[2011-03-22] Sunrise on the plane. We took the overnight flight back to Brisbane so that we would maximise our time in Singapore, while maybe even arriving home 'refreshed'. The plane was actually facing east, so this was our view to the north.
[2011-03-20] For our last full day in Singapore, we went to Singapore Zoo. During the day we went to the normal zoo, and after dark we went to the night safari. We had also planned to visit the bird park but the bus didn't show up. As it turns out, the driver probably skipped our stop - or possibly the entire route. In the end, it meant we had a more relaxing day, spreading our time over two parks rather than three.
Today we visited the Singapore Botanical Gardens, and went to see the orchid exhibit. We stayed longer than anticipated due to a famous Singapore thunderstorm (took cover in a shelter while the weather raged overhead). Before the storm, it was dark (ISO 1600 territory); after the storm, everything had water droplets on and it was bright (ISO 400).
The tide went out and this is the result.
Holiday Inn Atrium Singapore is participating in Earth Hour.
[2011-03-16] A nice calm scene, along the river nearish to Clarke Quay. This was adjacent to a sign forbidding riding of bikes under the bridge (with the threat of a S$1000 fine). I tried to brave through the tummy bug, but I ended up crying like a baby and sitting down/doubling over a lot.
Our first visit to a food hall in Singapore. I had been feeling rather crook for a few days (started on our last night in Manila). This was the first bit of food I had been able to push past my teeth in three days.
Evelyn looking out over Pasig City, Manila. (No vertigo or fear of heights yet, clearly.)
Taxi rank, Philippines style.
Trying to get Evelyn to smile for the camera. The marriage ceremony tonight at Canyon Wood, near Tagaytay. Evelyn has been a big hit here. They are very child oriented here and Evelyn stands out more than the rest of our party. Pick of the comments is, "She is like a living doll." Of course, people only say "she" after we correct them that she is a girl, not a boy. We figure the reason is the short hair and lack of earrings.
Cora and Dad getting married at city hall, Manila.
[2011-03-10] Manila, Philippines. What a façade!