|Garden by the Bay|
There were a few things that had happened the past two months. First, I'm no longer doing the lunch catering business because the people at the company are rarely eating at the office. I was actually expecting that to happen even before they mentioned it. Second, I got sick, then the little one followed. I thought it was just a minor cough and cold for both of us but it lasted for 2 weeks. Nate experienced fever for a few days before having the cough while I continued getting sick for more than a month dealing with dry and itchy throat and coughing at the same time.
It's really hard to get sick most especially when medications are already needed. I also have to send Nathan to the other house for 6 days when I started taking antibiotics. I couldn't take care of him anymore. The fever and the cough was just getting worst.
|With Rev. Edmund and Pastor Ann Chan|
Even after getting Nathan back, I wasn't 100% well but I have the energy and the stamina to take care of him already. At that time, I was looking forward to our trip to Singapore. A kind-hearted woman sponsored our trip to attend the IDMC (Intentional Disciple-Making Church) Conference last September 2-7. We were already booked almost a year ago and J and I planned to stay longer after the conference. We were able to book another 2 extra days but I thought 2 days were not enough to explore Singapore and their food. I was right.
|AT Madam Tussauds|
No matter how well we plan in advance, there were things that will not turn out the way we want it. Sometimes we have to bend ourselves to mold and fit into the situation. After the 2 day conference, what J and I all did is to travel, walk and eat. Since were were staying near the airport, travel time is much longer to get into the city. Exploring the city means we get lost once in a while and get back on track to where we wanted to go.
The hawker center is what Singapore is known for. We were able to try a few but we weren't able to visit the restaurants and cafes on my list. The trip was tiring indeed but with the help of an app that J downloaded on his iPad on how to get from one place to another really helped. It saved us time. Our extra two days was meant to find inspiration in food. The food was good but I haven't found anything that would jump start what we really wanted to do which is to have our own home-based business. Although I really want to continue my desire with healthy and plant-based foods, I think it's also not the right time for us.
Even if we can concentrate with other food ideas, I want to be with the little one as much as possible more than the business most especially he is still very small. The formative years are very important to me. I had the little one in mind during the trip. I was hesitant to leave him for another 5 days (in addition of the 6 days I was sick) because I know that at this age, he will pick up bad habits and behaviors that are difficult to undo . It's the same thing when you have a stay out nanny who take cares of Nate while J and I have our Dgroup. It's not always possible to have him with me all the time. I also need some time off from him yet I want to fully trust Him that whatever happens, J and I will always the Nate's home and safe haven.
|Universal Studios although not part of the itinerary|
Worries aside and whatever bad things that creeps into my mind, J and I continued with our food pilgrimage. Rather, more of a walking pilgrimage exploring the streets and transferring from one train stop to another. I rarely fall asleep right away here at home but during our trip to Singapore, I was already asleep within seconds the moment I hit the sack and waking up early while the sky is still dark to prepare for breakfast and the conference.
Although J and I just wanted to eat, we were encouraged to visit the Sea Aquarium and the Night Safari. That's what we did for the first 2 days. Now that I was able to visit it, I don't need to go back unless we have Nate with us.
|At DB Bistro and Oyster Bar|
A trip to
Singapore is not the complete without visiting the iconic Marina Bay Sands and the hotel. Actually, we went to the Esplanade one Sunday afternoon to eat at the Makansutra Gluttons Bay and order some chili crabs but it was closed during the day because there's no roof to protect us from the scorching sun. So J suggested that since were are already here, why not try the No Signboard Seafood Restaurant for the chili crab. It was expected the crabs are expensive but I was still surprised with the bill amounting to 226. I didn't know that they charge for everything - the house tea, the towelette, the peanuts that we didn't eat and there's a service charge too. We only ordered 4 pcs of prawns and 1 piecce of crab and I thought, it was just an ordinary crab dish. We were still in a "what a waste" mode when we tried DB Bistro and Oyster Bar by Chef Daniel Boulud at The Shoppes at Marina Bay. They might not have the best mushroom soup or duck confit but the price was reasonable and the first that I ordered was superb. We could have also tried Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay instead of the No Signboard. At least now we know that we can move on to other restaurants or even Hawker centers to try the chili crab the next time we visit.
That same night, after our dinner at DB Bistro and Oyster Bar, we also went to the Gardens by the Bay. We didn't go there to check out the gardens. We went there to try the Sate by the Bay. It was a long walk from were we came from taking long the route. I'm about to give up but since we're already there, we just moved on until we found it. We only ordered the satay and I thought there must be a better satay out there. It's tempting to order more food from other stalls but we were still full.
|Wild Mushroom Soup|
|Duck Pate en Croute|
|Mediterranean Sea Bass|
I'm glad we extended for another two days instead of going home right away after the conference. We do miss the little one but some quality time with J is important for me. Sometimes we do get carried away in taking care of Nate and being parents to him that we forget that we have each other in the first place. We were so tired from the trip with aching feet and knees including back and shoulders. We haven't recovered even after 3 days of being back in Cebu. The important thing is we are together and we have our little one back with us.
Now, it's time to get back to my pending projects and make a business before we travel again.