Category Archives: Sticker Shock

Singapore Sling

Yummy! The Raffels Hotel is a must-see here in Singapore. The Long Bar is famous for the Singapore Sling, and of course Trent and I just had to have one (or two) of these.


Here’s some information I found on-line:

“The Singapore Sling is a South-East Asian cocktail. This drink was developed sometime before 1915 by Ngiam Tong Boon, a Hainanese bartender working at the Long Bar in Raffles Hotel Singapore. It was initially called the gin sling – a sling was originally an American drink composed of spirit and water, sweetened and flavored.

Most recipes substitute bottled pineapple juice for fresh juice; soda water has to be added for foam. The hotel’s recipe was recreated based on the memories of former bartenders and written notes that they discovered regarding the original recipe. One of the scribbled recipes is still on display at the Raffles Hotel Museum.

Recipes published in articles about Raffles Hotel before the 1970s are significantly different from current recipes, and Singapore Slings drunk elsewhere in Singapore differ from the recipe used at Raffles Hotel.

The current Raffles Hotel recipe is a heavily modified version of the original, most likely changed sometime in the 1970s by Ngiam Tong Boon’s nephew. Today, many of the Singapore Slings served at Raffles Hotel have been pre-mixed and are made using an automatic dispenser that combines alcohol and pineapple juice to pre-set volumes. They are then blended instead of shaken to create a foamy top as well as to save time because of the large number of orders. However, it is still possible to request a shaken version from bartenders.”

Our drinks were shaken, and they were mmm-mmm delicious.


Trent wasn’t too crazy about his sling, he said it was too sweet!


And so I had to force myself to drink his, and mine.



Nothing like slurping up $55 worth of sweetness at the famous Long Bar!!




Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme just came to Singapore this past month, and I Just happened to be in the area the other day, of course, I wanted to eat some Krispy Kreme donuts.

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Apparently everyone in Singapore wants to eat Krispy Kreme donuts. I stood in the queue for about 30 minutes, which was the “express line for original donuts”. I waited and watched everyone ooh and awe over the donuts, the first of it’s kind here in Sing.

My plan was to only buy a dozen, but after the long wait, and the free donut that was passed out to those in the queue, I went all out and got two dozen. My free sample was still warm, and while I ate munched on it, I kept thinking, “I am never waiting this long again for donuts”.

Two dozen donuts for $42.

Wondering if the sticker shock of Singapore will ever wear off?



Rachel thinks we are worth Priority Mail prices

My sister Rachel sent a box to us, all the way from Iowa.  The silly girl used Priority Mail!!   She went shopping and picked out some items for us that would be perfect for our first Halloween abroad.

She filled out the mandatory customs form, and off the box went, straight to Singapore.   Being an honest gal, she listed each and every item that was in the box.

Today, a delivery man showed up at my door, and man was it exciting to open this box!!  This is what was so thoughtfully packaged up for us!!!


Oreos!!  Chocolate!!  Cinnamon Coffeecake Mix!!  Braches orange pumpkin candy,  come cute tea towels, some decorative pumpkins,  and of course, some creepy spiders.

There are two very amazing things about this package.  First,  no food of any kind is allowed to be shipped into the country.  None whatsoever.  But despite my sister listing these items on her form, they passed through inspection!  We were convinced that some agent somewhere was gonna totally pig out on my chocolate and oreos.   But by some miracle, all of our goodies arrived, safe and sound, and the chocolate wasn’t even melted, even though our temperature today was near 90 degrees!!   Second, the cost to ship this box.  Look at this!!


Rachel is so sweet to have sent this to us, because nearly all of these yummy treats are unavailable here.  Oh, we can get oreos, but they are made in Indonesia, come 3 to a pack,  (which is a major problem when Shane & Cale can each easily eat 20 cookies at one time) and they don’t taste like the ones made in the good ole USA.   Nor do they have enough “double stuff” in the middle, as you can see from the picture.

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So thank you very much Rachel!!!   We all love you!!!


P.S.   I’m gonna hide these Halloween oreos from the boys.  By my calculations, each cookie is worth a solid dollar, and we all know that they will devour both of these packages in about 3 minutes flat, if I let them.These cookies will be rationed out, and I will use the “power of the USA oreo” to my advantage.  I’m not sure how, or when, so stay tuned!!!