fiona

That just sounds downright dodgy eh? Heh. This photo was taken at around 3 am in the morning. There’s a rather funny story about how we got here from drinks at Orchard Road in Singapore.

…rewind to about 8 hours earlier

peranakan place

I met up with Fiona for dinner – it turns out that she lives quite near my sister’s apartment in Simei. Thus, we met at Eastpoint Mall. She got there about the same time I did and called me saying she doesn’t know if she’s at the right entrance – it’s at the place where there’s a lot of lingerie.

lingerie

I pretty much knew where that was since I came to the mall the day before with my parents to the supermarket downstairs. :)

Anyway, Fiona is a flight attendant and I’ve known her since her words of encouragement when I was being all emo and shit after the last relationship I was in. I haven’t actually met her though so I only have a vague idea of how she looked like from my Facebook account.

alley bar singapore

We took a cab to Orchard Road and told the taxi we didn’t have any destination in mind, so he dropped us off somewhere near…er, I can’t actually remember. I know we walked for a bit and checked out the drinking holes around the Peranakan Place area before settling on Alley Bar.

pulled pork burger

It has the most awesome pork burger ever! It’s called the BBQ Pulled Pork Burger and it’s a juicy and tender mess of 5 hours of smoked pork shoulder smothered in barbecue sauce, topped with a whole jalapeno chili pepper.

Fiona had a bite and she concurred. Actually eating it is a messy affair – it’s like a sloppy joe except it’s not made with minced meat but rather loose meat. It’s the best pork burger I’ve had to date! I’ll need to save up for cosmetic surgery if I continue eating food like this. How much does liposuction or abdominoplasty cost nowadays anyway?

sloppy joe

We were seated outside at a place simply called Outdoors – Peranakan Place has three distinct areas built around a real Peranakan settlement. Outdoors is the al fresco zone which is a “Designated Smoking Area” (damn Singaporean laws) and there’s also Acid Bar and Alley Bar, which is the main place.

There’s a live band playing – the music is piped to Outdoors for those who’re not inside, loved this cover of Radiohead’s Creep.

I had two pints of Erdinger Beer – there are two, one dark and one white. The “dark” one is Pikantus and the “light” Weissbier. We were eating, drinking and talking and it was around 11:30 pm when the subject somehow changed to pool and Fiona found a place that’s open until 3 am.

dodgy singapore

We walked down the opposite direction at first before the GPS on her phone told us we’re heading the wrong way so we turned back. The pool place is at Concorde Hotel – somehow that place looks really seedy, it’s full of KTV hostess bars and dodgy characters loitering about who look like they would totally mug you if this was Malaysia instead of Singapore. HAHAHA

It turns out that Fiona is quite good at pool. I wouldn’t say that she kicked my ass but it was a really close thing. Tomatoe tomato.

fiona pool

Speaking of asses, Fiona is left handed, which I didn’t notice until we were playing. I was standing behind her trying to see how she plays. I thought she would think that I was checking out her butt. It turns out that she didn’t, she’s probably used to people ogling at her as cabin crew. :p

See what I did there? smirk

It’s a masterful (wah damn syoik sendiri) way of neither confirming nor denying the statement, just like how Israel’s nuclear ambiguity works, except bombs and butts are two very different things.

Anyway, they don’t sell beer inside, and we were alternately playing pool and 9 ball before I suggested we head to the 7-Eleven outside to get some. It wasn’t a 7-11, it’s a similar concept called Cheers (how apt) and I told her to just scull the 500 ml can before we head inside. It’s a strong beer at 9% and you don’t exactly drink it for the taste.

fiona apprehensive

Look at Fiona’s apprehensive face! ;)

I think we spent more than the 5 minutes we told the pool hall clerk we’ll be away outside, downing that beer and smoking in the rather unusual backdrop of closed shops, dark segments and KTV bars.

broken dreams

We went and played until it was nearly three before heading out for more beer. This time we brought it inside using Fiona’s bag, and using the same to discreetly conceal the two cans by putting it behind and out of sight. That was the first picture. Smart.

The place was supposed to close at 3 am but we were still playing so the clerk started cleaning up. I don’t think he cared about the alcohol anyway, we were the only customers in there at the time. Thanks for the beers Fiona! :)

scull

It was 4:30 am when we finally shared a cab home. I could only spare one night coz I’m here for my mom so I only went out once. I had a lot of fun, one of the more memorable night outs in a long time despite only getting two hours of sleep two nights in a row to wake up for church. Say hi to Fiona if you see her while flying!

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36 Responses to “Lingerie, alleys and balls with Fiona the flight attendant”

  1. Fiona’s with SIA, I guess? I wonder if they still use the tagline – “Singapore Girl, you’re a great way to fly…!” Concorde in Singapore? Didn’t know there’s one there. Hmmm…let me google.

    • It’s a subsidiary of SIA – Silkair. :)

      They had that tagline? I didn’t know that. When was it?

      Yup, there’s still a Concorde Hotel in Singapore, it’s within walking distance of Orchard Road. :)

  2. Hmmm…looks like it was formerly Le Meridien, Orchard Road.

  3. HBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB you said you can’t go out because you’re spending time with your family. I asked one month ago in your Twitter. So unfair that you can only go out once and couldn’t go out with me. :PPP

    • Hello Alicia! :)

      Sorry about that, this trip was for my mom and family, I’ll be going to Singapore more often from now on though so I’ll catch you next time I’m there. Have an awesome week ahead! :D

  4. woah..that was fun!

  5. what a bad ass experience. LOL

  6. betty midwestern in aman suria has really kickass pulled pork burger too!

    • Oh yeah, I’ve been there before too! I used to live in Dataran Prima but it wasn’t open at that time, I only went after.

      They have great pork stuff, but I really liked this one – it’s the marinating and the flavoring that made it so awesome!

      Cheers Kim! :)

  7. Alcohol, food and pool… sure sounds like you had a blast with Fiona! =D

    I guess the crime rate in S’pore is way lower than M’sia, but I had my fair share of running into dodgy characters when I was there. It’s quite dark in the picture, had to strain my eyes before I could see what you were doing. If she really thought that you were checking her out from head to toe, I think she might have knocked you with the pool stick. *winks*

    I definitely will say hi to Fiona if I’m ever on the same flight as her – provided she’s with SIA. =D

    • Heh! Yeah, I even used the classic excuse of changing the pool cues when I didn’t sink my balls. I switched three times before I found a cue I liked. *excuse

      Indeed! Malaysia is very different, Singapore is an extremely safe city compared to KL.

      Haha! I didn’t get hit on the head, reckon that’s a good thing coz I like my brain very much.

      Fiona’s with Silkair – some flights are code shared with SIA. :)

  8. Looks like a happening night….
    Have a great time with your family…..

    • Yeah, I enjoyed hanging out with Fiona, it was the company more than anything.

      I had a great time with my family too – loved seeing my niece all grown up and my newborn nephew being so cute and chubby. :)

  9. HB, your sister does live anymore in NZ? My cousin met his future wife on Singapore Airline where she was a flight hostess. My late father friend also on China Airline also flight hostess,

    • Hello Vickie! Nope, she sold the house in Auckland and moved to Singapore permantly. She’s going to be based there from now on.

      Interesting! Yeah, I have a friend who actually married a flight attendant too! :)

  10. the beer looks nice .. hehehe..

    *hop over to Fiona’s blog*

    • Hello Rose! :)

      Yup, the beer was pretty good. Fiona doesn’t update her blog very often, but I suddenly remembered that I read her blog, just didn’t associate it with her during the time when she gave me a lot of support when I was going through a really bad breakup from my last relationship.

      Heck, I think I posted so many times that my ex gf called me to say that I’m being pathetic and told me to stop doing that. Haha! :D

  11. i like the title.. XD .. wahaha, coincidently, my aunt’s name is feona, and she was a flight attendant with SIA. lol..

    have a good holiday bro!

    • Heh! Thanks bro!

      Yeah, I was thinking of a title that rhymes, had a couple in mind but with two days with only two hours of sleep, I couldn’t really think of a great one.

      Interesting job, I think a flight attendant’s job is very rewarding if you love to travel, all the layovers in different countries and all that – I’ll love it! :)

      Cheers and happy holidays to you too mate!

  12. misleading title! haha… but i kinda liked the idea of no smoking and drinking in a snooker place so that i can come out smelling nice and not like a cigarette butt.

    • Heh!

      It was intentional – was thinking of a good title but I’ve been so sleep deprived from the Singapore and now Phillipines trip that my brain is not functioning well. :)

      Hmm…you have a point there – go to Singapore for pool or 9 ball then. I still prefer places that serves alcohol and allows smoking. :D

      Have a good week ahead Eiling!

  13. man, i want that pork burger, the chili is a nice touch

    • Yeah, it was the chilli pepper that adds a whole new dimension to the pork burger.

      I love it too, won’t mind going back there for the burger again when I go to Singapore again. :)

  14. Hui Bin still remember me frkm kuching?
    I am working at singapore now.
    Staying very near Simei MRT station.
    Free to go out lim teh?

    • Hello there!

      Yes, I remember you from Christchurch. You’re Gerald Lim right? :)

      Unfortunately, I’m in Manila right now, came straight here after Singapore.

      However, I’ll be going more to Singapore now that my mom is getting her chemo treatments there.

      See ya when I go next time bro!

  15. that’s a fun night…of meeting someone you never met eye bal to eye ball before:D

    how’s your mum getting on buddy?

    • Yeah, it was! :)

      I’ve only previously known Fiona from Facebook after the abrupt ending of the last relationship I was in – she gave me invaluable words of encouragement while I was being totally emo about it and gave me a sense of perspective.

      Totally enjoyed hanging out with her in real life too. :D

      My mom is fighting it, we’re keeping her in our prayers and I’ll go to Singapore more often to visit. Thanks for asking Evelyn!

  16. Hi Huai Bin..It has been a while since i hop over to your blog.
    Would really love to meet you in person when u are in spore town. I am working in singapore now :)

    • Hello there Hazel! :)

      Alas, I’ve already left Singapore – I’m actually in Manila right now.

      I’ll be going to Singapore more often though, so I’ll be sure to buzz you when I’m going next!

      Take care Hazel and have fun in Singapore! :D

  17. Wow, I didn’t know about Peranakan Place – looks great! As does that pulled pork burger..mmm…. The night drinking sounds cool too…tho I’m not much of a fan of Special Brew ;/

    • Hey there Leanne! :)

      Yeah, Fiona was the one who brought me to Peranakan Place. It’s a nice area to chill out, catering to every taste!

      The pulled pork burger is really good and as for the high ABV beers, I drink it for the effects, not the taste, if you catch my drift. ;)

      Have an awesome weekend Leanne! :)

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