January 24th, 2012.
Its 11:15 pm, while I’m sleeping I hear my phone ring. It’s Dr. Leslie Tay. He tells me he got the “Allen’s” mixed up and the actually meeting was going to be at 12-3 pm.
I rush to my computer to google map directions to Bedok Food Centre. Google tells me it will take 90 minutes along with a series of bus, subway and walking routes. I exit the house and a wave of heat punches me in the face, I instantly started to sweat (instasweat). I get to the bus stop and a bus arrives but its the wrong bus number. However, the cool air conditioning was too welcoming to pass up. I jump on and ask the driver if it stops at the subway, he nods.
After 30 minutes on the bus I realize I am going the wrong way and the Subway station is no where in sight. I look at my watch realizing how late I am. Not only am I late, but now I’m lost. I start looking at my surroundings, I see that there is a sky train line. I think to myself “If theres a line there has to be a station near by!” I jump off the bus and I follow the line until I find a station. I get onto the subway and look at my current location. I was so far east I must have wasted an additional 30 minutes on top of the previous 30. Long story short I arrived at Bedok Food Centre by cab at around 2:15 pm.
When I finally arrive, I walk upstairs to the hawker centre to look around, this is where I see Dr. Leslie Tay (Singapore best street food blogger) being filmed by 2 University students. I am not sure what these students are doing but I sit in the background looking on. I wait for a window of opportunity to introduce myself. When that time came I walked over to Dr. Leslie Tay with an out reached hand and a big smile….I said “Hello, nice to met you, I’m Allen!”