Friday, 8 April 2011

Finally visiting an icon - The Long Bar of Raffles...

Family, And a good Saturday afternoon to you from across the globe after another GREAT DAY in the Lion City. IT'S THE WEEKEND!!!!! So Team Taylor is back after a GREAT lunch with Big D and Money at the Epicurious Cafe, where we DOGGED some salmon bagels, bacon, chorizo, eggs, and flat white coffees. All in all, so guuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuud (peppy cheekies). So last night the Fearsome Foursome tackled, quite possibly, the most iconic building and experience in Singapore - the Long Bar of the Raffles Hotel. This spot, made famous in the early 20th century as THE PARAGON of luxury and opulence in the Far East, was one of the first buildings Samuel Raffles built in Singapore, and it absolutely DRIPS of colonial heritage. Honestly, I can't IMAGINE a first experience being better than seeing it with a pair of Brits. :-) The hotel itself is GORGEOUS - old world money, the dude out front still in the turban and the military outfit, and unparalleled service everywhere you go (everyone is SUPER friendly). This comes with a price tag, of course, as rooms are somewhere between $600-$800 a night! But we weren't rockin' a night's stay - we were just there for the most famous section of the hotel - the Long Bar. So the hotel has so much history that pretty much every room has a plaque explaining something famous that took place there. Even the BATHROOM is cool, as its got an old newspaper from 1919 advertising "local cinema and music on the terrace at 6:15 for guests." For the record - the chicks bathroom apparently wasn't as impressive (old world colonialism AND sexism - it really doesn't get any better). The Long Bar is particularly historic, as this is the place where the Singapore Sling was first mixed. We'd had one at the Screening Room (rooftop bar) on our first night in the Sing, but OBVIOUSLY we had to rock this one - after all, this is history, baby! The bar itself is AWESOME - so much more chill than you'd think. There are peanut shells all over the floor (dad, you'd have been in HEAVEN - this is like Sagebrush on STERIOIDS - both in price AND in volume of peanuts), and we sat there with our Slings just munching away and taking in the scenery and the people watching. True, it's a total tourist trap, but there's no denying the history of the place, plus the Slings were tasty to boot. And best of all, Lisa and Dan picked it up as a thank you! Well, Lisa tried to pick it up first on her own, but since she couldn't remember her PIN # (translation - she's a SHADY girl who stole that credit card off some poor 95 year old Chinese lady), they dipped into their cash instead. Seriously - thanks, guys! After the Slings, we took the 5 minute cab right to Arab Street (we're nothing if not politically correct here) for an AMAZING culinary experience - some GREAT Middle Eastern joint near CBD. Seriously - this place was DELICIOUS, and the experience was VERY cool, as it was located in 2 floors of a pair of old world colonial buildings that actually looked a bit "gritty" (translation - they weren't white washed 5 times a day and completely devoid of bugs and dirt like the rest of the city). Puma - it would have still been a little too clean for you, but we LOVED it.
After a BIG dinner of mezzes, we adjourned to lounge, where we ROCKED the Shisha pipe for about 40 minutes. Seriously - Dan and Lisa are PRO's at this - it was AWESOME to watch them in action. I, on the other hand, was an absolute TRAIN WRECK. Seriously - despite my best efforts, all I succeeded in doing was scorching my throat and watering my eyes. Muffin Puffin, however, was AWESOME. Honestly, it felt like water skiing all over again. I tried and floundered - Pumpkin was an instant pro and looked like she was born and raised in Cairo. Such is life - I am doomed to choke on water whilst being dragged by a speed boat and choking on smoke, whilst Jenny looks like a staff member at SeaWorld and an Emirate with her hooka pipe. Good times... For the record - I have a GREAT video of Jenny showcasing her skills, but she won't allow it to be shown. But parents, fret not - there's NO TOBACCO in the pipe - it's just coal, molasses, and water. We are still very healthy and well behaved children. Okay, that's all the news that's fit to print. Chat tomorrow! Love, Sam and Jenny

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