Rainy Day Project

What do you do when it’s raining like crazy in Singapore, forcing you to cancel your fun outdoor plans?

You build a ridiculously complicated LEGO knock-off Millennium Falcon!

This hunk of junk has more than 100 pieces! But it can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.

This hunk of junk has more than 100 pieces! But it can do the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.

But there is a key problem with knock-off LEGO:

7 leftover pieces, including a little hand. Maybe it's Luke's. [or insert other appropriate Star Wars reference]

7 leftover pieces, including a little hand. Maybe it’s Luke’s. [or insert other appropriate Star Wars reference]

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Big City Life

Don’t mind me, I’m just reading the news on my lightening fast Internet while my clothes are in the tumble dryer.

I also brushed my teeth with tap water earlier, so my breath is minty fresh.

Oh, luxurious Singapore!

We had time to do some sightseeing so we hopped a cab to the historic Raffles Hotel.

A Singapore Sling will set you back about $22. Hm, I guess I'll just have to learn to make one at home.

A Singapore Sling will set you back about $22. Hm, I guess I’ll just have to learn to make one at home.

We wandered around downtown, weaving through the fast-walking and fashionable business people.

When I was a little kid I thought a skyscraper was a kind of airplane. I have no idea why I thought this. When I learned that it was really a building I was very disappointed.

When I was a little kid I thought a skyscraper was a kind of airplane. I have no idea why I thought this. When I learned that it was really a building I was very disappointed.

We ended up by the river and decided to take one of the boats to get a better look at some of Singapore’s most famous sites.

Partly cloudy skies over the Big Durian

Partly cloudy skies over the Big Durian

Hugo, who initially refused to board the boat, decided that boats aren’t so bad after all.

I got him on the boat by telling him we might be able to see some fish in the river. For future reference: you cannot see any fish in the river.

I got him on the boat by telling him we might be able to see some fish in the river. For future reference: you cannot see any fish in the river.

There is futuristic and wonderful architecture everywhere.

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Hugo hates having his picture taken so we often have to wrestle him into submission and then be satisfied with whatever weird expression he's willing to make

Hugo hates having his picture taken so we often have to wrestle him into submission and then be satisfied with whatever weird expression he’s willing to make

It was well past dark when we finally got home, our street in Little India lit with colorful lights and the sidewalks still packed with shoppers.

Selamat Tinggal, Malaysia!

On our last morning in Malaysia, we picked up some baozi from the Chinese restaurant on the corner, and took a walk through Little India to Fort Cornwallis, built in the late 1700s by the British East India Company.

However, once we got there, we saw there was a very nice playground nearby, and who needs visits to historical sites when there are slides!

It's hard to photograph a kid coming down a slide

It’s hard to photograph a kid coming down a slide

It’s also right on the waterfront, and Hugo wanted to go see the ocean.

It's also hard to take a selfie with a toddler

It’s also hard to take a selfie with a toddler

Wait, let’s try that again.

He hates to have his picture taken, so sometimes you have to take what you can get, even if it comes with a weird expression

He hates to have his picture taken, so sometimes you have to take what you can get, even if it comes with a weird expression

We walked back to check out Hugo’s favorite piece of street art one last time.

Maybe if I'm really diligent I can make one of these found object rickshaws at home

Maybe if I’m really diligent I can make one of these found object rickshaws at home

And we bought a giant mango snow ball (like a snow cone, but in a tray instead of a cone).

Sorry for the blurry pic, but it was all I could do to keep him from eating it before I took the photo

Sorry for the blurry pic, but it was all I could do to keep him from eating it before I took the photo

Our days in Malaysia have really flown by. I wish we had more time to spend in this fascinating place — a diverse confluence of cultures, languages and foods.

But, before we knew it, we were back on a plane…

I always let him have the window seat

I always let him have the window seat

And eating lunch on the veranda in Singapore!

Food always tastes better when dining al fresco

Food always tastes better when dining al fresco

Hello, 你好, and selamat sore to Singapore!