How could you not like Singapore?!? This is a beautiful and cosmopolitan city: fine museums, lovely parks and gardens, awesome shopping. We’re fortunate to have a sibling living here. My brother always knows where to find a good meal or refreshing libation. Yesterday, he took us to Ngee An Mall on Orchard Road for the grand re-opening of Kinokuniya Books. This bookstore is HUGE! And it was just remodeled and enlarged. Total ecstasy! After wearing out the credit card, we took a cab over to Clarke Quay on the Singapore River. A pleasant lunch at Ricciotti’s Italian Restaurant was followed with a 40-minute riverboat ride touring Clarke Quay, Boat Quay, Robertson Quay and Marina Bay (25 Singapore dollars per person.) Later, we returned to the ship for dinner in the Pinnacle Grill—steaks done “Pittsburgh style” and a nice selection of wines. The day closed with a concert under the stars by Debby Bacon. The lights of Singapore at night made a lovely backdrop. Good food, good company, fabulous entertainment, and a terrific environment—it don’t get no better than this!
But then again, day 2 found us reveling in high-speed broadband internet. We did some computer upgrades, monitored some sites, and then went out for lunch at the Old Armoury. Vatos is an interesting Mexican/Korean fusion restaurant. The chips and salsa were typical, but the burrito, tacos and quesadilla each had a subtle but unique twist in flavor. Very nice. Our Singapore days came to an end way too soon. Now we are “at sea” on our way to Colombo, Sri Lanka. More later!