The thing I like best about my Singapore trips is that there is always something new to do, some place new to visit.
One Fullerton is made up of a mix of offices and restaurants occupying a strategic location - gorgeous for daytime and nighttime photography!
Its eclectic mix of food and beverage outlets, from steak houses to trendy bistros and fine-dining restaurants have drawn many locals as well as tourists, to eat, chill-out, hangout and club.
Palm beach seafood restaurant is famous for their chili crabs. Well, I tried it and what can I say? Whilst the Sri Lankan crabs are amazingly fresh and full of taut, creamy flesh, the chili sauce just fell a little flat. It was sweet rather than spicy or tangy. They really should have just called it tomato crab!
However, the oysters (the size of my head) were worthy of praise. I nearly did a double-take, biting into the tender engorged center of the body of the oyster. It was at least 3 inches deep, across its thickest diameter (middle part of the oyster). I could feel the damn thing pulsating I swear. Amazing.
The first collage was the view from One Fullerton by day.
Now this is the view from One Fullerton by night.
Beautiful, isn't it? That's the gorgeous esplanade (durian like structure) and the Merlion(lion cum mermaid like statue) you see in the photo. What manner of beast is the Merlion and why the heck is something that is so obviously fictitious, an icon for Singapore?
I asked 3 Singaporeans before I got the answer I was looking for and even then, I had to piece it together myself:P The merlion was designed as a logo (for tourism)and is about 40 years old. The tail represents Singapore’s humble beginnings as a fishing village and the lion head is because the founder, Sang Nila Utama, a Palembang Prince who, on his arrival on the island saw a lion and thereafter renamed Temasek, Singapura or "Lion City". There, satisfied?
Apparently even though many locals mock the icon, Singaporeans still flock to takes its picture, like a hundred times a day. Cool huh;)
THE BUTTER FACTORY
located at One Fullerton, The Butter Factory is the newest, most coolest place to boogie down to (or so I am told by concierge, colleagues, Singaporeans living in Singapore and Malaysians living in Singapore), spread across two loud rooms.
(but if it's too loud, you're too old...
What Hairy..? speak up, I can't hear you :P)
Never mind the fact that the first H1N1 case was in fact, reported at The Butter Factory, this cute little party joint has since capitalized on the 'negative press' by constructing a clever little, tongue in cheek poster telling people to 'check their temperature' every hour when partying. Great marketing.
The Butter Factory has an absolutely crucial mission ..
definitely no tight whities.
("Hairy, you need to go home and change into something more suitable":P)
Motto: "Feel at home and dance your legs down to little stumps! Get stupid, let loose, shake every asset you’ve been blessed with & just have a good time."
They forgot to add to their mission - no rocket science. Great motto!
What I like best about the place is the deco. It feels like I've just stepped onto the set of Sesame Street. Having said that the place is really quiet cheery, without feeling childish. It makes a change from boring muted tones and strobe lights.
The bartenders here are friendly and they make very strong cocktails.
You don't need to ask them to make your Long Island strong because it arrives in a jug, full of muscle;)
The Butter Factory,
1 Fullerton Road,
Tel: +65 63338243
If Butter factory is not enough for you,
Ministry of Sound on Clarke Quay has recently closed down, replaced by Zirca.
ZIRCA, is the first dance and show club in Singapore. meaning, it fuses live entertainment and dance into one big confusing experience, till the party goer does not know which way is up. Add some killer strobing lights to the drinking-dancing experience and walk away with slight brain/liver damage and just call it a 'great night out with the mates' ..
This place is gigantic - it can take 2,000 clubbers! Bloody hell.. isn't that like the entire population of Sing, ah? If you can see past the blinding strobes then you will notice that the deco is suppose to be glittery, Gotham city-like and the special effects promises a multi-sensorial experience, where clubbers get treated to visual spectacles of light and sound... in other words, irreversible brain damage.
This place is just so-so. I prefer Body butter Jam.. oops, sorry, one to many gym classes - I mean the Butter Factory;)
("Hairy.. where are you hairy.., get off the stage please.. we're leaving.. " )
Block 3C The Cannery,
River Valley Road,
#01-02 to 05 & #02-01 to 08
Phone: +65 6235 2292
*It has to be said that Hairy is neither a 'fengtau kaki' nor suffering from brain damage. All the allegations regarding his party habits are fictitious and injected for humor sake, except for the white, tight singlet part.
** Thank you Hairy for being a fantastic host, yet again! (he comes highly recommended by C&C, should you be visiting that part of the world anytime soon;))