Garden State

Right.  Now after all the walking I’ve done over the last few weeks, including over those horrid cobblestones, which had no therapeutic effect at all, it’s time to treat the feet.  And the hands might as well get some attention while we’re at it.  So I took the opportunity a few days back and email the ever wonderful staff of OPI Forum in Singapore and booked us in for ‘the best day ever’.

I try to get an appointment at OPI whenever I’m in Singapore, because, apart from their fabulously named wonderful rainbow of colours, they always do a great job and their attention to detail is something to be seen.  As such, our feet and hands were transformed from haggard and tired, to fresh, revived and divine.  Nothing beats the feeling of having a fresh start for your skin.

After that, there’s even time for a quick bit of shopping along Orchard Road, before we head back to the hotel to collect Dad for some lunch at Clarke Quay, before we head out for the evening.

Dad loves gardens and gardening, so where better to head than Marina Bay to check out what’s new – in particular the Gardens by the Bay.  We arrive in time to watch the first light show, which starts at 7.45pm. I’ve talked about the Gardens by the Bay Light Show on my last two trips, and believe me when I say, I don’t ever want to come back here again, in the nicest possible way.  Not that it isn’t absolutely amazing, but c’mon – three times in a row! Enough already. I’m not even going to take a single photo.  Promise.

However, you can never blog enough about dinner at Kudeta and that’s where we are heading next – the best view in town I reckon.  And it just so happens to be Kudeta’s 4th birthday.  The food was great as usual, but the dessert really took the cake.  Dad was silly enough to say no to dessert, so he didn’t get to share a single mouthful of ours, but Mum and I shared the Goma Cake (miso white chocolate, macha ganache, apricot jelly, black sesame seed powder and sesame crisps) and the Lassi Meringue and Strawberry Prosecco (black pepper meringue, coconut sorbet, pistachio pastry cream and pistachio coconut malto).  You just need to get yourself here and order these delights for yourself so you know what I’m talking about.


After dinner I watched an incredible show on how the new National Stadium was built.  It covered all facets of the construction from how they selected the type of grass, to planning of the stadium’s acoustics and sound system.  It has one of the world’s largest closing rooves and incorporates furniture built from pieces of the old National Stadium.  I imagine it would be quite something to behold and would relish the chance to have a look at it next time.  But for those with tv coverage, you might be able to see it on the 2014 Asian Games, which will be held in the stadium.

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