The First

Having reached out to many on Coachsurfing site, Bigg is the first friend I met.

Although our exchanges were rather short through messages initially, things picked up after we added each other on Facebook just 2 days before he was to arrive at Singapore. Things changed when we met for the first time at Choa Chu Kang MRT for a brunch of Bak Chor Mee (Minced Meat Noodles) and Chwee Kueh at the popular coffeeshop usually referred to as “Block 302”, located just by the bus interchange.

While having the brunch, we got to know each other a lot more. Conversations on topics like languages, religion, politics, views on education and even personal stories were exchanged. We spent about an hour plus there chatting, until he had to go off to meet another friend somewhere else.

Because of the interesting conversation that we had, we decided it couldn’t be our last!

We met again on Sunday, because knowing he is a Christian, I connected him to a church, of which a friend of mine attends, so that he could maybe feel the fellowship (sorry, not too sure if this is the word, because I’m not too good at this).

Before we headed to the church, we had a round of breakfast of Yakun toast at Lot 1, Choa Chu Kang. Then it was time for an hour bus ride.

Yakun Kaya Toast

Yakun Kaya Toast

Yakun Kaya Toast and us.

Yakun Kaya Toast and us.

After the worship, we went for lunch at a nearby Dim Sum restaurant, and the food was good~ Forgot to take pictures of the food though, I only have picture of our friends and Bigg.

With friends (of friend but now my friends :D) and Bigg on the rightmost!

With friends (of friend but now my friends :D) and Bigg on the rightmost!

After lunch at a nearby dim sum restaurant.

After lunch at a nearby dim sum restaurant.

After lunch, I had a some free time left before I had to go off to attend an event, so since both of us likes languages and reading, we decided to go up the National Library to the highest level we can, before we headed home.

View from 13th Floor of National Library. It was a little hazy.

View from 13th Floor of National Library. It was a little hazy.

We both had a rest for the night, and we met again on Monday night, when I decided maybe I could have him over at my place for a night, and head to have some local Indian breakfast the next morning. During his stayover, I learnt a lot about the Thai language, and now I have regained the confidence to tackle the difficulty of the language. The next morning, we headed to Alif Restaurant at Bukit Gombak for a big and filling breakfast, and again we had a very fulfilling discussion of many topics. While we were leaving the restaurant, we decided to explore the area, and we found ourselves at Little Guilin, which is located just beside Bukit Gombak MRT too.

Breakfast at the popular Alif Restaurant.

Breakfast at the popular Alif Restaurant.

Some time at the little gem, Little Guilin.

Some time at the little gem, Little Guilin.

And a few selfies to prove we were here. 到此一游。

And a few selfies to prove we were here. 到此一游。

After the little morning time out, we are now back at my house, and it is near the end of Bigg’s travel in Singapore. I have some idea of travelling to Thailand now to join him on some Thailand adventure. Will it come into fruition?

(Not the) Final farewell outside my abode.

(Not the) Final farewell outside my abode, with Bigg and a photo taken by me.

Let’s see….

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