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Singapore

Another First!

School Field Trip where we left the country and needed passports!

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Bella, Yu and I

Bella, Yu and I

Our class has been studying the ecosystem, so I thought a trip to the Singapore Zoo might just be the thing to do. It's never easy planning Field Trips, but when you are dealing with passports and paperwork to cross the border from Malaysia to Singapore, it just adds another layer of planning and stress. But it all worked out, and we brought everyone home in one piece, with their passport!

Sadly, the fourth grade teacher, Cherie, whose class was going with us, had bad news that her mother passed away, and wasn't able to join us. Luckily she had two great parents to help us, so all worked out okay.

We loaded 21 kids and 5 adults into three school vans and headed off for the border. About 8:30 am the crossing starts slowing down, so the wait wasn't bad at all thru both borders. We made it to the zoo just a little late for our tour of the rainforest, and it was awesome. So many wonderful creatures in this huge habitat complete with a small waterfall, and high trees. My favorite was the sloth, which you usually never see moving. But he put on a show for us! Climbed down, upside down, from a huge tree and was about 5 feet from us eating lunch. There were bats next to him that kept trying to knock him away. I remember the sloths in Bolivia, but never got this close to one that was actually moving!
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After the tour we headed to KFC for some lunch and then split into groups to see the rest of the zoo. What a fantastic zoo this is! I would say it's one of the most beautiful settings for a zoo I have ever seen. I love the San Diego Zoo, but will have to say this tops it. Beautiful flowers everywhere, so many different kinds of animals, and they looked happy and well taken care of. I want to come back and take the River Cruise and Night Safari sometime.

About 2:30 we met up and loaded the vans again for the ride home. Kids were exhausted, but happy. Lot's of fun traveling to another country for a field trip today!

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Posted by dianeski4 03:01 Archived in Singapore Comments (0)

Saturday in Singapore

At least 18,000 steps worth!

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Frankie and Felicia invited me to go to Singapore to see the Live Nativity at our church. We decided to make a day of it starting at 9 am. It was a pretty quick border crossing and we made it to the church in an hour. We left the car parked there and headed for the MRT. We went over to Sensota Island and spent several hours there. There is Universal Studio, an aquarium, shopping, a casino, restaurants and numerous activities like zip lines and such you can do. We were also able to see Fort Siloso, where the Japanese invaded during World War II. We walked on the beach, ate Krispie Cream donuts, walked thru the casino where we had all the free soda and hot chocolate we could drink, ate a yummy lunch of Chinese food, and walked and walked.
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We headed over to the church building where there was a fantastic live Nativity. They had different rooms set up to depict King Herod, the shepards, the wise men, the angels and finally Baby Jesus. Very touching.

We then headed over to Orchard Road to look at the Christmas Lights. It was like New York City. Crazy crowded and bright with holiday lights.
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Back to the church where we visited with people while waiting for the traffic to slow down at the border.

I was talking to a sweet sister missionary and she told me she is from Orem, Utah, near the mouth of the Provo Canyon. I
mentioned that I taught at Foothill Elementary School that is near there, and she said she went there. She asked my name and realized I had her younger sister several years ago, and that she loved me and always would talk about me. What a crazy and small world. We took a photo together and sent off an email to her mom and Addy. I'm hoping to hear back from her.
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Did see a cool moon tonight. It was a crescent moon turned sideways and looked like a smiley face. Yes...I'm on the other side of the world and it's turned differently here. Amazing
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Fabulous day with some really wonderful friends.

I am heading back to Singapore tomorrow to stay overnight with a friend because I have to get a new passport at the US embassy. I've run out of pages and can't get my work permit until I have a new passport. Hopefully, the day will go just as well.

Posted by dianeski4 07:53 Archived in Singapore Comments (0)

Botanical Garden and the Orchid Exhibit

3rd trip to Singapore

Nothing like a visit to a beautiful orchid garden to ease the stress of living and working in Malaysia. I rode in with Carol and Frank again. I will be making the trip in a couple of weeks alone to pick up a friend at the airport, so I'm trying to figure out all the ins and outs of getting there by car. It's not easy until you have all the documents and paperwork. I had thought about staying overnight, but Singapore is one of the most expensive cities in the world, and I might as well come home to my own bed....it's not that far away. But one of these days I will spend the night there.
Don't mess with drugs in Singapore!
Death!

Death!

It didn't take too long to cross the border today. The traffic was pretty light. We dropped off their car and hopped on the subway (MRT) and after a couple of stops we split up. They were heading a different direction.

I headed to the Botanical Gardens where I have been wanting to see the Orchid Exhibit. It was so beautiful. I can't believe how many different types of orchids are available. The weather was super hot, but most of it was shaded. There was even a cool greenhouse. I wanted to stay in there for a long time to cool off.

They were having a concert in the park that night and so I got to hear them warming up and practicing. Reminded me of the wonderful concerts I have been able to hear in Utah.

I spent some time there, and was going to take the MRT to see Little India, but frankly I'm exhausted from the stress of school, so I made the trip back on the bus. Ended up taking the wrong bus into Malaysia and took a taxi ride home. Oh well...it just means another adventure. And 20 less RM's that I have. It was nice to get a beautiful break!

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Orchid Garden

Busy guy looking for insects

Busy guy looking for insects

Posted by dianeski4 05:46 Archived in Singapore Comments (0)

Singapore revisited!

Western Fix!

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It is like being in a totally different world when you cross over into Singapore. A whole new world!

It is totally amazing that Singapore is only about 12 miles away, but it can take so long to get there. Today I caught a ride with Carol and Frank, new friends that live in the neighborhood. They are from England. Carol has very graciously come to our school to volunteer in the classrooms. I couldn't do without her! She has done so much to help me, and it's so appreciated. They have been here for 2 years and have one left. Frank is a doctor and is teaching here. Lovely couple. Anyway, they were going into Singapore and invited me to ride along. I want to learn how to drive it myself, so this was a perfect opportunity to watch it.

To get to the border is only about 10 minutes, but the actually crossing over and getting passports stamped is what takes the time. Driving is much quicker than taking public transportation that is for sure. But it also depends on the time. We were lucky there wasn't much traffic. The lines coming from Singapore to Malaysia were backed way up, and would have taken a couple of hours in the car.

We stopped at IKEA!!!! And I found some treasures. Singapore is known as a super expensive city, but I found the prices to be reasonable. I loaded up a cart and Carol and Frank will bring it to me after they stay in Singapore for the weekend. We even had a hot dog, drink and ice-cream there.

We went downtown after to the riverfront area and walked around for a bit. They told me to a good bookstore, and a mall with some western food. We split up and I found a block of cheddar cheese and a jar of pickles, both rather expensive, but I'm going to enjoy them. I even had a yummy crepe.

Then is was time for the adventure home. I found the MRT, (rail system), bought card that is good for 3 years, (LOL, not staying that long), and found the correct route. MRT to the border, and then on a bus for 15 minutes to the Singapore crossing, lined up for the passport check, then on another bus to the Malaysian checkpoint, and another line to get the passport stamped again. Finally onto another bus that dropped me near my house at East LaDang, and a short walk home.

People here do not line up well. They cut in line, and I'm not very patient with it. In fact when a lady did it while waiting for the bus, I cut back in front of her. I think I'm a little short tempered when I'm tired. I talked to her in line while waiting and understood why. She crosses everyday and it takes her at least 2-3 hours each way. She works her 8 hour job and then comes home to her children. Why is it so hard for so many. I constantly want to remember to be grateful for the many blessings I have.

It was a good day, and so nice to have my western fix!
Just me

Just me

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Hotel

River Walk

River Walk

Hotel

Hotel

Fast Food!

Fast Food!

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Posted by dianeski4 06:09 Archived in Singapore Comments (0)

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