Monday, February 28, 2005

Live music at IndoChine Orchard

What I’ll miss about Manila:
  • Having a Ministop convenience store right next to my building
  • Crossing the street whenever and wherever
  • Gorgeous narra and Philippine mahogany furniture
  • Vibrant crowds
  • The band Still Oz

    What I adore about Singapore:
  • Having a Cold Storage supermarket within 15 minutes’ walk from our place
  • Crossing the street without fear of death or dismemberment
  • The one-stop convenience of IKEA
  • Safe streets late at night
  • The band inside IndoChine Aquadisiac at Wisma Atria (helping me fend off Still Oz withdrawal symptoms)

    Dindo (band leader / keyboardist) gave us all a ride home after the IndoChine band finished up last Friday. Before dropping Sarah off at her apartment in Geylang, we stopped at Ho Kee Pau for a post-midnight snack. The chicken pau was delicious. Apparently Ho Kee Pau is famous and supplies numerous other restaurants with siopao – or "siew pau" as it’s known locally. The grass jelly was a little bland, but adding sugar syrup fixed it. The chicken feet are not for the faint of heart.

    When and where to find the band

    Boyz with Toys plays at Aquadisiac inside IndoChine Wisma Atria every evening from Monday to Saturday. First set starts at 10 pm. They play music from several different genres... all in the same set. Last Friday we had “She Will be Loved” by Maroon 5, immediately followed by Toto’s “Africa”, and then songs ranging from the jazzy to the almost-heavy-metal. Strange, but surprisingly it was ok. At least there’s something for everyone. Now, if only they would play Dave Matthews...

    Take the MRT to Orchard Station and exit at Wisma Atria. You’ll know you’re in the right place when you see the huge aquarium with sharks and other marine denizens – except this month when the fish are away on Chinese New Year vacation.

    There’s also an acoustic band that performs outdoors at Indochine.

    Getting to Ho Kee Pau

    Take the MRT to Aljunied or take bus 13 to Sims Avenue. Walk to Lorong 27 Geylang. According to the posted sign they close at 12:30, but we arrived just after that and thankfully were still served.

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