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Whizzing through Singapore

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Well, we survived Bali and have now turned up in Singapore. We've been here just two nights and will leave tomorrow for Melaka, Malaysia. I have about 12 more minutes of free internet here at the hostel before I get booted out of the system, so apologies for the quick, short and unedited entry!

Our last night in Bali was interesting. We headed out for dinner around 7:30 pm and had just ordered beers and milkshakes when the power went out. The power often goes out, but is usually restored within a minute or two. In this case, we sat in the darkness for several minutes before the waitress brought out candles, then sat there for another 45 minutes playing cards and waiting....but still no power. We left in search of a restaurant on a block that did have power, but it was a futile search: as it turns out, most of the island was in darkness. The kids had still not had their milkshakes, and were starving, so we found some peanuts, crackers and juice boxes for them and called that dinner.

Back at the hotel room, which was still in total darkness, we went to bed without fans or air-con. The rooms were like saunas (we had two separate rooms), which made sleeping difficult. Difficult turned to impossible, for me anyway, after Mark speculated on the possibility of the power outage being related to another terrorist attack, since by then it had been out for several hours. We were wondering if we might run into problems leaving the country the next morning.

The power finally came back on around midnight, nearly five hours after it had first gone out. But we'd set the alarm to go off shortly after 4 a.m., so I never really did get to sleep.

The flight to Singapore was just 2.5 hours long and totally uneventful. Our first impression of Singapore is that it seems a paragon of organization and efficiency. Every travel-related task here is just a breeze. The kids are also loving it. I sent Ciaran to brush his teeth the first evening and told him not to worry about bringing his water bottle along with him, since he could just use the tap water here. He said, "Mom, I LOVE Singapore!" Chloe, for her part, has decided she'd like to live here some day. It's clean, fun, and far more interesting than Ottawa, she figures.

We spent yesterday at the Singapore Zoo, which was a great hit with the kids despite monsoonal downpours for much of the day. We're having dinner with friends of ours who live here tonight (hi Paul!) and then tomorrow we're off by bus to Malaysia. More news when I have more internet time!

Posted by The Rymans 19:18 Archived in Singapore Tagged family_travel

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