September 29th to October 4thThursday to Tuesday
Our time in Singapore was manly to recover slowly, relax and adjust back to a similar time zone to home. We absolutely love Singapore, however there was not a lot we wanted to do or see.
We did want to visit the Gardens by the Bay, and also made a quick decision to go on the Singapore Flyer, so we did this on our first full day. The taxi from the hotel was just S$6!
The Gardens were wonderful, we chose not to go into the conservatories, but instead just wandered around the grounds for a couple of hours. It was incredibly hot, and we took every opportunity to sit in the shade and drink some water. We then got another taxi to the Flyer (only S$8).
We had a voucher and saved a bit, all up costing around S$60. I am not one for heights, but I really enjoyed this! We were lucky enough go have the air-conditioned capsule to ourselves. We got a lot of photos, and we were in awe at the view. Also impressed with the technology, the highest wheel in the world at 165m. Just as we reached the top the wind started to pick up, and we could feel a bit of movement. But I was not too phased, which surprised me a bit!
From so far up we mapped out our path to Suntec shopping towers, just a few hundred metres away. In the heat I really did not want to walk one step further than necessary!
We had a delicious meal at McDonalds once inside Suntec! You always know what you are going to get at Maccas! We had a wander around the massive shopping centre, including a special display on the lower level for Star Wars (I think a new movie? And more adults enjoying it than kids!). We bought a water bottle for our son Chris, who is an avid Star Wars fan.
We eventually found a supermarket and bought a few items for the next few days, including chips and drinks as the AFL grand final was on the next day, and it was to be televised live, so a day in bed was in order!
We walked back to the hotel, taking the long way, which was not planned. We walked along the Nichol Highway, but could not cross as the roads were high flyovers, and the centre median strip had a fence all along to stop pedestrians crossing. So we had to walk another block down, go up and use a pedestrian flyover, then walk back the block to the hotel! A bit frustrating in the heat, however, we knew it would not happen again!
Saturday saw us enjoy the AFL grand final in bed, between Footscray Bulldogs an Sydney Swans. Garry went for the doggies, so I decided to go for the swans. Was a low scoring game and quite close for the first three quarters, but the doggies came home by 21 points. A convincing win in the end. Hawthorn (my team) had won the previous 3 years, and I was a tad disappointed they were not in the final, but pleased to see the doggies win, their first in over 60 years! You have to be happy for them. And their coach did play for Hawthorn once upon a time, just saying!!
I realised that I had misplaced my watch. Trying to remember when I last had it proved difficult, but I thought it was when we checked in and I had a shower. We asked at the pool deck, then downstairs at reception and with the concierge, but no luck. I stewed over it a bit, and was resigned to the fact that it was gone. It was the best watch I had ever owned, stainless steel, and sturdy. Oh well, would give me an opportunity to buy another when we got home I thought!
On the third night we went walking and found a great Turkish restaurant just over the road. In fact there were about 50 restaurants, and lots of textiles shops. We had a lovely meal, whilst I eyed off the surrounding shops. I got a few pieces of fabric for my quilts, and a lovely pure silk scarf for just S$4.
We got caught up in a carpet shop, chatting to a guy, who happened to ask where we were from, when we said Tasmania he said he had a friend there and wondered if we knew him. All he said was Ricky, and I said Ponting! Yes of course we knew him, we had gone to the same school! He was so impressed! I asked if he also knew David Boon, and yes he did, and I said Garry went to his school! This was also impressive! We admired the beautiful rugs, from all the middle eastern countries. If we were to ever buy one it would be a difficult choice, as they are all so beautiful. Some taking 2 years to make! We never bothered asking the price, for fear of selling a kidney or two! We saw them being made in Turkey, absolutely stunning craft and workmanship.
We could hear a man singing, so went looking. It was at a Mosque, just a short distance from where we were. It was beautiful, and the chanting must have gone on for an hour or so.
I had trouble sleeping in Singapore. Whilst the hotel was nice and we had a lovely room, the etiquette of the guests was not up to scratch! Doors slamming, people talking up and down the passageway all hours wears thin! So some earplugs and a sleeping pill helped me on the 3rd night to catch up a bit, but meant I woke around 11am, and checkout was 12 noon!
Fortunately our cases were pretty well packed. We showered, and checked out, leaving our luggage. We decided to wander back to Suntec shopping centre. We were not leaving the hotel until 9pm, so had plenty of time to do nothing really! We had lunch and I decided to go catch a movie (Bridget Jones’s Baby) and Garry went back to the hotel pool to lounge and swim.
I loved the movie, I think the best of the 3 in the series, and I was surprised to stay awake! I grabbed something for tea, and headed back to the hotel. Garry said he had been swimming a couple of times, after having a wander around while I was at the movies. I eventually had a swim, the first one while in Singapore. We had strategically packed stuff for this in our backpacks, so we could leave our luggage in storage.
I eventually and a shower, and then Garry, we packed for our final trip home. We checked fir the last time to see if my watch had turned up, but alas no, it hadn’t.
We got a taxi right at the door and were whisked away. Pleased we didn’t book the airport transfer, as the taxi was actually cheaper! It was 9-30pm Sunday night, so traffic was good!
Luckily we could check our luggage in, and make the trek to the departure lounge. We had over 2 1/2 hours to kill. I had set myself up on the floor with some hand sewing, while Garry wandered off to spend the last of our Singapore money. He did well, but still had S$3 left, so loses points for that!
We moved to other seats, and after a toilet stop Garry said he had a present for me and handed me something in some tissues. I instantly knew what it was, and almost squealed! Yes, it was my watch! It was in the bottom of his backpack, and no idea how it got there! At that moment I really didn’t care how or why, but just so,pleased to have it! Losing the watch would have been the only negative for us, so it was wonderful to have found it!
Our flight from Singapore to Sydney left at 12-45am, and was around 7 hours. It was pretty uneventful, except for the Indian couple to the left of me, across the aisle. Even with my earphones in and the sound up I could hear her, and so did everyone else! The gentleman in front asked them to shhh, and then had to get heavy reinforcements, by asking the flight attendants to intervene. I thought it may have got nasty, but quite civilised in the end. I opted not to sleep, well, I did try, bit only got about 15 minutes. The flight was not long enough to take a sleeping pill, and Garry had warned me not to, as last time I did it from Singapore to Melbourne a lady had to straddle my seat….I woke for a few seconds to see her ‘on top of me’. Not something we wanted to repeat! But Garry was more worried about himself having to go to the toilet, so I promised not to pop a pill.
Our few hours in Sydney was pretty much ordinary, get luggage, line up for nothing to declare customs (huh?), then line up again for bag drop (huh?), we already had tickets and our luggage was tagged in Singapore. No idea why you have go line up so long for bag drop…oh hang on, it’s because people, actually don’t know what they are doing, and have to unload stuff from cases because they are overweight! So much for bag drop! More like ‘long wait’!
The flight from Sydney to Launceston was painful, I was so tired, and a small child either squealed or sung the ABCs all the way. About half an hour from home I realised I was not feeling 100%. I thought I was just really tired and needed a sleep, however, turns out I was getting a nasty head cold or something, maybe Singaporean Airlineas flu! Was so glad to land at home, just 10 minutes from the airport.
Was only 10C when we arrived home around 5pm, and a bit damp. I promised myself to stay awake until 8pm, not a minute earlier. We unpacked every nook and cranny, doing a bit of washing, packing away stuff, and I even cleaned the bathroom and one of the toilets, just to stay awake. I found something in the freezer, a home cooked pasta and vegetable bake I had made 2 months earlier, that Jacob had not eaten, heated with some chunky chips. Was quite delicious if I do say so myself.
At 7-20pm I just could not stay awake any longer, then realised that daylight savings had actually started that morning, so it was in fact 8-20! So I staggered off to bed after taking 2 panadol, and popping a sleeping pill!
I slept solid until 5-30am! Wow, I needed that! The Coles delivery man was out the front by 6am, so had the groceries packed away by 6-15am. I did go back to bed, not feeling to crash hot. Actually spent most of the day in bed, trying to sleep, but more or less just relaxing, and keeping the panadol up!
Am pleased to have not been sick while traveling. Can’t complain really, as we both enjoyed pretty good health for the 6 1/2 weeks while away. No aches and pains, and no blisters even, so is a record for us!
So our adventure has ended. What a fantastic trip, once again we have enjoyed a journey together, made so many new friends, ticked off a few things from our bucket lists, and seen some incredible sights. Oh, and not to mention the most amazing foods and drinks consumed!
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting, I hope you have enjoyed our adventure. We now are ready for a holiday, and a few days down at the Valley house will be just what the doctor ordered.