As mentioned before, I decided to celebrate my birthday in foreign this year, but I actually didn’t have any further plans. Also my bestie told me not to plan anything for my birthday, so I did so and I didn’t have any expectations. My only request was to visit the temple on that day, because I always do so, and Tamil New Year usually falls on my birthday too.
There are 2 very famous temples in Singapore – one is Sri Veeramakali Amman Temple in Little India, which I’ve visited in 1998. Another one is Sri Thendayuthapani Temple, located nearby Fort Canning Park and Clarke Quay, which was the one we went to this time. I have created a special love for Lord Murugan, so I felt I HAD to go to this temple, dedicated to Murugan 😉
So yeah, we took the MRT to Fort Canning and walked to the temple. It was so hot, I Tel you. Like all other “hindu” temples in Singapore, Sri Thendayuthapani is also built by tamils, and it is named after the Lord you find in Palani/Pazhani in Tamil Nadu.
Sri Thendayuthapani Temple is very beautiful. Just like the ones you find in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka, but as colourful as those in Sri Lanka. Have a look 😉
And so we did the Tamil New Year and my birthday prayers with archanai. Felt so happy and blessed 🥰
Right after the temple visit we took a Grab to Marina Bay Sands. My bestie told me that we had to spend the rest of the day here, and I was like “really??”.
We first went for our lunch here, at Punjab Grill. They served us the BESTEST North Indian veg lunch so far. OMG, it was so tasty that I wanted to visit it again. We got this very delicious fluffy starter. Don’t know the name, but it was super potato-fluffy-ish with tamarind chutney. So good. Something the restaurant served for free, along with pappadums and chutneys.
We ordered this drink – Shikanjvi, a Punjabi lemonade. I really loved it 😊
Our starters were a Veg Platter of kebabs. Soooo yummy. Paneer Tikka Multani, Dahi ke Kebab, Tandoori Broccoli and Lahore Shammi Kebab. I liked them all, but the Dahi ke Kebab and Paneer Tikka Multani were the best 🙂
My main was a selection of bread with Paneer Tikka Lababdar (the curry on the right). This is one of the restaurant’s specialities, and as I haven’t heard of this version of paneer curry, I therefore tried it. OH. MY. GOD. One of the best curries ever! Sooooo mouthwatering. Even really good with any kind of bread; I got both paratha, garlic naan and plain rotti. So yummy! I’ll try this combination again next time I go to Singapore 🙂
My bestie and the restaurant staff surprised me with a cake. I was so touched :’D
After our very delicious lunch we went to the SkyPark Observationdeck, this was also a gift from my bestie. I looooved the view 🤩 [But At the Top at Burj Khalifa IS the best 😅].
Herefter we went to check out the Shoppes at MBS, before visiting the ArtScience Museum. Lovely, but a huge place. The Shoppes at MBS hosts a wide range of luxury brands from all over The World, and is definitely worth a visit. OF COURSE IT IS 😀 😀
I bought some souvenirs here. Tea from TWG, chocolate from Venchi 😄 And we got a cafe date at TWG Tea Garden. Such a pleasant experience. Every item on their menucard has a variety of tea as an ingredient. My bestie got some ice cream (one with chocolate earl grey and another scoop of sakura tea), while I got a lovely Dulcet Rose mocktail, which is a blend of lychee juice with Bain de Roses tea.
And then we went to the ArtScience Museum, which I’ll write about in the next post 😉