One good thing that came our of our cancelled trip to Nepal was that we got to spend about two days in Singapore which we hadn’t planned on. My cousin Steve was staying with a childhood friend of his in Singapore while recovering from a broken ankle and we were lucky enough to stay there too.
It was great to stay with someone who lives in Singapore because we really got a great taste of the country that is a city in a short time. Steve and Mike were waiting for us at the airport when we landed and quickly drove us to Mike’s house were we had lunch and dropped off our bags. Staying in a home was a nice break. After a month of travel Will and I were feeling pretty road-weary, I had a cold, and we were dragging.
Despite being tired, we still had things to see! After lunch we went downtown to the marina area and took a boat ride complete with audio to get a quick overview of the city and some of its incredible architecture. After the boat ride we walked down the glitzy shopping area of Orchard Road and then had a beer and burgers for dinner at the American Club where Steve and Mike are members. Obviously, the burgers were great.
The next day we went for a walk around the Singapore Botanic Gardens which has been around for about 150 years and is gorgeous. We spent the rest of the day relaxing and having lunch and dinner at the house.
That night Mike, Steve, Will and I ventured back downtown to have a drink in the rooftop bar of the iconic Marina Bay Sands hotel. The building is made of three towers with a boat-like structure resting at the top. After our $20 beers, we had some late night satay from a food stall area.
We really got to see the sights of Singapore in a short time while finding some time to rest as well. Singapore is an interesting place. It’s clean and shiny and rich and expensive. There are so many rich people and so many immigrant workers. The architecture is uber-modern. It feels like the Jetsons without the robots and flying cars. It was unlike any other country we’d been to.
We were also so grateful to get to see Steve again before heading home. Steve is my Dad’s first cousin, and while we knew each other well, we really bonded as the two family members in Southeast Asia over the last two years. It was great getting to see him so much during our time here and I’m going to miss him.