So on November 14th, Wedensday night, Fiona, the kids and I went to Singapore. It was the kids' first time on an airplane. Yikes! Suffice to say, the kids acted better than expected. The kids' slept relatively well. I sat with Jadon and Vanessa on the window side and Fiona sat with Natalie in the middle seat. Luckily the passenger sitting next to Natalie was quite patient and pleasant because Natalie has a tendency to fidget in her sleep.
So after the long 20 or so hours of flight time, mixed in with a lame 1 hour stopover in Taipei (where Natalie crapped her pants), we arrived in Singapore. We were greeted by the kids' great grandparents. That was a great sight to see. The kids' took an immediate liking to them. It also helped that they had Lapis Cake (a Singaporean must!) with them. We took a shuttle over to our hotel and thus began our vacation.
The first few days were spent recuperating and hanging out with Paul and Nicha. They came to visit us with was exceptionally nice of them. The kids' had a ball with them, especially Jadon.
Pretty much the rest of the vacation was spent with relatives, eating out, going to dozens of shopping malls (only but a fraction). Special thanks to Great Uncle Albert and Lao Ei for spending so much time with us. There were so many things that the kids experienced: going to the Bird Park, going on the Sky Tram (360 view of Singapore), dazzling water show (which dwarfs the Bellagio show), riding the Cable Cars.
We came back from out trip last night which again turned out fine. This time I sat next to the girls and Fiona had Jadon. I have to say that I am most impressed with Singapore's Changi Airport for their nice terminals and their exceptional efficiency. And I also have to say that I am quite disappointed with LAX. We landed and took forever getting off. They plane dropped us off out of the middle of nowhere. We had to take a bus to our gate (which was undergoing renovations). Then it took us over an hour to get our luggage (probably the worst that I have experienced). Then it took us a few hours to get home through Super Shuttle because of the amount of passengers it had to drop off (plus Friday night traffic).
I'll post more details of the trip through the posting of pictures on my flickr site.