Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring Breakers: Singapore

After our quick pit stop in Hawaii we were off to Singapore with my parents in tow. Let the reccords show that I am NOT a fan of long flights, but the service and food on international flights make it tolerable. We flew JAL for all of our international flights for this trip. The service was very nice and the food was good, the food wasn't nearly as good as when we flew to Rome with Lufthansa. One of the meals they provided us was a spam sandwich...gross! Don't get me wrong, growing up in Hawaii I know all about the delicousness of spam, but only when it's properly prepared. Slapping an uncooked slice of spam between a sweet roll is definitely not the proper way to prepare spam.  I was a little disapointed that we didn't get to fly Singapore Airlines who is apparently the best international airline around. Hubs traveled with them when he went to Singapore for work and said that was the beat flight he'd ever been on. Maybe next time.
JAL meals from Hawaii to Singapore

When we got into Singapore late at night the first thing I did was brush my teeth. OH MAH GAWD does it feel heavenly to brush your teeth after over 15 hours of travel time. After getting a good nights sleep we woke up refreshed and started our day off the best way we know how...with pancakes from McDonalds. I think my mom said it best when she said that "being in Singapore doesn't feel like you're in another country." Everyone there speaks English and it has all the modern architecture and comforts of the good ole US of A.

After our hearty breakfast we braved the 90 degree temps and 100% humidity to see the Merlion. We stopped by to gawk at the Singapore Flyer, but decided to opt out of actually riding it to save $50. While we were at the Singapore Flyer we went by the Singapore F1 track. Hubs was pretty excited since he's a pretty big fan, too bad it wasn't a race weekend there where we could've really seen all the action. After all of that we hightailed it back into the air conditioned safety of the many mazes of malls that Singapore has to offer.
L to R: Merlion Park, Singapore Flyer, Singapore F1 track

That night we went to Night Safari, a zoo that opens up during the night. It was so much fun to see all the animals awake and moving around since most animals in zoos are actually nocturnal. The enclosures they have for the animals are similar to those you see in parks like Animal Kingdom, where it's more of a natural physical barrier than actual cage so it seems so much more pleasant for the animals.

The next day we spent playing at Sentosa, where the Singaporeans play. We got there early to try and beat the sweltering heat, but our plans were foiled since a lot of the things didn't open up that early. While at Sentosa we went luging and zip-lining. Although ziplining wasn't even as close to amazing as on our honeymoon, it was still fun and I'm glad we were able to convince my parents to do it. I really think zip-lining shiuld be on everyone's bucket list. After sweating about a gallon of sweat out in the sun we retreated back to malls yet again.

Our last day in Singapore was spent wandering around the labyrinth of malls connected to malls. The number of malls per square mile in Singapore is simply staggering. I can't imagine what it must be like to live there. You could probably make a living of just going to the malls...that is if you could find someone to pay you to do such a thing. Not only are there an amazing number of malls in Singapore, but the food courts in the malls are fit for a king. I was literally drooling left and right at all the yummy goodies surrounding me . I just wish I had a bigger stomach so I could've tried everything.

Next up on our vacation recap is Hiroshima, Japan.

Missed out on the first part of our spring breakers series? Check it out here.

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