Saturday, January 19, 2013

A Long Time Coming

After a great deal of anticipation, we eagerly greeted my parents, Doug and Sheila Little, on their arrival in Singapore in November, 2012.  Their trip had been a long time in the making, having been postponed by a year following the illness of my mother following her hip replacement surgery.  We were so excited to have them come and stay with us for 2 months and loved showing them around Singapore and beyond.

We spent the first few weeks they were here showing them around Singapore and visited a variety of places including Sentosa, the Marina Bay district, the Orchard Rd. shopping district, Arab Street, the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari.   They also got a chance to see a variety of school events that included some of Haylee's basketball games (she scored 18 points in one game out of a ttl. of 25 that her team scored), and her Christmas concert, where she played the trumpet.

After a few weeks exploring Singapore, they were ready to explore beyond the shores of the "Little Red Dot" and with Haylee in tow, they set sail on a high seas cruise to Langkawi and Penang, Malaysia.  During their absence they would Skype with us each night and they couldn't stop talking about what a great time they had.  It was their first cruise and they couldn't contain their excitement, so much so that I'm sure they look forward to taking another cruise some time soon.

Shortly after their return from Malaysia, we headed off for our Christmas adventure to Bali, Indonesia.  We spent 3 incredible weeks together as a family.  We spent our first week at a resort called the Grand Mirage and spent the final two weeks of our holiday in a villa.  The two places couldn't have been any different from one another with our first week spent in a popular resort area that was full of hustle and bustle while our second stay was in a place of beautiful, quiet isolation.   The combination of experiences gave us a true sense of the beauty and intrigue of Bali and had us looking forward to our return their some day.  We did a lot of great things like surfing, golfing, biking, swimming etc. and didn't want our time together to end.

But, all good things must come to an end and we eventually had to leave Bali behind. Shortly after our return to Singapore, we then had to say goodbye to Mom and Dad as they set off on the next leg of their adventure: Mexico.  In their time here I think they may have discovered that a trip to Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Mexico can make the harsh Canadian winter a little more bearable and we think this may make their decision to return to Singapore some time in the future a little easier to make.  Their trip had been a long time coming, but it was well worth the wait.

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