Monday, December 21, 2009

Singapore

JR and I had the priveledge of doing a little traveling here and there...we flew from Denver to NYC (Thank you Robin for dropping us off at the airport!), and spent the time in the airport waiting for our flight to Tokyo camped out, sleeping on the floor. From Tokyo we flew to Singapore, which is a tiny, crowded city state. It has bustling streets, a beautiful little India and Chinatown, and many, many temples. It also is COVERED in malls. It was really hard to do anything "outdoorsey" in Singapore, because the entire place is pretty much populated. The only "natural" places is a nature preserve that we heard about but never made it to.

The national hobby in Singapore is shopping, and there is a shopping center about every two feet. It's crazy. There is a street called Arab street that is covered in fabric shops, particularly silk shops...it's pretty much heaven to me and rivals the Fabric District in NYC...because it is bigger and much much cheaper. I saw quite a few people buying yards and yards of fabric for fashion houses. I also had the privilege of going into this room that holds fabrics that are 3000 Singaporian dollars a yard and up. They were these incredible hand beaded laces, these very fine silks, they were just incredible and lush. I imagine that may be a place where some couturiers pick up some of their fabrics.

I picked up a meter and a half of a printed silk to have made into a dress. I had it made in Malaysia which is quite a bit cheaper than Singapore.

Singapore was good, though, I enjoyed the weather (I hear Colorado, and the East Coast, where we head next, is covered in snow!) which was about 94 degrees and 94 percent humidity! That's my favorite weather - hot and sticky!

Here are some pictures!



Jon and I Camping at JFK...



We stayed at a backpacker hostel the first night in SG before we moved into my brother and Sister-in-law's place...you can write on the walls there...



At Sentosa Island, which is like the Singaporean Disneyland...they are actually building a universal studios there...



Self Explanatory....



This is the spiciest meal I've ever eaten in my life. Seriously. This dish brought me to tears and I have a realllllly high spice tolerance that impressed the Malaysians I met on this trip...

So that's it for pictures for now, I'm trying to upload over 800 pictures on the Changi Airport Wireless Connection (EG: slooooooow....). You are free to check out whatever I've uploaded at my flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/royal_wedding/

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