I think I'm just about ready to resume normal transmission again but there is the threat of major assignments looming, so do forgive the occasional drop-out.
Here's a short recap of what's been happening with the Test with Skewer family. (Stealing an idea from Hungry Dog - subheadings.)
We flew out of Sydney on Saturday and tried to squeeze in as many opportunities as we could to say goodbye before we left. The outpouring of goodwill from our friends and family really overwhelmed and surprised us a little. Thank you.
I'll let the photos tell part of the story:
The beach we've left behind *sniff*
We were farewelled a few times over. A favourite lunch soiree was at Bah.BQ in Crow's Nest, NSW. Bah. BQ is a Brazilian restaurant that specialises in "Churrasco" or grilled meat. If you choose this option, you get a selection of sides such as pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), feijoada (soupy black beans), cassava chips and much more. A waiter comes round every so often with grilled meat on a skewer and slices off pieces for your plate. This is definitely a place for a long lunch, and if you're game try the Caipirinha (cocktail made with
rocket fuel Chachaca/ Sugar cane rum)
Can't say goodbye without cupcakes right?
Gorgeous blooms from friends
So, here we are in Singapore. Of course the first thing we do is head out to look for food. (Actually, I lie. The first thing we do is sleep lots to recharge after the massive week that was). Already we've hit the food court at the shopping mall next door and the local nasi lemak joint. (Note : You will probably see a lot of posts featuring shopping malls because Singapore has a lot of them!).
And less than 24 hours after we landed, we hit Little India. Word to those who hate crowds, do not attempt this outing on a Sunday. The area is absolutely packed! Walking is tricky and the crowds occasionally spill off the footpaths onto the road. This didn't really bother us though, and the MCs were super excited to take it all in. The scent of jasmine garlands and the beat of popular Hindi movie soundtracks filled the air.
We found a cute little eatery to indulge in some rice and curries. It was endorsed by our cab driver (always a good thing), and we knew it had authentic credentials when we walked in and saw a group of local policemen having their dinner. Cabbies and the local boys in blue - better than Michelin stars I tell you ;)
MC Junior has her first taste of the local takeaway drink holder option. I'd forgotten, but many places in Asia sell takeaway drinks in plastic bags with handles!
The Blue Diamond restaurant. We thought it was great value. A meal of 2 rice and curries and separate dishes of mutton, fish and chicken, plus 3 roti parathas and drinks set us back about $24 Singapore dollars.
After dinner we headed down to check out the famed Mustafa Centre (there are two shops with the same name, one bigger than the other). It is a 24 hour shopping mall and it is massive. Not the slickest of malls, but what it lacks in appearance it makes up for in sheer quantity.
You can bet this won't be our last foray out into the vast foodlands of Singapore, so stay tuned.
Muhibbah Malaysian Monday
I apologise profusely for the last few missed deadlines. Unfortunately my partner Suresh from 3 Hungry Tummies has disappeared from his blog for a while, and I'm not sure where he is (if you have any ideas, please let me know and I hope he's alright).
If you've sent any entries for the February and March Muhibbah Malaysian Monday round-up, please re-send all your entries to me (its(dot)sharon(at)gmail(dot)com) by the wend of this week (April 8), and I will attempt to post a round-up next week. Hopefully on a Monday but perhaps a bit later.
Thanks for reading, and I'm trying to catch up on reading your blogs now. Take care and see you real soon :)