Munich Day 3 (Part 1)

This was our last day at Munich and there were still some sights to see around the city. After 2 full days of sunshine, the day started off cloudy as we were traversing on Tram #19.

“I hope it doesn’t rain, it will spoil our plans,” I said.

“Yeah. I hope so too.”

Every Sunday, the entrance price to the museums in Munich is only €1

It was a Sunday, and in case you didn’t know, all the museums in Munich are charging €1 for entrance.

“Are you kidding me? Just €1?” the wife exclaimed.

“Yes. Believe it or not band I timed it to perfection. Now all we need to do is to get to them in time to enjoy it.”

We had an ambitious plan all mapped out, we were going to rent some bicycles and try to cycle around Munich, which was well-known for their bike lanes, and you thought it was Amsterdam right?

Disaster struck quite early while we were at Hauptbahnhof trying to get our hands on the bicycles. They were OUT of bicycles. Amazing. A quite glance at the map and a slight alteration to our plans for the day. Luckily there was a backup plan in place.

Our first destination of the day — Schloss Nymphenburg. This was covered by the Bavarian Museum Ticket which we purchased earlier for Neuschwanstein and the Residenz. This Baroque palace was a summer retreat for the Bavarian monarchy back in those days, hence it was built quite some ways from the city center.

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Tram #19

If you remembered a previous article highlighting the #69 bus in Paris while I was there, this is a somewhat similar travel arrangement in Munich, albeit with a different twist. This time around, we are taking the tram — Tram #19 that is.

All you need is the Inner Circle ticket and tram #19

All you need is just the Inner Circle travel card which if I’m not mistaken, lasts for 24 hours from the time of purchase. It is only €5.60 per person. The best place to start is from the Hauptbahnhof station, but as long as you are on the route of tram #19, you could hop on at any time that you please. Just make sure you are heading the direction of St.-Veit-Straße.

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Hong Lim Food Centre

For those who have been spending their day walking around Chinatown, there is one area that you should not miss when it comes to getting good food. Get your bearings straight and make your way to Hong Lim Food Centre, you could ask the locals for directions.

Singapore is probably not that well known for its food, people usually talk about the cleanliness or about the modern city. Trust me, they are wrong. Unfortunately, the best food that Singapore could offer aren’t easily found alongside the typical tourist hotspots, most are located beneath their HDB apartments or at hawker centres dotted around the housing estates.

Hong Lim Food Centre probably houses around 40-60 hawker stalls over 2 floors. So it is a veritable treasure trove of hawker delights if you have the time. But if you don’t, then let me direct you to two of the famous ones.

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A Day In Jack’s Life

I am one-and-a-half years old now. This would meant that I am officially old enough to blog. Since my Dad is away at work, this is the best time for me to show off my blogging skil skilz skills.

One-and-a-half years old

Let me share with you what an average day in my life consists off of:

8:00 – 8:30AM

I am finally awake after trying so hard to keep my eyes open. Why is my bed so messy? Need to talk to my friend Emily, she lives in a book. She is always awake as usual.

8:30 – 9:30AM

I think it is time that I call out for Mom to come and pick me out from the cot. I need my freedom. Mom! My diaper gets changed and she hands me my cereal. Okay, she feeds me. I don’t see a need to learn how to use the spoon yet.

9:30 – 10:30AM

I get to run around in the garden after breakfast. The garden looks so huge, I don’t even have to step out of the gate to get my daily dose of exercise. Mom starts calling me and I hate this next part — bathing. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing with water, just as long as it is not all over me.

10:30 – 12:30PM

This is my alone time that I spend talking to my toys. There is the stacking tower, the alphabets and the picture flash cards. Mom will come around later to read me some nursery rhymes. My current favourite activity? Counting from one to ten and praising myself afterwards for a job well done. Mom wants me to recite the alphabets, I purposely leave out I, L and R to see her reaction.

12:30 – 4:30PM

Mom prepares my lunch, which is porridge. I simply love this stuff. But at the moment I am not telling Mom yet. Let her wonder a bit. After lunch, I have a short nap of 2 hours. I need this nap, or else I would be cranky later in the evening.

4:30 – 5:30PM

I wake up energized. My diaper gets changed again. I think I need to start learning to tell my Mom when I am peeing, but I guess that could wait. I have so many things to learn right now. Where are my flash cards? My ears are attune to the sound of the gate opening. The first one would be Grandfather walking back from work. Then it will be followed by Dad in his green blue yellow red car.

5:30 – 6:00PM

Dad will bring me for my second round of exercise in the garden. This time I’m surrounded by Cuddy and Ebony. I tried talking to them by woofing, they seem to understand me perfectly by barking back. Problem is, I don’t understand them. What to do? Maybe tomorrow I will.

6:00 – 7:00PM

Time for my bath again. I’m trying to get my Mom wet but in the end, I’m the one who is wet. This is frustrating. I need stronger limbs, maybe Dad will help me out. I get to eat my dinner first before the family does, and it is still my favourite — porridge. I don’t know how Mom does it, cooking the exact same dish for lunch and dinner. That is why I’m blogging about it.

7:00 – 8:30PM

Dad goes into the exercise room for his routine, I try to copy him but after 1 rep, I am exhausted. I sit around and do my best yoga impression. We need to keep healthy right? Dinner for the family is served soon enough, I wonder why aren’t they having porridge? Can’t they see that it is yummy? I get fed some tidbits as the rest of the family sit down and watch the news. There’s Grandmother and Grandfather, then Mom and Dad.

8:30 – 9:30PM

I get to do some light reading and play around with my toys before bedtime. I store away my toys before being called by Mom to get into bed. This time I am going to keep my eyes open for as long as I can.

9:30 – 8:00AM

I try my best to stay awake. It is so dark and quiet. The aircon is on, it is so comfortable. I … need … to … stay awake. Oh well, maybe I will try again tomorrow. Zzz.

Chinatown, Singapore

Thought of trying out something different, this time sharing a bit about some place nearer to home – Singapore, which is just 750km away from where I stay.

Take the North East Line to Chinatown MRT

Our first stop would be Chinatown, Singapore. This is a bit of a misnomer considering the fact that Singapore is made up of probably 70% Chinese. Usually, Chinatown refers to an enclave for the Chinese minority. Anyhow, you can just take any MRT to Chinatown MRT on the North East Line (Purple).

Mooncake Festival in Chinatown (click to enlarge)

Stepping out from the MRT station, you will find yourself in the heart of Chinatown itself — Pagoda Street. There are a few streets that run parallel to Pagoda Street, namely Mosque Street, Temple Street and Smith Street, which are all part of Chinatown itself. You might ask, how would I know that I am at the right place? It’s easy actually, just follow the signs and the roadside stalls.

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