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Lots of Soy Sauce in Singapore

Traveling exposes you to new things, that’s for sure. From food, music, fashion, holidays and more, you’ll always be surprised when you visit a new country.

But despite the differences, there are also many similarities. You’ll find the same food, music, fashion, holidays and more in New York as you would in Bangkok, reminding you that the more we are different, the more we are all the same.

And then there are the things that catch you by surprise. That make you do a double-take. The thinks that make you stop and say, “what on earth was that?”. Let me show you what I mean from a trip to Singapore… behold, giant bottles of soy sauce.

Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

 Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

There’s nothing wrong with being a tourist (it’s part of my travel philosophy). And drinking a Singapore Sling at the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel is high up on the “touristy” list of things to do in Singapore.

What is a Singapore Sling?

 Drinking a Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel

The famous Singapore Sling is a fruity, alcoholic drink that originated at the Raffles Hotel way back in 1915. The bartender, Ngiam Tong Boon, invented it as a drink for British Ladies (thus it’s striking pink color) because they weren’t supposed to be seen drinking in public.

What’s the Best View of Singapore? Sands SkyPark

 Whats the Best View of Singapore? Sands SkyPark

Whether it’s a tower, wheel, needle or office building, every city has some sort of observation deck. But the recently open Marina Bay Sands SkyPark in Singapore is the epitome of luxury, height, novelty and coolness.

When I shared with a colleague of mine that I was going to Singapore, he told me I had to check out this new hotel that opened with an observation deck that extends over the end of the building. I researched what he was talking about, inquired with their media department and was graciously given a tour of the newest and most happening hot spot in Singapore.

What is Singapore Like?

Unfortunately with business trips, you don’t always have the chance to see much of the city you’re traveling in. Such is the case with this trip. I’m hoping Thursday night will yield some fun. The combination of jet lag and work responsibilities has prevented lots of fun time. Nonetheless, I thought I would share some observations from 2 days in Singapore.

  • Singapore is like being in a big city in the United States. It doesn’t feel like you are in Asia – at first glance. You’ll find every brand name in Singapore.

What’s Bigger than a Big Mac? A Mega Mac!

 Whats Bigger than a Big Mac? A Mega Mac!

In addition to timing the time it takes to travel overseas, another one of my travel traditions is to eat a Big Mac in “foreign” countries (like South Africa). While my research thus far has found that no matter the country, the Big Mac tastes the same as in the U.S. 100% of the time, I always want to sample it anyway – just in case. Well in Singapore, I walked by McDonald’s and saw something that took my breath away…the MEGA MAC

What makes the Mega Mac Different from a Big Mac? Well, I’ll rewrite the McDonald’s Big Mac Jingle to tell you…

How Long Does it Take to Fly from Orlando to Singapore?

Ever since I timed how long it took to fly from Orlando to Africa, I’ve become obsessed with timing all my international flights. So when I left my house to fly from Orlando to Singapore, the clock started as soon as I pulled out of the garage door of my house to leave for the airport.

 How Long Does it Take to Fly from Orlando to Singapore?

Singapore is the World’s Longest Flight

Singapore is located in South East Asia and holds the current record for the longest, non-stop flight. The Newark to Singapore route clocks in at 18 hours 50 minutes. Can you imagine being in a plane for that long? Los Angeles to Singapore comes in at number 2 according to Wikipedia which keeps a list of non-stop flights records. I was flying Orlando to Chicago, Chicago to Hong Kong, Hong Kong to Singapore.