Thursday, November 13, 2008

Singapore !

Had been to Singapore on business trip. Its wonderful city with very strict rules & discipline. One can't imagine to pay $500 for eating food in MRT station or in MRT. Specially its indigestible for Indian staying in populated city like Mumbai. Same goes for me.

Fortunately, I like the food. Being non-veggie, it went easy for me. Thanks to Singaporean team to guide in choosing right food. Curry chicken was my most favorite one, it was made in small food place with pure Singaporean herbs & masala.

Being Indian I visited little India & Mustafa market. Its huge market with most of India stuff available. Its all cool to have every India thing in Singapore. In fact, many traffic rules are followed in Little India area. Its more like poss area of Mumbai, rather Chennai; as more south India population. I was surprised to know, they even teach Malyalum or Tamil as one of primary language in school.

As most beautiful place of Singapore, I visited Fultron hotel, Marylion statue & River side hotel (Banque Queue). Loved walking on road rather than traveling by bus or taxi. Thanks to Rishit, my friend who helped to get proper food on weekends.

I also met my CDAC buddy, Ajay. Dude was non-veggi before shifting to S'pore. Unfortunately, he ate burger in MacD which was cheesed with pig cheese (which never eaten in India or any Hindu guy will never like to have it). Now he is pure vegie in S'pore. He is doing very well with one of the mobile app developer company.

Most memorable thing was roaming testing done with Starhub team. We actually went for outing on east coast. It was great fun. Testing was a nominal thing. Team had planned for lunch in coastal area Indian Hotel. I was accompanied by Sabrina (The lady boss), Rachel (The cute lightweight girl), Fiona (Fairly family lady), Gek Choo (Elderly religious vegetarian lady). All ladies with Chinese origin/look but very caring attitude. We placed the order, I still remember the order :

1. Dal Makhani - Sabrina asked to have bucket full of daal after seeing same on next table
2. Butter chicken- As it was must to have non-veg
3. Naan- 1 Mango, 1 cheese, 2 butter.
4. Veg rice + some spicy sup for Gek Choo.

I went to wash my hands as Indian culture. Ladies were confused, why this guy went away.. when lunch is ready. I started eating with right hand.. cutting piece of naan with fore finger & support of mid finger & thumb.. as typical roti eater does. It was amazing thing for ladies. Sabrina tried cut roti with fingers but couldn't.
And Rachel was cutting her naan with fork & spoon. Some how she managed to finish her stuff but couldn't digest it. As on next day she told she had bad stomach & had to go bathroom many times. Gek Choo had ordered some spicy rice which to too much hot to eat. She keep on drinking water along with sup & rice.

Will look forward to see the place again...
Will always keep friends & their memories in safer side heart. ;)

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