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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Our first trip to Vietnam


The trip to Vietnam was somewhat unplanned, as in it wasn't our top go to destination. I have always wanted to go and experience the country, however it wasn't at the top of my list. That changed when Tiger airways offered buy 1, get 1 free flights to Ho Chi Minh City. These type of deals don't happen in the U.S., so it was hard to pass up. We ended up with two round trip tickets from SG to HCM for around S$250 and decided to make a long weekend out of it. We arrived on Halloween night and checked into our hotel, Grand Hotel Saigon. The hotel was very nice and the service was excellent. I would rate the hotel around 4 stars and the location was very convenient. After dropping off our bags, we headed over to Bobby Chinn Saigon for dinner. I've seen a few of his cooking shows on TV and decided to check out his restaurant. We had made prior reservations and took a taxi from our hotel to the restaurant. The hotel concierge spoke english and was able to always translate our desired location to the taxi driver. The hotels seem to have a contract with Vinasun taxi's, as these are the only taxi's that were allowed to pick up passengers. We arrived at Bobby Chinn Saigon for dinner, and the restaurant was very nice, the service was excellent, and the food was great, especially the soft shell crab quesadillas.

After dinner we headed over to the Caravelle Hotel for a Halloween party at the rooftop bar. Halloween isn't widely celebrated in Vietnam, but this bar was full of primarily expats. There was a salsa band (very strange for Vietnam) dressed in costume playing music in Spanish. This was probably one of the stranger experiences of our trip. The bar was decked out in Halloween decorations and there a lot of people dressed in costume, much to our surprise. We had brought small masks to wear just in case nobody else was dressed up we could easily hide these in Theresa's purse. We enjoyed a few cocktails at the Caravelle before heading over to the Rex hotel rooftop bar for a few more drinks. This bar was significantly less crowded (as in one other table), we had a beer here before heading back to our hotel. It was nice to visit, as the Rex was an important landmark during the war (5 o'clock follies).


The following morning we had a trip booked to the Cu Chi Tunnels through Saigon River Express. They picked us up at the hotel at around 7:00am and we headed to the dock where we boarded a boat along with around 10 other people, mostly from the UK and Australia and headed up the Saigon River to our destination. The weather was awesome and taking a boat to the tunnel was much better than sitting in a tour bus through Saigon traffic. Breakfast and fruit snacks was provided by the tour operator and we made it to the tunnels after about a 1.5 hour boat ride. We were one of the first groups at the tunnels which was great, and so much less crowded. To put this in perspective, there were 0 tour buses when we arrived around 8:45. Upon leaving around 11:30, there was probably 50 parked in the lot. We arrived at the tunnels and was forced to watch a propoganda video about the war, where they crown all of the heroes for killing the "American Devils" and fighting the "American Puppet Government." It was interesting at best. We were then taken for a tour of the various tunnels, and visited many of the booby traps of the war, which I have to say were very innovative. Our tour guide was great and was able to explain many of the features of the area, along with how and why the tunnels were so successful. There is even a section of tunnel that tourists get to crawl through that was widened from its original width for convenience. After the tour it was off to the firing range to shoot some Vietnam era weapons. This was one of the coolest parts of the tour, although it is somewhat expensive. They offer a variety of weapons to fire and we decided on the AK-47 and the Carbine. Theresa had never shot a gun in her life up until this point, so we figured the machine guns weren't the best option. They charge buy the bullet, although you must buy in clips of ten. I can't remember the price, but I think it was around US$10 per clip, which breaks down to about a dollar a bullet. They encourage you to hit a target at the end of the firing range, but I'm convinced the barrel is crooked or we were shooting blanks because I did not even come close. Our tour guide also mentioned that only 1 time in 5 years has she seen a tourist hit the target (definitely rigged as they offer a "prize" if you do). After this, our tour operator offered an excellent lunch before departing back to our hotel. I would definitely recommend Saigon River Express for any trip to the tunnels based on our experience.


Once we arrived back at the hotel, it was off to Reunification Palace. We had to visit just because of the significance of the buildings role in the war. Although if you ask the taxi driver, you must tell him "Independence Palace," as it is known by the locals (similar to the "American War," not the Vietnam War). Once we arrived we were offered a free 1 hour tour, which was excellent and much more informative then if we would have walked around on our own. After the palace, it was off to the War Remnants Museum. I had read about this prior to visiting, and somewhat knew what to expect. It is very heavily 1 sided and portrays the Americans in the most negative light possible. The museum itself is very graphic and spares no words when describing American actions during the war. At the same time, it is the type of history that you could not get in the U.S., as it spares no details.


After this it was time for dinner, so we headed over to Pho 24, the McDonald's of Vietnam (there is no McDonald's, but plenty of Pho shops). Later that evening, it was off to Chill Skybar, located on the 24th floor of AB Tower. This was definitely the best bar we went to in Saigon and the views were awesome. The place was super nice, with a 360 degree bar located out on the deck. We could have stayed there and drank all night, except for the price of the drinks. Its nice to leave Singapore and go to a bar, because 99% of the time the drinks will always be cheaper. Not here however. Cocktails were around US $20 each, but I suppose you're paying for the elegance and the views. After a few drinks, it was back to the hotel for a nightcap at Grand Cafe, our hotel's rooftop bar.


Friday morning I headed off on a motorcycle taxi to purchase some tickets to the Water Puppet Show for that evening. Motorcycles in Vietnam are CRAZY. They are everywhere, the street, the sidewalk, the grass, and they come from every direction regardless of what side of the street you are on. It is one insane traffic flow. I had to get the experience of riding on a motorcycle on Vietnam. After negotiating a rate of 20,000 dong (US $2) for a round trip, we headed of to buy my tickets. Here is where I screwed up. My "taxi driver" followed me to purchase my tickets for the evening at a rate of 150,000 dong apiece. Once he seen me pay this in cash, the rate quickly went up to 150,000 dong for the trip. After about 5 minutes of arguing with him, I was determined to walk back to the hotel or take my chances flagging a taxi on the street. After this he relented and we settled on 50,000 dong for the trip, which would of probably been about the price of a taxi from the hotel. Oh well, it was definitely worth the experience. After this we headed over to Ben Thanh Market for some shopping. This was somewhat disappointing and full of people hassling you and grabbing your clothes trying to get you to buy something. We were quickly out of there and headed over to the War Surplus Market, which was even more disappointing and not worth the walk over, as it was full of fake memorabilia and otherwise junk. We then grabbed a taxi to the Vietnamese Medicine museum which was somewhat interesting, before heading back to the hotel.

That night it was off to the Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theatre. This was a neat experience and the show lasted about an hour. I would definitely recommend making a trip here, as it was fairly entertaining. Now it was time for some local nightlife. First stop was Apocalypse Now, which seemed to be a mixture of about 75% Vietnamese and 25% foreigners. After a few drinks here, we made a stop at a club around the corner (can't remember the name). We seemed to be the only foreigners in the building and this was definitely a club for high rollers, as it was tailored mainly for bottle service, but we escaped with only having to order a beer. After leaving here, we passed a small door with a sign that was obviously a bar, but there was a crazy number of security outside. We decided to go inside and have a look. Once we got inside, this place was like a warehouse and they were having a dance competition on stage, and there must have been 1,000 people here. It was insanely packed. Luckily we were offered a table, as we were again the only foreigners in the building it seemed. It was a very unique experience and I feel we got a glimpse into some of the local Vietnamese nightlife. We stayed here for about an hour or two just taking in the atmosphere and having a few beers, before heading back to the hotel for the evening.

The next morning, we set out to buy some local artwork from Vietnam, as we always try to bring back something from the region. We had passed an Art Gallery a few days before and headed back to check out some of the work. We went to Tara & Kys Art Gallery on Dong Du Street which had a wide variety of original contemporary art depicting many aspects of the Vietnamese culture. We purchased an original screen print along with a water color painting of Halong bay. By this time it was off to the airport to catch our flight back to Singapore. Altogether this was an awesome trip and would recommend Ho Chi Minh City to anybody as a unique experience and full of many opportunities to take in the local culture. I would love to come back to Vietnam, next time setting our sights on Hanoi.


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Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia

A trip to one of southeast Asia's tallest mountains


It's been a while since I've updated the blog an I'm definitely behind on my entries. With Theresa back in the states, I decided to take a trip over to the island of Borneo. Borneo is an amazing island divided between Malaysia, Indonesia, and Brunei and is the third largest island in the world. The sole purpose of heading to Borneo was to climb Mount Kinabalu and complete the Via Ferrata course on the mountain which happens to be the first Via Ferrata in Asia and the highest course in the world at 3,776 meters. (Mount Kenya supposedly launched a higher Via Ferrata in July that has yet to be verified as the designation Via Ferrata has been thrown around loosely lately). I booked my trip through Amazing Borneo after some online research. This outfitter seamed to be the most legit and had good reviews online and I wanted to play it safe. I flew into Kota Kinabalu direct from Singapore on Air Asia on Wednesday evening. On Thursday morning I was picked up at the Best Western Kinabalu Daya hotel on Thursday morning by the guys from Amazing Borneo. We then headed for a 1 1/2 hour bus ride to the park headquarters. This was the third UNESCO world heritage site I've been to and you can always immediately see the reason why each of these sites are designated with such importance. Standing there at the HQ staring up out the mountain was very intimidating with its multiple peaks extending up above the clouds.

Soon after I was introduced to my mountain guide Ronne. Each "group" is required to have an individual mountain guide per park regulations. Since I was alone, I was assigned my own guide which was good, since I could continue up the mountain at my own pace. We were then escorted to the starting point where the grueling hike up the mountain began. Our goal that day was to reach Pendant Hut for our Via Ferrata briefing which was located around 6.2 km from the starting point. We set out from the starting gate at around 8:55am. The beginning of the trail was not too bad, there was a gradual incline and some steps carved into the mountain, but we were able to reach the 2 km mark at 9:35 am. There are markers all along the trail to mark your progress and some resting huts about every kilometer or so. After passing the first few checkpoints the trail starting getting noticeably steeper. Imagine walking up a never ending staircase carved out of the side of the mountain. You start to feel your thighs burning from the endless stair master exercise you are doing. We reached the 3 km mark at 10:01 am which signify the midpoint of our day's hike.


Continuing on we reached the 4 km mark at 10:33 am. Here we stopped for lunch at the rest hut. I sat and enjoyed a lunch packed by the Amazing Borneo team that consisted of a cheese sandwich, a piece of fried chicken, and an apple. It wasn't too bad, but not too fulfilling when you're burning this many calories. At this time a dense fog covered the area, which is widely considered the cloud forest region of the indigenous rain forest. A slight mist also covered the area as we began to see trekkers coming down the mountain from their ascent that morning. It was around this area that we also spotted an endemic carnivorous pitcher plant that is not found anywhere else in the world.


We continued on our journey leaving the rest stop at 11:00 am and arriving at the 5 km mark at 11:32 am. At the point I was starting to feel the toll of walking up the mountain as my legs were starting to feel like jello. Pressing on, finally reached Pendant Hut at 12:31 pm. I was definitely relieved to finally be able to sit down and relax. My guide Ronne was also happy because we had reached the hut fairly early and his day was done until the morning, so he had the rest of the day to nap and relax as well. I was one of the first ones to arrive at the hut, as there were 11 Via Ferrata participants in total. Once I got to the hut there was some light snacks (primarily toast) and hot coffee and tea. I hung out in the hut and a few of the other climbers began to trickle in. Also some of the climbers from the previous day were just exiting the Via Ferrata course (which I thought was quite late in the day). Once the rest of the climbers arrived at the hut, we had our orientation with the Mountain Torq trainer showing us the basics of climbing the Via Ferrata route and how to put on the safety harness, how to "clip in" with the carabiners, and how to use the rope as a safety line. After the briefing we headed down to a nearby lodge for a buffet dinner around 4:30. The buffet was not too bad for a remote location on the side of a mountain. Once dinner was done it was back to the lodge for an early nights sleep. Accommodations were very simple.....one big room full of bunk beds with sleeping bags on top (I hope they washed the liners). here was no heat in the lodge, but it wasn't too uncomfortable in the sleeping bag. There were some showers in the wash room downstairs, but the hot water was spotter and I opted for sanitary wipes instead. Unfortunately for me I had the 65 year old Japanese guy in the bunk directly above me who snored all night long. I may have gotten a few hours of sleep before the 1:30 am wake up.


Day 2: The Summit

After waking up with a breakfast consisting of some toast (which was a little disappointing), we embarked towards the summit leaving the lodge at around 2:45 am. The climb up the summit was definitely the scariest part of the entire trip. The first part is not too terrible, however there is a large jam as around 100 people are all leaving for the summit around the same time from each of the lodges on the mountainside. You can't go at your own pace and must follow the flow of traffic up the mountain. Eventually we came to a checkpoint where the climbing permits are checked by the park staff. After this the traffic cleared and I was free to head up the summit at my own pace. Once you reach this point, there is a long rope that extends down from the mountain top with various anchor points along with way. At one point, you have to walk along a crack in the mountain holding onto this rope wit a nearly 90 degree cliff face right at the edge of your feet. There can be a dozen people holding onto this section of rope and I can't imagine what would happen if the anchor point were to give way. Keep in mind it is pitch black with only headlamps to see your footing. Continuing on up the mountain, you are walking along a nearly 45 degree slope along this rope to guide the way. You have the option of holding onto the rope that is strung along the ground, which I attempted to do initially, but it becomes very heavy after a while as it is soaked from the water running off of the mountain (tip: bring water proof gloves). The path can be very slick as well, as the moisture in the air and slight rainfall creates running paths of water down the mountain. This is why the summit closes during rainfall, as these paths of water quickly turn into waterfalls (as I found out on the way down). I continued up with path straddling the rope, just in case I was to lose my footing. It is amazing to me that supposedly 20,000 - 40,000 people climb this mountain every year and there are relatively no fatalities. I asked the guide about this and he mentioned that accidents were fairly common, most resulting in broken bones after falling a portion down the mountain. He mentioned that he's had to help carry down people in a stretcher before (not sure how much truth there was to this, but I believe him). Eventually we made it up to Lowe's Peak, the highest of the peaks on the mountain around 5:30 am. We waited for the sun to rise on the peak, which was around 40 degrees fahrenheit. I rented an extra jacket at the lodge for 10 ringgit and it was definitely worth it as the win was brutal. As the sun rose over the mountains, the incredible views we were expecting were somewhat obstructed by the cloud cover. Nonetheless the panoramic view from the top of the mountain was still amazing. It was peaceful being on top of the mountain and above the clouds looking at the villages down below. After the sunrise, it was time to venture down to the Via Ferrata starting point.


The start of the Via Ferrata was a few hundred yards from the summit and was currently still classified as the highest in the world. We met our Mountain Torq trainer and soon we were off down the side of the mountain around 7:30 am. Almost immediately we were rappelling down a vertical cliff face using the wire strung along the mountain. This was not something I was expecting but was awesome, as I have never done anything like it before. We were going down the mountain in groups of four including the trainer and soon passed a slower group in front of us. Here the course turned into essentially steps of rebar in the side of the mountain, allowing an easy path down. We continued on around a horizontal section, relying on cracks, some pegs, and somethings nothing for footing. The key was to lean backwards while holding onto the wire for some balance. You soon develop into a pattern of switching your safety rope over the anchor point and transferring your carabiners around, ensuring at least one is latched to the wire at all times. A good set of gloves is essential as your are holding onto this wire for a good portion of the course.


After the first section we came to a suspension bridge. This was one of the coolest sections of the course, as you cross over and are looking at the ravine below you. It also provides a good opportunity for some photos :) We continued around and came to another bridge. This one only contained a wire strung across another ravine with the safety cable on top. You must cross walking on the wire with the cable behind your head. It sounds harder than it actually is. After crossing the bridges we came to another horizontal path along the cliff face, which proved not too difficult. At the end of the section we disconnected from the cable and came to the end of Section 2. At this point, we did some jungle trekking through the mountain for around 15 - 20 minutes until we came to the final section of the Via Ferrata. Here we came to another horizontal path along with some vertical descents on the course, soon reaching the end point at around 10:45. Altogether I thought the course was awesome and definitely worth it. It provides a unique opportunity to see some views from the mountain you otherwise would not get to experience. As far as difficulty, I do not think it was difficult at all once you get used to the pattern of transferring your harness over the anchor points. I'm no rock climber (or mountain climber) but the Via Ferrata provides a unique opportunity to traverse the mountain that experienced climbers otherwise would not have the chance to experience.


After conclusion of the course, it was back to the lodge for an "american breakfast" which was some toast, mashed potatoes, beans, and hot dogs. We ended up at the lodge around 11:00, and after eating, I met up with my guide and we began our descent around 12:00. We made it about 0.5 km before it began raining heavily. On the way up we encountered sporadic showers, so I assumed this would be the case as well and it would stop in a minute or two. But as we kept descending, the rain never relented. It rained during the entire descent down the mountain, which took about 3 hours in the conditions. The trail turned into a mini-waterfall of rainwater. We sloshed through the trail for all 6 km. I had a pair of gore-tex hiking boots, but that was useless in these conditions as my feet were drenched. It definitely helps to have a waterproof outer shell and some quick wicking pants. I'm just glad this happened on the way down and not the way up. There were several hikers we passed heading up the mountain. (This is why it is difficult to attempt single day ascents because late morning and afternoon rain is very common) Once we finally got to the trailhead we took the Amazing Borneo shuttle van to park headquarters where I had breakfast at the restaurant. I then picked up my certificates for climbing Kinabalu and completing the Via Ferrata which was pretty cool. It was then back in the van for the 2 hour drive to Kota Kinabalu. Altogether this was a great trip and I would definitely do it again.

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Tioman, Malaysia

Getting our scuba diving certification

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So we decided to both become certified scuba divers since we are living in Asia and are in close proximity to some great dive sites. The certification consisted of some pool sessions followed by some open water diving in Malaysia. We booked through Orpheus Dive in Singapore and our instructor Lester did a really great job. Once we wrapped up our pool sessions early in the week, we left for Tioman, Malaysia on Friday evening. We left in a passenger van with our chaperone Jonathan, the driver, and two other guys getting their certification as well, William and Kenneth. This was the first time we had actually driven out of Singapore and the border crossing into Malaysia was absolutely jammed. There was a ridiculous line of motor bikes like I had never seen, but apparently this happens on a regular basis. Once we made it through the checkpoint we continued on to Mersing. The ferry was delayed until the morning so we stayed at the Mersing Inn on Friday night. This was about as basic as a hotel room as you can get, and definitely not the resort we were expecting that was supposedly included in the trip. After we checked in at around 11:30pm, we headed across the street to a "restaurant" which was an open air food stall with some seating. Everything on the menu was in Malay, but lucking William was kind enough to help us order and the food was actually really good and really cheap. We headed back to the hotel for some rest prior to an early wake up to catch the ferry, placing t-shirts over the pillows and not using the blankets because we were pretty sure they had not been washed.


We made it to the Mersing Jetty to find a ridiculous line of people waiting to board. The ferry makes around 5 stops on the island so we were told it fills up fast and if you don't make it you're stuck waiting for the next one a few hours later. Lucky our chaperone Jonathan had done this before and he quickly took us around the side to the very front of the and we were the first ones to board. I felt a little bad about jumping line, but its not like people haven't done it to me before. We arrived at our stop in Tioman around 10:30am and had a quick lunch. After that it was time to dive. We did our shore dives at the house reef followed by an open water dive later that evening. The dive instructors were great, especially Thomas who was very patient with a nervous Theresa. Once we wrapped up, we showered and headed down to the "bar" across from the dive house. this was more like a small wooden building that sold cold beer, which was good enough for me. Jonathan had arranged dinner for us at a restaurant a few hundred meters down the island. Most restaurants were closed as today was the start of Ramadan. We all met up and had a nice dinner of bbq seafood and chicken, which was surprisingly good. Afterwords we stopped by another "bar" on the way back to the hotel for a night cap.


Waking up Sunday morning, it was time for one last dive after breakfast prior to heading back to Singapore. We wrapped our dive and then boarded the ferry to head back to Mersing. Again there was a ton of people on the pier waiting for the ferry. And again, Jonathan took us to the docking location on the north side of the pier in anticipation of the ferry docking there. Sure enough, the ferry showed up and docked in that spot and we were the first ones on again, which was great because the ferry was nearly full and there was limited seating. Not everyone made it aboard and a second boat had to be called to pick up the remaining passengers. We arriving in Mersing and stopped of at KFC for a late lunch, which surprisingly was not that different from the states. Driving back was an adventure. I remember the driving being somewhat precarious on the way through Malaysia, but it was night time so it wasn't too bad. On the way back however was a different story. There is constant passing on a two lane street and people just speed in the opposite lane until oncoming traffic comes, then merge over. This goes on for nearly the entire way with some motor bikes thrown into the mix. Several times there was not enough room to merge back over and the cars were three-wide on the street. I'm not sure what would happen if there were no shoulders to drive on. Tailgating seems to be standard with no speed limit signs or traffic enforcement to be found. Regardless, I will likely not be driving in Malaysia for a while. We finally made it back to Singapore which was nice, this time as certified scuba divers.


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The Arab Quarter


We decided to head down to the Arab Quarter last weekend, mainly in search of a rug for the living room. The was the second time we went to the area, after unsuccessfully finding what we were looking for the first time. We started off on Arab street, which is lined with carpet and textile shops. We first decided to stop off for lunch at Cafe Le Caire. We had read some reviews and heard it was pretty good. Once we arrived it was somewhat difficult to figure out where to go to actually eat, as it appeared to be somewhat split between multiple blocks along the street. Theresa finally asked one of the cashiers who instructed a waiter to actually seat us. We ordered the hummus to start off while Theresa ordered the Shish Kebab while I ordered the Meshawi. Our hummus arrived and then we waited around 30 minutes for Theresa's Kebabs to arrive, which were overcooked and not very tasty. About 10 - 15 minutes later, my Meshawi finally arrived. The Meshawi was generally pretty good, somewhere above average. However, I would have preferred it average if it would of meant I didn't have to wait 45 minutes for it. Once we finished up, it was another adventure trying to flag a waiter to actually pay our bill. As we now know, dining out is a minimum 1 hr. experience.


After lunch, it was off to look for rugs. We had been through this area before, so we knew nearly all of the carpet shops are owned and operated by the same family. We stopped off in one of the shops, and sure enough he took us to around 5 different shops down the street looking for rugs, who he claims were all owned by his "brothers." We went back and forth but just couldn't settle on a rug we like. We liked the handwoven craftsmanship of the Persian rugs, however the design was just too traditional compared to what we were looking for. Also, the Persian rugs have a special appeal since these are very hard to come by in the United States since the embargo on Iran. After a few hours of looking around, we decided to give up and move on empty handed. Although I would highly recommend this area if somebody is in the market for a nice handwoven rug from Iran, Afghanistan, or Turkey. The prices are generally reasonable compared to other areas of town as well.


Once we left Arab street, we strolled around the area, observing the Sultan Mosque along with some other shops in the area. We stopped off for a cup of coffee at Sultan Cafeteria on Bussorah Street. This is a really neat street that comes alive in the evenings, especial on a Saturday night with many restaurants and coffee shops in the area. After coffee we made our way down the street and stumbled upon an amazing art gallery called Khim's Collection. The place was truly amazing if you're into unique, contemporary, one of a kind artworks. All of the pieces are designed by local artists in Singapore and are completely unique. The gentleman working the store was beyond nice and accommodating, explaining what each piece represented and the history behind the design. Each piece was handcrafted and the attendant challenged us to find an identical piece. We could have spent all day and a lot of money in this shop, as this is the type of artwork we both very much enjoy. In the end we settled on a ceramic piece of artwork representing harmony that now sits nicely in our living room. I would definitely recommend this shop to anyone visiting Singapore for some unique pieces. It was nice to not leave empty handed after all.


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Dempsey Hill

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We made our way over to Dempsey Hill, primarily in search of some furniture for the condo. We heard it might be a good place to check. We strolled around the various blocks of the area, but it was mainly antique stores few a few carpet/rug shops. The antique shops had a lot of interesting pieces, however we couldn't justify spending $1,500 for a "19th century" sculpture or $2,000 for a folding screen that looked like it was found in a pile of rubble from WWII at this former Army Barracks. We made our way to a few other shops, but it was primarily very high end retail, which is something we were just not in the market for. In general the place was very tranquil, even for a weekend destination in Singapore after 2pm (which is rare). After we strolled around for a while, we stopped in a little pizza shop to grab a quick bite to eat. We grabbed a seat and were given a menu, we waiting 15 minutes and still no waiter to take or order. Sometimes we are still confused on whether we have to go to the counter or are waited upon, but after seeing another group served by a waiter we decided to just to leave the place. We've come to realize that service in Singapore is generally bad (maybe it has to do with the included service charge and no tipping?), but this place was one of the worst so far. So after we left, we headed across the street to Jumbo seafood hoping to grab a late lunch. Unfortunately for us they didn't open until 5pm. This was our sign to leave, and we left empty handed and with an empty stomach. Overall Dempsey Hill wasn't a bad place to take a stroll or grab a nice dinner, as there are plenty of restaurants. The shopping was just not for us though.
Dempsey Hill Fountain

Dempsey Hill Fountain

Dempsey Hill

Dempsey Hill

Dempsey Hill

Dempsey Hill

Dempsey Hill Fountain

Dempsey Hill Fountain

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