Fond farewells, new beginnings and a note about Muhibbah Malaysian Monday

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hello everyone!

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

There most memorable farewell meal we had was at The Bridge Room, in Sydney. Really exciting and interesting food in an understated yet beautiful setting. It's definitely the place to go to impress someone, or if you're farewelling the city :). Pity I don't have any photos of the food!

New beginnings

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 ;)

Eggplant curry 

Tandoori chicken

 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 :)


Barbara said...

Wishing you the best of luck with your move, Shaz!

Lora said...

Wow so glad you made it to Singapore with relative ease. Looking forward to your post from a new country!

Karin said...

I love love LOVE Singapore and look forward to keeping up with your adventures there. Know what you mean about taxi drivers knowing where to eat - one of our favourite places here in Canberra is always full of 'em!

Enjoy your new city ;-) Karin (suffering Mustafa Centre envy)

Juliana said...

Shaz, glad that the move went smooth and happy that you had time to take the pictures to share with us...enjoyed every one of them :)
Have a great week!

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Shaz a new lovely adventures for your family in Singapore from now on. Banyak makan-makanlah Shaz now in Singapore, will be spoil for choice....hehehe...

grace said...

i'm so excited for you--what an adventure lies ahead! have fun with it, shaz. :)

Fiona Reilly said...

Shaz I flew back to Shanghai last week via Singapore (for two hours), which I haven't done in a while. Looking out of the airport windows at the incredible lush green gardens and tropical flowers, and that heavy, heady humidity, I though - 'Shaz is going to LOVE it here!'
Plus, of course, the food, which I look forward to hearing about as often as time allows! Enjoy your first few weeks in your new city!

Beth said...

I've been thinking about you and wondering how the move went. I'm so glad to hear your update. Sounds like you'll have a lot of fun exploring your new home!

Hungry Dog said...

Leaving a place can be bittersweet but it sounds as though you were sent off in style. And, it seems as if you've hit the ground running in your new home. Your little ones are so adventurous!

My Little Space said...

Hope you enjoy staying at S'pore! Yeah, wonder what happened to Suresh too! Hope he's OK. I'll send mine over for the next round up.
Have a great weekend, dear.

My Little Space said...

Btw, don't forget to try out the Mr Bean pancake & also Jolliebean's one. Mr Bean's tou fu hua & pancakes are my fav.

lena said...

i'm sure now you get to eat all those food that you have been missing! Happy staying in singapore!

shaz said...

Thanks Barbara :)

Lora - I'm so glad the move went well. Cannot wait to make macs again though.

Karin - there is too much good food here ;P

Juliana - glad you enjoyed the pics

Malay-Kadazan - definitely spoilt for choice!

grace - it is all rather exciting.

Fiona Reilly - you're not wrong about the heavy, heavy humidity! That part I'm a bit ambivalent about, but the rest, you're spot on! So lush and green. And oh so much food!

Beth - thanks for your thoughts :) We are definitely having fun exploring.

Hungry Dog - I'm lucky, I think the kids are at a really good age. Old enough to walk around by themselves, and willing to try (most) things.

My Little Space - thanks Kristy, for all the yummy recommendation. There's a Jollibean in the shopping centre next door! Must try :)

lena - maybe a little too much enjoying ;)

Vanille said...

Ok, Shaz I'm little bit behind and need to catch up... But what a news ! Wish you and your family to settle well in your new life in Singapore !

shaz said...

Thanks Vanille!