Our room at the Conrad Hotel just after midnight on the 6th - Gracie getting ready for bed.
We arrived in Singapore just after midnight on Saturday, 11/6/04. We were staying at the Singapore Conrad, and had asked them to pick us up at the airport, since the city was so new to us, and we knew how late we were getting in. The man who picked us up brought his son, and they were really nice.
The Singapore airport must be the most impressive in the world, or at least way up there - it's beautiful, organized, clean, and has everything you could imagine. It's a great place to fly into, and I really recommend it as a great airport to fly into for SE Asia.
The first thing that hits you when you walk out of the airport is the air; it's very humid, because of how close you are to the equator.
Looks like Michelle is getting ready for bed too, but really she's a big fake.
VERY different from the dry air of Phoenix! It began to rain a little as we reached the hotel.
Other first impressions that first night - how clean the city is, and how lovely. The plants and flowers are amazing. The streets are so well laid out. The city is stunning.
The Conrad is a very pretty hotel, we got checked in quickly, and got a few hours of sleep. When we woke up, we got ready for the day and my old friend Brenda from high school, who had moved to Singapore, came and met us at the hotel. We went for a walk, and ended up at the Raffles Hotel, to go to the Long Bar - home of the original Singapore Sling. I had read, prior to going, that the Singapore Slings had gone downhill a little, because they now make them in huge vats for the tourists, and they just aren't as good made in such huge quantities.
The inside of the Long Bar
The trick to getting a good one, they say, is to go up to the bar, and say you would like to get a picture of them MAKING your Singapore sling; that way, they make you a fresh one by hand, and it's supposed to be a lot better - a whole different drink. We didn't do that. We just ordered them from the table, and I have to admit, it wasn't that great, and it most likely would have been better the other way, so try that if you go. I was still happy to have gone and tried it though. We also got some french fries to nibble on, and as dumb as it sounds, they were some of the best I've ever had. The Raffles Hotel was beautiful, and a great place to spend some time. It's really worth a stop.
We then went over to my cousin's house; he and his wife also live in Singapore.
Pam and Kim's House. These houses are called "Black and Whites" around Singapore, and used to be housing for the military.
We had a great visit, and then went to a WONDERFUL place for dinner, called Sammy's. It's an Indian Restaurant near Holland Village. You eat off of banana leaves. There are zero tourists at this place, and it is to die for. Very spicy, and very fun. If you go, watch out - you get charged for whatever they put on your banana leaf, and they try to dump things on your leaf while you aren't looking - it's part of the game. So you spend half your time eating, and half your time trying to block your leaf while they try to come up behind you and quick dump things on your leaf. Don't miss this place, it's the perfect place to start your trip.
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