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?
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.
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 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!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.
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