While some say that social media and technology hurt friendships, I don't think this is always the case. Both may be a blessing and a curse, but for the most part, I have always been grateful for 'em and how they've helped keeping in touch with family and close friends a lot easier. At the start of the year, I made a promise ( and a pseudo-resolution ) that I'd make extra effort to meet up and hang with friends. I still believe that nothing beats face-to-face human interaction. Agree?
It was the right thing to do after almost two years of going dark & avoiding people. So, when I was sure that I was flying to Singpore, I took my chance to meet up with friends that I have not seen in a looooong time. I had dinner with Joe and his wife, Kelly. Nicolo, one of our batchmates who's taking his masters in Singapore joined the three of us while I was there. It's such a grown-up thing to do when you meet with friends while you're traveling — that may just be me, but I'm sure you get what I mean. [ Read: Side Trip: Bugis ]
Captivated by Clarke Quay
I can't help but think about a portion of Pasig River when I was at Clarke Quay and Riverpointe. There's a portion in Makati going to Rockwell that can be turned into something like this.Ö I'm sure that it would have been a huge hit here in the Philippines. It's just too bad that Pasig River isn't exactly something that would draw people in.
Going back to the trip :)
I'm not too sure how long Joe & Kelly have stayed in Singapore, but I found it so cool how they're like locals already. We had dinner in Marché at Somerset. It can be tricky at first, but I liked the concept of the restaurant and I can't wait for them to come to Manila sans the strictness. I find it strange that at this day & age where every business takes a lot of extra promotion from social media shares, I was told that taking photos isn't allowed inside. Thus, I got nothing of Marché to show you guys.
My friends brought me to Clarke Quay. We did walk a lot and it was all cool. Walking just seems to be a lot more fun when you're in a different country.
The Turkish Man who sells and flips ice cream in Clarke Quay is both a charmer and a performer.
Zobel Represent.Ü Joe + Russ + Nicolo
Brewerkz, I'll be back.
Beer was never my poison of choice because it makes your belly big. However, you won't ever hear me say no to it when on a trip, much more if it's craft beer.Ü Joe took me to Brewerkz. He and Kelly say that Brewerkz is the ultimate beer place in Singapore. Vince, another friend of ours, told me that it's one of his favorite places in Singapore and he never fails to go there whenever he flies to SG.
Craft Beer ( as always ) and Brewerkz didn't disappoint. It was bustling with locals and tourists and we're lucky that there were still seats for us. If you're the type of traveler, who, like me, enjoys a drink or two when traveling, you might want to check out Brewerkz. You'll love their signature and seasonal beers. The Honey Apricot Ale and the Black & Blue Berry Mead were my favorites.
Brewerkz Beer Sampler: Pick any four beers of your choice.
And more craft beer to enjoy :)
With Nicolo, Kelly, and Joe.
The evening didn't end at Brewerkz. After everything we had, we still managed to save room for Twister Fries. Yup, we walked some more to go to McDonald's to get Twister Fries, which at that time, we no longer had in the Philippines so it was such a treat when I found out there were Twister Fries in Singapore. Please don't judge me, lol.
If only I had extra days to spare, we would have gone to more places but it looks like I will just have to visit then again soon. Knowing that you have friends-friends in another country that you can ring anytime to hang with is such a huge comfort. So, if any of you guys will be in Manila in the nearer future, be sure to let me know. We read each others' blogs and I'm sure we're all getting to know each other pretty well. I'd love to meet you in person during one of my trips or one of your travels. I think that'll be awesome. ☮..Peace + ❥_Love + Spreading Some Travel Vibes. RUSS.