Singapore 2017 (Part 2) / Gardens by the Bay

It was a free and easy day of our second day in Singapore. We actually had an itinerary planned out for the day but we cancelled it as Sister needed to meet up with an ex-colleague for lunch. So, we woke up slightly later and headed for breakfast at Forty Hands. According to the map, Forty Hands is within walking distance from Louis Kienne but we decided to take the bus instead as we were not sure how reliable the map was.

On my visit to Singapore last April 2016, Sister and I intended to try out Forty Hands but failed due to time restriction and accessibility. So, we decided to bring parents this time round. It turned out that parents did not enjoy cafe food as much as compared to Sister and I. Parents preferred Asian breakfast with black coffee.

FORTY HANDS
78 Yong Siak Street, #01-12, Singapore 163078

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The cafe is long in size. The front area of the cafe was fully occupied by diners and the waiter led us to the back. He prepared us with menus and informed that ordering is to be carried out at the Cashier counter.

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Orange & Carrot Juice | S$8

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Apple & Watermelon Juice | S$8

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Big Boy Breakfast | S$23.00

Choice of organic smoked beef or pork sausage, grilled tomatoes, mushroom ragout, organic bacon, beef bolognese, flat bread with sour cream, free-range eggs any style: poached, scrambled, sunny side-up or over-easy

We had ours with pork sausage and more organic bacon as we informed the Cashier to leave out beef bolognese. The pork sausage was pretty good in my opinion albeit being tad bit tough to slice up. The mushroom ragout was nice as well. Organic bacon was crispy but rather salty for our liking.

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Egg Cocotte | S$18.00

Free-range poached eggs, sautéed spinach, Portobello mushrooms, mushroom puree, truffle oil, homemade toast

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Kong Bak Pau (Asian Sliders) | S$8.50

Steamed buns with braised pork in soya sauce

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This took the longest to arrive after placing our orders. We almost believed that they had forgotten our order. Thank goodness that the wait was well compensated. Parents loved this as compared to Big Boy Breakfast and Egg Cocotte. The pork belly was well marinated and the meat was tender. The sauce was just nice with a bit of spicy kick.

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Loved the lighting at Forty Hands as it made my skin looking all flawless. LOL! We left Forty Hands as soon as we saw that the cafe was starting to pack up with more diners. It was really packed to the extent that we had to squeeze through to exit.

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After breakfast, we walked from Forty Hands to Tiong Bahru Plaza whereby the parents and I shopped around while Sister went off to meet an ex-colleague at Novena. There was nothing much to shop in Tiong Bahru Plaza. I was not in the mood for clothes shopping as parents were with me.

After sensing their boredom, I left Dad at Popular bookstore for an hour whereby he could kill some time reading books (which is one of his favorite pastimes) and brought Mom with me for manicure and pedicure. Sister returned to Tiong Bahru Plaza to meet us and we went for lunch at KOPITIAM.

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Chicken Bibimbap | S$5.50

I could not decide what to eat so I ordered this Chicken Bibimbap from a Korean stall. It was honestly good or I was too hungry to be fussy. LOL! I think I preferred this version of Bibimbap over the regular hot stone version.

After lunch, we took MRT to Bayfront for Gardens by the Bay. Do not expect much wordings ahead but pictures. I will let the pictures do all the talking. Do enjoy the pictures of flowers and nature.

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We bought tickets for entrance into both conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest for S$28 per person. I was told by Kaylie that the conservatories are cold and I was expecting a chilly experience. It was chilly when we first entered both conservatories but got used to the cold as we walked on.

FLOWER DOME

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CLOUD FOREST

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This marks the end of our visitation to Gardens by the Bay. We were famished as we were leaving. And therefore, we headed to Marina Bay Sands for dinner at their food court – Rasapura.

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Coming up next for our Singapore’s travelogue is Universal Studio Singapore. Do stay tune if you are interested. See ya!

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