08.10.2011 - 08.10.2011 29 °C
After breakfast, we all head around to the park so the kids can get rid of some energy and steam up a bit. After this, the pay off comes in the form of a visit to Brunetti’s in Tanglin Mall – the Singapore branch of the Melbourne coffee shops. G and I have iced chocolates, something you don’t get elsewhere in town.
Here we split up, with C and O off to gymnastics. We head out and start working our way along Orchard. We only get a short distance before we head into a sport store to look at stuff. G finds some garish Reebok zipper shoes which he cannot be separated from. That over, we head along mainly window shopping as we are in the expensive area of town.
What we are really after is getting back into the pool. By the time we get home, the others are back and we all head down to the pool together. G has to get used to being the king of the kids as C and O jump all over him trying to get him to play with them rather than us. They are having a great time, and O is particularly displeased when it is time to go back up.
Again tonight we are treated with a baby sitter, so the adults can head out for dinner. Before I do, I give the kids my last hug goodbye before I head off early in the morning.
First stop is the Altitude bar at the top of the UOB Plaza. Here you buy a minimum one round of drinks to get access. But once up to the top, the night view is fantastic. We can see most of Singapore from here, and bits of Malaysia lit up too. All the new landmarks are clearly visible with the Star casino, The Flyer (ferris wheel) the Lotus Flower brightly lit. You can clearly see Raffles, the old coastline, up the Singapore river, and probably where you are staying. Where the new coast is was hard to tell. There are so many ships moored just off the coast and so many others sailing along the straits that their lights make the separation between sea and land a bit hard to see. We can see further to some of the outlying islands, including the ones off shore where all the oil refining and storage is. We have had a good drink and a chat, but it is dinner time.
We are close to Chinatown for dinner at a small place called Blue Ginger. Here they serve a fusion of the early races in Singapore. The food is delicious, we have fish cakes, fish head curry and other good stuff. Between the four of us, the meal was similar price to Melbourne, but something you cannot find there.
We head back home for yet again coffee and chocolate. We have a bit of a chat before it is time to call it a night.
Up just before 5 and get escorted out by L and T for last goodbyes and hugs. It has been great to catch up again and see everyone out here. It is a quick ride out to the airport which gives me an hour or so before hopping on the plane.
Leaving Singapore during daylight, I get an idea of how small it really is. The flight itself is uneventful, the service is good, but the TV in the seat was bigger on Emirates, G will be pleased to hear. At Honkers, There is a sign to direct me to transfers and before I can sneeze, I am being lined up for the Hangzhou flight. Dragon Air is Cathay’s regional airline, and quite comfy, although now the TV does not work. So, earplugs in and have a doze.