kateishandstanding

Joined January 2018Living in: Sydney, Australia
  • Day2

    Sharks and Sunburn

    April 20 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    We had slow start but then an awesome action packed day! For breakfast, I really wanted to try this “Blue Door Cafe” so I convinced the boys we do this. I appreciate it’s Saturday of Easter weekend and they were busy, but C’s pancakes took 1 hour to come to the table, and M and my breakfast 45 minutes. And then, it wasn’t even that great. We all were hangry and then just annoyed. After breakfast, we rented bikes and biked 2 KMs down the harbour then out past Nobby’s lighthouse and all the way down the Breakwall. We had a quick view of Nobby’s beach and biked back down the harbour side to our hotel. Then we got in the car and drove to Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters. Here we got in the water with Stingrays, Rays, and Sharks. We even got to feed them. They were pretty curious and loved sitting on our feet. At the end, we watched nurse sharks feed and got to give them a pat. We learned that they only travel 40 meters the whole day and they are known as the laziest species of shark. We all had a fabulous experience! For dinner, we went to Honeysuckle Hotel, had some pub food, danced a little and left at 9 as that is when minors have to leave. On the short walk home, we stopped at Cold Rock Ice Creamery, basically the same thing as Coldstone for my American readers. Yummy.Read more

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  • Day1

    Traffic

    April 19 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    For Easter holidays this year we decided on Newcastle as a small getaway. Apparently everyone did too. The typically 2.5 hour journey took us 4.5 hours. We were cranky and impatient. Once we got to the hotel, we had a swim and some happy hour drinks. Then we scootered and skateboarded around the side of the harbour. We watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and went to bed.Read more

  • Day9

    Changi Airport & Flying to Sydney

    April 7 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    When we took off from Singapore Changi Airport, it was 9:10 Singapore time and 12:10am Sydney time. The pilot warmly welcomed us on board and mention this time difference and reminded us to turn our watches forward. When we got close to landing, he came back on the intercom system and admitted he made a mistake and that we were now only two hours difference as flew into Daylight Savings Time.... quite funny! I didn’t manage to sleep on the overnight flight but I can definitely say we had an awesome time in Singapore. 🇸🇬Read more

  • Day8

    Marina Bay Sands & Shoppes

    April 6 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    After we checked out of the hotel at 11, we had to return our access to the Infinitely Pool. The hotel held our luggage while we explored the area. We took a Singapore River Cruise that was a little less than thrilling. Then we walked through the shops, including “Ferrari Junior” where the 50% discount rack had t-shirts for C starting at $169. Ha! Most places in the shops were Brand Names I couldn’t pronounce, let alone afford: Cartier, Louis Vuitton (who has their own FLOATING store connected), Jimmy Choo, Armani, just to name a few. This shopping mall was pretty crazy, it also had a man made River “flowing” through where you could catch a ride on a Venice style gondola. We ate some more Hainanese Chicken Rice at the food court, which of course wasn’t as good as the Michelin Star hawker ‘stall’ nor was it as cheap. We had Mango Tango Mango Ice for dessert. M was really keen to try these pay as you go motor scooters but we couldn’t download the apps so ultimately couldn’t ride. We wandered over to the Gardens By The Bay but just sat as it we were too tired to wander further. Knowing there was a rooftop pool and things to do a Changi Airport, we got to the airport about 5pm for our 9:10pm flight. It was quite cool to sit in the pool and have the planes take off around you. We grabbed some quick dinner and headed to the gate. Security that scans your bags is dedicated to each gate, this was a first for me.Read more

  • Day8

    Infinity Pool

    April 6 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    First thing in the morning, head straight to the iconic Infinity Pool at the top of Marina Bay Sands Hotel. We got some great photos and met people from Paris and Pittsburgh. Not too much to say, just lots of pictures to share of the Infinity Pool on Level 57.

  • Day7

    Iconic Sites

    April 5 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    I worked a half day on Friday - it was sad to say “bye” or hopefully just a “see you later” to everyone I had spent almost all waking hours of the last three days with. Then I me up with a virtual friend from the States that is currently living in Singapore for her husband’s work. We had a quick peek at Chijmes, set of the wedding scene from the movie “Crazy Rich Asians”. Apparently the movie is a pretty accurate description of some people’s reality. Then we met M for drinks at the top of Marina Bay Sands. Such a great view. A storm came quickly rolling in and we had to move to the inside bar for a bit. I met M later for dinner where we had more amazing views. Once we finished dinner there was a light show harbour side. After that, of course, we visited the Infinity Pool.Read more

  • Day6

    Black Pepper Crab

    April 4 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Though the Chilli Crab is iconic, recommendations are divided between it and the Black Pepper Crab. After a full day of work, we went to a restaurant on the marina, Palm Beach Seafood, together for dinner for the last night together. The crabs were huge!!! 2 kilos each - almost 4.5 pounds each. As you can see, the claw was the size of my face. I also ate baby squid and tasted jellyfish. Unfortunately the Merlion was under maintenance so we couldn’t get a peek.Read more

  • Day5

    Hainanese Chicken Rice & Singapore Sling

    April 3 in Singapore ⋅ 🌧 28 °C

    At work we experienced some Japanese culture including balloon making and lunch. I can now make a balloon dog or giraffe by the way. After work, I met M for dinner on Smith Street which is where the heart of Chinatown is. We made our way to one of the two hawker stalls that was awarded the Michelin Star. This was also our cheapest meal in Singapore - the iconic Chicken Rice. Traditionally the chicken is poached but we had heard it was better roasted so we went with that option. It was pretty delicious. We met a guy called Peter who sat at our table, an American guy who recently graduated college and was traveling alone for a Vietnamese wedding. Once we finished eating, we invited him to walk the street with us for dessert and looking in the shops. We had sweet corn traditional ice cream (who knows?) that actually was made from sweet corn. I know because there were the clear plastic-y bits of the corn that get stuck in your teeth in it. We stopped to check out another hawker centre and took the opportunity to try a durian smoothie. Durian is a fruit. Google a picture. It’s actually banned from some places because of its terrible, strong odor. It tastes nearly as weird but was a must try. Shortly after we parted way with our need friend and met one of my work mates at Long Bar, the originator of the Singapore Sling. The Singapore Sling is a gin cocktail that was created to give women something to drink prior to 1915. It was pretty tasty, but not $32 SGD worth, but I’m glad for the experience. You are allowed to throw your peanut shells on the floor and the free peanuts were bottomless which helped make up the outrageous price of the drink. I left my personal phone behind and had to go back to the bar with my fingers crossed it was still there. They made me unlock the phone in front of them to prove it was mine, I really appreciated this! Singapore is considered a “fine” country because you have to pay a fine for just about any wrong doing, including chewing gum which is illegal. Singaporeans like to play by the rules and I enjoy this.Read more

  • Day4

    Satay By The Bay

    April 2 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    For dinner at the Gardens, we ate at the hawker center called Satay By The Bay. It’s basically food stalls (and it’s supposed to be cheaper). I ate Stingray, pork belly satay, clams made the local way, Roti, and a Chinese “salad” that I can’t remember the name of. There was also this deliciousness that they called carrot cake that tasted nothing like carrots (thank goodness!) but rather and omelette type thing that was soft and tasty.Read more

  • Day4

    Gardens By The Bay

    April 2 in Singapore ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    My first day of work and meeting my Asia Pacific (APAC) team for the first time! I have two teammates from China, two from Japan, one from India, and my manager is based in Singapore. We had some cultural experiences in the office including leaning about Dangal, a wrestling like sport in India and women ‘fighting’ for their right to participate. We also made traditional Indian Rangoli and art of decorating with colored powder. We did a little work in the morning but spent most of the day team building at Gardens By The Bay, an icon of Singapore. At Gardens By The Bay, there is a Flower Dome with flowers from many countries including Sakura (Japanese Cherry Blossom). There is also the Cloud Forest where the tallest indoor waterfall is. There is the Supertree Grove with large metal trees scaled with plants that light up at night connected by the SkyWalk. Plus there are many other Gardens for China, India, Cactus, etc.Read more

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