Once we got outside, I noticed a very Disneyland-like island just across the way: Sentosa. There were tug boats, a roller coaster, gondolas going from here to there and back again. A giant cruise ship was parked outside the mall and a small choo choo train was driving back and forth in front of us. I just stared blankly at this craziness for a good while before Vanessa knocked me out of my trance by asking me if I wanted a beer.
We moseyed over to a German restaurant and sat outside. We also ended up ordering the most interesting snack, at Vanessa's request: breaded brie with a cranberry yogurt sauce. The picture does this desert well, as the pieces were way smaller than they look in this image. What I expected to be a very heavy, dessert-type snack was not that at all. It was actually quite light and super flavorful.
After Taylor B., we got into another cab and went to Little India. Finally! It was exactly as I hoped it would be . . . The food was amazing, the colors were stunning, and the people were incredibly friendly.
We stopped in at a carpet shop where Mohammed told us that he and his brother Ebraham (yes, with an E) own most of the carpet stores up and down the street. He told us how each one of the carpets were made and that--of course--he could get me any color combination I wanted. His family was from Iran (pronounced E-ran), where most of his carpet collection also comes from. He was a fascinating man. Once I figure out the colors I want in my apartment, I am going to go back to him and pick up a few things. His prices were very reasonable.
I can't even begin to describe how delightful this area is . . . It's a mix of shops and eateries; and a beautiful mosque is placed right at the end of the street, perfectly framed by palm trees. We stopped at the Derwish restaurant. We got there around 230pm and didn't leave until 6-ish, if that tells you anything. We started with a plate of humus, moved to baba ganoush, then a light salad--all coupled with a giant iced latte. While it wasn't necessarily a lot of food, it was extremely tasty and very filling.
We finished our visit at Derwish with a shisha. This was an adventure that I highly recommend. I felt like I was doing something illegal, but I totally wasn't. I was basically smoking fruit-flavored air. It was super mild. We chose a Kiwi flavor because Vanessa is from New Zealand (she's a Kiwi).
The shisha was our most expensive part of the day: $26. They brought out the pipe, lit it with some hot coals, and gave each of us a nib. My nib was green, Vanessa''s was purple. You switch out the nibs each time you take a drag. We chose our flavor from a long list of possibilities including peach, strawberry, kiwi, grape, etc. While there are plenty of hookah bars in the US, somehow this felt more legit.