At roughly 10 minutes past midnight, we touched down in Singapore and arrived at Changi Airport, which arguably is one of the most modern and efficient airports in the world. They were a little slow at both Immigration and Baggage Claim; but, once we cleared those hurdles, we changed some money. We had checked the exchange rates at home so we were prepared for the economic shock...S$1.233 for a US$. We remember days when that was well over S$1.60, even two to one at one point back in the good old days.
Then we queued in a pretty short line for a taxi. We always say it's like a taxi Grand Prix race coming out of the airport as taxis whisk passengers to the city hotels and hurry back again for another fare. We are staying at the Fairmont Hotel so we got checked in and we were showered and ready for bed at 2 a.m. We need a good nights sleep.
We made plans to meet Pauline for lunch and headed to the plant. We visited for a while in the offices, and it was great to see some of our former work colleagues. A lot has changed in the 11 years since we've been retired. Then, Pauline treated us to a wonderful lunch and gave us a ride back to the hotel. Can't beat that hospitality.
We did a little grocery shopping to have some drinks and snacks in our room.
The skies were heavy and thunder and lightning cut our walk short. We'll have to get out again tomorrow, hopefully, in some sunshine.
Joe went his way and I met my friend S.L. for a quick dinner. We caught up with each other and had some pretty good Chinese food at the food court.
Before long, we both started yawning. Jet lag was kicking in, so we called it a night.