As the planner that I am I read many articles on the best way to overcome jet lag. Most experts agree that when traveling from East to West it is better to stay awake on the plane so you can immediately be on track when you arrive at your destination. So with that in mind I slept only 3-4 hours out of my 15 hour flight yesterday, but it clearly made no difference as it is 3:30 am Los Angeles time and I am wide awake. After tossing and turning and telling Ali to “move over and stop kicking me” numerous times, I finally gave up and moved to the living room to work on my computer. Might as well make myself useful, right?
So our last day in Singapore was great. We started the day right by hitting the breakfast buffet at Melt, which Ali and I agree is one of the few redeeming qualities of the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore. They literally have every single things a person could want for breakfast. And I mean every.single.thing.
There was a huge section for different kinds of yogurt, cereal, milk, cheese, pasta salads, fruit, meat, and fish:
And then smaller sections for different kinds of fresh squeezed juices, including mango lassi, and more fruit:
An omelette/noodle station:
Another noodle station that also had congi and a few other things I hadn’t seen before:
A crepe station featuring Nutella, homemade jams, and peanut butter (need I say more on this?):
Pastries/bread/bagels with more fruit:
An Indian station with dosa, idlis, parathas, sambar, chutneys, puri, and a few other things (it’s a bit of a blur because I went a little crazy here the first morning):
And finally an American breakfast station with Eggs Benedict, hash browns, ham, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and more.
The first morning I went overboard and didn’t eat again for 7 hours but I managed to pace myself Sunday and was quite pleased that I didn’t leave feeling gross again. Buffets kind of overwhelm me!
After breakfast Ali and I hopped in a cab and headed to the famous Singapore Botanical Gardens featuring the Orchid Garden. While my knowledge of orchids is limited to the Trader Joe’s plant I purchase and then kill every 3-4 months, I do know for sure that this was the most gorgeous garden I have ever seen:
We also ran into some people practicing a really cool dance with fans (forgive my ignorance as I have no idea what it was called). They were very calm and peaceful, which is a recurrent theme throughout Asia. I hope some of that rubbed off on me.
After flicking bugs off us left and right we headed back to our hotel to pack up and check out. Unlike our previous hotels I can’t say that I was too upset to leave the Mandarin. Seriously, don’t ever stay at this sub-par location because you will likely be disappointed.
We reached the airport early so I left Ali at the lounge with the luggage and the buffet (aloo matar with rice and chicken followed by a bowl of corn flakes anyone?). As he consumed even more random combinations, I walked around the shops and then ran into the coolest thing ever…a butterfly garden. At the airport.
There are no words for how amazing it is to walk through a garden full of butterflies. Really, this alone is worth a trip through Changi airport.
If you aren’t sick of reading about my Asia trip yet, I have one more vacation-related post about our tea at the Singapore Ritz-Carlton that I will hopefully put up in the next few days. Now I’m off to do laundry, clean the kitchen, go to Trader Joe’s, and then pick up Maya, but despite the long list of things to do I am happy to be home.
Now lets see if Maya feels the same way when I pick her up in a few hours.