|The Boy in Hong Kong|
|Two tired kids. One of which was|
expecting better access to the window.
|Boy asked me to take a pic of the|
palm tree to show Daddy.
|The view from our home base for a couple weeks.|
|The Terror Club pool at the base....table service!! Puts our pool to absolute shame!!!|
|I'm not sure what these|
are, but I think I bought
some in the
grocery store and
they are not my
We get about halfway to Chinatown (about a 30-40 min drive depending on traffic) and ... Hint #2 ... Kacee says, "I forgot the stroller." Oopsie...well, we can manage this one. If she gets tired of walking then we'll just make our way back home. Well, with the heat and the humidity and the crowded streets, and those strangers who seem to think it's ok to grab onto a 2 year old's arm without her permission (I seriously thought some Singaporeans were going to get a beat down from that tough cookie!) she didn't last past lunch.
Our first stop along the route (Chinatowns everywhere seem to be a lot alike, lots of little streets with things to buy, amazing looking and smelling food to eat, and lots of people) was the Buddha Tooth Relic. I have to admit that the kids were not thrilled with another temple. We've seen a lot in the last four years. But, this one was far different from the ones we typically visit. The sheer number of brightly colored buddhas all over the walls was magnificent! And, there was a hall full of people chanting. I'm assuming it was their prayers. We didn't venture farther than the first floor. There was a lot to see here, and no matter how much I wanted to go up higher, the kids just weren't having it. This place was really crowded.
|Buddha Tooth Relic Temple|
|Fried chicken on a stick|
|The fried chicken and ice milk stall|
Anywho....after walking around for a bit, we found a street vendor that sold cold drinks and fried chicken! Score! So, strawberry iced milks for both kids and a skewer of fried chicken each. We found a spot to sit down and the kids started eating. So, the iced milks were not what we expected. They had balls of something in the bottom. Mackenzie liked the gooey things, but not the strawberry milk. Garytt liked the milk but not the goo. They both managed to drink half of the drinks and they inhaled their chicken. At this point I found a map at the visitor's center and we started making our way to the train station so we could go back to Kacee's house.
After the long ride down the escalator, we found the card charging station and loaded all the cards Kacee loaned us so we could move about the city without worrying about buying tickets at each station. Everything went just as it normally does, go through turnstiles, find the correct platform, get on the train going the direction you're heading, and look out the window until your stop. Well....what actually happened (oh...you knew it was coming!)... so, do you see the picture of the kids in front of the train doors? Okay, so I knew we were going from the Chinatown station, NE4, to Dhoby Ghaut station, NE6. I see that the sign at the top of the doors says "to Harbour Front 6". I think, 6....that's what we want. The train arrives, we get on, we take seats, and the train takes off. Wait...why is the next station we are at say NE3? The sign said 6, I know it did! At NE2 I tell the kids to get off the train so I can figure out what in the world is happening. Well...turns out that the big number 6 on the sign is taking us to, oh I really don't know. I think there are major stations that have those single numbers with the stations between them having the ordered numbers (NE1, NE2, NE3, etc). Whatever the deal was, we walked across the platform and sat on a bench to wait for the train to arrive. We're sitting for a few minutes before I realize there is a sign in front of us that basically tells us to get back on the train we just walked off. Wait...what?! I followed directions, because that's what I do, and sure enough, this train went back the way we came from, somewhere along the way switching back over to the track on the other side of the station. Magic!
Once at Kranji station (remember...just a ten minute walk from Kacee's house?). Well, I'm just going to blame the heat, yeah, that's the way I'm going to go with this part of the saga. The heat, and donuts! The train stopped at Kranji and we exited right, just like Kacee said. Then, we went through the turnstile and turned right, just like Kacee said. Then, we were going to exit the station where Kacee said to go left, but about twenty steps before the exit .... what is that heavenly smell??? Oh my word! There is a bakery!!! DDDDOOOONNNNUUUUTTTTTSSSS!!!!! And, not just any ole donut, but a giant, as-big-as-Garytt's-face, donut! We promptly buy two and a vanilla walnut croissant for me and I take a quick snap....remember the joy on that girl's face....it doesn't stay that way for long. We're happily eating our sugar bombs and we walk out of the station and start heading down the road. Who cares about the 109 degree heat. We have sugar! Who cares that our feet hurt from all the walking. We have sugar! Who cares that it looks like the afternoon downpour is heading our way. We have SUGAR!!! Ooh...look at the pretty flower!
Okay...sugar has been consumed...man, our feet do kinda hurt. And, wow is the sweat pouring off us now, our shirts are all soaked. This backpack is getting heavy. Our water is almost gone. Oy...those dark clouds do NOT look like good walking companions! Has it been longer than ten minutes? Garytt: Mom, look, it's the cool towers we saw from the train. WHAT....from the train we just got off and are supposed to be walking in the same direction in which it traveled here?! What time is it? 345! We should have been at Kacee's house 30 minutes ago!!!!! I see a man on a bike and ask very sweetly if he would tell me how to find the correct street. He doesn't know the street. :( I remember that she lives just a few minutes from the Kranji War Memorial. Oh, he knows that, it's 30 minutes in the other direction.
|Come ooonnnn Kenzie!|
|What else would you expect to see|
in the jungle but chickens.
Kenzie: Why did the chicken
cross the road?
|The girl needs a rest!|
|Garytt, Kenzie and Emelie|
|A fun evening with his first best buddy...Minecraft magic!|
After two days with tons of walking I decided to let the kids wake up on their own and then hang out around the house and pool for the day. Then, after Jeffery got out of school and we finished dinner, we made our way to the Night Safari at the Singapore Zoo.
|Kacee's pool. Not a bad place to hang out!|
And then we could also pet a ...Dad, close your eyes here.... a snake! Mackenzie passed on that opportunity, but Garytt and I definitely petted that white guy for just a quick second.
After our entry time, we made our way in and lucky us, we were just in time for the first animal show! Kacee said a few times, it's so empty in here! Well, aside from the fact that it was the middle of the week and so things were probably just a tad slower than normal, we discovered that there were a TON of people waiting to watch the show. What to do, what to do....we decided to beat feet and jump on the tram that tours the grounds. Good decision, because we almost had the thing to ourselves...and, bonus, no line to wait in!!!
The tram that took us around the zoo was pretty awesome! There were so many animals out and about! A lot of them were feeding, like the lions and the hyenas, so we had an opportunity to watch them moving around quite a bit.
Back on the trail...next up.....the bats!!! So, to get to the bat section, and by section I mean a room where we walk around and the bats fly around us, possibly. So, as my kids were slowly coming to the realization that bats could fly at their faces, Kacee and I say..."Don't worry, they aren't going to fly at you, you'll be totally fine." The three kids smile, feeling comforted now, and they turn to enter the first layer of doors to this place and Kacee yells, "Aggahhh". They all jump away from the door in terror....as the moms laugh! "Sorry....the moment just couldn't pass without a little fun, it's okay, you can all go in now." 😂 We walk through the first door. Then, through two more doors that are connected, so one can't open until the other closes. Then, we walk through a layer of chains. Finally....we enter the bat cave and the first thing we see is....a duck. Yes, a duck. The kids are standing just a few feet from the duck, who is sitting quietly on the handrail. And, the conversation between Kacee and I goes something like this:
|Taking a rest with a mudskipper|
|That's a mighty big leaf, Boy!|
Scary moment of the day....so, after a very late night and then an early (well, anything before 10 is early to Mackenzie) wake up today, Mackenzie was in a bit of a mood. She wasn't impressed with much, didn't want her brother to even look at her, and walked around mostly silent all morning. Although when she did decide to chat, she and I had lovely conversations. 💕 Well, as she was silently walking along the path, eating her snack, she managed to walk right over a snake that was a couple feet long and sunning himself on a patch of warm deck. I didn't see her walk by it so I don't know if she walked over it or beside it, either way, she had no clue it was even there until she was ten feet past it and the boys yelled...SNAKE!
|Garytt and Jeffrey walking ahead of us a bit.|
|Perhaps flip flops weren't|
the best idea today!