Singapore River Cruise

With Mandy visiting in July, Taylor and I were able to experience new activities in Singapore. It was nice to live like a tourist and do activities that have been on our Singapore to-do list for awhile. The first thing that we did with Mandy was the Singapore River Cruise. Treetopwalk-7

The Singapore River Cruise is a bumboat ride down the Singapore River to Marina Bay and back. It is a great way to see some of the city sites from a different perspective. Also, during your ride you learn about some of the history and culture of the city. We picked up our boat near Riverside Point(outside our favorite restaurant!), but there are locations along the river.

Our BumboatTreetopwalk-4

Passing Boat Quay
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The Fullerton HotelTreetopwalk-50River SculpturesTreetopwalk-16Singapore Business DistrictTreetopwalk-18Marina Bay Sands and Art and Science MuseumTreetopwalk-19The MerlionTreetopwalk-28Business District SkylineTreetopwalk-32

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We would highly recommend taking a boat tour for all those visiting Singapore! It was a great way to see a lot of the main sites of the city in a relaxing atmosphere.

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Pregnancy Cravings: Cafe Iguana

At the beginning of my pregnancy I had tons of cravings for foods from back home. Luckily, I was able to fulfill those cravings with our trip back in June, but there has been one craving that has been consistent throughout the weeks. MEXICAN FOOD! I can not get enough! Prior to getting pregnant it was always Taylor suggesting for me to cook or go out to get mexican food and I would just go along with it. Now, I could eat it every day!

My cravings for it are so bad. For example, three of our meals last week consisted of Mexican food. First, on Sunday(then Monday’s lunch) I made Chipotle Barbacoa (I made mine in a le crueset-recipe found here), dinner on Thursday was Tacos with leftovers for lunch on Friday and then Saturday we went to Cafe Iguana for lunch. This post highlights one of our favorite dinning out options in Singapore.

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Cafe Iguana is one of the restaurants that Taylor and I frequent the most here in Singapore. We usually go for lunch during the weekend and sit outside on the patio looking over the river. We are such frequent visitors now that the staff is excited for our little ones arrival! We go during lunch time because Cafe Iguana has a staggered price scale on their alcohol during the day. From 12pm-3pm a pitcher of margaritas costs $22, from 6pm-9pm its about $40. Prior to getting pregnant Taylor and I would share a pitcher, now he just orders one by himself, it’s still cheaper than paying per glass!

We are so exciting in our choices that we now order the same things each visit! Plus, the two of us order the same exact thing as each other! We start with a pitcher of strawberry margaritas and an order of queso and chips.Treetopwalk-65Then, we get the delicious steak tacos.

Treetopwalk-72In the past, I have also tried the chicken chimichanga. Treetopwalk-73A few weeks back, Taylor did get to share his pitcher with someone. Treetopwalk-66

 

Mandy!

Now, the question is, will the baby grow up loving or hating Mexican food?!?!

Maldives: Part Two

One of the main purposes for us visiting the Maldives was to spend some time relaxing. We succeeded in meeting this goal, plus did some fun activities!

Our typical day went like this:

8 AM- Enjoy a long leisurely breakfast

9:30 AM- Head back to our villa and relax and read outside on our porch

12:30 PM- Head to a restaurant for some lunch

1 PM-Head to the beach(relax,nap,read, swim, snorkel)

4:30 PM-Head back to the villa to shower, relax, watch the sunset

7:30 PM-Dinner

9 PM-Bed

We were very exciting! 🙂

Here are some pictures of our typical breakfastMaldives-86

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A lot of our time was spent relaxing at the beach or hanging out in the water.

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The Baby Bump and I in the WaterMaldives-17

We went snorkeling two different afternoons. It was amazing how close we could get to the reef and fish. The fish would also get so close to us, the were oblivious to us there! We did see three friends that I was a tad bit scared of, see if you can scope one of them out in the last picture!

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One afternoon we took a walk on the beach around the island. It was a quick walk, but we did enjoy taking some interesting pictures!

Maldives-97Maldives-36Maldives-472 Maldives-460 Maldives-450 Maldives-436 Maldives-435 Maldives-434 Maldives-423Maldives-320We also enjoyed taking sunset pictures every night. Taylor gets credit for all of these pictures! Maldives-279Maldives-279Maldives-280Maldives-390 Maldives-407 Maldives-420Maldives-492On our last night, the resort had drinks and appetizers on the beach along with local dancers. It was a great relaxing atmosphere!

Drinks! (Mine sans the alcohol!)Maldives-486Maldives-366Maldives-346Maldives-344Maldives-477Overall, this was a phenomenal trip for us. We feel so lucky and fortunate to be able to travel to fun and exotic locations like this while we are living in Singapore. It has been a once in a lifetime experience for both of us and we would highly recommend a visit to the Maldives if you traveling to this side of the world!

Maldives: Part One

Taylor and I are just returned from a fabulous trip to the Maldives. We named this trip the “Babymoon” as it was our last travel opportunity before our little girl arrives at the end of September. We left Singapore last Wednesday morning and returned on Sunday evening. It was the perfect getaway and truly a once in a lifetime experience. The Maldives is the smallest country(population and land mass) located in Asia. It is comprised of many islands and atolls south west of India in the Indian Ocean. We took a 4.5 hour flight from Singapore to Male, the a short 1 hour flight south on a prop plane, and the boarded a boat for a 45 minute ride to our hotel. While traveling to get to our place took some time, it was well worth it! In this week’s post I’ll share about our resort and next week some of our activities that we did.

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Our Small Planephoto 1 (5) Tiny Airport Waiting Areaphoto 2 (3)Traveling by Boat
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We were very fortunate to be able to use hotel points to cover a large portion of our accommodation cost. We stayed at the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa in an over water villa. We figured we would never have an opportunity to stay in an over water villa again, so why the heck not do it now! Taylor requested the outermost villa and it was wonderful. Each night we sat on our porch to watch the sunset with an unblocked view. It was truly an amazing experience peering over your deck and seeing the fish and coral beneath you!

Our VillaMaldives-216Bedroom and Sitting Area
Maldives-206Maldives-210BathroomMaldives-209Maldives-208PorchMaldives-211Access to the Water BelowMaldives-213Maldives-224View of the Beach and rest of ResortMaldives-226Views of the PoolMaldives-227Maldives-234Maldives-231One of the ResturantsMaldives-230Maldives-239Relaxing at the “Bar”
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Lovely water!Maldives-13

Next week, I’ll share some of our favorite sunset and beach pictures along with our snorkeling experiences(AMAZING!), interesting pictures from our walk around the island, plus much more!