Hello guys! Recently, I ran a poll on my twitter about whether I should blog about my experience at the Geylang Bazzar and going to a Cat Cafe for the first time and the votes came back positively, so I’m just going to jump right into it.
24 may (Thursday) – Geylang Serai Bazzar
Me and my mum went to the famous Geylang Serai Bazzar that everyone has been raving about at around 3pm and unfortunately, it was EXTREMELY hot and most of the stall weren’t open since it was a ‘night market’. At least due to the heat, there weren’t many people there and we could walk around more freely.
The bazzar has been raved upon for a few years now and it’s in preparation for the Muslim festival, Hari Raya, their version of celebrating the new year! They will fast from dawn till dusk for a month and will celebrate it at the end of the month, similar to the Chinese New Year.
Unfortunately, we only bought a drink since the foods were REALLY expensive.
(I apologize if the photos are really dark, I was lugging around a trolley filled with books so I couldn’t take many photos)
We bough an Anchan Strawberry (A4) from Yummers
Unfortunately, we both weren’t a big fan as the taste of the strawberry was pretty artificial and they added a ton of ice to a $4 drink.
There were a ton of shops in long stretches and sold tons of food, snacks, rugs, curtains and clothes for the muslim Hari Raya festival. I even spotted green packets that were creatively designed, unlike Chinese New Year. (They had Anna and Elsa from Frozen in Hijabs! That was creative and cute!)
We didn’t get to try any of the foods since the stalls were really expensive but we did get to watch some of them. We spotted the raclette cheese at work as well!
25 may (Friday)
Me and my best friend went to the cat cafe and stopped for lunch at a nearby Korean restaurant named Jinjja Chicken (I think it translates to: real chicken).
My friend grabbed a Chicken Bibimbap while I got a Tofu bibimsalad (Yay for vegetarian options!) and it tasted pretty good! There was a little too much sauce for my taste, but it was tangy, refreshing and made me feel really clean! My friend got the seaweed fries while I took the seasalt fries and both of them were just ok.
After that, we headed to the cat cafe and I think it was both our first times at a cat cafe.
Personally, I’m not a big fan of cats ever since I got scared by one when I was schooling, I was so scared that I had tears in my eyes and after that I never really seemed to like them at all. So going to the cat cafe was kind of a big deal since I wasn’t a big fan of cats and I hoped that the cafe would change my mind.
There were quite a lot of people since it’s the school holidays and there were about 10-14 cats loitering around the area. Both me and my best friend paid $15 for entry (that included a free drink and there is no time limit as to how long you can stay there!)
This black and white cat, named Oreo (if I’m not wrong), was really nice and stoic. It let us pat him as it slowly fell asleep.
All was well until we petted another cat that was pretty shy, but she let us pet her for a good 10-20 minutes until she bit me 😭. I’ve googled online and they say that it could be out of love or affection, but the bite didn’t feel playful at all. Luckily, once I felt the teeth scrape against my hand I immediately pulled back and escaped with two tiny puncture wounds.
Unfortunately for me, I definitely dislike cats even more now. (Sorry, cat lovers).
My friend and I went to the national library after that and I brought home 5 books. Going to the library was something I desperately needed after that bite and I found Renegades by Marissa Meyer! She’s my favourite author and I was sure that my local library was refusing to bring it in since I never saw it anywhere on their system that they would, so I was elated! Managing to find Renegades really brightened my day.
Well, so here is the end of the post! In a nutshell, I do feel that the bazzar is kinda over-hyped, if the foods were slightly cheaper ($4-5) I would have tried a few of the good ones. The cat cafe is actually a great idea if you love cats or love interacting with them or even as a date place! It had a nice atmosphere and I guess I was just unlucky with cats.
Thanks for staying till the end of the post!