Towards Singapore

Mar. 5, Sunday, 11:11am. Nice day cruising in the South China Sea today. 80degrees, sunny and calm. I forgot to mention the other day that in Taiwan people live to a very old age. Average for women is 86 years and men 80 years. Better than in USA.
We reach Singapore in a couple of days. First of all, Singapore is a country. It is made up of the main island and 58 surrounding islands. The city is located on the main island at the bottom of the Malay Peninsula. It used to be a trading colony of Great Britain so has an English flair like language and architecture. It got its name in the 14th century when a Sumatran prince thought he saw a lion (probably a tiger because there were never any lions there) and named it Lion City (Singa Pura). The mythical symbol of Singapore is called a “Merlion”. Half fish and half lion. Singapore is the world’s largest exporter of ornamental fish( I don’t know if that’s tropical fish or the colorful carp you see in shallow ponds at restaurants, temples, etc.) One of the world’s most famous hotels is located in Singapore. It is the “Raffles Hotel” named in honour of Sir Stamford Raffles. The founder of modern Singapore. Many movies filmed here. The famous Singapore Sling originated at this hotel. If we were to go into the hotel and buy one, it would cost 22 bucks. That won’t happen in a million years. I wonder what my Diet Coke would cost?
12:45pm. Here’s a couple of questions for you. Who was Wiley Post? Why are Durian fruit banned on the subway system in Singapore? Here are some other things you could be fined for: chewing gum, spitting in public, drugs, littering, pointing your finger or toes at someone, or patting someone on the head. We don’t do any of those things except sometimes I pat El on the behind. I could be jailed for that one!!! Hopefully, I can control the animal within me!! By the way, after Hong Kong was so easy on security, Sanya was very tight. Customs wanted passports which they confiscated and picture Id.( Driver’s license). Xrayed our backpacks going out and back. Very serious people. Yanking people out of line and brought to a small room, photographers going around taking random photos of people in line and military watching us. Unnerving, to say the least.
Signed, Admiral, Farragut

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