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Singapore: Botanic Garden & Peranakan Dining

Today we headed out in the morning to the Singapore Botanic Garden. It is a UNESCO world heritage site.

It was an easy subway ride to get to. In first entering, we found the gardens green but lacking other color. Then we got to the orchid area. They were truly beautiful.

On the way out, we made a reptilian friend.

Lunch was nearby, at a Michelin one star Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut, that Ellen was so excited about. The dishes were incredibly flavorful, I had a chicken thigh unlike any other. Ellen had prawn in coconut sauce.

We figured out a bus home, 19 stops, and it started raining the second we got on. Storm was just about over when we got back to the hotel.

We were supposed to go the Singapore Zoo for their night safari, until we found it was about a hour and a half to get there. We decided it was too far and would be difficult to get home and decided to skip it this time.

So we decided instead to hit a New York burger place, Black Tap. They are known for their burgers and CrazyShakes™️ (seriously, take a look). The burgers were pretty awesome but we went only for a classic shake.

Tomorrow we take the party to Penang, Malaysia for the last leg of the trip. It’s almost Christmas here, so I’ll wish everyone a merry Christmas! 🎄

Thanks to those who sent concerns about my stomach. After some thinking about what I had that Ellen didn’t, we believe that almonds bought from a market in Little India might have been the cause. Evidently, the US requires almonds to be pasteurized but that isn’t done everywhere. Regardless, I’m on the mend.


Singapore: Boat Ride, Chihuly & Gardens

We had a light pre-planned agenda, so we decided to start the day with a 40 minute boat ride on the bay.

It gave us a good luck at the iconic sites.

We had planned high tea at the Chihuly Lounge in the Ritz Carleton. Stomach issues that appeared last night made that a bad idea so we went for a quick view and a small snack instead.

The last thing for the day was Gardens By The Bay, a top Singapore attraction. The two domes had botanical plants and decorations.

And finally, they have an outdoor Christmas Wonderland, which was mostly lights.

One more full day in Singapore tomorrow.


Singapore: St. Andrew’s and National Gallery

We flew from Manila to Singapore this morning, very early (2:45am wake up, 5:30am flight). But unlike our first arrival on Sunday, we actually left the airport!

We are staying at the SO Sofitel, a boutique-ish hotel near Chinatown. After dumping our luggage, we headed into town to begin exploring.

The first stop was St. Andrews Cathedral. New by European standards, it was built in he mid-1800’s.

Across the street was the National Gallery. We spent several hours there, enjoying the modern art from Singapore and nearby Asian countries.

And crazily enough, the table Trump and Kim-Jong Un used to sign their summit communique is here.

Walking back to the hotel, the Singapore skyline amazed us. Who puts a ship on top of three identical hotel buildings?

Ellen picked a great restaurant, the one-star Burnt Ends. The meat was to die for. Four more days in store.