Short trip to Singapore

I just got back from a short trip to Singapore. It was great times, I’m really glad that I went, and I hope to have occasion to return later in the year.

I was originally expecting to go to Freeplay last weekend, but Heidi had a workshop in Singapore and wanted some company. Plus, the Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) was on and I figured that I could check it out.

I got to wander around by myself during the day and then hung out with Heidi at night. I made a little check-list of things to do and got through most of them, so it felt pretty productive (note that most items were food-related).

Anyhow, here are a bunch of photos. Let’s start with this one of a place near Chinatown with awesome Chicken Rice set meals for AU$3.50:

The apparently well-regarded (although that one guy gave them 7/10) Song Fa Bak Kuh Teh was also pretty good. This European guy next to me got all sorts of intestines, and a Japanese couple nearby seemed to have heard about it online.

While I took the opportunity to touch up on my Singlish, I found that some groups were discouraging it entirely.

This photo was taken near the Riverside hi-so area. It’s some sort of outdoor cooler… but why would you make it look like that? Why?

STGCC was a pretty seamless mix of Western and Eastern comics, art, and games. I suppose that it was a lot like Singapore, but with more rangers and storm-troopers.

For me, the highlight of the convention was the talk by Simone Legno, the artist behind tokidoki. He spoke about building a lifestyle brand over the course of 10 years, delving into his personal history, artistic influences, product development, and rising corporate profile. It was a fantastic talk.

Here’s a photo of Simone signing the panels of the tokidoki booth:

Hmmm, yeah so that was my trip. I want to go back later in the year for more of the food. Maybe a group trip. Let’s do it! 😀

One thought on “Short trip to Singapore”

  1. I always thought that “speak good English” probably isn’t the best of English to use for a national campaign. It may grammatically be correct but it sounds awkward somehow.

    Perhaps it’s just me, but doesn’t “Speak English well” sound better?

    Anyway, part of the fun of living in Singapore I guess.

    I haven’t tried the intestines myself. Or the chicken feet. Or the duck bills. But if you’re the intrepid gourmet kind, then try “petai”. It’s a Malay thing, a seed. You’ll be reminded for a week that you had a petai dish, but it’s worth it, because quite deleesh.

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