11. A Singapore Celebration

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When your husband hits a big milestone (like turning 30) and you’re living as an expat, you don’t want to stop the celebration after one fancy dinner. You want to make it the most memorable birthday yet – not just a birth-DAY but a birth-week… maybe even a birth-MONTH…(yeah, no that’s going a little too far). But you get where I’m going with this. It needed to be special and the birthday boy had full reign. For this trip, Shawn’s only requirements included a big city, decent weather and good food. With this easy list of conditions, we dropped our next pin on Singapore, the world’s only island city-state, the land of weird laws and notable cleanliness. Located at the southernmost tip of continental Asia and only about 80 miles from the equator, makes this city-state hotter than you could imagine. The lowest temperature recorded for this island nation was a mere 66 degrees in January 1934! So needless to say, this city is a giant bubble of heat, but there were no complaints coming from the two of us. It was a welcomed change from our blend of smog and bone-chilling weather back home in the ‘Du.

Before we began booking our trip to Singapore, the only things we really knew about the city where it’s universal reputation for

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