Dayna’s Big Adventure, Part 1: Singapore!Thursday, June 25th, 2009
I returned from my glorious two-week tour of Southeast Asia last Thursday, and, whew, only now am I getting back up to speed with all things Ped. But I know a lot of you are curious about my trip, and I’m eager to share the highlights. It was such a blast(!!!), and I have so much to say that I’ve decided to break my travelogue into four parts—so check back everyday over the next few days to get the complete scoop on where we went and what we did.
First stop: Singapore, where the Chuns hosted us in their gorgeous 18th-floor apartment.
Here are the most memorable things about our stay in Singapore (a double asterisk means it’s a “must-do” if you visit):
** The Singapore Flyer is a gigantic, new Ferris wheel that fits about 15 people in each “pod.” Once aboard, you’re treated to a spectacular 360-degree view of Singapore.
*Au Jardin by Les Amis restaurant in the Singapore Botanical Gardens is a gorgeous restaurant set in the trees. Not only is the food spectacular, but the presentation is also top-notch. Go here for your fancy dinner in Singapore!
**Shangri-La Hotel—Dad and Angela stayed here back in the early 1990’s. The hotel and pool area are stunning! The buffet dinner is also amazing—so fresh, with everything you could possibly want or even imagine. I hope to stay here next time we visit.
*Sentosa Island is a resort area that’s very close to Singapore. It has beaches (not great), rides, a luge, an aquarium, and restaurants. The best part for me was the hanging gondola ride back into Singapore, which provided gorgeous views of the area.
*Paragon Shopping Centre—Normally, I don’t like malls (and in Singapore, they are everywhere), but this one had my favorite Japanese store: MUJI. I first discovered Muji in Paris in the Marais, and I love how it’s filled with home gadgets, organic clothing, and fun little objects.
*Food Republic—Located on Orchard Road (a major shopping street, this food court has every imaginable type of Thai, Malay, Chinese, and Japanese food! Fresh smoothies are huge there! My favorite was the watermelon freeze (yum).
Also, here are two practical bits of advice if you’re heading to Singapore:
*Make sure to buy a SIM card for your phone at 7-Eleven as soon as you arrive. It makes calling home to the US much cheaper! (By the way, there are 7-Elevens everywhere!!)
*The Singapore dollar is high, so don’t buy too much here. Instead, wait until you get to Thailand, where everything is much less expensive!
Check back tomorrow, Ped Fans, to learn how I fell in love with an elephant in Chiang Mai, Thailand!