Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Sing Land Story....

From the minute I landed at the airport and stepped outside...the feeling of warmth was all over me...something very welcoming abt the place...right from all the amazing greenery all around the city...to the tall rise buildings in central Singapore to the party pubs in boat quay to the lanes in Little India...its seemed so different and such a contrast and yet held together by the same warmth which exists all over the place...

And yes I did visit the zoo and jumped up and down after touching the kangaroo....
Stuck my tongue out and made faces at the orangutan (specially for acqua)
Gave a flying kissy to the hairiest monkey of all (on special request from keshi)
Got a flying kissy back from the lion and white tigers( and yes they do give flying kissy...u just gotta observe them better!!)
Made fisy kissy faces at all the big sharks in the sentosa acquarium!
Tried to get a exclusive one-up close snap with the beautiful birds in jurong park....
Thulped tonnes of masala dosa at little india (think I pooed masala dosa for the next week or so:-)
Made sure I dont run out of perfumes for the next decade(Thx to orchard road, arab street, mustafa market)

But what really stayed with me were the amazingly friendly people in singapore..quite a contrast and a welcome relief from HK!

Right from every single cab driver (each one of them spoke to us like a friend and guided us unfailingly) to the Indian restaurant owner to went out of his way to feed us (with whatever remenants he could manage) at 11pm in the night..people there won us over!

Sitting in Little india makes u wonder if ur really in Singapore or a little town in kerela with tonnes of local indians all ard u..selling everything right from an incense stick to flower to food and sweetmeats....(i feasted myself to some amazing ras malai)

All in all...a very memorable trip...Wouldnt be wrong to say that Indians have made a mark there and thankfully not only retained their hospitality and warmth but spread it around amongst other localites too....


The indian restaurants in Little India..couldnt resist taking this!

Whos that looking at me???

Black or White???

Me's not lying....The White tiger giving me flying kissy...see I told u na??

Ouch!....Dont play with fire!!

Singapore at night...the warmth embraces u..!

Me...fishy fishy...touchy touchy!!

Green or yellow....fishy says hello!

Dolphins showing off...:-)

p.s:- More & better snaps on Hubbys Dear's blog soon.....

73 Comments:

At 7:12 AM, Blogger Twisted DNA said...

Nice trip report. Glad you had fun. My one-day trip in Singapore was not as fun as yours and I think the humidity kind of suffocated me.

The photos are great, especially the fire-breating guy!

"The White tiger giving me flying kissy...see I told u na??"
That's nice. Let's just keep it that way. Don't try to get more affectionate than that and get closer ;)

 
At 7:15 AM, Blogger Twisted DNA said...

I was leaving a message on your blog at the exact time you were on mine. :)

 
At 9:29 AM, Blogger Rohini said...

If I just read the zoo part, you sound about 5 years old. :)

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger starry nights said...

Beautiful pics. the tiger was sending you a kiss. have fun and post more pics. only stopped by singapore in transit on my way to India once.looks like a nice place to visit.

 
At 9:43 AM, Blogger Eclipsed Thoughts said...

Saw the tiger, fishy, dolphy n all those... was wondering where is lady-tarzan... i bet swinging between the branches... yes i guess i get the idea........
lady-tarzan was swinging arnd.. we didnot see snaps of trees, so we missed the lady tarzan... hope to see her in her true-spirit in anad's blog!!!
Kiddin,
Huggss...
u seemed to have a wonderful trip... btw, i liked dosa, but i dont know what good taste is idly :(

 
At 10:18 AM, Blogger Mr. J said...

The tiger thingy is real.. I think he was making faces at you :p

 
At 10:45 AM, Blogger Aqua said...

i loves zoos...i love dolphins and orangutans. after reading yr post ...singapore zoo is on my to-do list. the last time i went to singapore i didnt' get to anywehre near such places :)

 
At 10:57 AM, Blogger Dalicia said...

glad you had a great time. i've never been to the zoo in singapore! *LOL* not even the jurong bird park.

actually, i find in SE Asia.
malaysians are the friendliests.
unlike singaporeans, who brags about themselves :P

the black and white animal. i know it's called tapir. dunno what it is in english...i guess i must be hanging around with malays a lot in singapore. hhahahha...

btw, the muthu's curry fish head is awesome! hope you tried it :D

i guess u didn't go to the pernakan museum. if u did, then you know part of my heritage :)

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Aditi said...

nice pictures.. especially the tiger with his tongue sticking out..
Sounds like u had a lot of fun
=)

 
At 11:43 AM, Blogger Contented said...

Awww... sounds like you had a great time in singapore! Nice pictures...:)

 
At 11:49 AM, Blogger qsg said...

Obviously a great trip, there! Love tigers... and jealous you got the flying kissy...! ;)

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger The Inquisitive Akka said...

Hi! I just came back from Singapore as well! I had a great time and I must say I fell in love with all the cab drivers! I got to know more abt singapore in 3 days than I would have if someone had given me a conducted tour! The cab drivers just talk and talk don't they??:) I loved the aquarium, esp the Dugong(sea cow)- wasn't she sweet?:) did you see the musical fountain show?
The only sad part was that we encountered eve teasing as soon as we set foot in little India. The indian road side romeo never changes.

 
At 12:37 PM, Blogger Ekta said...

Twisted:- Hey..well thats called timing!:-) and yup dont worry..I wont get any closer..I'll reserve the actual kisses for Hubby dear!
And hey next time u get a chance do step in to singapore and spend a day or two..its a pleasant place without of course the high humidity!

Rohini:- haha...well to be honest most people say I sound 5 yrs old at heart!...so ur not too far away!

Starry:- hey yes he did give me a flying kiss..he really did!;-)

Eclipsed:- hehe..yeah yeah if only the monkeys had left one branch for me to swing on..hey dosa is yummm and idli is yumm to..make a short trip to india..any part of india and u'llget to taste both!!

Me:- Noooooooooooo! He wasnt making faces!!!..This is how tigers give flying kissy..u dont know anything!!

Aqua:- awww..u must visit the zoo next time and hey did u read I gave the orangutan a flying hug from your end!!

elaine:- hey babe..i agree malaysians are quite sweet and friendly and ur roght the black and white animal is called tapir...cldnt go to the museum this time...too short a visit and too many things to do!
So museum and muthus curry is for next time!:-)

Aditi:- thx girl..and the tiger was returning my flying kissy..thats how they do it!

Contended:-hey yes I did...:-))

gemini:- yes yes..I am the lucky one!...He gave kissy only to me and noone else!

Akka:- I soo agree with u..arent the cab drivers just adorable and soo friendly..they just love to talk and especially about singapore..They all seem to really love the place!..Am glad u experienced that too and thats why I found the place really warm and nice!

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Has to be me said...

Hey Im feeling nostalgic after reading this....cos it reminds me sooo much of my trip to Sing & yes I had similar feelings n experience too. And guess what, I also went there with my hubby & parents! :) I wldnt mind getting there again!

 
At 1:37 PM, Blogger lil _kath said...

... aww awesome pics!! ^_^

... ** Stuck my tongue out and made faces at the orangutan (specially for acqua) **

... hehe ^_^ cutee Ekta *wink* i can imagine u dear in that :P

... ** Got a flying kissy back from the lion and white tigers( and yes they do give flying kissy...u just gotta observe them better!!) **

... lol! Anand got jealous right?? haha... :P

... ** Made sure I dont run out of perfumes for the next decade(Thx to orchard road, arab street, mustafa market) **

... cooool! good on ya ^_^ i can imagine hubby while paying all those things haha... telling u this words " sweetie i told u shopping is not a sports" lol!! :P

cheers,
-kathy-

 
At 1:48 PM, Blogger manish said...

you can't just 'the' match 'the' indians.....


lovely pics :-)

the tigers and the lions,the fishes and the dophins,you can't just 'the' beat....previously it was himesh reshmia,now it has to be javed jafari !!

 
At 2:04 PM, Blogger Grey Shades said...

I'm sure the shark was thinking, "if only there werent this plexiglass i'd be eating her rather than she making faces at me" ;)

Glad you had a great time though! :)

 
At 2:25 PM, Blogger sophie said...

hmm...looks like u had gr8 fun..i loved the tiger ...tongue at u..lol

 
At 2:34 PM, Blogger Eclipsed Thoughts said...

Hmmm... i have stayed in India (precisely bangalore) for two years... but couldnot really like idly... (matter of personal choice )...
Hmmm... i forgot to mention, the tiger was flying kisses to you and Anand didnot do anything??? i think they wrestled for you??? ;)

 
At 2:38 PM, Blogger jhantu said...

what a flirty tiger. Big cat go flirt withsome your own size

 
At 2:49 PM, Blogger Sayesha said...

Hahaha! The tiger's hilarious! :D

 
At 5:33 PM, Blogger karmic_jay said...

Lovely pics. :) Ye p the tiger was surely throwing kisses back at ya.. mroe like sticking a tongue out.

 
At 6:28 PM, Blogger Pavithra said...

Interesting account !! I love animals..orangutans and dolphins..The photos were excellent.

 
At 7:39 PM, Blogger How do we know said...

If just reading about it was so much fun.. can't even imagive your happiness when u were there!!! Keep Going Ekta..and have fun for all of us!!!

 
At 7:50 PM, Blogger How do we know said...

If just reading about it was so much fun.. can't even imagive your happiness when u were there!!! Keep Going Ekta..and have fun for all of us!!!

 
At 8:00 PM, Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

Can see you had a great time. I've never been there but met someone recently who lives there and raves about the place. I guess the best thing is that Singapore is so close to home. Wish I could fly home that easy.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger Yadayada said...

Nice pics. looks like you had g8 fun.

 
At 8:52 PM, Blogger Aditi said...

Is that so.. will have to try it next time around

 
At 9:10 PM, Blogger SCRIBBLEZ TO WAKEUP said...

Hey...You sure have had a great trip...Ate so much masala dosa tht u almost puked...I love masala dosa too!!! Singapore by night is so so so romantic....I have heard accolades about the aquarium n u touching the fish is just so cute! :)

 
At 9:51 PM, Blogger La vida Loca said...

Sounds like a funnn trip.You had a lot of fun gal!!More than I did on my singapore trip.But I could pack in only so much for 1 1/2 days.
^La vida loca wants to head for the hills as well but is chained to the office desk^

 
At 10:39 PM, Blogger Neha said...

awesome!! great trip.. and gerat pics too...
u sure had a whale of a time :D didnt spare any animals ;)

enjoyyyy

 
At 12:51 AM, Blogger Sudeep said...

gr8.. the post says u had a gr8 time
n all animals got kissies.. i hope anand ke liye bhi bachake rakha hain :)

 
At 1:05 AM, Blogger Shuba said...

seems u really had anice trip!!!!mm gud gud..post more photos!

 
At 1:44 AM, Blogger Yashita said...

hahhaa...looks like u had nice time:)...the tiger pic looks good:)

 
At 6:44 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

Has:- Hey wow,am glad u have great memories of the trip and honestly didnt think it would be as much fun as it turned out to be with parents!

Lil:- haha..no this time hes cldnt say that shopping is not a sport coz he did more shopping than me;-)!

Manish:- oooh..I quite like "the" javed jafferi..he was quite "the" funny!..:-)

grey:- haha..no he was thinking.."if onky the plexglass wasnt there I would have given her one real kissy!";-)

Sophie:- hehe..am glad u liked it and tiger was giving me flying kissy..hence the tongue..thats how they give flying kissy!

Eclipsed:- Ohh uv stayed in bangalore for 2 yrs..wowo..so did u like it?..and hey its ok if u didnt like idli..am sure u must have liked loads of other stuff!
and nope anand didnt wrestle with the tiger...he was smart enugh to realise he didnt stand a chance against the tiger..hehe!

Jhantu:- hey welcome to my blog..and I dont mind the tiger flirting with me..I mean its not everyday that u get to flirt with a tiger u see;-))

Sayesha:- aint he totally cute!

Karmic:- yeah have been telling people thats how tigers give flying kissys u see;-)

Pavithra:- thx so much..I love animals as long as their away from me!

How do we:- U just have to be there to know how much fun it can be!

M:- hey I agree..its quite close to India and thats the biggest advantage of the place and its not that expensive too...!

yadayada:- hey i did ..thxx!

Aditi:- ok done..then u can write a post abt it too!:-)

Scribblez:- Hey no I didnt puke..I pooed..as in for 10 days I got masala dosa potty..heheh(thats gross)!
And yes, i agree its quite a romantic place by night!

La vida:- ohh..only 1.5 days..not enugh..I felt 3 days wasnt enugh too...but hey break the chains and get out to the hills...go now!!

Neha:- nope..none of them were spared..!heheh!

Sudeep:- nope actually my entire quota went to the animals..there were too many of them and some of them demanded two flying kisses...so anand had to make do without them!

Shubha:- Yes yes..more photos will come over the weekend on hubby dears post!

Yashita:- thxx girl and yes I did have a blassttt!

 
At 7:23 AM, Anonymous Anjaan said...

Ni-gih-ce Photographs! :)

 
At 8:15 AM, Blogger Mumbai Guy said...

Have to visit singapore someday. Heard of it many a times, wouldn't want to miss it.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

wow sounds like u've had a blast Ekta...great to hear that and I was waiting for this post. As I was so busy yday I couldnt blog-hop...but here Im today :)

**Gave a flying kissy to the hairiest monkey of all (on special request from keshi)

lol thats great n tnxxx for remembering me ova there...huggggggggggz!

oh those pics! So beautiful. Especially the Tiger one..WOWZA!

My sis said she went to Little India when she was in Singapore...and she said it's really good with food.

now when am I heading to Singapore?

Keshi.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger Stone said...

Seems good fun!!!

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger the_new_cloud said...

The pics look great... And all goodie goodie things that ppl are saying about this place is surely gonna make me spend some bucks and have one holiday there soon...
PS: Am blogrolling you..:-)

 
At 1:40 PM, Blogger White Forest said...

Vowww....amaxing pics :)

"And yes I did visit the zoo and jumped up and down after touching the kangaroo....
Stuck my tongue out and made faces at the orangutan (specially for acqua)
Gave a flying kissy to the hairiest monkey of all (on special request from keshi)
Got a flying kissy back from the lion and white tigers( and yes they do give flying kissy...u just gotta observe them better!!)
Made fisy kissy faces at all the big sharks in the sentosa acquarium!"

ha ha damn funny ...are you back from your childhood ?? :D

 
At 1:51 PM, Blogger christabelle said...

Ekta, its sure good to hv u back, glad u had a swell time, Singapore sure sounds like a city to visit.
wow, the pics r cuteee especially the dolphins.

Welcome back!!

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger dee iyer said...

that was such a cute post.. i'm sending you a kissy :)(uummaah)

new blog id: www.iyerup.blogspot.com

 
At 2:35 PM, Blogger Ekta said...

Anjaan:- thx thx thx!:-)

Mumbai:- Hey u shdlnt ..its a pleasant place to visit and lovely people!

Keshi:- hey no problem..anytime..and the hairy monkey give u a nice hug and kissy back too..kissy am sending from here and hug in person whenever we meet;-)

Stone:- u bet it was!

The-new-cloud:- hey yes its defi worth spending ur moolah on and thx for the blogroll!

White:- hey nooooo..am always in my childhood!

Christabell:-awww thx soo much..am glad to be back too..and it was a fun trip..almost felt like one of those trips u did in school with ur parents!

Dee:- deee....thanku for the kissy me got it!!:-)...muwaahhhh to u too!:-)

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger manuscrypts said...

yup, those animals sure sounded like they were well entertained..:)

 
At 6:50 PM, Blogger Suji said...

Sounds like u had a gr8 time. Nice pics. I went to Singapore once but wasn't able to visit much of the places. :( But what you said abt the cab drivers is so true...they r really friendly and helpful. So different from India.

 
At 7:49 PM, Blogger priya said...

Nice pics.. I love those fish pics and how carefree they are not knowing wat life is about.

 
At 12:58 AM, Blogger Meg said...

I am soooooo jealous!!! Thanks for sharing your journey with us :)

 
At 2:48 AM, Blogger Harish said...

wow...seems u had lot of fun :-)

 
At 6:16 AM, Blogger Nabeel said...

ohh these are great pictures .. awesomeee .. so u went to the zoo haan .. nice ! are the conditions there good .. animal condition and all

 
At 6:18 AM, Blogger prithz said...

Awwwww!!!! Awesome, how i wish i were here when u had come down. I could have come down to little india for a rasmalai with you...yummmyummm... ;) i am goin to go rite there with my frnds... NOW!!! Hehe :)

Hey, nice to see yu had loadsa fun...Next time you come down, hopefully, we can meet... :)

 
At 6:41 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

Manu:- yeah even I think I entertained them well enugh and guess the feeling is mutual!

Suji:- awww..never mind next time make sure u take out enugh time to see ard and yes the cabbies are really sweet...very warm and friendly!

Priya:- I agree...its such a a beautiful life but well everyone has their own life and their fear is about basic survival and not ot become some other fishes food!

Meg:- thx meg!

Harish:- Hey yes i did!

Nabeel:- oh yes..its beautiful and it more like a reserve than a zoo coz the animals are in natural surroudings and hence its a pleasanr environment for them!

Pritz:- oohhh..dont remind me of rasmalai now I want to have one too!!...and hey if I do come down there next time then we will defi catch up!

 
At 6:47 AM, Blogger Harry said...

seems u really had a blast there in S'Pore...awesome!!
all the pics r gr88...
I was really waiting for this post..
cheers!!
Harry

 
At 8:01 AM, Blogger Dawn....सेहर said...

Cool nice pics with some tempting quotes ;)
Someone is still on vacation it seems :)
have fun
cheers

 
At 9:06 AM, Blogger Parag said...

Singapore is one of my favorite destinations.. Have been there 3 times and plan to go again in Oct. May go to HK Disney and the ocean park too.
Unlike HK (I guess you live there), Singapore is a much friendlier place..
Though slightly antiseptic (if I may use that word)
In HK, the local Chinese seem to be totally aloof from the ex-pats.. (Indians included). This is seen in the posh restaurant like the Mandrin Grill, Caprice (4 seasons) and Nicholinis (Conrad)… and in cheaper local restaurants at Causeway bay or Lung Kwai Fung.. The local seem to visti different restaurants altogether.. and hang around separately.
In Singapore there is more interaction between the locals and the foreigners.
About places in Singapore.. Apart from the Zoo, the Joorong Bird Park and Sentosa.. Did you get time to see the Snow city ? or the Science Centre ? Did you go on a bum-boat ride on the river at Boat Quay ?
Did you eat at Clarke Quay / Boat Quay ? and of course little India ? It’s a great place.. Maybe I would retire in Singapore some day !!

 
At 10:42 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

awwwww Ekta :)

Hugggggggggz ty sweety!
Keshi.

 
At 2:00 PM, Blogger Fresh Ink said...

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At 2:05 PM, Blogger Fresh Ink said...

Hi Ekta,

It's always interesting to hear and find out what visitors to one's country think abt one's homeland. Really glad u had a good trip. One of the best times to come wld be during the festival season eg. Diwali (or more commonly known here as Deepavali) and the Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Where u get to enjoy the bazaars, food, lights and general atmosphere of the festivals.

 
At 5:22 PM, Blogger Dh@v@! said...

nic pics....

 
At 6:20 PM, Blogger Gangu Patel said...

Hiiii! Gangu didn't have the patience to read all the 59 comments before Gangu... So forgive Gangu if his comment is redundant.

Gangu loved your exciting adventure in Singapore. Gangu now feels like flying to Singapore and eating Ras Malai and Masala Dosa!!! The illustrations were entertaining and your comments on them were funny. :-) Gangu will surely be checking up on more posts.

ps. Check out "Gangu's Adventures" at http://fobdaddy.blogspot.com
Gangu assures you... You will be entertained. :-)

 
At 6:41 PM, Blogger Aparna said...

aww! makes me wanna visit the place as well :)
Nice pics

 
At 7:16 PM, Blogger Raindrop said...

Great pics!

Brought back memories. I went there with my family when I was twelve. Being the boring desis that we are, I ate Indian food the whole time. :)

 
At 10:37 PM, Blogger Eclipsed Thoughts said...

Anand didnot wrestle with the tiger... smart man!!
I guess he has developed that picture of the tiger who was giving you flying kissy and playing DART with that....
Hehe!!!

 
At 10:14 AM, Anonymous Hiren said...

I went to Singapore six months back and we found our bus guide over articulate. On inquiring his background, I was surprised that he was a former civil servant.

I liked the Night Safari best.

 
At 10:29 AM, Blogger sapna said...

Hey nice that u had a great time!

 
At 11:44 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Wow...Singapore! it's supposed to be nice and extremely clean isn't it?? Is it bigger than Hong Kong? I like your pictures..haha, little India, nice to know that if i never make it to India i can always go to Singapore!!

 
At 3:27 AM, Blogger Gumnaaaam said...

cant see ny of those :(
Neither on ur hubby's blog :(

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger Deborah said...

Oooo! LOVE the snapshots, especially the one with the cute little tiger! Aww!! Tongueness!!

 
At 6:35 AM, Blogger Ekta said...

Harry:-Thx...am glad u enjoyed the post!

Dawn:- Oh I wish I was still on vacation but am in office on a boring monday morning working...got 15 more days to go before my next vacation!

Parag:- Hey parag absolutely true...u do seem to know singapore well!...I did see the bird park and sentosa etc..basically tried to pack in whatever we cld in 3 days--But i completely agree abt the people in singapore..theyr very warm and welcoming..unlike those in HK who do tend to stay aloof!

Keshi:- Anytime girl!:-)

Fresh:- Hey nice to know ur from Singapore..wonderful place and yes wld defi like to come back during diwali...!

DH@V@:- Thx..glad u liked them!

Gangu:- hey gangu...welcome to the blog and yeah singapore is a fun place especially if ur going with family..and u HAVE to have masala dosa and ras malai there...its awesome...try the dosa at saravana bhavan!

Aparna:- hey u shld...i absolutely shld visit the plave!

Raindrop:- hey...wow am glad my post reminded u of ur trip...am sure u have some grt memories!

Eclipsed:- hey yeah ur right...he decided the smart thing to do would be to stay away from the tiger and then play dart with his pics!:-)

Hiren:- hey...absolutely agree..there was one cabbie who was sooo over articluate...but on the whole nice people!...and I preferred the day time zoo to the night safari

Pearl:- Thx pearl!

Amy:- hey yes..its a nice place for a short vacation...though its much smaller than HK and hence u can see practically the whole of singapore in 3-4 days! and u defi should go to little india when u visit singapore!

Gumnaam:- hey why...everyone else seems to be able to see....!

Deborah:- hey agree...that ones my favourite too!

 
At 8:39 AM, Blogger Apy said...

That was a lot of fun.. great pics and great captions.. i think 'Me' is right.. Tiger is surely making faces at you...lol...

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger ektaran said...

hi ekta....am back !!!

 
At 11:08 AM, Blogger Keshi said...

precdija have a good wknd Ekta?

Keshi.

 
At 10:41 PM, Blogger Het Waghela said...

I would like to make a point here, Ekta ,,,

**Me's not lying....The White tiger giving me flying kissy...see I told u na??**

Its tigress and she is mad about Anand :) LOLZZZZZ!!!

Nice trip u both had. Nice comments to read too!

 

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