|Festival in Little India|
Waking up near Arab Street, we can see the Sultan Mosque peek over the roofs and hear the call to prayer, anticipating a morning of good food and great shopping. Next door in Little India is Tekka Market, where I used to buy our veggies, fish and fruit from the same guys and always felt a part of a vibrant community.
|The Banana Leaf Lady at Tekka|
A taxi fare here can buy you a rocky ride, but also a quick
|Atop a SuperTree|
|Muddy Ollie at the Hash|
Dog hashes - almost forgot to mention these incredibly awesome events, where, once a month, Chris, Lucy and I would go crashing through the jungle on these organized runs, followed by dog bowls of beer, sometimes food, a bit of hysterical banter and bawdy British drinking songs. A long-time UK past time that had been cultivated in "the colonies" and enhanced by this club with the wise inclusion of our doggy buddies.
Then there is Tanjong Beach, a lovely dog-friendly beach on the island of Sentosa, about a half-hour drive from our condo - yes, this island, which is Singapore's playground, can be reached via a very short causeway off the south side of the island. Dogs are allowed all the time, but it is Saturday mornings, when the humans are off work and it is relatively
|The Girls on the Sentosa Beach|
A visit to Chinatown takes us to the tea master, who offers an hour-long private talk on the properties of tea, demonstrates the ritual of serving it, and sells tea pots, cups, tea in beautiful tins or as bricks. Here, I tasted white tea for the first time, delicate, subtle and loaded with antioxidants.
|Ricky, Christopher and Christopher|
And that's just one example, of course, of the incredible food - it's a wonder that Chris and I didn't double our weight here. On every corner we could find Indian and Thai curries, seafood and veggies cooked with chilies, lemongrass, citrus, spices - and if we went to a hawker stand, we could eat really well for less than 10SGD (about 8USD) a piece. Well, unless we got Chili Crab.
I'll end my diatribe with the food - gotta go grab some lunch.....