A flying visit to Singapore was not expected to throw up much in the way of anything really. I was in the Lion City for 28 hours and any down time was going to be spent watching footy finals in a raucous expat bar.
Work finished a tad early and despite the warnings from locals about the haze I decided to walk to Robertson Quay from Boat Quay and just check out possible future destinations and maybe visit RedDot for a cheeky one on the way. As I checked in my DragonFruit beer (made to celebrate SG50), I noticed another check in from Singapore. A quick text revealed that Cyril Dickthorpe, BotF’s IT correspondent was in town. “See you in 5”. The wonders of social media and Untappd in particular.
I like RedDot and remember enjoying a hideous looking green beer, which I shared with Cyril. What I didn’t share was the hottest wings I’ve ever had. Chicken Fagra are little mid wings with a liberal dusting of spice and Szechuan pepper that left my mouth numb and burning for about half an hour. Not pleasurable. Good to see you Cyril.
The stroll along the river is always pleasant, even in the haze and humidity. The haze from Indonesian and Sumatran bushfires is an annual event. Earlier in the week schools were closed down and many outdoor bars shut. My old band mate (The Bladdamastas), Graeme almost pulled the pin on outdoor drinking, but acquiesced as on Friday the haze wasn’t so bad.
There are no shortage of expat bars in Singas. Boomarang (sic) at Robertson Quay is very popular and with the draw of simultaneous finals – the haze wasn’t deterring anyone. A bucket of Coopers Pale (love the export Roo) seemed as good as any choice. As the sun goes down outdoor drinking is excellent. Thanks for the catch up, Graeme. See you soon.