Singapore was lovely. So clean, green and orderly. Quite a change from Bangkok, that is for sure! I would move there in a heartbeat if the cost of living wasn't so outrageously high. $19.00 for a hamburger. $15.00 for a glass of wine. $20.00 for a cheese quesadilla. And this was in a local pub and not a "fancy" restaurant by any means. Yikes. We didn't go into a grocery store so I don't know what those prices were like but everything else seemed to be very expensive.
Caitlynne's friend, Laura, and Laura's mom, Jacki, went with us. They are from South Australia and have been in Bangkok for about a year and a half. Laura and Caitlynne played basketball together in the Fall and now play on the school softball team. We arrived early Friday afternoon and, after checking into the hotel, went out to explore. Our hotel was right on Orchard Road which is the center of Singapore's shopping district. The shopping was amazing. There were a lot of designer boutiques (clothes, shoes and handbags), jewelry stores and high-end department stores right outside the front doors of our hotel. Saturday morning/early afternoon we shopped a bit more and then went back to the hotel to have a little rest.
Since the "Wicked" performance wasn't until 7.30 pm, Laura suggested we ride on the Singapore Flyer. The Singapore Flyer is a giant Ferris wheel - however, instead of seats, there are capsules that you stand in as the wheel rotates. It is 42 stories high - about 540 feet.
We managed to get some "red carpet" tickets for the Flyer which really only meant that we were escorted to the front of the lines and we each received a "Singapore Sling" to drink during our ride (yes, even the girls!). Our capsule was also a little more luxe than the others with music and nice seating.
Some photos of us in our "red carpet capsule"...
Trust me, the girls are just posing with the drinks!
The capsule next to ours.
After our ride on the Flyer, we ate dinner and then headed over to the Marina Sands to see "Wicked". More on that tomorrow!
Have a great Tuesday!