The last two weeks were a blur. We returned from Malaysia with a busy schedule of sightseeing and farewell gatherings, before moving on to Australia.
Universal Studios was high on our list, so we started there – in true Singapore fashion, the journey was extremely efficient, as we took the MRT to Harbourfront station, with a fast link to the Sentosa monorail.
While many rides had a minimum height requirement, Siena was able to get on most with mom and dad, despite her modest height (she has not yet reached the 1 metre mark). Madagascar, Shrek, Jurassic Park and Sesame Street were some of the highlights, as we made our way through the park.
Of course, there was no shortage of other fun characters around, including the chocolate figures which appealed to Siena’s sweet tooth – this is an area where we tread lightly, given that she has already had two cavities, one of which was filled on this Singapore trip.
The Singapore Zoo was also lively, as we observed giraffes, zebras, chimps, big-nosed monkeys, orangutans and many other interesting animals.
The orangutans were everywhere, which we found amusing since we had traveled all the way to Kota Kinabalu to see only three of them at Rasa Ria Nature Reserve!
To round out our sightseeing, we checked out the S.E.A. Aquarium, the world’s largest. It was indeed impressive!
Naturally, there were many family gatherings, as we bid farewell to the uncles, aunts and cousins who so graciously welcomed us – in true Singapore style, shared meals were the preferred way to meet!
Finally, we are pleased to report that after staying with dad’s childhood friend for several weeks, our families are not only still friends, but have actually grown closer. The visit came at a good time, as Siena has recently been asking about siblings. We remind her about her China sisters, but she is quick to point out that while she misses her sisters, she wants siblings of the variety who live in the same house. The presence of a jie jie (older sister) and ge ge (older brother) in the same household was therefore very timely!
We joined in school concerts, family dinners and family chats – a wonderful opportunity to deepen our friendship.
The kids would often retreat into one of their rooms, and subsequently emerge with various entertaining selfies.
It was not easy to say goodbye, and Siena already misses her Singapore older sister and brother. We arrived in Singapore in mid-February, and while these past few weeks have just flown by, we are grateful for the time to reconnect with family and friends.