Sarah is one of my oldest friends! We first met when my family moved to Mount Vernon, to the apartment building where her family was living. Sarah was just 2 years old, and I was 3.
Sarah moved to Singapore a couple of years ago to teach at an international school. When I received my assignment, we made plans for me to stop and visit on the way Papua New Guinea. And God definitely worked some miracles to make that possible (which is another story entirely).
I arrived in Singapore very early Saturday morning. Sarah was there to collect me and all of my belongings. We took a taxi to the west side of the city where she shares a condo with two other gals. We had a few hours of sleep and enjoyed a very lazy Saturday morning. Sarah fixed Texas-sized French toast for breakfast and then we headed out to see a bit of her city. First Stop was Sarah's favorite spot: Clarke Quay (pronounced "key") is a collection of restaurants and shops along the river. Apparently Singaporeans really love themed restaurants. There was the "Highlander" where waitresses wore tiny little kilts. And "Clinic" where hospital beds served as seating around the tables. Interesting. From Clarke Quay we took a bum boat ride down the river to the Esplanade. We paused to have our picture taken in front of the Merlion, the half mermaid half lion creature that is the symbol of Singapore. We concluded our tour with a stop at the famous Raffles Hotel. At $35 per person, we decided to skip high tea and settled for a cup of tea in the bakery. That counts in our book :).
On Sunday morning we caught the bus to church. After service we joined up with Dave and Kim Hane (missionaries working Asia-Pacific office, Church of the Nazarene) and their kids, David, and 15 Chinese students who are living and studying in Singapore. The Hanes open their home every Sunday. Kim fixes lunch for the whole crew. Sarah, Dave, and David are leading the students in a Bible study. It was such an amazing day, and I am so glad that I could be a part.
Sarah took a day off on Monday so that we could spend a few more hours together before I headed out to PNG. We shopped along Arab street and had a delicious lunch at a Turkish restaurant. Our final stop was China town to buy some tea. It was buzzing with preparations for Chinese New Year.
Singapore is such an amazing array of cultures and people. It so enjoyed seeing the city through the eyes of someone who is living there. But mostly, I enjoyed time with my friend.