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Singapore! Day 9: Golf in Indonesia and Fish ‘n Chips in Boat Quay

Steve was finally able to take a day off today, so we woke up early to meet his friend, Jeff, and catch a ferry to Indonesia to golf on Batam Island in Indonesia.  We were in a taxi, and on the road by ~6:30AM. It was still dark out, and I think Steve was still half asleep!  🙂

At the station, Steve ordered Laksa noodles for me for breakfast (served with egg), and then we caught the 7:50AM ferry from Vivo City to the Sekupang terminal on Batam Island, Indonesia.

This was supposed to be a meal of spicy noodles, but they weren’t really spicy.   Steve had a HUGE “dollop” of chile paste added to his meal, which caused him to break into a  small sweat.  Mine, not so much.  It was tasty, don’t get me wrong; it just wasn’t as “hot” as I imagined it would be.

At 7:50AM, we took the ferry over from Singapore to Batam Island – about a 45 minute ride.   And, I’m telling you…this was the most well-organized, easy-going trip – ever!  Try as I did to tick Steve off by having “blonde moments”!

Once we arrived at Batam Hills, from the moment we stepped onto the golf resort grounds, every woman – to a T – said I looked like a doll, Barbie!  Ummm?? But, it sure was nice to have women saying something nice to me!

This was not on the course, but pre-golf game, this is what my hair looked like…very “Barbie”! LOL

It was the curls (thank you Pamcakes and TK), and the color (thank you, Michael!) that had them complimenting me at every turn!

The golf was superbly enjoyable, thanks to three fantastic caddies – of whom I did not capture a collective picture.  But, I did manage to get a picture with my caddy (after a round of golf – “Barbie hair” was not looking good!)

Me and my caddy for the day, Riyama.

After that extremely fun round of golf (if not a “good” round of golf), we grabbed lunch at BHGR.  I was served the “Batam Hills Sandwich” – which included chicken, beef bacon, tomato, cucumber, egg, and mayo – I suppose it was an Asian version of the Club Sandwich.  I wasn’t sure whether I’d like it, but it was quite tasty.  It was unexpectedly refreshing with the cucumber and tomato.  I finished the full sandwich easily.  I also dug having the french fries with chile sauce (they have a nice, spicy chile sauce at the club).

After lunch, we headed back on the ferry toward Singapore.  The return route was a bit more choppy, thanks to this guy…

He was making waves for us to cross over.

Steve and I had ~an hour to regroup before heading over to Boat Quay.  One problem…thunder and lightning struck about 10 minutes before we had to leave.  I admit that I was a bit of a pansy, and after giving Steve crap about getting a taxi to take us places earlier in the week, I (more than once!) asked “are you going to make me walk through the storm??”  He did (though it wasn’t storming yet).  We grabbed umbrellas and headed through Robertson Quay to Clarke Quay and over to Boat Quay to “Smith’s Fish and Chips“.

And…we beat the rain!! VICTORY!!

Once there, I was reacquainted with Bryan, whom I had met Friday night, and I met a few others – great people!  And, as the night progressed, I was reacquainted with more and more (now) familiar faces!  We also watched an incredible thunderstorm (with brilliant lightning) from the deck of the restaurant.  I’ve never been outside in such a storm, but nobody else flinched, so I powered through it!

Steve ordered me fried cod for dinner.  Holy I-can’t-finish-this-portion dinner!  Quite tasty, mind you. The fish and chips (fries) were delicious with vinegar and salt.  But, dear gosh… a HUGE portion!

It took me forever to even get through a third of this portion, mostly because I was chatting up a storm with Steve’s friends. Again, really cool men.

It was ~9:30PM by the time we left. AKA: way past Steve’s bedtime. No judgement…dude knows he needs sleep.

As we walked home, I couldn’t resist the urge to take a picture of the view of Clarke Quay at night – it was beautiful!

I know Steve loves his sleep, so I was grateful to Bryan for going out and grabbing a beer with me at Harry’s (Steve’s local “haunt”).  I have a hard time going to bed early, and it was nice to spend the evening chatting with a friendly man.  Bryan is a gem to be around.  He’s a hunter,  a beer drinker, a cook, and a family man…we shared stories about food, family, and Steve.  😉  And, now I know that I have a second home to stay in when I go to Baton Rouge (IF I go to Baton Rouge again).

Another great day in Southeast Asia!

Cheers!

Ker

Singapore! Day 3 – Steve Made Thanksgiving Happen!

We got a late start today, and as we were walking to grab lunch, Steve asked if I would like to have Thanksgiving dinner.  The last time we had Thanksgiving dinner together, I cooked the meal at his place in Baton Rouge, LA.  We had a pretty fun adventure grocery shopping and shopping for the “tools” necessary to make a proper meal.  And, the meal turned out pretty well, as Steve will attest.

Here’s a picture from the last time Steve and I had Thanksgiving dinner together.  His kitchen isn’t a bad one in which to work!

turkey

Tonight, we decided to head over to Dan Ryan’s Chicago Grill for a four-course turkey dinner.

We paired the dinner with another bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon.  Not quite as good as the bottle we shared the other night, but still a nice wine.

First, we were served pumpkin soup and a house salad.  Neither had much flavor, but both were easy enough to eat.

Then came the grandaddy of them all!  The turkey dinner.  I’m talking about enough food to feed a family of four!  And, with each bite, Steve and I discovered more and more food on our plates.

The green beans were delicious – crispy and flavorful, the turkey was tender and moist, the stuffing had a good, hearty flavor, the mashed potatoes were cooked perfectly, the cranberry sauce had a good texture and tart bite to it, and the yams were nice and tender.  Mind you, I only had a couple of bites of each, and had the server “pack it” for “take away” (aka: leftovers).

We finished with “pumpkin” pie.  I put that in quotations because Steve and I each had one bite of the pie, scrunched our noses and tried to figure out what was wrong with the pie.

My assessment…it was sweet potato pie, not pumpkin pie.  I only had the one bite, but once Steve finished his piece, he agreed…not pumpkin, but likely sweet potato pie.  Later, as we continued chatting and finishing our wine, we laughed at the reactions of other patrons as they bit into their desserts.  So many funny and perplexed faces.  Some folks even checked the tent card to verify that they were supposed to be getting pumpkin pie.  At least we weren’t alone in turning our noses up at the pie.

My mission now is to find Steve pumpkin pie – because he was VERY excited to have a slice and didn’t get one. If I can’t find, or make one, I’ll likely make my famous orange juice cake again.  He became a big fan of that cake during the last Thanksgiving we had together. Can’t blame him…it’s good stuff!

Now, I know I’m going backward here, but I’ll share what we had for lunch as well.  As I mentioned, it was late, so Steve thought it would be a great time to check out a hawker station.  There were two reasons for this: 1) it provides a variety of ethnic options, and more importantly, 2) nothing else was open at the time!

We did one lap to check out all of the options (SO MANY OPTIONS!), and then circled back to order.  We could choose from duck, ramen, Indian cuisine, Dim Sum, or fruit, etc.

I chose to get traditional Chinese food – 1 meat, 2 veggies.

I got a spicy fried chicken with spicy garlic green beans (which actually were not very spicy) and eggplant.  The green beans were tasty, as was the eggplant (though I didn’t like the mushy texture of the eggplant), and the chicken was fine.  Nothing to write home about, but it did the trick!

We also stopped to get freshly juiced fruit juice.  I was served a mango/pineapple drink.  Very refreshing!

And, Steve chose Cendol, both because he really likes it, and so I could try another “staple”.  This place served it as more of a dessert, rather than as a drink like many other places serve it.  With the coconut milk and shaved ice, it was also very refreshing!

So, while I missed seeing my family on Thanksgiving (and cooking up a storm), and I miss my dogs, I’m very grateful to have the opportunities in life that I have.  I’m also very grateful that I’ve been able to keep Steve as a friend in my life for 16 years now!  Thanksgiving (obviously!) is not a big holiday in Singapore, but Steve made Thanksgiving dinner happen, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it!

Day 3: Steve = alive, Ker = alive

We’re on a roll!

Cheers!
Ker

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