Sunday, August 29, 2010
On our last day, we hit the bubble water one more time and took a few pictures of the actual hotel. Unfortunately our camera battery died before dinner. The hotel had a poolside bar-b-q with Malaysian dancing and a man who performed a fire show. It was pretty cool and the food was fantastic. We are so blessed to have been given this opportunity to see a different part of the world. It truly was a great vacation. I have already told Kan next summer I want to go to Thailand! :)
One night we drove to a different part of the island for dinner and found a beautiful beach with not so mucky water for Miyako to play in. The hotel we ate at had wonderful Malaysian food - so good, that we went back the next night to eat and let Miyako swim in the ocean. The sunset was absolutely gorgeous from this hotel. Our table sat on the beach. It was lovely. We both really enjoyed the Malaysian food. It was a bit spicy but very delicious.
Our time in Langkawi, Malaysia was spent resting and relaxing, mostly poolside, for 4 nights and five days. We rented a car which was fun as we got to drive around the island a bit. It was also a nailbiting experience as it was Kan's first time driving on the "wrong" side of the road. It was good practice for him and by the end of the week he did pretty well. He was very quiet though as he drove - always reminding himself to think left and to watch out for random animals coming into traffic from the side of the road. Miyako enjoyed seeing the "moos" on the side of the road. There is not a lot to do in Langkawi. In fact, the only thing the tour guides highly recommended was the cable car ride up to the top of a mountain with a spectacular view where you could see to Thailand. Just our luck the cable car was closed due to the Ramadan holiday. Oh well. We were still able to see an island of Thailand from a restaurant one night. The beach at our hotel was not the nicest in terms of water - kind of mucky if that is a word - but the pool was gorgeous as it overlooked the ocean and mountains in the background. The kid pool had these fun bubbles in the middle of it that Miyako thoroughly enjoyed. She woke up every morning saying "Bubble water" so we knew what she wanted to do. Here are some pics of our hotel and the fun times we had at the pool.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
On our last evening in Singapore we chose going to Sentosa Island to see the "Under the Sea" water and light show rather than the Night Safari at the zoo. We enjoyed a cable ride from the island back to Singapore in the evening with a gorgeous view. I thought Miyako would not enjoy the show due to her previous experiences with fireworks and water shows, but she loved it! The only problem was the handful of people standing in the aisle in front of us that made it difficult to see until the staff came to find them other alternatives. I thought we were going to see a fight as the man in front of us shouted at those blocking our view "Please go. We paid to see the show not you. Go now!" I tried uploading a video of the show but I could not figure out how to do it. Sorry. I am not good at this stuff. It was a cool show though. Well, this is the end of our posts about our trip to Singapore. Stay tuned and you can visit Langkawi, Malaysia through the volscats blog. Oh, and for those of you stateside, enjoy Game Day today! I think there are a few college football games starting this weekend, but if you want to see the good boys of the power SEC conference, you have to wait until next weekend. Still, enjoy the football!
I really enjoyed the food in Singapore. I already mentioned the diet cokes and DQ blizzards. I enjoyed a large fresh green salad from California Pizza and some chips and salsa with a Margarita to top from Chiles. We also ate Thai and Cantonese food that was fabulous. While we were in Singapore, the Junior Olympics were going on so I took a photo of the mascots for the Junior Olympics. If I had known ahead of time, I would have tried to attend an event. We saw lots of athletes from all over the world in our hotel.
Friday, August 27, 2010
I have seen a lot of zoos in my short lifetime, including the San Diego Zoo. However, the Singapore Zoo tops them all. The grounds were beautiful, they had tons of animals, and it was fairly easy to get around. They have a night safari where the wild animals come out and roam around, but we did not make it to that. Next time. They also have a huge kids area where you can feed farm animals, ride a pony, ride a merry-go-round, and of course get wet in the large splash park. Miyako was a bit intimidated by it because it was so large. If I had known, I would have brought my swim suit and gotten in with her. Next time. She got scared of the large bucket that dumped a massive amount of water out into the pool every ten minutes or so. It sounded like thunder. We did get a bit of rain while at the zoo, but we toured it in about 4 hours and enjoyed some Ben and Jerry's ice cream during the kids show. Miyako loved watching the woof woof jumping through the hoops.
While Kan slaved away at the office, Miyako and I played in Singapore. The first day we were there we went to the Botanical Gardens. It was only a 15 minute walk from our hotel and we saw the US Embassy on the way. The Gardens were huge! The splash park in the Children's Garden was located on the opposite side of the grounds where we entered the park. It took us a good 45 minutes walk to get to it, but as you can see from the pictures, it was well worth it. Miyako loves her splash parks!