Sif's leaving drinks: Margaritas at Cha Cha Cha in Holland Village

We didn't feel like staying home in an empty apartment last night, so Julius and I decided to venture out to a new mall that has just opened in Jurong East called JCube, which is only 2 MRT stops away from where we live. We had dinner at a place called Punggol Nasi Padang, which specializes in Malayan Cuisine. The food was pretty good, and we enjoyed Roti Prata, Murtabak with chicken, and a side of veggies for under S$15.

So far I like this mall a lot better than Jurong Point at Boon Lay. Its most impressive feature is the huge ice skating rink. As you come up the escalator on the second floor the rink seems to suddenly appear out of nowhere. Have you ever seen a hockey game in the middle of a mall? We did last night. The rink is surrounded by shops and restaurants, and one side has stadium seating as well so you can sit down with an ice cream and watch the game.

Julius posing in front of the ice skating rink at JCube

There was also a strange store called Stinky Candy. They have a cold metal surface to work on, which reminded me of Cold Stone ice cream, because they also use the same type of flat metal spatulas. The only difference I could see was that instead of making customized ice cream, they make customized candy. It kind of hurt my teeth to watch them, but it was definitely something I had never seen before, and it seemed to be pretty popular based on the size of the mesmerized crowd that was gathering.

I'll definitely be going back to JCube soon - maybe even tonight!

Sticky Candy being made on the spot

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