Monday, July 27, 2015

Pool Time

How could the pool experience get any better for the boys? Just add pool toys. Now, they are in the lap of luxury.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Ion Sky

Just down the hill from us is the ION Orchard, one of the newest and most glitzy department stores on Orchard Road. On top of the mall, is the ION Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Singapore and way below the top floor Observation Deck, right behind ION is our school. Tonight, we visited the Observation Deck for the first time to get a very unique perspective on all of Singapore. From this spot, we could see the entire island. We could even see all the way to Johor Bahru far to the north of the very green central part of Singapore. Great views!

Jalan Besar

Some call it the new Tiong Bahru. In other words, Jalan Besar is the latest quirky, historic neighborhood to become hip and gentrified. And, a sure sign of hipster status: fancy, local coffeeshops. Jalan Besar has a few of those creeping in. Better than coffee, though, is the historic character of the area -- lots of colonial shophouses, lots of color.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The ArtScience Museum and the Marina Bay Sands Skypark

I'm not sure how it all went down, but it looks like when the Government of Singapore granted the Sands Casino and Resort the right to build in Singapore, they added a few requirements to the project; if you're going to build a casino in our town, you also have to build a park (ie: the Super Tree Grove and the two amazing conservatories) and don't forget to contribute to our city culturally, too (ie: the ArtScience Museum). Today, we visited the iconic, lotus-shaped Museum and were very impressed by the building and exhibits. What was to be a relatively quick afternoon visit turned into nearly 6 hours at the museum so we decided to follow that up with a sunset visit to the Skypark at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. We paid a lot for that view, but it's one of those "we've gotta do it at least once" kind of places. Unfortunately, the famous infinity pool on top is for hotel guests only. One day...