Grand Asia Begins

A few nights ago I was trying to remember where I was when I purchased a little bottle of fingernail polish.  Couldn’t get the name.  Popped open my “notes” on my gadget and began to read.  (Bought the polish in Darwin, Australia.)  Decided I’d love to have this journal on my site.  And so… away we go.  This was a marvelous voyage in 2012.

Day 1 – October 24-26, 2012

So, I put three days together as “Day 1”, because we all know that’s what it takes to get to the other side of the world. As I type, Gary’s watch is still keeping time to see just how long it will take us to get from our house to the ship. Up early on the 24th, off to Albuquerque, then Los Angeles, breathing the sigh of relief as things go amazingly smoothly, and we’re on the A380 Airbus – Singapore Airlines – to cross the Date Line and make it to Singapore early on the morning of the 26th.

Wonderful to step onto that plane. Once again to be the only person with blonde hair. Once again to hear the variety of accents. To see the flight attendants, beautiful young Asians in traditional batik dresses, the young men in sharp blue suits. Sitting on a plane for 20 hours isn’t good… no way around that. But the delightful service, the gifts of socks and toothbrushes, the delicious food, seeing wine being served with the meals, the choice of 200 movies or 200 TV shows or games or language lessons… all for $800… that was something!

Here we sit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel lobby in the Changi Airport, after a delicious breakfast buffet. We arrived at 3:00 in the morning, were greeted by an adorable young woman right off of the plane who whisked us away on an airport golf cart, amidst our fellow passengers, while we felt like some silly fools riding a rickshaw down the streets of Hong Kong! She helped us retrieve our luggage, saw us through Customs, and brought us to the lobby – making sure we felt comfortable waiting for Holland America. The restaurant opened at 6:00, the adjoining airport has begun to spring to life, we’ve walked the corridors enjoying the sights and sounds, and now we await our coach! One more hour and we’ll be on our way to the Ms Amsterdam.

Singapore Airport

Okay.. it was 35 hours from the barn to our stateroom, and we were spent. Wrapped up the day by trying to nap, unpacking the cases, enjoying supper and the walk down the 5th floor to hear classical strings, Burt Bacharach tunes on the piano, and a couple of turns on the dance floor to the music of Sinatra, then home to bed.  Charles the dance host is on this cruise!! Ha! There he was, dancing with one of the women from our Antarctica cruise. How funny!

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