Singapore Airlines headed for Bangalore India

Tuberose flower arrangement

 I surveyed the city of Singapore from the air, and I was witness to an artful skyline of skyscrapers, beautiful beaches and an exotic landscape. Upon landing on a layover to India, my whole world changed.  As I exited the plane, I was grateful for the slowness in pace and I and could feel my body continue to relax. My perspective was changing so rapidly that I suddenly realized how on guard I had been for the last 7 days. I had not had much time to be alone because of working and touring and I needed some down time.   I could actually speak the language in Singapore, and was appreciative for the understanding. I moved away from the rapid fire of the Mandarin tones toward the melodic lilt of the English language and let it wash over me.   As I walked through the airport I began to understand how dramatic the differences in culture are.  I had four hours to wander around the airport and I felt like I had just popped into paradise.

Singapore is the most beautiful airport I have ever seen. The runway was lined with trees and flowers, inside it was filled with gardens with massive amounts of orchids and peaceful waterfalls.  I discovered there e all sorts of things to do here to pass a four hour layover.  I visited the butterfly garden which was humid and exotic atmosphere.   As I continued my excursion I turned one corner to discover long tables with all kinds of crayons, paper along with rubberized stencils with images of the Singapore area.  I could not contain myself and sat down to join the children. I took the crayon on the long flat side and rubbed it over the impressions and created a picture. A little boy across from me was using the pointed end and saw my technique and immediately copied me. I looked at him and said it is easier huh and he shook his head yes. As I walked away I heard his sister say yeah this is easier.  I loved it.   I tucked the rubbing of the outline of the Changi Airport building in to my bag. I walked around a bit more to check out the food court. I am not much of a fast food person but I saw a Burger King and immediately went over had a hamburger and French fries.   I was so hungry for familiar tasting

food and I enjoyed every bite of that greasy salty meal.

 That was the most delightful layover I have ever spent. It filled my senses in every way, the flora, fauna, the language and familiar food.  It is a beautiful island paradise and I only regretted I did not have time to leave the airport and really look around.  Note to self: This is a place I want to visit again and take time to explore.   I had spent the entire 4 hours wandering around at a slow pace and I could feel my anxiousness about getting back on the plane. It was time to head to my gate and prepare for boarding.  I had a long journey ahead and would not arrive in India until around midnight I was heading alone into the unknown aboard Singapore Airlines.

  Singapore Airlines is by far and above the best airline I have ever experienced. After you board and everyone is seated you are given a warm hot cloth to wipe your face. Oh …what a treat.  The leg room is noticeably better. You are handed a menu to choose between food options, you get real silverware, all liquor is included. I double checked my ticket. Is this really economy class?   The bathroom has mouthwash, cups, lotions shaving cream. Not only do I want to come back to Singapore to look around I only want to travel on Singapore Air whenever I can. The attendants are beautiful too, in their stylized batik sarongs.  WOW this is a totally different airline experience

I arrived in Bangalore about midnight and I was so thankful to see my driver holding the card with my name.  It was late and I was tired.  We drove to the hotel in relative quite as I began to take in the landscape. It was quiet and not many people were on the road. I was happy to slip into town at night when it was not busy.  Ravi would be my driver for the next week and I thanked him for the late night pick up and made arrangements for him to pick me up the next day.

 My hotel was lavish and in the English Colonial style with beautiful Indian influences. It looked like a large plantation house.    I walk into the lobby to the smell of tuberose.  I love that fragrance and I just took a moment to enjoy the large arrangement and to let that smell envelop me.  I noticed a large bowl of floating rose petals with small floating candles. It was such a simple way of displaying flowers and it was immediately calming to my travel ravaged body.  I was personally escorted to my room by a beautifully dressed young woman and was told “If you need anything else, please ask Madam.” The old style English is used commonly and adds to ambience of the place. I said goodnight and I went to sleep in my lovely quite room.  

Floating Rose petals

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09.05 | 12:43

Nina, so enjoyed your description/s of place and experience/s. It almost felt like I was right next to you throughout your journey! Thank you for sharing!

24.03 | 20:01

Great article, Nina. Now I wish I had gone there when I was in Bath. Hopefully, there will be another opportunity to go there someday....

18.03 | 18:48

I've been to Bath twice myself. And have gone to Sally Lunn's twice, too. Took my English cousins to Bath. It was their first time there and they loved it.

10.03 | 20:13

As a kid, I spent my summers in New York state. As an adult, I have had many recurring dreams about going there. I have gone back and the memories rekindle.

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