Our Singapore journey has begun! It took my son Cael, and me, about thirty-four hours of travel, through Ottawa, Vancouver and Shanghai, to get here but it was worth each minute. It is, without question, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. We are here to meet with Christine, John Allen and Emma who will be performing The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites for hundreds of children at the Genexis Theatre. Our friends Lillian and Ruby, from Act 3 International, will be hosting us again, for the sixth time.
Today we will be setting the show up and doing a tech run in the theatre (a new space for us) but for the past three days we have been seeing as much of the city, and surrounding areas, as possible.
Singapore is both modern and old. It’s a very wealthy country with a thriving commercial district that includes many unique buildings with stunning architecture. It has also retained much of its past by preserving certain areas like Little India, Little Arabia and Chinatown. These areas look much like they did a hundred years ago and are a lot of fun to visit. Millions of people from all over the world come here each year to browse and buy traditional wares sold the small shops that line the streets. The food is also amazing from the fun, ‘hawker’ style, to the many elegant restaurants that serve a variety of Asian cuisine. Our favourite, so far, was a fantastic Indonesian meal at Bumbu’s in little Arabia. I highly recommended it.
A fun thing to do for a couple hours is to take the cable car ride from the Harbourfront Mall to Sentosa Island and Mount Faber and back again. While on Sentosa, I highly recommend taking the Luge Ride down the steep hill to the beautiful white sand beach and warm Pacific water.
Yesterday we took a subway, and bus, to the bumboat ride from Changi Village to the tropical island of Pulau Ubin. I believe this is a must-do for anyone who comes to Singapore. It is the last undeveloped island in Singapore and offers a sense of what the region must have looked, and felt like in the past. For ten dollars, we each rented a bike and peddled our way through tropical jungle stopping once in a while to take pictures of monkeys and lizards and turtles and the incredibly dense forest scenery. We are told by one local not to stop under the impressive durian trees as the large fruit hurt when they hit you as they fall. The locals are laid back and welcoming. Many have set up little refreshment stops in their homes and welcome you in for water, pop, or the ubiquitous Tiger Beer…all at a very modest cost.
Today we start working and I’m really looking forward to spending the next four days at the theatre with all the little children who are coming to see our show. It should be a lot of fun!
Until next time!