Apologies for not having updated here very much! It's been a busy tour thus far and a lot of my time has been spent in rehearsals and performances.
Today is my last performance for the trip and then it's time to holiday!
This is what I have for breakfast everyday. Hotel-provided breakfast, always sausages with scrambled eggs. Yes, for the past one week!
Thank goodness there's also Greek yogurt and fruits. I think having the Greek yogurt and fruits really help me erm go about my business because I usually get very constipated overseas hahaha.
In general, the food in the US is pretty much what you expect it to be. Authentic asian food is hard to find but the Asians in us have been craving for Asian food!
What we had for dinner last night. Badly taken photo because we were all ravenous after concert!
You can take the Asian out of Asia but you can't take the Asia out of an Asian 😂
This ramen was actually pretty good and that runny tamago was the best thing I've tasted all trip 😍😍😍
Apart from Shake Shack burgers maybe?
Very happy faces at dinner… Asian food!!!
Juicy pan-fried gyoza. If you happen to go to Washington, there are two ramen bars that are well known, one is Daikaya (which also has a separate izakaya upstairs) and the other is Sakuramen which we wanted to try but didn't get a chance to!
Despite travelling so frequently, I really do miss Asian/Singaporean food this time round!
Maybe because this is what we've been having for many meals. Soups, salads and hot food from Whole Foods hahaha most convenient supermarket ever!
But it's not cheap! Actually, I've been paying 15-20USD on average for every meal. The cheapest thing I've eaten in Washington is probably Subway, which is like 5 bucks or something.
I do love the Starbucks Christmas drink that isn't available in Singapore though: Chestnut Praline Latte! 🐿🌰
It's really good 😍
Starbucks is everywhere in Washington and always, always crowded.
And this is a meal I would stay in the US for. SHAKE SHACK burgers!
They are insanely good! The Shake Stack is my favourite. It's a cheeseburger topped with a mushroom swiss, and it's serious da bomb!!
The mushroom swiss layer is like mushrooms sandwiched with cheese and deep fried in a crisp batter. Layered over the juicy and meaty beef patty and then kiapped inside two soft buns.
Even the fries are good! Very very crispy!
We were greedy and ordered one burger each plus fries plus a milk shake and a root beer float.
It's too much food, guys. The milkshake is so dense that when I suck it up through the straw, it stays there?! HAHAHAHA.
This is probably good for two meals. But very, very worth the calories! In fact, we went back for it a second time 😂
Amidst the rehearsals and performances, we've also had some time to go sightseeing.
Washington isn't a bustling and vibrant city, but it has its own charm to it too!
I really love these bushy-tailed and bright-eyed squirrels 😍
We went geese-chasing in the park 🕊
And said hello to the brilliant-hued duckies: this is a green mallard duck!
Visited the Lincoln Memorial~
Took a tour around the Capitol (that's where the Senate and Congress was founded, and where the seat of the US government is located!
A view of the Capitol from afar.
I can't help thinking of the Capitol in the hunger games because it reminds me of that, clean, white, and structured 😂
We had a close encounter with Mr President outside the Capitol, where we were stuck at a road junction for almost thirty minutes while police cars cordoned off the area and a helicopter circled above.
After waiting for twenty minutes, a super long convoy of police cars passed through on the roads with a few black cars in the heart of the procession.
Apparently, this is very common in the Capitol because all the cars and all the passersby were just waiting patiently.
Here's from my snapchat on that eventful night hahaha!
So much excitement for one night 😂
I did some fun stuff like going to visit the Spy Museum! There are tons of museums around Washington DC and many of them are free.
We went to a couple like the Spy one and another interesting museum called Newseum, both of which are quite expensive though.
Couldn't believe that the Newseum had a part of the Berlin Wall displayed right inside it!
It's super interesting as it showcases various significant moments in history and how media evolved in coverage and sometimes even helped play a role in major historical landmarks, such as the US civil war.
There was also a sobering exhibit on 9/11, which was quite sad.
Sadly the museums close at 5-6 and we didn't have enough time to go through all the exhibits 😭 the ticket is a two-day pass tho!
Had some really fantastic oysters at a restaurant called Pearl Dive Oyster Palace 😍😍😍
I didn't use to like oysters, but I now think it's probably because oysters are not as fresh and delicious in Singapore? Now having tried oysters and Japan and also in the US (they taste complete different), I have a newfound appreciation for oysters ❤️
We also performed at this beautiful Church of Immaculate Conception, at the Catholic University of America. ⛪️
As well as at the famous Kennedy Center.
And the Peabody Institute at the John Hopkins University!
Two of my favourite travelling companions 🙆🏻🙆🏻🙆🏻
My pretty Christmas nails done by @jenrine! I always look forward to December cos I can get snow flakes on my nails ❄️❄️❄️
Before I forget! This dress is now launched on www.thevelvetdolls.sg! 😍 I super love it. The fabric is very thick and stretchy and it fits really well!
I also love the embroidered details on the mesh!