my us all being tired and sore from a long day of walking around the zoo in the heat, Z woke us at 6:30 a.m. again for our third fun-filled day in Singapore. In all seriousness, I was sore like I had run a marathon. Okay, I admit I have never run a marathon, but I have run a couple of blocks. That is pretty close, right?
Okay, my physical fitness aside, let’s get back to the real subject of this post… Singapore!
We had plans to meet Bronwyn (from Journeys of the Fabulist) and her cute kiddos for coffee at one of their regular hang outs in the Harborfrount Centre. I was excited and nervous, it was my first time meeting a fellow blogger in person!
We took the SMRT from our house to the Harbourfront Station. It took about 30 minutes to get there from all the way across the country! Well, Singapore is it’s own country so we truly did travel across the country to meet them.
My nervousness at meeting B was totally unnecessary. Chad, Z, and I had a wonderful time chatting and getting to know all three of them. We met at a toast place that served set breakfasts of french toast with coconut jam, called Kaya, tea/coffee and a very soft-boiled egg (pretty much raw, just a little white. Hey, don’t knock it until you try it, it is fantastic on toast). I can’t remember how much it was, that probably means it was pretty inexpensive. I love delicious, inexpensive breakfasts with new friends! Brownwyn showed us how to get to Vivo City, where the monorail was to take us to Sentosa, our next stop for the day, and gave us a great recommendation for a lunch place near the entrance of the monorail.
We said our good-byes to B, P, and T, and then meandered into the monorail ticketing area. We stopped off for lunch first at the place B had recommended and were very happy and full when we left there. It was an international food center that had Singaporean food, Indonesian, Indian, and other fare from all over Asia. I wish I could remember the name of the place, but it is right next to the ticket/information counter for the Sentosa monorail.
Senotosa is a little island off the southern tip of Singapore that boasts of a Universal Studios, the Sentosa Merlion, a beach area and much more. We bought our S$4 tickets for the monorail (you can also walk there, just follow the monorail above you, it was too much for our tired legs) and got off at the first stop.
The first stop was for Universal Studios, which we had decided to skip since Z was too little still for any of the attractions. The whole area around it was filled with American shops and restaurants. I really wanted to go in the Hersheys superstore, but with my willpower of steel, I resisted. It was very much like the Universal Studios City Walk in California. In fact, Chad and I talked quite a bit about how we felt like we were walking through any tourist area in Southern California. I think it felt a bit too much like home for us and we quickly walked to the next area.
Down the hill was the Sentosa Merlion, which is a large statue with a lion upper body and a fish lower body. It is the mythical protector of Singapore and was quite an imposing sight. You can pay for admission into the Merlion and take pictures from the head of the whole island. It was not that expensive at S$12 per adult, but we were trying to get Z to take a nap in her stroller and didn’t want to break up the walk too much (and no she never took a nap… humph).
We kept walking and came to an area that was pretty wide open, you could go one way to the beach or another way to something else, honestly at this point we were just hot and tired and decided to forgo the rest of Sentosa and hop back on the monorail and head back to Vivo City and shop for a bit.
We walked around the busy, well air-conditioned mall for a while and decided to head to a restaurant that Chad had found on the internet that brewed it’s own beers.
We were able to easily get to Brewerkz Restaurant and Microbreweries by taking the SMRT to the Orchard Station and walking about ten minutes down the street to Riverside Point.
We walked into the brewery and we felt immediately like we were home. Like really at home. This restaurant could have been in our hometown of Santa Rosa, California. The way it was decorated, the good beer, and the western food choices were all like being home. Until we looked at the prices that is! We decided to splurge and not feel guilty about ordering S$10-13 (US $8-10) beers and S$21 (US $16.50) burgers. I got the Brewerkz burger and Chad had the Chicken Cobb salad, we got Z a side of macaroni and cheese. All the portions were HUGE and the food was delicious. It made the final bill easier to pay at the end of our meal.
We had to have them wheelbarrow us out of the restaurant, or at least I wish they would have. We tried to walk off some of our large meal on our way back to the Orchard Station, but our legs just wouldn’t move fast enough.
We’d had another wonderful day in Singapore and slept the sleep of the extremely overstuffed that night.
What about you? Have you been to Sentosa in Singaore? Or to Brewerkz? Tell me about it!
Also if you would like to read more about living in Singapore, make sure to check out Kids “R” Simple, Journeys of the Fabulist, and Expat Dad SG. If you know of any other blogs that are about Singapore, feel free to share them in the comments.