New Hanoian via Singapore
Trip Start Jul 26, 2007
38Trip End Dec 10, 2007
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Singapore was a blast from the past. I had been to Singapore once before many years ago. The only thing I really remember vividly about Singapore was the smell. The air is quite musky and there's always a hint of dried fish product wafting through the air. When I got off the plane, I was shocked to find that the Singapore Int'l Airport most closely resembles and upscale shopping mall... Or maybe what a lunar city would look like. Two of everything you could possible need (from Yves St Laurent and Gucci, to liquor stores, and casinos. There were doctors offices, and hotels. a public pool and a spa/hair salon. Let's not forget the five star restaurants and gardens...
It really is a pity I didn't take a picture but, I had already been there and was in dire need of a shower and a nap.
The next morning I took Singapore Airlines to Hanoi. That is one helluva airline. I've flown with my fair share of airlines, and Singapore Air was by far the most well thought out. I flew economy class and we had wine or juice served to us as we were boarding the aircraft. Then they came through the aisles with a menu for the onflight meal.
Speaking of sneezing, that reminds me of Vera's fish allergies and the trouble she would have had on my Japanese flight from Tokyo to Singapore. We had a choice between "Steamed Fish" or "Vegetarian" meals. I wasn't so keen on finding out what a airline's steamed fish would taste like, so I opted for the Vegetarian meal. When I uncovered the vegetarian entree, I saw quite an array of steamed veggies and noodles. It looked promising, The woman next to me had ordered the Vegetarian entree as well. I was about half way through my meal when I speared what appeared to be a mussel. Now, I love shellfish, and seafood in general, so I wasn't put off... honestly I just figured it was part of the sauce or something, which had a very fishy taste. I continued to eat: after a few more chopstick-fulls of noodles I ran into something pink. Pink, I thought... I decided to give it a shot. So I take a bite of this solid pink thing, and it turns out it's salmon. So to sum up, in the
My flight got into Hanoi on the early side, and I found a tired and travel worn Matt waiting for me outside of customs. We were picked up by the hotel, and chauffered to our busy city street hotel, where we both collapsed after dinner.