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Day 86/365: Mar 27, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • Being an hour early instead of an hour late to Bible study.
  • Running into a friend that I thought wouldn’t get to see for 2 months.
  • A successful bedtime after several tantrum/fussing sessions.

I guess it is comfortable?… but I know it’s cute.

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Day 44/365: Feb 13, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • Incredible architecture in this city we call home.
  • My mom’s eyes lighting up at the sight of the city’s night lights.
  • Another family with a tired toddler nearby so we didn’t feel alone.

Not a bad view at all!

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Day 15/365: Jan 15, 2014

I’m thankful for:

  • “Cool” Singapore weather.
  • A family walk in the evening after dinner.
  • The ability to wish a family member on the other side of the world a Happy Birthday over the phone.

A peaceful night.

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Day 6/365: Jan 6, 2014

Thankful for:

  • Night lights.
  • Living in Singapore.
  • Friends to share the above with.

The Singapore Flyer

Chilli Crab and Night Safari

We couldn’t let our visiting new yorkers leave without trying one more traditional Singaporean fare. So Friday of our week with J&S we went to a restaurant to eat:

Chilli Crab!

We also got a delicious ostrich meat & ginger dish served on a hot plate. Mmmm! Two dishes that we never had before moving to Singapore (thought I don’t think the ostrich one would be categorized as traditional Singaporean).

After the meal we headed to the Night Safari!

Andrew at the Night Safari

Of course, since we were at the zoo we had to find a way to take a zebra picture for my mom.

Zebra shot for Mom

The whole trip to the Night Safari was AWESOME! The only downside – it was at night. Reason for downside – no good pictures. Flash wasn’t allowed, so the few pictures we took did not turn out the best.

Giraffes!

But rest assured, the pictures don’t do the trip justice. Amongst the animals we saw: lions, cheetahs (the cutest 2 cubs put on a little show tackling each other and their mom), giraffes, rhinos, hyenas, zebras, … the list goes on. To be honest, I can’t remember the entire list!

Some of the highlights:

BAT CAGE!

When discovering that Selam was a bit timid about entering the cage, the helpful guide/lady for the exhibit took care to escort her in. The exhibit was so fascinating! There were both fruit and insect eating bats. The bats that ate fruits had ears were shorter than other bats because they use their sense of smell to locate fruit. It was interesting to see bats hanging onto all sorts of fruit including watermelon and durian. Some of the bats were awe-inspiring-ly large.

Flying Squirrel

It took a while to spot the squirrels in this exhibit, but eventually you would hear shrieks from other visitors as all the sudden you saw this creature flying (okay, it was really “falling with style”) right above your heads! It brought to mind memories of Buzz Lightyear. It seemed that these squirrels enjoyed spending their time climbing up trees all for the thrill of leaping off and spreading their wings – ahem – limbs.

Jungle Tram

To get around the night safari you had to ride a tram through the darkness of the jungle. The experience was distinctly not American. There were no gates/rails/ropes to keep you from leaving the tram. And yet… there were creatures, such as the Cape Buffalo, who were a mere arms length away from the tram vehicle and were described as “one of the African five” by the tour guide! I couldn’t get over how so many animals seemed to be right around each bend on the exciting ride through the wilderness. Incredible!

Saving Selam

Thought we were all weary, Jehiah couldn’t leave the night safari without rescuing his damsel in distress from a stone cold aligator đŸ˜‰

Jehiah's heroism

All because of the New Yorkers – Part 3

The Thursday wasn’t over yet. We had visited the National Museum of Singapore & the Sky Park, but we had one more stop to make before going home.

Okay, make that two – we had to get a bite to eat first.

Familiar Food

Selam had through her resources found a place called “Henderson Waves.”

Henderson Waves

Henderson Waves is actually a bridge. I would call it one of the lesser known wonders of Singapore. I had never heard of it until Selam mentioned it. But regardless of it’s less reknowned status – it is still a wonder.

Unfortunately this “wonder” was at the top of a hill which required the climbing of several flights of stairs. Jehiah thought this would be a good opportunity to practice his manly skills.

Selam holding on for dear life

Our trek up the hill was rewarded.

Waves in the night

You can see why the bridge has the word “waves” in its name. It is an incredible piece of architecture!

Henderson Waves Bridge - walkway

The view from the bridge wasn't half bad either!

The weary sight-see-ers before they go back to their homes/beds

And that ends a day filled with sights and activities that would not have been done as soon or at all without the New Yorkers coming to town.

All because of the New Yorkers – Part 2

Now, as my last post stated, I probably would not have gone to the museum (or at least not as soon) had it not been for J&S. But we couldn’t let Andrew miss out on the fun activities. So, we headed towards Marina Bay Sands to meet up with Andrew.

The cantilever

Man! It is even more impressive when you're at the bottom looking up!

Inside the entrance to the Sky Park they had an awesome model of the Marina Bay Sands area. I instantly thought of my brother, Nathanael – the architect of the family.

Scale model of the whole Marina Bay Sands

By the time we had arrived at Sky Park at the top of the Marina Bay Sands, dusk had arrived and the lights of Singapore were ablaze.

Night-time panorama

The Singapore Flyer (as seen from The SkyPark)

Words don’t do the view justice … so I’ll just keep adding pictures.

Night time panorama - 2

Now, we have always wanted to go to the SkyPark, but because it’s not free ($20/person) we’ve been waiting till we could share the experience with someone else. (See, now doesn’t that want you to come visit us? Just think of all the activities we have stored up.) So Jehiah & Selam were the perfect excuse to spend the money. Well worth the price too! If it weren’t for those New Yorkers, we might have waited a while more before visiting the SkyPark.

The New Yorkers

"The Singaporeans"

We were getting ready to leave when they started their light show. The light show featured fountains, mist videos, lazers from atop the tower, and coordinated lights on top of the buildings below. It was quite the spectacle!

Marina Bay Sands - Light Show

The light show would have been a fantastic finale to a great day – but we weren’t done yet, we had one more stop to make.