Singapore and Hong Kong
Two days til the Singapore Grand Prix! Sadly we were going to miss it. :-/ By today, most of the roads making up the Marina Bay Street Circuit were at least partially closed, and traffic was a bloody nightmare.
Explored Raffles Place for a bit (holy cow, Singapore builds parking structures tall), quick snack back at the excellent Raffles City food court (more soup! And more kopi and kaya toast Toast Box), then an excellent meal at Boon Tong Kee. Hainan chicken, deep fried tofu, some sort of pork, and some ridiculously huge tiger prawns. Some other dish might've been involved as well. Truly fantastic.
Explored Little India afterwards, had tea out of a plastic bag, saw the local temple, then dragonfruit smoothies at the City Square Mall food court (side note: almost every major "ordinary" food court here seems to be run by a company called Food Republic). After a break from the heat and humidity, it was down to Chinatown to explore some more. A country that's almost 75% ethnic Chinese having a Chinatown may seem a little silly, but who am I to judge?
Saw a lot of the Mid-Autumn Festival decorations, walked along Chinatown's Food Street, then finally decided to eat again a few neighbourhoods over in Burgis, at a steamboat place. Steamboat apparently is what they call hot pot around here. We had a big enough group to get quite a selection of food, including way too many fish balls and imitation crab bits. (the dangers of all you can eat!) They claimed to do BBQ too, complete with the glass base over the gas stove for "BBQ"...
Eating hot pot in a hot and humid place may not have been the smartest idea (did so in Malaysia a few years back, too...), so when we got back through the morass of closed roads to the hotel and then to the airport, what did we do? Hit up a pay lounge at the airport for showers. (because showers = awesome).