I was determined to do all of the cheesy touristy things, which is basically all Singapore has to offer. There is no “untouched, natural” part of Singapore.
We got off to a rocky start when the first place I tried to go, VOLCANOLAND was apparently out of business. Oh well. We salvaged the day by doing some sort of “luge” ride where you kind of sit on a skateboard and slide down a concrete gutter. That day was pretty uneventful because we arrived in Singapore in the afternoon and didn’t get out and about until like 3pm.
The next day I think was when we hit SNOW CITY, an indoor snow playground where you can sled and….do snow things.
This was Jonas’ first experience with snow.
Those snow clothes were rented. Right when we went inside he took his mittens off, touched the snow, and then wanted me to put the mittens back on. He went down the sled with Papa twice before he said “bye bye, Snowman!” and wanted to go get warm again. I think it was -5 C in there. It was like a big meat locker.
So…SNOW CITY was not a hit with Jonas.
After that was a discovery museum which wasn’t photo worthy. I think that afternoon we went to the Jurong Bird Park. It was okay.
The Bird Park in Malaysia was better, even though it was smaller, the birds were “free” to fly around in the park which was covered with a huge net so they couldn’t escape. In Singapore they were mostly caged.
After this point I get the days mixed up but one day we went to the zoo.
It was raining.
Jonas LOVED the hippos (p.s., I wasn’t planning on being IN that picture), and also talked a lot about the Bah-boons (babboons).
At the end we donated some money to the zoo so we could get our picture up close with these Orangutans. Jonas just kept trying to get Nick to look at them. He was saying “LOOK, PAPA! MONKEYS!” over and over. So I never got a good photo.
My favorite thing we did was spend time on this island called Sentosa. It had all kinds of touristy activities on it AND a beach.
So one day we went to the Sentosa Ocean World Aquarium…
They had crabs.
And after the aquarium we took Jonas to the beach for the first time!
First he played in a big fountain near the beach, which was more interesting.
The weather was great. I didn’t break a sweat.
After this, Jonas fell asleep and Nick and I watched a dolphin show. Did you know Asian dolphins are pink? Me either.
Probably the day after that was when we toured Chinatown. I know I have actually lived in China for a year, but I still get enamored by Chinatowns.
And I think it is a requirement for tourists in Singapore to do the Trishaw tour.
Nick left Singapore a day earlier than Jonas and I. He had to go get the car in Thailand so he could drive it to our next destination, Chiang Mai.
Jonas and I headed back to the beach. It was a Monday so it was way less crowded than the first experience.
The next morning we flew to Chiang Mai, Thailand and met Nick. We had a conference there. I DID get the dreaded conference virus…make that my 3rd year in a row!
But Nick and Jonas stayed healthy except for a sinus infection. After the virus I was anxious to check on the baby so I had my 12 week ultrasound 4 days earlier than I originally planned. It was a relief to see it moving around in there. No gender news yet though. (Edited to ad: THAT WAS BABY DEEDS!)
And this weekend we took them to a city 4 hours north of here called Vang Vieng, famous for its caves. We went inner tubing yesterday, which involved sitting in a giant inner tube for 2 hours while floating leisurely down a natural “lazy river”!
We all had fun, even Jonas riding in Nick’s lap. We also went to a cave which really wore me out. I always end up doing more vigorous things than I would in “normal life” when I am pregnant
(WITH BABY DEEDS!).
When I was this far along with Jonas, I went to the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and was climbing around the temples for 3 days, wanting to faint. This time I climbed up a mountain and then went in the depths of the earth and wanted to faint.