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Foo dogs, durian, and a river cruise

Friday, May 10, 2013

More excitement in Singapore!

Plus we hit our 10,000th view on the blog!

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    Wow such cool architecture there!
    1738 days ago
    What a nice way to learn, thanks for sharing, just started to read emoticon
    1742 days ago
    What a fun blog with great pics -- love those foo dogs and the Merlion. Don't imagine you'll be seeing any of those at your nocturnal zoo visit (what a good idea!!)
    1743 days ago
    I'm loving my memories of Singapore as I read your blog and go through the pics. emoticon
    1746 days ago
    Thank Phebe for taking me back to Singapore.
    You have a great way of telling a story of your
    adventures. Keep the travel stories and photos
    coming. 10,000 visits on your blogs is amazing.
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    1747 days ago
    I realized later that my comment about the call center sounded bizarre and insensitive... I am taking a statistics class and the call center I mentioned (ironically) was a health insurance company. So I was remembering 1200 people at a company that really needed a health plan of their own. Asians eat a lot more healthfully than apparently people in a Virginia call center... my rambling should not have detracted from my comment that the photographs you took were truly very interesting and wonderful. I thank you for taking the time to upload them.
    1747 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/12/2013 10:56:56 PM
    Wow, 10,000 on your blogs... That's a lot my friend. Once again, I get an amazing tour of an area I had never even thought of visiting. What a limited view of the world I have. I do want to travel, but I had my spots picked out. Had my Steve lived, we'd be motor-homing it up and down and across the USA.
    Thanks for the educational tour. I like the statue of Merlion.
    Hope you do get your riverboat cruise and that visit to the zoo in.
    Bon Voyage
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    1747 days ago
    very interesting Phebe.
    1747 days ago
    Several comments:
    Durian is wonderful. Have you ever had paw paw? It is creamy when ripe like paw paw, which can also somewhat be prepared to an overripe banana/mango combination with a little bit of a pudding-ish flavor. There's a dairy/carb combination dessert like feel to it rather than a fruit-like feel to it in the mouth. The smell mostly clings to the skin. If you eat it, you don't go around smelling like a compost heap, trust me.

    Moshi-moshi is indeed the way Japanese people answer the telephone. (I was married to a Japanese man, worked in Japanese restaurants, took Japanese in college the first go around.) Mochi is technically a specific sticky rice, so you will find it used to describe a gazillion different food items, mostly, but not always sweet. Many of them will have the azuki beans, but not all. They may even be "ice cream" made of rice powder. My favorite is a puff pastry like product made by rice pounded flat and baked until it puffs up. We fill it with toasted sesame oil, butter and Bragg's liquid Aminos because we have absolutely no shame when it comes to ruining these perfectly low calorie foods with several hundred additional calories.

    Those buildings are amazing! The lotus blossom one seems to defy gravity. It makes me wonder about things like whether or not it would be feasible to allow companies like the call center I worked for once as tenants (practically everyone there weighed 300lbs plus... so our chairs and elevator were always broken!) because one of those petals might break off. Everyone would have to join Spark if they wanted window offices in the petals. If they didn't care about a river view, they could sit in the middle of the building, with no window.
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