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Friday, August 21, 2009

Day 49: Seoul (Singapore's National Day Celebration)

I just knew recently that there are quite a number of Singaporeans stay in Fraser, is it because Fraser is a Singapore company? So after meeting some of them frequently during breakfast, I made some friends and as one thing leads to another, we get invited to the Singapore's National Day Celebration that is organised by the embassy.

It was a cocktail reception and the dress code was smart casual. At last I could wear my nicer clothes and first time wearing high heels in Seoul hahaha... Usually I only wear slippers out because there's always so much walking and stairs climbing involved. :P

The dinner was held at the Grand Ballroom of Millennium Seoul Hilton hotel. Before we went in, each of us was given a piece of paper contains the national pledge. This was handy as I have completely forgotten about it. :P

There were probably around 100 of us, not so many Singaporeans in Seoul after all. Many students though, and then the expats and some non Singaporeans, probably guests invited by the embassy.

It started with national anthem, then the national pledge and ended with a short speech by the Ambassador.

Merlion ice sculpture

Cocktail reception

Bread Talk

Floss bun made on the spot.

The buffet was pretty good and very Singaporean. Those that miss Singapore food must have feel at home here. We had hainanese chicken rice, nasi goreng, spring rolls, chili crab, satay, mee siam and even laksa. The local food were quite original, especially the laksa. It had the longest queue and they run out of noodles!

Best laksa gravy that I ever had.

The desserts were average.

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