Have not been to Singapore for quite a while, so we decided to say goodbye to 2008 by checking out the Christmas lights and to welcome the New Year with fireworks in Singapore. Decided to take a flight instead of driving, after all we have not been to Changi airport since its new terminals were open ! We have a friend who is working in Singapore and she has always asked us to go there so that she could bring us around for good food. It just so happens that one of our friends from KL was going to Singapore too! We decided to meet up once there !
I wanted to make sure that I got to see the famed Christmas decoration at Orchard Road and also the fireworks at the Marina. After thinking through for a very long time, we decided that we'd book a room at the Marina Mandarin so taht we could be nearer the fireworks.
We arrived Singapore at about 11.30am and proceeded to the hotel. The rooms were not available for checking in yet so they brought us to the Executive Club lounge while we waited. We were pretty hungry and luckily there was some food/snacks at the lounge. Here's what we had for brunch.
Our friend in Singapore had wanted to bring us to this steakhouse for quite a while and since we were in Singapore for the New Year, she made sure we wouldn't give this place a miss ! Luckily she made reservations for dinner as it was New Years' Eve (31 December 2008). Found out later that there were two sessions for dinner that night, one at 5.30pm and the next at 8.30pm. Its kind of like the reunion dinner hours at the restaurants back in KL !
Anyway, we met up before 5.30 and headed over to the restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. When we arrived at the restaurant, there were about 2 tables seated already. We went to our tables and were seated and then our 'server' for the day came and 'presented' us with the types of steaks, lobsters, fish and vegetables that we could have and also made some recommendations. He was really good and we found out later that he was from Ampang, Kuala Lumpur !! Well, we made our orders and then were served their 'house' bread.