Singapore Food Tour

After the last day of my conference,  I extended my Singapore trip for 2 more days, so that I could explore some of the must have foods in Singapore.

Tried a lot of things. To my surprise, in the tea, milk tea shops, they were putting the boba pearls for free :D. So, I used this opportunity and tried different tea and premium flavors everyday, like oolong, chocolate, oreo, coffee, milo, and mango. In Singapore’s hot and humid afternoons, it was the most soothing thing. Milo coffees and shakes are one of the most liked beverages.

Then comes the famous Singapore breakfast “The kaya toast”. I had it from one of the most famous and oldest restaurant “Ya Kun Kaya Toast“. So, basically its a toasted bread in which there is a layer of coconut slice, and some butter. It is served with soft boiled eggs, and tea or coffee on the side. I am definitely a coffee person so I went for a coffee. And that coffee was soooo soooo great. I am not used to having black coffee. But you can say that became my starting point to like back coffee. <3 . So,  I added some soya sauce to my soft boiled eggs, and digged in. The combination of kaya toast and soft boiled eggs was indeed heavenly. 😀 . Although at the airport while returing I decided to have  a french cheese toast from the same restaurant’s branch in airport. The toast was disappointing.  But thankfully eggs and coffee served with it saved my last meal in Singapore.

Then moving on to the item, I couldn’t leave Singapore without trying. “The Chili Crab”.  I was staying in Joo Chiat area. So, I found “Roland Restaurant” nearby me serving one of the best chili crabs. And that was indeed one of the best lunches of my life. Eating chili crab is definitely a challenge in terms of cleaning. Its pretty messy, plus if you are having it for the first time, secondly if you are dining alone. But, all this couldn’t stop me from enjoying every bite of the dish.

And now, the best dish of Singapore and my life. “Lobster roll” from Pince and Pints. I have had crabs before, but this was my first time trying a Lobster. I got to know about its reviews from zomato and openrice, a food app of Singapore. And it was WOW!!! i couldn’t get over its taste for a week. The lobster meat was so tender and so so juicy. They serve it with a garlic tasting butter sauce on the side. That was like cherry on the cake.  Oh!! My mouth is watering again. 😀 <3

I also tried some other famous foods from Singapore’s Hawlker centers like,  Prawn dumpling noodles, AMAZINGG!!!.  In Indian food they have the famous “Roti Prata” from Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata , tried many different varieties like egg prata, onion prata, mushroom prata, it is served with chicken/mutton curry on the side, another must try dish. Another famous food joint “Old chang kee“, makes curry puffs filling was good, but they were too oily so didn’t really like them. crab and prawn nuggets (Okayish).

Sadly, I couldn’t try the Durian fruit. But may be next time. So, that was my food journey of Singapore.  😀

Noodles with Prawn Dumplings
Roti Prata
Chili Crab
Lobster Roll

 

Attending FOSSASIA Summit 2018

Starwars Sword

FOSSASIA is one the big names in open source conferences. So, I was really excited to attend the conference. It was held in Lifelong Learning institute in Singapore, from 22nd March to 25th March.

22nd March:

First day I reached to the venue pretty early, I was a bit disappointed of the fact that all the speakers were given IDs and bags with goodies. So, as an attendee I was expecting at least IDs. But all we got was a wrist band, and the whole week we weren’t invited to any social gathering too. But I decided not to ruin my excitement because of small goodies.

I still had two hours till the Welcome session started, so till then I explored the exhibition section, and interacted with the other attendees. Exhibitors were employees of different companies, who funded FOSSASIA, presenting their companies. I along with some other attendees, went to all the stalls one by one, interacted with them about their companies work culture. These two hours came out to be quite productive and knowledgeable. Microsoft Azure had organized a small competition of completing a code, and the winning participants would get free T-shirts. So, I decided to give it a try. And as they say, if you don’t try, you’ll never know if you could do it. And I won a T-shirt 😀 . So, that turned out to be a good start of the conference.

After that we went to the welcome talk, followed by panel discussion on current topics AI, Cloud, Blockchain. Panelists provided insights from their personal perspective and their daily work. I was really impressed by the viewpoints of Ramji Venkateswaran, Global Head of Cloud Ecosystem Development & Head of Cloud Services Asia J.P. Morgan. He gave a good insight of how Blockchains have helped in making communications among developers and the users much easier.

After this there was a prize distribution for Codeheat winners. That was a wrap of the first day.

23rd March:

Reached conference by 10:00 AM. Attended the trendy BITCOIN talk. How works and what role blockchain plays in it. To be honest I didn’t understand half of these presentations. So, I decided to go home and go through the basics of blockchain.

Then I went to the talk “Making money with FOSS”. Got to know a lot about the business in open source world, where everything is free.

24th March:

There was a conference group photo session arranged.

Attended the talk on Stopstalk. I think it’s a great platform for motivating oneself for improvement in coding. It’s a great platform to practice, if one wants to work on a particular topic.

After the talk the UNESCO Hackathon started.

Our team was “JS”DOIT. And our idea was:

To make an app, which includes the manufactures and consumers profiles of the products which are made from the resources or pollutants that are harmful to environment. So, that both manufacturers and the consumers should have the idea about how they are affecting the environment. And the app also suggest the ways they can help reducing the harms they are causing.

We used:  Blockchain, Python, JS, HTML5, CSS

25th March:

We were busy in our hackathon coding. Finally we succeeded to make a web app.

Github link: https://github.com/ishanichugh/enviro-balance

3:00 PM, presentations of each time were started one by one. Some of the ideas were really great.

After all the presentations, winners were announced. And Session was closed with feedbacks from the audience.