We left Perth, Australia, on March 20th, and flew directly to Singapore.  We checked into the Ritz Carlton Hotel and upon entering our room found an incredible view of the Singapore skyline at night.  During the day, our room (and bathtub with huge octagon window!) overlooked Marina Bay. 

We toured Singapore for five days and walked through a number of districts including Chinatown and Little India.  Hugh even managed to convince Chris to eat at a "hawker" stand.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with hawker stands, they are a grouping of street side food stalls that evolved from the independent carts that once lined Singapore streets.

To say the retail shopping experience in Singapore is overwhelming is an understatement. The famous Orchard Road area is lined with massive seven story shopping malls that put America's shopping malls to shame.  However, the malls are crowded and repetitive.  For example, one mall had seven hair salons located on the same floor all next door to each other.  We found it strange that all the major malls have identical stores and products.

We took a break from the hectic pace of city life to play a round of golf at Sentosa Golf Club, located on a Disneyland like island outside the city.  We also enjoyed our first authentic Singapore slings at the famous Raffles Hotel bar.  To see more of Singapore, click on the links below:

Singapore Skylines
Singapore Street Scenes
Around Town


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