A Night in Photos

July 10, 2008 / Culture, Daily Life / 15 Comments

Two months ago, I posted an entry chronicling a day spent in Toronto with my boyfriend. See A Day in Photos. This time, I will chronicle a night spent in Singapore with my best friend, ID.

6.15PM: From Ritzy Restaurant to High-Class Hawker

Makan Sutra at Dusk

ID and I met up yesterday to conceptualize a new layout for our new joint blog/vlog/podcast at ToiletRev.com. We spent many hours scrummaging around the corners of the ‘Net to look for a ritzy restaurant, and finally decided on Makan Sutra at the Esplanade. Turns out that the ritzy restaurant is actually just a high-class hawker in the middle of the city.

Hungry bloggers aren’t choosers, so we stayed and had our fill. As you can see, the hawker had quite an ambiance, completed with earthy umbrellas, fans, seaview and rocky tables. The added ambiance and the prime location also meant that we had to pay premium for otherwise average-tasting, affordable local food.

6.30PM: Dinner at a High-Class Hawker

Roti John at Makan Sutra Iced Teh Tarik and Nasi Goreng

I had Roti John (left), which is fried bread with beef and onions stuffing. ID had Nasi Goreng (right), which is Malay for fried rice. Talk about healthy

11.20PM: Midnight Walk in a Tropical City

Raffles Hotel Courtyard Raffles Hotel Stairs

Just in case you were wondering what we did from 6.30 to 11PM, we walked around Raffles City to check out some clothes and stationery. We then worked on the layout at Starbucks until its closing time at 11PM. We then proceeded to McDonald’s, where it was 24 hours. To venture our way there, we had to walk past the luxurious Raffles Hotel, which is one my favorite spots in Singapore. I’m in love colonial architecture; there’s just a certain romantic atmosphere about it.

12 – 3AM: Toilet Humor and Bathroom Design

Spoof of Nanyate.Com

We spent the first 3 hours at Starbucks throwing out random ideas, and spent the last 3 hours at McDonald’s finalizing a sketch of ToiletRev.com‘s first layout. Collaborating on a layout design was far harder than I expected, because ID and I have such different and distinct styles. Of course, ID will be illustrating, and I will coding. We will meet next week to work on the it.

Of course, for such a fun project, all sketches, all ideas, all jokes pertaining to ToiletRev.com will not be released until the site is formally opened to the public. So here’s a spoof of Nanyate?! instead by yours truly.

From the quality of the doodle, I am sure you are all now convinced that I failed art in school. I clearly can’t write, can’t draw, can’t color – by hand.

To see the rest of the pictures, visit my Flickr account.


  • http://reenashwina.blogspot.com Reena

    The Roti John looks delicious….YuMmY!!!!

  • http://pocketcultures.com/topicsoftheworld/ Liz

    Nice to see what Singapore looks like… I’ve never been.

    Also, I don’t know what I expected Singaporean food to look like, but the Roti John was not it! It looks suspiciously like a steak sandwich.

  • http://naddie.com/ Nadine

    can’t wait for toiletrev to open!
    and wasn’t the food at makansutra there
    pretty pricey for hawker food? 😡

    anyway, the maccas you and id went,
    was it located at odeon towers? you
    could go up to loof, the rooftop bar
    and say hi one day. or something ^^

  • http://twentyfourcarat.net Katy

    HURRY UP! I can’t wait to see it! =)

  • http://aigoo-chamna.net Tara

    Sounds like a fun night! I love the city life of any metropolitan city. So much to do and so much to see. :3

  • http://expirydate.org Dyana

    Hi thanks a whole lot for the comment! :) Yup, I’m using 1024×768 but I made the layout smaller on purpose because I wanted it to look compatible in both 1024×768 and 800×600 screen resolutions. I didn’t want my layouts to look blown up in on their screens, lol. I’m really sorry if it looks too small for you, though! Anyway, I love the Mee Bandung and Nasi Lemak at Makansutra! lol.

  • http://www.silent-white.com/ Cat

    Ooh, I like that you document things with pictures. That all sounds like a fun night! I’ve never collaborated with anyone on a layout. I didn’t realize either how much time that can take. I look forward to seeing how it turns out though =)

  • http://www.teddy-o-ted.com teddY

    I’ve been to Makan Sutra before :) it was my high school class gathering before the Lunar New Year two years back. I remembered we had so much fun ordering different food and then trading our dishes every few minutes. Not to forget having a nice walk at the waterfront walk outside the Esplanade.

    I think I know which McDonalds you went to! The one withing walking distance of Raffles Hotel I assume? I’ve been there many times for the past two years because I usually visit the Popular bookstore there, and I also did my A Levels revision there. The other McDonalds I frequently haunt is the one at King Arthur’s Park and the other at Serene Center 😀 I seem to have an affinity of McDonalds in my college years!

    I’ve never really ventured into Raffles Hotel for the fear of the workers chasing me out since I’m not a hotel guest… thanks for sharing the photos!

    p/s: I laughed at the spoof of your layout… it’s so cute!

  • http://michaelpark.net Michael

    You’re a night owl, eh? :)

  • http://momo4ever.com Michelle

    like what michael said, you’re a midnight owl!!! usually by 10,30pm, i’m in bed with a book :)

  • http://tiffsbloggy.com/ tiff

    it looks like you had an adventure, and well, i do love a good adventure every now and then.

    wonderful photos, keep them comin’.

  • http://jcdrkawaii.blogspot.com/ kirin

    Good to hear you’re planning something new, again!

  • mosquito ringtone

    hey nice to hear you are planning something great this time.

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  • http://simply-precious.net Simply Precious

    Hehe about how Id will be illustrating and you will be coding. I’m not that great of an illustrator, so I’d been a coder too. Hehe.