Sunday, May 4, 2008

Singapore--my new favorite city!

26/29 April 08 -- On Saturday morning, we arrived in Singapore on a red-eye flight from India. If you haven't been to this amazing country, go find a calendar and pick a vacation week and start making plans. I'll join you if you need a travel companion. I've seen 14% of the world (according to my Facebook map), and this place tops my list. This unique city offers a blend of people, cultures, cuisine, and architecture from both East and West; all set in a perfect tropical setting. Clean, modern, friendly, efficient, and big fun. But don't bring chewing gum, it's illegal there!

We had one night off during our two week tour of duty, so we decided to spend it in the Clark Quay area. Great food, music, dance clubs, people watching. On Sunday afternoon, we went to East Coast Park to wander along the beach path with the locals. Adam and Matt spent about four hours trying their luck at cable wakeboarding/kneeboarding/waterskiing at a cool watersports complex (while I got my MBA from a touring ESSEC professor from Paris). We finished our perfect day off with barbequed stingray from a local food stall. Yum!

On Monday, we visited the U.S. Embassy (BTW, good job Bill Clinton---this fortress was the nicest of our trip!) and then had dinner with our new partners TME Systems. They picked the restaurant with the most stunning view of Singapore--the Swissotel's 69th floor Equinox Restaurant. The food and company were both fantastic, as we overlooked the tallest Ferris wheel (the Singpoare Flyer at 165 m) and the site of the first Formula 1 night race being held this September.

Tuesday was our all day meeting with TME, then off to the airport that evening for a red-eye to Seoul. Two more countries to go!