Asia vacation 2008: Day 4 Singapore
This was the last full day that Smelly and i were going to be in Singapore. We were to depart for Shanghai early next morning.
One of the things that i planned to do in Singapore was to get the battery in my Tissot T-Touch watch replaced at the Swatch Service Center. The Swatch Service Center is located at the Wheelock Place building. To get to the service center, we went through a Borders bookstore. I noticed a familiar face while we were going through the bookstore. He was none other than George Lam (林子祥), a Hong Kong singer/actor who was quite popular in the 80s. I later found out from my mom that he had a concert in Singapore.
After dropping off my watch, we went to the food court on the upper floor of Wisma Atria shopping mall. I was there for some Roti Prata, one of the last remaining items on my To-Eat list in Singapore. My order came with two pieces of Roti Prata and it cost about $2 SGD (less than $1.50 USD). For an order that is halved of what i had, it would have cost me at least $4 USD in Seattle.
Someone from the Swatch Service Center contacted me on my iPhone and told me they could not replace the battery in my watch because apparently the battery was not an “original” battery. Previously, i had the battery in my T-Touch replaced at the Ben Bridge Jeweler in downtown Seattle. Worse, they found signs of water intrusion in the watch. To fix my watch, i would have to leave it there for about three months! Since my watch appeared to be working fine (it still is), i opted to just leave it alone. I was informed that whenever the case is replaced, a pressure test is always applied to check for waterproofness. It is clear to me that this was not performed properly by the jeweler at Ben Bridge.
In the mid afternoon, three close friends from my college days in Kansas came to Singapore from KL to visit us. It was really good to meet up with them again. The last time we wet were almost a year ago in KL. I felt really glad that they were willing to spend the extra effort to travel all the way to Singapore to visit me.
At tcc (the coffee connoiseur) in Bugis Junction.
After meeting at our hotel, we took a short walk to find a restaurant among the many in Robertson Quay area for dinner. Eventually, we settled on Brasserie Wolf.
Supposedly, the restaurant offered authentic classical French cuisine. I have to say that i have had much better French food elsewhere.