Los Angeles to Tokyo
I left Los Angeles midday on my first twelve hour flight across the Pacific.
To get to Singapore, I had to layover in Tokyo at the Narita Airport. Because the flight was over nine hours long, my company bought me a business first class seat for the trip.
This flight was the best flight I've ever been on. The business class seat was really comfortable,
and the flight attendants kept bringing me wine. The long flight allowed me to work on schoolwork almost uninterrupted for hours, and I got to relax, recline, and watch episodes of Cosmos.
We were served dinner an hour into the flight, and then breakfast before we landed in Toyko.
I wish I could do all of my work on transpacific flights.
We landed in Narita at 3pm local time the following day.
The airport is very clean and modern, with lots of fun signs
and foreign (to me) things to look at.
I had a three hour layover, so I explored a bit
and talked to Steph. I also had a Japanese beer, which I paid for in yen on my business credit card.
Apparently, it's not just Detective Conan that has to worry about nefarious silhouette villains.
Tokyo to Singapore
My seat on this flight was very similar to the first, but the plane was bigger.
This flight was shorter, at seven hours, but they still served two meals. After the first meal, I fell right asleep, and woke up with only an hour left in the flight. Good thing I wasn't smuggling any drugs.
When we landed in Sinagpore, it was 12:30 am on Monday. I had to find my way through the Changi Airport.
The airport was liberally decorated with vegetation
When I arrived at the hotel, it was close to 2 am Singapore time, so I went straight to sleep.
Singapore is a very Westernized country. The primary language is English, although it is heavily populated by bilingual Chinese, Indian and Malaysian people. But the weather is like nothing I've ever experienced.
Every day, it was over 90 degrees with nearly 100% humidity. It only rained one day, but was often overcast.
Most of my time during my week in Singapore was spent at the plant working on a trial. The plant is very unphotogenic.
Okay, some parts were cleaner than others.
My hotel was a resort-style hotel, with small rooms and large common areas. It had a nice pool
and landscaping features.
This is a Koi pond in the hotel courtyard.
The place was intimidating at first, but I grew to enjoy the food after the third or fourth visit.
I even found some friends outside.
My last two nights in Singapore included dinners out at restaurants, the first of which was at Mirchi Taste of India with some plant personnel.
Before dinner, we did a bit of sightseeing - this is the newly finished Marina Bay Sands, a hotel that looks like it has a boat on top.
Check out this article for more information on the hotel. Here is a panorama of that area - click/tap to see a bigger version. Before dinner:
On my last night in Singapore, I went out for Chinese-style seafood at Jumbo Seafood with the two engineers who I'd been working with all week.
Chinese-style seafood is much different that Western style - we had whole shrimp, and fish with all the bones intact.
We also had the highly recommended "chili crab", a slightly crushed whole crab in very spicy chili sauce.
After the seafood dinner, I got to go on a boat ride on the Singapore River. This is the docking area for the boat.
We killed some time before the boat ride wandering around the nearby mall.
After about a half an hour, we boarded the sightseeing boat.
We took some pictures while sailing around on the Singapore River for about 45 minutes.
Everything along the river is very brightly lit.
Singapore was a very modern and comfortable city, and I would welcome another visit there any time.
Here is a link to the pictures that I took in Singapore.
Okay, that's all for now. We'll be back with part two of Simon's trip in a later post. Talk to you soon!