Singapore is an island in Asia which has a total land mass of roughly 249.5 sq miles or about half the size of Phoenix, AZ. The average temperature is about 80 F with about 85% humidity. The island of Batam, Indonesia is about an hour's ferry ride from Singapore.
HA and I arrived in Singapore on Thursday evening. The one thing I will remember about the Singapore airport is that they have the EASIEST immigration I've ever encountered. On both departure and arrival, I did not have to wait in line and not once did I feel like I was going to be arrested (unlike when I come in Australia where I'm constantly afraid I forgot to declare something).
On Friday, HA and I took a later ferry to Indonesia so that we could explore Singapore a bit. Unfortunately, nothing opens in Singapore until after 10am so we had breakfast at Starbucks and then enjoyed walking around Little India to admire all the closed shops. We eventually gave up and went out to Orchard Road to do some real shopping. Orchard road is 6 km's of stores - including a number of American stores. The prices weren't any different than what you'd pay in Australia so HA and I didn't really buy anything.
My observations on Singapore:
1. It's super clean - like anally retentive clean
2. It's super quite - you never hear sirens or construction
3. It's significantly more green than I thought it would be. I had it in my head that it would be all high-rises with no green space - I was wrong.
4. You can get anything you want - there were a number of American and Australian stores and fast food joints (there was even a Long John Silver's!).
|Rooftop garden on Orchard Road|
For Saturday, all of the boys went off golfing while the women stayed back to watch the kids and have massages. A good portion of GW and AW's friends have children as well so this meant alot of time hanging out by the pool to make sure they didn't drown. Once the boys were back, everyone started getting ready for the evening festivities.
AW, HA's sister-in-law, arranged for the party to be held on the pier which is a beautiful location. The party was fantastic. Everyone had a really great time. AW did a brilliant job with the organization!
|The pier during the day|
|The walk out to the pier|
|On our way to the party|
|Lots of dancing|
|And even a little karaoke|
|The Watts family in the Singapore Flyer|
|The famous MerLion|
|Pop Art Exhibit|