As many of you know, Mark (Hubby) and I spent the past week on holidays in Singapore, seeing the sights, sampling the food, and exploring the city. You might be asking, why Singapore? Well, the main motivation was that Mark’s brother (David), David’s wife (Hiromi) and their cheeky four-year-old (John) live there. Close family overseas = great excuse for a holiday!
Before I left Australia, all I knew about Singapore was that it’s in Asia, is densely populated but very clean, is mainly a stop-over city, and makes a great laksa (according to David). Mark didn’t know much more than me, so our mission for the week was to see as much of the country as possible – which was surprisingly challenging for a country of only 682 square km (Brisbane is 1,200 square km on its own)!
For me, the highlights of the trip were:
- fine dining at a vertigo-inducing altitude restaurant
- getting soaked on the Jurassic Park rapids ride at Universal Studios (I know, I’m a kid at heart)
- exploring the city at a leisurely pace and taking in the extraordinary architecture (so much diversity!)
- spending quality time with David, Hiromi, John and Mark.
The parts I didn’t enjoy so much were:
- being brazenly ogled at by Indian men
- getting stung by a tourist trap – turns out the prawns weren’t $28 all up, they were $28 each!
- not being able to find a laksa that wasn’t seafood based (yes, I’m fussy!).
And some things that made me laugh were:
- Singaporean’s obsession with milo
- Mark’s irreverence (not entirely discouraged by me…)
- and… this guy!
All in all, I found Singapore to be a wonderful place to visit, and quite inspiring too. It will definitely make its way into my writing in the future, in some way or another. What about you – visited anywhere interesting recently? Have any foreign countries ever inspired your writing?
If you’d like to see some more photos from our trip, visit this public facebook album.