Singapore and Hong Kong
Yet another Coffee Bean, this time at VivoCity, the gateway to Sentosa Island/Resorts World/Universal Studios Singapore, the big family-friendly amusement park-cum-island for the whole country.
The "rides" are mostly family-friendly, but I have to admit, the aerial tram/street luge is quite a bit of fun, and the S.E.A. Aquarium was unexpectedly superb. It lacks the size and features that make up the very best aquariums in the world, but it's still excellent in its displays and underwater tunnels. Those with a bit of time can even pay a few bucks to share a pool with their dolphins (!) for a few minutes while a trainer gives a personalized experience. The gigantic merlion isn't bad either, although it lacks the significance of the Singapore Merlion in Marina Bay.
Managed to avoid all the fast food (including both McDonalds and the local curry puff chain) in the park, and instead had the kaya toast with kopi (sweetened coffee) at the Toast Box in VivoCity's food court. Tried the mee siam as well, although honestly going to a Toast Box for mee siam was probably a bad idea... the braised pork bun from another stall was also distinctly average at best.
Dinner that night was chili crab at Jumbo Seafoo'd East Coast Road road location. The ambiance is nice, the chili crab didn't seem as fresh as it could've been, the scallops were prettier than they tasted, and the fried rice, while good, wasn't special enough to justify the drive. Maybe they had an off night? The return trip to the Old Airport Road hawker stalls was much tastier (satay plus an oystery pancake!) though. Nom nom.
Finished off the night with a quick drive down Geylang Road, 'cause certain people wanted to see the red light district. o_0 (at least we did so from the safety of the car!)