Familiar faces from far away

Even though we are back from Korea as of yesterday, we would like to post about the time before Korea first, keeping a chronological order.

In July, we had a lot of visitors from Switzerland. It was Dennis, who knocked on our door early morning of July 5. On the first day, we kept him busy with our condo facilities, downtown and our close by pub in the evening for a drink. The next day we went to MacRitchie Reservoir for a hike, which was overly successful. Sandra, a friend from my time in Zug, joined us when we got back from our hike. She was planning on visiting three days earlier, but she had a bike accident, which explains the white bandage on her forehead in the pictures bellow. We enjoyed a memorable afternoon with drinks at the pool, playing Tschau-Sepp (Swiss card game) and eating local food close to our house.  On the third day, Dennis and I went for Sushi and met Sandra at Vivo City, to enjoy the afternoon together in downtown. In the evening, Dennis invited Maggie and I for drinks at a bar with a huge selection of Whiskeys, Gin’s and other liqueurs. We let Dennis go early morning on Tuesday, shortly before Maggie and I left for work.

Two days later, I welcomed my aunt Ursula and godfather Werner around lunch for their stay in Singapore. With five days staying in Singapore, I was a bit worried that I would run out of ideas. Looking back, I had no reason to be worried. Mainly because my aunt and uncle were broadly interested and did not reject any of my ideas, and secondly, Singapore has a lot to offer. For more than just five days.

Our first meal was at Din Tai Fung in China Town, where Dumplings are probably the best ones around. After a beer at Level 33, Maggie joined us after lunch and we headed to the Gardens by the bay. On the second day we hopped on and off the bus around the city, looking at the botanic gardens (amazing Orchid Garden!) and many more cites. At Robertson Quay, we enjoyed our supper and finished another successful day. A more culturally diversified morning awaited us on Saturday, as we visited Little India, Arab Street and also learned more about the Malaysians in Singapore by visiting the Heritage Museum. After visiting Sentosa, we invited our guests to our place to have an Apéro and also to eat at a local restaurant around. It is always amazing to bring people to that one food court, which seems on the first look not very attractive. The noise, as well as the plastic chairs and tables do not sell the place too well. But the food is definitely always turning things around. We all left tired and full of food and happiness. Our fourth day was a relaxed one. After a short walk to Keppel Bay and a small meal at the Privé restaurant at the harbor, we jumped into our pool and cooled down. Relaxed, talked, laughed and regained energy. In the evening, we went to Holland Village. Adrian, a school friend from my Bachelors also visiting Singapore, joined us for some food at Chrystal Jade. Afterwards, we split up. Werner, Ursula and Maggie went home, and Adrian and I went to watch the world cup final. Since we had time to kill until 3am, we enjoyed Clarke Quay. What a game!

I met Ursula and Werner in the afternoon to enjoy the gondolas, where we visited Sentosa and also Mount Faber. In the evening, we went to Telok Ayer, where I could not find the area we were planning to go, so we ended up in a Vietnamese restaurant, which was a very good alternative. I had to work on the last day, so we met my uncle and aunt right after work on top of the Marina Bay Sands, to enjoy some sunset drinks. Afterwards, we had good bye supper at Clarke Quay, to check off the last item on Ursula’s To-do List: Chicken Satay. We waved them good bye, as they took off directly after to head to the airport.

On Wednesday evening, Adrian came over to enjoy an evening swim at our place. On Thursday, we ate steamboat at the place I initially had in mind for Werner and Ursula but could not find. It was a delicious supper, to wrap all visits, before Maggie and I headed to Korea.

Dear friends and family, thanks for visiting us! It is a pleasure showing you around and we are very thankful if we get to know you better, chat up or just spend time together. Come by!