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King Kong 2: Singapore Surf
An unscrupulous organization has captured a huge ass gorilla (rumored to be a descendent of King Kong / by product of the exposure to excessive levels of radiation) from the wild jungles of an unnamed island.
Despite massive public outcry, King Kong (Not So) Junior is being shipped to Singapore to serve as its latest tourist attraction. Eyes brimming with sorrow, KKJ was resigned to his fate until he caught sight of the Merlion.
It was love at first sight. Determined to fight for his one true love, KKJ broke free of his chains and uprooted the Merlion to the horror of the awestruck bystanders.
By now, a legion of army personnel, helicopters and tanks have gathered and surrounded KKJ. Trapped, KKJ ascended Marina Bay Sands with the Merlion in tow while banging his chest and making lots of loud grunting noises.
In a moment of genius, KKJ ripped off the top of the MBS structure and used it as a surfboard to escape to a nearby island. He and the Merlion lived there happily ever after.
So yea, just drop the check in my mailbox once the movie option is taken up. And a mention in the credits would be nice.
Famed for its stained glass windows, the queue into Sainte-Chapelle was surprisingly unassuming. Sharing an entrance with the Palais de Justice, we had to go through a stringent security check before getting anywhere near the chapel.
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Once in, I was pretty much left speechless by these awe inspiring glass panels.
The alarm went off. Eyes opened. First thing out of bed was to ruffle the curtain drapes and peer out the window.
Nevertheless, we decided to push on with our plan to visit the neighboring islands Torcello and Burano. Who knows, maybe by the time we reached, the weather would have improved.
After an hour of traveling which involved transferring from one vaporetta to another, we finally reached the shores of Torcello. At this time, the rain was falling even more heavily. And the winds. The piercing winds!!
Compounding the depressing weather was the virtually empty streets as local vendors were all holed up at home while tourists that were as hardcore/foolish as us were far and few.
Continuing from where I left off in Part 1 of Bali Brouhaha, we were headed to Ubud for its famous Babi Guling! Although, our driver informed us that we could easily find better tasting Babi Guling from just about anywhere in Seminyak rather than this joint which mainly caters to tourists. But heck, we’re here so let’s just dig in.
And nope, I’m sorry to say that the only pic I have of the dish is this one from my phone.
It tasted kind of funky. Probably because of the overpowering smell of the pork. I used to scratch my head at friends who refused to eat pork because of its smell. Now I know what they mean.
After lunch, we took our time checking out the area which we so hastily left the day before.
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Inside the premises of a temple in Central Ubud.
It has been a lifelong dream of mine to use the word ‘brouhaha’ in some form of writing. You would think it’s an easy task but I don’t see how it’s possible to squeeze in that whimsical looking word into work documents and emails without getting dirty looks from my colleagues.
Anyway, I have had the opportunity to visit Bali on a short holiday recently and I was pretty psyched to go due to the rave reviews I’ve heard. Unfortunately, the first day was pretty much a write-off in terms of itinerary accomplishment and photos. We did minimal planning thinking that Bali or at least Seminyak (the area our villa was located) is a commercialized area that is easily accessible. Wrongggg. But our biggest mistake was thinking that the cab will be a cheaper option to get around compared to hiring a personal vehicle. Wrong againnnnn.
We took a cab to Ubud to check out the Babi Guling (suckling pig) and traditional dance performances. The driver must have been on the brink of death trying to contain his laughter at striking tourist gold. Although to be fair, he did informed us that the trip would take an hour or so. Upon reaching our destination, we found out that the famous Babi Guling restaurant was already closed for the day.
In addition, our driver informed us that it will be quite hard to hail a cab to take us back to Seminyak and offered to wait for us while we go about doing our touristy stuffs. We readily agree, then realised he might have keep his meter running, so we had better have a quick dinner and make our way back. Therefore, no dance performances whatsoever and minimal sightseeing was accomplished. And I screwed up the film while loading it in my camera.
Deflated and dejected, we decided to just take the easy way out and hire a driver from our villa to take us out on a day tour the next day. It’s an infinitely better deal than hiring a cab considering it’s cheaper and we could have the car for up to 8 hours.
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The 1st stop of our day tour, a plantation selling Balinese produce such as fruits, chocolate, tea and coffee. When it comes to coffee, Indonesia is famed for producing the most expensive in the world: Kopi Luwak. It is produced from coffee beans consumed and subsequently defecated by civets and cost between US$100 and $600 per pound.
That’s some expensive shit.