The unifying theme for this whole trip has been good food, and we kept up the tradition tonight. Just hours before our plane left we went to a place Grandma and Grandpa said was know for having the best satay in Singapore. Little did we know that the actual name of the place was “Best Satay.” It was actually just a series of booths in a big hawker center called Lau Pa Sat. By some “accidental” miscommunication we ended up getting something like 60 satays for the kids (the adults had ordered other food). Jacob did his best to eat his fair share, but even with the adults kicking in some help, we couldn’t get it all down. It was some good satay, though…
Archive for July, 2009
Last year we spent a lot of time downtown, but this year we didn’t get to wander around downtown Singapore until our very last day. We did walk from Clarke Quay down to the merlion, which was nice since we had only seen the merlion from a distance in the past. Anyway, it was a beautiful day and I used the opportunity to take lots of pictures of the city.
This was our third trip to the Singapore Night Safari. We saw some pretty cool stuff. The bats were great as always (even though one of them pooped on my head). We saw the flying squirrels, which apparently we had missed before. That was an awesome exhibit. The kids did great and it was a good night to stay up late because now they’re partially prepared for the trip home, which starts very late tomorrow night.
The pictures of the Night Safari aren’t that great because it very dark there and I didn’t want to use my flash.
We went for what we thought would be a nice little nature walk. We were chased by angry monkeys, scared by something that looked like a small crocodile and almost beaten by the sun’s heat halfway through the journey, but 5 and half hours later we emerged thinking what a fun time we had. And, other than the first few we encountered, most of the monkeys were actually pretty friendly (maybe a little too friendly, as one of the babies tried to reach out and grab Jake).
We had a canoe trip planned that would last the whole day. We were all a little worried when it was raining in the morning, and the rain kept up some while we were traveling by boat to the region we were going to canoe in, but eventually it cleared up nicely and turned into a beautiful day. The early rain probably helped keep things a little cooler, which was nice.
There are at least two elephants that live at the hotel and which sometimes wander around the grounds. At breakfast this morning we found them wandering around with their handler. Fortunately, I had my small camera in my pocket so I could get some cute pictures of the kids posing with the elephants. Beth didn’t want to get close enough for a picture, even though she was riding on (and driving) a much bigger elephant yesterday.
We took an hour ride on these elephants in Thailand. We went up and down some big hills and through a fairly deep river. It was pretty fun.
Grandpa definitely outshot me on this part of the trip, so it was good that he was taking pictures, too. Also, poor Lauren got short-changed being with me, since I couldn’t get any good pictures of her when she was sitting so close to me on the same elephant. Here are some of Grandpa’s pictures from the ride: