Tuesday, April 21, 2009

3-7 April – Singapore

We enjoyed Singapore very much. The people are friendly and cosmopolitan. Everything is clean and organized. There is a lot to see and do, not least for families. And we actually managed to camp in Singapore, much to our own surprise.
We spent our first day in the busy West Coast Park, watching the local kids enjoying the weekend. Our children had a lot of fun at the giant Adventure Playground, meeting new friends from all over the world.
The next day we went to the Singapore Zoo, which is world class. Our children loved to see all the animals (and their parents had a good time as well!). Towards the end of the day the kids played in the KidzWorld water playground, cooling off after a long, hot day.
One day we took the super modern Metro to Orchard Road and felt like poor bums when walking through the temple-like malls with their chic boutiques.
We continued to Raffles Hotel where we had the mandatory Singapore Sling in the Long Bar. We enjoyed our drinks, the kids munched copious amounts of peanuts, and we soaked up the atmosphere together with a few dozen other tourists before continuing to Chinatown.
We spent several nights camping in the Sembawang Park on the northeastern tip of Singapore Island. Several people from the neighbourhood came to talk to us, and we met some great new friends.

Thank you Kate and Petter Thome for inviting us to your home, to your pool and treating us to both local and IKEA-Swedish delicacies!
Thank you Martha Chaudhry for spending a morning with us, portraying this odd family with itchy feet.

Thank you Michael Fiebrich for the lovely Hop-A-Long DVD. The children loved all the episodes and songs. They send their hugs!

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