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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Singapore Sun Festival

I received a pair of complimentary tickets from a client for Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra with Sarah Chang concert. The Esplanade concert hall was quite packed and we saw many Koreans in the audience. They must have come to give their support to gifted violinist, Sarah Chang (she is a Korean American). We were seated on the sixth row from the front, she is generous! :)

Sun Festival ticket sleeve

Our tickets

Art installation at the Esplanade lobby. Like this I also can lah :P

Sarah Chang looked stunning in her metallic green mermaid gown. Too bad that she only played one of the four songs in the programme. At the end of her performance, the audience were clapping non stop and she had to come in and out for six times but still no encore hehehe...

The orchestra immaculate performance was also given a thunderous applause that in the end the conductor gave not only one but two encores!!

Queue to get signatures after the performance.

Sarah Chang and Esa-Pekka Salonen (the conductor)

Both of us enjoyed the night out very much, we should do it more often. :)

Monday, October 13, 2008

Seafood Paradise at Singapore Flyer

Saw a promotion for Seafood Paradise crab at $8/kg (usual price is $38/kg) in Straits Times a few weeks ago. I didn't know that it was so popular and I only made a reservation at the last minute. The weekends were fully booked, only odd hour slot like 4pm was available. For weekday nights, the only slot available was 8.30pm, no other choice so I took it.

St. Andrew's Cathedral

Took Singapore Flyer shuttle bus in front of St. Andrew's cathedral.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer in color lights

Seafood Paradise
We came earlier to try our luck in getting seats. When we arrived, it wasn't very crowded but the captain couldn't give us an indoor seating, so we settled down in the outdoor dining area rather than waiting for another 1.5 hour.

The interior is quite classy with nice ambience, unlike the noisy Chinese restaurant.

The outdoor dining area was not bad either, overlooking the high rise buildings and quite breezy.

We ordered three dishes and 1 kg of butter crab. The three dishes came quite fast, but the crab only came after we finished the dishes. Soft shell crab with pork floss was just average, I felt that the pork floss taste overpowered the soft shell crab. I still prefer the plain fried soft shell crab anytime.

Soft shell crab with pork floss

Coffee pork rib was quite enjoyable, I could taste the strong coffee but portion was too small. :P

Coffee pork rib garnished with almond.

Stir fried kailan with garlic was ok.

Creamy butter crab was the reason I came here. The crab meat was thick and firm. The gravy was sweet (but not too sweet) and creamy, it was heavenly and sinful at the same time. Once a while I would just scoop and ate it just like that. :P

I think the gravy would complement a pasta very nicely. Should find a way to eat it with pasta one day hehehe...Usually after eating too much black pepper or chili crab, I could feel my fingers and mouth became warmer, but with this creamy gravy, there was no side effect. It was just perfect.

Creamy butter crab at unbelievable SGD 8!

The total bill came out to be SGD 49 only, which usually is only enough to pay for one crab dish.