We've arrived in Singapore after 36 hours of travel! We left the burgh' on Wednesday morning via limo (nice touch, Hubby!) and flew to NYC. We spent the day roaming the streets of the Big Apple in an effort to wear ourselves out. Then, back to the airport for a grueling 24 hour flight to Singapore. I had no idea how VagaBabe or I would handle the flight. I packed magazines, books, music, and movies. It seemed to be enough. I felt like I was in an altered state of consciousness, drifting in and out of sleep, eating amazing (yes, I said amazing) airplane food, and trying to read. We flew on Singapore Airlines, hence the good food, beautiful attendants, and impeccably clean bathrooms!!
Upon arrival, we were met by drivers who transported us to Fraser Suites. Fraser Suites are swanky apartments for travelers needing extended stay accommodations. We were pleasantly surprised when we checked-in to find that we had been upgraded from a 2 to a 3 bedroom apartment. The apartment is simple and comfortable. We are on the 14th floor and have a nice view from our balcony. We have free breakfast every morning and maid service. The only bummer is that the pool is being renovated until the beginning of June. VagaBabe loves to swim, so this was a huge disappointment. But, alas, with a little problem solving with the front desk staff we determined we could swim at the Fraser sister property which requires just short shuttle ride.
We've begun to explore the area around us. I've discovered a hot yoga studio in the building---YES!! I've also discovered some potential running routes, one running along the river walk and one to the botanical gardens.
We set out to find some breakfast this morning and made a wrong turn on the river walk. We ended up standing on the street and desperately searching a map. A taxi driver came to the rescue and drove us to the Beo Crescent Hawker Center and then told us how to get back to our apartment. Oh, and he didn't charge us for the ride!!
I've had a couple of meals now that I can describe as "noodly" and tasty. This morning, I had soy milk with fresh ginger...yum! Later, for a snack I tried Kaya Toast and Coffee with Milo. Kaya Toast is a sweet jam made from coconut milk and egg, and is delicious. Milo is a malted chocolate mix/drink that can be served hot or cold. We are seeking local, traditional asian food and so far, it is nothing like food I've had in the states. Our exploring has led us to three different Hawker Centers, so more food adventure are to come!
HI! I'm VagaBabe!! It took us two days to get to Asia (Singapore). It seems to be so clean and wonderful in Singapore. I couldn't describe it better. I am having a great time! Everything looks beautiful in Singapore like the palm trees and the colors of the construction cranes (they remind me of Kennywood Park roller coasters). I like comparing the time in Singapore to the time at home (the burgh'). The only thing that seems to get me down is the swimming pool is closed at our apartment.
When we were flying on the plane and we stopped over in Germany, I couldn't help but wonder which continent we were on. Now, I keep wondering about the continents of other places that I have never been.
The main language in Singapore is English, but I learned that people in Singapore can speak all kinds of languages. The English in Singapore does not sound exactly like English at home. They have an accent here and sometimes it is hard to understand. For example, some people talk fast and with their accent I can't understand what they are saying.
The food in Singapore is amazing. Like WanderMom, I describe the food as noodly and tasty. I am very surprised by all of the places to eat. I can't believe there are chain restaurants like McDonald's in Southeast Asia! So far, I've had cold Milo, water, and some pink drink. Wow! My favorite drink is Milo. The Milo I had was cold Milo and I want to try it iced. There are tons of drinks and food for me to try! I haven't tried them all, but I want to!
Our apartment is even better than my own house. My favorite thing about our apartment is our balcony. I have a great view! My first night I could not sleep. My eyes were glued to my window. I don't know why, though. I guess I liked the view and watching the storm. I have to say, even the lightening looked beautiful.