Welcome to Singapore
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As anticipated, I arrived in Singapore in the middle of the night. I took at taxi to the Grand Hyatt Hotel - my home base for the next 6 nights.
The room was very nice. I spent a few minutes throwing my stuff into drawers and hanging my shirts, but then immediately hit the sack for a few hours.
In the morning, I traded a couple emails with a work colleague, who said he'd pick me up in a taxi and we'd go into work together. He must have heard about my fiasco trying to find the Korea office. :-)
Again, as expected, the Singapore team extended me every bit of hospitality. I set up shop in the common work area with the FP&A and accounting teams.
We had lunch at the foodcourt downstairs, which must have had a kiosk for every type of cuisine in greater Asia.
I spent most of the day trying to get caught up on my California work, versus meeting with the Asia team.
That night, a group of us went out to eat in Boat Quay, one of many neighborhoods in Singapore. We started with a beer at a local brewpub along the Singapore River (which in this particular area is lined with bars and restaurants.) Then we headed to the restaurant, an Indian place that has a GREAT rooftop outdoor dining area with a spectacular view of the city. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera. Dinner was great.
We then took a taxi to neighboring Clarke Quay - which seemed to be a bit more upscale and trendy than Boat Quay, where we enjoyed an $18 beer. That's $18 singapore dollars which is still about $14 US. We were so full from dinner, though, that we had to force down the beer (but dammnit, for $18 each, we were going to get every last drop).