Day of Fun

Guitar (Un)Hero

Guitar (Un)Hero

Most days we do a lot, and see even more. We’ve been racking up the passport stamps and entrance tickets to world heritage sites and historical landmarks, while trying to eat and do as the locals do, engulfing ourselves in the culture of whatever country we happen to be in. But today was not one of those days.

Our day began with a warm chocolate banana muffin-half for me, half for Jeff. Next up, a free foot massage (the first of four each in the span of 24 hours). Then we weighed our options and decided to take in a movie. We walked over to the movie theater and caught a showing of The Transporter. On the way back, we passed a fun zone, so I tried my hand at guitar hero and a video game. I couldn’t quite grasp the concept of either one, so both attempts were relatively short-lived (although I’d love to give Guitar Hero another shot one of these days as I sense the potential for much fun to be had). We realized our lunch options were limited, and ended up having Western food (Burger King, to be exact), which turned out to be embarrassingly good, given the rarity of eating good old American fast food. After our meal, we strolled through some shops. The selection was overwhelming and too high-end for our needs, so we just browsed around and moved on. I’m sure if you’ve managed to read this far this has all the makings of a cheesy high-school date, rather than a day in the life of a world traveler, but do read on (if you are so inclined). We saw a large banner advertising a Tribute to Michael Jackson event scheduled for the evening, and we were just in time-lucky us. We hopped on the tram and made our way to the event, just ahead of the crowds. I was even able to find a space near the stage. The performer/impersonator was Edward Moss. Never heard of the guy, but apparently he is famous on the circuit and has stood in for Michael Jackson at several events, as well as played his likeness in movies. The guy put on an entertaining show and even from the second row, the resemblance was probably as close as you’re gonna get. After the show, we grabbed a quick dinner and yet another foot massage, checked our email, and found a clean, comfortable, and quiet place to lay our heads down for the night.

Tribute to the King of Pop

Tribute to the King of Pop

The next morning we awoke to the sounds of the early morning hustle and bustle, but continued to lounge around for a while and took in a couple of episodes of “The Simpsons” and “Seinfeld”. Then we got up and visited some gardens within walking distance. The Sunflower Garden was cute, the Orchid Garden was beautiful, but my favorite by far was the Butterfly Garden, full of live colorful butterflies of all sizes, fluttering about, drinking, resting, and one even emerging from a cocoon.

From the Butterfly Garden

From the Butterfly Garden

As we exited the garden, I glanced around for a clock and discovered that our time stuck in the transit terminal was almost up. Who knew one could have such a busy day of fun trapped in an airport? After having spent two full consecutive days and nights in airports–Manila and Singapore, we were glad to make our escape. Still, if we are ever stuck in transit again, we could do worse than Changi International in Singapore. Next stop-Vietnam.

Posted: October 12th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Singapore | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Singapore In Brief

Since we were only in Singapore for a day and a half, there isn’t much blog-worthy material. The city lived

Message on cartoon cat in park

Message on cartoon cat in park

up to my expectations and that was that. Clean. I could literally count the amount of litter I saw on one hand (maybe two). Not bad for a modern city in Asia. Nothing hugely surprising in the way of architecture or culture. Just a lot of polished urbanity. Sparkling shopping mall after shopping mall. Amusing signage on buses, trash cans, and other public places, kindly reminding its citizens to be kind and helpful to one another. The airport was probably the highlight, since we stayed overnight in the movie lounge on the second floor. Cushy, comfortable, relatively quiet (despite the movies), dark, and best of all….free. Also, no bugs.

What we probably enjoyed most about Singapore was that despite its lack of character, it was a refreshing reminder of things we hadn’t experienced in the last month. Western comforts and sights that under normal circumstances, we take for granted, or sometimes even try to escape. Flush toilets and toilet paper. Air conditioned buildings. Signs in English. Recycle bins. Food courts and Coffee Beans. Multi-plexes. People who actually wait in lines in an orderly fashion or for the light to cross a street.

While we made it to a temple or two and a museum, I’m still not sure what would draw people to travel here other than for business or a serious addiction to shopping. But it is definitely pretty, especially by the river and when lit up at night. The weather was similar to a nice day at home. There was a nice mix of cultures and religions from different parts of Asia. And it was pleasant and easy travel, which was what we appreciated the most, given that China is next on the list. It’s not the easiest place to travel in, and will be even more difficult considering we don’t speak the languages. We are gearing up for lots of drawing and charades ahead.

Posted: September 1st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Singapore | Tags: , , , | No Comments »