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Friday, December 16, 2011

Wasting away the hours in Singapore

Hello everyone,

Currently we are all very tired. The only reason I'm writing this is because we have a bit under 3 hours until our KLM flight leaves for the Netherlands. Then the flight is 13 and a half hours long. Ge and K have gone on a walk, leaving Gw searching for public WiFi and L writing this. It probably will be published after it's been written because WiFi can't be easily found in Changi (the Singaporean airport we are at). (Ed found the answer - go to an info desk, they'll give you a password, but you're supposed to present a passport, but possibly you'll be ok even if you haven't got one!).

After a close encounter with almost being overcharged at an airport Burger King, (Ed: wrong conversion in the wrong direction) we made our way to the bag drop, 3 hours early. When quickly checked in, we went to the baggage check, consisting of one small X-ray machine (that's probably not the correct name for it, but I hope you know what I mean) and a singular bored looking woman operating the entire system. (ed: this was underkill after Australia's thousands of officious border controllers, watchers and gunpowder checkers) Then was a quick passport check and we were through to explore the shops and terminals.

Throughout the large (Ed: Changi) airport is scattered lit up and sparkling Christmas decorations. You can catch the occasional snatch of We Wish You A Merry Christmas at random times, seeming to come from the roof. In the middle of the food court is a giant rainbow present, complete with a red and silver bow. Inside, are some large plush angry bird toys for FREE*.

Despite the late hour, a pianist arrives and sits at the grand piano sitting on a platform near some flowers seemingly embedded in the wooden floorboard floor. The style is jazz piano, suiting the busy environment. He draws a small crowd after playing (probably his own) takes on Fur Elise and Silent Night.

I'm sitting on a chair big enough for three people, but made for one. I am surrounded by brightly upholstered furniture. Everyone sitting down seems to be holding an Apple appliance. Me included.

Ge has just returned back unsuccessful from the "free" plush angry birds, after asking if they had a spare one to give away. Unfortunately the answer was no. Ge came back in tears (joking).

Anyway, I can't really think of anything else to write.

Bye for now, by L.

*That is - if you buy over $120 worth of anything from anywhere through the whole building.

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