I'm back from Singapore and sad that somehow 45 days went way too fast. As per normal let me start my blog by saying sorry for the lack of updates as per normal. But it is amazing that when your doing nothing, no one is around but the second you start to read or write, a person will pop right up. But that's what I travel for, the people. I can read or write uninterrupted 24/7 at home, so sure you all understand. Besides aside from Ronny or Maria, no one reads this thing anyway. Even then, I think they just tell me they do.
So on past trips some of the staff from the hotel have invited me to outside events. In general I don't often go, because I think they won't have as much fun if a guest is there. Maybe they will be afraid to be to open. But this trip I decided to accept their kind offer.
Some of the key members of the Pacific Club team are leaving or have left. This group sees to your every need should you be lucky enough to be staying on the three floors they cover at the Pan Pacific Singapore. Their job role is referred to as butlers, but they do so much more.
So I couldn't turn down a chance to join them. The plan was to go to the Fish Spa and then to the Singapore Flyer. I then set-up a special dinner treat for them to say thanks for all their kind service and friendship.
Since all the staff can't take off for the night, some of the crew had to stay behind. As it turned out the guys got stuck, leaving me with all the ladies. Wow, so sad about that :) Of course it should be noted that all the ladies are quite taken but eat your heart out anyway.
As mentioned the first part of the day was to go do the Fish Spa. If you haven't heard about this new trend, you will as it's become a hit everywhere. The concept of a Fish Spa is where you have a pool of fish nibble off your dead skin. Hmmm..that doesn't sound too nice stated that way. Sure the marketing people have a better way of saying it, but the bottom line is a fish nibbles on you.
So as you can see from the above pictures, I'm sharing this experience with some of the beautiful ladies. Not all wanted to join in as the charm of the fish has their limits or maybe it's my charm that's lacking. So when you first put your feet in after cleaning them of course, there is an initial shock. The first bites make you jump. Not because they hurt, but more because they tickle. In the third picture you will see little Connie, who had the most funny reactions. First she was all but screaming, then shaking, then into some sort of trauma coma, and finally boredom. Given her tiny nature I did keep a careful eye on her, I was worried that after the fish got done with her, there would be nothing left.
I found it to be fun thing you do with friends, but I don't think it really does as advertised. My skin didn't feel any smoother. Maybe I'm just not tasty to the fish. So this could be a clue to why my dating life sucks. I don't think people who do manicures should be worrying about lost business or how to raise fish themselves. If you do try it, go for the big fish. The small fish are a waste. As any honest person will tell you, size does matter. Even though I will warn you that when the fish are too big, it just gets creepy. There was this one big fish that clearly had heard about my love of sushi and seemed to just be attacking for vengeance.
Next up is the Singapore Flyer. Currently the largest observation wheel in the world. For more info check out http://www.singaporeflyer.com/ During my last visit to Singapore they were doing final testing, but it had not yet opened. I was a bit non-plused about going on the wheel, but sharing it with a group of beautiful woman, yes please. Remember I stay on the 33rd floor, so I almost see the same view every day. But overall, I must say I did enjoy it a lot. We were lucky to have our own capsule, actually it was due to the do what I say skills of Tashida, one of the lovely ladies.
One of the cool things you can see riding the Singapore Flyer is the work being done on the future casino site. This work is done 24/7 as shown in the first picture and as my lack of sleep can tell you. Lucky most of the pile-driving is now done. What's amazing is how fast they are moving now. For a while it just seemed like a lot of cranes and some holes. But now each week adds more super-structure. By the time I return in December I'm sure I will be shocked by the progress. The second image above shows a model of the finished casino, which you can only see by riding the Singapore Flyer. The casino has an entire Central Park like garden on it's roof Can't wait to see the real thing. One thing my years of visits to Singapore has taught me, is that they are in the business of exceeding expectations. Just their airport is better than Disneyland!
The final part of my fun outing with the ladies was a dinner at my friends new restaurant, Julien Bompard at Ascott Raffles Place. Chef Julien had just soft-opened his second restaurant so it was the perfect place to have a dinner with such special company. I was extremely honored to have written the foreword for the Chef's cookbook and he is a very special close friend. If I only had more talent and a time machine to make me younger I would study under him but odds are he would fire me in a matter of hours.
So now with all the ladies present, we sat down to a series of treats from the Chef. For him, this was a great chance to show off to the ladies what his new place was all about. Part of the many roles the ladies and gentleman of the Pacific Floor do is to recommend and book dining reservations. Julien's original place is high-end classic french, with killer views, one of the best wine cellars in Singapore, and super-sexy private rooms that if you don't at least get a goodnight kiss for if not more, then clearly nothing will help you. His new place is less formal but still sexy and cool. I love his chef's counter, a french version of the sushi-counter concept, where he cooks tapas for you in front of your eyes on state of the art induction cooking surfaces while you look into the open kitchen behind where your mains and dessert are being done under the very able leadership of Chef-de-cuisine Jason. In the second picture Chef Julien is on the left and Chef Jason in the middle.
To give you some idea of the food I have included some pictures. Sorry they can't all be shots of the ladies, but fear not, one more yet to come. So the first picture isn't very clear but I had to include it. The Chef was coming out and informing the ladies about each course being served. Chef Julien has a very charming but thick French accent. So when he told the ladies he was serving a signature dish, a trilogy of duck, I was sure they would love it. After a couple of minutes of noting that none of the girls had touched their plate and Connie looked like she was going to cry, I found out they had misheard the Chef and thought they were being served a trilogy of DOG! After clearing up this misunderstanding the dish was then enjoyed by all. The second picture shows some of the chef's signature tapas and the third picture shows one of the new Spanish inspired dishes for his new place, a seafood paella. The food, wine, and service was fantastic as usual.
So sadly all good things come to an end. WTF! Damn laws of the universe. Unfortunately the evening came to a close and you can enjoy the final shots of me and my lovely co-dinners. Notice my cherry or tomato like face. The ladies figured out how to make me blush on command. One of them was very good at it, I leave it to you to figure out who made me blush so much on this shot. All I can say, each of the ladies partners are truly lucky. They are as funny, smart, and interesting as they are beautiful. I'm truly honored to be their hotel friend and will treasure the chance I got to share some personal time with them. Sadly some will be moving on to their next challenges, and with time maybe more will depart. But I hope in today's globally connected world to stay in touch with all.
I'm also so proud of the Chef's latest venture. I have no doubt, that like his prior restaurant, he will do extremely well. If you find yourself in Singapore make sure you dine here or at Le Saint Julien. Feel free to drop my name, but somehow I think a photo of the ladies will get your better favors with the kitchen staff as they were all smitten with them.
Sadly, this trip has come to an end. I do have a shorter visit coming up in December, which will be my only other trip this year, I know pull out your tiny violin. Until then expect the blog to not be very interesting, as I live on the set of Desperate Housewives without the murders or sexual tension. So mainly will be talking about what I last cooked or my workout plans. Wow, were is my Pulitzer. But I may do some video so you can all see the white-hot boredom of a town I live in and try and make this blog a bit more interesting without the excitement of travel.
So hope you have enjoyed the wrap up of my last trip. For me, I will be fighting the urge to drive to the airport right now and get the hell out of here. Instead I will watch the closing ceremony of the Olympics to help fight off my never-ending wanderlust. Until next time, may you all enjoy getting nibbled, spun, & fed as much as I did.