Satay by the Bay

Last week, I capped off my short visit to Singapore with a Singapore sling atop Marina Bay Sands, overlooking the Singapore skyline during sunset. And of course, a sumptuous dinner at the nearby hawker center of Satay by the Bay. It’s about a ten minute walk from Marina Bay Sands, but hungry as we were we just took a cab (I know, I know).

My eyes feasted on a wide array of dishes. One of the things that worked best when my friend Erwin brought me to Tiong Bahru market is to have a look around first, then decide after. Otherwise I might miss out.

So it took a lot of will power to stick to the plan – we got a piece of different kinds of satay each, noodles, dimsum soup, grilled fish, and salted egg chicken. It’s such value for money because we spent around 150 Singapore dollars for a feast – more than enough for 3 people. I’d say the food were all quite tasty – my favorite ones being the satay, of course. It’s called Satay by the Bay, after all.

Overlooking Gardens By The Way
Overlooking Gardens By The Way

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Satay By The Way
Satay By The Way
Dumplings
Dumplings
Satay stores at Satay By The Bay
Satay stores at Satay By The Bay

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What’s the Time?

I’m on a 3-day trip to Singapore this week, and I thought I did not need to adjust as the timezone is the same as what it is back home, the temperature and humidity similar. I also consider Singapore as sort of like home, a “big BGC (Bonifacio Global City)” – the city where I worked where the layout and buildings remind me so much of Singapore (sans the parks, trees and flower-lined highways). When I got to the hotel on Monday, I did not bother to go out and play tourist. I just got to the mall next door to get my food – and then back to the hotel. Set the alarm and dozed off right away.

I vaguely remember waking up twice in the middle of the night checking what time it was. At 6:30 I woke up and looked outside, relieved it was still “night time”. But then I recalled turning off the alarm about an hour ago. I got up with a start with thoughts coming to my mind as I checked what time it really was:

Is it 6:30 AM or PM?

Did I sleep through the day? How will I explain this at work?!

Is my clock still set in Japan time? 

I figured eventually it really was 6:30 AM. I didn’t realize the sun rises late in Singapore – 7:03 Google said. This was new to me, as over the last 3 weeks I went to places where the sun rises early (Summer in North America and Japan). Oh, the things I learn in every trip.