In light of the recent events with our neighbour, we were actually thinking of driving up north this weekend for some “neighbourly exchanges” with the boleh-landers over their supposed nicer Chendol, Nasi Lemak and other hawker food – since they have prided themselves for having a “stronger hawker culture”. But more importantly, to rub it in our neighbour’s face and spend like a king with the 1:3 exchange rate.
But then our MFA issued a travel advisory “advising Singaporeans to defer all non-essential travel to KL in light of rallies taking place at various locations in and around the Malaysian capital on Saturday (8 Dec)”. There will be large-scale anti-ICERD (International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally is taking place at Dataran Merdeka in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, based on news reports.
So, what to do this weekend then? We turned to TimeOut Singapore for some recommendations this weekend. Honestly, the recommendations are pretty neat, but abit atas for low SES people like us.
That’s why we decided to come out with our own TimeOut edition that marries our original boleh-land itinerary to suit the travel advisory. Let’s call it TimeOut (Boleh Edition) for the fun of it (not sponsored).
Care for some Chendol at our UNESCO-worthy hawker centre?
Address: 1 Changi Village Road #01-2046 Singapore 500001
Opening hours: 8.30am to 10.30pm
According to several foodie related reviews online, many have recommended Chendol at “Makan Melaka” at the Changi Village Hawker Centre. Some said their Gula Meleka is the key to making their Chendol damn shiok. Some even pointed out that the difference of the Chendol between the Malacca version and the Singapore version is that the Malacca version doesn’t have coconut milk added in, which is why it tasted more “clean” as it’s less lemak.
Maybe the conspiracy theory behind not adding coconut milk into their Chendol is because their coconuts are in high demand by their Bomohs to find their (still) missing MH370. Maybe the boleh-landers need to seriously up their flight safety and management first, before trying to go around claiming our delegated airspace.
Our Seletar Airport is cooler than KLIA
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe
Address: #01-01, MAJ Aviation Building, 80 Seletar Aerospace
Opening hours: Tues – Thurs 10am – 1pm | Fri & Sat 10am – 11pm | Sun 10am – 10pm | Closed on Mon
Tel: 6659 6124
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Cafe’s location is very ulu lor, it’s situated beside Seletar Airport. But it is kinda shiok to sip kopi, have cakes, while watch private jets take off and land along the Seletar Airport runway. Too bad we can’t see FireFly planes now, until the boleh-landers are done with their nonsense fighting over our airspace.
As the name of the café suggests, the café hosts a collection of beautiful vintage bikes. The bikes give us that uncanny feel in today’s climate, because the Japanese invaded us from Malaya (then) using bicycles during World War 2. Well, fast-forward 70 plus years to today, we see attempts of “invasions” again by our dear neighbour. Maybe time has stopped for them and they forgot that we are no longer part of Malaysia. We are not one of their states where they can suka suka claim our airspace or waters as theirs.
Maybe we can see some Malaysian’ vessels at Tuas?
Tuas Village Eating House
Address: 10 Tuas Avenue 3
Opening hours: 5:30am – 4pm, Daily
Tel: 9655 1626
Nearest MRT Station: Tuas Crescent Station
Take Exit B and walk along Pioneer Road towards Tuas Cres. Turn left onto Tuas West Avenue 2 and take a 9-minute walk. Take a right turn onto Tuas West Avenue 3 and walk until you see Tuas Village on your left.
If you think Seletar Airport is ulu, then you haven’t try Tuas. Turns out that they have yummy food there too, apart from industrial buildings and ports. A quick search online showed that W & W Roasted Duck, Chicken Rice and Noodle is among the crowd favourite – they are friendly to our pockets (especially for low SES people like us) with shiok shiok tender meat and sweet chili. Our cheapo OS got excited when we learnt that there is free-flow soup!
After that, maybe take Grab or Go-Jek down to “Tuas Secret Beach” (Tuas South Avenue 4) nearby for a post-dinner walk. It’s only less than 10 minutes of car ride away. Maybe at the beach, you might have “lomantic” encounters with some couples in the bushes or with Malaysia’s vessels, since they thought our waters is theirs – they thought we share-share the waters mah, “lomantic” right? Well, at least 14 Malaysia’s vessels have thought so recently. Maybe they need proper navigation systems for their vessels this Christmas? Sponsors, anyone?
Ok lah, we keep the list short for now. If not, our pockets cannot tahan. But if Singdollar is too ex for comfort, then maybe we can go back to spending Ringgit like a king, provided the boleh-landers stop all their nonsense.
Meanwhile, let’s keep calm and be boleh!