Friday, October 12, 2007

Philippines Holiday 2007: Starting Out and Singapore Stopover

So we just got back from our short 4 week holiday. It seemed like quite a quick holiday for us because this time we spent it both in Dumaguete and Manila. Both my parents and sister were coming back from the US and it was sort of a little family reunion. Anyway, had too much fun too actually sit down and blog during that time as I notice that I did not do any blogging for the whole month of September. As my sister says, why blog it when you can live it.

Actually, there was one person who was actively writing about our trip. The little girl actually had travel journal which she wrote on almost every day. She was going to miss 2 weeks of school so her teacher gave her a travel journal so she would have something to do. Her teacher even gave a travel journal to the little boy so he wouldn't feel left out as well. What I might do is just to "copy" what she wrote.


On Saturday I went on a plane. It was called Singapore Airlines and Joyce and Justin brought us to the airport. When I looked out of the window and I saw red desert and I learned that theres lots of deserts in Australia. And the plane went over and through the clouds. And then we went a bus to go to the Elizabeth Hotel. We had trouble opening the connecting door.

Our good friends here actually brought us the airport even though we had an early flight. We still had time to kill in the new Adelaide airport so we stopped by the kids playroom had a little breakfast and looked around until our flight boarded for Singapore. On the plane to Singapore, the kids were actually quite good and excited as they got to play with the in-flight entertainment system. The kids are well taken cared of on Singapore Airlines flights as they were also given activity books and crayons as well as having good tasting children's meals.

We thought that they might have time to sleep on the flight but they stayed awake all the way so we parents were actually on our toes alternately taking them to the toilet or helping them finish their food or helping them work the in-flight entertainment system.

We got to Singapore it was still 6PM local time. We were staying overnight until our plane trip to the Philippines the next day and as part of our itinerary we had a hotel booked and we took a mini-bus to get there. We used to stay in 1 star hotels on our layovers in Singapore because we knew we wouldn't be staying long but this time around we stayed in a 4 star hotel and we could really tell the difference. The Elizabeth Hotel was only a few blocks away from Orchard Road so the kids got to see how busy the shopping district was on our way to the hotel.

We already asked for adjoining rooms in advance but when we checked in, they only had 2 separate rooms available. It was a good thing the nice Filipina receptionist was able to upgrade us to a junior suite and we enjoyed the luxury even if it was only for an overnight stay. We did, however, had a little trouble opening the connected rooms and by he time housekeeping helped us out and we all settled in it was already late. We decided to get some room service and called it a night after that.


Sunday I went to Singapore Zoo. I went to see some animals. I saw the Splash Show and after that held 2 birds with my dad. Then we went back to the Elizabeth Hotel.

The next day, we were still getting used to Singapore's humidity so after breakfast ( buffet! ) we had a dip at the hotel pool. It was a bit drizzling but the kids didn't mind. Our flight didn't leave until late so we decided to go see the Singapore Zoo. It was a good experience and certainly it was quite bigger than the Adelaide Zoo. We didn't get to see all of the animals but were able to see the elephants, hippos and of course, our girl's favourite animal, the flamingos. We were even lucky enough to catch the Splash Show where they had performing seals and penguins. We didn't stay too long because we felt the heat really getting to us and we made our way back to the hotel in time for our bus ride to the airport.

I'll write ( or copy ) what we did next in another post. This one's already getting long! But more photos in our Flickr page. Singapore Stopover Set

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