Saturday, June 4, 2016

Stopping in Singapore

On Wednesday night we were at the airport waiting for our flight. I've been looking forward to this excursion for a while now, especially as the weather in Auckland got stormier and colder half way through May. My mood definitely started taking a dive and I was hanging on knowing we'd had this holiday booked. At work it was getting increasingly hectic as well, and I began stressing about how I was going to get the things I needed to get done DONE with June quickly approaching. Such is life? Right? When we got to the airport I was a bag of nerves, but upon checking in to the Koru lounge I ordered a cocktail (called "High Flyer") while pouring myself a glass of bubbly and knew the next 12 days were all about rest and relaxation.

We got to Changi Airport and caught an Uber to our hotel; Shangri-la's Rasa Sentosa Resort. Sentosa is an island in Singapore, and the resort is the only one on the beachfront with direct access to Siloso beach. It was pretty extravagant to stay here, and, oh boy, it felt like we were in paradise. If you like ships, this is the port for you.

We were exhausted the day we checked in and after swimming at the beach and the pool we crashed out in our room for pretty much the entire day.

The following day we were up early (since NZ is 4 hours ahead). We checked the time of sunrise, and made our way to the beach to watch.

Unfortunately the sunrise was on the other side, and our view was blocked by a hill. So we didn't see the sunrise, but it was a good walk nonetheless.

After breakfast we frolicked in the pool.

The plan was to head over to Malaysia for a night, but it just seemed too hard given we had to have a special taxi to take us through the border, and from our hotel it was a mission to get off the island and get to the place where these taxis were. Plus the border crossing could take 2 hours in the queue depending on traffic. So we made a decision to cancel the hotel reservation in Malaysia and book another night in Singapore. I arranged for a late checkout, and booked us in to the Grand Mercure hotel. It is located semi centrally which then enables us to see the more "real" Singapore (as opposed to be hidden away on an island resort).


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