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Day 17 - Rep. of Singapore

The Central Area of the Republic of Singapore is the central business district and hub of economic transactions in Singapore, and is also the home of the Singapore Exchange, Asia-Pacific's first demutualised and integrated securities and derivatives exchange.

This is The Merlion Fountain, The Fountain of Wealth. Well, no animals are allowed in this area. Not only that, you are not allowed to take pictures because it may scare the other animals roaming about. There was some Safari thing going on and live jungle animals were aloowed to roam about. However, Ziggy, being the comedian she is at times, not only got a stranger to take her picture in the fountain, but she made friends with him. His name was Boobob Shafari.

Boobob took us to see a big fish in an aquarium, and while we were there, he mentioned to Ziggy that there were dolphins there too. He said he knew the trainers there and told Ziggy that maybe he could talk his friend into letting Ziggy ride one. Sheesh! First an elephant, now a dolphin. But the dolphin got the last laugh when it showed Ziggy who was boss and dumped her off real quick.

We said our goodbyes to Boobob and Boobob cried like a dog. It's a good thing we didn't spend too much time with him. He would have wanted to go with us the rest of the trip.

We had dinner at this really neat outdoor restaurant. As you can see, it looks like everyone is at one very long table. Look real close and you can see Ziggy in there.

We both ordered the main dish there and it was Curry Noodles with Pork. After dinner, because we enjoyed it so much, I had to get the recipe. We asked the waiter if he would ask the chef to come over and he did. I asked him if he would share the recipe with me and he said no and walked away. I couldn't believe my ears. But, thats the way it goes.

But wait. A man walked up to the table and said he was a dishwasher at the restuarant who was just fired and said I could have the recipe for 5 bucks American. I'll tell you, there was something too familiar about this fellow. Then it came to me.

I said to him, "I know you! We ran into you in Athens, Greece. You were the ex-dishwasher who sold us the recipe for Mussels with Tomato and Garlic. You dog you!"

He said, "You want it Mr. Big American man? You pay me 5 bucks. I give to you."

What choice did I have? Here it is.

Curry Noodles with Pork

Serves 4

4.5 ounces Dried rice stick noodles
1 medium Onion
2 tablespoons Cooking oil
2 teaspoons Mild curry powder
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Frozen peas
1/4 cup Coconut milk or vegetable stock
2 teaspoons Soy sauce
1/2 pound Chinese barbecued pork or roast pork thinly sliced

Place the rice noodles in a bowl, cover with hot water and leave to soak for about 20 minutes.

Drain well in a colander. Cut the onion into eighths and separate the layers.

Heat the oil in a wok and add the onion and cook over high heat for 1 minute.

Add the curry powder, salt and noodles and toss to coat.

Add the peas, coconut milk and soy sauce, tossing a few times to combine.

Cover the wok tightly, reduce heat to very low and cook for about 3 minutes.

Gently stir the sliced pork through and heat for a further minute. Serve wither as a course on its own or as a snack.

Buon appetito!

After dinner, we needed to get out of Singapore to get to our next destination, . But all day, we kept hearing about the Chinese New Year. I have this cat pestering about staying, but I kept saying no way. But I gave in and called to get tickets for a later flight.

It started. The most beautiful display of fireworks I ever saw. However, where was Ziggy? I looked everywhere. I thought I lost her and was just about to find a policeman when someone told me I had a tail sticking out of my backpack.

The fireworks were scaring Ziggy so she had jumped into my backpack. hmmm. All the things she's done on this trip and the fireworks scare her. Oh well.

A Kangaroo and Ziggy? Friends? Are you kidding me? Nope, it's true!

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