Big City, Big hearts

Trip Start Dec 25, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Hello Everyone,

My last hours in Singapore are fast approaching. As i type loud crashes of thunder are heard outside while a brief but intense tropical storm arises.

Singapore has been fabulous thanks to my gracious hosts Jack and Maggie. Jack and Maggie have returned to Singapore for there second time. After 20 years of being away and working and traveling the world they bring great insights and advise. We've visited all the local watering holes and eateries. From the local hawker stands where you can get a great cheap meal. To the Turkish restaurant and don't forget the abundance of Indian food to be found.

The thing I enjoy most about Singapore is the melting pot of cultures. All represented and living in harmony on this island. There a tons of great attractions,zoos, museums, little India , China Town, the list goes on. I feel like you can visit all parts of the world in one place. I purchased some crazy tropical fruits from the happiest and talkative little old man. To watching a game of Chinese chess where 2 players surrounded by many all take place in this faster moving version. Everybody has words of encouragement and strategy, but it seemed one player had them all beat. They say the game is one even before you start. Which was true in this case.

Ive visited the great bird and animal sanctuaries and the beautiful botanical gardens. The tropical and colourfull birds always amaze me. They put on a show where these amazing creatures fly right over your head. So close you better duck. Besides the Orangutans of course at the zoo. There was a young little white rhino that stoled my heart and made me laugh. To think i came all this way to see Polar Bears swim.

I took in a few WW2 history points of interest. How interesting it is coming from Japan to hear and see both sides of the coin.

 I visited a small island near by, where i did get the rental bike to tour the island for $2 as advertised. Lets just say its a bit of a scam but i stuck to my guns and took the one old dilapidated old beast around the island to see monkeys, large lizards and tropical forests with no troubles at all.

I've packed in as much i think possible in Singapore. All without taking in to much of the shopping frenzy and malls witch is more of a culture here than a past time. There's just to many interesting and good times to reflect on and convey.

Thanks again to my hosts Jack and Maggie for having me longer than anticipated. OFF to Bali for some sand a surf and good time with some friends from Canada. Enjoy.
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