Christmas in Singapore

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December 25th 2008
Published: December 28th 2008EDIT THIS ENTRY

Happy Holidays from Singapore!

I arrived in Singapore just in time to celebrate Christmas with my American friends, the Sauer Family. It was exactly what I needed after almost 3 months away from home. The Sauers live in Singapore with their 3 kids, and Christmas was a blast with them.

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Christmas tree at the Tanglin MallChristmas tree at the Tanglin Mall
Christmas tree at the Tanglin Mall

All of the ornaments on this tree were made from recylced plastic bottles!
The Merlion Fountain on the HarborThe Merlion Fountain on the Harbor
The Merlion Fountain on the Harbor

The "Merlion" is Singapore's mascot. Legend has it, that the first explorer to land on its shores saw a lion. The fish-body represents the importance of the sea.
City view from the riverCity view from the river
City view from the river

Singapore is the smallest country in Asia. It's all contained on one island as a city-state and it's located on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, only 85 miles from the equator.
The Sauer Family - My hosts in SingaporeThe Sauer Family - My hosts in Singapore
The Sauer Family - My hosts in Singapore

Lena and I were sorority sisters at the University of Washington. Her husband, Kevin, works for Microsoft in Singapore. Their kids are Ethan, Davis and Lydia.
"Snow"-blowing bubble machines"Snow"-blowing bubble machines
"Snow"-blowing bubble machines

An annual Christmas tradition in front of Tanglin Mall. It's supposed to look like snow, and the kids have a blast.
Real snow back homeReal snow back home
Real snow back home

My friend, Karin, emailed this photo from my house in Bellevue, Washington USA. They got record snowfall, while I was sweating in shorts and a t-shirt in Singapore!
Snow dogsSnow dogs
Snow dogs

Toby (my dog), Abby & Barney. My parents are taking care of Toby while I'm traveling. I miss him, but I know he's having a great time.
Back in Singapore...Back in Singapore...
Back in Singapore...

View from Kevin's office at Microsoft on the 24th floor.
Entering Chinatown from the subwayEntering Chinatown from the subway
Entering Chinatown from the subway

Singapore has the most amazing Chinatown I've ever seen! The neighborhood was buzzing as the Chinese New Year approaches.
Hindu temple in Little IndiaHindu temple in Little India
Hindu temple in Little India

Singapore is multi-cultural, and has 4 official languages: English, Mandarin, Malay and Tamil (Indian dialect).
Shop windows in Little IndiaShop windows in Little India
Shop windows in Little India

Every effort is made by the government to make sure all the different religous sects get along - Hindus, Budhists, Islams and Christians all live peacefully together in this tiny land of 5 million people.
Growing, thriving cityGrowing, thriving city
Growing, thriving city

Singapore is the 5th wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita. It's also the "city of fines" - $500 fine for littering, $500 fine for not flushing a public toilet (who gets to enforce that one?), public caning for graffiti and execution for possession of drugs.
Wild monkey on the sidewalkWild monkey on the sidewalk
Wild monkey on the sidewalk

Lena and Kevin live near a park, and often see monkeys hanging out next to the streets.
Christmas dinner with the Sauer FamilyChristmas dinner with the Sauer Family
Christmas dinner with the Sauer Family

Lena is a great cook, and it was really nice to have an American Christmas Eve dinner.
Laura and the Sauer kidsLaura and the Sauer kids
Laura and the Sauer kids

Ethan (9), Davis (7) and Lydia (5)

28th December 2008

I hope all is well! We've had feet of snow, lots of skiing, great fun. It's so fun to see Lena and her family! Please send her my best. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
29th December 2008

Merry Christmas!
Glad to hear you've been enjoying warm weather - nothing like a hot, sunny, humid Christmas! Thanks for all the effort with the web posts - I love seeing the updates!
30th December 2008

Great Photos
Merry Christmas! What wonderful photos and great times! You must be having a blast. Keep sending photos....I love looking at your experiences! Have a wonderful New Year and take care!
5th January 2009

Laura, you missed a VERY white Christmas in Seattle! Looks like you are having a great time on your travels. Your pictures are great!
23rd March 2011
Snow dogs

i think that these are thebest show dogs ever

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