Touched down in Singapore last Saturday to a Bachata weekend and an urban adventure!
Filled up our tummies with food at Krave, Bali Lane at noon. A tad expensive for a tourist from Malaysia, thanks to the currency exchange (SGD 1 ~ RM 3). Nevertheless, the food was good; my seafood pasta was quite spicy but the seafood portion was okay which explained its SGD 16 price.
Above: My spicy sambal seafood pasta, Filyn’s cempedak creme brulee and Ayam Bakar
Then we took a stroll at Bugis street and checked out a wedding expo (random) but no one actually offered us any sorts of wedding packages. They probably think we were uni kids, or not straight (lol, not true) or we could not afford it.
Saturday night was the main highlight of our Singapore trip as it was the main drive to come to Singapore. It was a Singapore Bachata Weekend (SBW) organised by Alma Latina. We reached Le Danz at 9 pm sharp but there weren’t many people yet but we were already feeling intimidated somehow.
Left: A pose for SBW; Right: More dancers coming in for SBW
It started with social dancing, where people started coming in, followed by the shows. The performers were either the students and teachers from different schools, or invited guests from different parts of the world. The shows comprised of bachata performances, salsa, west coast swing, zouk and a little bit of contemporary here and there.
It was back to social dancing again after the 1-hour show, where I danced a bit of my salsa. Most of my dance partners were good but a few gave me a creepy vibe as they were absorbed in their own steps instead of making me feel relaxed about it.
Overall, I would rate the Singapore Bachata Weekend Saturday party 8 out of 10.
Above: Among the performances that night
As usual, Filyn wanted to have her appam at Appam Specialist at Teka Building in Little India. So we walked there through Bugis Junction and Albert Court which took us about 20 minutes (as there was a pit stop at the ice cream vendor). After the appam and my nasi briyani lunch, we headed back to Bugis and walked around one of the malls.
That evening, we got onto the MRT to Mountbatten Station for the infamous, air-flown, Sri Lankan chili crab (sorry I just gotta say it thanks to the jaw-dropping price) at Long Beach King. The crab cost us SGD 78 per kg, but we were already there so we might as well savour it. No regrets though, because the chili crab was daaaang good :D:D
Above: The infamous, air-flown, Sri Lankan chili crab at Long Beach King
Sunday night, we spent it at Cuba Libre for salsa action, and Highlander for a party feel. Both clubs are in Clarke Quay btw. I had more confidence salsa-ing at Cuba Libre compared to dancing at Le Danz the night before. I even danced till the club was getting ready to close. My dance partner was one hella salsa dancer!
We had lunch at I am. at Haji Lane. Ordered seafood pizza, which I quite I enjoyed as the prawns were big and the pizza itself was good (SGD 16.90).
Then we headed to Merlion Park via MRT, followed by Esplanade where we bachata-ed randomly and finally to Marina Bay Sands mall. We wanted to get us a slice of cake for Filyn’s post bday and my pre-bday celebration but to no avail. Ended up in Orchard to check out the Peranakan stretch and a slice of cake at Starbucks Orchard Gateway. Filyn had her Wagyu beef burger for late lunch at Orchard Gateway too.
Above (from L to R): Haji Lane, Merlion Park, Singapore Strait to Marina Bay Sands, Peranakan Street in Orchard and Singapore Flyer after the Esplanade
That night, we wanted to join the kizomba class at Senor Taco but we were already halfway through and the class would cost us SGD 10 each, thus it would be a waste. So we sat and watched them kizomba. Got to dance a lil bit of kizomba and salsa during the social. Honestly, it was a bit boring because the crowd wasn’t as much fun as the one in Cuba Libre the night before. We even went back to Cuba Libre that night. However, as it was a Monday night, there wasn’t a crowd at all. A bit disappointing, and we left Clarke Quay early. It was a good thing at the same time as I got to pack my stuff for the next day back to Kuala Lumpur.
One good weekend in SG for sure! Am I going to come back? Definitely. First, the short distance. Second, the city vibe. Third, for salsa fo shizzle ma nizzleeee! 😀
Oh, and our train ride from and to the airport for Bugis stop cost us SGD 2.40 one way per person 🙂
Stay tuned for Filyn’s take on our SG weekend!