Singapore - 01° 15' 52" N 103° 48' 50" E

Marina Bay from Level 33 Brewery

Last time I was in Singapore was in the late 1990s.  My memories are of a grimier, busier, dirtier Asian city.  Today, it is stunning and green and clean and quiet.  The country is now 11% larger than it was back then with amazing developments and parklands on land that did not exist 20 years ago.

Staying at Marina at Keppel Bay with Julie and Mark provided accommodation, tour guides and activity directors - the full package!  With Mark off at work and Sean delayed in Calgary, Julie set off to show me Singapore.

We leapt up a the crack of dawn to go walking with her walking group.  A wonderful gaggle of expat wives from all over with great stories and tales of adventures had to be told.  Always the expat, never the wife, it was great fun to have a taste of the other side.  We drank beers from the brewery on the 33rd floor overlooking Marina Bay, explored Chinatown, fancy shopping malls and passed a few hours in the Singapore City Gallery.  The story of Singapore over the last 50 years is quite amazing.  The urban planning is both horizontal and vertical.  Depths are prescribed for rail, cars, utilities and deep, deep down, Singapore stores its oil and gas in caverns so they can reduce the footprint of tank farms.

We will not wait another 20 years before we visit this amazing city again.

Mark eats a cow
Marina at Keppel Bay
The public art is fabulous

The walking group sipping champers on 'The Front Porch' of Kokomo


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