June 21 - June 30, 1996
Tara had to work in Singapore, Seth came along for a vacation.
Singapore is a nice, gentle introduction to Asia. It's official language
is English and the Singaporeans are friendly and warm. It is the cleanest
city you can imagine and also very new. Many people call Singapore sterile,
but we found it a nice mixture of Eastern and Western cultures.
Singapore - the clean city
Dragon Boat Races
This is the view from our wonderful room at the Ritz-Carlton.
It seems as though most of downtown Singapore is made of shopping malls.
Wonderfully clean and new shopping malls. But to our pleasant surprise there
was a strong U.S. influence. And yes, we were staying at the Ritz-Carlton
and shopping at K-Mart.
Yes, this space intentionally left blank.
There's no photo here for the yearly dragon boat races. We thought they
would be great. We heard they were wonderful. We "accidentally"
slept through them. So instead we had a very nice relaxing day by the hotel
pool. A first for Tara I think, who either seems to be dragging me (Seth)
through miles of a city or asleep. There doesn't seem to be an in-between
The Night Safari
Singapore is known for it's excellent zoo. We went to the Night Safari together,
since it's open from 8 till midnight. After walking around for several hours
(and several miles it seemed to Seth) enjoying the animals, we boarded the
tram. As we went on the tram around the park, it had to stop many times
for herds of free roaming animals. Memorable animals include the biggest
bats in the world, the family of otters, the roaring lions whose voices
echoed throughout the park, a shorebird stalking his dinner (although we
couldn't see it and the musk ox we could see eating from the restaurant.
Chris and Geoffrey from Tara's work went with us.
The zoo is based on a concept that is difficult to do without a lot of money
and land - a moat based enclosure. This eliminates the need for fences and
the animals have much more natural space to roam around in. Some animals
don't even have a moat and come right up to you such as many of the birds
and some of the monkeys. This zoo is the best we've been to in the world,
and you actually feel like the animals aren't caged in so much and bored
This is my favorite picture of the whole vacation. This is a White Rhino
and her baby. It's called a white rhino because the word white actually
means "square lipped" in the language the rhino was originally
named in. Notice the mouths and you can tell how they really are square
lipped. This closeness and the open area behind the rhino is typical of
this wonderful zoo.
Seth and Tara with the Ritz-Carlton on our left and K-Mart on our right.
This picture is a great example of the greenery that was all over Singapore.
The plants even climb up the street lights and the expressway concrete supports.
Looking at this on a Mac, this picture looks like the city behind us is
a radiation accident. That's due to the color pallete and the compression.
Oh, well. You get the idea. Let us know how this looks on other systems.
To go to the official Singapore web Site: Singapore
We went to Hong Kong for a long weekend