Day 3 of Ed's 4-day leave and we're off to Covent Garden, one of London's top attractions. But before that, lunch at Bugis Street, a restaurant in Gloucester Hotel which serves Singapore-Malaysian fare. We had chin-chow which was authentic enough. I bravely ordered mee pok, Ed and Sean had a plate of Hainanese Chicken rice each, while Brian ordered sambal cod fish on rice.
Verdict: Below average. If you pretend that the mee pok is actually wantan mee, then it's actually not too bad, but I didn't order wantan mee, did I? The chicken rice had no fragrance, the chilli sauce tasted weird, and the chicken was tough. Brian's sambal cod fish was the best of an average lot. The good thing is Eddie admitted my home-cooked Prima chicken rice was tonnes better. Hey, it's not easy getting that small concession from him.
Back to Covent Garden, the setting for one of my most-beloved shows, My Fair Lady. Remember the hilarious scene where Audrey Hepburn's Eliza Doolittle tried to sell flowers to Rex Harrison's Professor Higgins? That was Covent Garden lah.
The boys' were thrilled to visit The Tintin Shop. Everything in the shop is Tintin-related, and as you would expect, quite expensive.
Sean and Brian getting queasy while trying to tip a street artist playing statue.
When it started getting cold, we thought it'd be a good idea to get a cuppa to warm us up. We got our cuppa for free, yay, courtesy of Starbucks, which was celebrating "Good Coffee Day" today, and giving away free cups of Café Estima Blend Fairtrade certified coffee to every customer between 2pm and 4pm.
We drank our coffee, ate chocolate chip cookies and blueberry muffins while watching a pretty lame street artist performance, then headed down Long Acre Road to Chinatown for some shopping before catching the tube back to Kew Gardens.