Things To Do In Singapore

Luge

Luge

LUGEI cannot stress enough how fun this ride is. You can race with your friends, go slowly while enjoying the scenery, or just go really fast, forgetting about everything–just you, the luge, and the track filled with trees on both sides. It’s like driving inside a forest, which just made it scarier when at some point I couldn’t see my sister at the track. I stopped and waited for her, calling out for her behind me. I was alone at the track then and no one was really coming along for a few seconds.

It was really scary that I just proceeded driving my luge, thinking that maybe she went ahead and I just didn’t notice. I finished the track.

Few minutes later, my sister emerged from it, laughing at herself about how her luge got stuck. I have no idea why that happened to her. Believe me, the luge is pretty easy to drive. You just have to push the handle, but not too far or else it will stop.

Singapore SkyRide

Luge tickets usually come with Skyride. It wasn’t as brilliant as luge but it’s still a good experience being up there. Not to mention the getting on/off the ride part is fun! We had to stand on a circle then the ride would be behind us, not stopping, and we had to immediately sit! There was that thrill of dying by getting hit by the ride. Not really. It keeps moving but not fast enough to kill you. Not yet anyway. Who knows if that is their goal and they’re just not yet succeeding.

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Swim at the Beach

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Even though we didn’t swim ourselves (sobs), I really recommend doing that. The place is beautiful and free. What more can I say?

Tram

Tram in Sentosa. It’s free!

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Have a Picnic at the Beach

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Well not there in front of the beach but there’s a place there on the right side of the sea where some people can have picnic. We did!

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My sister, my cousin, and my uncle.

Here's our messy but yummy picnic food.

 

Singapore Zoo

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Singapore Zoo

I love how Singapore’s zoo is full of trees. It’s as though the place is really a forest with animals and you’re a welcome visitor.

A tip: go early and check the shows’ schedule. The best show I’ve witnessed there was the elephant show. They were so smart, talented, and cute. No kidding, they’re really smart, doing some tricks here and there.

Overstay and Never Come Back To Your Homeland.*

You didn’t read that here.

 

That’s it for now. I’ll write about other things we did, places we visited and yummy food we ate at a separate post, which I will write godzilla knows when.

 *A joke. I’m back in PH and just stayed in Singapore for 10 days. I don’t want immigration officers searching for me. Thank you. 

 

Ying Ying Tea House (Binondo) Review

From: Foodspotting.com

From: Foodspotting.com

 

One of the best food I’ve tasted in Singapore is Shrimp Dumpling. Imagine our excitement when my sister and I found a place here that sells it.

Found in Binondo, Ying Ying Tea House is a Chinese restaurant. I googled for reviews before going to the place and it’s still beyond me how no one mentioned what to really expect at Ying Ying. So here’s a realistic review about the place. Maybe it can even help you lower your expectations.

The verdict: Their hakao (shrimp dumpling) tastes good but the place is dirty, not to mention smelly. The stairs part reeked of what could only be pee.

In hushed tones, my sister and I were just making fun of the place to each other about how it’s so Imbestigador-worthy. I was joking how our Pepsi can was previously used as ash tray because it had dirt on it.

We tried fish fillet congee as well but it was definitely inferior to the taste of King Chef’s congee.

I’m definitely okay with dirt sometimes (secret ingredient!) but not when I have to shell out P110 just for congee (lugaw!), which was edible but the fish tasted putrid, as though it wasn’t cooked well.

Suggestion: Just order P80 Hakao (shrimp dumpling) as a take away. Or just eat at King Chef found in Lucky Chinatown Mall. It might look as though it’s just for posh people, but I promise you their congee is the food of gods. They also have hakaw/shrimp dumpling anyway. (Now I seem to be paid to talk about King Chef, but I’m not; wouldn’t it be amazing if I were though?)

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

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Close to the end, my reaction at one sentence in this book was “What? What the fuck?!” It was so weird and unexpected; I love it.

Reading this will make you feel as though you’re observing someone else’s dream or even experiencing it yourself. However mundane some stuff are, Murakami managed to write about them interestingly. Often, you’ll think it’s such a serious book, and then Murakami would just drop a little humour here and there nonchalantly; they actually made me laugh.

Finishing the book is like waking up from a dream. “What does the whole thing mean?” you’d find yourself asking. And then you google “meaning behind A Wild Sheep Chase”, read a New York Times 1989 review of the book, google “Murakami’s interview on A Wild Sheep Chase”, find nothing, and still continue thinking about the book, and continue with your “A Wild Sheep Chase” chase for meaning behind it.

Favourite quotes:

“I still love you. But I guess that’s not the point now, is it? I know that well enough myself.”

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“So why’d you get divorced?’

“Personal reasons.”

“I know that,” he said. “Never heard of a divorce for other than personal reasons.”

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We can, if we so choose, wander aimlessly over the continent of the arbitrary.”

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“Whether you take a doughnut hole as blank space or as an entity unto itself is a purely metaphysical question and does not affect the taste of the doughnut one bit.”

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That’s only the dark side of things. Good things happen too, good people can make things worthwhile.

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“I was always the one who waited, until I got tired of waiting, and in the end I didn’t care.”

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Speaking frankly and speaking the truth are two different things entirely. Honesty is to truth as prow is to stern. Honesty appears first and truth appears last.

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World itself is so mediocre that you are mediocre as such.

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Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment. . . Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.

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I swear, in the kingdom of generalities, you could be imperius rex.”

The Things You Notice On Second Watching Of The Amazing Spider-Man (1)

“Did you notice something odd in that scene where a guy was being bullied to eat vegetables?”

“Remind me of the scene.”

Flash bullies a guy into eating vegetables

Flash bullies a guy into eating vegetables

“Guy being held by the bully Flash. Peter tells Flash to put the guy down. Flash beats up Peter. Gwen talks to Flash, which makes him leave.”

“…”

“After watching it, I told Joanna ‘You know what’s weird? Why didn’t Gwen intervene when the other guy was being bullied? Why did she just help when it’s already Peter being beaten up?'”

“…”

The Gwen philosophy: It's okay to hold someone up-side-down and force-feed him vegetables, but it's not okay to beat someone, especially if that someone is Peter Parker, man.

The Gwen philosophy: It’s okay to hold someone up-side-down and force-feed him vegetables, but it’s not okay to beat someone, especially if that someone is Peter Parker.

“She was obviously sitting at a place where she could hear the ‘Eat it! Eat it!’ shouting. Peter saw her before he heard the fiasco.”

“…”

“So after that, in the classroom scene, you’ll find it hypocritical of Gwen to tell Peter that ‘What you did there was nice’ because she obviously didn’t do anything herself until Peter helped.”

“She must fear Flash and once Peter stepped in, like a hero, she then got her confidence too.”

“What? Like hell. She DOESN’T fear Flash. You saw how she talked to him. She obviously has him under her control. She knows Flash fancies her and that he’ll do anything to please her.”

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Why Dr. Connors Was Running After The Indian Guy

“When I watched again yesterday I understood the plot more. I didn’t catch some details before so I just assumed Dr. Connors wanted to kill that Indian guy.”

Rajit Ratha The Indian Guy

Rajit Ratha The Indian Guy

“He did though. And the movie deleted the scene where he does. So in the final cut, the black guy just disappears. Lame.”

“Well his initial plan wasn’t to kill the guy, right? He was running after the Indian guy to actually stop him from giving the chemical to Norman Osborn. So really he was trying to help.”

Deleted Scene in which Lizard kills Indian Man.

Deleted Scene in which Lizard kills Indian Man.

“He was? I thought he wanted to kill the fucker for making himself become a lizard. If he wanted to stop the thing being given to Norman then he wouldn’t have killed him in that deleted scene because by that stage in the movie the Lizard was going to try to turn everyone into lizards anyway.”

“Yep he was! When Dr. Connors tested it on himself, it worked but then he was feeling something bad was happening to him. So he called the Indian guy’s office. But the assistant said Indian guy is already heading to hospital where Osborn is. And he was like, no, no, he can’t. (because the Indian guy took one of the chemicals and was about to try it to Osborn to save him from dying). But then Dr. Connors turned to full pledged lizard and his emotion was affected too. So he wanted to kill the guy for being mean to him early on.”

“Yeah that’s what happened. And from that point onwards he went into GRRM mode and just wanted to kill and transform. It was a poorly written script. I think that’s because of the conversion of it from Spider-Man 4 to reboot.”

“Yeah it was eh. Because it wasn’t that understandable at first watching.”

“But there were so many loose ends, such as uncle Ben’s killer suddenly being ignored, the black guy just disappearing, etc.”

“Okay well that killer of Uncle Ben being ignored happened because Peter learnt that revenge isn’t that nice during that dinner with Gwen’s family. The police dad was like, you know I think Spider-Man is just a guy looking for revenge and that hit the nerve because it’s right. At the same time Spidey realised that yea, that’s wrong. And that he should use his powers for more important things.”

“I’ll have to rewatch. Peter just seemed to stop his search once the Lizard appeared.”

“Yea, that too. The existence of Lizard made him realise there are more important things than revenge. and that people need him.”

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The Real Reason Why Gwen’s Dad Is Mad At Spider-Man

“Oh and this time I understood why Gwen’s dad is mad at Spidey.”

“Because Spidey is a vigilante.”

“My initial understanding before was just because he’s a vigilante but actually the main reason is Spider-man fucked up the police’ plan to catch a group of criminals using the car thief, who Spidey webbed to the wall. That’s why the whole police are mad at him. And that makes more sense than the usual ‘He’s not a police, he shouldn’t catch criminals’.”

Webbed Alleged Car Thief

Webbed Alleged Car Thief Who Was Actually A Spy For The Police

“They should have made Peter’s decision to stop revenge clearer. Wasn’t a good decision to follow up the dinner with a love scene with Gwen. It clouds anti-revenge.

“Yea they should have eh. But it’s fun to understand things at second watching”

“…”

“I think that whole catching-the-people-who-run-the-operation would have been clearer if they included shots of the police planning on how to catch the syndicate, while the Police Dad (George Stacy) was explaining it to Spidey. I can imagine a Hot Fuzz-like fast showing of a scene. Would have been cooler! Because it’s so easy not to notice what the police dad was saying about it. Their dialogue wasn’t exactly memorable.

“Yeah, a montage would have been useful.”

“The audience would even find it funnier that Spider-Man thought he was being good and catching a car thief when actually he’s fucking up a police plan.”

“…”

The Real Criminal But Doesn't Dress Like One

The Real Criminal But Doesn’t Dress Like One

“Also, if you watch again, you’ll notice the car owner that just got out of it (just before the car thief gets in) acts like he’s a criminal although doesn’t dress like one. Obviously Spider-Man with his high sense of fashion, didn’t think he was a bad guy. He also didn’t think it was necessary to give him a fashion advice such as ‘You know in the future, if you’re going to steal cars, don’t dress like a car thief, man.'”

The Amazing Spider-Man, Literally Brilliant Electro, and Sexy Harry Osborn

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“Dude, don’t cry; you’re wearing mascara. You don’t want to look like yet another Spider-Man villain after all these fuckers,” I told myself as Spider-Man 2 nears its end.

If you haven’t seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, go watch it. The plot and the whole sci-fi look and feel of the film will get you hooked. For those who can’t control their tear ducts, bringing a box of tissue is highly recommended.

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Spider-Man was still hilarious when dealing with small-time villains, a characteristic that the Spider-Man in the past trilogy didn’t have. And Electro–good godzilla–the poor man’s story was awesome. Jamie Foxx’s acting was brilliant.

There are some specific cool scenes that I’d like to talk about but I don’t want to spoil others who haven’t seen the movie yet. I’ll give you this hint: cool Spider-Man web shot!

Blue eyes aren't obvious here but there's his cuteness.

Blue eyes aren’t obvious here but there’s his cuteness.

It’s also worth-mentioning that the movie is filled with ridiculously beautiful people. Spider-Man himself, Gwen Stacy, and now Harry Osborn. His blue eyes, lips, adam’s apple, and nerdy haircut… Seriously, are we ever going to get an ugly Green Goblin actor? First James Franco and now this Dane DeHaan? (We’re not counting Green Goblin’s father in the first trilogy for obvious reasons, but if you find him attractive, uhm okay?)

“Judging your taste in men now, you must have a thing for goblins,” Angus noted.

“Don’t let the goblins in Harry Potter’s world hear you,” I replied. “I don’t want them to get the wrong idea.”

And yes, Griphook, no matter how attracted I am to goblins, I’m sorry but I’m only interested in Gringotts’ treasures and not in you.