We interrupt your regularly scheduled Iceland programming to inform you of my next trip – Singapore!
I admit it. I am very lucky to have a job that occasionally pays for me to travel (and lets me work from home, though after a few days without getting out of my pajamas or taking a shower, I wonder if this really is a perk)(maybe this is why I’m still single?). My normal, everyday job is accounting in the Internal Controls department for an IT consulting company called Avanade. They are a joint venture between Microsoft and Accenture and do a lot of techy things I really don’t understand. The Internal Controls department, which consists of my boss in Chicago and me, works closely with the Internal Audit team as we’re both compliance-focused and they often test the controls we oversee. Last year after one of the IA team members moved to Hawaii, they asked me to fill in for her and help out with their Australia audit. I wrote about that trip here. It was a wonderful time.
After I got home, I went back to Internal Controls and that was that. Recently, another one of their team members had a baby and is out on maternity leave, so once again they have asked me to fill in. This year, the audit I’m working on is Singapore and Malaysia. We’re only traveling to Singapore to keep costs down, but I’m thrilled! And I leave tomorrow!
Due to crossing the International Dateline, I will only see 2 hours of Friday, the 15th while on layover in Tokyo, and will land at midnight, Saturday morning. The hotel we’re staying in is The Stamford, a 5 star hotel on the harbor. Yeah, I’m not mad about that at all.
Since I land at midnight, my plan is to check into the hotel and sleep for a good 8 hours or so. Then I’ll find breakfast somewhere before I spend Saturday and Sunday sightseeing. I hope to check out the harbor, maybe take the water taxi or do a boat cruise. And of course see the puking Merlion.
I’d also like to do the Southern Ridges Walk – a 9km walk through the hills and jungles of southern Singapore. It’s supposed to have great views of the city and local wildlife.
One of the things I’m most excited to see is the Gardens by the Bay, with its weird, flower shaped structures. Sunset is supposed to be a good time to explore this area so you can see it both during the day and all lit up at night.
Obviously I will be working Monday – Friday, but I’m hoping to have some time after work to check out Chinatown and Little India. I’m definitely going to make an effort to eat in one or both of these places. Probably both.
The weather is supposed to be in the 90’s and the humidity will be more than I can handle, I’m sure. Fortunately the office is located right next to our hotel, and they both have air conditioning. It should be a fun week and I can’t wait to see all the sites, and more importantly, eat all the food!
I fly home the following Saturday, land at 11:30am in Seattle and have to run home to get ready to go to my cousin’s wedding that afternoon! Yikes!! Wish me luck that I get there on time and am able to stay awake!!