Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Singapore Fling..

Traveller and her hubbie decided to stopover in Singapore for three nights on the way to London. Singapore was an interesting city - full of contradictions, of different cultures and a city whose national past-time appeared to be shopping (which Traveller didn't mind :) ) Below is a list of do's and don't's according to 'The Gourmet Traveller'.

Do go to the zoo - so many animals (giraffe's, zebras, white tigers, elephants, white handed gibbons) and the animals are in quite natural surroundings for the most part - which makes for a much nicer experience (for you and the animals).

Don't expect a totally different culture - Singapore is very Americanised - full of starbucks, Taco Bell's, Carl's Jnr's, and Dairy Queen's.

Do spend some time on the 70th floor of the Swissotel The Stamford. Hubbie and I went to the City Scape bar and saw the nightlights and listened to some beautiful jazz. (Thanks for the tip - Jazi!)

Don't go without a plan - there is so much to do (mainly lots of food to eat!) Hubbie and I got a little overwhelmed, and didn't do as much as we could have. Although, it was lovely to relax.

Do visit Din Tai Fung - some of the best dim sum we have ever tasted! Excellent service - and scrumptious food! (note: this place was voted one of the top ten restuarants in the world by NY Times, and hosts many workers making the dim sum wrappers from scratch - 40 layers per dim sum!)
Do try the national cocktail - Singapore Sling - 'slovely!

And finally, DO go shopping on Orchard Road. There are so many lovely shops and if you can't afford the likes of Dior and Armani - which most of us can't - there are places for every wage earner. Note: hubby watched a movie whilst I shopped.
Final account - a fun city, but nothing dramatically unique about it. However, Hubbie and I had fun and didn't spend too much cash, so I guess that's definitely something!

Thursday, 17 January 2008

The Countdown Begins....

The job has been secured, the Visa's obtained, and the tickets have been purchased. Traveller and her husband are officially ready to go to the U.K for their biggest adventure. With one and a half weeks to go, many goodbyes are still to be said, but the impending feeling of excitement, mixed with nerves and apprehension has set in Traveller's tummy. Life here has been rather comfortable for the past three years, and the thoughts of a new school, a new home, and saying goodbye to dear friends remain constantly on the mind. Oh well, c'est la vie - Traveller decides, 'You only live once - it's now or never!'.


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