Happy November everyone! I can’t believe October has already come and gone and it’s time for another monthly post. Unfortunately, the month started out a lot like September…haze, haze, and more haze. Dylan and I found ourselves sequestered in the apartment on many occasions and were driving each other nuts 🙁 But as the month progressed we had a few “glimmers of hope” and days we were able to venture out. During the first week of October we had one beautiful, clear day and were VERY anxious to get outside and do something active. We went with our awesome friend Alison Jensen on an beautiful walk/hike that started down by the harbor and then wound up and around different parks and treetop/forest walks and we even made it up to the famous Mount Faber via the amazing “Henderson Waves” bridge. The Henderson Waves is a 900 ft. long pedestrian bridge and is the highest one in Singapore. It’s a park connector extraordinaire. I found the following description on yoursingapore.com: “True to its name, the bridge mimics the undulating shape of a wave, curving and twisting along its entire 274-metre length. Its form is anchored by steel arches and filled in with curved ‘ribs’ – slats of Balau wood, a dense hardwood used in heavy construction and which is found only in Southeast Asia.” It’s truly a site to behold. And the hike/treetop walk was absolutely lush and beautiful. We even saw a little local wildlife – lots of lizards (even a monitor lizard), butterflies, a fuzzy little caterpillar friend, beautiful birds, and even a lone monkey. Very exciting. We were exhausted by the end, but thoroughly enjoyed being outside…sans haze!
The haze has forced us to find a lot of indoor activities, many of which include food/eating 🙂 We finally made it up to the Dempsey Hill area (an ex-pat favorite) one Saturday. Lots of yummy “Western” style restaurants. We’ve even found a pretty good Mexican place called “Margaritas.” LOVED the chicken enchiladas!!! Dylan was just excited to have chips and salsa again. I also went back up to Dempsey to a more “Americanized” Chinese restaurant to celebrate a friend’s birthday. SUPER YUM!!! I have a feeling that we will be frequenting Dempsey a lot in the near future as there are soooooo many restaurants to try!
Toward the middle of the month, Dylan and I made the LONG trek down to Kalang to an indoor rock climbing gym (again…thanks to the haze). It was located in a mall next to the HUGE Singapore National Stadium and Sports Complex. The climbing gym was pretty awesome! Some of the climbing walls spanned the entire height of the mall (which was several stories high) and the gym had a lot of different climbing apparatuses. I even learned how to belay! Alyssa and Kyle are so proud 😉 Dylan had a blast and it was a good distraction from polluted air. Then on the 21st and 22nd we had 2 glorious low haze days in a row! We took full advantage. Pool party and visit to the Jurong East water park were the activities of choice. As you can see, fun was had by all!
On the 27th, Dylan and I got free “preview” tickets to Cirque du Soleil’s Totem (thanks Natalie). That was definitely worth venturing out…even in the haze. It was set up “circus style” in big yellow and blue striped tents right down on the waterfront at Marina Bay. They only showed a couple of acts from the show, but it was super cool. We saw a Native American style act and a “Russian Cosmonaut” inspired performance. Dylan was mesmerized. We may just have to splurge and get real tickets before they leave…
That brings us to the end of the month and Dylan’s birthday, October 29th. The biggest birthday gift/miracle of the day…NO HAZE!!! It made our day so much more pleasant. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DYLAN!!! He wanted to see the WTA Finals again for his birthday outing, so we got tickets for the afternoon session. We were able to see 1 doubles match and 1 singles match. Dylan was a little disappointed that he didn’t get to see Maria Sharapova again this year, but we saw some INCREDIBLE tennis! The singles match between Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska was amazing! They were striking the ball so hard, it was incredible to watch. Radwanska wound up winning, and she totally deserved it! It’s always so much fun to watch these incredible athletes play. Then we met Dave for dinner at Mai Thai (Dylan’s choice) for some yummy Thai food and topped the night off with Texas sheet cake for the win 🙂 I think he had a pretty good day. Just hard to believe that our baby is 11 years old!
For Halloween, we went to a fun party at our church on Friday night and then on Saturday we were invited by some friends to go trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. Definitely different than Halloween in the States, but really fun nonetheless. There were about 25 houses who participated in the trick-or-treat, so Dylan pulled in some pretty good loot. And we finished up just before it started to POUR down rain. BONUS!!! BTW – if you’re wondering what he’s dressed as…he’s Rafa Nadal (his favorite tennis player).
Well…that pretty much sums up our October in Singapore. It appears that the haze MIGHT be gone…at least for now. The rain has helped out tremendously. We will keep our fingers crossed. We’re looking forward to a fun and (hopefully) adventurous November. Deepavali is just around the corner and we’re excited to celebrate this Hindu “Festival of Lights.” More on that next month. Hope all is well with all of you and that you’re enjoying a beautiful Autumn (which I miss terribly). Ciao for now.