24 hours in Singapore ends with “I do!”

A fitting end to an amazing adventure!

As all good tales often do, this one ends with a happy ending.  After a whirlwind 24 hours in Singapore I found myself 57 stories above the ground, taking in the panorama view of the city.  While sipping on yet another Singapore Sling, and soberly coming to terms with the end of the tour, I was totally taken by surprise.  Andy asked me to marry him!  After I fully realised what was happening, I accepted, overjoyed!  If we could get through these last 3 months, being in each other’s company 24/7, I reckon we go well together.  Not so?

Brothers' Reunion

But let me take a step back.  The 24 hours started with us checking into the Ritz-Carlton shortly after we had landed in Singapore.  The hotel lived up to our expectations – we had a beautiful, spacious room, with large windows that gave us a stunning view over the city.  We then headed to the Raffles Hotel – a famous Singapore hotel, which has been magnificently preserved from colonial days.  There we met up with Andy’s brother, Dave, who introduced us to original “Singapore Sling” cocktail. 

Andy in front of Harry's Bar

Thereafter we went for dinner at a local Chinese restaurant.  We had the recommended Peking Duck – basically a roasted duck is carved up in front of you, and then served in various ways.  Which is all very well except that the duck’s head was still intact.  After looking past that fact, we enjoyed our meal very much.  We skipped the soup, having seen shark fin soup on the menu.  I can’t believe that they are still serving that in places!

After an interesting dinner we took a walk around the Quays area, taking in the sights and sounds of Singapore at night.  More drinks, taxi rides, merry conversation and ice-cream night-caps, all made for a fun night out on the town.

The shopper

The next morning, after a quick breakfast, we headed out to Orchard Road – the heart of the shopping district.  Andy and I decided to go our separate ways (to keep our sanity).  He went shopping for electronics, I for clothes and shoes.  We met up briefly for lunch, compared our “winnings”, before heading off again for the afternoon session. 

By 4pm I had all parcels I could possibly carry.  On a high from all the retail therapy, Andy suggested that we go to the Sky Park atop Singapore’s newest landmark – the Marina Bay Sands Hotel.  After walking around the observation deck, we sat down for “end of World Tour” drinks.  And the rest is history!

Marina Bays Sands

Closing comments on the World Tour will follow in another post.  But for now, thanks for following us.  We hope that we have inspired you to travel, reach for your dreams, and experience as much of this beautiful world of ours.

Bye for now!

Arriving back in Johannesburg

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22 Responses to 24 hours in Singapore ends with “I do!”

  1. Connie Scholtz says:

    Congratulations you two!!! This is wonderful news!

  2. Derek Huxley says:

    Fantastic news guys. It was wonderful to meet you and learn about your lives, albeit briefly. I am sorry that I am only catching the tail end of your 90 days. Maybe you should keep the blog for the next big aforementioned adventure… Congratulations!

    • Denise says:

      Thanks Derek! Yeah, it’s sad that the blog is really over. There will definitely be more adventures though!

  3. Cheri Luck says:

    I just knew it would happen! Hope you honeymoon in Colorado! We are so glad you made it through! God bless you both and hope you’ll blog often to let us know how you are.

    • Denise says:

      Thanks Cheri. Mmm, a honeymoon in the mountains does sound nice. We have yet to start discussing details. But we’ll keep you posted.

  4. Gerda says:

    Congratulations!
    May God bless you. I wish you love and happiness.

  5. Barbara says:

    Dad and I are absolutely delighted by your announcement. We have loved you Denise right from the beginning and know that you will be a great life partner for our boy (at last ………….. no longer my “batchelor” boy) and likewise Andy to you. Exciting times ahead which we look forward to. Did you get hold of Jenna Andy? Am looking forward to the phone call from her which will probably be ……. “Guess what, I have got good news”!!!! Cant wait to see you. Love you lots.

  6. Barbara says:

    Great to see my two boys together. How blessed we have been. So proud of both of you and love you lots. Mum & Dad. PS Just in case Jenna reads this ……….. proud of you too girl!!!

  7. Greg and Glynis MacLachlan says:

    Congratulations to Andy and Denise on their engagement- Thank you Barb for keeping us all posted. Also great to see the lovely pictures of your 90 day world trip. All the best to you all!!

  8. Ena Hewitt says:

    Congrats Andy and Denise. What a wonderful ending to what sounded like a fantastic holiday. Loved following your adventures over the last 90 days. Denise we must catch up again now that you are back in Johannesburg and I’d love to meet Andy too. Ena

  9. B. van Eden says:

    Baie geluk.

  10. christelle says:

    Congrats you guys I am so happy I have tears in my eyes……you guys are a match made in heaven…….all my hugs and kisses……….. thanks again for sharing this tour with up All my love from NZ

    • Denise says:

      Thanks Christelle. We are so glad that your place could be a small part of our journey. Wished we could have stayed longer! Please stay in touch!!

  11. Pauline and Mark Blasky says:

    Hey guys, congrats on the great news! And in our home port too! Have a great life together.

  12. Cindi Plath says:

    Hi you two…I have moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Just completed my reading of your worldwide tour blog and the great news of your upcoming marriage…congratulations! Please stay in touch and let me know when you’ll be back in this area. Take care and God Bless!

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