Am I back in Manhattan, ohhh it's Singapore

Trip Start Dec 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 27, 2008

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The Conrad

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

My flight landed on time in Singapore last night, and I felt like I just got home.  Big modern clean airport with signs in English.  Orderly taxi line out by baggage claim, talkative efficient taxi driver who knew the hotel.  Then a concierge to open the door in the hotel turn-out with a "welcome madam" as he handed me my luggage ticket and said my bag would arrive to my room shortly.  Where the heck am I?  Feels like I'm back in Manhattan!

I spent the day on Orchard road, which is the thing that everyone says you "must do" in Singapore.  And I found a road miles and miles long, covered with 6 story shopping malls on either side.  Prada, Gucci, A|X, etc, etc.  Wait, where the heck am I?  I can't believe my Lonely Planet guide book even said to come see this.  But, just like Kuta I adapted and did as the locals.  I stocked up at the drugstore on some more shampoo and industrial strength water proof mascara (it's a little humid in SE Asia).  Then I found a Marks & Spencer!  And then I was hooked.  Marks & Sparks, as it's called by local Londoners is a staple shopping store in London.  They've got great clothes, home wares and even a small produce market.  This one didn't, it was just clothes.  And as I went in I said to myself, if you must buy something - one shirt only.  There is no room in my suitcase for more.  I bought six, and one of them is long sleeve and I can't wear it here, so that'll go into the next package home. It was really cute.  I hate that I spent the day shopping.  I am going to the cultural sights tomorrow.  I did Orchard Road as a dutiful tourist in Singapore and I'm not going back.

I'll read my guide book some more tonight.  There is a good night safari here, and I think a cool butterfly park.  I'm not going to stay the 5 days I thought I would, I think three might be enough.  I'm going to look into taking the train Friday afternoon out of Singapore and continue north into Malaysia.  Until then! 
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joannesp on

from mom
Am not surprised about your thoughts on Singapore, especially coming from those peaceful islands in Indonesia. That's why I will not choose to join you in Tokyo. If I come, it will be the Great Wall or the Taj Mahal. Will have to look at your itinerary soon if that's to become a possibility. Am off to Medford today to be available to Mimi + Papa while UB is in Vero. Take car. Say hi to Alex for me. Love you! Mom

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